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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Get the look for less

Hi there!!!
Happy mid-week everyone!
Full disclosure, had intended to post this yesterday. However, a stray dog was in my neighborhood. Of course, everything was put on hold until we could get him, keep him safe, feed him and find his family.

Anyhow, on to this. I think that rompers are SO polarizing once a woman is over 30, although...I have no idea WHY??? I'm all for encouraging others to only wear what they feel comfortable in. However, I don't think any of us have any business shaming another woman if she feels comfortable in something that we might not be. My 40th birthday is now closer in the future than my 30th birthday is in the past. I have NO shame about wearing rompers, none. I use them as a tool in the hot summer weather to keep me looking (somewhat) put together, but still comfortable in the heat and humidity.

For all of the rompers pictured here, I personally own one or the other of each of the styles. I either have the pricer one (BC I bought it before finding its less expensive counter part). Or, I have the lesser expensive one and smugly laughed all the way to the bank.

In the photo above, the top row are the three more expensive rompers , the bottom row are the three rompers that are considerably less money, but oh so close in appearane, fit and style.
While we are at it, let me say that all of the lower priced rompers are from Target. The one on the bottom left and bottom middle are available in store and on line. The green palm print romper of the bottom right, is on-line only.


Starting with the gray jersey rompers, the top one is from Ann Taylor loft. It is $59.00. The Target version is from their Mossimo line and it sells for $22.99  for a savings of $36.01.
Whichever one you choose , You'll find it to be perfect to toss on for a quick Saturday morning trip to Starbucks, running out to get a pedi or to wear as a cover-up at the beach or pool. I've had mine for 3 weeks now and have probably worn it 7 or 8 times already.


In the middle, you'll see two more jersey rompers in all of their comfortable glory. The top one is from one of my favorite stores....Vineyard Vines #yeamassachusetts , it has a slight ombre quality to it. It will run you $88.00. The one from Target is also from their Mossimo line and is $22.99. The difference in price is $65.01....that's nothing to sneeze at! I'll say this much, the Target version comes with adjustable straps, so it will only be as low cut as you want it to be. It also as an adorable side tie. Okay, enough editorializing from me!


For the last pairing, we have two rompers which are dressier. They both are a white base with green palm tree leaves. The VERY epitome of Summer. I wore mine on a particularly warm day last week. I got compliments from a lady at the post office, a lady in the super market, a teenage girl who I passed on the street and from the teller at the bank. I had to laugh, because rompers are a "throw on and go" type of thing!
The one on top is from Nordstrom. It is priced at $110.00.  The Target version is $44.99 and is by K by Kersh. If you opt for the one from Target, you'll save $65.01.

That's it for today! if any of these strike your fancy, I'll include the links below!

XOXO
~S




Gray Loft Romper  /Gray Target Romper / Vineyard Vines Romper /Blue Target Romper /Nordstrom Palm Print Romper / Target Palm Print Romper

Monday, June 18, 2018

Tan Application

Happy Monday!
So, I took the step to purchase the domain www.shesheandshimmer.com today. #gulp #notablogger...
I did this because so many of you kind, wonderful people have encouraged me and told me that you actually enjoy reading my thoughts on this stuff. So, thank you!

Now, let's get to how to apply your sunless tanner!
  This picture was from a week or two ago. This is a one day fresh sunless tan. In this photo, I had used the St. Tropez Extra Dark. PS: Please excuse the dated 1980's bathroom. The building that I work in is over 150 years old. That makes renovations a tad bit challenging.




