Beauty Watch: The Selfie Brush, Alexis Bittar for Sephora, Great Beauty Hacks and Karl Lagerfeld's Cat

Mixing baubles with beauty: Alexis Bittar to collaborate with Sephora. (via WWD)

We love the selfie brush. ( via Racked)

9 Great Blogger Beauty  Hacks. (via People StyleWatch)

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat to front new holiday collection for Shu Uemura. (via WWD)

Embrace your natural look with Lydia Bright. (via Daily Mail)

Current Obsession: Peripera Peri's Precious Lip Stuffs

Peripera is a South Korean beauty brand that has recently become more popular in the U.S. thanks to Urban Outfitters, which now carries most of the brand’s makeup online.

If you love adorably packaged, off-the-charts cute beauty goods, you’ll be a sucker for Peripera. I’m currently obsessed with the line’s incredibly sweet — and potent — lip products, named Peripera Peri for the Mari-Kim-designed Parisian fairy that adorns the each product. Here are five of Peripera Peri’s lip stuffs that we absolutely love.

Tint Water In Candy JuiceTint Water in Candy Juice, $12
This juicy lip stain produces a bright red tint that keeps your lips colored for hours.

Tint Marker In Plum StainTint Marker in Plum Stain, $16
If you prefer a pen, this felt-style marker stain is easy to apply and just as potent. The plum shade is nice and deep, perfect for fall.

Tint Crayon In Fruity LoveTint Crayon in Fruity Love, $14
This creamy crayon is light, hydrating and leaves a glossy red hue. Peri’s polka dot outfit on the tube is beyond adorable.

Tint Milk In Milky PinkTint Milk in Milky Pink, $12
A lip gloss in bright pink that’s as playful and pretty as the red-headed Peri that’s painted on the wand.

Tint Lip Balm In Cherry PinkTint Lip Balm in Cherry Pink, $12
A mega-moisturizing lip balm that leaves just a hint of pink behind, along with a subtle shine. Perfect to pack in your purse or pocket.


Beauty Watch: The Emmy's Best Beauty Looks, Rihanna's New Scent for Men, a Buzzworthy Beauty App and More

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Rihanna gets ready to launch her fifth fragrance — and this one is just for men.  (Via Luckymag.com)

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A luxurious new M.A.C. beauty line awaits: Prabal Gurung's got a collaboration in the works. (Via Allure.com)

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Saks Fifth Avenue unveils its fabulous new Fragrance Library. (Via Saks.com)

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The new beauty app that's got everyone buzzing. (Via Parade.com)

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Oh Those Summer Nights: How to Get That Perfect Shimmery Summer Evening Glow

It seems that as quickly as it arrived, summer is now swiftly coming to a close. But it’s not over yet, nor are the wonderfully romantic and (this year's) delightfully mild August evenings. Right now, the weather is perfect for outdoor dinners, beach parties, rooftop gatherings—those cool, dimly lit occasions that shed special light on your face and body. Make the most of it by adding these six gold-toned beauty products to your look. They’ll enhance your natural beauty while you enjoy the last sultry evenings of the season.

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact, $25

Bronzed Face and Décolletage
Especially key for the fair-skinned, this bronzer compact contains three sheer shades, the middle of which is filled with shiny flecks of gold. Swirl all of the shades together with a large bronzer brush, tap off excess, and apply to your forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin. And don’t forget your décolletage! Lightly dust some powder there, as well—especially if you’re showing off a suggestive plunging neckline.

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact, $25 

Tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights Amazonian Clay Collector's Shadow Palette,

Golden Eye
Adding a touch of gold shadow to your lids makes for lovely evening look, and Tarte’s palette contains everything you need to do so. After applying primer (we love Urban Decay’s Primer Potion), start with “Toes in the Sand” (the matte ivory shade), using it as a base by applying it within the crease of your lid and outer corner. Next, use “Caipirinha Cocktails” (the shimmery gold shadow) and dust directly onto your lid, as well as into the inner corners of your eye. Apply a touch of the matte taupe “Espadrilles” to your brow bone and blend it into the base shadow to soften the shape. Finish with a soft brown liner and brown or black mascara.

