SUMMER BEAUTY 7 Essentials

summer beauty Erika Brechtel 7 essentials

Happy Monday! Although last week was rather hot here in So Cal, the weekend felt so much like a cool summer breeze that it got me inspired for a little pre-season beauty prep. In addition to drinking a lot of water, I also know the importance of sun-protection and ultra-hydration, from my skin to my hair to my lips to my face. Here are my top beauty picks to beat the summer heat:

summer beauty Erika Brechtel 7 essentials products

SUMMER SCENT: Kai perfume oil
This Hawaii girl wants to live and breathe this intoxicating tropical scent of tuberose, all summer long. And I love how it travels well, when you’re on the go or out on the town.

HAIR PROTECTION: Unite 7seconds Conditioner
You shouldn’t just protect your skin; your hair can be damaged by the sun too. I can’t live without this conditioner that doubles as a daily detangler and defrizzer too.

BODY OIL: Bobbi Brown Beach
Tinted, and with a touch of a suntan scent, this I drench my skin with for instant sunkissed silkiness.

LIP OIL: Hourglass Lip Oil Treatment
14 essential oils and vitamins moisturize, condition and protect. I use this daily.

FACIAL SPRAY: Evian Brumisateur Mineral Water Spray
I was pleasantly surprised by what sounds like a gimmicky, superfluous luxury. But when you’re sweating in the summer sun, spray a little of this on for an instant fresh face. It really does work!

SHEER SUNBLOCK: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock SPF 30
I have sensitive skin, and need to be ultra-careful about what I put on my face. This is lightweight and dermatologist-recommended — you can’t go wrong with that.

HAT: straw Panama hat
The older I get, the more I understand and appreciate how important it is to protect the delicate skin on my face and around my eyes to combat wrinkles. A no-brainer, no matter what age.

Are you as ready for summer as I am? My favorite season!


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. You’re stunning! Can’t wait to try some of these out. The Evian spray is intriguing.

  2. OMG, I have not seen Evian facial sprays in ages. To be honest I thought they stopped selling it at the drug stores. I love that spray! 🙂
    I will definitely check out the Kai perfume oil. That’s a beautiful profile shot of you. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have really gotten into body oil lately, so it is great to hear that you suggest Bobbie Brown’s version. I am a huge fan of their makeup, so I will have to remember to try their body oil out! That Kai perfume sounds great as well! Thanks for sharing your summer favorites!