If you have decided that this summer is the season when you are finally going to put skincare at the top of your priorities list, then today’s Beauty Bag Spill feature is for you. Below, Katie Carter, assistant brand manager of skincare at Arbonne International, spills the contents of her beauty bag and shares the reasons why she swears by each piece. We can’t wait to try her picks this summer—and beyond!
REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask: I overheard a girl around my age raving about this mask in Sephora, and I had try it. Now I’m hooked! The gel texture is light on the skin, and once I wash it off, my skin feels like it’s taken a breath of fresh air.
Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner: After college, I traded in my damaging (and dumb) addiction for tanning beds for a safer and quicker sun-kissed glow. Self-tanner has been my savior! This bronzing lotion is quick-drying, streak-free and the color appears within two hours—plus it looks natural! The best part is that it has a non-irritating formula and is vegan and gluten-free.
Artistry Intensive Skincare Anti-Wrinkle Firming Serum: Even us 20-somethings need to incorporate retinols into our skincare routines to maintain that youthful bounce. Every other night, I apply a small amount under my eyes, then apply a nourishing eye cream to combat future sagging. If I’m feeling extra “in need,” I’ll apply a little to those fine lines on my forehead before moisturizing.
Arbonne For the Sun of It Bronzer: I love a good bronzer, but I’m allergic to those glittery particles that give off that gorgeous light-reflecting shimmer. I’m always on the hunt for the next best matte bronzer that is non-irritating and natural looking. I keep this bronzer in my purse for when I need a pick-me-up! I’ve also gifted this to all of my friends. It’s the perfect color and works for every skin type and tone.
It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product: Game-changer! This hair product is the only one you will ever need! With all the heat, color-treating and bleaching I do to my hair, I need something to counter all the damage. I spritz this product at the ends of my hair every day before combing, blow-drying and styling. I can feel and see the difference—my hair is thicker, shinier and tangle-free.
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder: I’ve always been against the idea of powder-to-foaming cleansers because I feel like I have to do more work than I should, but this cleanser is totally different. The particles are fast-dissolving yet still exfoliating, and the texture that starts to form is a gorgeous light and ultra-luxe foam that feels like silk on my skin. You’re doing your skin a favor with this one.
Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Camellia: I never leave the house without at least three to five lipsticks in my purse. I’m a lipstick junkie, so I’m constantly wearing bright and bold colors to take my sometimes-boring look up a notch. These new lipsticks are creamy, soft, highly pigmented and moisturizing. Some of my favorite colors are Poppy, Dream and Camellia.
Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil: Oftentimes, we forget that the skin on our body is just important as the skin on our face, and it needs love and attention, too. This body oil is one of my favorites because it works! I’ve seen my creeping cellulite virtually disappear while also taking care of my skin. It is perfect for application after the shower and has a beautiful way of making skin look luminous and toned.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Eye Cream: Women in their 20s and 30s often forget that the skin around their eyes is pretty delicate, and that it’s important to give that skin a little extra TLC. This eye cream is heaven-sent. Day and night, I apply this cream above and below my eyes to cover all my bases.
Arbonne SeaSource Detox Spa Renewing Body Gelée: Trust me, you’ve never felt something like this before. I was apprehensive at first about this bestseller, but after using it one time, I could tell why it’s a must-have. It’s an all-in-one moisturizing, cooling and refreshing formula that feels amazing.
Lilly Pulitzer For Target Makeup Travel Bag: This was one of my favorite purchases from the craziness of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target shopping rush! I love it because it’s big enough to carry everything I need, and it’s perfect to grab and go for quick weekend trips.
Photography by Katie Carter