Posts Tagged Summer Beauty

Have You Heard? Watermelon Is This Summer's Hottest Skincare Ingredient

Summer is watermelon season. The fruit is fresh, juicy, delicious, and filled with good-for-you ingredients. It’s also, as the name suggests, a serious hydrator. So it only makes sense that beauty companies would want to use watermelon and watermelon extract to give a serious boost of hydration to their beauty products. From sleeping masks to lip products and even foundation , we’ve rounded up the best watermelon-infused products that your skin will drink up. Keep reading to shop our picks!

Jonathan Van Ness' Summer Cooling Hack Will Actually Change Your Life

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness is the hero we never knew we needed. Hilarious, kindhearted, and unapologetically himself, he lights up the screen and warms our hearts with every episode . But between the quotable words of affirmation and the Instagram feed that makes you want to cheer , he’s an all-around grooming expert. And when the Fab Five appeared on the Today Show , he shared a Summer tip that just about blew our minds.

Basically, if you’ve just blown out your hair, the back of your neck can get sweaty, especially in the Summer. The last thing you want to do is ruin your gorgeous look, so Van Ness recommends dabbing a touch of peppermint or spearmint oil on the back of your neck, which will keep it cool for up to an hour. His exact pick? This Aveda Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate. ($22) She comes in both an oil and a rollerball, so you can take her wherever you want and stay flawless on the go. Armed with this priceless tip, we can conquer Summer with our blowouts intact! All hail Queen JVN!

The Only Body Bronzers That Pass the Sex Test

“Need an excuse to have sex this week?” my cringe-worthy subject line to POPSUGAR’s 300+ staffers last week read. I was desperate; I needed more limbs – at least, more than the four I’ve got – to try the latest and greatest instant self-tanners and body bronzers . My only rule: volunteers must put the formulas to the elusive Sex Test.

You know, the X-rated version of an infomercial demo, where – instead of proving that apples, almonds, and chicken don’t stand a chance against your Slap Chop – you discover a landmine of one-day-only formulas that won’t smudge onto your partner’s leg at the first sign of sweat during horizontal tango. (Obviously, no on-screen show necessary.)

In any case, the response could have made crickets blush. (Shout-out to Chris from the copy-editing team for taking the bait; I appreciate you.) So I’ll say this loud, and I’ll say it proud: Ahead are the self-tanners that I can personally attest will leave your skin with a kiss of color, while ensuring that the actual kissing going on will not also ruin your white 300-thread count bed sheets – satisfaction, guaranteed.

Every Product in Madelaine Petsch's $332 Summer Makeup Routine

Madelaine Petsch might rock the hell out of a red lip as Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale, but her Summer makeup look is a lot more au naturale.

In a recent tutorial, the actress opted for a sheer base, beige matte lips, and lots of highlighter – a look we’d wear from the office to the beach – courtesy of a variety of cult-favorite products and underrated gems. Ahead, you’ll find all the impressive swag used in her Summer routine so you, too, can look (and feel) like a glowing queen bee.

11 Celebrity Lob Haircuts to Screenshot Before Your Next Hair Appointment

The shoulder-sweeping lob haircut is here to stay. The proof? Every time we open our Instagram feed, it seems like another one of our favorite stars has taken their hair shoulder length – not that we could blame them. There’s something effortlessly edgy about the choppy cut, which also flatters a variety of face shapes. If you’ve been debating the style, you’ll be running to your stylist with shears once you see the celebrity looks ahead.

Related: Celebrity Stylists Say These Are the Top 10 Haircuts For 2018

8 Unconventional Fourth of July Manicure Ideas, Because Fireworks Shouldn't Get All the Attention

As much as we like a good old red, white, and blue manicure on the Fourth of July, the occasion lasts for just a day. (In this year’s case, a Wednesday, and we need to speak with whoever scheduled it for the middle of the week.) Just like fireworks, the holiday is fleeting, so you might want to roll up to your barbecue or pool party in a mani that will work long after the night ends. That’s why we found eight noncheesy, superchic nail art ideas you can use as inspiration for the Fourth of July. Think: patriotism, but make it fashion.

These Fourth of July Beauty Sales Are Popping Off

When our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they dreamed of creating a great nation that would one day celebrate its freedom with massive beauty sales. OK, maybe not, but it’s still fun to get makeup, hair, and skincare products at a discount come the holiday. Read on to see our favorite Fourth of July beauty sales – then go buy everything.

