Have you ever wondered what kind of damage that UV/ LED light at the nail salon is doing to your hands? Me too! I get my nails done every three-ish weeks and I actually dread it every time. The filing, clipping, sanding, and occasional bleeding… just thinking about it gives […]
Summer is the best time to master the “no makeup- makeup” look and this is easily achieved with fresh, glowy skin—and not much else. In terms of beauty, a little goes a long way this time of year, so keep a light touch with your makeup and follow these tips and product suggestions for your best summer yet. The best part? You don’t need a professional or super expensive products to achieve this look if you’re willing to do a few easy steps at home.
Get Some Color
First, self-tanner is a must! The easiest way to hide imperfections is a good ol’ fake tan. Have a giant zit? Put on self-tanner. Didn’t lose those lbs like you’d planned to? Slap that tanner on your juicy self. I have no problem admitting that I look better with a tan and if you’re new here you should know I NEVER have a natural tan. I avoid the sun like the plague because it leads to premature aging, dark spots, melasma, acne scarring… etc. So you can probably imagine the crazy number of at home self-tanning methods I’ve tried. When I tell you that this Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun is my favorite that is no small feat. I’ve tried them all and Jergens just does it for me. It smells amazing, has a light bronze tint so you know where you applied it (but it doesn’t get everywhere), is very forgiving with the application, and lasts the longest! I like to apply this at night- after a shower but before bed- so I wake up with a nice golden glow. Major tip* Don’t forget your tanning mitt!
Easy Daily Skincare
Next, your skincare routine always matters but it’s especially crucial when you are wearing minimal makeup. I love vitamin C for every skin type. This Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum helps to brighten skin and boost collagen health, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the appearance of uneven skin tone. It has Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe, and Vitamin E to keep your skin hydrated, despite the heat.
Moisturizing is an essential part of a good skincare routine, especially if you want flawless skin. As you know, with summer comes dry weather, and dry weather = dry skin. The easiest way to look glowy and natural is a great moisturizer. But I need lightweight moisture otherwise I’ll be an oil slick by noon. I recently discovered the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion and I LOVE it. Even Steve likes it! It’s super lightweight, dries quickly, acts as your moisturizer and has SPF 50. I love how this is a gel consistency so it’s moisturizing without feeling heavy or sticky.
Wear Minimal Makeup
When I have a tan I don’t need as much (or any) makeup, but I still get shiny/ oily throughout the day so I will always use a setting powder to help prevent this. The Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder is my favorite affordable powder- it’s only $5! It has been called a dupe for Laura Mercier AND has a 4.5-star rating online with over 4,700 reviews!
In my opinion, mascara is always a must have. My favorite drugstore mascara is L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. I did a comparison between this one and the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara here! If you’re blessed with dark lashes but still want a little oomph I suggest using an eyelash curler– or even better, get a Lash Lift- it will last all summer!
Summer Hair Care
Don’t forget your hair! Hot, dry weather, chlorine, bleach, and ocean water can wreak havoc on your hair. I don’t know about you but I spend a small fortune on my hair and I will do anything to protect it, so I always apply Unite 7Seconds Condition Leave In Detangler when I get out of the shower. It’s perfect for all hair types too! It’s a weightless leave-in detangler/ conditioner that seals and protects hair from all of the elements.
So there you have it- your easy natural daytime look with only affordable products!
Your Nighttime Routine
Now, would I be a true skincare blogger if I didn’t mention a nighttime skincare routine to make your “no-makeup makeup” days easier? I know wearing minimal to no foundation can be scary but you can do it! If you struggle with breakouts or clogged pores try Differen Gel. It contains adapalene, a dermatologist tested retinoid, and is available without a prescription! It helps to clear breakouts deep in the pores, prevent acne before it begins, and restore the skin’s texture and tone. I’m excited about Differen because it was designed with tolerability in mind, meaning- less redness and skin irritation.
Differin Gel starts working immediately, and results may be seen in as little as two weeks. It may take some time to see significant results, but with continued use, it’s been proven to work, so hang in there! *Be sure to use on clean, DRY skin.
My last tip to make those “no makeup- makeup” days easier is a good nighttime moisturizer. In the summer I don’t need my heavy duty moisturizer but it’s still important to use something to keep your skin hydrated. I love how this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Gel Face Moisturizer is lightweight but super hydrating.