Tarte Golden Days & Sultry Nights Amazonian Clay Collector's Shadow Palette, $36

Cool Coral Lip
Infused with flecks of pale gold, this lip tint by one of our favorites, Becca, is the perfect product for a summer evening pout. All of the Shimmer Soufflés contain a hint of powder, color stain, highlighter and cream, and the four elements work together to create a subtle, buildable and sexy lip shade. Guava/Moonstone is our favorite because of its pretty coral color, which is a summer evening staple.

Becca Lip Tint Shimmer Souffle in Guava Moonstone

Nuxe Multi Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer

Sexy Shimmering Skin
If you live in a place where the climate will soon turn cool, you've got just a little  time left to show some skin. Make sure it’s smooth, soft and shimmery by using this multi-purpose oil, which contains six precious oils, as well as vitamin E. This product is perfect for legs—it gives them such a sexy look—as well as arms and shoulders. It can also be used in your hair and on your face. But go easy—a little goes a long way, and we think that this golden potion works best for the body.

Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer, $39

DryBar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave In Conditioner, $29

Luscious Gold Locks
If you’re looking to give your hair a shimmer effect, than this leave-in conditioner from Drybar is exactly what you need. This stuff softens, detangles, evens out texture and adds a pretty (but natural looking) golden shine to your strands. It also smells amazing—if you are a Drybar addict like me, you know that smell, and I’m guessing you love it too. Gold Mine is also good for you—it protects your hair from environmental damage, moisturizes like mad and helps to restore elasticity to damaged locks.

DryBar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner, $29

Essie Nail Polish In Good As Gold

High Shine Nails
Don’t forget your hands! Nail your nighttime look with this gorgeous, golden lacquer. The metallic shimmer will sparkle in the moonlight, making your evening style shine. Or, you can add light dots on nude polish and create little gold nail art.

Essie Nail Polish in Good as Gold, $9


Beauty Watch: Brooke Shields Collabs with MAC, Lush Celebrates Shark Week, Lady Gaga’s Newest Scent and More

Nothing comes between Brooke and her blush: Shields to launch an eye shadow and blush duo with MAC. (Via Temptalia.com)

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Urban Decay is getting naked once again with a Basics 2 eye palette. (Via Latintimes.com)

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Lush celebrates Shark Week with a Fin-tastic new soap. (Via Lushusa.com)

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Still stunning at 69: Charlotte Rampling stars in NARS' new ad campaign. (Via InStyle.com)

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Blood and semen be gone: Eau de Gaga, Lady Gaga's second perfume, will have a more "traditional" scent. (Via The Cut)

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Current Obsession: Pinrose Perfume in Surf Siren

During the summer, one of the most coveted looks is that laid-back, chic-surfer stye. But often there's one thing that's missing from this oft-recommended ensemble: the perfect scent. Sure, salt water sprays will give you a hint of an ocean aroma, and some body oils will add that wonderfully summery, sun lotion smell.

But in terms of an actual perfume, one which you can carry with you day-to-night, Pinrose is the way to go.

The line, which is amazing and gives you the option, via a sophisticated online quiz, to try their products before you buy, has the perfect beach-bum option.

It's called Surf Siren, $50, and its blend of lavender and neroli make it the perfect beach-time attar. Additional notes of orange oil, basil and petitgrain add a subtle, tangy touch that's especially nice for those wonderfully breezy beach evenings.

So if you're a fellow surfer-chic fan, give this fragrance some consideration. Remember, you can try before you buy. So what do you have to lose?


Best in Beauty: Nordstrom’s Annual Anniversary Sale

Haven’t checked out Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale yet? You may want to —  and STAT — as this year’s beauty exclusives are truly off the hook. Prices have been slashed on some of the best beauty brands, including Philosophy, MAC, NARS, La Mer, Jo Malone, Clinique and many, many more. Limited-edition sets and brand-new products are also on offer at a fraction of their regular price.

This killer markdown ends on August 4, which is fast approaching. We suggest you grab your credit card and get online ASAP.

In the meantime, here are beauty 7 items we love from Nordstrom’s annual summer savings fest.

