Helen, from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog, has a serious penchant for luxury skin care, but only a short list of products are ever replenished and repurchased. Here are the holiest of holy grail products that she simply cannot be without.
Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Today we are sharing our favorite Summer Beauty products with you. It was hard to narrow it down to just ten, but here’s what I have been reaching for often in the hot weather. I’ve chosen items that are easy to use, hold up to heat and humidity, and give me a polished look in a flash! Let’s face it, Summer around here is hectic and the kids are always doing something, so I don’t have as much makeup time as I normally would!
L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime lip balms – These balms have spf, shea butter and peony extract to moisturize for 8 hours. They have a soft and smooth texture, and you can easily apply them on the go, without a mirror. The balms come in clear, Rose Nude, Rose Amber, and Rose Plum shades. They have a soft floral scent, so just beware if you are very sensitive to fragrances.
I use my IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination year round, but it’s especially great for summer. It’s full coverage, applies quickly and doesn’t melt in the heat.
Pacifica Beauty Solar mineral palette – This palette has the perfect mix of summery shades and portable convenience. It contains 6 creaseless coconut infused eye shadows, 3 creamy highlighters, a blush, and a bronzer. It also happens to be cruelty free, and vegan. I can do a quick face look, with minimal brushes. I love all in one palettes for summers on the go!
butter LONDON Iconoclast mascara – This ultra black glossy volumizing mascara is my new favorite. It’s got a firm brush applicator that banishes clumps, and a ball tip to lift and separate lashes. The formula doesn’t smudge or run, and doesn’t irritate my eyes. It comes off relatively easy with my HG makeup remover, Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm.
I’m having a moment with purple cosmetics this summer. Urban Decay’s Bittersweet is one of the gorgeous new Revolution High-Color lip glosses. This shade is a full coverage bright purple cream.
Two purple hued nail polishes I’ve been loving are: FingerPaints Pop Art Purple and KB Shimmer We Be Jammin’.
I tend to reach for lighter scents in the summer, and lately I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Indian Night Jasmine and L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Blanc.
I’ve also recently found a gradual self tanner that has super moisturizing power, and gives a nice color. I’m not sure about you, but the majority of gradual self tanners either don’t have enough moisture, or enough color. This is a new line from the makers of Vita Liberata, called NKD SKN. It’s sold at ULTA and you can get an 8.45fl oz tube for $14.50. Right now they are BOGO 50%, so if you want to try it, now’s the time!
Be sure to check out what my blogger friends chose for their Top 10 Summer Beauty products in the link up below. We’d love to know your summer favorites as well!
*sample provided for honest review*If you’re not a fan of an oily scrub, and like the smell of coffee this may well be a product you’ll love! This handmade vegan scrub has all the benefits of a typical scrub, exfoliation, increasing circulation and moisturizing. joeSCRUB is made with fair trade organic coffee grinds, organic cacao, himalayan pink salt, brown sugar, coconut, grapeseed, almond and jasmine oils. The scrub has a dry texture, yet it left my skin feeling very smooth and moisturized.
joeSCRUB is packaged in a foil pouch, similiar to coffee beans. I thought that was a great packaging idea! A pouch of scrub is $16, and you can get free shipping on joeSCRUB! The coffee scent lingers on your skin after rinsing (which I love!), and layers really well with some of my favorite body butters from The Body Shop. Try Choco-Mania, Coconut, Shea Butter, Almond or Cocoa Butter.
Shea Butter is one of my very favorite all natural ways to add intense moisture to my skin. I’m sure you’ve tried skin or haircare products with shea butter in them, but what about pure shea butter?? It’s unlike any other moisturizer. Thick and rich with a naturally earthy nutty scent, this Cleopatra’s Choice 100% pure African shea butter is such a skin treat! You can use this solid butter on its own, or if you like DIY beauty, there are many possibilities. You can whip shea butter to give it a lighter texture, and add other ingredients (oils or scents for example). Pure shea butter makes a great healing cuticle butter, and you can also use it in your hair (sparingly) to smooth frizzy areas or flyaways.
