Welcome to another edition of Style & Scopes, your monthly plus size style horoscope!
Today, it was a dry 94 degrees. In the desert 94 degrees and will stay above 80 until after 8pm. So, trying to stay cute and keep my cool, I have realized that I have my most tried and true go tos to keep my life right and cool- especially as I have been all over the place this summer! I mean… We all have our summer must haves to keep cool, and today as I am dying with this heat; I decided to share with you the things I have to keep regularly stocked up on.
I mean we all reach for my faves, but these are those things I realized that I do not necessarily talk about or share, because I normally do not think twice, they are my natural go to pieces especially as I have been traveling… and um… on the road, in traffic, and just hanging out- I do have my essentials… SO when I was asked by Starbucks to share a few of my must haves in addition to them, I had to go in!
My Summer Must Haves to Keep My Cool as I Travel
Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee
I mean, you know I love my coffee. If you do not know, I LOVE my coffee. The memes I share? Now a few of ya’ll are even sharing them on my page with me! I LOVE IT. But hot coffee? Naw man… not when it is 94 degrees outside, I need to keep it cute and cool… Refreshing, no sugar needed to be added; I can by them in packs, I can get them while at the grocery store or Rite-Aid, and can choose the flavor? YES ma’am.
Murad Essential-C line
I am team Murad. Like, I have used almost every color specialty of this line, but the Essential C Line is the one for me as an African American woman who has breakouts, has scars, and who is mindful of the amazing SMOG that SoCal is known for. I even rock with their peel too! I am telling you honey! I do not play. AND their Sunscreen? One of the few that does not break me out or turn me purple…
Shea Moisture CC Cream
Sometimes, you just need a little oomph to your day. This CC (color correcting) does just the trick and is extremely light and effective. I was surprised when I saw their makeup range over at Target and I let my curiosity get the best of me… What a great delight! WOOT!
Because I am an oily one. Well, I do have combo skin, but I have a tendency to sweat or to shine bright like a diamond. I use the finishing spray, and when I had the pleasure to test out the primer, my life has been happier. I being extra, but seriously, this has become a must have as I travel especially to the heat coast with all that humidity. HMPH. Take that moisture.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Brow Gel
Yo. This brow gel is everything. In this heat as I sweat, I am trying to make sure that my eyebrows do not melt off. And to do this, I get DOWN with this gel. It dries and I finish it off with a brow powder and I am good until I wash my face! You only need a teensy bit of this to define the brow, so make sure that you are ginger handed with this!
Dove Clear Tone
I mean, I have to keep it fresh. On top of that, I am on a mission to keep my armpits as clear as possible, given that I have to shave (I should be waxing) and my skin is sensitive. PEREFECT combination right? -_- Gotta love it. I do love using this one, as I am kept fresh, my skin hasn’t been as sensitive, and not as hyper-pigmented as usual…
Urban Decay Eyeliners
Where do I begin. I promise I use these daily. Urban Decay eyeliners are EVERYTHING to me. There is hardly a picture of me where I am NOT wearing a hue from this brand! I love the pigments they have in their liners where the color of the pencil is the color on my skin! Heyyyyyy booo! I live for these and stack up whenever I get the chance.
For the love of my thighs. I love these microfiber slip shorts, as I was introduced to them earlier in the year (do you remember my post here?) and I take these with me everywhere. I am going to need to restock on them soon… But these lightweight shorts save my thighs effortlessly. I have both pink and black and am waiting to see if I can find a brown hue. THEN those are MINE!
These are a items that I keep STOCKED in my beauty and/or go bag! Like my non negotiables! I know a few of you have a few tips to share! Indulge me and let me know what you use and have to have as a travel need!
What is in your beach, travel, or makeup bag that you HAVE TO HAVE and cannot leave home without? I want to know!
Brand Statement: Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.