The only place with more judgmental glares than Manhattan, is the Hamptons, and they go beyond the disapproving looks you get when you opt for that third scoop of Sant Ambroeus pistachio ice cream. While there’s no quick fix solution to turning your Masda into a Maserati or your Hampton Bay weekend shack into a Gin Lane mansion, with Memorial Weekend around the corner, gear up with these beauty finds and, at the very least, you can wow with your toned tummy and beauty know-how, though you may want to be careful in whose company you bring up your recent butt facial.
When transitioning your bod away from couch potato status, the best place to start is with Mama Mio’s Bootcamp Kits. Don’t be intimidated by the name–these aren’t your local Sports Club LA cardio-pumped Bootcamps. Each kit comes equipped with two or three products (think circulation-promoting hip & thigh cream), to tackle that extra jiggle in your tummy, butt, or boob area along with easy to follow three-to-four minute targeted workouts. Unfortunately, as nice as it would be if we could rely on the likes of non-FDA-approved, Kardashian-endorsed QuickTrim, for quicker or more dramatic results, there’s no way around the fact that some additional form of exertion will be required.
Thankfully, a NASA engineer-turned sneaker aficionado spent 18 months perfecting a sneaker technology, found in the EasyTone, that has been proven in independent university lab tests to help wearers generate up to 28% more butt muscle activation compared to an ordinary sneaker. The EasyTone was conceived as a walking sneaker and it incorporates balance pods into the shoe soles to achieve its effect. There’s also a running version, RunTone, to help tone butt/leg muscles via a similarly pod-accented sole that mimics the resistance you experience from running on sand. Alternatively, Terra Plana’s EVO is a lightweight shoe designed to mimic the feeling of running barefoot. While it doesn’t promise any extra calorie burn, its lightweight, breathable design makes running a decidedly more pleasurable experience.
Step it up an extra notch by adding Polar’s FT 60 into the mix. The heart rate monitor helps you create a training program based on your personal goals, while giving you feedback, as hard as it is to face at times, on how effectively you’re training (intensity level, calories from fat burned…). If all else fails, you’d be surprised at the difference replacing those greasy Lays with some Bear Naked Granola could make.
To that end, if you’re one of many who get hives at the mere though of scheduling gym-time, Shatobu was designed under the premise of “workout you wear.” The compression hosiery has built-in bands that create extra resistance when you engage in your everyday activities resulting in an average of 12% more calories burned. Similarly, you can find temporary solace with Spanx’s compression swimwear which boasts strategically placed ruffles and color-blocked designs for the ultimate in trompe l’oeil beachwear. And, for when you’ve nabbed yourself a summer fling, throw on Yummie Tummie’s Baby Doll. It shapes and camouflages the mid-section without sacrificing comfort or sexiness-appeal.
Once in shape (or at least fashionably sucked in), tackle your body and face’s texture via Clarisonic’s latest system, the Plus, which comes with both a face and a body brush. The device is nothing short of a miracle worker for tackling blemishes (including pesky sweat-induced bumps), and it will leave your skin noticeably smoother after just a single use–trust that you’ll be using this gadget so often that having it engraved might not be as useless of an idea as it initially seems. Post cleansing, slather on some lotions and potions from Mario Badescu, An Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow-approved line, you can get customized-to-your-skin-type samples gratis when you fill out their online skin analysis.
For those so pale that the only thing they ever got from sitting out in the sun is a burn, Modelco’s SunSponge is ergonomically designed to reach even those hard-to-reach back areas. Just remember that while having more skin than usual exposed makes applying extra make-up tempting, unless you want your face melting in public it’s best to keep it to a minimum. Protect your outer layer via iS Clinical’s SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen, which comes in translucent and medium shades. Besides color and shine, it’ll give your skin protection that’s so comprehensive even those whose skin has recently undergone some nips and tucks can use it. Plus its powder/brush application system makes it perfect for travel.
Heading South, it goes without saying that summer inevitably entails some form of below-the-belt care for women, unbeknownst to many however, that very necessary act can result in bikini area discoloration, scarring, and hyper-pigmentation, all of which are treated (along with acne, age spots, and rough skin), by Completely Bare’s Bikini/Bum Facial. Equally as important is your extremities. Tweezerman’s Sole Mates Dual Sided Foot File combines a stainless steel micro‐file for buffing with a nickel finishing file, held together via a magnetic design that incorporates a no-mess, easy-to-empty compartment and built-in anti‐microbial protection to revive your nails from their snow boot hibernation. Post filing, top off your nails with Revlon’s Scented Nail Polishes. Available through the summer, the limited edition scents include “Beach,” “Ocean Breeze,” and “Peach Smoothie.”
Lastly, because summer inevitably entails blunders like mistaking your moisturizer for your sunscreen, don’t forget to keep a Talking Intelligent First Aid Kit, which comes stocked with care packs to treat everything from bites and stings to CPR and burns, each of which have corresponding audio guides.