“Kansas City Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 Preview Part 2.”

“Beyond The Makeup Brush” was lucky enough to get an invite to this exclusive Kansas City Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 Preview on September 26th at Union Station in Kansas City.  The Wednesday night event showcased seven designers from the Midwest to Iran.  There was a mixture of  beads, lace, mosaic textures to plaids with pops of color displayed down the runaway this year.

“H. Art Studios” by Lauren Hansen was first down the runaway. This talented Midwestern girl from Iowa is only 17 years of age! Her first look that came down the runaway was a show stopping couture wedding gown.  Lauren’s designs use beautiful beading to give it that couture look.  Lauren Hansen is one talented designer to watch. Lauren’s designs can be found at H. Art Studios

 

Next down the runaway was “MAANG” by Yasi Fayal.  “MAANG” means Moon in Farsi. Yasi is an Iranian fashion and jewelry designer.  Her pieces are inspired by geometric and mathematical shapes and patterns.  She uses her background in engineering to help inspire her pieces. She wants people to really think about her fashion in a different way.  If you want to get to know more about this gifted designer’s unique aesthetic check her out at on her instagram page @maangstudios

 

Coming down the runaway with a Californian “fun in the sun” feel was designer Amy Ellie with “Ideologie The Label.” Amy is an apparel and textile designer who also happens to be a student at Michigan State University.  Her design aesthetic definitely gave you that Spring/Summer feel with the off the shoulder blouses and halter tops. I loved the mixture of patterns she used to create her neutral color scheme.  I can’t wait to see more from this talented designer!

 

Local Kansas City  jewelry designer Clarissa Knighten with “Rissa’s Artistic Designs” dazzled the runaway next with her earthy, edgy and elegant jewelry pieces. Clarissa took a risk in 2017 and left the corporate world to pursue her dream of starting her own jewelry line.  All her pieces are one of a kind and can be custom made to fit your desired look.  She uses everything from beads, gemstones and wires to achieve her unique pieces. Check out more of this creative designer’s pieces at Rissa’s Artistic Design

 

Wowing the crowd next was  “Venn by Veron” Venn learned her sewing skills from local tailors from Nigeria. Her Spring/Summer 2019 Collection is more Avant Garde yet wearable.   Venn’s use of colorful mosaic tiles really set her pieces a part and make her overall collection very cohesive.  Venn’s collections can be found on instagram @veroniq1760

 

Lastly,  the audience was wowed by “Kalon By Kayla” Mikayla Tjeerdsma learned to sew at the early age of 9.  Her Spring/Summer 2019 collection incorporates a mixture of patterns and a touch of color to give  that  summertime feel. Mikayla’ cohesive collection was styled to perfection. I guarantee we will be seeing bright chunky sandals,  braids, braids, and more braids coming Spring 2019.  I cannot wait to see what this talented designer has up her sleeve next.

Stay Tuned for KCFW Fall/Winter 19 Collection!  Beyond The Makeup Brush will be there to cover the hottest Fall and Winter designs.

-“I don’t design clothes.  I design dreams.”-Ralph Lauren

 

 

“Kansas City Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 Preview Part One.”

If you’re a fan of the popular show “Project Runway” like I am then you have gotten a glimpse of what New York Fashion Week is about.  Fashionistas, Kansas City is the new hub for local, national and international designers to show their unique designs.  I was utterly amazed at the local talent that came out this year .

Kansas City Fashion Week started in March of 2011 and since has boasted 14 seasons of  talented local, national and international designers.  “Beyond the Make Up Brush” was lucky enough to get an invite to this exclusive four day event with a finale featuring well renowned American fashion designer Rachel Roy.  This years’ Spring/Summer 2019 preview took place at Union Station and did not disappoint.  We attended the Wednesday night show on September 26th which included seven local, national, and international designers each with a very unique aesthetic.

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The Wednesday night show tends to be a bit more casual.  When we arrived we saw the step and repeat set up where you could get your photo taken.  Fashion forward attendees appeared in attire from jeans and motorcycle jackets to jumpsuits with heels to little black dresses.  If you like to people watch this is the place to definitely be.  When we entered the main hall they had various booths set up with the designer’s collections to browse through.  We ran into Crystal Brakhage with “Crystal Brakhage Designs” at her booth.  We were  lucky enough to interview this talented young designer and learn more about her collection.

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Crystal is from Tobias, Nebraska not really known as the fashion capital of the world. However, this talented designer is making a big name for herself and her designs in the Midwest.   Crystal first picked up a needle and thread about 8 years ago through her 4 H club.  However,  it wasn’t love at first sewing machine.  Crystal actually wanted to do photography but ended up going to 4 H camp and meeting other young designers who had a passion for design.

