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Jet Set Favorites from around the Globe on FOX23’s Tulsa Live

Jet Set Favorites from around the Globe on FOX23's Tulsa Live on Belle Belle Beauty

Summer is the time for those dream trips, often abroad. Even if we don’t have one planned, we might be daydreaming about being on a beach in Greece or strolling the Parisian avenues. Without leaving our vanities, we can bring the exotic into our lives via beauty. So many of the international beauty staples have withstood the test of time, making them a must-have. This morning on Tulsa Live (formally Great Day Green Country), I shared some of my favorites to transport me to travel hotspots:

I can’t help but start off with my favorite destination, France. And what is more French than Caudalie, a skin care line built upon the benefits of Grape-seed Polyphenols, the most powerful anti-oxidants in the plant world. Caudalie Polyphenol c15 Overnight Detox Oil is one of the newest from the brand and is also made in France. The team has coupled the anti-oxidants with stabilized Vitamin C to block free-radicals. The dry oil soaks in and regenerates skin while you sleep. Plus, the smell will lull you to snoozeville with Carrot, Lavender, and White Sandalwood ($52).

Another dream location I hope to visit one day is the Dead Sea, a natural phenomenon I have always been fascinated with. No wonder I love AHAVA, a collection that utilizes minerals found in the Dead Sea in every single product. AHAVA Natural Dead Sea Mud transports that special mineral-rich mud right to your shower. The mud is harvested from the banks where clay is packed with an ultra-high concentration of minerals that can foster healthy looking skin. Excess oil, dead skin and toxins are whisked away while the mud stimulates circulation and improves skin tone. And calling all athletes and workaholics: this mud treatment can also help with stress and muscle aches. Just dirty up and spread all over your body, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse ($15).

Asia is still on my bucket list (if you don’t count my couple days in the part of Turkey that lies on the continent). My cousin has a passion for Japan and I think it has rubbed off on me. After all, Japan lays claim one of the great skin care cultures. One reason could be the availability of Wakame, a seaweed that grows along the coast of Japan and is often said to be the reason why Japanese women have youthful skin even into old age. H2O Plus Face Oasis CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA +++ contains a wakame compound that offers tons of anti-aging properties including a natural sunscreen and protection against the loss of Hyaluronic Acid. While CC creams generally have heavier coverage in my experience, this version is sheer to medium coverage and can brighten skin without being heavy. Bonus points for the inclusion of chemical free sunscreen ($35). Note: this line flies under the radar but is fabulous for relatively affordable skin care.

And we couldn’t round up this virtual world tour without a couple of stops in Africa. It seems that African ingredients are having somewhat of a moment in the beauty industry. First up is the super-popular Argan Oil from the Argan Tree of Morocco. I know we all have seen it on shelves, but what exactly is Argan Oil? The Berber people of Morocco discovered the culinary, cosmetics and medicinal benefits of Argan Oil. Unroasted Argan Oil is traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases. In cosmetics, Argan Oil is advocated as moisturizing oil, working against flaky skin as well as nourishing and fortifying the hair. L’Oreal harnessed Argan’s nourishing benefits to heal dull, dry and damaged hair with Oleo Therapy. The Oleo Therapy collection is sulfate-free and contain six flower oils to provide nutrition and hydration to strands ($6.99 – 12.99).

Lastly, let’s head South to South Africa for another oil that has been part of beauty rituals for centuries. Marula fruit fates back as far as 10,000 BC. No wonder since its miracle oil can protect skin in severe climates. Marula Oil is packed with antioxidants and omega-9 fatty acids which can fight free radicals, prevent water loss and improve elasticity. Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Cream is a nutritional supplement that packs a hydration punch and works as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Expect renewed skin and a more youthful appearance. I love this cream after a ski day or a pool afternoon. It even calms my red flush after a run and can be used on the face and body ($265).

