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nofrizz_livingproof

Fighting frizz is pretty much my second vocation.

I’ve been a huge fan of Living Proof for years now (see here and here) and they never stop amazing me with innovative products that truly work.

This super light spray has been a daily part of my summer routine and my hair has managed to look smooth in the swampy 96% humidity evenings we’ve enjoyed a lot lately here in the northeast.

What’s most amazing to me is that there’s no build-up, even though I use it multiple times between washings. As always, there’s also no parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

Win-win.

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flush

I decided this blush deserved its own post because every time I wear it—or post a photo wearing it, I get asked about it. And I pretty much wear it everyday. It’s my go-to, my all-star.

So here are the deets:

It’s a peachy-pink powder blush that’s part of Tom Ford’s permanent collection. It’s bright but blendable. Not too peachy and not too pink, with no shimmer or sparkle.  It seems to look great on everyone. My blond friends, my more olive-complected friends. It’s like the universal wonder blush.

I’ve been patting a little bit of this Tom Ford illuminator on top lately and loving the look—my own brand of subtle strobing, if you will.

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unwrinklepads

Summer calls for gentler exfoliation. I am loving these peel pads for their ease-of-use and radiant results.

A trifecta of alpha, beta and gamma hydroxy combine with antioxidants, amino acids and soothing green tea to moisturize, minimize pores, soften fine lines and even skin tone.

I’ve been using them twice a week in the evening, after cleansing with this or this.

Love, love!

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becca

I’ve been having the best summer romance of my life.

I, of the shiny t-zone and oversized pores, have fallen in love with this translucent powder. It’s been all soft focus, blurred lines and true radiance.

If you need any help at all with shine or sweat— or if your makeup isn’t faring well in the heat, this sturdy little compact might help. I’ve been lightly applying it on top of my BB cream or foundation every day. It doesn’t change the look or finish of either, and it seriously controls oil and shine.

I like the translucent, but it also comes in a tint.

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malibu1

I can’t get my girls out of the pool this summer. I would never spoil their fun, but I’ve been cringing inside at the thought of all the chlorine saturating their beautiful, silky kid hair.

Then I discovered this amazing shampoo. Unlike most swimmers’ shampoos that use icky sodium thiosulfate to remove chlorine, Malibu C contains only natural ingredients. It’s gentle on hair but feels totally luxurious. Great for both kids and adults, it made my hair soft and shiny, too. What’s more is that it protects hair between shampoos by infusing it with powerful antioxidants.

Derived from coconut, loaded with rice and flax proteins, plus vitamin B5, Malibu C Swimmers Wellness shampoo is also free of sulfates, parabens, gluten and sodium chloride. It’s the only shampoo I’m using on my kids all sumer.

And for $15 it’s a no brainer.

P.S. I still hate getting my hair wet so I’ve been logging my time in the pool wearing this miracle swim cap— under my SPF 50 sun hat.

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essiegel

I’ve been road-testing this top coat for the past few weeks and really love it. It provides incredible shine and much better durability than any other brand I’ve tried. I wouldn’t compare it’s wear to a gel manicure, exactly, though. It does chip, depending on how hard you are on your hands. That said, I baked a batch of brownies this weekend, went swimming, washed my girls’  hair multiple times and built sandcastles at the beach this weekend—in addition to my usual wear and tear—and my nails still look so shiny.

As with all of Essie’s polishes, this top coat is DBP, toluene and formaldehyde free.

Win-win.

P.S I’m also completely in love with Essie’s new  E-nuf is E-nuf for summer toes.

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