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SWEAT PROOF MUST HAVES
Beat the summer heat with these sweat-proof products that will leave you feeling refreshed all day long.
Block any sweat that comes your way this summer with Erborian’s NEW Extra Matte primer. It moisturizes and hydrates your skin while leaving your complexion visibly blurred. This primer is the perfect mattified touch-up after being in the heat all day.
Give your skin a smooth, long-lasting finish even under the summer heat. This subtle pressed powder with diamond dust ensures your face always looks flawless by hiding tiny skin imperfections and leaving your skin looking refreshed. It can be used on bare skin or in conjunction with foundation - suitable for all skin types.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99, Ulta.com)
After a day at the beach or out on the run, give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts with just a spritz of this dry shampoo. This revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.
Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10, Amazon.com)
With a new, gentler formula, Purely Gentle provides 24 hour sweat-proof 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.
A versatile summer staple because of their long-lasting and alcohol-free formula, these fragrances won’t be affected by the sun’s powerful rays and will keep your body, hair and clothing feeling fresh all day long. Available in four of the best-selling scents, these waters contain natural ingredients and are safe for sensitive skin.
AmorePacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ ($40, at us.amorepacific.com)
Prep your face for the summer sun with this high-performance sun cushion. It’s lightweight formula keeps your skin feeling refreshed and protected from UV rays. Perfect for on-the-go applications at the beach or pool side.
Holographics are in for summer – and beyond! keep your digits on fire with these cellophane inspired polishes.
The Morgan Taylor Lacquer Platinum Collection embraces pure excess with rich textures,effects, and an extended-wear formula. “With Platinum,we wanted to give the wearer an indulgent experience by creating shades, effects,and textures straight from their wildest dreams,”explain brand namesakes Morgan Haile and Taylor Daniel.
Morgan Taylor Lacquer Platinum Collection, available at ULTA, $11.99
With six opulent new holographic shades, get glowy nails with Morgan Taylor Lacquer this summer:
Look how beautiful these shades are when the sun shines on them!
My favorite shade is Glow All Out, and you can see how beautiful it is in the photo below.
Morgan Taylor Lacquer Platinum Collection, available at ULTA, $11.99
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
A Girls Guide to Getting Through the Summer Heat
Stay sweat-free and odor-free all day long with Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10, Amazon.com)
A non-irritating formula that’s tough on sweat but gentle on the skin. This deodorant incorporates 24 hour protection with a new, gentler formula, ensuring round the clock defense even for those with the most sensitive skin. Ban is my favorite deodorant, and the only brand I use.
Keep your hair off your neck with the help of Hairdo Simply Straight Pony ($49,Ulta.com)
This strut-your-stuff pony delivers the style points straight-up by instantly adding length, verve and volume to your ponytail. Wrap around easily and secure your pony high, low or to the side.
Keep your skin moisturized while achieving a non-oily, velvety finish with Erborian BB Crème ($39,Sephora.com)
Containing break-through high-tech formulas, this BB Crème evens out and mattifies the complexion, moisturizes and plumps the skin, refines skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of blemishes. Your skin will appear visibly softer, smoother and beautiful with a silky feel. This BB Creme is the best facial makeup I have ever used, and I am beyond thankful that I discovered it. It makes me skin look literally flawless, young, healthy and picture perfect! My skin stays shine-free even on the hottest days!
It's the final countdown to summer! Summertime weekends are the BEST! I always look forward to heading to the beach or camping. I love to kick back and relax, but I still like to look and feel my best, yet with little effort. Before heading out for the weekend, I always pack my summertime weekend essentials from Sun Bum, ColorMetrics and DDF Skincare to ensure that some of my most important beauty needs are covered.
Lightweight, silky, Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Face Lotion glides on like butter and provides a chemical free sunscreen and primer with a matte finish.
Perfect for traveling: DDF Skincare Doctor Bag Value Set
This collection of Dr. Sobel’s targeted treatments is designed to minimize fine lines & wrinkles and improve skin’s texture for a more healthy, youthful look. Includes the new WRINKLE RELAX ALL-OVER LINE SMOOTHER
Make a statement: Streekers Temporary Hair Color
STREEKERS is true temporary hair color with a difference. Instant. Liquid. Washes out when you want it out. Not a mascara, not a crayon, not a paint. But a cool new hair color that uses innovative technology.
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.
Hold on to your Summer look
The glowing skin and sun-kissed hair… all the things that summer does to your beauty look make it hard to say goodbye. With products from MineTan and John Frieda Hair Care, you can help keep that summer look you love all year long.
