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Top 20 Skincare Faves


As we steadily approach the warm weather months, I felt it necessary to do some product de-cluttering and make a list of my favorite good skin and easy beauty must haves. No one loves a full glam beat more than yours truly but when you're in and out of the pool, on and off of the beach, there's really nothing more glamorous than having radiantly supple skin and a healthy glow. Okay, I know 20 favorites is a bit excessive but give me some credit for narrowing it down this much. Here are the H.Y.B's top 20 warm weather beauty and skincare favorites!

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1. Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray $32.00

Awaken and brighten your complexion and minimize the appearance of pores with this ultra soothing priming spray.. Perfect on the go component for bursts of moisture throughout the day. Wear it underneath and on top of makeup for healthy awakened skin.

2. Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel Rainforest of the Sea™ $25.00

Tarte is well known for their natural, vegan skincare and this gentle cleanser is one of my favorites for removing stubborn, waterproof makeup and excess dirt and oil build-up on the skin. This formula is made with lavender, vitamin C and antioxidant-rich algae that leaves skin soft, bright and insanely hydrated.

3. Literally Any kind of Sheet Mask $3-12.00

I find that you can never go wrong with a good sheet mask. Even if it isn't your exact skincare match, they are a good way to test the waters when it comes to finding ingredients that are beneficial to your particular skin type. Try finding ones that suit your particular kind of texture. Detoxing clays and hydrating gels are my favorite for spring and summer months. You can find high-end versions of your favorite formulas at Sephora.com and more affordable versions of the same at Target.com

4. L'Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care $17.99

I have normal to dry skin and including good a water-based moisturizer to my skincare routine is an absolute must. This lightweight formula packs a decent amount of moisture and is perfect over sunscreen and wears great under makeup.

5. Clinique Moisture Surge™ Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief $25.50

Another incredible moisture restoring face mist. This antioxidant-enriched formula helps neutralize environmental aggressors. Portable size means you can enjoy an instant spritz of refreshing moisture anytime.

6. Tarte Cosmetics Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer $39.00

I can never have too many water-based, gell moisturizers. In fact, this one by Tarte was my first introduction to the whole drink of water for your skin type of moisturizers. I am now on my second jar of this hydrating cocktail of skin quenching goodness. It's packed with hyaluronic acids and electrolyte balancing sea salts that hydrates skin without weighing it down.

7. LANCOME Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum $80-$178.00

It's never too early to introduce a serum to your skincare regiment and help defend your complexion against rapid signs of aging. After the age of 30, a serum should basically be mandatory in the grand scheme of calling yourself a true adult. With years of late nights, early mornings and epic partying rituals under your belt, this formula thats rich in Bifidus extract is clinically proven to improve skins elasticity, radiance and firmness and evens skin tone and texture in as little as 6 weeks.

8.Neutrogena Deep Clean® Purifying Micellar Cleansing Water $10.99

Micellar water is a great one step, all-in-one gentle cleanser that removes tough waterproof makeup, excess oil and environmental residue. This one by Neutrogena leaves skin purified and revitalized without stripping it of all it's natural oils.

9. Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 $24.00

Protect your precious pout from the suns harmful rays with this delightfully soothing lip balm by Fresh. This luxurious formula contains an SPF of 15 and comes in plenty of delicious scents, flavors and colorful finishes. Perfect for summer and all year 'round

10. Bath & Body Works Coffee Bean Body Scrub $14.50

I mainly love this product for it's ridiculously decadent scent. Being an avid coffee lover, I can't think of a better way to start off my morning than with an iced latte and a good scrub down with this rich exfoliant.

11. Dr. Teal's Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub $4.99

I love the feeling of freshly exfoliated skin. This super affordable one by Dr. Teals' blends mineral-rich Pink Himalayan Salt and Pure Epsom Salt to exfoliate and smooth skin. Restorative Bergamot and Sweet Orange essential oils soothe the senses, while Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil leave skin soft and moisturized. Perfect for kickstarting that coveted summer glow.

12. L'Oreal Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask $12.99

L'Oreal recently launched a collection of powerfully potent pure clay masks that are ideal for unclogging and minimizing the appearance of pores while effectively smoothing skins surface imperfections. Get rid of dead skin and brighten a dull complexion in as little as 10 minutes.

13. MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation $39.00

If you have to wear foundation at all, go for one thats lightweight with buildable coverage and a satin skin-like finish. You can find all three features in a wide variety of shades with MAC studio face and body.

14. Shisedio Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 38 PA++ $36.00

A highly nourishing, sheer sunscreen lotion, great for both face and body, that defends against powerful UVA/UVB rays which cause sunburn, cell damage, dryness, roughness, and premature signs of aging such as fine lines.

15. Josie Maran Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter $23.00

I can't say enough about this beautiful, balmy lip enhancing color by Josie Maran. It's packed with tons of good for you, holistic ingredients like 100 percent argan oil, manuka honey, and moringa butter. This rich, luxurious formula nourishes and conditions lips from the inside out. Comes in two your lips but better shades and one creamy colorless finish.

16.Olay Cleansing Infusion Facial Cleanser with Deep Sea Kelp $6.99

While there are tons of high end cleansers on the market don't overlook the affordable goodness waiting for you at your local drugstore. This fresh facial cleanser by the skin experts at Olay draws out impurities while promoting a healthy moisture barrier that leaves your skin looking and feeling hydrated and naturally radiant.

17. Evian Brumisateur® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray $12.50

Last on my list of facial sprays is this classic mineral water spritz by Evian. With its powerful micro-droplet mist, evian Brumisateur® Mineral Water Spray hydrates, tones, and refreshes skin throughout the day. It’s the only facial mist that can care for your skin on a daily basis with the purity of evian Natural Mineral Water. A favorite of skin care professionals,

18. e.l.f Exfoliating Scrub $4.99

So obviously exfoliating is my jam. If you're obsessed with wearing highlighter in the summer (or all year round for that matter) you know that nothing gets in the way of a good beat as much as textured skin. That's one reason daily exfoliating is really important. It keeps your canvas smooth, even and clear of clogged pores and dead skin. This one by e.l.f is best when used 1-2 times a week.

19. Bath & Body Works Coconut Milk Body Oil $14.50

This lightweight body oil is a sweet, island-inspired blend of Coconut Milk, Sheer Jasmine, Vanilla Musk and Sandalwood. It leaves the skin feeling silky and leaves a luscious, radiant glow. Great for the legs, arms and decollatage.

20. Prada Infusion d'Homme Cologne

Last but not least, a fragrance to end my list of warm weather faves. This particular fragrance by Prada has been discontinued however, fresh scents that are clean, bright and citrusy complement the warm weather months perfectly. Also scents that are light and floral layer well over oils and lotions for a complex signature fragrance thats personal to you.

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