Foot Fetish by Skinn Cosmetics.
This cute little stick is all you need to keep your tootsies in sandal ready all season long. The sturdy wind up tube of solid balm glides over rough and parched heels, and in dry rough spots (it also works great on elbows and knees too, and as a pre-fake tan prep). Made with skin conditioning and softening ingredients; vitamins A, E and C, shea butter, meadowfoam seed and jojoba oil for hydration, and exfoliant, Salicylic Acid, this decadent heel balm helps restore dry and rough feet overnight, and helps restore moisture with each use.
For best results, slather on before bed and pop on some cotton socks. Can't wait that long? Slather on the balm and wrap feet in cling wrap for 30 minutes.
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
As a new 2nd time mum, my cuticles have been much neglected. Fishing things out of a toddler's mouth, letting a newborn suckle on fingers, and constantly washing bottles does little for them. Enter Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This freshly scented solid cream melts into parched and cracked cuticles to relieve dryness and discomfort. Made with sweet almond oil, cocoa seed butter, vitamin E and sunflower oil, this cream softens and helps improve brittle nails and gnarly skin. In a pinch, it also works great as a lip balm and taming frizzy hair.
Beauty Tip: I slather this on prior to washing bottles as the heat generated by the rubber gloves helps the cream penetrate better.
Essence Matte Bronzing Powder
This jumbo matte bronzer is available in two shades 01 Blondes and 02 Brunettes, and is a steal at $4.99. Use to warm up your complexion, contour face and body, eyeshadow, and scrape off a little and tint your sunscreen or moisturizer.
Beauty packing tip - when packing makeup compacts, stuff with cotton ball to prevent powder from crumbling and shattering in transit.
I'm a fan strip and patch forms of beauty products. Wax strips, treatment strips, masks, and color, bring them on! Facial Smoothies are wrinkle removal strips designed to 'iron' out wrinkles by holding skin in an unwrinkled position to help retrain it back to being smooth. Think of it as 'skin training' rather than age reversal. These innovative strips work by ironing out wrinkled skin with unique adhesives that hold skin in a smooth state. Facial smoothies make treating wrinkles on the go a cinch, especially on long haul flights, where paper masks and masks are increasingly becoming du jour. They're also perfect for those of us who are lazy or strapped for time when it comes to anti-aging regimens as you can pop this on trouble areas at night and let the strips work their magic, and wake up to more rested and smoother skin.
Summer days call for a casual and easy beauty routine. No matter where your summer vacation takes you, the following nifty products help streamline your getaway vanity and leave you ever ready for fun in the sun. Each product also multi-tasks in a pinch. Find out more below!
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The concealer helped brighten and even out my skin's appearance, and provided a great base for my makeup.
The doe foot applicator made it super easy to precisely apply where needed and control how much to dab on.
Better Skin blended really well and was seamless with my skin, which was totally unexpected. From personal experience, long-wearing makeup tends to feel heavy on my skin and requires a bit more effort to blend to achieve a skin-like texture.
After applying, I didn't really need much more than strategically placed bronzer and a few lashings of mascara.
At the end of the day, my skin still looked great and fairly even in appearance. One thing I did notice and not expect is that I didn't really experience any shine or flakiness despite the concealer being oil-free and only wearing sunscreen. Bonus!
The concealer did a great job improving my complexion and lasted all day in warm humid conditions.
Nothing sets the tone for a productive weekend than an intense kickboxing class first thing on a Saturday morning. One of the staples I stock in each gym bag is Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. Despite trying several solid sticks, I still keep coming back to Dove purely for the skincare + wetness protection.
The Advanced Care Deodorant line features 14 different scents each providing 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, and features NutriumMoisture technology.
Although I was approached recently by Influenster to review this deodorant, I have been a long time user of Dove Advanced Care Deodorant since it launched 1+ years ago, and have been using the Dove Basic Protection solid stick deodorants since I was a senior in high school.
I had switched to the Advanced Care line for several reasons that include getting tired of the scents in the Basic Protection line (I miss the value as I can often bulk buy the Basic line as there are often 2-for-1 offers at the drugstore or multi-packs at CostCo and WalMart), premium packaging that was easier to handle, skincare benefits, better scent range and wetness and odor protection. It wasn't until I moved to NE that I experienced such humid summers!
Exercising in the heat, humidity and indoors despite AC, is always the perfect recipe for a sweat shower during an intense circuit workout like kickboxing or Cross-Fit. To minimize stink and wetness, I keep two sticks of Advanced Care Deo. One stick, I use to apply on areas such as forehead, nape, under boob area, sternum and inner thighs to protect against chaffing and wetness (invaluable if you're marathon training!). The other, strictly for under arms. As I am super paranoid about stink, I apply post-shower in the AM, prior to working out and post-workout, and it has worked well.
A tip I learnt from a dermatologist at a recent derm meeting (about controlling sweaty pits) is to apply anti-antiperspirant deo at night time to boost dryness protection. This works because the product gets absorbed overnight, and in the morning, when you re-apply post shower, you've already got a layer of protection.
As mentioned above, another reason I switched to Advanced Care was motivated by the packaging. The sleek ergonomic matte finish outer packaging makes it easy to identify the product in your gym bag and easy to control application as it's not as wide as the Basic Protection packaging. No slipping as you apply!
Advanced Care is ideal for anyone looking for a reliable solid deodorant that provides extended protection against odor and wetness while caring for delicate underarm skin.
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