Summer Essentials: You Need To Know About These Masks

Normally right now I would be posting travel based product stories to align with spending the summer in Italy leading Glam Italia Tours.

This is the first summer in the past decade spent here in the U.S.and I had forgotten just how hot and dry the weather is here in Arizona! I wish I was frolicking around the Italian beaches – I was supposed to be in Puglia (the Italian Maldives) as well as multiple trips up and down the Amalfi Coast with my tour groups, but now I doubt I will even see the ocean this summer.

Last summer at the beach in Southern Basilicata.
The Greek Islands are somewhere out there in the distance

Hot sunny days, sea water, chlorine and just being out and about in the sunshine all strip moisture from your hair and your skin, so masques become an essential part of your summer routine.

I normally do a hair mask and a face mask once each week, more if my skin needs extra help. I had bought the following two masks with a view to taking them with me to Italy. Instead this summer they are getting used here at home.

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post or a paid advertisement. It is also not a product review. I have been using these products for the past 3 months and am obsessed with them. This post does contain affiliate links.

Intense Hydrating Mask

Your best accessory for summer is a glowing, gorgeous complexion. That means keeping your skin exfoliated and hydrated.

I am so excited about the award winning Colleen Rothschild products. I have used them for 3 months now, so have a good idea of their quality and efficacy. At this time I haven’t used the exfoliating products but plan on trying them with my next order. You can check out the Colleen Rothschild exfoliating products here.

Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask

I have however been using the Intense Hydrating Mask every week, and consider it a summer skincare essential. Here’s why: it is like a long, cool drink of water for your skin. It gives amazing hydration, relieves tired/dry/rough skin and gives you a radiant glow.

Unlike hydration masks that leave your skin feeling slimy or sticky, this one soaks in and leaves the surface of the skin feeling supple. Which brings me to my next point: were I traveling this summer I would wear the Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask on the plane. I never wear foundation on long flights, opting instead for a moisturizing mask or reapplying moisturizer during the flight. Many hydration masks are not viable because they either don’t provide enough moisture or they are just too sticky and make your skin feel dirty.

Another reason I consider this a summer essential is that it’s a great rescue product. If you accidentally spend too much time in the sun, if wind or salt water or chlorine have sucked the life out of your skin and have left it feeling parched and/or irritated (which happened to me last week) this mask works wonders, instantly soothing and re-hydrating your skin.

It applies like a moisturizer, so you can put it on and go to the store – you don’t have to stay in hiding while it is working. You can leave it on for 15 minutes or do my favorite which is leave it on all night. It is very concentrated too, so a little goes a long way.

This is a really beautiful hydrating mask. Find the Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask online here.

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Quench and Shine Restorative Mask

I actually discovered this entire line because of this hair mask/restorative deep treatment. You can use it weekly or every time you shampoo. Quench and Shine Restorative Mask is my absolute favorite hair treatment product.

Best Hair Masks Colleen Rothschild Quench and Shine Restorative Mask

This mask is good for all hair types as it doesn’t weigh your hair down. It gives you a really nourishing deep conditioning treatment and makes your hair really shiny and bouncy. It also helps frizzy hair. My hair gets really frizzy in humidity so this mask is a godsend. On top of all the benefits it does for your hair (you can read about them here on the website) it smells heavenly.

I find the more I use it the more I love it. It makes my hair really soft and super shiny.

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Pro Tip: before you swim, especially in salt water or chlorine, wet your hair with tap or bottled water then comb through some Quench and Shine Restorative Mask. It fills the cuticles of your hair, protects your color and stops your hair getting dry or crunchy. At the end of the day you will be amazed at how gorgeous your hair feels!

You can find Quench and Shine Restorative Mask online at ColleenRothschild.com

Colleen Rothschild Hair Travel Set
The perfect travel kit for summer

Colleen Rothschild has a fabulous hair travel kit with travel sizes of their shampoo, Quench and Shine Restorative Mask and the Smooth and Shine Hair Serum. If you are not traveling or going to the beach this summer it is a great way to try the products out!

May 2021 update: I now have my own Colleen Rothschild Beauty discount code. Use code CORINNA20 at check out.

How To Get The Best Shine In Your Hair

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Glowing, radiant skin and glossy, healthy hair are your two best accessories for summer.

Whether you are keeping it low key this year or whether you have a busy summer with travel and beaches in your immediate future,you need to know about these essential summer hair care products.

The key to healthy, bouncy, shiny hair is keeping it hydrated.

