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Summer Pampering: Best of Beauty Summer 2012
I hopped on Facebook yesterday to, well, hop on Facebook, and found myself dreamily gazing at a photo of two of my lovely friends relaxing together at a spa. Luxuriously robed, masqued, manicured, pedicured; probably massaged, too, and definitely bragging about it.
You know I’m all about the pampering. As much as I’d love a relaxing spa day, it’s just not going to happen any time soon. Sigh. I truly could use some me time, though, so I’m thinking, why not opt for some at-home pampering?
I’ve been really into masks lately. Homemade or purchased, they make my skin feel fresh and fabulous. I don’t even mind Hubby making fun of me, nor did I flinch last week when my niece started screaming, “MONSTER! Mommy, help!!!” I especially love a good pre-sleep masque. L’Occitane’s anti-aging Immortelle Cream Mask is divinely moisturizing, and Origins’ Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is a detox dream (bonus: great acne spot treatment!).
My Hawaii wardrobe will consist mostly of swimwear, sweet swim coverups, cool comfy tees, and shorts. In other words, I want my legs to look good! New favorite shower buddy: LUSH Cosmetics Buffy Body Bar. I use it after I shave and I swear I am in love! Note: I tried using the Buffy Bar on my armpits too. I wouldn’t recommend that option, but LUSH does have a wide range of body butter bars--so convenient and so moisturizing. Oh, LUSH, we love you and your quirky, excellent products!
Summer is a leggy season by nature, and a good fake tan can go a long way toward the leaner leg look we all shoot for. TanTowels are a convenient and simple vacation take-along, but at home I prefer a gradual tinting lotion.
I am a sucker for foot products! I swear I don’t have a foot fetish. I just love the way my feet feel after a pedicure or a kick-a foot massage. Silky smooth, moisturized, relaxed; ah, it puts me right to sleep. My poor feet just don’t get enough loving. Besides, after a bit of pampering they look fab in my new summer wedges!
Arms & Hands
The Buffy Body Bar is great for arms, too, but you may find it a touch too rough. I love sugar scrubs for my arms/upper body, followed by a hydrating moisturizer. That’s redundant. I’m sticking with it. Get that dewy skin!
L’Occitane’s Shea Butter One Minute Hand Scrub is fabulous, moisturizing and exfoliating. New hands in a minute, anyone? This is a perfect hot weather hand-pampering treat.
Oh, my hair. For more than 10 years I lived in a very arid environment, then moved to the CA coast. My poor hair still has not taken to the humidity. I’ve been suffering from frizzy, unpredictably curling/kinking hair ever since. But good news, I have discovered some wonder products! On particularly humid days, I try to trick my hair with Profound Beauty’s Desert Texture Spray. Love the stuff! Their Tropical Mist spray rocks, too. (FYI: Profound Beauty has a whole Atmosphere line for your many atmospheric needs. Score!)
As an everyday post-shower treatment, I love me some argan oil. It is a great frizz-blocker and smells fab! As a weekly indulgence, I like to relax with a repairing hair mask and enjoy revitalized, healthy hair for days to come.
What’s your favorite way to relax and pamper yourself? This article seriously has me dying for a foot massage! Where’d that Hubby get off to?
I absolutely adore summer weather! There is nothing like bright blue skies and a cheerful bright sun to put this girl in a great mood. The only problem with summer weather is that it wreaks havoc on my skin. So what do I do for dry summer skin?
Elasin-rp Skin Replentishment Oil to the rescue! Elastic-rp Skin Replentishment Oil is a reparative oil which helps bring stressed skin back to its natural balance. Perfect for treating a number of skin conditions - it helps sooth sunburn and dry cracked lips - it contains essential fatty acids that help replentish the epidermal lipid barrier. Skin is moisturized, nourished and conditioned, with improved radiance and texture. Perfect for summer time!
Zohba 4th of July Sale!
Stock up on your favorite styles at Zohba during their fabulous 4th of July Sale - up to 60% off!
