Australian Gold Continuous Spray SPF 30

Australian Gold Continuous Spray

Australian Gold Continuous Spray SPF 30 ($10.49 USD) — Apply evenly and liberally to all exposed areas 20 minutes before sun exposure.  Reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming, perspiring or vigorous activity. Use in well-ventilated areas.  Do not spray directly on the face.  Spray into hands and rub on the face.

Features are:

  • Helps prevent sunburn.
  • Retains SPF after 80 minutes of activity in the water or sweating.
  • Provides high protection against sunburn and tanning.

What I think: This is a really effective sunblock.  The spray is easy to apply — it imparts a fine mist so that it covers very well.  It is not greasy and stays on for almost a couple of hours.  Perfect for hot summer days!

Visit  www.australiangold.com to learn more and to find out where to purchase.

My Favorite New Summer Lip Products

Soft, smooth and natural lips are the perfect look for summer.  The luscious lip products below will help achieve this.  From a lip exfoliator to a fruity lip balm to a lipstick that makes lips soft after continuous use, your lips will look fabulous while using this products!

Merle Norman Lip Exfoliator ($15.00 USD) — Gentle micro-dermabrasion lip treatment immediately retexturizes skin to reveal incredibly soft and smooth lips.  Allows lip color to glide on smoothly and keeps it from caking.  Easy-to-use stick formula.  Visit www. merlenorman.com to learn more.

Enjoy eos’ all-new limited edition Strawberry Sorbet and Passion Fruit ($5.99 USD) – two refreshingly tasty organic flavors launching just in time for summer. Revolutionary smooth sphere applies directly to lips, making it more hygienic than pot lip balms. It is enclosed in powder pink and lavender soft-touch, recyclable packaging.  Key Ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize. This retails for $5.99 at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target.com and EvolutionofSmooth.com.

Becca Cosmetics Sheer Lip Color ($24.00 USD) — A collection of sheer, hydrating lipsticks with subtle shine in a palette of tones flattering for all skin tones, BECCA’s Sheer Tint Lip Colour contains a cocktail of emollients and antioxidants such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Honey and Vitamin E, to moisturise and protect the lips while providing a smooth, even application of creamy colour.  Shop at The Plaza Beauty,One West 58th Street at The Plaza Hotel’s Concourse Level.

CoverGirl LipPerfection ($7.49 USD) — A new kind of lip transformation; lipstick that transforms your lips  instantly with gorgeous color and transforms dry lips to noticeably  smoother/more gorgeous lips in just 7 days. Contains a silk therapy complex –
beautiful rich lip color infused with silk protein to help sustain moisture  leve ls so the more you wear it, the more gorgeous your lips become. Lip Perfection is CoverGirl’s iconic, prestige-inspired lip bullet.  This is available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Merle Norman Lip Polish ($15.00 USD) — Creamy lip gloss delivers 100-watt shine.  Luscious high-fashion shades provide intense luster with hydrating benefits.  glides on smoothly and evenly with brush applicator.  Long-wearing.  Anti-feathering. Visit www.merlenorman.com to learn more. Enjoy!

Tarte’s Fabulous New Waterproof Eye Products

Is your eye makeup running off of your face in the heat, humidity and water sports of the summer?  I don’t wear tons of eye makeup in the summer, but a little shadow, liner and mascara really makes the look.  I usually swipe one neutral shadow over the lid and line my eyes with brown or plum in the daytime and black or navy at night.  Finish with a nice coat of waterproof mascara and the look is perfect for the season!

The following tarte products are beautiful for the summer.  Add a coat of Lights, Camera and Splashes! waterproof mascara for a swim-able eye look!

tarte emphasEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner ($22.00 with brush at tartecosmetics.com).  Infused with micronized clay and reinforced by a natural waterproofing  agent, these plush shadow/liners are a must for creating intense and  long-lasting high definition eyes. The high-performance natural™ Amazonian  clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient, lending deep color pigments while nourishing skin, reducing surface oil and improving overall texture for smooth  application.

