Best Self Tanners and SPF Products

In the spirit of summer, and because I am becoming SUCH an adult and trying to wear more sunscreen, I wanted to do a blog on some of my favorite SPF finds, AND amazing self tanners. Let me quickly give you a background on exactly WHY I’m becoming more of an avid sunscreen wearer. I grew up in sunny South Florida, and rarely wore sunscreen; I luckily don’t burn very easily, and I always valued having a nice tan. Fast-forward to being just under 30, and now my horrible sun habits have finally started catching up with me. I thought I was invincible, but turns out it just take time. (I am probably exaggerating a bit, because when I say I’m starting to notice sun spots on my face, nobody else notices them….but I do, and it’s bothering me). So now I am taking on sun safety in an effort to prevent future sun damage. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good tan, but not enough to sacrifice my skin’s youth.

As for my sun protection journey, I wanted to find products that I would use daily that already had sunscreen in them. This was all an effort to be lazy and not have to think about also applying sunscreen on top of my daily routine. So I started off using a CC Cream from Supergoop about a year ago. I was quickly fascinated by a ‘makeup product’ that could help nourish my skin with omega fatty acids, help reduce inflammation, while providing decent coverage AND SPF. It has since become a staple in my daily makeup routine and I often use it in place of foundation during the day, ESPECIALLY during summer.

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I started googling the Supergoop brand after loving their CC cream and quickly became a fan of their cruelty free, paraben free, gluten free… get the idea, brand. Because I became such a fan, they ended up sending me a few other products to try and I wanted to point out a few of my other favorites that have also become summer staples for me.

Let’s start with the eye cream….sunscreen eye cream?!? That was my first thought; I thought it would either sting my eyes like when I was a kid, or that it would just make my under eyes greasy and gross. I’m happy to report it does NEITHER. I have actually been using it everyday, and my concealer layers on top of it perfectly. It is called the Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream, and it has a cool tip applicator, is full of minerals, and has an SPF of 37. I felt like covered my genetically prone under eye circles and It’s very hydrating.


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Another stand out was the Defense Refresh Setting Mist with SPF 50. This is a makeup setting mist that creates a matte finish, eliminates oil, and keeps your makeup in place, WHILE providing SPF. That is my kind of product…. it’s basically a four in one. I tried this out before going out on a sunset yacht party, and I’m happy to say my makeup lasted ALL night! I still got oily as the night went on, but that always happens to me. One tip I would STRONGLY advise is to put your hair back while spraying this on your face; the mist that got my hair made it feel SUPER dry. But this product was pretty amazing for a setting spray and it has a refreshing rosemary scent!


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They also sent me their Fusion Lip Balms, the Perfect Day 2 in 1, and the Super Power Sunscreen Mouse, which were all fun summertime products to try out. The two flavors of the fusion lip balms I tried were Acai and Peppermint, and they almost cover that inevitable ‘sunscreen taste’ you get from lip balms with SPF. The Perfect Day 2 in 1 was a really inventive idea, and perfect for someone who is sunscreen lazy like me. It is a tube of SPF with a little lip balm that opens up on the bottom; you can basically throw it in your bag for a beach day and it’s easy! The Super Power Sunscreen Mousse had a really fun texture, similar to a light shaving cream, and it smelled amazing. It was a basically a sunscreen that was more fun because it was a mousse.


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As for self tanners, I feel like I’ve tried them all….okay not all of them, but a lot. I have tried ALL the popular brands from St. Tropez to Clarins, and more, but my two go-to’s for self tanner are The Tan Towel, and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer.

If you need a tan in a few hours and don’t have a week to build your tan, I highly recommend The Tan Towel. They come as little towelettes that look like a little baby wipe and they smell like citrus. I swear this is the ONLY product that doesn’t give me that self tanner DHA smell. People who say they don’t get that DHA smell when using some of those other products are just lying; I can tell you from experience. This tan develops in 3-6 hours, and comes in two sizes: half body and full body. I use The Tan Towel Plus, which is supposed to be darker, but it honestly gives me a light, natural tan. I will say these don’t create a very dark color, but it’s enough that you have a deep glow. You can use them back to back for a few days to get that darker color.


