Celebrity Inspired Makeup~ Selena Gomez

  

Selena Gomez’s song “Come and Get It” is at the top of the charts and Selena looks absolutely gorgeous in her video. This fast-beat song pairs well with the sultry eye and red lips that Selena wears throughout the video. Someone actually requested that I do a celebrity inspired makeup tutorial, so if you have any preferences be sure to comment your desire below. This will explain her eye, face, and lips. Let’s begin!

 To begin with the face, prime your whole face with Mac Prep + Prime. Using a foundation brush, blend Revlon Colorstay Foundation all over for an even tone. Apply concealer to under-eye areas and any red spots or blemishes. Brush a translucent Covergirl Loose Powder evenly across your face. This process will ensure that you will have the even and flawless look of Selena’s. Sweep Hot Mama by The Balm across the cheekbones with an angled blush brush. As you can see above, she doesn’t have a pinkish cheek, so apply Solar Riche by MAC into the blush and Gentle by MAC for the highlight. This will give a warm, earthy cheek tone. I filled in my brows to be thicker like Selena’s with the Brow Bar. 

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Now on to the eyes! Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion to my eyelids to prime them. Brush Copper Craze by Maybelline into the corners of the eyes and onto the middle of the lid. Now apply Half Baked from the Naked Palette into the inner corner of the eye. If you want to wet your brush while you apply this gold it will make it stand out more. With a smaller brush, sweep dark horse from the Naked Palette into the crease and blend it out. Taking an angled brush, slowly blend Black out into the deepest part of the crease. Use any light shadow and highlight the brow bone and clean up any stray eye shadow. Using a thick black pencil, line the water line and smudge it out onto the lower lash line. I prefer using Smolder by MAC, but any thick pencil will do. Apply a gel eye liner onto the upper lash line, and don’t wing it out. My false lashes are 105 by Ardel and I used Falsies mascara over them afterwards and onto my bottom lashes. 

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Finally, lips! I am using Ruby Woo by MAC. This lipstick is very matte, so I suggest exfoliating previously and wearing lip balm before applying. If you do make a mistake, then you can go over that with a concealer brush. And that’s it! I will try and do celebrity inspired looks in the future. 

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DIY~ Fringe Bikini Tops

Fringe bikini tops are a crazy hot trend this summer. The summer trends can be found here from Miami Fashion Week. Whether it is a haulter top or bandeau top, fringe swimwear has taken over worldwide. A fringe bikini top can range from $20-$50 in department stores, but this DIY only costs up to $10 worth of fabric. All you will need is an old bikini top, swimsuit fabric, scissors, sewing machine, and an eye for detail. Let’s begin!

First, cut out 1/2 inch wide, 11 inch long strips. I used this red swimsuit fabric I got from my local craft store. I asked for about 1/3 of this fabric. Swimsuit fabric is the best because regular fabric, obviously, won’t last in the water. Measure the long strip to the bikini top and then start cutting the fringe into it.

This step is optional, but does make the suit look better. Cut the fringe strings in half or angle the fringe. If you are sewing it to a bandeau, then I would suggest cutting the strips at an angle.

Now, sew the uncut part of the strip to the top of the bikini top. Using a zigzag stitch will ensure that the fringe stays on the bikini and doesn’t come off mid-splash.

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And that’s it! Attach some adorable printed bottoms and a cute sun-hat and you’re beach ready! You can also complete this with one-piece suits, as seen below.

 

Products I Regret Buying In Spring!

It’s sitting there on the store shelf, starring into your soul. You take a look and fall into the captivating product. It promises so much! Yet once used, it merely sits there. Now it sits in the dark corner of the bathroom pantry, collecting dust. Yes, I am dramatically talking about the products I wish I hadn’t wasted my money on. Now these products are based on my experience and to warn other beauties that this isn’t as great as it looks. It does not dictate whether or not it will work for you. I will be explaining my hair, makeup, and facial products that never worked for me. Let’s begin!

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First I will start with hair products. To begin, I bought these spiral hair rollers from Sally’s Beauty Supply awhile ago and have tried them hundreds of times and not once did they work. They’re by HairArt and I only bought these because the Conair Spiral Rollers were out of stock and I was in a hurry. They come in packs of 10 and so I bought two packs because it usually takes about 15-20 regular rollers for my hair. One pack costs $6.59. I opened one, watched the videos, read the instructions, and yet it still wouldn’t stay in my hair. I tried clipping it, trying with wet and dry hair, applied product to try and hold it, nothing worked. My hair would get caught in the little white circles, and when I took them out it would rip my hair out. Definitely regret buying this. I returned the other bag, but the opened one is never used.

