I don't know about you, but I hate dousing myself in super heavy smelling perfume during the summer. It just doesn't feel right! Instead, I'm obsessed with this perfect lightweight scent for summer: Anese's Bless this Mess Soothing Body & Hair Elixir. First off, the packaging is so great. It is super minimal and easy to travel with, unlike a lot of odd-shaped perfumes that have tons of extra hanging things. Bless this Mess also uses real Holy Water to seriously, well, bless your mane. It works wonders on my summer frizz and leaves my hair so smooth and soft. Oh, and smelling heavenly, too. This elixir also does amazing things for your skin. It's infused with moisturizing aloe vera, jam packed with vitamins and even has rosewater to refresh and soothe your skin. The scent is so light and fresh, I actually feel calmer and more relaxed with just a few spritzes. I actually spray it on before bed and it helps me sleep like a baby. SHOP ANESE'S BLESS THIS MESS BODY ELIXIR NOW Don't miss the best drugstore beauty products! [Photo: Anese]
Stretching before bed is proven to help relax your muscles, get you to sleep faster and ensure you have a restful night's of sleep. If you're having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or calming your mind before bedtime, this is definitely something you should try ASAP. One easy stretch to start with is a seated forward stretch. Sit on the ground with your legs straight out in front of you and slowly bend forward as far as you can with your feet flexed. You should feel this targeting the muscles in your legs. As you hold the pose try to relax your thoughts and breathe deeply. Another great stretch for beginners? Sit cross legged either on your bed or on the floor and hold your back as straight as possible. Stretch your arms all the way up with your hands interlocked and your palms facing the ceiling. Make sure your back is elongated and you should feel the strect in your back and shoulders. This is a super relaxing stretch, so make sure you deep breathe. As an added relaxation benefit, listen to a guided meditation while you stretch. Be sure to check out how to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily diet and all-natural headache cures.
When it comes to buying sandals, my go-to is always a pair that looks good with as many different outfits as possible. I mean, I'd love to have endless storage space for shoes galore, but my space--and budget--are tight, so I need to be practical. That's exactly why I snatched up these amazing gladiator sandals the moment I saw them. Not only are they super versatile, but they're affordable, too. Sold! What I love most about these sandals is all the different ways you can wear them. I pair them with a flowy white dress and a red lip for work. I've also worn them with jeans and a cute tank to run errands. And if neutral tan isn't your preferred color, no worries. These sandals come in four other great colors! The best part? They are so affordable! They are currently marked down to only $19--really! Get a pair ASAP. I promise, you will wear them everywhere. SHOP OLD NAVY'S ZIP-BACK GLADIATOR SANDALS NOW Be sure to also check out the best drugstore shampoo and conditioner combo for frizzy hair and 4 ways to wear white jeans this summer.
Ever do the perfect full face of makeup, only to slip on a blouse or dress and find you've transferred foundation onto your clothing? It's the worst! Especially if you don't want--or have time!--to change your entire outfit or sit around for an entire wash and dry cycle. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to remove foundation stains that don't require a lot of time or energy. Try the tips and tricks below the next time you're in a pinch. Tip 1: Use extra hold hairspray. Simply spray some on the stain, let it sit for a couple minutes then wipe away with a damp towel. Tip 2: If you catch the stain while it is fresh, try using a baby wipe or some makeup remover. If you use makeup remover, apply it to a cotton swab or towel first, then dab onto your clothing. Tip 3: If the foundation is oil-based, try using a Tide To Go pen. It works like a charm. Tip 4: Is the stain really stubborn? Try shaving cream. Apply to the stain, let it sit then rub the product into the stain and rinse with cold water. Repeat these steps, but rinse with warm water instead. You may have to let the water marks dry, but it's definitely better than a brown stain on your favorite top. Be sure to also check out the 9 Sephora collection products every woman should own and how to wear cropped flare jeans. [Photo: Shutterstock]
Who doesn't love a beauty product that's multipurpose?! Whether you're trying to conserve space or money, products that do double (or triple) duty are a lifesaver. My current multi-tasking must-have? Kopari's Coconut Sheer Oil, which works as a skincare product, a makeup prime, and hair treatment. Face, body and hair? Check, check, check! When used as a facial oil, it moisturizes the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also minimizes the appearance of dark circles and improves your skin's texture and tone. Looking for a way to get a dewy finish look? Use this oil as a makeup primer. Simply apply before makeup and allow it to soak in the skin. Your makeup will glide on and make you look radiant. And when it comes to your hair, this oil tames your flyaways and acts as a split end treatment. Triple win, ladies! SHOP KOPARI'S COCONUT SHEER OIL NOW Be sure to also check out 5 things every woman should own from Zara and the best drugstore products for your hair, skin, and nails.
