Fierce Question: What are your Summer Essentials?

Memorial Day weekend is coming up quick and it’s the official way to bring in the summer!  As the weather gets hotter and the sun gets stronger, I break out my beauty and fashion summer stuff that will get me through the summer in one fashionable and beautiful piece! 

Here are my summer must-haves:

Banana Boat Sunscreen Lotion

Contrary to what you may think, we ladies with dark skin are just as prone to sun burn as the next girl and a few summers ago, I learned the hard way!  Peeling skin is not a good look so I make sure I have my sunscreen lotion on, especially when I’m laying out on the beach!

Old Navy Flip Flops

Yes I was one of those people  at Old Navy at the crack of dawn last Saturday for their $1 flip flop sale!  I own at least 7 pairs so far and there are colors that I’m still missing! I love matching my flip flops with my gazillion tank tops, cover-ups, and of course, my bathing suit.  Keeps my feet looking cute and allowing them to breathe at the same time!

Motions Leave-In Conditioner

I love to swim and don’t like to wear hats so keeping my hair from getting fried is important.  The Motions leave-in is my conditioner go-to (although I’m growing to love the Luster Tonic I just added to my collection).  Both protect my hair from the sun, salt water, and chlorine and all it takes is a few sprays on my wet hair!

Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer

I definitely needed to switch up using my regular foundation because it can just feel too heavy to wear when it’s roasting outside.  I like this one because not only is it a tinted moisturizer, it also has SPF 20, which helps keep my face from frying.  It also gives me some color (though not the same kind of coverage my foundation does, so if you ladies know of a better one, please let me know!)

My Sunglasses

These are absolute necessity for me, especially when driving and going to the beach.  Not only do they protect my eyes, they sometimes double as a headband while indoors!  I rock both my DG look-alikes (can’t afford the real ones!) and a pair I scored in NYC a few years ago! Both are super cute and serve their purpose!

Your turn!  What are you beauty and fashion must-haves for summer?

More products that have been good to me!

My New Hair BFF: scunci Flexible Scarfband

Just for Me Hair Milk Conditioner

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