The Pantene Beautiful Lengths shampoo + conditioner are also products I wish I hadn’t bought. I really like the idea of this product because they are donating hair to cancer victims because I had donated inches and inches to Locks of Love in the past, but focusing on the product it just didn’t do anything. I have used Pantene Medium-Thick shampoo + conditioner and I really liked that, but the conditioner wasn’t even moisturizing my hair and made it feel heavy. Each bottle costs $4.99.

 

Now onto makeup! The next product isn’t necessarily a regret because I still used it, but I do think I waste money on it: the Physicians Formula Twins Concealer. With this product it has two different types, one that has facial and under-eye concealer, and this one that has facial and the extra green cover-up. The directions said to apply the green and then the facial concealer side, but the process just made completing my makeup twice as long. The green never blended well either, but on the positive side the facial concealer was great. I never used the green side, so it just was a waste until I used up the facial one. I now use the double skin tone concealer for under-eyes and facial and it’s marvelous. It costs $7.99.

The Wet’N’Wild H2O Proof Pencil Liner is the next regretful product. I bought this not necessarily for the proof, but I thought the color was a gorgeous royal blue. It literally took me 10 minutes to open it, maybe mine was defected but I had to cut off the top and sharp plastic went every where. Once I tried to use it, the product wouldn’t even rub on my eye. I sharpened it, used a lighter, and tried smudging it. Still nothing worked.  The pencil eventually split down the side so now it can’t even be salvaged. It costs $1.49.

This product is a lot like the concealer where I didn’t like it, but I just used it to use it up. That would be the Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder. I used 210 Classic Ivory. This powder was alright, decent coverage, but after a few weeks of using it the powder starting to smell weird. It smelled like something was wrong with the mixture, and it wasn’t my home because I keep all makeup products clean. The mirror on the inside eventually broke off so I would use them as separates. It costs $5.94.

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My next product is the Covergirl Shadow Blast. With this eye-set, you are supposed to easily be able to sweep these across your eye lids and it would blend together for that sultry look. Well, I never experienced this. The product was just really heavy and greasy on my lids. I do use the silver separately, but never the dark purple. For this one stick, it costs $6.94.

 

For my facial products, these can vary from skin type, but these are the ones I truly regret. The first is the Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub. It’s not that this product caused facial damage, it just didn’t do a single thing. I liked how it was a cleanser and a scrub, so it would lather and scrub my face. The scrub didn’t clean anything out, and after weeks of usage I never saw a change. It costs $6.09 and won’t be repurchased.

The next facial product is the Keep Me Clean Facial Wipes, and I would use these to help get my foundation and eye makeup off at the end of the day. These wipes smelled really good and I love the Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask, but this literally didn’t take anything off. A normal makeup wipe would take 1-2 wipes for full eye makeup and foundation, this took probably 3-5 per day. This was because I would have to keep scrubbing to get it off with the wipe. One pack is $5.99.

This final product is one that I truly regret ever using it. This is the Clean & Clear Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste. I have always loved Clean & Clear and use them daily, but this actually caused my face to break-out more due to the spreading of blemish bacteria. My skin reacted so harshly to this product that I had to go to the doctor and get it under control. My forehead looked like it had been set on fire, which is never common for my skin. This product is probably the one I regret buying the most. It costs $7.79.

I hope this helped shed a light on that beauty aisle. I will try and do this after a season ends!

Weekly Fashion Update~ Clothes That Make You Look Thinner

Tomorrow’s the big day. It’s either your big meeting, high school reunion, etc. and you have been way too busy to workout. You try and tell yourself if you workout all day, you can reach the goal weight for that mini skirt. But why fret? These styles are proven to make your figure look flawless. Let’s begin!

First, you need to start with a good foundation, a.k.a. your undergarments. This is especially important when selecting a bra. The right bra helps you shape your silhouette by keeping your chest in check and your waist defined. Avoid styles that will flatten you completely or styles that allow your bust to sag. Try boy shorts, briefs, and other styles that help pull in your buttocks, stomach, and thigh. These cuts create a tighter, smoother appearance. Control top hosiery has a tall, thick layer at the top designed to stretch over your stomach and keep it in place. This creates a smoother look that may make your dress look more flattering.

