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August 31 2014

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3 posts tagged "Sara Happ"

The Pre-Stain Prerequisite

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With temperatures having already reached near-unbearable highs, our usual summertime switch from lipstick to lip stains and tinted balms happened much sooner than anticipated. Now that our lips are more exposed than ever, they need a preparatory reboot, similar to the head-to-toe exfoliation we give our limbs to withstand a weather-appropriate wardrobe that leaves little to the imagination. So while lip scrub traditionally falls into the superfluous category in our minds, it’s pretty necessary at times like these. And when it comes to lip scrubs, Sara Happ’s all-natural staples have always been bar none. Now Happ has teamed up with another industry impresario, Blue Mercury’s Marla Malcolm Beck, to create a limited-edition variety with Beck’s M-61 skincare line just for summer. The new Lemon Mint Cucumber offering reminds us on first sniff of a delicious mojito—or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on a hot day (the scent is actually inspired by the signature flavored water served at the Tropicana Resort’s Bluemercury Spa in Atlantic City). Intoxicating aroma aside, the gentle sugar and citrus-based formula does an excellent job sloughing off rough patches, while cucumber soothes any residual redness and jojoba and grapeseed oils nourish parched skin. The result is a silky smooth canvas—and, you should be forewarned, an intense craving for summer cocktails.

Photo: Courtesy of Bluemercury

Spring Has Sprung: Get Your Exfoliation On

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I fell for Sara Happ’s original lip scrub last winter, after a late December trip to Montana left my lips dry and begging for some extra attention (cold mountain air and sunlight bouncing off snow-packed ski trails will do a number on even the most moisturized mouths). I’m happy to report that that phase of seasonal discomfort is behind me, but with warmer temperatures comes a whole new crop of concerns: I’m talking specifically about the state of my legs and arms, which have been buried beneath layers of clothes for the last six months with no exposure to sunlight, rendering them flaky and pale. A nice golden bronze will have to wait until my spring break surfing trip commences (t-minus seven days), but the exfoliating starts now. Just in time, Happ has released a Vanilla Bean Body Scrub, featuring the same scent and formula that catapulted her pout perfectors to popular favor. Kukui nut, macadamia, and sweet almond oils are mixed with large sugar crystals that are perfect for sloughing. The thick salve melts on contact and scrubs away rough, dead skin, leaving behind a silky soft finish and a sweet, almost tropical scent that instantly eradicates of any lingering memories of East Coast blizzards and ice storms.

Photo: Courtesy of Sara Happ

The Full Lip Service

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After two delays, one layover, and just barely escaping the air travel cancellations that followed that post-Christmas snowstorm in the Midwest (deepest sympathies to everyone waiting in that endless customer service line at Denver International), I got back to New York last week just in time for the city’s latest cold snap. The combination of in-flight dehydration and bitter temperatures left my lips in a state of disrepair, requiring action that I often overlook when it comes to my beauty regimen: mouth maintenance. As a firm believer in less-is-more, I’ve always been a lip balm-and-go kind of girl. No fancy primers or glosses for me, thanks. Give me an emollient tube of Kiehl’s or a stick of Burt’s Bees and I’m golden. Occasionally though, exfoliation is necessary to keep your pout in smooth, soft condition. Sara Happ’s certified organic Lip Scrub comes in handy at times like these, with six decadent flavors (Crème Brûlée, anyone?) to help you luxuriously work your way back to a supple smile. Bonus tip: With its sweet almond, jojoba, and macadamia nut oil formula, Happ’s new Lip Slip makes for a welcome post-scrubbing treat.

Photo: Courtesy of Sara Happ