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Doing the Most: 10 Beauty Treatments to Try at Home

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Since everyone has a lot more free time in the comfort of their homes these days, it’s the perfect time to try out some more intensive beauty treatments that were previously tossed aside.  While certainly a bit extra and perhaps even slightly over the top, all ten of these suggestions deliver in a major way.  You may even find yourself liking the results so much that they stay a part of your routine post-quarantine.

1. Exfoliating Foot Mask: Since normal pedicure appointments are a thing of the past, this is the perfect time to try out Baby Foot ($25).  This potent formula will remove all calluses and dry skin for ridiculously smooth feet.

2. LED Face Mask:  Sitting around with an LED mask on during normal times?  No way.  Sitting on the couch or working from home while wearing a mask during quarantine? Why not! The Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare SpectraLite FaceWare Pro ($435) has 162 LED lights (both red and blue) to destroy acne-causing bacteria while also boosting collagen production.

3. Chemical Peel: Is anyone else wishing they got a more intensive dermal treatment that requires some downtime before isolating?  The next best thing is a gentle yet powerful chemical peel like the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel ($32) to smooth, tighten, and clarify your visage.  And since we’re barely going outside, we don’t have to worry about the possible sun sensitivity directly after using it.

4. Lip Mask:  The changing of the seasons hasn’t been doing any favors for our puckers, so an intensive mask like the KNC Beauty Lip Mask ($25) has been a welcome reprieve.  An added perk is that it’s one of the few things that can keep us from mindlessly eating these days since you can’t move your mouth while it’s on!

5. Scalp Mask: Our scalps are often seriously neglecting TLC, but we are remiss to ignore the source of healthy locks.  The Philip Kingsley Trichotherapy Stimulating Scalp Mask ($29) is filled with essential vitamins and minerals to balance your scalp and promote healthy re-growth.

6. Underarm Mask:  By this point you’re definitely thinking, “a mask…for my armpits?”  Hear us out.  If you’re a natural deodorant user, you may be familiar with the dreaded “detox” period to rid your underarms of the toxins that have been building up there for years.  megababe Happy Pits Detoxifying Underarm Mask ($16) speeds up this process  to draw out impurities, while also making the area smoother and brighter overall.

7. Body Peel:  Summer will be here…eventually.  And when we finally feel the sweet light of day again, it would be nice to have a smooth body.  Stacked Skincare TCA Multi-Acid Body Peel ($125) has five different powerful acids to address everything from dark spots to body acne, yet is gentle enough for even sensitive skin.

8. Self-Tan:  Speaking of getting our bodies ready for summer…is anyone else’s skin looking a bit sallow these days?  After just one use, Isle of Paradise Glow Clear Self-Tanning Mousse ($29) imparts a natural glow from head to toe.  Even better, it doesn’t transfer to clothes or have an offensive smell.

9. Gua-Sha: If staying at home has you looking a bit puffier than normal thanks to stress eating or having an extra glass of wine, there is no time like the present to try Gua-Sha.  The Odacite Crystal Contour Gua Sha Beauty Tool ($45) will lift and smooth your skin, and you’ll find the extra few minutes you spend doing it to be blissfuly serene and relaxing.

10. Teeth Whitening: Eventually you will see the outside world, and when that happens you’ll want your smile in tip-top shape.  Since dentist visits these days should be reserved for emergencies, try out Crest 3D White Strips ($60).  The results are comparable to an in-office treatment, and for a fraction of the price.

– Written by Casey Sharbaugh
*photo courtesy of @chrissyteigen

Small Beauty Businesses to Support

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To shop or not shop during this isolation period is certainly a hot topic.  While there are compelling arguments for both sides of this debate, we’re in favor of supporting businesses we love (from home!!!) if you’re in a place financially to do so.  Beauty is a tough business, especially for small and upcoming brands.

Below are a list of ten of the best in the biz if you’re looking to add some new products into your rotation.  Having backups on hand is also never a bad idea!  Even better, all of the brands in this list are fully or partially owned by women.

1.  Rescue Spa:  While you certainly can’t visit Rescue to get one of their out of this world facials (although Lead Esthetician Diana Yerkes is providing digital consults!), you can support Danuta Mieloch and her amazing staff by purchasing some of the best beauty products the industry has to offer via their website. We’re eyeing the Valmont Clarifying Pack ($230) and the NuFace Mini ($199) for at home facials.

2.  HoliFrog: We wrote a love letter to all of HoliFrog’s cleansers a few months ago, and our feelings haven’t changed since.  Don’t miss their most recent launch, Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash ($40).

3.  Lord Jones: We love Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion ($60) for aches and pains (full review here), but are taking our CBD-game up a notch with the Lord Jones Old Fashioned Hemp-Derived CBD Gumdrops ($45) to help us sleep during this trying time.

4.  Lilah B: This brand’s Divine Duo Lip & Cheek ($46) provides the perfect natural wash of color.

5.  rms beauty: Rose-Marie Swift’s Living Luminizer ($38) has been a cult favorite for years for good reason.  You truly can’t go wrong with any shade, although Peach has been in high-rotation to give some life to our drab indoor skin.

