5 Summer Beauty Problems SOLVED…

Yep, I have the solution to 5 summer beauty problems!  Even the most careful person can end up with some collateral damage during the summer months.  Days of fun in the sun, heat, humidity and chlorine can do a number on our skin and hair, leaving us with sunburns, chapped lips, oily skin or even the dreaded green, crunchy hair. But there’s no need to stay indoors when faced with summer beauty problems. Just solve them with these quick fixes! I’ve rounded up quick (and easy) solutions to treat common summer concerns to keep you looking gorgeous all season long.

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So it’s summer and…

  • You Got a Sunburn: Ever fallen asleep and woken up lobster red? To soothe red, hot skin, apply Alba Botanica Very Emollient After Sun – 98% Aloe Vera Gel ($7.99) which is free of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, petrolatum, artificial colors and phthalates.To calm touchy, irritable skin resulting from too much fun in the sun, nothing beats pure aloe vera. This 98% aloe vera gel is certified by the International Aloe Science Council and promises to help soothe grouchiness and discomfort from minor burns, sunburns and dry skin.  And if you just can’t get enough, try it as a shave gel or after-shave treat. When you begin to peel, exfoliate once a week with a soft scrub and moisturize after every shower.
  • Your Hair is Dry and Brittle: Salty water, chlorine and sun can leave color treated tresses dry as the Sahara desert.  Try a conditioning mask like ALTERNA Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Rehab Deep Hydration Masque ($26) to keep your hair soft and smooth.  This mask combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract with color-locking, damage-locking Kalahari Melon Extract leaving hair incredibly silky and shielded from UVA/UVB dry-out and other oxidative damage. With rinse-resistant Color Hold UV+ Technology, it provides the highest level of color protection preventing color from washing out and fading.
  • You Have an Ingrown Hair: Ingrown hairs are something we all face (especially around the bikini line!). For a quick 5-second solution, use a gentle exfoliating treatment like Uni K Wax Ingrown Hair Roll-on ($22). Exfoliating once a week with a shower scrub can also help to further prevent new ones.
  • Your Skin’s Breaking Out: Face acne (or bacne!) is never cute, but often exacerbated by sweat during the warmer months. Calm existing breakouts with soap-free cleanser that provides a gentle, deep cleansing of the pores while regulating oil production and preventing new pimples like Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar. ($8.99)
  • You’ve Got Chapped, Peeling Lips: As summers dry conditions evaporate the moisture from the body, lips are often left dry and dehydrated. Apply Hourglass Cosmetics No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil it’s like a vacation for your lips. The formula is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes and petroleum derivatives (which is a good thing) and it also makes your lips feel beyond smooth and hydrated.  It contains a powerful combination of 28 actives, essential oils, plant oils, and vitamins works on contact to condition lips, relieve dryness, chapping, and shield against environmental elements. In addition, three of the 28 advanced active ingredients strengthen the moisture barrier; boost skin smoothness; and elevate the appearance of lip texture, shape, and volume (plumpness of lips).

Have you tried any of these? What are your summer must haves for common beauty problems??

Stay Pretty!!

TMG Faves: Favorite Lipsticks….

Now that summer is in full swing, time to grab a new shade to pop your look!!  So I put together a list of my 5 favorite lipsticks for you.  By the way, did you know that today is National Lipstick Day? Well, it is and what better way to celebrate than to round up my favorites!  It might be the last thing you think about, but lipstick can brighten your mood and amp up any look.  Here are 5 of my current favorites in rotation for summer….

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By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge

A lipstick that glides on, adds shine, moisturizes, smoothes, fills-in, and protects lips. The latest balm-like lipstick by Terry de Gunzburg offers an unprecedented combination of color and care. Between a gel and a balm, its aqua-cream texture restores lasting comfort as it sculpts and coats the lips in a radiant splash of shine. An SPF 10 UV filter maintains the lips’ youthful appearance by protecting them from climatic aggressions and pollution.

