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Summer heat got you bummed? Add these refreshing mint-infused products to your repertoire for the ultimate beauty cool down.

mint.JPG1. Clarins Water Purify One Step Cleanser with Mint Essential Water, $24. Gently yet effectively removes light makeup and impurities; Contains toning and purifying properties of mint; Instantly revitalizes skin; Leaves skin clean, clear and luminous.

2. Kiss My Face So Refined Jojoba & Mint Facial Scrub, $11. Exfoliate and polish the skin’s appearance with organic ingredients. This non-drying, natural humectant gently exfoliates and purifies skin by removing dirt with organic jojoba beads and other natural and organic herbs and plant oils. Helps skin look visibly younger and refreshed.

3. Townsend Bay Soap Company Gardener’s Grits Mint Soap, $16.50. Mint soap with grits for serious scrubbing power. Made with saponified olive, coconut, palm kernel oils; beeswax; mint and rosemary essential oils; grits; mint leaves; vitamin E.

4. C.O. Bigelow Mentha Hair Mint-Infused Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner, $12. For all hair types. Imparts incredible shine, bounce, moisture and nourishment. Energizes hair. Formulated with peppermint extract.

5. Evolution of Smooth Sweet Mint Lip Sphere, $3.29. 95% organic, 100% natural organic lip balm that’s petrolatum & paraben free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps lips moist, soft, and smooth.

6. Fizzy Baker Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake Bath Bomb, $5.50. This scrumptious bath fizzy is hand decorated just like a real cupcake, with frosting and chocolate chip decorations made of soap! In the tub, the ‘cake’ fizzes and releases skin softening coconut oil and glycerin, while the frosting floats free to use just like soap.


Thanks to the Minx revolution, chrome shine nails are showing everywhere. While a salon treatment may be too pricey for more than an occasional treat, the new crop of polishes makes mirrored nails attainable no matter your budget.

nails.bmpAvon has been doing these for a while, and the latest Sally Hansen Color Quick Nail Color Pens in chrome are proof that this trend isn’t going away anytime soon.

Do you love the chrome nail trend? Tell us what you think in the comments!

sumbalm.bmpDry, chapped lips from the sweltering summer sun? Quench your pout with one of these nourishing balms:

Rose & Co. Rose Petal Salve, This rose scented salve soothes and smoothes chapped lips, and can also be worn as a glossy top coat over lipstick among many other uses. $8

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm- Helps nourish, repair and relieve even very dry, cracked lips. Immediate sensation of comfort, with no sticking effect. Even very dry, cracked lips become more supple, softer and perfectly smooth. $21

Peter Thomas Roth ‘Lips To Die For Pink Bombshell Lip Balm- Protect and maintain your soft, supple, sexy and kissable lips with this invigorating daily lip conditioner. $20

Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm- Honey Trap moisturizes with Shea butter and olive oil, holds in moisture with honey and beeswax and tastes sweet like white chocolate and vanilla $7


avon.jpgAvon Inc. plans to grow its hair care business by increasing focus on premium hair care, including the introduction of a revolutionary new frizz fighting product. The direct seller will usher in the strategy this summer with a new patent-pending technology designed to smooth frizz similar to a salon treatment.

The technology is housed in the upcoming product called Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield. The treatment’s technology is designed to mimic the lotus leaf, which lives in water but has a surface structure that repels droplets of moisture. The humidity-fighting technology comprises smoothing silicone and microparticles. After one week of use, Lotus Shield was found — in various testing conditions, including rainforest-level humidity of up to 95 percent — to last for three days, even after hair washing.

Beginning in July, Lotus Shield will sell for $12 and its launch will coincide with the restage of the existing Advance Techniques line. Advance Techniques will consist of 23 products within six regimens based on hair concerns, namely Frizz Control (Lotus Shield), Daily Shine, Color Protection, Damage Repair, Volume, and Keep Clear.

via WWD.

bik.bmpWe’ve got the tips and products to get you smooth, sun-kissed, and sexy….just in time to pull out those teeny bikinis! Here’s how to effortlessly transition out of winter hiding:


Smooth Skin


The number-one way to make pasty winter skin beach ready? EXFOLIATE. Bliss Slim & Bare It ($45) is a a scrub-and-rub, cellulite-sabotaging duo, and does the triple duty of exfoliating, moisturizing, and fighting stubborn cellulite. The set includes full-size jars of FatGirlSlim, the ‘caffeinated’ visible dimple-demolishing cream, and FatGirlScrub, the circulation-stimulating skin-smoothing slough, and is all you need for smooth, bare-worthy skin. Yay for three in one, err, two products!scrub-1.jpgTip: To boost its effectiveness, rub using a circular motion, spending extra time on rough knees, heels, and elbows.

Banish Blemishes

Not so perfect skin on your back, shoulders, chest making you dread putting on a tank top? No worries. A simple acne fighting routine can make all of the difference and get rid of shoulder-shyness in no time. First, cleanse the areas daily with a salicylic acid based cleanser, like Murad Acne Body Wash ($40). The cleanser contains Salicylic Acid and Date Seed Powder to deeply penetrate skin to control and prevent breakouts, while humectants lock in moisture, keeping skin hydrated and healthy. To reap all of the acne-fighting benefits, let the cleanser sit on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing it.bodywash-1.bmpTip: If you have stubborn blemishes, you can spot treat them with the same product you use on your face.

Pretty Peds

It’s pedicure season! With all of the fun new summer nail colors out, there’s no way you should forget your feet.  Philosophy Soul Owner ($14) is a foot treatment featuring an extra-rich emollient cream super-charged with salicylic and glycolic acids to help reduce rough soles. Tip: it works wonders on rough elbows and knees too. Here’s an easy, at-home pedicure program designed to get your feet in perfect pedicure shape: Soak feet in a  bowl of equal parts warm milk and water (the lactic acid naturally sloughs dead skin and softens.) After soaking for a few minutes, smooth rough spots with a pumice stone, then massage Soul Owner all over.foot.bmp Tip: For added softness, do this at night and put on a pair of socks before bed, to seal in moisture.

Fight Fuzz

The first thing most people think about when getting bikini-ready is hair removal. No one wants to be the fuzzy gal in the sand. Waxing, lasers, depilatories…there are so many options out there, but we are still partial to a good old shave, especially with the way shave creams have evolved! Evolution of Smooth’s (EOS) Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream is paraben-free and made with natural aloe, oat, shea butter and antioxidant vitamins E and C to leave skin radiantly healthy. The non-foaming cream boosts skin’s moisture level and keeps it smooth long after shaving. Bonus? It’s so moisturizing, you can shave wet or dry. The cream comes in the most amazing scents: vanilla bliss, pomegranate raspberry, lavendar jasmine, island blue… and a fragrance free version for senstive skin. Seriously yummy. Available at evolutionofsmooth.com, Target and Wal-Mart stores.

eos-1.jpgTip: Cut down on irritation by relathering an area if you are going over it a second time.

Get Glowing

If you’ve followed all of our steps, you’re almost ready for the sun… but wait. You’ve been smoothed, sloughed, and silkened, but what do you do with the ghostly skin?  Self-tanners can sometimes be too harsh, especially on skin that’s been hidden all winter long. For a natural, sun-kissed glow, warm up your skin tone with a gradual tan lotion. St. Tropez Gradual Tan ($30) combines serious skincare benefits with a healthy touch of bronze. Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion will help give you smoother skin while building a gradual golden tan, every day.tan-1.jpgTip: Make sure to prep skin with the aforementioned steps for a smooth canvas, and you’re good to glow!


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