5 Things to Instantly Put You in a Summer Mood!

I don’t know what the weather’s been like where you are, but where I live it’s been cool and rainy for much of the month.

I have been wearing t-shirts one day and a long-sleeved sweater and jacket the next.

But this weekend it’s going to be muggy and super hot, despite the rain.

I don’t know about you, but I need a little inspiration.

So I’ve selected 5 new products that whatever the weather outside, will have you feeling the warm sun on your hair and a warm breeze at your back.


Doesn’t that feel good?

Happy Friday! And don’t forget the sunscreen…

Stephanie Dickison
Publisher & Editor of the knack

The Margarita King

Normally, I’m skeptical about pre-mixed, bottled cocktails. They never seem to taste as good as the real thing.

Well, at least most of them.

But The Margarita King is leaps and bounds ahead of the crowd in terms of taste and quality. And what’s even better is you simply chill the bottle, shake and pour over ice.

How sweet is that?

And the best part? It takes exactly like a margarita that someone had to go through all the steps to make!

It’s the first premium margarita in a bottle made with blue agave double-distilled tequila by the makers of Espolon tequila, orange liqueur, natural sugar cane and natural lemon and lime juice.

And you don’t have to drink it just as is (though why would you want to do more work than you have to?) – there are recipes for the Lazy Mojito (Margarita King and crushed mint leaves) and things called Eye Candy and The Striptease, but really, it’s just perfect on its own.

I would have never bought a pre-mixed cocktail before, but now there’s a bottle of Margarita King nestled in my freezer, right next to the pork chops, green beans and homemade spaghetti sauce.

Ahh. It’s so nice to have a refreshing cocktail on hand. In fact, I think I’ll go have one now… (Nope. It’s 7:47 a.m., but after dinner for sure)

This stuff is 34 proof, so be careful if you’re sipping in the sun.

Demeter Fragrance Library’s Frozen Margarita

And in case you’re on the wagon or just want to enjoy the smell of a margarita (like now, when it’s 7:49 a.m. and totally inappropriate for me to have one), you have come to the best of the best with Demeter Fragrance Library’s Frozen Margarita.

I think that all of Demeter’s fragrances should be in museums and time capsules and at NASA because the fragrance is so authentic to the actual product or thing that it might just blow your mind.

In fact, I love them so very much that I wrote about them here, here and here.

And now here.

Demeter has created a perfect margarita aroma that will have you instantly salivating and draping over your desk, begging to be let out at 4 p.m. because that is clearly the earliest respectable time to start imbibing in the tequila and triple sec drink.

In fact, Demeter is so dedicated to getting the smell just right that the use fresh lime juice in their fragrance!

Put Demeter’s Frozen Margarita on before you head out for the day. You will suddenly feel the sand beneath your toes and like you’re on an extended vacation.

At least until your boss shows up…

Balmshell Lip Gloss

I’ve heard girls go on about how much they love their lipgloss and how loyal they are to a certain brand. And for a long time now, the name that comes up a lot is Balmshell.

And now that I’ve had a chance to try it, I can see why.

Not only are the colours to choose from beautiful, but this gloss slides on, stays put and looks fantastic!

It is sheer, non sticky and yet incredibly moisturizing to these dry lips of mine.

In fact, I wear it all day long and my lips don’t flake!

I tried 2 colours – Curse of the Purse (Sheer Peachy Cream) and Shoe Fetish (Sheer Hot Fuscia) – and love ‘em both, big time!

And the fun thing about Balmshell, is that these glosses come with a "float art” story keychain that you can then clip to your cosmetic bag, purse or luggage!

What fun!

I am now a loyal member of the Balmshell fan club and think it’s the perfect summer accessory.

Well, that and a new purse. Maybe some sandals too…

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDEME Shampoo & Conditioner

I have been colouring my hair since I was 13. It all started with sun in and 2 years later, I went completely blonde and except for a few briefs forays into red and black, I am now and forever will be a blonde.

And well, to me, it’s a really summer look to have blonde hair and a warm tan (fake, of course!).

After all these years of colouring my hair and the intense heat of our summers, I wanted to make sure I keep my locks looking their best.

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDEME Shampoo & Conditioner comes in three treatments – cool, neutral and warm.

I went with cool, because my hair’s pretty light and I’ve got a pale complexion.

I got the BLONDEME Reflective Luminosity Shampoo, which is bright purple when it comes out of the bottle, and gives my hair a glossy, clean look and feel, thanks to Prism Shine Technology with liquid rock crystal.

And the BLONDEME Nourishing Luminosity Conditioner tends to my golden locks with conditioners and built-in tone revivers, which give me luminous look that I can’t get from regular shampoos and conditioners and that actually make my hair look highlighted (it’s not) and way shinier than normal (blonde hair is one of those that really takes a beating when it comes to shine).

My hair looks fantastic now because of BLONDEME. Look out summer, here I come!

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk & Honey Heel Glaze

Now that it’s going to be hot out, you want to make sure that your keeping your skin moisturized. The sun’s intensity can sap any moisture that your skin does have, so you want to be sure to keep it supple and soft despite the climbing temperatures.

I have found that Farmhouse Fresh’s products sink in and keep you moisturized for a long, long time.

I tried the Sweet Cream Body Milk, which comes in a beautiful glass cruet jar with stopper, and has the soft scent of sweet cream. It really goes to work on your dehydrated skin instantly with its infusion of multiple natural oils - Vitamin E-rich Rice Bran oil, Jajoba Seed oil, Sweet Almond, Avocado and Sesame.

You will not only feel supple, but you’ll smell good too!

And the Honey Heel Glaze is a fantastic way to get your feet ready for those strappy sandals and open toes shoes.

Just brush on (pretty rounded brush included), rub in and you’re good to go, whether you’re rocking black patent flats or teetering 4-inch heels!

Your feet will be supple and moisturized thanks to
genuine honey, aloe leaf juice, pineapple and papaya fruit extracts and will smell sweet due to the fragrance of cinnamon, sweet cloves and real honey.

So put on your strappiest sandals and rock those shoes that you only wore once last summer.

The season is so short, so show off your tootsies as long as you can before it’s time to snug them back into boots!

Stephanie Dickison

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