Summertime means heat, sweat, water and the need for an entirely different bag of tricks to enhance our beauty with. Though we are now in July, there is still plenty of summer left to get your glam on...so get out to the store & start gathering some must-have products that I have researched & compiled just for you!
These affordable products are all gentle enough for sensitive skins but effective enough for all. Over the counter skin care is constantly evolving and bringing us excellent products at a great price.
1. Garnier CLEAN~Nourishing Cleansing Oil $5.99
The non-clogging oils in this cleanser, attract and cleanse off excess oils on your skin, leaving your face unbelievably clean yet conditioned.
2. Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads $7.99
A new generation of the quick-clean regimen, these are anything but harsh & provide effective blemish & oil control for hours.
3. Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher $24.99
Higher priced but worth it, this miracle in a bottle instantly improves skin's texture & gives a perfectly matte finish that lasts all day.
4. Olay Body Quench Lotion with Shimmer $7.64
A perfect non-greasy body lotion that gives equal moisturizing power & healing benefits that are long-lasting, with shimmer for a summer glow.
The trend this season is to look flawless and natural without makeup that literally melts off of your face & that provide some coverage for problem areas. It doesn't always take a foundation to assist with the appearance of flawless skin, especially with the newest diffusers & formulas of today.
1. Sephora Gradual Self Tanning Face Water $16.00
A new kind of self-tanner, this liquid wipes onto the face like a toner, dries fast, leaves no residue & works with your ph to give natural results.
2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm with SPF 20 $34.00 (also comes in a smaller size for $20.)
If there is 1 product to buy on this whole list, this is it. Anti-aging ingredients, dark-circle diffuser, pore shrinker, texture-corrector, dark-spot lightener, shine eliminator, makeup primer, moisturizer, light bronzer, sunscreen & even a slight coverage provided, this almost weightless miracle-in-a-tube is a true all-in-one beauty must-have. Perfect for summer to lessen the time you spend on your routine, lighten the weight of the heavier moisturizers you might opt for in the winter, ensure sun-safety, get the no-makeup-makeup-look and complete your skin care regimen in 1 quick step. This IS the definition of a MUST-HAVE product!
3. Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle $27.00
A cream to powder formula is a highlighter & blush/bronzer in one. Perfect for both dry & oily skin & is available in 6 gorgeous multi-blended colors. A lightweight color enhancer for every skin color & every skin type. Perfect for summer & the fact that it is water-resistant makes this a definite must-have, on the higher price range but worth of every penny, there is no comparison to this unique makeup.
Any eye makeup product based from a wax, such as eyeliner pencils & brow pencils should not be part of your summer makeup-kit! When heated, these formulas will literally melt and make a mess of your look! Eye shadows have problem-formulas also during the summer months, such as those that are matte, for they clump into the skin and actually enhance lines. So for summer, a shadow with some shimmer to it is always best and will give a much lighter makeup look that won't separate & clump. Here are some products to look for during the warmer months, to avoid this problem.
1. MAC Pro Long Wear Waterproof Brow Set $16.00
A brush-on gel that fills-in & grooms brows perfectly, without obvious harsh lines or melting pencil disasters. Waterproof & comes in 6 Colors.
2. Revlon Color Stay Skinny Liquid Liner $7.99
Easy to apply, very fine-tipped liquid that is water-resistant, foolproof & safe for sensitive eyes.
3. Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream-Gel Shadow $6.99
Truly last all day & night, a creamy gel eye shadow that won't crease in the heat, is build-able & comes in 10 summer-perfect colors.
4. Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara $20.00
NO smudging, clumping or flaking, a waterproof mascara that lengthens & provides 104% increase in lash volume!
The heat can quickly transform your regular thick, gooey gloss or lipstick into a tacky, frustrating mess. But no need to worry, there are products other than a chap-stick for dry lips, during the summer. Natural color, you can build to the saturation you wish and that lasts all day without drying or flaking and without a sticky mess can be found just about anywhere this season.
1. Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Color $20.00
A chubby pencil imparts a perfect, long-lasting color with shine. Available in opaque or sparkly & in 10 wide-ranging shades.
2. Revlon Color Burst Matte Balm $9.00
My personal favorite, this is beach-approved, matte finish, super-moisturizing, long-lasting, natural-looking, stain-type lip color in a chunky, easy to use pencil.
3. Maybelline Color Sensational "The Buffs" $5.50
These colors will look amazing on anyone & everyone. Known as simply "The Buffs", these lipsticks are not your grandma's formula. They are made with precious oils for an incredibly smooth application and with 10 neutral, natural, gorgeous "naked" shades, even the most anti-lipstick people will fall head over hells for.
The hues that are being splashed all over the magazines and beauty sites this month are shades of silver and shades of creamy peach. Here are a few I selected that are fool-proof.
1. Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in Pretty in Peach $4.
2. Orly Nail Lacquer in Sheer Nude $8.50
3. Sally Hansen ColorFoil Nail Makeup in Leaden Lilac $8.
4. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color in Great White & in Bait Me $4.99
AND THE COLOR TO WEAR ON THE BEACH & FOR A NIGHT OUT? Bright Blush. Otherwise commonly known as Fuchsia! From a bright light pink to a deep, rich magenta, bright fuchsia is seen everywhere this summer from handbags, shoes, jackets, dresses, bikini's, tops & even pants. You can't go wrong.