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The Ultimate “Getting Ready” Playlist

Getting-Ready-PlaylistWhether you’re prepping for a ladies’ night out, glamming up for a black tie event, or getting ready with a pack of bridesmaids, a pumped up playlist can take your prep from drab to fab. Here are some suggestions to amplify your beauty routine.

If you’re in the mood for old school:

  • These Boots are Made for Walkin’ (Nancy Sinatra)
  • I’m Coming Out (Diana Ross)
  • It’s Raining Men (The Weather Girls)
  • Lady Marmalade (LaBelle)
  • Ladies Night (Kool & the Gang)
  • Ring My Bell (Anita Ward)
  • I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
  • Hit Me with Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar)

If you’re having a 90s moment:

  • I’m Too Sexy (Right Said Fred)
  • Pump Up the Jam (Technotronic)
  • Vogue (Madonna)
  • Supermodel (Jill Sobule)
  • Just a Girl (No Doubt)
  • Whatta Man (Salt-n-Pepa)
  •  No Scrubs (TLC)
  • Wannabe (Spice Girls)

If country is more your thang:

  • Redneck Woman (Gretchen Wilson)
  • Ready to Run (Dixie Chicks)
  • Strawberry Wine (Deana Carter)
  • Man! I Feel Like a Woman! (Shania Twain)
  • This One’s for the Girls (Martina McBride)
  • It’s a Great Day to Be Alive (Travis Tritt)
  • Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) (Big & Rich)
  • Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks)

If you’re going new school:

  • Bad Girls (M.I.A.)
  • Come & Get It (Selena Gomez)
  • Cheers (Rihanna)
  • Don’t Stop the Party (Pitbull)
  • Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Ray Dalton)
  • Get Lucky (Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams)
  • The Way (Ariana Grande, featuring Mac Miller)
  • Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke, featuring T.I. & Pharrell)
  • #Beautiful (Mariah Carey, featuring Miguel)


5 Beauty Essentials to Pack in Your Beach Bag

Beach Bag EssentialsWhether you’re practicing hot yoga under the sun, hitting the waves, or snuggling up with your favorite book on the sand, here’s a sweet and simple guide to your beach beauty essentials. We promise you’ll still have enough room for gossip mags and your cell phone!


1. The most important item? Duh, sunscreen. Prevent sunburns, premature aging and skin cancer with CeraVe’s Sunscreen Wet Skin Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($17). The super adherent formula even clings to wet skin, so it’s perfect for a day at the beach!
2. Salt water + sunburn = flakey, chapped lips. Keep your precious pout protected with Anthony Logistics Advanced Formula Lip Balm SPF 25 ($7.50), and soak up the lip repairing benefits of the antioxidant-rich formula that includes green tea extract, resveratrol, and vitamin E.

3. Don’t forget good ol’ H2O! When you’re dehydrated, it shows outwardly on your skin and makes wrinkles more noticeable. Keep your skin looking plump by staying hydrated throughout the day. We suggest tossing a couple of water bottles in the freezer the night b3efore so your water stash stays cool for several hours. 

4. Rather than deal with a sunburnt scalp or greasy hair, pack a cute beach hat. We’re smitten with Nordstrom’s Straw Fedora ($28) that comes in a bevy of adorable colors.
5. The easiest way to prevent crow’s feet from forming? Keep a pair of sunglasses in your beach bag. Make sure your shades offer UV protection to shield your eye area from sun damage. And hey, when your makeup has faded away, there’s nothing like a pair of aviators to keeping you looking hot. We love these UV-protected shades from Forever 21!

Fab or Fad? L’Oréal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

FaborFad-L'OrealIf you’ve picked up a fashion magazine in the last couple months, chances are you’ve seen ads for L’Oréal’s Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ plastered across the pages. What’s the big deal about this spray sunscreen? According to L’Oréal, it’s the “first high SPF protection oil” with a non-greasy, non-sticky feel.

No doubt about it, L’Oréal really did a nice job with the texture of this sunscreen. You don’t get the slick, greasy feel that you normally would with an oil spray. Instead, the formula quickly absorbs into skin and leaves it feeling lightly moisturized but not sticky. The clear, fluid formula wears nicely throughout the day and even boasts a formula ultra-resistant to water and sweat.

So what’s not to love? For one, the smell. The potent blend of fragrant ingredients stays on your skin all day long and not in a good way. Plus, fragrance in such a high concentration isn’t good for skin (it can be sensitizing, break down collagen, and impair the skin’s ability to heal itself).

Adding to the problem is the high amount of denatured alcohol used in the formula, which can be irritating and drying to skin. Even if you don’t see any irritation on the surface of your skin, it can affect lower layers, which ultimately results in inflammation and premature aging.

Instead, we suggest opting for gentler sunscreen sprays like Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Natural Protection Sport Spray SPF 40 ($11), CeraVe Sunscreen Wet Skin Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($17), or Kiss My Face Sun Spray Lotion SPF 30 ($16).


8 Summer-Inspired Makeup Tips to Try this Weekend

Summer Inspired MakeupStuck in a makeup rut?

