by Lesley Downey

I don’t know about you, but Sephora to me is like a candy store–a product junkie’s wonderland for all things girly–but it can be a bit overwhelming.  Here are some of my summer favorites–and best of all, these little luxuries are all under $50.

Sephora Collection Snag Free Hair Elastics $3.50

Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics-This little wonders really hold your hair firmly in place, whether it’s super thick or baby fine, and are perfect for creating a sleek ponytail or half-updo.  Plus, they come in a matchbook dispenser making them easy to find in your makeup drawer.

Sephora Collection Eyebrow Touch Up Razor Set

Eyebrow Touch Up Razor Set-This handy razor keeps your skin silky smooth anywhere you need to remove unwanted hair–between the brows, on the face or in the bikini area.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser-When you want your face really clean, especially after wearing sunscreen and makeup all day, this mild, deliciously-scented product does the trick leaving your skin refreshed and soothed.


Sephora Summer Hair Saviors $38.00

Sephora Favorites Summer Hair Saviors-Stop what you are doing right now, and buy this super deal before they are sold out.  This kit gives you tons of travel size products from my favorite high-end brands like Ouai, Verb and Bumble and Bumble to pack for a vacation or to cocktail together into your hair routine.


Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume Travel Spray $26.00

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume Travel Spray-Sephora has an amazing selection of FSA approved size perfumes, and this one was love at first spritz–like summertime sunshine in a bottle.




Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Sugarcane $24.00

Bite Beauty’s matte lipsticks are oh so chic, but feel comfy on and don’t wander into lip lines.  Bonus, the colors are gorgeous (check out universally flattering Glace and bold Blood Orange) and don’t melt in your purse.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner $25.00

These gel/pencil hybrids deliver rich, stay put color in basics like navy and plum as well as fun brights like shimmery Peridot 90 and Luna(Tic) for a subtle pop of color.  Worth the splurge because they glide on easily but wear beautifully.


Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara $20.00

Urban Decay’s Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara–I’m usually not a fan of waterproof formulas, but hey, sometimes you need to look cute while you swim–this one stood up to both ocean swims and pool bar excursions on vacations and was easy on my eyes to remove.  Great minds think alike apparently since gives it a thumbs up too.



Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 $34.00

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30–Drunk Elephant’s formula is mineral based, which means no burning or stinging–plus it delivers soothing skincare ingredients to summer parched skin, and when it sinks in, there’s no dreadful white cast.  So good, it made Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards


Lesley Downey is a Charlotte-based beauty writer, tennis hack and beginning oil painter.  She is a kitchen comedian for her three kids, and trophy wife to her husband Bill.



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