When it comes to summer skin (and pool party attire!), less is certainly more.

Instead of covering it all up, aim for a natural glow. Enhance your best features and subtly disguise your problem areas. To do this, all you need are a few essentials.

Invest in a summer perfume, a new lip gloss and fun convo-starting sparking earring. You can put away (for now) your heavy eye shadows, crimson nail polishes and your contouring creams in favor of a light translucent powder, a skin perfecting anti-aging mist (that can go on-the-go) and of course a luminizing SPF. These are the products you need for the warm weather season ahead.

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner

This eyeliner doesn’t budge, even in the balmiest of summer nights.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

This corrector creates a soft, diffused radiance that evens and brightens your skin tone. Use on top of your concealer.

Dyson Hairdryer

The is THE hairdryer. Every girl needs it because it will forever change your hair styling game. It’ll leave your locks smooth, not stringy.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Perfume Oil

This rollerball (one that a lot of my editor friends wear) is the perfect little pick-me-up to keep on your body at all times. Smell like peony and tender musk.


Gypsy Water Hair Perfume

One spritz of Byredo’s hair perfume will last all day – the scent subtly diffuses as you move, which is perfect for summer strolls. This fragrance is an uplifting, slightly woody blend of juniper berries and incense with a base of vanilla and sandalwood.

Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino Eau de Parfum

This scent was inspired by the abundant white flowers of the Mediterranean White Acacia tree. Think: Calabrian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon and Tangerine. At first, it’s a light mix of citrus and florals, then it transitions to a comforting vanilla and honey base.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer, Fluorescent Beige 142

Fluorescent Beige is a soft pink hue with rich mauve undertones and an iridescent finish that creates that wet look… like you just stepped out of the pool.

Chanel Nail Polish, Pirate

The newly renovated 5-free formula actually improves the quality of your nails. Pirate is a Chanel original and is one of the best reds of all time.

La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation SPF 20

Two of my friends had this on over the weekend and it gave them the prettiest and glowiest complexion. It’s super light, covers redness and sunspots and contains the brand’s famous “Miracle Broth.” This foundation leaves your pores refined and your imperfections virtually gone, while SPF and antioxidants help protect your newly flawless skin.

The only beauty products that you need this summer are...Herban Essentials Assorted Essential Oil Towelettes

Keep em in your car, beach bag, on your bathroom counter or in your kids’ bedrooms. These all-natural towelettes clean up the stickiest of fingers and the dirtiest of faces.

Sanitas Skincare Brightening Peel Pads

Recommended by the women of Dangene, so you know it’s good. They’re great if you suffer from acne, eczema, rosacea or just want sparkling skin. These super easy-to-use pads are made with this perfect cocktail of acids: Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Salicylic Acid and witch hazel.

RMS Beauty Champagne Rose Luminizer

RMS’s newest luminizer is like the original but this time with a blush-pink champagne tint. It’s avant-garde, mystical and rosy.

Zara Pearly Strappy Sandals

They look just like the Chanels. Just trust me, you will get 1000 compliments.

Tatcha Water Cream

This oil-free, anti-aging water cream releases a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients and powerful that help you achieve pore-less-looking skin. The finish delivers the most beautiful sheen!

Sachajuan Hair Cleansing Cream

By now, you should already understand our obsession. Read about it here.

Bite Lip Pencil

Finally, a lip pencil that matches the exact color of your lips. I like to fake a better pout with shade 010.

Coqui Coqui Beeswax Candle Coco-Coco

The milky coconut fragrance, infused into the black beeswax of this hand-poured candle is soft and sensual, with a subtle, bitter, green edge.

Eres Strapless Bathing Suit

This is one of the most classic Eres suits and it’s truly the most flattering. I always want to put on. You instantly feel chicer.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50

This liquid sun umbrella feels more like a lotion and is this summer’s lip, hand and eye must.