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The Jergen’s Natural Daily Glow is my other go-to for my self-tanning needs. This honestly gives me a natural deep tan that is most true to my skin color. I use the Medium/Tan shade for about 5 days and that seems to be the perfect color for my skin tone. The smell of the lotion is actually pretty amazing and even my fiancée loves the scent. I still notice a tiny bit of that DHA scent when I wash it off, but it’s not overpowering. I use both the face version and the body version of the Jergens Natural Daily Glow, and it’s even been better than some of the spray tans I’ve had.


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No matter where this summer takes you, make sure you take care of your skin. And let me know some of your favorite SPF’s and tanners!



Model Secrets For Glowing Skin | 6 Tips I’ve Learned As A Model

In addition to my blog and Youtube channel I work as a model and actress in LA. I’ve shot national campaigns for Bud light, Pepsi, NFL, Tostitos, Swimways, TV shows and more! I wanted to let you in on some amazing tips and tricks I’ve learned while being on set, and some things I’ve learned from other models as well.

This one is obvious, but sleep is one of the BEST things you can do for your body. Although 6-8 hours is “recommended”, I could honestly sleep for 12+ hours if that was socially acceptable. Consider me a toddler when it comes to sleep, I am unpleasant to be around when I don’t have enough of it. With that being said, I do know that a lot of people struggle to fall and stay asleep, but I do have a great tip that I learned from a esthetician in South Florida. Try putting a drop or two of pure lavender essential oil onto a cotton ball and slide it into your pillowcase. The lavender should help calm your nervous system and help you fall and stay asleep. I love the doTERRA brand, its 100% aromatherapy grade and promotes calmness and relaxation.

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#5- Water

Water is an essential part of living!  It keeps all of your organs hydrated, and your skin is your biggest organ, so you will definitely notice an effect.  The more water you drink, the more hydrated you are, and the more hydrated you are the more hydrated your skin looks and feels.  Water makes you glow from within!



#4- Evian Facial Water Spray

I cannot travel without this!  I also live in very dry, desert-y, Southern California, and this spray is amazing!  It is an ultra fine mist that absorbs into your skin creating extra moisture.  It enhances the performance of your skin care routine, relieves irritation, and removes the traces of chlorine and fluoride from your face after washing with normal water.  This spray is inexpensive, and a great staple year round for some added moisture.


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#3-  Exfoliate!

For some reason, in the past, I never thought exfoliating was necessary.  I don’t know if I thought I was just special, or that I had magical skin, but I now know that exfoliating is a KEY part of keeping your skin healthy.  Exfoliating gets rid of all of the excess skin, dirt, and oil trapped in your pores while stimulating your skin to enhance your glow.  I have tried a lot of exfoliants, but by far HANDS DOWN, my favorite is the Cranberry Commage from Arcona.  Not only does it smell amazing, but it cleanses, tones, and purifies your skin with volcanic minerals, jojoba, and natural cold pressed ingredients! (Another great Arcona exfoliant I love is the Vitamin A Complex, it’s a nightly serum that has glycolic acid and retinol to prevent and reverse signs of aging.


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#2- Dandelion Tea

Why don’t more people know about this secret, magical, mystical “water weight” loss tea? Dandelion tea is a healthy natural diuretic that helps get rid of bloating and extra water weight by flushing your kidneys.  If you are puffy, bloated, hormonal, or swollen, dandelion tea will work wonders for you.  It also makes your skin glow and it’s caffeine free.  I always drink dandelion tea before a shoot, it’s a miracle worker!  (I am not a doctor, so always check first with your medical care provider before trying any new teas, and as always drink in moderation, and buy organic if possible!)


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#1- Egyptian Magic

I am obsessed with Egyptian Magic it is an anti-aging potion creating by the ancient Egyptians, mystics, and healers.  It is made with all natural ingredients, and balances production of facial oils, creating healthy glow-y skin.  It’s a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory that can be used for SO many skin conditions.  I like to apply this to my face before I go to bed 3-4 nights a week.  Just a heads up, you will look greasy and disgusting after you put this on…it has the same thick-gooey consistency of vaseline, but it magically absorbs into your skin while you sleep and you wake up with healthy beautiful skin.  Despite the fact that it is made with olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee propolis, and royal jelly, it does NOT cause breakouts even with the thick consistency.  Egyptian Magic is a legendary secret among celebrities, doctors, naturopaths, and plastic surgeons. I’ve also heard of people using this for stretch marks during pregnancy!


