Aquataenia​: First Look



Aquataenia Palette ($34.99 at Lime Crime) is pearlescent and makes your eyelids sparkle like the sea. Five oceanic shades are loaded with shimmer & glitter particles to create that wet, glistening effect reminiscent of a mermaid's tail under the moonlight. Can be used on eyes or cheeks. Arrives encased in a deluxe purple tin.



Shades:

Nautilus Prime – blurple (shimmer/sparkle)
Coral of the Story – true coral (shimmer/sparkle)
Seahorse Discourse – tropical green (shimmer/sparkle)
Pearl-ple – pearlescent lilac (shimmer/sparkle)
Atlanteal – seafoam blue/green (shimmer/sparkle)

Exclusive Beauty Tips from Victoria Justice




SELF’s July Music Issue is packed with celebs – including Victoria Justice, pop singer and star of Victorious, who gives her best beauty tricks for a natural, effortlessly chic look. She even gives the lowdown on products she swears by and reveals tips for relaxing your summertime beauty routine.




Lighten Up Your Look

“Don’t be afraid to play up your natural beauty. Natural is always such a chic look. Plus, it is so great to let your skin breathe.”

“It’s best to look like yourself. Play up your best features. If you have great eyes, then accentuate those. Or if you like your lips most, then use a great, bold lip color.”

“When I don’t look my best, I detox with raw foods and lots of water. It makes me feel better.”

“If I have no time to touch up, I get a natural glow by pinching my cheeks 10 times really hard. Well, not so hard that I bruise.”

“I don’t want to have to change my nail color whenever I put on a new outfit. I usually choose nude, because it matches whatever I wear.”

“I wash off my makeup every night before bed. It’s my number-one rule for good skin.”

“Guys like natural beauty. I get it. So find ways to make them think you are! My thing is lip stain. It stays put so you don’t have to constantly reapply.”

“I swirl a wet eyeliner brush in brown shadow, then swipe it along my lash line and a little past the corner for an easy cat eye.”

“I’m only 19, so I’m not super concerned about aging. But my mom didn’t drink, smoke or tan while growing up, and she looks great. I’m following her plan.”

Summer Makeup Tips from WHAT NOT TO WEAR’s Carmindy

TLC’s hit series What Not to Wear draws on the personality and talent of fashion experts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly to convert participants from dowdy to dashing. But, hair stylist Ted Gibson and makeup artist Carmindy add the finishing touches that complete the change.

Aside from all of the fabulous clothes, hair stylist Ted Gibson and makeup artist Carmindy are transforming these hidden beauties into glowing gems! Every week on What Not To Wear, they offer their clients advice on what looks fit them best, giving them the top beauty tips to help complete their transformations. Now, Carmindy and Ted are offering tips for your readers! Ted and Carmindy have a plethora of tips available for your readers, ranging from top hair and makeup trends for summer to how to keep your skin and hair looking young and fresh.

Ted has styled the locks of Anne Hathaway, Renee Zellweger, Zoe Saldana and the fashion houses Chanel and Prada, just to name a few. Meanwhile, Carmindy has worked for several renowned publications such as InStyle, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Self, Vogue, GQ, Essence, and Details.




Summer Makeup Tips from WHAT NOT TO WEAR’s Carmindy

In hot weather, switch to powder shadows and blushes that won't melt off your face like creams will.

Use waterproof eyeliners and mascaras to keep from smudging in hot weather.

Keep tinted lip balm with SPF handy to keep lips moist and soft in the heat.

Add a few drops of liquid bronzer or a foundation a few shades deeper to your usual foundation to match your new (self-tanner) skin tone.

Keep blotting papers handy at all times to absorb oil and shine.

Stay away from dark eyes and lips and opt for corals and pinks to play up tanner skin.

To apply powder bronzer correctly sweep it on the temples, along the sides of the face and under the cheekbones for a faux glow that natural contours your face.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR airs on Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT on TLC

How Your Tan Affects Your Brows

All summer long, women work to perfect their tans. However, with a new skin tone comes a new beauty regimen; adjustments must be made to sport your signature look. Here, Natalie Plain, founder of Billion Dollar Brows and brow guru, shares the most common eyebrow challenges when it comes to tanning, and offers her solutions.





