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Yesterday, Jamie King and NEUTROGENA hosted the Long Live Skin event, helping to raise awareness around the importance of skin health among occasional SPF users and encourage daily sunscreen use. You all know how seriously I take this subject. At all times I have a SPF in my makeup case, a full stock in my bathroom and by the door for when I take Charlie out in the mornings (he even has his own special dog SPF). Regardless of the season, weather, or where you are in the world, any part of your skin that is exposed to the sun should have a minimum on an SPF 25 on it. Applying sunscreen is the number one way to prevent wrinkles, dark spots and oh yeah, skin cancer! There’s a reason it’s every beauty experts #1 anti-aging tip, because nothing will age your skin faster than exposing it to harmful rays. Scroll to the bottom for the Q&A with Jaime King, but first I need to drill in a few points and recent findings!

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Owning an SPF and wearing an SPF are not the same thing. Nor does it count if you only wear it when you’re at the beach. Yes, you get brownie points for that but you’re missing the point on how much this needs to be a part of your daily routine. Unless of course you’re in your house all day, not sitting by the window or in a car where the UV rays can reflect through the window. In which case you can take a day off. In all seriousness though when I talk to most people about sun protection the two biggest reasons why they don’t commit is they don’t like how it feels (somehow they’ve missed the memo that not all sunscreens are greasy) or they just forget, which is why I recommend putting them all over the house, like I do. As for the texture, one of my absolute favorite things about NEUTROGENA is the variety of products and finishes they offer to help you find your perfect SPF. Long live NEUTROGENA Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, which soaks up oil and is waterproof — this is what you recommend for the person who fears a greasy sunscreen. Then there is a whole line of Stick sunscreens, which are the only products I can get my boyfriend to use. And Sprays which I use when I’m running out the door for a quick walk with Charlie and am too lazy to put on a cream. I’m also pretty obsessed with the whole COOLDRY Sport collection (which includes a stick and spray in the line!) since I’m always out running around with Charlie and an outdoor runner. It’s lightweight and sweatproof.

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I’m all about the Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Spray

They also have loads of other options as well as products for babies and kids, to keep the whole family covered. Minus puts which I would be elated if they developed a line for!

Some staggering statistics our friends at NEUTROGENA informed me:

  • On average, more than 350 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every hour ­­- even though skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers
  • According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), consumers often do not get the UV protection stated on the sunscreen label because they grossly under-apply, using less than half the recommended amount
  • Just 1-2 severe sunburns can increase the risk of melanoma by 40%
  • Only 40% of US households purchase sunscreen (only 37% women and 16% men use sunscreen regularly)

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Someone who’s an authority on skin health is Jaimie King. I remember my ultimate fan girl moment in seeing her in the music video, ‘Take a Picture‘ by Filter where she just glows the whole time. Major skin envy, and two decades later, she’s had a thriving career, kids and somehow hasn’t aged at all! During the Long Live Skin event, Jaime was on hand to talk sun protection and take pictures with guests. Here’s her SPF 411:

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Why is sun safety important to you?

Sun safety was always engrained in me. My mother was ahead of the game in sun protection and making us wear sunscreen at a time when there really wasn’t the awareness there is today. If we were in the sun, we were always protected. Skin cancer runs in my family, my father has it, so for me it’s something that is very important to me especially since it’s the most preventable form of cancer. Also, sunscreen also prevents fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots and keeps your skin looking great.

How do you fit sunscreen into your beauty routine?

People always ask me what my top beauty tips are and I always say sunscreen and water, so it’s easy to fit sunscreen into my beauty routine. Also, all of my makeup has sunscreen in it, but I always do double duty! You need to apply a sunscreen first and then apply your makeup with SPF.

Do you wear sunscreen every day?

I apply sunscreen every day. People think if it’s cloudy out you don’t have to apply sunscreen, but that is just not true and when the biggest mistakes happen. I also apply it to my kids every day. The minute they get up before they put their clothes on, we put on sunscreen. It’s a routine, just like brushing their teeth. I also think it’s important to lead by example. Not only do they see me applying it on them, but they see me applying it to myself.

Which NEUTROGENA® products would you recommend for a mom 

NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+ is perfect! When you’re a mom, you are running around with your head cut off half the time. The product is so easy and weightless, so you won’t look crazy with white streaks running down your face and you’ll stay protected. It’s one less thing to worry about.

