Summer Skincare Essentials

Have you ever noticed that you skin gets dryer in the winter or tends to produce more oil in the summertime? Do ever feel like the skin care products that you used in the fall don’t work that well in the spring? Are you wondering what products may work well through different seasons? I’ve found a few skin care products that help me to manage changing skin year-round.

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Cerave is undoubtedly one of my top summer skincare essentials. My dermatologist recommended this many years ago and I’ve tried several different skin care products in this line. I like the foaming cleanser and the light feel of the moisturizers, but sometimes I feel like I can use a bit more moisture on my face. I’ve also tried their skin care products with Hyaluronic Acid and swear by this stuff because it helps to exfoliate the skin.

Many of the Asian skincare brands are amazing as well. The soaps are very natural and also exfoliate. In some seasons they can be a little harsh and I wouldn’t recommend them if you have really sensitive skin. The funny thing is that many of the old school soaps work well too! I think the skin is okay if it just gets a little attention.

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In the past, I used to use Aveeno and I really like this product too. They have a brightener that seems to balance the skin if you’ve recently had a scrub or a peel. The misconception is that the any quick wash is good is enough. If you’ve ever used makeup removal wipes or oil blotters, you can literally see the dirt buildup. Just like the rest of our bodies, the skin needs a little affection. Just a few moments of self-care really will go a long way. 

At the end of the day, nothing beats a good portion of water and some beauty rest!

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Summer Essentials 2021

There are a few items that I recently added to my list of must have’s this summer and I thought it would be nice to write a blog post about them. I am always amazed at the vast array of new products being offered – especially in the beauty industry. Just when you think you’ve had enough hyaluronic acid and collagen filled skin care products and exfoliating body washes you discover yet another ground-breaking product that seems to get the job done. I have tried out some great new places and products this summer, but these few have made it to the list of summer makeup bag essentials.  

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Smudge Free Foundation

The options for foundation are endless when it comes to summer essentials amazon. There are always a ton of great new products to try, but I’ve learned that the right drug store foundation can keep me looking fresh and eliminate my fear of the smudge. I was looking for a light foundation that wouldn’t rub off on someone if I gave them a hug and I think I found it. It’s called L’oreal Infallible 24-Hour Fresh Wear with SPF (you need that SPF!). You wouldn’t believe how smooth and seamless this looks for casual grocery store shopping or even trips to the gym.

No More Flaky Cheeks!

I waited forever for the ColourPop blush STIX. When I finally found the right color, of course it was out of stock and so I waited yet again. I had used another brand for creamy stick blush in the past, but really liked the bright summery colors that this line offered when I saw it at Ulta.  Well low and behold, I tried it and added it to summer makeup bag essentials. It’s something about a touch of “under pressure” that seems to give my face a glow.

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More Reds!

Red Wine. Did you say wine?! Yes, I was a Merlot lover for such a long time but recently transitioned over into something with a balance of bitterness and tart. I felt like my Merlot and even Shiraz was getting a bit sweet and really began liking something slightly darker. I’ll probably work my way back around to the Merlots and maybe even white wines again someday, but for now I am really into the Cabs.

If you like wine or if you’re curious, please send me an email for an invite to the next One Hope wine tasting on Thursday August 18, at 7PM EST. The wines are top rated Napa Valley bottles, and every purchase goes towards a good cause.

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Cheers to a great rest of your summer and to the fluffy fall sweaters and boots that are soon to come!

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National Friendship Day – Beauty Blogger Spotlight

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An ancient Irish proverb once said, “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.” Like good beauty products, good friends are truly hard to find. August 1st is the perfect time to celebrate those who truly care for you, bring joy to your life, and teach you significant lessons. It’s National Friendship Day. To honor this day and inspire wonderful new friendships, we are featuring a beauty blogger. Each month we will continue to recognize outstanding beauty bloggers, influencers, make up artists, and professionals in health and wellness. Send an email and social media links to to get featured.

