July 2014

County Fair Detox Tips

Summer doesn't feel complete until you've made a trip to your county fair. A day at the fair can be filled with so many memories, but it can also leave you feeling quite gross the day after. Your skin may feel parched from being outdoors all day. You may be dehydrated from drinking too many strawberry lemonades. Your stomach might regret that deep-fried, Texas-style turkey leg with chocolate and sprinkles--or was it bacon? You may not even remember all the junk food consumed. All you DO know is you need a county fair detox, ASAP. 

If you found yourself distracted by the carnival lights or scents of deep-fried foods and didn't reapply your sunscreen, then you're probably going to need something soothing for you sun-parched skin. Refresh and hydrate your skin with Sun Bum's Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion. Soothing Aloe helps cool down skin while Vitamin E hydrates your skin, restoring your skin's moisture and protecting it from peeling. Cocoa Butter keeps your skin ultra soft and healthy-looking.

In the process of recovering, I suggest treating your skin to a facial treatment. If your skin's been in the sun all day, Dermalogica's Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque is just what you need. Enriched with the most powerful antioxidants, this masque helps skin recover from sun damage while protecting it from future free radicals. Algae Extract helps boost skins moisture while Burdock, Licorice and Comfrey calm your skin from any sensitivity. Vitamin B5 brings nourishment to damaged skin, leaving it feeling softer and revitalized. 

Brighten Up with Murad

Spending extra time outdoors during the summer always makes you susceptible to harmful UV rays and sun damage, even if you think you're well-protected with sunscreen. This risk is even higher when the clouds are out and the sun is nowhere to be seen. On these days, it is especially important to take care of your beautiful skin, reapplying sunscreen religiously and limiting your time spent outdoors. Sun damage not only leads to premature and advanced aging, but dark spots and pigmentation, making your skin look uneven, patchy and dull. If you're ready to get your skin back in shape, Murad's Environmental Shield line is a great place to start.

Dr. Murad's Environmental Shield line provides you with so many options, whether you're just beginning to see spots appear or your skin is heavily pigmented. The first step to getting your skin back in shape is to start off with a great cleanser and toner. The Essential-C Cleanser is infused with antioxidants to combat free radicals and Phospholipids to help keep skin moisturized and prepped for treatments and moisturizers. Follow up with the Essential-C Toner to restore a normal pH level and hydrate skin. It contains Witch Hazel to tighten pores and an Amino Acid Complex to keep skin healthy and resilient. 

Swim Week Inspired Makeup by Stila and L*Space

This year, colors and patterns dominated the Mercedes-Benz Swim Week in Miami, Florida. From bright oranges to eye-catching greens and yellows, every bathing suit on the runway made a statement: It feels good to be bold!

L*Space is known for carrying some of the most fashionable and gorgeous swimwear, so it comes as no surprise that they would be all over the beauty trends seen at Swim Week. L*Space recently teamed up with Stila Cosmetics to help recreate some of the gorgeous makeup looks seen on the runway.  With the help of Sarah Lucero, Global Director of Education for Stila Cosmetics, they created an Ocean-Inspired Smokey Eye. We recently featured our admiration for blues and greens on our blog, so we're excited to see more love for these beautiful colors from Stila! Check out the step by step tutorial on the L*Space Blog.


Photo Credit: http://www.lspace.com/blog

To create this look, you'll need: Stila's All Day Smudgestick in Ultramarine, All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Midnight, Magnificent Metal Eyeshadow in Emerald and Pixie Dust. Last, but not least, you'll need Stila's All Day Mascara in Black. 

Featured August Must-Haves

This August, Planet Beauty is inviting you to get in touch with your inner Parisian goddess. With two wonderful products from Nuxe Paris and one from Rene Furterer Haircare, you'll be looking radiant come fall. If you're in need of a beauty pick-me-up or a new thermal protector for styling, stop by your local Planet Beauty and check out our August Must-Haves.

