5 Must-Have Beauty Products for a Glamorous and Naturally Beautiful Weekend (and Whole Year)

The weekend and end of July are almost upon us, so it’s time to talk beauty. Whether hanging out around the house or going out on the town, this Dame always likes to look her best. Here’s five of my favorite beauty-related products to help you embrace your glamorous and naturally beautiful side.

 

1. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiance Cream, SPF 15

I cannot tell you how much I love this cream. And let me tell you, I do not exaggerate. Up until a few months ago, I never wore any kind of moisturizing cream on my face. I don’t really know why — I just never got into the habit. One of the main reasons, I guess, is that I was blessed with a very good complexion and have very few skin issues on my face and never really felt the need to moisturize. Earlier this year, I started noticing that my skin was a little more blotchy than normal but I didn’t really know what to do about it. After seeing a TV beauty segment on radiance creams, I decided to give one a whirl. So, I ran down to the neighborhood drug store and picked up Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Radiance Cream. After using it consistently every day for several weeks, I noticed that my skin tone had evened out and that the red blotches were gone. This cream makes your skin feel amazing and gives it a cool and slightly tingly sensation. But the best part of the radiance cream: it truly makes your complexion brighter. You truly glow.

Pros: Gives you an even, glowing complexion; inexpensive (around $10); makes your face feel fantastic.

Cons: None!

 

2. Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation

A lot of my friends don’t wear foundation, but for some reason I do. I started in high school and once I got used to wearing it, I feel naked without it. That being said, however, I’m never entirely happy with any given foundation. It’s always to orange, or too light, or too heavy on my face. Maybelline’s new Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation is one of the better one’s that I’ve tried over the years. I comes out in a mousse-like spray, goes on even like you’re airbrushing your face, isn’t heavy, and doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing a lot of make-up. Unlike the Neutrogena Radiance Cream, however, the Maybelline foundation does have a few drawbacks to consider before your buy it. But, if you’re looking for airbrush quality foundation at a drugstore price, I suggest you try it. Plus, during these summer months when many of us a rocking a tan, this foundation goes on light enough that you don’t have to buy a darker shade for summer.

Pros: Provides an even, airbrushed finish; isn’t heavy; versatile.

Cons: Color really sticks to hands/fingers during application; can stain polished fingernails.

3. Covergirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Mascara

I’ve been using Covergirl’s Exact Eyelights mascara for several years. It comes in four shades, all that correspond to your eye color: brown, blue, green, and hazel. I truly adore this mascara. Not only do I feel that this mascara does what it is supposed to do to make my eyelashes long and full, it truly make my eyes brighter. When I wear this mascara, I never need eyeliner.

Pros: Great mascara, comes in both regular and waterproof, brightens eyes.

Cons: Doesn’t give you specific color choices if you like to mix it up.

 

4. Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover

The fact that I had and still have a good complexion is something of a wonder, since I really did nothing to take care of it. A fact that makes me even more thankful for it today. In addition to never using moisturizer, I also never took my make-up off or washed my face with a cleanser. I just washed my face in the shower with whatever soap/body wash I was using. So, when I bought the radiance cream, I also bought Neutrogena’s Naturals Fresh Cleansing wash and makeup remover. I like it because it leaves my face cool and soft. It doesn’t dry it out. It also doesn’t leave my face red and feeling hot like some other cleansers do.

Pros: Good for sensitive skin; leaves your skin clean and removes make-up; gentle; doesn’t burn eyes.

Cons: None.

 

5. Nite White Teeth Whitening System

This is the only item on my list that you can’t buy at your local drugstore. I’m including it though, because it’s a great teeth whitening system that really works. I purchased Nite White through my dentist — which is my suggestion to you. Truly, always ask your dentist or dental hygienist before starting a whitening regimen so you protect the strength and health of your teeth. Nite White comes in little syringes which you place into trays (I have personalized trays that fit to my teeth that were made at the dentist’s office). While you can (as the name suggests) use the whitening system overnight, you also can do it during the day as one treatment only takes about 2 hours. Each syringe gives about 4 treatments. Nite White provides great whitening results and I had no adverse effects.

Pros: Great results; better that whitening strips; effects last for a long time with periodic maintenance.

Cons: More expensive. (Example: My dentist runs a special every spring where you can purchase the system for $100. All proceeds are donated to charity. Normally, however, the system costs at least double.)

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Well, I hope that my 5 Beauty product suggestions have given you some great ideas for staying glamorous.

Remember: Beauty products are meant to enhance your natural beauty. You’re already beautiful. Embrace that beauty.

“Fashion is an art. You express who you are through what you’re wearing.”

Lets face it, fashion is important. Yesterday, today, tomorrow, and probably everyday to come. Although some people choose not to fall prey to the latest fashion trends that invade our lives as one season changes to the next, others are right there in front leading the pack. I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle. Although I try to wear clothes that are ‘in’ during a particular season, I am often a little late to catch on and often refuse to give up some of my old favorites (I mean, really-leather pants will come back in style…right?)

Regardless, how you look is important-from the way you wear your hair, to the outfit and accessories you choose, all the way down to the shoes you have on. While I’m certainly not the most fashionable person anywhere I go, I think I know a thing or two aboutit. From hair to makeup to nail polish, these are some of my favorite fashion items/products.

Hair

As a baby and little girl, my mom often put headbands in my hair much to my dismay. Think about it-how often are you out and see a little girl with a goofy flower strapped on her head? My guess is, pretty frequently. I don’t know if most girls go through this as they grow up or if it just wasn’t fashionable at the time, but I didn’t wear a lot of headbands in my adolescence. However, in the past few years, I’ve found myself wearing more and more headbands and scarves (in fact, I wore a scarf in my hair for every speech tournament my senior year). It’s fast and easy and instantly transforms a bad hair today to something sophisticated. You could wear it with your hair up or down, braided, or in an updo. I’m actually a little sad I was so late to jump on the bandwagon. There are headbands for every occasion-from a sophisticated look in the office, to a fancy event, or to a night on the town-there’s a headband for everyone 🙂

Nails 

I admit, I spend most of my days without my fingernails painted. Although I love how my nails ultimately look when I take the time to do them, I’m usually not willing to spend the time it takes to keep up with chipped nails. However, I do love OPI nail polish when I actually do invest time in doing them.

They offer a variety of colors for everyone and have different lines that come out relatively frequently. My favorite line is the Muppets Nail Polish Collection. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wear the Fresh Frog of Bel-Air, Excuse Moi!, or Gettin’ Piggy with it?

opi-muppet-inspired-nail-polish-collection

Clothing 

Although I rarely wear them right now, I am a big fan of dresses. I love the feeling of wearing a dress whether it be to go out for the night, to go to class, or just to go shopping-dresses are fun =) I have quite a collection of dresses at home that I need to transport to my current apartment. I think dresses are very in right now…at least they are to me.