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Summer Finds to Glow Head to Toe: Beach Reads, Skincare, Haircare & more…
Summer is in full swing, but many of us still didn’t get to do anything fun. Yep, that’s me, I’m that “someone”. Somehow, summer is slipping away and yet I haven’t participated in any of the activities on my bucket list, so I decided to finally do something about it. My husband and I picked the dates and cleared our schedules [he’s a lot busier than I am] for some summer adventures, and we’re both so excited! First stop – hiking in Yosemite National Park; second stop – beach fun in Hawaii; plus two more unconfirmed trips that we aren’t sure about yet. Not going to lie, the recent fires at Yosemite had us worried, but it sounds like the situation is under control now. And going to Hawaii has always been a dream of mine, so I can’t believe it’s actually happening! With that said, I’d love to share some of my latest summer finds that I plan to bring along on my adventures. And who knows, maybe it will help you discover something new as well, to make those remaining summer days a little bit brighter, glowier and more fun!
1 // Amopé™ is the latest addition to my collection of Amope footcare foot files. I bought my first one years ago and periodically upgrade them when the latest version comes out. This is hands down my favorite way to achieve sandal-ready, smooth feet, and it’s so easy to use, too! The exfoliating spinning attachment is sprinkled with finely ground diamond crystals that make my feet feel super soft after one use. This device is designed to be used on both wet and dry feet, although I personally prefer dry because it seems to remove more dead skin that way. By the way, Target is currently running a special promo, if you want to try out this pedicure device for yourself!
2 // Trust Fund Beauty/TFB is a woman-owned indie brand whose products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, boasting certifications from CF giants like Leaping Bunny & PETA. I used their 21-free nail polish before and always loved the smooth, even coverage and fun fashion-forward hues. This neon lime shade named after my favorite summer drink – Skinny Margarita – is made with love in the USA! TFB Lip Oil is a new-to-me discovery and I’m loving it so far. It’s not sticky at all, smells like vanilla, and leaves my hopelessly parched lips soft and well-moisturized, thanks to added Vitamin E. It also works wonders as a lipstick topper, or even as a dewy skin highlighter in a pinch.
TFB is currently offering a special coupon TFBXBB for 15% off your first purchase at trustfundbeauty.com.
3 // Kensington Books has a couple interesting female-driven summer reads that are full of suspense and plot twists you don’t see coming. The Girl Who Survived by Lisa Jackson (Indie Bookstores // Amazon) is a psychological thriller that puts a creepy spin on the classic “Final Girl” trope, in the best traditions of slasher horror movies. The Wife Before by Shanora Williams (Indie Bookstores // Amazon) features a diverse cast of characters and a protagonist with a traumatic past, exploring issues like houselessness, financial insecurity, and relationship abuse. Both books are easy to read and make the perfect beach or poolside companions. You bet I’ll be bringing both of these on my 15-hour flight to/from Hawaii!
4 // The Good Patch makes wearable wellness patches that can be worn daily to address various concerns. Each patch is covered with a thin layer of sustained release formula that gets slowly delivered through the top layer of your skin over 12 hours. So far I tried two varieties, and I love how easy they are to use. B12 Awake is infused with Caffeine, Green Tea, and Vitamin B12 to give your day a jumpstart, perfect for those early mornings or mid-afternoon slumps. Rescue contains DHM, Green Tea, and Vitamin B1 to help bounce back after a night out. It’s recommended to apply beforehand to get the best benefits. The best place to wear these is on the inside of the wrist, but any clean and dry venous area will do.
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5 // DAX Haircare offers several summer-perfect products to help nourish sun-scorched hair and style without using silicones. This brand has been making hair products for over 65 years to help men and women of all ethnicities maintain beautiful hair, using only top notch ingredients, like mango, kokum, shea butter, and broccoli seed oil. DAX for Naturals Protein Treatment is the perfect deep conditioning treatment for dry and damaged hair; it works wonders as a detangler and helps reduce breakage. DAX for Naturals Styling Pomade is a silicone-free styling paste that adds shine, definition, and texture.
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6 // IMAGE Skincare piqued my interest of course, especially their PREVENTION+® daily matte moisturizer SPF 30. I have fair skin that burns very easily, so for me wearing SPF every day is absolutely essential. A good formula is very important for a product that goes on my face, and this sunscreen has just the right texture and feel. It spreads on the skin easily, leaving a faint light cast that eventually disappears. This moisturizer features both physical and chemical sunscreens to provide a solid broad-spectrum protection. I would normally wear a serum underneath, but with the high temps outside, everything feels too heavy, except toners and mists. VITAL C hydrating facial mist makes a great companion to the sunscreen, and you can use it throughout the day to refresh and hydrate the skin.
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How’s your summer going so far? Are you planning any fun trips or staycations? Have you been to the beach or pool this year? Share in the comments below!