The shades available are Brown, Black, Indigo, Plum, Bronze and Green. I have been enjoying the Bronze and Indigo.  The Bronze I use for everyday, even to the pool.  It does not budge in the water.  The Indigo is my going out shade.  It is so pretty paired with a soft shadow (like tarte’s Seashell Pink cream eye shadow).  I have heard that it dries out quickly, but I have been using it for a few weeks and it is fine.  I think the trick is to place the lid on very tightly so air does not get in.  The double ended brush that is included is fantastic, too.  The thinner end works will with lining the inner rims of the eyelids and the thicker end can smoke out the liner perfectly.

tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner ($18.00 for one and $28.00 for a duo of the same shade on QVC.com) — This one-of-a-kind eyeliner pencil glides on for a silky-smooth application, while Amazonian clay balances eyelids for long wear. Infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay, this liner glides on buttery smooth to create gorgeous, defined eyes that won’t budge. The retractable component makes this liner easy to apply. Just twist up the tip of the eyeliner pencil and glide along the lash line–no sharpening required. You can make the line as thin or as thick as you desire, depending on the look you want to create.

This is available in three shades in the singles; Black, Brown and Plum and includes two more in the Duos; Navy and Turquoise.  I’ve been using the Black and it is very, very black. It would be great as an inner rim liner.  I use it on my top lash and the Brown or Plum on the bottom.  This is a more subtle look that is fun to try.  The pencil itself is very soft and breaks easily, so don’t push too hard. It did seem to last a long time, although I find the liner in the pot is longer-lasting.

tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow Pot w/Brush ($42.00 reg. price, on sale for $22.80 on QVC.com) — A richly pigmented cream shadow that is a must for creating long-lasting, high-definition eyes.  Micronized Amazonian clay intensifies color pigments while working to nourish skin, reduce surface oil, and improve overall texture for smooth application. Thanks to a botanical blend of natural plant waxes, the shadow glides on smooth and forms an impermeable layer that protects against sweat, tears, and creasing for hours of wear time. Not only is it super long-wearing, it works to infuse delicate eyelids with Amazonian clay, aloe leaf extract, beeswax, and vitamins A and E.  Use the custom designed cream eye shadow brush to sweep shadow on lids and blend it into the crease for softly defined, beautiful eyes.

Currently you can purchase this in 5 shades and if you get it at QVC it comes with a very nice brush (you can always use your fingers, too).  The shades are: Moss, Beach Bronze, Slate, Shimmering Plum and Seashell Pink.  All of the colors are gorgeous; Slate may be a bit misleading because it is not gray at all.  It is more of a taupe.  I love these shadows because the shades are buildable so that you can wear them as sheer or opaque as you wish.  Once you apply them, they are on for the day.  I have even swam in the Seashell pink and it is still on when I am done.

I highly recommend all of these fab tarte products.  If you haven’t yet, this line is one to dive into! Enjoy!

My Fave Products For a Flawless Summer Face

The makeup look that I go for in the summer is flawless, but natural.  I don’t want to look like I have tons of stuff on. The products below help me achieve this quickly!

Sorme Fresh Start Under Foundation Makeup Enhancer ($19.00 USD) — This light, fast-drying formula instantly evens out skin discolorations, smoothes skin texture, and fills in fine lines and wrinkles so that makeup goes on evenly and lasts far longer without touch ups. A powerful blotting ingredient holds up to 10 times its weight in oils for a shine-free, poreless finish. Super antioxidants of Green Tea, Grape Seed Extract, and Pomegranate help repair free radical damage. Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin hydrated without oils.

To Use:  After cleansing and moisturizing skin, apply a small amount evenly over entire face. Allow to dry. Apply powder or liquid foundation over.

Why I love it:  Even in the summer, I never skin primer.  I have tried tons of different types, from matte, to bronze to the classic silicon-based primers.  This primer is extremely light, which makes it perfect for the summer. The texture is like a serum, but it produces an almost matte finish.  It removes the oiliness so that my skin looks fresh instead of greasy.  Visit www.sorme.com to find a retailer near you.

One part brightening primer, one part sunscreen, FusionBeauty’s PrimeResults Tinted Moisturizer + SPF 15 Sunscreen ($40.00 USD) delivers a lightweight veil of hydrated coverage. Available in four shades, the built-in primer instantly perfects skin’s texture while helping to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, pores and discoloration while SPF 15 sun protection helps prevent premature skin aging. Toss this in your summer travel bag to maintain fresh and healthy-looking skin all season long.

