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8 Beauty Secrets To Get Flawless and Glowing Summer Skin

June 24, 2021

Everybody wants to look good at the beach, by the pool or at fun Summer events. I asked beauty expert and makeup artist Rita Fioritto how to get flawless and natural glowing skin in the Summer. Ready to take notes? Here are 8 valuable beauty secrets from Rita with products recommendations:

1. Up Your Water Intake

Get a water bottle and keep drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins from your body, while giving you healthier and hydrated skin.

Products recommendations: Self Cleaning 25 oz Water Bottle LARQ, Giotto Large 1 Gallon/128oz Motivational Water Bottle with Time Marker & Straw.

2. Exfoliate

For cleaner smoother skin and to better absorb hydration, Rita recommends gentle exfoliation twice a week to remove dead skin cells and leave your skin looking radiant. Do it in the morning after your cleanser and before toning your skin.

Products recommendations: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment, Gentle Facial Buffing Cream With Botanical Extracts. TIP: Makeup will last longer on exfoliated skin. 


3. Apply a Mask Specific For Your Skin Type

Choose between hydrating, deep cleansing, detoxifying, clay, charcoal or overnight beauty sleep masks once or twice a week.

Products recommendations: Youth To The PeopleSuperberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C, Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial Mask, Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask, Glam Glow Super Mud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask, Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish.


4. Tone Your Skin 

Toning the skin is important and a must during the summer months to soothe and give a temporally tighter sensation to the skin. A good toner aids and helps the skin regaining moisture, besides removing oil and leftover makeup. Most importantly, it minimizes the appearance of pores.

Products recommendations: Laneige Essential Power Skin Toner for Combination to Oily Skin, Laneige Essential Power Skin Toner for Normal to Dry Skin.


5. Wear a Serum

Serums are important to tackle so many skin concerns. It’s an extra step in your skin care routine that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some face serums contain nutrients that may help your skin in different things such as hydrating, brightening and preventing damage from ultraviolet (UV) light and pollution, just to name a few of the benefits.

Products recommendations: Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, Estée LauderEstee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum, Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C Face Serum, Supergoop!Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40 Sunscreen Serum PA+++.


6. Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is different from the rest of your face. It’s thinner, and the first area to show signs of aging. Eye creams are important to hydrate the eye area, to treat or prevent fine lines and puffiness. They make the eye area firmer and supple.

Products Recommendations: OriginsEye Doctor™ Moisture Care For Skin Around Eyes, Hada Labo Tokyo Age Correcting Eye Cream, A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles | Eye Cream | SkinCeuticals, Drunk Elephant C-Tango™ Vitamin C Eye Cream, Dr. Barbara SturmEye Cream, Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Firming Eye Gel-Cream, First Aid BeautyFAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid, Supergoop! Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40 PA+++


7. Pick a Moisturizer

Rita recommends to use a lighter moisturizer in the warmer months, different from the heavy moisturizer you used during the winter months. Pick a lightweight moisturizer, some already come with SPF for daytime use. 

Products Recommendations: Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream, Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Lightweight Firming Cashmere Moisturizer, Lancôme Hydra Zen Glow Liquid Lightweight Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid, Derma E Collagen Moisturizer, Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Cream SPF 30, Supergoop!Superscreen Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA+++, Vichy Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 30


8. Sunscreen 

Rita says to apply sunscreen all year round, with a minimum of 30 SPF. A teaspoon is all you need for the face, and it should be applied every 2 hours after swimming or you been exposed in the sun. Sunscreen will help prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage. 

Products Recommendations: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Light Fluid Face Sunscreen SPF 60, Sunday RileyLight Hearted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Daily Face Sunscreen, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen, SkinCeuticals ACDDaily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30, Supergoop!Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++.


Do you change your skincare routine in the Summer months? Feel free to share other tips with our community in the comments.

