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New Beauty Buys Worth the Splurge for Your Very Social Hot Girl Summer

June 9, 2021

Whether you’re the first one to get on a plane or you plan to lay poolside all day, every day, June 15 marks the date that California plans to fully reopen, marking more than a year since coronavirus has prevented us from traveling, dating, working, dining, yeah. Therefore, how to have a hot girl summer is obviously of peak importance.

Because we were deprived of all our summer glory in 2020, we’re ready to empty our wallets this year in the name of a celebratory post-vax life. Wondering where to spend your money? Keep reading for some of the best new beauty launches worth the big bucks!

two girls lie in bikini bathingsuits on the sand on the beach
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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte: $225

No summer is set without a signature scent—and just in time for the sunniest season, Maison Francis Kurkdjian launched three fresh aromas as part of its Cologne forte Collection. These fragrances are intended to evoke brightness, sensation and emotion. Our personal fave is Aqua Vitae Cologne forte. In addition to its striking gold bottle (which you can personalize if you order from the brand’s website!), it features a Calabria bergamot as its most prominent note, creating a light, citrusy-floral scent with sensual musks. Whether intentional or not, we actually sense hints of vanilla, too!

Vita Liberata Heavenly Elixir Advanced Tinted Tanning: $44

What’s a summer without a suntan? If all else fails, fake it ’til ya make it! Vita Liberata has always wowed with their self-tanning products, and their latest launch is no exception. This cocoa-scented, hydrating formula combines nourishing, organic ingredients with the latest advances in skincare technology. The vegan, eco-friendly product results in a noticeable yet natural-looking glow that continues developing for three days after application.

Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream: $46

Manuka honey has been raved about for years now, and Antipodes is bringing its brightening and moisturizing benefits to the under-eye by way of this New Zealand-based product. Additionally, Persian silk flower blends with antioxidant-rich Vinanza grape seed and kiwifruit to create a formula that’s gentle yet effective.

Irene Forte White Wine Body Cream: $116

Skin is in—and if you’re figuring out how to have a hot girl summer, silky smooth arms and legs are a great place to start. This ultra-luxe body cream is packed with Sicilian organic white wine, hyaluronic acid, pro-vitamin B5 and Beech Bud, which help hydrate and condition the skin. Meanwhile, Vitamin E, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil and olive oil protect the skin from environmental stressors while helping lock in moisture.

Temptu Ultimate Airbrush Self-Tan Starter Kit: $219

Remember what we were saying above about the importance of making your glow a priority this summer? Well, if a self-tanning elixir isn’t enough for you, Temptu has a full-blown airbrush kit to take your artificial bronze to the next level. Two formulas are included in the set (which comes with the airbrush tool itself, obviously): an instantly hydrating exfoliator prep spray, and a golden self-tanning airbrush spray. Spritz on yourself or give a pal a personalized glow!

Hope Fragrance Lifestyle Collection: $200

While the price point may seem a bit high for three pocket-sized scents, all proceeds from the Hope Fragrance Lifestyle Collection go to depression research, namely the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HFDR). In addition to spending in the name of a good cause, the aromas themselves are of high value. Made up of a signature classic white floral, a sporty citrus and a sensuous evening scent, the trio takes you from a beachy summer brunch all the way through a romantic candlelit dinner al fresco. Prepare for a scent-ual summer experience!

Madeca Derma Microbiome Ampoule Kit: $59.99

We were a little freaked out (in a good way) when we first saw these tiny glass bottles. They look so official, like something you’d see at your doctor’s office—aka intimidating. But whatever the case, they’re here to benefit your skin this summer (and beyond) in a major way. Powered by advanced biotechnology, each ampoule is packed with hyaluronic acid, includes anti-aging properties, defends against environmental stressors and strengthens the pillars of the skin. And rest assured, they’re not as complicated to use as you may think. The video provided in the link above will take you through the easy process in no time. Added bonus? They’re the perfect size for your endless summer travels!

Miss Swiss Makeup Case & Bundle: $60

Chances are, you’ll be out and about all summer long—therefore, beauty touchups are a must. But our summer bags tend to fill up quickly, and who wants to schlep around melted makeup all day? Miss Swiss was already to the rescue with their sleek, on-the-go makeup cases, but just in time for hot girl summer, they’ve kicked things up a notch by creating their own makeup bundle included with the case. So now, any time you head out, you’ve got eyeliner, lipstick, lip gloss and mascara at your fingertips and out of the rays. Whether you have an unexpected summer sleepover, or your lips are bare from sipping rosé all day, touchups are a cinch!

