THE BEST SUNSCREENS FOR BEACH SEASON

Are you ready to enjoy your day in the sun? Start by choosing the best sunscreen so you don’t have to worry about getting burned and the risk of skin cancer. Most of us do not realize the importance of sunscreen. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Therefore, it is important to prevent it. Lets start by using sunscreen! Here I will show you some products that will keep you glowy and protected.

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1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen, $29, Walgreens – This sunscreen is awesome because not only does it protect the skin from the sun but it also has a tinted mineral formula that helps even out minor imperfections and adds a subtle glow.

2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 55, $10, Target – This sunscreen protects the without clogging the pores so it won’t cause breakouts or leaving the skin feeling oily. It goes on very nicely.

3. Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 70+, $9, Walmart – This spray comes out as a mist which makes it easy to quickly cover your entire body. Using this spray will help encourage people to apply and REAPPLY.

4. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil SPF 50+, $11, drugstore.com – I love this sunscreen because it protects my skin and the oil gives my body a pretty sheen. It also has a wonderful scent and absorbs to the skin quickly.

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SWIMSUIT STYLES THAT FLATTER YOUR BODY TYPE

Swimsuit season is here! Finding the right swimsuit that is designed for your figure can sometimes be a little intimidating. Today, I want to help you find the perfect swimwear that looks best for you. I have done some research to help flatter women with different body types: those with curvy shape, those with straighter shape, and those with petite shape.

For curvy shape, a one piece with ruched detailing is perfect to draw the focus away from areas you want to hide. Plus the color is very flattering. Victoria Secret ($58)

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For a straight figure, you definitely have to find a top with bows or some kind of seaming around the torso to create a curvier look for more oomph up top. And the color blocked details like bows that sit on the hips add a feminine touch to straight frame. Asos (Top: $23.76) (Bottom: $20.36)

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For a petite shape was all dream for those longer, slender legs. Of course we cannot alter those genetics but we can definitely find a few tricks to create the illusion of longer legs. Wearing high waisted bottoms will definitely help pull that trick. JCrew (Top: $54) (Bottom: $50)

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I hope this helps you figure out what swimsuit styles that is flattering to your frame. Enjoy your summer and the hot weather!

DIY GLASS BOTTLE NECKLACE: MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

I saw a gorgeous glass bottle necklace at Forever21 and other small boutique stores in Houston several months ago. After seeing these charming necklaces, it approached to me that I can make my own. This will also be a great Mother’s Day gift or bridesmaid’s gift. You can actually put anything inside: from pearls, to glitter, to tiny beads, or roll up a little note.

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Supplies:

-small glass bottles

-eye hooks

-jump rings

-necklace chain

-assorted things to put inside: pearls, glitter, beads, feathers, tiny messages, etc.

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I got these little bottles from Michaels; it came in a pack of three’s which cost me under $4. If you cannot find it at your local craft store, you can also try Amazon. Alright, let’s get started. First you’ll want to screw an eye hook into the middle of the cork stopper. Second, fill up your bottle with whatever you like!  I chose pearls for one and the other one I added some of the micro beads that I purchased a long time ago for caviar nails with a message in a bottle. Then I used a jump ring to attach the bottle to the necklace chain. Measure how long you want the necklace to be and then add hooks at the end of the necklace to attach it together.

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Since Mother’s day is right around the corner, I figured this would  be a great personal gift for the moms. You can add personal messages inside for the moms to read or even print out a small picture of you and her together. The ideas are endless. Is there anything special you are getting your mother or maybe you as a mother requesting from your kids? Let me know in the comment section below.

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PROM HAIRSTYLES 2013: HOW TO STYLE

Prior to yesterday’s post, I thought it would be appropriate to post about different prom hairstyles. Whether you curl it, leave it loose and wavy, half up or half down, there are endless styling possibilities for the special night.

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For the vintage look – Julianne Hough retro look reminiscences Hollywood glam. It is the perfect hairstyle for a lace vintage dress. To create this style: Curl hair using a large curling iron and start halfway down the head. To get a big and strong spiral in front, use a round brush to twirl together the front pieces. Add some serum for the polish look.

For the whimsical look – Ashley Greene side updo hairstyle looks very simple but yet stunning. It is a perfect look for this magical dress. To create this style: the hair is smoothed to one side at the nape of the neck and secured with pins into a beautiful bun. Bangs can be swept to the side and pinned down. Pull out some hair on the sides to frame the face. Spray it with some hairspray to keep it in place.

For the romance look – Hilary Duff wore a chic, messy updo with a twisted bun and textured volume on top. The updo is blown back to draw more attention to the dress and the necklace. To create this style: thoroughly brush your hair to get rid of any tangled hair. Take the first section of hair and spray it with some hairspray. Hold the hair up straight and start teasing it. Lightly brush the un-teased section of the strand using only the tips of the brush and making sure not to touch or weigh down the teasing. Rub styling gel through the bottom half and pull it up into a bun at the back of your head. Pull out a few pieces of hair around your face for a wispy look, and mist your updo with a hairspray to keep it in place.

For the chic look – Lea Michele sexy down-do goes perfectly well with the chic look. The texture and the lengths add a glamorous and feminine feel that reminds you of the 1960s. To create this style: Apply some Volume Spray all the way through the damp hair to help thicken the hair and to give it body without weighing it down. Create a side parting and blow dry the hair in small sections to create volume at the roots and add smoothness to the lengths. Then apply serum to the hands and run fingers through the waves. Finally, twist the ends to add some definition to the style.

