Meg's Mind Summer Essentials

For no reason whatsoever, I decided that Jules voted for this one in the Choose Your Own Adventure poll. Seriously, no reason. Except that she and I both have a similar love for products and if she was doing a list of summer essentials I would be all about it. So Jules, if you're reading, this one is for you. Whether you wanted it to be or not.

1. My Starbucks Venti Cold Cup. I am sure there are other insulated cold cups that work just as well, but this is the one I have. I kinda live and die by it. It is, bar none, the most effective way to make sure I drink lots and lots of water. I drink roughly 3x more water than I normally would when I use this glass.  I have sworn by it for two whole summers now. It keeps my water cooler for much longer than it would stay in a regular plastic bottle. Vital for desert summers. It also doesn't sweat and leave water rings on tables and such.
Venti To-Go Cold Cup Tumbler by Starbucks Coffee (20-oz.)
Image/link for purchase.

2. Itsy bitsy teeny weeny extra cheapy Target bikini.  Cheap, lots of fun colors, patterns, shapes, etc. I despise tan lines and like to hang out by the pool in the late afternoons. Here is the one I have.  I have the luxury of having access to pools that are almost always empty so I don't have to overly concern myself with modesty or whether or not my body belongs in a bikini. I always have a more "public friendly" swimsuit for when it is needed.

3. Lip Balm. Here is what I am using and liking a lot.  I got it at Wal-Greens. For some reason, I didn't like it at first. Now I love it.
Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm Stick

4. Car sun shades. MAJOR Tucson necessity. Mine look kind of like this:

Basix Magic Jumbo Sunshade (Styles May Vary)
Via Amazon.com
5. A good anti-perspirant. I can not tell a lie. I rarely found the need to wear anti-perspirant back in Illinois. Maybe I should have, I don't know. Times have changed.  I always use Dove and this is the one I am using right now:
Dove Ultimate go sleeveless Pearl Finish Deodorant
Image Via/Product Info
6. Sunglasses. Kind of a no-brainer. Last summer I had a bunch of pairs in different colors and styles that I would switch to match my "look."  I have lost/broken some of them and now mainly just wear a pair of cheap Wal-Mart Foster Grants. I currently don't have room for a new pair in my budget.

Aspirationally, I think that nothing beats a nice pair of aviators. For example:
Via Sunglass Hut. Versace Aviators

I also like to have a pair that my hair won't wind and tangle around (like it most certainly would with the aviators). For example:
Via Sunglass Hut. Bvlgari


7. Shorts/Tank Tops/Flip Flops. AKA my Tucson summer uniform.  In my 20's I stopped wearing shorts almost entirely. Truly, you can easily survive life in Illinois and Missouri with no shorts. Arizona schooled me on the importance of shorts. I would DIE with out lightweight, easy, breezy shorts and skirts here in Tucson.  For public viewing, I have a pair of Tommy Hilfiger khaki shorts or a pair of self-made jean shorts that I pair with Target tank tops and Old Navy flip flops (the only flip flops that exist in my opinion). In private, I swap the khaki shorts for Target pajama shorts. If I am not dressed up for work or meetings or service (which to be honest covers 85% of my time), that is what I will be wearing all summer long.

8. The smallest amount of makeup possible. This is fairly easy for me because I rarely wear makeup at all. Because I am lazy, not because I don't need it. But if you want to look your best and you have to face more than 3 milliseconds of desert heat (my approximation at how long it takes for the makeup to start melting off your face) here is what I suggest:

Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara. I have tried many mascaras. This is the only one that has REALLY impressed me.

Atomic Volume Mascara
Via Sephora.com





I have issues with this next product's packaging, but it is a light coverage powder foundation with SPF 15. It does its job and does it well. Sadly my powder got broken up and now instead of being a neat and easy pressed powder is an ungodly mess. Such is life.

"Hello Flawless!" SPF 15
Via Sephora.com



Lightly dust some of this across your cheeks for a soft glow:


Blush
Via Sephora.com



Lastly, I have decided that Korres Cherry Full Color Lip Gloss is to die for due to the cherry oil. I want it in basically every color available.
Cherry Full Color Gloss
Via Sephora.com
With these four products, you can establish an "I sort of attempted to look decent today" look. Bonus, I purposely picked products that would not melt in your car or your purse.


So that is my summer essential list. What am I missing? Sunscreen? Yeah, I know but if I am being honest I never use the stuff. What are your summer essentials?