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Mallory Lepage

After living in several of the greatest cities in the country, I made Chicago home a short three years ago. Chicago is the perfect hybrid of the Midwest relaxed mentality and chaotic city life that allows me to enjoy so much it has to offer. I’m equal parts tom boy and glam girl, I love watching sports (Go Green!) just as much as I enjoy taking hours to get ready for a night out on the town with my girlfriends.

Why You Should Eat Purely (I Did)
Food,

Why You Should Eat Purely (I Did)

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#DinnerOnDemand

It was a cold, rainy day in Chicago when I received an email that simply read, ‘Don’t go out in the cold tonight – dinner is on us’ from Eat Purely.

Immediately I assumed there was a catch but there wasn’t one at all, like a good first date they just wanted to treat me to dinner.  A complimentary organic, fresh to order dinner delivered to my door as I fought the wind and cold to get home.

Why You Should Eat Purely (I Did)

The dinner was perfectly balanced and filling.  I chose the Venetian Chicken which had tender, juicy white meat chicken atop a bed of polenta surrounded by roasted tomatoes and a light relish. There was a light but flavorful sauce to accompany the dish before cooking and one again after topped with crispy prosciutto.

As if the dinner itself wasn’t good enough the complete process was so simple, right down to the container that is both microwaveable and oven safe (it’s all about the details!).  Dinner was delivered promptly with a handwritten note from founder Julia, and a chocolate treat with walnuts and some heat for dessert.

Why You Should Eat Purely (I Did)

Typically, I’m hesitant with made to order meals, but Eat Purely is honestly carry out’s biggest nightmare. It’s affordable, healthy and filling, with only the best quality ingredients. Options change on a daily basis, so check the app regularly to see what Eat Purely’s chefs have cooked up.

When you’re exhausted from a long day or want a quick meal without all the effort of cooking this will absolutely not break the bank and be scheduled to be delivered on your terms.

Eat Purely promises a delivery in just 20 minutes – GrubHub and Postmates don’t even get close to that delivery window. You have the option to order on demand or schedule a delivery – whatever suits your schedule and availability.

Here’s Eat Purely’s delivery area, with plans to expand as the service gains more popularity:

Try it, and enjoy $20 with the code PURELYCHICAGO.  No strings attached, just dinner on me.

Why You Should Eat Purely (I Did)

Have you tried Eat Purely yet? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Beauty, Life,

How Aspire Life Products Revolutionized My Beauty Routine

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Sixty days ago I completely changed my skincare routine as an experiment which in turn changed my skin for life. I had been using Aspire Life face sunscreen daily as a part of my routine but wanted to try their entire daily routine skincare line.  Since I loved the weightless moisturizing feel of the sunscreen, it was an easy decision to try their other products. When I reach out to Clyde, founder and owner, I didn’t know it would soon change my complexion to a brighter and clearer version of my face.

Clyde has the most inspiring story.  After a near death experience as a single father he felt the need to create authentic and honest skincare products.  Clyde had spent a majority of his life as a cosmetic ingredient developer, an important constant he can assure consumers is that Vitamin C may not a glamorous ingredient but it is truly the best antioxidant for the skin.  This bit of information has stuck with me as it is a large part of the natural and honest ingredients and science behind Aspire Life.

After receiving the products, I immediately started the four step routine for morning and night. Within two weeks I started to notice my Melasma disappear. Now, my forehead is nearly completely clear and my face is brightening with each use. Melasma is a common skincare problem that causes brown patches on the face is typically on onset of birth control.  I made the decision years ago to change my medication habits and try to clear my skin.  Until Aspire life, nothing really worked. Often skincare lines that clear Melasma are very strong and can cause breakouts or over oily skin. Aspire Life’s approach to skin care is simple:  safe and effective.

