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Unfortunately, I can’t help you easily copy Naya Rivera’s amazing abs (those require hours of gym time and probably some diet changes). I can, however, give you the steps to recreating her beautiful, long, loose curls. John Frieda stylist, Clyde Haygood, gave the full scoop on how he got Naya’s hair to look that good.

Step 1 - Prep 

Clyde applied Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula ($9.99 at folica.com) to Naya’s wet hair before blow-drying. “We wanted sleek, defined waves. We knew this serum would help give us the sleek, controlled style we were aiming to achieve and keep her hair frizz-free all night long.” 

Step 2 - Style

Next, Clyde used a curling iron with a 1 ½ inch barrel. After wrapping each section around the iron, he pinned each curl with a duckbill clip and sprayed Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray ($5.95 at folica.com) to set.  

Step 3 - Perfect

Once the curls cooled, Clyde carefully brushed hair out and spritzed Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist ($5.99 at ulta.com) throughout for definition and added shine. “To replicate the look and feel of the leather outfit, we saturated Naya’s hair with as much of the shine spray as possible for that silky and smooth finish.”

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Finding the best eye makeup remover formula can be a tricky task — I’ve had some that were too greasy, some that caused stinging and some that gave me reactions around my eyes. Pixi Waterproof Makeup Remover is one of the best I’ve tried in a long time. It removes my mascara with just a couple swipes and doesn’t cause any sort of reaction. In fact the other day I got some in my eye by accident and nothing happened at all. I also like that it doesn’t leave any residue behind so my eyes feel clean and refreshed instantly.

You can buy Pixi Waterproof Makeup Remover for $14 at your local Target stores and online at target.com.

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As a professional makeup artist, it is easy for me to want to spend a ton of money on products each time I go to the store, but as a twenty-something-year-old girl who has other bills to pay, I know it’s not the best idea for me to be spending money frivolously on them. So I went searching high and low to find five best products under $15! You will get the department store product and results for less than half of the price.

The Lip Crayon

Colored lips are all the rage this season and not everyone is a fan of a lipstick, and lip glosses have the tendency to leave you feeling sticky. Fortunately, the geniuses at cosmetics company got together and came up with the lip crayon, which does exactly what you would expect it to given its name. The Neutrogena Moisturesmooth Color Stick gives your lips an added amount of color, but doesn’t stain like a stick or gloss. On top of that, it also works to condition your lips every time you apply it. You can find it at any drugstore for only $8.99!

The Foundation

Foundation is often the most expensive product you will buy, especially when you want a near flawless finish, so I am always unsure about trying to bargain shop — that was until I found the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation. First, the number of shade choices you can choose from makes it is nearly impossible not to find the shade that works for you. Another thing that drew me to this particular product is that it is shine free. A lot of cheaper foundations don’t work to control shine and when you have oily skin like I do, that can be a huge problem. This one you can get for $6.99.

The Body Lotion

Finding a good body lotion can be difficult because you don’t want something with an overly strong smell but you also don’t want something with no scent. The L’Oreal Moisture Even Tone Tinted Day Lotion is oil-free and works to give the skin an add glow while not clogging your pores. The skin softening formula with make your skin feel hydrated and fresh for a full 48 hours while the SPF 25 will help protect your skin from the sun’s rays. You can get this for $6.49. 

The Makeup Remover

Removing your makeup after a night out is usually the last thing on anyone’s mind, but it is usually one of the most important things to do in order to keep your skin healthy and fresh. In the summer this becomes even more difficult because the waterproof products we wear in order to beat the heat are tough to remove, which is why I love Almay Longwearing and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads. Instead of fighting with soap and water, you can remove water-resistant products with one pad, and unlike other products that are rough on your skin, these work to hydrate as they attack makeup. These range from $5.49 to $8.49 in your local drugstores. 

The Matte Lip Color

There have been two big lip trends the past couple of seasons. The first was bold, bright lips and the second was neutral matte colors — and again, the battle of the lipstick and lip gloss played out, but the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream helped solve this problem. The cream texture allows for the perfect matte finish instead of the clumps a lipstick could leave or the shine of a gloss. Also, NYX came out with a wide variety of colors ranging from bright pinks to neutral beiges. This product you can find for $6.00.

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There’s nothing like swimsuit season to draw your attention to your below-the-waist grooming situation. For those of us who may have let things slide a little during the winter, there’s no avoiding a little feminine landscaping come summer. Whether you prefer the neat-but-natural or barely-there look is a personal preference, as is your method of grooming, but there’s a hardly a woman out there that doesn’t need a little bikini maintenance this time of year.

Enter your new best friend: the Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® razor. This genius wet/dry razor is the perfect answer for all of your grooming needs. One side features a traditional shower razor with 4 ultra-thin blades that’s perfect for legs, underarms and bikini area. The other side features a waterproof 1-inch trimmer for neatening up your bikini area. Select from four different comb positions to achieve your desired look and length. Like I said, genius!

So whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or just looking for a little between waxing maintenance, this two-in-one razor has you covered (or should we say, uncovered).


Schick Logo.jpgSchick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® enables women to shave, trim and transform themselves with a simple flip of the handle. Achieve a shave so smooth you can skip a day or two with this must-have accessory that gives women the confidence and energy to feel free in their skin. https://www.facebook.com/SchickQuattroforWomen


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I am pretty partial to Yes To’s beauty product line, I’ve been a regular user of various Yes to Blueberries and Yes to Cucumbers products for years. But I was really excited when I saw the Yes to Grapefruit Even Skin Tone Moisturizer with SPF 15 at my local target. I’m still hooked on my mark See Things Clearly Brightening Moisturizer, however it doesn’t have SPF in it, so I needed something with a protection factor for the spring and summer months. Yes to Grapefruit’s lineup of products claims to “correct and repair uneven skin tone for a brighter, more glowing complexion,” and with my fairly limited test period I have to say my skin looks great and feels adequately protected when I’m out and about in the sun. As a heads up, I checked out the Yes to Grapefruit facial scrub, with pleasant results, as well — Needless to say I am definitely saying “yes” to grapefruit!

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