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Best of Summer Pampering

Summer is here with a vengeance and many of us have been sweltering in unseasonably warm (:HOT:) temps hitting the triple digits for days on end. For a girl in the San Francisco Bay area this is particularly discombobulating since it rarely gets above 80° in the City by the Bay. In fact, She She Me and I attended a baseball game over in Oakland last week and it was 104° in a sweltering sold-out stadium!! Needless to say, I was not at my chic and stylish best that day. I had honestly tried to dress for the occasion, in a pair of chic white denim capris (what was I thinking? White? In a stadium full of heat-crazed baseball fans?) a fluttery silk top and a pair of gorgeous wedge sandals. Mistake number one was the white capris — which quickly became grimy and stained with items of unknown origin (again, what was I thinking?) Mistake number two was the wedge sandals. Too high, too bare and much too uncomfortable for the 4.5 mile walk from the parking lot to the stadium! And my final mistake was wearing my hair long and loose on my shoulders. I hadn't been out of the car for ten minutes before my carefully coifed locks began to take on a life of their own and frizz around my head in a Medusa-like way. Thankfully, She She had a one of these adorable bun bows adorning her wrist and I was able to tame the wild mass of sweaty ringlets into some semblance of order and comfort.

I hate to admit it, but for once She She Me scooped me on style. She was dressed appropriately for the venue and the weather. A comfy skirt, a sporty sleeveless top and a pair of flat sandals was the style du jour. The skirt was absolute genius! Full enough to be comfortable while climbing steep stadium steps yet long enough to maintain modesty (flashing frilly unmentionables is not a good idea in a baseball stadium), all while being lightweight and breezy. And it even had pockets! Perfect hiding place for an iPhone, lip gloss and snack money! A darn sight better than my tight white (gray with grime) and extremely uncomfortable denim capris. Oh well, live and learn.

Needless to say, after the afternoon-in-an-oven I was more than ready for a little summertime pampering! Check out a few of my favorite picks!

Face

LOVE a good mask. Perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. L’Occitane’s anti-aging Immortelle Cream Mask is divinely moisturizing. Also, check out Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Mask, which detoxes and purifies skin while minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores.

SPF is a must! My new fave is L'Occitane's Angelica UV Shield SPF 40 which helps protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Very light and smooth, does not feel greasy or heavy. Another great option is Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Light Sunscreen Fluid, a lightweight, daily facial protection featuring a unique technology to deliver an ultra-sheer, matte application after shaking. With a virtually transparent and smooth finish, Capital Soleil SPF 50 is ideal for everyday use and under makeup.

Legs & Feet

Summer is all about swimsuits, shorts and skirts, so you are definitely going to want your legs to look their best. Mama Mio Lucky Legs is one of my all time fave's. It glides on to instantly cool and ease weary limbs from knees to tip toes. Leaves a super-subtle sparkly-shimmer on your shins and a spring in your step. Another great option is Perricone MD Cold Plasma Body — a body treatment formulated to help firm, tighten and tone the appearance of skin, while smoothing imperfections and hydrating for a gorgeous, radiant glow.

With UV rays wreaking havoc on all exposed skin areas, it's in your best interest to NOT expose those areas any more than you have to. Use a great SPF sunblock, like Honest Sunscreen SPF30, whenever you are out in the sun, and use a self-tanner, like tarte Brazilliance, to get that golden glow while staying sun safe.

I am a total sucker for foot products! I just love the way my feet feel after a pedicure, especially if it includes a foot massage. Silky smooth, moisturized, relaxed…and gorgeous! Besides, after a bit of pampering they look fab in my new summer wedges!

Arms & Hands

I really 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.

Hair

When I first moved to the California coast I fought my hair. It has a tendency to get a bit curly if there is the slightest bit of humidity in the air. What am I saying? It gets downright frizzy! After months of trying to tame, straighten and smooth my hair, against all that nature intended, I finally realized that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! I've learned to embrace the curl that Mother Nature and Great Grandma Sophie gave me with the fabulous products from Ouidad, which are formulated specifically for curly girls. The Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo provides an extra burst of moisture to dry, frizzy hair, while the Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner keeps flyaways at bay and leaves hair feeling fabulous. .

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 adore Ouidad 12 Minute Deep Treatment Intensive Repair. Enjoy revitalized, healthy hair for days to come.

Well my dears, this should get you off to a good start with your summer pampering, so kick back and enjoy those remaining lazy, hazy days of summer.

xoxo.

Shop Girl

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ARCONA Hot Weather Beauty Essentials

Summer is in full swing and ARCONA has the hot-weather beauty essentials that you need to stay cool and collected. From mineral makeup with SPF 25 sun protection to a leave in conditioner that protects from sun damage, ARCONA has all the summer staples to keep your skin hydrated and healthy through the heat!  As you begin to work on your summer beauty stories and features, please keep the following ARCONA products in mind.

