Good News to Make You Feel Good

Good News to Make You Feel Good

Your healthy dose of feel-good current events in pop culture, fashion, travel, science, and everything in between…

Another round of carefree current events is in order, another fresh opportuuuunity to catch up on the grin-worthy updates meant to chill you out (rather than rile you up).

Consider this is your summer reading, relaxed — a chance to unapologetically recline, perhaps in a petal-soft robe, and lounge worry-free with some harmless (yet fascinating) stories that have been selected to give you some clickable, likeable news that’s finally worth sharing with friends.

Peruse, ponder, audibly “aww,” lol a little, and enjoy the ride:

Thank you, precious buttercup Canadians!

When a newborn otter pup was seen swimming alone in open water off of Vancouver’s coast this summer, the city’s Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre took him in for protective 24-hour care. Now, he’s swimming pretty and made-in-the-shade, posing through all of the luxuriously tiny baths he can take and naps he can sleep.

There is such a thing as a “Rainbow Star,” and its name is Sirius.

When its twinkling spectrum of light was caught in soft focus, amateur astrophotographer Steve Brown managed to encapsulate every color in one kaleidoscopic image.

Philly’s ever-revered LOVE skate park is captured by Jonathan Rentschler in this three-year saga of gritty street photos.

Honoring the (FP) neighborhood haven, Rentschler reflects on its larger purpose: “The park itself had an aura about it, which attracted eccentric personalities… this diversity promoted creativity and led to the appreciation of different ideas, cultures, and ways of life.”

This twelve-year-old’s submission to Lego’s “Kid Creations” display is an adorable reminder that there’s no need to overcomplicate a good thing.

Open your eyes to the simple genius of this pre-teen’s why-not? attitude.

Like the romantic dream held in your ocean heart since hearing the first notes of Titanic’s soundtrack, Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet are finally ready for one hot date with a superfan.

The pair is auctioning themselves off as the season’s most desirable NYC dinner guests, at long last laying out the opportunity to hear Leo’s supersoaker secrets.

Finally, the proof you’ve been waiting for that habitually ordering Seamless, calling out your laundry, and (for the truly lucky) hiring a maid is actually good for you.

Saving time in your day by skipping the chores you don’t enjoy can help bliss you out (when your budget allows).

Any excuse to look at old school snaps of Jane Birkin is the right one—

like boarding a virtual sailboat to an island you can only attempt to pronounce. This tiny breakdown of classic French babe styling confirms that a touch of insouciance and the perfect pair of jeans will never be the cliché to regret.

Spend time in nature! Sleep more! Don’t feel the need to rush!

Call your best friend and don’t talk about yourself at all! This list of life secrets is gleaned from the truly successful party of people that consider themselves “happy.”

Many thanks to the ever-innovative Petra Collins for opening up a conversation about fashion’s need to include new talent in coveted cover shoots and editorial campaigns.

And this list of 16 up-and-coming photographers to follow is just the kind of fresh perspective worth working into your daily feed. Take a spin through former American Apparel model Ysa Pérez’s candidly cool images, then wrap it all in a bow with Olivia Locher’s signature marshmallow pants.

No spoilers for this gem other than:

Quite possibly the best Taylor Swift tweet of all time.

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Good News to Make You Feel Good

Good News to Make You Feel Good

Your healthy dose of feel-good current events in pop culture, fashion, travel, science, and everything in between…

Wouldn’t it be nice to read a current event that didn’t make you loudly wonder WHEN WILL IT END?! We think so, too, because we get it (pat pat pat)… it’s been a rough ride trying to navigate the news without getting caught in a loop of negative feedback these past dozen months or so. It’s time to take back ME TIME.

Consider this is your summer reading, relaxed- a chance to lean back, grab a soft robe, and lounge around with some harmless (yet fascinating) stories that have been selected to give you something to read that’s finally worth sharing with friends.

Stretch out, click away, grin, ponder, audibly “aww,” and enjoy the ride:

The first full solar eclipse visible from the US since 1979 will arrive in less than a month on Monday, August 21st.

Here’s a list of the best places to post up for a viewing in the country, with remote locations like Casper, Wyoming and Carbondale, Illinois topping the charts. Since the entire phenomenon is expected to happen in under 3 minutes, just try to stay away from big clouds.

Everyone’s favorite new style star is no stranger to the spotlight.

Celine Dion has made a well-deserved leap into fashion’s elite with her couture-friendly figure and I-Do-What-I-Want sartorial attitude. This slideshow of her earlier wardrobe hits, from princess-sleeved mohair pastels to regal bolos, is an inspirational collection of the icon’s ageless cool.

If you think “forest bathing” requires a tub in the trees, you’re not alone- but it’s even easier.

