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With summer heat quickly approaching, you’ll want to make sure you have these essentials in your bag at all times.
NEW Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10, Amazon.com)
With a new, gentler formula, Purely Gentle provides24 hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin. The roll-on glides on smoothly providing instant freshness, transforming hot, overworked skin to smooth and refreshed.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo($6.99, ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide)
Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts while you’re on the go with just a spritz of this dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.
Erborian CC Crème (Sephora.com, $44)
With a color correcting formula, this crème instantly transforms your skin to a flawlessly smooth, even and radiant finish. It utilizes unique color-changing technology, which allows the crème to adjust to your skin tone and enhance your skin’s true radiance.
Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t have date night! Check out these essentials from Smashbox, Sun Bum and Rita Hazan for everything you need for your next night out. I love getting ready and looking extra glamorous for date nights with my hubby!
Kiss-proof lips : Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Liquid Lipstick
This matte liquid lipstick will make you say – Yep! It’s still on! – due to its Advanced Polymer Technology that makes color last up to 8 hours on set. In NEW Metallic shades
Keep your hair smelling like summer : Sun Bum Deep Conditioning Masque
Our most decadent treatment is infused with Amla and Bamboo Extract that helps strengthen your hair, making it resilient and more manageable.
Look like you just stepped out of the salon : Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss
Step 2 in Rita's True Color Revolution, glossing is the salon secret to keep color vibrant and hair as shiny as the day you got it colored. With 5 shades developed by Rita, this in-shower color-saver enhances shine and brilliance with mess-free application.
I am excited to announce that Kneipp has launched the #KneippLife sweepstakes! Here are the details:
Be Beautiful. Be Loved. Be Harmonious. Be Natural.
Enter your chance to win the Kneipp Life Sweepstakes, featuring:
- A trip to the Woodstock Inn in Vermont for you & 3 friends
- Kneipp gift baskets
- all entrants will receive 20% off their next purchase
Link to sign up: http://bit.ly/TheKneippLife
With the long holiday weekend fast approaching, have fun in the sun while protecting your skin with the IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Collection.
The sun care line will shield you from the sun’s harmful rays as well as pollution and smoke (bonus). Prevention+ is an evolution of daily skin moisturizers with built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun and infrared protection, so you’re always protecting your IMAGE. The line (priced from $33-$38) provides a range of products for all skin types, long term sun exposure, sports actives, and post treatment skin, including:
- Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 35+ is an anti-pollution, anti-aging pure mineral sunscreen spray that offers superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection. The spray is ultra-lightweight for a non-greasy, weightless finish and is formulated for advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun.
- Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 is formulated for superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection during sport and outdoor activities. Infused with organic ingredients including agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, this antioxidant rich spray provides advanced protection against sun damage.
- Daily Hydrating Moisturizer is a long-lasting, deep moisturizer for dry/dehydrated and sensitive/rosacea prone skin combined with a broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sun protection. The formula is enriched with a blend of anti-oxidants, vitamins and green tea as an anti-inflammatory agent with high sun protection.
- Daily Matte Moisturizer features broad-spectrum protection with microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish. Great for everyday use, it contains a next generation blend of anti-oxidants to decrease harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposures.
- Daily Tinted Moisturizer features a built in broad spectrum UVA/UVB high sun protection and provides an even skin tone and healthy glow. The formula is lightweight and sheer to absorb quickly without any residue.
- Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer provides an ultra-sheer, lightweight finish with a built in broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB sunscreen. It contains zinc oxide, a key ingredient to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures. It’s formulated to delay the aging effects of the sun on skin cells and is safe for post-procedure skin.
- Ultra Sheer Spray SPF 45 features ultimate protection with its water resistant, lightweight formula that dries clear. Next generation technology combines physical sunscreen ingredient transparent zinc oxide with powerful anti-oxidants to prevent free-radical damage and protect against environmental exposures.