No matter what auxiliary products you use on top, if the hair itself is dried out, undernourished, lifeless then no amount of shine product placed on top will give it that bounce.

My hair tends to be quite dry so I am well versed in using really good conditioning treatments and masks. I first heard about this one on a huge shoot last summer in the Hamptons. It turns out that this hair mask is somewhat of a cult secret and has an incredibly loyal following. I wasn’t familiar with the Colleen Rothschild line at that time but I am A) a product junkie and B) obsessed with hair products that smell amazing. So this was meant to be.

Back in late February I wanted a new hair mask/deep conditioning treatment. I read the endless 5 star reviews for the Colleen Rothschild Quench and Shine Restorative Mask from customers from all over and decided to give it a try.

Then this happened…

Skincare and hair care products from Colleen Rothschild see my discount code at the bottom of this post

I wanted to give it at least 90 days before writing about these so that I had ample time to see how they performed over the longer term. I am going to talk about the skincare products I ordered in a separate post. (They are fabulous!)Today I want to focus on the hair products because really this is where it all began.

I tried 2 hair products, the gorgeous smelling Quench and Shine Restorative Mask and the Smooth and Shine Hair Serum.

Quench and Shine Restorative Hair Mask

The Quench and Shine Restorative Mask can be used every time you shampoo or you can use it as needed. It reduces frizz, nourishes and hydrates and is like giving your hair a long, cool drink of water on a hot day. I’ve been using it every week as a deep treatment.

Colleen Rothschild Quench and Shine Restorative Mask

Apart from the bounciness of my hair, it is softer, more manageable and definitely less frizzy. I find many of deep treatment hair masks are heavy on the hair and actually make my hair look dull after a couple of days. This one is weightless and your hair maintains its glossiness. It is great for all hair types too.

A quick pro tip for protecting your hair at the beach or in the pool: wet your hair with bottled or tap water (not ocean or pool water) and comb through Quench and Shine Restorative Mask. It will fill the cuticles, protect your color, and stop your hair from getting dried out. This is a summer lifesaver for your hair.

Colleen Rothschild Smooth and Shine Serum

I have naturally very curly hair, but not pretty curly hair. Left to its own devices my hair looks like a really bad home perm gone wrong. It holds a blowout like no other, but I always need to add product to it. I have been really happy with the Smooth and Shine Serum. It is quite concentrated, so I don’t need much. It definitely keeps the frizz and the fly-aways under control and it gives such a lovely, glossy shine. I apply it to damp hair before blow drying but you can also use it on dry hair.

Colleen Rothschild Smooth and Shine Serum

If you have frizzy or unruly hair or if you just like using smooth and shine products on your hair then you already know there is a fine line between getting your hair manageable and having it weighed down. I have found over the past 3 months of using this one that it not only smells gorgeous but also is lightweight and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy or sticky.

RELATED POST: Colleen Rothschild Award Winning Skincare

The Quench and Shine Hair Travel Set

I was planning on getting this travel kit to take with me to Italy in May, but of course that trip got cancelled. If my September Glam Italia Tours are able to go I will for sure order one for the trip. It has mini sizes of the Smooth and Shine Serum, the Quench and Shine Restorative Mask and the Shampoo as well as a wide toothed comb. It is also a good option if you just want to try the products out before committing to the full sizes.

Colleen Rothschild products are available online with free shipping in the US for any order over $49

As of May 2021 I now have my own discount code for Colleen Rothschild Beauty! Use the code CORINNA20 at check out and get 20% discount on all Colleen Rothschild products that are not already discounted.

Photography: all images courtesy of Keith Pitts KeithMelissa.com

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How To Save Your Skin This Winter, With Lancome

My original plan had been to publish this story in January as part of a New Year, New You theme, but I am so excited about these products, and with the cold weather already here I decided to bring it forward.

Lancome will save your skin this winter with these two magic products: Advanced Genifique and Renergie Lift Multi Action

Living in the desert I don’t own gloves anymore. My hands were freezing!

The products in this post were gifted to me by Lancôme. All opinions are expressly my own.    This post contains affiliate links.

If you follow me on social media (Instagram @Corinnatravels, Facebook Corinna Cooke, Author) then you probably already know that the week before Thanksgiving I was in New York working my real job (makeup artist). I love to travel anywhere, anytime for work or for pleasure. Travel is hard on your skin though, especially when you go from the very temperate weather in Phoenix at that time, when you didn’t need long sleeves let alone a jacket, to the freezing cold of New York. Phoenix had been around 70 degrees Fahrenheit/20 degrees Celsius and New York was in the low 30’s Fahrenheit/ 0-ish Celsius.

