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July 2013 Archives

Late nights are a given in any season, but during the summertime it becomes even harder to get to bed at a decent hour, even when we have to get up in the morning to go to work. But don’t you worry ladies! I have found two amazing eye creams, that may be a little pricey but are well worth every penny because they will leave you feeling wide awake, younger and refreshed while brightening up your eyes and face.

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The Corrective Treatment Eye Cream comes in a 15 mL bottle, which may not seem like a lot but all you need each morning is a dime sized drop so it should last you a little while. Not only does this cream help prevent and reverse signs of aging, but it does amazing things for fatigue. It will restructure your fine lines and wrinkles to look less intense and defined, it will decrease the puffiness from the lack of sleep, and most importantly get rid of the dreaded undereye darkness. Personally, I have extremely dark undereyes so when I don’t get enough sleep, it becomes an even bigger issue, but thankfully since starting to use this I have seen a significant reduction in the purple color under my eyes.


The Instant Radiance Eye Cream does more than wonders for the undereye, it also works for the lid as well! Because, let’s be honest, you can get dark circles on top of your eye just as easily as under it, so having a cream that attacks both areas is ideal. The clinically proven formula can reduce dark circles by 30% within the first 15 minutes of application and if you make this part of your daily routine, can ultimately reduce them by 48%. Aside from attacking the darkness, it will also work to smooth your skin giving it a more youthful look, so this is a great cream for older women to use to fight the signs of aging. 

Long gone are the days of boring flat nail polish colors! Manicures have taken a turn to the creative and I am digging it. When I saw Ciaté Corrupted Neons Manicure Set I knew I had stumbled upon something fun and unique that would rock the nail world. Each base color coat is packed with ingredients that cause it to absorb UV rays so that they glow at night … yes that’s right, these babies GLOW! The consensus seems to be that without the UV top coat (what makes them glow) this manicure set delivers a beautiful high-shine glossy finish in bright and fun shades — the UV coat takes away some of the luster of the polish, but the effect is pretty cool if you’re the clubbing type!

You can buy Ciaté Corrupted Neons Manicure Set for $25 at

Two years ago, my summers changed for good after I got diagnosed with skin cancer and, honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to what my doctors told me to do, which I know was not the smartest thing. Then this year, I had another scare so I immediately decided to smarten up, because as much as I love a good tan, I love my health more. So I started doing research and found the best products that can help protect me from the most harmful UV rays, and surprisingly, not all of them come with high SPFs.

I have always been a fan of their products so I wasn’t surprised when I used one of their sunscreens and loved it. The Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen (SPF 30) has broad spectrum SPF and is designed to do exactly as the name entails protect you from the sun while moisturizing and hydrating your skin. The cream’s advanced formula contains nourishing active natural oats that help keep the skin looking fresh.

Hawaiian Tropic
This may be one of the most popular brands of sunscreens so it was one of the first companies I looked into, and even my doctor agreed with this choice. The Sheer Touch (SPF 50) lotion contains exotic botanicals that will soothe your skin while simultaneously protecting it. To top it off, this lotion is extremely water resistant so you won’t have to reapply as frequently. 

This company has come to the rescue with not only one product, but two. First up is the Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion (SPF 50+). Most of the time you need to have a sunscreen for your face and one for your body, but this lotion covers both areas. The nourishing formula with broad spectrum protection helps defend against the sun’s most harmful rays that cause sunburn, premature aging and cell damage. Also, it doesn’t leave behind a filmy residue and stays invisible on skin even after numerous applications. Secondly, is the Sun Protection Lip Treatment (SPF 36). The hydrating lip balm defends against both UVA and UVB rays while making sure your lips stay moisturized. 

To top off all of the amazing qualities about these products, the Skin Cancer Foundation has backed all of these companies for making effective UV sunscreen products.

I have been a dancer and athlete my entire life so I am no stranger to the dreaded body acne. I know how embarrassing it can be and how hard it is to hide or treat — and to top it all off, body acne becomes an even bigger issue in weather like we have been having this summer. I have searched high and low for the best acne fighting products, here are my favorites.

Burt’s Bees
This isn’t a company name new to anyone — they make some of my favorite lip balms — but until recently, I didn’t really know they made much else. Most of the time we tend to think of moisturizers as not being the best for acne skin, but the Natural Acne Solutions Moisturizing Lotion is composed of lemongrass, witch hazel, and goldenseal, which all come together to fight oily skin and banish blemishes. 

The Blue Herbal Spot Treatment is a salicylic acid spot treatment targets blackheads, whiteheads and blemishes, dries them out and works deep to clear the skin. The gel works through all the oil and dirt to go after the exact problem causing the acne and works perfectly.

I have always been a huge fan of Neutrogena products, I’ve been using the face wash for as long as I could remember, so naturally when looking for a body wash, I went straight for one of theirs. The Body Clear Body Wash in Grapefruit not only smells great, but contains salicylic acid and works to clear pores all over the body without over-drying the skin. 

Some people aren’t huge fans of body washes and prefer soap bars so I have a cleanser for you as well. The Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body works to wash away all the hidden dirt that can be left on the body after a day or night of activity and works to unclog your pores just like the body wash utilizing salicylic acid. 

Using all or some of these products will leave your body feeling refreshed, clean and clear. You will, without a doubt, feel comfortable wearing as little clothing as you want this summer.


Many of us have tried to curl our hair perfectly in the summer months only to sadly watch it lose all its oomph as humidity got to it. Thanks to Moroccanoil Treatment Light and Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse, Olivia’s hairstylist, Mara Roszak, was able to ensure her curls would hold up in just about any condition. Mara told InStyle how she achieved the wavy curls: “I then used a curling iron to touch up her waves and define the texture, wrapping each section loosely around the barrel before letting it fall freely. After shaking the waves out with my fingers, I tucked her hair behind her ear on one side.” She finished the look with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to provide some sheen and to help set the style.

You can buy Moroccanoil Treatment Light ($43), Curl Control Mousse ($23.20) and Luminous Hairspray ($22.20) at

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