Kiehl's Since 1851 Creme De Corps Home & Away DuoKiehl's Creme de Corps Home & Away Duo, $75 ($107 value)
This classic body cream is one of Kiehl’s’ best. It’s deeply moisturizing without being greasy, lightly scented, rich, creamy, and above all else, leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft, smooth and sexy. It also works wonders on extremely dry skin, including problem spots such as elbows and knees. This set contains a mammoth 33.8 oz bottle with pump, as well as a smaller travel-sized bottle, which will keep your skin hydrated for months to come.

NARS Cheek PaletteNARS Cheek Palette, $49 ($73 Value)
If you’re a regular NARS user, you’ll want to snap up this limited-edition palette while it lasts. Perfect for summer (and all seasons, really), it contains four of the brand’s best loved shades—Orgasm and Laguna, as well as Mistinguette and Goulue, two limited-edition shades which are currently unavailable anywhere else. Blend them together or use them alone: The coolest part about this compact is that you don’t have to decide which of NARS’ award-winning colors you’re going to wear in the morning. Throw this in your purse, and the choice is yours all day long.

Julep™ Nail Color & Treatment TrioJulep Nail Color & Treatment Trio, $25 ($46 Value)
Julep is one of our favorite nail polish brands, mostly because the colors are fantastic, the application is easy and the packaging makes them easy to tote around—without leaking. This trio is extra special because it contains Julep’s Oxygen Nail Treatment, which both tints and protects the nail at the same time. Free of harmful ingredients, the treatment contains green coffee extract, a potent antioxidant, in addition to nail strengthening hexanal, an organic compound that’s often used to preserve the cell membranes of fruits and vegetables. The trio also contains two lovely Julep shades: Zelda, which is a metallic pink champagne, and Rooney, a crème walnut bark color.

Bobbi Brown 'Nude On Nude' Color SetBobbi Brown 'Nude on Nude' Color Set $85, ($208 value)
Once again, the value of this Bobbi Brown makeup set just cannot be beat. It’s an exclusive collection that contains 12 shades you can mix-and-match to create looks perfect for both day and night. Everything you need to build an intense evening smoky eye or a subtle nude lunch-date look is here. And in addition to the 12 beautiful and blendable shades, the kit also comes with Bobbi Brown’s Perfectly Defined Eyeliner in Black as well as the Smokey Eye Mascara in black, both full-size. If you love playing with different eye looks, this palette is a must-add.

Antica Farmacista 'Manhattan' Reed DiffuserAntica Farmacista 'Manhattan' Reed Diffuser, $63 ($94 value)
Finding the right diffuser can be tricky. Not only do you need to be happy with the fragrance that will fill your home, but you also have to find a brand that won’t run out of steam within a week. This certainly is not the case with Antica Farmacista—their diffusers last as long as the oil inside the bottles does. And if you like zesty citrus scents mixed with notes of cherry, deep cognac and burboun, we’re pretty sure you’ll like their Manhattan scent. 

L'Occitane 'Shea Butter Softness' Set,L'Occitane 'Shea Butter Softness' Set, $48 ($86 value)
For those (like us) who are obsessed with L’Occitane En Provence’s Shea Butter scent, this set of lotions and potions is a must-have (and half the price!). Each item is creamy and nourishing, and leaves that amazing scent to linger on your skin all day long. The kIt contains a 2.5 oz Ultra Rich Shower Cream, a 2.5 oz Milk Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap, a vegetable-based soap enriched with shea butter, a 16.9 oz. Shea Ultra Rich Body Lotion, a travel-sized Shea Butter Hand Cream (our favorite!), as well as a small Shea Butter Foot Cream. You’ll be happily stocked on L’Occitane’s Shea Butter goods for months.

Smashbox 'Studio Pro' Brush SetSmashbox 'Studio Pro' Brush Set, $89 ($225 Value)
For $89, I don’t see how anyone can pass up this amazing brush set. Rotating (and cleaning!) your makeup brushes is key to keeping a healthy complexion, so this buy is truly a no-brainer. The set contain 10 full-sized brushes that address every need, from a foundation and blush brush to an arced liner, angled brow, and concealer brush. In addition, the kit also comes packaged with a “Brush Cheat Sheet” filled with tips and tricks for best use. Smashbox is a stellar brand, and if you care for them properly, their brushes will last you a long time. So really, there’s no reason not to click this into your online shopping cart.