This Montana wellness escape is practicing the art of digital detox in the form of stargazing, open-air yoga, and mind-clearing mountain hikes. Arguably the best part? Ending (and beginning) every day in a dreamy safari tent with a view that actually taps the Rockies.

Tired of recycling the same content for every moody moment?

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art offers a culture-rich solution to your digital demands in their new project “Send Me SFMOMA,”. Simply texting their hotline with a “send me ___” request (and filling in the blank with a word or emoji of choice) will get a response with a matching art piece from their archives. Hearts, rainbows, and robots are all fair game for inspirational images meant to deliver “a sublime, semi-random search of the collection.”

Notorious for her surprising (and often hilariously biting) social media responses, Rihanna recently proved that she’s as much of a buttercup as the rest of us.

She responded to a fan’s direct message on Instagram with personal, empowering relationship advice — and according to the recipient, this isn’t the first time that RiRi’s thoughtfully doled out her wisdom. Who can argue with brilliantly forgiving post-heartbreak logic like: “Cry if you have to, but it won’t be forever!”

Texas hospitality took a once-in-a-lifetime approach when a man in Corpus Christi accidentally locked himself inside of the ATM he was fixing.

His escape plan? Slipping “HELP ME” notes through the receipt slot to customers who approached the machine, finally leading to his safe rescue. (

The chance to step inside of a giant origami pineapple (in millennial pink, no less) is finally a reality thanks to one artistic duo’s project called Look! Look! Look!

Built within Berrington Hall’s historic walled garden, Heather and Ivan Morison spent six months constructing a surreal jigsaw-like pavilion to attract visitors for summer yoga, music, and performance events.

Warning: happy tears are on the table for this next must-love-dogs update:

Messy, a golden-retriever and Thailand native, barked warmly to neighbor Audi, a husky who would cry out from his backyard, lonely for his owners. When Audi’s gate was left open by accident, he snuck over to Messy to give his best friend an over-the-fence, undeniably adorable hug.

Your coffee fix is, once again, doctor approved.

Thanks to recent studies, it turns out that drinkers live slightly longer than their espresso-free counterparts. Though the difference in vitality may only technically be a tiny 2%, it still may be your best excuse for a decent summer buzz.

Four-legged lovers rejoice!

The “World’s Happiest Animal,” the quokka, once nearly extinct, is thriving in developed areas of Rottnest, Australia. Thanks to the abundant food and adoring fans found in the city’s tourist attractions, including a local golf course, the ever-smiling, teddy-bear-sized marsupials are eating their fill and making their mark, with a new awareness spread by countless travelers’ selfies to thank.

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Shiny Summer Skin: A Pro’s Guide to Mastering Oils, Glosses & Balms

Shiny Summer Skin: A Pro’s Guide to Mastering Oils, Glosses & Balms

Capturing the light-catching trend that’s good for your skin…

The beauty tides have visibly shifted from matte, heavy handed makeup looks to the kind of dewy, touched-by-an-angel skin that seems to glow without a light source — making mastering that ethereal, gleaming complexion more enticing than ever. For a lesson in luster, I tapped one of my favorite makeup artists, Erin Green, for her take on the hypermodern trend. The Brooklyn-based pro has nailed down that enviable sheen equation for editorial shoots and celebrity red carpets alike, and her affinity for natural skin care makes it all the easier to get behind. “I love to shoot beauty, and I especially love to shoot shiny skin beauty,” says Erin as she chats on her way to a shoot in London. Below, she takes us through the products and techniques that will keep you on the right side of the ultrafine line between gleaming and greasy:

Create A Clean Sweep:

“For shiny summer skin, the most important part is the base,” says Erin, who likes to start by cleansing using a mild exfoliator to remove any dead skin.

Erin’s DIY Recipe: “You can make your own using raw sugar and coconut oil. I like to add a bit of rosewater and activated charcoal to really get into my pores.”

Calm and Hydrate:

After exfoliating, Erin recommends applying a calming and hydrating serum like Pai’s Instant Calm Sea Aster & Wild Oat Redness Serum “Allow a few minutes for it to fully absorb, then grab some rosehip seed oil. Warm it up between your hands and press it into the skin concentrating on dryer areas (non-t-zone), down your neck and décolletage.”

Blur Imperfections:

Apply a bit of your favorite tinted moisturizer for sheer coverage, and spot check any redness or blemishes. “Cover any imperfections with concealer using your finger, and then maybe even going the extra mile and blending the remaining out with a fluffy brush so you really don’t see it.”

