Nautical Fashion for Every Day

Nothing says summertime quite like freshly squeezed lemonade, ocean breezes, sun-kissed skin, and of course, any and everything nautical. Don't live by the coast? Not a problem. Beth Parker of s e e r s u c k e r + s a d d l e s shares these nautical inspired looks that are wearable even if you live inland!

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Sunscreens You'll Actually Look Forward to Applying

We all know we're supposed to wear sunscreen, but sometimes its sticky, greasy residue makes hiding indoors almost seem worthwhile. Fear not: These smooth-sailing sunscreens are a breeze to apply, and their barely-there formulas won't turn your beach day into a major bummer. Find your perfect match here!

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Anti-Aging Tips for Summer

Anti-aging gets even tougher when summer months hit and the sun¿s rays take a toll on your skin. We show you anti-aging tips designed for warmer weather so your skin stays smooth, soft, and youthful all season long.

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New Beauty Ingredients and Trends, Explained

If you've ever left the beauty aisle scratching your head at some of the latest cosmetic catchphrases (growth factors!?! sleep masks!?!), this story is for you. Here, top beauty experts break down the latest buzzwords in skin care and makeup. Consider this handy guide to some of the coolest new products and trends.

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Goof-Proof Self-Tanners

If you like the look of a deep tan or even just a subtle, sun-kissed glow, sunless tanner is the only way to go (no skin-damaging UV rays!). But we all know application can be tricky. One false move and you can be left with an obvious streak that lasts for days. Fortunately, the latest crop of glow getters makes a faux tan faux pas free.

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How to Get Shine-Free Skin

Oily skin can ruin your look, especially in the summer months. Learn the right types of makeup for oily skin, and how to apply makeup for a shine-free, matte face.

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12 Beach Bag Must-Haves

Summer days are meant to be carefree, but that doesn't mean you can drop the, um, beach ball with your beauty routine. Here are our favorite warm-weather essentials to keep you feeling and looking cool, chic, and well protected.

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Homemade Hair Treatments

The secrets to gorgeous, glossy hair may be hiding in your kitchen. Whether it's a soothing scalp treatment or a do-it-yourself shampoo, we found the best, beauty-blogger-tested, all-natural treatments to make your strands shinier, smoother, and healthier.


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    • Strand-Strengthening Smoothie

      Got hair damage? Grab a banana. On her blog, beauty expert Michelle Phan says the fruit is rich in potassium, which strengthens and repairs hair. It's especially good for fine hair, since this mask won't weigh it down like a rich conditioner does.


      • 1 ripe banana
      • 1 Tbsp honey (optional) 


      Blend the banana and honey in a blender until smooth. Apply the mix to dry hair and cover with a shower cap. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo and condition as usual.

      Shop hair oils and serums now!
    • Pumpkin Head

      Everyone's favorite fall decoration is also rich in vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc -- all essential for a healthy scalp and hair growth. Stephanie Gerber of the blog suggests mixing one cup of pumpkin puree with one to two tablespoons of honey, a natural humectant. Apply it to hair and scalp and wrap in saran wrap for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.

    • Scalp Saver

      Want healthy hair? It starts with a healthy scalp. Tackle dandruff, dryness, and other scalp issues with this treatment from


      • 4 Tbsp of coconut oil
      • 2 Tbsp of lemon juice
      • 1 Tbsp of grapefruit juice

      Directions: Mix the ingredients together. Using a scalp treatment brush (find it at a beauty supply store), apply treatment to scalp skin. Rotate the brush across your scalp, gently pressing down to stimulate circulation. Next, part your hair down the center and apply mixture with the brush or a cotton ball. Repeat, working in one-inch sections until your entire scalp is covered. Finish with an all-over scalp massage, using your fingers. Let the treatment sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo and condition as usual.

    • Color-Booster

      When your hair color starts to lose its fresh-from-the-salon (or box) vibrancy, make a cup of tea, says Jeannine Morris of Chamomile tea brightens up blonde hair and black tea richens up brunette strands.

      Directions: Steep four bags in one gallon of boiling water for five minutes. Let it cool before pouring it on damp hair. Rinse after 10 minutes.

    • Deep Cleaner

      The key to more lustrous locks? Get rid of the residue your styling products leave behind. Blogger Cara Brook of Maskcara has a simple, two-ingredient remedy to banish the buildup.


      • 1/3 cup baking soda
      • 4 Tbsp water

      Directions: Mix together until it forms a paste. Massage into hair from the ends to roots. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then wash as usual.

    • Curly Concoction

      If you have curly hair, you know that finding the right product -- one that defines and hydrates curls without weighing down your spirals -- is key. Nikki Walton of takes matters into her own hands with this simple serum.


      • 3 Tbsp aloe vera
      • 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
      • 1/2 tsp agave nectar
      • 1 tsp coconut oil

      Directions: Mix ingredients together and apply to freshly washed and conditioned hair.

    • Protein Primer

      Protein is essential for rebuilding damaged strands. Get it straight from your fridge with this egg-and-yogurt mask from Urban Bush Babes. Aside from being protein-rich, egg yolk is also rich in hydrating fats, and the lactic acid in yogurt is great for removing buildup.


      • 1 egg yolk
      • 6 Tbsp plain natural yogurt

      Directions: Coat strands with mixture and cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo and condition as usual.

    • Gentle Cleanser

      If you’re always on the hunt for a shampoo sans harsh ingredients, why not make your own? That’s what blogger Wellness Mama started doing. After several attempts that left her hair tangled or oily, she found the perfect formula. The secret ingredient? Creamy coconut milk.


      • 1/4 cup coconut milk
      • 1/3 cup liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
      • 1/2 tsp of vitamin E oil
      • 20 drops of essential oils of your choice
      • 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional -- best for dry strands)

      Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a jar. Shake well to mix. Use about a teaspoon per shampoo (it should last you about a month). Shake before each use.

    • Strawberry Shiner

      The sweet fruit is said to add hydration and shine to dry, dull strands. To make it more intense, blogger Angela Peters of Hairspray and Highheels mixes the berries with moisturizing mayonnaise.


      • 8 strawberries
      • 2 Tbsp of mayonnaise

      Directions: Mix the strawberries and mayonnaise until it forms a cream. Apply generously to wet hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing and shampooing as usual.

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      Is Your Brush Causing Your Bad Hair Day?

      Raise your hand if you can't remember the last time you cleaned or tossed your hairbrush -- we thought so. But don't just grab the cheapest thing on the hair aisle the next time you're at the drugstore and call it a day.
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