Maybe because I'm traveling a lot, stores have been rocking spring and summer floorsets or the out of office messages of my business partners that have me in a beach state of mind! Whatever the reason is, I had to share some of my must have items that will make you look beach ready, are perfect for everyday use or when you want to grab a bag to head out to stay with friends. Roll over images to see why Ole Henriksen, C Booth, Neutrogena, GlamGlow, Organix and Dove are on my list!
What's a beach day or a trip without a fun bag? I'm obsessed with First World Trash is a fab line of accessories which recycles billboards, seatbelts and other items that would go into landfills - and finds their way into a number of amazing pieces (cosmetic bags, wine coolers, etc). Made in Queens NY, Jenelle Malbrough assembles these items into wearable art! Last week when I was traveling to Charleston, I loved carrying my beach tote (pictured above) as my carry on!
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I'm always talking about what I love but I have to share what works well with men and their beauty routine. "Skin is Skin" is something that I say a lot. Although I love that my boyfriend enjoys trying a number of the beauty items that come to me, there are times when I am baffled by the lack of a consistent lotion regimen. When he wonders why his skin is dry, I tell him that skin is skin - all skin regardless of race or gender needs moisture! Fortunately, I'm so happy that there are a number of items that he does love without me saying a word. In addition, there are a few items that I highly suggest. Especially in the colder temperatures, it's essential to find what works!
The Art of Shaving Sandalwood has a fab shaving cream that leaves an amazing smell and I love that Paul loves using it. I love that it leaves his skin soft. I use separate exfoliants for my face, body and even zone areas (I love certain items for tush and legs that are different from the rest of my body - what can I tell you, I love product). For him, I suggest in an effort to introduce and simplify, Borghese Active Mud for Face and Body is a great way to get this into the routine while also saving space which is important. Plus it's good for everything. For a body wash, I suggest H2O Plus Sea Salt Body Wash is a great cleanser to use and is perfect to have in the shower especially when you and your boyfriend live together so that you don't have to have a number of bottles sitting in such a small NY space.
I think the eyes are essential and I love that Ole Henriksen Eye Lift PM Gel is a great way to begin restoring your face (Pro Tip: Many of my gels sit in the fridge so that I have a nice cool feeling when applying the product at night or when it's the summer). Even if eye sagging is not an issue, I believe in preventative maintenance and am a fan of a number of the products within this line. When it's time to call it a night, I love that Paul loves keeping his face fresh by cleansing it with a Pond's Facial Wipe. This version has lavender which is calming. When I wipe off with a cleansing wipe, I still like to have a moisturizer, I highly suggest Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream - this has Clary Sage and is a nice aroma mixture with the lavender. Finally, lips are my other love! I use lip balm throughout the day and I always put on a healthy coat at night. I highly suggest Jack Black as they have an entire line that's phenomenal and good for you and him. My personal favorite is Black Tea!
As you read this, I'm running around with last minute duties before I hop on a flight to head to New Orleans! I will be at the Essence Music Festival as I am a Brand Ambassador for Crest 3D White - which means I will be sharing accessories tips to everyone, styling and showing what's the best way to accessorize in the summer as well as transitioning into fall! Of course a white smile is essential; however, I do have my faves. In addition, I am obsessed with a number of my beauty needs as well!
I love fun scents so I have been trying our Flirt! Cosmetics - Kittenesque which is always a great item to have on hand. I'm all about items that restore my skin as well as making it look amazing so I love that I can use Jane Iredale to scrub my lips with brown sugar to keep them soft and then to put on the fabulous lipstick if needed. You can also add another layer of lipgloss such as this fab shade by Elizabeth Grant. My skin stays amazing with Ole Henriksen's sugar flow face scrub which is soft against the skin. When I catch a little nap, I love these DuWop IGels. I love that I can relax with these on and listen to music while breathing in Mor candle in Sugar Rose Tiger Lily! When you're traveling to do appearances or other work related items, this is a nice way to use special beauty items to help you settle in!
Whether I'm heading to the airport for business or fun or simply am going to a wedding for the weekend, I find that up until the last minute, I use every second to continue tweaking my beauty look. Rarely do I land or arrive and head to the hotel to rest - I may have enough time to do a super quick spruce and I'm on a series of agendas! With that said, my carry on bag always has some last minute items that I can do that works while I focus on something else OR I can do it while I am in the car service, on the train, in the cab or am on the runway. I love large roomy bags with pockets so all my tech, items to pass the time away and more can fit so this bag by Lauren by Ralph Lauren is perfect! When I travel I have to be comfy (no restricting clothes) but also ensuring that the AC doesn't get too crazy so the dress by Malene Birger is such a great find and can be dressed up and down for 90% of the things that I need to do when I hit the ground running.
People always comment on my super white smile and it looks that amazing because I use Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips which provides professional level whitening in the comfort of your home; moreover, when I use it with Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste I'm ensuring that my smile is protected. So no matter how much fun I am going to have in the last weekends of summer this is apart of my daily routine and I like whitening knowing that I can still talk on the phone, sip something etc and the strips are at work. Of course, many of you know that I am a Brand Ambassador for this product but you've all seen me on HSN, spontaneous photoshoots at events and my shoots with major magazines and although I receive the product courtesy of the brand, my pearly whites are definitely a testament to the time investment of using them! My lips are another huge thing - a fab smile has to meet lush lips and ever since my Dior Beauty event I hosted this past summer, you can't find me without my Lip Maximizer (which plumps them) and my Lip Glow (which gives them a lush look and a slight tint that my body naturally creates) both by Dior and yes I am addicted!
Ever since last week, I have been loving Caudalie's Beauty Elixir which can be used after you wash your face or even when you are fully made up. It's travel friendly AND I love how refreshed I feel when I spray it on my face. It's a soothing mini spa that is always at the ready. Finally, I think carrying wipes are a must especially when the temperatures spike - you always want to feel clean so having Ole Henriksen's Truth to Go will ensure that you're fresh, dewy and dry! These have been my basic go to's whether it's been over the past year or within the past few weeks and as always, I have more items that I love bringing with me but I love looping you in on my fave things!
With us starting a new month, it makes me think about how hectic it was last month with Fashion Week, launching my line and of course going on HSN. Those 4 weeks were all about wearing amazing items and making sure to look fab! The fact is that I also love being able to relax in some of my favorite lines such as PINK. Then of course, there are those times that you want to look fabulous but in a seductive way. I'm such a fan of this blush slip by Sassybax which is shapewear but also can double for something a bit intimate with the right accessories. Now being an Accessories Expert you would assume that I'm talking about fab cuffs, bangles and more. But at the end of the day, the best accessory is your skin. With that being said, you want to ensure that you have smooth skin so I suggest Ole Henriksen's Sugar Glow Face Scrub (there is also a body scrub which would be the perfect compliment). Upon smooth skin, you'll want to have a nice scent. I can't say how much I have been infusing Vera Wang's Preppy Princess into my routine (along with Coach Poppy and Natori). Finally, it's all about fab lips - I love Buxom which has a great hue and also plumps your lips as well. All of this ensures that the seduction is complete!
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