The 10 Best Beauty Products For Spring and Summer

Since becoming a Plus Size Model I have found myself becoming more and more of a “beauty product freak”. I’m really not sure if that is a good or a bad thing since there are so many great products out on the market now. I am constantly asking the makeup artists that I work with on shoots what products they love and cannot live without and then I find myself on another adventure. I have definitely learned on my beauty product shopping adventures that you have to try a few products out in order to find your favorite and what works best for your skin. What works for one girl may not work for the other. After all of my adventures here are my top ten favorite beauty products that I cannot live without.

  1. Kinerase lotion: This is an amazing gentle moisturizer for combination to oily skin. It not only moisturizes my skin but I have noticed after using it for sometime now that it has evened out the overall tone/color of skin. It definitely has done its job! Sells for $72 at Sephora
  2. Philosophy’s ‘Hope in a Tube’ Eye and Lip Crème: I just love this stuff!! It’s for aging skin and works to help reduce the signs of pre-mature aging and promote resilience. Sells for $33 at Sephora
  3. Mary Kay’s Oil Matifier: This is a lifesaver for me at every shoot!!! It absorbs oil and helps control the shine for up to 8 hours. You even can reapply this stuff over your makeup. It’s amazing and sells for only $15 visit  marykay.com
  4. Arbonne’s ‘About Face’ Concealer: This product is all natural and works perfect for hiding those not so pleasant pimples that decide to pop the morning of a shoot!!! It works on all skin types and also helps with dark-circles and puffiness. Only sold at Arbonne.com for $20
  5. Anastasia’s ‘Brow gel’ in clear: This botanical conditioning brow gel helps keep my unruly brows in their place with no flakiness and sells for $21
  6. LORAC TANtalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer with SPF 15: Love it! It is a mineral-based, baked formula that goes on super silky and leaves my skin with a bronzed/sun-kissed glow that lasts all day. Sometimes I like to use it as an eye shadow. It is available at Sephora for $30
  7. Nars lip gloss in ‘Orgasm’: I wear it literally everyday. It is a universally flattering peachy pink shimmery gloss sold for $24 at Sephora
  8. MAX Factors 2000 Calorie Curved Brush Mascara: I have sensitive eyes and have a hard time with different mascara’s but truly love this one. This amazing mascara gives my lashes a dramatic look I love while adding volume. An true essential on all of my photo shoots. Available at Drugstore.com for $5.49 WHAT A STEAL! 
  9. CHI Silk Infusion: This stuff makes my hair look and feel amazing and adds just the right amount of shine. Available at Drugstore.com for $10.99
  10. Bath and Body Works ‘Warm Vanilla Sugar’ Body Cream & Fragrance Mist: I love the smell of VANILLA and cannot live without these 2 products. The fragrance stays with me all day and I always get tons of compliments. Available only at BathandBodyWorks for $12 each

So there you have my 10 best beauty products for Spring/Summer. You can’t go wrong with any of these products. Happy shopping!

Danielle Line, Guest Writer, Plus Size Model for www.swakdesigns.com

The Best Beauty Products for Your Skin

Do you know that your skin sheds around 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells in just one minute? This may not be visible but it happens. It would of course renew itself approximately every 28 days but this mostly applies to healthy skin. Other factors like lack of sleep, not enough water consumption, unhealthy diet, and smoking can cause your skin to renew a bit slower than usual. When this happens, you will be out walking around carrying an unusually heavy layer of dead skin which results to your skin looking dull instead of a healthy and glowing one. Don’t want this to happen? Well there are ways to take care of your skin which also includes using some of the best beauty products to make it look younger, healthier and glowing with beauty.

The first thing you must do is to choose the best beauty products well. There are basically five skin types – normal, dry, oily, combination of normal to dry or normal to oily, and then there’s the sensitive skin. Knowing this, it is safe to assume that some skin products are not totally appropriate for all skin types. If your skin looks dull and flaking, you might be having dry skin, while those with a shiny appearance at all times might have oily skin. You are fortunate if your skin is glowing and fresh at all times because you have a normal skin type.

The other important step you need to do is to hydrate your skin as well as cleanse it well, exfoliate and moisturize. The best way to keep skin hydrated is to drink plenty of water. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day is not an exaggeration, you can in fact drink more if possible. Moisturizing with the use of lotion or cream is another way to moisturize your skin. Carefully choose a product that agrees with your skin type. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize, oily does not mean your skin is moisturized. Cleanse with the use of soap, cleansers and toners that are also appropriate for your skin. Using cleanser and toners aside from soap will ensure that your skin is rid of the deep seated dirt and impurities that some soap may have missed. One way to make sure that you have removed those dead skin cells is to exfoliate once or twice a week. If you have thick layer of these dead cells, even the best beauty products have difficulty penetrating through and reaching the deeper layer of your skin.

When you have done all of these, the next regimen in your skin care is to, of course, protect and maintain its hydration. The best way is to use skin products that contain the right SPF or contains sunscreen. Whether it’s sunny or gloomy outside, your skin will benefit from this ingredient. The sun’s rays can be harmful to your skin, it can dry it up which could lead to premature wrinkling which I’m sure you don’t want to happen. Having dry skin can even, sometimes, lead to other skin conditions like infections. This may be due to the upper layers containing little cracks that could let bacteria in.

For people with some skin condition like acne, make sure that when you are choosing your skin products that it targets and helps the condition get better. It is essential even for those with just normal skin type to always test a small amount onto your skin before going out and purchase skin care products. This is to make sure that your skin is indeed compatible with the said product.

Being Beautiful Does Not Have To Cost An Arm And A Leg With The Best Beauty Products

There are a lot of women who get frustrated with the way they look. Some have dry skin, some have oily face, other women have imperfections on their face area, and some have many more issues that concern their skin especially their facial area. Though they may think that it is a hopeless case, they would be thrilled to know that there are a lot of best beauty products available in the market to make people, especially women, look and feel more beautiful.

You no longer have to think of all the money you have to spend for some laser surgery or such similar stuff. Spending on these products will definitely cost you less than some sort of surgery and, besides, you really do not want to undergo that. The first thing you need to do is identify what your problem is. After identifying what the problem is, then you may try and search what are the best beauty products that suit you perfectly. You may feel frustrated at first because there are just too many items to choose from. Moisturizers alone are carried by so many brands and one brand name can also have different kinds. However, do not worry. It is certain that you will find the right ones for you.

So, how will you decide which products are for you? Well, you must read carefully what a certain product is for and you may also read some reviews from customers who have used the products that you like. If, for example, you have an oily face, you will also have to opt for products that are for oily skin so it can control the oil on your face better. Then you will also have to keep in mind that an oily face does not mean that it is moisturized. You will still need to use moisturizers to keep your skin looking healthy and moisturized. The same goes for those who have dry skin. You will need to carefully select the product for you so as not to add more dryness to your already dry skin.

You may also ask the advice of friends or relatives that are using products that you also want to use. These people are closely related to you and you are sure that you can trust their opinions and can give you an honest feedback. Sometimes, it pays to buy products which may cost a little bit more than others especially if it is manufactured by a trusted company. It is certain that only good quality items are being sold. Having said all that, it may make you feel a lot better that with the best beauty products, you can actually look good without having to undergo certain surgery. You may want to check out websites online so you do not have to waste time going from one mall to the other.