Summer Beauty Savers

Summer is going strong!  Is your beauty routine holding up?  Are you keeping safe in the sun and the elements?

Summer beauty doesn’t have to be complicated.  A few great hair, skin and sun care products can really help get you through this hot season.

nite Expanda Dust Volumizing Powder
Unite Expanda Dust Volumizing Powder

UNITE Hair Expanda Dust ($26.25) — It’s magic! With just a puff you can get more volume and texture than you’ve ever imagined! You’ll never go flat again!

Key Ingredients:

Kaolin: Adds texture and hold

Potato Starch: Thickens and adds volume

Tapioca Starch: Thickens and adds volume

Corn Starch: Adds body and hold

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Adds moisture and soothes hair and scalp

FOR BEST RESULTS: Lightly sprinkle on to roots for volume. Sprinkle throughout for added texture. For a sleek ponytail, apply to roots to give your pony some volume. Next, sweep hair into a ponytail using a paddle brush to smooth the sides and leaving the top voluminous. Finish by securing with a ponytail holder.

What I think:  This works well with my flat hair.  And the ponytail tip above is really cute! Purchase at

SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus Picaridin
SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus Picaridin

SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14-$16): Protect your family when mosquitoes are more active – dawn and dusk – with this strong, dependable insect repellent. These DEET-free formulas provide long-lasting protection against deer ticks and mosquitoes.  Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease.  Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus. Bug Guard Plus Picaridin is available as an Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray, or Towelettes, and just like our other favorite formula, the pump spray will come in bonus and travel sizes and the towelettes will now be available in a 16 pack.

What I think:  I keep the pump spray of this by my back door so when my family goes into our buggy back yard, we are protected.  It works really well and smells nice, too!


Coppertone Oil Free Faces
Coppertone Oil Free Faces

Coppertone Oil Free Faces in SPF 15, 30 and 50+ ($10.99 USD) Provides powerful protection designed specifically for your delicate skin. This oil-free lotion contains a special blend of anti-oxidants Vitamins A and E, skin conditioners and natural hydrating elements to help smooth and moisturize your skin. This lightweight lotion is non-greasy and it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. And it’s fragrance free and non-irritating. And, because it’s from the Coppertone brand you can be sure you’re getting all the protection you need. Specially formulated with Parsol® 1789,  Coppertone® Oil Free Faces Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion helps prevent the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by providing advanced broad-spectrum protection form the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. Dermatologist tested. Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, water resistant.

Sun Alert:  The sun causes skin damage. Over the years, regular use of effective sunscreens like Coppertone® Oil Free Faces Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 may reduce the risk of skin damage, some types of skin cancer and other harmful effects due to the sun.

What I think:  I try to use sunscreen on my face every day.  The fact that this is oil free is perfect for me because sunscreen can easily clog my pores.  I also love the anti-oxidants and skin care benefits that you can get with such and affordable product.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

b-leve haircare
b-leve haircare

From the b-leve website: We b•lēve ingredients like olive, white tea & cactus let you shine in everything you do. Cationic chemistry specifically targets  damaged areas along the hair shaft and at the ends without the use of  high levels of silicone.

I tested the b-hydrated Shampoo and Conditioner. Increases moisture, shine & manageability. Natural extracts of cactus + kelp + white tea. Why b•lēve? b-hydrated shampoo and conditioner has a rich and fortified formulation that contains natural extracts of cactus, kelp and white tea. Cationic chemistry, the leading technology in performance hair care, specifically targets damaged areas along the hair shaft and at the ends. This advanced precision formula does not require the use of high levels of silicone. Contains cactus extract – for moisturizing damage repair. Contains kelp extract – for shine and manageability. Contains white tea extract – for gloss, strength & long lasting shine. Paraben-free. Antioxidant & vitamin rich. No animal testing. Made in Canada.

What I think:  I love the scent of these products. Mostly, though, I love how soft and shiny they leave my hair after use.

Available at and fine grocers nationwide.

eos’ new Basket of Fruit Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Pack
eos’ new Basket of Fruit Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Pack

eos’ new Basket of Fruit Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Pack ($10.99 USD) — The Lip balm that is good enough to eat is now in this basket of four! The eos new fruit inspired lip balm collection features:  Limited Edition Fresh Watermelon and our ever popular Strawberry Sorbet, Summer Fruit and Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balms. This colorful collection is the perfection addition to your fall essentials. The soft-touch, ergonomic, recyclable packaging is easy to find in even the largest of bags!

What I think: I have loved eos lip balms since they came out!  This pack is affordable and the flavors are yummy!  I split the pack with my daughters. Every one had a favorite.  Mine is Pomegranate Raspberry!

Available at Target,, and

Enjoy the rest of your summer!





Hair Products Perfect For Summer Styles

Beachy hair is simple to achieve with a few great products!  Have you tried a sea salt spray for waves?  Or a healthy soy based hair spray?  How about a brush that you can use when your hair is wet?  all of these items below can help achieve the perfect summer ‘do for you!

