The Product: Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride, $30
Why: With summer in full swing, I’m using every trick in the book to fake that sweet warm-weather flush. You know, the glowing from within kind. This always makes me feel pretty no matter how run down I actually am. My number one product to get the look is this awesome cheek stain. A cult favorite among the beauty editor set, this push-up stick gives the most natural summer glow because it leaves just a tint of color. The “deep dusty plummy rose” shade, as they describe it, leaves you with über healthy-looking rosy cheeks. And the fact that it’s a stain makes it even better because it lasts forever. With a healthy dose of antioxidants like acai and goji berry, it also has restorative benefits for your skin. I wear mine either alone or under my regular blush or bronzer to guarantee I don’t look washed out. I usually apply it directly to my cheeks in a simple (and not necessarily precise) blot, and then I blend it out towards my temples. If I have more time, I use a foundation brush to pain on the perfect flush.
Do you use stains? Which do you like?
- Carrie Stern Kleiner
Filed under Blush, Makeup
I am craving a relaxing beach vacation like you wouldn’t believe. But, I unfortunately don’t have the time or cash to escape. I’m sure you can relate. So, I’ve basically been doing everything I can to mentally transport myself to a more tropical, stress-free location. I’ve been applying bronzer and wearing brighter colored lipsticks and glosses by day and taking baths by night. But, these are just any ol’ baths, they are baths filled with a vacation-worthy scent that seriously mellows me out and makes me happy all at the same time.
The scent comes from the addicting Laura Mercier Almond and Coconut Milk Honey Bath, $40. I’ve been a long-time fan of these honey baths, but hadn’t tried this scent until recently. It’s to die for. Sweet, yet sophisticated and beyond delectable. It really does smell like vacation. And, it creates fabulous bubbles to boot.
If you need a 20-minute getaway, this is the ticket.
Full disclosure: The company sent me a sample of this product to test. See my complete disclosure policy here.
Filed under Body, Skin Care
The Product: John Frieda Frizz Ease Sheer Solution, $9.99
Why: In short: This is my favorite of the Frizz Ease serums — and I’ve tried them all — because it doesn’t feel like I have product in my hair after using it. The duel liquid, which contains a mix of the traditional Frizz Ease serum and a “smoothing elixir” that hydrates hair from the inside out, smooths frizz without making hair feel greasy and without weighing down waves. I shake this up (as directed) and use it before letting my wavy hair dry naturally and before blow drying it straight — it works equally well for both styles.
I do have to use more than the recommended 10 drops to coat my medium-length, thick-ish waves, but I quickly realized this after using it the first time.
I’m not sure if this will be hard-working enough to get through humid summer weather, but for now, it’s working like magic.
What hair product are you using that you think is a must-try?
Full disclosure: The company sent me a sample of this product to try. See my full disclosure policy here.
Filed under Hair, Hairstyles
The Product: Voce Haircare Leave In Detangler, $26
Why: This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Voce Haircare. I have previously raved about their Hydrate It Shampoo and Conditioner for their amazing scent and ability to keep my frizzy, dry, color-treated strands feeling soft, looking shiny and smelling fabulous. Well, now I have a third product from the line that I can’t live without. The leave-in conditioning spray. Leave-in conditioners are a must for me. Not only do they help detangle my hair post-shower, but they also add the extra moisture my wavy hair needs to look healthy.
The reason I’ve been reaching for this one in particular is because it’s a spray, which makes it quick and easy to use. And, it’s very lightweight, so hair is never weighed down and it doesn’t feel like your hair has product in it. Finally, it smells amazing — like coconut, but not in an overly fruity, artificial way — and it’s paraben-free. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Now tell me, which beauty product is tickling your fancy this week?
Full disclosure: The company gave me a sample of this product to test. See my complete disclosure policy here.