I love me some beauty products, but nothing sounds worse than loading on makeup on a hot summer day. Thankfully, I've gathered a treasure trove of refreshing bath and beauty products over the years. I figured while it's still pretty warm out, it might be fun to beat the heat with one or two of these cooling ideas.
Purology HydrateCondition: Hands down the BEST conditioner I've ever used. Period. It's expensive, one of my few splurges, but I've got some seriously color treated hair and Purology's products have astounded me with their antifade and color retention properties. This conditioner smells so deliciously minty and gives my scalp an invigorating wake up call with each use. Rinse with cool water for an extra treat.
CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Tints: Last winter I did an article for mommyscompany.com where I mentioned the shine and sheer color of this gloss. The bonus—peppermint oil used in the formula actually freshens your breath and imparts a pleasant cooling sensation. Lip balm never looked (or smelled) so good! If you're not such a mint fan, you can try one of their refreshing soda fountain or citrus flavors. Of course there's always the original Mentha Lip Shine for ladies that want the same moisture and breath-freshening features without the tint.
Fragrance + Fridge = Heaven: Years ago, on a hot summer day I got a tip from a Bath & Body Works clerk that I still use today. Take your favorite body spray and stash it in the fridge for the summer. Whenever you need that quick, pick-me-up it's chilled and ready to go. My all time favorite spritzer for this purpose was Bath & Body Works Cool Citrus Basil. It was discontinued in stores, but looks like it's back online as part of a Signature Classics Collection (happy dance!). Not too feminine, and leaves behind the nicest low-notes, especially for such a reasonably priced product. Anyone got an indie B&B spray they like? I'd be interested in trying some new ones and am always up for spreading the indie love.
Kiss My Face Moisture Shave in Cool Mint: Yet another obsessively natural KMF product that I wouldn't want to go without. While it does come in other scents, I love the tingly sensation of Cool Mint best. A little goes a very long way, and I love the pump dispenser. No nasty propellants or rust stains in my bath anymore! Best of all this formula is kind to sensitive skin and offers superior smoothness unlike any other shave gel or cream I've tried. I know, I sound like a saleswoman for these guys but I just honest to goodness love how their products work for me time and time again (and all while being earth-friendly).
Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray: Years ago I received a sample from a friend who was working a fashion show. I on the other hand worked in book publishing. Wonderful, but not as exciting. Ever work in front of a computer for hours at a time in an overly warm office? I'd do OK for most of the day, but about an hour after lunch I could feel sleep setting in. Enter my trusty bottle of Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray and some instant refreshment. Some people use it to set makeup or for moisturizing purposes as well. If you do jump over to the Evian site you must check out the Christian Lacroix "Prêt-à-Porter" 2008 Limited Edition Evian bottle...now that's designer water! I've also used Burt's Bees Complexion Mist over the years (the lavender scented one was effective), but they seemed to have discontinued the majority of their offerings in that department.
So next time you feel hot, or feel like you're looking not-so-hot thanks to some steamy weather, enjoy a cool rinse, swipe a refreshing tint, or grab a chilly spritz. You'll be glad you did.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Posted by Erin Nowak, Designer and Illustrator at 10:00 AM