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#TBT: The Bra-o-Matic

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Oh the joys of womanhood! Bras, née brassieres, are an annoying necessity for all women (kind of like our menstrual cycle). Lucky for us, designs have come a long way from the clickable Bra-o-Matic of the fifties. Long evolved from the original constricting and pointy designs of yesteryear, bras today can do as little or as much as you please for your cleavage. Whether you prefer Wonderbra level push-up or barely-there support, here are our favorite options:

The Marie Jo Covertible T-Shirt Bra ($106) can be converted into several different configurations, courtesy of the chicest strap imaginable.

Not only does Chantelle Intimates Basic Invisble Memory Foam T-Shirt Bra ($72) provide smooth coverage for white T-shirts, but it gives some added oomph for us less-endowed ladies.

Instead of struggling to find a bra that works under tricky necklines or straps, look to a bralette like the Eberjey Collette Racer Bra Bralette ($58) that demands to be seen. Great for those see-through tees.

Do your bra straps seem to constantly fall off your shoulders? BeMe Rough & Tumble Lace Racer Bra ($47) keeps them in place, while still looking stylish thanks to feminine detailing.

If you’re still wearing that Nike sports bra from college that gives you uniboob, it’s time for an upgrade. The Alala Cross Front ($80) has a flattering v-cut, but the thick straps keep the girls in place even during a dance cardio class (no easy feat.)

For those days when you don’t want to get out of bed, but still have to go outside and wear a bra: Skin Tulle-Trimmed Organic Stretch-Pima Cotton Soft-Cup Bra ($75).

The Agent Provocateur Soirée Czarinah Sequined Tulle Underwire Bra ($590) is sexy in the sweetest way possible. Whether you or your man appreciates it more, well, that part is up to you!

What is your favorite bra? Tell us in the comments below!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


#TBT: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

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Washing your face likely first became a chore in junior high, whether you needed to deal with dreaded acne or to remove the makeup you secretly applied to woo the boys. By 15 or 16, a major upgrade was in order for your shower shelf. Enter: St. Ives Apricot Scrub. This drugstore steal felt like a spa indulgence for your face, leaving it fresh, bright, and wonderfully soft. Nowadays, it’s obvious that the original gritty paste is a bit too harsh, although a reformulated and repackaged variation of the original does exist.

Exfoliating is crucial to dissolve dead skin cells, promote cellular turnover, and prepare your skin for other active products like serums and moisturizers. Try these updated scrubs for junior high-soft skin:


Used two to three times a week, M-61 Supersoothe E Microdermabrasion Scrub ($42) will leave your visage as smooth as a professional spa treatment.

One of the most calming and soothing exfoliators on the market, Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant ($67) is also all-natural.

If you prefer a chemical to physical exfoliator, try Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask ($42). Harsh and drying ingredients are replaced with amino acids and almond extract to purify and balance.

A summertime savior, Drunk Elephant JuJu bar ($28) has thermal mud and bamboo powder to brush away debris and impurities. TIP: Apply this soap with your hands, not directly from the bar, for a more gentle application.

Don’t let the price of Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub ($8) fool you. This product is among the best to shed unwanted skin. Plus, it smells delicious!

If fragrances tend to bother your face, try First Aid Beauty Facial Facial Radiance Polish ($24). It has Shea nut shell powder and willow bark extract to buff and polish, but is unscented to avoid irritation.

No matter what your favorite exfoliator is, be sure that you aren’t using any formulas with microbeads, which are absolutely horrible for the environment.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind

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#TBT: Norman Parkinson

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Fashion photographer Norman Parkinson is known for his many Vogue covers, reinventing portraits past stiff formality and into casual elegance. His talents were such an influence over makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury that she decided to create a capsule collection of beauty products inspired by his work.  After all, a photographer who has worked with Jerry Hall, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Twiggy knows a thing or two about making women look their best.

