8 Must-Have Summer Beauty Picks

With summer in full swing, I’ve been breaking out some of my favorite beauty products these days that I just can’t live without.

I know everyone has their favorites & I always love seeing what others can’t live without. Here are my most-used must-have beauty products for summer time.

8 Must-Have Summer Beauty Picks

1. Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves Spray

I discovered this product at ULTA a few years back when getting my hair done. The hairdresser put some in my hair to give me some beachy waves. I actually bought it because it smells amazing. But it does really work. If you have the slightest bit of curl or wave to your hair, this product really accentuates it. If your hair is straight though, I’m not sure how well it would work for you.

It’s a little pricey, but my first bottle lasted me almost 2 years! Definitely worth it.

2. Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze Shower Gel

This stuff is like summer in a bottle for me. I am a huge fan of their shower gel in general, but this is my summer scent for sure. Very limey, a hint of coconut, and it’s definitely strong enough to take all that greasy sunscreen off.

3. Bath & Body Works True Blue Malibu Glow Body Shine

This is an instant self tanner with shimmer. It does not provide a self tan for long-term use. It washes off after each use. But it’s great for a quick glow when you don’t have time for self tanner to work. It has a lot of shimmer, which I love and smells really good.

I got this last year, but I think it may have been discontinued. However, you can probably find it at their semi-annual sale, online, or they may have something similar to it as a replacement.

4. Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

I love getting a pedicure as much as the next girl, but I can usually only get about one a summer if that. I would much rather save my money and do my nails myself. This stuff gives you salon-like results and literally makes your cuticles vanish. I love it for both my nails and toes.

5. Mary Kay Day Solution SPF 35

For some reason, I can put sunscreen everywhere on my body no problem except my face. I cannot stand putting anything greasy on my face, especially if I want to put makeup on after. This solution is supposed to provide anti-aging results, but I just use it for the SPF factor.

t is not greasy, has little smell, and can be used in conjunction with makeup. Any time I wear this, my face never gets burned! I love it.

6. Victoria’s Secret PINK Beach body spray in Sun Kissed

I love fragrance, but heavy fragrances in the summer don’t work for me. I love something light and refreshing. This body mist also smells like summer in a bottle to me. Very coconutty, beachy, and fresh.

7. Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion

I  can get tan if I am outside like all summer, but that is unlikely so color in a bottle is my jam. I’ve tried many self-tanners and this is the best I’ve found for the price. It’s about $7-8, can be found at any Target/Wal-Mart and actually works. I use it daily with some lotion mixed in to keep a glow going all summer.

8. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 30 Sunscreen

This is my perfect sunscreen. Like I said before, I really dislike the greasy stuff. This is called lotion sunscreen, so it’s more like a lotion with sunscreen in it instead of just pure nasty sunscreen. It smells really really good and does not leave me feeling oily.

Watch out though, as there is one that looks just like this one but it’s called “Ultra Radiance.” I have this one too, but radiance = shimmer. It left me shimmery for days even after washing off and I still got burned with that one. Just the regular kind works better in my opinion.

Questions for You:

  • What’s your all-time favorite beach or summer beauty product?
  • From things on this list, what are you most likely to use the most this summer?


  1. I love all Hawaiian Tropic products! They are so perfect. I might need to run to Ulta to try the Fekkai Beach Waves Spray. I’m always looking for the perfect product to wear my hair wavy during the summer.
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  2. This summer I’ll be using lots of sunscreen. Mostly because I’m pale and burn easy. I just bought The Honest Company 30 SPF and I like it!
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    • Me too. I can never seem to escape a summer without at least one pretty bad burn :( I’ll have to look into that though, is it natural or something?

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  4. Great picks! I definitely want to try that beach waves product. I use LUSH’s sea salt spray – I love it, but it has gel in it, so it can get a little heavy sometimes. Thanks for the list! I found you on SITS!
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  5. I love Fekkai products, but I haven’t tried the Beach Waves Spray yet. It’s now on my shopping list!
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