Summer Beauty Update

I can’t believe it’s already the end of June!  I have been so busy playing outside and having fun that I haven’t had much time for blogging.  Of course, I had to make time to share all my fave summer beauty supplies!

Summer Nails!

My Pedi Set, Let’s Go Spring! Guide has some great tips for getting your legs and feet ready for sundress season that are absolutely great for summer too!  To update your paws, here’s some fun hues!

Essie: Nail Polish in California Coral (.46 fl. oz/$8.50 at Essie.com)
I’m obsessed with coral pinks, and Essie’s California Coral is even brighter once it’s on your nails.  It really pops and gives you a funky look without being too over the top and in yo’ face pink!  But, be sure to check out the coral that works for you, are you a neutral or bold coral kind of gal?

China Glaze: Lite Brites Nail Lacquer with Hardener in I’ll Pink to That! (.5 fl. oz./$7.50 at Ulta.com)
Speaking of in yo’ face, this is the ultimate PINK! This color is perfectly rebellious and girly.  Looks even better holding a cocktail in your social media #draaaaanks posts, so I’ll pink to that!

OPI: Alice Through the Looking Glass Nail Lacquer Collection in What’s the Hatter with You (.5 fl. oz/$10 at Ulta.com)
Johnny Depp’s movie may not be a hit, but this amazing color from the Alice Through the Looking Glass OPI Collection is definitely a win in my opinion.  Perfect for an edgier festival look.

Revlon: Colorstay Gel Envy in Full House (.4 fl. oz./$7.99 at Ulta.com)
Revlon has an awesome new formula to help your manicure last.  This Full House color is a cool poolside look even if you’re not in Vegas!

Zoya: Studio Nail Lacquer in Moonday (.5 fl. oz./$10 at www.Zoya.com)
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring!  Zoya is chaneling your inner Star Wars nerd in a classy way with this Leia that will definitely capture the eyes of your Hans Solo. Bonus: Zoya is all natural and vegan so you’re treatin’ the environment right:)

Tame Those Tresses!

I have long hair and it’s a crap shoot how my hair will act on any given day.  From the weather being humid and frizzing my hair out to my locks getting dried out from swimming in the pool without a bathing cap, summer is a stressful time for my mane. Here’s a few products I have discovered that help you treat your summer hair needs.

Herbal Essences: Naked Dry Shampoo (4.9 fl. oz./$4.99 at Target.com)
THIS. IS. EVERYTHING.  I don’t know about you, but once I discovered dry shampoo existed it was a game changer for me.  I don’t like to wash my hair everyday because of it’s drying effects, the management of having to dry my hair etc.  Enter, this delightful dry shampoo for times when I’m lazy and don’t want to wash my hair, don’t have time or whatever the excuse is.  It’s also summer so sometimes my hair just gets oily and dirty from being outside, but then my ends are dry AF.  The price for this is awesome, especially with how much I use it (no judgements). Dry shampoo can run you upwards of $20-25 a bottle for one that works well.  I have tried numerous, and this is the best bargain for the product.  It smells great, gets rid of the greasiness, without over drying your hair which is an issue I have run into with many of the inexpensive brands. Again, this is literally everything and I don’t know how I ever survived college without dry shampoo.

Dove: Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray (7 fl. oz./$6.65 at Amazon.com)
Weather is not your friend in the summer from humidity to wind it’s all over the place. This light hold spray keeps my top knot in place and my beach waves wavey, and that’s if that is what I want my hair to be doing.  Bonus, this smells great!

Redken: All Soft Conditioner (8.5 fl. oz./$16.50 at Ulta.com)
I love Redken products for hair, especially their all soft line.  This is the perfect way to keep your locks moisturized in the summer without stripping or over saturating.  Touchable, soft and smooth is the end result when using any of the All Soft shampoo, conditioner, or leave-in products.

Glam Bod!

Don’t forget t protect your beautiful bod with the right SPF, but of course you have to look your best so here’s a few makeup and body buys that’ll keep your skin and look fresh this summer.

Coppertone: Sport Continuous Sunscreen Spray (8 fl. oz/$7.99 at Target.com)
This goes without saying, but sunscreen is an absolute must in your pool bag this summer!  I of course, will look like a tomato if I don’t lather up, but regardless I have one word for you, Cancer.  So here’s the thing, it couldn’t be easier these days to apply sunscreen so there’s really no excuse. The Coppertone brand when I was a kid would gross me out with all of it’s thick gloppy-ness that would make a mess all over the back seat of my mom’s mini van.  But these days, they have upped their game with this super sleek spray.  Best thing: If you’re by yourself it’s easy to reach over and spray your back evenly.  No splotches, no awkward convos with your 2nd cousin removed at the family reunion with a “Can you get my back?” Let’s not make this weird request.