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I hope you enjoy these 6 secrets to glowing skin!

Mary Kate 


Summer Products I Can’t Live Without…and Neither Should You!

Summer is here!  And today in Southern California, the temperatures are making it known.  It may just be me, but summer has never really been my favorite time of year.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in South Florida, where it’s summer year round.  But I prefer fall and winter; I like cozy months.

With that being said, because I grew up in such a warm tropical climate, and also because I’ve lived in the desert for the past 6 years…I’ve discovered a ton of great products that will save you in these hot summer months.

  1.  COR Facial Soap-

COR Facial Soap is a MIRACLE in the summer months.  With the heat, sweat, and/or humidity, your skin is much more prone to breakouts.  That’s where COR comes in.  It’s called the “silver soap” because it’s made with colloidal silver along with Hyaluronic Acid, Pomegranate Extract, Vitamins, Aloe, Jojoba, and much much more.  The colloidal silver is antibacterial, which keeps breakouts at bay, and the hydrating ingredients keep your skin smooth.  I started using COR soap in high school, and have recommended it to SO many people who all thank me intensely.  I now alternate between COR Soap in the summer and Arcona’s White Tea Cleanser in the winter.  Here is a link where you can find both:

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2.  Maybelline Falsies Mascara-Waterproof

I use Maybelline Falsies Mascara everyday as part of my daily makeup routine, but for beach days or vacations this is a perfect product.  You can even swim with it on, and it won’t budge.  Try it for yourself!

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3.  Earth Science Deep Conditioning Olive and Avocado Hair Masque

If there was one MIRACLE hair care product I’ve used in my life it is this one!  (Well this, and Olaplex if we’re getting technical).   I realize that is a big statement to make, but this will save you from that terrible salty, chlorinated, frizzy, dry, summer hair!  I first used this hair masque when I was on a shoot in San Diego in 90 degree weather.  The stylists had curled, and re curled, and hair sprayed, and brushed, and teased my hair for 4 days straight.  Top that off with being in the sun for 8 hours a day shooting, and my hair was in BAD shape.  I happened to also get a sunburn, so on my way to whole foods to get my sunburn remedy (read below for that), I saw this hair masque and felt the need to try it in desperate hopes of being able to brush my hair that night.  This masque not only hydrated my hair, but made it silky smooth and shiny.  I was able to comb through it in the shower with this conditioner in, and I’ve been using it ever since!  It also smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  With olive and avocado being in the name I wasn’t sure if it would smell all that great, but it does!  Also, it’s less than $10!

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4.  Supergoop!  Super Correct Daily CC Cream SPF 35

Not only does this hydrate and protect, it also covers any imperfections, pores, and gives you a flawless complexion.  This replaces my foundation during the summer months because it works just as well, and I feel like it’s lighter on my skin.  It’s also paraben free, fragrance free, petrochemical free, and oxybenzone free.

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5.  NYX Butter Gloss

I’m the first to admit I’m a little late to the NYX party.  Everyone has been talking about NYX products for so long, and a makeup artist used a NYX lip color on me last week and I was hooked.  These butter glosses are SO hydrating during the tough summer months and they have a medium, creamy coverage and no stickiness whatsoever! I got the color Madeline, which on the website looks brown, but it’s actually a really pretty dusty rose color.  I HIGHLY recommend these!  The only downside is the lack of SPF, but if you put an SPF balm under you should be good to go!  Also, these are only $5!

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6.  Caudalie Divine Oil

One of my favorite Birchbox finds- EVER!  I have bought this now multiple times and start to panic when I see it running low.  This extremely hydrating body oil smells amazing and gives you a nice silky glow.  Made with Grape Oil, Vitamin E, Hibiscus, and Argan Oils, this body oil is beyond luxurious.  The smell reminds me of being on vacation in Hawaii.  The perfect solution for dry, sun damaged skin, and guaranteed to make any tan look better!

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I hope you have the change to try one, or all of my favorite summer products, and let me know what your summer must-have’s are too!  For more lifestyle, beauty, and makeup ideas check out my Youtube Channel, linked above!  Happy summer!