Luckily, Tilbury’s creations make replicating Parkinson’s bathing beauties a cinch. Here are our top three picks from the collection:

1. Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Suntan and Sunlight ($80) is designed to give “holiday skin” with the added benefit of the soft-focus lens of Parkinson’s camera. The cream texture offers the perfect dewy, natural finish for summertime heat.

2. Matte Revolution Lipstick, Miss Kensington ($32) is filled with glowing pigments for lips that look both fuller and wider. Even better, it’s enriched with orchid extract to hydrate and protect rather than dry out your pucker like traditional matte formulas tend to do. The light pink shade will make you look like a perfect English rose, or as Tilbury describes, “haughty but naughty.”

3. Jerry Hall Bathing Beauty Makeup Bag ($80) is arguably the most perfect toiletry bag to bring to  the beach or pool. Not only is it waterproof, it’s also the ideal size for sunscreen.

This was Tilbury’s first collaboration, but she really blew it out of the park. We can only hope for more!

Have a favorite Tilbury x Parkinson product? Let us know in the comments below.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind



#TBT: Ursula Andress’ White Bikini

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When Ursula Andress emerged from the water in James Bond’s Dr. No, she became one of the most iconic beach beauties of all time. In addition to her killer body and supermodel features, her white bikini made a lasting impressing… and not just for the men. The girly bow-adorned top paired with the tough belted bottoms created the perfect combination of sex and sass.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better occasion than the Fourth of July to rock solid white swimwear. Whether you plan to be lounging on a boat, playing at the beach, or sunning in the city, here are the best white bikini options for your holiday weekend festivities. Ursula’s gorgeous hair and killer bod not included (sorry!)

1. No need for accessories when wearing the Moeva London Hayley Bikini ($358), since it includes an on-trend choker.

2. Have you been working tirelessly on your headstand at hot yoga? Show off those shoulders in the Topshop Textured Halter Bikini ($42).

3. Conversely, look to the Marysia Swim Palm Springs Sporty Bikini Top ($141) and Marysia Swim Palm Springs High Waist Bikini Bottoms ($141) for a bit more coverage.

4. Not all of us were graced with large busts, so the Lisa Marie Fernandez Natalie Flounce Bikini ($495) adds some cleavage where we need it most.

5. She wore an itsy bitsy teeny-weeny white bikini: ViX Swimwear Solid White Stairs Bikini Top ($92) and Bottom ($80).

6. Think one-pieces can’t be sexy? Think again. Mara Hoffman Front Twist One Piece Swimsuit ($210).

7. If you constantly struggle with your straps staying in place, you’ll love the J.Crew Shoulder-Tie French Bikini Top ($44).

*Complete your beach body by getting rid of pesky cellulite and adding a of  (fake) color to your skin.

Happy Fourth!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind



#TBT: Brigitte Bardot’s Volume

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Bodacious bombshell Brigitte Bardot was a woman of many talents, but her voluminous hair was definitely one of her most coveted attributes. While she was certainly an icon of the ‘60s, her beauty is just as relevant – if not more so – today. Teased and tousled roots are all the rage as of late, and Brigitte mastered this style to perfection. No, we’re not talking bouffants of the South, this big hair is all about sex appeal… and seduction. So, who better to learn from than the icon of sexuality herself?

We sat down with Alli Webb, Founder of Drybar, for tips and tricks on achieving a modern, perfectly Bardot-esque ‘do. Armed with her advice and products, it’s safe to assume that you’ll be creating your very own, at-home Drybar-worthy voluminous blowout in minutes.

Beauty Banter: What is the best way to create lasting volume? 
Alli Webb: Always start with super clean hair – any residual dirt, oil or product buildup will instantly weigh your hair down.  Also, choose styling products wisely based on your hair type! The wrong product can really affect a blowout and prevent you from getting that great volume.

BB: What about adding volume to second day hair? 
AW: If you can, set your hair at the crown with a Velcro roller like our High Tops ($10) or pin curl set while you sleep to preserve your blowout into the next day. Touch it up in the morning with a ceramic round brush and a little Detox Dry Shampoo ($22) to absorb any excess oil.

