My Favorite Must-Have Skin & Hair Products this Summer! Sun Bum!

Summer is still here and that often means hair care is different and also Sunscreen is a must! It’s always a must for me living in sunny So Cal but here are my new favorite to-go-to products from Sun Bum!

The Original SPF 70 Sunscreen Lotion is my favorite! The moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays and it works great on outings such as the beach and the waterpark! It is water resistant up to 80 minutes and I love the smell! It also leaves my skin soft and it isn’t greasy! I also like the SPF 15 Original Spray Sunscreen! It’s not a very high SPF so I don’t use it daily but this one works well and smells great!

I also love their Shampoo and Conditioner but my favorite is their Beach Formula 3 in 1 Leave in Conditioner because it works and it protects your hair from UV rays. It isn’t sticky and I love taking this one with me on travel. Sonny’s Original Surf Paste is a must and has great hold. It is also great for fine hair. It also smells good and doesn’t flake in your hair.

Find out more about all these products and more here.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and any opinions are my own. I only feature products I highly recommend. 

Sunscreen is a Must this Summer!

OCEAN POTION SUN CARE 

Ocean Potion Dab-On Spot Stick SPF50: Convenient, portable solution for face, nose, ears, scalp. Liquid formula won’t melt in warm conditions. Use under cosmetics, dries instantly, matte finish. Unique applicator does not pull or drag on skin. Fragrance-free. PABA-, paraben, oxybenzone-free. Broad-spectrum protection. Water- and sweat-resistant (80 minutes). 0.65 fl oz. MSRP $4.99. Available at walgreens.com.
Ocean Potion Clear Zinc Oxide FACE Potion SPF 45: Light, creamy zinc formula applies easily, goes on clear, dries to a matte finish. Great for sensitive skin. Broad-spectrum protection. Water- and sweat-resistant (80 minutes). 1.0 oz.  $4.99. Available at walgreens.com.
Ocean Potion Convenient 3 oz. Travel Sizes: Fortified with Vitamins D3 and E and sea kelp extract. Lotions absorb quickly. Orange-cream fragrance. SPF 30 and 50 are PABA-, paraben-, oxybenzone-free. Broad-spectrum protection. Water- and sweat-resistant (80 minutes). MSRP $4.99. Available at walgreens.com.

 

NO-AD SUN CARE

NO-AD Body and Face Stick SPF 50: Super convenient stick. Ultra-lightweight formula applies smoothly and goes on clear with no white mess. Fragrance-free, nonirritating formula is great for sensitive skin. Broad-spectrum protection. PABA-, paraben-, retinyl palmitate-free. Water- and sweat-resistant (80 minutes). Great value!    1.5 oz.  $6.99.  Available at walgreens.com.  

 

BULLFROG SUN SCREEN 

BullFrog Land Sport Quik Stik SPF 50: Lightweight, non-greasy, clear zinc formula leaves no white residue. Convenient, no-drag application enables on-the-go coverage for face, nose, lips, ears, or scalp. PABA- and paraben-free. No Avobenzone or Oxybenzone. Fragrance-free. Hypoallergenic. Non-irritating, good for sensitive skin. Broad-spectrum protection. Water- and sweat-resistant (80 minutes).    .65 oz. MSRP $ 7.49 Available at walmart.com.

My favorite is the BullFrog Land Sport Quik Stik SPF 50! I love how it is lightweight and leaves no white residue!

Here are some helpful tips provided by our friends of the above products:

Sunscreen Smarts: Easy-to-Do Tips

 

  • Limit sun exposure, particularly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun’s harmful UV rays are the strongest and most damaging to your skin.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use a golf ball-sized amount (1 oz.) each time you apply or reapply sunscreen.
  • Sunscreen should be broad-spectrum, at least SPF 30 and water-resistant to help protect from UVA and UVB rays.
  • Remember, spray-on sunscreens MUST be rubbed into the skin to be effective.
  • Your lips need protection, too—use an SPF 15 or higher lip balm.

 Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Information was also provided. 

Summer Beauty Must-Haves from Sally Hansen!

Summertime is a great time for bright colorful nails (and also pastels!) and Sally Hansen has you covered! I love their New Salon Neon because they’re bright, colorful and fun! It makes nail art easy to do at home! This innovative and effective technology takes neon’s to a new level of bright with glow in the dark technology. With the Textual Feeling appliques, you have the unique ability to customize your look! I like the bright colorful words and they are super easy to apply to your nails! Retails for $7.99.

My favorite nail polish is the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure because you simply don’t need to use a top coat and I love the shades! My favorites for the Summer are the shades pictured above: (left to right): Back to the Fuchsia, Jaded, and Material Pearl. You can find these where Sally Hansen products are sold!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Images: Salon Neon-Sally Hansen. Other images: SoCal City Kids.

