It's not officially summer without glowing skin, poppin' curls, and a fresh set if you ask us. The temperatures are rising and hot girl summer is upon us. Especially with the excitement surrounding our first post-lockdown summer, who has the time for fooling around with products that won't get the job done?
The products below are worth investing in this summer and key for keeping you looking good all summer long. It's the beauty brands founded by Black women for Black women, for us.
Shea Butter Bundles
There's not a better time to take care of your skin than in the summer. The Shea Butter Bundle combines the best of the best that Eu'Genia has to offer. Each tiny tin contains an excellent remedy to the harsh nature of the summer season.
My Clementine Abstract Wave Press On Nails
Who has time to sit in a salon when hot girl summer is upon us? The press-on summer collection from Patterned Paints is the quintessential nail design for the season. Vibrant oranges with accents of white and red, the press-ons are customizable to your nail size and finish.
Jacq's Mini Heal + Slay Kit Skincare Bundle
We all need the perfect traveling beauty kit. The JACQ's Mini Heal + Slay Kit contains a healing face cleanser, a hydrating face toner, and one replenishing face moisturizer.
DREAM IT Lipstick
Slay summer with the perfect, pout-worthy shade from Propa Beauty, DREAM IT. The creamy lipstick is red with bluish berry tones and provides a sheer-to-mega buildable coverage.
Cocoa Vanilla Body BUTTR
You can't have a hot girl summer without the perfect body butter to keep you glowing. This 100 percent whipped skin butter by skin BUTTR has a bronzy, buttery formula that leaves the skin appearing luminous and even. Plus, the hints of vanilla remind us of having ice cream on a hot summer day.
30Roses Hydrating Rose Water
This has big #blackgirlluxury energy that we're here for. Vie Beauty's Rose Water is a hydrating and luxurious facial mist to hydrate, rejuvenate and reduce inflammation throughout those long summer days.
Sonic Gold Beauty Bar
If you want a salon facial at home, this is your go-to tool. The vibrating bar glides over the skin, mimicking the effects of a professional facial massage. It relieves tension and boosts circulation to contour and define your face instantly.
Clean Slate Body Scrub
This unique body scrub from Eyllek Skin Care is designed to exfoliate while nourishing and moisturizing the skin with exotic oils and vitamin E.
"New Money" Lashes
Durable, reusable, and dimensional faux mink lashes aptly named "New Money" - need we say more? This is a definite summer must-have.
Vegan Nail Lacquers
Mischo Beauty is a pioneer of clean luxury, vibrantly colored, high-performance nail lacquers. Named Allure's Best in Beauty 2020, this collection of vegan-friendly nail lacquers are packed with the sweetest and perfect colors for summer.
Exotic Rose Sugar Scrub
You'll feel like a true goddess with this rose sugar scrub by My Goddess Skincare in your next self-care soak or shower. With ingredients like mango butter and sunflower oil, this finely grated scrub will leave your skin soft and delicate like a Tuberose.
Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30
There's no denying the importance of SPF on melanated skin. Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 is filled with natural ingredients that will protect your skin and double as a moisturizer without the dreaded white residue of traditional sunscreen.
Face It Press On Nails
If you don't have the time or money for the nail salon this summer, Press On Honey has you covered! The newest collection, Face It, is right on trend with the graphic manicures we're seeing everywhere.
Tess' Scalp Massager
Get your scalp right with this cute scalp massager by ColorFullXChange that's available in a variety of sweet colors.
Wash n Go Style Kit
This hair kit takes the guesswork out of having soft, manageable, and defined curls and coils. The products featured in the Wash n Go Hair Kit are made with natural ingredients like avocado oil and rosemary, curated with coils, curls, and waves in mind.
Multi-Use Pure Oil Blend
This non-greasy, lightweight formula by Melanin Haircare is designed to soften, nourish and seal your hair in the seemingly violent heat. These oils were specifically curated because of their ability to penetrate the hair shaft in order to nourish and rebuild.
The Juice Box Essentials Kit
A love letter to your thirsty tresses, the Juice Box Essentials Set is perfect to combat your dry hair woes. It includes a detangling co-wash, leave-in conditioner, growth elixir, and leave-in spray.
Ultimate Hydration Bundle
Your natural hair will thank you for the ultimate hydration boost from Pattern Beauty. This Ultimate Hydration Bundle includes a treatment mask, scalp serum, self-heating packs, intensive conditioner, and a wide-tooth comb.
CURL CLOUD Moisturizing Curl Defining Gel for Curly Hair
In need of something to keep your curls bouncy through the long summer days? The CURL CLOUD Moisturizing Curl Defining Gel is curl-defining and lightweight that creates a soft hold for twist-outs, braid-outs, or wash n' go styles.
Black + Brown Exfoliating Cleanser
Redefine your summer glow with this exfoliating cleanser, formulated with black soap to clear pores and rose water to help nourish. Hanahana Beauty's Black + Brown Exfoliating Cleanser is an absolute summer must-have and has been featured on platforms like Refinery29.
The QUEEN natural deodorant from Play Pits is a key element for having a great summer. With notes of lemon, amber, and jasmine, you'll never go back to traditional deodorant again. It's truly a deodorant fit for a queen.
Words by Courtney Simpson
Featured image designed by Kyra James