Kiss The Sun:

“If your summer tan isn’t kicking yet, I suggest using RMS Buriti Bronzer along your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and just above the high points of your eyebrows,” Erin explains. “I like to use as little as possible in the summer,” she admits, offering up a multitasker like RMS Lip2Cheek for adding sheer color to the apples of cheeks.

Erin’s Tried-and-True Bronzer Cue: “Use a larger fluffy brush so the product is diluted, and always test a stroke on the back of your hand before you put it on your face. It’s much easier to put it on than it is to take it off.”

Hit The High Notes:

“I sometimes use lip balm as a highlighter to finish if I’m feeling lazy,” Erin divulges, who dabs it onto eyelids, high points of cheekbones, and across lips for a hydrated (rather than glittering) glow. A paraben-free option like Lano’s Multipurpose  Superbalm won’t spark breakouts, and will help cure any chapped, sun-scorched skin.

Turn Up The Lights:

 For an evening look that doesn’t scream “made up,” Erin turns to an old-school favorite that’s made a noticeable comeback as of late: “An easy way to transition from day to night but still keep the ‘no makeup’ look is every girl’s new (old) best friend: Lipgloss. Putting a gloss on the lips is an easy and subtle way to bring attention to the shape, as the texture will attract the eyes attention,” says Erin. For the final step in the gleaming game, she suggests applying a swipe of gloss to eyelids for a light-catching, ultra-modern alternative to traditional powdered shadow.

+Ready for your summer glow? Shop all beauty and wellness here

Photo by Jana Kirn

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Party Time Anytime: Day-to-Night Makeup Hacks

Party Time Anytime: Day-to-Night Makeup Hacks

The pro tricks to making it to that summer soiree without missing a beat…

The summer social hour is in full swing, which means no more hibernating at home after a long day — these warm weeks are primed for out-of-office action. Whether you’re headed straight to a sunset cocktail hour or a sultry dancefloor sweat session, getting in the party mood doesn’t have to require a glam squad — a few clever tricks from the pros will have you camera-ready in less time than your Lyft ride.


“With early mornings turning into late nights, the last thing you want to wonder is, ‘is this going to break me out?’’

Prepping an after-hours makeup moment starts with a healthy canvas—especially now that skin-care-conscious beauty looks require showing off your immaculate complexion more than ever.


“I always encourage people to carry a little bottle of rose water spray in their bag,” says facialist and natural beauty trailblazer Joanna Vargas, sought after by celebs like Emma Roberts and Naomi Watts for her complexion-perfecting techniques. “Rose is awesome for hydrating skin when mixed with water, and feels incredible when you are getting sticky from walking around outside,” explains Joanna. If you’re looking for a remedy for sun-scorched summer skin, Joanna suggests a more calming formula: “This aloe soothing mist is a great way to combat pollution and stressed out skin throughout the day!”


Everything depends on a healthy canvas of smooth, moisturized skin. “If you develop dry patches during the day, I recommend my own Rejuvenating Serum,” says Joanna, whose eponymous product line is known for its futuristic use of plant-based ingredients. Dab a bit over any dull bits to prep your face for foundation or tinted moisturizer. “It’s great for dry patchy skin because it contains good fats like olive oil that both soothe the skin and hydrate the skin from the inside.”



“I always keep a nude lip in my purse”

“Rushing out of the office straight to an event is something we all have to do,” says makeup artist Elena Miglino, who’s perfected on-the-go beauty looks for clients like pop music prodigy Daya and actress Jackie Cruz. “Skin is so important,” Elena emphasizes, touting the importance of natural cosmetics in the summer layering game. “With early mornings turning into late nights, the last thing you want to wonder is, ‘is this going to break me out?’ Using products that don’t contain harmful ingredients allows you to add on, worry-free.”


To even out your complexion without adding weight, Elena loves Alima Pure’s Liquid Silk Foundation. “It’s light and buildable with a flawless finish,” she explains, noting that applying with a beauty blending sponge  is the real “game changer” for last-minute touch-ups. “Start by wetting a sponge, dabbing it into your foundation, and gently pressing it into the skin. This will help add a little more coverage and even out the tone.”


To quickly define features in lower lighting, a sheer (and subtly shimmering) contouring tool is key. “I would throw a product like Lilah B.’s Bronzed Beauty Bronzer in Sunkissed into your makeup bag,” says Elena, who recommends its luminous formula, not to mention near-unbreakable packaging. Sweep it along the highs of your cheekbones and temples for a flattering faux glow.