Summer Beauty Must-Haves from Olay!

The Olay Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Deep Sea Kelp and Aloe Extract is my favorite to-go-to Cleanser this Summer! I like it because it really hydrates my skin! It left my face feeling soft & hydrated and I really like that only a small amount is needed! The Olay Micropolishing Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Crushed Ginger and Citrus Extract is another one I recommend! I like that both are affordable and under $10 too!

The Olay Whips are another beauty must buy this Summer!

Olay Whips deliver powerful skin care with a smooth, matte finish. Olay Whips are available with and without SPF in Regenerist, Total Effects and Luminous. Each provides youth-restoring benefits, whether you’re looking for smoothness & firmness, tone perfection or overall nourishment. What I really like is how lightweight they are! My favorite is the Olay Total Effects Whip. It even has SPF 25 which makes it great for Summer (and all year round)!

 

Look for these products where Olay products are sold! 

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images: SoCal City Kids. 

Launch of New Line of Fragrances that Match Scent w/ Female Personality, by Raw Spirit Founders @Walmart Using IMG Influencers

A new independent fragrance Brand

WILD SPIRIT  Launched July 14th in Walmart stores nationwide

and avail online since June 20 at wildspiritfragrances.com and walmart.com

 

Wild Spirit is a fragrance brand with real ingredients at real prices

that celebrates her individuality. What we put on our bodies

is as important as what we put in them- that’s why Wild Spirit

products are vegan, contain natural essential oils and are free

from parabens, sulphates and dyes. Wild Spirit is proud

to be cruelty free and formulated here in the USA.

 

Wild Spirit, inspired by sister brand Raw Spirit,

was created by New York-based co-founders,

fragrance designer and CEO Joyce Lanigan

and renowned fashion photographer Russell James.

The fragrance collection consists of four scents,

“Spring Jasmine”, “Driftwood”, “Chill” and “First Snow,”

each embodying distinct personalities designed to

resonate and connect with a specific consumer.  

Each seasonal name possesses a double-connotation;

some might say the Spring Jasmine girl resembles the season

of Spring- being perky, energetic and upbeat.

Or that the First Snow girl is resilient and cool like the season of winter.

But it’s not to say that one doesn’t prefer a little Chill 

in the dead heat of summer.

 

Each bottle features unique female influencers of diverse ethnicities,

shot by Russell James in natural backdrops, and shines a light

on the individual personalities by putting their touch on

what Wild Spirit is to them.

The influencers featured are IMG models

Ashley Moore (@ashley_moore),

Victoria Germyn (@victoriagermyn),

Laura James (@jameslaura), and

Eva Adams (@mevadams).

Look for them at a Walmart near you!

 

Self Disclosure: Info and images were provided. I am expecting to receive samples and will be featuring later this Summer. No other compensation was received. 

Tips to Keep Your Child’s Sensitive Skin Comfortable this Summer Recommended by Dermatologists, Theraplex® Helps “Beat the Heat”

As balmy summer weather heats up, it is not unusual for people to experience a dramatic increase in perspiration, often causing sensitive skin to “flare up.” This is especially true for children who have eczema. To help keep your child’s skin “cool in the shade,” the experts who make Theraplex® skincare offer summer tips designed to keep sensitivities in check.

  • To help keep your child feeling cooler and drier, avoid the sun when it is at its strongest (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m)
  • Apply a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. Many pediatric dermatologists recommend physical sunscreens as they may be less irritating than chemical sunscreens.
  • If your child has been in the ocean or pool, rinse chlorine or salt off with a gentle cleanser and immediately apply a moisturizer such as Theraplex ClearLotion.  A light, fast penetrating emollient oil spray, ClearLotion has earned the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. When applied to damp skin, it uniquely wraps around water on the skin’s surface, sealing in moisture and replacing the natural oils that water and soap can strip away. After towel drying, ClearLotion leaves skin moisturized for hours without greasiness. And, because ClearLotion is a spray, you will be able to apply it to even the wriggliest of children!
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
  • For added protection and comfort any time of day or night, try Theraplex Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Skin Protectant with natural colloidal oatmeal. It also has earned the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. This enriched moisturizing formula helps to relieve dry skin with superior moisturization that lasts for hours. It soothes your child’s dry, sensitive skin without parabens, fragrances, preservatives, or lanolin.

Have you tried their products yet? I had the opportunity to try both and they work great for the whole family! My favorite is the ClearLotion and it is super easy to put on the kids!

