If anyone knows how to live their best life during the summer, it’s Amanda Batula. As the star of Bravo’s Summer House, the reality series about a group of young professionals who spend their weekends partying in the Hamptons, the 29-year-old has spent the last five seasons entertaining viewers with a peek into the shenanigan-filled lives of her and her friends. There’s been drama, sure, but fans have also watched as Batula and her fiancé, Kyle Cooke, fell in love and built a business together (Loverboy, a line of sparkling hard teas and canned cocktails so delicious I keep them stocked in my fridge at all times).
In short, Amanda Batula literally gets paid to have fun. And as the world starts opening up thanks to the vaccine rollout, we’ll need people like her to remind us about the lost art of the party pregame ritual. To that end, the reality star recently partnered with Skintimate to share curated playlists and cocktail recipes for your next getting-ready experience.
But what else does Batula recommend to have the Best Summer Ever? Read on for our latest installment of Your Fave’s Faves.
How I approach my style for the show
Planning my outfits for Summer House is a little chaotic. I have to lay everything out. I buy so many clothes, and I try everything on, because I’m a terrible shopper. Well, not a terrible shopper, but I love a lot of clothing and trends that don’t necessarily flatter my body. I tend to buy things that I have to try on to see if I can make them work. So I frantically shop, and then I try everything on—even the clothes I currently have. This way I’m not bringing anything into the summer that I’m going to put on and be like, “Oh wait, I don’t like this.” I always overpack—it’s my biggest pet peeve—so I need to visually lay everything out first. Kyle packs, like, the night before. But it takes me two weeks from start to finish.
My summer essentials
I could go all summer with just a bathing suit, a good razor, and shaving cream. My favorite swimsuit brand is called Somerfield Swim. I randomly found it on Instagram, and at the time it was one of the only brands I could find that had underwire in their suits. The model was like, super skinny with big boobs and wearing a small in a lot of her images, which meant that even the small would fit around my chest but I’d be able to fill up the cups. I’ve been buying their bathing suits for, like, three years now.
For my razor and shaving cream, I’ve used Skintimate for years—I can’t go a whole summer with bad razor burn and hairy legs. I need to be at my ultimate prime and as smooth as possible. The cream makes all the difference because then you don’t have to shave as often—you’re already silky smooth as you get out of the shower. It just makes the whole shower experience better. It makes me feel like more of an adult when I’m actually taking the time and treating myself to a good shave and shower experience.
The beauty products I can’t live without
A good face oil is key. Because we’re in the sun all the time on the show, I need to moisturize the skin. And obviously, sunscreen is super important. A lot of my moisturizers, makeup, and beauty products have SPF in them, including my favorite CC+ cream.
How I style my hair
We always do our own hair and makeup for the show. People assume that we get it done, and they’ll make comments. They also assume we have stylists and will make comments about who’s dressing us. It’s like, um, I’m dressing me!