Tuesday, June 18

SUMMER ESSENTIALS Part 1: Beauty Essentials

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1. VICTORIA'S SECRET PINK Body Mist - Wild at Heart
The bottle describes this fragrance as red passion fruit and sheer musk. It is fruity and sweet, but not overly so. I'm not usually into fruity scents, so but this scent is super addicting and delicious. I bring it with me everywhere I go because it just smells that amazing.

2. THE BODY SHOP Strawberry Body Butter
This body butter, along with the rest of The Body Shop Body Butters, is incredibly moisturizing. It works like magic even on the most dry skin, like mine. The scent, which I can best describe as ripe, tangy and sweet strawberries dipped in sugar, lasts most of the day and pairs nicely with the PINK Body mist.

3. NIVEA Lip Butter - Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss
Hands down, this is the best lip moisturizer I have ever used. It also happens to taste delicious. Once you try this stuff, you'll never need to try another lip balm again. It's that good.

4. KHROMA BEAUTY Honey Stick Lipgloss - Orange Blossom
This lip gloss is boyfriend approved. If it wasn't colored-tinted and glossy, I'm positive that honey-loving men would want to wear it. It smells and tastes like pure honey. This gloss will give your lips a nice glossy orangey-pink tint for the summer.

5. STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - Intense Black
Now you can swim with your makeup on! It's not really my thing, but if it's yours, this is exciting news! This thin, felt tip liner makes applying your eyeliner a breeze. The color is deep black, doesn't fade, and makes flicking out your wings a cinch. If I accidentally forget I'm wearing makeup and rub my eyes, it doesn't go anywhere. Don't worry, though. Unlike most waterproof makeup, it is easy to remove, so you don't have to tug on your eyes, pull out lashes, or sleep with makeup remnants.

6. URBAN DECAY All Nigher Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Once you've perfected your makeup for the day, use this setting spray for to ensure it won't budge. It will help your makeup standup to the heat and prolong its lasting power. Products like this usually are gimmicks, but this setting spray is anything but.

7. MARIO BADESCU - Drying Lotion
Even the dryest skin is more oily in the heat of the Summer, which means sweat, which means there's a greater chance Mr. Pimple may come for a visit. Get rid of your unwanted/univited guest with this magic drying lotion. Just be sure not to shake the bottle. Take a Q-Tip, dip it into the pink solution at the bottom of the jar, put it on your spots of choice, and sleep on it! You should be visitor-free in the AM.

8. DOVE Hair Therapy - Daily Moisture Conditioner with Nutritive Serum 
You can feel a difference immediately when you apply this conditioner to your hair. It makes even the most dry and damaged hair feel silky, smooth and shiny -- especially in the summer when your hair is more damaged from the sun, chlorine, and salt water. Though this product doesn't replace a good deep conditioner, for an even better result leave it in for a while... shave your legs, wash your body, and let it work its magic. This product doesn't have keratin, so you won't need to worry about breakage due to too much protein. As a matter of fact, this moisturizing conditioner may help balance hair with too much protein.

You should never, ever, ever brush your hair with a regular brush when it's wet. Wet hair is more susceptible to breaking than dry hair. You should only be using a wide-tooth comb or The Wet Brush, which is specifically designed for wet hair, after spraying leave-in conditioner (My favorite is Unite 7 Seconds Condition Leave In Detangler). I have been loving The Wet Brush, as it glides through my hair. I prefer it to my beloved wide-tooth comb.

10. CHINA GLAZE Nail Lacquer - Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
This highlighter yellow nail polish is the perfect fun shade for summer... not to mention, this polish looks crazy under black lights (see the image below). For an even more vibrant pop of neon color, prep your nails with white polish. I have been collecting several other fun pop-of-color summer nail polishes. 

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China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Glowing Under Black Lights

If you're interested in reading about all of my favorite polishes for Summer 2013, leave me a comment below, or Tweet @DrtyBlndAmbtn.

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