Crystal has shown her collection in  Des Moines, Kansas City, and Chicago Fashion Week. Crystal’s Spring/Summer 2019 Collection is inspired by pop musician Cardi B and reality star Kim Kardashian’s style.  Her collection is a mix of edgy and street wear.  Crystal used a mix of faux leather and fur in most of her designs to achieve that hip hop feel.  I asked Crystal what advice she would give to new designers starting out and she said to definitely “Be yourself” and do a lot of networking.  She has learned to work with photographers and different social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram to get her brand out there.  “Beyond The Makeup Brush” can’t wait to see more from this talented young designer. You can check out more of Crystal’s designs at www.crystalbrakhage.wixsite.com.

 

-“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable.  Style is more about being yourself.”- Oscar de la Renta

 

 

 

 

 

Leave It Up To Us To Give You Our Must Have Essentials This Fall!!

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Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons.  What’s not to like, everything from warm fuzzy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, colorful leaves, the smell of crisp air, and ankle boots!!  Beyond The Makeup Brush wants to share our must have essentials for Fall.

Autumn is all about warm shades whether it is dark berry lipsticks, rustic reds or midnight blue nail polishes. Lovelies,  these are the must haves this Fall.  I love “Maybelline Color Sensational” Lip Color in “Blissful Berry” pictured below.  This is a great berry shade for Fall and can be purchased at Target for $3.79.  It’s a rich dark berry color that goes on smooth with a touch of nectar honey.

Now that you beauty babes out there have your Fall lip shade in check.  What about those nails?  This Fall it’s all about the midnight blues, warm beiges and anything jewel toned inspired.  I love OPI’s “Eurso Euro” pictured below.  It tends to be a dark navy blue color when applied.  I purchased this shade at Target for $5.99!

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Now that Fall is officially here you still want to keep that flawless face.  What better way to use a CC cream.  I love Thrive Causemetics “Buildable Blur CC Cream” in “Natural Beige.”  If you’re not familiar with what a CC cream it is the best invention since sliced bread!  A CC cream is lighter than a foundation but has more coverage than a BB cream.  If you have red spots, acne scars or an uneven skin tone, CC cream is a great product to correct your imperfections. I love Thrive Causemetics because it is vegan and cruelty free and the company stands for a great cause!!  I purchased this product on their website Thrive Causemetics for $38.00 and it comes with a free makeup bag!  They also carry a BB cream if you have flawless skin and just need a touch of coverage, lucky gals!

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Chocolate and Gold are a gals best friend! Now you can have both in this incredible must have”Chocolate Gold” eye shadow palette from Too Faced for $49.00.  If you are going to invest in one makeup product for Fall, I would definitely check this palette out.  I purchased this palette at Sephora or can be purchased on Too Faced website as well. The “Chocolate Gold” eye shadow palette is actually infused with real gold and cocoa powder, pretty amazing right? The colors are so pigmented and go on velvety smooth. These shadows are very versatile that allows you to go from a natural daytime look to a dramatic look for a night out!

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I’m a huge believer in skin care and any product that keeps your skin soft all year long. I discovered the Pacifica products a few months ago at Target, and absolutely fell in love!  I love the “Pacifica Dreamy Youth Rose and Peptides” body lotion.  It’s not too thick and has a clean rose scent. It’s great to put on right after taking a bath or shower and keeps your skin soft all day long.  I purchased at Target  for $14.99 be sure to check out their whole line of beauty products.

One Fall trend that I absolutely adore is long delicate necklaces you can layer.  I love this  “Filigree Oval Long Necklace” by “A New Day” purchased at Target for $14.99.  Whether its gold, sliver or beaded, long delicate necklaces are staple this Fall season.  Gals get those layers on!!

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-“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”-Stanley Horowitz

 

 

 

Beyond The Makeup Brush Turns 1 This Month!! We Would Like To Thank Our Followers And New Ones With Our Prize Giveaway Valued At $50!!

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Thank you everyone for making this a great year for “Beyond The Makeup Brush!!”  We have had a great year bringing you articles on beauty, fashion and just life in general.  We have more exciting things to come!  We would like to thank all of our loyal followers and hopefully add some new ones with our Fall giveaway. In order to enter you must do one of the following: 1. Subscribe to our blog  2. Follow us on Instagram @beyondthemakeupbrush 3. Follow us on our Facebook page at Beyond The Makeup Brush Do all three and you will be entered three times!  We will randomly draw the winner Sunday October 7th at 6 PM CST and will notify you by email or direct message.

