You bellas are so beautiful. Your comments yesterday brought happy tears to my eyes. Quite a few of you had beauty questions sprinkled in between the compliments to my hubby (as if his head isn’t big enough, LOL), and I wanted to share the tips I used when I was workin’ it in Vegas. I took a bunch of new products with me to see if they stood up to the desert heat!
The temperatures out there are typically brutal, but at this time of year it’s lovely to be outdoors. Strolling the strip on a September Sunday evening was breezy, warm, and comfortable. During the day, it’s definitely hot, but because the heat is dry it felt equally comfortable in the pool as it did in the hot tub. Weird. Because I’m so used to moist environments (Trinidad and Miami are both humid as all get out, but at least Trinidad has island breezes to cool you down from time to time), I knew I had to take special beauty precautions. Filling up my travel size bottles with coconut oil proved to be an excellent idea. The hairstyling products I took with me to Vegas? I kept it simple with pure coconut oil, Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, and Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue, which I used to style my hair in the black B&Lu dress photo in the previous post.
To protect my hair from drying out from chlorine and sun exposure while lounging poolside, I slathered on some coconut oil on the roots of my hair, and sprayed my ends (and the rest of it) with Phyto Plage protective beach spray, an olive-oil based UV protectant that is a tad greasy, but definitely worked to moisturize my situation. It costs $20 and lasts, so I’d say it’s a worthwhile investment if you’re a regular sunbather.
I already gave it up for the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer for all over body use, but what about the face? Poolside I used My Blend Power Veil, which kept the rays at bay. (It’s pricey, though — I know there are other SPF40 face products on the market that work well, so bellas on a budget should keep on looking).
Daily moisturizer is absolutely essential in dry desert heat, and Lierac’s Mat Chrono Moisturizing Emulsion was my skin SOS.
This clear serum was sent me to me shortly before the trip, and I’m so glad I took it with me — thanks to Lierac, my skin didn’t dry out completely. On my face, anyway — I definitely have drier skin in my hard-to-reach-didn’t-get-enough-sun-protection areas, and since I’ve been back my organic sugar scrub by Sally B’s Skin Yummies has been salvation for the elbows, knees, and weather-roughened areas. To keep my legs and feet from looking like I was kicking flour, I packed a little sample of Nettiescrub’s body butter — it’s super thick and very moisturizing for problem areas (like the sides of my feet). Love me some Nettiescrub!
Let’s talk wedding day makeup — I wanted my look to last all wedding long, so I layered on my favorite MAC Paintpot — artifact to layer, and I lined around my eyes with my fave purple Milani color brilliance eye pencil. Had a mini meltdown when trying to apply fake strip lashes by myself, so I just layered on Shu Uemura Fiber Xtension mascara. It’s the bomb. On the cheeks, NARS orgasm, on lips, Cover Girl Vibrant Hue shine in shiny sugarplum. Judging from that photo, I could have used an oil blotting sheet or two, but other than that, my look lasted well into the wee hours.
Bellas, I am so behind on reviews, interviews, giveaways, everything! So look out for me next week, I am back and more inspired than before! Happy Friday!!