Organic Obsessions: Fig & Flower Beauty Boutique

One of the best things about the summer is that there are so many ways to add subtle décor to your home via pretty products. Is your bathroom looking drab? Spruce it up with a lovely liquid hand soap, a charming bottle of bubble bath and some sweet looking bath bars.

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Left to right: Honeydew Spearmint Deep Steep Foaming Hand Wash, Almond Zum Bar Goat's Milk, Soap Deep Steep Bubble Bath

Looking to add a light and airy summertime feel to your bedroom? Try adding an oil diffuser to your vanity, a calming scented hand cream by your bed and some sweet scented candles on your desk or dresser.

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Left top right: Zum Whiff Stick Oil Diffuser Set, Rosemary Mint Deep Steep Hand Cream, Coye Candle Co. Soy Candle

There’s so much more you can do of course, which is why we’re currently obsessed with Fig & Flower, an online shop which carries all organic beauty goods—from makeup to skincare, home goods to hair care, bath and body to mom and baby fare. It’s the perfect place to score some really sweet stuff for summer—click, click, click…it’s hard to not want to buy it all.

The Fig & Flower boutique is located in Georgia, so if you live nearby you should definitely stop in. But for the rest of us, the online shop is the way to go and, luckily, it's filled with some of the finest natural beauty brands, including Deep Steep, Coye Candle Co., 100% Pure, HollyBeth Organics, Scotch Naturals, Jonathan Product, One Love Organics, S.W. Basics (formerly Sprout) and many more.

Shopping at Fig & Flower is also a great way to test the waters if you’re new to organic beauty. It’s not easy to find truly great brands, and the selection here is top-notch. We’ve already written about many of them.

And while it’s a fantastic site to shop for home and beauty year round, now is a truly terrific time to indulge in some simple items to summer-ize your space.

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Left to right: Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin C Serum, Zum Mists, HollyBeth Organics Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer

So grab that uplifting Lavender-Lemon Zum Mist ($10). Or splurge on that One Love Organics' Active Moisture Vitamin C Serum ($68). There’s bound to be something you’ll find that will make your summer a little more bright—without breaking the bank.


Beach Bum Beauty: How to Achieve Surfer-Chic on the Fly

Whether you’re actually planning to spend your day on the beach, or are just hitting a late-night party and want to look like you have, there are a few key essentials you need to get that laid-back — and super sexy —surfer girl style. But it doesn't take much. Here’s a quick list of beauty must-haves to get you “on board” (pun intended).

That Surf’s Up Smell

Nothing makes you smell more like you came from the beach than the appropriately titled “Beach” Body Oil by Bobbi Brown, $31. The fragrant blend of sand jasmine, sea spray and mandarin is heavenly, and the moisturizing oil will give your skin a sultry sheen. “Beach” also contains four essential oils (olive, sesame, avocado and jojoba), plus vitamins E and C, which will soften and nourish your surfer-girl skin.

Texturing Surf Spray For Your Hair

If you want to make it look like you spend the day frolicking in the ocean, you’re hair needs to have that tousled texture that only salt water provides. Check out our list of favorites (all of which are under $10!) and make sure to apply liberally.

A Blendable Bronzer

If you want to pull of a true sun-kissed, day-at-the-beach look, you want to make sure you use a bronzer that has a variety of shades in one palette. Too Faced Beach Bunny Bronzer, $30, is a perfect pick, as it contains four shimmery, natural-looking shades that you can blend as needed for a summertime tan that's true to your skin tone.

Lovely Lips

Sure, some serious surfers let their lips get totally chapped, but a sexy surfer girl would never let anything of the sort occur. She wants smooth lips and subtle color, which you can get from Fake Bake Lip Gloss, $12. We love the “Undercover Babe” shade, because it’s the lightest, most natural looking of the seven hues, but still adds a pretty, pearlized pink, along with a subtle scent of peach and strawberry.


Independence Day Style: 4 Easy, Awesome Looks for the Fourth

It’s hard to believe, but July 4th is right around the corner (this Friday, to be exact).  Whether you’ll be hitting the beach, going to a party or simply staying at home to catch some nearby fireworks, showing off a little patriotic style is a must. Consider one (or all!) of these four items to get your “Yay-USA” on for the big day.

