Murad #ShadeAmerica Sun Safety Set

Press Sample: Disclosure a sample of the products in this post were sent for review for this post. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

 

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Spring is warming up and summer is just around the corner. With more time outdoors its even more important to make sure our skin if protected. While a little sunburn might not seem like a big deal, as few as five sunburns in your life can dramatically increase your risk for skin cancer.

Not to fear Murad skincare has launched the Shade America Sun Safety Set. Two special products to protect your skin and keep it beautiful all year long. Even better Murad has teamed up with the American Academy of Dermatology with the goal to shade 1 million children over the next 5 years by building shade structures in parks and playgrounds across America. Every purchase of the Shade America Sun Safety Set supports the Shade America initiative.

I have 3 immediate family members who have had skin cancer so this is a cause close to my own heart. And not only protecting my own skin but protecting my kids through learning sun safe habits and keeping them in shaded areas during the most dangerous house of the day.

 

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What is Shade America?
Murad has teamed with the American Academy of Dermatology with the goal to shade 1 million children over the next 5 years by building shade structures in parks and playgrounds across America. By providing shade and sun-safety education programs, Shade America will help protect a new sun-smart generation from sun damage and skin cancer.

What is a shade structure?
Shade structures are permanent installations, similar to canopies, built to create shade in outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces.

Murad Shade America Sun Safety Set
This protect-and-correct Sun Safety Set pairs the bestselling Essential-C Day Broad Spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer with the sun-damage correcting Advanced Active Radiance Serum in an exclusive, full-size cosmetic bag featuring an original painting by Dr. Murad reproduced on fabric and printed on the inside.

 

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The dreaded sun spots have started to show up from sun damage done in my younger sunbathing days and just lots of hours spent in the sun. I adore the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum, its so light and refreshing my skin feels fantastic when I apply it.  It not only feels great its starting to lighten the sun spots on my cheeks. I apply every morning after I wash my face and per the instructions let it set for 60 seconds before using my moisturizer. With combination skin this feather light formula is perfect,  hydrates without feeling heavy and leaves my skin feeling and looking radiant.

Advanced Active Radiance Serum (0.5 fl. oz) – With a faster-acting formula, the Advanced Active Radiance Serum boosts skin’s radiance and clarity and reverses visible signs of environmental damage with Resilient-C Complex™, a stable Vitamin C technology that delivers 50 times the collagen-building, skin-brightening power of topical Vitamin C.

Hexapeptide-2, a skin brightening peptide and Indian Fig boost skin clarity and encourage cell renewal to keep skin radiant.
Ectoin and Green Tea Extract jump start the cellular defense system by helping cells resist drastic environmental stresses including UV exposure and chemical aggressors

 

A must have moisturizer for combo skin. I have breakout problems with quite a few daily moisturizers but the lightweight Essential-C Day Moisture is hydrating without being greasy or heavy. The ultra light formula has a great citrus scent and absorbs quickly leaving my skin hydrated and protected with SPF30.

Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA +++ (1.7 fl. oz) – This antioxidant-rich broad spectrum sunscreen provides powerful protection against sun damage, prevents free radical damage and improves skin’s appearance and elasticity.

Ectoin, a protective substance produced by organisms called extremophiles that thrive in the harshest conditions on the planet, improves skin’s barrier function by reducing trans-epidermal water loss to preserve deep hydration. Contains MuraSol™ Antioxidant Defense, a proprietary blend of powerful antioxidants that penetrate the skin’s top layers and create a protective barrier of encapsulated free radical neutralizers

 

Through the sales of this set, Murad will donate $125,000 to the American Academy of Dermatology to build shade structures across America. The Shade America Sun Safety is a great value set for only $68 ($105 value!) and is available on Murad.com, Ulta and Massage Envy Spas nationwide.

 


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Spring Makeup Bag Essentials

There’s nothing better than packing light for the week and spring cleaning your makeup bag. The things you need are ALWAYS quick hair tools, SPF, lip color + balm and a hair brush… They’re from Smashbox, Lumene, Conair and Scunci! LMK if you’re loving it and you too want to streamline your beauty picks!

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(From left to right) Scunci printed barrette, Conair Detangling Brush, Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream (for quick SPF touch ups!), Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm (can’t forget about lips!) and Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners…my fave trick to create a matte, bright lip that stays on FOREVER. Fill in and DONE!

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Love this little brush, perfect for on the go touch up. And the flexible bristles make it easy to comb my hair wet or dry without damaging it.

Conair Detangling Brush
The Conair® Detangling Brush has soft, flexible bristles to detangle hair the gentle way. Ideal for kids, this detangling brush easily removes tangles and knots without snagging or pulling. Use the Conair Detangling Brush on wet or dry hair. Put an end to hair-brushing struggles and tears!

A travel size is so genius! Perfect for the warmer weather and touching up during the day to keep my skin hydrated and radiant.

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Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream
A fresh and moisturizing formula combines antioxidants from Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Vitamin C, which is highly effective due to a special encapsulation technology. The technology enables the Vitamin C to be released steadily and deeper into the skin making the benefits of Vitamin C even more effective on your skin. In combination the Cloudberry and Vitamin C make your skin look radiant and bright. They also protect it against harmful external effects, such as sunlight, that causes premature aging. This Vitamin C Cream is a perfect addition to a brightening daily regimen.

One of my kids and I favorite lips balms. They love all the great good enough to eat flavors. I love how hydrated it leaves our lips and knowing the SPF30 is protecting our lips from sun damage.

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Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
Grab as many as you can because we literally can’t keep any of our lip balm flavors in stock. Our smooth SPF 30 sunscreen lip balm with added Aloe and Vitamin E will protect and moisturize your kisser all day long… just try not to lick it off.