Any product that instantly makes our skin glow is always a winner. However, a product that makes our skin glow AND has additional skincare benefits is a champion. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse multi-purpose dry oil contains a variety of six essential, planet-derived oils which include Camellia, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut and Macadamia for a dose of intense moisture. Work a few drops in your hands and smooth over your body, face and hair. Any areas that are rough or dry will instantly feel softer and smoother. Vitamin E helps heal the driest skin patches, giving you much-needed relief. Its light fragrance is ideal for this time of the year. 

If you're looking for a gorgeous, celebrity-inspired golden glow, then try Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR. You'll still get the benefits of moisturizing and healing essential oils with the added golden shimmer that makes your skin look Red Carpet-worthy. Tiny flecks of gold make your skin look radiant, enhancing the look of your skin and drawing attention to the beautiful aspects of your legs, neck and arms. If your hair is lacking some serious shine from too much time at the pool, apply a tiny amount into your hands and work from your ends up. 

Ideas for a Girl's Night In

We always talk about the need for a girl's night out, but when's the last time you had a fun, girl's night IN? Popping open a bottle or two of wine and spending time with the girls at home can always be a blast. What better way to bond with your favorite gals than to treat each other to some beauty treatments? After all, with busy schedules and lives, many of us have a hard time pressing the pause button. Whether you're looking to plan a simple Friday night in or a low-key bachelorette party, check out some of my ideas for your beauty shindig. 

1. Facial Mask Party:
What you'll need: Refreshing drinks (for summer, I love a good basil-cucumber water), delicious fruit salad, homemade trail mix, your favorite face masque, facial towels, disposable beauty spatulas and of course, a clutter-free sink for your guests.

Make your gals feel like they're at the best spa in town! Face masks can be so therapeutic for your skin and can give you the boost you need for a beautiful complexion. Whether you're looking to detox and remove impurities or simply hydrate and firm, Planet Beauty has an array of masks to choose from. Some of my favorites include: GLAMGLOW'S Youth Mud, Rodial's Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask and Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask. If you still haven't tried Perricone's new Chloro Plasma, you must. It's definitely on my top new favorites. If you choose a clay mask that hardens, I suggest a fun game to see which one of your girlfriends "cracks" first. Trust me, it's harder not to smile with friends around.

Now at Planet Beauty: Suavecito!

Suavecito has arrived at Planet Beauty and we couldn't be excited. A local company based out of Santa Ana, California, Suavecito has helped reinvent the grooming product industry, bringing its customers quality products at an affordable price. While their strong commitment to providing result-oriented grooming products plays a huge role in their popularity, it is their passion and love for the cultural values of their fans that has made them successful. Suavecito believes strongly in building and keeping relationships with their fan base. You can find them on the weekends visiting custom car and motorcycle shows as well as tattoo and barbering events. For this local company, it's not just about selling products. It's about a devotion to a culture, as well as the people who love and live for that culture.

Top Picks for Soft Summer Lips

Between outdoor summer activities and the occasional dehydration our bodies experience during this time of the year, our lips can suffer quite a bit. I'm sure you all know the dry, chapped feeling your lips get from being in the sun too long or simply neglecting your precious pout. Before you run for the vaseline, check out my top 5 must-haves to maintain healthy, gorgeous lips all summer long. All these amazing products contain added benefits that help combat dryness and aging, which is always a plus.

1. Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub: If your lips feel rough and flaky, then you definitely need to exfoliate and make room for new, beautiful lips. This lip treatment contains finely granulated sweet sugar and shells from almonds and walnuts for a powerful scrub. To combat dryness, Fabulips also contains Jojoba Seed and Olive Oils, as well as Shea and Cocoa Butters for a soothing moisture kick that will leave your lips feeling unbelievably smooth. Fight aging with the power of antioxidants in Vitamins A, C and E. 

2. Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex: This is my go-to recommendation for anyone looking to treat their lips while they sleep. It's a daily moisturizing treatment that helps soothe dry, broken and chapped lips. Patented Polypeptides help restore delicate lip tissue while minimizing contour lines that age lips. Avocado Oils, Shea and Cocoa Seed butters work to keep lips soft and supple while Vitamin E helps fight free radicals and protect lips from future damage. While I do like it for nightly use, it can also be used in the day as a conditioning lip primer before lipstick.

