My Summer Must Haves from Head to Toe

Summer beauty is easy breezy if you can let go of your winter beauty routine and subscribe to the ‘less is beautifully more’ for the summer months.

Here are my can’t get through the summer without them must-haves:

Face Must-Haves

Summer Must Haves - Make-up

  • Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer spf 15 – a nice light sheer CC Cream that can easily get you through the day with a polished look without covering up that nice summer glow you have from the sun.
  • Clarins BB Skin Perfecting cream spf 25 – I use this cream if I am looking for a little more coverage on the foundation side (normally when I go to work).  I would say this cream is a medium coverage BB cream that gives you the benefit of more coverage and sun kissed color (cream is tinted) if you haven’t had a chance to be in the sun.  SPF of 25 – makes me happy
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics – in the summer I love a natural looking face.  I don’t like to be completely without any make up (come on now – lazy days of summer?  Tempting but not going to happen in my beauty world). The Naked basics palette is perfect for a pick-me up that gives me just the right amount of there but not there kinda color.
  • Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee – I switch between this cheek color and the Benetint all summer long.  It’s so nice to have options!  The cheek gelee is super easy to apply and gives great color all day long without melting off your face.  It’s so nice when I apply the gelee and it doesn’t sit on top of my foundation like powder blushes tend to do.
  • Benefit Benetint – love the benetint for the gorgeous pinky hue on my cheeks that lasts the day and….. no melting off my face during the day!
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine – Boy – moisturizing and netural.  What more can I say…
  • Bite Beauty BB for Lips – Suede – this little lip balm is the ‘bomb’ – moisturizing, long lasting and the berry color is a sweet little kick if I’m looking for a little pop of color on my face.

Body Must Haves

Summer Must Haves - Body

  • L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Mist – this tanning spray is my leg’s BFF.  Since my legs are the last to see the summer sun, this spray is perfect to even out my summer color.  The mist sprays on pretty evenly – no rubbing necessary – but don’t get me wrong – you still have to be diligent in your prep and your spray technique.
  • Josie Marin Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter – super hydrating – love
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen – don’t forget the sunscreen.  I’m a fan of the spray sunscreen and love that the Neutrogena feels like I didn’t apply any sunscreen at all when I’m done.

Hair  Must Haves

Summer Must Haves - Hair

  • Cake Satin Sugar Hair and Body Refreshing Powder – I use this product as a hair powder.  It works perfectly to remove any hint of oil or sweat in between shampoos or just as freshen up after a day outside.  Bonus Points – it smells yummy
  • Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray – I just discovered this little gem via my hair stylist.  The spray gives you the beachy waves look but also provides some nice texture and body. I have tried the Bumble and Bumble version of the beachy waves spray and I am not nearly as happy with their product’s results as I am with the Kevin Murphy brand.

Nail Must Haves

Summer Must Haves - Nails

  • OPI – Samoan Sand for my nails.  I love the neutrals in the summer
  • Dior – Junon for my toes.  Color is normally saved for my toes.  I like my toes to pop in my summer sandals.




Vegas Style

Modern Mom is back from Las Vegas – suitcase a little heavier (from all the shopping), a few pounds heavier (from all the food and liquor indulging), and with a new appreciation for cool summers.

Las Vegas is one of my favorite destinations to stay and play at. There is something about the trashy meets classy atmosphere in Vegas that appeals to me. I love to people watch and see the ladies with their Louis Vuitton bags and stilettos teetering along the strip and the very next set of ladies behind them will be rocking their spandex leggings, crop tops and flip flops. Mr. Modern and I were discussing what we look for when we people watch in Vegas.  I watch for all the different handbags and shoes and Mr. Modern….well….he is on boob watch. He can’t seem to help himself.

I had a style plan when I was packing for my Vegas vacation.  The plan was this:  cute and classy in the daytime, sweet and sexy in the evening.  The style plan was all good in theory – until I got there – and started to melt.  The first morning in Vegas I whipped out my strapless maxi dress, sandals, applied my make-up and put my hair up in a top knot – ready to shop.  By mid morning I was a hot mess.  My make-up was melting and I was sweating – not a pretty sight.  By the end of our first day I was limping back to our room with my Outlet shopping treasures and looking for a Walgreens along the way – I had to buy some darn blister band-aids for my poor little sweaty feet.

The next day I had to regroup and rethink my daytime style strategy.  Plan B was: no make-up (with the exception of sunscreen, mascara, eyebrow gel and lip gloss).  Hair was always up in a bun, top knot or ponytail and I wore the least amount of clothes possible.  If I could have walked around naked…I would have.  I found that shorts and light flowy tanks worked the best for me – a little bohemian chic for hot Vegas days.  The evenings were no cooler than the daytime but it didn’t matter too much as we spent our evenings at a show and in our favorite lounges and casinos.  Hot housewife heels were not an issue in the evening – as long as Mr. Modern carried me from hotel to hotel.  Who says Vegas has to be practical?

In the end we had a lot of fun and I picked up some ‘trend’ worthy items from the shops which I will share in another blog.  I also spent some time at Walgreens, not only looking for the aforementioned band-aids, but also for some of the beauty products that haven’t yet made it to Canada.  Very pleased with my drugstore finds which I can’t wait to try out and share with you.

Viva Las Vegas Baby!

I found my heel happiness in the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Heel Happiness

Vegas Fun collage