Trend Report: Top-Rated Sunscreens

SPF number is just one thing to consider when finding the perfect sunscreen. Why? Because texture, scent, and sensitivity to skin can be the determining factors of whether or not you actually wear it. After all, no one wants to feel oily all day long. To help you out, we’re sharing 5 top-rated sunscreens to try.

Best Sunscreen for Face | La-Roche Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, Kiehl's Sunscreen, Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, bareMinerals sunscreen, Shiseido Ultimate Protection Sunscreen

  1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid: This sunscreen can double as a foundation with its tinted mineral formula that is designed to even out minor imperfections. We especially love the super-thin fluid and barely-there feel of this lotion.
  2. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Activated Sun Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for Face & Body: If you’re skin is feeling extra dry, we recommend giving Kiehls a go. This lightweight lotion leaves skin smooth and dewy, plus it’s packed with antioxidants for additional anti-aging benefits.
  3. Coppertone Faces Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion: Not looking to drop a ton of money on sunscreen? This drugstore pick will do the trick. Coppertone’s formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin, as it is both fragrance and oil free. At about $8, you can’t go wrong.
  4. bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen: The active ingredients in mineral powder won’t break down as quickly as liquid formulas do in the heat. So, if you’re constantly on the go or are looking for a reliable sunscreen for your next vacation, this bareMinerals pick will hold up in your purse, glove compartment, or beach bag.
  5. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream + Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face: As for the ULTIMATE sun protection, we recommend Shiseido. This heavy-duty cream is versatile enough to hold up in water and under makeup, plus, it offers a fast absorbing, non-sticky texture.

Fashion Blogger Style: Summer Beauty Trends

From flowing fabrics to tousled locks, casual flats to bright lips, this week’s best-dressed bloggers are putting unique spins on summer fashion. See how the ladies of Gal Meets Glam, Lovely Pepa, and Sincerely Jules utilize on-point beauty trends to complete their summer ensembles.

Fashion Blogger Style: Lovely Pepa

TopShelf Clothes | Fashion Blogger Style | Lovely Pepa

Alexandra Pereria goes casual chic in a geometric print top. She pairs a bold pullover with understated shorts, a brown shoulder bag, and gold accessories. Alexandra completes her effortless summer outfit with understated makeup and on-trend tangerine nails. We love how the orange nails complement the warm pink and gold colors that pop throughout her look.

Fashion Blogger Style: Gal Meets Glam

Fashion Blogger Style | Gal Meets Glam | Joie Jacket

Julia Engle masters feminine chic summer style by mixing textures and patterns (shop the look). Julia pairs an eye-catching Joie short suit with an eyelet top for an unexpected punch of flare. The stylish blogger completes her look with bright eye makeup, soft hair, and coral lip gloss. The best part? Julia complements her warm summer makeup with equally warm coral flats. Flirty femme from head to toe!

Fashion Blogger Style: Sincerely Jules

Fashion blogger style | Sincerely Jules | Madewell Panama Hat

Few women do boho chic better than blogger, Julie Sarinana. Julie keeps it beach-casual in simple black shorts, a denim button down, and flat sandals. She adds an unexpected touch of sophistication with her black Céline bag and contrasting fedora. How does she master summer beauty? By flaunting her perfectly tousled beach waves and tanned skin.

Trend Report: Summer Beauty Guide

Summer is about lighter layers, bronzed skin, and a whole new beauty color palette. As you take advantage of the latest trends, remember that your outfit can either complement or detract from your styled hair, nails, and makeup. Follow our summer beauty guide below so that no lip goes unnoticed this summer. Hint: it’s all in the contrast!

Summer Beauty Guide: Nude Nails with a Navy Backdrop

“A navy skirt, matching cami and gold heels make a chic, summer look perfect for a dinner date or formal event. Pretty nude polish compliments this monochromatic look perfectly” – Bryn

Summer Beauty Guide | Vernis Nail Lacquer by Dior

Shop The Look: Vernis Nail Lacquer by Dior, Navy Lace Skirt by Champagne & Strawberry, Navy Swingy Cami by Eight Sixty, Gold Stecy Shoe by Steve Madden, Gold Taner Bar Mini Studs by Gorjana, and Gold Precision Ring by Kelly Wearstler.