6.  Soko Glam:  Look no further than this website for all of your favorite K-Beauty finds.  There is certainly no better time than the present to sheet mask everyday!

7.  Beauty Bio:  With all of your newly acquired time on your hands, there is no time like the present to finally begin microneedling at home.  Look no further than the GloPRO ($199).  For more info on how to use this tool, check out this post.

8.  Go-To: It’s impossible to have enough hand cream these days, and Go-To’s Super Handy Cream ($16) is filled with soothing and yummy ingredients.

9.  Dr. Barbara Sturm:  Although pricey, Dr. Sturm’s product line truly delivers.  Some of our favorites include her Glow Drops ($145) and Sun Drops ($145).

10.  SkinFix:  If you’re a skincare nerd obsessed with ingredients, look no further than this brand.  For times when we accidentally over-exfoliated, or we’re just feeling extra dry, their Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Hyaluronate Serum ($50) always does the trick.

Written by Casey Sharbaugh

The List: Summer Body Products

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Although filled with fun, summer can be a bit anxiety inducing. No matter how many spin or pilates classes you’ve been taking, parading around in barely-there dresses, short shorts, and teeny tiny bikinis can make anyone feel a bit faint. Lucky for us, there are plenty of products to keep your bod looking tight, smooth, and basically flawless.  Without further adieu:

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glotion for Body ($38): Imparts the slightest hint of color while simultaneously exfoliating and firming.  You won’t want to show your legs without it.

illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Socks ($35): Calluses are far from cute. These socks replenish rough feet, all while you sleep.  Genius.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($65): Major exfoliation is key to keeping your skin smooth.  No one wants to see rough patches, ladies!

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse ($54): For a bit more color, this product applies easily and actually lasts. 

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45): Just try and use this firming cream without singing bum diddi bum bum! 

Dermadoctor KP Duty AHA Moisturizing Therapy ($38) Keratosis Pilaris can really cramp a girl’s tank-top flow.  This lotion clears that situation right up.

Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer ($54): While impossible to cure hereditary stretch marks, this lotion definitely makes them less noticeable.

Oui Shave Charlotte Razor and Neroli Oil ($60): The closest, smoothest, and most luxurious shave a gal can dream of. Your legs will thank you.

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The List: Summer Makeup Products To Buy Today

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Now that your skincare routine is ready for summer, it’s time to think about your makeup. Warmer weather calls for a very different look than the colder months. Gone are the days of heavy formulas and bolder looks, replaced instead by glowy multi-taskers and punchy summer colors. Here are the best new makeup launches to achieve that, and stat. 

Super moisturizing but far from greasy, Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm ($24) gives a glossy look without any stickiness.

Overfilled brows can look rather overdone in the summertime. Instead, try a tinted brow gel like this one: Nuance Salma Hayek Natural Definition Tinted Brow Gel ($10).

Of course we know you would never actually bake in the sun to achieve that coveted golden hue, but rather rely on products like Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer ($40) for some color.  This new iteration of their cult Laguna powder bronzer can easily be mixed with your favorite makeup for an all-over sun-kissed appearance.

To compliment your faux-tan, try Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 ($75), a trifecta of fabulous highlighting products.  This makeup-powerhouse knows her stuff in a major way, so you can trust her products to give you serious glow.

A fully made-up eye can melt off in the summer heat, so rely on a product like Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Vinyl Couture ($29) to give your peepers a pop of color. We’re especially into the purple and blue shades for the season.

Heading on vacation? Pack Wander Beauty Wanderout Dual Lipsticks ($30), which includes a shade for daytime on one end and nighttime on the other.  Don’t waste any precious space in that toiletry kit!

Oil-free and weightless, Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer ($44) preps skin for whatever step you can dream up of next.  It’s so effective at brightening and correcting that it can even be worn on its own.

Of course we love a good glow, but that can quickly translate into shiny when you’re sweating during high temps.  Chris Chang for MAX Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($29) keeps your makeup in place and oil at bay, but in the least chalky way possible.

What are you purchasing for summertime makeup? Let us know in the comments below!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind

The List: Summer Skincare Must-Haves

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Skincare needs in the warmer weather are certainly different, and cosmetic companies seem to magically hear our woes.  Come summertime, the amount of product launches specifically addressing our concerns pop up faster than rosé.  Although our wallets may not appreciate it, we’re certainly not complaining.  Here are the new products that we started rotating into our skincare routines as soon as they hit the shelves:

I never exactly knew I wanted my skin to be bouncy until I came across First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask ($38).  Now, I’m obsessed with the idea of my visage looking plump, firm and refined.  Luckily, that is exactly what this mask does.

So we all know how horrible UV-rays are for skin, but have you ever considered all the other various environmental pollutants making its way onto your face? Yikes!  REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist ($38) forms an invisible protective barrier against these scary free radicals.

Hydrating, gentle, yet powerful and refreshing Dermadoctor Kakadu C Brightening Daily Cleanser ($36) is just what the doctor ordered.