The Brow Trio Kit: $34

More than $30 may seem steep for a set that mainly consists of plastic stencils, but these are no ordinary cutouts. The Brow Trio’s nine shapely designs help fill in sparse brows, with the help of a sponge applicator and a pigmented pomade that matches your hair shade (there are eight to choose from). The result? Perfectly filled-in brows that look au naturel.

Beia Hydrating & Setting Mist: $48 (full size) / $23 (travel size)

While Beia’s full-size setting mist is $15 more than Urban Decay’s famed All Nighter Setting Spray, those extra dollars are accounted for by way of ingredients. Beia literally just launched a first-of-its-kind pick—one that primes and sets makeup, but also hydrates, refreshes and packs the skin with nutrients. Typically, you can only find products that do one or the other. Formulated with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, squalene, green tea and caffeine, the AAPI-founded product works for all skin tones and textures. We had a chance to connect with founder Brittany Lo, leading up to the product (and company’s!) launch, when she told us sexual wellness products are up next for the clean beauty brand.

Lifetherapy Grounded Reed Diffuser: $65

In case you haven’t noticed, fragrance is a key theme of this roundup. Scent has always been of utmost importance, but with all of us breaking away from our pandemic hermit life, it’s time to reinvent ourselves with new aromas—and in our living space is no exception! While technically not a product we wear, the way our rooms smell is associated with how we smell, so we’re going to put them in the same category. Lifetherapy just launched five unique scents made to elevate our mood and uplift our energy. We took the brand’s detailed quiz to find our personalized match, and sure enough, Grounded was our best fit. Filled with notes of fresh citrus, heliotrope, dry amber, calming rose and vanilla, this diffuser in particular was formulated to create balance and help combat stress and anxiety (which is always needed!).

What else do you need to spice up your hot girl summer? A little tequila, of course! HERE are the best Instagram captions for all your margarita mischief!


All the Summer #Staycation Instagram Captions You’ll Need This Season

August 26, 2020

The sunnier months may look a little different than we anticipated or hoped this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t glow all out on the ‘gram anyway💁🏽😎. 

Scroll below for a few on point #Staycation captions for your summer lounge pics.

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For your ultra-relaxed hammock shot: 

“Relax, renew, refresh.”

— Unknown

For late nights and early morning coffee in bed: 

“I like to stay in bed. It’s too peopley outside.”

— Unknown

For the pic of you and your girls drinking White Claw on the lawn: 

“We’re cool for the summer.”

— Demi Lovato

For soaking up the sunshine and journaling by your window: 

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” 

— Rob Hill Sr.

For an awfully adorable shot of you and your pup enjoying the fresh air:

“Paradise is anywhere you want it to be.”

— Unknown

For the Polaroid of your outdoor summer sanctuary (complete with candles): 

“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a beautiful place.”

— Hazrat Inayat Khan

For when you’re secretly daydreaming about the Bahamas: 

“If your work requires you to travel, you will understand that there’s no vacation destination like home.”

Park-Chan Wook

In need of some more Instagram caption inspo? HERE are the best quotes to accompany pics of you drinking White Claw!


5 All-Natural Supplements That’ll Get You Through a Hard-Partying Summer

July 5, 2018

With so many pool parties, boat trips and food and booze-fueled getaways galore, how are you really supposed to keep your mind and body in check?

Fear not, because we’re here to break down five different all-natural supplements that’ll get you through a hard-partying summer! Find out what they are below:

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1. 5-HTP ($14.95)

Ah, the age-old 5-HTP supplement. In case you’ve been living under a rock, this powerful white-powdered capsule is a must for anyone who intends to “let loose,” so-to-speak. 5-HTP is a drug-free, plant-derived source of an amino acid that naturally increases the body’s level of serotonin—the chemical messenger that affects emotions, behavior, appetite, thought and sleep. Magic in a pill!

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2. HUM Nutrition’s Wing Man ($25)

Cleverly coined “Wing Man,” HUM Nutrition’s post-party pill will clean out your body’s alcohol-induced toxins, thanks to the help of unique ingredients silymarin (from milk thistle), dandelion root and artichoke leaf. This supplement preps the liver for a “full-on detox,” as described on the bottle. Added bonus? It helps kick those dark under-eye circles to the curb, too!

