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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.

image.jpg My fave new summer nail color is Essie The Girls Are Out. It’s such a beautiful blend of purple and pink, presenting a stunning magenta that is not fluorescent and looks equally good at the office and the beach. It also packs a subtle sparkle that gives it a shimmery sheen. Each time I wear it people take notice — which of course seals the “hot, new color” deal. You can buy Essie The Girls Are Out for $8 at

In honor of manicure Monday, I wanted to share some of the best nail polishes and manicure styles for this summer. There is definitely something for every personality and a way to turn away from a boring manicure and to spice things up including a wide variety of bright and pale colors as well as new twists on some classic styles.

Two-Tone Manicure

Up first is the two-tone manicure, this is where you can change up the classic French manicure and stay away from light pinks and white. There are a few different ways to get this look and it can be done with pretty much any colors you like. The biggest trick is finding colors that complement one another rather than work against each other, and whether you want to try a diagonal line across your nail, an inverted triangle or the simple arch line on the top, you can make this work for you and your style. 

Not only is this a great way to make an older style your own, it is a great way to combine two of this season’s biggest nail polish trends by adding a glimpse of metallic into this look. I am a huge fan of metallic colors, but having all metallic nails can be quite overwhelming, so allowing the line in your two-tone look to be a metallic will still give you the edge you seek without crossing the line into tacky. My favorite manicure that combines these two looks is a black polish on the nails with a copper metallic color as the line, I am always a fan of darker nail polishes but adding this twist allows the look to become more summer friendly and not as harsh. The Essie Metallic Collection is great to get this look, and not only does it come in the copper, but there is also a light purple and blue that are great for a brighter summertime look. 


Pale Nails

Pale nails aren’t a surprise to see in the summer because it is a natural instinct for women to automatically grab the light pinks for the warm weather, but it was surprising to see how much momentum this trend got at fashion shows in the spring. It seemed all the top designers were having their models wear milky shades, pure whites, and even cream colors. Personally, I am a huge fan of white and beige nails for the spring and summer. Also, having a white base color can allow you to use the lighter metallic polishes for the two-toned look. The white from the Essie Poppi-Razzi collection is perfect for a crisp clean look. For my nude color I have fallen in love with the Butter London ‘All Hail the Queen’ beige.

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On top of metallic colors and the pale nails there are also a lot of pastels being seen on the streets this summer and not only in clothing trends. It is not a secret that mint seems to be the color of the season, so naturally women have started using this color for their manicures, and personally, I love the look. My top two colors for this pastel trend are the mint and coral. Once again the Essie collect has come to the rescue with Mint Candy Apple and Coral Reef


Whether you are seeking an edgy look, a clean crisp color or a bright statement nail, this season has provided different looks for each. Try something new with your nails this season!

For those of us who suffer (yes, suffer) with thin, pin-straight hair, finding a celebrity or some other hair role model who manages to make her own hair look full and sexy is of the utmost importance. Cue Naomi Watts at the series premiere supporting her boyfriend Liev Schrieber’s new HBO show, ‘Ray Donovan’. Since her tousled bob with added volume at the roots is causing major hair envy, I decided to share a few products that have actually worked voluminous miracles for my own hair in the past. 

For damp hair, the Bumble and bumble thickening mousse and the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray can work as a base product before a blow dry to add volume to the roots and help hold shape in the hair after styling. The Schwarzkopf Osis Dust Mattifying Powder is a fine, gritty powder you apply to dry hair. When rubbed into the scalp, it takes on a sticky texture that creates massive volume in the hair without weighing it down. The Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer is best used on shorter hair to add volume and texture while maintaining a flexible hold. 

Deodorant. If there’s one thing my little black dresses hate more than anything, it’s deodorant. Like most women, I have several go-to LBDs in my wardrobe that have gotten me through any number of occasions. Besides being flattering, versatile and, well, black, there’s one thing all of my LBDs have in common: a semi-permanent white mark where the fabric rubs against my deodorant (see the not-so-glamorous evidence below).



Not only are deodorant white marks unsightly, they’re also extremely difficult to remove. Water won’t do it — and most of my LBDs are dry clean only anyway. Rubbing a dry cloth against it can remove some of the white stuff, but never entirely. And through all my many years of wearing deodorant, I have yet to find a truly “clear” option that won’t leave behind any residue. Until now.

Secret Outlast Clear Gel was created for exactly the purpose of combatting white marks. It took a couple days to get used to the gel formula since I’m so accustomed to solid deodorant sticks, but I’m thrilled to say that this formula truly is clear! No residue is left behind on clothes or visible on my underarms. The product claims superior odor and wetness protection which I can personally attest to.

Clearly I’m not the only one who’s experienced a white marks fail and Secret has created a series of pretty funny videos that parody the mishap. One of my favorites is shown below.

Secret_Profense Logo.jpgIf you’re not using Secret Outlast Clear Gel, you’ve likely experienced a White Marks Fail moment of your own. Tweet your #WhiteMarksFail at @SecretDeodorant and try Secret Outlast Clear Gel for 48 hour odor and wetness protection - and no white marks.

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