easy summer beauty

Much like NYC, the Midwest has its own crazy brand of humidity and oppressive heat. Real talk, I don’t remember the last time I dried my hair. There is no point. Literally none. To complement my DGAF approach to my hair, I have come up with an equally easy summer beauty routine for my face.

Admittedly I’ve never worn much makeup, but there is nothing like a heat index of 114 degrees fahrenheit to make you rethink putting on foundation or doing anything but dying. Here are my tips for summer beauty to look hot but stay cool. See what I did there?

best summer beauty products

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Since the beginning of this year, I have been on a total rampage to clean up my makeup kit to only include clean products. If you’re new here, I have an obsession with green everything. I have enough working against me already, and I don’t want to be putting toxins on my skin. Plus, I like being neurotic (kidding). If you’re new to the game you can check out my archives here or check out Credo Beauty’s handy Clean Beauty Swaps.

On your typical day, I’ll conceal my eyes with the RMS un-coverup, fill in my brows, throw on a few coats of mascara and use some highlighter. When I’m feeling fancy, I’ll add some bronzer and blush to the equation. Recently, I’ve been into my first routine with a bright lip because it makes it look like you’re wearing a lot of makeup and that you’ve put some effort in. You don’t need to tell anyone you actually put the lipstick on while driving. That can just be our little secret.

I’m really loving the cream blush and bronzer. They’re super hydrating without making my face feel greasy. Also, since it is so freaking hot, they don’t run or look ridiculous if you’re sweating like a whore in church and added bonus, they look super natural. When you get the hang of applying them, you’ll look like a Victoria’s Secret model.

The best part about this, is that it is easy and combined with my low maintenance hair, I’m ready to go in 15 minutes. Which is good, because this girl is interested in sleep.

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bee venom mask

Bee venom? On your face!? Yes. Sounds crazy, right? I thought so too. But when the lovely folks at Abeeco approached me to try their product, I obviously was into it. If this gets rid of wrinkles like Botox, sign me the f up. Amiright?



First take, I loved the ingredient list. I could actually read it, guys. It says to test a small patch before you go ahead and slather it on. So I did that. It is worth noting here that if you are allergic to bees, you clearly shouldn’t use this product.

After I determined that I wouldn’t have to use my epi-pen, I proceeded to slather this over my face. The first time I used it, I did so as a mask: massaging gently, apply a generous layer to your face and neck twice daily and leave for 20 minutes.  Wash off. I noticed that my skin was super moisturized (huge plus during the winter), wasn’t greasy (another huge win) and it seemed more plump. The next use was as a moisturizer.

I really, really like this mask as an addition to my skin-care routine. It’s really moisturizing and oddly is super matte, which is great because nothing is worse than your skin being an oil-slick. That is not cute.

Questions? Comments? Let me know!

current green beauty faves

You may not know this about me, but I’m a bit of a product whore. It’s a problem especially since storage space in my bathroom is a hot commodity. Welcome to urban living, people. It’s really super glamorous. Anyway, I’ve been hot on the trail of some new-to-me and hopefully new-to-you green beauty products that any gal should love. Of course they’re green. It’s my thing. They aren’t weird though, I can assure you of that.

current green beauty faves | via withach.com

boscia moisturizer // tarte concealer // soapwalla deodorant cream // alterna bamboo shampoo + conditioner

Alright peeps, let’s get down to business. I kept this short on purpose because I have a tendency to go on and on about these things.

Boscia Moisturizer: This is, hands down, the best moisturizer I’ve come across in quite some time. It is 100% perfect for summer. Why? Oh, I’ll tell you. It’s light, non-greasy, super moisturizing and has SPF 30. But also, the packaging is really pretty. And I love all things Boscia. You will not reget this purchase. Trust me.
Tarte Concealer: Lately, I have some serious under eye circles and this concealer has been my best friend. It goes on smoothly, doesn’t crease and the best part of it is that it has enough coverage but is so natural that you can also use it as a foundation. I will be doing this as it gets warmer around these here parts.
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream: You. Guys. I have found it. The best all-natural deodorant that ACTUALLY works. Yes, it really does work. No weird smell, no huge sweaty marks, no clumping and most importantly no smelly-ness. I’m a really sweaty person, I admit it, and this is seriously the best natural deodorant I’ve come across and I could not be happier about it. I want to send the people at Soapwalla a care package to thank them. That is how great this is.
• Alterna Bamboo Shampoo + Conditioner: First off, this stuff smells absolutely amazing. Secondly, it tames the heck out of my mane. The shampoo isn’t drying at all and the conditioner is really moisturizing without being heavy. I. am. in. love.
Any questions?

dirty hair, don’t care

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I only wash my hair once a week. Mostly because I can’t be bothered and partly because washing your hair everyday is bad for you. Or whatever they say.

How do I do this? I have a team of magical garden gnomes that secretly wash my hair for me nightly. But really, I use dry shampoo. There is word on the street that your hair gets used to you not washing it all the time. I believe this word to be true.

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Not only is this a picture of my hair on day 6 of not washing it, it’s also a picture of me acting. Hence the filter. But you can see my hair and how not greasy is that part looking? Right.

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I instagrammed this a few weeks ago. Also day 6 hair. Day 7 looks pretty much the same but that’s usually when I wash it because, well, sometimes you need to wash it.

What is my trick? This. My other trick? Using it at night and not in the morning. Yes, you read that correctly. At night. I spray my part and then i grab about 1 1/2″ horizontal sections and spray at the root there down to both my ears. If the crown is looking a bit shiny, I’ll give it a spritz as well. Using the dry shampoo at night gives a perfect bed head look in the morning. That “oh yea, my hair is just perfectly messy, be jealous” look.

If you’re freaked out about spraying white powder into your hair, I suggest this (assuming you’re a brunette) or this. I’ve tried all three but the first one is still my favorite.

Any questions?