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Independence Day is just over a week away and I bet you have the barbecue food ideas in full swing but what about your overall 4th of July look? I like to think of Independence Day as a very toned down Halloween, giving me every excuse in the world to DIY that full size American flag into a rocking skirt or strapless dress. Pay tribute to your country by showing off some patriotic inspired beauty from our red, white and beautiful picks:
Create American flag inspired nails with three important shades from Deborah Lippmann. From left to right: Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (risqué red sequin), Lady Sings the Blues (silver sparkled blue), and Boom Boom Pow (glamorous gold). To create that popular ombre trend you can't go wrong with The New Black's Horizon Ombre Nail Polish 5 Piece Set.
Red lips are an absolute must. In our latest 4th of July beauty shoot (shown far left) we channeled classic Hollywood with pin curls, blue eyeshadow and bright, matte red courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin. With a velvety smooth application and zero fading or smudge, these lipsticks will last throughout the day, perhaps even through that 4th of July hot dog or hamburger!
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Achieving the perfect bronze isn't as easy as you would think. Plus, there's a fine line between going overboard with the self tanner and gold eyeshadow and looking like you're just perfectly sun kissed. Whether you're wanting to enhance an existing tan or give yourself a beautiful golden glow, I think it's safe to say that the Nuxe Paris Multi Usage Dry Oil can do no wrong.
It was just featured in July's Allure magazine as part of the 6 steps to achieve a stunning 'head to toe bronze.' Although they've suggested running a few drops of the oil throughout your hair to add a pretty golden sheen and smooth flyaways this super conditioning dry oil can also be used as a body moisturizer. I love to apply it on my décolleté, collarbone and tops of shoulders to create that gorgeous summer glow and also deeply condition my skin. Tiny mother of pearl particles creates the luminosity while bronzing dry oil softly enhances your tan to perfection.
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African women have been reaping the rewards of Marula Oil for centuries and it's healing and regenerative properties are now in the limelight alongside it's co-competitor, argan oil. Entertainment industry professional Vicki Fischer recently wrote about the benefits of Marula The Leakey Collection's Marula Oil in her blog It's A Glam Thing.
One of the stand-out highlights is the fact that Marula Oil doesn't play favorites. It literally works for every skin type, from oily to dry, because of it's anti microbial properties and zero irritants that could inflame redness or sensitivity. The omega rich oil is hand extracted with precision and then cold pressed from wild harvested Marula nuts to create what is known as a 'true miracle oil.'
Tests show Marula Oil has more antioxidant power that Argan and also rated higher in fighting free radicals as a result of these higher levels. It can be used as a moisturizer or mixed into your cleanser for optimal moisture retention. If you have a tinted moisturizer or foundation you refuse to give up then simply add a couple drops of Marula and your complexion will look and feel amazing!