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4 Summer Beauty Savers to Test Drive This Weekend

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.


Photo: Gina Tricot

Now that summer is fast approaching (the season unofficially started after Memorial Day, but officially starts on June 21), my makeup bag is more minimalist than usual. When I’m in a setting where the sun is beaming and the water is splashing, the last thing I want is a full face of (melting) makeup, which is why “keep it simple” is definitely my beach beauty mantra.

Inspired by Aussie model Shanina Shaik’s look above, here’s a roundup of four products that will help my channel a similar so-fresh-and-so-clean vibe this weekend.

1. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10): I can’t stop talking about this adorable little lifesaver. Although it’s meant to groom your tiniest lashes, it’s also a great overall mascara to tote in your back pocket or little pool party clutch. To look as fierce as Shanina, apply a light coat after jumping in the water.

2. Benefit Fine One One ($30): Benefit’s latest brilliance is this new cheek and lip tint. A true multi-tasker, it’s one of those foolproof, grab-and-go products that I never want to leave home without—especially if I’m en route to a quick, exotic getaway.

3. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray Set ($28): If Shanina’s beachy, effortlessly cool look is your new beauty muse, nab this shampoo-conditioner-spray trio to get the look pronto. I’ve been a loyal Surf Spray fan for years, so this new set is a dream come true. Plus it’s got a great scent to boot!

4. Tarte Lip Surgence Natural Matte Lip Tint ($24): There’s nothing worse than opening your makeup bag on a hot day to see that your lipstick is starting to “sweat” or semi-melt. That’s why I reach for this less fragile chubby when I want a touch of color on beach-bumming days. I also love that it’s super-easy to apply, so I don’t need a mirror to guarantee a flawless look. The plant-based formula also keeps my lips mega moisturized.

Looking for more travel-ready picks? Here’s what Birchbox’s fearless leaders—Hayley, Katia and Mollie—took with them on their recent trip to Guatemala.

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