As the temperature rises, sunscreen is more important than ever! Thankfully, Hawaiian Tropic makes it easy to keep your skin looking and feeling its best in the summer.
I was sent the above products for my honest review. They are:
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Face Lotion Sunscreen ($9.99 USD) featuring hydrating ribbons that provide 12 hours of moisturization in a new breathable formula that you’ll barely feel on! This indulgent formula leaves you feeling pampered and doesn’t clog pores. Has broad spectrum SPF 30 and UVA & UVB protection.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless C-Spray (SPF 15 & 30 $9.99 each): The same Silk Hydration Weightless formula now in an easy application format that leaves skin feeling soft, moisturized and indulgent. I love that it dries quickly and smells amazing!
Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Spray SPF 50 and Lotion SPF 50: Designed to stand up to outdoor activities while making your skin look and feel beautiful, the Island Sport line is now available in SPF 50 for stronger protection. Available in lotion and clear spray for either application preference
I took the spray to my daughter’s lacrosse game, and her team love it! It goes on clear and smells like a tropical beach. It protected them well and no one got burned!
All of these products are amazing for protection while your outdoors this summer.
I hope everyone had a great, long weekend! It is still very hot in Kansas City, but I am looking forward to the autumn and cooler weather!
This week I have a hodgepodge of products to review! The include sunscreen and after sun lotion (always needed), tools to make your eyes pop, a natural body lotion and a fresh fragrance:
Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion
Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen ($15.99 USD) — Speed up your sunscreen application without skimping on coverage with this quick-dry spray, available in SPF 15, 30, 50 and 70.
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion ($11.99 USD) — Complete the post-beach ritual with the ultimate post-sun skincare: Sun Bum’s Cool Down products. This supreme indulgence revives sun-sapped skin with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter. Insanely soothing and incredible smelling, the products are like a beach in a bottle.
What I think: I love the tropical scent of these products! They will keep summer lasting
MUA Perfect Contour Eyelash Curler ($10 USD) — Who says you can only contour cheekbones? With this precisely designed full head curler, get close to your lash line for a dramatic curl. Aligned handles ensure full stability and control to prevent any ouch moments.
MUA Precision Point Tweezer ($10 USD) — Remove short, delicate or hard-to-grab hairs with this defined shaped tweezer, made of high-quality stainless steel.
MUA Lash Separator ($9 USD) — To be used after mascara application, this separator with comfort grip handle removes clumps for fluttery lashes. –The fine, metal comb of the separator is contoured to fit the shape of your lashes, while they gently separate and sculpt for superb lash definition.
What I think: These cool new tools make my eyes look amazing! I like the curler, but it does take some getting used to. The rubber pad is big and it makes it a little tricky to grab my lashes. But once I do, it curls my lashes nicely. And speaking of lashes, the lash separator helps remove clumps after mascara application. I have never seen anything like this, but it’s really easy to use because it fits the shape of my eyes.
The tweezers are perfect for removing those little hairs that evade — and also work well with my husbands splinters!
Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla ($19 USD) — This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Five sweet-smelling scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence.
What I think: I love this body butter, and may have tried it in all of it’s amazing scents. This is the original Pure Vanilla, and it is a sexy scent for the fall. It’s really rich and sultry. And it moisturizes so well! It keeps my skin soft all day.
Katy Perry’s Mad Love ($29.98 USD) — This fruity scent opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses.
What I think: This smells so fresh and sweet. I think that it would be a great gift for teens and women of all ages. It also is light enough to work well for all seasons!
It is hot, hot, hot in Kansas City! I try to stay inside as much as possible, but I do have to go out to run errands.
Going out means trying to take care of my skin before and after I go out. Here are my current favorite products that are making a real difference in my skin this summer:
Two new sunscreen products by G.M. Collin:
G.M. Collin SPF 50+ Dry Touch Sun Protection Cream ($34 USD): This broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen helps prevent sunburn on both the face and body. Formulated with chemical filters to leave a light and dry finish without the white residue on the skin. Paraben-free and suitable for all skin types.