Spray Shape Dilemma

In the summer, many women make it their personal goal to get as bronzed as possible. If you are planning a day of beauty complete with a spray tan and a brow shaping session, it might be best to think twice and schedule them at least a day apart. Natalie explains, "Spray tans can take up to 24 hours to develop. If you get your brows waxed while your spray tan is setting on your face, it will exfoliate the skin and, in turn, remove the color you applied with your spray tan. I learned this lesson many moons ago the hard way when I tanned for a family wedding and had my brows shaped right afterward. I looked really silly, I don't put those wedding pictures on the mantle!"

Dye Job

Another common issue during the summer when tanning is that hair can lighten and change. What happens if the hair on your head gets lighter, but your eyebrows maintain their original hue? Natalie suggests tinting your eyebrows so that the color is one shade darker than your hair color. “If the hair on your head appears lighter due to your darker skin tone, think about tinting your eyebrows so that they compliment your hair color.” Be sure to seek professional help!

Zebra Syndrome

Many women find that their skin appears to be two different tones when they go on a vacation or a tanning spree and then get their eyebrows done. To aid in keeping the face one color, Natalie recommends using bronzer to fill in the gaps: “Exfoliate the portion of your skin that is not tan, and apply moisturizer. Use bronzer or sunless tanner to blend your skin tone in short, measured amounts. Allow for a little time for your skin to balance out.”

Spray Tan Obstacles

When using synthetic tanning options, there can be certain unwanted effects on eyebrows. For instance, many women report that spray tanning gives their eyebrows a reddish tint. Natalie explains, “The chemicals in spray tan sometimes stick to hair, which is why most women use coverings to protect the hair on their head. Try to avoid color issues altogether by applying Vaseline beforehand, or when spray tan particles stick, simply exfoliate or apply lemon juice to remove.”

Getting Beach Ready with Nivea and Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a Beach Prep Kit, which will include NIVEA Honeydew & Pearls Hydrating Shower Gel, NIVEA Skin Firming Body Lotion with Q10 and Hydra IQ, NIVEA Sun Kissed Radiant Skin, NIVEA Kiss of Protection Lip Care, and Lulu Neon Barrel Duffel Bag.


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I'm strongly adamant about taking care of my skin, so I naturally jumped at the opportunity to review the new products from Nivea. Not only are their products relatively affordable, but they are one of the fewer brands on the market that actually address a myriad skincare woes, namely dry skin. It's one of my mother's go-to brands, and I can easily see why!



NIVEA Honeydew & Pearls Hydrating Shower Gel ($5.99) - Featuring a succulent scent of freshly cut honeydew from Southern France and moisturizing sunflower oil pearls, this shower gel foams up beautifully. Not only it thoroughly cleanses the skin, but gives it the moisture that it craves. It's the perfect shower gel for you to look and feel ready for hitting the beach or poolside.



NIVEA Skin Firming Body Lotion with Q10 and Hydra IQ
($9.99) - A strong advocate for a good moisturizer, I quickly fell in love with this body lotion. Sure, it smells good (a pleasant floral scent), but most importantly, it leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. My skin immediately drinks it up, not leaving a trace of stickiness or greasiness.



Lulu Neon Barrel Duffel Bag ($26 at Nordstrom) – Nothing screams Beach Ready! louder than this fun, vibrant duffel bag. It makes the perfect carryall for your essentials, such as a SPF lip balm and sunscreen, while you stroll along the shoreline. It has a cool barrel shape and bright zigzag handles. Also, the removable crossbody strap adds versatility to the style.



NIVEA Sun Kissed Radiant Skin with Hydra IQ ($9.99) – They promise that this product will provide glowing, natural looking tan and soft, touchable skin within 5 days. It is currently available in two shades: Fair-Medium and Medium-Dark Skin. I'm honestly not much of a fan of sunless tanners, so I haven't been able to put this product to a test.



