Best of Beauty 2017
Hello everybody! I hope you had a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018, I thought I would put together a list of all of my favorite products from the year into a Best of Beauty 2017. So without further ado, these are the products I was obsessed with during 2017:Read more.
Best of Beauty 2017
Best of Hairhere. here) This stuff is so lightweight, so there isn’t any leftover or greasy residue. It uses a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, and it does not have sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA, or synthetic dyes. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. I use it from the middle of my hair to the ends after every shower, and since I just purchased another bottle last week, I can definitely say it's a stand out 2017 product for me. Check it out here. here. here. here. here.
Best of Skincarehere. here. here. Lancome Vissionnaire Eye Cream for which was my favorite. If you only have some under eye dehydration and preliminary lines, then the Kiehl's one may work better as a preventative for you. I personally don't have dark circles, so I can't speak on that subject for these products, but this is so amazing for preventative measures. Check it out here. here), and I'm still in love with these sheet masks by Leaders. There are a ton of sheets masks I've liked, but these are on my love list. They have an entire range, but my personal favorites are the AC Clear and the Aloe Soothing. Check it out here. here. here. here.
Best of Makeuphere. here. Lock-It Foundation by Kat Von D, but I gotta be totally honest since we are doing a Best of Beauty 2017 list. They are both amazing foundations for full coverage, but I've been using my All Nighter one almost nonstop. As a combination/oily girl, it's hard to find a foundation that will last the entire day, but this one holds up if I don't use a setting spray! Craziness. The coverage is full, but the consistency is quite thin. Check it out here. here. here. here. here. here.
Other 2017 Favoriteshere. here. check out this post. Or install the plugin for your computer here. So that's it for my Best of Beauty 2017! What are your favorite beauty products from the year? Any recommendations of what would be on your Best of Beauty 2017? Leave a comment down below and I'll be sure to give it a try! J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
KL Polish – Fall 2017 Releases
Hello everyone! KL Polish has dropped their fall 2017 line, so I thought I would share the new releases with you, as well as give my impressions and list of the ones I have purchases as of now, and if I will consider purchasing more from the line in the future. A few months ago, I posted a full review of the 7 KL Polish nail polishes I own. You can check that out here. This line was apparently inspired by the 70s.Read more.
About KL PolishKL Polish is an indie nail polish brand by Kathleen Lights, who is a beauty Youtubber. KL Polish nail polishes are 5-free, which means they are free of 5 ingredients: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. They are also 7 and 9-free. In addition to the 5 previous ingredients, 7-free polishes are also free of ethyl tosylamide and xylene, and 9-free polishes are free of parabens and acetone.
The Fall 2017 Linehere. here. here. here. To Grandmother's House We Go"? That movie was my jam growing up. So I bought "That's What She Said" from the other collection that has this metallic shift, and I was disappointed. The streaks were so obvious and the formula wasn't my favorite. I saw an insta photo that was nail goals though of this polish, so if that's the case, I will definitely be purchasing. Check it out here. here.
The Ones I Purchased
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Current Beauty Favorites – Hair
I decided to do something a bit different this month. Rather than dedicating a post to my favorite products for the month of September, I wanted to combine and do a current beauty favorites series for my favorite beauty products in hair care, skincare, and makeup. This way I can share all of the products that I have been loving for a long time, which I feel is way more helpful, as it's so easy to fall in and out of love with beauty products. So without further ado, these are my current beauty favorites and obsessions for taking care of my hair:Read more.
My Current Beauty Favorites
Leave-in Conditioner: Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning SprayI wrote an entire post about why this is my ride or die leave-in conditioner back in March (check it out here), and all of those reasons still ring true today. I have repurchased this about 4 times and I use it following every single shower. It uses a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, and it does not have sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA, or synthetic dyes. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Check it out here.
