• 2nd June
    2011
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Summer Beauty Products

Two things that don’t go together: peanut butter and ketchup. 

Just like summer heat and make-up. 

I find myself struggling to keep a decent appearance while living in the Florida heat 9 months out of the year. Lucky for you I have an arsenal of products perfect for the sweltering jungle and I’m sharing them with you!

1- Tinted moisturizer: Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel is a life saver for me come summer months. Foundation usually drips off my face within minutes of stepping outside so a tinted moisturizer is a perfect way to even your skin tone and keep a healthy glow! I love Perfekt because it’s sweat and water resistant (perfect for that mid-layout dip) and it also doubles as a tinted primer for under your evening make-up. The coverage isn’t as good as your daily make-up so expect to use some concealer on trouble spots. Be sure to try it on at your local Sephora as the tints can be a little darker than you’d expect.  

If you don’t want to go out and buy a tinted moisturizer, mixing a couple drops of your foundation with a face lotion containing SPF is an easy way to make your own. It’s light weight and you still get your coverage and protect your skin! 

2- Skin Hydrator: We all have fallen victim to staying in the sun a little too long after one too many drinks. Checking out our red skin immediately sobers us as we dread the eventual skin-shedding ritual our body will partake in. Lucky for us skin hydrators can help ease this process. June Jacobs has a great after sun hydrator that not only soothes your skin but also reduces redness and peeling, helping to maintain your tan. I use this product along with Maui Babe After Browning Lotion

3- Beachy Hair: There’s a reason why surfer chicks are lusted after other than their bangin’ bods…amazing, carefree hair. Thanks to a sweet little invention you can have the same hair without ever having to step foot in the ocean. Bumble and Bumble makes a great salt water spray that adds texture, body and shape identical to the wind-blown beach hair we all desire. There are plenty of other lines to try but B&B have a product that my stylist used on my hair and I saw great results :) The Tone It Up girls featured a video on how to get beachy waves explaining how to get the look:

              

4- Lip balm: Our skin isn’t the only thing needing protection from the sun’s rays…our lips are a prime target! Using a heavy lipstick or heavy color doesn’t fit the light, carefree style of summer so opt for a nude or neutral lip stain, gloss or tinted lip moisturizer. I like the Burt’s Bees line of tinted lip balms. Neutrogena also has a tinted lip balm with SPF 20 that works really well.

5- SPF: Last but certainly not least, you can’t forget the SPF for your skin. I love the Neutrogena line because I know it won’t clog my pores or leave my skin oily or dry. I am super cautious about what I put on my skin and Neutrogena offers the best with the best protection.  

With protecting your skin being the most important aspect of the summer, please take a moment to watch this video and share it. You never know who it can help…

               

Let me know what some of your favorite summer products are…I love testing out new stuff! 

  • 25th April
    2011
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Beauty Review: Shellac Mani’s

Before going on The Bachelor I was never too concerned with my nails being painted. Pedi’s I LIVED for…but mani’s, not so much. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that I played softball all through college and destroyed my nails. Now that I am in an office tap-tapping away on a keyboard, my nail color chips within two days of applying it.

Fast forward to going on the show and painting our nails became a daily occurrence, a way to pass the endless amounts of available time. Hey, if our nails were wet that meant we couldn’t eat, our second favorite way to pass the time. Correcting a chip, color change, reapplying a top coat…no more than one day passed without me tending to my nails and now I’m hooked. Bare nails just don’t look right to me any more. Which is a problem when my favorite colors to apply are clearly noticed once they chip (OPI You Don’t Know Jacques is my fave).

A couple girlfriends of mine have tried out the Shellac mani and have fallen in love with it. Shellac is like a gel manicure in which the color is sealed onto your nail and is supposed to last two-three weeks without any chipping. The only thing you should have to worry about is new nail growth. A major positive to this over a gel mani or the new OPI Axxium mani is that Shellac doesn’t use a soak method to remove the polish. Gel mani’s or the OPI Axxium mani use a chemical soak to remove the polish which can weaken and destroy your nails.

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  • 13th April
    2011
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The 3 Hour Tour: Brazilian Blowout

I have a confession. I am obsessed with my hair. To a ridiculous level. I don’t let ANYONE touch my hair other than my prized stylist in Arizona (Izzy, I love you). Many of you may be thinking, “What’s so ridiculous about that? I go to the same stylist and have for years.” Well, it gets ridiculous when you realize that I live in Florida…exactly 2,152 miles away from said hair stylist. 

I search for any and every reason to head back home in order to trim up the tresses and this is all because I received one HORRID hair cut back in college from a new butcher stylist I tried. Let’s just say when the annual 80s party that the lacrosse team threw came around, me and my bouffant bangs fit in perfectly.   

Other than cutting my hair I don’t do anything else to it…no color, no relaxers, no chemical treatments, no extensions…all because I am deathly afraid of ruining my locks. This mindset started to change when I read about the Brazilian Blowout. Living in Florida the humidity does a frizzy number on my hair. I can’t step outside for more than a minute without looking like my finger was just put in an electrical socket. The press on the Brazilian Blowout can’t be ignored and I was sold on the product. I searched online to find the best salon in the area that offered the blowout and made an appointment. Congrats Sella Luca in Winter Park and stylist Katie…you are the lucky google search winners!

After sitting in the chair and apologizing to Katie for the immense amount of hair she was about to be digging into, we started the process with a wash to clarify my hair. Random side-note: why does every salon sink have to feel like a modern day torture device? Holy neck pains, batman! After she washed my hair she sectioned it and painted on the serum that would eventually seal my locks. Once that was completed she blow-dried my hair and this is what it looked like:

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