NIVEA Kiss of Protection Lip Care SPF 30 ($2.99) – The day that you see me without any lip care is the day that pigs will fly and cows will jump over moon. This lip balm offers superior protection (SPF 30) from the damaging effects of the sun and gives long lasting moisture. It is enriched with Shea Butter and Vitamin E, making it lip-smacking good!

Disclosure: The product(s) in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

The giveaway will conclude on July 5th.

Too Faced Fall 2012 Collection

Too Faced recently launched their Fall 2012 Collection, The Art of Sexy! The collection includes their 3*Way Lash Liner, 16 luxurious shades of La Creme Lipstick, Perfect Lips Lip Liner, 3 new shades of Perfect Eyes, and the much anticipated return of their NEW and improved Lash Injection! Also, much buzzed about Better Than False Lashes is now available on TooFaced.com.


La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream $21
Available in Sweet Maple, Honey Bear, Naughty Nude, In the Buff, Nude Beach, Naked Dolly, Spice Spice Baby, Cinnamon Kiss, Marshmallow Bunny, Razzle Dazzle Rose, Juicy Melons, Divine Wine, Fuchsia Shock, Coral Fire, Stiletto Red, or I Want Candy


Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System $35


3*Way Lash Lining Tool $22


Perfect Lips $17


Lash Injection Extreme Thickening, Tube-Building Mascara $21

Summer Sale at Molton Brown



Molton Brown's Summer Sale is hot and sweltering! Cool off with deals, such as $18 off core hand and body sets, as well as 25% off their haircare range.

Metropolis Soap Company Review

Metropolis Soap Company uses simple ingredients. First they select 100% vegan oils like vitamin-rich coconut oil, luxurious sunflower oil, and moisturizing shea butter, which all are a part of their time-tested recipe. They choose their oils for their skin-loving properties, as well as their ability to create a hard, durable soap that will last. Next the oils are mixed with a carefully measured amount of distilled water and sodium hydroxide, which causes the chemical reaction that makes soap! The oils and water are blended together and once the ingredients have officially made soap they add their own specially formulated essential oil blends. These blends are created for their aromatherapy properties as much as their scent abilities!



A good body scrub is essential for any skin care regimen, because it's a great way to banish dead, dry skin. It also effectively gets rid of skin gunk, such as dirt and other nasties that may be lurking within your skin. Metropolis Soap Company's Balsam of Peru and Pumpkin Sugar Scrub ($37) will keep your skin feeling utterly soft and supple. The Pumpkin is super food for the skin, because it has a chock full of enzymes and vitamins A, C, and E, which offers superior protection and nourishment for the skin. Balsam of Peru essential oil compliments the pumpkin with a little vanilla spice.

They give a fair warning that this product may melt when shipped to warmer climates. I also must note that you might want to keep this product in the fridge, because it got moldy within a few weeks! I have never experienced this with a body scrub before, but it makes perfect sense, considering that this product is made with all natural ingredients.

As soon as I took off the lid, the scent of the Calendula and Citrus Herbal Spa Soak ($34.99) filled the air and eased away negative thoughts. The soothing and relaxing ingredients are Calendula, Spearmint, Essential Oil Blend of Lemongrass and Orange, and Lemon Peel - a perfect morning booster! Not only these ingredients promote relaxation and uplift the spirits, but they're also good for toning the skin and aiding detoxification.

Their herbal bath salts are also available in Rose, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang, Coconut and Lime, and Juniper and Herbs - all are $34.99 for each. Also, each herbal spa soak comes with a muslin bag, making it easier to enjoy your spa-ah experience without making a mess in the process.

Disclosure: The product(s) in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Neocell's Blueberry Hyaluronic Acid Liquid Review

Neocell is dedicated to providing premium collagen peptide-based dietary supplements for skin, connective tissue and joint health for consumers worldwide.

Neocell started in 1998 in Newport Beach California with an extraordinary personal experience. After major surgery, the benefits of collagen were so powerful for one man, Al Quadri, that he was inspired to start a company, in the hope that he could help others with this amazing ingredient. And so Neocell was born, as a small, research grounded family owned business that had the goal of introducing to the world the anti-aging and overall health benefits of a naturally-sourced collagen based supplement line.

