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As a self-proclaimed beauty addict, keeping my beauty routine to a minimum (and then writing about it) feels like going against my core. But to be perfectly honest, it’s the height of summer and I just can’t take the hard work melting off my face as soon as I walk out the door. And don’t even get me started on the ~mess~ that blows you dry when it’s 90 degrees outside, so you turn into a sweat-soaked mess BEFORE you step outside and become a sweat-soaked mess with the rest of the public.
So I traded my massive beat for something much simpler – going for products that can do multiple jobs with a single application. And you know what? I love it. But no matter how hot it is or how little time I have to get ready, there are a few essentials I just can’t let go of.
The best part? You can pick them all up at your next Sephora run. We all know Sephora as a beauty lover’s paradise, but shopping at glamorous Disney World has perks that go beyond the cult-recognized choices. Not only does Sephora make it easy to test out new products while stocking up on your favorites, there are tons of rewards and perks with their Beauty Insider Program. Enjoy free products, exclusive services, special offers, free shipping and more – just for signing up.
Keep scrolling to see the 12 products I always find a spot for in my routine, and let us know if you snag one on your next Sephora trip.
- 1 Lala Retro™ Whipped Moisturizer with ceramides
- 2 Lip Sleep Mask
- 3 jet lag mask
- 4 Express Smoothing Eye Mask
- 5 Eyelash enhancing serum
- 6 Diorshow mascara
- 7 Killawatt freestyle highlighter
- 8 Hot Lips lipstick
- 9 Rouge Oil in Stick Lipstick
- 10 O! Mega bronzer
- 11 Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo
- 12 Texturizing hairspray
Lala Retro™ Whipped Moisturizer with ceramides
This new formula from Drunk Elephant is a moisture savior. Enriched with African oils, it helps replenish barrier support and is safe for even the most sensitive skin. Use daily with your skincare routine or whenever you feel your skin is dry. I love using it as a skin saver when traveling to dry climates or falling asleep on a dangerous night with makeup on.
Lip Sleep Mask
With over 5,000 five-star reviews on Sephora, everyone agrees this is the lip moisturizer that finishes all lip products. I keep one on my bedside table and a mini in my purse because it’s REALLY that good
– and you can’t beat the affordable price. Get ready to give up all those partially used lip balms that have you floating around.
Fridays in summer
jet lag mask
Yes, the water tube you see all over Instagram really is worth the hype. This hydrating mask is non-comedogenic and packed with vitamins to brighten your skin’s texture, hydrate and scavenge your skin of free radicals. I prefer to use it as a heavy night cream (usually while sleeping).
Express Smoothing Eye Mask
Ever use a sheet mask and wonder if it really did anything? We’ve all been through that. That’s what drew me to these eye masks the first time I used them. After just a few minutes you will notice a clear difference in your eye area. They’re a little pricey, so I only use them when I’m looking particularly haggard. Think of them like an instant eye lift.
Eyelash enhancing serum
Minimizing my routine means I’m constantly looking for ways to do less. I always have the feeling that when my lashes are on point, I look awake and revitalized even without make-up. Since I can’t afford to keep eyelash extensions, this is the next best thing. You’ll start seeing results after a few weeks, but after three months you won’t want to be without it.
I recently switched from a favorite mascara that I’ve been using for a few years – not because there was anything wrong with it, but because I wanted to see what other formulas are out there. One of the many reasons I’m an avid Sephora buyer is that they offer a hassle-free, no-questions-asked return policy — meaning if you don’t like a product within 90 days, you can return it and exchange it for something other. You never want to be stuck with a full tube of something that’s not right for you, and thanks to Sephora, you never have to. Diorshow is what I’m going through right now and it didn’t disappoint. It gives my lashes a bold, full look that makes my eyes pop with little to no eyeshadow.
Killawatt freestyle highlighter
Just because you don’t bake, contour, and frame your face like a work of art doesn’t mean you have to settle for a look that doesn’t stand out. That’s why I never do makeup without a touch of highlighter on top of my cheekbones. We all know Queen Rihanna can’t go wrong, but I’m here to personally vouch for her highlighter, which applies effortlessly with a gorgeous, buildable formula. Whether I want a subtle glow or to let you see my cheekbones from space, this is where I turn.
Hot Lips lipstick
We can all agree that a beauty essential is an everyday lip color. I love Charlotte Tilburry’s long-wearing satin finish shades because they keep your lips soft and hydrated. It’s the perfect shade to take with you wherever you go.
YVES SAINT LAURENT
Rouge Oil in Stick Lipstick
So what about those moments when you want a statement lip but don’t want to worry about longevity? This YSL formula is PHENOMENAL. All caps, triple exclamation marks, rent the plane and start skywriting. Because it’s oil-enriched, the formula is a lipstick/chapstick/smudge hybrid – meaning it’s long-lasting while nourishing, and your vibrant color never looks blotchy no matter how much you eat or drink. It’s more than worth the investment if, like me, you hate (or just forget) to reapply throughout the evening.
O! Mega bronzer
I bought this product after my favorite beauty youtuber raved about it. I love using a big fluffy brush to sweep my cheeks and upper forehead for a “Yes I just got back from St Tropez” look. You only need a small amount and the compact size is huge, so you get a lot of product for your money. It never comes on muddy, streaky, or orange, which has been a problem with many bronzers before.
If you have trouble applying the bronzer in patches, dip your beauty blender in some translucent powder and lightly pat the area before applying the bronzer. Bronzer tends to look blotchy when applied to wet or damp skin – think sweat or foundation/BB cream residue. Applying translucent powder gives it a better foundation for smooth and subtle application.
The living proof
Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo
Being able to lengthen a wash and style was key to cutting down on the time I spend prepping. Take it from someone who has tried every dry shampoo out there, this one really does stand out. A few spritzes and you’ll think your hair just got washed. It’s one of my desert island products.
I never thought I would love a hairspray as much as this one – in fact, I always keep an extra under the sink. Not only does this spray hold your waves in place, it also adds texture, absorbs oil and adds volume, meaning it does the job of three products in one.
This post was created in partnership with Sephora, but all opinions expressed are the editorial staff of The Everygirl.
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