Ten Tips and Trends for a Sizzling Summer!


It’s summertime! And that means you have to look and feel your absolute best for everything from private pool parties and sweet heat BBQ’s to sultry summer escapes to Saugatuck. These are the trends that are making ladies swoon all over the country and I’m going to tell how you can get hip right here in your own back yard.


This season, you’ll want lips that BANG! And there’s no better way to accomplish the perfect pucker than by checking out Vincent Longo Cosmetics. I found myself head over heels for a certain trio of products that left my lips feeling and looking marvelous. The Cushion Lips Treatment ($18) which is a gel texture conditioner that maintains lip moisture for hours is fabulous. This lip treatment is made with tea tree, coconut, olive and safflower oils and its unique color enhances your natural lip undertones. The treatment can be used daily and has an SPF 20 for ultimate protection. Another favorite is the Bang Bang Lip Volume Lotion and while the price point is a little higher at $30 a tube, it is a truly effective means of temporarily plumping your lips. The lotion absorbs quickly and is a gel-crème formula that contains tiny hyaluranic acid filling spheres to stimulate collagen and attract and hold water within lip tissue. With increased circulation, lips become noticeably fuller and firmer giving you that just bitten, rosey look. And to top it all off, the Diamond Lip Gloss ($22.00 USSRP) contains high-reflective pearls which is combined with pure pigment for a brilliant finish that wears longer than traditional lip glosses. For beautiful, lush looking lips, you can find Vincent Longo products at any Nordstrom store in West Michigan.


Tattoos are a long-standing trend that most people have considered once or twice in their lives. But if you’re a woman who struggles with commitment issues, you should take a walk on the wild side with Violent Lip Tattoos. The tattoo packs contain 3 lip appliqués and come in a wide variety of colors, themes and designs. My personal favorite for the holiday is the Red, White and Blue Tattoo which is the American flag. Patriotic and posh for your pout, you can make a fashion statement without saying a word. The temporary tattoos fit all lips, are very easy to use and lasts up to eight hours. In the past, they have been difficult to find but this summer you’ll be able to find them at the Ulta store on Alpine. Violent Lips retail for less than $15, so treat yourself to something special because after all, “your lips say everything”!


After a long day of frolicking in the sun at Grand Haven beach, soak off the sand with Shea Moisture. The Organic Lavender & Wild Orchid Body Scrub is extraordinary. This 12oz container of pure luxury is made with shea butter which deeply moisturizes and repairs skin with vitamins and fatty acids. The shea butter is a nice compliment to the lavender which calms and soothes skin irritations and the orchid extract repairs damaged skin and helps prevent moisture loss. The fragrance of this sugar scrub is unforgettable and will leave your perfectly tanned skin, soft and supple. Not only does it hydrate skin but the silky body oils will also leave a subtle glow, perfect for those revealing sundresses. Healing, hydrating and calming, Shea Moisture body scrubs can be purchased at your neighborhood Target Store.


What’s new in nails is fun takes on colors and creativity. Sexy, chic or bold and bodacious, polishes that pop are the new trends that just won’t quit. And just in time for the release of Sony Pictures 3-D movie The Amazing Spiderman, OPI has released a new collection of spidery colors that range from light to dark. The collection consists of six colors plus a new shade of OPI shatter topcoat that creates the look of a lizard’s scales. Colors that rock include Just Spotted the Lizard, My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Number One Nemesis. All of these colors can be shattered for the perfect date night out to Celebration Cinema North – Knapps Corner to catch the flick in IMAX 3D.

Another option to consider is Minx #1 Nail Decals. We first saw this trend on celebrities like Beyonce and Rihanna but now you too can have Minx right at your fingertips. That’s right; Minx is now offering a retail collection for at-home application and will be available for the first time in ULTA Beauty stores all over Michigan. These highly additive strips are easy to apply and come in a variety of designs for every fashion personality. The Minx finger and toes pack contains 2 Minx sets for an instant manicure and pedicure. Whether you’re wearing a dazzling metallic hue or runway inspired print, scratch more than the surface of this tantalizing trend with Minx.