PROM DRESS IDEAS 2013

I know prom is right around the corner and you are probably doing some searching for the perfect dress. I have to say I never got to experience my own prom. It is definitely one thing that I do regret. It was not because I did not have a date; it was just because at the time I feel like it was not that important. And plus, I did not want to spend all that money. If only I can go back in time I will definitely attend my senior prom…

Anyways, enough about me, I know you have been waiting for this. Choosing the perfect dress for a special occasion such as prom can be very problematic. I want to show you some different dress ideas for proms, wedding events, or any formal affairs. It is all about the dress, so I am going to show you several different looks and I want to keep the accessories pretty simple so that it does not distract from the dress.

The first look, I call it the Romance. The beautiful flow of chiffon on this dress presents such an elegant and romantic look. The flowing chiffon adds such an otherworldly sense and yet flatters the curves. The items can be purchased at — Dress: Asos, Earrings: Neiman Marcus, Necklace: Jcrew, Heels: BCBG.

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The second look is the ‘Vintage’ look. Lace is another popular fabric for prom dresses this year. If you are aiming for that vintage and elegant look, this dress is the one. Pair it with some simple accessories. The items can be purchased at — Dress: BCBG, Earrings: Jcrew, Bracelet: Jcrew, Heels: BCBG.

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The third look is the ‘Chic’ look. This dress presents such a sweet and beautiful look. Again with the chiffon fabric for an elegant look and the sweetheart neckline for a feminine touch. The items can be purchased at — Dress: Asos, Heels: BCBG, Clutch: Asos, Earrings: BCBG.

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The last look is the ‘Whimsical’ look. In my opinion, this is by far the best look. I love them all but with the full layers of tulle; it gives it that magical and fairy look. The items can be purchased at — Dress: H&M, Clutch: Dailylook, Earrings: BCBG, Heels: Steve Madden.

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I hope this helps you choose the perfect dress, whether it is for your school prom or a wedding event. On another note, I want to share some pictures of our weekend. Congratulations to Lien & Will! It was such a beautiful wedding.

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN INSPIRED CLUTCH DIY TUTORIAL

First off, before I start my post… I want to mention the tragic events in Boston yesterday. There were three people killed and hundreds injured. I can not start my post without giving my sincere condolences to those affected by the Boston Marathon explosion. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. ❤

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I have an awesome do-it-yourself project for you today! I know it is that time of the year where there are so many events to attend: such as weddings, graduations, prom, and engagement parties that I felt like this is the perfect opportunity for me to show you how to create the inspired Alexander McQueen Clutch. I have seen many famous celebrities like Emma Stone, Kim Kardashian and Anne Hathaway spotted with the Alexander McQueen Clutch. And only if you saw the prices on these babies… It retails for a heartbreaking $1,000+. The great thing about this DIY is that it cost me under $20 and you can create it however you like.

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What you will need:

Hard eyeglass case

A fancy cabinet knob

A power drill

Hot glue gun

Embellishments (like rhinestones, beads, studs, etc.)

Tweezers

Optional: Rings (I used the cabinet knob but you can also use rings too) 

Easy step-by-step guide:

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Pick a design you would like to do. Carefully glue on your studs a few at a time. I applied glue in several sections and then carefully using a tweezers to place the studs on.

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Repeat for the back and the sides of the eyeglass case, until fully embellished. This literally took me over 3 hours. Make sure to let the glue dry and then clean any mess with some goo gone.

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Then pick your spot to drill. My husband helped me with this part but if you plan to do it yourself, have a friend help you hold the case while you drill. Please be careful! Insert your hardware into the hole you drilled. Simply screw in the hardware. If you prefer to use rings, place three rings side-by-side and glue them down. It’s that easy! You now have an elegant clutch bag that will be center of attention at any party you attend. It is big enough to fit a lipstick, credit cards, mints, and your phone. Enjoy!

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DIY TOP KNUCKLE RINGS

Top knuckle rings have been in trend for quite some time. Every woman knows that accessories complete the outfit. From Rihanna to Vanessa Hudgens, all these celebrities are rocking the knuckle ring. So, today I will like to show you how to make different types of top knuckle rings. I didn’t want to spend much, so I thought why buy one when I can make one. They are so simple to make! I will be making two different types of knuckle rings today: one will be a “Love” ring and the last one will be a chevron knuckle ring.

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What you need:

Jewelry Wire (gold or silver)

Jewelry Pliers

Wire Cutter

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Love ring: I cut out about 7 inches of wire. Beginning with the letter “L”, leave about 3 inches on the left side. Then, using your pliers curve the right side of the wire up, bend it down to follow the curve of the “L”. You can use your pliers to adjust the look of “L”, if you needed. Then using the pliers, follow the curves of the “O”. Once you are through with that, create the “V” shape and use the round nose pliers to straighten out any unwanted kinks in the wire. Use the pliers to then create the curve of the “E”. Using the wire cutter, cut the excess after the small loop. Close the loop with the flat nose pliers. Lay the “Love” part of the ring on the front part of your finger, and wrap the excess wire around your finger.

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Chevron ring: Cut about 3 inches of wire. Fold it in half and use the pliers to press it together to create a point. Carefully open the wire and fold the wire around your finger. Press down in the front and fold the wire together at the back. Cut the wire shorter, if you need to. Now make more to stack together to create the chevron shape, and wear them on!

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