Admit it: We’re all guilty of having too many products. It’s hard to resist trying something new and before you know it, you have product overload. Summertime is a time for lightening up, so why not take the time to simplify your routine? Ideal for busy days out on the go, here are our picks for the best multitasking products guaranteed to keep you covered.
Cut the medicine cabinet clutter with Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One soap, a great 18-in-one cleaning solution that works on body, hair, teeth, clothes, countertops… if you think it, it can clean it! The Dr. Bronner’s website has helpful tips on how to best dilute the solution to fit your washing needs. Moderate with water for use as a detergent, or apply full-strength to fight tough grease stains. The popular soap line comes in an assortment of scents, leaving whatever they cleanse smelling light, fresh, and good as new.
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If you want to get the celebrity red-carpet look of glistening skin, O.N.E. olive oil is the trick. It smells great so you can skip perfume, and it’s perfect for the summer months when skin is most prone to drying out. O.N.E.’s combination of vitamin E and organic olive oil can work to revitalize a wide spectrum of skin types and can be used as a cleanser; refreshing or soothing as need be. We love it for its organic, enriching formula that’s just as effective on hair: Apply to damaged or frizzy ends for a smooth texture and increased shine. Great to use on dry cuticles, too!
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Clean skin is beautiful skin, which is why AHAVA 3-In-1 Mineral Toning Cleanser is rapidly becoming one of our favorite beauty bets. It’s no longer necessary to have multiple cleansers for face makeup, eye makeup, and facial wash: Remove and reinvigorate with one lightweight, 8.5-oz. bottle. AHAVA’s cleanser not only cleans and tones, it comes specially formulated to act as an anti-ager.
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Multitask the fight against aging on multiple fronts with Olay 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Cream. Dark circles, fine lines, puffy eyes, loss of firmness, uneven texture, uneven tone, and dryness are no match for the line-and-dark-circle minimizing brush, which is gentle enough for daily application. Olay is a trusted name in anti-aging, and this cream is the perfect complement to its over-night products that work to leave you with firmer – i.e. younger-looking – skin. The tinted moisturizer works particularly well in achieving an ideal smooth coverage.
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Keeping your skin soft in the summer heat is one of the season’s most important concerns… as is staying safe from pesky bugs. Hitting two of our most pressing needs is why we love Avon’s Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body Spray. Containing citronella that leaves behind a lemony scent and helps repel mosquitoes, this spray is best applied to post-shower damp skin for long-lasting effectiveness. It can also be used as a summer perfume that will keep those buzzing friends far and away.
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We love the all-in-one, multi-use NARS stick called “The Multiple.” One stick for cheeks, eyes, body, and lips, the creamy tip goes on as powder to whichever area is most in need of sheer coverage. This product is available in a variety of great colors for all skin tones. Our recommended color, of course, is Orgasm, the wildly popular NARS-addict favorite.
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Deemed the “original tool for a girl on the go,” Miss A Kit is your go-to solution for any problems that may pop up when you’re out. Whether it’s a loose button, an unwanted headache, or the need for a little scented therapy in the form of a quick perfume squirt, this tool has you covered: Mirror, pill box, knife, needle and thread, flashlight, keychain, and perfume bottle (and then some!) all come in one compact, Swiss army knife-like container that’s easy to stash in any sized purse.
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Pantene’s 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner will cut washing time in half without cutting corners when it comes to the health of your hair. Choose between the Medium-Thick, Fine, and Curly hair options for the formula that best suits your texture for optimum, silky results.
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Applying makeup doesn’t have to be a long and expensive process. Check out my top picks for beauty products/makeup that will have you done up in just five minutes, all for under $25 each! Makeup enthusiasts and phobes alike are sure to be down with these product suggestions that will have you looking fierce, fast.
Summer beauty starts with getting skin pampered and hydrated, and the best thing to get your face looking its best is a…facial. Garden Botanika’s Corrective Clearing Face Mask ($18) gives your face a smooth look right from the first application. We all know that first impressions are everything, so make sure a good facial is part of your beauty routine.
This season, bronzers are all the rage, and every woman wants that special glow. Physicians Formula’s Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush & Eye Shadow ($11.95) is a complete compact for every aspect of your look. Whether you want to rock a bronzed look on the eyes or cheeks, this palette has you set for a glamorous glow on the go!
To achieve a flawless look, your pout has to be perfect, and a fun shade always attracts a ton of attention. A great pop of color that’s suitable for most skin tones is Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Ultra Lipstick ($22.50) in Watermelon. The color is vibrant and fresh, and will keep your lips nourished while you’re looking glam.
Want to make a simple look pop on a whole new level? I am crazed over Jemma Kidd’s JK In Vogue Perfect Blush Collection ($18 at Target) because it’s a great blend of corals, peaches, fuchsia and a splash of shimmer. Each blush palette holds its own with the color schemes they feature, but our favorite is 5th Avenue because it really makes your cheeks come alive!
We all need to keep our skin moisturized with SPF, but sometimes that awful white residue is less than appealing. Now, the best way to get SPF is with a touch of color like e.l.f.’s Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($3), which comes in a variety of skin shades and is very lightweight. It’s such a necessity for a quick color boost and it helps keep your skin protected.
Want to achieve a simple look on a less glamorous day? Grab a moisturizer that’s also a simple lip balm with a touch of color. Avon’s Slick Tint for Lips ($.99) is great for not being too much, but still showing off your pucker. The lip balm comes in a sheer pink, a deep reddish wine and a rosy pink, all at an amazing price!
Chastity Palmer-Davis is the beauty/fashion writer behind GlitterBuzzStyle.com. GlitterBuzzStyle provides women with personal styling tips, the latest fashion trends, beauty reviews and sale alerts. Chastity’s love for fashion and the entertainment industry has given her the opportunity to contribute to Honey Magazine, work for television show Full Frontal Fashion and cover backstage press for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
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