This Silky Mineral Sunscreen Doesn't Leave a White Cast – and I'll Never Turn Back

Not to brag or anything, but I have pretty good skin. I frequently get complimented on my complexion, which I appreciate, especially because I work hard at keeping my skin healthy. Whenever I get questions from friends regarding what they can do for better skin, I always mention two cardinal beauty rules that I never break: don’t go to bed with makeup on, and always wear sunscreen.

My obsession with sunscreen is almost comical, and many of my friends look at me like a psychopath while I’m screaming at them for tanning. Despite my dogmatic sunscreen habits, I’m also incredibly picky about sunscreen formulas. Luckily, the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sun Screen SPF 30 ($36) passed my test, and I have a new favorite item to add to my skin-care routine.

The tinted product is a broad-spectrum SPF with mineral sunscreen, meaning that its ingredients physically block your skin from being hit by the sun’s rays. This is different from chemical sunscreens, which use active ingredients that absorb UV rays. This creates a chemical reaction that changes into heat, releasing it from the skin.

Many people try to avoid chemical sunscreens because they are potentially irritating to the skin, clog pores, and cause skin discoloration. However, chemical sunscreens also are typically thinner and more comfortable to wear than their physical counterparts.

The problem with physical (sometimes called mineral) sunscreens is that the main ingredient, zinc oxide, tends to leave a white cast on the skin and have a chalky formula. Somehow, Drunk Elephant has found a way around this pitfall with Umbra Tinte. The physical tinted sunscreen contains 20 percent zinc oxide but manages to have a soft texture and matte finish and is a great base for the rest of your makeup. It’s not the least bit chalky and leaves behind no white residue or strong sunscreen smell.

The product comes out of the tube a beige hue but can be blended into the skin easily and is flattering on light-medium to deep skin tones. We tested the formula on both medium-light skin and deep skin, and the sunscreen blended in flawlessly on both. The lotion gives the wearer a glowy, filtered appearance with a light amount of coverage. If you have a very light complexion, Drunk Elephant recommends its nontinted version, Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34).

In addition to sun protection, the cream is also packed with antioxidants to benefit and moisturize your skin. It contains sunflower shoot extract, raspberry seed oil, and marula oil, which help moisturize and prevent premature aging.

This is a great choice for those of us who prefer more natural beauty products, and I can’t wait to replace the white-tinted sunblock in my medicine cabinet with this one.

You'll Never Skip a Day of Sunscreen Thanks to These 12 Sephora Bestsellers

We’re constantly told to slather on SPF year round to protect our skin. But many women (us included) are guilty of skipping the step because, despite its multiple benefits, traditional SPF doesn’t always wear too well on the skin. Many sunscreens have a thick consistency, which leaves your skin oily and creates a slippery canvas for makeup when applied to the face. Sunscreen also tends to leave behind an unflattering white cast, which can translate as chalky in photos (and on people of color), that alone causes most of us to nix SPF altogether.

But the bottom line is: sunscreen is essential for minimizing the risks of skin cancer, sunburn, and hyperpigmentation . So whether you’re an SPF devotee or a sunscreen skeptic, we’ve rounded up some of Sephora’s top-rated formulas so you have no more excuses when it comes to protecting your skin. These will guarantee your face is moisturized, guarded, and white-cast free!

These Are the Top 10 Summer Haircut Trends According to Pros

If you’re ready for a Summer refresh, start with your hair. From statement-making crops to tousled bobs to long layers, we’re covering some of the hottest Summer haircuts for 2017. With the help of celebrity stylists, you’ll learn how to ask for each of the featured cuts at your go-to salon, as well as how to style the look once you’ve got it. We’ve also included expert commentary on which types of hair and face shapes these cuts suit best. Get ready for some serious warm-weather haircut inspiration!

Sunset Eye Shadow Is Trending on Instagram – Just in Time For Summer

Summer is almost upon us (*cue excessive cheering*), and I’m doing everything I can to welcome the warm season with ready, open arms. I’ve stashed away my Winter coats, started stocking up on beach-ready swimsuits , and even have some of my go-to sunscreens at the ready for when Mother Nature decides to grace us with the sun’s powerful tanning rays. But nothing is getting me in the Summer mood quite like the latest makeup trend to take over Instagram: sunset eye shadow.

Inspired by the gorgeous colors that fill the sky as the sun dips below the horizon, these eye shadow looks are actual masterpieces. Some makeup artists mix a few of our favorite bold eye shadow hues like bright pink and zesty orange , while others mimic the trend by adding shimmery coppers and sultry purples. Below we’ve gathered our favorite sunset eye shadow looks from all over Instagram, along with a helpful video tutorial so you can DIY the trend at home. Take one look at these stunning eyes, and you’ll instantly feel transported to an island getaway. I’ll take one piña colada, please!

