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Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Glow Without Exposure!!

Now that it is time for Summer vacations and fun in the sun I thought I would share some of the products that I like to use in the summer to give me  a little Summer glow without too much exposure to the Sun!! After writing the post about Fashion Don’ts here I felt the least I could do is write about what I use and love.

Since I don’t lay in the sun to get a tan anymore I get a little help from a self-tanner. I have read a lot about these on which ones are supposedly the best and it seems to me that everyone agrees for the affect and the monies Jergens is the best. Clarins was doted as one of the best with a wonderful fragrance but I tested it and I was not impressed with the fragrance at all and it is a lot more pricey than Jergen’s. You can get different levels of color. I use the fair to medium since I am pretty fair first thing in the summer. I can graduate to medium/dark  as the Summer goes along. You can purchase this at Target.
I don’t use this product on my face so I prefer to use a tinted moisturizer by La Mer to give me a little bit of sheer color.
This is the same moisturizer that is in La Mer with a hint of color and it will last way past the Summer months. You can purchase this at Nordstrom’s and I believe some of the larger Macy’s are now carrying this line. The product cost the same at either store  but I prefer the customer service at Nordstrom's.
I love Bobbi Brown products and her Bronzer is the best around as far as I am concerned. I buy the big bronzer brush from Sephora, it is less expensive under their label and it feels so good on your face. I use the bronzer across the forehead, bridge of my nose and across my cheekbones. This product gives such a nice glow. 
Bobbi Brown also makes a Brick that is great to carry with you because it has colors ranging from white to champagne to bronze. It can be used on the cheeks and the eyes. It is a good tool to keep around, it will last forever as does the bronzer. These are both good investments for the monies. As far as color goes I love Bobbi Brown's colors they do not change on me and stay true. I find her line to be the best for a natural look, which is what I love.
If I feel as if I want a bit more of a peach cheeked look I use Bare Minerals blush in Golden Gate. It gives just a hint of a healthy glow.
bare minerals blush
As far as lipstick goes, this is where I have to admit I am a lipstick obsessed addict. I kid you not. All my friends that know me well, will tell you if I am looking at the make-up counter I will be coming away with a new lipstick or lip-gloss. The funny thing is they all wind up being pretty close in color. Do you guys do that? I will share with you two lip glosses that I always buy of Bobbi Brown’s. One is Lilac sugar and the other is peach. The lilac sugar looks amazing over any color on your lips. All of her glosses have a vanilla flavor, yum!! They stay on for a really long time also.
lilac sugar

As far as my finger nails go I use the same color on my nails all the time. It is a pearl white. One coat of it with a gloss top-coat always looks chic and fresh.

Now for the toes, I love bright pops of color on my toes so they will  vary according to my mood. I do love Nicole colors by OPI. They have a great variety of fun and current colors. I can’t believe it but I even love their lime colored polish. You can go here to see the colors. It is a really fun site, you can pick your skin tone and add the color of the polish to see how it will look.

When it comes to fragrance if I am at the beach Bobbi Brown actually has a Beach scent that is wonderful.

If I am on a tropical vacation I got hooked on Sun Flare Coconut Mango butter from Hawaii and also their soap. It smells amazing and is about the most emollient butter I have ever used. I keep the soap in my bathroom all the time and when it gets used or even if the bathroom gets a bit warm the fragrance permeates into the room.

Well, my dear friends I hope this gives you some fun and maybe new products to try this summer. These are all products that I have used for a long time and go back to year after year. Hopefully by using these I will never look like a Fashion “Don’t”!! Be sure to read the previous post and the comments. My readers have left some great ideas of products they love and use. I am really looking forward to reading what cosmetics they like to use for a summer glow in this post comments!!
“Enjoy the Process” Of:
Finding fun new Summer beauty products!


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

HI Kathysue! I have enjoyed reading about all of your favorite products! I don't go in the sun so much any more either amd you can bet that some of that great sun screen will be in my bag when I head to the beach...soon, soon, soon! :-)Honestly, I'm just a soap and water girl. I know...horrible. But my family has such oily skin that my mom hardly had a wrinkle! I hope I'll be so lucky! Happy week...hugs...Debbie

Allie and Pattie said...

Kathysue, you had me giggling- I do the same thing with lipstick! I must have 34 variations of the same shades! And I love Bobbi Brown!
xoxo Pattie

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

I am a big Bobbi Brown fan. Fun posts, I was following along on my iPhone last week as I was out of town so I had trouble commenting. Have a great Monday.

Unknown said...

Love Bobbi Brown! I am a lipstick/lipgloss junkie!!! Great post Kathysue!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Are there no limits to your wisdom? Thanks for these - I am not a sun worshipper so it's nice to have a backup plan for my past summer skin!

