The Fragrance of Summer

Everyone knows what summer looks like. A warm afternoon soaking up the sun’s rays on the sandy beach, kids laughing and splashing in the water or eating a slice of watermelon while sitting under a picnic blanket with a straw hat on. It’s easy to picture summer, everyone dreams of it, but what does it smell like. Does it smell like a field of wildflowers, fresh slices of oranges or cucumber or does it smell daring and bold? Here are some of the hit scents for summer and together they represent the overall fragrance of the season.

  1. Vikor and Rolf Flower Bomb1
  2. Immerse yourself in a scent of a garden. Flower Bomb is mixed with Sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid and ballerina freesia bloom, giving you a fresh romantic scent for summer sun.

    Where you can purchase it: Sephora
    Price: $155.00

     

     

     

     

     

  3. Philosophy Amazing Grace
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    This scent brings out the natural scent of a woman: beauty and simplicity. With fresh scents of bergamot and muguet blossoms, Amazing Grace has the natural and fresh smell that every woman needs for her summer excursions.

    Where you can purchase it: Sephora
    Price: $16.00

     

     

     

     

     

     

  5. Marc Jacobs Daisy
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    A single spritz, produces an instant burst on femininity and elegance. With a flick of your hair, the scent of a timeless floral bouquet of strawberry, violet, grapefruit, jasmine and gardenias are released.

    Where you can purchase it: Sephora
    Price: $75.00

     

     

     

     

  7. Bombshell Summer
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    Victoria Secrets’ summer perfume is their fresh citrus twist on their classic seductive Bombshell. This scent combines what Victoria Secret calls “fresh energy of juicy grape, black currant and Lily of the Valley” and gives you a their exclusive scent for summer

    Where you can purchase it: Victoria Secret
    Price: $52.00

     

     

     

     

     

  9. Seacliff Beach Mist
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    This scent provides a fresh smell of the sea. Infused with a crisp and addictive scent of nectarine, water lotus and vanilla, Seacliff is the romantic sweet scent of the ocean.

    Where you can purchase it: Hollister Co.
    Price: $12.00

     

     

     

     

     

  11. CK One Summer
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    Calvin Klein brings their summer scent the only way they know how: with a highly addictive scent that you won’t be able to get enough of. It’s a mix of spicy citrus and a cooling watermelon and refreshing subtle hints of cucumber.

    Where you can purchase it: Calvin Klein
    Price: $52.00

     

     

     

     

     

  13. Endless Weekend
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    This scent is a decadent mixture of heavenly summer tastes: Raspberry Lychee Sorbet, Sparkling Mandarin, Juicy Nectarine, Apple, Mirabelle Plum. It dips into a long last aroma of wonder.

    Where you can purchase it: Bath and Body Works
    Price: $39.50

     

     

     

     

     

  15. Big Pony Collection: RL Blue
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    This scent is Ralph Lauren’s colorful, unique and spirited introduction to summer. Varying from scents, each of the four perfume range from romantic to dangerously wild. The RL Blue dazzles the wearer with the mix of sparkling grapefruit and lotus flower.

    Where you can purchase it: Ralph Lauren
    Price: $70.00

     

     

     

     

     

     

  17. Escada’s Born in Paradise
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    Born in Paradise sparks the senses with it’s fresh and alluring touch of pineapple, watermelon and guava, blended together with soft and creamy coconut. Together it’s an island paradise.

    Where you can purchase it: Ulta
    Price: $59.00

     

     

     

     

     

  19. Salavatore Ferragamo’s Signorina Eleganza
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    This scent is pure glamour to Salvatore Ferragamo. It’s elegant, romantic, rich and seductive, but what makes it perfect for summer is that it combines sweet, citrus and creamy all in one. It’s base of pear, grapefruit and almond powder are the perfect elixir.

    Where you can purchase it: Lord and Taylor
    Price: $109.00

 

 

 

 

 

Indulge in your favorite scent this summer.

 

– Camille Sarabia

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Top 5 DIY Facial Masks

Sometimes to get your body feeling relaxed you just need to give it a proper time out. That means taking 20 minutes out of your day to soak in the bath tub and listen to soothing Sara Bareilles or The Civil Wars, or watch a great comedy that will get you laughing. To have great skin, you also need to give it rest. This means facial mask. We all know how important a good facial is. It leaves your face feeling refreshed and new. Use these DIY facial masks to bring back that great feeling to your skin. Take off any makeup, wash your face and allow your skin to relax with a facial mask. Here are a few DIY facial masks you can try at home.

1. Avocado and Oatmeal.

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Avocados are not only great for your health, but for skin as well. Paired with oats, that soak up the liquid from the avocado, you have the perfect facial mask.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1 avocado
– 2 tablespoons of raw honey
– 1/4 cup of oats

Simply apply the mixture on your face and let it sit for about half an hour. Relax, sip some tea and then wash off the mask when it’s time.

This mixture will be more than enough for your face, so throw a girls night to pass your homemade facial mask around. The oats become soggy after sitting in the avocado and honey, so this will have to be a one time batch, but the good news is that it’s simple enough to make another night.

