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June 2012 Archives

Since we’re experiencing a major heatwave across the country right now, it seems only apropos to bring you our 2012 edition of the best sunscreens for face! Below, our favorite products to keep your face glowing and protected even when it’s 105 degrees. Just don’t forget to reapply every couple hours for maximum protection!

BB-Creams-Best-Sunscreens-2012.jpgBB Creams and Tinted Moisturizers
What is a BB cream, you may ask? Only one of the most ingenious product inventions on the market right now! Part moisturizer, part primer, part foundation and part sunblock, they do everything from cover blemishes to—duh—protect your skin from the sun. These two, plus a fab tinted moisturizer, really do the job.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen/PA+++
This tinted moisturizer comes in a ton of colors perfect for every skin tone, smells divine, blends easily and quickly into the skin, and contains seawater to restore hydration to the skin.
$42 at

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream
From the SPF 15 protection to the gorgeous finish left on the skin, this BB cream really does the trick.
$11.04 at

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1- Beauty Balm Skin Perfector
Creamy, lush and makes your skin look radiant. What more could you want?
$6.99 at

Best-Face-Sunscreens-2012.jpgTrue Facial Sunscreens
Available in a wide array of price points and SPF levels, these sunblocks really get the job done no matter what kind of protection you’re after.

Chanel UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50
If you really want to make sure your skin stays pristine, SPF 50 is the way to go. And Chanel? It doesn’t get more luxurious than that.
$52 at

Lather Daily Defense Facial Sunscreen
A little definitely goes a long way with this sunscreen, which is formulated with botanical extracts and protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
$24 at

Arcona Reozone 40
This sunscreen’s light tint adds a gorgeous subtle glow to the skin after applying, while the SPF 40 keeps it from burning in the most harmful of rays.
$28 at

La Prairie Sun Protection Emulsion Face
Not only does this sunscreen sink into skin without looking or feeling greasy, it leaves behind a subtle shimmer. So pretty.
$95 at

Bioelements Sun Diffusing Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen
The SPF 15 protection is just enough to keep your skin safe, but enough to let you get a little color. Safely, of course.
$39 at

Sunscreen-Moisturizers-2012.jpgMoisturizers with SPF
For days when your skin needs a little extra hydration—and you don’t want to wear both moisturizer and sunscreen—these moisturizers are the way to go, because they’re all formulated with SPF!

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50
Vitamins C and E combine with green tea and grapeseed extracts to make skin feel conditioned, soft and smooth.
$48 at

Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream SPF 20
This moisturizer makes the skin glisten and smells absolutely divine, thanks to jojoba seed oils and sea lavender extract.
$42 at

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM
Apply this moisturizer every morning and not only will it be protected with SPF 30, it will hydrate your skin with hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
$13.99 at

Kaplan MD Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate
Everything about this moisturizer is luxuriously divine, from the ombre glass bottle to the rich formula.
$185 at
The trick to Emmy Rossum’s beautiful Critic’s Choice Awards hair was in the twist. To copy this style start with wet hair and apply a texturizing spray or cream, like Davines Defining Texturizer. Begin by separating hair into a deep side part and then dry your hair with a dryer. As hair gets more dry, give it volume by breaking it into large sections and drying with a large, round brush. Now that hair is dry you’ll need to break your hair into three sections and, pulling them to one side dramatically, twist them loosely. Once you have three distinct twists you’ll braid them into each other like a standard braid. Make sure you don’t pull the braid too tight, as this look is about being slightly messy. Once half your head of hair is complete, secure it in place with a rubber band. Apply a beachy styling spritz or something like Davines Momo Moisturizing Anti Aging Daily Cream to give ends a bit of oomph and to add mess to the style. 
Emma-Stone-Jennifer-Behr-Headband.jpgWe’re fairly certain Emma Stone can do no wrong on the red carpet. She just keeps knocking it out of the park! And she hit yet another home run at the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man in Moscow over the weekend, thanks to this gorgeous headband by cult favorite Jennifer Behr.

While Jennifer Behr headbands aren’t cheap—this one retails for $298—they are exquisite. The Delicate Laurel Leaf Bandeau, seen on Emma here, is crafted of gold-tone metal that’s hand-soldered into tiny leaves, creating an ancient Grecian halo effect.

If you can’t stomach spending $300 on a headband, though, here are a few inspired options that won’t break the bank!

Charlotte Russe Grecian Leaf Headband, $5.50 at
Urban Outfitters Stenciled Leaf Headband, $19 at
American Eagle Outfitters Leaf Headband, $15.50 at

Emma Stone photo via
I am a huge fan of nail polish layering to make your own look, as evidenced by this post. And this week I made up what I call Spubble Gum Pink, using Essie Tennis Corset and Essie Forget Me Nots! The Spubble Gum Pink name comes from how perfectly bubblicious pink it is, mixed with the perfect dash sparkle. To create the color I did my usual base coat, followed by one even coat of Forget Me Nots — let that sit a couple minutes and then follow up with a coat of Tennis Corset to add the shimmery sheen. Lastly, don’t forget your top coat to seal it all in!

You can get Essie Forget Me Nots and Essie Tennis Corset nail polishes for $8 each at
Gillette-Venus-And-Olay-Razor.jpgWe’re always on the lookout for the next best thing in razors. Even while we’re getting the closest shave imaginable with our current razor, we’re wondering if there’s something better out there. And, with the introduction of the Gillette Venus and Olay Razor to the market, there most certainly is.

The signature 5 blades of Gillette Venus razors combine with Olay moisture bars to give you the softest, smoothest shave imaginable. No shaving cream necessary with this baby—it moistens and conditions the skin while you’re shaving so there are no nicks or drags.

Plus, when you buy the razor, it comes with one cartridge that lasts for at least 6 shaves (though we’ve found we can make it last past 10). It even comes with a shower hook so you can conveniently store it in your shower—though we’ve found that usually the suction cups with these don’t tend to stick too well once the shower wall gets wet.

The Gillette Venus and Olay Razor retails for $8.99 at

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