While on a tear through Sephora a couple weeks ago while visiting a friend in Kansas City, we both dove for setting sprays and ended up with two different versions. I love both, but for different reasons.
First, I settled on KAT VON D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist. This soft mist goes on easy as the spray is super fine. The cucumber scent is so refreshing in the mornings, which are never easy for me. Once it hits the skin, it totally disappears while still boosting complexion. My makeup (which is fairly minimal) stays put and looking fresh all day.
Cathy picked up Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray which goes on before makeup or as a setting spray post-makeup application. We played around with hers, using it right after cleansing and were blown away how even and glowing our skin looked. The coconut water and probiotics revived and hydrated skin. Plus, used throughout the day, it refreshes.
Next time, I will snag the Too Faced Spray, mostly because I wear limited makeup and just am looking for a natural glow. But for those who wear a little more makeup and need staying power, I really love KAT VON D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist.
There isn’t a Glossier product I have heard more hype about than Boy Brow. It seems that everyone raves, from makeup artists to bloggers. I resisted for quite a while, loyal to my Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel and CHANEL Stylo Sourcils Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil. But in an effort to clean out my makeup drawer, I decided to try something new.
This tiny wand does it all. It thickens strands, fills in, and (most importantly for me) it grooms stray hairs. My brows stay put all day while looking natural. The formula comes in four shades: Clear, Blond, Brown and Black. I use Brown since I have some spots that need filling in, but Clear also appeals for a natural, but tidy look.
One of my favorite bloggers, Grace, posted about Glossier Body Hero Duo a couple weeks back and it prompted a long overdue shopping spree at Glossier for me. Not only did I pick up the body duo, but also some fan favorites that I can’t wait to share with you next week. But first up, the products that started it all – Daily Oil Wash and Daily Perfecting Cream.
I am all about a natural and glow-y look and that goes for the body as well. I haven’t gotten much sun this summer (taking a healthier approach to sun care), so a little glow is much needed. The body wash and cream are both really rich and hydrating which my body needs despite the humidity.
Daily Oil Wash is truly an oil so don’t expect a heavy lather, but rather froth. It washes skin without striping thanks to the seven oils in its formula. And leaves skin so soft.
Daily Body Cream melts into skin without leaving it sticky or feeling heavy. Light-reflecting particles disguise flaws while adding sheen.
The scent is the star here, transporting me back to childhood summer days at the beach. Orange Blossom Neroli Blend has a faint Coppertone hint that smells innocently fresh. The formula is paraben free, cruelty free and vegan.
As long as I have lived in Tulsa (over six years now!), I have been seeing Gabe for all my skin care needs. Several years ago, he struck out on his own in the most adorable building in mid-town and it is always a treat to visit after a long day at work.
As I have approached my late-thirties, Gabe has worked with me to adjust skin care and heal my main skin beefs. We used many peels to fade sun damage from my twenties quite successfully. But now that I have a more client-facing role at work, I can’t use peels due to the downtime required.These days I rely on his microderm and amazing products from ZO Skin Health. In addition to highly recommending Gabe to local readers (he does fabulous eyebrows), I also want everyone to know what a great brand ZO is. Here are some of my favorites from the line up:
- Gentle Cleanser: this cleanser removes makeup but is still gentle and leaves skin refreshed, but not dry. I also love that it is slightly foaming.
- Exfoliating Polish: this is probably my favorite products of the line up. It exfoliates using magnesium crystals and provides a healthy glow while removing dead skin cells.
- Complexion Renewal Pad: these pads are perfect for on-the-go or summer travels. They exfoliate while calming skin – ideal for jet-lagged skin.
- Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50: this is one of my favorite sun screens. It adjusts to your skin tone while reducing redness. And the protection is physical sunscreen, gentler on sensitive skin.
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We had a huge bike race here in Tulsa this weekend which is always a highlight at the start of the summer. Unfortunately for the bikers, it was H-O-T! And not the most comfortable as a spectator either. But it was the perfect excuse to try out my new New ARM&HAMMER Invisible Spray Powders for Foot and Body. Not only can sweat make us feel not so fresh, but it can also be stinky. But this duo kept me dry, comfortable and free of any white stains.
The Body Spray has a cool, unisex fragrance and keeps my underarms, bra-line and legs sweat free. I love the refreshing effect. I’ve been using the foot spray before work and applied it before I put on my sneakers this weekend. During the summer, my feet sweat in my work heels (and always in sneakers) and the Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology is the only thing that keeps them dry and odor-free all day long.
Not the sexiest part of my beauty routine but certainly one of the most valuable.
It isn’t cute, but unfortunately it is common. I have dry and sometimes flaky scalp and it sucks. But thanks to my dermatologist, I got a diagnosis and medicated shampoo to treat it when it flares up. It works but, man, it smells gross. Enter Kérastase Spécifique Bain Vital Dermo‑Calm which is my new favorite way to treat flakiness.
I have been using it since last summer. I recently rotated in another shampoo and noticed the dryness creep back in, so I am once again loyal to Dermo-Calm. The shampoo is silicone free and doesn’t weigh down strands. It is packed with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients to calm skin. Piroctone works to soothe itching. Lastly, menthol calms but without the medicinal fragrance. For those who share my scalp problems or just want a refreshing and weightless shampoo (that is color-safe), check out this gem!