By Nicole Ford, Style & Beauty Editor
Okay, so the weather is getting warmer and we are all dreaming about summer. To help you prepare, I’ve compiled a list of awesome products that you can use to for the spring and summer seasons!! I’ve featured my favorites from lip balms, sunscreens, foot scrubs, and hair products. Enjoy! B-)
BODY SCRUB AND HEALTHY SUNSCREEN FROM LAVANILA
The Healthy Body Butter ($25)
Vanilla has been used as a homeopathic aid for years. However, just recently studies are proving simply the scent of vanilla can be used to de-stress, help you sleep, and actually improve your mood!
Test the theory with Lavanila’s Pure Vanilla Collection. Free of drying alcohol, petrochemicals, and phthalates, Lavanila Laboratories contains natural ingredients and delivers a new generation of 100% healthy products that are elegant, refined, and luxurious in both formulation and design.
The Healthy Sunscreen ($28 for face, $38 for body)
100% natural, healthy and effective—Lavanila’s The Healthy Sunscreen Collection will prepare you for any and all of life’s happenings.
Wearing sunscreen prevents sunburn, cell damage, and premature signs of aging. So why use a sunscreen full of harmful ingredients? Lavanila offers a highly nourishing and safe alternative to chemical-laden formulas. Perfect for sensitive skin, this fragrance-free, ultra-sheer formula glides on smoothly with no white residue for the ultimate in natural SPF protection.
Lavanila Laboratories products may be purchased at http://www.lavanila.com
GET THOSE FEET READY FOR SANDALS!
The countdown to sandal season has officially begun! L’Occitane’s latest addition to their ever-popular Almond Collection, Almond Foot Care, is a spring must-have.
Enriched with softening almond oil and almond milk, this cream also contains nourishing shea butter and mint essential oil, to refresh and purify. Ideal for dry feet, it makes them feel incredibly nourished. And a product plus? Almond Foot Care has a powdery finish, so you can put your sandals back on immediately after use! I love this stuff!
L’Occitane Almond Foot Care retails for $16.00 and may be purchased at usa.loccitane.com.
AMAZING HAIR PRODUCTS FOR ALL HAIR TYPES/COLORS
For the Blondes
To help guarantee fun in the sun without the drying, damaging effects of high temperatures and chlorine on your hair, try UNITE Hair BLONDA Shampoo and Conditioner:
BLONDA Shampoo ($26.25): This shine-enhancing toning shampoo keeps blonde hair brilliant and healthy. The reparative formula is ideal for highlighted hair or high-lift blondes, and eliminates the brassy coloring in non-pigmented hair by infusing strands with violet-based ones. BLONDA Shampoo can even be used on naturally gray hair to remove the yellow tone.
How to use: Use one to two times per week. Leave in for no more than 60 seconds.
BLONDA Conditioner ($28.75): An intensely moisturizing formula, BLONDA Conditioner is designed to neutralize brassy tones, conditioning hair while preserving the vibrant blonde color. Developed with ultra-nourishing Cocos Nucifera Oil and hydrating Glycerin, which acts as a humectant to seal in moisture, BLONDA Conditioner makes straw-like, yellow, and brittle hair a thing of the past.
How to use: After rinsing out BLONDA Shampoo, apply BLONDA Conditioner from roots to ends. Leave in for 1-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
For Blondes, Brunettes, and Red-Head Beauties
Who doesn’t look great in a set of pearls? This chic luxury can now be found in your hair care products with UNITE Hair’s U LUXURY Shampoo and Conditioner. Infused with crushed pearl, Hawaiian white honey, and other decadent ingredients, this duo ensures that every strand is more lustrous than before.
U LUXURY Shampoo ($34.95): A luscious blend of hydrating, protective crushed pearl, fortifying Hawaiian white honey, softening pure argan oil and gentle, coconut-derived cleansers, this sulfate and paraben-free shampoo provides a creamy lather that doesn’t strip hair of moisture or cause buildup. Developed with Panthenol, a botanical extract rich in Vitamin B, it adds vivid shine and weightless volume to hair, while strengthening and invigorating it.
How to use: Apply to wet hair, lather, rinse, and repeat as necessary. Follow with U LUXURY Conditioner.
U LUXURY Conditioner ($38.95): This rich, creamy conditioner features a potent fusion of crushed pearl, Hawaiian white honey, and pure argan oil, in addition to deeply nourishing shea butter, and apple, orange, lemon, and sugar cane extracts, which seal the hair cuticle to lock in moisture. Hair is left looking fuller and shinier and feeling softer and smoother.
How to use: Apply from roots to ends. Leave in for 1-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
UNITE Hair products can be found on Unitehair.com
BRAIDS, BRAIDS, BRAIDS!
Seen on celebrities like Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, and Julianne Hough—braids are the hot hair trend! Get their look (or create your very own) with HairUWear extensions such as:
Hairdo by HairUWear French Braid Band ($10: Voguewigs.com): Add as a finishing touch that’s as much a fashion accessory as it is hair accessory.
Hairdo by HairUWear Beach Curl Ponytail ($49: ULTA.com): This slightly textured pony can be loosely braided off to the side for a transformational new look.
POP by HairUWear Clip-In Braid ($9: Beauty.com): A clip-in braid can be added to your hair as an accent or wrapped and clipped around a bun or updo.
Celebrities sporting the braid trend, from Left: Jessica Alba, Julianne Hough, and Nicole Richie
YUMMY LIP BALMS W/ SPF
The latest from Sun Bum are the new Flavored Lip Balms with SPF 30+ sunscreen and added aloe and vitamin E that will protect and moisturize your kisser all day long. Available in Key Lime, Coconut, Pink Guava, Mango, Pomegranate, and, its existing flavor, Banana. $3.99 (I LOVE the key lime!)
Sun Bum believes quality, safety, and performance are the keys to getting more people to use sunscreen. Each ingredient and attribute is specifically chosen to provide friends with the most advanced broad spectrum protection available, while ensuring a smooth and invisible feel, just the way they like it.
Sun Bum is available at local surf shops such as Island Water Sports, Boca Surf & Sail and Miami Ski Nautique. Additionally at trusthebum.com.