Summertime equals camping, music festivals, road trips... you name it! Along these trips you might find yourself in need of a shower. In most of these places, you'll find showers don't exist, sadly, so therefore you must fake one! Personally, there are some things that I just need when I travel, and one of those is a shower! Below you'll find various products that will help you do what you gotta do when you're out on the road, in the wilderness, or in the blazing hot sun at a music festival this summer! —Maddie
skyn ICELAND Cleansing Cloths First of all, you must bring along a pack of all purpose cleansing cloths for when you need to wipe away the grime.
Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo You think you might be able to go a few days without washing your hair, but trust me, it's not fun. Thankfully, dry shampoo is here to rescue you. Spray it right on, and watch the icky oils go away!
It's the final round of Janine and Aretha from Floss Gloss' nail art series! Using inspiration from May's Bazaaaaar Pop-Up shops (R.I.P.!), our favorite summer trends, and products from our site, the duo has created three unique and easy-to-follow nail art tutorials. To go out with a bang, they stepped their game for a great grand finale. With the experience you've gained from Rounds One and Two, you should be totally prepared to try out this awesome nail art guide like it ain't no thang.
For the tutorial I'll be showing you how to achieve the design I did on my pinky, but the designs featured on my index and ring finger are very simple to mimic. Using the skills from Rounds One and Two of our collaboration, you should be able to easily attain these cute designs that could easily be worn alone.
Step One: Always, always base coat !
Step Two: Select your base colors. Apply two coats of your desired color to each nail. I chose to use the 'geisha kiss' mani on my index finger, a two toned ring finger and a fully covered middle and pinky finger. You may do a solid base color, a french tip, or all glitter—get creative! I chose to use an opaque holographic glitter as an accent nail for some depth and easy bling. Even without a stitch of nail art, my mani already looks interesting and conversational.
Step Three: Start at the tip of the nail and create two V's.
Step Four: The point of the outer V ending right before mid nail. Create a large V opposite the previous Vs, with it's point extending into the point of the outer V. You should now have what looks like a vertical bow-tie.
Step Five: Fill in the remaining negative space, or empty space, outside and inside the Vs filling the space with an all-over tribal like print.
Steps Six through Eight: Get liberal and go bold in your lines adding a color blocking effect or keep them thin and minimal. I personally like how the design fills the entirety of the nail, giving you a full coverage lace effect over the neon red base color.
Having fun with the rest of the nails!
OMG, can the girls do tutorials for us forever and ever and ever?
Make sure the base color and nail art designs are fully dry before top coating to prevent smearing. Apply the Gloss for a glossy and protective finish.
Try any of these designs on all 10 nails, four or just one for a statement!"
During the summertime, nobody wants to wear makeup or beauty products in general that weigh you down. Thankfully, there's a host of easy products available that you'll actually enjoy wearing this summer on your face, eyes, and lips when its sweltering and you don't want to wear your usual heavy makeup! —Maddie
DuWop Surface Concealer Instead of putting a foundation all over your face, try using a stick concealer like this just to cover the blemishes or dark circles under your eyes. It'll make you much happier not having a layer of makeup on all day!
Models Own Lip & Cheek Stain Two in one lip and cheek stain? Yes please. If you're not the type to go and sit in the sun all day for that little rosy summer glow, I think this will do the trick for a nice cheek and lip tint.
Pixi Catching Shadows Crayon Eye shadows are one thing I'm super particular about in the summer, especially if I'm heading to the beach or pool. This crayon by Pixi has got you covered with a bit of shine that will look natural, plus easy application.
Beridan Naturals Rose Lip Tint You can't beat the ease of a moisturizing lip balm with tint in it for the warmer months, plus, the peppermint flavor will give you a nice, cool feeling.
Janine and Aretha from Floss Gloss are back! Using inspiration from the Bazaaaaar Pop-Ups in L.A. and NYC, and products from our site, the duo has created three unique and easy-to-follow tutorials to get your nails on-trend just in time for summer. It's Round Two and we're even more excited than last week to try this out in the office! If you missed last week's nail art, make sure to try it out here!
The thing I love most about Africa Prints, which I mentioned last week, is that they are so organic in nature. So for any nail art skill level there really is no "wrong." I loved the heavy opaque dots in the rompers print. This is quick and hot nail art look. Perfect for time-conscious nail art babes.
The Polish: I used Floss Gloss Ltd Pro Nail Lacquer in Bassline, Glowstar, Wavepool, and Con Limon for the base colors (all colors are available here). I used Partybruise and Glowstar for the accent dots with my dotting tools and topped it off with Gloss top coat. Dotting tools can be purchased at local beauty supply, but also be found or made easily at home, for example: ballpoint pen, top of a dressmaking pin, toothpick, etc... get creative!
