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The Ultimate Self-Tanner Guide!

Hopefully everyone will be putting on sunblock this summer, rather than tanning oils. With all of the warnings about the sun, and the damage it can cause your skin, being tan comes at a price! Why put your health on the line for a little tan?

Have you tried many self-tanners? I’ve tried a couple, and I’m usually not a fan. It’s hard to get a natural looking tan from a bottle. But the awesome staff at Glamour Magazine tried most of the self-tanners out there, and they’ve come up with a list of 9 products that actually work!

Guerlain Terracotta Huile du Voyageur Nourishing Dry Oil SPF 8 For a dewy beach-ready look, slick on this tinted, gold-flecked body oil over your usual SPF lotion before you head outside. At $60 a pop, it may be pricey, but one bottle will last you from June to August.

Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs This little $10 bottle is one genius beauty multitasker: It tans you up in days and smooths legs fast.

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Lotion Planning a staycation this season? Try this slightly shimmery lotion—which should be applied daily to build a subtle, natural color—for an I-summer-in-Saint-Tropez kind of glow. ($11,

Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer Afraid of making a mess in your bathroom? Try a drip-free mousse product like Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer for an even, pretty base. ($8, at drugstores)

Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion For an extra-sexy tan, slather on Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion. It glimmers, in a good way. ($20,

Fusion Beauty GlowFusion Face and Body Natural Protein Tan This beauty-insider favorite has developed a cult following for its subtle scent and gently bronzed finish. ($58,

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection Self-Tanning Milk for Body Need to get a goddess glow in a flash? Estée Lauder’s miracle-working Self-Tanning Milk starts to show color in an hour. ($27,

Lancôme’s Flash Bronzer Airbrush For an easy transition into skimpy summer tops and dresses, spritz on Lancôme’s Flash Bronzer. It’s easy to mist on and leaves a totally streakless, natural color. ($28,

Victoria’s Secret Bare Bronze Shimmering Body Oil While the gorge Victoria’s Secret swimsuit models may have been blessed with good genes, it’s this light oil that gives their skin that silky, drool-worthy sheen. Apply this shimmering lotion to give your bod a slight bronze tint—and prepare for the “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” pickup lines to roll right in. ($24,

Fragrance for Father’s Day?

With summer now underway, Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Finding the perfect gift for dad is always hard. This year, treat him to a new fragrance that suits his personality – a gift he will love all year!

The Tough, Courageous Dad:

If dad is the man who always takes a stand, celebrate his bravery with a daring, classic scent. Inspired by visionary artists, icons and rebels who overcome adversity and make their mark, Diesel Only The Brave is a fragrance about making an impact. The scent represents the qualities of the brave, symbolized by a fist that tells several stories: facing forward, the fist evokes power and energy; upright, it stands for self-affirmation; raised, it signifies victory, success and engagement. The powerful, provocative scent blends lemon blossom, mandarin, amber and ebony wood for a fresh fragrance that dad will love.

What It Costs: 1.7oz EDT, $55; 2.5oz EDT, $67.50

Where to Find It: Diesel boutiques,, Macy’s, Dillard’s and other major department stores.

Celebrate his superhero bravery with a limited-edition Iron Man version for the comic book loving dad!

I just received a sample of this and it smells fantastic! It is one of those scents you just want to keep smelling.

The Confident, Fashion-Forward Dad:

If dad is constantly updating his look, give him the ultimate accessory. A bold new scent, Express Honor captures downtown edge and big-city cool with one spritz. A watery, fresh and aromatic scent, Honor blends energizing top notes of fresh water accord, peppermint and basil, leading to a heart of grapefruit, fig and green ivy. The smoldering fragrance dries down to a base of musk, vetiver and a hint of vanilla. The fragrance is housed in an edgy, flask-shaped silver bottle which is emblazoned with Express’s signature lion logo.

What It Costs: 1.7oz EDT, $44.90; 3.4oz EDT, $59.90

Where to Find It: and Express stores nationwide

Introducing Antica Farmacista Lavata di Corpo Hand Wash!

I received a sample of this wonderful new product, and I’m absolutely ADDICTED to the scent. I have the Lavata di Corpo Hand Wash in the scenet Ala Moana.  The soap smells so amazing, I want to use it on my body – or wear it as a fragrance! It’s an awesome hand soap, and it comes in a beautiful bottle!

