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Lucky for you all that I happen to be a very sweaty person, so if these heat-defying beauty products work on me (which they do), you should be pretty well set.

And if you don’t mind- since I am always looking for new things to try – leave a comment sharing your personal melt-proof makeup favorite and I will pick one winner (at random, on July 6) to receive a special delivery of some of mine. Meaning you will be sweat-proof set for the dog days of summer in August. Nice. (CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED- WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.)

Do the Prep

NP Set Bronzing Pre-Foundation Primer- $29 at Target
Celebrity makeup artists never put a client under hot lights without a primer to hold makeup in place, and this one is perfect for summer because it has the perfect hint of bronze to warm up the complexion.

Illamasqua Sealing Gel- $15 at Sephora
Put a drop of this in your favorite powder eyeshadow to give it instant waterproof properties and seal it for an entire day in the sand and surf.

Garnier Fructis UV Color Shield Anti-Humidity Hairspray – $4 at drugstores
This strong holding hairspray has a UV filter to keep color radiant and shiny and hold styles in place on even the most humid of days.  It is formulated with Garnier’s exclusive bamboo extract and signature Fruit Micro-Waxes- the perfect post-styling, pre-beach spritz.

Update Your Makeup Bag

Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara- $20 at Urban Decay
The special wax in the formula that creates volume also makes the product majorly adhere to lashes. It has been tested in the most extreme of conditions- including on my lashes in a Core Fusion class on a 90 degree day. It works.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners- $23 at Sephora
Easy to apply and in every color imaginable, these feature a hydrophobic molecule that forms a flexible film to lock water out. I have gone for a swim, taken a nap, worked out and the color hasn’t budged. Impressive.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain- $25 at
To read my ode to this melt-proof multi-tasker, click here.

Keep Emergency Fix Its Handy

Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks- $5.50 at
The mess-free swabs are filled with gentle, skin-conditioning eye makeup remover to erase smudges and spots in a snap (literally!) without disturbing the rest of your makeup. I always have a few stashed in my pocket.

Proactiv Oil Blotter Sheets- $11 at
Made from 100% pure natural-fiber paper, these absorb excess oil to leave skin feeling fresh and clean, with a matte finish – and, with zero artificial ingredients and no talc, they won’t clog your pores.




This week is a crazy one for me- traveling to 4 cities in 4 days to do local television appearances. I actually really have come to love traveling solo- over the past 4 years of doing this, I have come to know my cities well and made many local media friends that I get to catch up with every time I come to town. Another fun outcome of all this travel has been the innate ability to pack a tightly edited makeup bag with products that do the trick on-air (most stations I go to ask me to arrive makeup ready) and also can be used with a lighter touch for travel and off-hours.

So- what made the cut this trip? Read on to find out…

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I had a great time stopping by KTLA to share some of my favorite Fall Beauty Breakthroughs this morning. Want more info on the products I featured? Here you go! And if you want to win of few of my picks- leave a comment sharing your favorite new beauty purchase for Fall. I will randomly pick 2 commenters to win.

One of the biggest arguments I use in support of purchasing eyeshadow palettes is the value proposition- typically you get 6+ shades for less than the price of 2 or 3 single pans. So, in the most basic terms- clearly, this is a good deal. However, let me be honest with myself- and you all- for a second: Most likely we will only use 2 of the shades anyway so we  really haven’t saved money and in the process  ended up wasting valuable makeup bag real estate.

Well, the NAKED Palette from Urban Decay renews my faith in the value of palettes. Packed with 12 shades (including 5 brand new ones), so far I have used every single shadow multiple times. Creep is perfect over my Stila liner to create a slightly shimmery smokey eye, and Sin is an all around amazing everyday shade. I could go on…But alas, there is still so much more to tell.

Inside the palette is tucked a double-sided 24/7 eyeliner- one end is black, the other brown. Made exclusively for this set- I imagine my makeup artist friends who swear by the 24/7 liners will be quite jealous to know I have this baby in my beauty arsenal. And, to top it off- they threw in a mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion- my personal secret weapon when it comes to long lasting makeup.

So go ahead- play and enjoy. You can literally go from everyday subtle to all out rock & roll glamour- and everything in between- without ever having to wander beyond the luxe chocolate velvet case that is NAKED.

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