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While I have been blessed with no-cavity teeth, (which is a miracle considering that I straight up love sugar), I have gums that aren’t so perfect. While they look totally healthy and normal on the outside, I have a bit of a plaque problem on the inside. Yikes. It doesn’t take a genius to know why – I hate flossing. In fact, on most evenings I avoid this extra step that my dentist has been begging me to do for years all together.

Well, I have decided to come up with a plan to get a healthier smile. Why now? Well, it all started when my friend Anna turned me on to the best fluoride-free toothpaste. It’s from Germany (but you can easily buy it here on Amazon). I had been looking for a way out of the toxicity of the Colgates and the Crests, and this was my ticket. Ajona Stomatikum Toothpaste is very concentrated, so you legit only use a pea size amount and it lathers right up. It leaves me with the cleanest and freshest sensation and the taste doesn’t have the typical sweetness that all the American toothpastes have. It’s bitter with a hint of licorice. I started Henry on it and I noticed right away that his breath was better than ever before. It’s also perfect for travel and yes, even the travel size will last you forever.

Now, in order to really combat my floss-a-phobia and upon trusted recommendation from Jessica at Shen Beauty (have you read her Glow Girl?), I gave Cocofloss a shot. This coconut-oil-infused super-cleansing dental floss is designed to scrub your pearly whites refreshingly clean. It comes in a variety of artisan flavors like fresh coconut, pure strawberries and cara cara orange that actually make flossing kinda fun. The taste is more of a light aroma but not in an overpowering way, more like, “hmm I like this smell,” and are the perfect way to end the day and even curb late night cravings. This floss works differently in between the teeth too. They don’t glide as easily as typical floss but instead are a bit more course insuring that more plaque is picked up along the way. I guess we can add floss to the everlasting list of things coconut oil can do.

Go try it now!

Recently, I went out on a limb and switched up my shampoo routine. A friend of mine gave me a bottle of Sachajuan’s Hair Cleansing Cream and begged me to try it. The Swedish brand is known for their innovative approach to haircare, so I knew I was in for a treat. I’m typically pretty boring when it comes to my shampoo and conditioner — I’d rather splurge on skincare and go drugstore for hair — but this made me really rethink.

After a quick Google, I found that girls were raving about the product and how unique it made their hair feel. They said the first few days of use left their locks a tad greasy, but once their scalp adjusted, their hair was squeaky clean and perfectly textured. I knew I had to get involved.

I finally took the plunge about a week ago. The first wash was definitely strange, because there isn’t the foaming effect you get from typical shampoos. My hair is also super thick, so I was worried I wasn’t getting full coverage. But, I carried on. Once I got out of the shower, my hair smelled unbelievably good and felt super clean. Once I gave it a good blow dry, it was soft and voluminous, like I had just gotten a professional treatment. I had people stopping me the next day to ask if something was different!

As I continued using, the greasiness did subside and I was left with that perfect French girl hair texture. It was perfectly undone, but still had a nice and healthy shine to it.

If you are in a shampoo rut, this is your fix. Have you tried this product at all? Let us know in the comments!

Story by Lexi Tollefsen. Image, Bella Hadid by Daniel Jackson for Teen Vogue Volume 1 2017.  

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Eye Cream is my pick for the best eye cream. (Cher agrees too.)

After about of a week of using it, I’m beyond hooked. It feels very watery at first, but when you apply it to that delicate eye area, its blends right into the skin and feels really rich and creamy. I use it mostly at night, but when I do reach for it during the day, it makes my concealer go on so smoothly.

I also noticed that my eyes are less puffy in the morning and appear tighter around the eyes. This eye cream is unique because it’s part serum, part cream. It’s been specially developed with Purslane and Skullcap to lift, firm and reduce darkness and puffiness. It’s also infused with active omega fatty acids that help skin retain moisture.

I especially love this eye cream because its perfect for girls with sensitive skin. No burning sensation here.