Dry Shampoo: Batiste Hint of Color Dry ShampooThis is a holy grail product for anyone whose hair gets oily by day 2. One of the worst parts about dry shampoo is the white caste it gives your hair, and if you have curly hair, good luck getting that white product to disperse and not make you look 90. This dry shampoo is so affordable, it leaves you sans old lady hair, and it disperses better than some high-end dry shampoos. Check it out here.
Hair Mask: Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating MaskI'm also a fan of the Briogeo "Don't Despair, Repair" conditioning mask (check it out here), but this one by Moroccanoil is definitely the one I'm going through the fastest. My hair feels so soft and healthy after I step out of the shower when I've used this mask. Note: put this in, then shave or exfoliate your body while you wait before rinsing it out. Otherwise you may get a bit bored. Check it out here.
Scalp Detox/Scrub: Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying ScrubAll. Of. The. YES. This product is beyond worth the price tag. The best piece of advice I can give when using this is to use it on the days you have a ton of build-up from dry shampoo. Only take a dime size amount into your hand, hold it under the water and then rub between your fingers before massaging into the scalp. It will last months of if you use that trick, and you will love it. Check it out here.
Smoothing Cream: IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil GelIf you let your hair air dry like I do, this is the best cream in the world to tame frizz without weighing your hair down or making it look greasy. If you do like to blow dry your hair, a great tip is to use this when you get out of the shower, start getting ready so your hair has the chance to partially air dry, then blow dry it for that sleek and healthy look without frying your hair. Check it out here.
Curling Wand: Lee Stafford Chopstick Ceramic Curling WandI had to deal with a lot of frizz during Atlanta's humid summer, so I'm pretty sure I'm only going to become more obsessed with this in the fall and winter months. The barrel is square and really small, and it doesn’t have a clip, which keeps me sane. You can definitely make your hairstyle as crazy or as toned down as you want, and on the second/third day you're still rocking those 80s corkscrew curls. Check it out here. So that's it! These are all of the products I love to use on my hair and that I would highly recommend if you're in the market for some new products. Stay tuned for my next posts in this series, including my current beauty favorites for my skin as well as for my makeup routine. Until next time! J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
Monthly Favorites – August
Fall is in the air, and I'm almost peeing myself with excitement. To say that my husband and I aren't a fan of summer would be an understatement. I know I probably upset a lot of people with that statement, but it's true. Joseph is from Montana, and I get a sunburn faster than a girl can take her bra off at the end of a long day. I'm sick this weekend and I've fallen off the map a bit, but I'm really excited to share my August monthly favorites with you! My skin and hair were under major attack last month, so most of my August monthly favorites are from those areas since I was trying to find anything that would soothe my pissed off scalp and skin. But I would say this is definitely the most wallet-friendly favorites post I've done so far. (Stay tuned for my full skincare regimen post -- it's coming soon!)Read more.
My favorite products from the month of August:Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: As I said before, my skin went through hell and back this past month. Nothing was working. Finally I decided to go back to a product that my dermatologist recommended when I was in high school, which is this cleanser. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is the kind of basic you want in your life. It's so gentle and when my skin is inflamed or sensitive, this doesn't feel like it's stripping my skin. And it's from the drugstore! Check it out here. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: This moisturizer is the perfect complement to the Cetaphil cleanser. It also comes in a massive container, which is amazing since so many skincare products are freaking expensive. I use this moisturizer as the base of my routine, which means that I use it and add my other oils and enhancers before or mixed in with this. I love this moisturizer. Check it out here. TRESemme Deep Cleanse Shampoo: I've been testing out so many different types of hair care products lately, but I'll be honest with you, none of it was working. I used completely clean hair care for about 3 months, and my hair started getting horrible build-up and looked dead/limp. Full disclosure, this shampoo does have a few of the "ingredients to avoid in shampoos." I use it only 1-2 times per week to get all of the build-up out of my hair, but my hair is SO much happier. Check it out here. The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil: I cannot recommend The Ordinary enough. I was really close to including all of my products from this brand in my August Monthly Favorites, but decided not to since I'm writing a full post on my skincare routine. Seriously though, half of my skincare comes from The Ordinary. I know it's super confusing to purchase items with the ingredient name instead of just "oily/dry/acne prone skin moisturizer" etc, but trust me it's worth it. I'm going to scare some of my oily/sensitive girls, but I use this before bed every night. "Jenn won't that make my oil worse?" No, it won't. You actually need to give your skin enough oil so it's not overproducing on its own. This keeps my oil in check and I wake up with soft and hydrated skin. I recently picked up my second bottle because I love this so much. Check it out here. MAC Matte Lipstick in Persistence: All of my fall fantasies are literally pressed into this lipstick. It's described as a peachy cinnamon on the website, though I would say on my lips it pulls more of purple/reddish cinnamon. Keep in mind that although this says "matte," it really just means no shine, because it's not kiss or transfer proof. But it's creamy and it gives the lips a matte, but hydrated appearance. Check it out here.