Instagram / @humnutrition

3. DrinkAde ($24.99)

With red, white and blue as their branded colors, and a trademarked tagline that says “The Official Drink Before You Drink,” it’s very clear the intention of this product. DrinkAde, formerly known as Never Too Hungover, comes in two parts: a limeade-flavored prevention pre-drink, and a berry-flavored prevention or post-party recovery drink. Each liquid supplement is packed with B vitamins, aloe vera, milk thistle and green tea extract, among other all-natural ingredients.

Instagram / @drinkadeofficial

4. Smooth Move ($5.29)

We work hard to achieve those summer bods, only to eat and drink everything in sight once the season finally arrives. If you feel like you’ve overdone it on a particular outing or two, rest assured, Smooth Move’s fennel, coriander and ginger-infused tea has got ya covered. With the intention to “relieve occasional constipation,” this is actually the very tea recommended for people while they do juice cleanses. You whip up a hot cup before bed, and let the magic happen first thing in the morning. It’s not at all as bad as it may seem, but you’ll definitely feel lighter and less toxified (is that even a word?) once the process is complete!

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5. Genexa ($16.99)

Late, party-fueled nights = stressful, anxiety-ridden days—and Genexa’s all-natural, chewable, Stress Relief tablets help ease irritability and tension, inability to concentrate and sleeplessness and fatigue. They’re non-habit-forming and they’re not overpowering, so they should help you feel just right.

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Get Your July 4th Playlists Poppin’ With G-Eazy’s New Banger (and 15 Other Fresh Tracks)

July 4, 2018

It’s July 4th!

This means BBQs, red, white and blue popsicles—and more “Party in the U.S.A.” spins than your ears can handle.

Not that there’s anything wrong giving love to a Miley Cyrus classic on the day of year that seems most fitting, but given the season, wouldn’t you also like to have those patriotic-themed pool parties surrounded with some new sounds as well?

If you were unprepared in the music department today, rest assured we have you covered. G-Eazy just released what we think should be the song of the summer. It’s called “Drop,” and it will have you dropping to the floor with its infectious beat. Like, we’ve seriously had this on repeat since we first heard it two weeks ago.

But that’s not all! If you’re looking for something a little more mellow, you’ll probably enjoy “Under the Sun” by Roosevelt or “Soweto” by Michael Brun and Shirazee.

Keep scrolling for the full playlist of 16 new songs we’re loving this July!

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Attention L.A. Yogis—These Are the Unique Summer Events You Need on Your Radar!

July 18, 2017

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed yogi or you simply want to take up a new hobby this summer, L.A. is obviously the perfect place to do just that.

The City of Angels is jam-packed with yoga activities from now through mid-August, and there’s no shortage of variety and experience level at your fingertips.

From outdoor classes to festivals and workshops, read on to find out the best events to incorporate yoga into your life this season!


  • Flow + Flavor Rooftop Yoga: Imagine performing sun salutations led by some of L.A.’s top yoga teachers with a killer view of downtown. Now, add some blissful beats with “Sound Off” headphones and finish it all off with a delicious brunch and the chance to peruse a curated collection of unique and stylish pop-up shops at ROW DTLA. This unforgettable event is hosted by Bender. Sign up for the July 23rd Deep House Yoga edition with special guest DJ Alissa Jo HERE.
  • Yoga x Sound x Art: Prepare to be inspired on July 22. This unique event blends yoga, music and art together. Come to the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica for a session with yoga teacher Mia Togo and the resident DJ from Bender. After class, you can indulge your artistic tastes by touring the dozens of art galleries. Oh, and did we mention the food trucks and beer tastings? Doors open at 11:00 am and the all levels yoga class starts 11:30 am inside the D3 gallery space. Register HERE.
  • Baby Goat Yoga: You read that right—yoga with baby goats! Come on and try it out at Lavender Wood Farm. It’s a bit of a drive from L.A., but it’s absolutely worth it. They do all level classes every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $20 a class. Space is limited and you need to bring a yoga mat or towel along with bottled water. But don’t worry, you won’t have to bring your own goat! Classes can be purchased through Eventbrite HERE.
  • Acro Yoga Workshop: Sign up for this workshop to Acro Yoga by Create Yoga on July 22 from 2-3:30 pm, you will learn the basic aspects of the acroyoga practice. This unique class will allow you to explore asana and movements with a partner. Mats, towels, and pads are included. If you have a partner, bring them. If not, it’s the perfect opportunity to make new friends! Reserve your spot HERE.