The Neocell family has grown over the years, and they are proud to say that millions of customers have experienced these benefits and are living healthier lives because of doing so.



There's nothing more beneficial for one's health than a bowl brimming with freshly plucked blueberries. The benefits of blueberries are more than just antioxidants. They aid in reducing belly fat, promote a healthy urinary tract, preserve vision, starve cancer cells, improve digestion, make an excellent anti-depressant, and address a multitude of concerns and illnesses.

The Blueberry Hyaluronic Acid Liquid gives your skin and joints the moisture that they crave for, while giving an antioxidant boost with additional benefits from pomegranate and green tea. With green tea in the mix, the health benefits include: anti-inflammatory effects, potential delay or prevention of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases as well as assistance in lowering LDL cholesterol, increased fat metabolism, and diabetes prevention.

I honestly haven't noticed a significant difference in my health or skin since I started taking this liquid supplement. However, I still start out each morning by taking one tablespoon. The benefits are probably just not noticeable....yet. It is slightly tart, but I find the taste to be quite pleasant, a far cry from my organic pre-natal liquid supplement that I also take everyday. If the tartness throws you off, you can easily add a tablespoon to just about any beverage, such as juice.

You can buy the Neocell products at Drugstore.com, Amazon.com, and GNC.com.

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Headbanger​s: The Best Bang for Your Face Shape from Celebrity Hairstylis​t

Any woman knows that an easy, interesting way to change up a look is to get stylish, flattering bangs. And celebrities are no exception. With more and more stars taking the plunge and making the chop, women everywhere are taking notice, and the bang is back and bigger than ever. But how to know which bang is best for you? Here, celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist and owner of Gocha Salon, Gocha Hawkins, shares her tips to get the best bang for your buck – and your face.

Oval


Oval faced women are lucky; most styles work with the shape, and this is one case where bangs are no exception. “With oval-shaped women, it all depends on the hair’s texture. If hair is thicker, a fringe look that grazes the eyebrows is best. However, if your hair is thinner, you can easily alter the style to face framing bangs that are long enough to be brushed to the side,” says Gocha. “When communicating the look to your stylist, note that you want a versatile bang that you can wear straight or swept aside.”

Heart


Heart shaped faces are versatile for most styles, but bangs are a different story. Because this face shape is wider at the top, an angled bang can offer a balancing effect. “For ladies with heart shaped faces, I recommend the side swept bang. It is unlike the round face style in that it should be shorter and draw attention to the eye,” Gocha suggests. “Ask your hairstylist for layered, short side swept bangs. For a specific direction, the shorter section shouldn’t go lower than the arch of your eyebrow, and the longest portion should be at the side of the face, at the outer corner of your eye.”

Round


Round faces are often dissuaded from getting bangs, as they can tend to make the face appear fuller. However, a longer bang can be especially flattering, as Gocha points out: “Side swept bangs are the perfect style for a strong, round shape.Instruct your hairstylist to keep the bang longer and layered so that the appearance is soft, counteracting the wider area of the face.” Looking to try something a bit more fashion forward? “The always trendy blunt bang is also a great look for a woman with a round face. Ask your hairstylist to give your bangs a curved shape, and to make sure that they are thick and bring impact.”

Square


With square shaped faces, it’s important to be careful when crafting your bang. A blunt shape can look excessively boxy, and the goal here is to create facial curves. “What looks best on square faces is a longer, thicker bang that grazes the eye. The bang should be shortest in the middle and longest on the sides,fading into the face framing strands of your hair,” says Gocha. “When speaking to your stylist, let them know that you’d like a heavy bang that is feathery in the middle and thickest on the sides. The last thing you want is for your bangs to take away from your eyes or overwhelm your delicate features.”

Skinnygirl's Detox Face Mask Giveaway



Prize: 3 winners will receive Skinnygirl's Detox Face Mask.