Other August Monthly Favorites:
- Movie - Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (no shame -- this movie is the business)
- Scent - Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon (oaky, vanilla musky sexy goodness in a roller ball)
- Store - World Market
- Baths - LUSH (Twilight is one of my favorites)
July Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box
If you're out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold. All you have to do is call my name and I'll be there on the next train. Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to. If you need, you need me to be with you, I will follow... where you lead. Hello everybody! Today we're going to be unboxing my Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box! Each box is $34, and the value of the box comes to double the cost. So for anyone new to my blog, I have only a handful of TV shows that I watch. The Big 5. And most of them are re-runs. FRIENDS, Gilmore Girls, That 70s Show, House of Cards, and So You Think You Can Dance. That's basically it. My dog is named after Sookie St. James from Gilmore Girls, so needless to say when I found out there was a Stars Hollow monthly subscription box for Gilmore Girls I was like, YAS GIRL. So this is what I received from my first Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box:Read more.
Dragonfly Inn pajama shirt ($29.99 Value)This shirt is so soft! I definitely feel a strong kinship to Lorelai Gilmore... maybe it's the coffee or the fact that I talk really fast about incoherent things. Oi with the poodles already. This is definitely a great shirt for the summer time because the fabric is very breathable and it has a loose fit to it. I will say the only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was that mine fit a bit strange at the bottom, but I think it has to do with the fabric.
"Where You Lead" white socks ($8.99 Value)These are probably my least favorite item in the box. They're super cute and I love that the stripe matches the shirt. I'm just not a huge fan that the words are made with that tough/sticky paint that I used to use during craft time in Girl Scouts. It just makes it feel a tiny bit cheap. (Despite the high listed price tag)
Trust Fund Beauty nail polish in "Vicious Trollop" ($14.99 Value)I am ALL about that name... for those who need a refresh, "Vicious Trollop" was the name of the lipstick that Lorelai and Emily bonded over while they were away for a spa weekend. The color is a deep red-pink color and it has almost a duo-chrome finish. So far I haven't experienced any chipping on day two, which usually is a pretty good sign for me. Apparently the two other colors you could have received were "Ready to Wallow" (when Rory breaks up with Dean) and "Wookie One Night Stand" (which is self-expainatory if you've watched the Netflix reboot).
Megpies strawberry poptart ($3.99 Value)Megpies is an Brooklyn manufactured bakery that started doing bake sales, then moved to a cafe with deliveries available on bicycle, and now you can order from them online. Obviously Lorelai and Rory only really have coffee and strawberry poptarts for breakfast, so this is fitting. Ironically strawberry or cherry poptarts were the only thing I could eat in the morning before school without feeling sick, so I'm excited to try this out tomorrow!
Al's Pancake World fridge magnet (price not listed)If I'm being 100% real, this may be my favorite item in the box. It makes me laugh so much. Because now anyone who comes over who hasn't seen Gilmore Girls is going to be so weirded out that I have a magnet of a Chinese takeout box with "Al's Pancake World" on it.
