It’s finally cooled down in Kansas City. In in the mid 80’s instead of the high 90’s. So much better! My kids have two more weeks of summer and
This week, I am loving products to help give me a summer glow. These include an illuminating primer, a sheer lipstick, a matte, loose eyes hadow and luxe hair styling products:
LORAC Light Source Illuminating 3-in-1 Primer ($35 USD) — Instantly bring luminosity and life to your face while preserving your makeup throughout the day with LORAC Los Angeles Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer. This paraben-free, high-pearl primer is infused with light diffusing, soft focus pigments for a silky smooth, luminous glow.
What I think: This is a gorgeous primer for the summer. I have it in Dusk, which is a bronzey primer and it also comes in Dawn, a pearly primer. Dusk is so pretty. I use it to prime my skin and it also gives it a glow underneath my makeup. My makeup also lasts long when I use it.
Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow — ($14 USD) Richly pigmented and versatile, Satin Matte Eyeshadow has buildable coverage that can be subtle or bold. You decide. The natural loose-mineral eye shadow gives a gentle matte finish.
What I think: This is a natural, matte lipstick that keeps eyes fresh all summer long! I have it in this light color, Ash that is a wonderful base or light lid color.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Blow Dry Beautifiers ($39 each) — Go nude with Shu! The brand’s latest innovation: Blow Dry Beautifiers (available for thick and thin hair), are designed to help women with the ultimate at-home blow dry. Born from the popularity of cosmetic BB creams , these blow-dry balms bring natural, flawless and effortless looking radiance to the hair category.
What I think: Both of these are amazing, one is for thick and one for thin hair. They are used before blow drying to make hair soft and manageable. I use the thin hair one, and it gives my hair volume and bounce.
It has been extremely hot this week in Kansas City! I have been staying inside as much as possible. Thank goodness for air conditioning!
My faves this week include body lotions to hydrate skin and help with issues, a great detangler and round brush for smooth hair
Malin+Goetz vitamin b5 body lotion ($34 USD) — Smooth on our vitamin b5 body lotion and instantly feel hydrated. Light in weight, yet heavy in performance, provitamin b5 and essential fatty acids deliver deep, long lasting moisture and nourishment. The quick-absorbing formula leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.
What I think: This is a light lotion with a soft citrus scent. It’s perfect for the summer, because it has a non-greasy texture and leaves skin really soft. I love using it after a shower.
DerMend Mature Skin Solutions is a line of three dermatologist-recommended products designed specifically to address the unique skin conditions we experience with the passage of time. The line features DerMend Fragile Skin Moisturizing Formula, DerMend Moisturizing Anti-Itch Lotion and DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula. Depending on your skin’s particular needs, one of the three products in the line, used in a daily skincare regimen, can help every inch of your skin keep pace with the years and stay healthy this summer.
What I think: I think these products are genius ideas for taking care of aging skin. I have been using the Moisturizing Anti-Itch Lotion on some dry patches of skin and it hydrates and helps it feel better.
Learn more at http://www.dermend.com. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Meijer. All three products can also be purchased online at LovelySkin.com.
Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($27 USD) –Weightless, daily detangling mist leaves hair glossy and frizz-free. Perfect for all hair types. Water-light leave-in toner adjusts the pH of tap water to seal the cuticle of your hair, for a remarkably smooth, shiny finish. Boosts manageability and shine with Apple Cider Vinegar, a natural astringent and pH balancer. A featherweight blend of essential oils detangles, obliterates frizz and static, and imparts a light botanical scent.
What I think: I like to use leave in products to keep hair manageable. This one fights frizz and makes hair really shiny. This is amazing for year round soft and gorgeous hair!
Conair Carbon Smooth Large Round Brush ($8.39 USD) — Combination of boar and nylon bristles distributes scalp’s own oils to leave hair silky and shiny. The Carbon Barrel and bristles help dry hair quickly, add shine and reduce static, providing professional results. New wavy bristle technology helps grab hair firmly, making blow-dry styling easy. Smoothes and straightens coarse, curly or wavy hair Creates soft waves or curls.
What I think: I love this for blow drying my hair. It helps smooth it and give volume. It also helps hair dry quickly! I like that it has boar and nylon bristles too. It detangles well.
Purchase at Walmart and other mass market retailers
Are you taking a trip this year and need great travel beauty products, or are you just loving trying new products for the season? Summer is a great time to experiment with fun colors and different hair and skin care.