Beach House Living said...

I miss Cliniques original self tanner without the tint. It was the best stuff. I don't care for their tinted version at all.

"Sun" is a good one it looks like the color of a swamp in your hand. Every time I use it I am asked about it or told your skin looks so nice. It's the closest I found to my beloved discontinued Clinique.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Love...love...love La Mer! One of my all time fav skincare lines!

I am a lipstick junkie...my favorites today are YSL and Chanel...I was a huge Versace girl and of course they quit making it! I hate it when that happens!

Essie is by far my favorite nail polish...I adore the shine and length of wear...awesome!

Favorite fragrance of all time hands down...Chanel Coco Mademoiselle! (spelling?) I love alot of other fragrances but I always come back to the Chanel!

What a fun post!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

The one thing that I am finding as I get older (48) is that I need less and less stuff. I have stopped all liners, frost, and most powders. I have gone into lip gloss , cream blush, very little on my eyes. I find I need more salt scrubs ... lol

Cashon&Co said...

i need to check Bobbi Brown out more I think . because I love all these products by here that you posted. the colours are really pretty! so fun to see what other people use and really like! maybe i'll try the la Mer too? i hear it's incredible~ i need a tinted moisturizer too. great idea :)

Bring Pretty Back said...

It seems like you are an expert in everything! I also like bright colors on my toes! LOVE this post!!!!
Have a pretty day,

Kathysue said...

Kristin, by no means an expert , just a lady with many years of trial and error behind her!!

Kathy :) said...

Hi KathySue...what great suggestions...

I love color on my toes (all year long) I tend to match fingers and toes....unless I get french tips...

I will have to try "Sun"...

I used to wear Allure by Chanel and now wear Light Blue by D & G....

I have very sensitive skin and find that Paula Dorf's products are awesome.

I have not tried B. Brown...

I am a natural blonde and when we were young my Mother always ran the hose over our hair before we got in the pool...never had a problem with the chlorine...

Great post,
Kathy :)

Privet and Holly said...

Hi KS! I've had such fun catching up on your latest posts, from "The Don'ts" {couldn't agree with you more!} to all of your product recommendations. I switched salons in the last year and my new technician {who also owns the salon} has had training in many areas including organics, functional medicine, essential oils and more. Her brother died at 24 from skin cancer, so she developed her own, organic sunscreen that I love. She is against parabens and aluminum, so I now avoid those. For body mositurizing, I buy sweet almond oil at GNC and slather it while still wet from the shower. The nights before I shampoo, she has me mix two drops of rosemary oil and two drops of ylang ylang essential oil with a small amount of jojoba oil. This is supposed to help bring more circulation to the scalp and say GROW! GROW! to the follicles. Just a few of my tips ~ thanks for sharing YOURS! xx Suzanne

Yahnay said...

loved this post! Opi site was great and I cant wait to check out some of the other products you have used. If you love lip gloss I think Lancome juicy tubes are great!!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I just read both your posts on skin products and am going to have to come back and take notes. I use a few of these products as well , but so many new ones! I can use all the help I can get. Thanks.

Unknown said...

Hi Kathysue! Sounds like you're all ready for Summer!!! I could use a little self tanner myself as I try not to get too much sun either, besides it has been so gloomy here for days you couldn't get a tan if you wanted to! Thanks for sharing your Summer goodies!

Hugs ~

:) T

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love bare essentuals line of makeup. That is what I use for coverage and color. I use clinique for my eye shadows and liners and lip liner and gloss. I usually choose the same colors for my lips, too. I love Givenchy mascara now. I have tried every kind and brand it seems and now found one I really like. Thanks for the tip about the OPI site. I will check that out. I haven't even painted my toes yet this year. Got to get to it!

Barbara von Enger said...

I use Bobbi Brown and MAC makeup, Chanel nail varnish. For my face: I exfoliate with brown sugar and grapefruit juice which I make in my kitchen. Then I use a self made green tea mud mask on my face. For body I use grapeseed oil after daily shower.

Marcus Design said...

Such a healthier way to get that summer glow! Thanks for all the tips Kathysue, and I too love Bobbi Brown products!

Bring Pretty Back said...

Kathysue, ha! Just read your comment on my blog! pretty is as prety does... momma knew what she was talking about! I have never heard someone should tell her face... that is such a good one!THANK YOU for the encouragement! You will get the first signed copy!
Have a pretty night,

Averill said...

Great roundup of summer beauty products Kathysue -- Bobbi Brown's beach fragrance (and the body oil!) is an all-time favorite scent of mine. It just smells like vacation.

Hope your week is going well!