Other PurchasesSo on the website for these monthly boxes, they also let you buy merchandise from previous boxes with leftover stock. You may have seen this on my Instagram already, but of course this is a planner I had to have. It's so awesome. It's Luke's Diner menu, and on the front page, it has Luke's classic sign of "NO cellphones." So that's it! What do you think of this box? Are there any boxes you're obsessed with that I should check out? You can check out Lit-Cube and the Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes here. J. Check out my July Sephora Play! Box review here. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
KL Polish Review
Hello everybody! I've bought quite a few things from KL Polish (especially because I enjoy watching Kathleen Lights' Youtube videos), so I thought I would give you a review on the 7 nail polishes that I own in the line. What I really like about KL Polish so far is that the formula is pigmented enough to do only one coat. I typically do two no matter what, but it's nice to have options. I also like that the formula dries quickly, which means I'm a lot less likely to mess the nails up in the beginning.Read more.
St. ClairI have never owned a nail polish color like this one before. I've seen brands try to get in this color family, but the color that transfers onto the nails has always been a disappointment. This shade does not disappoint. It has a really pretty almost pearled look to it, especially if you add a clear top coat. The color definitely holds for a long time without chipping, which is amazing since I'm not really a delicate daisy when I'm working with my hands.
Brick SidewalkThe gif is dramatic, but the stain is real with it comes to this color. It's a red, which is to be understood since red pigments are the most intense, so I'd heavily recommend putting on a base coat before this. I was super bummed because I definitely chipped this on like day two, but then the rest of the polish lasted into a good second week. Where it was then nearly impossible to remove. But I'd say I still prefer KL Polish's over my other brands despite the small complications I had.
That's What She SaidIf I'm being 100% honest, this is probably my least favorite of all of the KL Polishes that I own. The concept of it is absolutely amazing, but it doesn't matter how careful I am, it always ends up looking streaky. I think if you use fake nails and paint those, this may work well for you. But for me personally, this is a miss. I'm so obsessed with the color though. It's an amazing metallic, and it gives me leather jacket vibes.
Das Esspensive XXV
Hands down, this is the best polish ever. Like ever ever. And unfortunately, it was limited edition because this particular KL Polish was to celebrate Kathleen's birthday. So not only do I have to control how often I use it so I can have it longer, but it also means that you won't be able to get your hands on any more of these. Which is such a bummer. I featured this in my March favorites post, and for very good reason. This is like a foiled polish, so the coverage is insanely amazing and it lasts a good 2 weeks or more before I experience any chipping.
The shade of this is so stinking pretty. For some reason I envision a modern high school girl who says her favorite movie is Pretty in Pink when I see this shade. Do you know what I mean? It's a gorgeous pink, but it's more muted with a purple-greyish undertone in it.
I am obsessed with the shade of Porter Miami. It reminds me of that guy from Frankie Munez's movie Big Fat Liar who jumped into the pool and his skin turned freakishly blue. I found that the shelf life on this polish is a little shorter than some of the other formulas for me personally, but the color is so summer (though I bet I could rock this in the winter months).
I have a love-like relationship with Caramello. Definitely not love-hate though. I have really pale skin, and for some reason when I saw this I thought it would be this gorgeous mustard yellow on my skin. It's not bad by any means, but on my nails it seems to pull more of a brown-tone. Which is gorgeous for fall. There's just a twinge of sadness that it wasn't a pure mustard yellow. But the formula was amazing, I was very happy with the length of time it lasted on my nails and it was pretty easy to remove. So that’s it! These are all of the polishes I own from KL Polish and my honest review on each. Let me know in the comments section below if you have any of these products (or other polishes in the line) and what your thoughts are. J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
July Sephora Play! Box + First Impressions
I'm really pleased with the Sephora Play! Box this month. Which makes me sad, because I temporarily discontinued my subscription to the Sephora Play! Box because Joseph and I are being cautious of our purchases, but alas. We were able to go out with a bang. Until we meet again Sephora Play! Box. So here is what came in this month's Sephora Play! Box and my first impressions/review of each product:Read more.