Products Used:

Brightening Essence: To be used on dark spots to reduce discoloration and to even skin tone after cleansing $50

The Brightening Essence provides the following skin care benefits and functionalities:

  • Calming
  • Environmental pollution protection
  • MMP inhibition
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Reduces irritation
  • Reduces melanogenesis
  • Restores suppleness
  • Suppressor of melanocytes
  • Slows the skin’s aging process
  • UV protection
  • Even skin’s tone
  • Repairs sun damage and sun spots

Essential Essence: A water based moisturizer to be used after cleansing in the morning and night all over face and neck $40

The Essential Essence addresses and provides for the following:

  • Acne relief and prevention
  • Anti-inflammation
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Collagen building
  • Pollution protection
  • Natural lipid stimulator
  • Makes skin luxuriously smooth and supple
  • Rebuilds the skin’s outer layers
  • Reduces & prevents sun spots
  • Reduces irritation
  • Restores skin’s immune system
  • Skin clarifying
  • Slows the skin’s aging process
  • Supplement DNA repair

Complete Sunscreen: This was the first product I used from Aspire Life, now I’m hooked. The sunscreen is light and feels more like a serum since it is water based. $30

Gentle Foaming Cleanser: This is a very gentle foaming cleanser. It works very well to remove dirt and makeup that your skin retained during the day. $15

The complete set is available for $130 at www.Aspirelife.com

Would you use Aspire Life products on your skin? Or have you before? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

A Chicago Man and Woman's Take on Dating Apps
Dating, Life,

A Chicago Man and Woman’s Take on Dating Apps

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Mallory Lepage and Rob Johnson share a Chicago man and woman’s take on dating apps.

Mallory Lepage – A Woman’s Take on Dating Apps

Dating digitally has made it somewhat ‘easier’ to ‘meet’ people. Now, we have the luxury of dating from the comfort of our living rooms without the perfect date outfit, makeup or liquid courage. Certainly, Tinder pave the way however now we have so many options to choose from like Hinge, Bumble and Happn. Now, the question then arises of which app to use and how to use it.

Swiping and matching: Quality vs. Quantity

Swiping left or right based purely on appearance is extremely shallow but is sadly the reality of the majority of these apps. Women by nature take longer analyze a potential suitor which in turn, yields less matches. Both sexes should take this into consideration when building their profile. Choose honest and recent photos that display different sides of your personality. Keep your description concise and interesting enough to be intriguing but write a description as it will give the person on the other side an opportunity to learn something small but exciting about you. Based on how serious you are about meeting someone try to be open. The ultimate goal is to meet people outside of your circle but also remember to be cautious for the match who just wants an immediate hookup.

The First Impression

Traditionally, the men courts the woman. I’m more traditional when it comes to dating so I typically allow the man to reach out first. Sure there are occasions that I reach out the man first but that usually backfires in my face so I’ve stuck to the same behavior as I do when I meet someone organically at a bar – let the man lead the way but once the conversation has started you’re equally responsible for keeping it alive and asking compelling questions. Try to find common interests and be yourself, it’s easy to agree on topics but stay true to who you are or the first date with be a total disaster.

Get Offline Quickly

The duration for which you talk before you meet is a delicate matter. Talking for too long before you meet is a slippery slope but meeting too soon can be legitimately dangerous especially for a woman. There are several contacts in my phone book that come out of the woodwork from time to time whom I’m never met but may have talked to in these apps. Similar to shoes and hand bags, I categorize these men for different needs in my life:

— The guy that introduces himself asks you how you are and immediately asks to get drinks. Stop. While I appreciate your flattery and assertiveness, I need to verify that you aren’t a serial killer or stalker.

– The guy who is in from out of town and wants to get drinks that night. This is a hookup. There’s no exception to this rule, just a hookup.

– The guy that never makes concrete plans but continues to talk to you. He’ll come back around when your college team wins a game or its your birthday. Maybe a late night text but you’ll never actually meet him, and maybe you’re okay with that but cut him loose.

– The guy that actually is a gentlemen. He takes you out for a few dates but then like an urban legend, vanishes.

Dealing with rejection (or not)

Both scenarios will absolutely happen. You will be shocked, at times, with the gorgeous suitor that matches you on the other side. Sometimes you need that confidence booster to remind yourself that you are indeed a catch. Reversely, you will be let down. Matches will be brutal, whether that means removing your matched profile, vicious comments (it happens) or simply no response you have to keep in mind that you are brave for trying this and putting yourself out there. There is a match for every soul and you’re just trying to find yours, these people don’t know how wonderful you truly are so you cannot take offense to rejection but rather try to do the opposite. Find encouragement from all the matches that find you beautiful, intriguing or fun.