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Earlier this week, I hit up the #BRINGONTHEBOLD launch party for Elizabeth Arden’s new Liquid Assets Color collection consisting of the new Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipsticks ($22) in 9 shades, Beautiful Bold Defining 24HR Liquid Eye Liners ($24.50) in 5 shades and Beautiful Color Bold Illuminating Liquid Highlighter ($25) in one shade, Golden Kiss. The collection will launch in July and below are swatches and product details!

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Beautiful Color Bold Illuminating Liquid Highlighter

Available in one shade, Golden Kiss gives a translucent golden shimmer that goes on smooth and with flexibility. The lightweight soft gel formula is easy to apply anywhere from cheeks to eyelid or under the brow for a pretty highlight that isn’t heavy or anything dramatic. Just a very pretty, natural shimmer and color enhancer. It features mineral pearls of mica and titanium dioxide that help reflect light and diffuse sparkle to create a multidimensional effect.Elizabeth-Arden-Beautiful-Color-Bold-Illuminating-Liquid-Highlight

Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick

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Now that every brand has launched mattes and summer is here I’ve seen a definite trend towards liquid lipsticks being the next hot ticket — which I’m all for! Available in 9 shades, 8 of which I swatched above at thee event. They go on wet and then dry to a more neutral, smooth gloss finish that’s very comfortable and stays in place.

I took home shade, Pink Lover, which some of you may have seen me test on snapchat (@prettyconnected). I have dark lips and Pink Lover gave a very natural everyday dusted pink hue. I’ve been rocking it all week and put the above on instagram as part of Charlie and my look for tonights Pride party.

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The packaging looks like a vaporizer (ignore the more standard gloss tubes two pictures up, those were just for testing. The final packaging is what you see above, with the clicker visible in the center that deposits the color to the sponge. 

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Outfit Details:

Eye Candy Los Angeles Cat My Ear Earrings on sale $14.97 (originally $59)

Sea Gypsies Freesia Turtleneck Top

LoveRiche Scallop Lace Trim Short

Keds Triple Decker Exotic Shimmer on sale $49.95 (originally $85)

Wildfox Steff 50mm Sunglasses

Zara Men Jacket (old)

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Summer is here and in what feels like my first day off since birth, I took my pup, Charlie on his first Vespa ride to McCarren Park for a day in the park and picnic with some friends. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon.

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{Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen via Mode Media. Opinions are my own}

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If there’s one product that always makes my summer must-have list, it’s Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. I’ve written about it for years and with good reason, it’s every tan-loving beauty expert and makeup artist’s not-so-secret cult favorite for an instant tan.

While I travel a lot and want nothing more from each trip than to bring back a tan, natural tans just aren’t in the cards given all the damage UV rays cause. I’m literally never without an SPF 30 or above if this skin is seeing the light of day. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is my easy, affordable solution. Available in lotion (5 shades) and spray (6 shades), both are water- and transfer-resistant so they won’t get on your clothes. They also help even skin tone and cover any imperfections as well as freckles. For me, their saving grace is that they cover my annoying spider veins.

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The lotion offers a more matte finish and provides medium-to-full coverage. The spray has more of luminous, shimmer finish and is ideal for a light-to-medium coverage. However, one of my favorite features of the spray is the control I have over it and the fact that you can layer it to full coverage. I’ve always been partial to the spray since it’s the original and I like the control, but I’ll use both interchangeably.

While it’s really tempting to spray it all over your legs, it should be applied to your hand first (same with the lotion) and then massaged onto your legs. Don’t forget to shake it first! With the spray, I will do some small spritzes if there’s an area I want more coverage on – usually around my spider veins, and then rub the product in. However, it’s really meant to go on your hand first.

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Last week, I took a 24 hour trip to Boston to go behind the scenes at the Gillette World Shave Headquarters and take a tour of the facility. This was especially exciting for me since I’m from Boston and they were the first razor I ever bought. I’m also a loyalist today, especially with the Venus Snap which I’ve probably featured in every travel story and post since it has a permanent home in my travel case.

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As we toured the facility, one of my highlights was walking the timeline wall that featured the evolution of the Gillette brand and the razors they developed along the way. It is there listed under the 1990s that I spotted her. The Sensor For Women, the first razor designed by a woman for women, and the first razor I ever owned. This razor was the start of Gillette getting serious about women’s razors and after 100 years of razor experience, the officially launched the Gillette Venus line in 2001. Since then Gillette Venus has become the #1 selling female razor brand in the world.

