Après Sun

It is officially Summer and the heat is upon us! As much as I looove a beautiful beach day, my skin and hair don’t always agree. In order to combat flaky skin and brittle hair, I have gradually acquired a group of products that help my skin and hair recover from the salt water and sun exposure.  Because, what good is a deep tan and blonde hair if it looks like sh*t!

I have always been a huge fan of the Kerastase Elixir Ultime, but I recently decided to give the Oribe Gold Lust oil a try.  Honestly, I love them both.  Each one smells amazing and keeps my hair soft and frizz-free.  I apply the Gold Lust oil to my wet hair after I get out of the shower, or when I get home from the beach and decide to rock my salty hair to work.  It truly makes such a difference – especially when you have long tangly hair like mine!

Another Oribe product I just started using is the Royal Blowout spray.  Since the heat protectant spray I used before is no longer available, I decided to go with Oribe.  The damage from the sun and salt water already takes such a toll on my hair that when I blow it dry, I have to use a protectant spray.  The combination of the Gold Lust oil with the Royal Blowout spray makes my hair sooo soft and keeps it feeling nice and healthy!

I also recommend using an Oribe shampoo and conditioner! My favorites are the Gold Lust and the Bright Blonde collections.

Now, when it comes to my face, I have several products that I use when I get home from the beach.  The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is amazing.  I have posted about this stuff before, but it works miracles on a sun burnt face.  I either apply this under my tinted moisturizer if I am going out for the night, or I apply it under my Kiehl’s night cream.

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After that, I apply my SK-II eye cream.  My eyes get super puffy and red when my skin gets dried out from the sun and this eye cream not only combats that, but it also prevents signs of aging! It also comes with a tiny little application spoon so you apply just the right amount.

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It doesn’t happen very often any more, but when I get super burnt and my skin is in serious need of moisture, this Kiehl’s mask is unlike any other.  Every time that I use this mask, I wake up the next morning with the best dewy skin a girl could ask for.  I have even made Rob use it on his hands at night when they get torn up at work and it works wonders!

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While there are a million products out there for your face and your hair, there are hardly any products meant for sun burnt skin, aside from the standard Aloe Vera.  I have been a big fan of the Maui Babe browning lotion for some time now; however, I recently discovered their After Browning Lotion and I am obsessed!  This stuff is truly the best stuff I have ever used on my sun burnt skin.  It is packed full with all of the nutrients your skin craves after a day in the sun. I will apply this on top of my Kiehl’s body lotion after I shower, and then I reapply as needed throughout the day. My skin not only is extremely soft, it smells absolutely amazing! I highly recommend this product!! The best part is that you can likely find it at your local grocery store – I get mine from Harris Teeter.

XO

Bikini Season – Part II

As I mentioned in my last post, there truly is no limit to the amount of bikinis you should have.  With all of the amazing options out there, it’s impossible to choose just a few.  So, I have a few more suits that I am adding to my list for this Summer!

Vitamin A has always been one of my favorite bikini brands.  They have the best quality swimwear and some of the cutest beach coverups!  This particular suit comes in a variety of colors but I am a major fan of this blue.  My favorite part is the braiding detail on the straps – it adds that extra little something that makes this suit amazing!

I have mentioned my obsession with Andi Bagus in previous posts and how much I love all of their products.  This top can be worn with the ties in the front which is super cute or it could be worn as an actual top – not just a bikini top.  They offer a wide variety of bikini bottoms that you could pair with this top.

These bottoms are my favorite.  Since the top is the statement piece, I want my bottoms to be subtle, and these are perfect.  You can buy the top and bottoms in almost any color but this periwinkle is perfection!

Next up is this feminine suit from Marysia.  I discovered this brand on Instagram about a month ago.  They have a small collection of suits but each one is beautiful.  This suit comes in white, pale pink, and black.  Each color looks so amazing that I truly cannot decide which one I want the most!

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Another great Insta find was Molly J Swim.  This top is perfect for girls like myself – lifetime members to the itty bitty titty club!  I am not normally a fan of pink but this “dusty rose” color is so pretty and would look great with a tan.

Now all I need is for Summer to get here so I can break out all these great bikinis!!

XO

Bikini Season – Part I

Every Spring, as the weather slowly gets warmer, I start to compile my Bikini wish list for the Summer.  I feel the same way about bikinis as I do about shoes – you can never have too many.  I am fortunate enough to live at the beach so, I spend all of my free time laying in the sun, working on my tan.  However, I also feel like you need a solid bikini collection so that you aren’t re-wearing the same suit day after day.  Not only because you want to keep them in good condition, but also because you wouldn’t wear the same outfit to work three days in a row!

I love this bikini from Indah. The top is so feminine and unique. I am also a big fan of a classic black bikini. The bottoms are a bit skimpy, but once you get some color on those cheeks, you’ll be fine!

Speaking of a classic, this white Kiini bikini would look amazing with a nice tan.  I have wanted this bikini for a while now so, I will most certainly be buying it this Summer. The top and bottoms come in a variety of color options if you want something more fun!

This top from Frankie’s Bikinis is so cool.  It will probably give me a horrible tan line, but it’s totally worth it.  There are several different bottom options to choose from as well.

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 As far as color goes, I love the pale lavender color, but I am torn between that or this super cool tie-dye option.

I found this brand, Kai Lani, on Instagram back in the Fall and cannot wait to buy one of their bikinis for this Summer.  I love this suit, but I am torn between the two colors. Any thoughts? I know I have several white bikinis on my list, but white just looks soooo good!

Beach Babe Swimwear is another one of my recent Instagram finds.  I am obsessed with the color of this suit and the braiding details.  The best part though is that it appears to be a great suit for swimming in the ocean.  Since the top is nice and strapped in, you won’t have to worry about any nip-slips if a wave knocks you over!

Let me know which suits are your favorites! And don’t forget to check back later this week for the other half of my list!!

XO

Time to Tan

As I mentioned in my last post, it can be challenging to get dressed during Spring.  The weather is so up and down that you never know what to wear.  On the days that the sun is shining and it feels like Summer, I instantly reach for a dress or some shorts.  However, I personally feel super insecure wearing such clothes without a tan.  I have the type of skin that can get nice and dark, but I also lose my tan super quick.  By the end of Winter, I am as pale as a ghost.  Last year, I discovered San Tropez self tanner and I do not know how I ever survived without it in my life.

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I have tried tanning beds and spray tans, but I am not a fan of either.  This tanning mousse is easy as pie and you can control how much color you want.  However, I must tell you how imperative it is that you follow the directions.

I always exfoliate the day before and I always lather my body in Kiehls Creme de Corps immediately prior to application.  Once my lotion has set in, I apply San Tropez all over my body.  It takes me about five minutes to work from neck to toe.  I make sure every inch is evenly covered and that it has all been rubbed in, to avoid any streaks. Then once I am finished, I awkwardly walk around the house naked for a good ten minutes so that it has enough time to set!

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I recommend starting slowly with self tanner to avoid an unnatural look.  I have applied it once a week for the past few weeks and have gradually achieved a bit of color.  I certainly do not look like I just got back from a vacation, but I am now confident enough to wear my favorite new shorts on the beach!

XO

Sweater Tank (Jcrew) Shorts (One Teaspoon) Sunglasses (JCrew) Sandals (Schutz)