Rob Johnson – A Man’s Take on Dating Apps

Dating is hard. On one hand you have put yourself out into the (online) world to meet someone, there are options, but so few quality matches. Dating apps like Hinge, happn, Tinder and the like have brought the dating culture to your phone. If you want to be successful using these dating tools you must change your mindset about dating and how you go about meeting someone.

Lets first look at how dating apps are different for women. It’s not uncommon for a woman to match with every guy she swipes right to and of those men, a majority will say something inappropriate or inadequate (“Whats up”). I have had conversations with women who share their frustration with the endless amount of subpar men sculking in the online dating pool.

Swiping and Matching

Matching is a numbers game, but you want quality matches. Look for traits that you find attractive. For instance, I’m not much of a sports fan so I would not select women whose photo is from Wrigleyville wearing a Blackhawks jersey.

It is okay to be broad in your search at this point because you are just trying to get matches. You should not invest much emotional energy at this point because you likely won’t match most of the women you see.

First Impressions

Once you have matched with a woman, the best way to stand out is to start the conversation by saying something sincere and engaging. I usually start with:

Hello _______, it’s nice to “meet” you.

You then can follow up with a thought provoking question like:

What excites you? or What are you passionate about?

I have found that by asking a question, you are more likely to elicit a response. This shows that you have an interest in getting to know them. You’re not just commenting on her looks or making some generic joke.

By showing a genuine sense of interest, you will put yourself far ahead of anyone else.
This is because, most men try to project themselves onto their match: I think you’re good looking, I’m funny, I just want to hook up.

I also like asking a question because you get a chance to learn something about her. I once asked three women the same question: “what are you passion about”. Here were their responses:
“lol, i don’t know. i cut hair” – Jaine (pseudonyms)

“I’m really passion about women’s rights and addressing issues within the black community. I work with a youth group now that helps young girls.” -Selena

“as seen on tv infomercials and exotic bird watching.” -Brittany

Each response is telling. It is evident that Selena is a passionate and motivated women. Brittany probably is sarcastic AF and Jaine probably isn’t worth my time.

Get Offline Quickly

I try to spend as little time as possible messaging within a dating app. You are trying to meet someone, not have a pen pal. The longer you stay on an app, the more likely one of you will stop talking or loss interest. Usually, you can tell within the first three messages if there is a high enough level of interest to continue the conversation and meet.
Ask her out on a date or for her cell phone number. If you ask her out on a date, and she says yes, set an exact time and place. Setting an exact time and place for the date shows that you are committed to get to know her and want to continue to get to know her.

You will not really get to know a woman until you meet and can continue to develop your relationship without the use of dating apps.

Dealing with Rejection

It is easy to get burned out. There will be times where someone will just drop off the face of the earth for no reason. This is a symptom of our dating culture. Men and women are faced with so many internal and external distractions that often dating or talking to a stranger is not appealing.
It should not be taken personally.

Conclusion

Dating does not have to be as hard as we make it. If you take one thing away from this article it should be that your dating life should not live online. Using dating apps as a tool to find potential matches, but once you have found a women who you like and is interested in you, meet in person, share each other’s company and ultimately have fun.

 

It’s interesting to see what’s different and the same between men and women. What have your experiences been with online dating in Chicago? Sound off in the comments!

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Food, Reviews,

How to Make Easy & Delicious Meatballs

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It’s an old assumption that every Italian family has a sauce recipe and a meatball recipe.  I think my family lost both.  For years, I’ve been trying to make the perfect sauce and meatballs.  Recently, I came pretty close to the perfect meatball recipe.