“I usually have about 15 minutes to run to the bathroom and get myself ready before walking a red carpet or sitting in an audience with one of my celeb clients, so having a go-to look is so important.” says Elena, who has mastered the art of a quick-change beauty moment. Her favorite trick revolves around a portable shadow palette and a plan:


“I would begin the day with Smith & Cult’s Book of Eyes Quad in Soft Shock by applying the khaki color all over the lid with a fluffy brush, then applying the darkest color with a tiny brush close to the top lash line,” Elena explains in detail, approving a coat or two of a flexible mascara like Smith & Cult’s Lash Dance (since you’ll be adding more later). “This leaves you with fresh, bright-eyed daytime look.”


To amp up the volume on your way to the party, pull out your same palette and bump up the color. “Start by taking that darkest shadow and adding it onto the corners of the eye, making a sideways V (>) starting at the lash line and into the crease,” says Elena. “Use your same fluffy brush to blend it out, then press the shimmery silver shade gently into the middle of the eye, right on top of the khaki color, sweeping it under the bottom lash line for extra sparkle.” Want to amp up the sooty impact? “Add eye kohl all over!” Elena enthuses. “I like Alima Pure’s Natural Defintion Eye Pencil in Ink. It’s gentle on the eyes and long lasting. Apply that to your top and bottom water lines, then add a few more coats of mascara.”


“I always keep a nude lip in my purse,” says Elena, who approves of red lipstick for night as well, but leans toward the ease of a buff hue. Try a soft mauve cream formula like Vapour’s Siren Lipstick in Chere or glossy finish like Smith & Cult’s The Shining Lip Lacquer in Now Kith as your final touch before you step out of your ride. “It’s a lip that you can put on in the car — no mirror necessary!”

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Summer Refresh: Decluttering with Lilah B’s Minimal Beauty Pebbles

Summer Refresh: Decluttering with Lilah B’s Minimal Beauty Pebbles

These cruelty-free river rock compacts from Lilah B are performing natural wonders…

It’s time for a summer vanity refresh. In the beauty-obsessed realm of 2017, where every lipstick collab or buzzy launch adds the weight of yet another product to your tote, the craving for a simply, chicly wrapped staple has set in. This concept of cosmetic decluttering wasn’t lost on Cheryl Yannotti Foland, founder of the cruelty-free makeup and skin care brand Lilah B. After ten years of working in a beauty industry riddled with excess, Cheryl envisioned a simplified beauty line that wouldn’t skimp on skin-kind ingredients — or style.

“The packaging was a pretty big focus of mine,” shares Cheryl as we discuss the brand’s signature polished river stone-esque compacts. “As an avid beauty consumer for years, I had grown tired of high end products either breaking or looking ‘less than fabulous’ after bumbling around in a makeup bag for a few weeks.” With her sights set on creating a line that looked, behaved, and even felt (in your hand) like “luxury,” Cheryl referenced former Italian model-turned-jewelry-designer Elsa Peretti for aesthetic direction. “I was inspired by the organic shapes of Elsa Peretti’s designs from a young teen, and kept her in mind as we customized our stone compacts.” And even with game-changing packaging, it’s the formulations inside of the strangely irresistible marble casings that have editors’ and makeup artists’ attention. “My objective was to launch the healthiest collection without compromising performance,” says Cheryl of the hydrating aloe and agar (a gelatin derived from marine algae) and moisturizing botanicals incorporated throughout the entire line. “Offering the ease of a simplified beauty routine means that it shouldn’t have to be reapplied multiple times throughout your day.” And with each product encompassing the duties of several, the opportunity to pare down a bloated beauty routine is, in this case, irresistible:

Blush + Lipstick + Cream Eyeshadow = The Divine Duo Lip & Cheek

The hero product for the brand, featuring a sheer, buildable formula, has makeup icons singing its praises. “The pebble shape of this lip and cheek tint makes me so happy,” says industry pro Pati Dubroff. “The sheer pretty tint is my go-to for adding a bit of color to my face.” Hung Vanngo , fellow makeup artist who’s worked with everyone from Kate Moss to Selena Gomez, backs its clutter-free vision. “This is an excellent product for a no-fuss makeup routine,” emphasizes Hung. “With many versatile shades, they can be worn on the lips, cheeks and some could even be used as a soft cream eyeshadow.”

Highlighter + Bronzer + Contour Palette = Bronzed Beauty Bronzer

Adding a bit of universally flattering warmth to all skin tones, this golden-bronze-meets-champagne-shimmer combination delivers a natural glow when paired up on key points of the face. “I personally LOVE to look ‘kissed by the sun’ all year long,” explains Cheryl of the inspiration behind the duo. “The darkest shade contours, and the lightest shade highlights cheek and brow bones. Combine the two to sweep across your nose, cheeks, and forehead for a natural hint of sun.

