Summer is here and with it comes a slew of products perfectly crafted for the hottest season of the year! I’ve been trying out some of the newest beauty finds for the last month and a half to save you time and money when you get ready to make your purchases.
I can’t think of a better product to kick-off this Summer Lovin’ list than L’Oreal’s Paris Sublime Sun Collection. May is “Skin Cancer Awareness Month” and it’s so important that everyone stock up, use often, and share with friends!
The Sublime Sun Collection is available is SPF 30 and 50 and is formulated with an advanced photostable patented UV filter system, powerful antioxidants and luxurious ultra-lightweight textures. The collection is infused with multi-action antioxidants for protection against free radicals and features an exclusive patented UV filter system to deliver longer-lasting protection against UVB rays.
While I am currently Nivea’s Latina Brand Ambassador, I’ve been a long-time fan of their high quality products. Nivea has a wide range of lip balms that I recommend for casual use but when you head out to the pool or beach, use “A Kiss of Protection.”
It provides continuous protection from the damaging effects of the sun with SPF 30 and gives long lasting moisture to leave your lips smooth and protected.
As with any SPF product, re-apply often!
Now that we’ve made sure your skin is protected, you don’t want to sacrifice a nice tan! So many brands have wonderful bronzing products while many don’t work at all. Laura Mercier has a great range of products that will give you that sun-kissed glow sans the harmful UVA and UVB rays.
One of their top selling items, which just so happens to be a multiple beauty award winner, is their “Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20.” It is a sheer, lightweight moisturizer with SPF 20 & a hint of color that can be used in place of foundation for a natural appearance while adding a healthy glow to your complexion.
It comes in 10 shades including Porcelain, Nude, Bisque, Sand, Fawn, Almond, Caramel, Tan, Walnut, and Mocha.
If you want to add a bit of color to your body, I recommend Laura Mercier’s “Body Bronzing Makeup” which instantly reveals healthy, radiant, bronzed skin without long-term commitment.
One of my favorite products of the season is Amway Artistry’s 3D Face Powder. I had no idea how much my make-up routine was missing this unique face powder until I started using it as my final step before walking out the door.
Here is my regular make-up routine for my face: foundation, pressed powder, blush, bronzer, and 3D Face Powder. The 3D Face Powder helps me enhance and highlight my best features (love my cheekbones!). It also serves to contour and add subtle definition.
When you are getting ready for a night out with the girls or a hot date, make sure you pick-up Estee Lauder’s Limited Edition “Five Color Gelée Powder EyeShadow Palette” from their Bronze Goddess Capri Summer 2012 Collection. When you sample this sexy set of colors, it will definitely become one of your go-to palettes this summer!
The metallic shades can be applied wet or dry and will highlight, define and dramatize your eyes.
I love having fun with lip shades and I have two different types of products that will suit your varied needs. For the more “natural” girl, Clinique makes an amazing product called the, Chubby Stick. You can go into any of my handbags or make-up bags at any given time and you will find at least one shade!
It is a step-up from a lip balm because it has a punch of color without sacrificing the ultra nourishing qualities. It comes in 16 delicious shades like Mega Melon, Curvy Candy, Mighty Mimosa, and Woppin’ Watermelon. You can wear it alone or you can layer more than one shade at a time.
If you want to vamp up your color when you are out for Happy Hour or when you want to flirt with that hot guy/girl across the room, I suggest you pick up CoverGirl’s Blast Flipstick Lipcolor. Sofia Vergara represents the collection so you KNOW you can’t fail with these one-of-a-kind blendable lip duos.
You can use either either side on their own or you can blend the shades together to create a sexier shade! Buy a few of the sticks and blend between tubes for an even more unique combo.
Bobbi Brown loves Miami and us natives are elated that she dedicated an entire collection to our city! I really want to include all the products as a “top pick” because the cream eye shadows and the shimmer cheek glow are must-haves. But if I have to pick one product that I can’t live without, it’s the Shimmering Fragrance Oil!
The moisturizing body oil shimmers on the skin and it has a subtle sampling of the collection’s perfume, Beach. I’m not huge on overdosing on perfume, so the oil puts just enough while adding a sultry glow.
Watch for an upcoming post later today where I interview a top Bobbi Brown artist about this collection!
Tarte created a fun and easy to apply waterproof eye liner called, smolderEYES. Made of Amazonian clay, smolderEYES can create a crisp, clean line or a sexy, smokey look. And since its waterproof, you don’t have to head to the beach or pool with a blank canvas!
It comes in eight shades including golden black, bronze, plum, charcoal, brown, navy, olive and fig.
Finally, you are going to need a highly-rated waterproof mascara when you are making a splash. Urban Decay created Cannonball, a light weight gel formula that they actually tested in the ocean. A special microcrystalline wax works with the dense, fuzzy brush to increase seductive length and volume, all while never flaking off and compromising your lashes’ natural feathery texture.
Do you have favorite products you can’t live without during the summer? Let me know if the comments!