Meatball Recipe:
Makes 8 meatballs
Ingredients:
2 lbs. Ground Beef
1/3 cup breadcrumbs or panko
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
3 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 egg lightly beaten
8-10 oz. of pomodoro sauce
Fresh grated Parmesan, to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for pan
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir together until just combined
3. Roll each meatball into a ball about 4 tablespoons large until all mixture has been used
4. Add oil to a heavy bottom skillet and place over med-high heat (this skillet will go into the oven as well)
5. Add meatballs to skillet and brown all sides, 3-4 minutes
6. Place the entire skillet of meatballs into the oven for 7-10 minutes
7. Remove skillet from oven and drain as much access oil out of the skillet as possible.
8. Pour your pomodoro sauce over meatballs and simmer 10-15 minutes until warm
Top with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, enjoy!
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Life, Shopping, Style,

Trunk Club: Not Just for Men

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As we get older and transition into seemingly adults our money is spent wiser. Recently, I experienced the launch of Trunk Club Women in Chicago. Before you snarl at the idea of paying for a personal stylist, I invite you to understand the concept and ease of Trunk Club.

Trunk Club requires no minimum spend, no membership and no stylist fees. If you’re in Chicago you can go to Trunk Club Headquarters in River North on Ohio and Orleans (325 West Ohio St). There is an open bar with liquid libations and witty conversation. Don’t mind the gorgeous men and beautiful women both styling and buying. The men’s floor is below the women’s near the main bar which makes for optimum people watching. Both floors have a distinct look and feel for the genders. Fitting room areas have been thoughtfully curated by the designers featured at Trunk Club with the most stunning interior decor that will entice you to buy the furniture before you even try on a piece of clothing.

Trunk Club

Prior to your first appointment your personal stylist will have you fill out a short questionnaire about your size, style and preferences. There are no wrong answers, it helps your stylist understand what you’re looking for, what you’re comfortable with and reversely what you’re uncomfortable with, too.

If you’re not in Chicago that’s no problem! You will go through the same process and survey which your stylist with carefully review and curate your trunk. Trunks ship at no charge and under no obligation are you required to keep any minimum amount of items.

Trunk Club is fully equipped with separates, dresses, jackets, denim, vests, shoes, etc.

Trunk Club

Book your appoint today or inquire about a trunk by sending an email to: kfitzgerald@trunkclub.com.

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Why You Should Use e.l.f. Cosmetics

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Hopefully, by now you’ve heard of e.l.f. Cosmetics.  A few years ago a wise friend let me in on the secret of this great makeup brand that could completely revamp your goods for less than a Sunday brunch.   E.l.f Cosmetics price point is likely it’s largest draw for the quality of product selling primarily at $1, $3, and $6.  The product line is not limited to mineral based makeup but also include skin-care products, brushes, eyelashes, tools and more.

This brand is largely a part of my spend vs. splurge makeup substitutes.  Makeup is expensive and can easily break the bank so when I run out of something and need a quick replacement (like an eyebrow pencil) I immediately go to e.l.f.  Don’t be shocked when you fall in love with this brand, especially their eyelashes.  The products are shockingly impressive for the price.  They go on smooth, last all day and look amazing – is there more we ask for in a brand?  If that wasn’t enough, they’re socially responsible with 100% cruelty free products, support Breast Cancer Awareness, PETA and other vital relief funds.

If you’re running low on a product or just simply want to try e.l.f., they are offering free Shipping sitewide with any order. There are two offers valid today (8/25) through the end of the month:

Free Shipping no minimum purchase with code SHIP4FREE! Valid on 8/25/15 only.

Going on now: free shipping on ALL e.l.f. orders! No code needed, valid 8/26/15-8/31/15!

Do you use e.l.f. cosmetics? What are your favorite products?

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Food, Recipes,

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

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Each Sunday I dread the idea of starting another work week and preparing the same boring food. I’d rather just go to Protein Bar and get a delicious salad, but that’s an easy way to quickly drain your bank account.  When I came across this recipe on the Ambitious Kitchen (http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com) I was so thrilled to find something new I could prep for the entire week:  Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing.  Bonus:  it’s gluten free AND vegan.