BB: In the summer heat, how do you recommend creating volume while still controlling frizz?
AW: Before heat styling, always shield your hair with a heat protectant like our Hot Toddy ($30). It not only protects against heat damage, but locks in moisture to protect your color and fight frizz all day long. If you have finer hair, our Texas Tea Volumizing Spray ($26) and Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse ($26) will give you lots of body and hold. If you have thicker hair, our Sparkling Soda Shine Mist ($28) will keep frizz at bay, but it’s so lightweight it won’t weigh the hair down.

BB: What about washing; should we avoid applying conditioner near the roots if we want volume? 
AW: Hair needs to be extremely clean for volume, so use a cleansing shampoo that will remove dirt, residues, and oils from your hair, like our Happy Hour Blowout Shampoo ($24). Oily hair does not blow out well and your style won’t last. Definitely DO NOT put conditioner on the roots. It may cause the hair to look greasy, so only apply to tips and shaft of the hair.


Here’s to some serious va-va-volume!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


#TBT: Black and White

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Black and white has been a killer fashion combination since Adam and Eve (kidding, but not really). It might be the most basic yet favored apparel pairing in fashion history. Whether in ‘60s mod, like the photo above, or on classic Chanel suits, this color pairing is far from neutral and has truly stood the test of time. What’s black and white and red all over? No, it’s not your high school algebra test. It’s you wearing these updated iterations with the perfect red lip!

1. Whether paired with a crop top or a plain white T-shirt, the Lisa Marie Fernandez Gingham Poplin Skirt ($495) is a statement look for a daytime brunch with flats.

2. Equal parts tough and sweet, Lionette By Noa Sade’s Gali Earrings ($135) will pair with countless outfits.

3. One-pieces are the new bikini, especially when they look like the Wildfox Bel Air Stripe Swimsuit ($150).

4. Scarves aren’t only for the colder months. The Donni Charm Picnic Bandana Scarf ($135) is a lightweight and playful option for the true dog days of summer.

5. Since hats are such a must-have item during the summer, you have no reason not to add the Genie by Eugenia Kim Cecily Hat ($88) to your collection.

6. Black and white sunglasses will go with ALL of your summer outfits. The Swarovski Diva Black and White Sunglasses ($250) get bonus points for their subtle, yet still noticeable, dose of sparkle. Can’t you just picture them on Marilyn Monroe?

7. The Elizabeth and James Enno Polka-Dot Cropped Top ($122) feels vintage-inspired but in a completely modern silhouette. Pair it with your favorite white skinny jeans for date night.

8. We’ve already deemed Soludos the must-have shoe of the summer, and their Black and White Barca Flat ($43) only supports that claim.

9. Want a clutch to wear to the countless summer weddings you have this summer? Look no further than Rafe’s Azura Asymmetric Striped Minaudiere ($495). The black and white coloring will match even the ugliest bridesmaid’s dress hue.

Wear one, or wear them all together! Black and white goes great with mixed patterns and prints.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


#TBT: Ali MacGraw’s Pin-Straight Strands

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Ali MacGraw stole our hearts in Love Story, but it was her pin-straight strands that gave us serious mane envy… even today. Ali ruled the impossibly long, sleek and shiny hair before chemical straighteners or flat irons were even invented. In all likelihood, she probably used a clothing iron to flatten her locks! While we certainly don’t encourage that technique, we do enthusiastically recommend taking inspiration from Ali and mixing things up from the tried-and-true beach waves to the silky straight.

Tim Rogers, Creative Director for Living Proof, gave us some insight on how to mimic the pin-straight strands:

BB: What is the best way to achieve Ali MacGraw’s perfectly straight locks?

TR: A flawless blowout using an extra large boar bristle brush, then pressing one-inch sections with a flat iron on medium heat.

BB: What measures can you take to avoid heat damage when trying this look?

TR: Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield ($22) will not only lock in the style during the blowout, it will protect against heat and UV damage when used on dry hair. It’s a perfect finisher.