Summer Beauty Guide: Standout Summer Lips

“An orange lip color is striking, fun and festive especially when paired with a charming white dress. Complement the peachy orange and stash all your essentials with this on-trend clutch by Samudra Feather.” – Mae

Summer Beauty Guide | YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE VOLUPTÉ

Shop The Look: Rouge Volupte by Yves Saint Laurent, Shadia Dress by Elizabeth and James, Ardella Low Heel Sandals by Sam Edelman, Feather & Sea Pouch by Samudra, and Astor Buckle Bangle by Michael Kors

The Best Self Tanners for a Natural Glow

With the seemingly endless list of self-tanner products on the market, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to figure out which actually work and which will leave you looking like an Oompa-Loompa. That’s why we’re here. Today we have rounded up the best self-tanners, from affordable drugstore picks to premium options. These tanning products provide flawless summer glows while keeping your skin safe from harmful rays. 

5 Best Self-Tanners:

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  1. The Best All-Around Tanner Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face and Body Self Tanner: Tarte Cosmetic’s Brazilliance lotion takes the cake for the best all-around product. The lotion comes with a mit that makes application easy and streak free for your entire body, including your face. Expect a natural looking tan within two hours and continue to apply every 4 days or so to maintain it.
  2. The Best Mess-Free Tanner Model Co’s Tan Self Tanning Glove: If you’re always on the go and need a fuss-free option, try Model Co’s tanning glove. The single-use glove contains the perfect amount of self-tan product for a full-body tan.
  3. The Best for Sensitive Skin Clarins Golden Glow Booster: Clarins is a skincare favorite here at TopShelf, so it is unsurprising that we’re fans of this new tanning serum. All you have to do is add 3 drops to your usual day and/or night moisturizer and your skin will develop a natural, sun-kissed glow.
  4. The Best Spray Tan Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Spray: If you’re worried about creating streaks with a tanning lotion, a spray tan is a great alternative. This popular product is long-wearing and dries fast. 
  5. The Drugstore Pick Jergens Natural Glow Express: Jergens Natural Glow has already been a popular drugstore pick for its natural, gradual glow (over 6 days). Now there is an express version that delivers results in half the time!

Trend Report: Celebrity Pixie Cuts

Although style icon Twiggy might have started the pixie cut craze, it seems as though now more than ever, it is THE haircut to rock. With everyone from young starlets such as Jennifer Lawrence to long-time A-listers like Halle Berry giving it a go, it has us wondering, who can really pull off this look?

This haircut is perfect for the lucky ones who have strong bone structure. Unfortunately, if you have a round a face with this haircut it can look, for lack of a better word, just plain silly. The good news for pixie cut ladies, is that this hairdo requires minimal maintenance and is the perfect, lightweight summer style. Today we are looking to celebrity pixie cuts for a little hair inspiration. 

Celebrity Pixie Cuts: Before & After 

TopShelf Clothes | Celebrity Pixie Cuts

Jennifer Lawrence and Ginnifer Goodwin ditch their bouncy waves for soft, face-framing cuts. Both ladies opt for side swept bangs and a slightly grown-out pixie. We vote for Ginnifer, what do you think?

TopShelf Clothes | Celebrity Pixie Cuts

Halle Berry and Carey Mulligan take their pixie cuts to an extreme with barely-there bangs and a choppy cut. Rather than softening their look like Lawrence and Goodwin’s cuts, this pixie enhance bone structure and adds some edge.

Our latest pixie cut crush? Charlize Theron.

TopShelf Clothes | Celebrity Pixie Cuts

While Charlize Theron would probably look great with any haircut, we definitely support her decision to go for a short style. Theron’s pixie not only highlights her face in a flattering way, but it brings a sophisticated glamour to her look.

3 DIY Hair Treatments for Long, Luscious Locks

TopShelf Clothes | DIY Hair Growth Treatments

First off, you are very lucky. If you have long, voluminous hair, you can pretty much sport any style. However, you also have a lot more to maintain, so whether you’re fighting the east coast winter or basking in the California sun, here are some at-home ways to refresh your hair. These DIY hair treatments can be made without ever leaving your kitchen.

DIY Hair Treatments: Olive Oil + Egg Yolk

TopShelf Clothes | DIY Hair Treatments

The protein and vitamin rich combo that comes from olive oil and egg yolk helps strengthen hair and soften dry, damaged strands.

Application: 

  1. Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then dilute with about half a cup of water.
  2. Slowly and thoroughly massage the resulting mask into your scalp.
  3. Let set for 15-20 minutes, rinse it out as usual.
  4. You can shampoo afterward if you want to but it’s not necessary.

How Often: This treatment is effective enough that you only have to do it 1-2 times each month.

DIY Hair Treatments: Coconut Oil + Avocado

TopShelf Clothes | DIY Hair Treatments

Coconut oil and avocado is a great hair growth treatment because they add luster to dry hair and help remove dandruff while strengthening strands.

