Thursday, July 30, 2015

beat-the-heat survival kit

Last Saturday, it took me twice the normal time to get ready for just a low-key night because I had to stop every few minutes to squat in front of my sputtering A/C and let the only-moderately cool air attempt to blow away variously dispersed sweat droplets (TMI?!). It's been consistently cracking 90 degrees in Minneapolis, and if you don't keep the routine quick & basic, you'll be a puddle of perspiration.

The struggle was a wakeup call that I am WAY behind in the warm-weather dress department and ill prepared in terms of heat-beating hair and makeup products. I hastily picked up a couple midis & maxis at Nordstrom & Topshop (it's going to be fall soon! now is the time!), and because cutting back on clothes is only half the battle, assembled a comprehensive sizzling-summer survival kit. Below, shop the products I'm stocking to stay cool.

In other news, this week has flown and it's already my Friday! I took tomorrow off and today is my company's summer picnic/kickball competition. The weather is PERFECT (so comfortable sleeping with the windows open last night!), so I'm looking forward to spending the afternoon outside. Have a fantastic weekend!

one | Clutch—lighten up with a petite purse
two | Texture Creme—hold the hair dryer and enhance your natural waves
three | BB Cream—weightless coverage with SPF and oil control
four | Blotting sponges—for touch-ups on the go
five | Lip stain—skip sticky gloss and smear-y stick; pick a pop color and keep other makeup minimal
six | Slides—easy on, easy off
seven | Dove deodorant—super effective and easy to re-apply as needed
eight | Mattifying serum—build a base that fights shine
nine | Light fragrance—a refreshing blend of water lily, honeydew and Turkish rose
ten | Waterproof curling mascara—lessens smudging in dripping humidity
eleven | Maxi dress (30% off)—not normally a fan of this style, but the flowing silhouette has an effortlessness that is so comfortable when it's so hot
twelve | Hair turban—channel Rachel Zoe with a trendy headpiece and messy topknot
thirteen | Delicate jewelry (30% off TODAY only with code XMASINJULY)—skip heavy bracelets and rings

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