10 Top-Selling Travel Items and Sets You Can Get at Sephora – Under $28

We’ve all gotten stuck in the sample-size products section by the register at Sephora, browsing a little bit too long and letting at least five people go ahead of us before finally deciding to pay. Besides being just really adorably tiny, the travel-size items are the perfect primer for trying a new product or brand. The items are usually cheaper so you can test them before you splurge on the full-size item. And of course you can use them for all of your weekend jet-setting and local getaways as they are all TSA-approved. Keep reading to see which items you should grab on your next Sephora trip.

This $8 E.L.F. Lotion Will Make Your Skin Strobed on a Budget

Everyone talks about “glowing” and looking “dewy” in the Summer, but if you’re not sure that’s your jam (hey, you like a matte face!), then try it with E.L.F.’s new Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Lotion. The $8 strobing cream just launched and it gives you that candlelit look.

It’s a lightweight lotion featuring micro shimmering pearls to highlight in a subtle way. Those looking for a seriously bright strobe should check these creams out . The soft, shimmery E.L.F. lotion can be worn alone, under foundation, mixed with moisturizer, or on certain spots on top of foundation (like tops of cheekbones).

It also offers skincare benefits, like aloe and vitamin E, as well as antioxidants such as grape and orange extract. Like other E.L.F. products, it’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. We bet its the best lunch money spent this month!

These 28 Travel Beauty Items Are the Only Ones You Need to Pack

Packing for a long weekend is one of the most stressful tasks a beauty junkie can endure. Editing down your favorite goods (do you really need a dry shampoo and a texture spray?) can be daunting and take hours if you’re not prepared. You also may be confused about what to splurge on (skin care!) and what to save on (hairspray, trust us) when it comes to buying travel-size products .

To help you get ready for long Summer weekends, we are offering up the ultimate selection of beauty minis. Basically, we made the good decisions for you, so all you need to do is decide which cosmetics case to put them in (the struggle is so real). Keep reading to see our travel picks for skin, hair, and body care .

11 Awesome Amenity Kits to Snag on Your Next Flight

Getting a break from the daily grind is reason enough alone to book a flight, but it’s the beauty benefits of air travel that have us racking up frequent-flier miles. Did you know that when you fly in first or business class , you can grab a luxe amenity kit stuffed with not only the standard eye-mask-and-earplug combo but also your favorite skin care brands? We found some of the best airline beauty bags across the globe for your viewing pleasure. Just don’t blame us if you spend a pretty penny on airfare!

One Black Girl Got a Spray Tan and Lived to Tell the Tale

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Siegel

I have always been a firm believer that black girls shouldn’t artificially tan . To me, using liquid enhancers on dark complexions just wasn’t necessary, and I’ve always feared that any form of enhancement to our natural complexions would end up in an orange Willy Wonka disaster.

So when POPSUGAR’s senior beauty editor Lauren Levinson approached me with an opportunity to get spray-tanned by the pros at Vita Liberta , my first thought was to immediately decline. However, after giving it thought, I wondered if my reaction was purely the result of a beauty myth. Out of pure curiosity, I decided to challenge myself and sign up for the spray tan to debunk the myth or confirm my theory that liquid enhancers aren’t flattering on dark skin.

When it was my turn to strip down (yes, down to my undies) and get into the tanning tent, I knew there was no turning back. I stood there as the cold spray latched onto my pores and anxiously closed my eyes. After a few brief turns and chills, the entire process was finished. Once my tan was complete, I gazed in the mirror and was overwhelmingly pleased with my glowing, toasty complexion. The tanning liquid coated my skin with a radiant shine that made it look like I’d just returned from an exotic vacation. I was visibly darker, but my complexion still looked completely natural.

Throughout the day, I was extremely aware of the tanning solution on my body. I personally couldn’t wait to rinse it off to see the hue once it was settled in my skin, but the experts at Vita Liberata said it was OK to skip a shower and sleep in your tanner to achieve a deeper tint (just avoid white sheets!). But that night, I opted to shower with a gentle exfoliating cleanser to lather away the first layer of liquid enhancer. My tan melted down to a more bronzed version of my typically pale, blotchy skin. I couldn’t wait to throw on a plunge-neck top the next day to show off my sexy complexion. To say I was obsessed with my tan was an understatement.

As it turns out, my earlier hunch was wrong. My belief that a certain beauty enhancement is made solely for one type of skin is just a myth that feeds into beauty stereotypes. I am a black girl, I got a spray tan, and I loved it. And after my first experience, I’ve learned that like your favorite bronzer or liquid illuminator , a faux tan will simply just lift your natural skin tone to transform it into a more radiant version of you. So if you’re like me and thought that spray tans and black girls don’t mix, I can confidently assure you that they do. With proper research into products and technique, you lower the risk of mishaps during your first tan.