Laura Mercier: Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20 – Oil Free (1.7 oz/$44 at Sephora.com)
If you’ve read any of my previous beauty updates, you know I love love love Laura Mercier makeup.  One of my faves is the tinted moisturizer and in the summer, I switch to the oil free version.  This is a great lightweight moisturizer and makeup solution in the summer.  The tint gives your skin the glow you want, the SPF protection protects your face, and the oil free formula ensures that you won’t clog your pores.  I love using this in lieu of heavy foundation in the summer.

Fresh: Sugar, Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 (.2 oz/$25 at Sephora.com)
You can tell I’m serious about protecting my skin, so it’s no different when it comes to my lips.  Winter automatically dries our lips so we resume maintenance of them then, but it’s super important to protect them year round!  I love the Fresh Brand’s Sugar lip glosses, so I was stoked when they released a summer sport formula!  With SPF 30, a delightful smooth glide on formula that leaves your lips soft and moisturized is perfectly natural way to accent your beach smile:)

Bare Minerals: Radiance powder (.03 oz./$21 at Sephora.com)
This whole contouring movement has got me like ???  I stick to what I know and Bare Minerals  makes it easy to fake it till you make it with a bronzer, blush and highlighters in various translucent shimmer shades and bolder bronzers and blushes that blend easily.  I love using them together, separate or even to add a little warm all over to my face.

Benefit: They’re Real in Beyond Blue (.3 oz/$24 at Sephora.com)
Summer is about having fun!  I love this funky take on mascara from Benefit, and it’s actually not that crazy lookin’ on either. I’m fairly conservative with my makeup, but it was suggested to me at the Benefit Counter when I was getting my eyebrows done that I put some of this bad boy color on the lower lashes to add some dimension and I loved it!  So if you’re not ready for a full on plunge to colored mascara, try it on your lower lashes, while using a regular black on the top.  It literally blows my mind how subtle but cool it is.  Try it!

Do you have any great makeup tips or fave products for summer?  Hit me up at NorthandRed@gmail.com, on social media or by commenting!

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Pedi, Set, Let’s Go Spring!

Happy Spring!  Here in Chicago, it’s still hit or miss with a knock on wood that it could absolutely start snowing anytime through April, but I’m hopeful that spring is hear to stay, so why not get ready to enjoy it!

It’s an exciting time to be able to dig into the bottom of my shoe bin to pull out my beloved sandals!  But, my FEET!  EEK!?  They are NOT ready for this sort of exposure. In fact, neither are my legs!  Here’s my Pedi, Set, Go Guide to getting your unexposed winter parts ready for the sun!

It’s Time to Shave… Like for Reals!

You know who you are… either you’re single or your BF doesn’t mind roaming the wild jungle that has sprouted on your legs.  It’s okay though, because there’s an easier, gentler way to shave.

Schick: Intuition Razor (Prices range from $9-$12 at your local drug store)
I love love love Intuition Razors, because even though it’s more of an investment than cheap razors, the built in skin conditioning solid helps to remove unwanted hair without dulling your skin.  Not only is it smooth sailing with less cuts when you glide over difficult areas like your knees, but this is easy and safe to use on your under arms too!

Get your glow on!

If you haven’t taken a look at my profile or social media, then you may not know that I am very pale Irish lookin’ lady.  Soooo I am like a ghost now since my skin hasn’t seen the sun in quite a while.  #ChicagoWinter #Chiberia

Jergens: Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (7.5 fl. oz/$7.64 at Drugstore.com)
There’s a lot of self tanners out there, and some a great and some are absolutely scary.  Over the years I have experimented with these brands and I always come back to Jergens.  Their Natural Glow line is a gradual way to get your glow.  Every day that I apply it’s a little bit darker and if I feel like I’m getting too unnatural I just skip a day.  They have Fair to Medium and Medium to Dark available for developing your glow.  I also love that there Natural Glow Line now offers firming and SPF versions.  The SPF version is perfect for me, because I get to look like I have had a little bit of beach time without the skin cancer risk.  #Winning  I especially love this for my legs, because even when I do get sun, my darn legs either get red streaks and are totally uneven or they just remain pale and pasty.  This is the perfect applicator after you shave to have a smooth, sun-kissed legs ready for sundress weather:)

Exfoliate Away Dead Winter Skin!

Winter is rough on the skin, so even if you keep up with your moisturizing routine, it’s always a good habit to exfoliate to maximize the benefits for your bod.