For base color I've been obsessed with this mini french-tip-inspired nail—it's quick, easy and chic. I love wearing this alone in multiple colors when I'm in a rush and have bare nails or with nail art. Just apply a short swipe of the base color with the nail polish brush leaving half of your nail natural. Like last week, I chose to do a multi-hued mani. This adds more variety and color! You can stop here and choose to top coat or continue with nail art.
I used the lid to a jar for my pallet and dropped a bit of polish in each shade I'd be dotting with.
Begin dotting at the tip of the nail on the base color. A lot or a little—it's up to you. I chose to add more at the tip and work my way back to the cuticle adding dots sparingly to give a gradient effect. Play with multiple dotting colors, in different shades or glitter. Play with a full nail of base color, vary the size of dots, or add less... the possibilities are endless! Repeat on the other hand for a full mani or just play with various fingers.
Finished! The result is a printed mani, sure to catch the eyes of all of your BFFs."
Floss Gloss has an incredibly fun palate of colors to choose from. With their bright colors and pretty packaging, we had a feeling the women behind the brand, Janine and Aretha, could teach us a thing or two about nail art... and we were right. Using inspiration from the Bazaaaaar Pop-Ups in L.A. and NYC, and products from our site, the duo has created three unique and easy-to-follow tutorials to get your nails on-trend just in time for summer. Here, Janine takes us through Round One, and it has us dying to see what they have in store for next week!
I love the triangles and the variety of the print with only the simple triangle shape. This design is fairly easy and can be done just on one nail, two or all ten! Play with different color stripers or do the design on naked nails with a colored tip for a lace effect.
Always base coat! Using a base coat will help make the longevity of your manicure longer and protect your nails from any staining from highly pigmented lacquers etc. This design can be modified for ability level by simply not doing step seven. Get playful! Try just one triangle on each side of the center front line or two center front lines! The possibilities are endless and because African Prints are so organic, the lines do not have to be perfect."
Janine getting into the zone! (And showing off her crazy cool nail station)
Step Seven: Add the Gloss and...
Ta-da! Janine shows off her amazing work.
Already getting ready for next week? Stay tuned to find out!
Not all things go bump in the night, some glow instead. Just like those stars you stuck to your ceiling in grade school that are still stuck there even though it's been almost 15 years. Those stars aren't burning out anytime soon, and neither is the glow in the dark trend that has been popping up! Here's what's inspiring us at the moment, followed some products to get you glowing like a worm. A really pretty, cool worm.—Ally
I know what you're thinking: "No way."Well... YES way. THIS TAPESTRY SERIOUSLY GLOWS IN THE DARK. This takes things like glamping, nighttime beach parties and indoor forts to the next level. Count me in.
Yeah, I know. It's not summer yet. It's barely even spring yet because this weather fucking blows. But that doesn't mean I can't fantasize about 80 degree days and bright-ass nail polish. There are so many fun decals and polishes available! It's almost better to get started now if I want time to try them all out. —Katie
Disco Glow Nail Set Maybe it's the gigantic Red Bull I drank today but these bright glow-in-the-dark polishes are really speaking to me.
ncLA Limited Edition Nail Wraps The red and pink one is like a beautiful, ocean sunset. What's that one Jack Handy quote from 15 years ago? “Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk.”That's the feeling these nail wraps invoke.
Marijuana can be a lot of fun. When you're in the right environment, with the right people, smoking the right weed, the possibilities are endless. If you're new to the game and don't really know what to do with your now-blurred vision and intense cravings for Cheetos, I've come up with a list of things to do when you're high—because if you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong. —Ally
1. Watch whatever TV marathon is on right now
Whether it's Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Storage Wars, or 24 hours of Law and Order: SVU, watching TV is never a bad idea. Especially when you can watch more than on episode in a row. That way it's like a movie. Kind of. A really, long, drawn out movie where you're not sure how it began or how it's going to end.
2. Listen to really trippy music
I mean, duh. Things sound a lot more intense when you're floating around in the stratosphere. While one of the weirdest songs to listen to ever, stoned or not, is The Polyphonic Spree's 36 and a half minutes long "Long Day," I prefer classic rock, with a lot of guitar solos. Better yet, listen to the music that's used in Guitar Hero and PLAY Guitar Hero. Remember how fun that game is? I wanna play that shit.
3. Make a bunch of Snapchats
Snapchat is the best because you can't go back and edit or delete all of the stupid things you say. Normally that's an awful thing, but with this app, the person who receives your message can't save it (if you're a screen-capper you're going to rot in hell). Plus, you'll probably forget all about it in the morning. GUILT FREE FUN!