Erika Somerfield is a multi-talented creative professional and beauty blogger who seamlessly balances the role of Creative Director for The Beauty Channel, Director Public Relations for, and Blogger for Somerfield studied at University of Southern California, Boston University, Harvard University, and New York University. Her work has been featured in OK, STAR, CA Stylist, Femme Fatale, Santa Monica Sun, Beverly Hills Times, Women’s Health & Fitness, and Black Noir.

You can learn more about her expertise on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

Q: What inspired you to (launch your) blog?

A: Helping other companies using my writing skills, I create blog content for beauty companies like ZATIK Naturals, Tote & Carry Bags, Seattle Facialist Patty Huang, Sports Co. Phi Ten USA and more!

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Q: In honor of National Friendship Day what would you say are three qualities of being a good friend?

A: Being a good listener, patience, acceptance

Q: What is your favorite skin care line? Why?

A: ZATIK Naturals because it has no alcohol, uses healing and powerful Black Seed Oil in their formulas, as well as botanical, herbal extracts (Green tea! Rose! Wild cherry!)  to heal instead of parabens or chemicals. My skin drinks it up like a daytime and nighttime health cocktail!

Q: What is one makeup product that you cannot live without? Why?

A: Liquid Bronzer from Tom Ford. I use it to highlight my skin, as an eyeshadow, on my lips- even to cover strands of gray hair!

Q: How long have you been blogging?

A: 5 years

3 Hot Makeup Looks for the Summer

There are so many exciting things to do in the summer and even more reasons to show your unique style. Fabulous finds from your makeup collection like bright eyeshadows, nude lipsticks, pastel blushes, and bronze tone foundations can make it so much fun. Before you step out into the sun, spruce up your season by trying these posh new beauty looks.  


There’s more to cookouts than burgers and buns. What about beauty? Fill your tummy, but first try a flirtatious makeup look with the latest stuff from NARS, NYX, and Anastasia.

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Gel Primer – NYX Bare With Me Aloe & Cucumber Extract Hydrating Jelly Primer

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Gloss – Lancome Juicy Tubes Original Lip Gloss

Bronzer – Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer

Spritzer – Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

Summer Weddings

Say I do in style with a fresh new look and a glittery, magical glow. Look absolutely flawless for photographs but don’t forget the SPF while you dance the night away on the beach.

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Lotion Primer – NARS Radiance Primer SPF 35

Foundation – Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Eyeshadow – TOO FACED Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Lashes – EYLURE Luxe XL Indulgence

Blush – Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Powder Plus

Sheer lipstick – MAC Lipglass


Grab your besties and party it up while you rock the sexiest cat eye and pouty lip gloss ever. Capture the moment like a star with runway ready primer and full coverage foundation.

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Primer – Dermablend Insta Grip Jelly Primer

Foundation – Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Eyeshadow – NYX Shimmer Down Pigment

Cat Eye Liner – L’oreal Infallible Flash Cat Eye Liquid Liner

Contour kit – NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Face Palette

Lashes – KISS Lash Couture Matte Black Faux Mink, Matte Velvet

Lipstick – Morphe Out & A Pout Nude Lip Duo

Have a great summer and an even greater selfie!

Amazon Prime Day Wish List

There are hundreds of notable holidays and special events throughout the year that inspire shoppers to pull out their credit cards and swipe it up. For many, the holiday season is the best time to get your good ole shopping fix on. Around Easter you can always catch some good sales and deals too. And of course everyone loves Black Friday!

AMAZON PRIME DAY is for the real deal online shoppers. I use Amazon Prime a lot year round but I must admit that I missed the event last year. This year I made up my mind to join in on the excitement of global online shopping.

Here are a few hot items I’m keeping my eye on.

Michael Kors Sunglasses

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

BIOSILK Trio Value – Shampoo, Conditioner, and Silk Therapy