Sabon: Foot Scrub (5.1 fl. oz./$22 at Sabon.com)
I love, love, love Sabon products because of their mission to create luxury bath and body products with natural ingredients.  It says foot scrub, but this rich formula is great for exfoliating your legs and feet with a bit of menthol to refresh and hydrate your limbs.  I love to use this after shaving and before applying lotion or sunless tanner.  Your legs will look younger, healthier and smoother from any shave bumps that occur.  This is also totally great for guys too:)  Everyone wears sandals and flip flops, so you if your feet need a pick me up this is a great way to treat yo’ feet;)

Treat Yo’ Feet!

Once you’ve exfoliated your feet, now it’s time to treat them right!  Feet deserve something different than your regular moisturizer for your legs and body.  We put them through so much stress and they are more prone to get dried out that you need something stronger.

Neutrogena: Foot Cream (2 fl. oz./$4.69 at Neutrogena.com)
There’s no better deal than this!  It’s less than $5 bucks for super rich, nourishing lotion to treat those toes and cracking heals!  I have said this about their hand lotion too, but the Norwegian Formula is totally the secret sauce to making this a great product.  I also love that there’s no scent, because there’s no need to make our feet smell like a bouquet of flowers.  This lotion eaves your skin feeling soft and replenished.

Get Ready for your Pedi!

What’s the best part about showing off all this prep work you’ve done for your legs and feet!?  The beautiful rainbow of colors that you can paint your toes!  But first, Let’s get a base coat on there:)

OPI: Natural Base Coat (.5 fl. oz/$10 at HSN.com)
The best way to protect your nails is to start with a base coat like OPI’s Natural Base Coat.  Their formula helps your pedi last longer and prevents staining of the nail bed.

Pick a Color!

Spring 2016 has so many fancy options, but I’ll share a few that will definitely be on my radar:)

Neutral

Butter London: Nail Laquer in Nude Stilletos (.4 fl. oz/$15 at ButterLondon.com)
Perfect for springtime, this sheer pink shade will give you some color and class.

Red

NARS: Nail Polish in Jungle Red (.5 fl. oz./$20 at NARSCosmetics.com)
Red is always classy, and I love this slightly berry hue by NARS.  Like an LBD this goes great with everything!

Orange (Coral)

Essie: Nail Polish in Chubby Cheeks (.46 fl. oz/$8.50 at Essie.com)
This is my personal fave!  I Love corals that are not too orange-y. I’m crazy about this bright and fun color that will go with my spring wardrobe!

Yellow (Gold)

Chanel: Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 518 CHAÎNE OR (.4 fl. oz./$28 at Chanel.com)
Bright and light, without being in your face:)  This is the perfect yellow with a bit of gold in it, so you can get funky without letting your neon 80s-freak flag fly.

Green

Yves Saint Laurent: La Laque Couture Spring Collection in Peace Green (.34 fl. oz/$28 at YSLBeautyUS.com)
Such a cool limited edition shade from YSL for Spring!  Peace Green has some purple-y hints that creates a beautiful iridescent look.  If a nail shade had feelings this would truly be peaceful and serene.

Blue

OPI: Hello Kitty Nail Lacquer Collection in My Pal Joey (.5 fl. oz/$10 at Ulta.com)
When I was a kid my sisters and I had this how-to manicure book with all sorts of wild colors.  We’d try to make flowers and stars with special tiny brushes to have outrageous summer nails.  This is the perfect bright funky blue to give you an adult, but polished pop of color.

Purple

Sally Hansen: Complete Salon Manicure in Plum’s the World (.5 fl. oz./$7.99 at Ulta.com)
This Plum wonder is a great neutral, and an awesome way to transition from Winter to Spring!

Sparkle

Julep: Glitter Nail Color in Yumi (.27 fl. oz./$14 at Nordstom.com)
This Julep Glitter Nail in Yumi is a great weekend or bachelorette party fun color!

Finishing Touch… Promise!

After all this shaving, exfoliating, moisturizing and getting our legs and feet all prepped for Spring Sandal season, you best make sure that your toes are protected!

Top Coat

Essie: Gel Setter Top Coat (.46 fl. oz./$10 at Essie.com)
My mom is a traditional lady who gets a mani every week and pedi every 4 weeks.  She takes her nails very seriously and she always uses this top coat.  It absolutely makes your mani/pedi last longer and is worth the investment!

Do you have any great mani/pedi tips and tricks?  Have a great nail color that you’re obsessed with?! Hit me up at NorthandRed@gmail.com, on social media or by commenting!

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