An Easy Guide for a Sun-kissed Complexion

No matter what skin tone you are, there’s something universal that I find all women (men too) want to know how to master, and that’s a healthy looking tan complexion all year round. 

Since most of us lather SPF on our faces and can sometimes neglect the rest of our body, our face always ends up being a different color than our necks which can present a serious problem. While it’s imperative to protect your skin from head to toe when it comes to damaging UV rays, there’s one product in particular I love to use to create a faux glow. 

Being fair skinned myself, when I apply self tanner on my face it never really works out right. I break out, I get more oily, I tend to have to fix it with foundation so that it all blends together and frankly I don’t like spending all of that time or energy on myself. 

I was introduced to By Terry’s Tea to Tan All Over Water Mist and immediately fell in love with how easy it was to use. Simply shake the bottle, hold it at least 12 inches away from your face, and mist yourself twice, immediately blending in the product with a Beauty Blender Sponge right after. Follow up with your favorite foundation (I use Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk + Maestro Summer Liquid Summer Bronzer to contour after.)

You can also spray it on neck and décolleté area and blend it down to create an all around even color, and it dries quickly without making a mess all over your clothes, although best practice is to best apply it before getting dressed. 

What bronzing products do you love to use that you cant’ live without?

Two Easy Steps for Hydrated + Glowing Skin

There’s nothing better than when your skin feels hydrated and glows. With the hot summer months upon us it’s easy to feel like all we’re doing is sweating, and maintaining a glow on a daily basis can be difficult. 

When it comes to makeup there’s several things we can do for the appearance of a highlighted complexion, but what about starting with our skin?

It’s no surprise that your makeup won’t be as beautiful as it can be without a canvas that’s been properly prepared, and there are two simple steps to achieving this–I’ve been using Fresh Beauty’s new Vitamin Nectar face cream and mask for one week now and here’s what I’ve noticed:

My skin feels smoother and hydrated, the tone of my skin is clear and bright, and my makeup goes on so much better when I’ve masked and followed up with the moisturizer. With crushed oranges, lemons, and clementines, the mask and cream is packed full with  AHA fruit acids help exfoliate to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion. 

Are you willing to become a glow-getter? 

Non Toxic Nails With Dear Sunday’s

There’s a lot of bad stuff in nail polish. 

Like, a lot. 

I never really paid much attention to the ingredients in nail products until I learned that Formaldehyde was an active ingredient, thus beginning my freak out.

I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Dear Sunday’s non-toxic nail studio here in NYC and learned quite a bit about what goes into making polish and how their treatments and products are different than the status quo. Their polish is considered 10-Free, Vegan and Cruelty Free, and comes in regular polish and gel formula too. Sunday’s promises you won’t find anything close to toxic in their products or services. Below is a common list of ingredients found in standard polish and the affects they can have on the body:

Dibutyl Phthalate: respiratory irritant. 

Toluene: nervous system impairment and constricts functions of immune system, kidney, liver, and reproductive effects.

Xylene: can cause depression and headaches.

Ethyl Tosylamide: causes developmental and reproductive toxicity.

Camphor: can cause nausea, headaches, and dizziness.

Formaldehyde: can cause respiratory and skin irritation, could potentially cause skin cancer.

Formaldehyde Resin: can turn into formaldehyde and can cause the above.

Parabens: suspected endocrine disruptor.

Tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide: may be toxic to blood, lungs, liver, the respiratory system and the central nervous system.

W H O A .

That’s a lot to process when it comes to the standard manicure. From the calming and minimal interior, to the lovely nail technicians and candles (natural of course) burning throughout the spa, I definitely had a toxic-free time and loved the result of my gel mani and pedi. If you’re interested in learning more about Dear Sunday’s and their mission to make non-toxic nail treatments a regular thing, click here for more info. 

Are you willing to make the switch? 

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