Summer is here, so be sure to keep hair and skin feeling, looking and smelling summer ready with great, must have beauty products available now. It’s impossible to hide behind a girdle, hat and heavy makeup during the bright, hot summer weather. Summer is a time to come out and shine, keep fit, look and stay healthy. With some of the best beauty, fragrances, haircare and skincare products available, there’s no excuse not to look and feel your best.
Below are a dozen of the most sort after products out in the market today with different price points to meet everyone’s unique beauty, hair care and skin care needs:
1. Elixir by Shakira is the newest fragrance from the super sexy international songstress! Elixir by Shakira is an alluring, mysterious oriental fragrance and is a stunning interpretation of a powerful femininity inspired by an exotic sensuality. A little bit of this elixir goes a long way, as it lasts all day long, and it smells as beautiful and sexy as how Shakira’s dress in the ad for this fragrance. The story of Elixir takes place in the deserts of Morocco, evoking images of the sun setting over golden sand. Neroli flower mixed with the exotic freshness of white pepper provides the opening of this oriental fragrance. The top note gives way to a feminine floral heart composed of freesia and peony wrapped in a fruity, velvety apricot skin accord. Elixir’s bottom note reveals a balsamic mix of benzoin and sugar cane, with white cedar wood, musk and warm amber. Elixir by Shakira retails for $29 – $36 USD, and is available at Kohl’s and Sears.
2. Elysee YouthSpan A.G.E. Control Gel Therapy Masque ($40) is the newest product that was just launched by Elysee Scientific Cosmetics. It helps improve tired, dull and lackluster skin with a combination of vitamins, carbohydrates and amino acids to help optimize the skin’s own natural defenses to fight the look of premature aging. This intensive gel therapy masque helps revitalize skin and addresses the consequences of skin glycation in a multitude of ways. This masque is amazing and works very well on sensitive skin too. The sun’s rays can damage skin, making it look dull and tired. Simply use this masque at night before bed, and skin will glow and feel so silky, soft and smooth the next morning!
3. Kandi Store is a new online boutique that provides high quality cosmetics, in addition to intimate apparel. For those who love mineral based makeup, Kandi Store’s makeup is high quality, natural and mineral based, so it’s very good for skin. The eye liners ($12) are creamy pencils with high color density and opaque pigment to create a dramatic look. They’re waterproof, so they stay on and don’t fade or smudge. Kandi Store’s Au Natural Lip Gloss ($12.50) comes in six luscious shades, are very hydrating with just the right amount of color and added natural nourishing ingredients for a gloss that soothes lips instantly. Au Natural glides are not sticky at all, and goes on lips smoothly, creating a gorgeous kissable pout. Their Mineral Pressed Face Powder ($22) comes in eight shades that can be mixed to match everyone’s unique skin color. They’re fortified with antioxidants to heal, soothe, and protect skin, while giving sheer coverage to deliver flawless skin.
4. Lierac Paris skincare will help get everyone get bikini ready this summer, thanks to Lierac’s Morpho Slim Stomach Waist ($52) and Body Slim ($55)! Pregnancy, menopause and slower metabolism may cause lack of firmness and weight gain, but these dreadful body changes can be delayed and prevented with a topical slimming treatment in additional to healthy nutritian and exercise. After approximately two-four weeks of use, Morpho Slim Stomach Waist will contour, firm, refine and tone waistline and stomach, so you look beautiful in your favorite bikini, dress, skirt and shorts this summer. Body Slim is a multi-action body concentrate that really works to improve skin quality and correct cellulite, dimpled skin, loss of firmness and water retention. You’ll feel the difference in skin immediately, and after approximately two weeks of use, skin will be much firmer, hips and thighs will be slimmer.
