I’m Back! Did you miss me? I know, it may seem that I have ben slacking. However I have spent the last 6 weeks doing research. Research on products and things I think are just GREAT! (Did I sound like Oprah there?) I have been traveling, and busy with all things summer. But, I did make a point of trying new products left and right so I could pass along to you dear reader, some good stuff to spend your hard earned money on.
1.Suncscreen. I am a big advocate since I also spent part of my summer having stuff cut off my face at the dermatologist. Damn you 1980’s ban De Soleil tan. I found two that worked well here in the Northeast, but also on a trip to the Caribbean that I took all in the name of research! And trying to meet Kenny Chesney, which I did, and he wasn’t even nice. Never mind…..
For the face – LA ROACHE -POSAY ANTHELION 60. This stuff was great. I got several hours out of it and no burn. It’s water resistant and has something called cell-ox shield. No clue what that is, but it did the trick even when I was super sweaty from the heat. You can buy it at CVS. Now before you lose your mind over the $29.99 price tag, know that it’s super light and didn’t make me break out.
For the body – ANDRE LARENT ULTRA SPORT SUNSCREEN. This stuff has 10% zinc oxide in it which means it goes on pretty white and you really have to rub it in. I was in and out of the water non-stop and this stuff was amazing. Again, even as I was sweating, (ask my friends, I’m always sweating), this stuff stayed on and I only needed to reapply once. I got this on AMAZON for $24.95.
Yes I spent $50 bucks on sunscreen. But I came a way with a little summer glow and no sun damage. Given what the skin spa is charging me for lasers, peels, and other zapping tools I figure its worth it in the long run.
2. Number 2 is an old fashioned body oil. In my mind there is nothing worse than getting out of the shower on a hot sticky day, drying off, and starting to slather lotion on. Just thinking about that makes me sweaty ( see, sweaty girl over here). I bought some fancy bath oil from one of the hotel shops, used it in the shower after washing, and rinsed. I got out of the shower patted myself dry and viola! I was moisturized sans sweat! For me this is a fucking miracle. The bottle I bought from the hotel was crazy expensive. I was day drinking and shopping, bad idea. However I thought back to an oldie but goodie! NEUTROGENA BODY OIL! You can get it at amazon or CVS or wherever. I tried it or $12.95 and am a soft, smooth, and non sweaty gal!
3. Number 3 is the world’s best dry shampoo. I for one love dry shampoo. I can milk a blow out for 2 days and that means two less sweaty days for me. Ladies I have discovered the holy grail of dry shampoo. I can go into a 4th day without a wash and blow dry and still have good hair. LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY DRY SHAMPOO is everything. I got it at ULTA for $22. Anywhere that carries the Living Proof line will have it. But call ahead, they can’t keep it in stock! I don’t know about you but I’ll pay $22 bucks for something that lets me avoid a sweaty blow dry session.
4. My 4th item to share is a kind of skin ‘cream”. Now let me say that my summer find is not your usual skin cream. EGYPTIAN MAGIC is more of a balm but you can use it for anything. I keep the tub next to the bed and put it on my lips at night. You can use to soften cuctcles. That zit you just HAD to try and pop? Use it to soothe the skin over night and come morning the wound you created magically shrunk. You can use it on dry heels, elbows and knees. The tub is big and will last you till 2035. You only need a tiny bit at a time. Back to Amazon you go, and this one is a bargain at $29.95 since I promise you it will last FOREVERRRRR
5. My 5th and final summer product must have is, MASCARA MELT OFF by Too Faced cosmetics. Why no one ever did this before I will never know. It looks like a mascara. but it’s an oil based product that breaks down even waterproof mascara! You swipe it on let it sit while you get rid of the rest of your make up and simply wipe off. No more tugging, pulling, rubbing, or otherwise oily messy removal. As I am a mascara whore, this is my holy grail. On your next trip to Sephora pick up a tube of this stuff for $17.00. Well worth it!
So there you go, all my hard work this summer researching, just for you. I know, not my cheapest reccs ever, but some of my best. I always say its worth investing a little extra in something that works. Besides, aren’t you worth it?