Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sun, Sea and Shameless Vanity

There are new things coming up for this blog. And in preparation for the exciting times ahead, the blog will be moving to a new home!  While I will still be writing about our phenomenal life, it will now have a new name. 

From now on, I will be doing all of my posting at The Phenomenal Mama

I hope you could all bookmark the new site and follow me there!

I will still be keeping this blog open so you can read all of my old posts.  But you won't miss a thing with the new blog as it will have all of the old posts, as well. 

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The fact that I live in a tropical country where the beaches are just a good one-hour trip away doesn’t take away the sad reality that I have yet to master the art of looking good at the beach.  But I try – every year, I tell you!   Let me forewarn you, though, that after everything has been done…. No, I still don’t really look like the beach babe that I desire to be… only (more and more each year) like the mom of three that I actually am.  Still, a girl has to try!  :)

We are off to the beach tomorrow and here I am sharing with you the steps I’ve taken (in vain) to look a teensy-bit better::

1.  Get a head start on my tan. 

In the beach, a healthy sun kissed glow is always the best fashion accessory.   For the past four years now, I have managed to look like a beach sweetie, thanks to my triumvirate of L’Oreal self-tanners.
A few days before our departure, I start slathering on L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion in Medium Natural Tan everyday to build up my sunless tan.  It usually takes around three to four applications to get the golden color that I like.
At around the same time, I also use the Sublime Bronze FACE on my face and neck to make sure that I have an even tan all over.  

On the day of departure I always make sure to wake up a few minutes earlier to make sure I apply L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Gelee in Medium Natural Tan.  This dual-action bronzer and self-tanning lotion is one of my favorite products.  It delivers an instant glow and builds up the existing (sunless) tan I have with a hint of glimmer. 
2.  Paint toe nails in a vivid summery color.
3.  Wax/shave legs, underarms and bikini area the night before.

4.  On the beach, apply sun block with high SPF at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply every 2 hours.

I use VMV's Armada Sport SPF70.  It retails USD40 for a 3 oz tube, really expensive, but I am taking them up on their claim that their formula "creates a unique barrier-film, an invisible virtual second skin that stays on skin's surface to maintian protection integrity in and out of water, and while exposed to harsh sun and heat."  

I usually put on Armada first and after letting my skin absorb it for a few minutes, I layer on L'Oreal's tinted self tanner.  The tinted gel leaves my skin with an instant glittery shimmer that stays on until I shower or take a dip in the pool, unlike the glitter sprays or powders.

5. Massage hair with a deep moisturizing conditioner and put it up in a messy bun.

6. Acessorize (and protect) with a good pair of shades offering UV protection and a wide brimmed straw hat.

7.  Remember that the best thing to wear on the beach is a SMILE!


Mom-Friday said...

Nothing shameless about that :-) On our recent trip, we used Nivea sunblocks for kids and adults, but years ago, I also used Armada on my face. Have a great weekend and be sure to share your own experience of Acuatico ;)

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