You can purchase a 1lb tub of Pure Shea Butter on Amazon for $19.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
*sample provided for honest review*
I test a LOT of products out for the blog, and I can easily say that this is hands down one of my favorite products EVER. I started using this eyelash serum in April. I agreed to a 16 week trial. The serum can be used once or twice a day, and I chose once a day. I wear contacts, and I didn’t want to take a chance with irritation. I used to have lush, full, long lashes up until a few years ago. When I first got sick with Lyme Disease I went through all kinds of crazy hair loss, including losing a whole patch of lashes on my bottom left eye. It’s so weird and random, but my body just does crazy things sometimes.
I really missed having long lashes, and I was excited to try the Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum. The website claims to double length and volume of your lashes in 6 weeks. The majority of the serum ingredients are natural, and it’s made in the US. I have some pictures from before, during and after. I saw results after 4 weeks, the first changes were in volume, and new lashes growing where my bald spot was! After 10 weeks I was amazed at how long, strong, and voluminous my lashes were. Before I started, my lashes were brittle, and after the Fysiko serum, they felt much less so.
Ok, below is a pic of the 10 week mark. I have eyeshadow and liner on but NO mascara. For reals. LOOK AT THOSE LASHES.
The final two pictures are with one coat of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.
You can purchase the Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum for $139 per 8ml tube. That should last 6-8 mos+ if you are using it twice a day. I still have a LOT left in my tube. I haven’t tried it on eyebrows, but the website claims it will help brows as well. What do you think, is this a serum you’d try?
FYSIKO EYELASH GROWTH SERUM INGREDIENTS
-Bio-Peptides and Amino Acids: Help to repair and strengthen fragile eyelashes and eyebrows.
-Vitamin E, Olive oil, Thyme, Biotin, Soy Protein : Natural lash enhancers.
-Sodium Hyaluronate: Promotes hydration and helps eyelashes and eyebrows appear shiny and strong.
-Methylamido Dihydro Noralfoprostal: Promotes healthy lash follicles for full growth potential.
-Panthenol: Helps eyelashes and eyebrows last longer by making them more flexible.
Fysiko’ EyeLash Growth Stimulator’s List of Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Sodium Lactate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Proline, Yeast Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Biotin, Hydrolized Soy Protein, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hexapeptide-11, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Thyme extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Arcyostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Olve Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate,Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sorbitol, Triethanolamine, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylamido Dihydro Noralfaprostal.
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Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream is another winning body care product! Made with organic shea butter, this luxurious hand cream has a gorgeous soft white floral scent. It’s a generously sized tube, at 6.7fl oz, you may be tempted to treat your whole body to this luscious cream! The White Lily hand cream contains 15% shea butter and white lily extracts. I found it to be highly moisturizing and emollient, but not greasy. It’s very softening and smoothing.
Perlier will be featured on HSN on July 24th and 25th. You’ll be able to pick up some great deals and sets with the new White Lily shea butter! Have you tried the White Lily shea butter? You can check out my other Perlier favorites here:
Hurry to QVC my sun loving friends!! Supergoop’s newest innovation, the SUPERGOOP! SUN-DEFYING SUNSCREEN OIL SPF 50, is being offered TODAY ONLY for $26 with free shipping! You will receive the full size 5oz and a travel size 1 oz. The non greasy and water resistant formula provides anti oxidant protection and the ultimate in skin hydration. Includes meadowfoam seed oil, tocotrienols and argan oil for smooth sexy summer skin. This is definitely on my summer must-have list!
Perlier Royal Elixir Facial Serum is yet another luxurious skin care product from the innovative experts at Perlier. I’m obsessed with the scent of the entire honey line, and keep asking our Perlier friends to make a perfume with the scent! You can see my Perlier Imperial Honey body butter review here. Aside from the delicious scent of this facial serum, there are skin loving benefits too! The anti aging serum contains Royal Jelly from African Bees, which is known to increase collagen production and provide nutrients and anti oxidants to the skin. Rather than containing water as a filler, Royal Elixir contains pure rose distillate to moisturize and tone skin.
This lightweight serum sinks right into skin, it’s pretty gold shimmer leaving a healthy glow behind. It looks quite gold when you dispense the serum, but once it’s on your face it really isn’t too noticeable. I found the Royal Elixir serum to work nicely under makeup, or as part of my bedtime skin care routine. It certainly leaves my skin soft and glowing! Since it’s such a luxurious skin care product, I don’t use it everyday. I like to use this after I’ve done a mask, or a couple of nights a week before bed.
*sample for review via iFabbo and Perlier*