Summer Beauty Must Haves + a Giveaway!

July 1, 2016

With every season, I like to change up my skincare and beauty routine just as I do with my wardrobe. Now that it’s officially summertime, I strive for that J-Lo golden-bronzed glow. I mean, who doesn’t?! Less is more in my opinion, especially in hot and humid conditions. Here are my summer beauty must haves:


bareMinerals ‘Complexion Rescue™’ Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream – Summer skin is all about achieving a healthy looking, dewey glow. This tinted moisturizer is great for evening out your skin tone without feeling like you have a lot of product on your face. Blends in smoothly and doesn’t feel sticky! I wear Natural 05.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – sometimes a tinted moisturizer just doesn’t cut it. This foundation provides great coverage and is silicone based which helps avoid foundation from melting off your face! This is the most expensive foundation I’ve ever bought, but I have to be honest and say it was worth every single penny! It blends in perfectly with my skin color and makes it look flawless! I wear shade 5.5.

M·A·C ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish – I have quite a collection of highlighters and illuminators in both liquid and powder form. This can be used as either one. With a light hand, blend it all over your face for a sheer glow. I tend to use it more as a highlighter and concentrate on the high points of my face. Soft & Gentle is the only shade I’ve ever used! It’s so beautiful!!

Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Color – I typically use and prefer powder blushes, however, after reading so many great reviews, I had to try this product. It did not disappoint! This cream finish goes on easily, offering buildable coverage. It’s long wearing too! I have Canyon and am planning on getting Rosebud next!

NARS Bronzing Powder – An oldie but a goodie. There’s a reason this bronzer is a best seller! It’s highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. The color Laguna works perfectly with my olive skin.


Gorgeous Cosmetics Lipstick – I was recently introduced to this brand after getting my makeup professionally done and fell in love! This lipstick is smooth and luxurious, but also lightweight. It’s enriched with emollients that softens, smoothes, and nourishes. Musk Stick is a bright and beautiful pink shade, perfect for summer. I’m also obsessed with Muse, which is a matte, soft rose pinky-nude. The formula feels amazing!

Lancôme Juicy Shaker – I’m sorry in advance if you become completely addicted to these and end up buying every single color available! These glosses are so unique and different in a good way!  They’re formulated with a blend of five nourishing oils, treating your lips like a lip balm. They feel, smell, and taste amazing! Be sure to shake it really well before applying with the cushion applicator. Start with one of these shades: COLOR 381 Mangoes Wild, COLOR 300 Lemon Explosion, COLOR 151 Cherry Symphony, COLOR 102 Apri-Cute, COLOR 341 Bohemian Raspberry.

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish – I suffer from the worst dry lips ever. After starting to use this product two weeks ago, I’ve already noticed a huge difference. It’s a multitasking exfoliator and lip soothing treatment. The applicator makes it super easy to buff my lips on the go, leaving me with soft and shiny lips!

Coral Lips – Coral colored lips are my favorite to wear in the summer. From light to bright, lipstick to lipgloss, matte to shiny, I love it all!! My top three go-tos are: Khroma Beauty Joy Stick in Sea Coral, Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Shocking Coral, Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Coral.


Maybelline Volum’Express Colossal Waterproof Mascara – I’m not a lover of waterproof mascara, but happen to really like this formula. It is absolutely waterproof, yet comes off easily with makeup remover. It’s affordable and in my opinion, works better than all of the higher end waterproof mascaras I’ve tried before!

Clarins ‘Double Fix’ Mascara – I read somewhere that if you put clear mascara over your regular mascara, it helps make it waterproof. So, if you’re really attached or loyal to a certain mascara but wish it were waterproof, just add a coat of this! You can also use this to help keep your eyebrows in place.

Lancôme ‘Le Stylo Waterproof’ Long Lasting Eyeliner – I hosted a beauty event a few months back and got to watch multiple makeup artists work their magic on over 200 people over the course of 4 hours. A particular seasoned artist [who I slightly became obsessed with] used this eyeliner in the shade Azure on almost every single person she touched, regardless of skin color, hair color, and eye color. It was amazing to see how beautiful this shade of blue looked on everyone! I’m pretty boring when it comes to eyeliner. Black and brown are as wild as I usually get, so I’m excited to switch things up a bit!

LORAC ‘Unzipped’ Shimmer & Matte Eyeshadow Palette – This has the perfect combination of matte and shimmer neutral pigments. Often, the shadows in a palette can be poor quality in comparison to when its individually packaged. I didn’t find that to be the case with this. The colors are highly pigmented and blendable.



Ahava Mineral Body Lotion – A long time favorite. This lotion will leave your skin feeling clean, soft and silky. It’s light, but effective.

Ahava ‘DeadSea Salt’ Softening Butter Salt Scrub – I’m partial to Israeli products after traveling to the beautiful country of Israel 6 year ago. One of my all time favorite exfoliating face and body scrubs is from a local family’s olive factory that can be found online here.  I’m a big fan of many Sabon and Ahava products, including this butter salt scrub. It gently scrubs off the dead skin, leaving it rejuvenated and hydrated.