I’ve gathered all of my learnings to prepare you for your first spray-tanning experience . Read along for everything you need to know before getting spritzed or doing it at home (especially if you have brown skin).

Preparing For Your Tan

There are a few general rules to follow before stepping into the tanning tent. The day before my tan, I was advised to thoroughly exfoliate with an oil-free body scrub to create a smooth canvas. I smoothed my skin with a brown sugar, honey, and lemon DIY concoction. I was also advised to not apply any moisturizer the day of my tan. So, the night before, I slathered on a thick layer of Ceramidin Body Cream by Dr. Jart+ ($35) so my skin would still be hydrated the following day.

If you’re going on vacation and plan on scheduling a bikini wax around the time of your tan, it is highly recommended to do all hair removal, including shaving your legs, 48 hours before tanning.

The week of your spray tan requires some prep for optimal results, too. CEO and founder of Vita Liberata Alyson Hogg recommends drinking lots of water and eating foods high in lysine (like kale, spinach, and avocado) to further enhance the brightness of your skin. In addition to being mindful of what you eat, wear loose-fitting dark clothing you won’t mind getting dirty, as color from the tan can transfer onto your clothing.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

During Your Tan

Your chances of a flawless application are greater when you tan completely naked. If you’re not comfortable getting bare or if you won’t be in a bikini anytime soon, leaving on undergarments is also totally fine; just don’t wear any lingerie pieces you won’t want to dirty with the bronzing liquid.

Before applying any liquid, your tanning expert will cover the rougher areas of your body with a thin layer of lotion to prevent the liquid from settling into those lines. You can protect your hair with a plastic shower cap, and you’ll be given sticky slippers to protect under your feet. Your tanning expert will instruct you on how to stand and place your limbs. After two to three minutes of turns and large sprays, the entire process will be done!

After Your Tan

Most new spray tans are formulated to dry quickly, like the Vita Liberata one I experienced during my first time. So after your tan, you are able get dressed as normal and go about your day. However, you should avoid contact with water for six to eight hours so your tan can set. Also try your best to wait two hours before washing your hands.

If you removed any makeup prior to getting tanned, it is also recommended to wait two hours (or more) before applying liquid makeup to your skin. But if you’re headed to an event or errand post-tan and want to touch up your makeup, you can use a long-wear powder foundation to avoid reapplying throughout the day. I lightly dusted Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder Makeup ($40) on my face with a fluffy powder brush ($75).

To ensure that my “guide layer” and any dead skin rinsed off completely during my shower, I lathered with an extragentle exfoliating cleanser from Nubian Heritage . After showering, it is imperative that you keep your skin hydrated by moisturizing twice daily to avoid peeling and to help your color fade consistently.

For At-Home Self-Tanning

If you’d rather take your tan into your own hands, there are a few things you can do to have the most effective at-home experience. In addition to your essential prepping steps, a tanning mitt should be the first piece of your arsenal, along with a coloring agent and a thick moisturizer. (Check out which self-tan liquids POPSUGAR editors use at home .)

I consulted celebrity tanning expert James Read of James Read Tan by email, and he stressed the importance of applying the liquid to your body from shoulders to toe in sweeping motions to avoid blotchiness and streaking. He suggested to abstain from placing tanning lotion directly on your elbows, knees, feet, and ankles, as those areas are often rougher in texture and can cause creasing. Instead, protect that skin with a thin layer of moisturizer as your first step. And when tanning your face at home, use a lighter tanning liquid shade to achieve the most natural finish. You can even mix some tanning solution into your facial moisturizer to avoid going too dark!

When using self-tanner at home, be extra cautious of overapplying. To avoid an unwanted dark hue, make sure to spread a thin layer of the liquid or mousse and add more if needed. Most at-home tanning lotions will gradually darken, so try not to overdo it. If you still desire a deeper glow after your first application, opt for an overnight tanner.

Similar to getting tanned by a professional, carefully cleansing and moisturizing your skin is key to a flawlessly fading tan. In addition to exfoliating and hydrating your skin, aftersun products will help preserve the life of your lifted complexion. But no matter your skin complexion or race, protecting your body with SPF is an absolute step to gorgeous healthy skin – tanned or au naturel!

The Natural Deodorant That Weaned Me Off Antiperspirants

My longtime relationship with antiperspirants was like that of a social smoker and cigarettes: I knew they were ultimately harmful and comforted myself with the notion that I would one day just give them up for good. The problem is, I was never really certain when that day would come.

