July 21, 2016

Summer Essentials Kit


Do you have everything you need for summer? Your must-have summer essentials kit includes the perfect flip flip, smart tanning options, a sensational scent for him and much more! Read on!


So this first product starts with a story! I went on a cruise in June and I had on just ordinary flip flops. I was walking on the pool deck and next thing you know, bam, I had a slip and fall. By some coincidence, upon returning from the cruise, I learned about Rhea Footwear. It was founded with a goal of raising the awareness and reducing slip-and-falls with their patented outsole technology.


As you can see, the NeverSlip Outsole has grippers that will not slip! Oh how I wish I had been wearing these on my cruise! My knee and back are still pretty messed up! I chose to review the Eva Sandals, Rhea’s classic women’s one-strap thong style flip flops. Eva infuses classic, yet bold color, with grip, style, and comfort. Every Eva sandals come with Rhea’s patented outsole technology.


The Eva features a single strap patent band to match the main vibrant color of the flip flop. The band base is also reinforced with a special fiber to prevent separation from the sole. My Eva Sandals will be well worn. Now I can walk confidently even on the wettest of surfaces. Check out the Rhea Footwear Collection for several choices for both men and women.


A MIU COLOR Glass Water Bottle is the eco-friendly way to carry your water with you. The portable nylon sleeve makes it easy to take outdoors, in the car, or anywhere you are going. My favorite way to use the MIU COLOR Glass Water Bottle is with water and fruit. The fruit gets infused into the water and you have yourself a delicious summertime drink.


My favorite water infusing add-ins are lemons, watermelon, and cucumber. Every MIU COLOR Glass Water Bottle comes with the glass water bottle, a nylon sleeve, and two bottle cleansing brushes! Use the code MCBOTL20 to receive 20% off your order of the MIU COLOR Glass Water Bottle!


MIU COLOR has offered to give one of my lucky readers a chance to win their own glass water bottle! Click the button below to enter and be sure to also look for MIU COLOR on Facebook!



Of course the summer essentials kit needed some sunscreen, and lots of it. Whether you’re the darkest of chocolate skin or the fairest of them all or maybe you’re somewhere in between - UNSUN has got you covered. One reason that UNSUN is so cool, is that for those with a dark skin tone, you can say goodbye to white residue left behind on your skin and hair line. And if you have a fair complexion, this lightweight, mineral based sunscreen will provide a beautiful bronze glow!


UNSUN SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen is free of controversial and potentially harmful ingredients. What this sunscreen does have is naturally derived ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E, coconut oil, and five different fruit extracts to provide moisture and antioxidants all while offering 30 SPF of sun protection! UNSUN is a lightweight broad spectrum face sunscreen that is perfectly mineral tinted to blend in with multiple skin tones that range from fair to olive to the darkest of chocolate.


UNSUN isn't the only tinted sunscreen that I tried. I also tried PCA SKIN Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45. It allows you to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays with this luxurious physical SPF that features a sheer tint to blend with your skin tone along with added antioxidant protection. This was definitely the sheerest of the three tinted options that I tried.


I love how the Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 provides full coverage and contains antioxidants to block free radicals. Plus, the tint keeps you ready for impromptu photo-ops! This is always an issue. I mean who wears full makeup to the beach or pool? Not me. This is perfect. It protects like a sunscreen, yet perfects like a primer. Sun protection should look and feel this effortless.


I also tried Burt’s Bees BB Cream, which offers light makeup coverage, SPF, and extra benefits like firming and concealing to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, Burt's Bees BB Cream has been clinically shown to provide nine benefits including a smooth, even appearance to the skin tone. With natural ingredients from the noni plant, known for its antioxidant-rich moisturizing properties, as well as mineral pigments, Burt’s Bees BB Cream, moisturizes, smooths and perfects your skin, creating an illuminating glow. This has a heavier coverage, so I like using it to conceal blemishes and spots.


Are you looking to tan without the sun? Bondi Sands professional-quality self-tanners give an authentic beach glow. I had a chance to try the Self-Tanning Foam (available in light/medium and dark) and the Gradual Tanning Milk (to build or maintain a natural-looking tan). The Bondi Sands salon quality formula gives a spectacular richer looking tan, that lasts longer and is for all skin types.


