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GEMs Of Beauty: Summer Favorites

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GEMs Of Beauty:

Summer Favorites

 

Hot town, summer in the city and the sultry breezes are already in danger of leaving my skin parched! There are some incredible new products to soothe, hydrate, and protect, so what are you waiting for? Check out some of my new favorites:

 

COLORESCIENCE SUNFORGETTABLE LOOSE MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF30

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Yes, here I am, the sunscreen nag-o-matic, back for another summertime scream-out to all you sun worshippers. And thanks to Colorescience, you can now transport your sun protection when you’re on the go without worrying about spills or mess. Providing both UVA and UVB protection without any chemical blockers, this brilliant little self-dispensing powder brush deposits the product evenly, and gives your skin a nice matte or shimmer finish. It’s great over makeup and for those who tend to get oily when using creamy sunscreens.

Buy it for $57 at www.colorescience.com

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PAULA’S CHOICE CALM REDNESS RELIEF SPF30 MOISTURIZER

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While on the topic of mineral sunscreens, you also can’t go wrong with this fab new one from Paula’s Choice. Not only does it provide great sun protection, but it soothes and diminishes redness at the same time. It’s extremely lightweight and absorbs instantly. It’s especially good (as are all the products in the line, like the serum) for anyone whose rosacea is triggered by sunlight or heat.

Buy it for $28 at www.paulaschoice.com

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INDIE LEE ROSEHIP CLEANSER

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What could be more indicative of early summer than the scent of roses? Well, how about lovely soft, clean skin, too? This gentle cleanser is ideal if you have sensitive skin that tends to redness, and it’s loaded with soothing and nourishing rosehip oil and vitamins. And it smells really good.

Buy it for $32 at indielee.com

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AVALON ORGANICS INTENSE DEFENSE ANTIOXIDANT OIL

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Another delectably scented product is Avalon Organics’ Intense Defense Antioxidant Oil, which I love to use when my skin is feeling particularly parched. It has a vitamin and essential oil-rich blend of apricot, raspberry and argan oils, yet is absolutely non-greasy. It feels instantly replenishing.

Buy it for $18.99 at www.avalonorganics.com

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ESPRESSO COLORING CONDITIONER

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If you spend a lot of time in the sun or in the pool (with your sunscreen slathered on, of course!), you already know how much damage will be done to your hair, especially if it’s been colored or treated in any way. Luckily, you can now give your tired tresses a boost with this fantastic new conditioner from Espresso—it’s made specifically for those with colored hair. It comes in seven shades so you can match or slightly tweak your color, and it leaves your hair lustrous and shiny. Just leave it on for three minutes on freshly shampooed hair, then rinse; since it’s semi-permanent, it’ll gradually wash out in just a few shampoos. And you can kiss those expensive touch-ups at the salon goodbye.

Buy it for $28 at www.espressoforhair.com

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ACURE DRY OIL BODY SPRAY

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Multi-tasking products are always high on my list of must-haves, because they’re not only practical but are cost and space-effective. Add Acure’s Dry Oil Body Spray to your list this summer and you’ll not only smell divine, but have super-soft skin and super-soft and shiny hair too. These weightless marula and argan oils can be used on your body, hair ends, dry elbows, callused feet (especially heels), even your elbows. (And the man in your life can use it as an after-shave spray, too.) Go for Coconut, Rose, or Citrus Ginger.

Buy it for $14.99 at acureorganics.com

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PATCHOLOGY EYE GEL FLASHPATCHES

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Forget your sunglasses? In in dire need of a quick boost for tired and sun-fried eyes? Grab a super-cooling Patchology FlashPatch, apply it around your eyes, in in just five minutes you’ll see your puffiness go away and your skin look much smoother, plumper, and more radiant. It’s like getting an intense, instant infusion of a serum. Then use your old standby cucumbers for your salad instead.

Buy it for $50 at ulta.com

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Remember: Heat = Damage, so take advantage of all these great items online or in stores that protect, soothe, and hydrate your skin and hair during hot and sultry months. Even if the heat leaves you feeling tired and frazzled, you can still look fresh and glam. And, naturally, without any worries of getting burned because, well, you know what I’m going to say here….!

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