Now that you have your summer tan, it’s time to make your bronzed skin pop! The best way to do that is with some SHIMMER. Give yourself the gift of glowing skin, luminescent eyes and an all-over luster with lightweight beauty products that have a hint of shine. This season, I’ve stocked up on affordable finds that have proven worthy of a permanent place in my makeup bag. Here are 10 awesome beauty products that I love, guaranteed to make you shine.
I worked in retail for most of my adult life, and now I write for a living, so to alleviate what can be total, absolute boredom in the summer, I’ve had to come up with ways to have adventures and keep my brain stimulated without spending much money. Of course, you can always go to the beach, but the last time I did that I got sun poisoning, so I like to have alternatives.
I know a lot of people who are taking up new sports ($), going to street festivals ($$) or music festivals ($$$), and traveling ($$$$). Meanwhile, I’ve learned to make the best of my community and my shallow pockets thusly: Keep reading »
I consider myself to be a fairly body-confident woman. I enjoy my body’s curves. Even though I would like to lose some weight around my tummy, I don’t want to hide myself, either. I’m not confident enough to wear a traditional bikini, though, so come summertime, I’ve always just rocked a one-piece — it covers said tummy and also because I don’t want to worry about a bikini top splashing away. One-pieces never looked particularly good or particularly bad on me; they were usually just whatever Old Navy was selling that season.
It wasn’t until I got fitted for a cherry-colored bathing suit (above) by Fit 4 U — a special two-piece designed to hide tummies — that I found a bathing suit that I genuinely love. It’s a tankini top with ruffles down the middle and matching bottoms. First of all, it looked like cute lingerie, but it still appropriate for the beach. Second of all, the ruffles are feminine and fun but not too “foofy.” Third, it hid my tummy without looking like some kind of obvious Spanx-type situation. And fourth, it made my boobs look awesome, too! I went away for a weekend with my husband and I was genuinely excited to wear this bathing suit in the hot tub. (FWIW, he thinks it’s cute, too.) Keep reading »
Imagine this: you and your boo are cruisin’ down the highway with the windows down, summer heat warms your face while Lana del Ray’s “West Coast” blasts from the stereo. You reach down for your sunglasses and retrieve a pair of cheap, scratched shades from the dollar store that leave you squinting and embarrassed. That’s not how the story should go, so we’re going to fix that last part…
We’re giving pin-thusiasts a chance to win not one, but TWO pairs of customizable John Ruvin & Co. high-quality sunglasses from the Core Collection— a pair for him and a pair for her. You can choose your lens tint, matte or gloss finish, and Rx (if needed). John Ruvin prides itself on crafting edgy, vintage-inspired Rx eyewear for those of you who need prescription lenses and still crave that hipster, Southern California style. They’re just what the doctor ordered. Here’s how to win… Keep reading »
The weather is finally warming up, and skirt season has officially commenced! Personally, I’m not a big fan of pants, so this is always an exciting time of year for me. But along with the fashion and temperature benefits of skirt season comes a whirlwind of frustration, discomfort and girl problems. As I learned yesterday when Inappropriate Subway Man was disgustingly grazing my upper leg, there are quite a few unspoken downsides to letting your legs out for air. Here are 16 I think we can all agree on… Keep reading »
I think just about everyone is dreaming of getting out of their hometown for a few days this time of year, plane ticket prices be damned. Luckily for us, WalletHub has ranked 50 US cities for vacationing this summer, and their listing was heavily based on affordability.
To determine their list, WalletHub took a look at TripAdvisor and Fly.com to seek out the most popular vacation destinations of the summer, and combined that with Census Bureau data to find the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Then, they analyzed flights on Kayak.com for the month of July (the most popular time for summer travel), looking for quality departure points, affordable and quick travel routes, and logistically and financially accessible destinations. In each major city, they broke down round-trip flights to popular vacation spots by cost, duration and number of connections. Apparently, when it comes to getting out of town, the airport you’re planning to depart from can make or break whether you can afford the trip. Some cities have a much better track record than others of offering quick and affordable flights — and it’s not always so easy to see which cities are doing best in this category without a little digging! Keep reading »