THIS MONTH’S THEME FOR THE SEPHORA PLAY! BOX WAS “Beauty Staycation” IT FEATURED summer savers and nurturing skincare.Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray - When I opened my box, I was so excited this product was included. This is a ride-or-die product for me -- I even professed my love for it in this post. I love Briogeo, they're one of my favorite brands because their products are coated in silicone that weighs your hair down and give you a false sense of conditioning. After every shower, I use this condition spray to keep my hair healthy, soft, and free from tangles. I think I've purchased 3 of the full-size bottles at this point, so I think it's safe to say we're committed. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment - I was pleasantly surprised! I'll be honest, Origins' products have not been kind to my skin, so I was thinking this would be like their charcoal mask (which my skin is not a fan). But it wasn't drying, my sensitive skin wasn't red or angry at me later, and I felt like it was gentle but definitely did the job. I will definitely be trying this again! IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara - So I'm a little mad at this product. My eyes were completely done, same with foundation and setting powder, and I went to put this on and a chunk of the mascara went through my lashes and then fell onto my face. Grr. Besides that mishap, I did have to work with the product quite a bit so it wasn't so clumpy, but I can't say it's a bad mascara. I've definitely seen much worse, but I don't think my current mascaras should be shaking in their tubes. I will try again before giving my final verdict. MILK Makeup Cooling Water - The initial reviews of this product on Sephora made me wonder if I'd like it, because it seems boring. This may be my favorite new product in the box. I tested it yesterday for the first time, and I think I'm going to really love this. Since I have oily/combo skin, I decided to put this on after moisturizing but before my primer. It feels slightly tacky (which helps your makeup stay on), and honestly I think this made a huge difference in blurring my pores and keeping them hydrated. It may be a fluke, but my skin wasn't nearly as oily as usual at the end of the day. bareMINERALS GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lip in Swag - I love a good nude liquid lip. And I have a lot in this shade, so I was most interested to see if the formula would be better than my Tarte or Colourpop ones. For my lips, it's definitely not. It was majorly disappointing, but it gave me that obvious line in the inside of the lips. Just not a fan of the consistency. So alas, I will need to see if there's someone else who would like it. Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine - Upon first whiff, I wasn't so sure. But somehow after closing my eyes and breathing it in, I was reminded of France. Something about it feels familiar. This has blood orange, jasmine, and sandalwood for the main ingredients so there's definitely a zesty and energizing feel to it. For some reason, there's a sad reminiscence that lingers for me.
“It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air.”So that’s it for this box! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any of these products and what your thoughts are. J. Check out June's Sephora Play! Box here. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
5 Essential Oils You Actually Need In Your Life
I'll come out and say it, there is SO much information on essential oils out there. And it's really stinking overwhelming when you want to start using them. #InformationOverload. So I decided to come up with my top 5 essential oils list and what I use each one for to help those of you who may be wanting to get into essential oils for the first time. (Or hey, maybe you love them and are an expert yourself!)Read more.
Pro Tip: One thing to keep in mind when purchasing essential oils is that you want them to be 100% pure.There are a lot of places that you can purchase essential oils from. I personally have a lot of oils from doterra, and recently I was sent some oils from artnaturals. Personally I love them both, but artnaturals is way friendlier on the wallet so that's where I will be heading to repurchase. I also love that on the artnaturals website, you can shop by ailment. So if you're looking for a solution for stress relief, the drop down menu brings you straight to the oils that will help with that. But anyways, here are my top 5 essential oils that you actually need in your life.