Have any favorite summer beauty go to’s?  Would love to hear about them in the comments below!


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  • Jessica July 1, 2016 at 10:16 am

    These are all such great products! My personal favorite is the Ahava scrub!
    xo Jessica

  • Jessica Q July 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I am such a product junkie. Thanks for sharing!!

  • sarah lindner July 1, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Some of my favorite products! Such a make up hoarder over here

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:33 am

      Sameeee. Can’t ever have enough!

  • Taylor Aube July 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I need them alll!!! I love these picks. I especially love the blush and the new Lancome lipgloss! <3

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:34 am

      Thanks Taylor!!! So happy you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you end up trying any of these!

  • Lauren July 1, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I have been a longtime user of Nars blush but have never tried their bronzer-maybe I need to give it a try! It doesn’t look like it would be orange-y like some others can be.


    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:35 am

      It’s one of their best products! Not orangey at all (insert thumbs up) lol

  • Steph July 1, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Love all your must haves! I wear the Armani foundation. Love it!! Have a great weekend.

    Xo – Steph

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:35 am

      Thanks Steph!!!! Glad you liked it!! Yes, that foundation is the bestttttt.

  • Kristin Kruse July 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Love these picks! I totally agree less is more when it’s hot & humid! I need to try Ahava!!


  • Laura Yanke July 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! I always need tips on beauty items!!

  • Mackenzie July 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is definitely the best foundation I’ve ever used! However, like you said, I usually prefer something light (at least for day time) during the summer. I definitely want to try the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I have such good luck with their products never breaking me out. Great post! xo

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:38 am

      I totally agree! I usually wear the foundation for nighttime/weekends. During the day, a tinted moisturizer is all I need! Let me know if you end up trying the BM one! Always love to hear people’s feedback.

  • the cape on the corner July 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    i found ahava products when i was in israel, and i actually brought some home as gifts. now when i see it in regular stores, it makes me think of being there.

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:39 am

      You should also try Sabon! I discovered them in Israel not realizing it was sold in NY (where I was living at the time). They make amazing stuff!!

  • Heather July 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I totally agree- less is always more! Love summer makeup- bronzer, lipgloss and a touch of mascara. I’ll have to look into the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, looks amazing!

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:40 am

      That is exactly my “day face” in the summer! Let me know if you try it!!

  • Stephani July 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I love the giorgio Armani silk luminous foundation– always my go to!! And I need to try the Lancôme juicy shaker!!

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:32 am

      Isn’t it the best?!!! Yes, the shakers are so awesome! Let me know if you try any of them! 🙂

  • Ruthie July 1, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Some of the best products here!! Loved this post!! xo

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:31 am

      Thanks Ruthie! Always appreciate your feedback!!

  • Anna July 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I have wanted to try the Armani foundation! And I need to try the juicy shaker.

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:25 am

      You won’t regret getting that foundation!

  • Jenna at Boston Chic Party July 2, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Jamie, that Lancôme Juicy shaker looks awesome. I have to try it!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:25 am

      Let me know if you do and what you think about em!!

  • Maggie July 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try the Armani foundation!! But I just need to bite the bullet with that price haha.

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:31 am

      Believe me girl…. I hear ya!!! I tried it for the first time while getting my makeup done, and I’m like whyyy are you making me fall in love with this?!! I wouldn’t promote it though if I didn’t think it was that good. For me, it matches my skin color perfectly and just makes my skin look so flawless!

  • Oh to Be a Muse July 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I like that JLo glow too. All great beauty products!

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Thanks love! Pretty sure JLo is part superhero lol

  • Katya July 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I also love that GA foundation! I agree that it’s perfect for summer as it’s not sticky!

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:29 am

      It’s honestly so good! I wish it was more affordable, but luckily it lasts awhile since a little goes a long way!

  • Ashley Brooke Nicholas July 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I love the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue too! So many good products listed! I think I need to pick up the Lorac Unzipped palette 🙂

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:30 am

      It’s a great palette! I bring it with me when I travel, but it’s also great for every day.

  • Tanvi Rastogi July 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations. I will check out the Ahava line! 🙂

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  • Anna July 5, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Love your picks here, girl! I am terrible at all things make-up so I need your ways! I will, however, not leave the house without 10 lipsticks! 🙂 XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:24 am

      Haha, same!!! I have that amount in every bag I own, lol!! Too funny!

  • Jenn @ Drink Coffee & Prosper July 6, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    The Nara bronzer looks awesome. Nice picks.

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:10 am

      It’s a long time favorite!! One of the most popular bronzers out there! And thank you 🙂

  • Johanna Grange July 7, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I’m such a fan of PIXI Beauty. Their palettes are amazing!

    • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:07 am

      I just started using their products and am super impressed!!!

  • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Thanks Courtney!! Tarte makes some great products!!! I’m a bit of a product whore lol. Glad I can help!

  • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Been using it for years! Love it!!!

  • jaime_cittadino July 8, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Hahah!!! I always feel the same way!! Can’t get enough! 🙂