Treatment Salve + Multipurpose Gloss = Tinted Lip Balm

The newest launch for summer, each sheer balm is infused with lavender oil and mint for a sensory refresh with every swipe. “This balm is not only a treatment product – offering moisturization and hydration–but gives you just the perfect tint of pigment for the season of lighter, easier beauty looks,” says Cheryl, who’s been sporting the b.cheeky shade every day since its launch. “It is so easy on the go and can be layered on top of our Divine Duo for added shine.”

Liner + Shadow + Brow Powder + Luminizer = Palette Perfection Eye Quad

With flexible formulas that can be applied wet and dry (or sheer and subtle for day, smoky and impactful for night), the quad has become one of the brand’s most versatile pieces — not to mention a blogger obsession. “This was, by far, one of my favorite products to develop,” Cheryl admits. “Having powders that work as brow powders and even liners provides an all-in-one palette — and as a bonus, each quad has a highlighter shade which can be used practically anywhere from the lid to the cheekbones, bridge of nose, or even cupid’s bow.” Also formulated with aloe and agar, the hydrating nature of these key ingredients prevents creasing for lasting wear.

Moisturizing Essence + Makeup Setting Spray + Hydrosol = Aglow Face Mist

Don’t let the portable size fool you, this recipe is packed with power players like firming knot grass, soothing fig extract, and detoxifying dandelion root for a radiance-boosting shot of skin care. “Aglow was designed to set, refresh and hydrate, whether prepping the skin before makeup application, setting your look after, or just using as a moisturizing mist throughout your day,” says Cheryl of the lavender-scented elixir. For one final multitasking mission, take a tip from the brand’s in-house artists, who spritz powder eyeshadows for a dewy look that takes the guesswork out of gleaming lids.

+ Check our Lilah B’s full beauty collection here

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Bite-Sized Beauty Breakthrough: Sakara Life’s Skin-Enhancing Chocolates

Bite-Sized Beauty Breakthrough: Sakara Life’s Skin-Enhancing Chocolates

Upgrading your skin care routine has never tasted better…

Can eating chocolate change your complexion? You’d be hard-pressed to find a skin care fanatic who hasn’t heard the old school stigma of chocolate provoking acne, but a more mindful approach to the confection’s recipe is finally changing its reputation. “It’s not chocolate that’s “bad” for your skin — it’s the additives like dairy, trans fats and processed sugar,” insist Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle, co-founders of Sakara Life, the organic meal delivery program beloved by the fast-paced fashion and film set from NYC to LA, which has racked up health-focused fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson along the way. Driven by the demand for nutritious snacks with a holistic focus, Danielle and Whitney recently expanded their Clean Boutique of healthy options to include the ultimate dream indulgence – Beauty Chocolates.

The duo considers their recipe, which is made with raw, dark cacao, “one of the most potent sources of age-defying antioxidants on earth,” and sweetened with coconut sugar that offers a naturally lower glycemic index (to prevent harmful blood sugar spikes and crashes), a healthy addition to any strategic beauty routine. “Skin is very important to us,” they enthuse, citing Whitney’s struggle with cystic acne as one of the main propellants of launching the brand. “We are big believers in the idea that true beauty comes from within — and starts with what you eat! Nutrition is the only way to get to the root cause of your issues, whether that’s dull skin, wrinkles or breakouts (not to mention low energy, mood swings, poor sleep, or digestive problems…). Also, we love chocolate, of course, so we wanted to find a clean, plant-based, functional ingredient that would make this ritual even more beneficial.”

The bite-sized sweets are designed to boost ceramides, the naturally occurring lipids in skin which deplete over time, leading to a myriad of beauty woes from fine lines to a lackluster complexion. “Beauty Chocolates are made with 100% plant-based phytoceramides, clinically proven to improve skin’s texture in two weeks with daily use,” Danielle explains. “You can moisturize the top layer of skin with creams and serums, but the phytoceramides in Beauty Chocolates replenish the cell barrier and stimulate collagen from within, helping to seal in moisture, plump and smooth wrinkles, and boost your glow!” And with just one gem-shaped delight delivering a daily serving of skin-friendly ingredients, it’s primed to be the most indulgent addition to your nightly skin care routine — which isn’t lost on the Sakara girls. “It’s like a facial and dessert in one bite.”

+Loving the idea of Beauty Chocolates? Check out Sakara Life’s Hemp Chocolates here

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DIY Beach Waves: Rahua’s Enchanted Salt Spray

DIY Beach Waves: Rahua’s Enchanted Salt Spray

There’s more to this tousled texturizer than meets the eye…

Who can resist that feel-good thrill of a must-have vanity purchase that comes with a side of philanthropy? Rahua’s dreamy founders, Anna Ayers and Fabian Lliguin, made it nearly impossible after the two were moved on their romantic honeymoon in the Galapagos Islands by a striking flock of endangered pink flamingos. Inspired to create an ecoconscious beauty product that could help their exotic plight, Anna and Fabian created Rahua’s Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray, donating a portion of its proceeds to an environmental clean-up effort for the birds’ natural habitats, The Pink Flamingos Project.