Celebrate with Target in Style
this Fourth of July
For her:1. Merona Womens Easy Care Easy Wear Surplice Dress in Scuba, $24.99, 2. Xhiliration Juniors 2-Piece Tie Dye Bandeau Swimsuit, $14.99 each, 3. NP Set It Takes Two Foundation & Concealer Pot, $35.00, 4. Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s One Shoulder Ruffle Romper in Navy Dot, $19.99, 5. Merona Beach Tote in Navy/White, $19.99, 6. NP Set Glitter Duo in São Paulo, $10.00, 7. Women’s Mossimo Paisley Platform Pumps in Red, $29.99, 8. Mossimo Supply Co. Womens Plus-Size Racer Back Fashion Tank in Panama Blue, $12.99, 9. Pixi Nail Colour in Metallic Mermaid, $8.00, 10. JK Jemma Kidd Air Kiss Shine Lip Gloss in Dress 2 Impress, $16.00
For him:11. Merona Men’s Short-Sleeve Polo in Blue, $12.00, 12. DENiZEN from the Levi’s brand Men’s Slim Straight Jeans in White, $29.99, 13. Mossimo Supply Co. Men’s Swim Short in Strato Blue, $19.99, 14. Merona Men’s Ronald Canvas Shoe in White, $19.99, 15. NP Set Moroccan Citrus Body Wash, $14.79, 16. Men’s Merona Terrance Sandal in Brown, $22.99
For the kids:17. Circo Girls Short-Sleeve Patriotic Tee in Red, $5.99, 18. up&up Kids Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50, $5.79, 19. Cherokee Boys Short-Sleeve Floater Tee in Wave Red, $7.99, 20. Kinky Curly Perfectly Polished Nourishing Hair Oil, $21.99, 21. Cherokee Boys Swim Trunk in Calistoga Blue, $9.99, 22. Circo Girls Short-Sleeve Patriotic Tee in White, $5.99, 23. Cherokee Girls Denim Short in Strato Blue, $9.99
Rock Your July 4th Look!
Are you looking for a way to stand out this 4th of July? There is nothing like a pair of red hot boots to boost a girll's style! Paired with jeans and a white tee, Ariat’s Heritage Western R Toe, Reina, Mesteño, and Billie boots give the perfect red kick to any 4th of July outfit. Check out these four fabulous styles:
Enter to Win an Australian Gold Jeepstakes Tour Giveaway Pack!
Australian Gold has hit the road on their “Jeepstakes” tour heading across the country all summer long! Australian Gold will be offering product samples and a chance to be the lucky winner to drive a brand new Jeep away!
As part of the fun we Australian Gold would like to offer She She Me readers a Jeepstakes Tour Giveaway which contains everything you need for a day out in the summer sun including an Australian Gold backpack, sunglasses, t-shirt and sunscreen!
Click here to enter for your chance to win an Australian Gold Jeepstakes Tour Suncare Pack — everything you need for a day out in the sun including an Australian Gold backpack, sunglasses, t-shirt and sunscreen. Enter JEEPSTAKES in the subject line and be sure to include your contact information!
For your chance to win the Jeep,don’t forget to like Australian Gold on Facebook here for your chance to win the jeep and follow the Australian Gold Jeepstakes tour!
How to submit entry: Visit www.facebook.com/livethegoldlife on or before September 4, 2012 and “Like” the AUSTRALIAN GOLD Facebook page. All sweepstakes entries become the property of AUSTRALIAN GOLD and will not be returned and may be used by AUSTRALIAN GOLD for any purpose and in any media in perpetuity.
How to win: The Grand Prize winner will be selected from all qualified entries in a random drawing conducted on or about September 4, 2012. In the event that the original Grand Prize winner does not meet Official Rules or eligibility requirements, or he/she forfeits the Grand Prize, AUSTRALIAN GOLD will award Grand Prize to first alternate. Process will continue until Grand Prize is awarded.
For She She Girls, receive 20% off your order with the code SHEFAB20 through July 22nd!
How Do You Protect Your Skin?
With summer in full swing it is important to remember to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays.
Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator and Dark Spot Corrector features the patented Active Luminaze™ Enzyme. This potent enzyme is clinically proven to lighten dark spots and reduce sun damage better and fast than the leading prescription ingredient. The only direct-to-consumer product to physically break down melanin and offer a more even, luscious complexion in as little as seven days.
A veritable panacea, this advanced formula effectively treats a multitude of skin concerns. Bio-Oil® prevents and minimizes scars and stretch marks, evens skin tone, nourishes aging skin and intensely lubricates dryness and flakiness through rapidly absorbed “dry” oil that leaves no residue. Bio-Oil® delivers vitamins A and E, Calendula, Lavender and Rosemary oils, and Chamomile extract through PurCellin Oil™, inspired by the preen gland oil of ducks.
