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Summer Wrap

A silk scarf adds instant glam to the simplest of outfits, plus it’s a great way to disguise a bad hair day. To stay cool this summer (and protect your scalp from sunburn), throw on a light-colored dress, a stack of bangles, straw wedges and a colorful headwrap. A swipe of bright lipstick completes the look, and if you’re too hot with you hair down, pull your strands into a loose side braid.

 

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Alligator skin: For handbags only

If you are in the same position as me (which I expect many of you are), the winter weather is leaving your skin undesirably dry. To fix this beauty blunder, I have rounded up the best of the best moisturizers using the recommendations of beauty magazines and my own personal experience. All of the formulas are fairly inexpensive, so you can afford the attention that your skin needs!

LIP BALM

Burt’s Bees Beeswack Lip Balm: No other formula is as refreshing and rejuvenating as this peppermint flavored chapstick. I’ve been a loyal user for years!

Aquaphor Healing Ointment: I can tell you from personal experience that this stuff is absolutely amazing. You can use it to moisturize your lips but that’s not all. Try it as an all over body treatment, especially for cracked heels and elbows.

FACIAL MOISTURIZER

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30: This moisturizer made it on both Allure and InStyle’s lists as a best beauty buy. Can’t really argue with that.

Milk: Yes, you just read that correctly. If you are looking for a quick and easy DIY treatment, have a go at this trick that Cosmopolitan shared: “If your face is so dry and peely that all your moisturizers just aren’t helping, try this remedy from NYC dermatologist Lance Brown: Soak a washcloth in ice-cold whole milk, and lay it across your face for 10 minutes. The natural lipids in the milk will plump up and rehydrate your skin, while the cool temp and lactic acid will tone down redness and remove flecks.”

BODY LOTION

Vaseline Aloe Fresh Protecting Body Lotion SPF 15: My mom has used Vaseline lotion ever since I can remember, and there are usually two bottles in her bathroom at a time. This formula is lightweight, and it has a fresh scent that reminds me of the beach.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion: This lotion caught the attention of InStyle for two years in a row making the magazine’s best beauty buys list for 2009 and 2010. “It’s rich without being heavy or greasy and won’t clog pores,” says Derek Kenneaster, a dermatologist in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer: If your skin is dry and pale, this is the lotion for you. It smells considerably better than most gradual tanners, and never once have I been streaky.

HAND CREAM

Nivea Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream: Cosmopolitan’s website has a great read titled, “10 Embarrassing Winter Beauty Questions… Answered!” The article recommends that you thoroughly rub the hand cream into your cuticles, where the skin is fragile and can become especially raw and ragged. I must suggest that you click through the other nine questions that the article answers!

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Fast Absorbing Hand Cream: Another Allure best beauty buy for 2010, this cream is said to make “parched hands look ten years younger in about ten seconds.”

Kick that Cold

Good morning glamazons! Hopefully this post finds you all in good health. If for some reason, however, you’re like me and caught a winter bug – fear not! I am here to tell you how to kick that cold in no time… in your cutest platform heels if you please.

1. Vitamize and energize: Ok, ok so vitamize isn’t a real word, but it makes sense if you think about it! When your body is trying to fight the pathogens causing the illness, you need to fill up on healthy, vitamin rich foods. Or if you are a picky eater like myself, take a daily vitamin supplement. Also, motivate yourself to get some exercise. While it may be the last thing you feel like doing, even a short walk outside can give you a much needed energy boost.

2. Get cheeky: When we don’t feel our best we typically don’t look our best. Being sick tends to leave our faces with less natural color, making the skin look pale and sallow. To brighten things up, use a thick powder brush to dab some blush on the apples of your cheeks. Even if you don’t wear blush regularly, add it to your beauty regimen at least until you are feeling back to normal. I promise it will make a huge difference.

3. Step away from the sweatpants: I understand that you want to be cozy when you don’t feel well, but that is no excuse to dress like a slob. While I will admit that I am as much of a fan of Victoria’s Secret loungewear as the next girl, I must advise that you reserve your casual wear to the confines of your apartment. Instead of going grunge, opt for comfy chic. Pair a slouchy cardigan with trouser jeans and flat moccasins. Or try an oversized sweater and a thick scarf with skinny jeans. Still comfortable, just considerably cuter.

4. Pamper yourself: You’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water each day and get eight hours of sleep each night, but if we’re being serious, that hardly ever happens. Well now is the time to make sure that it does. This seems like a no brainer, but with our demanding schedules, these simple efforts can be forgotten. Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day, and in the evening, unwind with a lavender-infused bath and hit the sheets early.

5. Bring a cure on the go: The world doesn’t stop just because you’re sick. (Although wouldn’t it be great if it did?!) For the glamazon on the go, pack a small makeup bag with the following travel-sized items: pack of tissues, antibacterial hand sanitizer and hand cream. Depending on your illness, you may also want to add lip balm, cough drops and OTC pain medication. That way you can be combating the symptoms of your cold all day long.

And that’s all there is to it my glamour queens. Now get your booties out of bed. It’s time to be fabulous.