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After a walk through the timeline gallery we had breakfast with the Gillette Venus team and took a deeper look at three of their top selling razors, the Venus Snap, Venus Swirl and Venus and Olay. Some key points:

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Venus Snap

The portable, mini-razor, with a full-size refillable Venus Embrace blade head offers an instant smoothness for anyone on the go. The Venus Embrace blade cartridge has 5 blades surrounded by protective ribbon of moisture for glide. I’ve been using the Venus Snap razor since it was in blue packaging, now it’s in pink with the included matching portable plastic compact. For anyone who used the blue in the past, it’s the same razor, just a new color. Compact in it’s case, this is the razor you want for your travel and gym bag.

Venus Swirl

With high precision engineering for the next generation of pivoting, the Venus Swirl features FLEXIBALL technology (the silver ball you see in the middle of the razor) that moves in multiple directions to give a unique multi-dimensional glide from side to side. It took 5 years and over 7,000 legs shaved to develop this razor, which moves with the contours of your body to help you effortlessly shave over tricky areas like knees and ankles. It also features thinner blades so it requires less force to cut more hair for a comfortable shave. And automatically adjusts to different levels of shaving pressure and body contours, helping to further increase shaving comfort.

Venus & Olay

Taking convenience to a whole new level, the Venus & Olay features five blades and a built-in Olay shave gel bar for the ultimate 2 in 1 razor that’s great for anyone that still just uses water to shave. This is actually the same blade used in the Venus Snap just with the added Olay Moisture Bar which has skin-conditioning elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum and Glycerin help lock in skin’s moisture. No other shave cream is required.

Venus Breeze

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Gillette Venus also offers the Venus Breeze razor which is a similar concept to the Venus & Olay in that it has a built in shave gel bar. The main difference is the Venus Breeze has a 3 blade razor vs. Venus &Olay which has a 5 blade cartridge. General rule, more blades offer a smoother, safer shave. And the built in moisture bar doesn’t use the Olay technology. On the upside it’s a little more affordable than the Venus & Olay razor.

Some shaving tips I picked up…

  • Change your razor heads every 10 to 12 shaves.
  • Use moisturizer pre and post shave to prep skin. Some women even use mens pre-shave oil to loosen the hairs and prevent irritation.
  • Thinner, finer blades like the one in the Venus Swirl are ideal for the bikini area
  • Use shaving cream (or at the very least body wash, conditioner or something!) when shaving. Straight water does not give as close of a shave and isn’t as good for skin/hair removal.
  • Store your razor outside the line of water (it can be in the shower but keep it out of direct contact with the shower head, especially the Venus & Olay razor).
  • Going with the grain is recommended for shaving, but going against the grain results in a closer shave so it’s up to personal preference.

To develop any of these razors, there’s a lot that goes into the research phase — they actually go into women’s homes to watch how they shave.

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  1. Herschel Sutton Mid Duffel ($100)
  2. Related Garments The Cool 3-pack Sock and Boxer Brief Set ($29)
  3. John Varvatos Classic Fragrance ($86)
  4. Diptyque Feu de Bois Scented Candle ($32-$62)
  5. Clarisonic Alpha Fit ($189)
  6. Remington Head to Toe Men’s Grooming Kit ($34.99)
  7. Art of Shaving Full-Size Lavender Shaving Kit ($120) & The Perfect Shave Travel Kit ($175)
  8. Timex Weekender Fairfield Rose Gold Watch
  9. Havaianas Hype Flip Flops ($24)
  10. Bose NEW Headphones (not pictured)

Getting to see my Dad and little brother (who celebrates his birthday on Monday) was such a special treat this week when I was in town for a press trip in Boston. We did a pre-Father’s Day celebration on the water since I won’t be with them this weekend. They help inspire my guides since my dad is impossible to shop for and has coined the term “It’s not that I don’t like it, I just don’t appreciate it”. Like most of us as we get older and are trying to cut out the clutter gifts we can’t use or have a million of get old. It’s my goal every season is to pick things he can actually appreciate — his only rule in my attempts are that ties are not allowed. And fortunately I have my brother Andrew to run my ideas by as well as some stylish dads and mens bloggers I seek for approval. Top picks include…

Charlie and I had a blast this morning at the Refinery29 x Sunglass Hut “Sunnies & Selfies” Shades of You Pop-up event in Washington Square Park in NYC. Highly selfie-able sets and all the latest and greatest shades from Sunglass Hut are on display for guests to try on and pose with. georgia may jagger PM

Charlie made friends with our host, Georgia May Jagger who was sweet enough to put his story up on her Instagram page. And now he’s getting adoption inquiries in her comments — too bad he’s taken!
My little rescue has come a long way in 2 months from a kill shelter to this bombshell’s arms. He had such a hard time getting adopted because of his age but hopefully this inspires more people to adopt.

