Ask Belle Roundup June 25th
Jun 25, 2012
Hey Belle! Seeing as we hit the first official day of summer today (really, 98 degrees, really?), I was wondering if you had any summer survival tips or products to help us get through the summer months. This is my first DC summer, and while I am from the South, nothing really prepares you for walking to the Metro every day in a skirt in blistering heat. (Heeellloooo chaffing!)
Thank you so much!
Sincerely, 98 Degrees – But Not The Band
I’ve written many times about maintaining personal hygiene in the hot and humid D.C. weather. This post best describes what I believe are the summertime essentials for such uncomfortable conditions. But last week, I walked home from work (almost two miles), in 98-degree heat, and when I walked in the door, I was amazed by how perfect my makeup still looked. The products below make up my summer foundation.
NARS makes the best primers. The.Best.Hands.Down. I use both their oil-free Pro Prime with SPF and their eyeshadow base, and my makeup never moves a millimeter. I purchased this BB Cream several months ago, and while it doesn’t pack all the power of a traditional BB cream, it is a tinted moisturizer on steroids. And even on a hot and humid day, it never wilted a bit. Lastly, I apply a dusting of translucent setting powder to keep everything matte. On more humid days, I’ll keep the compact in my purse so that I can reapply in the evenings.
I was really impressed by how this assemblage or products stood up to our recent heat wave. Hopefully, these concoctions will keep me looking fresh until things cool down in October.
I’ve actually commented about this before on your blog, but one of my pet peeves is when skirts and dresses still have the slit in the back sewn together with thread. I saw two women this morning with this problem, but I didn’t know how to tell them, and I wanted to check with you about what I might have said. I would much rather have someone tell me if I had forgotten to remove the thread, but is there a tactful way to tell someone they will need to take scissors to the bathroom with them and fix their outfit?
The “X” threads that hold seams together are complete superficial, but some women either don’t notice them or don’t know that they’re supposed to be removed. I think that if you see a woman whose back vent is still sewn together, the appropriate thing to do is tap her on the shoulder and politely (without judgment) say, “Pardon me, but it looks like you forgot to cut the strings on the back of your skirt.” I don’t see it as any different than telling someone that they have a small tear or stain on their clothing. It’s common courtesy to let someone know.