A sleek sheath dress has a  hidden asset: a mega-stretchy lining that subtracts inches. Most come in tank top forms, but if you aren’t a fan of your arms then you could just attach a cute floral cardigan. A body-shaping mesh lining within the dress means guaranteed smoothness. This style is great because it is a loose fit, but still creases in at the right places to make an hour-glass figure. Adding simple accessories can embrace the style.

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The neck ruffle and cap sleeves of this breezy dress  enhance the upper body so it balances a larger bottom half. A slimming brown background makes the colorful pattern pop in the center. Florals that are clustered vertically make the body look narrower. Wearing heels that match a flower color rather than the background color makes the outfit pop!

This slinky dress minimizes hips and thighs by putting long sections of darker color on the outside and creating a lighter, brighter central section that streamlines the body. This dress is also in very current and the style can be found in many stores. Simple accessories can help accentuate your body.

The final look is a bodycon dress with body-defining shapes. This can be worn on a short bodycon or, like seen above, a longer body con. The shapes created an illusion of the small figure, but adding the belt helps with the hour-glass figure. This style is a sexier approach, even though no large amounts of skin is showing. These dresses will surly make you fantastic at your event!

G.N.O + Clubbing Makeup!

G.N.O, known as Girls Night Out, is what many women desire for at the beginning of each week. It’s that one night of freedom where you can just let your hair down with all your closest friends. Most ladies enjoy anything from a lovely dinner with a side of late-night karaoke to the pulsing clubs. Whichever you love, this tutorial will have 3 looks. From a hardcore clubbing look, to a gentle movie night look. Each one will have a different tweak, but use similar products. Let’s begin!

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The first look will be a dramatic clubbing look.  I wouldn’t recommend wearing this to a simple dinner because it is very climatic look. To start, I will apply a good primer. This primer needs to be able to truly keep the foundation together because the club will be hot and you don’t want your face melting off. I am apply Mac Prep + Prime to my face and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion to my eyelids. Next, I will take my Revlon Colorstay Foundation and apply it with either a foundation brush or a makeup wedge. Sometimes I like to use a makeup wedge to apply because the brush can shelter bacteria, but it does blend better. I usually let my foundation dry on my face before applying Revlon PhotoReady Concealer. This gets blended in my under-eye area and on any red spots. Now time for the eyes! I apply Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow on  my lid. I know, so much Revlon! Only apply this on the lid, not in the crease. The NYX Single Eyeshadow in Black should be blended into the crease and sweep down into the inner eye area. With a liner brush, apply the same black shadow to the lower lid line. Use a thick black liner pencil to thicken the lower lash line. Applying eyelashes with this look would be kind of pointless because the eye makeup is so dark, so instead I just use Maybelline Volum’ Express mascara. To brighten up the face, sweep Physicians Formula Mood Boosting blush with an angled blush brush. Since the makeup is so harsh, a nude lipstick would compliment the best. I applied NYX Black Label Lipstick in Nude on my lips. Spritz Mac Setting Spray all over your face to ensure everything doesn’t drip off mid-dance.

 

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For the second look, I decided to go with a less dramatic look. This look could still be worn to the club, but isn’t as drastic. For the face, I would recommend doing the same process above. It will guarantee that everything stays in place and doesn’t glide or slide off your lids or face. I next use the Lorac Pro Palette and use the shimmery white color with a small shadow brush to highlight the inner corners of the eyes. If you don’t have this palette then you can just use any white shimmery color. Using the L’Oreal Paris Extra Intense Eyeliner make a wing that extends into the crease. Take a blending eye shadow brush and blend it inward toward the eye and deeper into the crease. Using Milani Eyeshadow in Tickled Pink, gently pat this on the lid. This color is so subtle that the pink doesn’t stand out, but is noticeable. I wore  fake lashes for this look because it is a lighter look so the longer lashes help emphasize the sassiness. Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash will be swiped across my lips and since the lips are so pink I would recommend applying a bronzer rather than a blush.