ARCONA Summer Staples:

  • ARCONA Sunsations Mineral Makeup ($45): A breathable foundation with SPF 25 sun protection that brushes on powder-light and protects skin from sun damage and premature aging. Now available in 7 new shades!
  • ARCONA Triad Pads ($32): Must-haves for your summer travels! Perfect for just about anything from makeup to quick hydration, these convenient cranberry toner cotton pads cleanse, tone, and infuse skin with protective antioxidants to leave it glowing and refreshed.
  • ARCONA Reozone ($28): A full spectrum daily sunscreen for face, neck, and décolleté that helps protect skin against harmful uva/uvb rays. Ideal for all skin types, this lightly tinted sunscreen is non-greasy, water resistant, and oil-free.
  • ARCONA Bronzer Self-Tanner ($38): A light oil-free bronzer and self-tanner that creates radiant, natural looking color without the sun! Get the perfect healthy summer glow with this self-tanner that protects skin from free radical damage with vitamin E and grape seed extract.
  • ARCONA Essential Nutrients Silk Leave-In Conditioner ($20): A leave on vitamin and herbal enriched formula that protects hair and scalp from sun damage and heated styling tools. Keep this bottle in your beach bag to untangle your tresses and battle the drying effects of sun and chlorine.

 


Defeat the Heat Naturally with
Amala Organic Skin Care

With the longer days and stronger rays of summer just weeks away, the change in season calls for some extra TLC for the skin. Terese Linke, global education and spa training director for Amala natural and organic skin care shares her top tips and tricks for beating the heat and prepping for healthy, hydrated, radiant skin from head to toe!

For a glowing, summer-ready complexion, regular exfoliation (twice weekly) is a must! Amala’s Brightening Face Polish revives the skin with its unique blend of Narcissus, Raspberry Seeds and Algae Extract, peeling away pigmented surface cells and revealing a smooth, even skin tone  

To refresh skin after a day at the beach, keep a bottle of Amala’s Rejuvenating Toner in the refrigerator.  The cooling, aromatic mist over the skin absorbs instantly, quenching dehydrated skin.

 

Had a bit too much fun in the sun?  Amala’s Hydrating Treatment Oil, infused with Organic Avocado and Pomegranate Seed Oil, rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, help nourish, soothe and protect the skin against the damaging effects of a day in the rays.  

To instantly soothe, comfort and repair sunburned or peeling lips, smother them with Amala’s Soothing Lip Salve.The healing and moisturizing effects of Desert Fig Seed Oil and Shea Butter work together for a quick fix!

 

To rid the skin of excess shine, press a small amount of Amala’s Purifying Mattifierdirectly over a moisturizer, covering the entire face or the oily T-Zone area. Natural Rice Hull Powder absorbs excess oils, leaving the skin with a clear photo-ready finish that lasts all day long. Before applying makeup, apply the mattifieras a primer under make-up for a soft matte finish.  

Before applying self-tanner, scrub the body all over in the shower a week in advance (two to three times) with Amala’s Detoxifying Body Polish. This will clear off the dead skin cells for a clean palette to achieve even coverage with the tanner.

 

Crafted in Germany, Amala is heralded for its ultra-premium, results-oriented, custom formulas, rooted in advanced plant chemistry.  All products are of 100% natural origin, working in total synergy with the body to deliver visible, proven benefits to skin and senses.


Dermablend Waterproof Coverage

Dermablend has the new Leg & Body Cover with built-in SPF 15 protection that is perfect for covering unwanted cellulite, spider veins, bikini burn, bruises, scars, etc. Combine the Leg & Body with the Setting Powder and you are looking at 16 hour wear and skin that appears flawless even under the judgmental sunshine!


Bold and Bright Timepieces from Mulco!

All the watches are Swiss made, unisex, and waterproof. The perfect summertime accessory!


Unique Summer Style With Pluggz!

Summer sandals and flip flops may look great — but they can cause foot pain. Pluggz incorporates a hot new trend called “earthing” — which has been proven to improve overall well being. They are available for both men and women.
Pluggz exclusive technology connects people with the natural energy source of the earth — increasing electrons flowing through the body, helping to reduce inflammation. Similar to the feeling of being barefoot! Each pair of shoes contains black plugs made from a custom formulated carbon and rubber compound that sit under the weight bearing part of the foot. This proprietary plug feature allows people to get grounded when walking on grass, sand, soil — even concrete city sidewalks. www.pluggz.com

The great people at Pluggz sent me a pair to try. I decided to break them in at an Oakland A's baseball game, which just happened to occur on the hottest day of record here in the Bay area. We are talking temps of over 104°! We are sooooo not used to the mercury rising above, oh, about 85° here, so I was positively melting. I also decided to drive to the game instead of taking the BART (BIG mistake), which meant I ended up parking about 87 miles from the stadium and had to walk forever through the hot and sticky streets of Oakland. Good thing I had on my Pluggz! Seriously, consider how hard it is to walk in flip flops across miles of hot asphalt parking lot — not so when wearing Pluggz. My feet and legs felt completely energized even when the rest of me was melting into oblivion. It took a little getting used to - the black "plug" in the center of the sole felt a bit strange at first, but after walking in the flip flops for several blocks my feet and legs felt great!

Check out the great styles at Pluggz! From classic ballet flats to colorful styles and fun flip flops, you're sure to find the perfect pair for you own personal style!


