April 22, 2013

Must Haves: Summer 2013! {Hair and Beauty}

     Hair & Beauty Summer Must Haves on My Favorite Day! Summer is my all time favorite time of year. From Cardinals' baseball & concerts in the city to days on the lake & long nights in the country with my friends & family, I love every minute of every summer.
     Summer is a big picture-taking season, there are many events like baseball games, concerts, tailgates, dates and parties of all kinds. I want you all to be looking your best!
  We'll start at the top. No one wants to have their hair looking and feeling like straw from the humidity and drying chemicals in pools. And no one wants their hair weighed down flat from products that keep hair soft. I love my hair to be soft AND big, for years it was either one or the other for this girl! Those days are officially in the past, thanks to these two awesome products!
     This cream is heaven in a bottle. I spray it all over my hair after I wash it and then comb the product through to disperse it evenly throughout my locks.
     As you might have guessed, it has 10 benefits for your locks. It repairs dry hair, adds shine, detangles, a thermal protector, enhances body, & creates silkiness, to name a few benefits. I have long blonde hair (that I don't have trimmed as often as I should) so my ends would get super dry and brittle if I didn't coat them with a nice creamy conditioner. The awesome thing about this product is it doesn't weigh my hair down and I am able to get nice, big beachy waves OR I can smooth my hair with a flat iron without damaging it to no end. It's pretty much an all-in-one product, I only use one other product on my hair most days in the summer. 

     That one other product is Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair.

     I concentrate this product on my ends and very blonde strands.
     This product is also a light weight spray, and one might think it is a bit redundant to use to corrective sprays, but the product has a few essential oils in it that It's a 10 does not. It is just another precaution so my hair doesn't become super damaged, like it has been in the past. (I'm a little bit paranoid and want to keep my hair strong and healthy.)

     Now, on to products I love to keep my face looking healthy and glowing.

     This is a product I NEVER skip no matter the season. Skin cancer is a serious deal, gals. Keep your face and body protected year-round. **end rant** Anyways! After I cleanse and moisturize my face I apply this sunscreen liberally to my face, neck, shoulders and chest. My skin is very sensitive and acne prone, lots of products in the past that have claimed to be aimed toward my skin-type were indeed NOT. I am THRILLED to say that this product works wonders. I wear it daily and do not have problems with breakouts. *yay!* 

     This awesome product packs a huge moisturized punch for my face after a long day outdoors. I spend most of my free time by a pool, on a lake, at baseball games, etc. So, I'm outdoors a lot! This product is nice and refreshing after I come inside from a long hot day. After I wash my face and go about my normal face care routine I will mist this on my face to get another bit of refreshment. And sometimes, even though I preach sunscreen, there are times when I do get burnt. This mist really packs in the moisture to prevent peeling.

 NARS Laguna and Orgasm
     I rarely use foundation in the summer. I just dust Laguna all over my face with a large powder brush. Then take a fluffy blush brush and dust Orgasm on the apples of my cheeks then up my cheek bones and on the bridge of my nose and right above each of my eyebrows. This keeps my face from looking shiny yet still adds a bit of an extra glow.

And now for those peepers!

     I'll use just a dab of this cream shadow on my lids for a bit of extra definition on my eyes. This product is super long wearing and lasts all day even though sweat.

     Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Perversion and Flipside - respectively

     This liner is sooo long-lasting it's not even funny. It will last through a Cardinals game in July. This is somewhat akin to lasting through a stroll through the fires of hell. That stadium is so hot and sitting there you get so sweaty but these liners stay PUT. I use Perversion on my upper lash line and Flipside on my lower for a fun pop of color.

     I'm always on the hunt for waterproof mascara because of the aforementioned reason. I used to spend gobs of money on MUFE Aqua Lash because it was the only thing and wouldn't make me look like a raccoon by midday. Thanks GOODNESS I have found this product. It gets the job done excellently and is a fraction of the cost of Aqua Lash.


    No one likes to kiss dried up, sunburnt lips so keep your pucker moisturized and protected from the sun with some lip balm! My favorite is Maybelline Baby Lips not only because they are super moisturizing and are SPF 20, but also because they have a sheer tint to them so I don't have to worry about a heavy lip stick I can keep my look light and fresh with these gems. 

     And for the body

   I have been using Aveeno for years. It's cheap and I haven't found a lotion that moisturizes quite like this guy does. I rarely ever peel and I always feel like my skin is glowing. I smooth it all over my body after I shower and before bed, I don't necessarily NEED to do this because it really keeps me moisturized all day, it's really just a habit.

     Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 30

      Like I said before, sunscreen is an absolute MUST. I spray this on my body 10-20 minutes before I'll be in the sure to make sure it's good and soaked into my skin before sun exposure and then reapply every 2 hours or so and after towel drying if I get in the water. This product does sting your skin and goes on evenly both must-haves.

     Coconut Lime Breeze - Bath and Body Works

     To me this is what summer smells like, so I'll splash this on before I head out the door to go anywhere and I'll throw the mini version in my purse. I love it!

     Finishing touches - NAILS!

     Red nail polish - ANY brand 
     I live in the heart of Cardinal Nation. We are baseball fanatics here in the Southern Illinois/St. Louis region. Baseball is in our blood. So, while many's summer polish of choice might be bright pink, mine is Cardinal Red.

     Thanks so much for reading Part 1 of my Summer Must Haves here on My Favorite Day. I hope you share this with your friends and stay tuned for Part 2! 

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