The Tote

Caren Forbes American Flag Bag, $68
This colorful, American-flag adorned tote makes an excellent beach bag, as well as a sure-fire statement that you're ready to celebrate our country's day of independence. With leather handles and reinforced bottom edges, this 100% raffia bag is sturdy, stunning and stylish—just what you need for the Fourth of July and beyond.

The Tee

Lauren Moshi Amelie Short Sleeve Tee with Color Flag Tongue, $88
Rock this laid back, flag-emerging-from-mouth-tee at a July 4th party and you'll definitely turn heads. The fun modal top is perfect for pairing with cute, low-rise cut-offs and a patriotic sandals (or sneakers, see below!).

The Lip Gloss

Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon, $25
Becc'a Beach Tint is a summertime beauty-bag must. It serves as both a lip and cheek tint and the color is water-resistant, making it a perfect product for the beach. Watermelon has a playful, bright pink hue, however there are seven other smashing shades to choose from. Enriched with vitamin E, Becca's Tint won't dry out your lips or irritate them (they're free of preservatives and parabens).

The Sneaks

BOBS for Skechers Women's Utopia American Flag Fashion Sneaker, $51
Slip on these American flag print sneakers by Sketchers to celebrate the USA. Made from soft woven canvas fabric, they're comfy, cute and serve a great cause—for every pair you purchase, BOBS for Sketchers donates a pair of new shoes to children in need.


Read My Lips: Summer Just Got Flirty and Feisty with theBalm’s New Gloss

Wearing lip gloss in the summer can be a tricky affair. They always look great sparkling in the sun, but if they’re too sticky, they’ll a) dry out your lips and b) entrap a strand or two of your hair (especially if it’s windy) and then smudge said gloss-on-hair on some strange place—or places—on your face.

That said, I know I, for one, will never give up on wearing summer glosses, no matter what the hassle. But theBalm’s newest bunch—Read My Lips Lipgloss, $15 each—have made these annoyances so much easier to deal with.

Summer Just Got A Whole Lot Sexier With TheBalm’s New Gloss

There are 11 shades total that range from a rich, pouty red to a subtle, barely-there peachy shine. The gloss features theBalm’s special “Smart Mouthed” formula, which contains ginseng and green tea extract, as well as aloe, which is highly moisturizing and keeps your lips hydrated the entire time you're wearing it.

The texture of the gloss is also key: it's non-tacky, so the sticky factor remains at a minimum. That means less errant gloss spots on your face, and more gorgeous shine on your lips.

My favorite shade (right now) is ZAAP!, because it's just pink and shiny enough to make a statement, however it's not over-the-top, and if I want to tone down the hue, I just use one coat.

So check 'em out.

Not only are the glosses fantastic, but the packaging is as well (as is the case with all of TheBalm's beauty booty).

TheBalm maintains that the ginseng infused in the glosses boost energy,  and adorned with feisty female cartoon characters that fit the shade names (Boom! GRRR! SNAP! POW! BAM!),  these illustrated boxes certainly make a case for that claim!


Tousle Your Tresses to Perfection With These Under $10 Beachy Texturizing Sprays

Tousle Your Tresses To Perfection With These Under $10 Beachy Texturizing Sprays

There’s nothing like spending a summer day at the beach, lounging on the sand with a killer bikini and a head full of sexy, tousled, undone hair. Thank you, Mother Ocean.

Unfortunately, most of us can’t be at the beach everyday, but that doesn't mean we can’t recreate those texturized tresses at home.

There are sea salt sprays galore on the market these days, and many of them work very well. Like my beloved Bumble and bumble Surf Spray $25, which I’m pretty sure I’ve been using since it’s inception in 2001.

The problem is, I like to add A LOT of sea spray my hair. Like, many, many, many spritzes a couple of times a day. So while I love my Bumble and bumble spray, I also need some on-the-cheaps options so I don’t go broke. The following five are fantastic, MO tested options that are all of under $10.

OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray

1. OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray, $8
Formerly branded as Organix, OGX’s Moroccan Sea Salt Spray is one of my favorites because it’s very light. I can mist it a million times and my hair never feels weighed down or overly “beachified.” It contains sea kelp and argan oil, both of which hydrate your hair (which is key—that sun is sucking moisture from your mane every second it’s exposed) and adds a light, healthy-looking shine.

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

2. Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $6
This is another one of my go-tos because the smell is amazing (seriously, close your eyes while using and it’s like you’re on the beach). Plus, the bottle lasts forever. I’m not kiddingI keep this one in my (enormous) bag at all times, use it liberally and many times a day, and still I feel like I only need to replace it once or twice a summer. For $6 bucks, that’s certainly a beachy bargain.

L’Oréal EverStyle Texture Series Beach Spray

3. L’Oréal EverStyle Texture Series Beach Spray, $7
This alcohol-free option won’t dry out your hair under that scorching sun, yet still creates wonderfully windswept, unrefined waves that make it look as though you’ve spent all day by the ocean. It leaves your hair soft and not at all sticky, and works really well for refining your style into a more polished evening look.

Marc Anthony True Professional Dream Waves Beach Spray

4. Marc Anthony True Professional Dream Waves Beach Spray, $9
Marc Anthony’s “Dream Waves” creates really nice, piece-y texture, which not only gives your hair that great beach-bum look, but also helps hold its shape if you’re hitting a party or special event. It also protects your strands from sun damage, thanks to Hydrolyzed Silk (silk protein) and Provitamin B5—if you color your hair, this is a great option.

GOT 2B Beach Trippin' Salt Solution Waving Spray

5. GOT 2B Beach Trippin' Salt Solution Waving Spray, $7
They’re called “mermaid waves” for a reason, and this salt-infused concoction most definitely creates those bouncy, wind-blown, ocean-beauty curls. GOT2B’s spray gives your hair a mostly matte texture, so if you’re looking for extreme shine, this probably isn’t the sea-spritz for you. That said, it’s a great option to tote around with you in your bag—the smell is lovely and there’s no such thing as putting “too much” of this product in your hair.

And One Over $10 That We Just Can’t Resist... 

Original & Mineral Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray

Original & Mineral Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray, $24
Australians know a thing or two about the ocean. Original & Mineral—an Aussie-based brand that is now being sold exclusively at Net-A-Porter—creates products that are formulated to prevent color fade, protect against UV damage, and infuse skin and hair with moisture. Their Surf Bomb Spray is no exception, and while it's pricier than the other items on this list, that extra $14 might just be worth the trying the Australian sea salt that’s infused in this moisturizing and texturizing mist.


Current Scent Obsessions: The 2014 Summer Fragrance Edition


When it comes to picking out summer scents, each year feels pretty much the same. There are just-launched fragrances to try, old favorites to pull from your drawer and gleefully start spritzing again, and new discoveries that you may have missed seasons prior.

Following are six perfumes (three that are beach-bum fabulous and three that are fabulously floral) that we're obsessed with for this summer. Some are brand-new, some are timeless classics, and some are fragrances that we’ve just suddenly taken a liking to. But all are airy, light and as magical as the warm-weather memories they bring to life when you wear them.

BEACHY ISLAND SCENTS

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia, $68

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia, $70

One spray of this fresh, aquatic fragrance will instantly transport you to a place where beautiful blue-green seas, soft, warm sand, and clean, ocean breezes abound. Of course, when you open your eye,s you'll be right back in your bedroom. But this scent really lasts, you can close your eyes during the day and return to your tropical paradise.

Key notes include cool mint, warm brown sugar, Italian Lemon, dew of peony, jasmine, pink pepper.

Island Michael Kors Eau De Parfum Spray, $60

Island Michael Kors Eau de Parfum Spray, $60

This brand-new fragrance from Michael Kors is another tropical transporter. The aroma of succulent island fruits (such as kiwi and honeysuckle) combine beautifully with soft scents of tropic florals to create a subtle — yet perfectly perceptible — summertime perfume.

Key notes include Chinese kiwi, honeysuckle, parrot tulip, ginger lilies, champaca flowers, white bark accord and driftwood.