G.M. Collin SPF 60 Mineral Sunscreen Sun Protection Cream ($32 USD) This broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen helps prevent sunburn. Formulated with 100% mineral filters Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, it is designed for daily wear, alone or under makeup. Made for all skin types. And is water-resistant up to 40 minutes. Also suitable for sensitive skin conditions. Ideal for those who don’t like chemical filters.
What I think: Both of these sunscreens are perfect for everyday use! I especially love the Dry Touch one because it leaves skin soft and protected. The mineral sunscreen is great for sensitive skin like mine and it really doesn’t irritate.
Visit GMCollin.com for spa locations
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light ($48 USD) — This legendary, lightweight oil, grown organically in Morocco, is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Use it as a fast absorbing daily moisturizer, or to heal and condition everything from cuticles to split ends. Perfect to use on dry skin and dry hair after being in the sun all day.
What I think: I love this version of Josie’s Argan Oil! I have both this and the original, and you can really tell that this one is lighter. It sinks right into my skin and leaves it so soft! I love it after a shower and at night before bed.
The Organic Pharmacy Tan Accelerator ($69 USD) — Develop a rich deep tan faster with Betacarotene and Kapi Kacchu extract with less sun exposure. The plant extracts stimulate melanin production with a long lasting, deep and natural tan. This light aloe infused formula will bring an instant sun kissed glow to face and body whilst the active plant ingredients activate and increase melanin production, this means less time in the sun to develop a deep golden tan.
What I think: This is a really interesting products. For it to work, apply it before going outside and it will stimulate melanin and give a darker tan faster! Less time in the sun is always a good idea, and I love leaving with a tan and minimal sun damage. And I always use an SPF!
emerginC citrus-kombucha body wash ($36 USD) — A gentle, deep cleaning, fresh-scented brightening body wash, with kombucha, aloe, grape stem cells, spirulina, pinebark extract and white and green teas. Improves skin tone, moisture and radiance.
What I think: This smells amazing, and is so perfect for after a day in the sun. The aloe combines with the other ingredients to sooth skin that has had too much sun and softens skin, too!
It has been warm in Kansas City for the last few days. This makes me think that summer is around the corner!
So, this week I have been loving products that are perfect for the warm weather ahead. From a sunny cream strobing palette, a natural sunscreen and bright nail polish, check out these fab products:
PÜR Cosmetics Sun-Kissed Glow Strobe Palette ($34 USD) — Strobing brings a new dimension to facial contouring for instant luminescence. Highlight and define with three coordinating shades to create a custom, lit-from-within look for any skin tone. The silky cream glides onto skin for buildable, streak-free coverage and transforms quickly to a powdery, transfer-resistant finish. Infused with our proprietary, age-defying Ceretin Complex, a glowing, youthful-looking complexion has never been so easy.
What I think: This is a gorgeous cream palette. It gives a soft, glowy color. The colors in these palettes are warm and perfect for the spring and summer months ahead. They blend so well and stay on all day! Also available in Moonlight Glow Strobe Palette, which includes softer highlighting shades.
Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe SPF 30 ($22 USD) — Our 100% Natural, Sport Luxe SPF 30 was created for an active life in motion. A new generation of mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSport™ Technology for high performance, ultra sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat. Packed with skin saving antioxidants, this formula delivers superior, water resistant SPF 30 to face & body while nourishing and replenishing the skin.
What I think: Natural sunscreens are amazing! Sometimes sunscreens can have harsh chemicals in them, so it’s nice to protect the skin with good for you ingredients. It is water resistant and is great in hot weather (it won’t sweat off)!
The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 2016 Voyager Color Collection ($9.99 USD for a color and top coat pack) — Take a jaunt! Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel™ journey will keep your manicure looking great for up to 14 days. The revolutionary gel manicure system with no light needed is the ideal travel companion, boasting six new fashion-forward hues in its Voyager collection. Each shade is accompanied by our Miracle Gel™ 2X Volumetop coat in a duo pack. This plumping top coat must be used together with our Miracle Gel™ shades for up to 14 days of color and shine. This spring shade palette includes:
Headed Nude-Where: A beachy neutral that calls to mind endless sandy strolls.
Flushed Wanderer: Go where the wind takes you, wayfarer, with this muted blush tone.
Tawny Travels: This burnished brick red can’t be tied down.
