Beauty Buzz: Beauty and the Beach

By |May 26th, 2011|Beauty Buzz|

Memorial Day is upon us, ladies.  That means… it’s time to hit the beach and get some Vitamin D. Before you slip into your itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, let’s pack a bag.  There are a few essentials that every girl needs when lounging in the sun as to look like a mermaid rather than a shriveled old pirate.

I know, I just can’t kick my pirate ways… Chock your beach bag full of glamorous goodies to be the fairest maiden by the sea (Check out last year’s picks).  The first step is finding a great beach bag.  Make sure it’s water repellent (or at least that you won’t care when it’s waterlogged by a rogue tidal wave).  Waterproof mascara and hydrating lip color will also have you looking polished and perky.  I like to use brown rather than black for a day at the beach so I don’t look like B-roll for the Jersey Shore.  Be careful when choosing color for your pucker- some shimmery glosses can actually increase your chances of a sunburn (yes- you can burn your lips and sadly, lip cancer is no day at the beach).  If you don’t dare dip your strands in the water, fake the look by spritzing your hair with a “wave spray” or you can make your own mixture simply by mixing salt and water in a spray bottle.


1. Jonathan Adler Pink Hexagon Duchess Bag, $178, 2. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $23, 3. Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint, $24, 4. Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse, $42, 5. Benefit BADgal Brown Mascara, $19, 6. Lauren Home Horizontal Ombre Beach Towel, $13.99, 7.Retrosun Vintage Gucci Sunglasses, $245, 8. J. Crew Summer Sun Hat, $45, 9. Havaianas Fit Sandals, $28

Now go hit the beach, beauty!



Beauty Buzz: Do the Wave

By |May 11th, 2009|Beauty Buzz|


Oh it’s about that time of year again. You know, the warm weather we have been wishing for but then curse it when it gets here. “It’s too hot.” “This humidity is killing me!” You know what I’m talking about.

On a positive note, it’s time to bust out the sundresses, strappy sandals, and shades.  While you overhaul your closet, tucking your sweaters away and positioning your short shorts front and center, it’s also time to tuck your flat iron away. Stick straight hair for the summer is just too fussy, not to mention that it is a completely futile effort.

It’s time for sexy, wild wavy beach hair. How do you get this Gisele hair without looking like Amy Winehouse you ask? A few simple tricks will get you on your way to looking like a mermaid who just found her legs and crawled out of the ocean to meet her Prince Eric.

After you wash your hair, apply a salt spray/wave spray to damp hair. There are several different options out there. I like Bumble and Bumble South Surf Spray andFrederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves. Then wrap hair in a loose bun and pin in place.  Allow your hair to dry in and unpin when hair is mostly dry.  This will create loose waves.  Touch up any wonky strands with a large curling iron. Make sure to leave the ends out because you don’t want it to look like pageant hair. Mist with hair spray and tousle with your fingers. Voila! You are a sexy sea maiden.

Some will suggest creating this entire look with a curling iron, but I don’t believe it stays as well and it is also causing unnecessary damage to your hair (not what it needs during the humid summer months).  If you have super straight or fine hair that just will not curl, I suggest using a wave iron like this one.  I warn you though, use it sparingly in order to avoid looking like a crimped poodle. Not even close to hot.