I have been the following makeup, skin care and hair care from L’Oreal Paris for my honest review:
Infallible Paints Blush Kit
Infallible Paints Lipcolor
Voluminous Lash Paradise
Bright cheek and lip colors plus an amazing new mascara help create a fun summer look:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush Kit ($16.99 USD) — A spectrum of high-impact pinks meets all day wear with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Collection. This kit has four blendable shades to enhance, highlight, and bring a pop of color to your complexion. The expertly curated shades with saturated pigments stay vibrant all day. This luxuriously silky powder blush glides on with its own brush for a flawless application every time.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Lipcolor in Wild Rose ($9.99 USD) — Lacquer up lips in high impact liquid color. In one stroke, the designer applicator precisely diffuses vibrant, full coverage and punchy summer color to lips for intense color payoff. The product formula is both smudge-proof and waterproof, offering comfortable wear.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise ($9.99 USD) Take your lashes to paradise… and tote around the color du jour in your makeup case. Featuring a new smooth glide formula and soft, wavy bristle brush, Lash Paradise leaves lashes soft and feathery with a full lash fringe. Available in 5 shades including both waterproof and washable options.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes ($6.69 USD) — A product that’s always needed while traveling are Cleansing Towelettes. The Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes are specially formulated to nourish skin and boost radiance while gently exfoliating and removing all traces of impurities and makup.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer ($24.99 USD) — For a subtle wash of the celebrated hue, this moisturizer gently exfoliates dull skin to stimulate surface cell renewal and revive the skin’s natural pink tone. Formulated with LHA and Imperial Peony, it enhances skin tone with rosy pigments to renew a healthy, blushed tone for visibly younger looking complexion.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 USD) — Keep your skin glowing all weekend with specially formulated technology for true high-intensity results and a pearlescent finish. The L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator brightens the skin instantly from within. Light-reflecting liquids glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion for a luminous result.
Root Cover Up
Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color i
L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up ($10.99 USD) — Didn’t have time for a hair color touch up before vacation? No worries! Maintaining root coloring is no longer a challenge with the L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up. Available in 6 shades, the first-ever root cover-up spray helps conceal grays with zero stickiness and zero weight. The ammonia free, peroxide free Root Cover Up is sweat proof and will last until your next shampoo.
L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($12.99 USD) — A fun and fresh pink statement without the long-term commitment. Colorista is the brand’s 1st trend-setting, semi-permanent hair color formulated with pure pigments for unlimited color transformation. Can be paired with special-effects bleaches and applied all-over or placed intentionally for pops of highlights and peekaboo hues. As a semi-permanent process, results can be visible for up to 12 washes – unless the urge for a color swap occurs sooner, in which case Colorista has you covered with a toolkit of fading options.
Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist
Hair Expert Total Repair 5 Extraordinary Oil
Elnett Satin Hairspray – Travel Size
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist ($6.99 USD) — Say goodbye to dull, lackluster hair and hello to the power of shiny, soft hair – every day. This leave in treatment features a high-shine formula with unique protein pearl technology, leaving hair with intense, sealed-in shine. What’s more, the hot pink bottle will add some panache to your bathroom shelf.
Price: $6.99, Available at lorealparisusa.com and mass, food and drug retailers nationwide
L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Total Repair 5 Extraordinary Oil (All Hair Types) ($6.99 USD) — Keep hair hydrated with this oil treatment that is powered by Nutri-Oils, a blend of coconut oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and silicone, and works to fight split ends and provide extraordinary softness and shine. The weightless formula instantly absorbs into hair, making it ideal for all hair types for a multitude of uses and all hair types.
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray – Travel Size ($6.99 USD) — Tame flyaways on the go with Elnett Satin, the legendary hairspray of choice of red carpet events and cover photo shoots. Its micro-diffuser spray offers a clean, soft shiny finish. So fine, it disappears at the stroke of a brush. So strong, its hold lasts all day.
In the summer, I always want easy care for my hair. And I think that starts with great products, such as easy shampoo, conditioner and styling products.
I was sent the below products for my honest review. They are all products that help clean and keep hair looking great, without a lot of fuss:
Wen Summer Honey Peach Cleansing Conditioner
Wen Mandarin Italian Fig Nourishing Mousse
Wen Summer Honey Peach Cleansing Conditioner ($40 for 16 oz) – a rich fragrance with warm and indulgent honey that tempers fresh juicy peach. With one product, you replace your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in, and detangler. All three formulas are designed to work with all hair types and textures.
