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For some fortunate fashionistas, spring has definitely set in recently…like us. So getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D and sun-kissed skin (protected with the appropriate SPF, of course) is well within reach. For others still stuck shoveling snow, that idea is well…not so within reach. 

Hallelujah for at-home self tanners! Tanning towelettes, gels, milks and creams run the gamut from A++ to just plain bad, bad, bad. You don’t have enough skin to test them all, so we did the (tanned) leg work for you. We read review after review, website and website, blog after blog, and tested some of these ourselves. We realized that the cheaper the product, the more reviewers complained about that infamous smell, and the pricier the product, the less it was a problem. After all our self-tanning research, we narrowed it down to what appears to be the best (or at least most liked) splurge-worthy varieties and must-have drugstore steals. 

Splurge
1. Shiseido ‘Daily Bronze’ Moisturizing Emulsion, $36, Nordstrom.com
2. ModelCo Self-Tanning Glove, $36, Amazon.com
3. Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel, $44, Saks.com

Steal
4. Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion, $6.99, Drugstore.com 
5. Bain de Soleil Mega Tan Sunscreen with Self Tanner, SPF 4, $9.99, Drugstore.com
6.L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes for Body, $9.99, Drugstore.com


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What can we say — St. Patrick’s Day brings out the lucky leprechaun inside of us! We’ve decided to bring you a host of green products guaranteed to bring a little fun into your beauty routine. Now up — eyes!


Green-Eyeshadows-Image-1.jpgDior 5-Couleurs All-in-One Artistry Palette in Green Design

From forest to seafoam, and even some shimmery complementary colors, this palette is a true luxury.

$58 at sephora.com


Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Colour Trio in Jungle

It’s a jungle out there … but it’s so much easier to navigate with this trio of shimmery shadows by your side.

$33 at sephora.com


YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres in Garden of Eden

Can you imagine what Eve would have thought if the Snake had tempted her with this gorgeous palette?
$56 at yslbeautyus.com


Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Color in Sherazade

Golden particles infuse this deep green shadow with an exotic feel.

$22 at saks.com


Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer in Peacock

Can’t you just see this gorgeous color peeking out of a peacock’s regal plume?
$14.50 at clinique.com


Green-Eyeshadows-Image-2.jpgThree Custom Color Specialists Eye Shadow in Cool Meadow

A grassy knoll couldn’t possibly be as beautiful as this richly hued green shadow.

$22.50 at threecustom.com


blinc Dark Green Mascara

Mascara that forms protective, water-resistant tubes around your lashes — with just a hint of color? Sign us up.

$25 at blincinc.com


Jemma Kidd Iridescent Eye Silk Crayon in Jade

If you’re looking for a liner slash shadow that glides effortlessly across the lid, this is your new best friend.
$20 at beauty.com


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Clinic

Forest green with a hint of shimmer? This is definitely our new go-to evening look.

$20 at urbandecay.com


Green-Eyeshadows-Image-3.jpgHard Candy Take Me Out Liner in Money

Money may not grow on trees, but we can invite it into our beauty regimen with this gorgeous silver glitter-packed green liner.

$5 at walmart.com


NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green

A cross between grass and hunter — this is one pencil we’re glad to have in our arsenal.

$4.50 at nyxcosmetics.com


Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Moray

We’re in love with this pencil-thin liner — a gorgeous, tarnished goldish green.

$20 at stilacosmetics.com

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Ever since we discovered the Jo Malone brand about five years back, it’s held the crown for our favorite line of fragrance. The reason for this firm stance when there are so many options out there? That’s easy. The Jo Malone brand is unique. There are few fragrances like the ones produced by the unabashedly English company. And perhaps what we love the most, is that they are total purists - they stick to what they know, and that, dear readers, is scent. Glorious, different scents that make you feel like you’re in on a wonderful secret shared by few. 

So it should come as no surprise that the release of their new collection - the Tea Fragrance Blends - thrills us to no end. There are five scents in total (we got to sample four), and we were very much surprised (though we’re not sure why) with the complex, yet delightful fragrances in each 1 fl. oz (30 mL), limited edition glass bottle. 

Here are our thoughts on each fragrance we tried:

Assam & Grapefruit Cologne - this one is by far our favorite scent. It’s crisp, fresh and fruity, with a slight underlying warmth and spice. It has just the right amount of citrus notes, but isn’t too bright that you smell like a cup of grapefruit juice. This could easily be our go-to, everyday cologne.

Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne - we thought we knew what this one was going to be like, but we were totally wrong in all the best ways. Honestly, we don’t really get the cucumber, but we don’t love this any less. Definitely more complex and heady than the Assam & Grapefruit, sweet, yet spicy with a hint of fruitiness. The kind of scent that you can’t help but keep sniffing because you are determined to figure out what it reminds you of. 

