Summer Beauty List



We made it to mid summer! The part where the heat is not so welcoming, but more of a daunting reality. You may be in full on survival mode at this point and honestly the heat isn’t leaving us anytime soon.  But have hope,  just because you are hot and sticky doesn’t mean you have to look a “hot mess”.  I have compiled a list of summer beauty products that will give you that effortless summer glow.


1. Chanel Le Blanc face primer– This product is a double whammy. Not only does this gorgeous primer give your face the perfect amount of natural shimmer or youthful glow, but it protects with spf 40! Now in two shades pink and gold. Use after skincare, and right before tinted moisturizer.

Also don’t skip the Chanel Hydra Beauty flash cream. An instantly hydrating perfecting balm. This on-the-go moisturizer combines Camellia Alba PFA with the hydrating power of shea butter and moringa butter for an immediate smoothing effect. Soft-focus powders and pearly particles visibly diminish the appearance of skin imperfections by creating an even texture with less visible pores. Use before makeup or even as a refresher on top of makeup later in the day.


2.  Rodan & Fields foaming sunless tanner. This stuff is a dream and only $24. No more mixing harsh colored tanners in with your lotion or needing to wear gloves. This foam gives the perfect application every time. After just two uses you will see a nice color change in your skin. Self tanners also protect the skin against sunburn so mix this product in with natural exposure to the sun and your skin will look perfect and stay healthy all summer long.

(There is a slight slight smell associated with this product, but way less than any others I’ve tried and it vanishes fast.  Also I did start to see an orange hue to the skin after multiple applications but one trip to the pool and it was all evened out to the perfect summer tan with no damage to my skin!!!)

Because you shouldn’t use sunless tanning products without exfoliating first try Rodan & Fields micro derm paste. A very unique concept of and oil free paste that gently exfoliates leaving skin silky smooth. Use on dry skin.




3. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc shimmering body oil makes me Oh so Happy! Inspired by remote private islands where summer lasts all year and one day blends seamlessly into the next, Soleil Blanc is an addictive solar floral amber with notes of Cardamom Oil, Bergamot, Benzoin Extract, Coco de Mer, Pistachio. This silky and lightweight oil illuminates the skin with shimmers of gold and platinum leaf. The captivating Soleil Blanc leaves the sultry effect of sunkissed summer skin and tempts the senses with a fragrance of scorching sensuality. A must have!!



4. Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda tinted cream.  At a staggering price of $200 per jar you may be thinking what is all the fuss about. Well let me tell you this award winning product will have you hooked at first touch. Crema Nuda is a premium care complexion perfector with performance power that surpasses both a bb and cc cream, making it a new generation of tinted cream. The multitasking product treats, corrects and blurs the complexion with a formula infused with the reviscentalis resurrection plant, enabling the cream to improve skin radiance and reveal a younger-looking complexion. Don’t take my word for it. Ask for a sample and I guarantee you will be figuring out ways to splurge!



5. Dior glow lip and cheek. The whole line of Dior glow has all the heart eyes from me. These products pair perfectly with sweaty summer skin and their gel like texture is a refreshing extra.  This product is a cheek and lip tint that brings out your own natural radiance with a custom rosy glow. Number six boasts more from the amazing Dior glow line. Try also the nail glow for the perfect pinky effortless nails.




6. A pomade for the lips?! Heck yes. Dior lip glow pomade is an intensive lip care product with a natural, self-adjusting, rosy tint. Pair with the lip glow liner for the perfect defined pink lips. Dior’s original lip glow sticks come in two shades or light rosy and coral. They are sheer chapstick like sticks that enhance your natural lip shade. These are a long time favorite of mine.



7. Anastasia Beverly Hills waterproof dip brow. We all want those perfectly filled in brows, but who wants to worry about ruining them poolside? This creamy, multitasking product glides on skin and hair smoothly to create clean, defined brows. The standout formula works as a brow primer and provides color, sculpture, and shading. With 11 different shades to choose from you are sure to find your perfect match.


8. Dior glow Maximizer. A versatile primer that amplifies skin’s natural radiance for a beautifully luminous effect. Very similar to the Chanel primer only this one does not have an spf, and I use it more as a highlight to the skin on top of foundation. This primer instantly brightens dull complexions, sculpts the face, and amplifies the skin’s natural light for spectacular radiance. Use it alone or mix it with foundation to boost radiance.

