4th of July Essentials!
Happy 4th of July! This is the best weekend of the summer--friends, family, fireworks, and FUN. Here are my absolute favorite, last minute essentials for this festive holiday.
Ok, first and foremost, let's talk about looking amazing and tan for this weekend. Maybe the body isn't beach ready, no problem. If you can't tone it, tan it. I usually go for an air brush or spray tan, but if you don't have time for that, Jergens has their new Instant Sun, which I'm obsessed with. The color is so natural, it dries in 60 seconds, and it's basically fool-proof. Love the foam because it's so lightweight and (your man will love this next part) it doesn't smell like a fake tan. Pick it up at your local drugstore today, use today, and you'll look amazing today.
Next up, SPF. If you want to stay away from a greasy sunscreen face, grab the Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50. This is perfect if you don't have perfect skin and want to look flawless on the beach like a celeb (I'm serious). Cover blemishes and uneven skin tone, plus get coverage from harmful rays. Protect that pretty face! It's super portable, so toss this in your beach bag and thank me when you don't have to go to work on Monday with a festive, fire-red face. #yourewelcome
Let's stick with this "Hi, I'm at the beach and not even trying to look this amazing" theme...Minimal makeup is key, but that doesn't mean you have to look haggard. Everyone loves a juicy, sexy, perfect pout. Currently, I'm on a break with my chapstick and having the best affair with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15. It's beyond hydrating and my lips are protected from Mr. Golden Sun (flaky, burned lips=not cute).
If I want a touch of color, I like the Jouer Lip Sheer SPF 15 in St. Barths. It's a fresh, pop of color, but still really natural looking.
Let's talk about sweating. Nothing is worse when you go to give someone a hug at a pool party, you embrace, smell something stinky, think it's the other person, judge them, walk away, and realize that you are the one that smells (oops). Enter: Ban Total Refresh Cooling Cloths. I tested this out in a video I did on instagram a few weeks ago--these moist towelettes have a rad, instant cooling affect plus it smells amazing. Comes in 4 scents, but I love the Energize one (light and citrus). Pick these up at your local drugstore and always keep them with you, always.
When I'm getting shiny, I use my Skinn Plasma Flawless Finish - Powderless Touch-Up Skin Perfecter. Wrapped in micro bubbles of Argan, Flax and Rose Hips Oil, Plasma Flawless Finish protects, mattefies, and blurs pores and imperfections--plus, it won't cake up or settle like ordinary powders. This lighter-than-air color protector is the perfect touch-up all day long.
Now, we need a statement beach bag. I'm currently toting around the Mar Y Sol for Eileen Fisher Sisal and I've had 7 people stop and ask me where I got it. Love the shape, style, and it's overall chicness. PS-It's on sale right now.
If you forgot to get a pedicure, forego the flip flops. Slip on some Soludos and you'll be set. I personally love the watermelon print ones, but they have a ton of other cute options--even a burger & fries combo. Available at Nordstrom.
To look extra glam (why not?), wear a classic sun hat and shades. I like the indigo, straw Salty Shorez one from Billabong (less than 30 bucks) and the new Jonathan Adler Capris sunnies--the navy, tortoise on the side is everything. This is the perfect look if you're poolside.
Now that we are looking good, it's time to get your drink on. Have you seen the new party edition Stars & Stripes bottle by Svedka Vodka? They are so fun. Adds color and personality to your bar cart if hosting a party and they have an awesome signature cocktail called the Firecracker (it is so yummy).
And, if you happen to have one too many, I've got you covered. Sip this Your Tea Hangover Tea to help nurse you back to feeling fabulous! This tea uses a unique blend of Chinese herbs to help alleviate headaches, cool the body, calm digestion, and restore any ill effects of alcohol.
Rasing my glass to everyone and wishing you all a very Happy 4th! Cheers!