I can’t believe July is over and it’s already August. Where did the summer go? If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that the 1st means it’s time for another Blog Hop! I’m part of an awesome Facebook group of beauty bloggers and each month on the first, we all give our take on the a common theme. For August we’ll be looking at Beauty and Fashion Hot Weather Staples.
So there’s a lot of directions I could go with that topic, but I’ve decided to focus on the products that help us solve some of the problems that are more prevalent during hot weather. So just prepare yourself for words like “chafing” and “boob sweat”. Sorry guys, as much as I wish beauty and fashion could be all glitter polish and stilettos, sometimes it’s rough business.
After work I stopped by the MAC store to pick up some fancy pants topcoats (cause I really need more polish) and realized it was right next to the Kiehls store. I browsed and bit and picked up a couple samples which tunred became my first two hot weather problem solvers.
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+
(Photo from kiehls.com)
Description: “Helps to fight up to 90% of skin aging, including lines and wrinkles and uneven texture and tone. Delivers outstanding efficacy against UVA & UVB rays on the skin’s surface. Oil-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin.”
I know, I know I’ve talked a lot about sunblock with my other posts, but this one is pretty special. Sunblock is a necessity but it comes with it’s own set of problems, like being heavy, greasy, overly scented and in giant cans. This product is unscented and goes on with this perfect liquid smoothness. I’ve tried a lot of sunblocks and never found one with this fantastic consistency. It applies like a dream and absorbs right into your skin. The bottle is small since a little of this product can go a long way. Did I mention it’s also SPF 50? This is the perfect thing to take to events like summer weddings or outdoor dates, when you need something that applies easily and can fit into a smaller bag.
Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant
(Photo from kiehls.com)
(Retail 1.7 oz: $16.00)
Description: “An unscented, gentle yet efficient anti–perspirant and deodorant cream. Leaves skin feeling soft, soothed and conditioned with 24–hour protection against sweat and odor. Reduces underarm perspiration utilizing advanced micro–sized drying molecules for sheer absorption with no residue. With our unique blend of ingredients, including orange, lemon, and linseed extracts, underarm hair will feel softer, resulting in a smoother shave experience.”
Okay so I’m sure you read the title and were like, “what’s so damn special about deodorant?” Well this is a deodorant cream. Which means it’s the perfect item to apply to those areas where you sweat but where you don’t want to use your good old Secret roll on, like in your décolletage (see I can fancy it up if necessary). According to Kiehl’s, this also makes your underarm hair softer which makes for a “smoother shaving experience”. So this is like magic deodorant. I’ve been trying out a sample and so far it seems to work really well. It also has very little scent for the sensitive folks), a not too thick consistency and is easy to apply.
Jockey Women’s Skimmies Slipshort
(Photo from amazon.com)
Description: “85% nylon microfiber/ 12% spandex/ 3% cotton. This long-length underwear style also aids in smoothing your silhouette and preventing panty lines. Silky-smooth fabric blend allows clothes to glide gently over this style”
Since we are already on the subject of sweating, let’s just get right to one of the most annoying and horrific of summer beauty problems. Chafing. As much as fashion magazines refuse to admit it, most of us have thighs that touch (gasp!). After a long day of walking in a cute sundress, you’ve got bright red and painful thighs. How can we fix this? Cue Jockey. These slipshorts are the perfect thing to wear under sundresses and skirts. They are lightweight and smooth you out (without being tight like shapeware). They also have no panty lines and can eliminate the need for a slip. I have a bunch of these in nude,pink and black and they are a staple in my summer closet. I can’t recommend them enough.
eos Shave Cream, Ultra Moisturizing, Pomegranate Raspberry
(Photo from drugstore.com)
Description: “Paraben-Free with Natural Aloe & Shea Butter. So moisturizing, you can shave wet or dry. Natural aloe, oat and shea butter soothe while boosting skin’s moisture level. Antioxidant vitamins E + C help skin look radiantly healthy
The summer time is when we like to bare a lot of skin and that means some quality time with your razor. Now lately I’ve been getting lots of fancy pants shave creams, but this Eos brand was the one I already had in my shower. It goes on as a cream (not a foam) and has a nice fruity scent. I’ve been using up some cheaper disposable razors I bought for a trip and with this cream I get just as nice a shave as more expensive razors. The container is quite large, so this will last you some time. It’s a great bargain at $3.49 and available at drugstores, retail stores like Target and grocery stores.
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Callus Remover
(Photo from QVC.com)
Description: “The Emjoi Micro-Pedi callus remover helps keep your feet salon-worthy from the comfort of your home. No scraping and sanding or scary tools. The Micro-Pedi does all the work for you. It’s an innovative device that uses micro-mineral rollers that spin at 360-degrees to help quickly and easily buff your way to soft, smooth feet and more. It’s portable with an easy-to-clean design and easy-grip handle.”
In the summer, even our feet go bare. You’re going to be showing off those little piggies with lots of cute sandals and flip flops so hardened skin and calluses just won’t work. That’s where the Emjoi comes in. It does all the work for you. No more scraping or soaking for hours. This little machine rotates superfast and removes all the dead skin from your feet. This works incredibly well and if your feet are a problem area for you, I recommend investing in this great little device. There are also manicure attachments available so you can turn it into a multi-tasking tool.
Charter School Cardigan from Modcloth
(Photo from Modcloth.com)
Description: “Show your style smarts in this versatile cardigan! With a V-neck, buttoned front, 3/4 sleeves, and a fine, soft knit with ribbed edges, this melon-orange sweater will be your favorite wardrobe staple. No matter how you wear it, this piece offers an A+ look. “
So we’ve been discussing a lot about baring skin, but maybe that’s not your thing. Maybe you’re shy, or worry too much about your arms, or you’re always freezing because of the air conditioning. Sometimes all those little summer dresses and strappy tops just need a cardigan. Modcloth offers the perfect summer option. Their Charter School cardigan comes in a variety of awesome shades and prints and is just the perfect weight. It also has ¾ length sleeves which keep it from looking too wintery. Another plus is that these work great in layered looks as we move into cooler weather. I already own the yellow and cantaloupe colors and am eying the red one…
What is your biggest fashion or beauty problem in the summer? Did you find a solution that worked for you?
If you enjoyed this post, please stop by and visit some of my other blog-hoppers and read their take on hot weather must haves.
BLOG LINK LIST:
Christine at Simply Stine
Sammi at College Beauty Buff
Anna at The Anna Belle Blog
Michelle at My Beautiful Goodies
Angela at Your Beauty Whisperer