Patriotic chic

   I typically don’t like to wear color. I’m usually more of a neutral girl, but around this time in the summer I begin to go all flag crazy. This romper is hands down the perfect getup for your upcoming holiday festivities. I’ve also rounded up some of my favorite kiddie items that if you hurry you can snag before the fourth. 




Vivid and Ash 


Little Kate designs

Wildly co



Pretty by JL

P and the Lion


Piper Finn footwear

Naturally Blonde Beads 


Kindred cool. 

I’m sure by now you e heard me talk about or have seen me tag Kindred Boheme the collective. It’s a local (to me) salon that just gets life ha! You are inspired and relaxed from the moment you walk in the door. At first glance you might not even know it was a hair salon. The store is lined with gorgeous plants and florals and perfectly dainty touches. Lucky for you guys you can shop online! Though you won’t get the same serene experience as being in store, the clothing lineup is superb.  
This off the shoulder tunic is a definite must have this summer. It’s the perfect neutral color. I wear it as a casual dress and even a cover up. 
Off the shoulder dress (coming back in stock soon). Choker. Handbag. Aniston’s shirt. Mandy’s shoes are old Elizabeth and James. Aniston’s shoes are last seasons Old Navy. 


Give me all the florals

Ok not really. If my whole wardrobe was florals that might be a bit much ha! But late spring early summer I do love to mix this pattern in. Have you guys heard of the brand Miss Selfridge?! I’ve been loving their pieces lately. Great quality and all around $100. Perfect occasion pieces in my opinion.

These pieces are no brainers. So simple and no styling involved except picking out accessories.


And then mom duties call and I switch out to flats. So versitle! I love it.

Romper. Clutch. Shoes. Dress.




Post work out flow. 

 I go to the gym four times a week and on top of that have tons of mom duties and errands to run. I maximize my time working out so I am left with little time to pull myself together for the rest of the day. Lately I’ve been purposely getting out of my yoga pants and into something with a little more street style. Here is a look that I’ve been modifying and rocking a lot lately. 

Hair in a half high pony as opposed to the usual messy top knot. Cut off denim and a shaggy cardigan. Add a pop of color on the lips and large sunnies and you’re good to go!   
Cut offs. Cardigan. ( old H&M)  Tee. Kicks. Bag. Water bottle (on clearance). Sunnies. Lip shade

My skincare routine

I’m going to go out on a limb and say most women (people) are very curious about skincare. I get asked a lot and I mean A LOT of questions about it. What brand do I use, what is the difference between a serum and a moisturizer, would I like to join their skincare business, the list goes on and on. Women want to have their best skin, but most don’t want to put in much effort to achieve it. Unfortunately it is one of those areas in life where you get out of it what you put in.  Once you find a skincare regiment that suites you it will become part of your every day life. There is no going back to,” Oh I just use olive oil on my face”. ahhh!!!! Maybe you are just lacking knowledge, and you need a nudge in the right direction. I am here to help. Not that you have to use what I use, but at least you can get a taste of what a routine looks like.

So I’ve made a super awkward video of myself trying to explain what I use on a daily basis. Do these videos ever get easier to make?! ha! I mean talking to a computer, trying to remember all the info you want to share, and looking cute doing it is a major challenge for me. But I did it, for you, so you’re welcome.



One thing to keep in mind when applying products is always go from thinnest to thickest in texture. Here is a written out step by step of my daily routine.

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Serum
  4. Eye serum
  5. Eye cream
  6. Face cream


Here are some of the products I am currently using, and then some other brands I have used in the past and loved. I have a post all about moisturizers in the works too so we can talk more in depth on finding what is perfect for your skin.


Makeup wipes. Chanel toner. Dior XP line. Nars exfoliator. Chanel Resynchronizing system. 

Chanel Hydra Beauty- Micro serum, gel cream, micro eye and hydra beauty flash.


Nars skincare

Kiehls- Powerful strength line reducing concentrateUltra facial cream, creamy eye treatment with avacado


Mom Uniform

You’ve all heard of the mom uniform right? It’s different for everyone, but my go to is ripped jeans (preferably black), a graphic tee, tennies, bold lips, and fun shades. I keep my wardrobe pallet pretty neutral so mixing and matching is a no brainer. I invest in classic pieces and shop bargains on the trendy. I never think to snap pictures in my normal everyday casual clothes, but the other day when I put on my favorite @blanqigirls tee I thought the social web world needs to see an everyday Mandy look. ha! IMG_3764IMG_3766IMG_3762IMG_3755IMG_3754IMG_3757IMG_3747

shades, tee, jeans, sneaks, purse