Some of our favorite must have products this Fall are definitely the “Pixi Dimensional Eye Creator,” eye shadow palette, “Defy and Inspire,” nail polish in “Supernova” and “Solar Eclipse” and an Agate and Gray beaded bracelet.  Last but definitely not least to help keep you organized with the chaos of the holidays a notebook from “Eccolo and pen set from “U Brands.” Good luck and stay tuned for more exciting articles and prizes!

-“I’m So Glad That I Live In A World Where There Are Octobers” – Unknown

 

 

 

 

The Art of Collecting Still a Great Hobby!!

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As a child you might remember having a fascination about collecting a certain toy.  I know I did, for some reason I loved teddy bears.  All kinds from panda bears, polar bears to your standard brown bear.  I’m not sure how it got started,but I remember I collected teddy bears until I was probably a teenager. Now my collection has turned into makeup, shoes and antique perfume bottles.  Collecting an item can be a great hobby if you have a healthy grasp on it.  Remember friends don’t go crazy…everything in moderation!

Why collecting items is good for your soul?  It’s exciting and gives you sense of being and a new passion. Whether it’s seeking out the latest super hero collectible, to hitting local antique stores for that unique perfume bottle.  In a world that has unfortunately become less inactive, collecting something gets your body moving.  I get chills seeking out my new find at local antique stores.  I have found most of my perfume bottles either at local antique stores or have received them as a gift.  If you’re a guy or gal that is hard to shop for having a hobby is also great because your loved one now has an idea of what to get you as a gift.  It can turn out to be a great investment as well.  Who knows, grandma’s dishes she collected and you inherited could now be worth a pretty penny.   Now go seek out your passionate find!!! Happy collecting!

-“Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house become your story.” -homeowner Erin Flett

Healthy Tips : How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety in a World Full of Chaos! Annie Kotich(Contributor)

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Anxiety and stress happen to be all to common now a days with the hustle and bustle of life. I have suffered from anxiety for years and it is not an easy thing to manage.  My friends, managing stress can be easy with some simple and healthy life changes.

First of all you need to find out the root of what is causing your stress or anxiety.  Is it genetic or is it brought upon by environmental issues such as work, finances, social pressure, or family issues?  When you find the root of the cause of your stress or anxiety it will become easier to figure out how to manage it.

Remember,  I am not a medical professional, just a midwest girl who has suffered from anxiety most of my life. If your anxiety is disrupting your daily life, it’s time to seek help from a therapist or doctor.

Here are some tips I have learned over the years and most recently to reduce my stress and anxiety. Tip #1 purchase a journal or notebook of some kind to organize your tasks for the day.  I tend to get overwhelmed easily with work, bills, and even planning out when to do my blog posts. You can get a cute journal most everywhere, like the one shown above.  I purchased these two at Target for $6.99 each. One for organizing your tasks for the day as well as finances. Tip #2 find  a gratitude journal or jar. Sometimes its easy for us to forget the positive things in our life when there is negativity or stress we deal with on a daily basis.  The purpose of the gratitude journal is to write down a few things each day that you are grateful for.  Some things I’m grateful for are: I had a good night sleep or my day at work went well.  This will allow you to focus on the positive things in your life instead of dwelling on the negative. Plus it’s always fun to get a cute pen to write with!!

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Tip #3  Purchase essential oils to relieve stress and anxiety.  I am a big fan of these,  lavender oils are known to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and brain function. You can use lavender oils in a variety of different ways. Use it with a diffuser and put by your bed or family room.  You can sprinkle some on your pillow as well for a good nights sleep.  I’m a big fan of soaking my worries away in a tub. I love sprinkling some in my bath water for a calming effect.  You can also apply lavender oil topically behind your ears for the same benefits. Another great essential oil for anxiety and stress is peppermint. Peppermint oil is known to help with headaches, nausea and opening nasal passages, allergies and more. I use it to help me breath a little better when my anxiety is acting up.  Just add a few dabs under your nose to help open nasal passages.  You can also add to a diffuser as well or dab on your temples to help relieve a tension headache.  I purchased the lavender and peppermint essential oils at Walmart for about $5.33 each. Tip #4 use therapy dough or a stress ball to relieve some of your daily stress.  I purchased “Pinch Me” therapy dough at Barnes and Noble for about $14.95.  This stuff is amazing, just roll it between your fingers when you feel stress coming on.  “Pinch Me” therapy dough is a soft, pliable dough infused with calming aromatherapy. You can even use it while your watching television, reading or in a meeting, anywhere you need to unwind.  Now go live a stress and anxiety free life!!!