In My Suitcase: This grayed-off beige shade packs a powerful punch and coordinates well with all of your vacation ensembles.
Take The Plunge: Wander the waters of unchartered territory in this deep blue, reminiscent of the Pacific Ocean.
Carry On Blue: This aqua hue will transport you to tropical ocean views.
What I think: This collection has something for almost everyone. Soft shades and brighter fun shade (for the toenails, maybe?) I’ve been wearing softer shades on my fingernails lately, so I love Headed Nude-Where and In My Suitcase. And, they last at least 4 to 5 days with the included top coat.
Purchase at mass market retailers near you.
What are you loving this week? Leave a comment and let me know!
I’ll admit, the thought of using heavy creams and sunscreens when it’s blazing hot is not fun. Luckily, there is amazing skincare that works without making your skin feel like it has a pile of grease on it!
I have been testing some amazing lighter skincare including fresh masks, and after-sun gel, an SPF moisturizer, an eye serum and sheer sunscreen for face and body:
Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask ($60 USD) — It can be difficult to keep your face hydrated and also clear of blemishes in the hotter months. This mask will simultaneously rehydrate and detoxify your skin, leaving you simply radiant. Its fruit acids will brighten your complexion and with weekly use, you’ll have skin like you’ve started a new facial routine.
What I think: It’s difficult to want to put on a mask when it is hot, because you don’t really want goop on your skin. This mask is refreshing and my skin felt soft, but not greasy afterwards. It was also helped clear up the few blemishes that are on my skin from the summer heat.
Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask ($12.99 USD) — Get serious cell repair with this mask. French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil add intense hydration back to the skin.
What I think: This is perfect for stressed summer skin. When I use it, I can feel it working and when I wash it off, my skin is smooth and soft! Great natural product for the price!
Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26 USD) — If you get a burn, don’t let it dry your skin! This is an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging.
What I think: Luckily, I haven’t had a bad burn this summer (it’s too hot to go outside!). But this cream is perfect whenever I have had too much sun and my skin is a bit red and tight. It also works well on my sensitive skin if I have left a peel or mask on too long and my skin is irritated.
VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15 ($145 USD) — enhances collagen production, helps reverse sun damage and dramatically improves skin elasticity while offering broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. With the ongoing push to work SPF into every day skincare, this product’s lightweight formula is an easy way to ensure skin is protected while still providing the benefits of a true moisturizer and without leaving behind a white cast.
What I think: I love how light this moisturizer is! I apply it after my serum in the morning and since it has SPF, it does double-duty. Plus, it has amazing skincare benefits. I have noticed that my skin is smoother and clearer. I am hoping to see improvements in skin elasticity after I use it for a few weeks.
Available at select specialty beauty retailers and online at VENeffect.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Dermstore.com, SpaceNK.com, CosBar.com and Bloomingdales.com.
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment ($69 USD) — Diminish tired and puffy eyes with this eye treatment. This potent anti-aging serum is infused with the Bio Copper Complex to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area while it firms, smoothes texture and tones the skin.
What I think: I have been using this light serum morning and night. It instantly firms the skin around my eyes and helps me look awake! The skin around my eyes also appears smoother.
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body ($30 USD) — Always stay protected from the sun no matter how hard you’re working. This new generation of mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSportTM Technology for high performance, ultra sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat.
What I think: I am always excited to find a lightweight sunscreen. It is hard to get my kids to use the thick, goopy kind! This is light and sheer. And I like that it resists water, it is great for swimming and outdoor exercise.
I hope you all had a great weekend! It rained in Kansas City most of the week, but was sunny today. We took advantage of it by going to the zoo today. It was so nice to be outside.
Each week in my favorites round-up this summer, I will try to include some type of sunscreen. It is important to use sunscreen all year-long, but especially during the summer when the sun can be extreme and we are outside more!
My faves this week include anti-aging sunscreen, makeup for a flawless face, floral scents and detangling combs for summer hair.
What are you loving this week? Leave a comment and share!
Obagi Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30
Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation Ultra-Light Repair SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream (approx. $44 USD) — A moisturizing sunscreen that helps repair the skin barrier while providing protection against harmful UV rays, with an exclusive blend of skin-identical ceramides and other ingredients that help diminish the appearance of the early signs of skin aging.