2. Honey and Cinnamon

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This facial mask is for oily skin. Honey is good ingredient that will dry out unwanted blemishes on oily skin. Mixed with cinnamon, it heals your skin naturally.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 5 tablespoons of natural raw honey
– 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

3. Coffee and Cocoa

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For those who are well aware of the affects coffee has on our bodies, it’s no surprise that it’s also used as a facial remedy. Scientists actually started using caffeine in beauty products.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 Cup ground organic coffee beans (any type, pre-ground or grind them yourself.)
1/2 Cup organic, unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Cup of unsweetened whole milk (you can also substitute for unsweetened almond milk)
1 Tbsp of lemon juice (for dry skin, try olive or almond oil)
1 Tbsp of honey (for extra oily or acne prone skin, use additional lemon juice here instead of honey)

You will want to mix together the coffee and cocoa first and then insert the milk, lemon juice and honey. For a thicker mask paste, use less milk. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse.

4. Oats and Natural Yogurt

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You’ll be surprised at what a good mask yogurt makes. It is light and perhaps too much liquid, but when combined with natural oats, it forms into the perfect facial mask. The milk in the yogurt provides natural healthy ingredients that your skin needs. So if your aren’t getting your calcium or Vitamin D through milk product consumption, this mask is a great way to get that content in your body. The oats are a great addition to the yogurt. They hold the mask together and soak up the yogurt’s nutrients.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 5 tablespoons of natural plain yogurt (you can even opt for the low fat)
– a handful of oats. It’s a great idea to crush them with your hands just so that you don’t have full oats on your face.

5. Cucumber

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We all know how refreshing cucumbers are, cooling down your skin, cleansing it. No wonder they put cucumbers over your eyes at the spa. Now you can have your own cucumber facial mask.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1/4 cup milk
– 1 tbsp honey
– 1 tbsp brown sugar

These ingredients mix the perfect natural exfoliant (brown sugar) with the soft and natural smoothing milk and honey ingredients and the coolness of cucumbers. This facial is intended to give your face a break and let it cool down. It’ll show too!

Let us know which one you’ve decided to try.

Until Next Time,

Camille Sarabia

Bold Eyeliner…Is it a thing now?

Every fashion choice is a new adventure. It doesn’t matter if you’re glamming it up with a lace dress and classic black peep toe pumps or going vintage rocker with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans, a Forever 21 v-neck and your grandfather’s old vest. Each fashion statement is trying something new, potentially breaking the “Anna Wintour” rules, and represents who you are as a person. In my defense, make up works much the same way. Personally, I keep it simple with foundation and my trusty mascara wand, but make up seems to be a way women are choosing to express themselves. So when you think of colored eyeliner, what do you think?

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We just got used the smokey eye and the cat eye, so why not experiment more with a little color. Colored eyeliner can really create that “wow” in your look. People won’t be looking at your shoes or your statement necklace at your collar bone line, no they’ll be looking at what matters, you. Or specifically, your eyes. They won’t just be looking, they will be drawn. It’s possible to wear colored eyeliner, without going anywhere specific. It’s not just a look meant for special night out, but feel free to try out the trend at work, going to buy groceries or for a night out with your best girlfriends.

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For a softer look, try just applying the eyeliner under your bottom lashes and on your eyelids. Soften the liner by applying a small amount of eye shadow over the liner. Still create the color, but present a more smooth and blended feel. Diana Agron and Oliva Wilde both have colored eye liner on the bottom lashes and have neutral color, such as brown or a gray, on top.

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For a dramatic and bold look, do be afraid to use the liner on your lids.

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Bold liner shows off a confident and bold women. It’s important to not get carried away with color. I know makeup can be very fun to experiment with, but for this look, it’s important to stick with one color and work your whole outfit around it.

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You want to choose the right colored liner to bring out your eyes.

It your have warm brown eyes, opt for cool colors that will bring out that warm hue. Olive green or grays are perfect. They will make your eyes appear lighter, but will still hold in that warm tone.

For light brown, hazel, or green eyes, it’s important to draw out those wonderful green flecks in your eyes. Try out a deep violet to draw out that brilliant green color and make your eyes brighter.

Blue eyes are so beautiful on their own. With colored liner, you just want to add to that beauty. Don’t worry about going crazy with color, complement your light eyes with something simple, like a navy blue or a warm copper to contrast the coolness of your eyes.

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Because your eyes are now so alluring with your wonderful liner, it’s important to not over-do your outfit. You don’t want to add to your turquoise eyeliner with a bright multi patterned maxi dress and a fabulous red lip. No, people wouldn’t know where to look. Keep your look simple. Make use of your classic black and white outfits, use a minimal amount of patterns and create a subtle beauty so that your eyes have room to really make an impression and show your beauty.

Remember that colored eyeliner or beautifully detailed clothing choices are just mechanisms to further enhance your beauty. You already have everything you need to feel beautiful inside and out. Your eyes are proof of that.

Much Love,

– Camille Sarabia

Beauty Tip: No Makeup Look!

Hi readers!

We have a new beauty tip for you today! We were looking around on YouTube, and found Sephora’s makeup channel! Sephora is an amazing source for makeup and cosmetic supplies for any and all occasions! We love their great selection, and their YouTube channel full of beauty tips and tricks!

One of their videos really caught our eye today, and it is their tutorial on how to create a “no makeup” look! Watch the video below:

We loved that tutorial, didn’t you?! Want to see more from Sephora? Check out their YouTube channel, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more updates!

❤ the Redemption Team