Worried that sitting at your desk all day is taking a toll on your health? Just moving around even a little bit can make a huge difference. Here are 3 super easy ways to get your blood circulating while you're sitting at your desk at work. Being on a computer or writing can make your hands and arms feel stiff, so get your arms pumped by taking a few minutes to do 10-15 reps of bicep curls by holding a regular desk objects like a stapler or water bottle. With the item in your hand, hold your arm at a 90 degree angle while you curl your arm towards your chest. This will work out your arms and give them a break from all that computer work. Leg lifts are the perfect desk exercise to work out your leg and abdominal muscles. And the best part? No one will notice you’re working out! Just sit up straight in your chair, and while tightening your core, straighten your leg up parallel to your hip. Repeat this 3-5 times for each leg and hold each rep for 5-10 seconds (or as long as you can!). To work out your back muscles, specifically your traps, simply shrug your shoulders up to your ears as far as possible, and hold that position for about 5-10 seconds before relaxing. Continue this 10-15 times and you'll feel the burn in your back muscles for sure! Don't forget to check out 3 all-natural headache cures and quick and easy morning workouts to start your day.
From Tom Cruise's notorious Risky Business look to celebs donning big graphic tees as dresses, the oversized shirt has become a staple wardrobe item and a trend that's here to stay. And with good reason—you can't find clothing items much cozier than an excessively large top. You might have your doubts about wearing a truly oversized top in public. Trust us—we did, too. But, it's actually become totally acceptable and super easy to do. We rounded up 5 versatile ways to style oversized shirts, so grab your large t-shirt and button down collection. Tucked Into Pants: There's so many different ways to style oversized shirts, but that's one of the main caveats of wearing them—you have to actually style them. Sure, you can toss a big shirt on and call it a day, but if you want it to look office and errand-running acceptable, you need to take a few small and easy extra measures. For one, simply tucking in your top can make a world of difference. You don't even have to commit to an all-over tuck. Tucking a small piece of the front section into your jeans shows off your waist and makes the oversized top look more outfit-appropriate. With A Jacket Around The Waist: As much as we love to wear them, oversized shirts can look frumpy if they're not worn properly. Give your top some shape by tossing on a pair of jeans or leggings underneath and wrapping a jacket around your waist. You still get the comfortable fit of an oversized top, while still flattering your figure. Adding a jacket could make even the dingiest and worn-in of oversized t-shirts look street-style worthy. [Photo: Songs of Style] With A Belt: Another instant fix for a more form-flattering oversized top is simply adding a belt into the mix. You can use pretty much anything for this, as long as it cinches your waist. From an actual belt to a scarf to a piece of ribbon, you can accessorize your oversized shirt however you please. [Photo: ImaxTree] As A Dress: Fashion it-girls have been rocking dresses that resemble oversized tops, and we're loving it. But instead of going out and buying one, you can make your own version if you have a big enough shirt. Ask your dad or husband for an old button down that looks like it could be dress-length, roll up the sleeves, and accessorize with a purse and some sneakers. You could win world records for pulling together an outfit so quickly. But, avoid any shirts that run too large or else they'll swallow you up. [Photo: Always Judging] As A Jacket: In search of a new, lightweight jacket for chilly summer days? Look no further than one of your oversized button downs. A light, oversized (and preferably patterned) button down makes the perfect layering piece that you already have on hand. You can skip out on buying a new seasonal jacket and save major dough! Keep your top underneath the button down more fitted and casual to avoid an overall baggy look. [Photo: Splash] [Photo: Always Judging]
Here's a confession: I used to be seriously terrified of wearing false eyelashes. Not only did the idea of applying them make my palms sweat, but I was also worried about how they'd look. Trust me, I really wanted to use them, but I figured everyone would notice I was wearing fake lashes. Despite all my fears, I actually stumbled upon the best. lashes. ever. It happened when I was feeling ambitious while getting ready to go out. Sick of the same 'ol eye makeup and in need of some real glam, I pulled out lashes that I had been saving for the day I was brave enough to try them: KISS' Blooming Lash in Camellias. I was ready for a 30-minute process of screwing up, having to re-do apply them over and over, and probably having to take them off in the end, but I was pleasantly surprised. More like shocked, actually. I'm not kidding when I say the process took me less than 3 minutes because of how easy they went on. And the application were so easy and clear, I didn't make any mistakes! Even better, these lashes look so natural. They blended right into my natural lashes perfectly, giving me a nice boost in length and volume. People really had no clue I was wearing falsies. I wore them for a night out, but I am definitely going to be wearing them on a more regular basis because they're so easy to put on and look so good. The best part? These lashes are so cheap; you can get a set at the drugstore for less than $5! SHOP KISS BLOOMING LASH NOW Be sure to check out the best drugstore beauty products!