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Only a couple years ago, Bethenny Frankel was single and struggling to pay rent on her 750 foot apartment in New York. When she was on the Real Housewives of New York, she quickly became a sensation because she is relatable – she tells it like it is! Women across America reacted to Bethenny being herself and being honest. Now, Bethenny Frankel is a reality TV star, mother, three-time bestselling author of A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life, The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, and Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting; entrepreneur, and, as of 11 AM this morning with the premiere of “Bethenny,” a talk-show host!

In 2011, Bethenny won a Glamour Women of the Year Award and was named one of the Top 100 Women in Entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter. She is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Bethenny lives in New York with husband Jason, daughter Bryn, and dog, Cookie.



Tune into “Bethenny” to hear her two-cents on everything from big butts to beauty solutions. She knows and is one of those women who don’t give into expensive beauty products, giving DIY beauty tips like using Miracle Whip as moisturizer or bananas on your pimples. This is why she created Skinnygirl Face & Body Solutions, the affordable, no-nonsense skincare collection that she created for women just like her all across America.

Get Bethenny’s look while you watch her self-proclaimed “Girl’s Night Out on daytime television” with a few of her favorite products from Skinnygirl Face & Body, such as, Plumping Lip Gloss, Conditioning Belly Butter, Vitamin C Face Scrub, Instantly Smooth Line Filler, Detox Face Mask, Tinted Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, and many more!

The giveaway will conclude on June 25th.

The Body Deli's Melon Foaming Cleanser



MELON FOAMING CLEANSER ($12 - $28) is a gentle daily cleanser, formulated for all skin types. Melon Cleanser is purifying enough for combination/oily skin and gentle enough for sensitive/dry to mature skin.

This cleanser can be used day or/and night in conjunction with other Body Deli super food facial care products. Cantaloupe melon is hydrating and balancing for the skin, while turmeric is anti-inflammatory and helps neutralize skin sensitivity. Licorice Root also helps with inflammation and promotes skin brightening. Used daily, this cleanser helps to purify the skin, remove make-up and increases skin health and vibrancy. This cleanser does not contain any harsh detergents that stripe away the natural oils from the skin.

Trina Turk Candles



These four candle scents (Beach, Citrus, Nectar, and Desert; $38 at Trina Turk) are inspired by Trina's love of the California coast. Perfect for gifting, with the wraparound "landscape" design in cool shades of blues, oranges and browns.

Developed with Nest Fragrances, Trina Turk Candles are made with a premium, soft, soy-blended wax base. The lead-free wicks are made from natural, high-quality, braided cotton. Fragrance oils were developed by world-leading fragrance houses and meet the highest performance standards.

Fragrance oil is blended throughout the wax formula to easily infuse a room with scent. High-quality ingredients with high-quality wicks allows for a consistent and even burn.



Beach - Bergamot, thyme, lavender, ocean air accord, sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver



Citrus - Lemon, lime, sheer floral, coconut, vanilla, wood, musk



Desert - Cracked bell pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, pomegranate, winter apple, java patchouli, white cedar, vanilla cream



Nectar - Lemon zest, nashi pear, sparkling pink grapefruit, ripened pomegranate, red currant, jasmine green tea, applewood

Barely Legal Neon Nail Polish from Revlon


Since it's illegal to produce neon nail polish in the United States (they're imported if you spot some in store), Revlon came up with a clever idea with their upcoming nail polish collection, which will launch in July. The Revlon Nail Art Neons Collection ($7.99 for each) will feature shades, such as Fuchsia Shock, Ultra Violet, Groovy Green, Electric Blue, Neon Light, High Voltage, and Hot Hue.

What makes this nail polish line legal in the U.S. is that the shades are actually sheer. However, when you apply two coats of the white base coat (featured on the bottom), they turn into a bright and beautiful shade of neon!

Sizzling Summer Style from Suave and Giveaway

Prize: 5 winners will receive Suave Everlasting Sunshine Body Wash and Body Lotion.

