Bras For Warm Weather

The warmer weather is upon is and now it is becoming time again for sundresses, tanks and strapless tops.

Ladies, listen up: no one wants to see your bra straps.

Doing a “layered look” with tanks and camis is OK, but exposed bra straps are not. Just this woman’s opinion.

So…what to do??

For most tanks and sleeveless tops, a T strap bra works well. It keeps your straps from showing and from falling down over your shoulders.

fantabulous women racer back bra

They’re also called racer back bras and can look like this, too:

racer back fantabulous women warm bras

Check this out! You can use these cool clips on a regular bra to MAKE it into a racer back! There’s a clear version available, too. They’re available in the lingerie department of most retail stores, including Target and Walmart.

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Of course, when in doubt, go strapless.

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A convertible bra is also an excellent choice and gives you many options.

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Finally, if you’re investing in a good “speciality bra,” buy it to match your skin tone so you can wear it under white, black and everything in between.

Your bra shouldn’t match your clothes–it should match YOU!

Do you need a new bra to add to your wardrobe for this spring and summer?

Summer Strawberry Facial

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Got some strawberries “on their way out?”

Put them to good use! Overly-ripe, mushy (but not rotten) strawberries work best.

This is one of my favorite facials–it leaves your skin tingly and refreshed. It’s FanTABulous after a long day in the heat! You could even make it in the morning then store it in the fridge to apply later in the day. Aaaahhhh. Perfect to pamper yourself or to use for a girls’ night in.

You will need 4 very ripe strawberries and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.

The fruit enzymes will slough way dead skin while the essential oil will refresh and perk up your complexion. The peppermint oil is so invigorating!

Instructions: mash the strawberries and press through a mesh strainer or squeeze through cheesecloth or (clean) panty hose. Catch the juice in a small bowl.  Then add the essential oil to the juice and blend. Apply to face and neck with a saturated cotton square and massage into skin for about 1 minute (avoiding the eyes!). Rinse with cool water. Enjoy!

Who needs a night of pampering??

I should see a lot of raised hands. Mine is up!

Every woman and I know (and those who are self-employed or who work from home in particular) struggle to make time to take care of themselves. Notice I said MAKE time–it requires commitment and a conscious effort to MAKE time to prioritize our own self-care.

I love to be pampered but I have come to expect that if I want to be pampered, I’m going to have to do it myself. For those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to visit a spa regularly, creating an at-home spa experience is a marvelous way to indulge ourselves.

I give you my…

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There will be foot soaks…

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…spa water…

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{but don’t worry, there will be other drink options as well!}

…spa food…

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…and lots of fun treatments to try.

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All guests will have the opportunity to experience the Mary Kay microdermabrasion treatment, perfect for calming and refreshing summer skin.

You will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed and your skin will be ready for bed when you get home.

I also hope that a few women will come to learn HOW to host an at-home spa party to treat their sales team, VIP customers or even their friends or family. You know I love to give away all of my FanTABulous secrets!

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Of course attendees will have the opportunity to experience the Mary Kay products you can use for your own at-home pampering. There will be a door prize, too, and everyone will go home with a party favor.

Check out the event details and buy your (FREE!) ticket on Eventbrite HERE. Feel free to give it a ‘like’ on Facebook or share it with a friend, too.

I hope to see you there! {and stay tuned for all the event preparations, how-tos and event photos!}

Ten FanTABulous Summer Sun Tips

I know you are busy and there is a lot of information out there about protecting yourself in the sun. Let Tab, your personal beauty consultant, help.

Here are 10 Summer Sun Tips for my FanTABulous Women:

1. Look for products labeled “Broad Spectrum.” This prevents against damaging UVB and UVA rays. Skin cancer is so vicious because it occurs at the deeper levels of the skin and takes a long time to show up on the surface. Broad spectrum protects the top level and deeper level, to avoid a visible sunburn as well as damage to the deeper levels.

2. An SPF of 30 or 50 is recommended for most people on an everyday basis. You are being exposed to harmful rays even while inside your house or vehicle! P.S. Higher than 50 isn’t proven to offer any extra protection.

3. NO sunscreen is waterproof. You will now see them marked “water-resistant” and they will also have the time listed that you can expect to be protected. For example, in the photo below, the SPF 30 says it is water-resistant for 80 minutes.

4. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure to allow the product to penetrate the skin.

5. Wondering how much to apply?

FanTABulouswomen.com ten sun tips shot glass one ounce sunscreen

6. If you are spending the entire day in the sun, re-apply every two hours (for an SPF 30) and after towel-drying. If you are going down a water slide or going in and out of an inner tube repeatedly, be aware that you are rubbing your sunscreen off in the process, so be sure to reapply to places like your belly or the backs of your legs.

7. Don’t forget about your ears, the tops of your feet and your scalp. Wearing a hat helps protect your ears AND head. Plus I know you’ll look FanTABulous in a hat! Mine looks like this one (the brand is Scala, I got it from Steinmart for about $20), only mine has pastel colors and is utterly FanTABulous.

FanTABulouswomen.com Scala straw hat for summer

8. Layer products. If you use a facial moisturizer that contains sunscreen, be aware that it will evaporate unless you ‘seal it’ with a primer and foundation. The newest Mary Kay foundation primer now has an SPF 15, which adds yet another layer of protection. Sweet!

If you need moisturizer AND sunscreen, the jury is out on how to best layer them (there are many determining factors, including the formula of each product) but I would err on the side of caution and apply the sunscreen directly to your clean skin, let it penetrate for 15 minutes then apply your moisturizer on top.

9. Buy an after-sun product, too. I advise my customers to put the Mary Kay After-sun Replenishing Gel (pictured below, left) in their fridge so it is extra-cooling when applied after getting out of the pool, ocean or hot tub. Aloe is also nice if you get a little too much sun or if your skin just feels parched. With aloe, the more pure the better and go for the clear variety.

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10. Avoid sun exposure from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when you can and try to wear protective clothing. Don’t forget your sunglasses!

I would love to supply you with the PERFECT Mary Kay products to help you enjoy your summer!

I will have my summer sun products with me at my Women of Faith in Business and S.E.V.E.N. meetings for you to sample and purchase. If we don’t cross paths during the week, call me to schedule a 15-minute consultation so we can assess your needs and you can try the products. Or, if you are in need of a facial and a summer color makeover, visit my Mary Kay page for information about taking advantage of the FanTABulous Royal Treatment Makeover.

How will YOU be spending YOUR summer? How do you plan to protect yourself from the sun? Please share in the comments or on the FanTABulous Women Facebook page.

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