With so many beauty products on the market, its tough to know which work the best and are good for your skin. To make shopping for these products easier, we broke down 6 of our favorite skin protection and hair products and why we are obsessed with these beauty must haves.
1. Moroccan Oil Sun: Sun Lotion
As someone who spends most of their time on the beach or in the water, I can tell you first hand that protection from UV rays is crucial. I despised wearing sunscreen because I personally am not a fan of how oily and heavy high SPF sunscreens usually air. Moroccan Oil Sun brand is different than usual brands that have high SPF protection because it feels light weight on your skin as well as hydrating. Instead of feeling dried out and heavy, the Moroccan Oil Sun location really feels like a feather on your skin while still having high SPF protection and nourishing vitamins.
2. Moroccan Oil Sun: After-Sun Milk
After a long day at the beach your skin is usually dried out and parched from all the sun exposure and salt water, and sometimes drinking water does not cut it The Moroccan Oil After-Sun Milk is perfect for hydrating your skin after a day spent in the sun. This lotion is a must have because keeping your skin hydrated means it will glow more and it allows prevents you from peeling. This is a miracle worker and makes you feel rejuvenated when your skin feels dull and dry.
3. Lalicious: The Oil
I am a naturally tan person and I usually don't burn but if there is one unexpected place I do burn, it's my scalp. I love to wear my hair down parted to the middle to the beach, but what I always seem to forget is that your scalp is not used to being so exposed to the sun since you're always changing you're hair style. When my scalp would burn it would turn red and then a few days later it would become extremely dry and peal. That is where the Lalicious Oil comes into play. This oil is to be applied to dry scalp to help your scalp hydrate once again and therefore stop pealing. If there is one thing you do not want it's a painful dry scalp, avoid this with the Lalicious Oil.
4. Hask Argan Oil
If you feel like your hair can use more smoothness and shine then this is the product for you. Argan Oil has many nutritious benefits for your hair such as Vitamin E that aid in helping you hair shine, de-tangle, and loss its frizz. Celebrities and models are known to use Argan Oil in there hair often, no wonder their hair always looks sleek and smooth.
5. Kopari Coconut Body Glow
This product leaves a serious glow on your skin. Kopari Coconut Body Glow has a great fragrance and gold shimmer that can be easily applied. If you're feeling your skin looks dull and flat try this product to give you that extra shine you've been looking for. My favorite part about this product is not only that you get an extra glow, but it doubles as an amazing fragrance.
6. Coola Sport Guava Mango Sunscreen
If you like to get out and be active in the sun, then this sunscreen is perfect for you. This sunscreen is high SPF and is spray on which makes for easy and quick application. Not only does this sunscreen have high SPF protection, but it also smells amazing and does not have the normal pungent sunscreen odor.
Try out these products and let us know which were your favorites!
Brazilian Wax vs Bikini Wax
As women, we tweeze, shave, wax and pluck any hair we can find on our body. We spend countless hours in the bathroom tirelessly trying to achieve silky smooth skin. Once it's bikini season, we freak out trying to make sure our bikini line is hair free. Every girl knows, shaving your private parts is like doing yoga in the shower...with razor blades.
So why doesn’t everyone pick waxing over shaving. Bikini waxes, are more efficient, last longer, and leave your skin smoother.
Bikini Wax Vs. Brazilian Wax
What is a Bikini Wax?
As the name implies, a bikini wax is the removal of hair along the bikini line. A bikini wax ensures that when you’re in your bikini bottom, you do not have to worry about any hair outside of the lines of your bikini. This typical bikini wax is simple, relatively, fast.
What is a Full Bikini Wax?
A full bikini wax removes the hair along the bikini line but also goes further into the the frontal part of your bikini area. Based on your preference you can get as much hair as you want removed from the frontal part of your bikini area with a full bikini wax.
What is a Brazilian Wax?
