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So have I.  And it sucks. Or, at least it did suck. Until Bronze Buffer was invented.

Now, even after a faux glow has fully developed, flaws can be fixed. Which is really the only way to guarantee a perfectly even flawless finish. I mean, how does one know instantly that she accidentally went a little heavy handed on her left knee or didn’t use the most expert technique when applying to her forearms until glancing in the mirror hours later? And for many, just the anticipation of this moment- seeing a streaked and spotty reflection and not being able to go back in time and make it stop- is enough to deter self-tanning altogether.

See this genius little puppy (and my warm-up for a horror film cameo) in action, and then click here to buy. Enter “selective-eye” at checkout and receive 20% off your purchase through Sunday, April 27.

And once you are armed and ready to self tan safely, try some of my personal faux glow favorites:

Even if you already have a pair of wedge sneakers in your closet, you really should buy another pair. And then another. And then, probably play it safe and buy one more. Because wedge sneakers are just about the most wonderful thing to happen to any woman on the planet who wears shoes- and if you don’t believe me, just watch this.

Here are the details on the styles featured:
Cool, not cliché, momNike Force Sky High Sneaker Wedge
Sneak sneakers with jeans hemmed for heels: L.A.M.B. Freeda
Sporting event style: adidas Originals
Short shorts saviors: PUMA Sky High Wedge and PUMA Classic Wedge
Commuter chic: Marc by Marc Jacobs Low Wedge (on sale!)

In love with rose gold? Check these metallic stunners out. And sure, this pair is pricey, but try to argue with me that they are not worth every penny. I mean, I would wear them at least 300 out of the 365 days of the year, wouldn’t you?


Long ago, an on-air personality and producer (ahem, Amy Palmer) much more experienced than I, gave me a piece of advice.  She said, in the nicest way possible, that unkept nails are unacceptable on TV. Especially for a beauty expert showcasing products that require fingertip footage.  At the time, I was 25 years old and really had no excuse not to get a quick pre-segment manicure at the nail place underneath my apartment. 

A decade later, I have many excuses. I have a kid I want to hang out with. Nail salons in suburbia close at 6pm. And in the rare event that a 30 minute block of free time appears on my calendar, I can think of 30 more productive ways to spend it than confined to a chair, obsessing over my to-do list.

So I started doing my own nails. But even my best efforts resulted in an imminent chip (or five). As such, I resigned myself to sheer shades. Pretty and practical, yes. But kinda boring, no?

Enter celebrity manicurist Tracylee.  I worked with her on a video project for Sally Hansen (she is the brand’s Nail Ambassador), and between takes she gave me the tip that I share in this installment of Selective Eye.

Tracylee, I owe you. Because ever since you shared this super simple nugget of knowledge, the most punchy hued polishes in my collection have gotten their chance at  (chip-free!) on-camera close ups.

My obsession with luminous, glowing skin has led me to try more than my fair share of lotions and potions that claim to impart a “lit-from-within” glow. In my experience, many of them are just way too white/silvery/icy to look like anything that would naturally occur in a human being with a pulse.  

The (what I can best describe as a) rose-gold undertone in this illuminator from IT Cosmetics makes it profoundly different from every product I have tried proclaiming a similar purpose. I am madly in love with it. And unless you are a vampire, or a ghost, you will be too. 

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