Break out the waterproof sunblock Mama, ’cause Summer is here! In the sun-soaked state of Hawaii where sunshine is plentiful year round – and a good broad spectrum SPF (La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Fluid, $36.99) is normally more than sufficient for daily protection. During the Summer, however, when the UV rays are full-throttle and staying out of the sun is not an option, keeping skin protected can be a little tricky.
Every year, our family takes a mini-break which always includes lots of splashing, giggling and Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bars (yum). Our sun-protection kit (okay – its just a big Ziplock bag) will include: Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($10.49, drugstores), Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70+ ($11.49, drugstores), The Face Shop Natural Sun Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream SPF 45 PA+++ ($21.99, momomango.com) for our faces and our secret weapons: Vertra The Shelter Sun Resistant Foundation Face Stick SPF 35 ($22, vertra.com) and Supergoop! SPF 30+ UVA|UVB AcaiFusion Lip Balm ($8.50, supergoop.com).
A friend recent asked me if turquoise was the automatic go-to for Summer cosmetic collections. While I love ocean inspired hues, they are painfully predictable when the weather heats up. My Summer pedicure pick: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo’mina ($17, sephora.com) →
Summer Forecast 2013 Volume 1 & 2 – A collection of top 3 products from my favorite brands and websites, Rodan + Fields Reverse Results – see what happened during my 2 month trial, Pro-Lesson – How to Tight Line (for Stacy and Cammie – friends that recently got “Mercier-ed”.) and The Bridal Survival Kit – quick-fix products that help brides (and the rest of us) keep it together.
Have a fantastically fun Summer break and remember to stay protected!
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(L-R): ALTERNA CAVIAR CC CREAM ($25, sephora.com). Yes, a CC Cream for your hair – and if you’re hair challenged (or lazy) when it comes to you’re locks – this leave-in takes you from A-Z. VITA LIBERATA pHenomenal 2-3 WEEK TAN MOUSSE ($54, sephora.com). Gorgeous, natural looking tan without the sun damage + it’s odorless (really), dries in a flash and the quick results last 4x longer than other self-tanners. Where do I sign? LAURA MERCIER ‘MATTE RADIANCE’ BAKED POWDER IN BRONZE 02 ($36, nordstrom.com). This non-oxidizing semi-matte bronzer gives skin a believable glow without making a mess or drying skin. This was my pick after my first-ever makeover at Nordstrom Honolulu’s Beauty Trend Show. CAT COSMETICS SLEEPOVER MAKEUP KIT ($60, catcosmetics.com). Travel much? Jet setter or not, this sensible kit combines everything you need to create a glow-on-the-go! This set also includes a lip gloss and duo-sided stick shadow + liner. TATCHA GOLD CAMELLIA BEAUTY OIL ($125, tatcha.com). Nourish face, hair and body with this fragrant multipurpose oil.
FRESH ROSE FACE MASK ($55, fresh.com or sephora.com). Sunday morning is my designated “Facial Day” – a DIY experience that helps to relieve the stress from the past week and reset my complexion to take on any upcoming adventure. While this weekend-only luxury takes about 45 minutes, Fresh Rose Face Mask is one of my favorite weekday indulgences that gives me a quick boost – particularly on mornings when I still appear tuckered out.
This naturally cooling mask hydrates and tones with pure rosewater, cucumber extract and anti-oxidant rich green tea. I apply this to my face in place of washing and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes while I brush my teeth and get my clothes ready. After rinsing with cool water and a wash cloth – my skin is perked up, brighter and even my puffy eyes are gone (don’t apply too close to your eyes).
Fresh Rose Face Mask is also in my makeup bag during travel – near or far. It feels magnificent after sun exposure, is an in-flight dream and virtually erases any sign of fatigue (jet lag?).