My Top 5 Essential Oils
- Diffuse 4-5 drops in a large diffuser around bedtime to relax and sleep like a rock
- Add a couple drops to an evening bath after a stressful day
- Mix in with daily moisturizer or coconut oil to calm sensitive skin (on face or body)
- Mix with coconut oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet to moisturize and treat insomnia
- Use a drop of tea tree oil to directly treat acne
- Add a drop or two to an evening cleanser for an extra boost
- Add 4 drops to a diffuser to help clear the mind (and the air)
- Add a couple drops to a bath for a detox
- Apply to fingers and rub behind the ears and back of the neck for headaches/migraines
- Diffuse (or inhale from the bottle) to take away nausea
- Mix with water and spray the outside of windows/doors for a natural bug deterrent
- Mix with tea tree oil and spray on a dry shower curtain to disinfect and kill mold
- Mix only a couple drops into a spray bottle filled with water for an itchy pet (more info)
- Diffuse to clear nasal passages and alleviate chest congestion when allergies are acting up or when sick
- Mix 2 drops in with a moisturizer at night to fight age spots, acne scars, wrinkles etc.
- Mix with coconut oil and put on the bottom of the feet to stabilize mood
- Diffuse during prayer
Monthly Favorites – June
It's been a crazy month. My mom's side of the family got together for a family reunion in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Joseph and I are still recovering. I'm a little exhausted, but I realized it's already the 4th, so I wanted to get this post up since I have some fun things coming up for future posts. So without further ado, let's jump into my June beauty favorites!Read more.
My favorite products from the month of June:Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo: I mentioned this product in my 7 Summer Beauty Must-Haves post, but I'm obsessed. I had used this a few years back, but fell in love again when I was shopping at ULTA. My "Not Your Mother's" dry shampoo left a horrible white cast on my hair, which made me look like I was going grey. But this stuff is incredible. Not only does it come out brown, but it's easy to work into your hair and it doesn't weigh it down. Lee Stafford Chopstick Ceramic Curling Wand: ALL THE YES. Yup. This. I've only had it for about 2 weeks, but I'm obsessed. I bought this because I felt like rocking some 80s inspired corkscrew curls, and this is the perfect wand for it. It only takes me about 20-30 minutes to do my hair. It's much faster than you would think -- you only need like 10 seconds per curl. The barrel is square and really small. It also doesn't have a clip, which I prefer. You can definitely make your hair style as crazy or as toned down as you want. I also love that it looks even better on the second day. Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Palette: I wrote about my first experience with Morphe here, and I'll be honest, they're definitely a hit or miss company for me. I've casually watched Jaclyn's Youtube tutorials since her early days in her kitchen, and I wanted to support her as a fellow beauty enthusiast. And WOW. These shadows are hands down the best ones compared to the other 3 palettes I own by Morphe. If you're on the fence about this palette because you've been unimpressed with Morphe before, I can 100% say that mine was worth every penny. LUSH Lip Scrub in Mint Julips: I'm probably going to offend a lot of people with this... but prior to last week, I had never been to LUSH. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about my first LUSH experience! I wanted to mention this product in my June beauty favorites because I've been using this so much! I've been desperately needing a good exfoliant for my lips, and this is SO good. It tastes like mint chocolate and it's edible, so when you scrub your mouth you can just lick it off! artnaturals Tea Tree Essential Oil: This month, my skin was NOT having it. No matter what I did, my skin was inflamed, broken out and sensitive to the point of tears. I was sent some of the artnaturals essential oils, and they have been a God send! The tea tree one in particular I have used morning and night on my skin and I have seen a huge improvement. If you have sensitivity and breakouts, try mixing tea tree and lavender essential oils. (Just make sure they are 100% pure and not mixed or diluted)
Other monthly favorites:
- World Market coffee - French and Italian blends
- Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
7 Summer Beauty Must-Haves
Ice cream, pool parties, sweating like a pig... isn't summer fun? I may look like Larry the Lobster in the summer months, but I love summer beauty! All of the products listed below are ones that I personally love and have recommended on multiple occasions to my friends and family. So without any further delay, let's get into 7 of my must-have summer beauty products that you should definitely have in your life this summer.Read more.