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I’m always sharing pics of my nail color combinations, so it’s obvious that I like having them painted. What isn’t as obvious is the fact that I always paint them myself. I just can’t bring myself to part with the money to have a manicure and honestly I’m rough on my nails so the color has to be redone every 5 or so days. So to keep my hands looking nice I started doing manicures myself. I learned very early on that a good base coat is key to a good at-home manicure. My favorite is the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat. I find it helps smooth out the nail surface and seal my nails nicely for color. I also find that it makes it easier to remove color when I’m done because of the barrier between the nail and color that it creates.

You can get Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat for $7.99 at ulta.com.
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Wandering Target is always a dangerous proposition for me, as I never leave with just the thing(s) I went in for. One wandering day I found the Sonia Kashuk Eye Definer. And what a great purchase it was. It creates the perfect line every time, as thin or as thick as you desire. It can take me from daytime classic to evening smokey with just a couple swipes and best of all it doesn’t smudge; even after a killer workout my makeup is entirely intact. And you can’t beat the price!

You can buy Sonia Kashuk Eye Definer for $6 at target.com.
These days sunless tanners are a dime a dozen, but they are certainly not created equal. Check out our favorite picks for getting the perfect glow sans the threat of skin cancer.

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Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs Gradual Tan Moisturizer
I’ve used this moisturizer for years and I love how it does double-duty. First of all it adds a subtle glow, all while it helps your shave last longer. That’s a win-win in my book!
$9.99 at drugstore.com

Jergens natural glow Firming Daily Moisturizer
This great self tanner has an exclusive Firm Perfecting Complex that contains six anti-cellulite ingredients, including collagen, elastin, and ginseng. With each use you’ll notice less cellulite and more glow.
$9.99 at walgreens.com

Alba Botanica Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion
Alba’s products are made with all-natural ingredients and are safe for all types of skin, especially sensitive ones. This quick absorbing formula won’t leave skin feeling greasy and develops a beautiful color in about 3 hours.


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Bliss A Tan for All Seasons
Spray on self tanners have become quite popular, partially because of their easy application. Just make sure you spray onto skin in even strokes for the most natural color.
$36 at ulta.com

Philosophy Here Comes the Sun Age-Defense Golden Glow Self-Tanner For Body
I adore Philosophy’s products, so checking out their new self tanner was a must. Infused with an amino acid complex it helps firm and tone skin from the inside out.

TanTowel Classic Self-Tan Towelette For Face & Body
The joy of these towelettes is how easy they allow for application of self tanner. And the bonus is they have a refreshing citrus scent, instead of the usual chemical scent most self tanners have.

Summer is just around the corner, but some of us are still working on our tans. Thankfully you can easily take your skin from pale to glowing with the swipe of a brush and one of these amazing bronzers.

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Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights Bronzer
Packed in the cute, circular packaging are five shades of bronzing powder that mix to create the perfect golden glow. Simply swipe or swirl your brush across the disc and apply to cheeks (for a natural-looking glow also do a swipe across your forehead and nose).
Get yours for $30 at Sephora.com.

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Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer
Generally I find the multi-shade formulas (like the one above and below) to provide the most effective bronzing, but the Hoola’s perfect golden shade does the trick very nicely. Plus it comes with its own applicator brush!
Get yours for $28 at BenefitCosmetics.com.

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - Bronze
This is probably my favorite bronzer of all time. It goes on perfectly every time and always looks natural. I also love the pearly sheen it gives my cheeks.
Get yours for $39 at Nordstrom.com.

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Hello Kitty Bronzer
Hello Kitty may be the new kid on the beauty block, but she’s certainly got her head in the game. This bronzer is a great color and I simply cannot resist the super-cute packaging.
Get yours for $28 at Sephora.com.
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I am not a fan of thickening formulas for mascara as I feel they only add clump to my lashes. So I always look for mascaras that are all about lengthening. I’ve already raved about Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes, but I have a new favorite mascara from the folks at Maybelline. Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara does amazing things, like making my lashes look long and luscious without adding any unwanted clump. I even layer it with Lots of Lashes now and then for a beautiful, notice every single lash, look.

Get Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara for $5.99 at Target.com.

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