INGREDIENTS
For the salad:
  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1-2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded or sliced carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • ½ cup cashew halves or peanuts (I like both for texture and saltiness)
  • 1 cup edamame or garbanzo beans
  • Fresh lime, for a bit of tang

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup all natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten-free if desired
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use agave if vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame or sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Sriracha for spice
  • Water to thin, if necessary
Start with making the dressing, it’s better to let this sit and allow the ingredients to blend.  The prep can take some time so I chopped while the quinoa was boiling. 
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  1. To make the dressing: Blend the peanut butter and honey or agave to a medium microwave safe bowl then heat in microwave for 20-30 seconds. Next, add your fresh grated ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and oils. Stir until the mixture is creamy and blended.  If you want a thinner dressing, slowly add water or more oil.
  2. I’ve never cooked quinoa before so this was new to me but its similar to making cous cous.Start by rinsing quinoa with cold water in mesh strainer, if this is difficult don’t worry – it’s not crucial. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil. The water to quinoa ratio is very important for the texture. Then add in quinoa and bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large bowl and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. This will yield a little over 2 cups of quinoa.
  3. Once the quinoa is cooled add your dressing.  Add as little or as much as you would like.
  4. Finally, fold in your vegetables.  Sprinkle cashews and/or peanuts then squeeze a bit of lime for zing and Sriracha for spice.
 
This recipe gave me exactly five lunches, with all the protein and vitamins it’s a great solution to a new lunch to rotate into your routine. 
Nutrition Information:
  • Serving size: 1/6th of recipe
  • Calories: 260
  • Fat: 13.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.7g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Protein: 8.6g
Prep time:  10 mins
Cook time:  15 mins
Total time:  25 mins
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Beauty, Life,

Faux Tanning For Dummies

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For the last two months I’ve sacrificed my body to test multiple faux tanning products. I received many odd looks at my streaky skin and several comments from friends about my inconsistent skin color. It was all worth it to find the most effective faux tanning solution for any time of year.

With my fair and sensitive skin, products react differently on my body than most people but there is a process for application regardless of your skin type or product.

Step 1: Always exfoliate. Scrub away dead skin cells while paying close attention to your knees, elbows, ankles and heels.

Step 2: Moisturize. Excess tanner will grab onto dead skin which often lies in those obvious areas along your elbows, knees and heels.

Step 3: Start with your arms when applying your price of choice. Then to your shoulders and wrists, this avoids dense areas of product at your hand and wrist area. Cover your legs starting with your thighs to the tops of your feet. I always apply to stomach and chest last.

Step 4: Throughly rinse your hands to remove tanner from creases.

Trick: add a small amount of product to the tops of your hands and blend.

Now that you know what to do, here are some product reviews to help you decide what to use!

Faux Tanning For Dummies

Product: Tan Towel
Price: $20 for two body and two face towels at Sephora
Rating: One Star
Review: The tan towel product works miracles on some people, but not me. The tan towel is meant to be applied the night before. Tan towels are a colorless and nearly odorless disposable towel. They leave embarrassing inconsistencies on my skin, making the fake tan look extremely obvious and disproportioned. It also leaves my skin very warm while the product is setting in.

Faux Tanning For Dummies

Product: St. Tropez Bronzing Foam
Rating: Two Stars
Price: $12 at Ulta
Review: St. Tropez is an amazing and trustworthy brand, so I had to try their Bronzing Foam. The results were mediocre. It’s not the best self tanner I’ve ever used, but it’s not the worst. The scent was extremely strong to the point it was waking me up at night. The application was easy and essentially fool-proof, leaving little to no streaks. I would recommend this product if you don’t mind the odor.

Faux Tanning For Dummies

Product: Avene Moisturizing Self Tanning Lotion
Price: $28 on Amazon
Rating: One Star
Review: This lotion goes on odorless and colorless, but unfortunately leaves endless streaks similar to my issues with the tan towel. It also leaves my skin warmer than usual. Application is fairly simple with a detailed guide to the amount of lotion that should be applied per each area of your body. All in all, I would not use this product again.