Dogs are a big commitment though, unlike sunglasses! Which if you’re in town today, the pop-up is open to the public from 3-7pm by the fountain in Washington Square Park!

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Stop by and take selfies like this guy!

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Sunglass Hut and Refinery29 are also hosting another Sunnies & Selfies event on June 24th in Herald Square Park from 10am – 4pm.

Happy summer everyone!

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Maybelline is launching 20 incredibly lipstick shades as part of their new Color Sensational Loaded Bolds Lipstick collection. High pigment, creamy finish with high intensity, opaque nudes, browns, reds and a series of dark purples to navy. I’m especially excited about shade #750 Wickedly White which is a great base for any dark shade you want to lighten and have pop! It’s also an amazing tool to help ombre your lips –and can give almost a lip liner effect with only one shade on top. I’ll do a video soon since there’s a lot that can be done with a white base coat.

Pictured above I’m wearing shade #810 Fiery Fuchsia (you know how I love a good fuchsia!). The collection officially launches in stores July 2016 for $7.49 but is currently available on Ulta.com. Swatches below of the whole collection!

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Forever 21 Fringed Faux Suede Top

Forever 21 Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

Gigi New York Chelsea Crossbody bag

Timex Weekender Fairfield Rose Gold Watch

Wildfox Steff 50mm Sunglasses

Gucci Limited Edition Luxurious Lipstick in Lilac

Vintage snake necklace (similar)

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It’s been another go-go week for me with no signs of slowing down. Last week it was Providence and Boston and now I’m on a train to DC. I shot this in my 2 day stint in New York.  I’m going through a major neutral phase, I even took my forever bold lip down a few notches and have been wearing the new limited edition Gucci Lip Luxurious Moisture Rich Lipstick in shade Lilac, that’s part of the spring/summer collection. I haven’t found my perfect nude quite yet and this shade satisfies that itch. It’s very natural on and the formula is really light and moisturizing with a subtle pop of purple.
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I’ve also been wearing my Gigi New York Chelsea Crossbody from last fashion week more now that it’s summer. It’s that perfect size and I’m a sucker for anything with my initials and my new Timex Fairfield Weekender watch in Rose Gold. It’s actually unisex and one of my favorites on both James and me (we share it). It’s a clean design and just perfect — they seem to be sold out of this particular strap — they have more of the colorful ones on their site, but hopefully they are back in stock soon! I’m also not a big fringe person but fell for this faux suede top from Forever 21. I think I’m channeling my inner Pocahontas –either that or music festival season is rubbing off. My jeans are also from Forever 21 and the distressed boyfriend cut is my perfect fit.

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[Outfit: Willow & Clay Surplice Jumpsuit (on sale), Havaianna flip flops, Rebecca Minkoff Mini Crossbody (similar), Wildfox Steff 50mm Sunglasses]

I had an awesome time in Providence over the weekend. The city celebrated it’s second annual PVDfest which is a four day, multi-arts festival that takes place over the public spaces, parts and outdoor spaces of Providence. Live music, dance, parades take over the streets — here’s just a taste of the parade!

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It was such a cool experience and a great way to get a taste of all the creativity that’s oozing out of the city. The local restaurants were out serving drinks, and the vendors we’re out. We stopped in The Rosendale for drinks and lunch. Their Maestro Picante infused with jalapeno drink and banana infused shots are not to be missed (it tastes like desert!). Their menu is pretty spectacular as well – traditional bar food with a twist.

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Over the weekend I visited Providence for PVDFest, which celebrates the arts in all forms. Live music, dance, parades and visual art lines the streets for the four day festival. Perfectly located in downtown Providence, with a nothing of a walk from the train station (just a few blocks), we stayed at the Renaissance Hotel. As part of our stay they took us on a tour of the historic building turned ultra modern hotel which originated as a Masonic temple in the 1920s (the blueprints still reside on it’s walls).

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With a grandiose lobby, extremely friendly and helpful staff the hotel features 9 floors, 264 rooms, 8 suites with 46 different variations of layouts to match your needs.

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I stayed in beautiful room number 935 on the top floor with up an unbelievable view of the State House. Featuring the most comfortable king size bed, desk, and television, which I was too busy exploring to watch it was a very welcoming stay. I also loved the sign in the bathroom which read, “Think less, live more.”

