It's sandal season, which means your toes are your best accent to your favorite Summer footwear. Whether you're rocking espadrilles, T-straps, or flip-flops, we're rounding up the best polish hues to show off your sandals. Click through for some nail inspiration.
No matter how old you are, acne can be a pesky problem that seems to never go away. Products that claim to clear away blemishes can cost a pretty penny, but never fear. The drugstore is filled with products that can help you get clearer, more enviable skin. So in honor of National Acne Awareness Month, here are 10 of the best for you right here.
Last night at the Monsters University premiere in LA, Beth Behrs did a new take on a favorite Summer style. While we're used to seeing the classic milkmaid braid, Beth added even more texture by pinning up two fishtail braids instead. Her stylist Aviva Perea curled her hair in one-inch sections wrapping each piece in opposite directions. Then she used Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo ($5) all over her hair to help add texture. Perea made four braids, two behind each ear. The braids were half fishtail with the ends being regular three-strand braids. She pinned up the braids to frame Beth's blunt bangs and left tendrils around her face to draw attention to the colorful eye makeup.
Her makeup artist, Jamie Greenberg, created the colorful eye makeup with a mix of pink, purple, and burgundy eye shadows to make her blue eyes pop. She started by applying a primer to lids for staying power. The pink shade on Beth's crease is Mark i-Mark Eye Shadow in Luvstruck ($7) mixed with a darker burgundy shade on the outer corners. Greenberg then used a purple hue to line the eyes. Finally, she layered black mascara with YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara in Burgundy ($30). Even though Beth wore this look on the red carpet, it's easily translatable to any Summer soiree this season.
With all the various brands, launches, and new innovations, a girl could really go crazy shopping for makeup. But in honor of National Splurge Day, we're helping you create your ideal makeup bag with all the products you should consider buying straight from the department store. To find out the breakdown on where you should invest your makeup dollars, read more.
The following post was written by Lindsay Rogers, who blogs at Belle Belle Beauty and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty. Belle Belle Beauty focuses on honest cosmetic reviews, ranging from drugstore to luxury and everything in between.
We are upon that other festive time of year, chock-full of weddings and celebrations around the big day. Your Summer months are likely full of engagement parties and weddings. While evening special-occasion makeup is one thing, bridal showers offer a great opportunity for soft and fresh makeup.
For these special afternoons, I prefer a natural and luminous look: flawless for photos but still feminine and light. Not to mention, this amped-up everyday look is perfect for a date night or brunch with girlfriends. And it is easy!
First, I like to prep clean skin with a sheer BB cream. The newest from Kiehl's offers great sun protection — a whopping 50 SPF — for outdoor venues. Use a damp Beautyblender Makeup Sponge Applicator to get even and light coverage. Make sure to blend to your neck and focus coverage on the center of your face.
I like to skip complicated eye shadow in favor of a single shade of cream eye shadow like MAC Paint Pots in Painterly. Curl eyelashes, making sure to bend and lift the curler while clamping lightly at the base. A swipe of liquid liner just along the roots of top lashes defines the eye. I like the Nars Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates. Finish with a coat of waterproof mascara; you never know if there will be a tearjerker moment at a shower. I'm loving Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara in Very Black for full and fluffy lashes.
Finish off the face with a swipe of bronzer below the cheekbones, along the temples, and below the jawbone. I also like to add a little swipe on each side of my nose to elongate. The new Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti contains coconut oil and smells so beachy! The coconut oil acts as an emollient and adds a healthy radiance to skin.
Add a touch of highlighter on the brow bone and cheekbone. Mark That's Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer has a brilliant brush applicator and blends for a natural luminosity. Just a simple plumping lip gloss will keep the pout hydrated and smooth. The new Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Lip Cooler has a cooling sensation that's perfect for hot days and it even buffs away dry skin.
Voilà! You look natural, fresh, and pretty — all set for a day of celebration for the bride-to-be.
We do a lot in the name of beauty, whether it's waxing, plucking, or sitting under a hair dryer for an hour and a half. But there is one thing that some of us are a little less comfortable doing, and that's stripping down. Modesty tends to get the best of us from time to time, but there are a handful of treatments that are worth letting the girls out for.
Unless you're willing to ruin a perfectly good bra, it's best to check your unmentionables at the door. A lot of spray tan technicians will request that you take your bra off, but your underwear can stay on. Slip into a thong that's a bit past its prime to avoid any garish tan lines.