Price: $35, Available at Barneys.com

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Let them eat cake…and keep their lipstick intact in the process. Meet Revolution Lipstick – a luxe, badass take on the notion of a “classic lipstick.” The brand’s proprietary Pigment Infusion System gives this formula creamy texture, insane color payout and non-drying extended wear. It applies smoothly – no dragging or skipping here – and with 22 shades ranging from naughty nudes to bold brights, there’s something for everyone. The gunmetal case looks gorgeous on your vanity and prevents breakage, while also supporting the soft, creamy formula.

Price: $22, Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s stores, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com, and UrbanDecay.com

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Glossy Balm Crayon

Liven up your summer lips with the new Colour Riche Glossy Balm Crayon. The newest lip creation from L’Oréal Paris delivers an ultra-light, ultra-glossy finish for the woman looking for a new twist on a traditional balm to punctuate your personal style. The fun, attractive chubby stick format allows you to create a non-sticky, non-greasy finish with a creamy, smooth, sensorial feel. Available in eight flirty shades.

Price: $7.99, Available at drugstore.com and mass, food and drug retailers nationwide

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm Pop

For more intense color coverage, this formula is intensely pigmented to provide a bold pop of color. It’s also loaded with nourishing ingredients like Shea Butter and Vitamin E for intense comfort and hydration. Available in four daring shades.

Price: $7.99, Available at drugstore.com and mass, food and drug retailers nationwide

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Do you find that after the extensive routine of lining, coloring and glossing your lips you’re just too exhausted to go in to work (such a rough life, we know). Streamline your routine with Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, the creamiest, most sumptuously pigmented, truly all-in-one chubby pencil to ever hit your lips. It may be hard to believe, but the formula delivers all the opaque, saturated, high-impact, long-lasting color of your favorite lipstick – with the bonus of anti-feathering mega-watt shine in one chubby pencil! Available in five dynamic shades,  it offers bright fun colors paired with creamy or metallic sparkle finishes. The formula is loaded with nourishing plant derivatives such as Phytosterol, which promotes skin hydration, protects and even rejuvenates the delicate skin on your lips.

Price: $20, Available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com

What are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments!

Stay Pretty!!




GLAM Beauty Board: Summer 2014 Reviews…

Hey hey!!  As a member of the Glam Beauty Board, I periodically receive a selection of products to review.  Lucky for me – most of them I have never tried and in most cases have been DYING to (It’s the beauty junkie in me…LOL) Last week, I got the Summer Beauty Board Box, which contained an great selection of summer essentials from makeup to skin!

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The Rundown:

Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor I have always been a Venus girl – I love the way the handle feels and the blades give me a super smooth shave.  This particular version lessens the feeling of irritation thanks to two aloe strips, one above the blades and one below. The Gillette Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel is also really great at adding protection against irritation. It’s also dye and fragrance free too (Woooo!) plus it smells really good!

Bite Beauty BB Lip I loooove this!!  It looks like healthy lips and feels really good and offers excellent hydration.  This color-rich balm repairs, primes, and protects with SPF 15. Natural lip repair lipids mimic the lips’ natural surface to revitalize, replenish, and restore texture for the ultimate softness.

ALTERNA CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Milk My hair is DRY y’all (really fine too) an now that it’s color treated practically every day of my life, I need a leave in conditioner on a regular basis.  This one is a leave-in conditioner that absorbs instantly and hydrates deeply.  It’s a godsend for my dry, brittle, or aging hair!

Jason Gluten Free Body Wash This is certified gluten free – so if you are concerned about that then this one is PERFECT for you.  It comes in a HUGE 30 oz pump bottle (more than two times the amount for a typical body wash), it smells fresh AND it’s only $14.  What’s not to love?  This will last you forever!

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask A brightening hydrating cream that works like a mask while you sleep!??!  Sign me up!


Have you tried any of these?  What are your favorite summertime go to products?  Let me know in the comments!

Stay Pretty!!