If you need a flattering top that works with any bottom for any occasion, look no further. We found this super cute top on sale at Nordstrom and it's a must-have. Here's why: 1. The neckline is flattering on every body type. It shows off just the right amount of skin, without being too risque. Even better, the cut is very forgiving in the midsection. 2. You can wear this top with anything. Whether denim short, jeans or a skirt, it's so versatile. You can wear it to daytime brunch with friends, to the office with a pretty cardigan layered on top or for a night of dinner and drinks. 3. Nordstrom shoppers love it! This blouse already has rave customer reviews from shoppers who say the "Fit is perfect" and "I want all the colors." Speaking of, this top comes in 4 colors, so stock up on one of each while this blouse is so affordable. You've been warned! BP. Pleated Cold Shoulder Top in Ivory Egret ($26.98, down from $45) BP. Pleated Cold Shoulder Top in Yellow Spectra ($26.98, down from $45) BP. Pleated Cold Shoulder Top in Red Fiery ($26.98, down from $45) BP. Pleated Cold Shoulder Top in Black ($26.98, down from $45) SHOP THE BP. COLD SHOULDER TOP NOW Don't forget to check out the $20 maxi dress that every woman needs and 5 under $50 finds at Nordstrom's anniversary sale. [Photo: Nordstrom]
The grueling process of choosing an outfit every morning always presents one very important question: heels or flats? The shoes you pick out can make or break your outfit, and even your day if you don't choose wisely. We've all had our fair share of blisters from not wearing comfortable shoes. But, whether it's in the workplace or on a night out with friends, many women turn to heels over flats, despite their obnoxious levels of discomfort and the increased risk of falling over. Heels put the "beauty is pain" mantra to work, but it's hard to find flats that actually look cute and not like something your mom would pick out (sorry, Mom). However, they do exist! To help save your feet from further blisters and sporadic muscle spasms brought on by high heels, we rounded up eight stylish, comfortable flats that you can actually see yourself wearing. Do yourself a favor and save the heels for a special occasion. Steve Madden: This shoe brand is a powerhouse for trendy, affordable, and comfortable shoes all-in-one. For the workplace, the loafer/ballet flat hybrid shoe has taken over, and your feet will look more professional than ever—but in a cute way. The pointed style gives this shoe a more sophisticated feel and creates a slimming effect. The style is also called "Feather" for a reason—they're extremely light and comfortable, so no more blisters on your radar. Choose between suede, leather, and velvet in an assortment of colors. [caption id="attachment_611174" align="aligncenter" width="196"] Steve Madden Feather ($69.95)[/caption] We're also loving this Steve Madden edgy/feminine flat combo. The pink exudes strong girly vibes, but the studded embellishments on the straps keep the shoes in check. Not to mention, the crossover straps alone are absolutely to die for! Normal ballet flats can get really boring really quickly, so any shoe lover will be able to get behind the unique touches on this pair. If the pink still isn't your style, you can also get this shoe in black. [caption id="attachment_611173" align="aligncenter" width="196"] Steve Madden Mollie ($69.95)[/caption] J. Crew: J. Crew has a wide assortment of trendy kicks with preppy, classic roots, so it's no surprise they made the list. Even though their shoes tend to run on the pricier side, you know that you're investing in a comfortable, durable pair. These flats are made in Italy, so you have even more of a guarantee that they won't conk out on you after just a few wears. Plus, splurging on shoes is totally acceptable as long as you get a lot of use out of them, which you definitely can with this vibrant pair of flats. Even with such a simple style, the metallic pattern makes a huge statement and adds instant pizazz to even the most drab outfits. You'll be getting compliments left and right whenever you wear these. [caption id="attachment_611171" align="aligncenter" width="196"] J. Crew Lea Ballet Flats In Metallic Leather ($118)[/caption] Banana Republic: BR is another great hotspot for shoes, and we're obsessing over the chic variations on this pair of flats. You get a sleek pointed toe, straps with three bows, and they're made from an ever-popular material—suede. Sound too good to be true? Just wait, there's even more. These flats have an exclusive Padding System that uses memory foam and a cushioned insole. Breaking in new shoes has never sounded more comfortable. [caption id="attachment_611172" align="aligncenter" width="196"] Banana Republic Triple-Bow Flat ($108)[/caption] DSW: Something as simple as a scalloped border can easily elevate any shoe. With six colors to choose from, you can't go wrong with this staple ballet flat. Put your best foot forward while wearing these to the office, date night, and everywhere in between. And, at a price like this, it might be in your best interest to stock up on multiple colors for different seasons. Just saying! [caption id="attachment_611168" align="aligncenter" width="196"] DSW Audrey Brooke Winny Ballet Flat ($49.95)[/caption] Old Navy: Check out another gold take on plain old ballet flats. Based off looks alone, you would never be able to tell these shoes cost less than $20! This pair also comes in black, but gold is just so much more fun. You can dress up your look even more by wearing matching gold accessories. [caption id="attachment_611169" align="aligncenter" width="196"] Old Navy Pointy Ballet Flats For Women ($19.97)[/caption] Target: These shoes also look like something from a designer or high-end retailer. But, even better, they're actually from Target! The side cut-outs and structured front and back pieces give these slipper-like shoes a fashion-forward appeal. Pair these with jeans or a dress for the ultimate polished look. [caption id="attachment_611167" align="aligncenter" width="196"] Women's Kelsey d'Orsay Pointed Toe Ballet Flats ($16.08)[/caption] [Photo: Shutterstock]