A Brazilian Wax is the next step from the full bikini wax. A Brazilian Wax removes all the hair from the frontal part of your bikini area and then goes all the way back. Every bit of hair is waxed off during a Brazilian wax: hair on the front, back, sides, and in between. Removing all the hair in your bikini area. This wax is perfect for those who like the nude feel and do not want any hair whatsoever down there.
- Brazilian removes all of your hair
- Lasts Longer that a regular bikini wax
- Avoid razor burn
It is truly based on personal preference whether you want a Brazilian wax or standard bikini wax, waxing your bikini area is better than shaving it if you want the area to stay bare for longer.
What Does a Bikini Wax Look Like?
A bikini wax looks different depending on what style of bikini wax you get. When you get a basic bikini wax, you are only waxing around the panty line. When you get a Full Bikini wax, you are waxing deeper into the panty line and when you get a Brazilian you are waxing virtually all the hair off of your bikini area.
Why should you wax your bikini area instead of shaving?
When you wax, you are getting hair straight from the roots, when you shave, you merely are slicing the hair above the skin, so when you shave, the hair grows back much faster and sometimes even thicker. When you wax, hair is being pulled from the roots making it grow back much slower and thinner. Waxing will give your skin a much smoother feel down there.
How Long Does a Brazilian Wax last?
Just as everything else in this world, everyone is different. In general, you can expect the hair to begin to grow back in about 2-4 weeks. Most people who get there Bikini routinely waxed go in once every 3 to 5 weeks. It just depends on the person.
Does a Brazilian Wax hurt?
Pain is beauty, when it comes to waxing this saying holds true. However the pain from a Brazilian wax is super quick and far from extreme pain. The people who wax you are professionals and they know what they are doing. If you trust the people you wax with, you will be fine. Almost all waxing centers use soothing oil post waxing to soothe the pain. Once you wax more then once, the pain becomes less and less as you get used to it the less it will hurt.
Where can I get a Brazilian Wax?
You can get a Brazilian Wax at your nearest Professional Waxing Center. Make sure you go to a certified waxing center that will provide you with a clean and safe waxing experience. Checking local reviews before you book an appointment is an absolute must! Overall if it is not something you have done before it is worth doing at least once to try it out.
Breaking Boundaries by Busting out the Bikini
Summer is the time when my bikini collection adjusts—the full pieces find their way to the bottom drawer, with two-piece bikinis on top. You could say it gets a little hotter, in more ways than one; but as enjoyable as days spent in the sun can be, I know that summer triggers a lot of dread for some.
“Bikini Season” and the “Summer Body” are words can invoke anxiety and stress. I get a lot of messages when the summer bikini shopping starts —although, does the bikini shopping actually end at some point? Women often approach me seeking advice about style, fit, sizing; ways to highlight their assets and hide their insecurities. A lot of women disclose struggles with body image— something I can definitely relate to—and I’ve found a common thread of wanting to overcome this and wear a bikini confidently.
Beauty In Every Size
I mean, think about it: Getting down to the skivvies in front of your own partner can be a nervous event, let alone de-robing in public. Whether you're slender, curvaceous, scarred, dimply, boney, lop-sided, flat-chested, or can hide a small child in your love handles (like me!) or a cover model… We are all imperfect. That’s life in a body. All too often these bothersome body things hold us back from enjoying time with our family and friends.
If you find yourself reluctantly sitting aside because you don’t feel your body is ready for the human eye, then you are missing out. I believe wholeheartedly that it is a great time to be a woman of any shape or size! We live in an era in which positive changes are (slowly) occurring regarding the standard of beauty. We, as a society finally understand that there is in fact no “standard” of beauty. The female form is diverse and lovely and unique.
There are a variety of female figures growingly represented and appreciated in media. Boundaries are slowly breaking, bending, blending. We have the freedom to step out into the sunlight, donning a bikini, and not be concerned about what’s going on from the neck down. Better yet, we have the freedom to do so confidently. It’s a glorious thing to drop those self-conscious thoughts like a beach cover up onto the sand, and f*cking rock it.
