Top ten beauty essentials for summer!

Ten Summer Beauty EssentialsI don’t know about you, but for me Memorial Day Weekend is the official start to summer.  I have ten products that I’ve tested throughout the years that I won’t be without in the summer – either they get me beach ready, travel with me to the beach, or save me afterwards at home.  (By the way, they are pictured on my beachTuff Lazee Move Chair, the best beach chair EVER.  Read my review HERE).

Ten summer beauty essentials in beach chair

1.  Clearista Retexturizing Gel:  This is the perfect way to prep for the beach.  It’s a fabulous exfoliator for face and body, getting rid of rough, dry patches and tiny bumps.

Clearista Retexturizing Gel

2.  Dancing with the Stars Precision Disposable Self Tanning Mitt:  This season of Dancing with the Stars might be over, but it’s still possible to get a TV-worthy tan!  This one use disposable mitt has bronzers for an instant tan, and the lotion develops into a faux tan for the next four hours after application.  You can look great and get a tan while sitting under that beach umbrella!

DWTS Self Tanner Mitt

3.  Kiss My Face Sunscreen:  I particularly love the Cool Sport Air Powered Spray Lotion and the Cool Sport for Face and Neck.  They both have a broad spectrum SPF of 30.  The Spray Lotion is fantastic for body protection and has a yummy coconut fragrance, soothing aloe and cucumber, and it’s mineral protection!!  The Face and Neck has the same great protection and it has no fragrance.  Both are water-resistant for about an hour.  Update your sunscreen for this summer with these two for sure.

Kiss My Face Cool Sport

4.  Scunci Effortless Beauty Head Bands:  a 5-pack of these colorful, super comfy headbands keeps your hair in place no matter what the weather.  I always have two of them in my beach bag.

Scunci Headbands

5. Clean Cool Cotton Roller Ball Fragrance:  All of the Clean fragrances are available in rollerballs, which are just so perfect for your beach bag.  Clean Cotton smells like the outdoors, only better.  It’s a great way to beat the lake water smell!

Clean Cool Cotton

6.  Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths:  Speaking of smelling better, I never go on a picnic or to the beach without these babies.  They are instant freshness, and they have a silky, powdery finish that help keep you from sweating.

Ban Total Refresh Body Cloths

7.  Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss:  This is an awesome lip gloss for the beach bag.  It has a tiny amount of tint, lots of shine, and it plumps lips for an even sexier look.  I have the shade Cake Walk.

Hard Candy Lip Gloss

8.  Klorane Natural Tint Dry Shampoo:  Salt water makes for some great hair, and this dry shampoo gives it even more texture.  The Natural Tint matches hair color and covers up any burgeoning gray spots.  Plus it gets rid of dirt, so hair is ready for a night out on the town.

Klorane Natural Tint Dry Shampoo

9.  Molton Brown travel size body products:  Get the travel sizes of Ylang-Ylang and Pink Pepperpod Body Wash.  They both have fabulous, energizing scents, are the perfect size for weekend getaways, and leave skin feeling great after washing off that sand and dirt.  I also love the Pink Pepperpod Body Lotion, and the Orange and Bergamot Replenishing Hand Cream is to die for.

Molton Brown body products

10.  Bausch and Lomb Therapearl Eye Mask:  There is nothing better after a day in the sun than relaxing at home with this beautiful eye mask.  Keep it in the freezer, and when you get home it is just perfect for soothing and cooling.

Bausch and Lomb Therapearl Eye Mask

That’s my list of ten summer beauty essentials that I am never without!  What’s on your list?  – Lisa

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Stronger hair with Klorane Quinine Shampoo

If you want stronger hair with less ‘fall out’ in the shower, check out Klorane’s Quinine Shampoo with Vitamin B ($19.50). Before Klorane sent this shampoo to test, I had no idea what quinine even was. Quinine is extracted from the bark of a tree found in Ecuador and it primarily does three things: strengthens keratin, makes hair feel thicker, and stimulates hair growth.

Klorane Quinine Shampoo

Klorane Quinine Shampoo with Vitamin B



Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins

My hair is fine and, while I have oily roots, my ends tend to be dry. It’s not easy finding a shampoo that not only addresses my particular hair issues, but also makes it stronger in general. I have been very impressed with this Klorane shampoo. While I typically have a lot of ‘fall out’ in the shower, I definitely notice less and less of that as I use this shampoo regularly. And a bottle is huge – at only $19.50 for 13.4 oz, it’s a good buy and it seems to last forever.

The Quinine Shampoo with Vitamin B is a shampoo that everyone in your house will like. It has an outdoorsy, pine scent that doesn’t last and it’s just a great shampoo that helps keep hair healthy. You can find Klorane in stores (not really chain drugstores, more like local pharmacies) and online at . The website is terrific for finding the best products for your particular hair needs, as well as identifying where you can find the brand locally.  – Lisa

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Instant clean hair with Klorane Dry Shampoo

washing hairHow many times a week do you wash your hair? When I was younger I washed it every single day. Now in order to help preserve my hair color – not to mention my sanity – I wash my hair every other day. Sometimes I can get away with third day hair. (Just to reassure you, I still shower every single day!!)

For second and third day hair, I need dry shampoo. I have been on this quest lately to find the perfect dry shampoo and one of my absolute favorites was sent to the BIZ by Klorane, their Dry Shampoo with Nettle ($18).


Klorane Dry Shampoo

The secret ingredient?  Nettle.

The secret ingredient? Nettle.

Dry shampoo is a cleansing alternative to shampoo and water. It absorbs oil and dirt while also giving hair great texture, so flat hair gets its body back. My hair gets oily at the scalp after a day or two and Klorane Dry Shampoo brings it right back to normal. The nettle is fantastic for absorbing oil, which is why this one of my favorite dry shampoos. It’s also excellent for giving hair the texture needed for updos.

Spray on to roots...

Spray on to roots…

Then after two minutes, brush out for texturized, clean hair.

Then after two minutes, brush out for texturized, clean hair.

This is really easy to use. Just shake the can well first, then spray onto the root area. It works best when you leave it alone for about two minutes to thoroughly dry then brush through. I also like to brush hair first, spray on the shampoo, then in two minutes put my hair up in a messy bun without combing. It’s a sexy, effortless look that takes about 30 seconds.

You can find this terrific dry shampoo at and in local drugstores. Pick up a can as insurance for a good hair day every day.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Butane, Propane, Isobutane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch (Oryza Sativa Starch), SD Alcohol 39-C (Alcohol Denat), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cyclodextrin, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Isopropyl Myristate, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Silica, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract (Urtica Dioica Extract), Water (Aqua).