Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Beat the Heat!

Everyone has a product they can't live without--I happen to have quite a few. Because I live in Georgia, the extreme heat and humidity can ruin every good hair day, and melt down any trace of makeup, so I always keep a few key items with me whenever I go out.

Before I leave the house:

Living Proof Leave-In Conditioner
The more moisture your hair has, the less it will absorb from the air (humidity ack!), so this leave in conditioner is great! Frizz free, soft hair is always a plus!

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray
There is so much I love about Benefit Cosmetics! So where to start? Well besides the cute packaging that every product comes in, this makeup line is high quality. Benefit Cosmetics always exceeds my expectations! This primer works double time, keeping under-eye concealer crease-less and eyeshadow/liner in place! You're makeup won't even think about melting away when Stay Don't Stray is on your lids!

In my purse:

Bare Essentials SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen
This portable sunscreen is the best! It is applied with it's own attatched brush, and since it is in a mineral powder form, it can easily be applied over makeup if you're feeling a little pink on a day out!

Sephora Collection Thick Braidle Headband
When the heat and humidity gets the best of you, don't panic! This cute faux-braid headband keeps the hair off your face, and creates cute 'do's no matter what the occasion. Leave your hair down and slide it it, pull hair up in a bun and create a cute updo, or make a fun and flirty ponytail.


Sonia Kashuk Blotting Papers (100ct)
These are, simply put, the best. Gets rid of shine. Takes less than 30 seconds. Doesn't block pores. Just absorbs oil. Buy it. Use it. Love it. They're addicting.

NARS Multiple Tint
I really can't seem to find a shade that I don't like in any of the NARS Multiple cosmetics. This product is the best of both worlds. It is a NARS Multiple product, but it is a tint! Makeup that stays put all day! It currenlty comes in two shades, Beverly Hills, and Turks and Caicos. Both are lovely, glowy shades that will give you a great silky sheen, but won't rub off too easily.

The best tip that I can give you though, is drink lots of water!!!

So remember, stay cool, stay hydrated, and HAVE FUN this summer!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer Glow

Everybody likes a good glow in the summer. The dilemma everyone faces is how to get that gorgeous summer glow. You could bake yourself a blistery bronze, or you could spray on that brassy brown. That's all the choices you have, right? Wrong. A perfect summer glow is achieved by many different methods. The most important thing to remember is that you skin is your greatest asset, so be nice to it! Sure, a baked bronze looks nice when you're young and at the beach, but what about later? Is that glow really worth it when you look 10 years older than you really are? Or how about when you get skin cancer? Not a pretty sight to see.


Fortunately, it has become increasingly easy to get the best of both worlds! Try a moisturizing lotion and mix in a bit of your favorite bronzer, or even a dab of self-tanning spray/lotion/cream. Or, buy a lotion that already has a bit of self-tanner in it. My favorite is Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. It even comes in a "firming" formula, which knocks out two birds with one stone if you're trying to get "bikini ready"!

When it comes to self-tanning there are three imporant things to remember:


2) Always use something with SPF, even if you're only going to be outside for a little while (you'll thank me in 20 or 30 years when "Where Are They Now" comes out with a Jersey Shore edition)

3) followthedirections

I can't say this enough. If the self-tanner says apply sparingly around knees and knuckles, apply sparingly!
If the self tanner says wash hands after application, wash hands!
The directions are there for a reason (so you don't end up splotchy/orange/streaky), and if you follow these three golden rules, you will end up with a beautiful, sun-kissed look!