5. MAC make-up is timeless and has been beautifying classic and modern women all over the world, such as but not limited to working women, celebraties, models and hardworking, multi-tasking moms. Some of MAC’s top products, as well as Gordon Espinet, MAC’s creative and talented director’s favorite MAC products that never fails to deliver a beautiful and flawless look for the face and body are: i) Prep and Prime Skin Smoother ($30) is an incredibly velvety skin perfecting primer that instantly fills in fine lines and wrinkles to deliver a flawless and smooth look. It instantly softens skin, evens skintone and mattifies. It comes in a sexy compact that’s perfect for use any time, and any where so there’s no reason not to look beautiful all the time. ii) Face and Body Foundation ($35) is a miracle foundation that will be sure to hide imperfections and get you bikini-ready this summer! It hides veins, acne, dark circlesand doesn’t rub off, so it’s perfect to use during the hot summer weather. This amazing water-resistant foundation for face and body is hydrating, very light and goes on naturally in a sheer way, that allows for adding more coverage when needed. It’s available in 13 shades, so this works for everyone’s unique skin tone. This is one of Gordon Espinet’s favorite backstage staple at fashion shows, as he uses it to make every one of his models gorgeous and runway ready within minutes! iii) The Studio Sculpt Concealer ($18) is a top-favorite concealer that is very cream, long wearing, water resistant, and gives full coverage with a very natural matte finish. Just a little bit goes a long way to cover age spots, blemishes, dark circles, scars, and other imperfections.
6. Me and The Girls wins coveted award of “Best New Product” at the 2012 HBA Global Beauty Expo at Jacob Javits Center, NY on June 19, 2012. A great way to experience this wonderful new beauty product, is to try a trial kit of its top sellers. The Mini Beauty Luxury Trial & Travel Set ($48) contains all of their intensely moisturizing and therapeutic products, such as a mini versions of: Limonum Body Scrub, Lavandula Revive Softening Creme, Moon Anti-Aging Night Facial Moisturizer, Moon Serum, Lavandula Revive Foot Scrub, bamboo spoon and signature travel bag. The anti-aging night facial moisturizer will make your skin feeling so hydrated and rejuvenated in the morning, and the Lavandula Revive Food Scrub makes rough feet feeling soft and smelling so clean and fresh! This wonderful trial kit is perfect for travels, your weekend bag or gym bag, so you’re skin always looks beautiful, hydrated and youthful. School’s around the corner, so this makes a great beauty care package for a special loved one getting ready to live on school campus.
7. Miracle Skin Transformer, by the beautiful Sarah McNamara will surely protect skin from the hot summer sun, and make it look flawless and beach ready this summer! The makers of the best concealer to cover skin’s imperfections, Miracle Skin Transformer Treat and Conceal Eye and Face Concealer ($36, this hides skin’s imperfections and make skin look so natural, as if you’re not wearing any makeup at all) came out with SPF20 Body ($34) and SPF20 Face ($48) this summer. The SPF20 Body is a quality, high performance, long lasting body treatment with SPF 20 and a streak-free tint that will make arms, legs, and decollete skin look firm, silk, soft, smooth and flawless, so you’re bikini ready this summer! Powerful moisture magnets such as jojoba oil, soy amino, and hyaluronic acids relieve dry skin and marine ingredients from a unique ecosystem in the rims of the French Polynesian islands help enhance skin’s strength and resilience. The SPF20 Face is a five-in-one formula that hydrates, primes, enhances, mattifies, and protects face during the summer and perfect for all year round too. It’s so amazing, in that it instantly gives skin a hydrating base, primed smooth finish, effective and weightless coverage, and SPF 20. It also improves skintone, luminosity, and texture, while minimizing pores, fine lines, and imperfections, so skin looks radiant, and flawless. Miracle Skin Transformer is one of the best beauty and skincare brands out in the market today, and it’s a must-try for any one who hasn’t experienced this amazing brand yet.
8. Molton Brown Londinium fine fragrance is the perfect fragrance this season by the iconic British brand! The Olympics are here, with athletes from around the word gearing up for the greatest competition! Now is a great time to celebrate this Summer’s Olympic Games in London with Molton Brown’s Londinium. The Londinium consists of a warm whisky note of the lead ingredient malt accord, which gives this woody fragrance a spicy heart, plus oakmoss and myrrh blended with refreshing top notes of wild juniper and bergamot. This fine fragrance, Londinium retails for $140, is available now at Saks Fifth Avenue, Molton Brown Stores and www.moltonbrown.com.