4. Go to a playground
Seriously, do it. My fav: the swings. Use those loosey goosey limbs and swing as high as you can possibly go. Watch as the moon and star move closer and further away with every drop and slowly, all your cares in the world will melt away. Do this until you puke.
5. Go internet shopping
Going shopping is so much fun. Going shopping high? A BALL. You can't shop 'til you drop if you're already sitting down. So, take a seat, surf the web, and buy all of those weird things you've had bookmarked for months but were too scared to buy. No, that cat hat won't make you look silly. Yes, your BFF will love your new matching toe rings. Do it! Do it! Do it!
6. Bring out your artsy side
I don't know if you paint, sculpt, dance, draw or doodle, but whatever artsy-ness is inside of you is dying to come out. Just put your hands to work and let them do the thinking. You never know what you're going to come up with. Even if it's just a drawing on a peice of paper with a caterpillar with the face of a dog, you still made something you never would have before! What an accomplishment! Pat yourself on the back. Good boy.
7. Watch Planet Earth
Talk about oohs and aahs! Plant Earth will blow your mind and have you questioning your pets' motives (are the following you every move? Are they secretly aliens? Just act like you don't see them!). Like, that one episode with the polar bears? Where they come out of hibernation and fall down the snowy hill? AWWMG, brb watching it on YouTube.
8. Talk about space
Start off with a simple, "isn't it crazy that stars are like, looking into the past?" and next thing you know you'll be drafting out plans for a time-space continuum and searching for wormholes in your backyard.
9. Try new food combinations
Seeing as how the munchies make you ravenously hungry and turn your stomach into a bottomless pit, take this time to try combos of your favorite foods to see if they taste good together. Popcorn drizzled with Italian dressing, vanilla wafers dipped in peanut butter, a cereal sandwich with pixie sticks... just think of what you might discover!
10. Give yourself a makeover
What's more fun than trying on crazy colored lipstick and eyeshadow? Guys, I'm speaking to you too. Being stoned is the perfect excuse to go totally awol on your face and make yourself look just as fabulous as the people you see on TV (Mimi, Ru Paul, Lord Disick). I mean, just look how good Shannon Coffey's makeover turned out.
BONUS: Cut your hair
Touch your hair... it's fucking weird, right? I don't suggest pulling a Britney and shaving it off, but I do think you should take a cue from Hamish Patterson and try to give yourself a new 'do—or convince a friend to let you do it to them. I mean, how bad could it be? Plus, hair always grows back (hair grows even after you're dead!).
Apothecanna Pain Creme Massage Lotion At senior week, this girl in my class fell off a balcony and a rumor that went around was that they eased her pain with marijuana. This lotion is sort of like that.
It's hard being a girl. You have all of this hair just flopping around on the top of your head and sometimes you just don't know what to do with it. In our new video Hair-Tos, our expert hair-doers will teach you some easy techniques to turn your boring hair into something with flair! WARNING: The videos you are about to see are going to change your life... forever.—Ally
It's official.: flower crowns are the new black! Walking into Coachella was like stepping into a time warp—like you were a part of the flower children flocking to San Francisco in the '60s. With festival goers channeling the likes of Lana Del Ray and the crew at Rookie Mag, you couldn't turn a full 360 degrees around without seeing a headful of flowers. So, if you're heading to Week 2 and don't know what to do with you hair, we have your solution: when in doubt, put a crown on it! Trust us, BB V would be very proud of you. —Ally
Even the boys got in on the fun. (He may not look it, but I swear this guy was really happy.
Earth Day doesn't mean just planting a baby tree in your backyard and calling it a day. You can also green up your life in different ways. If you're interested in finding more eco-friendly beauty products, then we've got you covered. These natural beauty products will keep you lookin' fresh, and all without chemicals. (Just don't go overboard with that patchouli.) —Katie
Sisters of the Black Moon Moonshine Oil Blend Okay, if you aren't already drawn in by the awesome bottle, maybe you'll be into the fact that this vegan perfume smells like sandalwood, patchouli, clary sage, juniper and more. You're gonna smell like one classy hippie.
Why I'm excited about Coachella this year: Coachella is everything I love about California packed into three days: sun, desert, beautiful people, incredible clothes and music, music, music. I'm also secretly a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, and really hoping Flea wears these pants, or that they all just play naked.
What I'm taking to Coachella:
I love UNIF's valley-girl-thug-life vibe, and a sweatshirt's a good thing to have when the sun goes down.
