Summer Favorites

Considering I have a wide range of things I love to do in life, this blog is going to be rather random it would seem. But I thought I would show everyone my Summer Favorites as traditional of any obsessed beauty guru. So….

No. 1: Sanuk yoga mat flip flops

These shoes are so comfortable for walking in. I have worn them literally every day since I bought them. And even though they oddly act like I put soap in them when they get wet, they are awesome. They are the only shoes not to give me blisters or sore heels all summer long.

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No. 2: TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray

I love this leave in heat protection spray. I find that the smell isn’t unpleasant. And that is does the job. An unusually coupling in cheap hair styling products.

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No. 3: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser with Aveeno ultra-calming daily moisturizer

With my overly sensitive and yet acne prone skin, these two products are amazing. They clean and moisturize without drying out or breaking out my skin. The cleanser washes away all the sweat and makeup and dirt and oil and pollution. And the moisturizer includes SPF 15 without smelling of it. I use both of these morning and night and love them.

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No. 4: Rimmel London BB Cream in the shade Light

So this BB Cream is a 9 in 1 combo including priming, moisturizing, minimizing pores, concealing, covering, smoothing, mattifying, brightening, and protecting. It has SPF 25. This is one of the ones in drugstore makeup that has a high SPF which I was looking for for this ridiculously hot summer in Colorado. I love the way it completely covers up my under eye circles and red cheeks while letting my tan and freckles show through. I will say that it tends to melt of the face a little if you use too much, as with any primer or BB cream. But all in all I love it. Great base.

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No. 5: Rimmel London Stay Matte long lasting pressed powder in the shade Creamy

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So, this powder, referenced by Tanya Burr on YouTube nonstop, IS AMAZING. Whether you are using this to set, as a foundation, mattifying powder, anything….it works and stays. As you can see I used a lot of this since I bought it in June….definitely a re-purchase.

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No. 6: e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Sun Kissed (I think)

So, I love e.l.f. products in general. And I bought this ages ago and didn’t really like how glittery it was. But, as the summer went into August, I really enjoyed it and found that it makes a gorgeous blush as well.

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No. 7: e.l.f. Eyelid Primer in Sheer

I have oily eyelids. Now add 95 degree weather and forget about eyeshadow….unless you have an amazing primer. And this little tube is AMAZING. My make up doesn’t budge all day.

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No. 8: Wet n Wild eyeliner in Bronzed

This pencil was an impulse buy at Walgreens one day in July. And it makes me amazingly happy. It is the perfect water line eyeliner. and looks pretty under the last line as well.

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No. 9: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (favorite shade is Rendezvous)

I have been purchasing these over time as they came out. My first one was in a nudey pink shade that I’m not really fond of because it doesn’t cover the color of my dark lips. But the reds and dark pinks are amazing! I love how they are slightly glossy at first. Then as they fade off they leave a lovely stain. They look lovely alone or with a gloss. And the purpley pink shade has been gorgeous this summer with my tan and with my bright colors I love to wear.

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No. 10: Revlon Colorstay  Longwear Nail Enemel in Marmalade

I think I actually bought this in May before I went to Hawaii. i wore it to Hawaii. And when I got back after 9 days, the nail polish hadn’t even chipped. It looked a bit dull but hadn’t chipped! All summer this has been my go to color and it is absolutely amazing and the perfect summer orange.

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No. 11: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme in Coralberry

This shade is the perfect coral! It is sheer and pretty and matches more than I anticipated it would. I love it. As I love all things coral…

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And those are all my favorites! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews!

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Natural Tanning Tips

So you decided to be tan this summer… now what is the best way to go about it? So the following steps are my personal routine for tanning plus a few extra things you can try if you are interested.

