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What's your best summer beauty look?


Are you the fresh-faced girl next door with just a little mascara and a sweep of gloss? Or are you the poolside diva with a summer-ready eyeshadow palette and shimmering bronzer?


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Get Perfect Hair With OOKISA!

Have you ever envied Asian hair?


It seems that even with color and heat treatments, Asian hair stays sleek and shiny with natural body and volume. And who doesn't want that?


While big cities like LA, New York and London boast some of the best hair salons, it's in Korea, Hong Kong and Japan that originates some of the best salon quality secrets and products. Now you can take these hair secrets back to your own shower with Ookisa hair products!


By using key Asian botanicals like Camellia oil, white peony tea and water lily, add shine for sleek, healthy looking hair with their shampoo and conditioner and natural looking body and volume with their instant volumizing souffle.


Now there's no need to be scared of the damaging effects of ocean or pool water, or feeling reluctant to try out that new summer hair color in case it damages your locks. Give Ookisa a try and get the hair you've always dreamed of!

Beauty Pick Me Up - 3 Summer Must-Haves To Throw In Your Tote!

When it's hot and humid out, the last thing you want it heavy makeup.


The heat and sweat makes eyeliner smudge and concealer and foundation feel caked on. Powders and shadows smear and mascara starts to run, plus darker colors just seem too heavy for the summer heat.


When it comes to warm, sunny days, we want to keep our makeup as light and natural as possible, but still look put-together and polished. Check out our picks for the three must-have summer beauty products that you can throw in your tote and rest-assured that you'll always be looking your summer best ... naturally!



Lengthening & Defining Mascara - As opposed to volumizing, thickening mascara. Give your lashes a break and a lighten up the load for a more summer appropriate beauty style. A subtle lift and lengthen does wonders in making eyes seem brighter and more alert!



Tinted Moisturizer - While a good foundation can make skin seem flawless, it also has a tendency to feel heavier in the heat and you risk clogging pores. But can't a girl get a little help? A tinted moisturizer keeps skin dewy and soft while still providing just the right amount of smoothing over for a still natural look. Make sure to get one with SPF!



Cream Blush - Even with the natural flush from the sun, a small touch of blush helps contour the face ands add a youthful, girl-next-door appeal. But powder blushes tend to streak or settle unevenly as the hot day wears on. Try a touch of cream blush, instead. It blends seamlessly into skin, giving just the right touch of sun-kissed rose.


Click on the slideshow to see our fave tried and true products that can give you a pretty, au naturale look for summer!

Beauty Pick Me Up - 3 Trends That Make A Splash!

Now that summer is in full swing, we've got numerous pool parties, BBQs, beach bonfires and other fun sunny day/ balmy night activities to look forward to! And while summer activities usually call for more casual looks and minimal makeup, here are three beauty ideas that are easy to do at home or at your favorite salon and fun to try. They're guaranteed to help you make a splash and really stand out!



Dip-Dyed Hair - This hair trend allows you to really have some fun without doing anything too drastic. Simply choose a color that you want (try a few shades lighter than your hair color for a subtle look, or go for a head turning hue like red or blue for Fourth of July!). Simply section your hair into three parts and tie your hair off with an elastic to the point where you want the dyed color to stop. Brush the hair dye paste onto the ends and let it sit for 20 mins. (times vary be dye). Rinse and voila!



Two-Tone French Manicure - French manicures are always a classic, but punch it up for summer by picking bright hues! A white base with red and blue tips are great for Independence Day, or try out a neon combo for an even more electrifying look! Paint 2 coats of the chosen base color onto your nails, allowing ample time to dry (this beauty tip works best when the base color is lighter than the tip). Using nail tape, or just a very steady hand, paint an even strip of the second color across the tip of your nails. Repeat for a more saturated color then finish with a shiny top coat when dry!



Boldly Colored Eye-Liner - When it's hot out, the last thing you want is heavy makeup that can clog pores or melt in the summer heat. But that doesn't mean you have to go bare! Simple line your upper and lower lids with a vibrantly colored eyeliner and finish off with a light coat of waterproof mascara. This beauty tip is guaranteed to be eye-catching (pun intended)! We're loving teal, violet and ... for the truly bold ... deep orange!



Click on the slideshow to see some of our fave products that make trying these beauty pick me ups a cinch!

Beauty Pick Me Up - Turn Up The Volume!

When it comes to beauty, sometimes bigger is better. Luscious bombshell hair, shiny kissable pouts and flirty long lashes all point to the femme fatale look that has been toted as the sexy standard for years.


Not born with Kim Kardashian locks, Angelina Jolie lips or Eva Longoria lashes? So what? We'll tell you how to get all three by following just a few easy steps that are tried and true and expert approved! Check 'em out!



Full Bodied Hair - Skip the expensive salon blow outs and do these quick and simple steps at home!


On damp hair, rub in a quarter sized amount of volumizing serum or mousse between your hands and work it through your hair, focusing on the roots.