Why I love it:  This has a primer built in, so if you do not want to use a separate primer its perfect.  I usually don’t use foundation all over my face during summer, but you definitely can with this tinted moisturizer.  I apply it with a sponge on the parts that need help including under eyes and on blemishes and discolorations. It blends in beautifully and feels natural on. You can purchase at Sephora stores or www.sephora.com.

smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder in bronze ($28.00 USD) — Like the original, this micronized clay finishing powder mattifies skin, minimizes the appearance of pores and replenishes all skin types, now while adding a natural touch of bronze to your complexion. This silky smooth finishing powder glides on evenly and imparts a healthy,
natural warmth while the intuitive and skin smart Amazonian clay, nature’s most perfect ingredient, acts as a total skin balancer by reducing dryness and flakiness, improving clarity and texture, and removing surface oil to mattify skin for a soft and flawless lit-from-within finish; all while replenishing and rehydrating skin.

Why I love it:  Two words — Matte Bronzer!  I LOVE bronzer that is not glittery or shimmery because when you think about it, the sun doesn’t add sparkle when you get a tan.  Some matte bronzers can make the face look muddy or dirty if you put too much on, but not this one.  It is buildable, so start with a little and add more if you need it.  I put it on the parts of my face where the sun would touch it, like nose, cheekbones, forehead and chin to start. I then usually add it all over my face, neck and decollotage, because it enhances the fake tan I’m rocking and looks so natural.  Great bronzer! Retail availability: Sephora/Sephora.com, Ulta/Ulta.com, beauty.com, tarte.com at the $28; retail price: $42 w/brush at QVC/QVC.com.

My Current Favorite Summer Skin Care Products

Summer is a funny time for my skin.  I live in a humid climate so my skin becomes oilier in the heat, but since I wear less makeup my pores aren’t as clogged as they could be.  Still, I believe if you take care of your skin in the summer with quality skin care, it will look fantastic!

L’Oreal Skin Expertise Go 360 Clean Anti-Breakout Facial Cleanser ($6.99 USD) — A salicylic acid acne treatment with a daily pore by pore cleansing with “the  scrublet” soft cleansing disk. The cleanser claims to control breakouts and clears blackheads and is oil free.

What I Think:  I like to use a little anti-breakout skin care in the summer to control the oil. I have tried this with the scrubber that is included, but it is a little rough for my sensitive skin.  I use it with my Clarisonic cleansing brush and my skin feels super clean afterwards. My skin has also been clearer this summer.

You can find the cleanser at drug stores or ma

NUDE Hydrating Water ($20.00 USD) — NUDE Skincare’s refreshing rose and vanilla floral water removes final traces of cleanser and locks in moisture, leaving skin calm and beautifully soft.

Mist natural toner onto clean skin and wipe gently with a cotton pad. A skincare essential, Hydrating Water is perfect for setting make up and instant refreshment. Revives normal, dry and sensitive skins.

What I think:  I love this gentle face mist.  It smell fantastic.  I like to spray it before I moisturize and throughout the day for a refresher.  A good tip is to keep it in the fridge in the summer for a cool spritz to refresh in the hot weather. http://nudeskincare.com/ is the website and the products are also available at Sephora.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid ($21.21 USD)

  • 5% glycolic acid plus 0.5% salicylic acid exfoliates sun-damaged skin
  • pH range of 3.5–3.8 for guaranteed efficacy
  • Reduces signs of aging, including wrinkles, sun damage, and discolorations
  • Corrects uneven skin tone
  • Restores a healthy, radiant, firmer look to your skin
  • Calms your skin with potent anti-irritants
  • Contains ingredients your skin needs to look and act younger
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

What I think: I apply this after the face mist and my skin tone instantly looks more even.  It dries almost instantly so that you can apply moisturizer.  After a few weeks of use, my skin is softer and so smooth.  Serums are incredibly important in keeping wrinkles at bay and skin really glowing, and this one is a good choice!

Skyn Iceland the ANTIDOTE Quenching Daily Lotion ($45.00 USD) — Is your skin oily, congested and prone to redness or premature aging? Stress may be increasing breakouts and oiliness, while depriving your skin of essential nutrients, moisture and oxygen.