The organic, vegan and cruelty-free spray mixes ingredients inspired by the island’s natural offerings like pink sea salt (for gritty texture), hibiscus extract (for shine and strength), and guayaba sugar (for a moisturizing finish), creating a formulation that has stylists swooning over its tousled, touchable results. “I love this product because it offers a light hydrating salt spray with sheer coverage and slight hold,” says Honey Artist Michael Thomas Lollo, who’s styled editorial looks for industry powerhouses from Victoria’s Secret to Oscar de la Renta. “Unlike other products that leave the hair dry and stiff with salty product buildup, Rahua’s gives you perfect beachy texture and soft touchable finish.” Alex Efstratiou, stylist and educator at New York’s ultra-modern Arrojo Salon loves it for its blowout-transforming powers. “In New York City, a lot of women get blowouts on a regular basis from salons and blowdry bars in the summertime, and sea salt spray can be a real savior for adding more texture into hair that has been slept and sweated on with intense humidity.” Any secret to squeezing one more day out of a trip to the salon is one worth sharing.

Below, Alex and Michael impart three simple tricks for mastering DIY beach waves using Rahua’s Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray, no sand required:

DIY Option 1: Michael’s Wet-to-Dry Twist vs. Braid Technique

Start with damp hair, whether it’s clean from the shower or you just hopped out of the pool or ocean.

Spray Rahua’s Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray all over your hair. Make sure you get full coverage, but remember with these products, less is more.

Focusing around the face, take small random sections and twist clockwise or counterclockwise, this will help enhance your natural curl or wave pattern.

If you have straight hair, instead of twisting sections, try loose simple braids.

Allow to air dry in the sun, or quickly rough dry with a blow dryer.

Once dry, use your hands, which are the best tools you’ll find, and shake it out! You’ll be summer ready in no time whether you’re on the beach or trapped in the city on your way to work.

DIY Option 2: Alex’s Tousled (and Tool-Free) Morning Commuter Hack

To make the most of your blowout and transition from smooth to beachy texture, I’d suggest separating the hair into two sections from the natural parting in the front, all the way to the nape through the center back.

Dampen hair with Rahua’s Sea Salt Spray and make a tight coil of the two sections (tension is important here because if the buns are too loose, the hair will dry with frizz).

Wrap the hair into two low buns and let them air dry on your morning commute.

Once hair is dry—which should only take about 15 minutes in the summer heat since your starting on dry hair—take out the buns.

Starting at the nape of the neck, massage the scalp to start breaking up the waves and eliminating the parting through the center back, eventually all the way through the ends of the hair. (The key here is to start at the root so that there is a natural amount of volume retained in the hair, and it doesn’t end up flat.)

DIY Option 3: Michael’s 15 Minute Heat Waves

Starting with dry hair, spray Rahua’s Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray all over (remember less is more) focusing more on the mid shaft to the ends of your hair. Your roots don’t really need too much attention.

Once you’ve applied the salt spray, quickly rough dry, using your hands to help scrunch sections enhancing your natural curl or wave pattern.

Take small sections of hair and wrap once or twice around the curling iron or wand, leaving the ends out. The hair should only be wrapped around the iron quickly, for 10-15 seconds, as you are just looking for a bend in the hair, not a full curl. This will help ensure that your beachy texture will last all day or night.

Shake out your hair and break up the waves and apply a few more sprays of Rahua’s Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray and allow to air dry. You’ll look like you just got back from the Hamptons in under 15 mins!

+ What DIY option is your favorite? Also, be sure to check out Rahua’s full beauty line here

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Keep It Short: Prep Your Legs for Their Best Summer Yet

Keep It Short: Prep Your Legs for Their Best Summer Yet

As hemlines rise with the temperatures, it’s time to focus on your two best summer accessories…

This post comes to you from contributor Arden Andrews.

As spring finally gives way to summer this month, it’s officially time to consider your two most important warm weather accessories — that set of stems you’ve been wrapping in denim and lycra for the majority of 2017. Swapping ankle-grazing hemlines for leg-baring looks is all about preparation, which is why we’ve put together your DIY guide to buffing, hydrating, and protecting your gams for a season in the sun. Below, the necessary steps to letting your legs live their best life this summer:

Step 1: Polish to Perfection

Dryer times leave your legs dull and ravaged of moisture, making circulation-boosting exfoliation the key to bringing the life back to your lower half. Buff away dead skin cells with a nourishing salt scrub, or pair your favorite body wash with a sisal bath brush to slough off dull spots while encouraging blood flow—a must for maintaining youthful skin long term.

