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Stay Refreshed and Stylish this Summer with Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee


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Bathing suit? Check.

SPF 70? Check. (Seriously.)

Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Check!

I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to sacrifice style for time when you’re running around this summer! Stay refreshed and stylish with help from Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee, a blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk, inspired by the coffee blend and flavors used in the handcrafted Iced Coffee beverages served in Starbucks cafes.

It’s the perfect pick-me-up for those hot summer days when you’re running out the door and need to grab something in a hurry. I always keep one (or three!) in my beach tote along with my other summer beauty essentials.

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Here is my ultimate summer style on-the-go checklist:

  1. A bathing suit that makes you feel beautiful. Maybe yours is a string bikini. If so, more power to you! My power suit is a versatile black swim dress that I love to just throw on and go.
  2. Sunscreen. If you aren’t into the traditional kind, there are a ton of other lightweight serums infused with sunscreen that will absorb quickly and do the trick! Check out Supergoop. Love!
  3. A versatile hairstyling product. My fav for my beach bag? ARROJO protective thickening lotion. This multitasking spray protects hair from harmful UV rays and humidity while instantly thickening hair strands.
  4. Makeup setting spray. Urban Decay’s “Chill” is perfect for this. You can quickly spritz your makeup with it in the morning and it’ll stay on for hours – no matter how much you sweat or splash around in the water.
  5. Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Like I mentioned earlier, this stuff is my saving grace for staying energized on-the-go during the endless summer festivities! The Coffee + Milk variation is my favorite. You can purchase some of your own at your local grocery or drug store. It runs about $1.99 a bottle or $5.99 for a four pack. SBX_Iced_Coffee_sSrv_NEW

Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.

[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.]

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Get the Perfect Wedding Look with TRESemme and Penny Pincher Fashion

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The amazing Kimberly from Penny Pincher Fashion is at it again with amazing hairstyling tips featuring some of my favorite TRESemme products!

Whether you’re going to a bridal shower, attending a wedding or participating as a bridesmaid, Penny Pincher Fashion and TRESemme show you how to get the perfect look for less with the help of Walmart.

Check out her five new hair tutorials – Pony Tail, Braided Crown, Sleek & Chic, Gatsby Glam, Modern Chignon – to find a look that fits you.

My fav is this Twisted-Back Ponytail tutorial. The feminine style is effortlessly chic and perfect for your next wedding or formal event!

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For more style inspiration, product information, and other fun tips, be sure to check out the TRESemme brand page on Walmart.com.

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TRESemme via lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]

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Get Runway Ready for Less with TRESemme and Penny Pincher Fashion

Refresh your style this season with these amazing tips and tricks from TRESemme and Penny Pincher Fashion!

I’m so into the perfectly on-trend braided looks and Kimberly from PPF is dishing out some amazing how-tos on how to get these looks effortlessly using simple techniques and affordable products from TRESemme. She took runway ready looks and translated them for everyday wear! She drew her main inspiration from Rebecca Minkoff, one of TRESemme’s designer partners, to dream up these beautiful romantic styles.

Her Loose Braided Updo is my fav! Check out the images below to see her simple steps:

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There is a plethora of other tutorials and fun content to help you get runway ready for less! Check it out here. Happy styling! ;)

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TRESemme via lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]

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Reveal Your Best Self with Nair


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As summertime approaches, it’s time to revamp your makeup wardrobe, update your closet, and reveal your best self! The new season is the perfect time for a new start – and I’m taking the pledge with Nair to reveal my best self.

First things first – I believe that in order to be your best, you have to feel your best. And believe it or not, the right beauty products can help you get there. I argue this point all the time when it comes to beauty. So many people think it’s about vanity, but it’s not. If a hot pink summer lip makes you feel beautiful, what’s the harm in that?

I think when you look better, you feel better! Having silky smooth legs is not only perfect for the breezy attire of the summer season, but it really gives me a confidence boost. I don’t have to self-consciously hide under my clothing!

I’m so thrilled that I discovered the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Sprays Away™ because it is perfect for effortless hair removal. The spray is infused with Moroccan Argan Oil and Orange Blossom and it works in as little as 4 minutes! There is no mess – just spray it on, let it sit for around 4 minutes (no longer than 10 minutes) and wipe away with a damp washcloth. Voila! Silky smooth skin in just minutes. Summertime and the living’s easy. ;)

If you don’t already, please follow me on Instagram! I’ll be sharing fun tips and tricks via Insta for revealing your best self throughout the month of June.

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“Nair Like Never Before”

[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of NAIR™ via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of NAIR™]

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My Fav Beauty Looks from the MTV Movie Awards (and how to get them!)