Obagi Medical Professional-C SPF 30 (approx. $54 USD) — UV rays and free radicals are two of the leading causes of skin damage and signs of aging. Obagi Professional-C Sunscare Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 defends against both of these harmful factors to help keep your complexion looking youthful. The formula also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the complexion against free radicals. Because the formula is lightweight and elegant, it does not leave skin feeling greasy or oily like many other sun protection products.
Obagi Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30 (approx. $56 USD) — This highly protective mineral sunscreen provides chemical-free protection against UVA and UVB damage. Designed with a soft tint, it effectively disguises redness, blotches and rosacea-related blemishes for a healthier-looking complexion.
What I think: Obagi skincare is very effective in combating aging. All three of the above Obagi moisturizing sunscreens not only treat skin but protect it with SPF 30, which is so important for fighting aging and skin cancer. The Gentle Rejuvenation SPF is great for moisturizing skin, the Professional-C can help repair skin damage and the Rosaclear is a mineral sunscreen that has a soft tint to it to help with redness.
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting ($42 USD) — More than primer = less dark spots! Makeup meets skincare with this primer revolution. 84% of women saw significant improvement in just 4 weeks with the clinically proven formula. It instantly brightens and primes to smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, while fading dark spots and acne marks over time.
Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation ($42 USD) — The special effects of Light Filter Technology and the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers blend together to make this powder foundation magic. Not only does it act like your favorite photo filter on your phone, but it also stays true all day.
What I think: I still wear makeup in the summer, even on hot days, but I love products that are multitaskers. These two Smashbox products certainly are that! The primer is moisturizer and a primer and the foundation is foundation and powder in one great product. And they do work well together. After my SPF, I apply the primer than the foundation and my base is done! Easy and flawless, just like I like my summer!
Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation ($32 USD) — With Westmore Beauty’s Coverage Perfector, every woman can now easily experience Hollywood special effects in minutes–and with one product! It’s your sheer-to-full-coverage foundation and concealer in one that magically provides skin with the appearance of a flawless, airbrushed finish. Concealing everything with comfortable long-wearing coverage, the luxuriously creamy and hydrating formula provides a unique glow, leaving your skin looking radiant, and giving you the perfect skin appearance you’d expect from Hollywood celebrities walking the red carpet.
Coverage Perfector is formulated with a unique complex that helps to provide a beautiful glow to the skin. The Tri-Effects technology works on three connected levels of technology to help provide long-wear coverage, ultra comfort, and natural-looking radiance to the skin. This “special effect” will stay with you until you remove Coverage Perfector.
What I think: I was so excited to try this! I haven’t been using concealer lately, because I have been trying to scale down my daily makeup routine. This product claims to be a concealer and foundation — and it is! I start by tapping it under my eyes for concealer, then I apply it on the rest of my face with the fabulous brush that is included. Such a great product with a really good price!
Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb ($3.29 USD) — Anti-static comb prevents flyaway problems. Detangle without causing split ends. Evenly distribute conditioner to hair ends. Use with any hair type for volume. For wet or dry styling.
What I think: I have been using this comb on myself (and my daughters) after baths and during styling. Leaves my hair smooth and soft!
Available at mass market retailers near you.
Essence of Beauty Rose Enhancement Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Escape to a vibrant and lush rose garden with top notes of bergamot and radiant orange, mid notes of strawberry, elegant rose and geranium bloom, and base notes of garden rhubarb, sunshine daisy and dewy musk.
Essence of Beauty Luscious Peony Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Pretty and playful, Luscious Peony evokes lavish floral gardens in full bloom, bursting with freshness. Sparkling white grapefruit and bergamot blend with notes of soft rose petals, perfectly accentuated by peony, wild poppy and magnolia to create this refreshing, vibrant fragrance.
