With another hot month ahead of us, the dare to bare temperatures of summer bring an added emphasis to skincare. Radiant, rejuvenated skin is the one accessory no woman should do without. But where to begin? From your face to your feet, we have the perfect solutions (and serums!) for summer skin. So let’s start at the top and work our way down! Without a doubt, the can’t-live-without-it skincare line that you will find in the desk drawers, purses and medicine cabinets of the staff at Hourglass Angel is Mambino Organics. While this is a line that was created to meet the pregnancy pampering needs of new mamas and moms to be be, the appeal and effectiveness of this line immediately eclipsed their target audience. Put simply, we love this stuff! All Mambino products are organic, non-toxic and positively delicious smelling. And our standout favorite from this line is their facial serum, Youth Glow. If you’ve read about facial serums and rejuvenating oils, but fear a greasy-looking face, this is the product that will win you over forever. Use it before makeup and before bed to reveal dewey, renewed skin. And if you love what Youth Glow does to your face, you won’t believe what Mambino’s all-body Moisture Me does to the rest of you. Rich with nutrients from avocado and pomegranate (and at least a dozen other wonderful ingredients), this toning oil creates beautiful, more even looking skin and smells outrageously good.
Yet another crossover from maternity skincare is the Novena line. While Novena was created to address the special needs of pregnant and post-partum users, they have found fans in women from every walk of life, whether they’re moms or or not. Again, as with Mambino, additional attention has been paid by Novena to the safety of the ingredients. One of the stars in the Novena line is most certainly the Organic Cucumber Cranberry Eye Gel. While dark circles are absolutely the bane of moms on the move and missing sleep, they aren’t exclusive to them. The brightening and firming effect of this gel is the perfect primer for concealer and a relief for any pair of tired eyes.
And last, but certainly not least, we can’t talk about summer skin without mentioning a line that we think is the bees knees: Burt’s Bees! And one of the coolest summer-approved products from this produce enriched line is the Rosewater and Glycerin Toner. If you have a tendency to get oily when the thermometer rises, you’re not alone. But many toners overdo it and strip your skin of their natural, age-fighting oils. This is not one of those toners. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin and strong enough for sizzling heat, this is your go-to toner for glowy, clean looking skin.
Even if you love the look that comes with a great shaper you may not love the idea of adding another layer on a long hot day. Fortunately there are many options for shaping and sculpting curves that ensure you won’t be sweltering in these hot months. Choosing the right lightweight shaper for summer fashions will help you keep your confidence and cool no matter how high the thermometer rises. Here are a few of our favorites!
Proving that shaping can be sexy and easy-wearing, the Glamouflage Luxurious Shaping Slip by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers 7070, is a perfect piece for smoothing out little lumps and bumps under your favorite sundress. It’s pinup pretty styling and airy mesh make it a fan favorite in any season.
When temperatures rise, many of us turn to sheer fabrics to beat the heat. If you want all-torso smoothing without worrying about show through, the Bodysuit With Thong by SlimMe MSM-120 is a wonderful option. This seamless shaper is light enough to wear comfortably and eliminates lines under delicate fabrics.
Need a little easy trimming up top? The Braless Seamless T-Shirt by Co’Coon 2477 is a tank style shaper that’s perfect for warm weather. Its underbust style design allows you to wear your own bra and makes it the perfect accessory for a variety of necklines.
And last but not least, the feather light High Waisted Thigh Shaper by Slim Me MSM-108 is a shorts style shaper that would work beautifully under anything from a breezy skirt to a delicate linen pant.
Don’t skip the shaper when it heats up. These airy accessories are all you need to smooth and slim no matter what temperature you’re in.
If the words, “swimsuit season” strike a little fear in your heart, you’re not alone. Many of us worry that wearing a bathing suit means shedding the slimming secrets and enhancements that we turn to daily to feel our best. Fortunately, there’s a whole class of swim specific products, custom created to trim and tone, while adding oomph when it’s time for fun in the sun.