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Summer Sunscreens on FOX23’s Great Day Green Country

Summer Sunscreens on Belle Belle Beauty

It is officially that time of year again. I haven’t quite ventured out to the pool, but I know this Memorial Day Weekend will require a couple hours lounging in the sun and a splash around. There is nothing more daunting than exposing pale winter skin to intense summer sun for the first time each year. Look no further for some new (and old) favorites to protect skin. I’ll be featuring these this AM on Great Day Green Country:

Hawaiian Tropic has that iconic old-school scent that can transport us to childhood days at the beach. Their new improved formulas elevate these old favorites. Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen contains nourishing antioxidants and remains water resistant for a full 80 minutes. Silk Hydration for the Face works beautifully under makeup. And the Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen goes on without feeling greasy and adding just a hint of radiance.

Coola is my pick for organic sunscreen. And their new Continuous Sport Sprays are nourishing and easy to use. These sprays provide environmental protection via antioxidants. The sheer formula is water resistant. I also love the scented versions in Pina Colada and Citrus Mimosa.

To protect my face, I have been turning to Perricone MD Photo Plasma SPF 30 for months now. Not only does Photo Plasma deliver sun protection but also powerful anti-aging benefits. Using mineral sunscreens (which usually play better with my sensitive skin), it provides serious protection against UVA and UVB rays. The pink shade is thanks to Astaxanthin, a rich and protective antioxidant, actually making it look more natural on the skin.

The entire L’Oreal Sublime Sun line immediately transports me to southern France. This sun care can actually improve the look of skin, feels lightweight and has a great scent. I turn to L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil Spraywhenever my skin is feeling a little dry. The oil surprisingly gives a whopping SPF 50 and nourishes skin without being greasy.

By now, I am sure we all have an SPF routine and know the importance of protecting skin. But mistakes do happen. When you get a little overexposed, check out Mario Badescu After Sun Cooling Gel that contains aloe and cools distressed skin. Keep it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. Nourishing sunburned skin can help with the healing process and may mitigate a little long term damage.

Note: With spray sunscreens, make sure to apply liberally all over the body. The spray dispensers make it easy to underestimate how much protection you are getting.

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L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Awards

L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Awards // Belle Belle Beauty

I know I don’t often post things that aren’t strickly beauty related, but when I heard about one of my favorite brand’s yearly event, I had to spread the word. L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Awards is in its eight year – but this round marks something new. Not only has “Glee” actress Lea Michele signed on as the newest WOW ambassador but the format of the program has changed slightly.

Since 2006, the Women Of Worth program has honored and celebrated 70 inspiring women who selflessly made a difference in their communities through volunteerism, charitable efforts and compassion. Past honorees have been involved in a diverse array of causes. They have advocated for victims of childhood abuse, mentored homeless youth to help break the cycle of poverty, and empowered teens with disabilities. These Women Of Worth have selflessly devoted themselves to causes at the local and national level, and have motivated others to get involved.

Past honorees have also run the gamut when it comes to the age of these incredible women – ranging from 18 to 90 – proving that anyone can give back. So this year, the WOW program has made exciting adjustments to the nomination period (open now through June 14th), and organize honorees into five groups by decade, recognizing women across a wide range of ages: 18-29 year olds, 30-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds and 60+ year olds. Two winners will be chosen from each age group.

Ten honorees will be selected by a private panel of judges, with each woman receiving $10,000 for her charitable cause. In the past, awareness of honorees’ charities has increased resulting in organizational growth of up to 1,000%, and additional support through volunteerism and donations. Following this announcement, the public will be invited to vote online for the woman they find most inspiring. This woman will be named the 2013 National Honoree and will receive an additional $25,000 for her charity. All ten honorees will be recognized at a star-studded awards ceremony and dinner hosted by L’Oréal Paris in New York City this December.

For more information on the Women Of Worth Program, nomination applications, and the inspiring stories of past honorees, please visit WomenOfWorth.com.