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After-Sun-Cooling-Gels.jpgYou know what we hate? Putting on sunscreen (on both our face and our body), and still coming home with a sunburn. It’s just no fun, and it’s super painful … not to mention annoying when we try so hard to protect our skin! Luckily, these two cooling gels really work to make our skin feel soothed even when we’re in extreme agony.

First Aid Beauty Aloe Plus Soothing Gel
Aloe combines with acai and borage seed oil in this cream-gel to cool inflamed skin almost immediately. We’ve even worn it when we weren’t sunburned, just because it makes our skin feel so good! Plus, unlike most cooling gels we’ve come across, this one is unscented, so if you have a problem with scents, this one is perfect for you.
$20 at

Mario Badescu After Sun Cooling Gel
Like the First Aid Beauty gel, this is enriched with aloe to cool your skin. And we have to say, it works on impact! The scent is slightly medicinal, thanks to the addition of menthol, but somehow calming and feminine at the same time since it’s formulated with rosewater. Plus, the pink gel is non-greasy and sinks into skin immediately, so it doesn’t feel greasy or wet.
$14 at
Want to know how to look beautiful and totally on trend this summer? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you the beauty trends you need to know about and incorporate into your routine, stat—and the products that will give you the looks in a flash.

This week, we’re bringing you bold nails. These aren’t the normal pinks and reds you may be used to. No, we’re talking colors like orange, yellow and green—definitely made for getting you and your nails noticed!

From lavender and lilac to violet and plum, purple is one of the hot colors of the season!

Dermelect Luxurious

A gorgeous, creamy lilac that’s formulated with UV protection.
$14 at

Deborah Lippmann Private Dancer
Packed with shimmer to produce a gorgeous mirrored finish.
$18 at

Zoya Charisma

This magenta/purple hybrid is super neon and equally as eye-catching on tips as on toes.
$8 at

Avon Luxe Lavender
When a nail color is right, it’s right! This one really is both luxe and lavender. It hits the nail right on the head, so to speak.
$3.49 at

Blue-And-Green-Nails-Summer-2012-Trends.jpgGreen and blue
These two colors have been accenting tips and toes for awhile now. The difference this season? They’re bolder and brighter than ever before.

China Glaze Ride the Waves
The deep blue just makes us want to go surfing!
$6.49 at

butter LONDON Slapper
This gorgeous creamy teal is on our must list.
$14 at

Nothing says dog days of summer more than bright orange nails. We love this color on toes so much, sometimes we paint them with it in the dead of winter! But this season, let your tips get a little of the glory.

NCLA I’m With The Band
A little shimmer punches up this hot orange polish quite nicely.
$16 at

Chanel Holiday
Who wouldn’t a little luxury on her nails? Especially when it’s this amazingly bright polish by Chanel.
$26 at

MAC Morange
This bright cream is part of MAC’s new Nail Lacquer collection, and we’re certainly pleased it made the cut.
$16 at

CND Electric Orange
With this polish on our nails, we can’t help but wish for an orange creamsicle.
$9 at

Zoya Paz
If you’re looking for an electrifying neon, you’ve found it.
$8 at

Nothing makes us think of sunny days more than a bright yellow nail polish. And while this is a tricky hue for some skin tones to pull off, it just makes every day seem brighter and better.

Avon Sunshine
How could you not have a bright sunshine-y day with this nail polish by your side?
$3.49 at

Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road
Make like Dorothy and click your heels, because this gorgeous yellow is tip-tapping its way into your life.
$16 at
Like it or not there is no shortage of celebrity involvement in the cosmetics world these days. Fergie signed on with wet n wild to be one of their Beauty Ambassadors, making her the face of the cosmetics line for new marketing campaigns. And the first of her endeavors with them, a collection of nail polishes, is starting to pop up in stores. We hear that Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night (a clear polish with tiny flecks of black and larger gold hex glitter) is a killer glitter nail topper.

Lady Gaga created her own beauty buzz this week, as she broke the news to her tweeple that her new fragrance wouldn’t break their piggy banks. Lady Gaga Fame, the star’s first fragrance, will be available in September this year and will come in two different packagings. The more pared down of the two will be $30, while a heavier (and likely gaudier) bottle will be available for about $70. The back of the packaging for the fragrance says it’s scented with notes of “tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverized apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops.”

Which celebrity beauty announcement are you most excited about?
RGB-Pink-Nail-Polish.jpgYou know how you can spend years searching for that one perfect pink nail polish? The one that looks just as amazing on your fingers as your toes, the one that looks good on every skin tone, the one that just makes people sit up and take notice of your nails? Well, I’m letting you in on a little secret—I’ve found it for you. It’s RGB Pink.

I’ve tried it on my fingers. I’ve tried it on my toes. I’ve tried it when I’m super pale. I’ve tried it when I’m super tan (well, super tan for me, which is still fairly pale). In any case, this is THE. BEST. PINK. NAIL. POLISH. AROUND.

Two coats yield the creamiest, prettiest, most opaque hot pink color. Plus, the formula is fantastic and lasts for at least a week with no chipping—more like three or four weeks on toes! Really, how could you not fall in love?

RGB Pink retails for $16 at
Here are five of the best organic sunscreens on the market today.

Alba Botanica Natural Protection Sunscreen
Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Facial Scrub is so amazing that I know their sunscreen has to be spot on. They have a Natural Hawaiian Sunscreen as well as some Very Emollient formulas that come in spray and lotion form.
Find out more about Alba Botanica’s Natural Protection Sunscreen at

Coola Organic Suncare Collection
Coola Organic Suncare Collection comes in a myriad of SPFs and formulas. All of them are packed with emollients that are great for the skin and body. They also have spray and lotion versions of their sunscreens and they have yummy scented and completely unscented varieties. 
Find out more about Coola Organic Suncare Collection at

Suntegrity Natural Sunscreens
The Environment Working Group gave this brand high marks for it’s low toxicity and highly effective formulas. While they aren’t cheap, they will do the job and won’t clog your skin up with chemicals.
Find out more about Suntegrity Natural Sunscreens at

Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreens
Kiss My Face has become easy to find in most grocery stores and touts all natural ingredients in their sunscreens and skincare line. They also have a bunch of formulas and SPFs to choose from, and I’m a fan of their face stick for my nose and cheeks.
Find out more about Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreens at

Blue Lizard Sunscreen
Blue Lizard Sunscreen is not labeled as organic. But they do have in a paraben-free, chemical-free formula that is always top ranked for being easy to find and highly effective by the Environmental Working Group.
Find out more about Blue Lizard Sunscreen at

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