Start with the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, which is enriched with Aloe Vera and Coconut. Use the Bondi Sands Exfoliation Mitt for streak free application. Pump foam directly onto your application mitt before using long, sweeping motions to smooth over legs, arms and body. Use remaining tan for face, elbows, and knees. Skin may be washed after one hour.

Follow up with Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk the following day. The innovative dual action formula hydrates and nourishes your skin while giving you a golden glow all year round. Push pump firmly, applying tanning milk evenly onto the skin in a smooth, circular motion. Wait until skin is touch dry before dressing. Use milk daily as an everyday moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and golden. Wash hands after use. I love the Bondi Sands tanning products! They provide a gradual tan that is buildable. A Bondi Sands tan looks natural, even, and streak-free. You don't even have to spend time in the sun!


If you will be engaging in extreme summer sports, you will want to pack Australian Gold X-Treme Sport Spray Gel. This specially designed formula was created to enhance performance for improved water resistance with a low-shine finish. It goes to work with some very powerful ingredients. With the highest Vitamin C content of any fruit, Kakadu Plum works to boost efficacy of sunscreen while protecting from free radicals. Tea Tree Oil, a powerful antioxidant, works to gently cleanse for smooth skin. This powerhouse can repel water for up to 80 minutes to decrease the need to reapply as often. It even smells great!


The next thing in our summer essentials kit is a natural based sunscreen that provides sun protection for the whole family! Smart Stuff Natural Mineral Based Sunscreen is formulated without harmful chemicals for your face and body. This moisture and antioxidant rich formula helps keep skin soft and smooth while fighting free radicals and defending against oxidative and environmental stress.


Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 effectively safeguards against UV rays and free radicals. The perfect primer for makeup, this sunscreen filters UV rays and environmental stressors that contribute to hyperpigmentation, photoaging, and skin harm. Enhanced with brightening and moisturizing ingredients, the fast-drying formula primes the skin and performs flawlessly under makeup. This is one great sunscreen. It doesn't clog your pores and gives you a practically flawless finish. Formulated with ingredients that have a soft light-reflecting ability, it naturally conceals the appearance of pores and provides a smooth texture to the skin. You can get 20% off when you use this link!


So you went and got a little burnt and now you’re feeling the pain? We've all been there. Ease the pain and rehydrate that crispy skin with Cool Down Gel from Sun Bum. Packed with Aloe, Vitamin E, and Tea Tree Oil, this little wonder will not only restore moisture to your skin, but will also help maintain your existing tans longer. Tip! Store this bottle in the refrigerator for a refreshing after-sun treat. But remember, if you would have stayed protected with something like the Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Stick, this would have never happened. I like it because it is so compact! Throw it in your bag and take it with you everywhere this summer!


Time to move on to summer hair! Macadamia Professional Endless Summer Sun Shield Dry Oil Veil is a pre-sun treatment spray that helps protect and shield hair from harmful rays. Formulated with an exclusive pro oil complex, it hydrates and helps minimize loss of color, dryness and damage. Hair is left looking shiny and smooth. Just spray evenly on dry hair before sun exposure. It can be reapplied to damp or dry hair every couple of hours!


Spray OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray for soft, beach-day waves all year long. It will tousle your strands to sexy perfection with a texturing, weightless leave-in surf mist. Infused with sea salt, sea kelp, and argan oil of Morocco, it helps to add fullness and shine for perfectly undone, breezy, beach-bombshell waves. Spray OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray generously all over clean damp hair. Scrunch hair all over with fingers, then let air dry. For extra volume, you can blow dry with a diffuser. It can also be sprayed on dry hair for extra texture and curl.


If you have not tried Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light, you are definitely missing out! This legendary, lightweight oil, grown organically in Morocco, is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. You can use it as a fast absorbing daily moisturizer, or to heal and condition everything from cuticles to split ends. It is perfect to use on dry skin and dry hair after being in the sun all day! Why the light? If you love what argan oil does for your chapped skin, hair, and fine lines, but want a lighter touch for those sticky situations or humid summer days, this is for you. Argan Oil Light absorbs even faster than the original.


