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Summer Beauty Secrets, From Us To You


Today is the solstice, and if New York’s 90-degree temperatures yesterday didn’t already tip you off, summer has officially begun. What better way to welcome the season than with an abridged version of the best skin salves, fragrances, and humidity-friendly makeup out there? To save you the googling trouble, we polled our favorite bloggers from across the Web for their seasonal favorites in our new Summer Beauty Guide, and provided our own below. Enjoy the warm weather (and don’t forget your sunscreen!)

Celia Ellenberg, Senior Beauty Editor

“Full disclosure: I don’t wear deodorant in the winter. I don’t really need it, nor do I like the way it feels, so I just forgo application altogether. In the summer, though, I break out La Vanila’s The Natural Deodorant. It’s free of aluminum, propylene glycol, and parabens, yet still manages to work pretty well. Go for the lavender scent—very refreshing.”

La Vanila The Natural Deodorant, $18,

Phyllis Fong, Copy Editor

“I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps year round, but I especially like the Peppermint version for summer. It leaves skin feeling cool and a bit tingly—better than air-conditioning!”

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap, $15,

Kimberly Sentner, Photo Associate

“My hair is wavy, and summer in New York is humid. Without Bumble and Bumble’s Grooming Crème, my hair becomes a bottle brush; with it, I actually enjoy looking in the mirror at the end of the day. Another big plus: It takes minimal effort.”

Bumble and Bumble Grooming Crème, $25,

Nicole Phelps, Executive Editor

“A writer friend of mine, Stacie Stukin, launched Dr. Robin All Natural Chemical-Free Sunscreen for kids with Beverly Hills-based pediatric dermatologist Dr. Robin Schafran. As its name promises, it’s phthalate-, paraben-, and fragrance-free, but it’s also water-resistant, which is good for my son, who loves playing in the sprinklers at the playground. It works so well, I’m using it now, too.”

Dr. Robin All Natural Chemical-Free Sunscreen, $24,

Amarides Montgomery, Graphic Designer

“Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride is great for casual days, gives you some natural-looking color without feeling heavy or looking like you are wearing makeup, and doubles as a lip stain.”

Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride, $30,

Marina Larroude, Senior Market Editor

“I’ve been using Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation for over a decade now. It has SPF 34, which helps defend my skin against UVA/UVB rays, evens out the skin tone, and has a super-light finish. I even use it at the pool.”

Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation SPF 34, $26,

Meghan Forsyth, Graphic Designer

“My favorite summer beauty trick is to use lemon juice to naturally highlight my hair. First I shampoo and condition, then I put some lemon juice all over about a half-hour before going outdoors for a natural, wavy, summery beach look.”

Romney Leader, Fashion Features Editor

“I keep Kiehl’s French Rosewater Toner in the refrigerator for a quick—and cooling—refresh.”

Kiehl’s French Rosewater Toner, $14,

Leslie Steinberg, Editorial Coordinator

“My boyfriend just brought back Blue Lagoon’s Silica Mud Mask from Iceland, which I love so much I am going to buy the toner and cleanser.”

Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask, $100,

Maggie McVeigh, Summer Intern

“Maui Babe After Browning Lotion is my favorite product to put on after spending time in the sun. It’s a light moisturizer that’s particularly great for turning burn into tan while preventing peeling, and making your bronze last much longer. My sisters and I swear by it!”

Maui Babe After Browning Lotion , $14,

Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images



  1. katherinemcveigh says:

    Maui Babe is the best! I put it on every night before bed and after I get out of the shower. It makes my tan last so long!

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