Wednesdays are usually reserved for a little life check in and some links around here. But given my birthday celebrations and little blog break last week, I wanted to keep up with sharing some of my favorite products. If you’re like me, I love letting my hair air dry in the summer, so these wet hair care tips are on the forefront of my mind.
First up, skip your regular brush while hair is wet. Pick up a specialty brush like Conair Hook Up Detangling Brush. The soft, flexible bristles help distribute conditioner and knock out tangles. The hook-shaped handle makes it easy for shower storage. And I actually love the way it massages my scalp.
Another wet hair tool that has been in my bathroom for years is the hair towel. I am currently loving the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel. For any hair type, this towel helps dry hair while maintaining strong, unbroken strands. I love throwing up my hair and doing the rest of my PM bed prep. And I get enough moisture out of my hair so that I am not sopping wet when I hit the sheets.
Many of you makeup buffs will know this iconic blush. I certainly was aware of its stellar reputation, but it wasn’t part of my routine for years. Until this summer…. when I got my hands on the biggest Orgasm yet (Original Orgasm Blush: 1.92 oz, NARS Special Edition Orgasm Blush: 3.04 oz). I have no idea why I had discounted this color for so long! I love the universally flattering shade in a creamy powder. It adds the perfect summer flush. 😉 So thrilled I have a large stockpile. Don’t hesitate picking up this special edition while you can! Available at NARSCosmetics.com.
(Note: the image isn’t emblazoned onto the powder, but the chic woman is actually an overlay that is removed when using for the first time)
Hello, Summer! And happy birthday to me. I kinda love that my birthday happens to fall on one of the longest days of the year. But this year, temps are soaring so I am planning on a bunch of AC with maybe a quick splash in the book. Cheers and some finds from around the web:
Even though it is so freakin’ hot in Tulsa, but can’t help but lust over this fall piece.
Essences are a a difficult beauty product to wrap my head around – this round up helped me get some ideas of how to work one into my routine.
My skin woes have been a little more intense this year. I used to singularly worry about pigmentation, but lately I have developed rosacea and some clogged pores on my forehead – not acne per se, but definitely less than clear skin. I read a round-up of best beauty items, and included this toner/exfoliant. I just had to give it a whirl – sounded like it was just the ticket for my issues.
And it really was! I use this in the AM after washing my face (my rosacea treatment is required at night). Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant has a lightweight lotion texture and is non-irritating. It works to exfoliate skin surface and inside the pores. BHA (beta hydroxy acid) increases collagen production and drastically smoothes the surface of the skin. It also has antibacterial properties that attack blemish-causing bacteria.
This past weekend, I went to see some friends in beautiful Aspen. I took this Instagram (#nofilter) and it still is so pretty to me, it seems unreal. We hiked, biked, rafted, shopped, ate seafood towers and drank palomas. You can’t really beat that. But now it is back to the real world.
Speaking of the real world…. in my continuous search to streamline mornings while still being healthy, I just ordered some goodies from Moon Juice. My Aspen buddy swears by these nourishing, milky smoothies. I cannot wait for them to arrive and report back on how they taste and make me feel. (also available here) A couple other finds from around the web:
I already shared one Father’s Day idea with you guys, but this one merits a mention as well. Like I said in my last post, dad has really gotten into the skin care game – kind of amazing for a manly hunter type of guy. One thing he really enjoys is exfoliating, glycolic formulas – actually how I got him hooked in the first place.
So with that in mind, I cannot wait to give the Anthony Glycolic Cleanser Duo to him on the 19th! The set features two full size Glycolic Cleansers. The Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser deep cleans without stripping the skin, exfoliating and controlling breakouts. Glycolic Acid at 4.9% removes surface impurities while calendula, chamomile, and aloe vera nourish and soothe.