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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.


Spring 2013: Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Collection.

Get ready for a new little lipgloss and polish collection coming to your department store this week; it's a real beauty. From Guerlain, this is Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Collection

Inspired by the 1960's pin-up girl, this collection captures everything about her, which was more than just a pretty face. She is witty, elegant, playful and secretive all at once.  She is incomparably charming and has perfectly mastered the art of femininity.

The collection includes Gloss d’Enfer and Le Vernis.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lip Gloss & Nail Polish

Gloss d’Enfer - $30.00
Gloss d’Enfer is a beautiful lipgloss that gives lips a shimmering, radiant and plumping finish.  Maxi Shine’s oil composition creates a moisturizing barrier to ensure an intense softness, while the ergonomic applicator makes application precise. The 20 new permanent shades vary in coverage and pigment, but are all perfect for spring and summer. 

  • 400 Gold Tchlack
  • 401 Praline Blop
  • 402 Browny Clap
  • 403 Brun Buzz 
  • 420 Rouge Shebam
  • 421 Red Pow
  • 440 Coral Wizz
  • 441 Tangerine Vlam
  • 460 Rose Splatch
  • 461 Pink Clip
  • 462 Rosy Bang
  • 463 La petite Robe Noir
  • 464 Guimauve Vlop
  • 465 Bubble Gum
  • 466 Dragée Bomp
  • 467 Cherry Swing
  • 468 Candy Stripe
  • 469 Fuchsia Ding
  • 470 Magenta Waouh
  • 471 Prune Zip

Le Vernis - $23.00
These ultra-vibrant shades incorporate adhesive resins to offer a perfectly even sheen that lasts for days. The extra-flat and widened brush helps to create a shiny and beautiful nail look with ease.  The new polish collection also includes a Protective Base Coat and High Shine Top Coat which are  designed with a silicone derivative to strengthen, reinforce and protect the nail. There are ten new, permanent shades.

  • 00 Lingerie
  • 64 Gemma
  • 121 Rouge d’Enfer
  • 125 Vega
  • 143 Nahema
  • 165 Champs- Elysées
  • 168 L’Heure Bleue
  • 280 Jardins de Bagatelle
  • 263 À la Parisienne
  • 463 La Petite Robe Noire

Guerlain’s Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Collection is available now at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.  Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine will also be available at select locations of Sephora beginning in May.

Beginning this Wednesday, April 24th and running through April 30th, the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Boston (which is open) will have the ground floor all decked out in color to celebrate this launch with an exclusive "I Want Candy" event. The first 200 customers at the event will receive a mini MaxiShine Gloss D'Enfer in Candy Stripe. Additionally, each customer will have the chance to get their "candy look" makeup done by a Guerlain color expert, along with take home a souvenir photograph.

MaxiShine Gloss D'Enfer Candy Stripe

Candy Stripe is a beautiful wearable fuchsia shade, with a lustrous shine. It will definitely be on my lips a lot this summer.


Spring 2013: M∙A∙C Baking Beauties.

I love a pastel look for spring and all of these new "beauties" from M∙A∙C definitely fill the need. What could be cuter than a collection based on my favorite sweet, the cupcake? Nothing, really. This is M∙A∙C Baking Beauties.

M·A·C loves everything about a cupcake. Face Powder arrives in exclusively designed cupcake patterns, and Lustre Drops create a luminous finish. Pro Longwear Paint Pots add a touch of dazzle. Haute & Naughty Lash delivers two-in-one coverage. Lipstick lays it on soft and tempting in tones including Devil’s Food and Raspberry Swirl. Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm provides nutrient-rich moisture. Nail Lacquer decorates in glittering Bleu Velvet and Pistachio Crème. And for professional results, two limited-edition brushes with pastel accents. Hello, cupcake!

The Baking Beauties collection:

Lipstick - $15.00
Pure Decoration - light white peach (cremesheen)
Raspberry Swirl - light white blue pink (cremesheen)
Lavender Whip - light cool lavender (cremesheen)
Devil’s Food - glossy deep plum (frost)

Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm - $19.50
Baking Beauty - creamy light peach
Cheery Cheery - creamy mid-tone blue pink
Sweet Tooth - creamy lilac
Glacé creamy - pale baby blue

Haute & Naughty Lash - $20.00
Haute & Naughty Black - black

252SE Large Shader - $31.00
129SE Powder/Blush - $35.00

Pearlmatte Face Powder - $29.00
In for a Treat - champagne base with matte coral flower and mint leaves
Pink Buttercream - light silvery pink base with dark pink flowers and periwinkle leaves

Pro Long Wear Paint Pot - $18.50
Fancy Frosting - frosted white
Let’s Skate - pale pink with pearl
Mooncake - warm beige
Éclair - light chocolate with gold pearl
Dangerous Cuvée - frosted cool grey

Glitter - $21.00
Reflects Transparent Teal - sparkling white with turquoise
Pink - bright pink

Lustre Drops - $21.00
Pink Rebel - blue pink with gold pearl

Nail Lacquer - $16.00
Confectionary - light blue pink (cream)
Pistachio Crème - light teal mint (cream)
Bleu Velvet - light periwinkle blue (cream)

I seriously can't get enough of the products or the names. Like I said in my favorite cream eyeshadow post, I love the pretty Pro Long Wear Paint Pots in this collection. They create the softest yet sparkly perfect eye for spring. The star products of the collection have to be the Pearlmatte Face Powders though. Just look at them! They are beautiful and either warm up the face in subtle glow of champagne and coral or pink and silver.

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder In For a TreatMAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Pink Buttercream

The M·A·C Baking Beauties collection is available now at all M·A·C locations and online at maccosmetics.com.