Summer Beauty Secrets from Gabrielle Union!

Between getting ready for the release of her new movie, “Think Like a Man Too,” filming her hit series and juggling various red carpets and events, Gabrielle Union understands the importance of feeling confident about your look. As part of her recent team up with Philips oral care brands, Philips Sonicare and Philips Zoom, she is sharing summer beauty tips she swears by because whether it’s a big life milestone or the everyday moments in between, a little confidence goes a long way. We thought these might be of interest to you and your readers. Here’s a sneak peek:

Keep hair and makeup simple with bold accents: “I live in Miami and my show shoots in Atlanta, which are both extremely hot and humid places in the summer. For a cute and low maintenance hairstyle, I take it back to 1986 with braids, or I put my hair up in a simple topknot.  A top knot is also great for going out or a big event – I pair it with a cat eye and a bold red lip.”

Feel good about your smile: “A healthy, white smile is an essential part of my year round beauty routine. It’s a great accessory to any outfit and helps make a lasting first impression.  I brush with Philips Sonicare DiamondClean to keep my teeth and gums healthy, and my dentist whitens my smile with Philips Zoom either in the office or with convenient take-home trays.”


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Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Self-Tan Lotion

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I might be a little bit of a self tan addict. I have tried so many brands, I just love the look of a healthy golden glow. One of my favorite brands has always been Fake Bake they make great self tanners that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Fake Bake has just released their new Beyond Bronze collection and I had the chance to review the self-tan lotion.

The formula comes out looking a bit like chocolate syrup which makes it easy to get good coverage without leaving bare spots or getting streaks. I found the Beyond Bronze Self Tan Lotion was really easy to blend and I had enough time to work it in before it started to dry. The best part is how easy it is. Just shower to remove all body lotions or oils and it always helps to exfoliate. Then grab your gloves and apply. Once I have applied the self-tan lotion I let it air dry for a bit then hop in bed. While I get my ZZZ’s the self tanner goes to work. Then with my morning shower I can rinse off any extra color guide and when I step out my skin has a beautiful and healthy golden glow. (Check out the swatch below to see the great glow with just one use.)

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My skin is very pale and I find I get a great tan every time with this product. Always a true tan color and never orange. I can’t believe this is under $10 at Target, I will be stocking up! A great way to have a beautiful tan without the damage of laying out in the sun or a tanning bed. Remember to always use SPF, seld-tanners make your skin look great but do not include sun protection.

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Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Self-Tan Lotion $9.99
Beyond bronze self-tan lotion contains only the finest naturally derived, premium tanning agents dha and erythulose for a longer lasting, natural looking tan. The easy glide formula and ‘show where it goes’ cosmetic guide colour enables you to apply your self-tan with ease and confidence. If you desire a darker tan, beyond bronze self-tan lotion can be reapplied over consecutive days, however one application is usually enough.

Use small amounts and rub in a circular motion. Lightly glaze over the hands and feet, bent elbows and knees. Allow to dry before going to bed. A small amount of the colour guide may rinse off when showering in the morning but the tan will remain. Apply consecutive nights for darker results. Then apply once a week to maintain.

Available for purchase at www.Target.com.

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


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Laura Mercier’s New Innovation High Coverage Concealer

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Laura Mercier has launched a new High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye. Between allergies, kids and work I rarely get enough sleep. And the result is puffy under eyes and some serious dark circles. I was just the girl to do a trail run on this new concealer.

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First thing I noticed out of the tube was this is a really thick concealer. You only need a tiny bit to get really great coverage. The concealer is thick but felt so light and blended into my skin really well. I like that it helped decrease the puffiness while it hides the dark spots. This concealer worked so well to  hide the dark spots and really reduced the puffiness.

As you can see from the before and after shot below my eye on the right is much brighter and there is no hint of dark circles or discoloration on my skin. By the time I add my eye makeup my eyes look bright, awake and the coverage lasts all day. A great product for anyone who struggles with dark circles.

 

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Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer $28
Sure to be an instant addition to any morning makeup routine, this concealer helps to conceal under eye circles and fake a well-rested night of sleep.

This unique 3-in-1 concealer was designed to cover, de-puff and brighten under eye circles. The highly pigmented formula builds and blends flawlessly for professional makeup artist result and lasts all day. The concealer was formulated with honey, vitamin E and fruit acid to nourish and smooth skin, and comes in 12 shades, so you can find your perfect match.

Laura’s tip for application: Apply to under eye area using fingers in a patting motion. And remember, a little goes a long way!

Learn more and purchase at www.lauramercier.com.

 

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


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New! BareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation #GoBare

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It’s no secret I am a huge BareMinerals fan, but their newest launch? Well it’s truly amazing! I was so excited to receive a sample of the new BareMinerals Bareskin Foundation. It’s hands down the best skincare product I have tried in years. You have to try it to believe it.

The first thing I noticed was how light this foundation is, its an ultra thin serum almost watery. It has only 18 ingredients no binders, fillers, water nothing but magic. It takes  just  a few drops on the brush then apply in circular motions. I usually use my fingers to apply all my makeup. I am messy and it seems to make it easier. But the special  Skin Perfecting Brush really is a must have. It has an indent in the middle to put your foundation drops. The brush is uber soft and makes application a breeze. The foundation is so light its hard to tell you are even applying anything, but the results show it doesn’t take a heavy foundation to get a flawless canvas.

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And the foundation itself is  fantastic. Its  light and yet it completely covers imperfections, brightens my face, hides my pores and  makes it look like I have way better skin than I actually do. As you can see from the before and after above it gives my skin a perfected airbrushed look. And it does all that without looking like I am wearing makeup. My new must have foundation!

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If you still have any doubts about how amazing this is, check out a picture I have from a hair product review yesterday. I was wearing BareSkin and I was shocked how great my skin looked, there is no filter that is all BareSkin magic. You can see the line on my neck where is goes from perfected skin to my natural skin. BareMinerals I am going to need you to make this into a body cream as well!

BAREMINERALS Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation $29
A breakthrough tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one.

Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultrathin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance—it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.

Lilac plant stem cells are recognized for their exceptional healing abilities and are known to provide powerful antioxidant protection. BareMinerals extracts these cells, fortifies them with their unique mineral complex, and infuses them into their formula to improve the appearance of skin and help defend against environmental stressors. This formula is hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, dermatologist tested, and ophthalmologist tested.

Research results:
100% of women experienced more even-toned skin immediately after application
95% of women experienced a measurable improvement in the appearance of dark spots

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bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush $28
This convenient, uniquely designed brush lets you adjust your foundation coverage-to the drop-for a perfectly seamless application. The transformation begins when you buff our Perfecting Face Brush onto skin. Engineered with a unique fluid reservoir, this brush allows for no-mess foundation application, directly from bottle to brush. Uniquely designed for bareSkin Foundation, this must-have tool lets you adjust your coverage-to the drop-for a perfectly seamless application.

If you are ready to take your skin from Pretty to Amazing, head over to www.bareescentuals.com to find your perfect shade.

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent for review. I was not paid to write this post, and all opinions and thoughts are my own.


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