  • Downtown LA Arts Festival: The Downtown LA Arts & Music Festival 2017 kicks off on Sun., Aug. 6. The festival will open with a Kemetic Yoga class by Jill Maynard from Yoga House Houston. Kemetic Yoga is an ancient Egyptian system of Yoga that focuses on controlled deep breathing and meditation. Tickets are free and can be reserved HERE.
  • Propel Co: Labs Fitness Festival: Join the Propel Fitness Festival on Aug. 12 & 13 to celebrates all things working out. Prepare to sweat your way through a variety of epic workouts, from boot camp to dance, and you guessed it, yoga! Each class will be led by instructors on the cutting-edge of fitness. And did we mention there would be performances by musical guests? Yeah! Propel will also donate all proceeds to the nonprofit Girls on the Run. Sign up HERE.

 Is there an event or a workshop that we missed out on? Let us know in the comments!


**Emily Adams is a marketing specialist at YogiWear having a main focus on development and implementation of marketing ideas. Her primary talking points are yoga life, benefits of yoga, yogi lifestyle and yoga wear.


3 Juicy Summer Reads I Cannot Put Down

July 1, 2017

The idea of summer reading lists was obviously put together with vacation in mind.

This was great and all when I was still in school and had months of spare time to do whatever the heck I want, but any working woman (or man) in L.A. knows there’s really no such thing as downtime. Even on vacation, we’re always still kind of working, always obsessing over what everyone is doing on social media, trying to fit in a workout—basically, anything to prevent us from focusing on one thing.

So, that said, if I’m going to get any reading done this summer, the selections must be ones I can plow through effortlessly, that don’t take a lot of deep thinking and that I can find relatable.

I have found all of the above in my summer reading picks of 2017, which I just can’t put down. Check ’em out below!

1. According to a SourceAbby Stern

This book hits close to home. As a former celebrity gossip reporter (during a peak time when social media was limited and the hunt for real A-listers [think TomKat, Brangelina, Robsten] was never ending), I remember trying to sneakily stalk people and uncover hidden Hollywood truths. According to a Source follows the life of undercover reporter Ella Warren, who plows through Tinseltown’s hottest haunts and brushes elbows with the rich and famous, all for the sake of a story. Thanks to technology, those golden days don’t exist the way they used to, and given that they were the most exciting times of my life, it’s refreshing to relive them vicariously through Ella. As a real-life freelance red carpet reporter, author Abby Stern knows a thing or two about the business.

2. How to Murder Your Life: a Memoir – Cat Marnell

I ordered this incredible memoir at the beginning of the year, so technically it didn’t come out near summertime, but my gosh, if there’s one book you can breeze through in the next two months, it’s this one. Literally from start to finish, you will zip through fucked up family tales, drug-addled relationships and the daily trials and tribulations of self-proclaimed pill-popper and former top-tier Conde Nast beauty editor Cat Marnell. The NYC-based writer holds nothing back when it comes to her nightly underage club hobbing, days-long drug binges, eating disorders and horrible choices in men. The craziest part is this has all continued throughout her entire life. The balance between addiction and glamorous career is all laid out in this 374-page read. Although the very style-savvy Cat is self-admittedly crazy, you’ll find her drive to strive in her field of choice commending, despite her very poor judgment in almost every other sense. Let’s just say, if you’ve ever partied hard on a school (work) night, you won’t feel so bad after giving this a go.

3. Romancing the ThroneNadine Jolie Courtney

Beauty expert Nadine Jolie Courtney takes a stab at some lighthearted fictional fun with Romancing the Throne, a scandalous tale of two sisters fighting over–gasp—a prince! Taking place at fictional prestigious Sussex Park high school in London, be prepared to go on a roller coaster of suspense as Charlotte Weston fiercely regrets encouraging her acclimating sister Libby to get to know her beau after the two hit it off swimmingly. Whether you’re into royals or not, this is your traditional tale of catty girl drama and devastating deceit—and you’ll be swiftly turning the pages until you get to the end result!


Spice Up Summer With 19 Sexy Poolside Party Tunes

June 21, 2017

If you want to hear amped up remixes of all the crappy music currently on the radio, hit up Vegas or any club on Hollywood Blvd., but if you want a taste of what summer should sound like, and you can’t make it to Palm Springs (where you’ll hear the sexy stuff), I’ve got just the playlist for you.

From Goldroom and Gigamesh to Satin Jackets and Crazy P, I’ve got 19 nu disco tracks that are sure to help you sizzle this summer.

Slip on your swimsuit, head on over to your nearest pool and scroll below to get the party started.

And if you’ve got anything to add, shoutout in the comments!