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vanessa hudgens.jpgWhen it comes to summer hairstyles, effortless-looking styles are always the goal. Vanessa Hudgens’ hair at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards was a great example of an I-didn’t-try-too-hard style that works for all summer occasions. With tousled waves and smooth, side swept bangs, a style like this can be yours with a little help from the right tools and products.

 

 

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Shampoo and condition hair with a smoothing formula. Try Peter Lamas Avocado Olive Ultra-Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner ($17.99 each, drugstore.com) for a sleek, no-frizz look.

 

 

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Spray damp hair at the roots with a volumizing mist to add body and shine (do this while your head is flipped over for added volume). Try Peter Lamas Chinese Herbs Revitalizing Nutrient Mist ($20, drugstore.com). If your hair is naturally curly, apply a straightening balm throughout the hair.

Blowdry your hair, using a round brush, concentrating mostly on the roots— you want them to be smooth, but with volume. It’s ok if the lower half stays damp, unless your hair is curly, then you will need to blow it out straight.

smooth n shine mousse.jpgOn damp hair, apply mousse to hair while tousling with hands. Try Smooth ‘N Shine Curling Mousse, $2.99, folica.com. Let hair air dry or blowdry on a low setting with a diffuser. Using a large barrel curling iron, wrap various strands around the barrel for more defined waves.

If your hair is curly, after blowing out your hair, take your hair in sections, starting from the bottom first, wrapping, not clamping, the hair in 1 to 2 inch sections around a 2” curling iron. This will create a loose curl. Alternate the direction you wrap your hair to avoid a “too perfect” look.


Once finished, use fingers to loosen and tousle your hair. Spray with a shine enhancing product, then a finishing spray with hold. We like Herbal Essences new Tousle Me Softly Hairspray ($2.99, drugstores) because it offers the perfect, flexible hold.

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We consider ourselves to be everything from modern and sophisticated, to playful and classic. Gucci Flora embodies what most women want in a scent— subtle and sophisticated with a youthful and refined quality. Notes of Citrus Accord, Peony, Rose, Osmanthus Flower, Pink Pepper and Sandalwood make this fragrance timeless and bright with just the right amount of sexiness we can’t get enough of. From $52, macys.com

Every year, Nordstrom holds their amazing anniversary sale with beauty exclusives that are so incredible, we can’t help but splurge a little. This is the final week of the sale, so if you haven’t already taken advantage of it, here’s our list of must-haves that you may want to have for yourself.

 

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Philosophy Unconditional Love Set

A first smell, we felt unconditional love for this fragrance— fresh and light, yet sultry and oh-so gorgeous. The set includes a perfumed shampoo, bath and shower gel (8 oz.), perfumed firming body emulsion (8 oz.) and spray fragrance (1.7 oz.). Layer them for a scent that will last you all day or use one at a time. Nordstrom exclusive. $59.50, nordstrom.com

 

 

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M·A·C ‘Eyeshadow x 6’ Palette

When it comes to eyeshadow, MAC makes the best. From the Nordstrom-exclusive Graphic Garden collection are two palettes is available in two 6-color combinations (Graphic Garden and Fresh Cut, pictured). These eyeshadow palettes offer not only vibrant, gorgeous shades to make those peepers pop this season, but are housed in a metal compact with a holographic black and white floral poppy pattern to give you something fun to look at on your vanity. $35, nordstrom.com

 

 

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Beauty Society Enormous Lash Eyelash Enhancing Serum (Set of 2)

When we first used Enormous Lash, it gave us gorgeous, visibly longer lashes within a couple of months. Now that the formula itself has been enhanced, and is being offered through a buy-one-get-one-free deal, we can’t stress enough how amazing this is. The patent-pending formula is non-irritating, paraben- and prostaglandin-free. Use it morning and night for look-at me lashes. $95, nordstrom.com

 

 

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Cover FX ‘The Big Cover Up’ Set

If there is one line of makeup to turn to when we really need coverage, it’s Cover FX. This line of products works hard to cover up imperfections yet feels like you have nothing on. It won;t clog pores and is even safe for sensitive skin. This set includes everything you’ll need to create a flawless complexion: Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum, Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation, Setting FX Translucent Setting Powder, Professional Foundation Brush #130 and How-to Instructional DVD. Nordstrom exclusive. $75, nordstrom.com

 

 

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Clinique ‘Best of Clinique’ Lip Gloss Set

How convenient is this? We are loving these three mini Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 tubes. Our favorite colors, Air Kiss, Sunset and Fireberry, can go anywhere you do on its take-with-you key ring— even comes with a mirror! $18.50, nordstrom.com

 

 

 

