My 5 Most-Used Beauty Products of Summer 2014


Another summer has come and gone. It was a surprisingly mild one in my part of the world, so I wasn’t struggling to deal with sweat and subway grime as much as usual, but I wanted to look seasonally appropriate all the same. Here are five products that I used over and over again…

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I’m not a sun-worshipper, and I don’t usually care about looking “bronzed” or what-have-you, but I really fell for this “sun-kissed” Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation from Guerlain. It feels lightweight, yet mysteriously gives full coverage while blurring imperfections and adding a slight, non-glittery glow…and it lasts all day.


I’ve been a fan of Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for the past year, so I couldn’t resist this summer version with Orange Flower & Chamomile. It’s the same gentle-yet-effective formula, with a bright floral scent. I hope they’ll bring it back next year.


There’s a reason that every women’s glossy magazine features summer haircare stories—if it isn’t the humidity wreaking havoc on your hair, it’s the sun, and if it isn’t the sun, it’s saltwater or chlorine. I used Ivre de Fleurs Geranium Floral Hair Oil almost daily, as a pre-styling product, and my hair has never felt healthier. (available at Ivre de Fleurs)

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Guerlain Rouge G in Georgia was one of my early-summer splurges and I don’t regret it. I wear lipstick every day, and summer is no exception. Georgia is the perfect peach-rose shade to brighten my face, and the Rouge G formula gives creamy, even, long-lasting coverage. Now if Guerlain would only create refills for the fancy case…


For a more casual approach, Maybelline Color Whisper in Rose of Attraction was my latest favorite cheap-and-cheerful lip color. It’s a sheer, warm pink that feels like a balm and looks fresh without seeming too teen-ish or trend-bound.

What were some of your summer-beauty stand-bys this year?

Top image: DuBarry cosmetics advertisement (1939) via Vintage Ad Browser.


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