Something for him! Nautica Voyage Sport captures the mind, body, and heart it takes to endure and push beyond one’s own limits. This scent is perfect for summer! It opens with pure, cool accents of Sea Spray Accord and Sea Salt. This invigorating breath of fresh air is enhanced with doses of spicy Coriander and crisp Citrus Zest. The heart is a powerful aromatic combination of Geranium, Green Peppercorn, Apple and Palm Leaves, reinforcing the fragrance's bold and lush freshness. The base is a vibrant and magnetic blend of Brazil Wood, Musk, Patchouli and Vetiver. My husband loves it and I love it on him!


Set your summer makeup with The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Spritz Toner. This pure first extract distillate Persian Rose water is the queen of Rose waters. Its precious actives help to rehydrate and calm dry, red, irritated and sensitive skin. Spritz Rose Facial Spritz all over the face and allow to sink into the skin. This acts like a pre-moisturizer and it hydrates and plumps the skin. Use it on flights, at the beach, and in the office to keep skin hydrated all day.

We all keep hearing about those mosquitoes and other summer pests. Block them with Smart Stuff Natural Insect Repellent. It is safe and effective for you, your family, and the environment. This is due to the unique blend of natural botanical oils and extracts. Get this - it actually smells good - like a spa!


We all know how harmful the sun's rays can be to our skin causing dark sunspots and damage that’s difficult to get rid of. Take care of your skin this summer with Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector. Clinically proven to improve the appearance of discoloration and uneven skin tone. This pioneering spot-targeting serum formula zeroes in on the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark discoloration. Active ingredients include Linoleic Acid (to target appearance of dark spots and improve skin brightening and radiance), Cherry Blossom Leaf Extract (to soothe and soften rough skin), and Shell Ginger Extract (to deliver intense moisturizing properties to help brighten the skin)!



After a long day in the sun, soothe dry skin with an Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Sheet Mask! This skin revitalizing facial mask is infused with natural aloe vera extract, phyto collagen, and vitamin e. It provides immediate hydration and feels great on sun parched skin.

Polish your skin to perfection and say yes to hydration with the Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub! I got this baby in my Birchbox and I love it! This brown sugar scrub is infused with small pieces of Tahitian coconut shell to buff the dry stuff right off your bod. The result? Skin that’s unbelievably smooth, refreshed, and baby-soft. As you sit back and let the nourishing moisture do its thing, the sweet coconut milk scent will send you daydreaming to your own private island.


You can feel the summer vibes with the Lauren B. Beauty Summer Nail Collection. These chip-free, vegan, and USA made shades make the ultimate summer statement anytime of day. Mid City at Midnight is a dark blue metallic that makes a statement – but not too much of one. Inspired by a night out, it’s both sexy and unique. I like this shade but wish it was a bit thicker so I could get more of the blue coverage.


Santa Monica Shutters is clean and fresh with a touch of translucence. This milky, off-white shade makes your nails look healthy and glowing. Two coats lend them a pearly gleam. Either way, it looks fantastic with a tan! Both shades feature an advanced, quick-drying formula. It is also chip-resistant, long-lasting, and gives a mirror-like finish. The brush is packed with twice the standard amount of bristles, all pre-lacquered so your polish glides on smoothly and streak-free!


Find It :: Click below to find the products mentioned in this post!
  1. Rhea Footwear Eva Sandals $50
  2. MIU COLOR Glass Water Bottle $20
  3. UNSUN Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 $29
  4. PCA SKIN Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 $49
  5. Burt’s Bees BB Cream $15
  6. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam $24
  7. Bondi Sands Tanning Mitt $6
  8. Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk $22
  9. Australian Gold X-Treme Sport Spray Gel $8
  10. Smart Stuff Natural Mineral Based Sunscreen SPF 30 $16
  11. Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 $30
  12. Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Gel $10 
  13. Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 30 $15
  14. Macadamia Professional Sun Shield Dry Oil Veil $20
  15. OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray $7
  16. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light $48
  17. Nautica Voyage Sport $65
  18. Smart Stuff Natural Insect Repellent $16
  19. Brightening Serum and Spot Corrector $125
  20. Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub $28
  21. Lauren B. Beauty Mid City at Midnight $18
  22. Lauren B. Beauty Santa Monica Shutters $18

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