Though your days spent poolside with the kiddos are limited
before they're back to school, your skin can maintain that healthy
summer glow with three fabulous products from LUSH, Benefit and Dr.
If you've found yourself a little too eager to get in those
final rays of sun, grab some Ultrabalm from LUSH Fresh Handmade
Cosmetics, $14.95. Made from natural oils and waxes, this
product can be used for almost everything skin related, including
lip balm, shaping brows into place, taming dry heels and elbows,
softening cuticles and, of course, calming sunburn. The balm
applies smoothly and has a very light scent.
When you've hit the point where you're spending more time
indoors than out, Benefit Cosmetics has glow-enhancing help for
you. After makeup, apply a little bit of girl meets pearl, $30, for
radiant skin. The luminous liquid is easily applied and feels
great, thanks to the aid of raspberry and chamomile. The
light-refracting pigments create a glow. Girl meets pearl is
available online and in stores mid- to late-August.
For the gal who isn't all that into sunning herself, Dr. Denese
has the Glow Younger
Clear Self Tanner, $21, which actually looks good once you've
applied it. Fab Mama has tested a lot of self-tanning regimens and
this is one of the best. The clear gel offers a natural
looking-read: not orange-glow and actually helps hydrate your skin.
As with all self-tanning, be mindful of where you're applying; no
one likes streaks and missed spots. The best time to self-tan is
right out of the shower, so talk your honey into watching the kids
for some mommy-alone time. Don't worry, application is quick, but
prepare for 20-minute dry time. Think of it as a little
We can all thank Marilyn Monroe for making famous the grand old
ditty "Diamonds are a girl's best friend." And we can thank Diamond G
Shock for creating really sparkly watches in vibrant colors to
flash on our wrists. The platinum-plated sterling silver watches
are frosted in more than 500 cubic zirconium stones, each sitting
in their own four-prong setting. The watches, $549, come in hip,
bursting colors: pink, purple and green. Next time someone asks you
what time it is, you'll want to let them know. You can wink and
tell them it's bling o'clock.
Shaving your legs is the pits, but the idea of waxing at home
is, well, frightful. Too many tales of the wax taking more than
just the hair away is too much for you to "bare." There's a great
alternative, and it doesn't involve letting it grow out
Mo'Nique-style. Shobha Sugaring Scrub is a little like waxing,
only gentler. Priced at $30, the kit is far less expensive than
going to a spa.
The sugaring gel is made from natural ingredients, which means
it's free of wax, resin, parabens, dyes or fragrances. Fab Mama
gave it a test run and it wasn't as bad as expected. There was
little irritation, and it didn't hurt as much as I remembered
during my first attempt in college. The kit comes with sugaring
gel, talc-free powder, denim strips (which you can reuse), spatulas
and an instruction booklet. Cleanup is easy-just add water-and best
of all, this stuff is bikini-area friendly, too.
Celebrate the last few weeks of sandal weather with custom
footwear from Aetrex. Flimsy flip-flops can put a lot of wear and
tear on your feet over the summer months, so finding the right pair
is vital. Even as you close out the family getaways and days at
beachside, you're going to need sensible footwear.
The customizable Sandalistas from Aetrex come in six styles,
including the Fab Mama favorite, the Labella, a fully adjustable
thong. With four colors to choose from, including Blue Snake,
Sandalistas, which range from $134-$140, offer a removable footbed
with memory foam, built-in support, adjustable straps and a fabric
lining that wicks moisture away from the foot. You'll take balance
and stability any day. These sandals will get you there.
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