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Lifestyle, Style

Work From Home Tricks and Tips

March 23, 2020

By Luci Fioritto

Scary times, I know! Lots of adjustments, and uncertainties, phew! How was your 1st week working from home? If you are straggling or if you feel your routine needs some adds-on to reach a balance, this post will help you.

I remember when I started working from home in 2012, it was not easy. At the time I had no children, and I enjoyed getting ready in the morning, seeing people every day and be in a routine I knew for a long long time, which was going to the office. Sometimes It takes a minute to get used to a WFH (Work From Home) routine, but once you get into the rhythm, trust me, it’s not bad. I ended up going back to the office when I changed jobs, but worked partially remote for a couple of years after, before taking the decision to working for myself and from home full time as a freelancer when I had my second child. So, I considere myself very adaptable and that’s the attitude you need right now: Adapt to stay sane! 

If you are new to the WFH thing. Here’s the trick: CREATE A ROUTINE.

  • Wake up at the same time you would if you were going to the office. 
  • Use the time you would commute to work and squeeze in a work out – even if 15 minutes it’s all you have, move your body – it will make a big difference on your day and mood.
  • Make your bed – it gives you a sense of accomplishing something 
  • Take a shower
  • Dress up, even to a casual look but take off your pijamas or what ever you slept in
  • Brush your hair, brush your teeth and put on deodorant – keep your hygiene, please!
  • For the ladies, if you like makeup, put some on. Even if just a BB cream, blush and mascara. Again, it makes a difference.
  • Have breakfast
  • Try to work in separate rooms if you have a significant other or flat mate also working from home, if possible. Getting some space apart is important.
  • Make a to do list and stick to it
  • Make coffee 
  • Get some fresh air
  • Stop for lunch at the same time you would at the office
  • Make more coffee
  • Stretch 
  • If it makes you productive and if it’s possible, work outside from your porch
  • Stop working at the time you would while at the office or when you are finished
  • Put your computer and work away for life work balance.


Portuguese Version

Dicas para Trabalhar de Casa

Por Luci Fioritto

Tempos difíceis, eu sei! Muitos ajustes a se fazer e incertezas, aff! Como foi a sua primeira semana trabalhando de casa? Se você está tendo dificuldades, ou acha que precisa complementar a sua rotina para alcançar um equilíbrio, essa matéria vai te ajudar.

Quando eu comecei a trabalhar de casa em 2012, não foi fácil. Naquela época, eu não tinha filhos, e eu curtia ficar pronta de manhã, ver gente todos os dias e ficar em uma rotina que eu conhecia durante muito muito tempo, que era trabalhar no escritório.

Às vezes demora um pouco para se acostumar a rotina de TDC (trabalhar de casa), mas uma vez que você entra no ritmo, acredite, é muito bom. Eu acabei voltando a trabalhar novamente no escritório, quando eu mudei de emprego, mas eu trabalhei de casa parcialmente por alguns anos depois, antes de tomar a decisão de me tornar freelancer e trabalhar de casa, depois do nascimento da minha segunda filha. Eu me considero bem adaptável, e é essa atitude que você tem que tomar agora: Adapte-se para você manter a sanidade mental!

Para você que é novo em TDC, aqui um toque: CRIE UMA ROTINA.

  • Acorde na mesma hora que você levantaria para ir ao escritório.
  • Use o tempo que você gastaria se mobilizando para o trabalho, para adicionar um treinozinho – mesmo que for por 15 minutos. Mexa seu corpo! Você sentirá uma grande diferença no seu dia e no seu humor.
  • Arrume sua cama – lhe dará a sensação de algo cumprido.
  • Tome banho.
  • Se arrume, mesmo se for algo mais casual, tire o seu pijama!
  • Penteie os cabelos, escove os dentes e passe desodorante – mantenha sua higiene pessoal, por favor! 
  • Para as mulheres que gostam de maquiagem, aplique um pouco. Mesmo se for apenas um BB cream, blush, rímel e gloss. Faz diferença!
  • Tome café da manhã.
  • Se possível, tente trabalhar em um cômodo separado do seu parceiro (a), ou de pessoas você divide sua casa, que estão trabalhando de casa como você. Ter um espaço separado é importante.
  • Faça um checklist e cumpra seus objetivos diários.
  • Faça café.
  • Tome um ar.
  • Pare para almoçar, e tente fazê-lo na mesma hora que o faria, se estivesse no escritório.
  • Faça mais café.
  • Estique-se.
  • Se te faz produtivo, e se for possível, trabalhe da sua varanda.
  • Pare de trabalhar no mesmo horário que você pararia no escritório.
  • Coloque seu computador e trabalho de lado, para manter um equilíbrio em casa.