Step 2: Elevate Your Routine

Toss your plastic pool toy of a razor for this glam upgrade that’s designed specifically to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs. The nourishing neroli oil acts as an equally modern alternative to notoriously drying shave foam, replenishing skin with vitamins and fatty acids as it allows the blades to safely glide across the surface.

Step 3: Build Up to It

There’s a reason chic French visionaries like Coco Chanel and Josephine Baker popularized the suntan—a bronze glow has the uncanny ability to hide imperfections and sculpt limbs, especially when it doesn’t come at the cost of aging UV rays. With a paraben-free gradual tanning lotion or organic tan extender, you can build that flattering shade of color at a believable rate — no pretend trip to Bali required.

Step 4: Protect Your Assets

It may feel as though you don’t need to block up your legs because they seem to burn at a slower rate than your face and neck, but get serious — the most common place for melanoma on women is their legs. And if that doesn’t scare you straight, the photodamage from extended bouts of unprotected sun should — no one’s trying to rush into crepe-y knees and sunspots faster than they’re fated. This organic, water-resistant SPF formula sprays on consistently sheer, so you won’t have to waste a minute rubbing it in.

Step 5: Let It Gleam

Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a turn on the dancefloor, a little luster never hurts. Shimmer products not only dazzle our senses, they also camouflage (or shall we say, enhance?) problem areas with the help of light-reflecting particles. And as if a superfine dusting of rose gold wasn’t tempting enough, this formula adds the healing powers of bentonite clay into the equation, plus leaves behind the soft scent of lavender as you march confidently toward the next heat wave.

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How to Spritz Your Vitamins: A Lesson from Linné

How to Spritz Your Vitamins: A Lesson from Linné

More than your average mist, Linné’s new formula is changing the skincare delivery game…

What do you get when you combine the ingredients of a multivitamin, the energy of a crystal garden, and the ease of a hydrosol? The answer is Linné’s clever skincare hybrid, Refresh Facial Mist, which is fast becoming a favorite of fashion’s elite, with style stars like Kate Foley, Michelle Violy Harper, and the Hadid sisters (Alana gifted it to Gigi and Bella this past Christmas) amongst its earliest adopters. And in a time where it’s hard to decipher which products are truly beloved and which are funded celebrity advertisements, Linné cuts out the guesswork by doing zero paid influencer marketing—meaning their fans are as organically grown as the ingredients in the bottle.

Jenna Levine, Founder & CEO, launched the brand just last year after decades of making her own skincare products from natural and edible ingredients, and over a year studying native plant botany and herbal medicine. In an effort to manage her own psoriasis and the cystic acne her sister struggled with at the time, Jenna explored a new delivery system for the ingredients she studied. “I love hydrosols and regularly distill my own, but I wanted to formulate something less familiar and address some sort of need,” she explains. “I learned that most Americans are deficient in magnesium, an element better absorbed transdermally (through skin) than via digestion. I saw this as an opportunity to create an easy-to-apply dermal multivitamin that combined a synergy of minerals to support cellular health.” With her careful blend of organic botanicals and raw minerals, Jenna’s recipe boasts the ability to remedy a slew of complications in the body and the spirit. “I think people are taking better care of their skin than ever before,” says Jenna of her logic. “Mists provide an affordable and easy delivery system that can be administered any time of day, making self-care super simple.” Below, the mastermind breaks down a few ingredients from her powerful list, and what they bring to the table:

Organic Sulfur: “softens the skin and improves permeability to clear the pores and allow products to absorb more readily. Additionally, it is known to prevent acne by controlling the rate of keratin production and improving the strength and elasticity of the skin.”     

Aloe Vera: “has 18 amino acids that work in association with other compounds of the human body to deliver numerous health benefits. The pure inner gel extracted from the aloe leaf is one of the best natural remedies for sunburns, skin abrasions, wounds, rashes acne and psoriasis.”

Vegan Hyaluronic Acid: “for mists to actually hydrate, they have to contain molecules like hyaluronic acid that attract and bind to water molecules. Some hyaluronic acid comes from rooster comb, ours comes from the fermentation of yeast. It is vegan, gmo-free and like all of our products 100% cruelty free.”

Zinc, Copper, and Magnesium: “inhibit free radical damage caused by the sun making them a welcome beach trio. Our copper is sourced from malachite, our magnesium from olivine, and our zinc from smithsonite. Beyond increasing cellular energy, oxygen, and promoting elasticity and firmness, these gems have metaphysical properties:”

Malachite: “is known to clear and activate all chakras, and is often called the ‘stone of transformation.’”