I’m loving that all of these items can be found at Walmart.com. Theres a big misconception that you can’t get high quality products at drugstore pricing and every one of these items proves that wrong! I also just learned that if you spend over $35 at walmart.com you get free shipping and theres no annual membership fee! This website has everything from drugstore to high-end beauty, clothes, groceries, and more!
Hopefully you find some new favorite products here! Now go get your summer glow on!
Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring todays post!
It’s not often that a brand makes amazing skincare AND haircare products, especially all natural, but Peter Lamas did just that! In fact, he did so well that a very well known beauty retailer wants to sell his products exclusively AND all of the buyers that were given a sample of his eye serum prefer to use it over the thousands of other products they carry! Peter Lamas doesn’t mess around and that’s why I am so honored to have had the opportunity to interview him and test a handful of his products.
Who Is Peter Lamas?
Peter Lamas is a well-known celebrity hairstylist and beauty guru. He was the mastermind behind Jackie O’s hair for 16 years! A few of the other celebrities he’s worked with include Audrey Hepburn, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Kate Winslet, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Sharon Stone, and Cindy Crawford. OMG, right?!
You don’t get to be a celebrity hairstylist without having top tier training. He worked directly with Paul Mitchell at the Vidal Sassoon Salon. After years of Vidal Sassoon he was scouted for a position at The Kenneth Salon Townhouse. During his time there he amassed his amazing celebrity roster and was often used for both hair and makeup editorial shoots with Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and many many more.
Eventually, Peter opened his own salons and was well known for being on the forefront of beauty trends- he was known for his stylish cuts that were EASY TO MAINTAIN. I love how despite his high-end experience he maintained his practicality. As I was speaking with him I found him to be very down to earth and extremely humble- You would never know he was one of the biggest beauty gurus in America.
How His Products Are Unique
Being in the industry for so long, he’s seen it all. He realized that many brands are deemed luxury but in fact, are made of harsh and irritating ingredients that can be extremely harmful. He opted for a different route. He decided to create the Peter Lamas brand with his own natural beauty products that are proven to work. He is 100% hands-on for the entire research and development process and has succeeded in creating his dream line that is free of harmful chemicals and specially formulated with herbs, vitamins, and botanicals. The entire Peter Lamas product line is vegan, paraben-free, phthalate-free, SLS-free, and sulfate-free.
Let’s Talk About The Skincare I Tried First
I tested his Firm & Lift Eye Serum and WOW I’m impressed. I never really believed that eye products work but this one does! I love the consistency- it’s a lightweight serum that adds enough moisture to keep that delicate area happy. It works perfectly under makeup and isn’t a thick heavy cream that could potentially cause milia (those pesky whitehead looking bumps that often form around the eyes). The age-defying Firm & Lift Eye Serum combines 3 powerful peptides, apple stem cells, and a mineral complex to nourish skin and fight the effects of aging. The antioxidant-rich formula firms and lifts sagging tissue around the eyes, minimizing lines, wrinkles, and eyelid crepiness. It contains emblica extract, a potent brightener that naturally lightens the under eye shadows and encourages skin’s collagen production. The cooling serum gel soothes skin and visibly reduces under-eye puffiness. It also contains green tea extract, licorice, and lavender oil to repair and protect the skin.
I also tested his Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser. I’m a big fan of cleansers that lather well and this one definitely does. I love the fresh orange scent and how my skin doesn’t feel tight after use. It has soothing chamomile, strengthening and smoothing wheat protein, and detoxifying and energizing vitamin C and beta carotene.
Now Onto The Hair Products…
My poor hair. I had a major hair fiasco a few months ago when I cheated on my stylist for a free set of hair extensions.. Let’s just say it ended up with me having to color my hair 4 times in 2 weeks. YIKES. It’s shocking that I have any hair left. When I spoke to Peter, he prescribed me with his most nourishing and replenishing hair products.
Whenever I test new products I have a set protocol. I keep everything the same except that 1 new product. That way I can tell if there is any difference.
It is safe to say that his Youth Revival 5 Oil Hair Treatment Mask saved my hair!
This mask is unlike any other natural mask I’ve tried. IT ACTUALLY WORKS! I love when masks make your hair silky smooth. I brush my hair in the shower and I can usually tell instantly if I like a new product or not. This mask is EXCEPTIONAL. My hair instantly felt better, shinier, hydrated, and stronger.
