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This week I decided to pick up a can of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Tan Glow because my legs were covered in mosquito bites. Mosquitoes love my blood, and in less than 30 minutes, one mosquito single-handedly  bit me 10 times! It somehow got in the house and launched its sneak attack! Needless to say I didn’t feel a thing until the bites started itching. Oh and did I mention I’m allergic! My bites swell up and get as large a quarter! Seriously, if it wasn’t for our precious Eco-system, I would riot Death to all Mosquitoes!

So I needed “foundation” to cover up my “zits”, because my legs looked terrible. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs comes in an aerosol can. You simply spray it on your hands and rub it into your legs. It gives your legs streak free coverage. I applied a light layer all over my legs, then I went back in and sprayed the larger mosquito bites with some more. I blended away the excess product and I had the urge to set it with powder, typical makeup girl!

The spots didn’t completely vanish, but it did help camouflage them enough so they weren’t that noticeable. My legs looked even-toned and pretty. I had on a black skirt that day and I must say that my airbrushed legs helped polish my look. Before applying, I made sure I had an even skin surface by shaving and exfoliating. I also applied lotion to my legs about an hour before spraying them. The color was also a perfect match for me and bended away easily. It’s also great for covering up varicose veins, skin discolorations and enlarged pores. I’m glad I tried it.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs $14.99

Essie Bikini So Teeny is a bright cornflower blue. It reminds me of the Crayola Crayon Periwinkle blue, so I think this polish gives my hands a youthful and playful look. It’s different from the other colors in the collection, but it’s still very summer appropriate. It’s blue like the summer sky! Well now that I think about it, Essie’s summer collection features a wide range of colors that are very different from one another. Within in the collection there is a pink trio, but the others are all from different color families. I enjoyed this collection, can’t wait to see what Essie has in store for the fall.

Essie Bikini So Teeny $8

Today is going to be one of the hottest days the tri-state area has seen so far this year. On super hot days, I like to keep my makeup to the bare minimum. But sometimes the day calls for a full face of makeup, so here are my tips for a melt proof look that will keep you looking beautiful during a heat wave!

Prime. Before you apply your foundation, you should first apply a primer. A primer works like spackle, it fills in any skin “imperfections” you may have. This leaves your skin smooth, even, and ready for your foundation. Look for a primer with shine control and that’s oil-free. I like Avon Magix Face Perfector and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.

Foundation. Choose an oil-free mattifying foundation. These foundations help keep shine at bay and don’t clog pores. Try Mac Matchmaster Foundation or bareMinerals Matte Foundation. They both contain SPF, which is absolutely necessary in this type of weather.

Set. After applying your foundation, set it with a powder. The powder will set your look and keep your foundation in place. You could also blend in some bronzer to contour your face. The bronzer will give  your face a healthy glow, which can help tone down the matte look. I like to set my makeup with bareMinerals Mineral Veil, I also like Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder.

Extra Touches. Use a water proof mascara and eyeliner. Stay away from cream eye shadows! Bring your powder and/or blotting papers with you for touch ups. Bobbi Brown makes a good long wear eyeliner.

Clear is a new brand of hair care products that you can buy at mass retailers like Target and Walmart. Their hair care philosophy is “beautiful hair starts at the scalp.” Clear shampoos and conditioners gently cleans and nourishes scalp and hair. It’s formulated with Nutrium 10, a blend of nutrients and vitamins.

I decided to try Clear’s 7 day Starter System which includes 2 Total Care nourishing shampoos and 1 Total Care nourishing conditioner. The Total Care line is suitable for all hair types.

I have mixed feelings about this product. First and for most, I wish it didn’t contain sulfates. Sulfates are added to shampoos to boost the detergents and create more of a foamy lather. They are not necessary and can be really harsh on your hair. I have used sulfate free shampoos for over 4 years now and apparently my hair has gotten used it. After shampooing my hair felt pretty normal. I remember once I tried out an apple scented Bedhead shampoo that left my hair feeling like hay! Luckily the Clear shampoo didn’t do that. The shampoo has a great scent and has a creamy white texture, not runny at all. I made sure to really work it into my scalp, in hopes that it might remove product residue that might get left behind.

The conditioner was also nice. It’s really thick and moisturizes well. It’s an average conditioner that gets the job done.

After my hair was fully air-dried, I noticed that I had more volume than usual. My hair also felt a bit drier than usual, but I must say that in addition to my regular conditioner, I also use a deep conditioner by Renpure. I leave it in for about 3 minutes before rinsing. I didn’t use it this time around because I didn’t want it to affect my review.

Two days and one workout later, I have noticed that my roots are not as oily as they usually are. This is a plus because my roots get oily really quickly.

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy $4.99

Clear’s 7 day Starter System available at Target for $3.99

Essie All Tied Up is a bronze polish with a hint of golden shimmer. This nail color is a neutral color compared to the rest of the Bikini So Teeny Collection; but bronze is a summer staple, so I guess Essie just had to squeeze this one in. It’s a nice shade, it reminds me of a limited edition polish by L’Oreal Paris that I got last summer called Terra Glow. I’m really into the bright nail polish trend right now, so this shade might retire early.

Essie All Tied Up $8

Related:

Essie Off The Shoulder

Essie Mojito Madness

Essie Cascade Cool

Essie Fear or Desire

Essie Cascade Cool is a creamy cotton candy pink. It’s much lighter and cooler than Essie Off The Shoulder. Great formula, goes on smooth and even. It’s a very pretty pink that can be worn to special occasions.

Essie Cascade Cool $8

Related:

Essie Off The Shoulder

Essie Mojito Madness

Essie All Tied Up

Essie Fear or Desire

Avon recently launched their new Avon Glow line inspired by summer sun beauty. The collection features an array of bronzers, glosses, and eye liners. I wanted to try out the collection so I ordered the Avon Glow Lip Gloss in Coral. It’s a sheer gloss with lots of shine. It’s not sticky and feels smooth on my lips. It’s formulated with SPF 15 to help protect your lips from the sun. I would have liked to see more color; it’s so sheer that I think all four shades probably look the same! It also has a hint of shimmer which is barely visible. I had higher hopes for Avon Glow!

Avon Glow Lip Gloss .24 fl. oz.$7

For a limited time on macys.com , get a free gift from Estée Lauder with an Estée Lauder skincare or foundation purchase of $35. The free gift includes:

  • Take It Away Total Makeup Remover, 1 oz
  • Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Pink Parfait
  • Lip Conditioner
  • Sumptuous Mascara in Black
  • Comb
  • Graphic Beach Tote

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Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme SPF 15, 0.5 oz
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Fear or Desire is a bright orange crush polish and it sure does remind me of a refreshing Orange Crush soda. I love this orange polish, I think it’s more vibrant than Essie’s Bazooka and Essie’s Orange, it’s Obvious. This formula is thicker than Bazooka’s and it gives you streak free solid color. Creamy polish that’s easy to apply and screams summer!

Essie Fear or Desire $8

Related:

Essie Off The Shoulder

Essie Mojito Madness

Essie Cascade Cool

Essie All Tied Up

Essie Off The Shoulder is a pretty bold hot pink. It’s not as electric as Essie Lights, but I still love it. It reminds me of Avon’s Nailwear Pro in Viva Pink, one of my favorite shades of pink.The formula is creamy, the first coat was a bit streaky, but the second coat blends everything together. I’m really liking this collection!

Essie Off The Shoulder $8

Related:

Essie All Tied Up

Essie Mojito Madness

Essie Cascade Cool

Essie Fear or Desire

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