Note: If you do find that your stress and anxiety is getting hard to handle on your own, it may be time to seek professional help. You may also confide in a friend or family member for support. There are many free resources available to lend a caring ear.

The Compassionate Ear phone line is a resource for talk support in non-emergency situations (1-866-WARMEAR).

In the event of a safety concern or suicidal thoughts, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255(TALK). Crisis Text Hotline (text 741741).

-“Breathe, Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” -Oprah Winfrey

 

 

 

 

Get The Buzz On My Latest Beauty Buys!

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Sometimes in life we need a little change.  Whether it’s changing the shade of your lipstick from a pale pink to a rosy red or a simple shimmer added to your latest shade of blush.  Ah, it’s the small things in life that make life worth living right? I love trying new products and I’m here to give you the 411 on what the latest buzz in beauty products are.

If you have read my previous posts you might recall me talking about Thrive Causemetics.  I love this company and what it stands for.  Thrive Causemetics is “Beauty with a Purpose.” Thrive’s goal is to donate a  product for each purchase to a woman in need. They are 100% cruelty free and vegan!  In the past I have tried their eyeshadow palettes and eyeliner and have not been disappointed. Recently, I decided to purchase their “Headliner” lipstick in the shade “Kennedy” which is a blue red shade that looks great on almost every skin tone, I am wearing all products listed in picture below.  It is a creamy texture that instantly hydates your lips and lasts all day. It can be purchased on their website at Thrive Causemetics for $26.00 and comes with a free adorable makeup bag.  How can you go wrong?

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Products used: Nars Blush in “Orgasm,” Thrive Causmetics Lipstick in the shade “Kennedy,” and Pixi “Rose Oil Blend.”

The second product I recently purchased is Nars Blush in the shade “Orgasm,” I’m a big fan of Princess Meghan Markle and love her fashion sense and style, One of her favorite beauty products she loves wearing is Nars Blush in the shade “Orgasm” that gives her that natural rosy glow.   I purchased this shade for myself on their website Nars Cosmetics for $30.00.  I love that it gives me a subtle peachy glow with a little shimmer added to it.  If you go on the Nars Cosmetics website it gives you a variety of shades that you can choose from virtually by uploading your picture on their website. Pretty cool huh?

The third product that I keep seeing reviews about on other blogs and articles is Pixi Beauty Products.  I was headed to my nearest Target so I decided to browse the cosmetic section and see what I could find.  I’m a huge fan of trying different skincare treatments so I decided to purchase their Pixi Skintreats “Rose Oil Blend,” and give it a whirl.  Pixi’s face oil can be used before and after you take your makeup off for the day. You just need a few drops for each application to leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed all day.  The great thing about this product is that it contains all natural products such as sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba and is cruelty free.  It can be purchased at Target or you local drugstore for around  $24.00. If you have a derma roller it can be used alongside the oil in order to rejuvenate the skin. I am wearing it under my makeup in the picture shown above.  Remember friends change is always good!

-“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

 

 

It All Starts With A Great Foundation!!

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In life many things start with a strong foundation. This saying is true with your makeup as well.  I have struggled for many years trying to find the right foundation for my skin type.  At one time I probably had 10 or more foundations in hopes of finding the right one. I have combination skin so I tend to get oily on my T-Zone and dry everywhere else. When I breakout I tend to scar easily so I’m always on the look out for a full coverage foundation that lasts all day.

Ladies, I’m here to share my foundation favorites and tips on what to look for in a great foundation! Here are a few of my top picks from high end to drug store foundations. My number pick for anyone that wants full coverage foundation that last all day would be “Kat Von D Lock-It” Foundation pictured above. My twin sis Annie recommended it to me because she absolutely loves Kat’s makeup.  I use the shade 53 in the Medium-Warm Undertone.  It gives you a flawless coverage that lasts all day.  It comes in 30 different shades so you shouldn’t have a problem finding your perfect match.  I do have to say that if you tend to have very dry skin this foundation is probably not for you.  I purchased mine at Sephora for $35 along with this great “PRO Domed Foundation” brush #78 at Sephora for $36.  This is a great brush that is worth the investment. It’s used to apply liquid foundation and gives you that flawless full coverage look.

If you’re a babe on a budget then fear no more I have some great drugstore foundations I highly recommend.  Another full coverage foundation that I absolutely love is” Revlon Colorstay” Foundation.  This can be purchased at any Walmart, Target, or local drugstore for around $7.29.  I have used this foundation for over 15 years and love that it is full coverage, shine free, semi-matte finish and does last up to 24 hours. I use the combination/oily foundation for my combo skin but it also comes in normal and dry skin as well.