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Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners
A long-wearing, water-resistant lip liner that self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off.The Always Sharp lip liners have a tiny built-in sharpener in the tip of the cap, so they self-sharpen every time you twist off the cap.


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Introducing Lancôme Miracle Cushion

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Can’t wait to check this out!!!

Lancôme Miracle Cushion
Welcome to a true cosmetic revolution. Already a Korean beauty sensation, the liquid-in-cushion beauty phenomenon comes to the U.S. in new Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact by Lancôme. The most talked about Asian innovation is now yours to enjoy thanks to Lancôme’s refillable smart cushion compact featuring an exclusive big cell cushion, lightweight liquid formula, fresh pad advanced face applicator and precisely engineered air-tight closing system.

Effortlessly achieve complexion perfection like never before with this next-generation compact. Miracle Cushion delivers the ultimate fresh, luminous, rosy look plus soft, hydrated, evened out skin. With buildable coverage to refresh, enhance, and correct skin on contact you can create the most flawless looking complexion with ease. Miracle Cushion delivers the best formula pick up to date, giving you perfect control for the most even application and natural, fresh, dewy-faced results.

THE CUSHION
Discover a liquid formula suspended in an exclusive big cell cushion sponge. The custom sponge features 800,000 pores for the ultimate soft cushion feel, greater application comfort and a one-of-a-kind lightweight, sensorial experience.


THE LIQUID FORMULA

Enriched with brightening actives, this fresh, weightless formula creates glowing luminosity for light to medium coverage. Symwhite and Adenosine help to brighten and exfoliate, while Ester Oil and Glycerin hydrate and nourish the skin.* The formula also has an instant cooling effect once it is applied, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and glowing. And, the advanced air-tight compact maintains formula freshness, prolonging the lifespan of the compact by preventing the formula from drying.

CUSTOM PAD APPLICATOR
The advanced applicator pad provides pressured control releases for the perfect amount of formula to create subtle, buildable coverage with no mask-like effect.

HOW TO USE
Refresh your complexion in just seconds with buildable coverage to cover imperfections and create a radiant, healthy glow. Create an ultra-luminous skin finish and touch up makeup quickly and easily with just a simple tap.

For a touch-up during the day, use gentle taps on the cushion to add formula to the surface of the pad. Apply on the middle of the forehead and then blend outwards. Repeat the same gestures on the nose, cheeks and chin – or anywhere a touch-up is needed.

For everyday makeup application, use moderate taps on the cushion to add formula to the surface of the pad. Tap the pad from the center of the forehead to the exterior of the face. Repeat in areas to build coverage

For extra coverage, add a large amount of formula by pressing the pad down onto the cushion. Apply using strokes. Work with the pad from the center of the face outwards. Layer to build coverage.

SHADES
11 healthy glow tone-to-tone shades for all ethnicities

110 Ivoire (C), 140 Ivoire (N), 220 Buff (C)

250 Bisque (W), 310 Bisque (C), 320 Bisque (W), 360 Bisque (N)

420 Bisque (N), 450 Suede (N), 500 Suede (W), 555 Suede (C)

PRICING & AVAILABILITY:
Available for $47.00 beginning April 29, 2015 at www.lancome-usa.com and Lancôme counters nationwide


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Eva Mendes announced as the new face of Estée Lauder New Dimension Skincare

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Get to know the newly named face of our groundbreaking New Dimension skincare.

Since her breakout role in the 2001 film Training Day, Eva Mendes has reliably ranked amongst Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses. But the red carpet regular admits that getting comfortable with seeing herself on camera took time. “I can take a funky photo,” laughs the Cuban-American stunner, whose film work has earned her countless magazine covers and plenty of time on the premiere circuit. “I have an angular face and I kind of had to learn which angles were which, and how I could work that into a scene,” she continues.

It’s probably what was attractive to me about becoming an actress—the art of transformation.
Part of that learning process stemmed from Mendes’ early love affair with the power of change. “I’ve always loved how I could transform myself by just highlighting a certain area and playing down another area. It’s probably what was attractive to me about becoming an actress—the art of transformation.” Mendes is a pro at getting into character for a new role, and has shaved her eyebrows and even gone blonde to bring a certain level of authenticity to her projects. (“I’m an awful blonde!” she insists). It’s a skill that has served the 41-year-old well as she undergoes the personal transformation of becoming a new mom. “My baby just started sleeping through the night so I have little more time for my beauty ritual,” she reveals of her daily routine that includes our New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum and New Dimension Expert Tape, new-to-market skincare products that firm, tone and tighten the look of skin for enhanced visible definition, density—and confidence-induced perspective. “My face is changing,” admits Mendes. “And I want to be able to embrace that process.” Here, the products’ ambassador provides her own angle on the important stuff—that being deep dish pizza and the luxury of sleeping in.

EL: Flats or heels?

EM: Heels.

EL: New York or LA?

EM: Falling asleep in NY, and waking up in LA.

EL: Online shopping or retail shopping?

EM: Retail shopping.

EL: Skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans?

EM: Boyfriend jeans.

EL: City or country?

EM: Summer in the country, winter in the city.

EL: Mountains or beach?

EM: Being in the mountains overlooking the beach.

EL: Yoga or pilates?

EM: Krav Maga!

EL: What is the one wardrobe essential you can’t live without?

EM: A great belt.

EL: What is your favorite movie of all time?

EM: Edward Scissorhands.

EL: Where is your favorite travel destination?

EM: Italy.

EL: What are you currently streaming?

EM: Broad City.

 

Check out the rest of the interview at www.esteelauder.com.


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