Summer Beauty Product Picks & Pans by Rachel Harris, Manic Managed Mom

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Summer Beauty Product Picks & Pans

by: Rachel Harris, Managedmoms.com

Summer brings with it seasonal and fun beauty products, but which ones are worth your hard earned beauty dollars and which ones should you pass on? To answer this, my gal pal panel through my blog managedmoms.com, put some to the test and here is our feedback...

Beauty Hair Brush Brilliance or Bust?

When it comes to brushing and combing wet hair after a swim, we put several brands of brushes to the test. We liked the Michael Mercier Detangling Hair Brush ($15.49 at Walgreens) and especially the variety that is for thick hair. Both types worked well. This can be used on wet and dry hair and has bristles with different heights and different degrees of thickness. This brush also nicely massages the scalp and provides quick detangling which reduces hair loss and breakage. We give this one a thumbs up. This one is also great for really long hair.

Our not so much pan goes to Goody Quikstyle because the microfiber bristles can mold and did for several of our testers. It is a good concept, but the moldy issue makes this not workable for our test panel.

One Unique Sponge & One Not So Good One

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99 at Walgreens) is brilliant our test panel says! With a 3 in 1 shaped sponge, you get a flat edge to contour around the eyes and nose, the sides to blend your foundation on large areas of the face and the tip to quickly and easily cover imperfections. The website for this product at www.realtechniques.com also shows additional uses for this one sponge like how to use it dry for powder or how to apply the sides for a cream blush application. This is one smart multitasking tool that we like!

Cover Girl's Ultra Smooth Foundation with an applicator did not make our good list. The applicator is rough and rubbery and didn't feel good to hold and certainly didn't feel delicate enough for the face. Skip this one and get the Real Techniques Sponge with your favorite foundation instead.

Our Favorite Travel Tool

Such a smart invention by Gillette. The Venus Snap with Embrace (9.99 at Walgreens) is a mini razor that is travel sized and is perfect for your summer travel shaving needs. One of our testers is a flight attendant and she swears by this for her busy travel packing needs.

Sunless Tanner Try

Tis' the season for sunless tanner products and there are many to choose from on the beauty shelves. Our pick is the Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse ($12.99 at Walgreens) -- We like this because it is an easy to apply mousse that doesn't have an overbearing scent or fake looking tan appearance. We got our best results when we applied it to our hands and rubbed our palms together before applying it to the body. We found that it won't leave our bodies or our hands orange, which is a real plus when looking for a good self tanner.

Nail Art Tools That Nails it or Not?

For the gals who want to do a home mani/pedi and the moms who want to do little girls nails and toes at home, we tried two different nail art tools. We did not like Sally Hansen's I Nail Art because the brush was bulky and not easy to work with and since the point is to create specific nail art, this brush applicator isn't easy to work with. However, we give a nails up to Sally Hansen's I Heart Nail Art Pen (6.79 at Walgreens) because it writes like a fine point felt tip marker so we found this tool much easier to work with when creating nail art.

Dual Use Two Sided Products That Do...and Don't

The two sided dual use beauty products have become quite popular, so we put two different ones to the test that are both made by Revlon. First our pick...and that is the Revlon Photoready Lid, Line and Lash Eye Art ($9.79 at Walgreens) because these fun sticks can give your eyes some summer sparkle and bling. We tested the Peach Prism shade and found it to be sparkly and fun for these bronzy summer months. This can be used as an all over eye shadow and the bling tip as an eyeliner on the top and the bottom of the eyes if desired. This will feel a bit heavy, so if that bothers you, this may not be for you, but if you want a little extra shimmery accent on your eyes for summer. this is fun to try. Plus the glitter stays in place which is so rare when it comes to applying glittery beauty products, so this is a big plus.

However we did not like Revlon's other stick product and that is the Revlon Sun Candy Nail Art. We give this a thumbs down due to the packaging. Since it sits upright or on the side, the nail polish ingredients separate and don't stay well mixed which we think, affects the quality.

What are your summer beauty product picks and pans? Share in the comments section and be sure to check out my blog at www.managedmoms.com for beauty product reviews, recipes, travel articles and more. Happy summer beauty shopping.