  • Most importantly USE A MITT . Aside from keeping your palms from turning orange, the mitt helps blend the tanner... more so than latex gloves, bare hands etc, This one right here is the best mitt that I've found. I cannot stress how much I love this mitt! Skinerals selftanning microfiber mitt
  • Less is NOT more. Its easy to assume that if you use less tanner, you'll prevent a too dark application. Nope. The color of the formula is what determines the color of your tan. Using too little product will result in nothing but streaks and splotches #notcute. Think of what would happen if you were to paint a wall with too little paint....
  • Apply bottom to top. Start with your legs and feet and work upward. This will prevent creasing and rubbing.
  • Protect your knees, elbows and ankles. These are the spots where tanner can turn VERY dark and look unnatural. Before I apply the sunless tanner, I cover these spots with Burt's Bees Hand Salve Burt's Bees
  • Apply tanner to clean, freshly shaved,smooth skin. I've seen it countless times, some guru will stress to NOT apply moisturizer before self tanning.I cannot articulate how strongly I disagree with this. Smooth, moisturized skin will get you an even tan. Dry skin will get you uneven patches. Just be sure your moisturizer has been absorbed thoroughly into your skin before applying the tanner. I'll moisturize then throw laundry in the dryer, blowout my hair, etc THEN tan. 
  • When tanning your hands, make a claw with your fingers. This will keep your from having white knuckles.
  • To tan your back,put your tanning mitt on a loofah brush. You'll be able to reach your entire back this way. 
  • When tanning your face, mix equal parts tanner and your favorite facial moisturizer. This will keep the Oomph Loompa look at bay.
  • Don't be afraid to use 2 different shades in one application. I do this each time I tan. I'll use a medium shade for my back, face and feet and use a dark shade everywhere else. This gives you a far more natural look as most people suntan while laying on their backs.
  • Stay COMPLETELY dry after your apply your tanner. No teeth brushing,dish washing....NOTHING. Put your tanner on then, go straight to bed (ideally)
  • Don't be afraid of the color that first goes on. Most tanners have a color guide so that you can see what you are doing. This will rinse off in the morning (or after 8 hours)
  • BLEND, BLEND, BLEND this is crucial. In order to to make this faux glow pass for the real deal, it HAS to be blended thoroughly. Once you are SURE its completely blended......blend it for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Set aside enough time to do this correctly. If you are short on time.... don't sunless tan! While pale will always be pretty, streaks will never be!

I hope this helps! If you have ANY questions at all, I'm here for you!



XO
~SheShe

Friday, June 15, 2018

Working on that summer tan




June is now in full swing! It’s the time of year most of us want a tan.
Funny thing about me, I've never had a "real" tan. My skin just is not capable of tanning. My dermatologist refers to it as "Type 1 skin".  Simply put, my skin does not produce enough melanin to tan.
When I was a teen and in my early 20's this upset me to no end #youngpeopleproblems. All I wanted was to be golden, but if I did go in the sun, I'd burn, blister, peel ...in that order.
Now that I'm in my 30's, I'm actually glad that I cannot tan. I know that younger me would of been completely irresponsible in regards to tanning. By now, I'd have skin that looked like an old shoe, or worse ....skin cancer.

However, I do still LOVE the look of a nice, golden tan. Because of this, I've tried and tested pretty much every sunless tanner out there. The four that I've listed below are the ones that have truly impressed me. These are the ones that stand out among all of the sunless tanners that I've used over the past 20+ years. In part 2 of this post (coming next week) I'll follow up with what I find to be my "best application" techniques. What good is even the best sunless tanner, if you are not comfortable applying it?


1) St. Tropez Extra Dark
St. Tropez Extra Dark
I'll be the 1st to admit, I find most of St. Tropez's products to be extremely overrated. Don't get me wrong, they are perfectly fine sunless tanners.  I just don't find them to be the epic, holy grail like some folks do. EXCEPT for this one. This one, I'm starting to wonder how I ever lived without. I put this on at bed time. I wake up to a tan that is so dark and deep. This gets my skin to a color that I never, ever thought was possible to accomplish with a sunless tan. You truly do look like you just came back from 10 days on the island of Saint Tropez.

2)Vita Liberta pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan
Vita Libereta 2-3 Week Tan
This one is pricy... $54.00 as of when I'm writing this. There are two things that make this tanner really stand out. The first is how quickly it dries upon application. Your first leg will be completly dry by the time your are applying the tanner to your second leg. The other thing that's quite impressive about this, is how long it lasts and how it fades. One application went a full 10 days for me. Sunless tanner will typically become splotchy when its fading off.  This one though, fades the way a natural tan does. It just gets lighter, no splotching at all.

3) Quick Tan by Body Drench
Quick Tan by Body Drench
This gives you an immediate tan upon application that darkens over the course of several hours. This tanner preforms just as well as a professional spray tan.
This is perfect for if you need color ASAP. Its a spray formula , but still I find it applies best if you use a tanning mitt to rub it in. This will assure a perfectly blended tan.

4) Tanwise Tanning Mousse
Tanwise Tanning Mousse
Unless you are going for the extra dark St.Tropez , this is the best tanning mousse that I've found. This blends so easily, the color is dark, yet believable, It has no traces of orange and it lasts. Also, the price cannot be beat. Usually, I can grab it for $10-$15 dollars. It costs less than most of the other tanners out there. Yet, it out preforms them at every pass.


As I had mentioned above, I've been sunless tanning for over 20 years now. These are my "Product Heroes" that I keep in my arsenal at all times.

Be sure to come back next week. I'll be sharing all of the different tips and tricks I've figured out over the years to help attain the most flawless application possible.

Have a lovely weekend, love bugs!


~XO SheShe