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Clinical and research dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf shared her summer skin care tips with us for keeping skin safe this summer, including what number SPF is best, how often you should really be applying that sunscreen and other ways you can get the most out of your SPF products this season. 

Tip #1: SPF 50+

In the summertime months, Dr. Graf recommends that you wear at least a minimum of SPF 50 or more. To the discussion over whether sunscreen over SPF 30 is any more effective than SPF 50, Dr. Graf says: “Yes!” But even at a higher level it still needs to be applied much more often than you think. Leading us to Tip #2.

Tip #2: Re-apply every 40 minutes

Despite what you may have been previously taught, for maximum skin coverage in the summer months re-application should be occurring every 40 minutes. Regular re-application is even more important if you have been sweating or in the water. Dr. Graf also says that sunscreen should be the last item applied to your face, on top of your makeup. 

Tip # 3: A shot glass of sunscreen

One of the biggest sunscreen mistakes commonly made is not applying the right amount of sunscreen in the first place. Dr. Graf says that a shot glass worth of sunscreen is the proper amount to spread around your body. 

Tip #4: Lotions, Sprays, Powders - which is best?

Sunscreen has come a long way and is now available in many forms. Deciding which one is best for you has more to do with your lifestyle. Sprays can be excellent for those on the go, especially for families, but ensuring you are using the proper amount of sunscreen is crucial to sprays offering maximum protection. Dr. Graf encourages her clients to steer clear of powders as the only type of sun protection. Two product recommendations from Dr. Graf: Glytone Continuous Spray SPF 50 for the body and Avene High Protection Tinted Compact for the face. 

Photo from SkinCancer.org

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I’ll confess, I’m a bit of a BB Cream addict. Take a peek in my vanity and you’ll find no less than 6 different kinds of BB Creams. Some work better than others, but they all make it into my daily skincare routine on a regular basis. The latest to hit my arsenal is the new Revlon Photoready BB Cream skin perfector with SPF 30. Like others in this product category, it’s a lightweight multi-benefit Beauty Balm that combines skincare and makeup into one step.

I’ve been using this product every day for 2 weeks and can honestly say it’s one of the best I’ve tried. The consistency isn’t too thick, which makes it perfect for summer, and it isn’t too thin either, so it provides the perfect amount of moisturizing benefits and coverage I need. The light medium tone blends perfectly with my skin, providing virtually invisible, natural coverage. And unlike many other BB Creams which offer little or no sun protection, Revlon Photoready contains SPF 30, which is essential all year round and especially during the summer months.

One of the reasons I am such a fan of BB Creams, is that they have moisturizers and primers built into the product, something that my dry skin needs desperately. In the winter, I typically apply BB Cream on top of a daily moisturizer for added hydration, but in the warmer months, I don’t need any additional products. I simply apply the cream to damp skin to lock in moisture and to assist with even distribution. I add more product to any areas that need additional coverage, so I can often skip concealer.

Along with the BB Cream, I’m also testing out the new Revlon Lash Potion mascara. The product contains a potion “with strengthening proteins that drench lashes for volume” and a triple-groove wand that prevents clumps while lengthening lashes. I’m lucky enough to have fairly long lashes, and this mascara definitely delivers when it comes to thickening and avoiding clumps.

Both of these products have found a permanent place in my makeup kit this summer.


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Make some room on your mantle, Ms. Swift. Or should we say on your bathroom vanity. The six-time Grammy winner was awarded the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year title at the 2013 Fragrance Foundation Awards held in New York City on June 12th. The honor is given to ‘a celebrity who has uplifted the world of fragrance’ according to The Fragrance Foundation. 

The timing could not be more perfect for T. Swift. While the award honored her first two fragrances, Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted, her third fragrance, Taylor by Taylor Swift, is set to launch at the end of June on Ulta.com. Taylor by Taylor Swift is a more evolved fragrance that embodies Taylor’s personality and style.
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My jaw dropped a little when I saw Rosario Dawson’s recent haircut — it’s edgy, funky and is quite a different look for her. We’ve seen other celebs recently do the shaved-side-of-head look, Miley Cyrus anyone? But usually the shaved side is paired with a punky short other side, and Rosario paired it with her down to shoulder hair. The effect, in my opinion, is a bit odd, and while I applaud her ballsy choice, I have to say that I will not be copying this one any time soon. WHat about you? Is the shaved-side-of-head look your new summer go-to?
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Amy Adams embodied retro elegance at the New York City premiere of ‘Man of Steel’. Celebrity stylist Laini Reeves was inspired by the “intricacy and femininity of Amy’s spectacular gown” to create a hairstyle “reminiscent of the classic screen sirens of the 1920s — but with a sleeker, modern, creative take.” 

After creating a low side part, Reeves used a ‘low’ setting to blow dry Amy’s hair, then applied Moroccan Oil Treatment to add the natural-looking shine. After spraying the hair with Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray, Reeves took 1-inch sections of her hair and used a 1.25-inch marcel curling iron to give her hair the defined wave. Finishing off the look with a soft bristle brush to gently soften up the waves, more hairspray set the hair in place and kept it that way throughout the night.   

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