IMAGE Skincare is available in spas and salons nationwide. To find a location near you, visit: https://www.imageskincare.com/pages/store-locator/
Labor Day Sales You Don’t Want to Miss!
Kneipp and MineTan make it easy for you to stock up on your favorite beauty and skincare essentials this LDW!
Starting FRIDAY, September 1st, MineTan is offering 20% off sitewide all weekend long.
Go wild and get your favorite tanning foams that will let you hold onto your summer glow year-long, while also moisturizing and hydrating the skin.
Head over to Kneipp.com and check out their Summer BLOWOUT sale.
Make room in your cabinet because all Body Washes and Hand Creams are only $6 AND buy one get one free with Body Scrubs and Body Oils. We all know how important it is to moisturize, exfoliate and stay clean as your heading into a new season.
The summer months are all about quick weekend getaways, so it’s best to stock up on the perfect travel essentials! Make sure you pack your bags full of Sun Bum and John Frieda and listen to experts like Umbreen Sheikh and Sophia Gushee on how to make the most of you short vacation!
Sun Bum Original Sunscreen
Bigger isn’t always better, so breeze through security with serious sun protection stowed away in your carry on. Just like the full-sized versions, these cute little sunscreens deliver the same premium, ultra-lightweight formula and irresistible beachy smell.
John Frieda Hot Air Brush
Dry and style your hair in just one step with this multi-tasking hot air brush, newly redesigned with a sleeker, 1” ceramic titanium-coated barrel .
Ask the Experts:
Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
When grooming at home, it’s alright to tweeze a couple of hairs from the middle of the brow but do not touch any hairs that are in line with the nose. If you take a pen or a stick and put it vertically up against the side of your nose you can see where the brow should start on both sides.
Sophia Gushee , detox and wellness expert and author of A to Z of D-Toxing
- Broad-spectrum, which will guard against both UVA and UVB rays
- Safer key ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, preferably without nanoparticles. If they are not available, then select avobenzone at 3 percent.
When it is summertime, it seems like I am always packing for a quick weekend trip to visit my sisters, or I am off camping the next week. I am not complaining, but it can get a little overwhelming. Sometimes I get so tired of packing that I want to have the luxury of just grabbing a bag and getting on the road. I don't have any patience for packing.
I decided to compile a list of beauty essentials that make life-on-the-go a snap! Here are my top picks:
Conair Root Booster Paddle Brush
I love my paddle brush. This brush is my go-to hairbrush. I love the way that it detangles my messy bed-head hair, and makes my strands look silky and shiny again without causing any breakage to my ends.
Scunci Multi-Colored Mixed Elastics
With my thick and often unruly hair, I cannot leave home without my Scunci elastics. I keep them in my purse, in my car, and definitely in my overnight bag. I also keep one on my wrist so that it is ready for whenever I want to put my hair up. On nights that I don't wash my hair before bed, I ALWAYS sleep with my hair up. I love it because when I take down my hair in the morning, it always has nice waves and volume thanks to my Scunci elastics.
DDF Skincare Brightening Cleanser
My DDF brightening cleanser is the only cleanser I need for traveling. It is perfect for washing my face and getting rid of all of the oil and swet that I accumulate in my travels. Whether washing my face in a hotel bathroom, or in the camper when we are camping, I can always count on my DDF cleanser for flawless, healthy skin.
I never realized how much makeup I was wasting and throwing away before I started applying it with my new Makeup Drop applicator. Not only does this amazing makeup applicator help you to use much less product, it also helps blend EVERYTHING into a flawless finish, so you don't have to mess around a lot and waste your precious makeup or vacation time trying to look good.
MALIN+GOETZ eucalyptus deodorant
I used to think that the only deodorant that would work for me was the chemically-laden brand that I once swore by. I am a heavy 'sweater' and I never realized the seriousness of the chemicals I was using on my underarms. I recently read that those chemicals can cause breast cancer! That is very scary! My MALIN+GOETZ eucalyptus deodorant keeps me dry, fresh and smelling great with zero chemicals involved. I never leave home without this deodorant in my bag.
Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo
I love this compact tub of shampoo. It is easy to stick in your bag and go. I love it for it's design and especially because of how wonderfully clean it leaves my hair. It also smells so good. I feel fresh and clean after washing my hair.
Celebrate National Rose Month with the KORRES Wild Rose Collection! These cult favorites are effective, natural, and smell incredible.
Pay homage to the legendary flower that symbolizes beauty and love, with the KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil. Infused with real wild rose petals, this ultra-concentrated Vitamin C oil is rich in omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids and vitamins A and C. It provides significant antioxidant action while repairing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin's overall tone and texture. This silky oil easily absorbs into skin, delivering a fresh, dewy, enviable glow ($54; Sephora.com).
Indulge in an overnight rose facial with the KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. It’s more than a mask, more than a night cream, this overnight facial-in-a-jar delivers great skin by morning, as the weightless soufflé melts into skin and works overnight for brighter, petal-soft skin. Infused with wild rose oil that evens out skin tone, repairs fine lines, moisturizes, heals, and softens skin, this face cream with vitamin C also helps minimize the appearance of skin discolorations and black spots ($48; Sephora.com).
For soft, rose-tinted lips, use the KORRES Lip Butter in Wild Rose. Formulated with natural oils and extracts to soothe and condition lips, this rich butter melts on lips leaving them deeply moisturized, supple, and kissably soft. Shea butter and rice wax provide lasting hydration and softness. This shiny, juicy pop of color comes in an array of "flavors" and is ideal for dry lips ($12; Sephora.com).
Summer months are finally here – time to head to the beach and start soaking up the sun. But don’t let all of that time outside dry out you skin, hair and body. Smashbox, Sun Bum, Sophia Gushee and Wink Brow Bar have all you need to stay perfectly hydrated and happy this summer!
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water
Primer water is free of silicone, alcohol and oil, but it’s packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture—like a supercharged energy drink for your skin
Sun Bum Beach Formula Deep Conditioning Masque
Specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair.
Sophia Gushee, detox and wellness expert and author of A to Z of D-Toxing
“Hard plastic water bottles (#7 plastic) can leach chemicals like BPA into the water you are drinking. Use stainless steel or healthier plastic bottles instead. Don’t reuse the bottles from your grocery store purchases.”
Wink Brow Bar
Looking for a way to keep your brows looking flawless on and off the beach? An eyebrow tint from Wink Brow Bar is the perfect waterproof way to make sure your brows always wow!
June is National Rose Month and what better way to celebrate than by adding this delicate flower to your skincare routine. The gülsha rose-infused skincare routine enhances wellness and beauty, while leaving the skin soft, supple and luminous.
gülsha ’s Rose Skin Care Ritual includes:
Purifying Rose Dust ($16): This daily cleanser and exfoliator gently dissolves dirt and everyday impurities while enhancing the complexion with the anti-aging properties of Rosa Damascena essential oil and the toxin-absorbing powers of pink clay.
Ultimate Rosewater ($20): Packed with the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids found in the Rosa Damascena flower, this multipurpose astringent cleans, nourishes and tones, all in one step. It hydrates the skin while maintaining its natural pH levels, and gently reduces redness and irritation.
Perfecting Rose Elixir ($40): Revitalize your skin’s natural radiance with this ultra-nourishing elixir. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants and lipids, it supports skin elasticity, reinforces the skin’s moisture barrier and protects the skin from environmental damage and water loss.
Regenerative Night Rose Elixir ($40): A rich, complexion-improving elixir that prevents the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin over time thanks to a special blend of hyaluronic acid and the essential oil of Rosa Damascena. Designed to be applied before bed, the elixir is also infused with fragrant essential oils to help relax the body, calm the mind and ease yourself into a peaceful sleep.
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