Top 5 End of Summer Must-Haves - Featuring Veil Cosmetics, PopSugar Must Have, MAC & More!

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End of Summer Must Haves 2017

Summer may be coming to a close, but we have a little while before the cool, crisp fall weather comes blowing in. I've been testing out different products this summer and I've discovered a few new ones and fallen back in love with old staples that I want to share with you today. Every product on this list is a product I used regularly and swear by. While many are fantastic for summer, they're also versatile enough to be used year-round, which to me marks a truly fantastic product!

1. PopSugar Must Have Subscription Box (Special Anniversary Edition shown - $39.95/month)

PopSugar's Must Have subscription box has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but this month's box was extra special to mark PopSugar's 5th anniversary! It came with a variety of fun, festive goodies and I've already used most of them. 

My box included:
  1.  PASTEL Cheers Lacquered Tray (suggested retail $28)
  2. First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask (suggested retail $38)
  3. Dogeared Friendship Bracelet (suggested retail $34)
  4. Meri Meri Gold Glitter Candles (suggested retail $7.50)
  5. Fringe Studio Free Spirit Journal Sponsored by Jeep (suggested retail $16)
  6. Goodie Girl Cookies (suggested retail $2.95)
  7. $25 Gift Card - Special Extra item

For those unfamiliar with PopSugar's Must Have Subscription Box, it is a monthly subscription box that includes a variety of lifestyle, beauty and occasionally fashion pieces that are truly must-haves. The monthly cost of $39.95 is always far less than the typical box value (as you can see above), making it an excellent treat for yourself or gift for others! You can subscribe through their site HERE.

You can even use promo code PARTY to get $10 off your subscription now!

As if that wasn't enough, PopSugar Must Have is offering something extra special in celebration of their birthday...

The August Must Have is a special box because POPSUGAR Must Have turns 5 this month! This August box marks Lisa Sugar’s 5th year in curating her and her team of editors favorite items for you! 

This month’s box features surprises from some of Lisa’s favorite brand obsessions to celebrate POPSUGAR Must Have’s birthday! 

Weekly Giveaway Details All current Must Have subscribers are eligible for a chance to win! If you're not already signed up, you can simply sign up before the end of August for a chance to automatically win a *major* surprise each week from following brands

Week 1: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Pehr Designs Week 2: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from First Aid Beauty Week 3: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Kendra Scott Week 4: Limited # of lucky subscribers subscribers will win something from Tarte cosmetics Week 5 (8/31): 5 Grand Prize! Limited # of subscribers something from Cambridge Satchel Co + 1 year Must Have 

Good luck to those eligible!

2. Skindinavia Setting Spray (Retail $29)

Skindinavia setting spray has been my go-to for years! I use it daily under my eyes year-round, but it's especially crucial in the summer when it gets hot and humid. I swear by the original and bridal formulas--they're amazing!

You can purchase it directly from Skindinavia through their site--shipping has always been super fast for me, which is awesome.

Tip: Spritz your makeup sponge with it prior to applying your under-eye concealer and then dab a little more on to set once you've finished applying. 

3. MAC Lipstick & Lip Liner (Retail $17.50 - $21)

MAC has always been one of my holy grail brands when it comes to lipstick and liners. While I'm not a fan of some of the changes the company has made over the last few years, I still think they have one of the broadest selection of shades at their price point and some of their formulas are still my absolute favorite. MAC recently launched their Lips Lips Lips campaign to highlight their lip products and I feel it was long overdue because their lipsticks are something I can confidently recommend to anyone looking for a solid range of liners and lipsticks!

4. Joico Cleansing Curl Shampoo & Conditioner ($14.99 - $31.99)

I've been a fan of Joico for some time, but I started using their Curl Cleansing formula a couple months ago and I absolutely swear by it! I don't have curly hair, but I do have naturally textured, super thick hair with some save to it and this cleanses, hydrates and improves my overall hair texture and appearance pretty significantly. I know a lot of people that use curly hair formulas even if they don't have curly hair because it tends to be sulfate-free and very hydrating. This formula has seriously done some wonderful things for my hair and I'd suggest giving it a go if you're looking for something new!

5. Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix (Retail $40)

Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix is a really interesting concealer/foundation/highlighter hybrid that is absolutely perfect for anyone that, like me, doesn't tend to wear a lot of products on their face. I'm going to be honest, unless I'm going some place special, I generally conceal under my eyes and call my complexion good! I'm lucky to have fairly clear skin, but the older I've gotten the more those horrible circles have darkened. 

This formula is so smooth and natural looking, I absolutely love it for light to light-moderate coverage! I also want to make note of the fact I have a natural crease under each eye and I very rarely find anything that doesn't settle horribly into them without pulling out all my tricks. This stuff has not creased one me once so far! That's impressive. The only thing I'm not in love with is the applicator--I'm not a fan of built-in brushes--but the formula is worth getting past that one detail in my opinion. 

Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix can be purchased directly from their site and through several pro makeup retailers I'm aware of. 

There you have it! My top 5 end of summer must-haves. What about you? Do we share any of the same must-haves? Do you have any product recommendations I absolutely have to try?

Note: Some of the products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own.


  1. That "free spirit" notebook is gorgeous!

  2. I'm really curious about Veil Cosmetics!

    1. It's actually a really nice formula if you want light to light-moderate coverage on the quick! I'm not crazy about the packaging (personal preference), but it really does not crease at all on me which almost NEVER happens!

  3. I loved EVERYTHING that was in the PopSugar box this month! :)

    1. Right? It was really fun!

  4. I love that setting spray!

    1. Holy grail status for me!

  5. That PopSugar box looks like so much fun!

  6. MAC's lipsticks are by far the products that keep me coming back. I agree - it was long overdue

    1. Right? Those are some tried and trues right there!

  7. The tray in the Pop box is the best!!

  8. Ooh I love that MAC lip duo! Great must haves!

    1. Right? Definitely worth the $$

  9. I love that MAC duo, and that tray, so pretty it's great for a nice presentation! I love PopSugar boxes!

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