ILIA Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner
Are your lips feeling a bit parched this summer? Check out the Tinted Lip Conditioner from ILIA Beauty. The rich color glides on so smoothly and feels fantastic on your lips, conditioning and moisturizing them naturally. Made from 85% organic botanicals, these lovely lip tints are just what you need in your summer skincare kit!
ILIA Beauty was founded by the inspiration to create a connection between organic beauty and contemporary fashion. Our skin is our largest organ, and can absorb just about anything we put to its surface. ILIA is formulated with this in mind. The ethical-sustainable approach embodied in our products are filled with up to 85% certified organic bio-active botanicals that nourish and rejuvenate the skin. With nothing to hide, we look forward to growing our brand and inspire those who have been looking for something alive, pure and new to the world of beauty.
NCLA Melody Ehsani Nail Wrap Kits
Melody Ehsani teamed up with nail company NCLA to create these exclusive nail wrap designs! No heat lamp, no drying time and no waiting required. All you need is clear polish (for best results we recommend Gloss It! ). You instantly top off any look and outfit. It couldn't be any easier! Each Nail Wrap Kit Includes: • 2 sheets of 22 wraps (3-4 applications) • Our NCLA file • Easy to follow directions
What started as the ultimate hair + culture experience at Bangstyle.com has morphed into a professional range of no-nonsense hair care products. An independently produced artisan hair care range developed by artists for stylists and trendsetters worldwide, Bangstyle gives individuals the inspiration to create their own unique look with a variety of specially formulated products. With sleek packaging inspired by 'tools' that artists use, Bangstyle products boast a color safe formula free of parabens, sulfates and sodium chloride; and contain sunscreen to protect your hair.
Quench Curls With Ouidad
Curly hair should never be stopped from showing off its natural beauty. Dryness is a leading cause of hair breakage, which can inhibit the bounce and polish that curls need and deserve. Give your curls a boost with the Ouidad Curl Quencher collection, a line of moisturizing hair products that nourish and protect curls by locking in hydration and shine.
A light-holding gel rich in botanical emollients and Pro Vitamin B5 to condition, define and hold dry, thirsty curls.
Helps maintain plump and hydrated curls
Provides just the right amount of hold for formal, casual and everyday styles
Check out some of the exciting new and classic offerings from Aubrey Organics. Founded in 1967, Aubrey is considered the gold standard for natural product production. In 1994 they were the first personal care manufacturer to be certified as an organic processor, meaning their factory is regularly inspected and certified for the handling of organic ingredients by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. In short, it doesn’t get much purer than Aubrey! Check out a few of my faves:
All your favorite hand & body lotions now come in convenient 3 oz. sizes. Compact, lightweight tubes fit into any purse, briefcase or gym bag for a luxurious, soothing treat any time your skin feels dry. And they're TSA-approved to carry on any flight, so they're perfect for traveling. Choose from six classic moisturizing lotions.
Sheer, non-greasy and damage-defying, the NEW Natural Sun sunscreens offer three kinds of sun protection: Sun-deflecting minerals form a protective barrier that keeps UVA/UVB rays off your skin; powerful antioxidants prevent free radical damage; and botanical moisturizers protect skin from the drying effects of the sun.
Extracted from a rose that grows high in Chile's AndesMountains, a little of this rich oil goes a long way to nourish and revitalize dull, dry skin and scalp and rehydrate damaged hair. High in linoleic and linolenic acids and vitamin C. Makes a superb hot oil infusion for dry scalp and damaged hair.
Silk-based blush and contour powder adds color and contrast where you want it to highlight your best features and brighten your complexion for a soft, natural look. Natural colors made with sustainable and agricultural ingredients.
UNITE U Luxury Argan Oil
UNITE U Luxury Argan Oil: Featuring a high concentration of pure Argan Oil this luxe formula reduces blow-drying time (especially great during warm summer months) while acting as a natural UV and Thermal protector. Suitable for all hair types and gentle enough to use everyday, U Luxury Argan Oil contains essential minerals that work to repair hair cuticles, adding weightless shine and offering incomparable frizz control. Price: $47.95 at www.unitehair.com.
Higher Concentration of PURE Argan Oil than any other brand
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