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Wednesday
May012013

Protect Your Lips: Lipstick and Lip Gloss with SPF.

Lips are one place on the body where many skin cancers can form. It is important that we protect our lips. I am not talking just when we go to the beach and slather on a lip sun block. I am talking every day when we expose ourselves to sunlight. In the summer, I choose lipstick and lip gloss that contain SPF. Here are my favorites.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
This hydrating treatment with SPF 15 nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips while adding a hint color to lips. It comes in seven sheer shades.

YSL ROUGE VOLUPTÉ - Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15
This is an extremely smooth and creamy lipstick that transforms into a fluid veil of radiant

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Tuesday
Apr232013

My 4 Self-Tanning Must Haves.

Did you know that one person dies every minute from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer? If that fast fact doesn’t have you protecting yourself from the sun, then I don’t know what can. Sunscreen is a must. Each and every day.

A real tan is just not an option these days. Especially when there are so many great self-tanners on the market. Here are my four self-tanning must haves: a self tanner for my face and one for my body, a temporary tan product to even out or deepen my self tan as it fades, and a little something for my self-tanning mistakes.

self-tanning must haves

Self-tanner for Face

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner - $35.00
Clarins has long been a brand I turn to for self-tanners, especially when it comes to my face. This milky self-tanner is a dream. It applies easily (like a liquid moisturizer) and dries in a few minutes. I like to apply it every other night to keep my face with the light, very natural looking golden glow I like.

Self-tanner for Body

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse - $32.00
I’ve used this for a few years and it is the one self tanner that gives me the most consistent, even tan on my body each and every time. I apply the lightweight mousse to a tanning mitt and then rub it carefully all over my skin. It is tinted, so I can see exactly where it is applied. It dries in a minute, so I can get dressed soon after. My tan is fully developed in a few hours and I am a beautiful golden brown. When I first start self-tanning, I apply one coat in the morning and then another on the same night to get my desired color. I then re-apply every five days to maintain the color.

Instant Wash-off Tanner

Tea Tan Glow Wash-Off Body Bronzer - $22.90
If I am going somewhere special and want to deepen my self-tan or need to even it out as my self-tan is fading, I use a temporary or wash off tanner. I like this instant body bronzer infused with tea extract, to give a natural, light golden glow. One coat is great to even out a tan and two coats is great to deepen a tan. Of course, it is also good for someone wanting an immediate tan that washes off.

Self-tanner Mistake Eraser

Bronze Buffer - 2 for $10.00
Just in case I ever make a mistake, which I constatnly seem to do around my ankles, I use this new Bronze Buffer to remove the unwanted color. The Bronze Buffer is a cute little sun shaped sponge that when damped with water, gently buffs away the unwanted color.

With great self-tanners available, there really is no excuse to subject skin to the damage of the sun.

Thursday
Mar282013

Lighten Up for Spring: 10 Body Lotions under $10.00.

You don't have to break the bank when looking for a great body lotion to hydrate and nourish skin. As the weather changes, it might be a great time to try a new body lotion too. Forget the thicker lotions you've used in the winter, now is the time to lighten up, and that means with your lotion too.

Here are 10 body lotions that cost $10.00 or less.

10 Body Lotions under $10.00

1. Dial 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion with Himalayan Pink Minerals - $4.99
This lotion penetrates deeply into the skin to keep your skin soft and hydrated for up to seven days. This fast absorbing, non-greasy formula is super lightweight and wraps skin in a weightless shield of moisture that’s clean to the touch. Talk about lightening up.

2. St. Ives Daily Hydrating Vitamin E Lotion - $5.49
Packed with the powerful antioxidants of Vitamin E, this formula provides immediate light moisture, while helping to protect skin from further damage. It absorbs fast and leaves skin soft, silky smooth.

3. Jergens Soothing Aloe Refreshing Moisturizer - $4.79
Enriched with cucumber and aloe to relieve super dry skin, the ingredients also keep it light and refreshing. It is non-greasy and sinks into skin fast.

4. Nivea Express Hydration Lotion - $7.49
This lotion features an ultra-light feel that absorbs faster than most, as it keeps skin soft all day. The light fresh scent is perfect for spring.

5. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Aloe Fresh - $7.99
A new and unique lotion that applies by spraying it on. To apply, simply spray up one side of your body and then down the other; rub the lotion in and be on your way. The Aloe Fresh lotion contains pure aloe and leaves skin feeling healthy and fresh.

6. Neutrogena Body Lotion - $5.99
An oldie but goodie, the light sesame formula leaves skin silky soft as it absorbs immediately into skin. It is very lightly scented, with a smell reminiscent of summer.

7. Aveeno Positively Nourishing™ Energizing Body Lotion - $5.99
This pomegranate and grapefruit infused lotion still has the soothing colloidal oatmeal at its' core, but is refreshing for spring and summer with the uplifting and energizing scent. It really nourishes skin, but still fells light enough for warm weather months as it evaporates into skin quick.

8. JĀSÖN® Naturals Soothing 84% Aloe Vera Hand & Body Lotion - $6.97
This aloe enriched lotion is lightweight with a light scent. It's a non-greasy daily lotion that naturally delivers deep, long-lasting hydration.

9. Olay Soothing Cucumber Body Lotion - $4.49
This cucumber scented body lotion is infused with avocado oil and lightly hydrates skin. The fresh scent and lightweight feel soothes and softens dry skin.

10. Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion - $5.99
This lightweight body lotion has a warm weather feel and look as it enriched with sunflower oil and mica to give skin a subtle glow. Look radiant and have soft skin at the same time.

All of these lotions are available at your favorite drugstore, drugstore.com or mass retailer such as Target or Walmart now.

Friday
Mar222013

Friday Finds: March 22, 2013.

Happy spring! I am so glad that spring is finally here. With two snowstorms this week in New England, it certianly doesn't feel like spring right now. I am so ready for warmer weather! I am loving the longer days though and know that the weather I crave will be here soon.

Take a look at just a few of the new beauties I found this week.

Olay Total Effects 7 in One Moisturizer & Serum Duo with Sunscreen - $18.99
Olay’s most concentrated formula with broad spectrum SPF 15, combines a moisturizer plus an intense serum to effectively fight seven signs of aging. You can't ask for much more form one product that does the job of three.

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads - $5.99
Perfect for even sensitive eyes, these pads gently remove every last trace of eye makeup - even hard to remove shadows and mascara.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara - $16.00
This super long-lasting mascara lengthens and defines lashes in a super pigmented rich black formula.

Pixi Beauty Extra Eye Bright Liner - $17.00
This waterproof precision inner rim liner is designed to brighten the eyes and make the eye whites look whiter. I also like to smudge a little bit of it on the inner corner of y lid to brighten up my eye look even more.

Estée Lauder Mad Men Nail Polish Pink Paisley - $24.00
Taking a nod to the 50's for their limited Mad Men collection, this nail polish is the perfect pale pinky peach shade in a retro looking bottle.

Hope you have a great weekend!