Summer Beauty Essentials

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 8, 2014

This time of year means many outdoor activities for a busy mom like me. Swimming, camping, hiking, afternoons at the water park, and picnics at the lake. No matter what we have planned, we know that it will involve lots of sun exposure. Lots of sun exposure means less makeup and more sunscreen. But, that certainly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your signature look. Less is always more anyway!

sunscreen

I always use a good moisturizing face lotion, even when going makeup-free. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face is my current favorite. It’s oil-free and is SPF 30. For extra protection, just before heading outdoors, I use Aveeno Baby Face Stick on my nose and forehead. With an SPF of 50 I can be assured that my face is well protected.

base

For some added color, I’ll use a BB Cream with broad spectrum SPF. Cover Girl has a great one called CG smoothers. If you are not familiar with BB Cream, it is lighter than a foundation and is often just referred to as a tinted moisturizer. BB Cream is a great summer option. And, for those dark circles under my eyes, I like to use a waterproof concealer stick. Maybelline Cover Stick is great for under the eyes and covering up those unsightly blemishes. It won’t smear when you sweat or jump in the pool.

touch ups

If I’m not planning on getting in the water, I will add a few more touches of color to my face. Blistex Lip Vibrance provides SPF 15 to help keep those lips protected, but the best part about it is that provides a sparkly shine while keeping the harmful rays from causing damage. Cover Girl has a great waterproof mascara that I love – Exact Eyelights - since you can never be absolutely sure you won’t be splashed or thrown in the pool! Adding  just a bit of liner at the inside corner of your eyes will create that fresh eye-popping look that is perfect for summer days. (I use this one.) And, don’t forget to keep the shine away with Cover Girl Pressed Powder.

makeup remover wipes

Since everything I put on my face each day in the summertime is waterproof, I like to use Neutrogena’s Cleansing Towelettes to clean it all off at the end of the day. They are ultra soft, remove all traces of makeup – including waterproof mascara – and leave my skin silky smooth.

sunglasses

Now, in addition to the sunscreen to protect my face, sunglasses are a must for bright sunny days. Just last week, at my yearly eye exam, I was told that my eyes have actual sun damage… not only did I not believe that possible, but it certainly is no good! Keeping that UV protection over my eyes is the best way to prevent even more damage, and you can be assured I won’t forget my shades again!

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My Summer Essentials

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 7, 2013

I love Summertime. These hot days mean beach towels and flip-flops, sunshine and bronzed skin. Lounging by the pool and picnics at the beach are how I dream of spending the warm afternoons.

When I’m not packing for a big move, that is.

Anyway, there a few items that have become some of my must-haves for this season.

My Summer Essentials

I’m a California girl, so flip-flops are a must for me. In fact, I wear flip-flops most days, hot or cold. My new Havaianas SLIM PARADISOs (in Salmon) are my latest favorites. I can wear them with anything – pants, shorts, and skirts. Love them.

My iPhone 5 is very well protected with the Otterbox Armor case. Not only is it sandproof, but it is also waterproof and shockproof. This case is a bit bulkier than I’d like for it to be, but I know my phone is well protected while we’re trying to stay cool.

I don’t go anywhere without covering my face in Loreal’s Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Liquid Silk Lotion for Face. This light lotion gives UVA/UVB Protection with an SPF of 30. It’s also water resistant and never becomes shiny or greasy. This lotion is perfect for a makeup base on hot and sunshiny days.

Humid summer days are the worst for my frizzy, curly hair. Loreal’s Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Xtreme Straight Crème is perfect for up to 72 hours of smooth frizz control.

Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting SPF 8 Lip Balm with Passion Fruit is the only balm I put on my lips when I’m out in the sun (unless I brush on a light lipgloss). I get nasty cold sores from overexposure, so protecting my lips from the sun is uber important.

What items are on your summer essentials list?

 

Disclosure: All items listed above, with the exception of the lip balm, were some of those given to me on my #JerseyLove trip last month. All opinions are mine – they really have become my favorites!

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Land’s End Swimwear

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 9, 2010

If you read my maternity fashion post from the other day, you will not be surprised to hear that I have never owned a maternity swimsuit. Now, before you assume that I don a tank and a pair of shorts to the pool, let me tell you that I don’t have a problem bearing my belly. Shocker, I know.

As you can imagine, I was thrilled when Lands’ End approached me and asked if I would like to choose a swimsuit and tell you about it. Now, they don’t sell maternity wear, but I didn’t have a hard time building my “perfect suit.”

Photobucket On LandsEnd.com I went directly to the Mix & Match Separates and chose a Beach Living combo – the Sweetheart Bikini Top and the Ruffle Mini SwimMini – both shown here and both on sale!

I wore my new suit for the first time last week and could not be happier… This combo is comfortable, modest, and flatters even a very pregnant body. I’d show you a picture of me wearing the suit, but that would be a shocker!

If you’re anything like me and wait until summer is half over to hit the pool, or if you want to stock up for next year, check out the great sale at Lands’ End – You can save 40% or more on swimwear for the whole family!

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