The pleasures of summer put different demands on our skin and beauty routine. This is the time to lighten up your look and add a little sheen. Humid temperatures making your skin act up? I have just the thing to soothe your skin. Need a little sparkle to rev up your evenings? There are new makeup options that will help you shine from head to toe. Come with me and check out all the latest goodies you're going to want to add to your summer beauty kit!
Cle de Peau Beaute recently launched two new skincare products designed to provide anti-aging and brightening solutions to promote youthful-looking skin. Both the Anti-Age Spot Serum and Intensive Brightening Mask work synergistically to bring the complexion to a higher level of beauty. Cle de Peau Beaute launched the brand’s first brightening essence in Japan nearly 30 years ago and the product has remained one of the best-selling items overseas. Now, Cle de Peau Beaute Anti-Age Spot Serum finally makes its debut in the US. Used daily to promote skin clarity, Cle de Peau Beaute Anti-Age Spot Serum dark spots caused by UV damage and/or aging. Anti-Age Spot Serum works by eliminating visible and latent melanin, helping to provide clearer skin in four to eight weeks. At the same time, anti-aging ingredient W-TC Complex drastically improves epidermal cell metabolism.
The two-piece occlusive Intensive Brightening Mask contains exclusive ingredients specifically formulated to treat unique skin concerns of the upper and lower parts of the face, while providing all-over brightening benefits. Used weekly, Intensive Brightening Mask aids in the diminishment of sun and age spots to create a more beautiful and luminous skin. Both the upper and lower masks employ Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, a powerful extract with brightening benefits that effectively defends against photo-aging, UV damage, and oxidation.
If dark circles are casting a shadow on your summer, pick up a tube of paraben-free Hylexin. Applying this concentrate sparingly twice daily will dramatically reduce the appearance of serious dark circles. Hylexin's functional ingredients have been shown to reduce the appearance of dark discoloration and under eye bags. Whether your dark circles are a result from too much sun, gravity, or due to fatigue, lack of sleep, or stress, Hylexin will work wonders! A .5 oz tube is $59 and available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora and www.BremennLabs.com.
Since we're on the subject of eyes, why not rev up your summer flirting techniques with Cle de Peau Beaute The Mascara, a new exceptional mascara that creates the distinguished drama of length, volume, life and curl in a lustrous deep black shade. Formulated with a blend of three nourishing oils for dramatic luster, The Mascara also contains an optimally designed round brush to provide remarkable ease of use from the first touch, to the last. The Mascara, Cle de Peau Beaute Anti-Age Spot Serum ($155 for 40ml) and Intensive Brightening Mask ($120 for six applications) are available at NeimanMarcus.com.
A perfect summer pick-me-up is Paul & Joe's sexy summer makeup. The dazzling new items Paul & Joe has to offer including Shimmering Body Lotion, luscious Lip Gloss, stylish Lipstick and adorable Nail Enamels. With the help of these gorgeous, new products you’ll be summer chic in no-time!
For a hit of sparkly sandy color, try Paul & Joe’s Limited Edition Nail Enamel in Mirage, a long lasting formulation of nourishing botanicals that hydrate, condition and protect the nails and cuticles.
I'm a fan of Paul & Joe’s Limited Edition Lipstick S. Inspired by beautiful Saharan sunsets, Lipstick S will bring out the romantic side in you. This ultra-hydrating lipstick includes a “clear veil oil” for a gorgeous shine and “moist capture oil” to soften and smooth. Available in three shades of pink, these lipsticks are a must have this summer!
Paul & Joe's luxe new Lip Gloss is also a nice addition to add some shine to your look, and can be worn over lipstick or by itself. It has a luxurious finish without a heavy feel and comes in colors ranging from clear to vibrant to match your makeup needs. Paul & Joe products are sold at Bergdorf Goodman and online at BeautyHabit.com.
If you've ever woken up with an unexpected zit from hell on the day when you most to look your best, you'll want to keep the Emergency Zit Stick handy. This super concentrated instant acting formula reduces redness and swelling on contact while it begins to treat, heal and clear the underlying blemish, without caking or drying. You only need to apply a thin layer three times daily to zap your zit. The Emergency Zit Stick is $21 at Sephora and www.BremennLabs.com.
Finally, on a light note, step up your routine with The Brush Collection by Dolce & Gabbana, a collection of five professional quality brushes to give you a polished finish. Superstar make up artist, Pat McGrath collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana to lend her backstage experience and expertise to the design and development of The Brush Collection. “As a professional I know that the quality of make-up tools are just as important as the quality of the make-up, if not more so," says McGrath. “Our goal was to create tools for a beauty ritual that’s effective, effortless and luxurious – and for each brush to exist as beautiful object in itself. They’re the perfect tools for delivering a polished perfected look that every woman can easily achieve”. Chose from The Powder Brush ($55), The Blush Brush ($48.00), The Eyeshading Brush ($30.00), The Blending Brush ($32.00), or The Retractable Lip Brush ($29.00). Available at SaksFifthAvenue.com.
Wishing you all things beautiful this summer!
Fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She is debuting her natural perfume, as a new as well as expanding her successful line of fine jewelry, women's couture line, and luxury handbag line. For more information, please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.