Nappy Model: Get that vacation glow, even when stuck at home
by BeBe Benjamin
Special to The Star
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Summer should be one long vacation, but the reality is that most of us are lucky to be able to pack our bags a couple of times this season to hit the open roads.

If time or finances are preventing your ultimate getaway, you can fake that “just back from vacation” glow using the tips below.

A pearly white smile not only does wonders for your countenance, but radiates to everyone around you. Shine on with Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel — priced less than $10 at CVS and Dollar General stores.

Want to stay looking refreshed and bright-eyed? Line the inner corner of bottom lashes with white liner for that well-rested, alert look. Try the NYC New York Color classic brow and liner pencil look for just 99 cents.

White also works as a no-fuss nail color that pops with everything. Like white linen in the summer sun, toenail and fingernail tips will look clean and fresh with Energy Source nail polish by LA Colors available in Dollar General and Dollar Tree stores for 99 cents.

Speaking of white, white tops — can we ever get enough of them? Paired with florals or denim blues, these easy to pack, easy to wear tops are great for recreating that “instant getaway” feel. How does two for $10 sound? Try Walmart and Old Navy for steals and deals on white tees and tanks.

You aren’t the only one craving a vacation. Your skin deserves a summer break as well. Go light on the foundation, and play up eyes with Black Opal Color Splurge eye shadows in Racey Maven, Amaze Mint and Psychedelic Craze for $6.95 at Or treat your lips to a relaxing coat of Wet n Wild in Megalast Pink Suga, Bare it All or Dollhouse Pink — around $2 at most retailers.

Whether you’re on vacation, just returning or can’t seem to find the time or money to go anywhere just yet, you can still look like a week’s worth of pampering and relaxation. Just fake it!


BeBe Benjamin and her daughter, Loris Hutchinson, are the frugal fashionistas behind Nappy Model Inc., a guide to personal improvement with an emphasis on making a positive contribution to the world.

Wardrobe consultants, jewelry designers and paparazzi for hot shoes, hairstyles and fashion on the street, this mother-daughter team knows how to transform meager looks into money looks with ease.

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