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I have been a dancer and athlete my entire life so I am no stranger to the dreaded body acne. I know how embarrassing it can be and how hard it is to hide or treat — and to top it all off, body acne becomes an even bigger issue in weather like we have been having this summer. I have searched high and low for the best acne fighting products, here are my favorites.

Burt’s Bees
This isn’t a company name new to anyone — they make some of my favorite lip balms — but until recently, I didn’t really know they made much else. Most of the time we tend to think of moisturizers as not being the best for acne skin, but the Natural Acne Solutions Moisturizing Lotion is composed of lemongrass, witch hazel, and goldenseal, which all come together to fight oily skin and banish blemishes. 

The Blue Herbal Spot Treatment is a salicylic acid spot treatment targets blackheads, whiteheads and blemishes, dries them out and works deep to clear the skin. The gel works through all the oil and dirt to go after the exact problem causing the acne and works perfectly.

I have always been a huge fan of Neutrogena products, I’ve been using the face wash for as long as I could remember, so naturally when looking for a body wash, I went straight for one of theirs. The Body Clear Body Wash in Grapefruit not only smells great, but contains salicylic acid and works to clear pores all over the body without over-drying the skin. 

Some people aren’t huge fans of body washes and prefer soap bars so I have a cleanser for you as well. The Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body works to wash away all the hidden dirt that can be left on the body after a day or night of activity and works to unclog your pores just like the body wash utilizing salicylic acid. 

Using all or some of these products will leave your body feeling refreshed, clean and clear. You will, without a doubt, feel comfortable wearing as little clothing as you want this summer.


Summertime is one of the hardest times of the year for both our skin and our hair with all of the sun exposure and swimming. Whether you’re suffering from razor bumps or chlorine-damaged hair, here’s how to correct some of the season’s biggest emergencies with a few great products.

Bumps Be Gone

This has always been one of my biggest pet peeves. I am one of those women who absolutely hates any hair except for what’s on my head so I shave every part of my body. Razor bumps are the worst, and you can get them in a lot of places, not just your bikini area. To me, I feel vulnerable enough in a swimsuit so I don’t need the added stress of bumps to make it even more difficult. The solution: GiGi No Bump Roll On. Use this treatment after shaving or getting waxed to soothe any irritation as well as prevent any ingrown hairs from forming.

Chlorine and Sun Damaged Hair

Growing up with a stepmother who was a hairstylist made me extra hair conscious and during the summertime it always got worse. I love nothing more than laying out by a pool and going swimming, but I also love dying my hair and sometimes the disaster that is born when these two things come together makes the dip seem not worth it. Thanks to ColorMark Touchback Plus Shampoo and Condition this is no longer a problem. These two products use all-natural ingredients (green tea leaf, lemon peel extracts and chamomile flowers) to restore your color that can become dull and faded after a day in the sun. Also an added plus, it gives an extra amount of shine to help correct the dryness from the chlorine.

Melting Makeup Prevention

The heat not only makes your body hot, sweaty and sticky, but it also does terrible things for your makeup. I had this problem during the Fourth of July holiday when every party was outside. I wanted to do my makeup, but I knew the minute I walked out the door it would be dripping down my face. In makeup school, you are taught to use powder, but in the heat that can just become cakey and look even worse. One of my favorite makeup companies came up with a genius idea: the Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray. Similar to hydrating sprays, this product has a cooling effect when applied so that your face stays refreshed and your makeup stays in place. Also, it will work on every product you apply to your face, eye shadow, mascara, bronzer, etc.


If you’re anything like me, it takes about three cups of coffee before anyone can even approach me in the morning. Despite the amount of sleep I actually get, I look so tired and unfortunately, as much as we love the summertime, with the heat and the late nights we tend to look even more tired during this season. So, I have decided to give my fellow women a few items that can help turn you from tired to fresh by simply adding them to your morning routine. I have three go-to products that I personally can’t live without.

The Face Wash
I have tried a few different products in this category and none have really been able to keep my skin clear and wake me up the way this one does. Clean and Clear Morning Burst has energizing beads that will instantly make you feel refreshed and awake. The facial cleanser also helps prevent shine throughout the day so if you suffer from oily skin like I do it’s an even better choice. The wash comes in a few different colors and scents, but my favorite is the one that features lemongrass, for some reason that particular smell leaves you feeling truly fresh and relaxed. 

The Moisturizer 
Having the right lotion is an essential part of your day because this one product has the ability to give you glowing or cracked skin. My favorite daytime moisturizer is Shiseido Brightening Protective Cream. Not only does it include SPF 15, but it is formulated with vitamin C, which will help brighten skin and revitalize your face and also helps protect your face from air pollution and dryness.

The Eyeliner
Makeup is a necessity if you are trying to make yourself appear more refreshed, but it is even more important to make sure you are using the proper product in order to achieve the desired results. Using any old black eyeliner on the mornings you are looking especially tired is a risky move because that has the ability to make your eyes darker and more sunken in. The Almay Wake Up Eyeliner and Highlighter is the perfect item to achieve the look you need. The dual sided pencil allows you to define your eyes while the illuminating side can help illuminate your irises. On top of the shimmery color giving you a bit of refreshing, the highlighter delivers a cooling sensation during application to perk up your pupils, tricking people into thinking you got a full eight hours!

Adding these three things into your morning routine will, without a doubt, make you seem more refreshed and awake.

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.

While your face can’t miss what its never had, you certainly will have no excuse not to at least try out a face mist by the end of this post. Why am I such a face mist advocate? Before I knew that a face mist is similar in nature to a toner, infuses nutrients into the skin, and can even help set makeup, I was not a mist-believer. Surely it was another hyped up product that would provide minimal results, I thought. 

After testing out the featured five face mists, I slowly began changing my opinion of face mists. I began using the Skyn Iceland Artic Face Mist and fell hard for the refreshing feel of the spray on my face at the end of a hot day. I took Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist with me when I was traveling to help combat dry and dull skin, the scent providing a little aromatherapy for me. I even started keeping the Mario Badescu Facial Spray in my refrigerator in the summer months. 

I started to notice the actual skin care benefits, like the extra glow that L’occitane Immortelle Brightening Face Mist created for my skin at the end of a long, stressful day. By the time I confirmed those makeup setting rumors, my collection expanded to five face mists, including my most recent antioxidant-packed discovery, the Spadet Nutrient Rich Facial Spray. What started as what I believed to be a skin care product fad trial turned into a refreshing, skin enhancing experience, leaving me to conclude that you all need at least one face mist in your skin care routine this summer.     

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