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Hello, sunshine! To help you channel your inner beach goddess, the Suave Professionals® Celebrity Stylists share their summer secrets for hair-to-toe style. Whether it’s braided tresses and a flowy top or undone waves and an itsy bitsy bikini, you’ll be sure to turn heads this summer with rockin’ hairstyles and soft, smooth skin. Suave® offers great quality beauty solutions to help you look good, smell good and feel good every day!

GET THE STYLE - EFFORTLESSLY CHIC FISHTAIL BRAID


Towel dry and separate hair into two sections for a fishtail braid. Take thin pieces of hair from opposite sides and overlap them. Repeat until you reach the ends and fasten with an elastic, wrapping a small strand of hair around to conceal the band. To add shine and prevent frizz, finish by dispensing a pump of Suave Professionals® Keratin Infusion™ Smooth & Shine Serum in the palm of your hand and using your fingers to go over the braid.

SOFT SMOOTH SKIN THAT SMELLS AMAZING - To ensure skin feels fresh and delightfully fragrant all day long, start every day with a refreshing shower using Suave Naturals®Everlasting Sunshine Body Wash. Enriched with skin conditioning vitamin E, it leaves skin fresh from sunrise to sunset.

PAIR WITH - A flowing top, dressy shorts and sky-high wedges to show off your silky, soft (and great smelling!) skin.

HOT LOOK - SILKY SMOOTH STRANDS AND 24-HOUR SUMMERTIME BLISS

The hot summer sun might be great for the beach, but thehumidity can wreak havoc on your tresses! What’s a girl to do?Don’t fret! New Suave Professionals®Keratin Infusion™is a breakthrough, salon-inspired range of products thatinclude keratin and smooth hair.

GET THE STYLES TRANDS WITH SMOOTH STYLE - Apply a dime-sized amount of new Suave Professionals®Keratin Infusion™Smooth & Shine Serum to damp hair to add shine and fight humidity. Use fingers to comb through strands. Blow dry straight using a paddle brush and a concentrator attachment on your dryer. Extend your tresses on day-two and keep your style sleek by spraying roots with new Suave Professionals® Keratin Infusion™ Dry Shampoo to refresh hair and soak up excess oil.

24-HOUR SUMMERTIME BLISS WITH FABULOUS FRAGRANCE - Get your beach body ready for some summer fun and smell amazing all day with Suave®Everlasting Sunshine 24-Hour Protection Invisible Solid, which fights odor and wetness for up to 24 hours without messy residue.

PAIR WITH - A colorful maxi dress, a brightly colored clutch and sleek strappy sandals to get you ready for cocktails near the ocean or at a trendy rooftop lounge.

HOT LOOK - SOFT, SEXY WAVES AND PERFECTLY MOISTURIZED SKIN

Between beach yoga, pool time and happy hour, who has the time to spend an hour each day getting the perfect hairstyle and glowing skin? Second day hair can still be gorgeous and you can turn yesterday’s tight curls into soft, sexy waves that will turn heads from the beach to the boardwalk. Suave Professionals® has new beauty essentials that revive second day hair (without water!) so you can achieve that “undone chic” look without wasting a minute of summer. And don’t forget that spending time poolside or at the beach can really dry out your skin. Make sure it looks (and smells) just as amazing as your hair courtesy of Suave Naturals® Everlasting Sunshine Body Lotion.

GET THE STYLE - SOFT, SEXY WAVES


Give second day curls a little extra “oomph” with Suave Professionals®Waterless Foam Shampoo. It’s formulated with aloe leaf and jojoba & revives dry and curly hair between washes - no water needed! Apply a dollop of product to the crown and work through hair with fingers. Pat dry with a towel to remove any excess moisture. Then lightly condition hair for renewed shine and smoothness by spritzing ends with Suave Professionals® Dry Conditioner.

PERFECTLY MOISTURIZED SUMMER SKIN - To ensure skin is flawless from head-to-toe, don’t leave home without hydrating with Suave Naturals®Everlasting Sunshine Body Lotion for clinically proven moisturization and the great scent of passion flower and vanilla.

PAIR WITH
- An itsy bitsy bikini, a patterned sarong and a great pair of sunglasses, so you can subtly spy (in style!) on the hunky lifeguards.