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Other amenities of the hotel included fitness center, meeting rooms, club lounge. As well as high speed internet for the rooms and complimentary wireless in all lobby and public areas. The hotel also featured a downstairs bar and restaurant called Public Kitchen.
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If you haven’t visited the Samsung’s flagship store, 837 in the Meatpacking district, add it to your list. Especially if you have people in town visiting. It’s an experiential space (as in they don’t sell merchandise or do repairs), where you purely go to experience and test out all the Samsung offerings and virtual reality launches. And also hosting an amazing series of events! I was totally booked Thursday night and am devastated I missed Diplo performing. Although Charlie did get to meet Jeremy Scott and Paris Hilton thanks to our friends at Moroccanoil and the Daily Front Row so rest assured we had our reasons. Although I die for breathing the same air as that hunk.

In addition to the amazing lineup of chefs, artists and creatives they have coming through the store is all of the experiences inside including the virtual reality roller coaster — where you put the VR headset on and sit in a moving chair that makes you feel like you’re on the real thing. There’s also a photobooth that pixilates and reflects your image over the giant screen in the store — you can see below mine with my dad from when he visited New York.

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Last night, Charlie and I had a blast at the Bluemercury store opening in TriBeCa! The beauty mecca had an incredible turnout and the store is beautiful.  I’m a huge fan of their founder and CEO Marla Malcolm Beck (photoed above with me) and remember when they first opened in NYC.

inside-bluemercury-tribecaThis store marks their 96th location in the US — it’s just incredible what she and her team has done. While I’ve been in my fair share of their stores, this may be my favorite location yet; it’s one of their bigger ones at 2,000 square feet with tall ceilings and that clean, open boutique feel that they are known for.

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What makes Bluemercury so great in addition to the feel when you walk in, and wonderful staff is the product curation –it’s fantastic! They have so many of my favorite brands from NARS, Nest, Chanel, Moroccanoil, Mario Badescu, fresh, skinceuticals, smith+cult, Bliss… the list is endless and spans makeup, skincare, nails, hair, tools bath and body. But there is always more to discover! Charlie and I played at the Georgie Beauty Lash Bar — and picked up the

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SPF, SPF, SPF is what every beauty expert should be chanting in your ear year round and undoubtably this summer. It’s undoubtably our #1 beauty must-have and the best anti-aging defense you can have. If there’s one thing we saw this week is that the sun is no joke! So I’ve rounded up my favorite SPF’s for the summer so no matter what your complaint — it’s too oily, heavy, It has a white cast… these are my fool-proof picks from head to toe — and even for your pet!

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense SPF 45 – This is the SPF I like to keep in my purse and travel with since it’s only 1oz and use when I’m not wearing any makeup. It goes on sheer, soaks up my oils and dries almost matte. If you are going to layer anything on top, make sure to put this on prior to your moisturizer to avoid pilling. Although I prefer any number of SPF’s on my list more for when I’m layering products on top.

Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 – Probably one of my favorite SPF’s of all time, it comes out like water and is so hydrating on skin and then packs a serious SPF 50. It’s the lightest SPF I own and like all Paula’s Choice products is 100% fragrance free and great for sensitive skin.

La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF 50 – Leave it to La Prairie to make you feel glamorous while putting on SPF. From the packaging to the application, it’s perfection. It can be used over your moisturizer, goes on smooth and sheer without any aftermath. It’s the furthest thing from greasy or messy and gives skin a very pretty sheen.

BeautyRX By Dr. Schultz Solar Defense Sheer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – goes on like a creamy lotion and then dries and absorbs beautifully. No white residue and is a great SPF for under your makeup. I’m a big Dr. Schultz fan and his formulas and this is one that’s great for all skin types.

brooks-running-run-happy-global-running-dayThis morning, I got my butt out of bed at 6:30am — my fellow non-morning people can appreciate this to kick off Global Running day with a 5k run with Brooks Running and break in my new Adrenaline GTS. I have a pretty decent collection of Brooks styles but my marathon running bestie swears by this style and I have back to back runs this week and next in DC so I’ll take any recommendations. I was hoping to get out this past weekend but it was too hot to run and too beautiful out to go to the gym (the catch-22 that is the story of my life). For all of us that need an extra push and in the spirit of Global Running Day, Brooks released their annual Global Run Happy Report which revealed just how fierce the power of running is.