22 Summer 2019 Beauty Products That California Girls Can’t Part With
As someone who spent the first 20 years of her life on the East Coast and the past nine on the West, I can confidently say that where you live totally affects your personal style. Living in California convinced me to give up the winged liner and red liquid lipstick that were my signatures back east, in favor of a more low-key — and low-effort — vibe. Today, you’re more likely to catch me in barely-there shadow (sans mascara, of course) and a swirl of bronzer, and these 22 summer 2019 beauty products make it so easy to look effortless.
No matter where you live, I’m sure you can appreciate the beauty of a lightweight summer routine (no heavy foundations, thank you!), which is probably why the latest launches across skincare, makeup, and hair care focus on simple products that deliver results. The past month alone has introduced my new Holy Grail face oil, the best-smelling shaving cream in existence, a clean hair care line that actually works, and a shimmery eyeshadow palette that’s pretty much the epitome of summer. I’ve tried my fair share of CBD skincare, too, and now swear by one to rule them all.
Wondering who makes these swoon-worthy summer beauty products — and how you can get your hands on them? Of course you are. Ahead, the 22 best beauty buys of the season (at least, from the POV of a California girl).
1. A Face Oil That Doesn’t Feel Greasy
A limited-edition release from Sonya Dakar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her iconic Organic Omega Booster, this fresh formula (now with frankincense and myrrh) is quickly becoming my favorite face oil. A base of flaxseed oil means it absorbs easily, leaving my skin feeling like, well, skin (and not an oil slick).
2. A Hand Cream That I Can’t Put Down
New “slow skincare” brand SpaRitual sent me its Citrus Cardamom Hand Salve to try, and it hasn’t left my hands since. Over the past two weeks, I’ve taken five flights — and this stuff has been my companion on all of them, thanks to its moisturizing power and delicious-but-not-intrusive scent.
3. A Face Mask Natural Enough To Eat
I was already a fan of Golde’s Turmeric Tonic Blend for at-home golden lattes, so when the brand segued into skincare, I had to try. The Clean Greens Anti-Pollution Face Mask is basically like taking a green juice to the face (and I mean that in the best way possible).
4. A Shaving Cream That Smells Incredible
When it comes to all my shaving needs, I’m a dedicated Billie subscriber. The brand's latest release — a collab with Madewell — is arguably its best yet. The Billie x Madewell Shave Cream features an exclusive cypress, lavender, and sandalwood scent that keeps me fresh from ankles to pits.
5. A Sweet-Tasting, Non-Toxic Toothpaste
Is it weird to say I’ve fallen in love with a toothpaste? Well, I have. This naturally whitening, subtly minty one from new brand Risewell is my go-to.
6. A Concealer That Eliminates The Need For Foundation
I’m not a foundation girl, but I do get the occasional under-eye bag or hormonal zit — which is when I reach for concealer. This one from UOMA (there are 50 shades!) is full-coverage but blends really well.
7. A Teeny-Tiny Makeup Blender
I’m obsessed with the super-cute Microfiber Rosé Mini Sponge from Juno & Co. This size is perfect for blending concealer under the eyes or around the nostrils.
8. A Lightweight Setting Powder
9. The Scent Of Summer
I plucked Bigarade Concentrate from the limited-edition, five-scent Frédéric Malle Les Eaux Collection and probably won’t put it down ‘til fall. Its clean, soapy vibe just feels right for summer.
10. A Custom-Made Moisturizer
11. An Extremely Gentle Exfoliator
I am perpetually scared of over-exfoliating, since my skin is super sensitive, so I’ve taken to using this gentle physical exfoliator (made with jojoba beads and hyaluronic acid to simultaneously buff and plump) once a week. Those with tougher skin can use it daily, though.
12. A Rose Gold Highlighter
13. A Face Mask I’ve Already Used Up
14. A Shimmery Shadow Palette
The pink marble packaging of MAC's new Electric Wonder collection is almost too pretty to touch… almost. Once opened, it reveals the ultimate shimmery shadows for summer, like Fresh Innocence (a metallic pink for day) and Duabandita (a glittering blue-green for night).
15. A Tie-Dye Eye Mask To Help Me Sleep
16. An Easy-To-Use Bronzer
17. Hair Growth Vitamins That Are Tasty *And* Effective
I’m testing Grow Girl's Biotin & Vitamin B Hair Growth Supplement right now. Does it work? I’ll report back in 30 days. So far, all I know is these gummies are tasty.
18. A Deep Berry Lipstick That Stays On, Even While Sweating
You can never go wrong with a MAC lipstick, right? I’m feeling this new deep berry shade, Natural Born Leader.
19. The CBD Serum To Rule Them All
20. A Powder-To-Mousse Face Mask
This wins the award for coolest product texture. Out of the bottle, Eluo Forma Rosea Facial Polish is a powder, then when you add water, it transforms into mousse; at which point, I spread the rose clay mixture on my damp skin and wait five minutes. Once I rinse it off, my face feels smooth and calm.