Monday, August 10, 2015

August Beauty Loves

pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse in Medium, $54
Shop Vita Liberata here.

Who doesn't love a beautiful tan in the Summer? 

This self tanning mousse makes the August love list because of the gorgeous brown color it provides. pHenomenal is also non-toxic and lasts a super long time without fading or washing off. It also comes with a mitt to protect your manis and we find that it's super easy to rub in. This mousse also absorbs and dries into the skin very quickly, eliminating the worry that your self tanner will undoubtedly ruin your day by rubbing off onto your clothes. For an optimal Summer tan that lasts, Vita Liberata recommends using this product 2 to 3 times in a row in the beginning. It will then last you 2 to 3 whole weeks without fading. It's genius. The night before you embark on your Self Tan Palooza 2015, be sure to sleep with Vita Liberata's overnight face tan moisture mask. Obsession is not even the right word to describe how I feel about Vita Liberata's products!

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Lip Liner in Oahu, $18
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I love me some lipstick, but not 
usually in the Summer. 

Particularly because lipstick can easily melt when left in a hot bag at the beach. Want to know my solution? This waterproof pencil, y'all. It's only slightly darker than my lips, looks gorgeous at the beach and stays in place. For a totally beach worthy pout, pencil in your entire lips with this and then let it set for about 30 seconds. Next, top with a lip balm containing SPF and only throw the balm in your beach bag. This lip liner will last your whole day without having to touch up. I promise. For darker skin tones, try this liner in shade Jaipur.

Orly Color Blast Art Scene Set, $12
Shop Kohl's here.

Aahh, Orly! Stop killing me with your awesome 
2-pack sets this Summer! 

This peach would be beautiful on it's own and there's not a person living on this planet who wouldn't love to have this pop art inspired top coat in their nail polish collection. Check out the side of the box- the two colors layered is just so, so cute. Let's also touch on Orly's individual limited edition Summer shades. They range from deep purple to hot pink to electric lime. We need them all.

Vera Wang Embrace Eau de Toilette, $34.99
Periwinkle & Iris
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Vera Wang gang! 

This scent makes it into the August love list because it's as if babies riding unicorns on clouds created it. It's the softest most elegant Summer scent. It's clean, yet powdery and every single person you come in contact with will ask you what you're wearing. I've not smelled anything like it which makes it very unique. Vera chose bergamot, mandarin, violet petals, iris, blue jasmine, periwinkle, vanilla, benzoin and whipped sugar fragrance notes to make this scent. Her end result is nothing short of an effervescent, heavenly bliss. Really.

Palmer's Raw Shea Balm, $5.50
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Ok, fine. We can admit it. 

Between the chlorine, sea salt and sun, our skin might be feeling a little bit dry this Summer. This shea balm by Palmer's absolutely makes the list because we're enjoying applying this before bed and sleeping in it. We use it for moisture, sunburn, minor skin irritations, on the face every once in a while and occasionally we'll even put a bit on the ends of the hair as an overnight moisture mask. This particular balm is basically all natural with zero parabens and is blended with African shea butter, cocoa butter, Vitamin E and soybean oil. Sheas are known for helping with eczema as well as hyperpigmentation. Cocoa butter is very well known for increasing skin's elasticity and also helps with fading stretch marks. Now someone tell me where I can buy this stuff by the gallon.

Altchek MD Anti-Aging Starter Kit, $25
Shop Kohl's here.

Last but certainly not least, check out this 
anti-aging skincare kit by Dr. Altchek. 

Dr. Altchek, just in case you don't know him, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He also has a private practice where he sees patients of all ages and his patients can prove that his products work. This kit makes our August beauty love list not only because of the price, but also because he includes some chemical exfoliators in his products. Chemical exfoliators gently slough off any dead skin cells on the surface of your face. They also help prevent fine lines and acne. Dr. Altchek recommends using the glycolic acid pads two to three times a week, so you can expect to get at least a five week supply of them included in this kit. His cleanser is awesome, too. It takes off my makeup, exfoliates my skin a little and even leaves my skin feeling soft. You've just gotta' try it!

PS- These products don't have to be just a Summer thing...

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