Fresh Mint Leaf Cologne - there is no mistaking that this is a mint-packed scent. It gets you right at the get go, and develops into an herbier note the more it settles in. It feels cool on the skin, awakens our senses, and makes us envision running through an English countryside in the middle of spring. It’s the perfect scent to spritz on after a cool shower, and feel…well, like “ahhhhhhhhhhh” (really, only a spa-like sound can fully describe this smell.) 

Sweet Milk Cologne - we were a little nervous to give this one a go, as it sounded like it could be sickeningly sweet, but it wasn’t (especially when you layer it with the Grapefruit cologne, to bring in some freshness.) The almond in this fragrance is very present which we grew to love the more we wore it. 

Sweet Lemon Cologne - we did not get to sample this scent, but Jo Malone says the following: “Mirroring the custom of adding a slice of freshly-cut lemon or a sprinkle of sugar to a cup of just-brewed tea, Sweet Lemon is given a fruity twist with pineapple, peach and fresh green cypress.” Sounds yum to us!

$55 for 1 fl. oz., nordstrom.com


What can we say — St. Patrick’s Day brings out the lucky leprechaun inside of us! We’ve decided to bring you a host of green products guaranteed to bring a little fun into your beauty routine. First up — nails!

Green-Nail-Polishes-Image-1.jpgSephora by OPI Nail Colour in Read My Palm
This opaque light jade is different than any other polish we’ve yet come across — and it glides so smoothly onto the nail, too.
$9.50 at sephora.com

CND Green Scene
A rich grass green has stepped onto the scene, immediately stealing our hearts.
$9 at goindulge.com

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Fatigued
The perfect match for our favorite pair of worn-in cargos.
$4.99 at target.com

Zoya Nail Polish in Edyta
A mix of gold, olive, blue-green and smoky grey with a sparkling metallic finish? Color us impressed.
$8 at zoya.com

Green-Nail-Polishes-Image-2.jpgOrly Nail Lacquer in Green with Envy
Something tells us that whenever we wear this polish, heads will turn in a jealous rage.
$5.99 at sallybeauty.com

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Grass Slipper
Something tells us Cinderella would have fallen head over heels for this lime green polish, especially if she found out it contained all 5 steps of a manicure in 1 bottle.
$6.99 at drugstore.com

Milani 3D Holographic Nail Lacquer in Hi-Tech
Shimmering golden particles float within the pale green base, creating a technically pleasing nail experience we’re pretty sure everyone will agree on.
$4.99 at cvs.com

Green-Nail-Polishes-Image-3.jpgbutter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in British Racing Green
Originally created for Vena Cava during Fashion Week awhile back (and believe us when we say it grabbed our attention then!), this deep hunter green continues to stun time and time again.
$14 at butterlondon.com

Jessica Victorian Crush Custom Nail Colour
This color might not have gone over too well in the Victorian era, but we’re certainly in love with it now.
$7.50 at jessicacosmetics.com

Sula Paint & Peel Nail Polish Duo in Kelly
Okay, this is one of the coolest products we’ve come across. Not only is the polish a gorgeous green, but it peels right off when you’re done with it — and the other end contains Sula’s Lasting Love Top Coat!
$9 at sulabeauty.com
Rollerball-Image.jpgThere are many factors to consider when choosing a fragrance. Do you like the scent? Is the bottle worthy of sitting on a vanity? Is the scent good enough that the 3.4 oz. will actually be used up? When traveling, are you willing to check your bags so you can bring your perfume with you?

If the answers to these questions seem a bit murky, then we’ve got a solution for you. Try a rollerball fragrance! These minis are perfect for so many reasons — they fit in even the smallest clutch, they’re amazing for travel, and it’s pretty tough to get sick of them when they’re so tiny! Check out some of our favorites — they’re guaranteed to make you much less afraid of fragrance commitment.

Lola Marc Jacobs Rollerball ($22)
From pink peppercorn and pear to ruby red grapefruit and fuchsia peony, this is a feast for the senses!

Philosophy Amazing Grace Rollerball ($18)
Floral blossoms and light musk make this one of our all-time favorite fragrances. And the rollerball size just makes us happy to bring it everywhere we go.

Fresh Sugar Lemon Rollerball ($18.50)
Italian lemons, yuzu, mandarin, orange blossom, lychee flower … do those notes intrigue you as much as they do us? We LOVE this one.

DKNY Delicious Duo Rollerball ($20)
Be Delicious on one end, Be Delicious Fresh Blossom on the other — we’re loving the fact that this is two for the price of one.

CLEAN Shower Fresh Rollerball ($20)
Want to smell like you just got out of the shower? Notes of mandarin, sheer woods and lily of the valley will help you do just that.

Twirl by Kate Spade Roll-On ($18)
Inspired by the feel of “joie de vivre,” this fun and sparkling fragrance makes a happy splash with notes of pink watermelon, blackberry and red currant.

All of these rollerball fragrances are available at sephora.com.

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