Wen Mandarin Italian Fig Nourishing Mousse ($42 USD) – This formula has a bright citrus scent tempered with fig, earthy aromas, the scent of florals, woods, and amber. Nourishing Mousse should be applied to soaking wet hair, before or after WEN Styling Creme. Distribute evenly throughout your hair and style as desired.
What I think: First of all, Wen products always smell amazing — really natural and fresh. I love that the cleansing conditioner can be used for the whole body. It leaves hair and body soft and hydrated. It’s easy use for the summer as it is cleansing and conditioning in one step. The Mousse leaves hair soft and swingy, plus it helps keep the style in place.
Art Naturals Argan Shampoo & Conditioner Hair Growth Treatment Duo ($44 for both bottles) —Blends argan oil, aloe vera, white willow bark, burdock root, rosemary, thyme and other ingredients to stimulate hair growth. Revitalizes hair follicles and supports healthy scalp. Contains multiple DHT blockers, preventing damage and hair loss. Natural, botanical oils and extracts add volume, texture and shine to thinning hair.
What I think: I can really tell that my hair it thinning in the summer. That’s because I pull it back a lot. This combo keeps my scalp healthy and helps prevent hair loss, which I need. I do notice that I lose less hair when I wash it, as I have continued using this. We’ll see if I grow hair, and that would be amazing!
PERT is the original 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner, and it’s still one of the BEST. Here are some of the many varieties it comes in:
NEW Hydrating: Enriched with Triple Vitamin Complex. Helps give hair long lasting hydration and improve the condition of damaged hair. For dry hair.
Classic Clean: Delivers clean, conditioned and healthy looking hair. The “Hero” flavor or the “Lebron James” of Pert. For normal hair.
Anti-Dandruff: 100% Flake Free Guaranteed.* *Free of visible flakes with regular use. For flake free hair.
Strengthening: Enriched with Bamboo Extract. Helps increase hair strength, prevent hair breakage and improve overall hair health with a clean and bold scent.For weak and damaged hair.
Thickening 2X: Boosted with Caffeine. Helps hair feel fuller and look thicker with a fresh and clean scent. For thin hair.
What I think: I haven’t used PERT in years, and I was pleased to note that it still has the same fresh scent. There are so many great varieties for all types of hair. My husband always loved this shampoo/conditioner and was so happy to receive some to try. It is leaving his hair soft and smooth! I use it too, but I also add a little extra conditioner. I have been loving the Thickening one. My hair does seem thicker and has lots of volume!
It is starting to heat up in Kansas City, so my hair is starting to frizz up. Once the humidity kicks in, my hair will be a goner!
The following products are amazing to style hair in the summer — they help against bad hair days:
ColorProof HumidityRx Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray ($29.00 USD ): Never fall flat or frizz up again. Weatherproof your hair. This weightless frizz-fighting, fine mist spray repels moisture and locks out humidity while maintaining your style all day long even in the most humid climates. Revolutionary water repelling polymers envelop hair for the ultimate in frizz control. Advanced ColorLast SystemTM provides unsurpassed color and heat protection. Whether or not, brave the elements with confidence.
What I think: This is a really cool spray! It leaves hair smooth and looking great all day. Perfect for those who live in a humid area.
What I think: This spray smells amazing! It also gave my hair tons of waves and volume. My hair stays wavy all day when I use it. I also like to use a little shine spray with it to give my hair polish, but I can see using this a lot this summer as a go to style.
ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum ($28.00 USD): This next generation serum instantly smoothes for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time. Features our proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine.
What I think: I use this on damp hair, and whether I am air drying or blow drying my hair, it is shiny and soft.
Macadamia Professional Anti Humidity Finishing Spray ($19.95 USD): A lightweight finishing spray designed to shield hair from humidity and fight frizz, maintaining your style all day even in the most humid of climates. Provides light hold.
What I think: I like to use this as a last step before leaving the house. It helps keep style in place and looking great all day.
I love easy summer hair. The best way to get it is when hair is hydrated. I received an Infusium leave in treatment to moisturize dry hair and a The Mane Choice curly hair styling product to maintain and create soft curls during the warm weather.
