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Get Beach Ready: Best Tanning Products


Tanning season is amongst us, ladies, and we want that perfect glow for summer — minus the tanning beds and orange hands. We promise you that we have found the best tanning products that will surely get you beach ready and feeling like a beach goddess this year.
Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer ($30)

Optimized-Benefit Cosmetics

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Let’s not get started on the ultra-cute yet super functional packaging this bronzer has to offer. This all-over body 12-hour bronzer will change your entire self-tanning game. Hands-free and easy to use, the applicator creates a transfer-resistant and streak-free tan. Pop the top off, apply a dab of bronzer (it’s buildable!), and blend the seamlessly smooth formula over your soon-to-be — what Benefit Cosmetics likes to call — “beachin’ bod!” This product can be found at your local ULTA Beauty store, Benefit Cosmetics counter, and/or Macy’s.
St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse ($32)
Optimized-Violet Grey

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What would our list be without St. Tropez?! Known as the “most genuine tan color from a bottle,” this self-tanner is practically a cult classic.
Aqua Tan Self-Tanning Body Milk ($42)
Optimized-Aqua Tan Self-Tanning Body Milk

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This is another self-tanner with great, believable color and enriched with white tea, cucumber, and green tea extracts, all of which help hydrate the skin, an important and often overlooked aspect of self-tanning. You can guarantee that this self-tanner will have you looking and feeling pretty with its fresh scent, quickly drying time, and ability to leave behind that icky sticky feeling.
Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel ($37)

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Clarins gel is great for our more fairer-skinned lady friends. This is one of the self-tanners that doesn’t leave an orange complexion; it also applies colorless, which makes it feel more like a lotion while producing a natural-looking tan.
Keep in mind that for best and long-lasting results, it’s important to use a mild exfoliant and to shave before you apply your self-tanner. Use a mirror during application as well so that you can see what you’re doing; areas such as the knees, hands, elbows, ankles, and feet can be overlooked or missed, even in the slightest, at times. Better to be safe than sorry, so go light! Don’t be so heavy handed with your use as too much tanning lotion can show your mistakes, especially in the areas we mentioned above. But most importantly, have fun with experimenting because it’s summer after all, and it’s all about having fun.
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End of Summer: Healthy Hair


The beach is the perfect day long escape in the summer. The sun warming your bronzer-glossed skin, sand between your toes, and wind blowing in your hair is the perfect combination for a perfect day with a book in your lap with icy drink in hand. In fact, the sound of that is enough to relieve tension and ease the mind, right? Think again! The combination of sun, wind, and sand takes a huge toll on hair that goes unnoticed until weeks after serious damage is done. This combination dries out hair, and without proper care, split ends and a flaky scalp is the result. These simple steps will be sure to give you healthy hair!
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Consuming alcohol dehydrates the body. So, if you’re having a margarita or shandy on the beach, make sure to drink lots of water to rehydrate your skin. After all, to help your hair, it’s best to start inside out. In addition to keeping hydrated, don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your scalp! This is often forgotten about, but your scalp is just as exposed to the sun as the rest of your body. If a burn occurs, brushing will be difficult and there’s a great chance that your scalp will peel in patches … gross! Try a facial sunblock like Aveeno. These are great for sensitive skin and don’t paint your entire head white.
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After a day of sun, relax a bit when you return home. Pour yourself a glass of water with some lemon slices or veg out and have a snack. Whatever you do, be sure to drizzle some olive oil evenly on your scalp prior to. Let this soak into your scalp and roots for at least fifteen minutes, and then rinse it off with the leftover sand and sea salt you trailed home from the beach.
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Leave in conditioner is super easy to use, but can go a long way. Simply spritz a bit into hair and finger comb or fully brush from root to end. This will moisturize your hair (until it gets wet) and leave it perfectly hydrated.
Hot Oil
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This slightly differs from olive oil, but if all else fails, pick up a hot oil treatment from any drugstore and follow the directions on the tube. For the most part, all you’ll need to do is allow the tube to heat up in boiling water for a few minutes and apply to hair. The effects should be noticeable post shower.
Summer only comes once a year, but the damage it causes to your hair can last for an extended time. With these tips, your hair will stand against the natural forces summer brings and be healthier for much longer.

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No-Fuss Summer Lips


The sun is plastered against a clear blue sky, school is out, and your earbuds are blasting your favorite song. Summer time means no worries, and there are only three precious months of it to enjoy before school starts again. Don’t waste time in front of a mirror when you could be on the beach, underwater, or partying. These classic summer lips will help salvage those few extra minutes you need to pack some extra bottles of water into your cooler.
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In honor of summer holidays, like Flag Day or Labor Day, fully embrace your red, white, and blue spirit with some fiery red lips. For perfect lines (and so that you don’t have to constantly reapply), fill your lips with liner after lining them to your desired shape. It might feel odd, but this provides lips with extra primer, and if your lipstick does wear off, no one will notice! Try Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in “Gash” ($19.00) underneath your red. The creamy liner will cover every spot.
Princess Pink
It’s summer! Grab an umbrella drink, your bikini, tanning oil, and embrace your inner girly-girl. Shades of pink will help increase the effect of tanned skin. Lady Gaga’s Mac Viva Glam is just enough pink to brighten up any look.
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Au Naturale
If it’s too humid for an intense look, and your face is melting before you can even apply concealer, then your best bet is to go natural! I don’t mean skinny dipping, though. Any lip balm will saturate lips, but for a super glossy finish, apply a tiny amount of non-tinted aloe vera to lips. It’s a natural lip gloss that will get you noticed while curing sunburn.
Duck face or prune pout, these basic lips are essential to get you through the rest of summer. So pucker up and get ready to hashtag your favorite looks all summer long.
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