Mixed Chicks: Celebrate the Start of Summer – Memorial Day Weekend Must-Haves

by Linda Ripoll in News on 21st May 2013

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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer which means it’s time to break out your bikinis, wedges and your favorite pair of white jeans. Along with transitioning into your summer wardrobe, your beauty routine needs a major upgrade too. From sun care products for the face and body to the perfect bronzer, here are some of your Memorial Day Weekend must-haves that are sure to take you through summer in style.

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1. Sunscreen for Face 

We love La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. This matte finish, non-whitening sunscreen glides on easily and effortlessly shielding the delicate skin on the face from UVA and UVB rays which can cause major skin damage including wrinkles, sun spots, inflammation, burns and skin cancer. The Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid combines new age UV filters with a rich antioxidant complex for the ultimate in sun protection. Fragrance-free, paraben-free and water resistant (up to 40 minutes) this sunscreen will keep your skin healthy all season long.

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2. Sunblock or Sunscreen for Body

A great bikini means nothing when your skin is damaged, red and peeling from too much sun exposure. Be sure to apply a good sunscreen or sunblock made for the body before heading out to that pool party or beach outing. One of our faves is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 100. This lightweight sun spray is easy to use and goes on colorless. Once you spray your body, rub the product in and you’re done – it’s that easy. We love it because it’s not greasy nor does it leave the skin with that ghostly white cast.

 

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3. BB or CC Cream

As the temperatures continue to rise, the last thing you want to do is head outdoors with a face full of makeup. Thanks to the latest BB and CC Creams, you can get the coverage of a lightweight foundation with the benefits of a tinted moisturizer for results that are natural-looking and perfect for day or night. Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Dark Spot Correcting SPF 30 will be your go-to beauty item this summer as it covers any imperfections while helping to improve the texture, appearance and overall feel of the skin. You also have sun protection to keep skin healthy and a slight tint for a bit of coverage.

 

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4. Lip Balm or Lip Tint

Save your favorite lipsticks for nighttime. Pool parties and barbecues call for something a bit more sheer and casual. Think lip balm or lip tint. We can’t get enough of the new OCC Lip Tar Stained Glosses. These lip stains/glosses are highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. They glide on smooth with a jelly-like consistency and they last up to six or seven hours like a stain. We love New Wave, the glossy neon pink and Androgyne, the  effervescent orange shade.

 

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5.  Bronzer 

Whether you’re fair, light-skinned, tan, olive or deep, everyone needs a great bronzer in the summertime. Bronzer adds warmth, richness and defines the face beautifully. We can’t wait to liven up our complexions with MAC Temperature Rising Pro Longwear Powder Blush in Sun Dipped. This delicious bronzer is perfect for day or night and is a great way to give your skin a sun kissed glow without ever having to lay out.

 

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6. Fragrance 

Put your florals away and bring out your fresh fruity scents this summer. Fresh, clean, sweet fragrances are a great way to infuse playfulness and fun into your beauty routine. We adore Escada’s Cherry in the Air perfume. Top notes of Black Cherry, Raspberry and Mandarin. Middle notes of Marshmallow,  Gardenia, and Coconut. Bottom Notes of Sandalwood and Oakwaood. This is the a symphony of luscious yet tempting fruity notes that mingle perfectly with sultry earthy aromas for a delectable fragrance that screams summer fun.