7 Brands to Add to Your Summer Beauty Routine


Well, well, well.. I’ve been waiting all year and finally summer is almost in sight! Well not just yet but I’m hopeful that warmer weather is somewhere in my near future. When those first signs of spring start to roll in, I know that I’m one step closer to laying on a beach with a cocktail in one hand and sunscreen in the other. If you too have been waiting for summer, now is the time to change up your routine in preparation for those hot summer months. I’ve created a list of 7 brands plus 2 bonus brands, every girl should add to her summer beauty routine.

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream & Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care

Ever since I received these 2 products from Sol de Janeiro’s, I’ve been obsessed. The Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is a stimulating cream that contains caffeine and guarana′. It’s perfect to use on your bum bum just like the name suggests. I use it straight out of the shower every day  in an effort to achieve the perfect bum bum. The scent is heavenly and perfect for use over your entire body. I can see why it’s the secret to beautiful Brazilian bottoms. Get it here!


Another product I love is their 2-Step Foot Fetish Care! Summer is the only season where you feet must be on their A game. The worst thing you can do is put bad feet in a pair of open toe shoes. I love foot fetish care because the product is fairly simple to use. First you take the surf-inspired board and use it to smooth out the bottoms of your feet, then you apply the Samba Foot Fetish Cream. You will notice and immediate difference in your feet, this product will have you ready for the summer in a matter of moments. Get it here!


Salon Perfect

I’m obsessed with all things Salon Perfect! From the nail polishes to the lashes, Salon Perfect gets me together for big events without breaking the bank. Recently, Salon Perfect released the Brow Beautiful Highlighting Duo and Browscara Plus to treat and tint the Brows. Ladies, you don’t want to start the summer off with bad brows, trust me these products will be your best friend. And while you’re at it don’t forget to stock up on Salon Perfect lashes and polishes. I keep a stash with me wherever I go. You can stock up on Salon Perfect products at your local Walmart.


ORS Olive Oil Collection

It’s imperative that wherever I go my hair looks its best! Recently, ORS sent over the Olive Oil collection to try and I’m obsessed. When I tell you hands down it’s the best, trust me. The Grapeseed Oil 2-n-1 Shine Mist and Heat defense is my new best friend. Even though I wear extensions, I still have to treat my hair like it’s my own. This mist is perfect because it protects against frizz and heat while providing the ultimate shine. You don’t need a lot, a little goes a long way. Get it here.



I’m also currently obsessed with the ORS Olive Oil Smooth and Easy Edges Hair Gel.  Everyone knows, I don’t play about my edges. I love this product because it last for hours. Combine that with the Olive Oil Styling Gelee and your hair will be ready to take on the world. These products will keep your hair looking it’s best through the hot summer months.



I’m serious when it comes to my skin looking its best, a few products I’ve added to my routine is the Palmer’s Skin Success line. I’ve been using the Fade Cream and Fade Milk to lighten up those dark areas of my skin like my inner thighs and underarm area. Get the milk here and the cream here.



If you’ve been reading the blog for a while then you know I love Dove because they keep my skin feeling clean and refreshed. Just when I think Dove can’t out do themselves, they drop with the new Dry Oil Body Wash and Beauty Bar. This collection will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. Get the entire collection here.

Dry Oil Bar & BW

While we are at it, Dove recently released the Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant which offers 48 hour odor and wetness protection.  It also has added skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula that leaves skin soft and smooth. The formula contains humectants to help the skin retain its moisture balance over time, occlusives to form a barrier that helps lock in moisture, and sunflower seed oil know to aid in skin’s natural renewal process. It’s the perfect deodorant for the summer. Get it here.


When it comes to a long lasting nail polish, Zoya is where you want to be! I love Zoya because I know my nail polish will look good for more than a few days.  Zoya’s long-lasting polishes have been a favorite of mines for years. They offer a wide range of colors, the new collection is a must have for all nail polish lovers. Get the collection here.



Milani’s Baked Bronzer is what you need to get that perfect summer glow. I don’t wear a ton of makeup but I can’t go without my bronzer. Milani’s Baked Bronzer retails for less than $10, you can’t beat that! Get it here.



Waxeline is an eco-friendly product that’s all natural and the perfect alternative to those who don’t want to use petroleum jelly.  With over 100 uses, Waxelene is a favorite amongst Heidi Klum and Lily Aldridge and can be used for everyone – men, women, children, and even pets! There are multiple uses for almost everything…. Dry Skin, Protection, Skin Relief, Make-Up/Beauty, Hair, Barrier, Babies, Anti-Chafe, Household… Some specific uses include makeup glossing or removal, styling/managing eyebrows or mustaches, moisturizing, managing hair fly aways, before and after sun exposure, playing sports, after shave etc…  you name it Waxelene can do it!


Teami: Skinny Tea

If you follow my snapchats then you know one of the products I start my day with is the Teami Skinny Tea. Get it here. In order for the body to look good, it has to feel good. Teami Skinny tea combines a unique blend of all natural ingredients. Teami Skinny does not produce a laxative effect – you can drink as many cups as you like. I drink this tea everyday to get the boost that I need to get my day started.

maxresdefaultHow To Use:

Place 1 teaspoon of the Teami Skinny blend in a cup of near-boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Using a strainer or tea infuser is recommended, but not a necessity. No need to drink the leaves themselves, but if you would like to – go right ahead (they are filled with fiber and nutrients).

So here you have a list of everything I use on a daily basis. Make sure you stock up asap because summer will be here before you know it.

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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