28 Blogger-Approved Beauty Buys

When we’re standing clueless in the beauty aisles, we admit we’d give anything to take a peep inside someone else’s cosmetic bag for a sec. We mean, every gal has her own tools of the trade to get those sleek locks and a radiant complexion goin’ on. And, now that the S.F. summer is coming at us at full speed, it’s time we transition our makeup for the warm weather on the horizon.
This time around, we sought the get-pretty tips from local bloggers for stunning results that won’t melt away. From Krystal Bick’s tried-and-true BB cream to Annabel Ly’s surf spray for easy beach-ready waves, this roundup will have you looking as hot as the temps to come. Learn all the expert picks after the jump, and get ready to get glowin’ without breaking a sweat.
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Annabel Ly, Blushing Ambition

Pick 1: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
"As a California girl born and raised in LA, I refuse to let go of beachy summer waves even when it's overcast and 60 degrees in August. I can't remember the last time I went to a beach, but I love 'faking' the look with this product."

$25, available at Sephora.
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Pick 2: Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up Highlighter
"Speaking of faking it in S.F., I just started replicating a natural summer glow with this highlighter by Benefit. My friend introduced me to this product and now I can't get enough of it! I love the way a dewy glow brightens up your face even when the fog is rolling in."

$30, available at Benefit.
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Pick 3: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lipstick in La Favorite
"Karl the Fog may dominate S.F. summers, but I love how a pop of color goes a long way in any setting. I'm a huge fan of this lipstick because it's not as bold as most orange lipsticks, but it's still unique compared to other pinks. Matte lips also look perfect on a dewy face!"

$34, available at Nordstrom.
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Pick 4: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
"My face always ends up extra-dry in the summer, no matter what the temperature is. I usually switch over to this moisturizing cream during this season to stay hydrated and avoid flaking."

$26.50, available at Kiehl's.
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Jordan Ferney, Oh Happy Day

Pick 1: L'Oreal Paris Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray
"I was recently converted to this by my hairstylist friend. She always has the most amazing natural-looking hair and she told me the secret is this hairspray. Until last year, it wasn't being sold in the U.S., and you had to go to France to get it. It is really light and gives your hair texture. I use it after my hair is dry, before I style it, and then after as a finishing spray."

$12.99, avaialble at Target.
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Pick 2: Christy's Crown Collection Ella Hat
"I throw on a wool hat anytime I don't want to style my long hair."

$58, available at Free People.
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Pick 3: Fat and the Moon Lip and Cheek Stain
"Fat and the Moon make awesome products right here in Oakland. This is my day-to-day product."

$12, available at Etsy.
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Pick 4: Aftelier Perfumes Amber Oriental Perfume Compact
"A friend gifted me one of these solid perfumes last year and I'm obsessed. They are small, so I can keep it in my purse, and are made in Berkeley."

$210, available at Aftelier Perfumes.
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Kailiani Andrade, Kailani's Korner

Pick 1: Clinique Clarifying Lotion No. 2
"I use Clinique's Clarifying Lotion No. 2 in between my cleanser and moisturizer. I love using this, because after a day of walking around the city, my face feels extra dirty. This toner removes any remaining residue and truly prepares my skin for my nightly moisturizer. You may think your skin is clean after you wash it, but after using this lotion, you would be surprised at the results. The proof is on the cotton ball"

$29, available at Nordstrom.
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Pick 2: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
"I can't live without this beauty product. I use it before bed since it removes surface debris that accumulated thoughout the day. In the morning, I wake up with brighter and incredibly smoother skin."

$52, available at Apothica.
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Pick 3: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
"Even though most days are overcast, it is still important to make sure that you are wearing SPF. I don't leave the house without putting on my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. It offers enough coverage for daily errands and makes sure that your skin is always protected."

$43, available at Bloomingdales.
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Pick 4: Lipstick Queen Chinatown Color Crayon
"As much as I love gloss, living in a windy city, it just isn't ideal. I mean, who likes having her hair get stuck in that gooey mess and then having it smear all over her face? Um, no one! That's why I switched to this color crayon. It adds just enough tint to your lips to complete your look without having to deal with glossed hair."

$22, available at Macy's.
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Kelli Ryder, Leopard and Lavender

Pick 1: Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream
"If I skip this step in my nightly routine even once, my skin really pays for it. It adds so much moisture, but doesn't clog my pores. It heals and prevents breakouts, which is unique for a moisturizer, and leaves my skin seriously radiant."

$150, available at Tatcha.
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Pick 2: Kari Gran Lip Whip
"I just discovered Kari Gran, and am a total convert. The lip whip is moisturizing and adds just the right amount of shine and color for a minimalistic weekend look."

