We still have a month of Summer left and I for one will be living it up in New York City before heading back to Miami for Fall. There have been a few things that I have been loving this summer and I want to share those things with you! This will be a comprehensive list of my 2021 summer favorites which includes: Black Owned Businesses I’ve been shopping all summer, Skincare, Makeup and Beauty products that work well for hot summers, my favorite brands to shop for the perfect summer look and everything in between. Make sure to bookmark this post for summer inspiration and for easy access to shop all of my summer 2021 favorites.
BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES
Over the summer I stumbled onto some amazing Black Owned Businesses that I can’t get enough of. Brandon Blackwood and Yaito are 2 handbag brands that I love! The bag I’m carrying here is from Yaito and now I’m convinced I need one in every color. For statement earrings, I’m loving Lil Miss Leather, whose earrings made out of leather will get you every compliment under the sun. I have these, these and these. I was introduced to Souk & Sepia by a good friend and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s a website chalk full of dresses, accessories and amazing footwear and I love that it’s also Black Owned. If you’re looking for Black Owned footwear brands then definitely check out Chelsea Paris. I love their mules!
When it comes to summer skincare, of course I need a good sunscreen. My favorite sunscreen for my face is the Super Goop Unseen Sunscreen. It’s great for those no makeup days when I’m giving my face a rest. I’ve also been an avid user of Manuka Honey Masks. Manuka honey has amazing antioxidant properties and I’ve noticed a considerable change in my skin since doing Manuka Honey Masks every other day for 30 minutes. Dr. Gross Daily Peel pads have become my saving grace for improving the texture of my skin and giving me super soft smooth skin. The skin on my face is more radiant and my skincare products able to be absorbed more easily since using these daily peel pads every night for the last 3 months. To help with hyperpigmentation and dark spots I use a mixture of Hyper Clear Vitamin C Serum (which is a Black Owned Business), Rael Beauty Lighten Up Cica Spot Corrector and Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. My two favorite serums to keep my skin bright and moisturized are Elemis Peptide 4 Night Recovery Cream Oil and L’Occitane Immortelle Reset.
BODYCARE & FRAGRANCES
To keep my skin soft and smooth I use Pixi Beauty Bodytreats Glycolic Body Wash for my back. I tend to have acne breakouts on my back and this exfoliating body cleanser has helped tremendously. I combine that with the Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Exfoliating Soap and the skin on my body has never looked better! My favorite body creams and lotions that keep me well moisturized this summer are a combination of: Kiehls Creme De Corps Moisturizer, Sol de Janieiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and Elemis Sea Lavender and Samphire Body Cream. All three are extremely moisturizing especially the Keihls which is my go-to but because it has no scent I love to mix it with the Bum Bum Cream that smells buttery and rich or the Elemis Sea Lavender and Samphire that smells incredible! When it comes to fragrances for summer, I’ve been gravitating to light fresh scents for day and sultry scents for the evening. Sol De Janiero came out with a few new hair and body mists that smell like summer vacations: The Black Amber Plum and Vanilla Woods is the perfect combination and the Pistachio & Salted Caramel is even better! Moroccan Oil also came out with a hair and body mist Brumes Du Maroc which smells absolutely intoxicating! My favorite fragrance for a sultry night time affair is Le Labo Thé Noir 29. It’s a very mysterious scent that drives people crazy!
HAIR & MAKEUP PRODUCTS
When it comes to my hair, I only trust Eco Styling Gel with Argan Oil to get my sleek low bun and pony tail looks. It works magic even in the hot summer humidity. For getting my scalp nice and clean, Eden Body Works Peppermint and Tee Tree Clarifying Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner are my go-to’s for wash day. To get the perfect twist out or pineapple puff, I rely on Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter for amazing definition, moisture and scent!
To make sure my makeup stays on in the hot summer sun, Laura Mercier Pore Perfecting Primer and been my savior. My makeup stays on longer with less shine through the day. I’ve also taken to sealing my makeup look with Laura Mercier Powder in medium deep. It gives me a beautiful matte glow and perfectly finishes off any makeup look. I’m also loving Mented Cosmetics which is a Black Owned Beauty Brand! Their bronzer in the color Yacht Life is perfect for contouring!
When it comes to fashion, I have a few places I love to shop for the best two piece sets, swimwear and dresses. ASOS is definitely high on the list for two piece sets like this linen number I’m wearing and for a good girls night out or summer date dress. Nasty Gal & Boohoo are great for affordable two piece numbers as well. For swim I‘m loving the new collection from Rat & Boa as well as Andrea Iyamah (Black owned). I’ve linked a few of my favorite pieces I’ve gotten this summer above. Some have been featured already on my other platforms but most haven’t! I’ve even thrown in a few dresses I’ve gotten just to lounge around the house it when its too hot outside!
So there you have it loves, everything I have been coveting and loving this summer from beauty, to fashion to skincare products. If you have any extras that I should check out before summer comes to a close be sure to list them below int he comments and I’ll check them out! Remember you can shop all of my looks featuring on my blog and instagram here on my ShopLTK account!
I hope you are able to enjoy what’s left of summer safely!