The second foundation that I recommend if you don’t need full coverage and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars is “Aveda Mineral Dual Foundation.” This foundation can be applied wet or dry for light or heavy coverage. I do love mineral foundations because they tend to be a little bit lighter and are healthy for your skin. I use this mineral foundation over concealer to get a fuller coverage. Aveda products are sold in salons across the U.S. or you can get online on their website at www.aveda.com for $26.00.  The one thing I am not a fan of is the packaging.  It does not come in a compact because it’s intended to be used in salons with makeup artists with their built in palettes.

Last but definitely not least is “Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte Poreless” foundation which can be purchased at Walmart, Target or any local drugstore for around $7.99. This product gives you that natural look.  So if you don’t need alot of coverage and just want an all over even poreless look I would recommend this foundation for you.  If you go on www.maybelline.com you can take a short survey to find your perfect shade.  I am shade 220 in Natural Beige.  Like anything in life whether its love, your home or your makeup it all starts with a great foundation!

-“May Your Day Be Flawless As Your Makeup” – Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Summer Ready With Our Prize Pack Giveaway Valued at $65!

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From left to right: Soap & Glory “Sugar Crush Body Scrub,” Bare Republic “Mineral Sunscreen,” Messner Bee Farm “Lip Balm Locket in Lavender and Lemonade.” Soap & Glory “Original Pink Body Spray,” and Soap & Glory “Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream.”

Beyond the Makeup Brush would like to treat you to some of our favorite must have beauty products to get your skin ready for summer!  I love Soap & Glory body products such as their “Sugar Crush Body Scrub” which has a nice fresh hint of lime scent. It’s great to exfoliate your dead skin after laying out by the pool or at the beach.  Of course you can’t go out in those bright sunrays without some strong SPF.  I’m a big fan of Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen “Neon Sunscreen Sticks” SPF of 50.  I’m a huge believer in sunscreen all year-long. When I’m out in the sun I definitely use an SPF of at least 40 and tend to use makeup products with some kind of SPF year round.

When it comes to hand lotions I’m a bit of an addict. I absolutely love hand lotion. I  always carry a few small bottles in my handbag with me.  Soap & Glory’s “Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream” is one of my favorites. It moisturizes your hands so well from first application, with its rose scented silky cream. The scent is to die for!  Of course you can’t go without the Soap & Glory “Original Pink Body Spray, it has a fresh fruity smell and goes on cool and light, perfect for those hot summer nights. I’m a huge supporter of local businesses and  recently came across this small locally owned company the Messner Bee Farm at the Makers Faire here in Kansas City.  I love things that are all natural and locally owned.  I fell in love with their lip balm lockets made out of bee’s wax. The scent of lavender is so calming to me and I’m sure your lips will fall in love with their lavender and lemonade flavor as well!

So friends in order to win this summer prize pack giveaway you must do one of the following 1. Subscribe to our blog if you already haven’t  2. Follow us on Instagram @beyondthemakeupbrush and tag two friends and like our post about this giveaway.  3. Follow us on our Facebook page at beyondthemakeupbrush  *Follow us on all three social medias and you will be entered three times.   You must be 18 years of age to enter and in live in the United States. Winner will be drawn randomly July 14th at 5pm CST and will be notified by email or direct message.  Good Luck and thanks for going “beyondthemakeupbrush!”

“Orange you glad it’s summer?”

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OPI Nail Laquer in “Cajun Shrimp” can be purchased at Target for $8.69

I’m glad summer is finally here, just wish it wasn’t so hot here in the Midwest!  Speaking of hot, the new “hot” color for nails this summer are shades of orange.  Whether it’s a reddish-orange like the OPI Nail Lacquer in “Cajun Shrimp” or Defy and Inspire in “Spoiler Alert” pictured below. This is more of a tangerine color that reminds me of one of those push up popsicles, doesn’t it? Friends, you’re now ready to hit your local farmer’s market or a hot summer night on the town with one of these great shades.

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Defy and Inspire Nail Lacquer in “Spoiler Alert” can be purchased at Target for $7.49

You can always add a little shimmer on top like my nail tech at Stem Hair and Body Salon did with a clear silver shimmer gel polish. Some of my favs are OPI Nail Lacquer in “Happy Anniversary Sparkle” which can be purchased online for $8.69 or Revlon“Stunner” Nail Polish for $4.78 on their website.  So whether you want to add a vibrant sizzling orange pop of paint or a pastel tangerine to your hands and feet, you will be pool ready this summer!

-“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby