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I saw a recent photo of myself (where admittedly the lighting was horrible) and I was not happy with the non-bright-white state of my teeth. I don’t drink a lot of red wine, and coffee is my only real tooth-staining vice, but I still felt like my teeth could be so much whiter. So I hopped to my local Target and was happy to find Crest 3D Whitestrips Shimmer White. Applied daily it promises a much whiter smile in 12 days (you also could double up daily and accomplish this in six days). After just the first application ,I could tell my teeth where already whiter. And after six days of one application daily I was happy with the results of my whitening (and now I have six strips left over for when I feel like they could use a freshening up). Crest’s Whitestrips have come a long way from when I first used them many years ago — they stuck perfectly to my teeth and the chemical didn’t seep everywhere and ruin my taste buds. I also, happily, didn’t notice as much tooth sensitivity as I had before. All in all, it was the best $35 I had spent in a while!

You can get Crest 3D Whitestrips Shimmer White for $35 exclusively at Target stores and target.com.

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Lucky for me, I missed the gene that gave me the curly hair both of my parents have. When my father was younger, he had a mini afro and my mother, well, even with the smallest amount of moisture in the air, her hair instantly begins to frizz and get curly. Thankfully, I’ve never had to worry about doing anything other than blow-drying quickly and running a flat iron over the ends of my hair a few times, but I know a large majority of women aren’t that lucky. Taming wild curls doesn’t just start when you are styling your hair, you have to have a routine that includes shampoo and conditioner, products and even combs. With this season being extremely hot and humid, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the best products for all of these categories.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Keeping your curls and waves under control begins the moment you step foot in the shower. Simply using good products after the fact is not going to do anything, at least not for an extended amount of time. You need to make sure your shampoo and conditioner will bring out the best in your curls and waves. The Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Curls and Waves duo will work to replenish your hair and leave your curls smooth and soft.  

The Perfect Comb

Usually you don’t think that a comb could play a crucial part in preventing frizz, but not detangling your hair properly can leave knots causing your curls to become a mess. Also, regular brushes can do harsh things to wavy hair, for example causing split ends and breakage. Using a wide toothed wooden comb, such as the Body Shop Detangling Comb, will separate the hair properly allowing you to comb through every curl.

Finishing Products

Whether you decide to let your wild curls fly free and use a gel or like to pull them back and spray a little hairspray, every hairstyle needs the perfect finisher. Unfortunately, most curl gels leave a hard, crunchy finish that makes them stiff, however, a hair company finally smartened up and created a gel that does not have that effect on curls and waves. The Matrix Total Results Curl Super Defrizzer is lightweight, fights frizz and maintains any hairstyle without causing your waves to become a huge tangled mess. There is nothing better than achieving your desired look and style, but there is nothing worse than spraying hairspray and stepping outside to have it instantly frizz out. Now, thanks to the Tresemme Climate Control Protection Finishing Spray, this won’t be a problem. The spray will create a force field around your hair so the frizz won’t even have the chance to start. 

A Little Extra Love

Curly hair needs a little extra TLC every now and then, so using a leave-in conditioner is an essential component of making sure your curls look great at all times. L’Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream will pump in that extra amount of moisture and nutrients that may be lost with all the blow-drying, curling, and flat ironing. Your waves will be left healthy, shiny and perfectly defined.  

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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.

image.jpg My fave new summer nail color is Essie The Girls Are Out. It’s such a beautiful blend of purple and pink, presenting a stunning magenta that is not fluorescent and looks equally good at the office and the beach. It also packs a subtle sparkle that gives it a shimmery sheen. Each time I wear it people take notice — which of course seals the “hot, new color” deal. You can buy Essie The Girls Are Out for $8 at kohls.com.

For those of us who suffer (yes, suffer) with thin, pin-straight hair, finding a celebrity or some other hair role model who manages to make her own hair look full and sexy is of the utmost importance. Cue Naomi Watts at the series premiere supporting her boyfriend Liev Schrieber’s new HBO show, ‘Ray Donovan’. Since her tousled bob with added volume at the roots is causing major hair envy, I decided to share a few products that have actually worked voluminous miracles for my own hair in the past. 

For damp hair, the Bumble and bumble thickening mousse and the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray can work as a base product before a blow dry to add volume to the roots and help hold shape in the hair after styling. The Schwarzkopf Osis Dust Mattifying Powder is a fine, gritty powder you apply to dry hair. When rubbed into the scalp, it takes on a sticky texture that creates massive volume in the hair without weighing it down. The Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer is best used on shorter hair to add volume and texture while maintaining a flexible hold. 

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