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Thursday
Jul032008

Bronzing Essentials - Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Summer makeup needs to be as easy as possible, right? Especially when you are wanting to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. No one wants to be in front of the mirror perfecting their face. And that includes moi!

As bronzing is key for most of us, making the application beautiful and simple is key. Sephora's Bronzing Essentials can do just this. 

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Two multi-tasking products, plus the perfect brush to apply, with a perfect sized vinyl case to carry in your handbag or beach tote. The tri-color bronzing powder brick highlights you skin from cheeks and eyes to shoulders and even your décolletage. Brush it on all together with the great brush, or use the colors separately with an eyeshadow brush. Still easy, but possibly better for night when you want a more defined look. The shimmery peach-pink lipgloss is shiny, sweet, and a perfect color to go along with the bronzed face.

Personally, I need to add tinted moisturizer, my concealer/highlighter, and mascara but then I am done. I have it down to just about three minutes. Yes - Summer glowing, easy as 1, 2, 3.

Shop at Sephora for this great kit, which is just $30.

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Thursday
Jul032008

Prescriptives Incredible Sheer Lipcolor: No One Told Me this Came in Watermelon...

In my effort to only use lip products with SPF, I dug into my lipstick jar to find this beauty. In WATERMELON!

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If there is one thing that I know, if the shade name is Watermelon, then it is perfect for me. How did this slip through my fingers and not make it onto thy lips before now? 

Seriously, Prescriptives Incredible Sheer Lipcolor ($17.50) is a wonderful lip product, one that I have used in the past.  Because of the color find, I think this lipcolor is making it's way up higher on my favorites list. Watermelon is the pefect watermelon pink shade that looks beautiful on it's own, or even more pretty when used over a bronze or gold lipstick. With the added power of sun protection to boot!

This finding is having me get on over to my favorite beauty websites and just search Watermelon to see what else I can find.  For this beauty though, you will need to get on over to a Prescriptives counter or shop at Prescriptives.com

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Wednesday
Jul022008

Aqua Tan.

A new brand of self-tanner that I was introduced to this year has quickly become one of my favorites. Since Clarins did away with my favorite body milk - discontinued YEARS ago - I had yet to find another milk that was so smooth. Until now. Aqua Tan Self Tanning Milk is what I have been looking for.

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Not only does the Self Tanning Milk smoothe on and absorb quickly, it is enriched with some good for you ingredients. DHA, not matter how much I love it for it's faux-tan abilities, really dries out the skin. So ingredients that work with the DHA, not play with the pH balance of it, while being gentle and keeping the moisture in, is what is really make me love this even more.

This self-tanner is enriched with White Tea, Cucumber and Green Tea Extracts, along with it's exclusive Sacred Spring Water. The scent is nice and light - fresh almost. It does not mask the DHA smell, but rather blends with it. Really, the DHA smell is so faint and practically vanishes as the milk dries. It does take a good ten to fifteen minutes to feel totally dry (because it is so moisturizing) after applying, so take time before dressing. But once dried, there is no need to worry about staining.

Every time I have used this I have been blessed with a beautiful, streak free tan. Not a deep dark tan, but after six hours, I get a very natural looking color. Not too golden or not too olive. It is actually a perfect color for me. Though I only use this on my legs, I would not hesitate to use it anywhere else on my body, that is, if I were not such a fanatic about my other self-tanning products that work so well for me on my arms, chest or face.

I have only found this readily available online, so your best bet is to shop their site. And if you are tempted to buy anything else form the line, try the Gentle Purifying Gelee, to use in the shower or bath prior to application - it leaves my skin smooth with no harsh abrasives. 

 

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