 

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The final look is the least dramatic of all. This makeup look could be worn to a restaurant or the movies. For the face, you don’t need as thick and heavy of a primer and foundation combo. A simple BB cream and mineral powder will do the trick for a gentle full coverage. For the eyes, I would still prime those bad boys. Using the same Lorac Pro Palette in the color Nude, pat this all over the lid, inner corner of the eye, and into 1/4 the lower lash line before the lash growth begins. Using an Urban Decay 24/7 Blue Eyeliner blend it from where the shadow on the lash line begins. It will blend together from a turquoise into the blue liner. Line your waterline with the Black Urban Decay 24/7 liner. Using a liquid liner, make a small line across the top lash line as a map of where the lashes will go. I recommend using Kiss eyelashes with this look and winging the liquid liner out after you apply them. With an angled blush brush, stroke Physicians Formula Mood Boosting Blush across the apples of your cheeks. For the lips, using a light pink lip gloss will compliment the shimmery eyes the best. And that’s it! 3 Girls Night Out looks that will surely make a statement. Have fun!

How To Have Perfect Pink Lips!

You can enhance your beauty with a lovely smile. When your lips are pink, your smile also becomes charming. But there are many people who do not have pink lips and color of their lips have become dark and pale which are not appealing at all. Pink lips are also a sign of youthfulness, rather than pale, unfriendly lips. There are many reasons behind dark lips, such as hectic lifestyle, ignorance towards health, change in weather, some kind of illness, chewing tobacco, chemotherapy, excessive use of fluoride, excessive smoking, regular use of low quality cosmetics, not removing lipsticks from your lips at night, less blood circulation in the lips, too much stress, exposing lips to direct sun rays, humid temperature and so on. Nevertheless, these lips can be transformed into soft, inviting pink lips with a few steps. Let’s begin!

The first step is to avoid direct contact of dark liquids to your lips. That includes coffee, dark tea, red wine, and certain juices. Instead of never drinking these again, simply use a straw. This may sound silly drinking coffee or wine from a straw, but there are also certain cups with small holes that won’t stain the lips. Not only do these affect your lips, but also they stain your teeth.

The next step is very important: exfoliation! Exfoliating your lips once a week will get rid of the built-up dead skin cells and make them softer and brighter. This can be done by taking a toothbrush and gently scrubbing in circles on your top and bottom lips. Be careful not to scrub so hard that your skin starts to bleed. If you don’t want to do this, then mixing either honey or extra virgin olive oil with sugar will work just the same. Mix small and proportional amounts of honey or extra virgin olive oil with sugar and scrub this across lips with your finger. You can either lick the remaining mixture off or with a wipe. Apply a soothing lip balm to the lips for moisturization after exfoliating.  Both of these processes will help get the blood circulation back and bring the natural color in.

This step is probably one of the easiest and most practical. Staying hydrated not only helps your skin, hair, and overall health, but also the color of your lips. Each day you should drink at least half of your body weight in fluid oz. For example, if you weight 120 lbs then you should be drinking about 60 fl oz. If water isn’t your favorite, then adding a drink enhancer, like Crystal Lite, can get you the same low calorie hydration but with more flavor. Adding fresh lemon juice to water can also help speed up the metabolism.

The final step is to make sure when you apply deep lip products, you fully remove all of the product. This includes lipsticks, lip-stains, and thick lip glosses. The chemicals within these products can permanently stain your lips and demolish their natural luster. To fully remove these products, sweep a makeup wipe across your lips until you see nothing coming off onto the wipe.

Following these simple steps can ensure that your lips stay plump, pink, and perfect!

Summer Six Pack Abs!

You have the suit, the suntan oils, and what next? How about a perfect summer body to pair with that sexy two-piece suit. The abdomen can be a difficult place to strengthen for many women due to the different sections. Washboard abs, free of any fat deposits and chances of muffins tops do not merely add to good looks, but are also healthy. I have made simple workouts that can help with the upper abs, lower abs, and those love-handles! For a more advanced outlook on each workout, add either a weight or do more slower reps. Let’s begin!

 

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For each workout, you should do 15 reps and 2-3 sets each. You can add more reps for a stronger workout. Starting at the top is the Bicycle Crunch. Lifting your shoulders off the ground is key for a hard crunch. When pulling your elbow to your knee, try and hold it for a few seconds and make sure you are not just turning your neck into your knee. Next, is the Straight Lift and works on upper abs. Start with lifting your legs up straight and your back down flat. Reach up to your toes and then lower the back to the floor. Following this workout with the Lower Ab Roll. To begin, lay on your back with legs parallel to the floor and hands either under your booty or by your side. Slowly lift up legs and slowly bring them down to starting position. For a more advanced move, try lifting booty and legs into air then returning to starting position.

