August 6, 2013

July 2013 Favorites

oh July, you were good and I will surely miss you. . . You were pretty entertaining I must say!

So you introduced us to "Sharknado" and gave Tara Reid a chance to act again (don't do that again please!). The NYC heatwave was not fun but I did get my tan, and got to wear my flowy, breezy summer dresses! Visiting the BaubleBar SoHo Pop-Up Shop (read my post, HERE) was super fun! I have been planning my outfits around my new baubles actually (*and comment below if you would like me to do a Look book post with my new Baublebar purchases!). Ending the month with Quidam from Cirque du Soleil at Barclay Center. I must say that stadium is pretty impressive, and I see why a lot of shows are held here. Yay for Brooklyn! 

I can't wait what August will bring, hopefully not humidity nor heat waves! The first week has been pretty awesome with such the nicest weather of the Summer! 
Before moving on, let's do a round-up of my July favorites! July was super hot, so I focused on a lot of Sun protection products. This sun seems to burn year after year, have you noticed it?!? I have been increasing my face and body sunscreens every year because I notice how I easily am getting dark even only being out for 15 minutes!

I'll start with my hair protectant:

1- GK Hair Taming System with Juvexin leave in spray: 
"Global Keratin GK has been the industry leader in the "science" of hair products. GK's concept is very simple; develop and deliver new and creative ideas to a global marketplace. GKhair is the first and only company to harness the beauty benefits of Juvexin. Derived from sheep wool through an environmentally-friendly process, Juvexin is delivered to the hair in its natural state. The GKhair Hair Taming System with Juvexin restores hair by repairing and providing long-term conditioning and protection. Juvexin is GKhair's foundation in creating manageable, frizz-free, beautiful looking hair for all those who want it."

This product was part of my Allure Summer Beauty Box purchase, but if you're interested in buying it I found it  on Amazon! 

Though it says on the bottle to spray it on damp hair, I just spray this on my dry hair before going out, mostly in the ends to give it some moisture boost! It do help tame my frizzy bed hair and detangles any knots so it's easier for me to comb through it too. I get a pretty smooth (with a few baby hairs sticking out) pony tail using this. I do feel my hair feels softer, more manageable and looks less damaged from the sun when I use this. I just alternate using this with my Argain oils and NuMe serum, and my hair has been really soft and looking less dry and damaged!

2- Neutrogena Gentle Daily Cleanser: Soap-Free, Dye-Free, Hypoallergenic, Won't Clog Pores
"Thouroughly cleanses without disrupting skin's natural moisture balance...The non-stripping formula thoroughly removes excess oil, dirt, and makeup without over-drying or irritating skin."

Another one that was from the Allure Summer Beauty Box. This should be available in most drugstores that sells Neutrogena products. I have never liked Neutrogena's facial cleansers because they dry my skin out and make me break out more. With this new formulated cleanser though, I feel my skin is clean from all the outside pollution, sweat and oil my face produces! It even removes all my face makeup with such a small residue that my toner takes off! I am really amazed with this cleanser, and I can see my skin is loving it as well.

3- NYX Set It Don't Fret It Powder (light/medium): 
"Mineral Finishing Powder is NYX's matte setting powder that comes in 2 shades that adjusts to skin color. A mineral finishing powder that sets your favorite look with a flawless finish; skin appears fresh and radiant throughout the day. Just a hint of color provides enough coverage to be worn over makeup or on bare, moistened skin." 

I bought this in Ulta a long time ago but just has been using this a lot lately, to mattify my face. I use this over my Physician's Formula Super BB Powder which leaves a sheen on the face, so I just pat this all over to have more of a subtle dewy look. As you pat more of this, it will mattify you're entire face, so I will just pat another round on my T-zone and leave my cheeks that dewy glow.

4- Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig: 
"Give your lips the love they deserve!  Color Quench lip tints packs major moisture, nourishing naturals and gorgeous, sheer color into one perfectly portable, 100% recyclable tube.  Essential fatty acids from rich and amazing avocado and coconut oils leave lips luscious and healthy.  Natural flavor and 5 perfect shades produce the prettiest, most kissable mouth ever.  100% vegan and gluten free. Your lips will love you back!"

You can buy this product on Pacifica's website or just click HERE. I have the travel size of this lip tint since mine came with the Pacifica Wanderlust Beauty Set, which I reviewed recently, HERE. This has not dried my lips and I even use it before bed! Since this does not have sunscreen in it, I will just layer my Fresh lip balm over before I head out. The tint is pretty sheer and I really can't tell on my dark pigmented lips. I even go over my lip line to keep my skin around my lips moisturized and it feels good! Btw this is "Made in the USA" baby! Just being a proud American here, and I just love this all natural, vegan, cruelty free brand a lot!

5- Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen with SPF30:
" A warm sun, island breezes, luxurious lotions and a heavenly scent - Hawaiian Tropic lotion has antioxidants that nourish the skin and island botanicals that soothe and pamper. Our unique SunSure formula delivers proven UVA & UVB protection, so your skin is soft and looks radiant!"  

I would have gotten the SPF50 bottle but my CVS did not have it and it was the last day of the sale so I just got another SPF30. I have been using this since last year, and I loove the scent of this lotion and how it's non-greasy but keeps my skin feeling soft and smooth and moisturized! No dry elbows or legs here! Putting sunscreen on has not been this exciting for me but now I look forward to just lathering this all over my arms and legs!


6- Lemons: Yes the fruit, lemons! If you have seen my tag on "Top Three Tags" (HERE), I wrote how I use this as my deodorant! Besides the detoxifying benefits of it, I have been using this as my deodorant and I actually like it better than my former super-fave deodorant Secret Clinical Strength deodorant! This has been super refreshing as well when added to water!

7- Misty Mate 11016 Misty 16 Hand-Held Personal Mister:
"Misty 16 is the world's most advanced personal mister. Over 10 years of engineering and development yielded the Misty 16, part of the latest fleet of personal misters from MistyMate, with an all-new cutting-edge design years ahead of its time."

Hubby loves to find the niftiest products out there and online is full of great, nifty products and this is one of them! He actually wanted a misting fan but we have no room in our backyard so we settled for a hand held one. I know we can all just use a spray bottle and a fan on the other but that's too much work for him so he went to find one that can just be set on the table and mist water as you wish!
I love the fine mist this puts out and this does not need batteries or a electric plug, you just need to pump it and the pressure will keep your mist going! This came after the heatwave here but I have been using this everyday since we got it, and it has kept me and my dogs cooler under the Summer sun.

Check it out on Amazon's site here: 

Summer has been going well on my end, hope yours is going great as well! What's on your fave lists? Any products I need to try that is perfect with this hot Summer weather?!?

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