Getting Comfortable in Your Own Skin
A lot of women just aren’t there yet, and this is okay too. While culture, media and public mindset are progressively getting there, we as individuals may not be ready to embrace our Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring Body and bear all so freely. There are parts of us that are simply the cards we have been dealt and then there are other ways in which we can seek improvement. Either way, what if we decided, that as we are today, we are worthy of liking ourselves?
You see, body image has very little to do with our physical bodies at all, but rather, lives within our thoughts & minds. A lot of women withhold that self-love for the day that they are skinny enough, disciplined enough, and perfect enough. They say: “In 20 lbs., I’ll let myself wear a bikini.” But I say: “Why not be happy with yourself along the way?” Why are you not deserving of a flattering style, the warmth of sun on your skin, freely splashing with your children? To me, wearing a bikini that looks good and feels good is an investment in my own self worth. Deciding that you are worthy of loving yourself goes a long way.
After all, we take care of the things we love and neglect the things we don’t. Summer is a time of lightness and warmth and togetherness; of moving into new seasons of life and experiences. Let this time be a symbolic shift of breaking through your own personal boundaries and allowing your imperfect radiance to shine. It is time to move into the new season of loving every bit of yourself. And get yourself that bikini—or full piece, or both, plus a fun cover-up and possibly some matching accessories. You deserve it!
We’re all looking for a little change in our lives during the summer time. The laid back vibe of summer is a perfect excuse for us to try something new. Have you ever searched for a quick and easy way to change up your hair?
How To Highlight Your Hair NaturallyAn easy way to switch up your look during summer is to naturally highlight your hair. Any hair color, brown, blonde or red, can be highlighted in a natural way to bring out lighter tones. The best part about naturally highlighting your hair is that most techniques force you to spend time in the sun.
Use These 3 Natural TechniquesHighlights are the perfect summer look. In essence, highlights will make you look like a total beach babe. Everyone will be raving over your sun-streaked hair. Professional salon-quality highlights are expensive, hard to maintain, and not healthy for your hair. With our DIY summer highlights, you will be able to get the sun-kissed hair you have been dreaming of without the hassle. The ingredients for our DIY summer highlights are probably already in your kitchen.
LemonsWhen life gives you lemons, squeeze them in your hair. A great and effective way to highlight your hair is with lemon juice. This method is so simple, anyone can do it.
- Grab a spray bottle
- Fill the bottle with ⅔ lemon juice and ⅓ water
- spray into your hair thoroughly
- For more precision use a cotton ball to apply the lemon mixture to strands
- For enhanced lightening- Spray more lemon mixture
- Brush through your hair
- Sit in the sun anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on how light you want your highlights to be)
- Wash and dry your hair
- Enjoy your show stopping lightened streaks
Honey and Olive OilFor this hair lightening potion you’ll need something sweet and something salty. Honey and olive oil are key to summer highlights. This hair lightening technique actually simultaneously makes your hair softer.
- Heat up ¼ cup of honey
- Add ¼ cup of olive oil to the warm honey
- Rub the honey and olive oil mixture throughout your hair as if you wear shampooing.
- For more precision- Apply the mixture to the exact strand you want to highlight.
- Let the mixture sit in you hair anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. *No sun needed for this one* (The longer you let the mixture sit in your hair, the lighter your highlights will be)
- Wash and dry your hair
- Enjoy your soft and highlighted mane
Chamomile TeaThis tea not only tastes amazing but can make your hair look amazing as well. Who knew that tea could be used as a hair product. Chamomile tea is known for its hair lightening powers.
- Brew a strong pot of Chamomile tea
- We recommend using 4 tea bags for one pot
- Put the tea in the fridge/freezer until it is completely cooled.
- In the shower , and pour the tea over your head as if you were washing your hair with the tea.