Even in the heat, skin gets dry and irritated.  Look to L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid ($49) to calm and moisturize without a hint of greasiness.

Don’t let summer travels take you away from your acid toner.  Pixi Glow Peel Pads ($20) are pre-soaked for easy transport.

Pores feel clogged with sweat and sunscreen? Ah, the joys of warmer weather.  Tata Harper Purifying Mask ($65) deeply cleans, but in the most gentle yet effective way possible. Plus, it just feels good!

Less is always more. Kate Somerville IllumniKate Concealing Eye Cream ($42) treats as it simultaneously conceals and brightens.  Genius.

Of course we obsess about fine lines around our eyes and mouth, but what about all the signs of aging a bit farther down south? Trish McEvoy Line Eraser Neck and Chest Essence ($98) targets those problem areas directly to lighten dark spots while smoothing and firming.  Consider it a must.

Stay tuned for our favorite makeup launches for summer…coming your way soon!

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind

The List: Festival Season Beauty Essentials

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If you’re heading to a music festival this season, a lot of preparations need to take place. In addition to finding the right alternative to the overplayed flower crown, daily planks to get those abs in check for crop tops, and curating the perfect Spotify playlist to get yourself excited…you need to spend more than a hot minute figuring out your beauty plan. Festival beauty can be a real pain in the a*s, but worry not, we’ve got your face covered.  Here’s what we wouldn’t dare enter the desert without:


Skin Laundry Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths ($15) – Don’t pack for a festival without face wipes. Trust.

Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers ($12) somehow manages to soak up oil without smearing all your makeup off in the process.

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral ($30) – Afternoon SPF touch ups are a non-negotiable when in the sun all day, so make it as easy as possible to avoid foregoing it.


MISSHA Signature Essence Cushion Compact ($35) can not only be applied (and reapplied) on the go, but it contains SPF to boot.

Laura Geller Bronze-n-Bright ($33) will make your skin look alive even when you’re dehydrated and exhausted on day three.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($23) – Epic mascara, now in waterproof form.  Score! (Pun intended.)


Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($12) – Our holy grail dry shampoo in travel size. ‘Nuff said.

In all likelihood, it will be way to hot to wear your hair down.  Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring ($8 for three) is the best way to keep your locks secure without giving yourself a headache and breaking your strands in the process.

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets ($18) – Just because you leave your Airbnb, hotel or tent (!!) with straight hair doesn’t mean it will stay that way.  Stash one of these in your purse for touchups.


Herban Essentials Cleansing Towelettes ($16) are individually packaged, so tuck one in your purse if you’re worried about missing a shower (…or two.)

Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50 ($54) – Add some color to your bod while simultaneously protecting it.  A must-have for the first time you wear cutoffs after a long winter.

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The List: 8 Summer Beauty Products To Own Now

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It’s not technically summer until June 21, but we’re in a summer state-of-mind. As another sunny weekend comes to a close, and it’s back to the 9-to-5 grind, what better way to spend your workday than to virtually browse for the best in summer beauty? These finds will certainly take you well into fall, so stock up, and feel free to daydream of long days and humid nights spent frolicking with your gorgeous, glowing complexion.

Here’s our list of eight summer beauty products to own now:

1. Tom Ford Small Bronzing Powder in Terra ($65) – A mineral blend of sunstone, amber, and black tourmaline crystals give skin that coveted summer glow. And the white casing is summer sleek to have your face on fleek.

2. Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé ($24) – The cult-classic beach tint stain is a longtime favorite, and this new glossy formula is perfect for adding punch to your pucker. All six shades are summer-approved, from a neutral fig to a pinky guava.

3. Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint ($26) – This light coverage gives a luminous, dewy glow without any running, smearing, or cakiness.

4. Dior Tie Dye 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Ambre Nuit ($62) – Five golden shimmery shadow shades that resemble the sun’s natural hue. Perfect for creating a light summer smokey eye.

5. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask ($25) – Sun and sweat are a brutal combination when it comes to skin. That’s why you need a heavy-hitting mask to detox and purify. Charcoal is all the rage as of late, and for good reason. This fragrance-free creamy clay mask will soak up excess oil without stripping your natural dewiness.

6. Lancome Ombre Hypnôse Stylo’ Eyeshadow in Corail Doré ($24) – A multitasking stick that defines, lines, and highlights. This peachy-champagne hue is perfect for brow bone and inner eye definition. Plus, if you’re going for a serious no-makeup-makeup look, glide it on the entire lid for a light wash of shimmer.

7. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara ($7) – The newest in CoverGirls cult-classic mascaras, The Super Size, has a long, thin bristled applicator that literally catches every.single.lash. to give mega volume. And waterproof, well, that’s a summer prerequisite (yes, you can even wear into the water!).

8. Nars Duo Eyeshadow in St-Paul-De-Venice ($35) – This limited-edition shadow duo is, quite literally, summer in a compact. A shimmering nectarine and a sheer matte chestnut give just enough color to make it seem like a slight golden kiss from the sun.

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