Thursday, May 28, 2015

Six Sunscreen Products For Your Face

Six Sunscreen Products For Your Face - The Daily Fashion and Beauty News

Sunscreen creams are necessary year round, especially when you plan to spend long periods of time outdoors on a hot, sunny day. 

Sun-rays contain ultraviolet rays that penetrate deep into skin tissues and destroy natural binding elements that keep the skin intact, making it loosen up over time - not just on your body but on your face as well. 

The facial skin tissues are very soft and get easily tanned and damaged when exposed to sun rays for long durationIn other words, being in the sun without sunscreen will certainly speed up the aging process. 

Nobody wants that. Period. 

Fortunately, there of tons of different sunscreen creams and lotions available that are effective at protecting both your body and face. 

Here are six sunscreen product suggestions for you to choose from the next time you find yourself at the store (or online): 


Neutrogena is known for having great skincare products - this sunscreen is no different. This sunscreen has an SPF 50, is lightweight in consistency and has little to no smell. This sunscreen is also hypoallergenic which is ideal if you have sensitive skin. 

Buy it on sale for $11.04 at  


Other than having a ridiculously long product name, this sunscreen from Clinique is gentle enough for everyday application on the face without feeling too heavy on the skin. Another fact is that it can be used everyone as it is intended for all skin types. 

Buy it at for $23.00 at


A second sunscreen option from Neutrogena is their Clear Face Liquid-Lotion Sunblock. Not only does this sunscreen have a high SPF, it is also "break out free". Those of us with acne prone skin can use this one without worrying about our skin freaking out.  This sunscreen can be applied to both face and body. 

Buy it on sale for $10.19 at 


Although this sunscreens' SPF is a little lower (30) that the previous ones mentioned, this one is formulated for the face and neck area.  We've all been told to protect the neck area as it ages easier and faster than the face, so this sunscreen will definitely come in handy just for that reason alone. On the plus side, the tube is thin/small enough to fit nicely in your purse. 

Buy it for $10.99 online (only) at 


Somewhat pricier than the other sunscreens listed, Dr. Denese Defense Day Cream is a BB cream with "self-adjusting melanin technology", meaning that it will self adjust to your skin tone (similar to L'Oreal's Pure Magic BB Cream). This sunscreen is great for priming the skin before makeup application. The formula dries matte which is awesome for those of us with oily skin. 

Buy the day cream + travel size for $65.94 online at  or  Buy the single tube for $43.18 on 


The best was left for last. This sunscreen fluid from La Roche-Posay has so many benefits that is it simply one of the best options for sunscreen. It has the high SPF 60, anti-oxidants for extra skin protection, light formula that is easily absorbed by your skin, and a matte finish.  Apply this to wear by itself, or as a primer under makeup. 

Buy it for $29.99 + free deluxe sample of Anthelios Shaka Face SPF 60 (offer is good until 5/30/15) online at 

Hopefully, these sunscreen recommendations listed gave you a good starting point if you have been searching for a sunscreen to try out.  

Most of these are lightweight, non-greasy, without too much fragrance and high in SPF. Some are developed for oily skins, others for dry ones. 

Select the cream that suits you best. Trying out one or several creams can help guide you to stick with the one that works best on your skin. 

Always keep in mind that these sunscreens should be applied in the morning before going out - even under your makeup, especially if your foundation of choice does not have sunscreen in it. 

Effective skin care begins with taking protective measures. It is not limited to applying your regular skin care products. A good sunscreen lotion should be added to your everyday morning routine. 

There is nothing better than taking precautions and preserving your skin's delicate nature over time.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen product?  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Easiest Knotted Updo Tutorial You’ll Ever Try

The Easiest Knotted Updo Tutorial You’ll Ever Try

Today's hair tutorial is being shared by contributor Melissa Cook.

This gorgeous knotted updo is the perfect hairstyle for spring/summer. I will warn you - there are quite a few steps to achieving this updo, however the steps are so easy to do, you won't even mind! 

According to  Melissa Cook , "this knotted ‘do is perfect because it is one of those styles
that can be worn with sunglasses and a pair of jeans during the day, or a little sequined dress and some heels in the evening. I am sure with everything we do all day, having a hairstyle that can transition from day to night is always a must-have in our beauty regimen. This hairstyle really does require a little bit of hair tying, but the back portion can be changed up to accommodate any type of knot or wrapped bun. Just play around a little bit and see how it works out for you. This can literally be worn nearly anywhere and is the perfect everyday hairstyle!"

Now, let's see exactly how Melissa creates this effortless hairstyle. 

The Easy Knotted Updo Tutorial:

Step 1

Begin with a part on the right side, then separate off a square section of hair from the part down to eye level.

Step 2

Pick up a small section of hair next to the part and divide it into two halves.

Step 3

Cross the back half over the front so it creates a small space between the two strands.

Step 4

Wrap the tail through the hole created so the hair forms half a knot.

Step 5

Pull it tight so it lays against the head and pick up small sections of hair, adding them into each strand.

Step 6

Create a second knot by crossing the back strand over the front, then looping the end through the hole before pulling it tight again.

Step 7

Repeat step 6, bringing in hair and tying it into knots.

