Taylor’s Recipe For A Perfect, Sunless Tan

Coming from someone with skin whiter than a sheet of loose leaf paper — okay, maybe not that light, but pretty close — I am the biggest advocate for sunless tanning. I’m sure some of you can relate. I’m not one of those people who refuse to go into the sunlight… I’ve been a head lifeguard at a lake every summer for three years, and I’m at the beach any chance I get. But I am one of those people who applies sunblock like a fiend, and have yet to set foot in a tanning bed. Instead, I opt for the safer, easier and more economical route: sunless tanning.

This is my very own recipe that I use in order to achieve a faux, sun-kissed look throughout my summers (and even during the year)! Follow these steps and you’ll literally be glowing in no time, with a natural (and safe!) look.

1) Victoria’s Secret’s Self-Tanning Tinted Spray | 2)  Tarte Brazilliance Mitt Duo | 3) Paula’s Choice’s Almost The Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel  | 4) Sonia Kashuk® Couture Shower Cap | 5) Aromatherapy Associates’ Polishing Body Brush | 6) Jergens’ Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer 

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A Chakra-Inspired Beauty Guide For Summer

Have you ever worn a certain color to perk yourself up? I’ve been reading up about theories of chakras lately, and how different colors can really impact your moods—it’s so fascinating!

Chakra theory was first developed by Hindus and has since been adopted by Buddhists, too. Basically, the body has seven main areas (or ‘wheels’) that act as energy points, starting from the pelvic region and leading up in a straight line to the top of the head. Each of the seven areas has a separate color that is believed to be responsible for different properties and healing powers.

Red governs the base chakra at the base of the spine. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth, and connects us to our physical body.

When to wear it: When you need a boost of self-confidence

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5 Bright and Bold Lippies to Try This Summer

Whether you are kissing that special someone, karaoking ’til dawn, or laughing with friends, bold lips will take you anywhere this summer. There is a color for every occasion and a perfect shade for everyone. If you are a lip junkie and looking for new shades or you’re new to the bright lip color game, I’m here to show you the best of the brightest you should rock this summer.

Emma Stone for Revlon Cosmetics

Radiant Orchid

It’s no secret that Radiant Orchid is popular this summer as it has been deemed the “Pantone Color of the Year.” You cannot go wrong with a rich, radiant lip. This is a color that I’ve dabbled in and has grown on me. The purple pinkish hue can look sexy or sweet on the lips, and makes a bold statement. This is a great starter color if you are new to bold lips because there are a great range of pastel shades to try out. There are also tons of shades out ranging from neons to deep orchids available everywhere, and it’s a perfect color to transition into the fall season.

1: Maybelline Color Sensational in Brazen Berry, 2: Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn, 3: Dose of Color Love Potion, 4: YSL Violine Out of Control

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What To Buy At Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Right Now

While I normally shop sales for specific items, there are so many great pieces at the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale that I was able to put together a great date night outfit, a happy hour ensemble and even some pieces to throw on before heading out to the gym!

If your office participates in Casual Friday, it’s a great time to put a fun spin on the classic pencil skirt, wear leopard as a neutral and replace that Oxford shirt with a worn-in chambray top.

1. Ted Baker London Crystal Bow Matinee Wallet  |  2. Kate Spade Play Hooky iPhone Case  |  3. Halogen Tencel Denim Shirt  |  4. BaubleBar Rosebud Mixed Stone Necklace  |  5. Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt  |  6. Kate Spade Live Colorfully Perfume Set  |  7. Halogen Marlie Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump

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Maybelline’s The Nudes Palette: A $10 Naked Palette Dupe?

via Target

Ever since the release of Urban Decay’s Naked Palette in 2010, it has held the spot of reigning nude eyeshadow palette. With its highly pigmented shadows and versatile shades, the Naked palette is rightfully popular, so it’s no surprise that several other brands have come out with similar products.  I’ve seen the Nude on Nude from NYX, Natural from Forever 21, Full Exposure from Smashbox, Revealed, from Coastal Scents and now the latest addition: the Nudes palette from Maybelline.

After eating dinner last night, I jetted off to Bed Bath and Beyond in search of the coveted new palette, only to learn that this particular location does not carry cosmetics.  (What kind of Bed Bath and Beyond doesn’t carry all the Beyond stuff?)

Next, I took the subway to CVS, which carried every drugstore beauty product you could need except for the one I wanted. I read online that Rite Aid had the palette so I went back to the Rite Aid a block away from my building.  They didn’t have it either, so I bought two boxes of ice cream and went home to wallow. I think the problem is that I was competing with the thousands of women in this city who might want what is being touted as the drugstore version of the Naked palette.

I finally tracked one down at Target this morning, priced at $9.99, and I’m so glad I did.

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Buzz About Beauty: My Top 10 Beauty Vloggers

via MakeupbyAlli

Back in 2009 I discovered the beauty community on YouTube. Since then, my paychecks have hardly met my bank account and any money I receive has been quickly donated to every Sephora I pass. The world of “beauty vloggers” or “beauty gurus” as they are called on YouTube, is one that is unique to the beauty world unlike any other on YouTube. This community can be reached privately, from your own home in your pjs, and still manage to consume copious amounts of your life.

Since discovering the beauty community, I have found my new (expensive) passion, hobbies and talents I never knew I could possess, and a career I would love to pursue. With a quick search anyone is able to learn how to perfect a smokey eye or learn how to look like a zombie for Halloween. It provides you with online beauty schooling, entertainment, and fashion tips from people just like you.

Every time I find a new beauty vlogger or sit down and watch an amazing video, I get excited inside thinking I’ve found a hidden gem in the world of YouTube. Well today, I am here to share all of my best kept secrets (or what I thought were secrets) with you all. Since there are countless numbers of beauty vloggers creating content on YouTube, I’ve narrowed my list from my some 100 subscriptions to a mere 10 for you to dabble in. Whether you plan to learn or are here for fun, be prepared to enter the ultimate girl world.

1) Nicole Guerriero

Nicole is a confident beauty vlogger hailing from Florida. She knows what’s up about everything from beauty to fashion and tanning to teeth. If you are looking for someone with long luscious locks (she just recently cut her hair!), and who is an expert on extensions, Nicole is your go to gal. 

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10 Road Trip Beauty Essentials For Every Budget

Packing for trips can be difficult, especially when you’re going to be trapped in a car for the ride. You want to pack light as possible, but you also want to be prepared for any unexpected adventures on the road. Here are ten beauty essentials that I always make sure to pack when I’m hitting the road and exploring.

Packing a versatile cleanser is a great way to keep your suitcase a little lighter and to save you some time while you’re traveling.

Try: Fresh Soy Cleanser ($38); Ole Henriksen On The Go Cleanser ($22.00); Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser ($8.79); Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Removing Cleanser ($5.99)

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