My 2011 Tan-spiration

Every year around this time, it hits me (once again) that I am incredibly pale.  I spent years trying to fight it, years learning to accept it and even more years trying to find the best products to give me even just a subtle hint of color.  Ironically, even at my most tan, I’m still paler than most of my friends but I digress.  With every new summer season comes a ton of new “innovative” and “revolutionary” self-tanning products but honestly, sometimes the classics really are the best.  Here are my latest faves…

LANCOME Flash Bronzer: This product was made famous in the beauty world by Lucky magazine’s Beauty Director, Jean Godfrey June, and after trying it out for myself a few years ago, I’m totally hooked.  You get real, natural-looking color with a subtle hint of shimmer that makes the skin look all illuminated.

Dolce & Gabbana Animalier Bronzer: It’s new, it’s limited-edition and I love it.  Obviously.  Besides the fact that it’s probably one of the most glamourous beauty products ever, this bronzer actually really is awesome but I can’t lie- I really only bought it because I invisioned myself opening it up at a bar and looking like Sophia Lauren.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Spray-On Perfect Legs: I used this product for the first time during Halloween (in an ironic way) since I dressed up as Snooki.  I was totally surprised at how a-mazing it actually was.  My legs looked super tan, smooth and the spray didn’t come off until I literally scrubbed my legs in the shower.  I’ve also had this on and dipped my feet in a hot tub and it totally stayed on, which is the true test.

My current “tan-spiration”: Mary Kate Olsen (who I don’t normally think looks very good) looking bronzed and gorgeous in this amazing robin’s egg blue blazer and blonde highlights to die for.  I also kind of love her snake bracelet.

Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder

So who doesn’t love being happy?  I’m way into this new line because Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder is pretty amazing.  Happy Booster is the first ever makeup line created to stimulate happiness.  Yes, you read that right…makeup that stimulates happiness.  The ingredients are specially formulated to boost your mood- the color combination, texture and aroma all work together to give you a “happy boost,” if you will, which I’m seriously obsessing over.  Makeup should make people happy.  I know what you’re thinking though…what exactly actually boosts your mood?  Well this product contains Euphoryl, rich in Omega 3 and a known anti-depressant is in this baby in addition to a mood-enhancing fragrance and “happy skin,” which is derived from Arctic Rose, which mimics the effect of endorphins, also known as “happy  molecules,” for a sense of wellness and pleasure.

What’s even more interesting is the survey that Physician’s Formula conducted a Kelton’s survey on happiness.  I think anyone going through their quarter life crisis pretty much assumes that they’re the only one feeling down in the dumps but according to this survey, that’s not even close to the truth.  Only 18% of women are reported as being at their happiest!  ANd 39% said they aren’t as happy as often as they would like to be.

The fact that over 76% of women also reported that happiness can be found with the simpler things in life further proves that all makeup should make you happy.  Thoughts?