I started using more intense antiperspirants just before college, which was around the same time I got more invested in working out regularly. I was so frequently going from class to the gym to the cafeteria and wherever else life took me that I developed a preemptive fear of smelling bad in front of my peers and the people I was trying to befriend.

When I started interning at the start of my sophomore year, I grew to rely upon my intense deodorant habit even more. I was suddenly having to work in professional environments that felt so out of my league, and it kinda made me sweat.

Around the same time, I kept seeing stories about the harmful effects of common antiperspirant ingredients, which can include aluminum compounds and parabens. Antiperspirants than contain aluminum are especially risky because they can be absorbed into your bloodstream and have been linked to breast cancer , according to the National Cancer Institute.

Here lies my real problem and the source of a lot of paranoia. My grandmother, my mom’s mom, passed away from breast cancer in her 30s. Though she was diagnosed at a time when research and treatment were scarce, that’s certainly not the case right now. If there’s reputable information out there about the harmfulness of antiperspirants, then why the f*ck was I using them?

I gave it some thought and realized that my health and longevity were more important than the strength of my deodorant. My next issue, however, was finding the right natural deodorant that smelled nice and was still effective – although I was prepared to be let down by the effectiveness after years of using my stronger one. After arming myself with some knowledge about other aluminum-free deodorants , I ended up settling on Milk + Honey’s cream deodorant in coconut and lemongrass scent.

Image Source: Milk + Honey

I had a bunch of initial reservations. First of all, the deodorant is $16, which definitely doesn’t make it an economical choice. Also, the notion of a cream deodorant that you have to scoop up with your hands – and thereby rub directly onto your armpits – kind of grossed me out.

While I have to admit I still feel weird about applying it by hand, the price has become slightly more understandable since I realized how a tiny amount of the thick cream can offer a lot of protection. I’ve also become obsessed with its refreshing scent. It smells crisp, fresh, and gloriously lacking in weird chemicals that my body does not need or want. Just the other day, I got a whiff of my armpit as I was working out and it actually smelled nice, ultimately passing the most difficult smell test.

I’m sure I’ll try other types of natural deodorants, but for now, I feel at peace knowing that I can throw away my intense antiperspirant and rely on this pleasant option without fear of offending my co-workers and fellow gym-goers.

This Giant Waterslide Is the Most Fun Way to Apply SPF This Summer

We know how important it is to religiously slather on sunscreen , but actually adhering to an application schedule can be challenging. When we’re out frolicking in the sun, we often forget to reapply SPF until hours later – when we’ve gotten some serious overexposure to UVA and UVB rays . And, of course, we miss those little random spots, including behind our ears and those hard-to-reach patches on our back.

However, Nivea has a genius solution to all of these woes: a sunscreen-dispensing waterslide. According to AdWeek , the iconic skin care brand developed the “SunSlide,” which is loaded up with gallons of waterproof SPF 50+ and features hundreds of spray jets to coat riders from head to toe. Just one trip down the SunSlide provides 100 percent coverage! And, each person is provided with goggles, so they can enjoy the view as they glide down without the risk of getting SPF in their eyes.

The only bad news is that you’ll need to head to South Africa to try out the invention. It was developed in partnership with FCB Cape Town, a local advertising agency, after discovering that the country has the world’s highest rates of skin cancer . We hope the SunSlide comes stateside soon, as this would be a genius installation at any Summer music festival. Watch the video to see how it works!

20 of the Hottest Drugstore Launches of Summer 2016

Summer is just around the corner, which means beauty routines are being switched up to better deal with everything from sun protection to frizzy hair. It’s a great excuse to try new products and edit your makeup bag – and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, a lot of our favorite beauty finds can be found at the local drugstore, which means two things: convenience and low prices. And who doesn’t love the sound of that? From a Katy Perry-curated line of matte lipsticks in the coolest colors to a new iteration of a cult favorite skin care product, here are 20 drugstore beauty launches coming your way this Summer.

5 Refreshingly Easy Ways to Detox Your Skin Before Summer

Your skin is your largest organ, so in order to properly detox it (i.e., get all of that gunk out of your pores), you need to start from within . You’ll notice clearer, cleaner-looking skin just from eating better, avoiding sugar, and drinking plenty of water . Once you have that part under control, then you can begin to really tackle the surface.

We spoke with a dermatologist, Dr. Mona Gohara , to find out how the latest “It” ingredients in skin care can help keep your face free of toxins and pollutants. And as gross as it all sounds, thanks to salt baths and charcoal masks, the skin detox is actually pretty pampering. Hello, Sunday night wind-down – aka Netflix and mask.