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Yesterday marked the official beginning of summer! And with that said, we’ve got our top 5 summer beauty tips for the ladies(and some that apply to the gents as well)!

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times but I’m honored to be a million & one; DRINK MORE WATER! During the summer months, heat indexes soar and if you’re in a humid region, like the DMV, the risk of dehydration is no joke! Staying hydrated not only makes you feel better, but look better as well.

Women, on average, should be drinking around 2.2 liters of water and men around 3 liters. Who cares if you’ll be taking a couple extra trips to the restroom, your body and skin will definitely thank you in the long run!

*2 of these ladies. 3 of these gents*

2. Stay moisturized.

Summer usually means short shorts & short dresses/skirts, at least it does for me anyway 🙂 The last thing I need ruining my look, are reoccurring dry sposts, or as many people of color like to call it; ash.  Well, a couple years ago I discovered the wonder that is body oil gel. I lie to you all not, I mix a little in with my lotion in the mornings and I don’t see any ash all day. None, none at all. It’s like a real life miracle. Okay, that’s a tad dramatic but the stuff works. My favorite is the Cocoa Radiant Body Oil Gel from Vaseline.

Make sure to hit the spots likely to dry out during the day: knees, elbows & ankles and you’re good to go! As an added bonus, the body oil gel will have your legs glistening with amazingness!

3. Protect your skin!

The best part about summer is all the time you get to spend out in the sun enjoying the wonderful, warm weather. Well, while you’re out enjoying the beach and those rooftop day parties, it’s essential that you protect your skin. Melanoma, better known as skin cancer, is real folks and completely avoidable. Find a sunscreen that works for you! The thick, white, smelly sunscreen creams of yester-year can now be a complete thing of the past. We suggest you try Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Sunblock.

Why do we like this product? 1. It’s a spray on. 2. It smells pleasant. 3. The coverage ranges from SPF 45 to 100+. Try it! You won’t regret it.

4. Believe in the power of bronzer.

Not everybody likes to get their glow on by spending hours in the sun. A quick way to get a sun-less, “sunkissed” glow is to first find a shade that is appropriate for your skintone. No matter how fair or how brown, there is a shade for you! Bronzer is really like the tanning cheat code; you reap the benefits without doing the actual work and in this case, we don’t mind at all.

For max effect, sweepingly apply bronzer across your forehead, on the bridge of your nose and along your cheekbones. Be careful not to over do it, the goal is to look sun-kissed, not sun burned. When wearing strapless/low cut tops or dresses I also add a little bronzer right below the collarbone and above the “girls”.

Laura Mercier bronzing powder

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow Boosting Sun Stones

Guerlain face bronzer

Clinique Almost Bronzer

Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact

5. Embrace color!

I believe in embracing color all year long, but I know that’s not how everybody operates. Summer is such a fun time of year and your beauty products and wardrobe should reflect that!

Try and infuse a little color into your daily routine just to add a pop of color. It could be a pair of shoes, a lipstick, nail polish, blouse or really anything at all. Find colors that you’re comfortable with & rock out! Have a little fun pushing the envelope!

The Giveaway!!!

Now I know the title of this post mentioned a giveaway and we were quite serious about that! Since we’ve shared our tips with you, we’d love to know what your favorite summer beauty tips are! And as a thanks for sharing your knowledge with us and our readers, we have a little something to give back to one of you!

The Rules:

1. In our comment section, share your all time favorite beauty tip.

2. Follow our twitter page @HighLifeSuite.

3. The contest ends Monday June 25th at 11pm.

4. Domestic readers only. Sorry to my international readers, we’ll have something for you next time! 🙂

5. Stay tuned for the winner to be announced, next Tuesday June 26th.

One lucky reader will win:

The Vaseline body oil gel mentioned above

A 5oz bottle of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

two(2) lipsticks from our fav G.L.A.S.S. Kisses Cosmetics

two(2) nail polishes from Polish & Co.

A little about the brands:

You all may not have heard of G.L.A.S.S. Kisses Cosmetics YET, so let me tell you all a little bit about why you should get excited about the opportunity to win lipstick from this fresh, new line!

G.L.A.S.S.(Glam Lips Adding Signature Style to Society) Kisses Cosmetics is the official brand for colorful inspiration & beauty. They aim to represent the essence of true beauty in every woman. Their goal is to ensure and promote confidence and empower women through their unique products. And did I mention that their colors will leave your lips looking and feeling amazing??

I had the pleasure of working with these young women when I made custom cupcakes and cakepops for their launch earlier this year. So I’m here to tell you that not only are these ladies sweethearts but they are also driven entrepreneurs! To learn more about G.L.A.S.S. Kisses and their products visit their website here.

A couple weeks ago, I did a quick blurb on a new polish I was trying from Polish & Co. Long story short, I liked the polish so much I decided I had to share them with you all!

*Any Place Any Time and Too Much Info shown above*

Polish & Co. was started in Greensboro, NC by experienced nail guru Theresa Williamson.

*photo taken from madamenoire.com. taken by Raza-Ry of Raza-Ry Photography*

Their hues are fresh and fun, toxin free and made in the USA. Their polishes are not just a fashion accessory but a statement! You know that disappointment you feel when a color look awesome in the bottle but like 10 fingers worth of sadness when you put it on?? I can honestly say the exact opposite happened when I tried the polish from this brand; great in the bottle, even better on. I was pleasantly surprised!

If you ladies want to get your hands on these great summer beauty must-haves, I’d suggest you get to commenting!

We can’t wait to hear from you all!!

~ Dyanna

*all of the above opinions are my own. The High Life has in no way been compensated by any of the brands we have chosen to endorse. A.K.A. we’re telling the truth Ruth!*