Most people want a light moisturizer in the summer, but for me, a skin salve does the trick when a lotion just doesn’t cut it. With beach days, the salty ocean dries out my skin, and moisturizing keeps my sun-kissed skin lasting longer.  Also, salves are great for concentrated moisture in areas that need it more.  Knees, cuticles, elbows and feet get drier quicker and rubbing in a skin salve is an instant soother.  Plus for all those that suffer from eczema, a thicker, natural balm moisturizes without any of the added skin irritants that many commercially made products contain.  These all-natural varieties are safe, effective, and smell amazing.  I’ve rounded up my favorite ones from locally-sourced, small batch companies around the country.  Now get salving!

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KP Lotion Bar – This handy palm-sized tin holds a solid lotion bar that when warmed in your hands, melts into your skin. I love the way it moisturizes my skin and hair without leaving me greasy or sticky. They make a range of scents (including no scent), but my personal favorite is peppermint.  The aromatic properties are soothing and healing.

website_SS_1_largeOne Love Organics Skin Savior – A true multi-tasker that can be used on the face and body.  All of One Love’s products are manufactured in 1 of 10 ECOCERT® licensed manufacturing facilities in the country for natural and organic cosmetics.

earth-tu-face-skin-stick-face-lips-body-560x560Earth Tu Face Skin Stick – This handy little stick (that comes in a 100% compostable tube) offers moisture for the whole body and contains Geranium, which naturally prevents and fades scars.



PK Sonoma Luxurious Skin Moisturizer in Absolute Rose – I stumbled upon the PK Sonoma store on a recent trip up north. I fell in love with their all-natural sprays, oils and balms.  Their website is limited but if you can’t get to Sonoma (a perfectly good reason for a trip to wine country, right?), pick up one of these wonderfully rose-scented balms that moisturizes and treats dry skin.


Meow Meow Tweet Repair Balm – Could their packaging be any cuter?  Their vegan and plant-sourced ingredients deliver soft, crack free skin from head to toe.  Also try their Relief Balm: a chest rub for congestion, muscle rub, as well as a bug bite soother.



I’m an avid face washer.  I never go to bed without washing “the day” off and I wash it again first thing in the morning to help wake me up.  But I do love a good face wipe.  In the summer after spending the day at the beach, I want to take all the sunscreen and salt off my skin without having to jump in the shower.  I don’t however, like the tight, dry, or sticky residue that a wipe can leave behind.  Olivella Cleansing Tissues come in a handy resealable pouch and take everything off, leaving your skin soft and residue free.  Happy beaching.  l0ptt3mp_201305151940011767


Makeup brushes can get really expensive and if you don’t know where to start, a brush set can be your best bet.  You get a collection of commonly used brushes that, when bought together, saves you a little dough.  There are a wide range of brushes on the market, from cheap to wildly expensive.  And while it’s not necessary to spend a whole month’s paycheck on brushes, some of the nicer ones tend to last a little longer (as long as you take care of them!) due to their construction.  Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite brush sets that have a nice selection of basics but won’t break the bank! And for tips on how to wash your brushes, click here.


Antonym Cosmetics Travel Set

Best of Sigma Brush Set


Beautycounter Cosmetics Brush Collection


Louise Young Cosmetics Brush Set


Sephora Collection Prestige Luxe Brush Set


Charlotte Tilbury Color Brush Set