BB: With rising temps, humidity is becoming more of an issue. How can you “weather-proof” straight locks during the summer?

TR: Living Proof Prime Style Extender ($20) weather-proofs each strand in an invisible, weightless coating that is ‘hydra-phobic.’ It literally resists the humidity that can disrupt a super-straight style.

The right tools and products are obviously vital to successfully get straight locks. In addition to the ones mentioned above, here are more straight-making must haves:

A quality flatiron is absolutely crucial. Cannot emphasize that enough! Drybar Smooth Operator Flatiron ($125) gets the job done quickly with minimal damage. Plus, the yellow color is just downright cheery to look at, especially early in the morning.

The ultimate trifecta for all hair, but especially straight styles, is softness, silkiness, and shininess. Sachajuan Styling Cream ($29) does all that and more. Apply it pre-blowout and prepare to be blown away.

Unless you were graced with god-given pin-straight locks, some serious heat styling will be required. Color Wow Speed Blow Dry Spray ($24) not only protects your strands, but will speed up dry time.

Inevitably, the dog days of summer will require you to pull out the big guns. On those wet or sticky occasions, look no further than ColorProof HumidityRx Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray ($29) to repel moisture and humidity all day long.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


#TBT: How To Look Like Debbie Harry

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Debbie Harry is well known for being a blondie, both with her hair and her band. However, her statement-making makeup left just as much of an impression, especially in today’s landscape of “go bold or go home.” Debbie paired her bleached locks with bright “look at me” cosmetics that were the total opposite of natural. While less-is-more is definitely having a moment, sometimes occasions call for a full, daring face of makeup. And no, not just for a costume party!

Pretty much the entire NARS Christopher Kane Collection, described as “neoneutral,” screams Debbie Harry. The Illuminating Multiple ($39) in Quantum looks like a shocking magenta, but it’s actually rather sheer and totally wearable on eyes, lips, and cheeks. We also like to think she would love the Mezmer Lip Gloss ($26), which gives the desired amount of shine without a sticky finish.

Although Debbie loved a good blue eye shadow, that may evoke memories of a bad prom look. Ease your way into the trend with eyeliner instead of a full blue lid. Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Liquid Eyeliner in Blue Light ($34) has a punky, iridescent finish.

If you’re feeling bold and want to rock an entire blue lid, reach for Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Iced Blue ($29). It’s surprisingly versatile despite the frosty finish, and gets bonus points for lasting all night long.

To perfectly balance daring eyes and shocking hair, Debbie favored coral lips of the creamy variety. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Cora Cora ($30) is ultra-hydrating with just the right amount of punch for your pout.

One Way or Another, a little Blondie can certainly fit into your makeup wardrobe.


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#TBT: Twiggy’s Lashes

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Twiggy’s petite, thin frame was the basis for her nickname. But the model’s come-hither eyelashes were in stark contrast to the rest of her. While her body was small and slight, her lashes were long, chunky, and bold. And remember, lash extensions weren’t even a thing in the mod ’60s. Icons like Twiggy relied on some serious mascara application to achieve their doe-eyed appearance. Today, we tend to shy away from the clumpiness of Twiggy’s famous lashes, but we’re still on the continuous quest for bold, stand-out eyes. British It Girl Poppy Delevingne nails the doe-eyed look, but for a modern woman: Less of the harsh Twiggy-lash-separation, more va-va-volume.

Here are some of our favorite products to help mimic these statement-making lashes:

Sunday Riley Influencer Mascara ($30) promises one-stroke application and definitely lives up to the claim. We love the glossy finish that wouldn’t dare flake on us… ever.

Don’t be intimidated by the applicator on Givenchy Mister Lash Booster ($31). This transparent formula is a primer (pre-mascara) and a growth serum (think RevitaLash) all in one product. It helps lashes look denser, meaning you can use even less of your favorite mascara.

A perennial favorite and for good reason, Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara ($32) lifts and curls for major fullness.  ‘Nuff said.

