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LA’s Fashion Elite Reveal Their Summer Beauty Picks

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Greetings from Las Vegas! I’m one of 30 official bloggers at MAGIC—the world’s top marketplace for apparel and accessories. It’s been a true blast out here bonding with some of LA’s top fashion influencers. (Check out the #RoadtoMAGIC blog here to follow our adventures.) I checked in with four of my lovely trip mates to see what beauty products they can’t get enough of this summer.

Bethany Struble of Snakes Nest

1. Homemade Rosewater: “I literally make it over the stove. I love it because it’s so light and all natural. I use it as a toner, too.”

2. Benefit Hoola Bronzer: “This is a non-shimmery bronzer in a natural brown hue.”

3. CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara: “I love it because it’s so cheap and fantastic.”

4. Urban Decay Naked Palette: “It has every color you need! It’s so versatile.”

5. Benefit Posietint: “It’s the perfect shade of pink for your lips and cheeks.”

Kiara Schwartz of Tobruck Ave

1. Benefit Hoola Bronzer: “It’s all I put on during summer. I love it because it instantly spruces up your look without looking too done up.”

2. Coola Sunscreen: “My friend who owns a boutique in Vancouver called Kiss and Makeup turned me onto this product. I love it because it smells delicious and isn’t greasy for your face.”

3. Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit: “I take it with me everywhere because you can use it as an eye shadow, highlighter, and bronzer. I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty, so I like versatile products like this.”

4. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara: “I love the brush on this because it separates your lashes perfectly. It only takes one or two coats to get the look you want, which is great because most mascaras take four coats.”

5. Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water: “This makes my skin feel super fresh. I spritz it on in the morning and before I go out.”

Sarah Pollack Boyd of Simply Stylist

1. HIPPxRGB Nail Polish in F2: “I love it because it’s the perfect nude. It’s also completely eco-friendly, which is a huge plus.”

2. Stark Scented Oil: “This is the perfect roll-on perfume for day. It’s so light and compact, so I can fit it inside a small handbag or clutch.”

3. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: “I’m obsessed with this palette! It has every color that I need for my skin tone. I love that it works for both day and night.”

4. Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Sparkling: “It’s hard for me to find the right mix of nude, shimmer, and gloss. This one nails all three!”

5. Maybelline Master Drama EyeStudio: “This glides on effortlessly and creates the perfect dark eye.”

Chanelle Laurence of The Penelope Times

1. Kelley Baker Highlighter Pencil: “This really highlights and brightens up my brows. It’s a great midday pick-me-up for my face, too.”

2. Body Shop Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder: “Getting that glow in the summer can really be highlighted with a great bronzer—this one works wonders.”

3. Stila Apricot Lip Glaze: “I always reach for this when I need a little color to brighten up my lips to complete my look. It adds the perfect amount of shine and color.”

4. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment: “I like to use this scrub once a week to get the dead skin off (especially in the summer with all the sun exposure) and give my face a little revamp. My skin always looks significantly better after I use this scrub, and I love it.”

5. Maybelline Volum’ Express One by One Mascara: “I like to wear as little makeup as possible, especially in the summer. When I have a nice tan on my face, I like to throw on some mascara for a more natural look and One by One is by far the best one. My eyelashes are voluminous and stay that way all day!”


Over here at Birchbox HQ, we’ve been using Melvita’s Floral Water as a mid-day skin refresher.

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