Have you tried Dr. Barbara Sturm? You can read my full recap here.

Image, Elle Fanning for Vogue US June 2017.

Dry skin is my least favorite thing. It makes your makeup caky and weird. The skin flakes off and the texture just isn’t as smooth. It can also lead to premature aging in the form of lines, wrinkles and lack of plumpness.

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to keep it constantly hydrated. It’s logical, the more water you give your skin, the plumper it is. Think of your skin like a grape. What happens when that grape doesn’t receive water anymore? It shrivels up and turns into a prune. Bleh.

While visiting Dr. Barbara Sturm a few weeks ago, she talked to me about one of her favorite ingredients, Hyaluronic Acid: “It aids in storing water under your skin. It [Hyaluronic Acid] takes in so much water, which of course is very important for hydration. I put it in every product. I think people are afraid of it because they hear ‘acid’ but it’s not an aggressive acid.”hyaluronic acid the fountain of youth

Since trying her line, I began to realize the benefits of this turning-back-the-clock ingredient. From makeup to skincare to ingestibles, these are some of my favorite products that contain significant amounts of Hyaluronic Acid.

Mun’s Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner

When I sit at my computer researching and writing for long periods of time, I like to keep something hydrating nearby to spray on my face every so often. Mun’s Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner is my current obsession. The smell is really lovely, but not overtly rosy. It’s super cooling and helps to balance the skin’s pH, aka calm the skin. It’s made with Hyaluronic Acid and natural Salicylic Acid, which remove dead cells for that healthy G-l-O-W.

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen

This lightly tinted beauty balm is part SPF, part cream. It treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers the skin. It’s supercharged with youth-promoting antioxidants that help scavenge surface free radicals. Hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, red algae, aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea help provide additional sun protection and hydration. Boom.

Fountain: The Hyaluronic Molecule

Drink your way to better skin? Oh yes. This supplement is your ticket, in the form of a shot. This formula (that your bf/husband can use too!) is packed with Hyaluronic Acid that holds 1000 times its weight in water to plump your complexion, brighten your eyes and keep the body lubricated.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

This colorless powder should be the last step in your makeup routine. Why? Well it controls oiliness, covers up any imperfections and hydrates. It’s blended with Hyaluronic Acid and silica microbeads to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and keep makeup in place. It also protects your skin from the gross stuff flying around in the air. Pure magic.hyaluronic acid the fountain of youth

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules

Dr. Barbara Sturm is clearly the H acid expert. This powerful anti-aging treatment contains an active complex of short and long-chained hyaluronic acid to provide both immediate and long-term effect. It’s one of my new essentials that I’m going to use every season.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask

I like this mask because you can sleep in it. Plus, no hydrating list is complete without Tata. This rose-scented master is saturated with hyaluronic acid to replenish dehydrated skin. It also helps your skin lock in moisture in the future, so you can develop that lit-from-within glow.

Verso Hand Serum

Perfect for anyone concerned about aging on their hands (aren’t we all?), Verso’s serum is formulated with Retinol 8 and hyaluronic acid to plump and perfect. The texture is light and creamy and it absorbs super quickly, too. I keep this guy by my bed.

Zelens Lip Enhancer

This lip treatment is bomb. It adapts to your unique pH to hydrate your lips, giving them definition and natural color. It gives off the perfect shade of rosy pink that I would say is universally flattering. You really can’t go wrong with a pinky lip for the daytime.

111SKIN Meso Infusion Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C Micro Mask x 4

111SKIN’s is infused with hyaluronic acid to plump fine lines and diminish wrinkles, as well as antioxidant Vitamin C. The small size makes them perfect for travel. For the world’s best sheet mask, it’s a toss up between this and Sk-II’s. Try them both and let me know which one is your fave.

hyaluronic acid the fountain of youthImage of Doutzen Kroes and Amber Valletta for Vogue Ukraine June 2017 by Chris Colls.