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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.
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.
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.
Pack the perfect travel essentials for your summer getaways! I just had to let you all know about all of my very favorite products.
MALIN+GOETZ essential kit ($30.00)
A wonderful way to experience the brand, this travel ready essentials kit includes all best sellers for face, body and hair – all sized to fly.
Set includes: grapefruit face cleanser, vitamin e face moisturizer, bergamot body wash, vitamin b5 body moisturizer, peppermint shampoo and cilantro conditioner.
Philip B. Four Step Hair & Scalp Treatment Set ($104.00)
Packed with super-light essential oils, this award-winning conditioning treatment sinks right in, offering long-term repair to all hair types.
Set includes: rejuvenating oil, peppermint & avocado shampoo, light-weight deep conditioning crème rinse and detangling toning mist.
Conair Ultimate Root Booster Mid-Size Cushion Brush ($5.99)
Experience a luxurious new level of volume! The Triangle Airflow Bristle™ design lifts hair right at the roots. Bristles and vented cushion allow up to 50% more airflow* to reach hair for big, beautiful volume fast! This mid-size brush is perfectly sized for styling on the go.
Scünci spiral ponytailers ($6.99)
Scünci Spiral Ponytailers provide a dent free hold all day!
Planning a getaway this summer? Don’t hit the road without the necessary beauty essentials from EO and Everyone to keep you covered, from head to toe! No matter the destination, make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for any and all summer conditions.
EO Certified Organic Deodorant Sprays
The best way to stay fresh all day is to eliminate odor at its source. The certified organic deodorants contain no aluminum salts, propylene glycol, zinc salts, or triclosan that can potentially clog pores. Pure essential oils and organic Ethanol neutralize and eliminate the sources of unpleasant body odors to keep you fresh, cool, and clean all day long and can be used safely multiple times per day.
- Tea Tree
Everyone™ 3-in-1 Lotion
Formulated with a blend of Coconut Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E, Rice Proteins and aroma therapeutic essential oils to brighten your mood and leave you lightly scented. Our signature EO® Organic Herbal Blend of Aloe, Chamomile, Calendula, and White Tea extracts soothes skin, leaving you touchably soft. Available in: NEW Apricot + Vanilla, Lavender + Aloe, Mint + Coconut, Cedar + Citrus, Coconut + Lemon and Unscented.
EO Certified Organic Deodorant Wipes
Perfect for the girl on the go, EO introduces their Certified Organic Deodorant Wipes in bright Tea Tree and timeless Lavender. Individually wrapped wipes make it easy to stay fresh, anywhere! Carrying these wipes in your purse, backpack, or yoga bag means you’ll always be prepared for those unexpected sweaty moments. Environmentally friendly wipes are biodegradable.
Price: $.69 each; $16.56/24 ct.
Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray
Share the love, not the germs! Everyone™ sanitizers are 99.9% effective against most common germs and not made with any nasty chemicals. Everyone sanitizers are made for every body and priced for every budget, so use generously. Only the subtle scent of Orange, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils are left behind—no sticky residue. Available in: Coconut + Lemon, Peppermint + Citrus and NEW Lavender + Aloe.
Price: $2.99 / Availability: www.eoproducts.com
Summer state of mind… starts in the SHOWER
Memorial Day is finally here which means Summer is right around the corner! Introducing the ultimate summertime experience for the senses from Kneipp. Three brand new body washes and one enriching hand cream. Infused with summer-perfect scents designed to refresh and nourish your skin, body and soul, providing you with everyday moments of warm-weather wellness.
BODY WASH ($14)Boost your summer mood every morning in the shower. Soap-free, pH-balanced and formulated with natural plant oils, these three refreshing, gently foaming body washes deep clean and condition the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and exquisitely scented for an irresistible shower experience. Available in three new fragrances:
- Endless Summer: An energizing infusion of citrusy lime and revitalizing mint
- Summer Mood: A juicy blend of summer-fresh watermelon and stimulating mint
- Tropical Dream: An exotic, vacation-evoking mixture of mouthwatering mango and sweet starfruit
HAND CREAM ($10)
More than 100 years of research have gone into perfecting these enriching, plant-based hand cream, which is formulated with highly nourishing ingredients to retain moisture deep within the skin for long-lasting hydration. Available in:
- Spring Awakening : A sweet, floral fragrance infused with shea butter, almond oil, mayflower and magnolia
Kneipp products contain the most unique blends available in the natural body and skincare market, and all are dermatologist tested and recommended, primarily vegan, and free of preservatives, paraffins, silicons, and mineral oils.
