July 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM ET
As part of their job description, bloggers have the chance to try every beauty product out there. So what happens when they're asked to narrow down the field to just five, can't-live-without-'em seasonal essentials? TODAY.com decided to find out, and asked three digital phenoms — Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor, Kelly Cook of Snob Essentials, and Natalie Decleve of The Hippie in Heels — to spill what's in their summertime clutches, crossbodys and backpacks.
Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor
LA-based blogger Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor has become a fashion fairy godmother to more than 400,000 YouTube subscribers — she's always there to explain how to wear tough new trends (hello, overalls!) and showcase the cutest new accessories. What did she tote on a recent trip to Hong Kong? Products to protect her delicate skin, packed along with her shades, Frends headphones (in rose gold, of course) and trusty camera, all nestled in a chic MCM floral clutch.
Laneige BB Cushion and Triple Sunscreen SPF 40
LA-based Lim is serious about sunscreen, and doubles up on her SPF by layering this lightweight powder-to-liquid BB compact over her liquid sunscreen, both from Laneige. It must be working, judging from the closeups of her flawless skin. (Laneige BB Cushion, $34, target.com; Triple Sunscreen SPF 40, $25, target.com)
Look good, feel good. Chriselle shared that Vitamin C is at the top of her summer must-have list, especially when her plans call for travel. (Emergen-C, $8.99 for 30 sachets, swansonvitamins.com)
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Chriselle's favorite miracle potion is a cult-favorite classic. She applies a couple drops to a freshly washed face at night for intense anti-aging overnight repair. (Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, $62, esteelauder.com)
EOS lip balm
Chriselle’s go-to lip balm is this all-natural cutie. It’s filled with antioxidants and comes in great fruity flavors and summery pastels. (EOS lip balm, $3.49, ulta.com)
Kelly Cook of Snob Essentials
Co-Founder of destination sites Bag Snob, Beauty Snob, and Shoe Snob, to name a few, Kelly and her partner-in-crime, Tina Craig, have become blogging icons — and now they're handbag designers too, with the recent launch of their Snob Essentials line for HSN. Here's what Cook's carrying in her too-cool turquoise backpack.
Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
No more pricey Latisse prescriptions? “Forget all those lash lengthening serums," says Cook of her favorite mascara. "This multi-tasks in one step. While giving you long lush lashes, the peptide formulation gives your lashes a keratin boost to stimulate growth and strength.” (Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara, $42, chantecaille.com)
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water Cloth
Leave it to Cook to use the most elegant disposable wipes around. “These gentle and mineral-infused wipes will clean up an entire face of full makeup leaving you refreshed and clean. I cannot live without these in the summertime, after a hot day when your skin is gunky and clogged, one single wipe will have you feeling human again.” (Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water Cloth, $39, kohgendocosmetics.com)
Pur-lisse Pur-Protect SPF 30
“I keep this on hand at all times — it goes on matte, which is perfect for the summer," says Cook of this under-the-radar SPF. "The all natural ingredients and total protection makes it my all time favorite sunscreen.” (Pur-lisse Pur-Protect SPF 30, $55, shop.purlisse.com)
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé
"Sticky lipgloss is not my friend," jokes Cook. Her solution: Laura Mercier's pigmented, non-tacky lip glacés. “I get the shine without the smack. The nude shade ensure it goes with whatever I'm wearing, that's why it stays in my bag!” (Laura Mercier Lip Glacé, $25, lauramercier.com)
Natalie Decleve of Hippie in Heels
NYC-based stylist and The Hippie in Heels blogger Natalie Decleve is famous for her impeccable gypset style and natural approach to beauty. Natty took a minute out of her summer travels to share with us the well-edited products she's never without.
Pop out hairbrush with mirror
“I’ve got bangs, and they can be unpredictable," says Decleve. "I never leave home without a hairbrush, just in case the wind decides to mess with my ‘do!” (Pop out hairbrush with mirror, $1.49, ulta.com)
“I’m fair, so sunscreen is essential for me. Coola is organic plus it’s lightweight, so it’s great to use on my face!” (Coola SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish Mineral Sunscreen, $36, coolasuncare.com)
Valentine X 1509 fragrance oil
Decleve's fragrance is as luxuriously low-key as her wardrobe: “My signature scent is a mix of this oil, and a spray of Byredo Gypsy Water. It lasts forever, but I carry around this tiny one for freshen-ups on the go.” (Valentine X 1509 Fragrance Oil , $38, shop.valentinenyc.com)
Band-Aid Friction Block
Sandal weather means paying a little more attention to your feet, says Decleve. “This stuff is magic at preventing blisters. Rub it on points of friction before you put on your shoes, and it’ll save you the pain of wearing in new summer sandals!” (Band-Aid Friction Block, $5.99, soap.com)
Smith's Rosebud Salve
“I’ve used this stuff for years, and it’s still the best, most emollient lip balm ever. Non-sticky, totally kissable.” (Smith's Rosebud Salve, $7 at sephora.com)