Olivine: “is celebrated for its anti-fatigue properties and for stabilizing emotions. It is also known to reduce anxiety and strengthen the immune system and metabolism.”

Smithsonite: “can relieve stress and boost the immune system, and moreover represents charm, kindness, positive happenings and auspicious new beginnings.”

+ Spritz away, and shop this game-changing dose of vitamins today

Lead photo by Jana Kirn.

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Golden Opportunities: Why Sunless Tanning Has Never Been Healthier

Golden Opportunities: Why Sunless Tanning Has Never Been Healthier

Modern sunless-tanners are embracing a natural route to a golden glow, turning the ritual of self-tanning into an experience in health and self-care. 

Gone are the days when a “healthy” sunless tan meant slathering chemicals across your bare skin, plugging your nose, and crossing your fingers in hopes that whatever shade you turned the next morning would veer closer to Golden Grahams than Cheetos Puffs. Modern versions have cast aside the old stereotypes, infusing formulas with skin-friendly ingredients, intuitive color technology, and scents that evoke a breezy beach party (rather than leaving you breathless).

For a lesson in embracing a self-care approach when practicing the art of self-tanning, we turned to Madame LA LA founder Nicole Dash Jones, who dreamt up the forward-thinking bronzing brand while lounging poolside at The Mondrian in West Hollywood (so chic!). With A-list clientele like Gigi Hadid, Olivia Palermo, and Blake Lively, Madame LA LA’s cruelty-free collection is on the short list of futuristic formulas putting natural ingredients in the spotlight. “Everything must be in balance when it comes to achieving a healthy glow,” explains Jones. “As much as laying out in the sun is appealing, it’s not going to do much good for your skin.” Below, five steps to achieving UV-free, Gisele-inspired summer color:

Nourish Your Skin with Good-For-You Ingredients 

Fusing a variety of unique anti-aging and hydrating ingredients like coconut water, green tea and vitamin E with an innovative form of organic DHA, Jones created a tightly edited tanning range of complexion-perfectors in the form of body mousses and a wrinkle-fighting face serum. “When you’re using a self-tanner, you don’t really want to be putting harmful chemicals on your skin all the time,” says Jones of her logic behind harnessing organic plant extracts that contain the caramel color that gives DHA its power. “If you can do it naturally, why not take that route?”

Polish Up Your Prep Work for Easy Application 

“Make sure to exfoliate the skin before applying,” says Jones, who recommends a salt or coffee scrub to slough off dry patches, preventing any blotchiness in color. She suggests smoothing self-tan mousse directly onto freshly scrubbed skin and blending with a pair of latex-free gloves to “really make use of all the formula without it sinking into a tanning mitt.”

For the West Coast face serum, Jones shares her trick to nailing down a streak-free, soft-focus glow. “Apply a pea sized amount to the forehead, cheeks, and chin, then blend with a bronzing or foundation brush for a perfect finish!”

Relish The Dreamy Aroma of Old-School Sunbathing 

Put off by the “unbearable, horrific chemical smell” of other tanning formulas, Jones set out to mimic the sensory experience of sunbathing, minus the UV damage. “We wanted to have a fresh coconut scent so that you have the same sensation that you have from using a tanning lotion on the beach,” she says of the line’s now-iconic aroma. “It adds to the experience— you’re at home, but you have this coconut fragrance drifting around that immediately makes you feel more relaxed—like an exotic holiday vibe.”

Enhance Your Actual Color 

For anyone that’s woken up after a professional spray tan and blushed at the shockingly dark transformation, Jones found an at-home solution via lower levels of DHA blended with natural ingredients. “It actually customizes to your complexion—as soon as it hits your skin, you know what color you’re going to be.” The brand’s mousses and serum fully develop over just three hours, and for any fair-skinned beauties who shy away from heavy formulas, Madame LA LA Light has one of the lowest tanning agents on the market. “There are no surprises! You won’t wake up the next day and look like you’ve been to Barbados for two months.”

Ease into An Iconic (and Temporary) On-The-Go Glow 

Who says a copper complexion has to come with a side of commitment? When designing the cosmetic Bronzing Ball, which adds a universal gleam to lids, cheeks, and limbs in the form of an aerodynamic highlighter, Jones drew inspiration from the pros. “I was really inspired by the glows that the Victoria’s Secret models always had–like a late 90s Gisele Bundchen,” she explains. “It’s shimmery, but not glittery- just healthy.” The dome-shaped cream formula washes off at the end of the day, and offers stress-free travel potential for a night out. “It’s super easy to throw into a handbag as an alternative to breakable bronzers.” The end result? “The kind of subtle, sun-kissed look you achieve in LA, without the burn!”

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