Calvin Klein CK One Summer, $52

Calvin Klein CK One Summer, $52

If you love a good beach party, this is perhaps the perfect summer scent for you. Its combo aroma of fresh citrus and seaside air is refreshing, fun and flirty. One spritz is instantly invigorating, and we wouldn't be surprised if you felt the urge to duck out of work early, hop a plane, and land just in time to sip some evening cocktails by a beachside sunset.

Key notes include frozen lime, grapefruit, melon, white freesia, tequila accord, cedarwood, crushed sugar.

FLIRTY AND FLORAL FRAGRANCES

Gucci Flora

Gucci Flora, $55

Over-the-top and overwhelming: Two things you never want a floral fragrance to be, especially during the summer. Thankfully, Gucci Flora is far from heavy — in fact, the perfume is so subtle that it may not be enough for some scent seekers. But we think it's perfect — a hint of playful peony and other fragrant flowers that could be mistaken for your skin's true scent.

Key notes include citrus accord, peony, rose pink pepper, sandalwood.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, $80

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, $80

Flowerbomb-s away! We love this fragrance simply for its explosive name alone. But of course, we also love the scent's happy and upbeat orientel-garden-vibe, which immediately puts us in a good mood upon application. Plus, the pretty pink bottle is a lovely addition to any vanity or dresser.

Key notes include jasmine, freesia, patchouli, cattleya orchid.

Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola!, $68

Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola!, $68

If you want to talk beautiful and unique perfume bottles, look no further than Marc Jacob's Oh, Lola! We love everything MJ, so one of his fabulous scents was bound to make our list, and we love Oh Lola! because it's playful yet elegant, flirty yet sophisticated. Essentially, your personality is infused with the scent, and not the other way around. Oh, Lola, how we love you!

Key notes include raspberry, vanilla, peony, cyclaman.

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Nail Your Summer Glow: Neons by OPI

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Listen up, neon lovers—your favorite summer shades are about to pop pop pop like never before.

Neons by OPI—the brand's new blinding 2014 summer collection, features six full-sized, fabulously electric nail lacquers, just in time for the warm weather. This collection is a first for OPI, which has never before released a full-sized set of neon shades. And to top it all off, all six colors will become permanent additions to the OPI line. So you'll be able to get glowing manis and pedis anytime of year.

But since summer is now, you've got to take advantage of these bright, bold and deliciously daring colors ASAP. Here's the electric—and eclectic—rundown of shades (and so cleverly named, as always).

  • Down to the Core-al. A stunning and sexy ready-to-party coral-red.
  • Hotter than You Pink. We dare you to find a brighter, hotter, pinker shade. It's impossible.
  • Juice Bar Hopping. You may need to resist the urge to lick this creamy and cool tangerine color.
  • Life Gave Me Lemons. So give your hands an radiant, lemon-lime shine!
  • You are So Outta Lime! Bright green and beautiful, there's nothing cooler than a lime-colored lacquer.
  • Push & Pur-Pull. An incredibly potent, purple-neon hue.
  • Put a Coat On! Use this color-boosting base coat to amp up the radiance of all of the above shades.


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So get those hands and toes glowing, girl! You'll look as fierce as ever sporting those neon shades by the pool.


Current Obsession: Guerlain’s “Terra Tropica” Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain’s Terra Tropica Terracotta Bronzing Powder

As I’m sure is the case with most East Coasters, I’m currently obsessed with the sun after the dreadful winter we’ve just been through. However, I’ve also fallen in love with a brand new bronzer: Guerlain’s 'Terra Tropica' Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $72. It’s one of the most beautifully crafted powders I’ve ever seen, with two fun, ray-exuding sun icons embossed in the bronzer itself.

Plus, the powder is infused with the scent of Tiare flower — a smell so divine, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the tropics. (And if you find that you do love the scent as much as I do, pick up a bottle of NARS’ Monoi Body Glow II, a hydrating oil that has an actual Tiare flower in every bottle.) Guerlain's bronzer leaves just hint of the fragrance on your face, as well as an all-over sun-kissed glow and a natural flush on your cheeks.

And don’t forget your décolletage! Use a large bronzer brush to highlight your chest, shoulders and neck, for a sun-worshipping shimmer that says you’re ready for summer to start!

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