It is almost summertime! Hurray! Whether or not you have a summer vacation planned, you can treat yourself to these amazing beauty finds and feel like you are on a spa retreat all summer long!
Aquis hair towel. There is seriously nothing like it. I never blow dry my hair because I am trying not to use any styling tools. My hair is already color-treated and does not need any further damage. So after washing my hair, I grab my Aquis hair towel, wrap it around my hair, and then proceed to dry my body with my bath towel. I apply body lotion, all facial treatments and brush my teeth.
Finally, I remove my Aquis towel from my head, and my hair is no longer soaking wet. The Aquis towel removes most of the water from my hair, and my hair is ready for my leave-in conditioner. Not too wet, not too dry, just perfect. I love this amazing miraculous towel because before I discovered it, my hair would be drenched when I would go to bed, and even still be damp by morning. The Aquis towel dries my hair ever so gently, and keeps it from further damage.
Scunci has a variety of must-have products that keep my hair stylish and out of my face. I have used Scunci headbands and ponytail holders ever since my teenage years. They always have such a great variety of elastics, headbands and hair accessories, perfect for keeping your hair up and out of the way on warm summer days.
I am currently using the Conair Detangling Paddle Brush, and it is perfect for keeping the rat's nests out from the back of hair hair, where it is always massively tangled. I simply flip my hair forward and brush it while my head is upside down.
DDF Skincare (Doctor's Dermatologic Formula) I love DDF Skincare. I use their facial cleanser every morning and night. DDF has an entire line to suit all of your skin care needs. I especially love their weightless daily moisturizer which contains SPF as well as anti-aging ingredients that keep my skin looking young as well as protected from the sun's harmful rays. (Without oiliness!)
Makeup Drop helps me to apply my foundation effortlessly without wasting even one precious drop! It blends my makeup perfectly. I don't know how I ever lived without it before.
Malin + Goetz is one of my very favorite skin care discoveries. I am in love with their eucalyptus deodorant, cannabis hand and peppermint body scrub. Each product has an uplifting, summery fragrance, perfect for warmer months.
Philip B. Haircare makes my hair look and feel like I get it done in a salon every single day!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
While a little Vitamin D can always help relax your mind, there's no question it causes stress on your beauty routine. Dry, dull skin and frizzy, unruly hair are just the beginning. Let these essentials from DDF Skincare, John Frieda Tools, Burt’s Bees and Conair help keep you smooth for the summer.
DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel, $50.00
Dr. Sobel’s Micro-Derma Crystals exfoliate to provide a more even skin tone, promote skin clarity and brightness for a healthy glow. Available in UTLA stores.
Burt’s Bees BB Cream, $15.00
Available in 3 mineral-rich shades, Burt’s Bees BB cream offers instant, light-weight coverage, as it firms and conceals to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wake up to the true, natural you – perfected.
John Frieda Sleek Finish Flat Iron, $54.99
Advanced ionic conditioning enhances manageability and transforms dull, lifeless hair into smooth, sleek strands.
Conair Flip Side Collection, $12.99
With a unique double-sided design, this collection offers twice the styling power. Start by styling wet hair with the nylon-bristle side; then, once hair is dry, flip to the boar bristle side to finish the look.
Searching for the right products to create the perfect summer beauty routine? Look no further! These products from Philip B, Molton Brown, Avon Skincare, Lauren B Beauty, and Rimmel London are just what you need to establish a beauty routine you’ll use for years!
Philip B. African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo ($30) brings moisture to your hair and protects it from the summer heat!
Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood and Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Body Lotion ($42 each) are the ultimate luxurious body lotions and are perfect for locking in moisture and softness.
Avon Overnight Hydrating Facial Mask ($30) makes you feel like your skin is drinking water from a fountain!
Lauren B. Beauty Nail & Cuticle Balm ($30) restores parched cuticles and brings them back to their prime.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Color ($6.79) moisturizes your lips while providing a bold pop of color.
*Products received. All opinions are my own.