Makeup that can last through the heat and humidity of summer is crucial. And sometimes the foundation we use during the winter to moisturize our skin, may not balance well with summer weather and can unfortunately leave us with blemishes or excess oil. Mother Nature isn’t always on our side and even those of us with the clearest complexions can face the negative effects of summer weather. So the last thing we need is for our makeup to fail us too, right? We here at Glam Damn It have found a few great foundations that are perfect for summer use and won’t leave your skin feeling heavy or looking cakey. Check them out and choose the best that suits your skin!
We're all due for some summer sun after a long, grueling, pasty white winter. So what to do once you've achieved that sunkissed glow? Maintain it! We’ve got the tips on how to preserve that tan without overdoing it. Intrigued? Read on!
Exfoliation is the first crucial step to keeping your summer glow. It’s important to exfoliate your whole body with a salt free product and pay special attention to the rough areas of your skin (knees and elbows). Use Bare Minerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser to see brighter and smoother skin while exfoliating.
We all wish we had that perfect skin, naturally long, curled eyelashes, and no need for lip color or eye shadow. Most of us, however, haven’t been blessed with these genes and thus, we are forced to use what the heavens gave us and fake the rest. Perfecting the natural, “no makeup” look is definitely a must for the spring and summer months upon us and an easy look to achieve. Follow these steps to get that effortless, natural beauty while still using makeup and you will look and feel bright and fresh for spring!
1) Even out your skin tone and moisturize-
Ricky Gervais is officially a spokesperson for Cruelty Free International, a newly-established worldwide campaign to ban testing cosmetics on animals. Launched by the long-standing British Union Against Vivisection, CFI will work with governments, companies and partner organizations to place animal testing at the forefront of policymakers' agendas.
On the issue, Ricky says: "Animal testing for cosmetics is still allowed in most of the world. That means thousands of animals can continue to die for the sake of a new shampoo. We urgently need a worldwide ban on this cruel and unnecessary suffering. Get involved. Please join me in supporting Cruelty Free International in its global mission to consign animal testing for cosmetics to the history books.”While the European Union has banned the testing of cosmetics on animals, 80% of countries still allow the practice. Common test procedures include force-feeding large amounts of chemicals to assess toxicity and applying caustic ingredients to eyes and skin to measure irritation (one now infamous mascara test measures how long a chemical ingredient takes to burn away a rabbit's cornea). Rats and mice are the most frequent test subjects, but guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, and dogs are also commonly used. Cosmetics companies are not required to use animals to test for safety and can instead use human skin cultures. Numerous studies, including several published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal have concluded that animal tests do not reliably predict outcomes in humans due to basic biological differences.
Consumers can now find cruelty-free cosmetics for every need and at every price point. Some mainstream examples include Revlon, wet n wild, Burt's Bees, Prestige, Bare Minerals, Stila, Urban Decay, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Paul Mitchell and Aveda. Because there is no regulation of "cruelty-free" labeling, be sure to check the label for the BUAV's leaping bunny logo. View a complete list of cruelty-free cosmetics and household cleaning products here.
Learn more about Cruelty Free International and how you can get involved.
After some experimenting and hard researching, we've come up with the products that will make your skin feel silky smooth and won't melt off your face in 100 degree weather.
These foundations will easily battle the heat + oily skin in one shot. Here are our favorites!
1. BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation
Our personal favorite. Buff your way to flawless skin that lasts all day. Plus it's got SPF! Great for combination skin.
-Go to www.bareescentuals.com for more details on the foundation and to make your purchase.
HAIR: Using a dime sized amount and starting from the ends of your hair, rub in Phyto’s Phytolisse
Finishing Serum ($30). This non-greasy serum, provides your mane with shine and tames fly-aways. Once applied, pull hair into a pony tail that rests on the crown of your head. Braid the pony tail and twist into a bun. Keep in place using bobby pins.
FACE: CAUDALIE Fresh Complexion Tinted Moisturizer ($39) allows you to skip those heavy foundations, greasy primers, and caky powders without sacrificing on coverage. This tinted moisturizer covers blemishes while creating a healthy glow. It comes in two shades, fair/medium and medium/dark.
My next discovery was actually one that was recommended to me by an amazing hairdresser to the stars; the T3 curling iron. I am really not one to ever think of buying an expensive hairdryer or straightener, they all pretty much seem the same to me. But one thing I have wasted more money on is bad curling irons. The all leave that dreaded dent in the curl no matter how hard I try to avoid it. Then miraculously my problem was solved when I was introduced to the T3! TheT3 seems to glide through your hair without sticking at all, leaving the perfect wave. I found mine at Sephora, for $99.00 on sale. (I know, it's an investment, but I really think it's worth it.) You can try to find it on ebay and I have even seen it on sale on some various websites. If you can't afford this yourself, the next time someone asks you what you want for the holidays, don't be shy, say the T3!