The Fourth of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays. My parent's have a party at their house every year where my extended family all comes. We also have a tradition since I was a small child of going to a parade on the 3rd. My cousin and I would always be so excited for that since she would sleep over after and help out with the party on the 4th. It was always something we looked forward to! Now there are a new generation of kids to celebrate our independence with and enjoy the excitement on their faces during parades and fireworks. I'm ready for some pool time and pool weather. When I was packing to leave for the long holiday weekend, I was thinking of all my essential products for the Fourth of July to keep me looking my best. SPF is the most important, so be sure that is your #1!
Lavanila’s The Healthy Sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen prevents sunburn, cell damage, and premature signs of aging. So why use a sunscreen full of harmful ingredients? Lavanila offers a highly nourishing and safe alternative to chemical-laden formulas.Perfect for sensitive skin, these fragrance-free, ultra-sheer formulas glide on smoothly without the typical white residue often found in sunscreen. Giving everyone the ultimate in natural SPF protection.
Olay BB Cream. Get a fresh and flawless complexion from five skin-perfecting benefits, plus SPF 15. Say bye-bye to blotches and imperfections and hello to 24-hour hydration with a splash of sheer color coverage—instantly.
Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer. Provides instant hydration, limits essential water loss and prevents excess oil production. Helps firm, tighten and tone, while minimizing the look of wrinkles. Strengthens skin to better combat external aggressors
Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist. Made to replenish moisture throughout the day this is your must have for summer travel, pools, windy days, to of course beaches. Spritz on to nourish your skin and help minimize the appearance of large pores. It feels relaxing when you spritz on and is lightly scented Moroccan desert rose.
Smashbox’s Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss in Firecracker gives your lips that super shiny, extra glossy, red tint you’re looking for this holiday weekend! Price: $19.00 at Sephora, www.Sephora.com and www.Smashbox.com
Ardency Inn Eyeliner. PUNKER makes it easy for anyone to take their look from boring to bold with one slash across the lash line. It literally takes the fear out of applying liquid liner. Keep it simple and sexy with a cat eye or create dramatic shapes of your own that let everyone know youre not a girl to mess with.
LORAC PRO Metallic Cream Eyeliner in Copper. All-in-one, easy-to-use eyeliner that lasts! This long-wearing, highly-pigmented cream eyeliner is infused with Vitamins E and C and comes complete with a custom PRO brush included in the cap for a clean, precise line every time, perfect for the PRO on-the-go!
Nordstrom Nail Polish in Bikini Pink. Let your nails take a much-deserved dip in a spectrum of rich pigments. Playfully poolside to champagne chic, a shade for any and every occasion.
Features and benefits: Free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP and camphor. Fast-drying polish. Long-wearing. Reinforces and protects nails.
SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30* ($14-$16): This double-duty formula provides 2-in-1 protection by shielding skin from the sun and repelling certain pesky insects like mosquitoes and deer ticks. Formulas are DEET-free and are formulated with Vitamin E. Expedition is available in an Aerosol spray and Pump spray and repels mosquitoes for 8 hours. The pump spray is now available in bonus and travel sizes to suit your every need.
SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14-$16): Protect your family when mosquitoes are more active - dawn and dusk - with this strong, dependable insect repellent. These DEET-free formulas provide long-lasting protection against deer ticks and mosquitoes. Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease. Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus. Bug Guard Plus Picaridin is available as an Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray, or Towelettes, and just like our other favorite formula, the pump spray will come in bonus and travel sizes and the towelettes will now be available in a 16 pack.
SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Lotion SPF 30 ($14): Get dual protection from sun and certain bugs with this SPF-enriched insect repellent. The formula effectively repels bugs like mosquitoes and deer ticks while helping to prevent sunburn. Hypoallergenic, DEET-free and PABA-free, the formula contains Aloe and Vitamin E. Available as a Gentle Breeze Lotion and a Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion.
SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Anti-Itch Spray ($10): Just in case you forgot your Bug Guard and you have an annoying, itchy insect bite, this formula soothes and provides temporary relief to itching insect bites and sunburns (does not repel insects).
Don't forget a refreshing glass of pink lemonade! You can find my all natural recipe here.