What I think: Now that our peonies and roses are blooming, it is fun to have similar fragrances to wear that will last all year long (unlike the flowers themselves)! Both of these smell really fresh and are so affordable, and because they are body mists, they will last a long time
My kids just got out of school for summer break on Friday, so our summer has started! Between planning how to keep them busy and our road trip to Yellowstone, I am getting so excited for warmer weather and fun! This week I have been getting ready for summer by loving a fab skincare sunscreen, hair care for summer styles, and products to protect, restore and heal the skin. tarte tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($32 USD) — tarte’s first ever, non-chemical sunscreen to help protect, moisturize, brighten and re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance. The lightweight, non-sticky liquid lotion contains all mineral, non-chemical sunscreen ingredients to help protect against the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays that can cause dryness, redness, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, among other skincare beauty boundaries. Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use, the skinvigorating™ formula is also infused with maracuja, red algae, soybean, apple and honeysuckle extracts to nourish, tone and retain moisture while helping to combat signs of aging for a firmer, brighter, smoother appearance. The fresh, ocean’s lily scent allows for luxurious, spa-like daily applications while the high-performance liquid emulsion seamlessly melts into skin, leaving it supremely soft and silky, without ever leaving a white cast. What I think: I have been using this as my daily moisturizer/sunscreen for a few days. It is very lightweight and absorbs instantly into my skin. It is hard to tell that it is a sunscreen because it is very sheer and there isn’t a sunscreen scent. The scent is quite floral, which seems strange for a sunscreen (not tropical) but it is very nice. I will be using this until I run out! Purchase at http://www.tartecosmetics.com
Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep
Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine
Aveda Air Control Hair Spray
Pure Abundance Style Prep ($24 USD) — Nature’s boost for fine hair-infuses all-day weightless volume that feels naturally yours. Adds lightweight, natural bulk to each strand with a botanical blend of acacia gum, passion fruit, rice bran, açaí oil and certified organic aloe. Boosts volume with a natural corn-derived polymer-helping give fine, limp strands the hold they need for body that lasts all day. Weightless conditioners detangle to help prevent breakage from combing. Helps refresh volume on non-shampoo days-without adding weight. Brilliant Spray-On Shine — ($28 USD) — Provides a sheer mist of pure shine and vitamin E to finished hair styles. Also helps eliminate flyaways. For all hair types. Imparts glossy shine, eliminates flyaways and tames frizz. Aveda Air Control Hair Spray — ($26 USD) — Take hold of innovation: with a flexible, lasting hold hair spray-for all hair types-that has a net-zero impact* on the Earth’s climate. Breakthrough pine resin technology for hold. Dry delivery. What I think: For summer, just a few great hair care products can keep your hair looking amazing, but not over done. The Style Prep is a multi-tasker as it adds volume, detangles and refreshes volume on not shampoo days. The Spray-On Shine really does add a healthy shine and helps with the flyaways. And the flexible hold of the hairspray is perfect for sexy summer ‘do’s! Available at http://www.aveda.com
Q’urSkin ($12 USD) — Helps cleanse impurities and prevents inflammation, as well as supports skin’s healthy appearance. Useful for skin affected with lesions, minor cuts & scrapes, minor burns, bedsores and inconsistence. treatment for inflamed acne. The new nano-technological approach enhances the skin barrier system, provides long-lasting protection and assists in skin self-healing. Available at http://wwwndc.walmart.com/ip/Q-urSkin-QF-3010-2.3-fl.oz/17324362
Q’urBurn ($18.70 USD) — Provides skin comfort and helps relieve pain sensation & skin irritation caused by minor burns. It nourishes the skin, helping to restore the skin barrier system. Useful for skin affected by minor thermal, chemical burns and radiation. Available at http://wwwndc.walmart.com/ip/Q-urBurn-QF-3040-2.3-fl.oz/17324364
Q’urFollica ($12.80 USD) — Helps to relieve burning sensation and skin irritation, as well as prevents inflammation after waxing/shaving. Useful for skin at the bikini & underarm areas after shaving/waxing where ingrown hair or razor burn can occur. Available at http://wwwndc.walmart.com/ip/Q-urFollica-2.3-fl-oz/17324363
What I think: These products are essential for summer mishaps! Their portable sizes are perfect for first aid kits for travel and to keep at home.My kids (and husband) always come to me with boo-boo’s, and the Q’urSkin is like an effective spray bandaid. The Q’urBurn relieves the pain (campfire’s anyone?) and the Q’urFollica does help with razor burn!