- For enhanced precision- only put tea on the strands of hair you wish to highlight
- Sit in the sun anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on how light you want your hair to be)
- Wash and dry your hair
- Enjoy stunning sun-kissed hair
Release Your Inner Beach BumThere’s no doubt that once you try our highlighting techniques, you’ll have people asking you, "who's your hairstylist?" But the best part about these techniques is that they are all natural and will not dry up your hair. Keep your hair healthy and beautiful while getting a fresh-out of the salon look. Release your inner beach bum and add some sun-streaks to your hair!
Adriana is the ultimate #BikiniLuxeBabe. She's a student at the University of Miami, loves small furry animals, and enjoys a good run or swim to relax. Follow her on Instagram: AdriSarmient0
Keep It Simply Simple
One of the biggest challenges successful professionals face is achieving simplicity. Entrepreneurs live so closely with their work that the complexities of life can, and often do, spill over into work life. Managers that nurture and grow the employees they manage get so bogged down in the needs of others, they forget to do the same for themselves. Use KISS to Keep It Simply Simple!
The worst time to add more to your plate is when it is already full. Trying to take on new ventures or pushing the limits of your productivity takes some preparation. No matter how you try, you cannot add more to an already full cup of tea without making a mess! You have to make room for it, but how?
You could drink the tea or eat the food on your plate, but if they were delicious, they wouldn’t be sitting there…
Here’s are 3 of my most common tips for helping owners and entrepreneurs find clarity during a maelstrom:
The 4 D’s: Do, Defer, Delegate, Delete
If you ever said, “I have so many emails in my Inbox, I don’t know where to start!” you will REALLY appreciate this one. I learned this trick from the Regional Director at the Dept of Revenue; I think she probably received 1,500 emails every day!
Every time you open an email, use one of the D's on it so that it is no longer in a pending status waiting for you to do something with it. Here are your choices:
1. Do – If it can be done right away ‘Do’ what the email has requested. Depending on how many emails you have to get through, consider putting a time limit, too. For example, “Do” the task if it can be done right away and takes less than 5 minutes. This preserves the time you’ve set aside to get your emails cleaned up.
2. Defer – Longer task? ‘Defer’ it until it can be accomplished. Be sure to calendar big projects (see ‘Calendaring’ below)
3. Delegate – Group emails can be clog up your inbox with FYIs that don’t require action and requests that we pass through to someone else. Don’t let these break your stride! Assign appropriately right away to prevent becoming a bottle neck.
4. Delete – This is my favorite! If it’s not serving you DELETE IT. Is it a newsletter you haven’t read in 6 months? Be sure you also unsubscribe to save you time in the future.
Stop Scheduling and Start Calendaring
What’s the difference? I think of scheduling as a repetition of events. Look at the American Sign Language sign for schedule for example. It looks like he’s drawing cage bars with his fingers!!! Why put myself in schedule jail by forcing myself to repeat meaningless tasks?
Calendaring is reserving time for a specific purpose, not just setting deadlines. When you have a big science project, you don’t finish it all in one setting. First, there’s research, then experimentation, observation, and finally a conclusion. If you schedule “science project due” on April 15th there’s a good chance the due date will arrive before you even begin working. Instead, you’d calendar 4 hours of research on April 4th, experimentation Apr 5-8, observation Apr 11th, etc. Once you start calendaring, respect the plan you’ve laid out for yourself and you’ll find it easier to conform with a schedule that makes sense for YOU!
If It Has To Be NOW It Has to Be "NO!"
Saying “No” is not an easy skill to learn. I meet people every day that have taken on so many responsibilities simply because they could not turn someone down. On the other hand, we accept no as an answer more readily when presented with a reason why not. While I do not promote this as a solution, an easy out is to give a reason why the answer is no. One decision making tool my father taught me was that if the answer has to be now, the answer has to be no. If someone is pressuring you for an answer and not giving you time to think, try it. Say it aloud and see how the person responds to your logical (and well-rehearsed) statement about needing time to think. Then go with your gut. Trust yourself and don’t let pressure get you off your thinking game!
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