Summer Must Have: Jason Aloe Vera Gel

JASON Soothing Aloe Vera Gel

I’m the girl who will plan something out and think of almost every aspect of except one… and it is always something very obvious. When it comes to lounging in the sun, that thing is always sunscreen so the end result is an uncomfortable sunburn. Because of this, I have now learned to keep a few things on hand to try and calm my skin afterwards and one of those things is Jason Aloe Vera Gel.

Not only is this great to have on hand in any first aid kit to come to the rescue of minor burns (mine are always cooking related), it is much needed relief on top of sunburned skin. It’s like a tall, ice-cold glass of water for parched skin. The gel is water based so it doesn’t contain any oil and feels practically weightless on skin so it absorbs super quickly. When I get a particularly bad burn, usually on my face, I like to apply it in a thick layer and leave it on as long as I can as a manage to stay still for. The relief is instant and it cools me down while I soothe my skin.

In a pinch, it has a ton of other uses as well, some of which I employ… like as a facial moisturizer when I don’t want quite as much hydration or when I’ve irritated my skin after a peel. I also use aloe vera when I make some homemade scrubs for face and body, I’m becoming a bit of a kitchen beautician these days. The best thing about this is I get the hydration without any of the slip-and-fall-break-your-neck danger when I use the scrubs in the shower. Another shower use? Shaving, it minimizes any irritation from the razor and leaves legs and underarms feeling super soft.

The last thing I love about Jason Aloe Vera Gel? It is super wallet-friendly. This 4 oz. tube can be picked up for just under $4 and there’s also a larger 16 oz. size if you mean business. I hope you remember your sunblock but if you don’t, just reach for this…

MAC Cosmetics The Simpsons Collection Pre-Sale!

MAC Cosmetics Simpsons Collection

It was just a matter of time before The Simpsons made their way into the beauty arena and that day is almost here thanks to the MAC Cosmetics Simpsons collection! MAC is bringing one of the small screen’s favorite families to a MAC counter near you this September (online on August 28th) but if you’re in San Diego for Comic Con this month, you’re in luck! You’ll be in the right place at the right time for MAC’s exclusive one-day only pre-sale.

Keep reading a sneak peek at the collection and pre-sale details…

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Rings, Rings, Rings!

rings

Lately I’ve been obsessed with collecting rings. I started with those stretchy rings, you know the kind, the one-size fits all type that are more clunky than functional. Then as I started losing some weight, I realized my fingers were becoming a little more slender as well. That’s when it became time to venture out into rings that were actually sized instead of hanging together with string… I’m a size 8, in case anyone is curious. ;)

These days my favorite type of rings are the stackable kind, collecting simple bands in different tones to put together. Maybe one has a small gem set in, maybe it is just a simple, plain rose gold band. I love the way the different metals, shapes and settings come together to create a unique, eclectic look. I’m also obsessed with rings that take on different geometric shapes, ones that appear to be cut out really have me at hello.

I appreciate different colored gemstones but for my taste, I’d rather keep it simple and go with more traditional gemstones than something bright and in your face… not to say that bright doesn’t have its time and place. Simple pieces in silver and yellow gold, those are more my style.

How about you? How do you rock your rings? One on each finger? A couple on each hand or none at all?

4th of July Stars and Stripes Nail Art by Jin Soon Choi

Stars and Stripes

Just in time for the holiday weekend, Jin Soon Choi, founder of the infamous JINsoon line, has shared 2 nail art looks to get your nails in tip-top, patriotic shape for the 4th of July.

The looks feature her signature shades and if you haven’t tried her line yet, you’re missing out. She has collaborated with Revlon and MAC in the past and went on to create her own line with unique shades that have a great formula. She absolutely kills it with blues. If you haven’t visited her site yet, make sure to stop by and look at her nail art tutorials. My favorite is the V-Shape tutorial. She creates looks that are gorgeous yet seem completely approachable.

Keep reading to find out how to create these two looks.

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How to Achieve Bone Health and Strength

If you have weak or brittle bones, then you may be the victim of fractures, strains or sprains in your ankles. It’s more common than you might think, in fact; osteoporosis affects about 44 million people living in the United States and is the cause of about 2 million bone fractures annually. If you suffer from severe pain in your ankles due to injury then you may want to consider surgery as an option. If your injuries tend to be minor and not overly painful then there are many things you can do to increase your overall bone strength. Here is a guide to get you started.

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New! MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer

In addition to the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations release, MAC is also launching a new, revamped nail polish formula named MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer. The new formula is toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free and also contains conditioning vitamins E, C and B5 to help straighten nails. Outside of the formula, we’ll be seeing a different, flatter brush for better application.

The new Studio Nail Lacquer comes in 4 different finishes: cream, frost, pearl and glitter… yay for glitter! In addition to the MAC Nails Transformations top coats, this new release also brings us a new gel-like top coat named Overlacquer and a new gel-like base coat named Underlacque. New, revamped versions of faves like Nocturnelle are great but I’m looking forward to test driving these base and top coats.

Here’s a peek at some of the shades:

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New! NARS Nail Polish

NARS Nail Polish

Also out with a new nail polish formula is the NARS Nail Polish line up. The formula has been revamped and there’s a new brush as well as 19 new shades now part of their nail lineup. The revamped collection now features 43 shades, including 24 fan favorites like Orgasm for a full range of looks.

Introducing NARS new Nail Polish, a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

The collection also include the NARS Base and Top Coats for the complete NARS lacquer experience. Shades include:
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New! MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations

MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations

Ladies, MAC means business. They are stepping up their nail game. First, they revamped their nail polish formula (more on that soon) and now they are launching the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations collection; shade transforming top coats you can apply over any nail polish to give your nails a twist.

Fusing her unique background as a former forensic scientist with a striking and innovative design sense, Marian Newman brings her modern aesthetic to a collaboration with M·A·C, featuring a collection of nail lacquers and topcoats designed to give nails a stylish twist. Six glowing topcoats in Texturize, Shadow, Blue, Pink, Green and Gold will transform the look of your lacquers into totally new shades.

Shades include:
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Laura Mercier & ReVive Friends & Family Sale!

Laura Mercier Friends & Family Sale

I’ve been trying to impose a strict moratorium on beauty purchases lately but there have been a few slip ups, now there’s going to be another one… Starting today, you can get 20% off your purchase on LauraMercier.com and take $50 off of a $250 purchase on RéVive Skincare. We are big Laura Mercier fans here and new converts to ReVive, hello Gel Cleanser!

Laura Mercier:
· Enjoy 20% Off & free standard shipping on any $75 purchase on LauraMercier.com. Wed., 6/25-Fri., 6/27. While supplies last. No offer code needed.

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RéVive Skincare:
· Enjoy $50 off your $250 purchase. Plus, also select 2 deluxe samples and enjoy free shipping. 6/25-6/27. No offer code needed.

The sale ends Friday, June 27th so act quickly! Are you hauling anything? Let me know in the comments.