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The next set should be done with the same 15 reps and 2-3 sets each. The first workout is the dreaded Plank. In the picture it shows the two ways it can be accomplished. For beginners, I would suggest keeping the arms flexed, but for more advanced it is best to keep the elbows on the ground. Having a flat back and shoulders lined up with elbows will make you feel the burn. Hold each pose for 15-30 seconds. The final exercise is an updated Mountain Climber. Start in a beginner’s plank and crunch leg to elbow as the arms bend for more support. Keep abdomen area tight for each exercise.

These workouts can be done on a home floor, gym, or even on a bed. I recommend having either a yoga mat, carpet, or blanket under you as you complete the workouts since you will the laying on the floor. My favorite website for abdomen exercises can be found here. Good luck!

Weekly Fashion Update~ The Bubble Necklace

The J. Crew Bubble Necklace has become a sensation in the world of preppy and feminine fashion. The bold statement necklace comes in a plethora of everything from rich, vibrant colors to sweet and girly pastels. This bold bauble can be worn with almost anything, but there are some great ways to put together an outfit so that it can really shine. I have been able to find this necklace at Target, Forever21, Charlotte Russe, and H&M as well.This necklace can be one of your favorite pieces if worn correctly. Here are some great ways to really let this necklace pull your outfit together.  Let’s begin!

A classic and elegant necklace against a casual chambray shirt is a great way to meld together two different looks in a fashionable way. The finished look is a clean-cut and fresh ensemble. The mixture of the light top, pants, dark bag, and statement necklace really brings the look a classy look.

 

I love mixing solids and prints, so this look is one of my favorites. The solid on the print will make the necklace really shine. I especially love the way this gorgeous aqua necklace looks against the leopard print top. The red lips also brings a chic contrasting colors with the aqua, cheetah print, and red lips.

 

When a gray tee, black pants, and a black blazer, the bubble necklace is totally wearable for work. It adds a lovely pop of color to an otherwise plain outfit. These neutral colors and the bright necklace makes it professional and trendy.

 

The mix of textures and prints pulled together with the orange necklace creates a pulled-together and visually interesting ensemble. The collar and blazer adds a touch of masculinity, yet the preppy layers and coral necklace brings the feminine side.

 

Wearing a bubble skirt with a maxi dress creates an adorable semi-formal look perfect for a party or going out to eat. This is one of my favorite ways to wear it because if you purchase an all black maxi dress, then you can just attach a bright bubble necklace and the whole outfit it transformed.

How To Grow Stronger And Longer Hair!

“Long hair, don’t care” seems to be all over the Twitter and Instagram feeds of  girls with lengthy locks. Long and healthy hair is the hottest accessory going, but how does one achieve hair growth? Nearly one month ago I vowed that I would follow these steps until August, or when Summer ends. I have always had medium/long hair, but never really long. So far I have noticed my hair is a lot stronger and healthier. Growing out your hair can be time consuming process, yet if you stick with these lively steps your hair will have guaranteed growth. Let’s begin!

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put in your tresses that counts- it’s what you put in your body, too. Just like every other part of your body, the cells and processes that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet. The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle  and the scalp that surrounds it. Of course, there’s more to your hair than what you eat. Smoking, hormonal imbalances, and not enough sleep can also affect how your hair looks and feels. No magic nutrient or pill can make up for those concerns. For example, many people talk about the vitamin Biotin for hair growth. I have used this supplement in the past and experienced stronger nails, but also more acne flare-ups and dehydration. It was cystic acne, too. Certain foods or a multi-vitamin can supply enough biotin for hair growth, and no side effects. These foods include: salmon, walnuts, oysters, sweet potatoes, eggs, spinach, Greek yogurt, blueberries, and poultry. Exercise, drinking enough water,  and enough sleep will help keep stress levels down and decrease hair loss.

For stronger hair, there is one thing to do: NO MORE HEAT! Heat protectants are great, but no matter how much you put on you are still damaging each strand with up to 410 degrees. You can still get the same styles heatless. For curls, go to sleep with small foam curlers in your hair and when you wake up you have perfect spirals. For straight hair, invest in extra large curlers so when you wake up the curls are so big that they are actually straight. If you don’t want curlers then you can side-braid or french braid your hair before an event. Applying heat every now and again is fine, but if you want fast growth then no heat is best.

