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Beach-Inspired-Beauty-Products.jpgAs summer winds down, we’re taking advantage of every possible minute to be outside … preferably at the beach. But for those minutes and hours when we’re stuck in an office, these beach-inspired products really make us feel like we’re sipping Mai Tais in a bikini, watching the waves crash on the shore.

Bath & Body Works Forever Sunshine Body Lotion
It’s impossible not to smile at a product with a name like this! It’s even better that the notes of golden apricot, pink peonies and praline are intoxicatingly sweet.
$11 at

Pacifica Waikiki Pikake Body Wash
Waikiki is only one of the beachiest places on earth … and this body wash, with a blend of Hawaii’s own Pikake jasmine and sandalwood, makes us long for the beach and a whole lot of pineapple.
$10 at

NARS Beach Lover
From the blush duo to the lipgloss and the Iluminator, this set gives you the prettiest island-worthy glow.
$49 at

Bobbi Brown Beach Shimmering Fragrance Oil
Scented with Bobbi Brown’s bestselling (and delicious) Beach fragrance, and it leaves skin looking glowy and gorgeous.
$34 at

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Polish
Ariel or Madison you might not be, but with this sparkly teal polish upon your fingers and toes, you’ll feel like your tail and outcropping of rock are just around the corner.
$18 at

NEST Beach Classic Candle
It’s pretty hard not to be transported right to a beach with the name of this candle alone, right? Coconut, melon and turquoise water notes just make it seem that much more real.
$48 at
The ombre hairstyle has been big for a while, and I’ve seen probably every iteration imaginable. But, I have to say that Lea Michele’s rendition is probably one of my all time faves. Her deep dark roots slowly shift down to beautiful golden caramel ends and the entire effect just looks amazing on her. If you’ve been debating the ombre, I suggest you consider requesting this specific combo at the hair salon this fall.
Disney-Fairy-Princess-Lip-Smackers.jpgOh, to be a kid again. We’ve long been obsessed with Disney movies, Disney princesses, fairy tales … there’s just something so lovely about the idea of escaping to another world through these media. And it’s never been so easy, thanks to the Disney Lip Smacker Fairy Tale Adventure Trio Collection.

Seriously, how adorable are the three lip balms in this collection? Choose from Jasmine (Berry Magic), Ariel (Calypso Berry) or Belle (Tea Party Treats). Each one features one of the Disney princesses on the front and they’re all packed with shimmer and glitter, which just make us feel so girly and cute.

And, as with every Lip Smacker, our lips are left feeling soft, smooth and moisturized! What’s not to love?

The Disney Lip Smacker Fairy Tale Adventure Trio Collection retails for $4.50 at
Several months ago I found these red patches under my eyes. I have sensitive, fair skin and I blush easily, so I figured it was a reaction of sorts. After being treated like a human lab rat by a dermatologist, I still had no answers. I wasted many an hour googling and thought I had nailed it to a sensitivity to SLS (sodium laureth sulfate), so I cut all those from my regiment and those patches didn’t seem to go away. 

A little over a week ago, I was digging through my linen closet and found Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. According to the packaging, “Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.” I’ve been using it twice a day, every day since I found it and I’m happy to report that those pesky red patches are basically gone. I still don’t know what caused them, but this simply serum has made them a non-issue! Kiehl’s says the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution will also help with acne scarring and that with continued use overall skin tone will even out and future dark spots and other skin discolorations could be prevented.

You can buy Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution for $49.50 at
The-Soap-And-Paper-Factory-Jasmine-Hand-Cream.jpgStrangely, I’m normally not a fan of scented lotion. I’m not even an everyday perfume wearer, but a lot of hand creams and moisturizers are scented so heavily that I feel like they overpower my fragrance, my body lotion and just my actual being. Not so with The Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream.

I love so many things about this hand cream. First of all, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous. I love the flowers and butterflies in vibrant colors adoring both the outer box and the actual lotion tube. They brighten up the nightstand, the coffee table, my purse … anywhere I choose to bring this hand cream, which, recently, is everywhere!

But it’s the hand cream itself that really takes the cake. It’s light, lush and non-greasy and immediately sinks into the skin. The jasmine scent is gloriously fragrant but somehow not overpowering, so it just makes my skin smell subtly floral and mysteriously sexy. Only a small amount is needed to immediately transform skin into a soft, smooth expanse, even if it’s previously been dry and cracking.

Is there anything not to love about this luxurious hand cream? My answer is certainly no.

The Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream retails for $18 at

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