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Sorry, it’s kind of a tradition now that I kick off all of my red carpet beauty roundups with a photo of Jared Leto. Couldn’t help it. ;)

Lots of stars shone on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet last night, but my favs were Jessica Alba’s hair and Lupita Nyong’o's face. So. Pretty. As usual, I got the scoop on the products used to get both looks!

Not surprising, Lupita was all done up in Lancôme after recently announcing her status as an ambassadress (sweet gig, right?) for the brand.

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Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose gave the recently appointed ambassadress “sparkly, disco-inspired eyes” for the red carpet. Barose wanted to complement Nyong’o’s colorful dress with a silver metallic eye. Here are the products he used:

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Now, let’s get to Jessica Alba’s hair! Here’s how it looked last night:

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Celebrity hairstylist Davey Newkirk gave Jessica some glossy, simple loose waves for the 2014 MTV Movie awards. Very playful and total modern Hollywood glam.

Here are the steps he used to create the look:

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Take the Beauty Bumps Challenge

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You guys might remember me gushing over Beauty Bumps GROW back in my long hair days. I stopped taking them when I was in “I’m chopping off my hair to be stylish mode,” but now my hair is growing out and I’m ready to go long again.

I know lobs (long bobs) are in, but I’m looking to fast forward past the stage where it’s sitting on my shoulders and flipping out in weird ways. Grass is always greener, right? ;)

Needless to say, I’m back on the bumps!

Beauty Bumps have taken the beauty supplement concept to the next level, promoting overall health by including ingredients like immune-boosting Zinc and stress-fighting Ashwaganda. In addition to boasting an impressive blend of vitamins, the chewable supplements are also mint flavored and dusted with 23K edible gold for an added element of luxury. What’s not to love? It’s edgier and more fun than your basic hair pill – and effective too!

But don’t just take my word for it – everyone from other beauty bloggers like the amazing Shannon Ray (winner of the first Allure Beauty Blogger Awards) to celebs like Real Housewife Jennifer Gimenez are doing bumps.

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Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients and their benefits:

Tocomin – A breakthrough ingredient that has a US Patent for hair growth.

Biotin – Makes your hair grow faster.

Silica – Helps strengthen hair, makes it less likely for hair to become brittle or develop split ends, prevents hair loss and creates shinier strands.

Resveratrol – A powerful anti-oxidant that supports anti-aging and improves circulation.

Ashwaganda – Combats stress, anxiety and exhaustion caused by physical and mental strain.

23K Gold – Because you’re worth it!

I already know that they work, but I’m excited to see the effects of taking them long term. It truly is a great supplement, so I’m looking forward to feeling healthier in addition to having fierce hair. I’ll be checking in periodically with you all to share my progress.

So, who else wants to take the Beauty Bumps challenge?! Visit www.beautybumps.com to order a bag and get your bump on with me!

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Coachella Beauty Musts from Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury

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Festival season is upon us! If you are headed out to Coachella this weekend, take these tips from the amazing Charlotte Tilbury. Charlotte is an international makeup artist who has spent decades spent creating unsurpassed beauty looks on famous faces like Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna. I am totally with her on all of these recommendations and I’m thrilled that she shared them with me so I can share them with you guys!

The desert setting means dewy, creamy textures work well, rather than powder-based products which can slip off in the heat. These tips from Charlotte will keep you looking gorgeous from Coachella to Governor’s Ball and everywhere in between (like SunFest for the girls in my neck of the woods!). Read on and prepare to get glammed up festival style:

  • Coachella is all about fringed crop-tops, and leg-baring denim cut-offs; so make like Gisele and use a moisturizing, gleam-getting, gorgeous illuminator cream to highlight your arms, legs, and décolletage. For the face, mix a high SPF with a light-reflecting illuminator like Tom Ford’s Summer Skin Illuminator for glowing protection. Build up the sheen on temples, cheeks and nose to mimic where the sun would light up the face.
  • Create a seductive smoky eye in seconds with a crème eye shadow pen – you can keep it in your shoulder bag. Sweep over the eyelids, smudging outwards and upwards with your finger to create a winged look. For added summer sexiness, smudge underneath the lower lash line too.
  • Add a pop of color to bronzed, freckled skin by using a striking stain on the lips – experiment with eye-catching coral, berry and plum tones of Becca’s Beach Tint. Cheat a smattering of freckles by painting them in using a soft, taupe eyeliner.
  • Lipstick is your best friend. Vamp up your ethereal maxi-dress with a crimson pout and blend a little color onto the apples of the cheeks for an effortlessly pretty, dewy glow.
  • Keep a little stash of pointed Q-tips, some face-wipes (festival is the only acceptable occasion to use these!) and a mini pot of moisturizer in your emergency kit. A Q-tip can help fix a poised feline flick on even the wildest of dance floors.

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