Step 8

Continue tying knots until it reaches the end of the strands, then tie it off with a clear elastic band and pin it against the back of the head.

Step 9

Pick up a two-inch section of hair at the center of the back of the head and wrap the strand around your fingers. Twist the fingers counter-clockwise so the hair forms a little knot.

Step 10

Secure the knot in place with hair pins.

Step 11

Next, pick up another two-inch section of hair to the right of the first knot in step 9.

Step 12

Wrap this hair into another knot and pin it in place.

Step 13

Next, pick up a section of hair below the second knot and create a third knot, securing it against the head with hair pins.

Step 14

Then take a section of hair to the left of the first knot and wrap it into another knot, securing it with hair pins.

Step 15

Finally, pick up the last section of hair and create one last knot, securing it with pins.


Tell us:  Will you give this easy knotted updo a try?  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Prettiest Spring Scents

The Prettiest Spring Scents - The Daily Fashion and Beauty News

Spring may have arrived weeks ago, but around these parts (Columbus, Ohio to be exact) it seems as if the season is just getting started. The temps have finally remained above 65-70 degrees, the sun has been beaming brightly almost every day and most flowers are practically in full bloom. 

Just as the seasons slowly change, so do our wardrobes and fragrances.

During the Spring, the first types of scents that I tend to gravitate to are all those with floral notes like rose, lilac, and jasmine. In my opinion, floral fragrances are the best way of capturing a tiny piece of spring in a bottle.

If you're like me, someone who really enjoys floral scents that not only smell good when sprayed from the bottle; but that smell beautifully on the skin, I know you'll want to give these perfumes a try. 

The Prettiest Spring Scents

1. Salvatore Ferragamo Emozione  - fresh + sexy are the best words to describe this combination of notes: peach, iris, peony, rose and musk. 

Bloomingdales has the single 1.7oz bottle, or a spring gift set including shower gel and body lotion

2. Gardénia de Robert Piguet  -  sultry + flowery. As the name states, this scent is all about the soft gardenia flower with a touch of Madagascar Vanilla (among a few other notes). 

Neiman Marcus currently has the single 3.4oz bottle

3. BOSS Ma Vie Pour Femme -  ultra feminine: notes of freesia combined with rose and cactus blossoms. 

The single 1.7oz bottle is available online at 

4. Vera Wang Forever Vera - lovely notes of lilac and coconut water create an intoxicating fragrance. 

Order the 1.7oz bottle  on Amazon.

5. Flower Fragrance in Radiant - the concoction of peony notes transforms this into the ideal scent for anyone who wishes to be sparkly + flirty.   

There is a  1oz. single bottle ; 0.5oz single bottle  or a three piece gift set that includes shower gel and lotion. 

6. Coty Love2Love Fragrances - I recently shared an article about these new fragrances for this past Mother's Day, HERE.  

Which of the prettiest spring scents listed are you going to try?  Do you have a go-to perfume that you always use during the spring?

Let me know in the comments - I'm always looking for new fragrances to try!

photo credit: love chloe and chanel quartz via photopin (license)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Coty Love2Love Fragrances

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Coty Love2Love Fragrances - #L2LMom

Can you believe that Mother's Day is less than a week away?  

Although there are only a few days remaining before May 10 arrives, there's still plenty of time to make her feel special and loved. 

Please take a few minutes to think about what her personal style is and look for inspiration in one of these gift ideas using three of the Coty Love2Love Fragrances


A journal makes a great gift for Mother's Day.  Not only will it be easy to find a journal that fits her personality, but pairing it with a bottle of Bluebell +White Tea fragrance will add a special touch like no other. 

The Bluebell + White Tea fragrance is described as captivating, radiant, and delicately feminine. Think of the tranquility and ease of a Sunday morning: the perfect time to sit down and write in a personal journal. 


An at home manicure gift like this one is extremely simple to put together. 

Start with a bottle of Love2Love  Freesia + Violet Petals fragrance. The scent is timeless, just like an effortless sun dress.  

When selecting nail polishes, think of timeless colors: golds, silvers, reds or pastel shades to compliment the spring/summer season. Add in a top coat, cuticle tool + oil, and a nail file to complete the gift. 

TIP: A beauty themed gift can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. If she's not a huge fan of getting her nails painted, select a few body products (bath wash + body lotions), facial skin care products, or some makeup instead. These will also make great gifts any beauty junkie would love. 


Almost every woman, regardless of age, will love receiving a piece of jewelry this Mother's Day. 

Depending on her personal style, a unique statement necklace paired with a bottle of Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa will certainly make her feel special and carefree - just like the first day of Spring. 

Hopefully these three simple gift ideas were helpful. These are certainly some ideas you can use and the best part is, the Coty fragrances can easily be purchased at most retailers, including your nearest Walmart. 

When shopping at your local Walmart store, look for the Fragrance aisle (typically found in the Cosmetics section). Some stores will have a special display at the end of the aisle that will have all the Love2Love fragrances and a Love2Love gift bag. 

For additional info on these new Coty Love2Love Fragrances, visit  and 

Now it's Your turn: 

What Love2Love fragrance would be your mom's (or special someone) favorite?  Leave me a comment below - I'd love to know!