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Finally, the warm weather has arrived and everyone is ready to hit the beach with a cold drink. Whether your plan is an exotic escape or to simply lay in your backyard soaking in the sun, the summer is great, but unfortunately the heat also can bring on major problems with your makeup. The humidity alone can turn the perfectly even foundation you just applied into flakes that seem to fall off the minute you walk out of your door. Despite the fact you put on the perfect amount, the cake look that is now all over your face gives off the impression that you have no idea how to apply makeup properly. Not only is foundation a major problem, but eye makeup can be a nightmare. Wearing the wrong mascara to a friend’s pool or the beach can immediately give you raccoon eyes after emerging from a quick dip. 

Now, my motto in the summer is to always keep makeup simple, being too done up during this season just doesn’t seem practical and, honestly, it can make you seem kind of foolish. Luckily, the wonderful professionals understand this concept and have made some amazing products to help spare you from runny mascara and caked up faces.

Lips

First things first, your lips. A lot of women have a problem with dry or chapped lips, so naturally when the heat gets involved this problem can become even larger. It is important to make sure your summertime lip balm has SPF in it, this will allow your lips to stay hydrated while protecting them from the sun. The Naked Green Tea Lip Balm with 15 SPF is one of my favorites, it keeps lips smooth and tastes/smells great! 

Face

On to the face! Now the best thing to do to avoid your skin turning to cake is to use a tinted sunscreen foundation. My go-to is the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20. This is the best way to avoid embarrassing makeup malfunctions while protecting your skin from sun damage and it comes in a variety of shades. 

Eyes

Next up is the eyes! Waterproof mascara is important to have not only for pool parties or for sweating on hot summer days, but for weddings, anniversaries, or any event you think you will be crying at. My favorite one is Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara. I have used it at dance recitals, on hot days and at weddings and, trust me, it does an amazing jobs at stopping the streaks!

Skin

Finally, and probably the most important to me, is oil blotters! I have a pretty oily complexion, which I’ve always heard is great because it helps prevent wrinkles and keeps your skin looking younger, but for now, it’s terrible because having a shiny look is never a desirable thing and when the heat comes rolling in it become even harder to control. Luckily for me and women who share my problem, these thin sheets usually come in a pack that can fit in your purse, and they instantly save the day when your T-zone is a little out of control. The Neutrogena Deep Clean Long Last Shine Control Blotting Sheets are my favorite and they really do seem to get all the oil from deep within your pores.

These simple things are great ways to ensure your skin and face stay healthy and refreshed all summer long.

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With the Met Gala’s Punk: Chaos to Couture theme this year, beauty products that pull in that rock star element have been catching my eye. There is something about the cool, “I’m not trying too hard, but actually yes this look took hours to create” element of rocker chic beauty that draws me in. Bringing the chance to channel your inner punk to the masses, Theo Kogan is a rocker, model, makeup artist, mom and the founder of cosmetics brand Armour Beauty. As a singer for bands, Theo wanted to create a lip gloss that would stay on during her performances. What she created is an intensely moisturizing, highly pigmented gloss that is as nourishing for the lips as it is fashion-forward rocker chic. 

At first swipe, Armour Beauty’s lip gloss goes on smooth, produces bright color, and stays on much longer than your average gloss. The line of 20 glosses are named after songs, bands, and pop icons. The glosses come in two different collections: shimmer and opaque. Armour Beauty glosses range from on trend colors like Barracuda, a classic blue-red, to punk rock Femme Fatale, an opaque black gloss. 

Not only do the glosses come packed with natural ingredients like avocado, mango, olive and shea butters, grape seed oil, and Vitamin E, they are also paraben- and cruelty-free. Finally a lip gloss that rocks as much as you do.     

Emotionally charged movies aside, the best part of indie film festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival are the understated celebrity beauty looks that populate the “red carpet”, which is usually just a small few yards outside of the venue where the screening takes place. The celebrity equivalent to dress down days in high school, if you will. At the premiere of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, Kate Hudson’s makeup stayed basic with a nude lip, but kicked up a notch with a smoky eye to remind us that she will always bring a little Hollywood glamour to the table (or the carpet in this case).  

As the face and Global Ambassador for Almay, Hudson’s team at Almay shared their inspiration for a budget version of Kate’s look with us featuring Almay’s makeup made especially for sensitive skin. 

Face: 
Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup in light/medium
Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in pink

Eyes:
Almay Intense i-Color Defining Liner in Onyx
Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing Mascara in Midnight
Almay Intense i-Color Shimmer Kit

Lips:
Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in nudetrients
Get Glowing with bareMinerals on QVCNothing says spring like a glorious (faux) tan! Whether you desire a subtle glow or rich warmth, bareMinerals has all of the tools you need to achieve the perfect warm weather-ready look with ease. Feast on a few of these beauty essentials from bareMinerals at QVC and prepare to take your winter skin from sallow to sensational.

1. bareMinerals Faux Tan Gradual Glow Sunless Face Tanner

Skip the expensive flight and achieve an island-worthy glow right at home with the new Faux Tan Gradual Glow Sunless Face Tanner. Formulated to deliver radiance over time, this sunless tanner works to develop the tan of your dreams — minus the exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. With mineral copper complex and moisturizing plant derivatives, it nourishes and enhances the skin at the same time.

2. bareMinerals Ready Bronzer and Luminizer with Brush

A little sparkle and a golden glow? We’re all for it! This pair gives you both in an instant. Use the brush that accompanies Ready Bronzer to kiss skin with a bronzed finish that will undoubtedly turn heads. Then end with a sweep of the illuminating champagne-toned highlighter for the perfect finishing touch.

3. bareMinerals Beautifully Bronzed Deluxe Kit

An effortless and completely natural-looking tan can be yours — without the usual fuss and mess that accompanies at-home formulas. The Beautifully Bronzed kit contains a deluxe 16-ounce bottle of Faux Tan, which appears on the skin as it’s applied to help prevent those streaks that just scream “DIY tan gone wrong!” Even better, the included tan brush makes application a breeze. Just deposit color onto the brush and buff evenly onto skin. Voila: a goof-proof tan that looks even better than the real deal.

4. bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quad: The Comfort Zone

Infused with a cocktail of anti-aging and antioxidant-rich ingredients, the Ready Eyeshadow Quad goes above and beyond the call of beauty duty. It delivers immaculate, true and lasting color and features a wonderfully soft, easy-to-blend texture that makes it a dream to apply. With four coordinating colors to work with, this could end up being your palette of the season.

5. bareMinerals Lip Quickie Collection: Modern Florals

What better way to complement that amazing tan than with a kiss of pretty color? The Lip Quickie Collection includes three striking hues that drench your pout with a creamy, semi-matte finish that lasts and lasts. The design features a pointed tip, which allows for expert precision every time you apply.
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Funny, down to earth, and always wearing the perfect shade of lipstick, Emma Stone is not only high on the celebrity you want to be besties with list, but she also inspires with her approachable makeup looks. Looking nothing like the cave woman that she provides the voice for in The Croods, Emma Stone was fresh faced and ready for spring with her natural pink lip and bronze smokey eye at the New York City premiere for the animated film. With nude lips prominent on the Spring 2013 fashion week runways, the subtle pink in Emma’s lip makes it easy to try out this beauty trend at home without risking a washed out look.        

  

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