The carefree lure of the tropics play the muse to this bewitching collection…open sea breezes over beds of flowers, tucked-away gardens and their tantalizing scents and secrets…all of these scenes captured in an old-world apothecary bottle, formulated with only the world’s finest essential oils and natural ingredients. Curated to delight and engage the senses – both sight and smell – the upcoming collections from Antica Farmacista takes a page from tropical travel annals and diffuses it for a modern take on a stand-by classic. With Spring and Summer comes renewal, travel, exploration through the senses, and these collections don’t disappoint on any front.

Scent: Ala Moana

Some flowers open up only to the stars. Too delicate to expose themselves to the sun, some flowers blossom only at night and diffuse their lulling enchantments to creatures of the humid Hawaiian nights. This is what Ala Moana strives to achieve, and succeeds. Meaning “path to the sea,” this transporting signature scent is a full-floral experience meant to evoke lush nights on island tropics. Night-blooming jasmine, plumeria, tuberose and gardenia work in symphony to enchant and relax. Invigorating green notes add a crisp complexity that illuminates this luscious scent.

Scent: Lemon, Verbena & Cedar (Limone, Verbena e Cedro)

Secret gardens and their enchantments lend inspiration to this scent. Like the hidden pockets of hidden gardens themselves, these home ambiance diffusers and room sprays diffuse perfumed passages of complex citrus notes that awaken the senses from slumber. It starts with notes of tart lemon, orange and lemongrass mingling with notes of fresh Italian Verbena, follows with subtle ozonic white florals, and finishes with a delicate earthiness built on notes of cedarwood.

Home Ambiance Fragrance
250 ml – $62

Home Ambiance Fragrance
500 ml – $92

Room and Linen Spray
100 ml – $28

Perfume (Ala Moana only)
50 ml – $62

Body Lotion (Ala Moana only)
10 oz – $25

Bath & Shower Wash

(Ala Moana only)
10 oz – $23

Hand Wash (Ala Moana only)
10 oz – $23


Antica Farmacista Summer 2010 products will be available at, Nordstromm Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Takashimaya.

How To Get The Look- Jennifer Hudson‏

Fine Beauty How-To:

Jennifer Hudson’s Luminous Look

The ever beautiful and recently slimmed down Jennifer Hudson recently got together with Sam Fine, celebrity makeup artist and creator of The Basics of Beauty, for a shoot showing off her gorgeous new look. Here, Sam shares his insider advice on how you can achieve this flawless and glowing face at home with just a few easy steps.

Coverage: Every great look begins great coverage. Jennifer has beautiful skin, but like many women of color, she has varied tones. I use foundation to unify those varying tones. One of my favorites is the Queen Collection Natural Hue Compact Foundation because it’s cream- to- powder, so it dries down to a powdery finish and looks really natural.

Bronzer: Bronzer is always a must for all women to illuminate their complexion. It’s important to choose a bronzer that’s one shade darker than your natural skin tone and apply it to the outer perimeter of your face to warm the skin and create a halo of glow. After applying bronzer, you can go back and layer over blush to give the skin a pop of color. On Jennifer, I used CoverGirl Natural Hue Mineral Bronzer and Cargo’s matte blush in Laguna.

Eyes: To create Jennifer’s classic, natural eye, I used a brown shadow. Shu Uemura makes a great pressed eye shadow in an array of shades – in this case, their Matte Taupe with Golden Flakes Eyeshadow works perfectly. For this look, I didn’t use a ton of liner, and totally avoided lining underneath her eyes to keep them soft. We used tons of mascara to enhance her look – my favorite is LashBlast from CoverGirl. I always like to apply a coat of mascara, and then move on to something else to let the first coat dry. I’ll come back a few minutes later, curl the lashes, and then layer on a few more coats of mascara to really build the lashes. This makes them much more dramatic and makes the curl hold well. It’s like spraying your hair with a coat of hairspray before using a curling iron.

Lips: To complete her look, I gave Jennifer a beautiful nude lip. The key to a nude lip is to begin by lining the lips with liner that is one shade darker than your natural lip color. Don’t worry about matching the liner to your lipstick – if you match it to your lips, it will look great with any shade of lipstick. After lining the lips, feather the liner towards the center of the mouth to great a base for the lipstick. Next, apply your lipstick. On Jennifer, I chose IMAN Cosmetics’ Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in Citron. I finished by slicking on a golden gloss add dimension and shine. CoverGIRL’s Shine Blast Lip Gloss is perfect!

For more in-depth how-tos plus more expert tips and tricks, check out The Basics of Beauty, available at