MineTan Violet Self Tan Foam ($34.95, minetanbodyskin.com)
With the help of MineTan, you don’t have to worry about your glowing tan fading. Suitable for all skin types that just want a darker tan, this foam will give you the depth of color, inspired by gorgeous European skin. It’s simply a combination of natural botanicals, including mulberry and caramel, with rich violet and dark brown bronzers, that leaves the skin in a deep rich color.
MineTan Coconut Self Tan Foam ($34.95, minetanbodyskin.com)
The world’s first coconut water based tan is a one-of-a-kind bronzing treatment, supercharged with antioxidants to restore skin hydration. The weightless formula absorbs quickly to lock in moisture, while essential fatty acids found in natural coconut soothe dry areas and improve overall skin texture and tone. This 1 hour tan acts as a natural moisturizer and will deliver the rich, brown finish!
MineTan Dark Ash Self Tan Foam ($34.95, minetanbodyskin.com)
Inspired by the alluring Brazilian sun, this foam will make you look like you’ve just returned from Rio. A mix of dark ash brown bronzers counteracts red and gold undertones in your skin to deliver a natural looking, picture perfect tan.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray ($9.99, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers nationwide)
Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your bright, blonde hair has to fade. The John Frieda Hair Care Lightening Spray, a breakthrough formula that gradually lightens and brightens blonde tones, will allow you to achieve your blondest blonde. Whether you want to touch up your roots, brighten blonde highlights or get an overall blonde boost, this is your ideal spray that will let you brighten your blonde when and where you want for a customized color.
*Used in conjunction with Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner, the formula will leave your hair nourished, natural-looking, lighter and brighter.
John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray ($9.99, Food, Drug and Mass retailers nationwide)
Create a carefree, ocean-fresh look with full tousled texture, windswept waves and a low-sheen matte finish. With a spritz of this spray, you will look like you spent a day at the beach without any of the sand, getting the natural waves you desire and the ripple effect that’s the sexy, beachy style all-year round.
When I come across beauty products that truly make a difference in my life, I want to shout it from the rooftops! I always change up my beauty routine according to what season it is. Currently, with the warm weather of summer, there are certain products that make life easier when you are sweating to death, like I am!
Scünci Multi-Color Soft Hosiery Head Wrap
I honestly do not know how I would survive summer without my Scünci head wraps. They make life so much easier. I simply put one on and go about my day. They keep my hair off of my face and out of my way. They look great with everything, and really come in handy on hot summer days when it is futile to try and do anything with my hair. I have them in every color! They are inexpensive and you can find them in almost any store.
Conair Ultra Detangler Large Round Wood Detangling Brush
This may sound kind of gross, but when my neck gets sweaty, my hair at the base of my neck gets all matted and tangled. And sweating or not, I have always had a problem with my hair getting complete rats nests and huge knots in it at the base of my skull in back. I have no idea why, but until I discovered my Conair Detangling Brush, I almost wanted to cut my hair really short to avoid these matted catastrophes. No brush I had ever owned would help to untangle my hair until I discovered this amazing, life saving, hair saving brush. I simply flip my head upside down and brush through the knots until they are gone. It works miracles!
DDF Youthful Tranquility Value Kit
In the busy summer months, it is easy to slack off on skin care when you are traveling, camping or going to the beach. DDF Youthful Tranquility Value Kit makes it easy and affordable to take perfect care of your skin while you are away from home. (Or even if you are having a stay-cation.) No matter what, nothing is worth neglecting your skin! The products in this kit are ultra lightweight and perfect for warm weather. It includes everything you need for beautiful, youthful, flawless skin.
The MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator was designed to blend and contour makeup flawlessly while not absorbing a single drop. It is also anti-microbial, so it won't collect germs. If you do not have one of these, you are missing it. It makes your makeup look perfect without wasting a lot of time. After all, who has the time to waste trying to look good when there are plenty of summer BBQs to attend?
Philip B. Katira Hair Masque
This intensive oil-free treatment that leaves coarse or curly hair feeling bouncy and silky-soft. Amazing for frizz-prone hair types. I love this hair masque. It is the perfect beauty treatment for warm summer evenings. Take a dip in the pool, or take a cold shower. Then, when your hair is damp (or even dry) apply a nice coating on your hair from roots to ends, and let it fry into a stiff mask. (It is actually kind of fun!) (To help the treatment sink in further, wrap hair in a hot towel, or use blow-dry on a warm setting to speed the drying process). DO NOT SHAMPOO OFF. Simply rinse well and commence styling.
This treatment is a really lightweight, yet DEEP conditioning treatment. It is so interesting because it seems like you are applying a hair gel, but after rinsing, you won't believe how luxuriously soft and silky your hair becomes.
As the summer starts getting hotter, it is so easy to fall victim to the damage the heat can cause. Make sure you are protecting your skin and hair with these easy tips and tricks from TouchBack, Sun Bum, Smashbox, John Frieda and Sophia Gushee!
Revive your hair color with TouchBack Marker
TouchBack’s mistake-proof marker delivers true, temporary hair color instantly. The pocket-sized marker makes for easy application when you want it, where you want it.
Sooth your skin with Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Gel
Replenish skin with this tried-and-true classic—a beach bag essential!
Hydrate your face with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
Photo Finish Primer Oil from Smashbox Cosmetics is the first-ever primer specially formulated in a lightweight, luxurious oil to create radiant skin that glows on and off camera.
Tame the frizz with John Frieda Satin Finish Straightener
Pin-straight hair has never looked sleeker or felt softer. The revamped, premium flat iron now features generously sized 1 ½” inch plates that allow for quick, easy straightening using an advanced ionic generator.
Ask an Expert: Sophia Gushee, detox and wellness expert
- Minimize your exposure during the sun’s strongest hours (generally 10am to 4pm)
- Wear clothing that guards from the sun, like hats and light, long-sleeved shirts
Ah, summertime! It is my favorite time of the year and I am so happy with all the the sunshine. During these warm months, my beauty routine changes a bit and I have a few summertime essentials that I swear by to get me through this season. Below are a few of my beauty favorites.
Vera Wang Embrace Body Mists
Rosebuds & Vanilla
Embrace Rosebuds & Vanilla is a romantic floral oriental fragrance. It opens with a rich blend of Damascene Rose and Mandarin Oil which balance out the Sweet Magnolia heart. Vanilla and creamy sandalwood intertwine to create a warm finishing touch on the skin.
Green Tea & Pear Blossom
Embrace Green Tea & Pear Blossom is a modern fresh floral fragrance that opens with crisp earthy notes that bloom into a radiant heart of Peony and Orange Blossom. At the base, fresh comfort is felt as Sandalwood mingles with notes of Skin Musk for a confident finish.
Periwinkle & Iris
Embrace Periwinkle & Iris’s floral gourmand opens with a radiant entrance as Bergamot and Violet Petals mix with the tender, floral heart of Periwinkle and Iris. Vanilla and Benzoin create a sense of comfort and addiction at the base of the fragrance.
Marigold & Gardenia
Embrace Marigold and Gardenia is a dreamy fruity and floral fragrance. Fruity notes of melon and mango blend with a sweet and spicy aroma of cardamom. The heart blossoms with the floralcy of marigold, gardenia and orange blossom. Creamy, warm notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and soft musks intertwine and linger on the skin at the base.
Marvis Wonders of the World Collection
- Marvis Royal: With a unique, sophisticated formula that combines Italian lemon oil, tangerines, fragrant rose extract, nutmeg and mint, this tangy toothpaste will have you imagining elegant trips on the Orient Express, from London to Rome, Paris to Venice.
- Marvis Karakum: This sophisticated flavor combines the finest peppermint with the sweetness of orange juice and enchanting and aromatic cardamom – a rare Oriental spice. The formula creates a lasting sensation of alluring freshness as your mind takes an imaginary journey across the Black Sea, through Persia and the deserts of Mongolia.
- Marvis Rambas: Inspired by the far-flung beaches and exotic atmosphere of the tropics, this toothpaste’s fruity, velvety taste combines ripe peach and sweet pineapple with a twist of sweet Alphonso mango. A rich aroma of mint creates a lasting sensation of vibrant freshness as you imagine your feet sinking into the sand.
Price: $15 each
Mally Beauty Instant Impact Mascara
This mascara lengthens and defines lashes with each application. Its formula is infused with avocado oil and vitamin B5 to protect, preserve and condition your luscious lashes. The product’s flexible films resists flaking, smudging and clumping, leaving perfectly jet black lashes.
Available: Ulta Beauty Stores and ulta.com
Soap & Paper Factory
Bestselling Classic collection, newly designed with chic, modern patterns! Soap & Paper Factory’s perfume oils, hand creams and soaps in totally tote-able, travel-friendly sizes. Soap & Paper Factory is packaging its bestselling hand creams, soaps and perfume oils into petite, chic, travel-sizes that are perfect for everyday use and look great on display. Soap & Paper Factory’s products are always free from parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals and never tested on animals. The New Classics Collection includes:
- Jasmine: Heady and intoxicating, the jasmine flower blooms only at midnight, making it ideal for this exceptional scent. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
- Gardenia: This warm and alluring fragrance is made from the petals of the gardenia, a flower cherished for its stimulating and exotic scent. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
- Lavender: This blossom’s renowned ability to soothe and relieve stress make this scent ideal for application just before bed. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
- Green Tea: The naturally detoxifying scent of green tea is accentuated with crisp citrus in this sweet and uplifting fragrance. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
- Verbena: Notes of citrus combine with woody undertones and floral notes in this scent to stimulate the senses and gives a feeling of balance. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy
Designed to repair severely damaged color treated hair, the Weekly Remedy is an innovative and lightweight treatment that works immediately to repair hair from the inside out, leaving it soft, manageable and frizz-free for up to 24 hours. Faster and lighter than a traditional hair mask and inspired by a salon treatment, this 2-step in-shower remedy is used in place of conditioner once a week to nourish and restore hair. Healthy hair keeps color longer and deep-conditioning is essential to restoring hair from the everyday stresses caused by the environment, styling and coloring.
Available at: RitaHazan.com and Rita Hazan Salon for $42.
Touch Germ Block
Unlike other hand sanitizers, which are designed to kill germs upon application, the main mission of Touch Germ Block™ is prevention. Why wash or sanitize your hands after they’ve been exposed to germs (we don’t put on sunblock after we’ve gotten a sun burn)? With Touch Germ Block™, you’re 99.9% protected for up to six hours before germs even have a chance to wreak havoc and cause infection. Not to mention, repeated application increases germ-killing effectiveness throughout the day.
Where to Buy: Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Meijer
TULA Urban Defense Hydrating Mist
TULA’s Urban Defense Hydrating Mist is packed with nutrients to protect against environmental toxins that can prematurely age and irritate skin. It contains anti-inflammatory rose water, coconut water and hyaluronic acid to calm skin and boost hydration. It contains reishi mushroom extracts to fight free radical damage.
Where to Buy: www.TULA.com
WelleCo Super Elixir Alkalizing Greens
The Super Elixir Alkalizing Greens was designed to help your body maintain its pH balance, and contains a combination of 45 natural ingredients, including super greens, Chinese herbs and digestive enzymes. The Super Elixir contains:
Alkalizing Greens: These nutritional powerhouses balance the acidity in your skin and the alkalinity in your blood. When that balance is achieved, your skin holds moisture and your cells function properly, giving you a healthy glow.
Horsetail and Dandelion: The horsetail herb contains silica, which provide benefits to your hair, skin and nails. Dandelion promotes healthy liver and digestive function, reducing toxins in the body that would otherwise damage your skin. Good digestive function also prevents breakouts that can develop on your jawline.
Aloe Vera Juice: This is a great tonic for the body, from digestive to kidney support. The skin is often called the third kidney, so by taking care of the kidneys, you'll also keep your skin clear and limit dark under-eye circles.
Grape Seed Extract: This antioxidant acts as a free radical scavenger reducing internal and external aging.
Probiotics: Aids in supporting digestion and keeping Candida at bay which greatly reduces sugar cravings, while having an excellent effect on acne and overall ageing.
Being a beauty blogger, I am blessed with the opportunity to try out some of the best products available. I also find myself getting completely obsessed with certain products. This summer, my two latest obsessions are Salon Grafix and Zest!
First of all, when the temperatures are soaring, I love nothing more than a refreshing shower to get rid of all of that sweatiness. In my shower, I always make sure that I have a body wash that can combat all traces of any body odor, and make me smell amazing. Zest FruitBoost Body Wash is my favorite!
The new innovative, revitalizing shower gel helps reveal beautiful, glowing skin with rich moisturizers and the antioxidant power of Vitamin C to help nourish your skin.
Zest Fruitboost stimulates your senses at a whole new level. It’s also twice as concentrated as the average shower gel providing double the lather and double the scent, and can be used to up to 40 showers making it a great value. #ZestFruitboost
My second greatest beauty obsession for this summer is my Salon Grafix Professional Freezing Hair Spray. This amazing hairspray holds my hair in place like no other hairspray ever has. It holds all day long and does not give my hair white flaky residue like most freezing hair sprays. My hair has always been difficult, and does not usually stay in place.
Salon Grafix Professional Freezing Hair Spray truly holds my hair where I want it without stiffness or stickiness. It has no annoying fragrance, either. My hair feels soft and natural after I use it. I think that is because it contains antioxidants.
I will be attending several weddings this summer, in which I will be curling my hair, so I am thrilled to have discovered this miraculous freezing spray just in time to get me through my summer hairstyles.
Enter to win: One winner will receive two Zest FruitBoost Shower Gels, and one winner will receive 1 Salon Grafix Hairspray and 1 Salon Grafix Dry Shampoo.
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.