How To Lighten Up Your Summer Beauty Routine

Summer is slowly casting its glowing warmth over the planet and it won’t be long until it takes over with days full of sunshine and good vibes! With the start of a new season, I like to make a few tweaks to both my skincare routine and my beauty routine. And now that the heat and humidity are getting stronger, it only felt natural to lighten up on my makeup.

While I enjoy spending time out in the sun and getting a nice tan, I’m not too fond of the makeup meltdowns that come with the heat. Even if you’ve used a steadfast primer and diligently dusted on a layer of setting powder, you know that you’re still taking a gamble when you face off against summer’s steamy temps. High humidity, sweat and stagnant air are all enough to dislodge even the most resistant makeup. (You know this if you’ve ever stepped outside in 100 degree weather only to realize a few minutes late you’re in a pool of perspiration with a melted face.) This hellish cycle is enough to make you want to ditch makeup altogether!

I’m here to tell you that abstinence isn’t the only option. If you strategically stock your makeup bag with the right products, there’s no reason you can’t look fresh-faced for hours — no application required! From weightless foundations to airy fragrances, keep scrolling through to see how I lightened up my Summer beauty routine.

How To Lighten Up Your Summer Beauty Routine | Original Caroline

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9+ Products to Freshen Up Your Summer Skincare Routine

Summer is just a few days away which means days spent lounging by the pool, outdoor adventures and vacays to the beach! You’ve spent all Spring transitioning from flannels, sweaters and cold weather to tank tops, shorts, and warmer days filled with heat and humidity. But your wardrobe isn’t the only thing you should be switching up . . . Your Summer skincare routine needs to freshening up as well! No, it is not necessary to change every single item. A few adjustments and you’ll be showing off glowing, flawless skin all season long.

Sure, Summer is practically made for kicking back and relaxing. But it’s definitely not a time to slack off on your skincare routine. And as much as I love a sun-kissed glow, I also care about the health of my skin and the products that I use. Clean and clear skin is the first step toward having an overall healthy looking glow that so many of us crave. And while makeup can definitely help, without a good canvas to start on, makeup can only do so much.

Taking care of your skin can be quite the challenge: What do all those products do? How often should you use them? How do you pick what is best for you? Here’s my breakdown of some key products you totally need this Summer + how to use them correctly so you can keep your skin fresh, protected and glowing all Summer long! From weightless sunscreens to hydrating mists, scroll through for all the ways to freshen up your Summer skincare routine.

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Friday Favorites | Volume Two

Friday has finally rolled around and I couldn’t be happier. Now that the weather has warmed up here in Dallas (for the most part), I can’t wait for the Summer roadtrips, days spent lounging around the pool and getting to have some fun with my wardrobe. I don’t usually post about fashion on here, but there are some amazing pieces out right now that I’m loving! From straw bags with colorful pom-poms to a pair of fun tassel earrings, this weather (and the weekend) makes me want to experiment with new styles.

Whatever your weekend has in store, start pulling out your Summer clothing — even just to run some quick errands — and scroll through this week’s Friday Favorites to find some new seasonal pieces!

(*This post contains affiliate links. Which basically means, if you click on or purchase something from this post, I have a chance of making a small commission — at no extra cost to you. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use or find to be of value to my blog, and only refer to brands I trust and use.*)

Friday Favorites | Volume Two

Favorite Bag: There’s not many items that my younger-self coveted that I still find myself drawn to a decade later. There’s something about a straw bag — whether it’s a feminine clutch or brightly-colored tote — that exudes effortless chic like few accessories can. But when I was evaluating my Summer wardrobe this year, I realized that I have plenty of bathing suits, cover-ups and Summer dresses. However, the one thing that I am missing is a gorgeous seagrass tote bag! And if you haven’t noticed, straw totes are everywhere! So I jumped on the bandwagon and purchased the one below from Free People. They are definitely a huge Spring/Summer 2017 staple. Free People’s St. Bart’s Straw Tote, $58

Friday Favorites: St. Bart's Straw Tote from Free People | Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Volume One

Happy Friday my friends! Starting today, I’m going to close out the week by sharing a few of my favorite links. I’m a pretty big fan of Fridays, and there’s nothing like a little inspiration to jumpstart the weekend!

I hope you are inspired by these Friday Favorites for fun-filled weekend.

Keep scrolling to see today’s roundup and be sure to let me know what your weekly favorites were in the comments below!

(*This post contains affiliate links. Which basically means, if you click on or purchase something from this post, I have a chance of making a small commission — at no extra cost to you. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use or find to be of value to my blog, and only refer to brands I trust and use.*)

Friday Favorites | Volume One

Favorite Reno: Leave it to Elsie of A Beautiful Mess to make me drool all over my laptop. Seriously, she’s like an interior designer fairy, and I want all of her magical dust! How freakin’ beautiful is this bathroom?! Check out the before/after here.

Friday Favorites: Elsie's Bathroom Reno | Original Caroline

Friday Favorites: Elsie's Bathroom Reno | Original Caroline

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6 Ways To Go Green With Your Daily Routine

With the longer days and fresh flowers entering our world, you may be thinking about ways you can give a little back to the earth that gives us so much. You could add some Spring vibes to your wardrobe in honor of all the beautiful blooms or bring some Mother Nature inside your home. But if you really want to make changes and go green, you’re going to have to take it a step further. Follow these six tips for some eco-friendly products to use in your daily routine, and you’ll be on the road to a greener lifestyle in no time!

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The Difference Between Natural, Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free & Anti-Pollution Skincare Products

Organic, Vegan, Gluten-free . . . You might feel virtuous buying products bearing these buzzwords, but what do they even mean? When it comes to skincare and beauty, it’s estimated that the average female puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every day! Yikes! Synthetic skincare products can entice us with promises of radical results, but at an unknown cost to our health.

Now, plant-based products don’t just compete with the rest of the market — they’re coveted and often even more effective, thanks to superfood ingredients that do wonders for our complexions, as well as fewer chemicals, which can be drying and cause wear on skin.

The Environmental Working Group confirms that we absorb much of what we put on our largest organ, our skin! Being smart with your skin means to know that the products you are using are both safe and deliver the best results.

But now that going green is hotter than ever, it’s important to be wary of products that appear to be good for you and the planet, but actually aren’t.

For example, did you know that the term ‘natural’ is completely unregulated by the FDA? Any company can stamp the word on a label, even if the product in question is chock-full of synthetic chemicals. Not to mention that ingredients like petroleum, while potentially harmful, are technically natural.

Feeling overwhelmed? Not to worry! With a little but of know-how, it’s not at all difficult to discern the difference between a truly natural product from one that just claims to be.

Keep scrolling to find out what terms like “organic” and “gluten-free” really mean—as well as the 100% natural beauty products we recommend.

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