You can find out more at http://www.theraplex.com/ and I know the products can also be found on Amazon.com.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

Time for Graduation! Look your best with these products!

It’s that time of the year! Graduation time! Want to look your best? These products are a must-buy!
ZAP ZITS QUICKLY 
ACNEFREE MAXIMUM STRENGTH TERMINATOR 10
Don’t let a zit (or two) stand in the way of perfect photos. This dermatologist-recommended acne medicine absorbs faster and deeper to eliminate bacteria and fight breakouts between applications. Micro-sized Benzoyl Peroxide minimizes the over-drying that can occur with ordinary benzoyl peroxide. Triple-action power of chamomile, ginger and sea whip soothes and reduces redness.
Price & Availability: $6.49; Amazon.com
I received a sample of this one and although my face no longer breaks out too often…I did have the opportunity to try it out on one stubborn pimple and it works great!
 
 
BUZZ AWAY UNWANTED HAIRS 
FINISHING TOUCH FLAWLESS COLORS
The new gold-standard in women’s facial hair removal, Flawless instantly and painlessly sweeps away unwanted hair with a new spinning technology destined to make painful plucking or waxing obsolete. Flawless is so gentle it can be used every day without risking redness or irritation to skin, and there is no downtime waiting for regrowth to remove hair.
Price & Availability: $19.99; MyFlawlessColors.com
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MASK AWAY IMPREFECTIONS
VICHY MINERALIZING MASKS
Prep skin for the day you have been waiting for with Vichy Mineralizing Masks. If you have troubled skin, reach for the Mineral Pore Purifying Mask to de-clog pores. Dry Skin? Go for the Quenching Mineral Face Mask to instantly increase hydration. If you need a little extra boost, go for the glow with the Double Peel Mask.
Price & Availability: $20; VichyUSA.com and most drugstores
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SLEEPING BEAUTY HAIR
SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR ESSENCE ABSOLUTE OVERNIGHT SERUM
To ensure gorgeous locks for prom night, start your hair routine the night before by enhancing strands while you sleep. This hair treatment works overnight to deeply nourish your locks, allowing you to wake up with strong, soft touchable hair perfectly primed for your prom style of choice.
Price & Availability: $69; ShuUemuraArtOfHair-USA.com and Barneys
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Self Disclosure: I received a sample of ACNEFREE MAXIMUM STRENGTH TERMINATOR 10 to try out. No other products were received. Images and information were also provided. 

NEW! Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Formula is a Beauty-Must Buy this Spring! YOUR OWN, PERSONAL ALWAYS-ON SALON: INTRODUCING SALLY HANSEN’S NEWLY FORMULATED INSTA-DRI NAIL COLOR COLLECTIONS

Looking for some really great nail polish shades this Spring? Sally Hansen has you covered!

Why involve multiple bottles when a lightning-speed mani is at your fingertips? Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color’s newly upgraded 3-in-1 formula with built-in base and top coat offers shiny, extended wear in a single step. The new Insta-Dri is housed in an updated bottle adorned with a gorgeous new logo and comes complete with color-matched caps for a modern, sleek feel and easy shade navigation. The revamped formula delivers an extra day of wear and chip resistance, so you can take that nail look to go- anywhere, anytime. With up to 33% longer wear and chip resistance, up to or almost 3x as many consumers preferred the new formula versus the former. Get ready on the go with Insta-Dri’s brush that covers in one stroke. One stroke, one coat, and you’re done! The fresh updated shade palette co-created by Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole features gorgeous new hues that still dry in 60 seconds, all in a single coat. Insta-Dri is full coverage, offers longer lasting results and is streak-free, mixing form and fashion to take you from the gym to the street, all while looking fabulous. From soft, subtle neutrals to bright tones that pop, here are the latest vibrant shades to join the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® range.
Muted And Modern NEW! shades: 
Champagne Supernova,White On Time, Taupe To Go, Buff And Tumble, Petal To The Metal, Silver Stallion, Heather Hustle, Thyme Is Money.
 Bold And Playful NEW! shades
Let’s Jam, Racing Rose, Peach Buzz, Shakin’ Sherbert, Watermelon Wizz, Just In Wine, Va-Va Violet, Midnight Drive.
Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri® is the #1 in the quick-dry polish in North America. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® dries in 60 seconds, delivering full-coverage color and shine in only 1 coat. The 3-in-1 quick-dry formula plus built-in base and top coat makes it easy to do a manicure on the go!
There are too many shades as listed above to picture all of them but I have pictured my favorite 4! I absolutely love the colors and the nail polish doesn’t seem to chip as easily as many other polishes!  Look for them all at a store near you that sells Sally Hansen nail products!
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided.