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Make summer your scent with Rituals Cosmetics
The fresh and smokey aromas of summer remind us all of fun under the sun and romance under the stars. Why have it end in August when you can have summer all year round?
Summer Limited Edition Oasis de Fleurs
Inspired by a fragrant, lush oasis hidden in the wilderness of ancient Arabia, this scent is refined by rose, Indian sambac jasmine, heliotrope and Indonesion orchid. The fresh coolness of spring water and bamboo makes this perfume the best fragrance for every occasion.
Express Your Soul Summer Collaboration with Artist MadC
Foaming Shower Gel $15.00
Combined with the invigorating properties of verbena with the floral and citrus scent of petitgrain, this shower gel creates a refreshing, summery feeling. It hydrates your skin under the shower and leaves your skin perfectly soft great after a long day at the beach.
Leave the marshmallows at home and bring the bonfire inside with this luxurious, richly fragranced scented candle based on Rosewood known for its relaxing and elegant fragrance. Enjoy for up to 60 hours!
Available at rituals.com
Bring out the summery scents in your bath and body products
Le Couvent des Minimes
Ranging from lotions to shower dews, these products are each thoughtfully blended to give you the finest natural care. Made from soothing botanicals and restorative plants, your body will get the love it deserves while bringing out fragrances that evoke the countryside.
Eau Aimable Body Butter ($18)
With nourishing Shea Butter and a rich formula, this body butter will help protect and moisturize the skin, leaving it soft, supple and lightly scented. Touches of Bergamot and Mandarin gives a scent of serenity, while Nasturtium reveals skin’s natural radiance.
Eau des Minimes Refreshing Shower Gel ($12)
A blend of Grapefruit, Blood Orange and Lemon awakens the senses in this bright shower gel. Neroli and Benzoin provide a feeling of well-being, while gently cleansing away oil and impurities.
Eau du Cloitre Shower Cream ($12)
With touches of Rose for a sense of joy and harmony, this silky shower cream gently cleanses the skin. Made from a vegetable base, the cream contains Pink Peppercorns to give a sense of balance, and vivid Ginger adds all the vitality of a summer garden.
All available at ULTA and ULTA.com
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.
Summer is in the air, and man, it is hot! It’s time to grab the freshest scents, sprays, shades and sun-kissed skin tips to celebrate! Bring on the heat and a hint of sweet with fragrances from Krigler and Molton Brown, wavy beach hair from Philip B, fame worthy nail lacquer from Lauren B Beauty, and tips to lock in the perfect summer tan with Skyy Hadley!
Find vacation in a bottle with Krigler Perfumes Sierra Vista 2142 ($355) with woody scents of cedar and sandalwood, and warm notes of jasmine and rose that bring the wild desert heat to life.
Stay fresh on those hot summer days with Molton Brown’s Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Eau de Toilette ($65). It’s sweet, sophisticated, and keeps you feeling cool.
Rock your inner mermaid with Philip B’s Maui Wowie Thickening & Volumizing Beach Mist ($25). Mist this coconut-scented spray throughout your hair to create killer waves on or off the beach!
Follow those California summer vibes with Lauren B. Beauty’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection ($18 each). These chip-free, vegan, and USA made shades make the ultimate summer statement anytime of day.
Perfect your tan this summer with these amazing self-tanning tips from Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Salon!
- Always exfoliate before tanning (both face and body)
- apply moisturizer to elbows, knees, and feet before applying any self tanner
- Use the residue of product that remains on the palms of your hands to elbows, knees, and feet. You only need a small amount for these areas since they absorb color more readily.
- FACE: Using a quarter size amount of self tanner, rub your hands together to evenly coat both hands. Starting at your check bones, rub your hands in a gentle motion over all of the skin on your face. Be sure to get a single thin layer of self tanner worked into all of the skin. Apply a second layer to your cheekbones and the top of your nose. I suggest using an aerosol spray for an easy, even tan.