Get Sexy Cat Eyes with Too Faced

When it comes to eye makeup, nothing is more timeless than the alluring, sexy cat eye. From Cleopatra to Audrey Hepburn, the cat eye has always been in style. This fall, Too Faced invites you to get in touch with your inner sex kitten with their gorgeous Cat Eyes palette. 

Too Faced never lets us down when it comes to their fun, gorgeous palettes and Cat Eyes exceeds expectations. It contains nine new shades in matte, shimmer and glitter textures, giving you endless options to play with for day-to-night looks. Leopard, Jungle Love and Panther can be worn wet-and-dry, for a beautiful shadow-to-liner option. The colors in Cat Eyes are vibrant and contrast each other perfectly, so whether you're feeling mod, punk or vintage, you'll be able to experiment. As with the other Too Faced Palettes, this one also features a Glamour Guide to inspire you. 

A great addition to the new Cat Eyes Palettes are the new Bulletproof 24 Hour Shadow Liners. Planet Beauty will feature four beautiful shades in black, bronze, purple and turquoise. Whether you want a flawless liner or shadow, these shadow liners won't crease or smudge. Completely waterproof, you won't have to worry about your shadow or liner disappearing come lunchtime. In only sixty seconds, color is locked down for 24 Hour wear. Each shadow liner comes with a built-on smugger and a hidden sharpener to keep your point perfect. 

Featured Makeup Artist: Casie Cushing

Doing a job well is important, but when there's passion behind your work, it really stands out to the world. Some people are born with an inherent talent for something special, but when you add practice and determination to that, it's amazing what people can accomplish. This month, I'd like to give a kudos to Casie Cushing. When it comes to talent, drive and motivation, this girl has it all. 

By now, we've seen campaigns that salute the healing power of makeup. Yes, makeup can be the fun item we buy for those nights on the town, but for many of us, wearing makeup is therapeutic. Part of my own passion for skincare stemmed from the fact that I saw the need for people to be comfortable in their bare, makeup-less skin. After all, the first thing most people notice about us is our face. 

Casie understands the importance in having that personal comfort, as well. Having the condition Vitiligo, she became motivated from her own experience, figuring out how to properly conceal with makeup in a way that still looked natural. Casie not only went to school to perfect her methods, but is now one of the top makeup artists in all of Planet Beauty. Whether it's bruising or pigmentation, Casie has you covered--literally! Check out some of her amazing work, and her go-to products and tips. 

Thank you for sharing your passion and talent, Casie!

Covering Hyperpigmentation

-Apply a brightening primer or correcting primer such as Jane Iredale Smooth Affair or Smashbox Blend

Spotlight on Sun Bum

If it's time to replenish your supply of sunscreen and you have yet to try any of Sun Bum's products, then put it on your list of must-haves the next time you're at your local Planet Beauty. 

Four years ago, Sun Bum was created in Cocoa Beach, Florida and continues to grow in popularity. From the East Coast to the West Coast, sun-loving folks rely on the high-quality brand and products that Sun Bum provides. Whether you're shopping for yourself or your little ones, Sun Bum is guaranteed to have something perfect for you and your family. 

All of Sun Bums sunscreens are tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation, which is internationally recognized for its education and leadership regarding skin cancer prevention. In recent years, Sun Bum has been featured time and time again in style, celebrity and fashion magazines, winning accolades for its performance, affordability and family-friendly products. 

While Sun Bum is seen as a care-free company who loves to get their fans involved in fun contests and beach lovin' fun, they also spend a significant amount of time giving back to the community, working with foundations like Surfers for Autism, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Pipeline to A Cure, Slater Brother's Invitational and of course, The Skin Foundation. 

Whether you're shopping for your next favorite sunscreen or are in dire need of a soothing treatment post-sunburn, Sun Bum has you covered.

Happy surfing, sailing, boarding, BBQing, etc!