So what is in this magic mask?? It has 5 oils:
- Abyssinian Oil – Smoothes hair to improve its manageability, reduce breakage and boost shine
- Baobab Oil – Naturally high in omega fatty acids- infuses each strand with nourishing moisture to help boost elasticity, smooth hair cuticles, soften locks and provide weightless moisture
- Mongongo Oil – Packed with eleostearic acid – creates a protective barrier to help shield hair from UV rays and keep hair healthy looking.
- Broccoli Seed Oil – Provides a powerful dose of antioxidants to protect, restore and revitalize hair’s youthful look.
- Kukui Nut Oil – Penetrates the hair shaft to nourish and help increase its elasticity to prevent breakage and split ends.
This mask works. It’s as simple as that. Oh and it smells amazing!
I also tried his Youth Revival Reparative Hair Oil. I tried this on damp, dry, and 2nd/3rd day hair. I love how it helped with the smoothness on the ends and made my hair look shiny and healthy! This oil uses the same 5 oils that are in the mask.
Next, I tested his Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner and again, I was impressed! This made my hair feel AMAZING. The Avocado & Olive Ultra Smoothing Shampoo uses a blend of moisturizing ingredients to tame curly, frizzy, hard-to-manage hair. Olive oil coats each strand to lock-in moisture and create brilliant shine while avocado oil and extracts treat, condition and soothe locks, giving you soft, silky hair. A combination of sandalwood extract, barley extract and panthenol (Vitamin B5) work to repair and strengthen damaged locks while amino acids and natural proteins fortify hair to prevent future damage.
Last I tried the Baobab Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. This would be perfect for those days you’re feeling extra frizzy. I have thick and semi-coarse hair that gets frizzy at the ends. This combo has vitamin E, BF, and natural proteins to help rebuild damaged hair and mend split ends. It is also very hydrating and contains baobab oil, avocado oil, and safflower oil. Baobab oil helps improve hair’s moisture retention and elasticity while beta carotene, sodium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C) and rose hips help prevent future damage for healthier, more beautiful hair.
I will definitely keep using these products in my beauty routine. I’m so impressed with the ingredients, and I genuinely love how well they worked.
Have you ever tried any Peter Lamas products? Please share below!
Treat yourself to an afternoon of beauty & mingle with my favorite beauty brands!
Saturday, June 8 from 12pm-3:00pm
Flower Hill Promenade– “The Row” (downstairs)
2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
- A swag filled goodie bag for EVERY attendee- with items from COOLA, UNITE Hair, Jan Marini Skin Research, Whish, Robin McGraw Revelation, Further Food Collagen, Smartface, Dr. Bronner, Peter Lamas, Summer Buns, Sweet Cheeks Organics, HUM Nutrition, and more!
- Brow shaping tutorials by Smartface– Learn about the latest in permanent brow makeup trends too!
- Hair extension try-ons with Cashmere Hair from Shark Tank!
- Hydrafacial demos from Pash Skin
- Oxygeneo Facial demos from Brio Skin Studio
- Learn about clean skincare from the founders of Bristol & Sussex– a San Diego based company
- UNITE Hair demos, styling, & braids
- Learn about professional skincare from Jan Marini Skin Research
- Medical Spa Consultations with Exquisite MD – learn about the procedures and ask ANY questions you have
- Learn about the benefits of Cryo with Cryo Shield
- Makeup tutorials from Tom Ford & Bobbi Brown makeup artists Francesca & Andrea
- Learn all about collagen supplements from Further Food– A women owned and operated company
- Beverages from Health-Ade Kombucha and Oh Juice
- Desserts from Savvy Sweets
- A raffle ticket for the giveaways: A free hair extension set from Cashmere Hair, Jan Marini Skincare management Kit, A Hydrafacial from Pash Skin, An Oxygeneo facial from Brio Skin Studio, the entire Radiance Set from Bristol & Sussex, A facial from Sara Elizabeth Skincare, A gift to card to CUCINA Enoteca, A custom brow shaping, facial and peel from Smartface, A facial from Howlite, gift cards to my favorite nail salon Mission Nails & Spa… and many more!
- Discounts from all participating brands & more!
*These items are subject to change
There is a limited number of tickets available and this event will sell out FAST! Purchase yours below!
This post is sponsored by Key Element I’m all about simplifying skincare- I don’t believe you need a 10-step routine to obtain perfect skin. Give me 3-4 products with powerful ingredients that will do everything my skin needs and I’m good! The products from Key Element definitely fit in with […]