TMG Faves: Eve Lom Cleanser…

Eve Lom Cleanser

I can't believe I've never tried this - and once you do......you won't either.  Eve Lom Cleanser isn't called, "Probably the best cleanser in the world..."  by Vogue for no reason.  It probably is.  In case you are not aware, Eve Lom was Born in … [Continue reading]

New for Fall: Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner…

Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner is my new favorite thing. I love new innovations, and this one is at the top of my list.  A good cat eye was SUPER hard for me to do until gel liner came along - it always looked wobbly.  When you have the gel … [Continue reading]

10 Must Have Travel Beauty Essentials…

Travel Beauty Essentials

Greetings from California! Here are my 10 Must Have Travel Beauty Essentials...I have been traveling more and more lately AND now (thanks to Julia) have it down to a science. One of my biggest things that I do all the time now is ask for akincare … [Continue reading]

Refresh Your Makeup Storage this Summer…

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We already talked about cleaning out your makeup bag - this time we need to clean out your makeup storage! If you are a beauty junkie, it's hard to keep things in check. Like anything, there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding.  With … [Continue reading]

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gets an Update…

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye

When a product reaches cult status, you just know it.  Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye is one of those products.  The thing I love about Estee Lauder is that when they realize that a product has reached that status, not only do they maintain … [Continue reading]

NEW C.O. Bigelow Candle Collection…

C.O. Bigelow Candle Collection

I love to burn candles, so the new C.O. Bigelow Candle Collection $42 are high on my list of things to check out.  I remember wandering into what is now the legendary NYC store back when I first moved to the city back in 1985.  I had never seen … [Continue reading]

How To: 5 Steps to Create a Faux Glow…

5 Steps to Faux Glow

 5 Steps to Create a Faux Glow! Everyone wants to look healthy - right?  Having a tan/looking tan have been staples for decades.  However, with the ozone layer being the way it is and skin cancer on the rise - it's time to come up with some suitable … [Continue reading]

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme Makeup…

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme

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Summer 2014: MAC Moody Blooms…

MAC Moody Blooms Summer 2014

Finally some bright colors for summer!  MAC Moody Blooms has arrived (available online TODAY) and while I love nude lips as a go to....I appreciate and love bright pink lips for spring and ESPECIALLY summer.  You get all of that here with 6 lipsticks … [Continue reading]

My 7 Summer Must Haves…

7 Summer Must Haves

My 7 Summer Must Haves are here - YES summer...FINALLY!!  Hi pretty babies!!  It's been a minute - I know.  My trusty MacBook Pro was in the hospital!  Can you imagine my despair???  I backed up just in case anything crazy happened and she is back … [Continue reading]

NEW!! Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Collection


NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow $29.  This is a new sheer finish shadow that can be applied wet for a more intense look - they also have created a new brush that makes application super simple. This is the first shadow … [Continue reading]

Pricey Creams: Natura Bisse Inhibit-Tensolift Review + Pictures

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Natura Bisse Inhibit Tensolift made me do a double take in the store. Why? Okay, so what I am about to tell you will knock you on your backside. I have found a serum that works as well as botox on lines and wrinkles.  Yes.  The kicker?  It's also … [Continue reading]

5 Ways to Reveal Your Best Self….

Reveal Your Best Self

I have 5 Ways to Reveal Your Best Self this summer!  I am all about....showing and glowing with radiant, smooth skin and legs in the summer season. So after a crazy POLAR VORTEX of a winter, I'm ready for the sun.  I'm even planning to travel a … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette…

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette [$58] is BACK and part of the permanent line for Hourglass Cosmetics.  The palette of ambient lighting powders showed up last fall as a limited edition holiday offering and quickly sold out EVERYWHERE.  Shoppers … [Continue reading]

How To: Clean Your Makeup Bag in 7 Steps…

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I'm going to show you how to Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag in 7 Steps!  I was looking at my makeup bag the other day and it was EMBARRASSING. I mean, something had broken and it was kind of leaking it's glitteryness all over everything. So I went … [Continue reading]