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July 2012 Archives

Here are five of the best organic sunscreens on the market today.

Alba Botanica Natural Protection Sunscreen
Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Facial Scrub is so amazing that I know their sunscreen has to be spot on. They have a Natural Hawaiian Sunscreen as well as some Very Emollient formulas that come in spray and lotion form.
Find out more about Alba Botanica’s Natural Protection Sunscreen at

Coola Organic Suncare Collection
Coola Organic Suncare Collection comes in a myriad of SPFs and formulas. All of them are packed with emollients that are great for the skin and body. They also have spray and lotion versions of their sunscreens and they have yummy scented and completely unscented varieties. 
Find out more about Coola Organic Suncare Collection at

Suntegrity Natural Sunscreens
The Environment Working Group gave this brand high marks for it’s low toxicity and highly effective formulas. While they aren’t cheap, they will do the job and won’t clog your skin up with chemicals.
Find out more about Suntegrity Natural Sunscreens at

Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreens
Kiss My Face has become easy to find in most grocery stores and touts all natural ingredients in their sunscreens and skincare line. They also have a bunch of formulas and SPFs to choose from, and I’m a fan of their face stick for my nose and cheeks.
Find out more about Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreens at

Blue Lizard Sunscreen
Blue Lizard Sunscreen is not labeled as organic. But they do have in a paraben-free, chemical-free formula that is always top ranked for being easy to find and highly effective by the Environmental Working Group.
Find out more about Blue Lizard Sunscreen at


You know those products that are probably sitting around your house—or maybe your parents’ house—without you giving any thought to them in years? Well, maybe it’s time to take a second look, especially when it comes to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.

I recently picked up a tube of this that was laying around my mom’s house, and I have to say, I was totally amazed at how many beauty-related things it could do. The two that really spoke to me, though, are these:

1) It works as a fantastic lip balm! It softens and smooths even the most chapped lips instantly.

2) It moisturizes dry knees and elbows! Mine tend to be super ashy and scaly, but with a couple days of rubbing Vaseline on them? Like a baby’s bottom.

And the best part? It’s under $5! What could be better?

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly retails for $3.09 at

Bold-Eyeshadow-Summer-2012-Trend-Runway.jpgWant to know how to look beautiful—and totally on trend this summer? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you the beauty trends you need to know about and incorporate into your routine, stat—and the products that will give you the looks in a flash.

Up first? Brightly hued eye makeup. We’re talking green and blue, sure … but it’s going so much further than that this season. Think red, think orange, think yellow, think the entire color wheel and the entire rainbow! From Moschino Cheap and Chic and Vivienne Westwood Red Label to Miu Miu and Rebecca Taylor, eyes were the focus on the runways. This look definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is a ton of fun with only a couple sweeps of an eyeshadow brush.

To get the look, try these eyeshadows!

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
We especially love the bright purple, turquoise and orange shades of this creamy gel formula.
$6.99 each at

NYX Single Eyeshadow in Cherry
If you really want to make a statement, there’s no bolder color than red. And why should this color be restricted to your lips and tips?
$5 at

M.A.C Electric Eel Eyeshadow
This super-bright turquoise is a cult favorite for a reason. The satin finish is unbelievably pigmented and makes your eyes the focal point of any room.
$15 at

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
What could be better than one bright shadow? How about two? This palette contains a shimmering chartreuse and electric cobalt that will both really make your eyes pop—and are extremely versatile.
$34 at

Runway photos via
While a lot of celebs are still going the nude nail route, some are stepping up their game with bright red nails. They’re bringing out their inner vixen and vamp, and we have to say we’re totally on board! Red nails jazz up anything, from jeans and tees to dramatic gowns. Check out what some of the celebs have been doing with their red nails lately. (And we’re especially loving this, since today is July 4!)

Rose-Byrne-Red-Nails.jpgRose Byrne teamed her white Valentino dress with bold red nails for the premiere of Damages.

Dita-Von-Teese-Red-Nails.jpgBurlesque queen Dita von Teese paired her signature red lip with equally red nails, which looked super glamorous with her black fit-and-flare dress in Paris.

Jessie-J-Red-Nails.jpgSinger Jessie J is no stranger to bold fashion and beauty looks, and teaming bright red nails with her pajama-inspired black and white ensemble is just so fun and kitschy.

Blake-Lively-Red-Nails.jpgFor the premiere of her new movie, Savages, Blake Lively brought the drama with red nails and a sexy Zuhair Murad couture gown.

All full-length photos via Rose Byrne closeup photo via
The-New-Black-Runway-Nail-Polish-Set.jpgOnce in awhile, we come across a product that’s so cool, we just have to buy it immediately. (Well, when we’re in Sephora, that seems to happen more than once in awhile.) In any case, that’s what happened when we discovered The New Black Runway Color Barometer 8-Piece Nail Polish Set.

For starters, this brand just creates such cool colors and sets. We want every single one! But the Runway set really spoke to us, because the 8 colors are just so unbelievably gorgeous.

The 8 colors here definitely span the color wheel. Red, orange, yellow, green, you name it, you’ll find it here. And they all come in fabulous names like Orange Crush and Mint Tea Shimmer. Each polish is chip-resistant, super glossy and opaque in 1-2 coats.

Plus, they’re all adorable minis—so we have a much better chance of actually finishing the bottles!

The New Black Runway Color Barometer 8-Piece Nail Polish Set retails for $32 at

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