Guest article by Carrie Meredith
I always feel the most beautiful when my hair and skin are in tip-top shape. If it’s a good skin day, I’ll skip anything more than tinted moisturizer and cream blush. I’ve learned that the less I fuss with what I’ve naturally got (working with it instead of against it), the better I look. In the spirit of my low-maintenance credo, let’s set the timer for 10 minutes, and start with simple Summer hair.
Start with damp hair (towel dried if fresh out of the shower). Work a few drops of Josie Maran Argan Hair Serum throughout hair, concentrating on ends. For those with long or thick hair, work through any tangles with a wide-toothed comb, or my favorite, a sustainable wooden Widu Detangling Brush.
Josie’s Bohemian Waves Spray is the best product of its kind that I’ve found. It gives you the beachy texture you want, but doesn’t dry out your strands like other texture sprays. Argan oil to the rescue once again! Spray damp hair generously while tousling with your fingers, occasionally scrunching to encourage loose waves. You can refresh throughout the day without fear of cakey build-up. As hair air-dries, it looks and feels healthy, beautifully tousled and piecey. This is Summer hair nirvana in a bottle. Easy option: tuck a cute hair tie in your bag; low side-braids can be done without a mirror.
Apply Argan Moisturizer SPF 40 to face, neck and ears, and marvel at how quickly you forget you’re wearing sunscreen. It is a bona-fide super-moisturizer that’s not thick or sticky and smells faintly like pomegranate. Cover exposed body parts with Argan Body Moisturizer SPF 30. These formulas are packed with antioxidants, oils and botanicals, and they make my cranky, sensitive and deliberately pale skin feel hydrated and smooth.
For complexion perfection, try Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation. Achieve your ideal shade by choosing one of three available, and apply with fingertips or a foundation brush. The initially white-ish “serum” with self-adjusting pigments matches your natural skin tone after a minute or so. It covers like a tinted moisturizer, allowing skin to peek through, but dries to a semi-matte finish with gorgeous subtle luminosity. It’s perfect for Summer; it won’t melt or change color as the day goes on. Be sure to use a primer or a moisturizer with sunscreen prior to applying foundation. I’ve found that the shade it adjusts to is most accurate this way.
Dab on Argan-infused Cream Blush in Sunset, a light coral. This highly pigmented satin finish will last all day. For eyes, one coat of GOGO Argan Mascara in Pitch Black is enough to define lashes and perk up your eyes beautifully.
For lips, I’m obsessed with the Argan Lip Treatment. It’s glossy, has a tiny hint of pale pink and it makes my lips appear plumper. The intensely hydrating formula feels cushiony and decadent, and I adore the pretty jar it comes in.
Okay, you’ve clocked your 10 minutes. You’re looking effortlessly sexy from head to toe, and now you’ve got even more time to spend doing the things you love with the people you love. Go forth and enjoy Summer!
Carrie Meredith is a passionate perfume blogger at eyeliner on a cat blog She’s also a budding organic beauty junkie and nail polish nut. She is a social media and PR consultant for fragrance and beauty brands as well as a freelance writer.