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I love the summer months but it can be really tough to look good in the face of the sweltering heat. First, you’re makeup doesn’t stay put, you’re all shiny, your hair gets dry, your skin can be uneven from too much tanning. And it’s not only hard to look good during the summer, the damaging effects it can have on your appearance will cause you years of not looking good after- think damaged hair, age spots, wrinkles.

Right now we’re deep in the summer trenches and you may have found yourself in need of a beauty overhaul. To keep you protected and beautiful all summer long, and thereafter, I’ve rounded up the absolute best summer beauty essentials. [continue reading…]

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Best Summer Skincare Picks

Soft, smooth, nourished skin is important year-round, but is especially essential during the hot summer months, where minimal clothing is the norm. Not only that, the summer months can wreak havoc on our largest organ- the skin. Dryness caused by loss of moisture and essential oils, redness, peeling, clogged pores, age spots, discoloration- ’tis the season to pay special attention to your most essential asset.

During the summer, your focus should not only be on getting your skin to look good, but also on keeping it healthy and nourished from the inside out to prevent any permanent damage.

Check out my to 10 summer skincare essentials after the jump! [continue reading…]

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Get Gorgeous Sandal-Ready Feet

Now that the weather is FINALLY starting to warm up, it’s time to rock your favorite summer sandals. It doesn’t matter how expensive or stunning your sandals are, if your tootsies aren’t in tip-top sandal-worthy shape then you may as well have bought them from the dollar store.

Whether your feet are dry, cracked, callus-ridden, or just in need of some pampering, we’ve got the products guaranteed to get your feet gorgeous and ready for public viewing.

Check them out after the jump! [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Statement Rings post image

I absolutely adore jewelry in all forms- necklaces, bracelets, earrings– my collections of all of the following are quite extensive. However, the one accessory I very rarely leave home without is a stand-out statement ring.

From beautiful stones, pretty pearls, diamonds, mixed metals, there are so many incredible styles that, while small in size, can have a big impact on your overall style by injecting a fantastic fashion-forward edge in one fell swoop.

Shop the styles pictured above after the jump! [continue reading…]

Shade to Crave: Gorgeous Green post image

Shade to Crave: Gorgeous Green

Going green in the eco-sense has been a trend for quite some time. Going green in the wardrobe sense is a bit newer to the scene and this shade was a prominent color fixture on this season’s runways. We saw army green at Chloé, mossy green at Louis Vuitton, glitzy green at Balmain, bright green at Lanvin, pale green at Malandrino, pretty green prints at Anna Sui, and many more fantastic interpretations of how to work this shade into your wardrobe.

Greens are more carefree and subdued than some of the other standout colors of this season- like powerhouse pink which is a bit more blatant- and can be tamed for a sleek, minimal style, or taken up a notch for a standout one.

The green trend goes beyond clothing, extending its fabulousness to shoes, bags, accessories, even makeup.

Check out some of my favorite green picks after the jump! [continue reading…]

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Get Gorgeous Beachy Waves

Easy, breezy beachy waves have been all the rage for quite some time. And why shouldn’t they be? This style is low-maintenance, super sexy and, of course, there’s the whole laid back, bohemian-cool aspect. Getting this effortless style for your hair does require just a little bit of effort and when done wrong, you can end up making a big frizzy mess (believe me, I’ve been there!). To help you get the waves you crave, be it loose tousled waves like Blake Lively, frizz-free beachy waves like Gisele Bundchen, unkempt bed-head waves like Mary-Kate Olsen, and so on, I’ve created the ultimate beachy wave guide with 3 amazing, easy-to-follow techniques straight from the experts.

Learn easy steps to get this gorgeous look after the jump! [continue reading…]

Backstage Beauty: Charlotte Ronson post image

For her Spring 2010 collection, Charlotte Ronson was inspired by the ballerinas of New York, specifically the way they look when leaving dance class and mix their dance attire with their regular clothes.

To enhance this motif, hair stylist Allen Ruiz from Avon and makeup artist Charlotte Willard for Maybelline created just-walked-out-of-dance-class looks that were fresh and natural-looking. The hair was pulled back into chic, slightly undone buns and the makeup was kept soft, sheer and translucent.

I got the chance to hang out backstage before the show to talk to the stylists and watch the looks come to life.

Read on to replicate the hair and makeup looks.

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