4th of July Beauty & Style Essentials

I celebrate my birthday big time, I mean complete with fireworks, barbecue, and all that jazz! And yes, I celebrate it with the entire nation… because guess what, Born on the 4th of July baby here! Red, white and blue, be it in style or beauty, you know I got something for you!

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Since it’s a weekend of nonstop festivities and with summer in full swing, sun protection and hydration are keys to keep your skin in tip top shape. Unless you’re staying indoors or going out only at night time, I highly encourage to keep your makeup as minimal as possible. Ditch thick cream or liquid foundations and opt for something lightweight like CC or BB cream, or even better, a tinted sunscreen/moisturizer like SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 32 ($38, 1.85 oz/ 52.5 g). Indicated for all skin types, most especially post-procedure or sensitive skin, this physical sunscreen is free from oil, paraben and fragrance. For optimal protections against sun’s harmful UV rays, apply it liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hrs if you’re staying out longer than usual.

The hot and humid weather also zap out skin’s moisture so it’s a good idea to bring a facial mist like derma|e Purifying Toner Mist ($15.50, 2 fl oz/ 60ml). It features marine algae and green tea, both of which refresh, fortify and rebalance skin against environmental pollutants.

Looking haggard from hangover? get instant fix with Pixi Eye Zone Brightener Illuminating Serum ($17.60, 0.14 fl oz/ 4ml). It’s a nice compliment to your favorite concealer. In a nutshell, it’s a lightweight under eye serum that renders subtle radiance, which in effect fakes a good night sleep and a more awakened look. The trick is to apply it right after moisturizing your face, let it soak in for few minutes, then apply your concealer over it. It’s retractable and travel-friendly to say the least.

Pixi also launched a go-to version of its cult favorite Glow-Tonic ($19.80, 60 pads). These pre-soaked pads tone, hydrate and gently exfoliate (5% glycolic acid, aloe vera, ginseng).

Skin feeling dry and patchy? Lather Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel ($29, 4 oz) is a must-have this summer! Available beginning July 1st, this ulta-mild & ultra-refreshing facial cleanser is a big hit to me instantly. It contains possibly the gentlest exfoliant I have ever used, jojoba beads and passion fruit seed powder. Lather has been invading my bathroom like a plague, in a good way of course as I love all of their products!

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Let’s talk makeup. Red, white and blue don’t mean you have to wear ’em everything from head to toe. But if you have the guts, I say why not! Beyu Cosmetics (sold online and in select CVS stores), this European drugstore brand has something for us in time for 4th of July!

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I will be posting separate review and swatches but I want to quickly show you these beauties which are surprisingly affordable! The Color Catch Palette (3484 shade, $11.99) contains 4 shades in light beige, mauve rose, mauve berry, dark plum in shimmer finish. I find that they apply best if wet. The Soft Liner (666, teal, $8.99) (660, white) has commendable pigmentation and wear time. I haven’t tested if it’s waterproof but under sweltering heat, it did not smudge or budge the entire day I was wearing it. If red lipstick is your jam, you will find Pure Color & Stay Lips pretty decent for the price ($14.99). The twist-up black case has heft to it. Shade 80 is true red while Shade 55 is tomato red. If you’re feeling the whole gradient vibe, mix them and slay like a boss!

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Minimal Makeup using Beyu Cosmetics, SkinMedica Tinted Sunscreen, Pixi Eye Brightener under concealer, Tom Ford Bronzer

If you know me, I have a penchant for timeless designer purses in terms of structure, not to mention function. This navy blue Burberry hobo (which I bought 2 years ago, also during my birthday) has been one of my staples because it also doubles as cross body bag (out of stock online but you may still find it in Burberry standalone shops). In general, I think owning a blue bag breaks the monotony of blacks and browns of this world. I can pair it with anything, dressed up or down, casual or athleisure, this bag is definitely one of my favorites!

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Lesson learned. Never ever bring your expensive sunnies especially when hitting the beach or pool. I don’t know about you but my clumsiness is a trigger for disaster, either I break or lose a pair. Anyways, while searching for some cheapo yet UV rays-compliant, I chanced upon ZeroUV; with price ranging from $10 up, I even hooked up hubs to try ’em. Mirrored sunglasses are very trendy this season, just like the retro-style in the above photo ($13.95).

And then there were wedges. If you’re vertically-challenged like me, wedges are the greatest invention when it comes to height and balance! These beautiful white espadrille-type style from Via Spiga ($225, but currently 50% off at Nordstrom) compliment any summer outfits like laced shorts, rompers or jumpsuits. I must confess though, while they are generally okay for an afternoon meet-up or date night, they aren’t designed for a whole day of walking.

Any 4th of July staples you want to share? fill me in!



  1. June 28, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    What a great selection of beauty and style products for the 4th! I love those wedges! I have some Beyu Cosmetics products that I need to review soon– they have so many affordable goodies!

  2. June 28, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    I love Zero UV sunnies. I buy mine from Amazon. Chic styles and no heartache, should the inevitable occur. (Which it always does, for me. I can kill sunnies faster them anyone I know.)

  3. June 28, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Love those espadrilles; they are seriously pretty. I hear you about the sunnies – I lost a pair of Ray-bans between two rocks in 2013 and have never worn expensive sunglasses while trekking or at the beach ever since.

  4. June 28, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kathryne! My best friend from first grade, Randy, was born on the Fourth of July as was my college friend, Peter. I've always thought it was a special day to be born. Love your selection of products to celebrate. Love those espadrilles. And I've gotta look for the Beyu neutral shadow palette that you've got there. I have the one with teal/green but yours looks so pretty.

    • June 29, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      Thanks for the advance birthday greetings! One time I joined a float of 4th of July bday babies :1)

  5. June 28, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Happy upcoming birthday. I like to wear red, white and blue over the holiday weekend and will wear it on my nails but not on my face. I love your purse and the sunnies are great looking.

    • June 29, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      Thanks for the advance birthday greetings!. Enjoy the long weekend Marcia!

  6. June 28, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    It is ridiculous how excited I am that Glow Tonic "to go" is a thing now. I LOVEEE Glow Tonic so much and I'm so excited they came out with it in the little pads!

  7. June 29, 2016 / 12:39 am

    Great essentials! I am super excited about the new Glow Tonic pads, that's so convenient.

  8. June 29, 2016 / 2:11 am

    Happy Birthday! I really want the glow pads–I love the tonic.

  9. June 29, 2016 / 2:37 am

    The happiest of birthdays, to you! Love those sunglasses.

  10. June 29, 2016 / 3:52 am

    Happy birthday! Your whole look is classy!

  11. June 29, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Happy belated birthday, looks really gorgeous!

  12. June 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! I am definitely going to be checking out the Glow Tonic pads!

  13. June 29, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Sis. πŸ™‚ You and I have some of the same and similar things on our lists… I am loving those wedges… so cute. I am really enjoying BeYu brand products, so many gorgeous shades and I'm loving the quality for the price point.

  14. June 29, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Wishing you a super fab birthday! I love seeing your essentials, as always, VERY GOOD picks

  15. June 29, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Not sure if my comment went through… but you and I really have similar tastes. I love those wedges and totally digging BeYu lately πŸ˜‰

  16. June 29, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Happy Birthday in advance! You look beautiful, that lippie is FIRE!

  17. June 29, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    You have style, no matter your age! Love that orange-red lippie on you. Tres chic! Happy birthday!

  18. June 30, 2016 / 5:22 am

    Happy Birthday in advance! Baby, you're a firework! πŸ˜‰

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