SLAYING SUMMER BEAUTY: Sick New Products From All My Favorite Companies

I have got some THINGS for you beauties that I just can’t wait any longer to share with you. Are you ready?
Publish date:
May 17, 2013
accessories, beauty, summer beauty, oil, beachy hair

Summer has officially begun! And by that, I mean that all of my favorite companies have released these INSANE AWESOME beauty products for summer and I’m not about to just sit here and wait around for spring to end just so I can use them. And you shouldn’t either! I have got some THINGS for you beauties that I just can’t wait any longer to share with you.

So grab your beach towels, grab your flip flops, and grab your sunglasses.

And let's get this summer started!

So. I got some of my hair chopped off last week, and I was leaving the salon, my hairstylist stopped me before I glided out the door.

“Hold up, Tynan, I want you to try Bumble & Bumble’s new sea salt shampoo.”

I screamed. A sea salt shampoo? I LIVE.

Sea salt sprays, or beach sprays, or whatever you want to call them, are hands down my favorite hair product ever and I own like 8,000 (three) of them. When my hair is longer, it gives me that grimy rockstar “Pete Doherty just rolled out of bed” look, without making it look like I’m trying too hard. (I am always trying too hard.)

When it’s shorter, like it is now, it gives me messy texture without weighing my hair down or giving it that high shine look that you get when your hair is soaking in pomade.

For me, sea salt sprays are a Holy Grail hair product. And now you’re telling me I can get a sea salt shampoo and conditioner? You can never have too much of a good thing.

Meet, and love, Surf shampoo and conditioner by Bumble & Bumble.

I feel like this is one of those products that pretty much speaks for itself, but a bottle of shampoo sure as hell can’t write an xoJane article, so here we go.

The Surf line gives your hair effortless looking texture and natural, bouncy-looking body. It’s a great base to layer your other hair products on top of, or just to rock all by itself. It’s not going to weigh your hair down either, as some shampoos and conditioners do. Clearly, sea salt is the main ingredient that gives hair the soft, beachy texture, and KELP extract helps hydrate.

Surf is like summer in a bottle and getting beach hair just got way easier. I know that was possibly the lamest sentence I’ve ever written, but I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true. I would never lie to you guys, I only lie to myself.

Bioelements Oil Control Mattifier

A couple of weeks ago, Bioelements hit me up and said, “Hey, Tynan, we have a new oil-controlling face cream that we’re really excited about! Would you like to try it?”

And I was like, “No!”

Let me explain my initial hostility. A few summers ago, when I had my “come to Jesus” moment with my skin, I went to the drugstore and spent STACKS of cash. I was dead set on fixing my skin and never having a terrible breakout again, so I bought almost one of every product. Stunting at the drugstore, as usual.

One of those products was an “oil controlling cleanser” from, well I can’t remember who it was from. Suffice it to say it was one of those drugstore companies that feature, in every commercial, a pretty, “barefaced” girl (never a boy) with hair slicked back into a tight ponytail, in front of a white marble sink, splashing water on her face and somehow never getting in her eyes or up her nose or nearly drowning herself.

Y’all KNOW I am a proud member of the xoJane Drugstore Beauty Mafia, but this oil control cleanser did not work. It was deceptive and I was mad. It gave my face a matte finish, but it didn’t take me long at all to realize that all of the oils that usually show up on my face were still being produced, but the cleanser was blocking them from surfacing, which was in turn clogging my pores. And I mean CLOGGING my pores, OK? I’ll spare you the gory details, but I used that cleanser for about three days tops and then had to tell it to get gone. To the left, to the left!

But I’m happy to say that Bioelements Oil Control Mattifier is different.

It is an oil blotting cream that keeps excess oil under control from the inside out. It soaks up shine on the surface of your skin, while targeting oil in your pores (I refuse to use the word "sebum." Sorry, there are just lines that I won't cross).

The mattifier applies matte, so you don’t even get shine while you’re waiting for it to dry and sink into skin, which is my favorite part. Don’t you hate waiting for your moisturizers and other face products to dry down before moving on with your morning routine? Like, I can only be so efficient at 8 am with this hangover and waiting for my face cream to dry does not help.

Another bonus, you can apply your makeup right over it, or even dab it over your makeup if you need a touchup in the middle of the day. The scent is great, too, smelling of peony and a little thyme, but only detectable when you unscrew the cap. You’re not going to go around all day with your face smelling like a damn herb garden.

My other favorite part of the Mattifier is that it lets your skin behave normally, just with a little oil protection added. The cream is light and ultra-breathable, the matte finish helps it feel like you’re not wearing anything at all. Most important, it’s definitely NOT going to clog your pores. Now that hotter temperatures are finally approaching, this is a great secret weapon for people with oily skin, or if you just want a little extra protection from breakouts when the weather gets warm.


I have been obsessed with Melody Ehsani all spring. She is an accessory designer out of Los Angeles that does the sickest fusion of street style, high fashion, old school hip-hop, and neo-glam. Her work brings new meaning to the term “statement piece.” In fact, my gold nameplate necklace and my new gold Rolex chain cuff are both from Melody Ehsani.

Oh, it's the SUMMER OF GOLD, by the way. More on that later.

She’s also done a ton of high profile collaborations with Jeremy Scott, Reebok, and Joy & Pain Co. Which brings me to my favorite collaboration and product of the hour, the Melody Ehsani X NCLA Nail Wraps!

I’m so excited about these for many reasons. I don’t really fuck with nail wraps unless they’re by Sally Hansen, because other companies are putting out wraps with laughable quality and zero workability. Plus, the price of most nail wraps is not worth paying unless they’re really going to look sick until you are forced to remove them due to outgrowth.

But you and I both know that NCLA does not mess. When I heard that NCLA had teamed up with the baddest jewelry designer we’ve got right now, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. The intricate and detailed designs speak for themselves and can take you anywhere from an "art deco Lolita" LOOK to that of a bandana rocking breakdancer. Wins all around.

Plus, the price. What do typical nail wraps run you? On average, $10 for ten wraps and a couple extra just in case you mess it up, or want to rock an accent nail, if you’re still into that. The Melody Ehsani X NCLA nail wraps are, all around, THE best nail wraps this year (I’m saying it!) and they’re $16 for 44 nail wraps! That’s four manicures, baby! You just have to respect that.

Do you love? What are your favorite summer products? Is there anything summery and new that I should know about? Tell me ANYTHING related to summer and let's all get excited in the comments.

Tynan is getting closer to summer with every tweet: @TynanBuck.