Must-have essentials for your face, body, fingers and toes to help you stay sultry all summer long.  Increasing temperatures and sunny days are here, and that means it’s time to get your vacation plans in order and start packing. Escaping to a tropical resort to lounge blissfully on the beach? Or planning a low-key staycation?  Whatever your itinerary is, one thing is for sure: A fresh, summer-ready beauty look is an absolute must. From melt-proof, waterproof makeup, sun protection for your face and body, fresh irresistible , bright summer polishes, to liners and mascaras, Kim Porter shares you her top picks for summer beauty essentials that you need to ensure you have a sultry summer.


DermaDoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ skin clarifying & mattifying sunscreen spf 30 PA+++ ($30.00)

Ain’t Misbehavin’ SPF 30 clarifies, mattifies and protects skin from the harmful effects of ultra violet rays in a single, light-weight formulation.  Ideal for anyone who is blemish prone, oily or has combination skin.  For face and “back-ne.”


  • 3% Avobenzone – powerful UVA deactivator
  • 6% Oxybenzone, 5% Octisalate, 7.5% Octinoxate  – powerful UVB deactivators
  • Willow Bark – natural source of salicylic acid thought to clarify blemish-prone, oily or combination skin
  • Witch Hazel – natural astringent gently leaves complexion radiant
  • Advanced polymer technology – soaks up excess oils and mattifies without leaving skin parched
  • Botanically derived agents help calm and soothe red, irritated skin
  • Natural botanicals – the ideal antidote to mischief making, hormonally out-of-control skin



IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-aging Concealer ($24.00) – My Review

Anti-aging technology helps address the appearance of lines and wrinkles, while covering to conceal discoloration, dark circles, age spots, and redness. It also helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles and conceal facial imperfections without settling into lines and wrinkles. The creamy, crease-proof formula glides on easily and lasts.

A small amount of this highly pigmented formula goes a very long way. Apply with fingertips for full coverage and a radiant, hydrated, dewy glow.


AVAILABLE SHADES:  Light, Neutral Medium, Tan, Deep




NARS Casino Bronzer ($34.00) – My swatches

A diffused deep brown powder with golden shimmer (not recommended for oily skin)

Bronzing Powder creates the ultimate healthy glow. Diffused powders with golden shimmer create an all-over warmth or contour for the face perfect for creating or enhancing the look of tanned skin. Finely milled powders fills in lines and pores for smoother, more even looking complexion.

AVAILABLE SHADES:  Laguna, Irrésistiblement, Casino





Budget Friendly, NYX Matte Bronzer ($9.00)

Deep-tan is perfect for NC-45/NC50 Shades

Achieve a natural and healthy complexion using any of the powder bronzers available in five russet shades. Perfect for that desired honey glow all year long!

AVAILABLE SHADES:  Light, Deep, Medium, Dark Tan, Deep-tan




Rimmel London ScandalEyes Mascara ($6.99): Make a bold summer statement with Rimmel London’s Volume Flash ScandalEyes Waterproof Mascara for long-lasting, waterproof color that plumps up every last lash.

AVAILABLE SHADES: Volume Flash ScandalEyes Waterproof Mascara, Black
WHERE TO FIND IT: Available at mass-market retailers and drugstores nationwide including Walgreens, CVS, Target and Wal-Mart. Visit for store locations.


Rimmel London ScandalEyes Gel Eyeliner ($4.99): Create a scandal this summer with your dazzling, daring eye look. The ScandalEyes Gel Eyeliner deposits richly pigmented, intense color that stays put for up to 25 hours. The creamy, soft formula and built-in brush applicator help you effortlessly achieve a subtle, thin line or a fierce, fabulous stroke of color.
AVAILABLE SHADES: Black, Brown, Aubergine and Blue
WHERE TO FIND IT: Available at mass-market retailers and drugstores nationwide including Walgreens, CVS, Target and Wal-Mart. Visit for store locations.




Maybelline Baby Lips ($3.99)

No more basic lip balm
Lip renew formula and 8-hr hydration for visibly renewed lips in 4 weeks. Clinical care for baby-soft lips.

AVAILABLE SHADES: Quench, Peppermint, Cherry me, Grapevine, Pink Punch, Peach Kiss

WHERE TO FIND IT: or your local drugstore


Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream ($23.00)

Dare to wear Make Up For Ever’s waterproof cream color.  Highly concentrated in mother-of-pearl pigments, it provides an immediate color intensity with a luminous finish.  Its long-lasting formula will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions.

Available in 22 shades, the multipurpose Aqua Cream can be applied on your lips, cheeks and eyes.

AVAILABLE SHADES: Shades #5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 are formulated for the Lips & Cheeks.
Shades #1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, and 22 are formulated for the Eyes & Cheeks.




Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray ($29.00) See my REVIEW

Features and benefits

  • Fewer touchups throughout the day.
  • Stops makeup meltdown.
  • Holds eye shadow, foundation, blush, and concealer perfectly.

Skindinavia invented the makeup finish as a simple way for women to keep their makeup looking flawless all day. Each spray uses our patented Temperature Control Technology® which prevents makeup from melting, drying out, becoming shiny, or creasing.

Skindinavia Makeup Finishes hold everything in place while giving you a healthy, natural glow. Never too dry or too oily. No touch ups or blotting. Just you and the perfect look you love. All day



Carol’s Daughter Gelee De Soleil (Browning Oil) SPF 15 ($15):

SPF 15, Suntan Oil For Beautiful Bronze Skin

  • Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Mango Butter intensely moisturize your skin
  • SPF 15 helps protect from damaging UV rays




GUD Natural Body Mist ($6.99):

My thoughts HERE

Spray the exotic scent of rice milk and vanilla into the air. Walk into the scent. Turn the lights down low. Enough said.
• Seductive and mysterious.
• Slips into any purse.
• No parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.
• Never ever tested on animals. No way!

AVAILABLE SCENTS: Vanilla Flame (my personal favorite), FLorl Cherynova, Orange Petalooza

WHERE TO FIND IT: Target, Rite Aid, Ulta, Duane Reade and more check here for other locations.




Sally Hansen Insta Dri Limited Edition Summer 2012 ($4.99):

Get brilliant, high-shine nails in summer’s most coveted colors instantly. Using an advanced Flexiglass Formula, these shades dry to a smooth, sleek finish in just 60 seconds. Achieve a flawless manicure with just one stroke of the exclusive Perfectionist Brush, which contours to any nail shape for precise, quick application.
AVAILABLE SHADES: Just in Lime!, Orange Impulse, Quick Canary, Fast Fuchsia, Orchid Express, Heat Flash, Blue By!, Magenta Moves
WHERE TO FIND IT: Drugstores and mass retailers nationwide


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