You know those tiny lashes on your lower lash line and in the corners of your eyes that are incredibly prone to clumping?  Surrat Pointilliste Mascara ($26) is their new BFF.  It’s specifically designed with a little brush to reach those pesky hairs that are often overlooked.

In terms of best drugstore finds, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara ($9) is our go-to. It has a unique brush to give your lashes a fanning effect, while the comb applicator lets you apply coat after coat without a clump in sight.

Fans of tubing mascara should look no further than D.J.V. Beautenizer Fiberwig LX Mascara ($22). Since it encapsulates lashes with a fiber-rich film, your lashes will stay long and defined until you choose to remove the formula, and not a minute sooner!  Plus, our editor Sarah describes it as “dope”… what more convincing do you need?

While overachieving can be an obnoxious trait in a person, when it comes to mascara, we want ours to do everythingHourglass Film Noir Mascara ($28) volumizes, lengthens, separates, and conditions. The formula is a bit sticky to avoid smudging, even when on your lower lash line.

Sometimes it’s necessary to bring out the big guns. For those occasions, Eyeko Lash Wardrobe ($24) has you covered. This kit is filled with reusable falsies that are applied with an odorless adhesive to avoid any dreaded eye-watering during application. TIP: If using mascara and liner as well, make sure to apply before the lashes.


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#TBT: Brooke Shields’ Beach Waves in The Blue Lagoon

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With summer approaching slowly but steadily, the season of beach hair will quickly be upon us. Although it was popular in the eighties, Brooke Shields’ beach waves in The Blue Lagoon are exactly how we want our hair to look today. It is nearly impossible to ever truly mimic the volume and texture that a dip in the ocean and a salty breeze create, but you can do a pretty damn good job at faking it with the right tools.

Curling irons can be tricky. Between the clamp and finding the proper rotation from your wrist, hair can quickly take a Shirley Temple turn, or even not curl at all. Enter: Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1 ($129). This recently redesigned self-rotating tool is truly idiot-proof (coming from one!). Simply secure the small clamp at the end of your hair, press the arrow to start rotation, hold for the desired amount of time, and release the curl. Hello, creaseless, Blue Lagoon beachy waves.

Although a good curling iron is crucial, that isn’t the only barrier to perfectly-imperfect beachy waves. Bumble and bumble stylist Mischa G. provided some more tricks and tips for conquering the wave.

BB: Can anyone achieve beachy waves, no matter if their hair is thin and fine or thick and curly?

MG: Anyone can achieve beachy waves but for different hair types, some steps just have to be altered. For fine, straight and oily prone hair, start with damp, towel-dried hair and apply Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray liberally from roots to ends, then rough blow dry it with hands. Next take large sections and loosely twist them around an iron. Once all your hair is curled, shake it out with your hands. I like to finish with a little more Surf Spray just so that  the waves don’t look too “done.”

For hair that is already curly or thicker, start with Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion on damp hair. Then take large sections and twist into loose long waves, giving each section a light tug down to lengthen, then air dry or defuse. Once dry, break up the sections with your hands and shake. For extremely dry hair, finish with Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil on the ends for extra smoothness.

BB: How is Surf Infusion different than the cult classic Surf Spray?

MG: Surf infusion is different from the cult classic Surf Spray because of the blend of tropical oils in the new formula. Once shaken together, you get the same texture and beachy properties of Surf Spray but now with nourishing benefits from the oils. Surf Infusion gives a softer look and feel for hair that found Surf Spray to be too drying.

BB: Are beachy waves easier or harder to achieve in summer when it is more humid? 

MG: I find beachy waves easier to achieve in humid months. Humidity mixed with either of the surf sprays offers up additional volume and texture for flat hair. Also, being able to leave the house with damp hair and letting it dry naturally is a plus! For those with already textured hair, humidity-fluffed hair can be calmed with Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil as well as Surf Infusion.

With this foolproof formula, rest assured that anyone can copy Brooke Shield’s Blue Lagoon hair. Now if we could only figure out how to get that hot bod to match.


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