Step One: Gather what you need

  • A beach towel or chair on which to be comfy!
  • Sunscreen (preferably at least 15 spf). Tanning and burning are two different things. One is healthy and one is not. A tan is just the melatonin in your skin reacting to protect you. A burn is what happens when your melatonin doesn’t have a chance to protect you leading to skin damage or cancer. And yes, this can still happen if you are already dark skinned. Fun fact: they make sunscreen for the scalp as well! And don’t forget your face and lips!
  • Sunnies! Sunglasses are an absolute must in order to protect your eyes as well as your skin.
  • Water! Because we all know that we sweat when we tan and all that sweat is lost water.
  • A timer. Whether it is a kitchen timer or your phone or iPod, use it. It is useful to make yourself flip over and tan the other side, as well as for keeping you from sleeping too long and burning.
  • Optional things that you might like to bring: iPod and speakers, book, fan, chapstick, snacks, spray bottle or mister, face cover, or whatever keeps you occupied that you like to do.

Step Two: What to wear

Now personally, I like to just wear a string bikini since that is comfortable for me. And some women choose to tan in the nude to avoid all tan lines. But other options include Brazilian styles, bandeau bikini tops, or microkinis. Here are some links to places that sell these types of styles:

http://www.sanlorenzobikinis.com/

http://www.victoriassecret.com/

http://www.bellabeachwear.com/

Step Three: Set Up

Now it’s time to lay everything out and apply sunscreen! Choose your spot and time of day carefully. If you want optimal sunlight lay outside between noon and 2 pm. If you burn easily go before or after this time. If you are tanning nude choose a very private place you are certain no one can see to avoid awkward talks with neighbors or peeping toms! If you’re tanning in a bikini, choose a place with direct light like the lawn or a deck or the roof. And definitely try to keep your body facing the sun to tan your front and back evenly. If needed lie on your sides as well. Now plug in that iPod or crack that book spine and set your timer for 5-30 minutes per side, starting with less time for fairer skin.

Step Four: Clean up and moisturize

            After an hour max, go inside and at least take a break from the sun and the heat. Give yourself a chance to cool off and reapply sunscreen. Or if you are just starting out tanning, just pick everything up and be done for the day.

Whenever you are done, it is important to shower in cool (but not cold!) water. You don’t want to pass out or anything. When you get out MOISTURIZE! This will make your tan last longer. Especially if you use a body oil like baby oil first before your lotion or an after tanning lotion. For sensitive skin use an aloe vera based lotion.

Other Options:

  • Stickers! Stickers or a piece of paper and tape can give tantoos or sun tattoos! This can be a fun way to add a non permanent body alteration. Just put the sticker on and tan and take it off after. You will have the outline of the sticker in that shape. If it doesn’t show as much as you’d like, reapply it in the same place the next time you tan.
  • Lemon juice! Lemon juice is a way to lighten your hair naturally at home. See the tutorial on my previous post!

Now I hope this was helpful information about tanning at home. Happy tanning everyone!

How to Lighten Hair with Lemon Juice

Sometimes it’s just fun to change your hair and a way to do this without using chemicals is with lemon juice! The citric acid in the lemon juice reacts with the sun to bleach your hair in a less harmful way. This can be a fun thing to do at home, or before heading out to the beach or pool or anywhere sunny. Plus you get to smell like lemons. J

How to:

  1. Mix about ½ cup water and ½ fresh lemon juice for normal hair. Mix ½ cup conditioner and ½ cup fresh lemon juice for dry hair. This half and half mixture can be adjusted to fit the amount you need.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. If you are going to apply all over your hair, put mixture into a spray bottle. If you want to highlight it, put into a small bowl.
  3. Spray all over hair for a dyed look. Spray on ends, for an “ombre” or natural summery look. Dip a cotton ball or tissue into mixture and apply to specific strands from root to tip for highlights. Really just put it where ever you want it. I tend to highlight it then run my hands over it to rub the excess into my ends. Note that if you follow your natural highlights, such as around the temples, and take smaller pieces the highlights look more natural.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. Put on some sunscreen and sunglasses and head outside.
  5. Let hair sit in the sun for roughly an hour to take effect.20130722_143953
  6. When your time is up, head home and wash the lemon out. I recommend using a strong conditioner or even a leave in conditioner after this as lemon juice and sun can be very drying to the hair.
  7. SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOnce your hair is dry you should see the lightening. However, if you have dark hair it might take a few goes to get the effect you want.beforeafter

I hope this explains the process well enough! Enjoy the sunshine!