I am finally coming back from Cancun and back to reality -__- I did absolutely NOTHING for 6 days and it was pretty damn amazing! It was my first time here and I loved everything about it. From the hotel (Riu, Cancun) to the service, the clear water, the food (everyone always says bad things so I was afraid), and most importantly, the weather! The humidity sucked, but I was more worried about rain and hurricanes! But we took our chances anyway because it was the only time I could get away. By the way, a big shout out to Universal Travel and Tours for hooking us up with an amazing deal. Thank you!! I don’t want to leave…however I do miss my bed. It doesn’t matter how amazing it is, anywhere in the world, comes a point you just want your own bed. Now if we could take our beds with us everywhere we go…that would be something! Lol. Anyways I’ve posted enough about my vaca on IG and FB but I did want to post some SUMMER MUST-HAVES! So here they are…
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen with SPF 50+ - I have very sensitive skin. Due to experience, I have learned SPF 15 is just NOT enough, especially in such a hot environment for consecutive days. When I speak of experience, I speak of prior vacations and having my face swell up like a balloon (not a pretty site!). I also learned, I cannot use the same sunblock for my body on my face because it would break me out. My friend Arpi at Kiehl’s in Sherman Oaks recommended this product and I loved it. It was lightweight, it’s for sensitive skin, has an SPF of 50 and not greasy! My face still got red a little bit but it’s bound to being in the sun as long as I was. Overall, I have a nice tan and no swelling! Yay me.
Kieh’s Lip Balm #1! – The first time I used this lip balm, I hated it. Felt like Vaseline on my lips. But it saved me in Mexico! My lips get super chapped super easily. Mainly because I am always using matte long-wear lip colors which tend to dry them out quicker. In my go-to bag by the beach, I kept my Kiehl’s lip balm. Do NOT take a chapstick with you because it WILL melt. This balm is perfect because it is in a tube. It has a spf of 4 and it really absorbs and heals. The texture just takes some getting used to.
Kiehl’s Crème de Corps + Josie Maran Argan Oil = Great combo! – The sun takes away all the moisture from your skin. The last thing I want is my tan to peel away, eek! So I took some of the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps lotion and added a few drops of the Josie Maran Argan Oil and lathered it all over my body. I would put it on every night after a shower and made sure to let it really soak in before I got into bed…trying to let my skin heal from the damage I caused to it all day.
Enjoy! Conditioning Spray – After shower, I always use this product…otherwise I can’t brush my hair! I have very dry hair so it gets tangled really quickly. But if you are in the sun all day, your hair will dry out even more especially with the salt and the chlorine combined. I love this product because it has no alcohol in it! Its smells amazing and you can also spray it on your body…yes, your body! If you haven’t tried this yet, you will be in love.
I LOVE this stuff! I carry it in my bag in the summer and spray it several times throughout the day. It refreshes your makeup and/or refreshes your face. There is quite a few on the market. The Caudalie Beauty Elixer is one of my favs (read more about it in my previous posts) but it is a little more expensive because of all the essential oils it has. If you want a more basic one, you can try the Mario Badescue Rosewater Facial Spray. I love Mario Badescue products; focus is on the product rather than the packaging, therefore the more inexpensive price point. Another one I love is the Evian Facial Hydrating Sprays. Its pure water in an aerosol and made specifically for facial hydration.
If you want to chill by the pool…fashionably. Make sure you put on a lip stain and not a lipstick. Some of my favs are LimeCrime, Stila and OCC. They’re waterproof, smudgeproof and who wants to retouch anyway?
Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Pen – These brow pens come in 2 shades, light and dark. Now they are not to “perfect” the eyebrows because it is much lighter and liquidier in consistency than pencils. But if you are one to never leave the house (or hotel room) without eyebrows, this product is a must. You fill in your eyebrows and give them more definition and it stays put in water! Who likes melting eyebrows? Ew.
Anastasia Lash Genius – If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I am a fan of this product. It is a waterproof topcoat for any mascara! So if you want to bat your lashes in the pool, make sure water-proof them!
Hi, I am Lilit...welcome to my colorful world! I have been a professional makeup artist for 13 years and I am based in Los Angeles, Ca. This is where I blog about all my favorite things, from beauty & fashion to travel & lifestyle. As a beauty educator, I run workshops at my own studio, here in LA. 2015 sees the launch of my own formulation, Elcie Cosmetics. Follow me on my journey...