Faux Tanning For Dummies

Product: Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan
Price: $15 at CVS (In the sunscreen section)
Rating: Five Stars
Review: I love and live by this product. Spray the mist directly onto clean, dry skin, keeping the can about six inches away from your body. The mist is almost impossible to mess up or cause streaking. Even better, it has no scent after application. It leaves a beautiful glow on your skin and can be applied several times per week. As always, be cautious about ankles and elbows.

Faux Tanning For Dummies

Product: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Price: $14 at CVS
Rating: Five Stars
Review: This is one of my favorite products year-round. When you need a touch of color any time of the year this is your product. Apply as your daily lotion and watch as your skin shows a subtle tan over the next seven days. Also available in firming body lotion and face lotion.

Have you tried any other faux-tanning beauty products? Share your experiences in the comments!

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Beauty, Life,

Guide: Sunscreen for Every Occasion this Summer

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When it comes to summer, there’s one golden rule of thumb – bottom line, always wear sunscreen. After burning one too many times, I’ve become a big advocate of sunscreen and faux tanning methods. Everyone’s skin tone is different: I have extremely sensitive and fair skin. Your level of protection will vary, but always use something.

Face:

I apply 50-70 SPF daily before moisturizing. Even if your moisturizer and makeup have SPF, it’s usually not good enough. I use Aspire Life from Che Sguardo in River North. It’s a small family owned business that caters to makeup artists. Kathy is an expert when it comes to beauty, makeup and skincare.  Aspire Life sunscreen works as a moisturizer as well as a sunscreen – two in one!  I love it because it doesn’t over saturate your face but rather works like a serum.  Sometimes traditional sunscreen can be dense and leave oil that causes blemishes. Protect your skin the right way, don’t make it worse!

Pool and beach days:

I use 70 SPF Neutrogena Sport which is a bit heavier but for full sun days, it’s important to stay protected and wash your face after being in the sun. Don’t forget – the water reflects the sun which ups your chances of getting burned!

Body:

I use anywhere from 30-50 SPF with several applications throughout the day. Don’t forget your ears, the tops of your feet and back. The past few years, I’ve been using the spray sunscreens. It’s a more even application without that embarrassing hand print or missing section. And there’s no reason not to do it when application is so easy!

What’s your sunscreen routine? Let us know in the comments!

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Beauty, Life,

4th of July Beauty Essentials

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Independence Day should be all about freedom. Freedom from work, responsibilities and worries.This holiday should be spent in a pool, on a beach or floating in a lake. Keep your beauty and skin routine as simple as your weekend.

Here are my Fourth of July essentials:

Neutrogena Sport Face Spf 70 ($7) 

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Full sun, partly cloudly or cloudy I apply sunscreen.  I’ve learned the hard way that the sun will burn you when you least expect it.  This is my favorite sunscreen for an active day. Protecting your face is the most important part of your routine, so reapply when necessary or at least every three to four hours.

Jao Refresher ($10 at Che Sguardo and other beauty stores) 

This little bottle is a portable sink.  Not just for your hands as a sanitizer but can also be used as a zit zapper, body splash, after shave and deodorant!  I always keep a bottle of this in my purse for emergencies making it perfect for a scorching 4th of July weekend!

Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan ($15) – stay tuned for my sunless tanner review!

mist

I’m in love with this mist.  I’ve tried countless different types of sunless tanner.  This nearly odorless spray requires very little effort. Just spray it on your skin after you shower and let it dry.  In 8 hours you’ll be two-three shades darker.  The spray without blending sits on your skin naturally, avoiding any blotches.

Red White Blue & Sparkle OPI & Orly nail polish ($9 each) 

Stop wasting money on manicures, you’re a fully capable human and can do your own nails. My trick is in the top coat (Seche Vite $9 at Sally’s Beauty Supplies).  Everyone’s nail beds are different.  Find out what nail polish brand works best for you and stick with it.Kms California:  Hairplay Sea Salt Spray ($12) 
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Keep your hair wavy and beach sexy from day to night with this Sea Salt Spray.  Simply spray your entire head after showering (or swimming) when damp. The spray gives you an effortless wave with a refreshing scent.

What products are you using on the fourth of July? Let us know in the comments!