$15, available at Kari Gran.
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Pick 3: Sachajuan Hairspray
"My hair's natural texture isn't ideal for the climate in San Francisco. I love to add loose waves, and this hairspray is the only way they'll stay in all day. It's totally essential in my routine!"

$16, available at Barney's New York.
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Pick 4: Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara
"I love this mascara. It really lives up to its name and does make me look like I'm wearing false lashes. A few coats of this and my eyes are done!"

$6.99, available at Ulta.
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Krystal Bick, This Time Tomorrow

Pick 1: Clarins Shimmer Sun Body Oil
"This is my splurge item for summer. It smells like heaven and leaves behind a nice sun-kissed look, which is perfect if you can't always make it out to Ocean Beach to tan."

$32, available at Macy's.
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Pick 2: Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray
"My hair tends to go through a beating for most other seasons (read: lots of curling irons), so during warmer months, I like to give it a break. I've only recently started using Oribe beach spray, but I love how it gives my hair that perfect beachy, tousled texture, so I can literally wash and go!"

$19.50, available at Oribe.
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Pick 3: Bobbi Brown BB Cream
"I like to lighten up my beauty routine for warmer months, so I usually opt for tinted moisturizers in lieu of heavier foundations. I love this one by Bobbi Brown — it's lightweight, but still evens me out nicely."

$42, available at Sephora.
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Pick 4: Nars Cream Blush
"I love switching over to cream blushes during the summer and this one by Nars has the prettiest dewy effect."

$29, available at Nars.
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Olga Montserrat, 12:04

Pick 1: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
"I've streamlined my eye makeup routine throughout the years by mastering the cat eye. It's a classic day-to-night look that goes with everything, and if I had to, I can get them done in 60 seconds. I've poured money and time into trying almost every eyeliner out there, and I must say this one by Stila is the best. It has a precise and sturdy felt tip (like a marker) that is highly pigmented, so it's easy to apply even if you're not a pro at penciling in a cat-eye shape. Plus, it's waterproof, which means wearing makeup to the beach or pool parties is now completely practical."

$20, available at Sephora.
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Pick 2: Diptyque Philosykos Eau De Parfum
"Sometimes, feeling beautiful is simply a state of mind. Having a signature scent on makes me feel happy no matter what I'm wearing, so that's why fragrance is one of my most important beauty tools. I'm obsessed with the unexpected softness of the fig tree scent in this eau de parfum. Starting my routine with something very clean and unique like this one, makes getting ready in the morning actually lovely — and I ultimately wear less makeup as a result."

$140, available at Bloomingdales.
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Pick 3: Oribe Signature Royal Blowout
"Summers in S.F. are times for backyard parties and weddings, but it's also time for dry daytime heat and humid foggy evenings — that is a tricky hair situation to navigate when I have to look polished! I know there are a lot heat-styling sprays that make promises about shine, hold, and anti-frizz, but Oribe is the only one that has ever kept them. I am absolutely impressed by how it turns my fine, flat hair into smooth and shiny tresses. It smells wonderful and seals in moisture, too, which helps keep flyaways and frizz at bay for hours. I cannot recommend this enough!"

$49, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Pick 4: The Body Shop Shimmer Waves
"This pressed shimmery powder has been in my beauty routine for over a decade now. I wear this when I have zero time to fuss with foundation or the weather is hot and humid. A little goes a long way, so I use a big brush and broad strokes of the lighter shades to highlight the apples of my cheeks. Then I use the darker pinks to create a natural blush and slight definition in the hollows. The result is a healthy glow and an even complexion."

$22, available at The Body Shop.
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Tessa Pompa, Golden State Girl

Pick 1: Becca Beach Tint
"I absolutely love the finish and feel of these light lip stains from Becca. Add an extra pop of color to an otherwise natural summer look with the stain in Lychee, Papaya, or Grapefruit."

$25, available at Sephora.
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Pick 2: M.A.C Powder Blush in Peach Twist
"I'm hooked on this shimmery peach blush from M.A.C. Doubling as a bronzer, it's the perfect blush to give you that glowing, sun-kissed look (think J. Lo)."

$21, available at Nordstrom.
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Pick 3: Essie Chubby Cheeks Nail Polish
"This orange-red hue is the perfect color to see you through the last days of summer and into the start of fall."

$8, available at Essie.
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Pick 4: Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo
"As it gets warmer, it's difficult to get my hair to last from day to night without it looking dirty or greasy (especially with bangs). A few sprays of this all-natural, miracle-working dry shampoo and my hair looks so fresh and so clean — and full of volume, too!"

$12, available at Amazon.

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