Summer Beauty Made Simple

Summer is here and it’s time for the pool, the beach, and backyard parties. You want to look your best, but let’s face it…sitting by the pool is no place for a face full of makeup. That blowout? Yeah, that doesn’t look so good matted to your forehead and the back of your neck with a pool of sweat. So how can we look chic and keep it simple at the same time?



We’ve all heard the phrase if you can’t tone it, tan it. That’s because tanned skin doesn’t show all the imperfections that your pale skin will. But since I haven’t tanned my skin (on purpose) since 1999, I use self-tanner. It evens out skin imperfections, hides those dimples a little, and masks the hyperpigmentation on your face (see my earlier post on self-tanning for best results on that one). You will inevitably feel more confident in summer clothing.


Waterproof Mascara

Lashes make your eyes stand out. A little black mascara goes a long way to emphasizing your eyes. A waterproof formula will keep you looking good even after a swim.


Lip Balm with Color

A lip balm gives a sheer wash of color while hydrating your lips and won’t look too fussy.


Hair Updo

I rely on a tight top knot every summer. It looks the same in and out of the water and keeps my hair looking stylish. There are several cute styles that you can try. These are some of my favorites, plus see Aida’s post today for additional summer hair hacks.


Light-Colored Manicure

A light color won’t show those chips you got grabbing the side of the pool or dull as much from the sand on the beach.


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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