Turn your hair upside down to brush smooth and blow-dry. Style as usual, being careful to be more gentle at the roots. Finish it off with a few last spritzes of volumizing hairspray.






Pouty Kissable Lips - Make your lips appear fuller with just the help of a little white shadow shimmer and lip liner!


Place a small dot of shimmer in the bow of your upper lip and gently blend. Carefully line just outside of your natural lip line with a freshly sharpened lip liner. Focus more on the bow of the upper lip and the middle of the lower lip, tapering and fading out in the corners.


Fill the lip with a corresponding lip color and blend with a lip brush. Add a small dot of white shimmer in the center of the upper and lower lip and finish off with a coat of clear high shine lip gloss. Besos!



Thicker Longer Lashes - This method works best if you do one eye at a time. Using a spoolie (an empty mascara brush), lightly brush your lashes so they're separated. Curl lashes and brush on a lengthening mascara, wiggling from the root to the tip for even coverage.


Then apply a coat of volumizing mascara, also being sure to focus on wiggling the wand from roots to tip for maximum potential. Repeat these steps for the other eye.


After both eyes are complete, apply one more coat of volumizing mascara and voila! Long flirty lashes!



Now check out the slideshow to see some of our fave products to help complete these beauty tips!

Karma Organics - Organic Nail Polish & Polish Remover

Going organic doesn't have to mean sacrificing beauty rituals like polishing your nails. Karma Organic has a line of non-toxic, chemical and cruelty free nail products.


Karma Organic nail polish does not contain Toluene, formaldehyde or DBP which means it's safe for pregnant women, children, cancer patients and allergy sufferers. Karma Organic is non-yellowing and chip-resistant. Packaged in 100% recyclable bottles, it comes in a variety of different colors with a retail price of around $10 per bottle.


Worried about how to remove the polish? There's organic nail polish remover too! Made from biodegradable soy-based products, you'll be able to remove the polish without harsh and unnecessary chemicals. Choose from lavender or tea tree oil varieties. The remover retails for around $12 a bottle.

Daily Obsesh - Sula Paint and Peel Polish

Here at the Hive, one of our very favorite things to do is get our nails done! And now that summer is here, perfectly polished nails are essential.


While most of us stick with the neutrals for Fall, the summer bring months an array of hot hues that all seem to look perfect with sun kissed skin. How to choose? Commitment has never been a strong point for any of us, especially when it comes to fashion!


Well, we've found the answer to this dilemma. Rather than spending the next two weeks trying to match your outfit to your nails, we suggest trying Sula Paint and Peel polish. This water-based nail polish can be easily applied and peeled off the nail.


In over 20 luscious colors from neutrals to bright bolds, there's one for every mood and every outfit



Where to Buy - Sula Beauty



Price - $9.00



Who - Melimeli was the first to add the Sula Paint and Peel polish to the Hive.

DIY - The Perfect Red Pout

Turn the AC up because it's about to get red hot up in here!


Hollywood's hottest who rock it best - Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Gwen Stefani - have all inspired us to go red!


This week's DIY shows you how to get the perfect red lips. With a few items you probably already have in your makeup bag, this method guarantees the perfect long lasting, kissable lips.


The key to this look is not to over do it. With such bold lips, keep the rest of your makeup neutral and soft.



What You'll need-



-Tissue
-Sugar Lip Scrub- to exfoliate your lips
-Concealer
-Lip Liner
-Red Lipstick (we used M.A.C's Ruby Woo).


Step 1 - First, exfoliate your lips by applying the Sugar Lip Scrub for about 1 minute and removing with a damp towel. This will remove and dry skin and leave you lips soft and even.


Step 2 - Apply a light layer of concealer to your lips. This will give them a matte, dry finish and allow your color to adhere and remain the truest and brightest.


Step 3 - Carefully apply lip liner from the outside edge of your lips, being sure to give a little extra attention to the bow of your upper lip.


Step 4 - Apply red lipstick to your lips, filling in the corners of your mouth with the lip liner.


Step 5 - Blot!

Beauty Pick Me Up - Brighten Your Smile For Summer!

Bright colors, bright lips and eyeshadows, bright shoes ... this summer it's all about wearing things bright!


Well, how about the most important bright accessory of all? Your smile! Nothing says fresh and youthful like a white, welcoming smile and this summer, show off your pearly whites proudly!


There are a few tricks of the trade that can instantly help make your grin stunning. Red lipstick isn't just a bold beauty statement, but actually makes teeth appear whiter, as does a healthy tan and other quick pick-me-up products.


Check out some of our fave ways to a whiter, brighter smile!

Kelly Rowland's Twist of Lime!

We may not know the motivation behind Kelly Rowland's eye makeup, but we love it!


The 30-year-old singer and actress made quite the splash at "X-Factor" auditions in Birmingham, England yesterday rocking dual eye shadow - lime green on upper lids and moss green on lower.


Black eyeliner, mascara, bright pink blush and lipstick added the finishing touches to Rowland's bold summer beauty. And check out that fierce fringe!



Check out more Beauty Basic tips by clicking over to our friends at Stylelist!