Summer Roundup- My Fav Products and Trends

August hits and every Chicago resident runs to the nearest festival, patio, or beach! How is summer flying by so quickly?!? I have had an amazing summer and can not complain, but I most definitely want to make the most of our next couple months of warm weather!

Speaking of festivals, who will be at Lallapalooza this weekend? My husband is a die-hard, he’ll be there all four days! To be honest, I wasn’t impressed with this year’s lineup. I will miss the people watching, though! Last year I could not get over the Calvin Klein throwbacks! It was the first trend I’ve personally seen come back around, and I was shocked!

There are a few hair and makeup products and trends I’ve seen throughout the summer that are totally festival ready. Regardless of your weekend events, summertime should be fun and easy! I’m sharing with you my favorite beauty related ways to make the most of this season!



Vivid Color

I am in love with the bright color requests I’ve been receiving from some of my clients! I want all of my clients to leave feeling beautiful. If you’re going to try a vivid color it has to be done beautifully. This means some additional maintenance, as bright colors fade quickly. Also, most results are achieved over multiple appointments. It’s so important to understand the process and communicate expectations.



I’ve been loving Pulp Riot Direct Dye Pigments to mix and customize the perfect shade for each client! I’ve especially loved the pink and purple shades this season. From Deep Violet and Magenta through Rose Gold and Pastel Pink, these are some of my favorites!



Feather Extensions

If you’re not quite ready for an all over change, the Fashion Extension trend might be perfect for you to try! A client of mine introduced me to these amazing Feather Extensions a few years back. I couldn’t stop talking about them then, and I still love them today! These are applied in the salon in a non-damaging way, and can be washed and worn throughout the summer! There are many options out there, from subtle natural shades to bright colors!


Natural Hair Products

Taking care of your hair in the summer is crucial. From UV damage to chlorine or salt water, our hair is put through a lot in the summer months. I recently tried a new product line, Natural from AG Hair and I am obsessed! I love that the ingredients keep my hair healthy. Equally important, they work! My hair has a great shine and never feels dry. The Remedy Spray has been a great second day refresh option to remove frizz and the Dry Lift gives my sometimes flat hair a perfect amount of volume!




Bold Lashes

Once again, I’m absolutely loving Tinted Mascaras! Last summer I fell in love with Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara in Beyond Blue and this year it’s top on my list once again! Even if you’re not ready for a bright tint, Mascara is arguably one of the most important products in your summer makeup routine! Everyone wants lashes that look long, thick, and luscious, and not all mascaras can deliver.


The team at recently shared their research on hundreds of mascaras on the market with me. Their goal was to find the absolute crowd favorites, and guess which one came out on top?!? 

Best Overall: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara scored perfectly on every factor of our test. The brush, which has the uniform bristles of a desert cactus, is large enough to create volume, but thin enough to provide separation and definition, with a uniquely spikytip for extra lengthening. The one-of-a-kind bristles  somehow gently latch onto yourhair from the roots to seamlessly lift and define each eyelash.

The special dome tip is truly remarkable. The design is perfect for coating even the most miniscule follicles, the ones that you probably didn’t even know existed. The result? Glossy, silky, and natural, but deliciously plump lashes. No clumping, no smudging, and no scary cement-like after effects.

When we tested this mascara, we couldn’t get the mascara to flake even after we vigorously moved boxes around for a few hours, took a nap, and spritzed ourselves with toner. No mascara avalanche whatsoever.

We’re not the only ones who think Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara isamazing; it has garnered tens of thousands of reviews on four leading beauty sites with a stellar average of 4.4 out of 5 stars, and boasts plenty of positive consumerfeedback.

Who is it best for?

This mascara will please anybody who takes the time to apply it correctly. If you brush it on to your lashes with force, you’ll get results akin to an oil spill. However, if you follow the directions on the package, you will quickly become aconvert.

Who should skip it?

If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara, Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara is a miss. Some customers have also bemoaned the fact that it is a bit hard to remove, although we didn’t experience this issue.

What’s the best way to use it?

It’s critical that you use this mascara correctly to get the intended results. We followed Benefit’s directions to a T:

“Go horizontal! The staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume. Then go vertical! The custom-domed tip with precision bristles lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes.” –Benefits Cosmetics

Also, when you’re at the root, make sure to shimmy the wand a bit so the bristles grip each hair.


To see their full guide, check out


With most of my focus on my eyes, I try to keep the rest of my makeup routine simple. I am loving Per-fekt Skin Perfection and Lip Per-fekt for my “five minutes and I’m out the door” weekend routine! Both are very light, the Skin Perfection Gel Mousse blends easily and the Lip Gel gives just enough tint while moisturizing perfectly (pun intended)!


Last but not least, my go-to beauty product this season has been Eminence Sun Defense Minerals. This powder provides SPF 30 on the go, while also giving me subtle coverage and absorbing any oil without clogging my pores. I packed this on my vacation back in the spring, compliments of Lapiel Laser Center, and it’s become one of my absolute favorite Eminence products!


Whatever you have ahead, make the most of this beautiful weather. Embrace the simplicity of summer in your morning routine and try something a little brighter at your next salon visit!




Disclaimer- I have not and will not receive any monetary compensation for presenting these products on my blog. The decision to write about them was my own and all views and opinions are my own. 
Featured Image provided by Angela Garbot Photography 
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