Application:

  1. Heat coconut oil on stove top
  2. Massage one tablespoon of warm hot oil into your hair from the roots to the tips
  3. Next, massage avocado into just the tips of your hair
  4. Leave in for 10-15 minutes, then use cool water to rinse it, followed by shampoo.

How Often: Once per week for maximum results

DIY Hair Treatments: Mustard + Egg Yolk + Oil

TopShelf Clothes | DIY Hair Treatments

Mustard works to increase blood circulation into the skin surface, increasing hair growth.

Application: 

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder, 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (almond/olive also work)- apply to wet hair.
  2. Wrap hair with plastic wrap and cover with a towel for warmth. Wait 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cool water, and then use your normal shampoo and conditioner.

Note: Mustard causes a tingling irritation that is necessary to increase blood circulation for hair growth. If the burning is too intense, reduce dose.

How Often: Once per week for maximum results

The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

Be that lady in red this Valentine’s Day, and we’re not talking about your clothing. We are talking about the PERFECT red lip. 

TopShelf Clothes | The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

Finding your red can be tricky. Some colors can make you look washed out, or worse yet, “clown-like.” It’s a common misperception that you can only go dark or light, when in fact the right lipstick color is actually more about the underlying tone. Today, we have rounded up the best shades for your skin tone, to save you time and money, and most importantly to make your lips ultra kissable this Valentine’s Day.

The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone: Fair Complexion

TopShelf Clothes | Best Red Lipsticks for Your Skin Tone

If you have porcelain to fair skin, you have several options to help you glow. Try blue-based cherries for an amazing contrast against your skin that will make your lips pop! Want to go darker? Rich cranberry will bring warmth to your complexion. As for the ultimate contrast- a deep wine hue will bring the drama without making you look washed out (Warning: stay away from tangerine).

Shop: Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Cherry Red; Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Color in Plum Perfect

The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone: Medium Complexion

TopShelf Clothes | The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

If you have a medium skin tone (beige to tan) you are one lucky girl- lots of lip colors look great on you! Experiment with an orangey-red to bring out the warm colors in your skin. If you’re looking for a darker red, try a blackberry lip. The red-based purple will add a sophisticated punch.

Shop: Dolce & Gabbana Monica Voluptuous Lipstick in Italian Monica; Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Deep Berry

The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone: Dark Complexion

TopShel Clothes | The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

If you have dark skin, you get to rock the brighter reds such as tangerine! Raspberry lipstick is also a great option, as the touch of pink will pop against your darker complexion. Looking to go dark? Try maroon. The blue undertones are especially flattering on your skin tone.

 

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The Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest

Don’t get stuck in a makeup rut, the wonderful world of Pinterest has endless tips and techniques to try. From natural daytime makeup to dramatic smokey eyes, Pinterest has become a go-to source for beauty inspiration. Today we’ve rounded up the best hair and beauty boards to follow on Pinterest, offering anything from hairstyles, to makeup products to skincare treatment.

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: The Skin

TopShelf Clothes | The Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest

Tired of spending money on skincare products that don’t work? Beauty High’s “Skin” board is definitely worth checking out. From wrinkle remedies to foods for clearer skin, this board features tips and tutorials help improve your skin from head-to-toe. 

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: DIY Hair & Beauty

TopShelf Clothes | Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest

With a range of facemasks, manicure tutorials and organizational tools, Beauty Bet’s “DIY Beauty” board is our go-to pick for at home spa-like treatment. Need help curling your lashes or trying to save your hair from those harsh winter winds? Try Beauty Bet’s easy DIY solutions.

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: The Hair

TopShelf Clothes | The Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest

As a site that is centered solely on hair care, it is no surprise that Hair Romance is one of our top picks. Which board is our favorite? “Hair Romance Trends,” a board that sums up the top rated posts from the company’s site. “Hair Romance Trends” features anything from hairstyle tutorials, to color inspiration to DIY accessories. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Hair Romance offers styling tips for just about any color and length as well.

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: The Lips

TopShelf Clothes | The Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest

With anything from beauty tips for fuller lips to new makeup products, we can’t get enough of Birchbox’s “Lips” board. Whether you are simply looking for makeup inspiration or want to know what the latest lip trends are, Birchbox is a must-follow.

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: The Eyes

TopShelf Clothes | Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest

Eye-opening liner techniques, perfect cat eyes, and false lash applications are just a few of the techniques found on The Beauty Department’s “Lids, Lashes & Liners” board. In need of some ‘night out’ eye makeup or simply want to switch up your usual beauty routine? The Beauty Department has countless tips to help make your eyes pop! 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Queen

Let’s face it. We all like to get glam every once in a while; making beauty supplies the perfect gift for any lady in your life. Today we’ve pulled the best hair products, beauty tools, makeup picks and gift sets that are well worth your money. Treat your loved ones or (even yourself) to the best beauty buys of the season.

