Late Summer Favorites
August. Not quite fall, but doesn’t still feel like carefree summertime now that summer vacation is over for many, and the “-ber” months are right around the corner. August is a fun time to reflect on the last months of sunshine and cut-off shorts, but also a good time to set some new season intentions and rev up for the last quarter of the year. In this blog post I wrote last year I shared my final quarter goals, and this would be a grand time to set some.
All depth and self growth aside, I was thinking about some of my favorite products that I’ve been gravitating towards over the last few weeks and things I might be taking into the late summer and early fall. (In the south they kind of feel like one season because we are all so desperate to bring in all the autumn vibes tbh)
So here are a few of my favorite odds and ends that I’ll be using and continue loving for the next few months.
This Snakeskin Bodysuit // I’m super late to the body suit train- not because I’ve ever disliked them, but because this is the first body suit I’ve found that actually fits my weirdly disproportionately long torso. Thankfully it’s a stretchy fabric and it has adjustable straps so it should work for you no matter what your body type! I bought the snakeskin because I think its a perfect summer to fall transition pattern, and I am SO glad I did. I love this piece with cut off shorts and black booties- and I think that will be so cute going into fall too- just add a leather jacket or oversized pearl snap. You can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be snagging this body suit in the black and leopard print. // I got a small, which is my normal size.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and “The Buffet” serums // 2019 has been the year of skincare for me, and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen that The Ordinary has taken over my life in the best way. Their products have changed my skin in ways nothing else has. I recently was sent a gift card from them to celebrate their arrival at Ulta stores (YAY) and I loaded up! I am still trying out the products that are new to me but I can personally sing the praises of the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and their “The Buffet” serum. Holy guac, y'all . Even though I’m only 24 I am already dealing with premature aging and fine lines because of my extremely dry skin (high school Aubrey had a desert face,) tanning beds, and obnoxious facial expressions. The HA has plumped and hydrated my skin like nothing else and The Buffet has helped me so much with tone, texture, and anti-aging. And its only been 2 months! // I use both morning and night.
The Opal House Verbena Orchid candle // I received this as a birthday present from my friend Sarah. She’s the kind of friend that gives you gifts made up of all the things you never knew you needed in your life, like makeup that comes in pretty packaging and body scrubs that leave your skin shimmery and soft. She’s also the kind of friend that shares a taste in candles. So S/O to Sarah for this candle. T H I S is the perfect late summer candle. When it’s not quite time for cozy fall scents, but you’re not in the mood for beachy coconut anymore. The orchid is floral and warm, but the lemongrass-y verbena keeps it light and clean. The packaging is also a major plus- I love the green tinted iridescent glass, it gives a magical rainbow sheen when lit, and I will 100% be repurposing this jar when it’s all burnt out.
These Self Tanning Mitts // Ya girl loves a good tan, and I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to tanning foams and mitts. If I could say anything in my 13 years (yeah I’ve been self tanning for over half my life) of tanning it is that the application determines the quality of the tan. You can use the most expensive self tanner but if you put it on badly its gonna look…bad. SO If you ever plan on applying self tanner to your skin just do yourself a favor and spend the $3.95 for these three mitts and you can thank me later. I’ve used all the different mitts they sell at Ulta and these blow them out of the water. These are SO sturdy and completely lined with a leak proof plasticy fabric, so no orange streaky palms- EVAH. One of them even has a place for your thumb, giving you that much more control. The velvety fabric on these are super thick and don’t get clumpy or wear down. If you tan your face, you might even love the little baby mitt this set comes with. Quite possibly one of my favorite Amazon purchases to date.
These Affordable Self Tanners - Even though I’ve been fake tanning for most of my life, I’m going to be honest and say it: I miss tanning. I loved tanning in tanning beds. I loved how I could take a warm nap and wake up with an even and golden glow. I don’t love how it made my chances of skin cancer go up by 75% and the inevitable premature aging all over my body. SO since I can’t help but gravitate for a nice tan during summertime I’ve delved deeply into the never ending world of self tanners. These are two of my favorite affordable self tanners (Less than $15 a bottle!) I know people have preference when it comes to undertones of the tan, so I have one picked for more olive toned tans and one for more warm toned tan!
Olive Toned- If you’re super weary of looking too orange, or you love the St. Tropez dark foaming tan and don’t want to spend $40 a bottle, then do I have good news for you. This St. Moriz goes on streak free and looks completely olive green when applying, keeping you clear of an orange tan. This one wears off really nicely too. Not patchy, as long as you know how to apply it and keep up with lotion after your showers. (I’m telling you- buy those $4.00 mitts and thank me later)
Warm Toned- I was super skeptical when someone recommended this Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Body Mousse. I think it’s because at the beginning of my self tan journey I bathed in the Jergens Natural Glow lotion. It was anything but natural, and I definitely had some humbling orange experiences that scared me from anything with Jergans on the front of it. But after using this guy I feel like I can safely say that we have both grown on this self tanning journey. I love this one because you can go straight to Walgreens or any drugstore and pick it up for $13 (or on Amazon for $10) and a bottle lasts forever. This is definitely a more warm toned golden tan, which I am totes okay with now that I know how to properly apply my tanner. This one is great because the color guard in it develops deeper over about three hours after application so it could be worn without having to shower off, unlike a lot of other self tanners out there. Something that I consider a pro- but some might not- is that it can be washed off and reapplied fresh in 3-4 days. I want my tan to either last a full 7-9 days, or come off quickly and smoothly. I hate being caught on day 5 with my legs being patchy and awkward and my arms looking dark and smooth. I need consistency and to be able to scrub it off all at once.
What are your late summer favorites? When does Summer end and Autumn begin in your book? Tag me in your late summer favorites on Instagram @aubrey.madelaine