Kids Activities, Lifestyle, Travel

Detroit Christmas Lights

December 5, 2019

By Luci

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Everywhere you go… – I love this song.

Christmas lights in downtown Detroit keep getting better year after year. We love watching Holidays lights with the girls, it is one of our traditions this time of the year. Last weekend we finally had a chance to check it out, closing our long Thanksgiving holiday weekend perfectly.

Campus Martius Christmas Tree

It was cloudy and it started raining unexpectedly on our way to the city, which it made us almost to change our plans, but since we’re halfway through and so in need of some fresh air, we decided to give it a try. We were also hungry, so we stopped at a place to get a bite, with the hopes the rain would stop. Best decision we made – the rain stopped, we had our bellies full and it wasn’t too cold. The streets were wet, but it wasn’t bad, it actually made it extra fun for the girls with all the puddles. 

Cadillac Square Christmas Market

Campus Maritus wasn’t crowded, so we stayed around that area. We had a chance to really look around and see the amazing job the city and sponsors did this year. 

Campus Martius

So many adorable spots and interactive installations with the cutest lights and backgrounds to take Holidays pictures in Detroit. Actually I think I’m starting a series of this to give you ideas to take yours. Here are my findings around Campus Martius. Check it out!

Woodward Ave – across the street from Quick Loans
Quick Loans Building
Michigan Humane Society Installation
Campus Martius

I can’t wait to go back and explore more! What’s your holiday tradition?


Wearing Calvin Klein coat (old collection) .
Tony is wearing Jcrew coat (old collection) and YSL scarf.

Carolina is wearing Kate Spade hat & scarf. Zara Jacket & boots and Pipa & Julie dress.

Vivian is wearing Zara Jacket. Neiman Marcus hat and Ugg snow boots.

Campus Martius Christmas Tree

Portuguese version

Luzes de Natal em Detroit – tire uma foto

By Luci

As luzes de Natal em Detroit ficam cada ano mais bonitas. Ver as luzes de Natal é tradição da nossa família nesta época do ano.
Fim de semana passado nós finalmente conseguimos ir conferir as luzes de Detroit, fechando com chave de ouro o nosso fim de semana prolongado do Thanksgiving.

O tempo estava fechado, e começou a chover no caminho, o que fez a gente quase desistir, mas resolvemos arriscar e ir assim mesmo, porque precisávamos tomar um ar. Estávamos com fome, então paramos em um lugar para comer, na esperança da chuva passar… Foi realmente o que aconteceu, a chuva deu uma trégua e conseguimos nos divertir. As ruas estavam bem molhadas, cheias de poças d’água, o que não foi problema, porque até adicionou uma diversão à mais para as meninas – elas adoram pular em poças! Como estavam com botas, deixei elas aproveitarem. Amaram!

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Conseguimos explorar a área da Campus Martius. A cidade e os patrocinadores arrasaram este ano. A decoração está linda!

Campus Martius

Tem tantos lugares fofos e instalações interativas com as luzes de Natal de fundo os para tirar fotos de Natal em Detroit. Na verdade, acho que vou começar uma série de uns lugares legais tirar foto nesta época do ano. Aqui estão as minhas descobertas ao redor da Campus Martius. Confiram!

Woodward Ave
Woodward Ave
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