Summer is just around the corner. And whether you're looking for take-alongs for a vacation or just want to clean out your makeup bag, this is a good time to pick up some beauty essentials.
Second City Style, secondcitystyle.com, beauty editor, Nicole Townsend has chosen some affordable head-to-toe summer beauty must-haves. They can be purchased online or at the C.O. Bigelow Apothecary Shops, bigelowchemists.com at Water Tower Place in Chicago and Woodfield in Schaumburg.
Here are Nicole's top summer picks:
Murad -- Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 "Great way to control oil during those humid summer days" Helps promote a smooth, youthful appearance while controlling oil $46 at murad.com
Patricia Wexler - Intensive Deep Wrinkle Treatment with MMPi-20 & Retinol "I use this treatment to keep my face youthful and radiant." "Responsible Retinol" is formulated to stimulate surface cell turnover, revealing younger cells at the skin's surface and visibly diminishing fine lines and enlarged pores $60 at bathandbodyworks.com
C.O. Bigelow - Mentha Smoothing Body Buffer "I've tried this on the back of my hands during a demo - and loved the feeling afterwards!" Exfoliating peppermint sugar crystals remove dead skin while smoothing dry, rough spots, to create a one of a kind body buffing experience $14 at C.O. Bigelow Apothecary store in Water Tower Place or Woodfield
Fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 "This is a great SPF/plumper combination" Hydrating treatment that nourishes, protects and plumps lips $22.50 at fresh.com
NARS - nail polishes in the following shades of Red: Dovima- "a brighter red that looks great on all skin tones" Chinatown- "a gorgeous hue for end of summer wardrobe" Rouge Andalou- "adds that "wow" factor to any look" $16 each at narscosmetics.com
Murad -- Clarifying Cleanser (travel size) "perfect size for summer traveling" Maximum strength cleansing gel that penetrates deep to fight blemishes $9 for a 2oz. bottle at murad.com
L'Occitane -- Peony Petal Soap "I love the feminine look and floral scent" Cleanses both hands and body without drying them $8 at loccitane.com
True Blue Spa -- Shea It Isn't So Foot Cream (travel size) "Rich cream leaves feet soft, smooth and ready for summer sandals" Fabulous foot fixer filled with sensationally smoothing shea butter $6 at bathandbodyworks.com
Jane Iredale -- Eye Pencil in Black/Brown "Brown/Black gives a more natural, fresh look for summer months" These soft pencils are made with natural pigments for long lasting color that stays put $9 at janeiredale.com
C.O. Bigelow --Gingermint Lip Shine "The long lasting breath freshness the ginger and peppermint leave is delicious. Use with any lipstick to add extra shine and shimmer" Glossy shine with a hint of gold shimmer frost and a refreshing cooling sensation $7.50 at C.O. Bigelow Apothecary stores in Water Tower Place and Woodfield
About Nicole Townsend
Second City Style beauty writer, Nicole Townsend, has more than 10 years of combined experience in journalism and the beauty industry. At 17, she began modeling and competing in local pageants and went on to vie for the title of Miss Michigan USA in 2006. Additionally, she has served as an on-air personality and producer for the news magazine show, 'Spring Street' on the CW network in Southfield, MI.
Her love for cosmetics developed naturally -- as the pressure to always be camera ready was intense, yet necessary. She quickly climbed the lipstick charts as a Clinique Beauty Consultant, ranking number 1 in sales for the Chicago market and earning the highest honor of skincare accreditation. Combining her love for the written word and everything beauty is what she describes as her 'destiny'. Quoted as being 'the glamorous beauty journalist to watch', she's most noted for her in-depth product knowledge, eye for color, and striking presence.