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dj arlene always manages to look so chic and put-together, you'd think she was part of valentino's entourage. but she's no pampered princess, she's a supermom, managing households on two continents and running after her three boys, all under ten years old. she spends the summer at her family's beach house in Italy, poor thing, but she took time out to share her summer-tested secret gems with us.

| august 17, 2009

"be proud of who you are." --Yogi Tea
as promised we are continuing to bring you the best and most luxurious ways to make you a better, happier, glamorous and more pampered you in 2009.

hydrate and protect with one easy swipe of Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 perfect for lips, nose and cheeks, and also great on super sensitive scars and beauty marks. a must-have on-the-go for the kids too. all the great natural ingredients make it a wonder-product, particularly the watermelon extract, which repairs damage and redness.

the sonia kashuk ultra shine sheer lip gloss is a double-ended gloss that plumps, glosses and tints all in one cute little package. plus, it's so unbelievably cheap, you can get it in as many colors as your heart desires.
the super sheer liquid tint gives that natural flush in a weightless formula that's definitely preferable to cream or powder blushes in balmy weather. 
who wants to fuss with crystal flutes when you can drink champagne straight out of the bottle? the ridiculously delicious california brut karma champagne comes in specially designed single-serve bottles, perfect for sipping on the patio or at a party. kinda beats corona, right?
arlene keeps her cooler stocked with champagne as well as these chilled summer musts: mustela musti eau de soin spray is technically for babies, but with its super gentle, alcohol-free light, tender and flowery fragrance, it's hard not to steal a spritz for yourself now and again. another technically-for-babies-but-grown-ups-love-it-too product from Mustela is the ultra gentle facial cleansing cloths. a perfect refresher and sweat reducer. she stays hydrated from the outside in with hyper-purified evian brumisateur mineral water sprays


b as in beauty, a novel by alberto ferreras is this summer's ultimate beach read. it's the story of a woman named beauty who faces major discrimination based on her extra-curvy figure. but when beauty meets a modern-day matchmaker, she really comes into her own. as b's love life, and in turn, her confidence blossoms, so do her fantasies of revenge. will b find true happiness or true disaster when she unwittingly falls for the one guy she shouldn't? a total page-turner.

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