When you’re ready to shape up at swim time, the place to begin is your suit. And when it comes to slimming garments you can take to the pool, there’s one name you absolutely need to know: Miraclesuit. While there are many variations and styles available from this line, we’d like to highlight a couple of our favorites. The Rialto Swimsuit by Miraclesuit (80960) is a one piece with softcup bra, that uses ruching to visually slim you. But that’s not the slimming secret of this suit. This piece uses Miraclesuit’s patented Miratex fabric, which contains three times the Spandex of normal swimwear. That means your shaper is built right in. If you prefer a little more support the Escape Swimsuit by Miraclesuit (81166) has a built in underwire bra, which creates lift right where you want it.
And speaking of shapes, swim season doesn’t mean you have to abandon your breast enhancers. There are several products that give you the lift and volume you’re looking for and which are absolutely safe to take in the water. Braza Bra Swim Shapers (S2026) are light, airy and look completely natural when you wear them in the cups of your swimsuit. And when you’re done using them, they air dry quickly. Fans of silicone inserts will love the Silicone Breast Enhancers by Hollywood Fashion Secrets. These waterproof enhancers fit easily inside most suits and are completely invisible when you use them.
Don’t skip the shaping and enhancing when it’s pool time. With the selections from our swim collection, your curves will make a splash with confidence and cool!
June is here and that means bells are ringing and everywhere brides-to-be are searching for items borrowed and blue. Whether you are walking down the aisle or celebrating in the wedding party, being properly prepared for your wedding attire will ensure that you are able to enjoy it as you look and feel your best. With that in mind we have selected our favorite foundations to shape and support you whatever your role is in creating the big day.
Brides to be and and bridesmaids alike will love the support and smoothing of the Strapless Convertible Bustier Bra by QT 1100. It’s delicately padded, seamless underwire cups give great coverage and support with strapless fashions. Ultralight foam padding lines the body of the bustier, eliminating lines, lumps and bumps under formal fashions
The High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu (12706A) is a shaper that’s perfect for the mother of the
bride. Creating a perfect profile for the whole midsection, hips, rear and thighs, this piece comes with the added benefit of resistance bands built in, which help you burn additional calories as you dance the night away.
Any member of the wedding party would love the curve creating and smoothing of this slip-style shaper, the Carolina. This underbust piece features convertible straps making it perfect for many styles of attire, while its unique gusset style holds the shaper in place perfectly without riding or tugging.
If the kinds of sheer or delicate fabrics that often come along with formal attire are a concern, the Seamless Firm Control Body Shaper by Ann Chery (4012) should cheer you. This seamless shaper won’t show up no matter what you wear.
And last but not least, the last thing you want to have making an appearance on your big day is visible panty
line. Never fear: the Stretch Lace Boyshort Thong by Shirley of Hollywood (35) is both beautiful and practical, as it eliminates show through completely.
While these are a few of our favorite wedding day solutions, they’re just the beginning of what we offer. So as you’re planning the first day of the rest of your life, please do stop by our bridal section let us help you feel secure and supported.
With recent articles in publications such as the New York Times profiling the explosion in popularity of a garment called a “faja” you may have wondered just what this miraculous midsection makeover was.
What is a faja: a faja is a South American style waist cincher. While there are varying strengths and styles of fajas, they all reshape the midsection, with rows of boning and hook-and-eye closures so that you can size down. Fajas are popular because of the dramatic results they provide. And in fact, if you’re an Hourglass Angel customer, there’s a very good chance you’re wearing a faja right now! Some of our most popular products from the Squeem line are fajas. If you’re wearing a SlimVest or SlimBand you’re ahead of the curve on this south of the border trend.
But Squeem isn’t the only brand of faja we carry. An example of a faja with lighter control would be either the Slimming Waist Cincher Shaper (018624) or the Slimming Waist Cincher with Latex by Leonisa (015695). These offer great results with a slightly lighter touch than our most powerful garments.
So if you’re ready to try this trimming trend, fear not: FAJAS ARE HERE!