9. M. Steves Skincare founded by Mally Steves Chakola consists of five multi-use, multi-benefit, skincare products. Rose Hip Seed Oil is the signature global ingredient is best recognized for its skin rejuvenation and anti-aging properties. It’s so incredibly rich in natural compounds, including powerful antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids, linolenic, linoleic and oleic acids such as Omegas 3, 6 and 9. The Ultra Nourish Boost ($48) can be used alone or with the other four of M. Steves’ products to maximize its effectiveness. This ultra nourish boost is very luxurious on skin, as it hydrates skin, makes it feel rejuvenated and supple in after only two weeks of use. The Power Packed Purifying Cleanser ($28) is gentle on skin, and effective to clean dirt, oil, makeup, making skin feel so clean, nourished and refreshed. The Power Packed Reviving Exfoliator ($36) is versatile, because it works as a microdermabrasion treatment, fruit enzyme and alpha hydroxy acid peel, and a deep cleansing mask! M. Steves skincare is free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, synthetic dyes, sulfates, petrochemicals and are not tested on animals, and is available at msteves.com.
10. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics makes a great concealer ($20), formulated from the finest vegan ingredients, that are paraben free, and also free of silicone, petroleum and fragrance. The concealers can be blended to get a perfect match on each individual’s specific skin tone, looks very natural on skin and lasts all day. It nourishes and hydrates skin with cocoa extract, aloe leafe extract and vitamin E for coverage. This brand has been well known by professional makeup artists, and now becoming a favorite for those who prefer 100% vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics.
11. Pureology will pamper all hair types to the utmost luxurious level with its new Precious Oil haircare system, which consists of: i) Green Seal Certified Versatile Caring Oil ($40; 4.2OZ or $12; 1OZ), the first 100% biodegradable product free of silicone and parabens; ii) Shamp’Oil, is an oil-infused Zero Sulfate product that penetrates deep into the hair fiber to deliver four times the active ingredients to drastically replenish hair from the inside out ($29; 8.5OZ); and iii) Oil-infused Condition ($29; 8.5OZ) and Softening Masque ($50; 5.2OZ), which will make hair feel so incredibly luxurious after the first use. The hot and humid weather can make hair dry, dull and frizzy, so be sure to use the Shamp’ Oil and Oil-infused Condition in place of your regular shampoo and conditioner. For a very special treat, use the Precious Oil Softening Masque for a luxurious, intense deep-penetrating treatment to nourish and fortify hair cuticle. Thanks to Pureology’s Precious oil haircare, it’s possible for summer hair to be smooth, sleek, shiny and healthy! These products meet the highest standards of health and safety, in addition to having a minimal impact on the environment, so you know it will enrich your hair, and enable longer lasting color for those who color their hair. Another great hair product that Pureology launched this summer is the Control Twist High Hold Liquid Wax, which redefine’s short, long or layered hair, while enhancing shine and vibrant color. This high hold liquid wax is very versatile and can be used on wet or dry hair, as a soft conditioning gel to create lasting tousled waves or simply shiny, sleek and smooth looking hair. It contains potent antioxidants and full spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens to protect hair from the damaging sun, while making hair shiny and gorgeous even in the hot, humid summer weather. $24 for 2.5oz;
12. Sultra Hair Extensions ($18) are perfect for adding some electrifying color to summer hair, as they come in all colors as well as cheetah prints! They’re made with 100% Indian Remy hair, so it blends beautifully with any style and can be curled or straightened with Sultra heat styling tools, such as The Seductress, a Curl, Wave and Straight One-Inch Iron ($210). This is one of the best and most versatile hair irons out in the market today, because it creates long-lasting shiny curls, waves and straight hair. You can style your own hair or Sultra Hair Extensions, giving hair beautiful, long-lasting curls, sexy waves, and sleekstraight styles. It heats quickly, very easy to use, makes hair sleek and shiny, and does not dry out hair at all. After one try of The Seductress, you will be faithful and loyal to it, because it really does what it promises, and the result is simply beautiful, shiny, healthy looking hair.