We actually got snow while I was there, which was pretty fantastic for someone who lives in the desert. It had been years since I actually saw snow falling, and here I was in NYC, shooting on the 31st floor with floor to ceiling windows, watching the snow fall over midtown. It was magical!

 

Planning a good skin care game for the cold months can be tricky anyway – winter is the toughest season for your skin. Add in a near 40 degree change in temperature and you have the recipe for sensitive, irritated, dehydrated skin. Which was not the look I was going for.

How to protect your skin this winter. two products from Lancome that are game changers for winter skin: Advanced genifique and Renergie Lift Multi Action

Back in Phoenix it still feels cold out at night, but it is about 40 degrees warmer than it was in New York!

Luckily for me Lancôme sent me a care package. A big Beauty Box filled to the brim with all manner of fabulous things. I already wrote about the perfume they sent me (that I have been wearing every day since, and that I will forever associate with glamour and snow in New York!). You can read about it here: Life Is Beautiful With Lancôme.

Today I want to tell you about the skin care they sent me. It isn’t cold weather specific, but it is a cold weather skin lifesaver, as well as a fountain of youth.

How To Save Your Skin This Winter With Lancôme

Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate and Renergie Lift Multi Action Day Cream.

How to save your skin this winter: use Lancome Advanced Genifique and Renergie Lift Multi Action Day Cream

I have always been a skincare fanatic. Luckily for me when I was young my mother drilled into me the importance of taking care of my skin, using incredible skin care products, and using anti-aging products before the aging actually starts. Consequently I have great skin, but it is an ongoing process.

Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum

This is one of the greatest serums ever made. And that’s not just my opinion – since 2009 it has sold more than 15 million bottles. After using it for a week it was  easy to see why. It’s now been almost a month and I am in love.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

If you have heard me speak about skincare before you will already know that I don’t care about statistics and figures, what percentage improvement people see when using a product, what percentage of which ingredient is in there, etc. What I care about is seeing a discernible improvement to my skin, quickly.

Advanced Génifique has fantastic research results, which you can check out here if you would like to see the facts and figures, but let me tell you what I found with this product, and why I am telling you about it now instead of waiting until next year. This product was designed to give your skin a youthful radiance in just 7 days, and it does. It works.

est selling serums: Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Just one dropper every morning and night and in 7 days you will have radiant skin.

 

Advanced Génifique not only makes your skin look clear and radiant, it also boosts hydration. I am sure it is wonderful in the summer, but right now it is winter, skin is dehydrated and battling the elements and this serum has my complexion glowing. I am so impressed with it! Add flying back and forth to New York to the mix, the change of climates and time zones, the lack of sleep that comes with constant travel (and shows up on your face), normally I would be breaking out all kinds of products, trying to repair my skin. Instead I am just applying this serum morning and night and my skin looks lovely.

I can see why it is so popular all over the world, and why women keep buying it year after year. It is magic in a bottle.

Renergie Lift Multi-Action Day Cream

This is another Lancôme product that is really quite remarkable and gives you very fast results. Which is probably why it is an international best seller.

One of Lancome's most beautiful skin care products: Advanced Genifique serum and Renergie Lift Multi Action Cream

The claim is that it gives you firmer, lifted skin in just one week. And it does.

So here is what I am loving about this powerful day cream. It is deliciously hydrating. Remember dry, dehydrated skin looks old, so keeping the right level of hydration is really important. This one has a silky whipped cream texture, but instead of sitting on top of the skin it melts away into the skin, not only moisturizing but also leaving your skin looking soft and supple while firming it. When you use it keep an eye on your jawline and your cheekbones, you will see them lift and look firm. The hydration lasts beautifully all day, which means that your makeup looks beautiful all day.

Best selling skin care product, Lancome Renergie Lift Multi Action Day Cream

Renergie Lift Multi-Action Day cream has some SPF in it too, and you can never get too much sun protection, even in the winter!

It is suitable for all skin types.

I know plenty of you don’t want to wait until next year to start looking more youthful, and many of you need to start adding some power products to your daily regimen now rather than later, especially those of you in cold places. That’s why I am publishing this post now instead of waiting for the new year. They make a wonderful Christmas gift either for yourself or for someone else.

And of course, there is no better accessory for a fabulous New Year’s Eve dress than a gorgeous, glowing complexion…

Order online or read more about Lancôme’s Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum here and Renergie Lift Multi Action products here

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