August is by far the hottest month of the entire summer season. When you’re trapped in NYC five days out of the working week, keeping cool is not only a challenge but its literally your best solution to surviving the concrete jungle during this time of year. Forget frying an egg on the sidewalk – you could make an omelette…
So naturally, the goal to keeping cool is knowing what products got your back – and face/body/well-being – during these often unbearable weather circumstances. Thanks to friends at BabbleBoxx, I’ve been gifted the ultimate package to beat the heat in all departments of my concern. Starting with thirst quenchers for my well-being, then coasting through to sunny skincare solutions, and landing in summer style with color & scent in mind.
LACROIX CURATE SPARKLING WATER
Often times I much prefer tap water but when you’re given carbonated flavors – such as Melon Pomelo & Pomme Baya – that take you to a soothing tropical oasis on the inside, why would you want to drink anything else? Lacroix Curate Sparkling Water is a healthy beverage alternative made of 100% natural ingredients, free of calories/sugar/sodium and artificial sweeteners. With 6 flavors in the family, the slightly bolder flavors than original LaCroix give this collection the kick needed for quenching intense thirst.
Inspired by both the French and Spanish cultures, this sparkling hydration source has the same crispy taste one would get from a soda without submitting to the sugary and unhealthy demands the latter leaves behind when consumed. LaCroix tastes as satisfying and maintains its healthy reputation, which makes it the ideal beverage of choice to carry in your bag when running about town.
VICHY MINERAL WATER GEL & NAD’S EXFOLIATING WAX STRIPS
With summer comes the infamous sunburn and no matter what skin type you are, you’re guaranteed to dry out at one point. Cracked skin is unsightly yet combatting the peel and dryness can feel like an uphill battle – nothing I’ve tried has worked to keep my skin hydrated while appearing far from flaky. That is until I found refuge with the use of Vichy Aquaria Thermal Mineral Water Gel Moisturizer.
Yes a long name but it’s 48-hour hydrating purpose will make you want to sing it aloud, especially when you see results virtually over night. With a consistency that’s lightweight and oil-free, it couldn’t be a better option for these sweaty summer months when you try to avoid anything that feels heavy on the face. The best part is the versatility of the solution which makes it perfect for people of all skin types to use – from normal to combination. Simply apply the smallest amount morning and evening to cleansed skin, with little outward movement pressure, and that’s it. Vichy will handle the rest.
PS! Until 8/15/16, receive 20% Off + Free Shipping when you enter promo code BABBLE at checkout. (Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or gift sets)
On the topic of skincare, shaving is another area of concern I find myself slacking on & paying for when in public (and potentially exposed…aka beach.) Unlike those cooler months where we ladies can hide our stubble under skinny jeans, the summer is not so forgiving. Shaving is a quick solution but I find myself reapplying a razor to my skin every other day! Such a hassle. Not to mention the razor burn that comes with it when you’re not careful. Ouch!
Waxing definitely helps to minimize the burn and slow the growth of your visible hair, so I was more than eager to try Nad’s Exfoliating Body Wax Strips and check out its unique take on the traditional at-home wax strip. Call me crazy but a seconds worth of pain is so worth the week and a half of a shaving vacation, especially when you can get it done in the comfort of your own home.
With uplifting scents of pomegranate and pink grapefruit, these revolutionary exfoliating strips uses a two-step method to remove unwanted hair and minimize ingrown hairs from occurring when used weekly. Because it exfoliates while it waxes, the win-win solution can be seen on your silky smooth (and hairless) legs!
TEMPTING BY SOFIA VERGARA FRAGRANCE
In my quest to find a new summer scent to try, a fragrance with personality seemed to be the best route to consider. When spritzing Tempting by Sofia Vergara onto my sweet spots – a dab to each wrist and behind the ears – I instantly felt a rush of sex appeal and sassy charisma; standard traits you would describe the Modern Family goddess as, all captured in a bottle like magic.
This addictive and fresh floral fragrance is bold while feminine, hinting on fruit and wood notes that I’ve found myself to be very fond of when trying out scents. Also when trying to maintain the scent for all-day wear, don’t rub your wrists together; rather let the fragrance air dry as it remains bold in flavor rather than diluted.
BUTTER LONDON LOST IN LEISURE LACQUER SET
Concluding the ultimate #BeatTheHeat package is a nail polish set very likely to trigger thoughts 0f white-sand beaches and fruity cocktails (yes please!) This limited edition Lost In Leisure lacquer set by Butter London provides your nails with color rich pigments in a one stroke coverage move. So there’s no need to apply more than one coat!
With only one coat of color to dry you can expect your nails to get that high shine finish quickly and efficiently, lasting longer than the average nail polish due to the chip resistant wear. There’s nothing that bothers me more than chipped nails and after using gel for years, I could use a self-manicure that looks great and saves my nails from future breakage.