Anyone will tell you, my guilty pleasure is a very tall glass of Michigan-made Faygo Grape pop on a hot summer’s day. Okay, okay… any day really. But I have discovered an equally delicious and healthier alternative to quench my thirst called Sparkling Ice. It is a naturally flavored, sparkling mountain spring water with great taste and zero calories.  Sparkling Ice Mineral Water is a refreshing blend of spring water, fruit juice and just the right amount of carbonation. Sparkling Ice is available in eight delicious flavors and can be enjoyed anytime day or night. Pick up a bottle in Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Berry or Orange Mango from Meijer’s on 28th street and drop one inside your summer swag bag for your next outing. Sparkling Ice is the perfect summer sip for you and your friends.


If you’re planning a summer soiree at home, in the backyard or out on your deck, seek out the SOI Company because “it makes scents”. Hand poured using all-natural soy oil, SOI Candles add a healthier glow to your home’s décor. Unlike your typical paraffin wax candle, the SOI candle burns clean and doesn’t emit soot or toxins into your homes environment. These candles are available in a wide variety of Fresh, Classic and Floral scents and they will knock your socks off. The fragrance from this assortment of candles is one of the best I have ever experienced and will have your home smelling splendid for hours on end because they burn approximately 40% longer than normal wax candles.  Whether you’re burning the Mango Lassi Candle, Fresh Mediterranean Fig or Island Breeze, these candles are sure to take you away. And as an added bonus, because SOI Candles are made from all-natural ingredients, the warm soy melt makes for an excellent skin moisturizer. Check them out on-line at www.thesoico.com and have them delivered to your doorstep.


While the use of sunscreen during this time of year is certainly not a trend itself, there is certainly a shift in the type of products being used to beat the heat. Introducing Coola Mineral Sunscreen, a hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic formula that is Paba, Paraben, Petroleum and Phthalate free. These organic suncare collections of products are enriched with vitamins, nutrients, natural phyto-protectors and age defying anti-oxidants that nourish as they protect. The coolest fact about Coola Sunscreen is that Coola is the perfect blend of organic and natural ingredients. And it provides a transparent and greaseless application without clogging pores. There are six different sunscreens in the collection which includes Coola Face, Baby and Sport. Coola is proudly available at the various resorts, spas and specialty boutiques in Michigan.


Everybody is cooking up a storm and whether you’re sitting on the sidelines watching reality TV on the Food Network or dining at your favorite local restaurant, this month you’ll have a chance to get in the mix. Conquer you cooking fears in July and August by taking a cooking class at Rylee’s Ace Hardware in Grand Rapids. Don’t worry, everybody’s doing it and everybody loves it. They offer fantastic course options like Summer Tapas, Rustic Fruit Desserts and Homemade Ice Cream — and two Farmer’s Market Vegetarian courses — with a great class cost of only $25 per person. There will also be a series of FREE cooking demonstrations like Ice Cream Treats, Vital Nutrition Summer Smoothies and Lemon Up where you’ll discover luscious lemons with local sensation Chef Terri Rees. For a hip, hot and happening activity that’s sure to please, tempt your taste buds at Rylee’s Ace Hardware.


Summer time is party time and checking out a good concert or two is a sure fire way to get the party started. If you’re a big fan of R&B music you’ll want to be sure to check out the Fresh Music Festival with a host of acts like Keith Sweat, SWV, former Jodeci band members K-ci & Jo-Jo and Guy.  The fresh music festival will be hosted by the incomparable Doug E Fresh and will rock the house at the Van Andel Arena on July 19th. Downtown will certainly be alive with the sound of music, as most of the local venues in the Arena District like Bar Divani and BW3’s will be offering special discounts to patrons all evening. Tickets are available at the Van Andel Arena and Devos Place Box offices as well as local Ticketmaster outlets.

And if you prefer the great outdoors, there’s still time to purchase tickets to the Summer Concert Series at the Fredrick Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park. This month they will host acts like Fiona Apple, Huey Lewis & The News and American music artist Andrew Bird. Tickets are available now to members and the general public. Grab a friend and a picnic basket of goodies and enjoy the soothing sounds of summer all month long.


About the Author:
Latesha Lipscomb is the quintessential authority on all things hip, hot and happening NOW in West Michigan. From stay-at-home moms to diva fashionistas, Latesha influences all types of women with her vision of the latest trends. She has devoted herself to helping women unveil their inner and outer beauty and uniqueness while inspiring them to live out loud. Contact her at Latesha@womenslifestyle.com.


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