Using good products and deep conditioners will help nourish your hair. I recommend using Organix Coconut Milk shampoo + conditioner. Coconut or almond milk is really good for softer hair, and I prefer the Organix line because all the products are organic and very inexpensive. Apply conditioners from your ears down first, then get the scalp. The hair on your scalp is new hair so you want to nourish the old hair, then the new. I pair this with the Organix Awapuhi Recovery Mask after the shower. These products won’t promote hair growth in one night, but they will make your hair less brittle and using more organic products will help the natural hair grow.

The last few tricks are ones that my trusted hair dresser, who I have been with for nearly 8 years now, told me. Every night before bed, brush dry hair out gently for about 5 minutes straight. This will get the dead and loose hairs out, and spread healthy oils all throughout your head. The key is to be gently and use a soft brush. The final tip is to not wear your hair too tight. A tight ponytail or braid could rip the hair follicles and cause even more damage. Follow these steps, and your hair should be growing in no time!

Before I started following these steps, I had to cut my hair. This is my 2 months of growth. In August I will post a before + after from start to finish.

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Summer SPF Routine!

Studies have shown that, when it comes to fighting wrinkles, sunscreen is the most potent weapon, more powerful than hyaluronic acid and antioxidants alone. The problem: according to a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, only one in seven Americans wear sunscreen daily. Yes, despite its ability to deflect harmful UV rays, the topical shield has a reputation for being oily and unpleasantly fragrant. There are, however, sunscreen-packed products that go against the stereotype. Living in an area so close to the equator it is a necessity that I search for products that contain SPF. After going through bottles and bottles each year, these products have ranked the highest in SPF protection and the all-around consistency on the skin. Let’s begin!

For a full-body sunscreen, I recommend using Kiehl’s new Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This sunscreen works great on the face as well because it is oil-free. This paraben-free sun block is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores; it also has anti-aging goji berry, vitamin E, and einkorn wheat. Now what does this all mean? As you continue to wear it throughout the day it won’t make your skin greasy and slippery. Having an oil-free body sunscreen is good because it won’t promote break-outs on your body, like your chest or back. If you wanted a more tinted sunscreen, adding Australian Gold Tanning Lotion SPF 15 with Bronzer to the sunscreen can create a more golden shimmer. Plus, the smell of them combined is amazing!

Many people have to use two different types of sunscreens for their face and body because their face is so sensitive. If you have sensistive skin, then the Laszlo Blue Firmarine SPF 30 lotion is for you. It has a smell—but it’s the most refreshing, addictive smell ever. Reminiscent of a light sea breeze, I actually enjoy applying it to my face. Which is a good thing, because besides sun protection, it’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. If you don’t want to buy two sunscreens, then I recommend sticking to the product above.

 

If you are going to the beach and want coverage or just like BB creams, then this is the perfect product for you. Maybelline recently joined the BB cream ranks with its Dream Fresh 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector. The “8-in-1” refers to its benefits—not its ingredients—but that said, the benefits are pretty great. With SPF 30 and no distinguishable scent (score!) the liquid moisturizes and absorbs quickly, leaving skin smoother looking in seconds. This allows you to have a gentle coverage and still be protecting your skin from the harmful rays.

 

This product would be more of an every day foundation. Almay’s new Wake Up Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 refreshes skin with caffeine, cucumber extract, and green tea and provides sheer, medium coverage. Apply this on a primed face with either a foundation brush or a makeup wedge to desired areas. If you are going to be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time, then I suggest wearing a facial sunscreen underneath or mixing it together with the foundation.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30 gives skin a flawless finish and infuses it with loads of anti-aging plant extracts. Apply this with a large powder brush to set a foundation. Physicians Formula is one of my favorite brands for mineral products. They are very inexpensive, yet are filled with natural products and don’t harm your skin. I use this powder daily over my foundation.

Fake a tanned complexion with Lorac’s Tantalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer SPF 15. Tip: for a natural look, use a large powder brush to sweep along the perimeter of the face, apples of the cheeks, and nose bridge. If you can’t get a real tan, you can always fake it with this SPF filled bronzer. This is a matte bronzer and creates an even natural look that protects your skin the longer you wear it. For a more contoured look, apply bronzer with an angled blush brush to the cheekbones.

If you prefer loose powder, Philosophy’s The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas SPF 15 conceals and camouflages like a foundation—and has a travel-friendly pouf applicator and mirrored top. The Philosophy brand can be on the expensive side, but their products do offer to best of the best. So if you want a loose more pricey powder, then this is it. Applying this you wouldn’t need as heavy of a foundation because it covers up so well already.

 

 

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