14 Best Summer Beauty Product Essentials

Summer is in full swing, and there’s not a better time to cover the beauty essentials of the season for 2018. It’s the fun-loving, anything goes time of sun-kissed skin, and glowing complexions. The major players in the beauty industry usually launch their heavy hitters in the summer, and some amazing new products have come out. But there are also some tried and true standards that have stood the test of time as well.  So take a look at the Luxe Lookbook’s list of the best summer essential beauty products of 2018!

Girl in bikini and sunglasses in front of blue wall - Best summer beauty product essentials 2018

1. Ocean Potion® Sunscreen Lotion SPF30

I fell in love with Ocean Potion years ago…I think two bottle designs ago (when it was purple). I LOVED the smell, now labeled “scent of sunshine”, and while it’s non-greasy it gives broad spectrum UVA /UVB protection.  It also has anti-oxidant vitamins B, C & E, deep sea minerals, seaweed and algae extracts. I love how my skin looks and feels after wearing this – no other sunscreen makes me skin look and feel as good.

If anyone else has any they love, let me know!

Ocean Potion sunscreen sunblock spf 50

2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Glides on easy, and stays put through the day, even workouts when you sweat (oh, I mean glow). There are about ten different color options including white. Stila stay all day liquid waterproof eyeliner

3. Glossier Cloud Paint

Very recently, I succumbed to all the Glossier ads in my FB feed, and I’m glad I took the leap. The products I’ve tried are like luminous dreams in a tube, and the cloud paint is one of the best products. The lightweight sheer gel paint can be dabbed onto your cheeks, and is almost impossible to put too much on or mess up. As an uber-pale girl, I was impressed. It’s also buildable, so adding more on increases the pigment. It’s available in six shades.

Glossier Cloud Paint cheek blush

4. St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion

Apply this genius solution in the shower, then rinse off after three minutes. It not only gets you enviably bronze, but keeps the skin moisturized with almond oil. For best results, use it daily for up to three days.

St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion

5. ColourPop No Filter Foundation

A whopping 42 shades are served up by ColourPop in their latest No Filter Foundation – an impressively inclusive collection. It blends in well, giving an almost flawless matte finish, pretty much perfect for selfies.

ColourPop No Filter Foundation

6. Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Crème

I’m not going to lie. I’m probably the laziest person when it comes to my hair. You won’t see me taking the time to style it like all those insta-pinterest moments. I’m much more the beach wave, boho girl. So any products that help me achieve that lazy girl thing while not looking like a crazy hobo instead of beach hobo, I’m all in. This air dry cream by Kristen Ess gives a boost of shine, prevents the frizz, and makes your hair soft.

Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Crème

7. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Pretty much everybody is going ga-ga over this new limited edition gel highlighter by Marc Jacobs. The rose gold glow is pretty much flattering on any skin tone, and includes coconut water and provitamin B5 to hydrate and nourish your skin.

Marc Jacobs Dew Drop Coconut Highlighter

8. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

We all have our favorites for different situations, and for summertime, this one can work wonders when waterproof is needed. “As far as drugstore mascaras go it doesn’t get any better than Lash Paradise. It lengthens, doesn’t clump or flake, and pretty much stays put.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lashes Mascara

9. FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Summer Daze & Summer Nights Iridescent Lip Luminizer Trios

With all of the iridescent unicorn-friendly highlighters out there, it should come as no surprise that somebody wanted to give our pouts a little luminizing love as well. Rihanna dished out the light with her trio of pearlescent, creamy lip glosses that give a pop of vivid hues in a sheer finish. Perfect for a festival vibe.

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Summer Daze & Summer Nights Iridescent Lip Luminizer Trios

10. Bumble and Bumble Solid & Striped Surf Spray

add the perfect amount of tousled texture, is the same as the classic, but with a summery, coconut scent.

Bumble and Bumble Solid & Striped Surf Spray

11. First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint with Goji Berry SPF 30

The perfect combination of full sunscreen protection with makeup coverage. The Hello Fab Skin Tint goes on sheer, but it’s buildable for fuller coverage. Bonus: it also has goji berries, an anti-oxidant known to help the skin!

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint

12. Essie Bikini So Teeny Nail Polish

Pinks and reds are tried and true, but pop in some understated blue for some fresh new energy. This Bikini So Teeny is gorgeous for all skin tones, and has just a bit of shimmer.

Essie Bikini So Teeny blue nail polish

13. James Read Overnight Sleep Mask Tan Bronzer

Speaking of lazy, this is another product that is perfect for those of us that like pressing the easy button. This goes on as a mask that you put on at night before you go to bed. It dries quickly, and you will wake up with sun-kissed, natural-looking tan. It includes aloe vera, Co Enzyme Q10 and hyaluronic acid to firm, plump and hydrate your skin and is also infused with black rose extract to brighten and refresh.

James Read Overnight Tan Bronzer Mask

14. Meaningful Beauty Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Summertime means overworked sweat glands, clogged pores, and dirt, simply because we tend to be outdoors and active more often. So keeping your face clean and getting the dead skin off is definitely going to help prevent breakouts and skin issues. I did this exfoliating treatment just once a week for my sensitive skin, and it sloughed off all the dull skin, leaving my face smoother.



    • luxelookbook Reply

      Nice, Mariann! Do you have any other favorites you absolutely recommend?

      • You just saved me lot of web browsing over various beauty products. I guess it would be among the coolest beauty list of year 2018. I especially like beauty intensive exfoliating treatment. I sweat out a lot. hope it would help. thanks

  1. I absolutely love the Bumble and Bumble surf spray! For facial sunscreen everyone should try out the Avene brand. They have a perfect line for all skin types and it’s all natural!

    • luxelookbook Reply

      Nice, thanks for the recommendation! I am always scanning for better skincare products, especially when it comes to the sun! Thanks girl!!

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