The giveaway will conclude on June 20th.

Novena Maternity Review

Novena Maternity is determined to provide women of childbearing years a worry free skincare line designed for pregnancy. Novena does not contain any of the possible harmful ingredients which could potentially affect the health of a developing baby. Whether you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or even one day planning on having a baby, Novena is the ideal choice for you and your miracle of life.

Novena has been featured in print publications, such as Pregnancy, OK Magazine, American Spa, Fit Pregnancy, and Pregnacy & Newborn. Novena Maternal Skin Care has become a favorite among celebrity Moms around the nation. Trista Sutter (the Bachelorette) loves Novena so much that she ordered 56 bottles of the Organic Fruit Face Wash ($28) for her Baby Shower as Shower Gifts for her guests. Molly Sims, Kimora Lee Simmons, Emily Deschanel, Maxine Bahns, Paz Vega, Molly Ringwald, Nicole Richie, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Mira Sorvino to name a few all have Novena!



I'm very cautious about what I apply on my face, because my skin has a tendency to break out easily. I have been plagued with "teenage skin" since the age of 10. Surprisingly, I haven't really experienced any skin issues during my pregnancy, especially during my first and second trimester. I like to think it's because of the glorious pregnancy hormones, but it's most likely due to the fact that I'm nearing my thirties. However, I did have a couple of mini breakouts recently, but they quickly went away since I've been using the Organic Citrus Blemish Lotion ($32). This product helps prevent and treat breakouts due to stress and hormonal changes. It also aids in healing existing ones.



During this pregnancy, I haven't experienced any issues with stretch marks. This is probably due to the fact that I've been using products, such as the Organic Beauty Belly Cream ($26) early on. The only stretch marks that I have are old, faded ones that I got as an overweight teen. While they're no longer an issue since they're barely noticeable, it be would be nice to find a product that will get rid of them altogether without having to get laser treatment. I can't vouch for others, so I can only tell you from my experience that it didn't remove old, existing stretch marks, it only prevented new ones. Perhaps, one will not be able to notice a difference with just one tube, unless they continuously buy and use this product, which could get a little pricey.

Disclosure: The product(s) in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Budget Friendly Beauty Brushes

Sigma Beauty’s newest collection, the Sigmax Synthetic Collection, is the most innovative makeup brush line the company has developed. The brushes in the collection include the F80, F82 and F84. Also, new to the collection are the F86, P80, P82, P84 and P86, which were released October 2011.

These brushes contain a synthetic filament, exclusive to Sigma Beauty, which creates a high definition makeup application and a flawless finish. The Sigmax Synthetic Collection is just the beginning of many exciting product releases by Sigma by the end of the year. With the continuous global growth and constantly unique product line, Sigma is the beauty company of the future.



The Sigmax Synthetic Collection


1. The Synthetic Precision Kit ($49) contains four unique brushes, exclusive to Sigma. Designed to mimic the fingertips in application of products onto precise areas of the face, the Synthetic Precision Kit is absolutely Sigma’s most unique kit yet. The P80, P82, P84 and P86 are guaranteed to give you a flawless application in the most precise areas of your face.

2. The F86 Tapered Kabuki Brush ($16) is ideal for using powders and highlighter under the eye and cheek area. The dense and precise tip in this brush enhances cheek highlighting and contouring for a flawless application.

3. The Synthetic Kabuki Kit ($56) contains four face brushes for high definition, flawless makeup application. The brushes in this collection feature exclusive synthetic filament, specially designed to apply powder and liquid products without absorption into the fibers. The shape, density and height of the filaments were carefully engineered to perfectly buff products onto the skin, resulting in a high definition effect.

4. The Sigma Beauty F80 ($14) is a buffer brush that can be used to blend powder or liquid products.This exclusive flat top synthetic kabuki was designed to deliver a flawless makeup application. The short and dense bristles make it easy to buff your liquid foundation onto the skin. The long handle adds ease and comfort to your makeup application. The synthetic fibers are ideal to be used with liquid products and can be easily cleaned.