While we can’t always skip town and venture to the beach, we can achieve sought after tousled beach hair, thanks to Ouidad’s Wave Create Collection.  With the launch of Ouidad’s Wave Create Sea Spray and Texture Taffy, achieving touchable, gorgeous waves is at your fingertips.  Ideal for any hair type – including straight hair, this collection brings to life coveted “day at the beach” waves.

Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray
Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray

Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray ($23 USD) — Wave Create Sea Spray gives hair that windswept, sexy and flirtatious look you love after a day at the beach. Our exclusive wave-making complex of natural seawater and mineral-rich sea salt crystals create tousled texture while plant-derived humectants lock in waves. Vitamin-rich seaweed and algae extracts nourish the hair so it’s super hydrated – never crunchy or stiff.

  • Ideal for straight hair that has slight texture, as well as curly hair
  • An exclusive wave making complex of natural seawater and mineral rich sea salt crystals creates a tousled texture
  • Algae extracts condition and help maintain elasticity; rich in B12 amino acids that deeply nourish
  • Giant kelp seaweed extract includes a high content of vitamins and minerals to nourish curls; adds superior shine
  • Panthenol and Vitamin B5 act as a penetrating moisturizer

What I think:  This is great for subtle waves — even in straight hair!.  I love to spray it on my damp hair and scrunch it up.  When it dries, I have cute waves!  A little hair oil tames the frizzies and I’m ready to go!

Ouidad Wave Create Testure Taffy
Ouidad Wave Create Testure Taffy

Ouidad Wave Create Texture Taffy ($23 USD) — Wave Create Texture Taffy is a stretchy styling cream that creates playful, tousled texture for a look that’s undone and sexy. Our taffy-like formula with a Marine Complex – high in vitamins and minerals – allows you to grip and mold hair while keeping it nourished and soft.  This flexible, gummy styler creates long-lasting waves that dry to a matte finish without a trace of sticky residue. Whether you want summer-inspired waves or a playful, unkempt style your newly found texture will be a look that’s natural, healthy and irresistible

  • Ideal for wavy, even straight hair, that desires a sexy, tousled look
  • Marine Complex, high in vitamins and minerals, condition and add softness and shine
  • Giant kelp seaweed extract includes a high content of vitamins and minerals to nourish curls and add shine
  • Algae Extract acts as a moisturizer that leaves hair supple and shiny
  • Milk Thistle extract acts as a botanical extract rich in antioxidants to moisturize

What I think:  To really go wave crazy, I add this to my hair after the Sea Spray. I add just a little and scrunch it into my hair.  It really gives me a cool, beachy wave!

The Ouidad Wave Create™ Collection is available at

UNITE Beach Day
UNITE Beach Day

UNITE Beach Day ($24.95 USD) — Wanting those beachy, full locks without trying too hard? Beach Day will give you that feeling in minutes. Full, tousled and very sexy. A hybrid of styling and finishing in one… it’s effortless!

Mist 6 to 8 inches away into damp or dry hair. Scrunch with
hands. Air-dry or diffuse. Spray on roots for an added lift.

-Enhances waves
-Creates ‘lived-in’ texture
-Thickens hair
-Creates Volume
-Used in damp or dry hair
-A hybrid of Styling and Finishing in one

What I think:  This spray gives a sexy, tousled wave.  Something I like to do is apply it to my hair and braid it, then when it is almost dry, I take it out of the braid and scrunch it up.  Great waves abound!

Available at

Sexy Hair Healthy Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray
Sexy Hair Healthy Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray

Healthy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray ($17.95 USD) — Healthy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray is a feather light hairspray that is made with anti-frizz technology. It helps to supply moisture and hydration to nourish and repair hair while offering UV and heat protection.

What I think:  This is a light hair spray that creates moveable styles.  I love to spray it to set my hairstyle before I go out.  It smells and feels great!

Purchase at salons and beauty supply stores (like Ulta) near you!


The Wet Brush
The Wet Brush

The Wet Brush™ ($11 USD) — The magic of the Wet Brush™ is in the specially formulated IntelliFlex™ bristles. IntelliFlex™ bristles are thin, strong and very flexible. They have intelligent flexibility – flexible on one stroke and firm on the next.  The adaptive flexibility of IntelliFlex™ eliminates all tugging, tearing, pulling and ripping.  No split ends, no hair loss.  It provides healthy brushing and detangling, creating the perfect transition from wash to style!

The Wet Brush™ Squirts are mini versions of The Wet Brush™, and are great for travelling and when you’re on-the-go!

Colors include: Classic Black, Classic Pink, Classic Yellow, Classic Purple and Classic Blue.

What I think:  This little brush is perfect to take anywhere.  It glides through my wet hair without pulling and breaking the strands. It’s really great for the summer.