These have become my go-to sneakers because they look super-cute with girly skirts and dresses. And though I can barely trip over a skateboard, dudes don't seem to care and are always complimenting me on these shoes.
I love tye-dye, especially when it is something a little more subtle than the classic Wavy Gravy rainbow. Also, maxi-dresses mean you're going to have a much easier time sitting on the ground than your body-con clad friends.
Insight swimwear is just so good. Also, two words: pool parties.
It's shameful how much I plan on wearing these pants: I'll probably wear them to and from the fest, sleep in them every night, and also wear them to Coachella one day. I won't wear them all three days, though, because it is important that I maintain a small amount of dignity—no matter how false—when traveling with coworkers.
That desert sun is no joke. I think SPF and a lil bit of shimmer is kind of all you need. Until you add the henna, face gems and fake tattoos, obvi.
Guys, I'm obsessed with Sara Lyons and all the adorable shit she makes. I posted about her once before (stickers!), but now she's branched out into the nail art and TEMPORARY TATTOO game, and I'm so excited I could throw up. At the end of the month, she's also going to have a print released over at Von Zos, so keep your eyes peeled for that. And if there's something you want on her Etsy that you don't see, don't worry—she makes everything by hand, so it'll only be a matter of time before those weed nail decals you're itching to try will be restocked. —Katie
While many people go the flower child route during festivals, I've been seeing a lot more neon colors radiating out from the crowds thanks to color-friendly musicians like Grimes, movies like Spring Breakers and designers like Christopher Kane. Playing with these neon beauty products will help you to stand out in a way that no amount of pachouli will, without making you look like a rave-vampire who feeds on glow sticks in the night. —Ally
After trying out a bunch of different brands, I bought this set for SXSW and can vouch for it being the best hair chalking set out there! Just a few minutes of rubbing and hair of all shades can to turn into an double rainbow right before your eyes.
When it comes to beauty trends, it's usually a good bet to follow the 'one-at-a-time' rule, but there's one magical time of year when wearing hair chalk, body glitter, face gems, fake tattoos and henna designs all at once is actually encouraged. And that time is called COACHELLA. Just be careful not to become one of those girls.—Kate
"Oh, my, god. That is crazy. Crazy! I can't believe that you're a Virgo and my mom is a Virgo, and I love Grimes and you love Grimes and I just knew from the moment I saw you that we were going to be best friends."
"I know what tattoo I want. I just need to have someone draw it up. It's going to have the Chinese symbol for water, because I'm a Pisces—water sign...duh—carved into the trunk of an oak tree and above that in the sky there's going to be a cloud in the shape of a buffalo because that's my spirit animal and the Little Dipper constellation, then next to the tree there's going to be a gravestone that says R.I.P. Marilyn, Gone Too Soon."
"I really want to look like a mermaid but my mom won't let me dye my hair, so I had to use chalk. Which reminds me, I didn't tell her I was coming here, and I need to be back by 10. In L.A. So, yeah, sorry I didn't mention this before, but we need to leave, like, now. Don't be mad! I said I was sorry."
"Is she here? Oh my god, I heard she was here. She was here last year. Is she here? You'd tell me if you saw her, right? I would die if you saw her and I didn't. Is she here? Someone said she was here. Is she here?"
MINKPINK's latest international campaign has just launched, and its focus on everything '90s and No Doubt-y is making us want to run out and buy everything in the line. Make sure to check out the rest of the collection here, and see what else the brand has been up to lately over on their blog. —Katie
Okay, I have been SO into temporary tattoos lately. And luckily when Hello Kitty just isn't cutting it, I can head over to Etsy to get my fix. My favorite right now are these black and white woodland creature tattoos from Burrowing Home. They almost look like they could be real, but luckily they wash off with soap and water so you can slap these bad boys all over your face if you feel like it. The shop owner sells prints as well, just in case you want something a little more permanent.—Katie
Since we've got festival season upon us, you should probably know what essentials to bring with you! In the last few years I've been to my fair share of festivals, so I can definitely tell you what ya need and what ya don't. Always pack your suitcase lightly with shorts, dresses, and sweet tops because you know its going to be blazing hot wherever you're headed. Bring along a few skincare essentials to throw in your bag so you stay safe and the sun. Remember to wear comfortable shoes as well; a great pair of sandals or boots will do your feet some good for all of the hours standing! Check out what I'm bringing below.—Maddie
Lucca Couture Chiffon Daisy Dress A dress like this is just the right one to bring along with you, its made of a breezy fabric, plus its daisy print (a festival must)!
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Simplicity is key with what you put on your skin when you're dressing for a festival in the morning. Pick something like a tinted moisturizer with SPF, it'll last all day and it won't feel too heavy on your skin!