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Juice Beauty ‘Organics to Glow’ Set

Organic beauty products offer us the peace of mind that our skin is receiving the best nature has to offer. This Juice Beauty set will give your skin the antioxidant protection your skin needs to fight off harmful, aging elements so it can keep its youthful, radiant glow, naturally. Includes three SPF 8 lip moisturizers in Natural, Joyful and Playful, Hydrating Mist, Mineral Light Moisturizer SPF 30, Mineral Medium Moisturizer SPF 20 and Green Apple Full Strength Peel. $29, nordstrom.com

 

 

 

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Clarins ‘Wonder Perfect’ Mascara

Mascara is always a must-have. This one from Clarins will give lashes that lush, voluminous look we all crave. Rich, pigmented color will saturate lashes for a dramatic eye-opening effect. Available in 3 shades. $23.50, nordstrom.com

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During this hot season, our feet deserve refreshing treat. Elizabeth Grant Refreshing Foot Spray cools away the discomfort our tootsies endure after a long days of walking (to our favorite store or market), running (after the kids, the dog or a taxi) and climbing (up and down the stairs to our offices). This peppermint-scented spray instantly re-energizing our feet after vigorous workouts or mid-day slumps. Spray some in your shoes and in your gym bag to keep them odor-free. $15, elizabethgrant.com

Worried about what sunscreen to choose? Want to make sure it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays? Last week we exposed the ugly truth behind suncreens and the manufacturing practices of brands’ suncreens. It left us with disappointment, but we’re determined to find the best sun protection for ourselves and those we love. The following is a list of products highly recommended based on the EWG research study, and we are loving too.

 

TRUKID SUNNY DAYS FACESTICK.jpgBest Sunscreen for Your Face: TruKid Sunny Days Sunscreen Facestick

Some sunscreens don’t work so well on the face— they’re opaque and may leave an unattractive white film behind. This facetick from TruKid smells great and goes on sheer, but still protects from the sun. We don’t recommend this for use under makeup— this is strictly for those days when you need specific protection for your face by the pool or on the beach when you’re wearing no makeup. $20.52 amazon.com

  

 

jane iredale lipdrink.jpgBest Lip Treatment with SPF: Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15

While most people are slathering their shoulders and noses, the lips are frequently forgotten. In fact, lower lips are highly susceptible to skin cancer since it is exposed the most. Let Jane Iredale’s LipDrink moisturize dry lips and protect them at the same time. We love the fresh lemon scent that keeps our spirits up in the heat of the season. $11.60 beauty.com

 

 

MARIE VERONIQUE ORGANICS CREME DE SOLEIL.jpgBest Facial Moisturizer SPF: Marie Verionique Organics Creme De Soleil, SPF 30+

This mineral-based formula, made with zinc oxide, offers complete protection against UVA/UVB rays. Using jojoba, red raspberry seed, and sea buckthorn oils in a green tea base to provide additional natural sun protection and anti-aging support, Creme De Soliel is non-comedogenic and recommended for all skin types. $44.99, marieveronique.net

 

 

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Best Everyday Sunscreen: UV Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

We love this sunscreen for its simplistic, yet effective, blend of ingredients. Green tea, grapeseed oil and natural Vitamin E offer anti-oxidant benefits to strengthen skin to fight against free-radicals. Water-resistant. $37.99, amazon.com

 

 

 

california baby spf 30.gifBest Sunscreen for Your Kids: California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30+

Our kids love to go out and play, and that means loads of exposure to the sun. This sunscreen offers non-chemical, fragrance-free protection that is safe even for our littlest ones. We also love it because if we’re running low on our own product, this sunscreen works great for us too. $18.09, drugstore.com

 

 

 

fallene cotz.jpgBest Water-Resistant Sunscreen: Fallene Cotz Water Resistant Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin, SPF 58

When it’s time to hit the beach or cool off in the pool, a water-resistant sunscreen is important. They also work great for when you play outdoor sports and will be working up a sweat. Fallene Cotz has created a formula that will stand up in the water and is suitable for sensitive skin. Plus, it has the highest UVB protection out of all our product picks. $22.99, drugstore.com

 

 

 

solar sense clear zinc.jpgBest Drugstore Sunscreen: Solar Sense Clear Zinc Sport Stick for Face, SPF 45

We have relied on drugstore sunscreens to protect us (and our kids) for years. When we discovered that practically none of them made the grade when it came to the EWG study, we were beyond disappointed. One of the two we found to be in the recommended range without oxybenzone was Solar Sense Sport Stick. Thankfully, it’s safe and offers a high level of SPF to protect skin with a great price and convenience to boot. $3.82, drugstore.com

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