Summer in the city can be relaxing — but that doesn’t mean you let your beauty routine go. Women of New York are no strangers to style and wanting to look their best, so we compiled a few of our favorite products – and tested some new ones – to give our readers the ultimate must-haves for the summer season.
Boots No. 7 Sun Protection
Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Oil Free Protector SPF 25 (for women) and Boots No. 7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Moisturizer SPF 25 (for men) is a daily dose of SPF to keep sun damage, wrinkles and age spots away without clogging pores or making you greasy. As seen on WLNY-TV’s The Couch, The lightweight, oil-free moisturizer “melts into your skin,” and gives you a boost of Vitamin E to help prevent premature aging.
Bliss Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask
You probably don’t think rubber has any place in your beauty regimen, but take it from us — you’ll love the way your skin looks and feels after using Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask. Warning: This mask can be messy, but you’ll get the hang of it. You mix it yourself (use a paper cup, so you can just throw it out when you’re done, instead of worrying about rubber going down the drain). As you apply it, you’ll feel the mask envelop your skin, so the good stuff in there has a better chance of penetrating your pores. Use it once a week, and you’ll see the the soft, dewy look your left with.
Ooh La La Bottle Cap Cuff
Put the ‘fun’ in functional. This bright, fun summer accessory will help you keep it classy and sassy this season. It’s a 14K gold plated bangle with leather detailing — and it’s also a bottle opener. What says ‘summer’ quite like this? The jewelry item is the product of a partnership between Three Jane jewelry and Ooh La La Wines, the new collection of festive, flirty and sophisticated wines. Wear the conversation piece to jazz up your summer barbecue wardrobe, rock it at the beach or accent your office outfit — just be ready to put this item to use once happy hour hits.
Malibu C ‘Swimmers Treatment’ Packets
The sun and sand are two of the best parts of summer — but they can leave hair feeling brittle. For the best quick fix for hair after a day at the pool or beach, pack these Swimmers Treatment packets. Featured on WLNY-TV’s The Couch, these one-time use helpers will remove toxins from your hair while restoring moisture and shine. After a week down the shore or weekend beach getaway, these packets and their natural UV-inhibitors will refresh your locks. ($3.50/packet or $42/box of 12).
There are certainly lots of BB creams on the market, and we tried a few of them to find our summertime favorite. Currently, we’re hooked on Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream ($39). The makeup comes in five shades, and features SPF 35 to protect you when you spend those days in the sun. It leaves skin looking polished and primed for a day at the office, dinner in the Hamptons or a night down the shore.
Skin So Soft Bug Guard
Few things will put a bigger blemish on your bare legs like bug bites. Before heading out for that summer picnic or weekend in the woods, pack the bug spray. We like Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus — it also packs SPF 30 protection. The double-duty formula is also available in travel sizes so you can pop it in your purse and carry it with you.
It’s easy to feel bloated and not your best when you’ve hit up one too many cookouts or rooftop bars. While many view juice cleanses as something best left to models, athletes or actresses, BluePrint’s Juice Cleanse is easy to incorporate into your everyday life — and will leave you feeling great. Just one day into the delicious juices (really, they’re tasty!) and you’ll feel focused and healthy. If you’re new to cleansing, the first day will be the toughest, but it will get easier — at least that’s how it worked for us. The company ships the juices anywhere in the USA, but lucky for us New Yorkers, we can pick up the items up at three different BluePrint locations across the city — or at over 200 locations in NYC, including Whole Foods.
Tinted Lip Sunscreen
Here’s another collection for those of us with a love-hate relationship with the sun. Chantecaille’s new summer makeup features a lip tint with SPF 15. Featuring a botanical blend of rose and honey, the makeup works to nourish your lips while keeping them pretty and bright. The perfect way to complement your summer glow and protect your pout, this lip tint works great whether you’re laying out solo or about to hit happy hour with a date.
Fighting frizz is a battle nearly every woman must face when the weather warms up. The varieties of flyaway fighting products on the market is seemingly endless, but GK Hair may have changed the game. The company uses an ingredient called Juvexin to fight frizz, and they’re the first brand to do so. You may be unfamiliar with Juvexin, the naturally extracted keratin, but trust us, it will leave your hair smoother. The Global Keratin Hair Taming System is a complete line of products that infuse your hair with the soothing silicone to protect your strands. We especially like the ThermalStyleHer, a heat-activated cream that leaves your blowout looking silky and healthy.
LASIO Waves 2 Curls
39 W. 38th
Need even more protection to keep your locks looking luscious this summer? Keratin treatments are standard operating procedure for many women these days, but perhaps the biggest name in the keratin business is trying something new. Waves & Curls is a new modern, customized curl enhancing system, designed to eliminate frizz and craft perfectly coiffed curls – or waves, depending on your preference. Waves 2 Curls application usually takes about 1 ½ hours. The price ranges from $150-$350 depending on hair length and thickness. The treatment is available at Lasio Studios located at 39 W. 38th in NYC, where clients are pampered from the moment they walk in the door.