The ANTIDOTE Quenching Daily Lotion is a lightweight hydrating lotion for chronically stressed skin. It goes on with a cooling burst to decongest, detoxify and stabilize skin, returning it to its natural fresh and healthy state. With daily use, skin is fortified and protected from the ravages of stress. You can purchase this at http://www.skyniceland.com/ or at a Sephora store near you.

FEATURES & BENEFITS:

  • Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids help preserve skin’s natural moisture
  • Aloe vera, jojoba and shea butter help soothe, moisturize and heal dry skin
  • A mint derivative provides a cooling sensation and helps improve microcirculation to reduce redness in skin
  • White willow bark, a naturally occurring form of salicylic acid, soothes irritation and helps prevent breakouts and congestion in the skin
  • Icelandic kelp helps revitalize skin and fight inflammation
  • Meadow sweet extract helps control oiliness, tighten pores and clear skin
  • Yeast extract revitalizes and helps calm inflamed skin

What I think:  This is a refreshing, soothing lotion that is helpful in keeping skin clear during the summer.  I use this after the Paula’s Choice smoothing lotion. I notice that after use, my skin is less red and my pores look smaller. It doesn’t make my skin greasy so that I can apply makeup almost instantly.  Visit http://www.paulaschoice.com/ for more info or to purchase.

I recommend one or all of these fab skincare products to clear and smooth your skin this summer, no matter what your age. Enjoy!

Rid Your Skin of Bikini Bumps With Bikini Zone After Shave Gel

Bikini Zone After Shave Gel

Have you been shaving your legs every day (like me)?  Or, waxing or using creams a lot? Then I’m sure you’ve had the little red bumps that can appear after hair removal.  Luckily there are products like Bikini Zone After Shave Gel that will help your skin be smooth again!

Bikini Zone’s After Shave Gel ($7.99 USD) — Bikini Zone’s best-selling, most popular product is specially formulated to help  skin recover from the possible effects of hair removal, such as irritation, redness,  itching and bumps. Its special ingredients instantly stop irritation, redness and  itching. And it helps reduce the chance of ingrown hairs that cause bumps by  exfoliating the skin to prevent hair from curling back under the skin. This formula  is also available in a Medicated Cream.

Bikini area irritation can occur any time, not just during swimsuit season. Using Bikini Zone regularly can help keep your bikini area skin irritation-free and beautifully smooth all year long.

How to Use:  After hair removal, apply a thin layer of  Bikini Zone to the affected areas.  Repeat as necessary but no more than  4 times daily. Whether you use a  razor, wax or depilatory, continue to  apply Bikini Zone as a regular part of a  hair removal routine. Won’t stain  clothing or bathing suits.

What I think:  This is perfect to have around in the summer time! After shaving, I apply to the red bumps and they reduce in size in a few hours.  I do have the medicated version and it is a bit stinky, but it does work very well.

Where to Buy: Nationwide at food,  drug and mass-market retailers.

Website: www.bikinizone.com

Glam Up Your Home Fragrance With Tyler Candle Company

I love trying new home fragrances in different forms.  I have recently tested candles, lotions and other fun products from Tyler Candle Company.

Tyler Candle Glamorous Suite I Diva ($21.00 USD) — A warm and complex fragrance overflowing with delicious fruits and rich florals. Rich aromatic chocolate and amber complete this luscious blend!! It’s her world…we just live in it. •1 – 3.4oz Prestige Candle•1 – 9oz Chambre Parfum•1 – 4oz Glamorous Wash•1 – Autoglam Auto Air Freshener

What I think:  I thought this might be a bit strong for me, but it is fabulous! The candle imparts and nice scent in the home, as the room spray does — or I think it does but my teenager confiscated it and uses it in her own room!  The only product in this kit that I didn’t care for was the auto air freshener because it didn’t have a scent at all.  Good price for everything you get in this kit!

Tyler Candle Luxury Hand Lotion Diva 2.0oz ($5.50 USD) A warm and complex fragrance overflowing with delicious fruits and rich florals. Rich aromatic chocolate and amber complete this luscious blend. A 2 oz travel size bottle, includes one per purchase.

What I think:  I love this lotion.  It is portable (easily fits in purse or carry-on) and gives soft and  sweetly fragranced hands.

Visit www.tylerCandles.com to learn more and to purchase.  Enjoy!