Here are 8 tips to transform your look with practically zero effort!

Resurrect Lipsticks from Seasons Past
Have a white eyeliner pencil laying around? Make lips pop by applying it as a base – it will brighten any lipstick, gloss or stain layered on top of it.

Bonus: The texture helps lip color last longer.

Whiten Your Smile with the Right Lip Color
Apply a coral lip color in the center of nude or beige lips to neutralize yellow teeth. Or, if you’re going for a bolder look, wear fuchsia lip color to instantly bring out the white in your teeth. Ready, set, smile!

Change up Your Eyeliner
Black eyeliner can look a little harsh in the summer. Trade it in for hues of plum, blue or brown which give the lash line intensity without the severity.

Use a Fan Brush on Lashes
Gobs of mascara on a hot summer’s day look overdone. Opt for fluttery lashes by applying your normal mascara with a small fan brush, like this one from Bdellium Tools. You’ll get less clumps and softer looking lashes without sacrificing this beauty must-have.

Try Colored Mascara on Lower Lashes
Summer 2013 has introduced a whole new slew of colored mascaras. With options like turquoise from Chanel, blue from L’Oréal and purple from Anastasia Beverly Hills, you can put a summery twist on your look in no time flat. Get help picking the right color here.

Take Brows a Shade Lighter
If you’re using a brow enhancer that’s a shade darker than your natural hue, stop! Go for a shade lighter. It will still give brows definition and volume, yet it softens the overall look.

Camouflage Flaws and Pale Legs with Body Bronzers
If you’re not a fan of self-tanners but don’t exactly want pasty legs, try a bronzing cream or spray for the body like Hot Tan Instant Cosmetic Bronzer ($17) or Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($13). Both options deliver instant bronze color that really stays put and make legs look more toned!

Double Down with a Sunscreen that Glows
In addition to your normal facial sunscreen, use one that adds a radiant shimmer under the eye area and on the tops of cheekbones. Not only will you be protecting yourself from wrinkles in the long-term, you’ll be giving yourself a sexy glow right now. Try Paula’s Choice RESIST Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 ($25).

Sneak Peek! Coming up on Inside Beautiful

ep 9Have a scar or blemish you’d like to hide? Get pro concealing tips from Medical Makeup Artist, Kimberly Heintzman. You won’t believe the before and after reveal!

And don’t miss Reba Buhr’s Makeup Shakeup segment with makeup artist to the stars, Desirae Cherman for some seriously good product recommendations.

Plus, find out which inexpensive skincare and makeup products outdo their pricey competitors with Senior Beauty Editor Desiree Stordahl.

Catch all this and more on Inside Beautiful!

How to Combat Psoriasis, You’re not Alone!

PsoriasisPsoriasis is a skin disorder caused by cells that reproduce at an abnormally rapid rate, resulting in thickened, scaly skin and in many cases, inflamed bumps. For some, psoriasis is secluded to certain areas like the hairline or elbows, but for others, the disease takes over the entire body.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with psoriasis, you might be feeling overwhelmed, but you’re not alone. When the reigning Miss California, Mabelynn Capeluj, stopped by the Inside Beautiful studio to share her story about overcoming psoriasis, we were shocked to find out that this disorder is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S., affecting up to 7.5 million Americans.

While a permanent cure for psoriasis has yet to be found, there are treatments that can help alleviate symptoms.

Here are some options to explore with your doctor.

Beauty Trends: What’s In & Out

LipstickIN: Matte or stained lips in shades like fuchsia, red, bubblegum pink and peachy nudes.

OUT: High-glossed lips and boring lipstick shades like mauve.

“During the spring/summer 2013 runway shows, bold poppy colors in all shades of matte were the hot trend,” says Citizens of Beauty Founder and Makeup Artist, Kendra Stanton.

Don’t have a matte lipstick? Stanton suggests lightly patting a translucent powder over your lipstick to take a shiny lip to a matte in moments.

BrowsIN: Thick, well-groomed brows.

Out: Pencil-thin, overly-tweezed brows.

“Having brows that are thick(er) and more of their natural shape is on trend,” Stanton reports. That doesn’t mean you should go totally Amazon woman; eyebrows still need some shape.

Try a colorless brow setting pencil like NYX’s Eyebrow Shaper ($8.75) to keep brows in check.


GlamIn: Glamorous-grungy, textured hair.

Out: Perfect, beachy waves.

“Put down the curling iron and embrace your natural texture to create a style that is textured and controlled,” says Oribe, Co-founder and Creative Director of Oribe Hair Care.

He suggests their Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray to separate and clump the hair for gorgeous texture and shine. “It’s undone, modern and sexy.”


Blurred OmbreIn: The NEW blurred ombré hair.

Out: Blunt ombré hair color.

Trade in last year’s dramatic ombré hair color for a more natural, sun-kissed look.

Famed colorist Johnny Ramirez (LA, NYC, and Miami) teases small sections of hair, dips the ends in bleach and uses his fingers to blend upward into the teased strands for a blurred ombré effect. “You can look at it from any angle and there are no lines,” says Ramirez.