Getting all your kinks worked out is best done when there's little between you and your massage therapist. Aside from the uncomfortable chafing that can come from a bra strap being brushed against your skin (ouch!), it can sometimes be difficult for a therapist to, well, rub you the right way. You'll be tucked safely and modestly under a sheet, and a trained professional will know how to tuck and flip your blanket so you're never fully exposed.
Sea salt flotation
This relaxing treatment allows you to float in a bath of warm water that has been completely immersed with Epsom salts, making the water so dense that you actually are weightless on top of it. An experience this relaxing could be experienced with a bathing suit, but many spas suggest bathing in the buff to get the full benefits of relaxation. Bonus tip: an hour floatation is said to be as detoxifying as a three-day juice cleanse!
See more treatments to strip down for when you keep reading.
It's understandable: basking in the sun is one of the best parts about Summer. But putting yourself at risk for skin cancer and premature aging is not quite as relaxing. Whether you're heading to the pool or beach over the next few weeks or chilling on your back lawn, get a few key tips on the right way to enjoy the heat without risking your skin's health.
If you're going to lie out, do . . .
- Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ about 30 minutes before you go out because it takes time for the active ingredients to take effect.
- Set a timer on your phone to reapply sunscreen every two hours (or 40 to 80 minutes if you're swimming, depending on your product's labeling).
- Take a floppy hat and sunglasses that will protect your face and neck. Opt for a long-sleeved cover-up to get even more defense from harmful UV rays.
- Bring an umbrella. While it might seem obvious, the more time you can spend under the shade, the less likely you'll be to get burned or dehydrated.
- Limit your time in the sun. If you have fair skin and go out without sunscreen, then you could get a sunburn in 30 minutes or less. For darker skin tones, the unprotected time limit could reach up to an hour. To be on the safe side, keep the sunscreen on hand.
If you're going to lie out, don't . . .
- Overload on liquor or sweet snacks. Sugary drinks and alcohol can aide in dehydration. When you plan to spend hours in the sand, it's better to stick to water.
- Head outdoors when the sun is at its highest intensity, which ranges from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Forget to apply protection to the areas that are easily forgotten: upper ears, hairline, your hair part, underarms, tops of feet, eyelids, and under straps.
- Slather on baby oil. Enough said.
Amp up your striking white nail polish look with gold studs at the base for a simple but impactful touch. Opaque white nail polish packs quite the punch, but it also tends to show mistakes a lot more than other polish hues. So to make sure it looks its best, first file your nails for a perfect shape and trim your cuticles to ensure clean lines around the edges.
To create the look, I started off with Butter London Nail Fertilizer ($18) as a nutrient-rich base coat. Then, I painted on two coats of Chanel Le Vernis in Eastern Light ($30) for pure white coverage. While the polish was still wet, I added a gold stud from The New Black Rock and Roll Royalty Set ($24), which comes with various polish hues and a bottle of edgy accents, including gold studs and black and clear rhinestones. To finish, I topped this look with Essie Good to Go ($8) to seal in the stud and give my nails a glossy finish. If you have any messy edges, go back with a brush dipped in polish remover to clean up any stray polish.
When I first saw the tiny tube of Clear Damage and Color Repair 7-Day Intensive Treatment ($18), I was skeptical. How could half an ounce per treatment cover all my kinky curls? But the tiny ampule proved to be a force against my full head of hair, giving the slip I needed to glide through tangles and knots fairly easy.
The deep conditioner contains vitamins B5, C, and E to help your strands recover from the usual wear and tear of coloring and straightening. A healthy dose of almond and coconut oil lends moisturizing and shine-enhancing properties. And while you've probably heard that conditioner shouldn't go on your scalp, this line is formulated for your entire head. It even masked my frazzled natural ends. But what makes this product a Summer travel staple is its portability. Each tube is easy to throw in your suitcase, eliminating the need to carry on an oversize jar. It truly is the complete package.
Acne: the word gets thrown around a lot, but do you know exactly what it means? "Acne is a common skin condition commonly found in young adults," dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank says. "It is a disease of the hair follicle and the pores that lead them to the skin."
More than just the typical pimple, the word "acne" encompasses everything from whiteheads to blackheads to inflamed cysts. That's right — even though you may not suffer from huge zits dotting your forehead, those blackheads that plague you also count as acne. Get all of Dr. Frank's tips when you keep reading.