Diana Tracy Collection

Tired of having the same exact jewelry as everyone else? Want to creatively express yourself through your accessories?? Try The Diana Tracy Collection — funky, gorgeous pieces that you have the option of customizing!

Our jewelry compliments everyone's fashion closet and cultivates a unique style statement every time one of our pieces is worn.  We offer a wide array of accessories from statement necklaces, rings and bracelets to our more timeless line of the same in a variety of jewelry collections every season. he Diana Tracy Collection — a lifestyle of rich elegance, unapologetic style and trend setting opulence. 


Pamper Your Summer Skin with Lumene

  Lumene Vitamin C+  Pure Radiance Beauty Drops Refresh your tired, dull complexion and achieve silky smooth, glowing skin before makeup with this beauty must-have. They effectively prevent the first signs of aging and help to reduce the appearance of dark spots for long-lasting, brightening effects.
Lumene Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail – Improve skin’s moisture balance with this highly conditioning blend of cranberry seed oil and cloudberry, which revitalizes and nourishes even the driest skin, leaving it velvety soft and radiant!

Protect Your Skin With Sun Bum

SUN BUM has a collection of lotions (SPF 15, 30, 50, 70+) and continuous sprays (SPF 15, 30, 50, 70+), Face Sticks in SPF 30, as well as a pro line (SPF 30, 50) to ensure the best sun protection. Prices range from $9.99 to $17.99 at www.trustthebum.com


Pür Minerals NEW CC Cream with SPF 40

Bye-Bye BB, Say Hello to Pür Mineral’s Newest Launch – The Broad Spectrum SPF 40 CC Cream!

Pür Minerals introduces their new CC Cream with SPF 40. Pür’s CC protects, corrects and perfects skin’s appearance with clinically advanced, plant based ingredients. This silicone-free formula works to erase brown spots, blemishes, redness and fine lines while balancing uneven skin tone. Pür’s CC Cream is formulated with two unique ingredients:

 

DERMAPUR® HP - a special complex extracted from meadowsweet that’s rich in clarifying phenolic acids.

CLARISKIN II® - a unique agent made from wheat germ that targets the look of discoloration with key antioxidants.

Available in four shades:


L'Occitane Summer Scrubs

Is too much time in the summer sun leaving behind a rough, dull complexion? Revitalize lackluster skin with exfoliators from L’Occitane. These three scrubs are sure to make your features glow:

Angelica Exfoliating Gel ($30): With its pearly glow and fresh scent the all-natural exfoliating particles gently remove dead skin cells and impurities, while massaging the face. Angelica extracts preserve natural hydration, for skin that is incredibly clean, soft, and smooth.

Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Scrub ($34): Specially formulated to gently exfoliate dry skin. Its creamy base, enriched in shea butter and chestnut extract, helps the skin to maintain its natural moisture level. Skin is left perfectly clear, smooth and soft.

Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator ($36): This brightening product will leave your face even-toned and luminous while protecting against impurities for an anti-aging bonus.


tarte's golden opportunity

Get your glow on the go with this golden opportunity deluxe collection ($10, exclusively at sephora) featuring travel-friendly sizes of your favorite tarte bronzing essentials! The revolutionary brazilliance™ skin rejuvenating maracuja self tanner delivers a healthy dose of vitamin C and essential fatty acids to achieve a natural, all-over sunless bronze while drenching skin in pure moisture. For a sunkissed, radiant complexion instantly, gently buff on our Amazonian clay mineral bronzer in park ave princess from this perfectly-portable, chic compact.  Powered by skin-balancing Amazonian clay this lightweight, long-wearing mineral bronzer blends and builds effortlessly to your desired level of color for better, truer, longer wear and a Brazilian bronze bombshell finish.


eShakti – The New Standard in Sizing Solutions

With fit and sizing being the number one issue for women shopping for apparel online, eShakti offers a new way to guarantee a perfect fit, every time. Their unique customization options offer women the chance to build their own garments in minutes, from the comfort of their own homes.

Despite many retailers offering different sizes, fit styles and length options, women across the country must still rely on expensive tailors to ensure garments fit their bodies to their liking. Unlike traditional retailers, eShakti embraces and celebrates their customer’s individuality, offering women the chance to custom design her own clothing to her specific taste and body type.

In addition to each garment being custom made to the customer's exact measurements, eShakti also offers the option to customize each style further by selecting the skirt’s length, sleeve type, and even altering the neckline to suit their individual style and shape. Never before has fully customizable, high quality clothing been available at an affordable cost. eShakti provides a dressing solution for customers nation-wide, and makes custom fashion accessible to every woman. A company committed to high quality with terrific affordability, all products range from $39.95 - $199.95.

Unlike traditionally tailored clothing, eShakti’s quick turnaround time allows shoppers to receive their unique designs within two weeks of ordering. In addition, the website removes the wide range of hassles that often accompany online shopping. Whether sizing frustrations, product availability issues, or simply a lack of time, eShakti offers a solution, making it some customers’ only fashion destination for uniquely designed clothing with remarkable turnaround and no-questions-asked returns. Check out the many amazing styles and customization options available at eShakti!

 


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