Both of these products help make easy summer styles:
Infusium Moisturize & Replenish Original Leave-In Treatment ($5.84 USD) — Our transformative formulas, containing the i-23 Complex, a customized blend of proteins and conditioners, are designed to treat even the most damaged hair.
Moisturize + Replenish collection features our classic light and soothing scent. We’ve infused these formulas with Avocado & Olive Oils to help hydrate and quench dry, dull hair.
What I think: This product is best for very dry or damaged hair. My hair is dry, but it’s also fine so I use just a little to condition my hair. Once I dry my hair, it’s soft and manageable. This is also great for kids who have really tangled hair.
Purchase at Walmart stores and Walmart.com
The Mane Choice Pink Lemonade & Coconut Curl Boosting Sherbet ($14.99 USD) — a curl enhancing delight with the perfect balance of hold and moisture. Formulated to define, shape and transform your curls. A must-have for the ultimate curly, wavy, and kinky hair regimen. Infused with biotin, vitamins, and nutrients to aid in hair growth and retention. Perfect for wash-and-go styles, twist-outs, & braid-outs!
What I think: This fluffy pink cream smells delicious! It’s used on damp hair to define curls. A fun way to use it is to apply a little to towell dried hair and twist it. Then it will dry naturally into bouncy curls! That works nicely on my wavy hair.
Are you enjoying the long weekend? I love the chance to get things done and to relax! Plus of course barbecues and fun!
For my favorites this week, I’ve chosen products that work with the fun and sun that this weekend brings:
Senteurs d’Orient NEW Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap ($36 USD) — Moisturizing your skin is key, especially after your first time in the summer sun. Don’t leave for your Memorial day weekend beach vacation without the new handcrafted Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap. Infused with a moisturizing blend of Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Glycerin, this Hammam Soap leaves skin looking dewy and feeling smooth.
What I think: I love the new scent of this soap on a rope! It’s very fresh and floral. Hanging this in my shower made my whole bathroom smell amazing. The soap itself is very hydrating and leaves skin so soft!
Keep your hair up and out of your face in the summer sun, while still looking chic with the Hairdo 23” Long Wave Pony ($59 USD) – which clips right over your own ponytail! This 23” Long Wave Pony features Tru2Life® heat-friendly synthetic hair that can be flat-ironed, curled or blown out, and has a long, smooth band of wrap-around hair that securely attaches with a hook-and-loop fastening strip for a look that’s seamless.
What I think: This is such a cute look for the summer. My hair is a lot shorter, so I have to get used to the weight. I think it’s perfect for going out, and would look nice for events like wedding.
KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray ($23.50 USD) Get your beach waves ready with KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray, infused with salt from the Dead Sea, this texturizing spray provides fullness, creates just-out-of-the-ocean texture, enhances waves and provides a matte finish. This easy to use spray can be applied to towel-dried hair and air dry.
What I think: Sea salt sprays are nice in the warm weather when I don’t want to style my hair. I just spray this one on damp hair and let it air dry. My hair is wavy without having to try! I also like the matte finish.
Available atKMS Salons Nationwide
Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen ($14.99 USD) –Treat your skin with the delicateness of a baby with Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen. This lightweight, fast-absorbing formula spread evenly, leaving behind water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF30 protection, without thick or sticky white residue. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, this nourishing mineral sunscreen is gentle on vulnerable skin, while immediately improving skin hydration with wholesome natural ingredients, such as Beeswax, Vitamin E, and Coconut Extract.
What I think: This unscented sunscreen definitely isn’t only for babies! It’s really gentle on my sensitive skin. When I applied it for the first time, it seemed thick, but it spread well and absorbed fairly quickly. I like that it isn’t greasy and leaves my skin soft, but not shiny.
Available at Whole Foods, Amazon.com and Burtsbees.com
Store the Lavanila Laboratories Mini Sport Luxe Deodorant ($9 USD) in your beach bag for long lasting freshness all weekend long. This deodorant was created for life in motion. Lavanila’s proprietary, award-winning beta glucan technology is infused with SmartSport™ for high-performance defense and nourishment, and bursts with long-lasting vanilla breeze freshness to break down sweat molecules and deliver superior, invisible, all-natural odor protection.
What I think: This fresh little deodorant is so easy to take with you. The scent is amazing and it’s a great natural deodorant for all the sweating that comes with more activity and warmer weather! I usually need a clinical deodorant, but this works pretty well for me.