Beauty Gifts: For the Eyes

TopShelf Clothes | Beauty Gifts

  1. Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara Set (Was $66, Now $33)
  2. Urban Decay Naked2 ($52)
  3. Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Eyeliner ($24)
  4. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara ($23)
  5. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner  ($24)
  6. Sephora Collection Moonshadow Baked Palette In The Nude (Was $50, Now $27)

Beauty Gifts: Value Sets

TopShelf Clothes | Beauty Gifts

  1. Drybar Blowout in a Box (Was $265Now $222)
  2. Drybar The 3-Day Bender 1.25” Curling Kit (Was $150Now $125)
  3. Japonesque Beautiful Eyes TouchUp Tube Eye Set ($16)
  4. Prestige Luxe Brush Set (Was $325Now $125)
  5. Dior Holiday Couture Collection ($85)
  6. bareMinerals Crystalized Full Face Collection (Was $146Now $54)

Beauty Gifts: Hair Tools & Products

TopShelf Clothes | Beauty Gifts

  1. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray ($28)
  2. Deepa Gurnani Crystal Wave Headband (Was $50.00, Now $42.50)
  3. CHI Air Pro Expert Ceramic Hair Dryer ($99.99)
  4. Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction ($25)
  5. Sephora Collection Ribbon Hair Ties ($9)
  6. Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light ($48)

Beauty Gifts: For the Lips

TopShelf Clothes | Beauty Gifts

  1. Buxom Full-bodied Lip Gloss ($19)
  2. GLO Solo Teeth Whitening ($45)
  3. NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait ($4.99)
  4. Dazzling Pinks Juicy Tubes Set ($30)
  5. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper ($31)
  6. NARS Lipstick ($26)
Beauty Gifts: Skincare
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TopShelf Clothes | Beauty Gifts
  1. Bliss Steep Clean Facial Mask ($54)
  2. Mia2 Clarisonic Amethyst Radiance Collection (Was $225, Now $150)
  3. GLAMGLOW Gift Sexy ($69)
  4. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster ($72)
  5. NARS Blush ($29)
  6. Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($43)

 

3 Easy Steps to Winter-Proof Your Skin

You don’t need to wait until winter is here to start protecting your skin from the harsh, dry air. In fact, you will be much better off if you start now! From key prevention techniques to the best moisturizing products, we have some valuable how-tos and great products for winter-proofing your skin.

TopShelf Clothes | Winter-Proof Your Skin

Step 1: Prevention – The best way to avoid irritation, is to stop it before it starts. Once your skin begins to dry out, or get red or itchy, it makes it much harder to get that smooth and clean look & feel. So, develop a moisturizing routine now and stick to it, and remember to keep the environment in mind, even when inside. Most of us are tempted to crank up the heat as soon as it gets cool out; however, this can dry out your skin almost overnight. Invest in a humidifier , avoid extremely hot showers and protect your skin from harsh winds when you step outdoors.

Step 2: Exfoliate- While you should exfoliate year round, it is especially important to do so in the winter since it is easier for dead skin cells to build up. Try buffing dry skin with a creamy scrub (using a body scrub or body brush) before showering. This will help break up dead skin cells and soften your skin (Fitness Magazine).

Step 3: MaintainThe number one rule (which applies year-round) is to make sure that you drink enough water. Dehydration will only worsen the look and feel of your skin. Additionally, be conscious of what foods you are putting into your body. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants (i.e. fish oils, flaxseed oil, dark leafy greens, citrus and nuts) will help maintain a healthy glow from the inside, out. (Health.com)

The Best Products for Winter-proofing Skin: 

TopShelf Clothes | Winter-proof your skin

  1. Hand Creme: Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-enriched Hand Crème: This top-rated drugstore creme promises long-lasting relief without breaking the bank.
  2. Daily Facial Moisturizer: Clarins Bright Plus HP Protective Day Lotion: This moisturizer is light enough for all-day wear, diminishes the appearance of brown spots, and it provides that necessary SPF! 
  3. Overnight Treatment: Kiehl’s Since 1851 Midnight Recovery Concentrate: This formula is filled with omega-6 fatty acids and replenishing oils that work overnight to rejuvenate and protect skin. A little goes a long way with this concentrate and you can expect to wake up looking totally refreshed.