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If you’ve ever wondered how celebrities seem to have tan,glowing skin all-year round, a lot of them turn to Isabel Alysa, Hollywood’s go-to spray tan artist. The entrepreneur works with so many stars and she’s even created her own beauty products so all of us can shop for those celebrity-inspired glows.
Los Angeles tanning enthusiasts are already familiar with Isabel’s tanning studio, Dolce Glow. And for those of us who do not live in the LA area, we can get that signature glow from the comfort of our own homes through the Dolce Glow By Isabel Alysa tanning products.
She has channeled her years of expertise to create tanning mousse, gradual tanning lotion, applicator mitts, and more innovative products to help you get your ideal tan and minimize those classic tanning mistakes. Isabel chatted with E! News to share her tips for pre-tan preparation, post-tan care, tan application, and more insights to ensure that you will always have a streak-free, natural-looking bronze.
E!: In addition to spray tanning your clients in person, you also sell at-home tanning products. What changes in tanning trends have you noticed in those two facets of your business?
IA: I’ve definitely seen an increase in direct-to-consumer sales. So many more people are doing self-tanning at home. Personally, for Dolce Glow, last year was one of the best for my business. It was interesting because while a lot of companies and businesses really struggled, we definitely saw a huge increase in our sales. People want to look and feel good, even if they are just staying at home.
And, then with the spray tanning side of things, especially for celebrities, I feel super blessed to be in the glam squad because the entertainment industry is still going, with safety precautions in place. You’re getting COVID tested before you go in. You have to show a negative PCR test and proof of vaccination. I definitely feel super blessed to work. I’m still being requested so much because a lot of the people I work with are still filming and doing other projects.
E!: You have a mousse, a mist, and a lotion? Experienced self-tanners have developed their own preferences, but for people who are unsure what makes sense for them personally, what are some insights they should know for picking the best product for them?
IA: I feel like if you’re new to self-tanning, you definitely want to start with something that’s formulated like something you are used to using already in your routine. If you are used to apply a spray on a regular basis, like a facial mist, using a self-tanning spray might be smarter and easier for you. We’re all used to applying lotion, right? Using a self-tanning lotion would be a great start to using tanner.
For someone that’s new to self-tanning, who may be scared to try something new, my go-to wouldn’t be a mousse. It would actually be a gradual tanning lotion because you just apply a lotion. You can use it with your hands as long as you wash your hands right after. Or you can apply it and just even circular motion, just how you would put lotion on yourself.
Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa Dolce Self-Tanning Mist
This is an easy-to-use sunless tanning mist. Unlike most sprays, you don’t have to hold this upright to use it. This one has innovative, 360º coverage, which means you can hold the spray upside down to use it, which is just such a game changer.
Spray this eight inches from the skin and blend it in circular motions or you can apply it directly onto your tanning mitt to apply in circular motions.
Dolce Glow By Isabel Alysa Lusso Self-Tanning Mousse
This is a buildable, fast-drying, streak-free tanning mousse that gives you a radiant, deep, natural-looking tan.
A shopper said, “The fastest drying self tanning mousse I have ever used! Doesn’t have that normal strong self tanner smell either. Definitely recommend!”
Dolce Glow By Isabel Alysa Des Nuda Self-Tanning Lotion
“I would always go with like a less is more approach, so you want to start with like a light to medium, gradual tanner. The most amazing thing with the gradual lotions is that they’re not really heavy in comparison to dark bronzers that can be intimidating to first-time tanners. As I’ve progressed and I have so many variations in our line, gradual tanner lotion is the easiest to apply for me. They don’t transfer and they are super hydrating. You can also mix them in with your favorite moisturizer that you already use.”
“A gradual tanning lotion is also great to pack on a trip if you want to maintain your tan or even if you want to combat the fade that comes with being the sun or swimming.”
Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa
“Moisturize your skin while you tan with this lotion. It provides a glowing medium to dark tan that looks natural. Just use your mitt to apply in circular, even motions to get your glow on.”
Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa Application Glove
“When you tan your hands and your feet, don’t put tanner on directly or even glob it on a tanning mitt. Instead, you want to just use what’s leftover on the mitt to get a realistic saturation of color.”
Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa Kabuki Brush
“At the end of your tanning application, you can even apply tanner with a makeup brush, just blending it out with a really nice kabuki makeup brush. Form a bear claw gesture with your hand and use that brush to get in between the webs of your fingers. Using a makeup brush to tan your hands and feet is a a really, really good method.”
“It’s good for those smaller areas, like in between your fingers. It’s great around your ankles and to blend out your tan in that small area between your hand and your palm. That’s an area that can easily get a little choppy. The brush would help smooth out that glow.”
“You can use a makeup brush to contour, adding a little definition on your arm. So, if you flex, wherever that muscle line is, contour that area with some tanner and the makeup brush. It’s also great for contouring the face. Just use that little bit of excess product you have left over, make a fishy face, and put it on your cheekbones, around your forehead, and you can bring it down to your neck under your chin. You can also create some abs, adding some definition to your pelvic area.”
E!: What are some of the biggest mistakes people make preparing to self-tan or spray tan?
IA: I think one of the biggest mistake people make is that they exfoliate right before their appointments or they’ll take a shower with lots of soaps. You should be exfoliating and preparing your skin 24 to 48 hours in advance and that also includes shaving. The number one cause for streaks in any spray tan or self-tanning application is the razor residue that was leftover from shaving right beforehand. You shouldn’t shave right before tanning.
You need to do all your skin preparation the day before because if you do not, your pores are wide open. Sometimes, if you shower and exfoliate right before your spray tanning or self-tanning appointment, the chances are the self-tan or spray tan will not achieve its dark color because your pores are wide open.
E!: Is part of that because showering changes your pH levels?
IA: Yes because it takes several hours for your pH levels to get back to its normal range after a shower. The amino acids and your pH are softening the skin when you shower in warm water. Applying tanner or spray tanning right after a shower is really going to reduce the darkness that could be achieved compared to if you showered the night before instead.
E!: What about that first shower post-tan? What are some things to keep in mind so we don’t mess up our tans?
IA: It needs to be warm water and you should really take your time in there, especially if you are using a tanner that has a cosmetic bronzer, which is usually the brown stuff that you see come off in the shower. You aren’t taking off the tanner, you are taking off that bronzer when you shower. You really want to take your time and lather yourself with your hands (no soap) and just make sure there are no watermarks.
A lot of people say “my tan is so streaky” and that’s often because they didn’t take the time to fully wash that bronzer off in the shower. Rinse until that water trickling down is clear and free of bronzer. That’s how you know you’ve fully rinsed.
Your tan will continue to develop for 24 hours, which is why we encourage people to not use soap for that first shower.
Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa Exfoliating Mitt
When you’re ready for a new tan, exfoliate the remnants of your current bronze with this exfoliating mitt to make sure your skin is smooth and ready to take on some fresh bronze. It’s great to prepare your skin for tanning and remove dry skin cells, according to Isabel.
E!: If you want to be tan all the time, what are some good habits to add to our beauty routine to prevent product buildup and an uneven tan application?
IA: Three days after your tan, you can start to dry brush any excess dry skin off of your skin. Dry brushing removes all that dead skin. Dry brushing in between tans really helps, especially at day five, day six, day seven, you’re ready to exfoliate.
E!: Is the Mia Shimmer Topper Lotion a good thing to use when you’re in between tanning to just keep a glow and cover a fading tan?
IA: It’s the great to use as your tan starts to fade and you’re in between showers. It’s a lotion that looks like a body makeup. It has that nice beautiful sheen and it dries instantly, so you’re not gonna transfer onto your clothes and it washes off that night. Putting that on right before you leave is really just a quick, amazing go-to that you can put all over your body.
Dolce Glow By Isabel Alysa Mia Shimmer Topper Lotion
This luxuriously hydrating shimmer lotion acts as lightwright, wash-off body makeup. It’s just what you need to get that extra glow and bring some highlight to all the right places.
A shopper praised this as the “best product for going out at night or to an event.” Another person raved, “It’s like a body lotion with a glow! Covers up varicose veins, nice bronzed color and washes off day of. Can use with a tan under or no tan. The perfect body glow. Oh and it doesn’t transfer!!!”
Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa In The Spotlight
This three-piece set has the Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa Tanning Mist, Mia Lotion Shimmer Topper, and Kabuki Brush.
Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa
This set has all of the Dolce Glow tanning necessities: the mist, gradual tanning lotion, the shimmer topper lotion, and the application mitt.
Dolce Glow by Isabel Alysa
Go all out for a great glow with this value set, which has the tanning mist, tanning mousse, gradual tanning lotion (in both light/medium and medium/dark), the shimmer lotion, an application glove, an exfoliating mitt, and a kabuki brush.
If you’re looking for that natural-looking glow, here are some more of our favorite tanning products.
(This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.)
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Uvalde Mom ‘Destroyed’ By Loss of Only Daughter, Calls Texas Gov. Abbott ‘Embarrassment’
Ana Rodriguez lost her only daughter in the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, this week. She calls it utter madness that the gunman was able to legally purchase two AR-15 rifles the minute he turned 18 this month, but still couldn’t get served at a bar.
“How can an 18 year-old buy an AR but he cannot buy beer? That is absolute insanity,” Rodriguez, 35, tells Rolling Stone.
Speaking in a her first interview since the rampage claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers — including her 10-year-old daughter Maite Rodriguez — the devastated mom says she heard the father of another victim highlight the disparity in the minimum ages for gun buying and drinking in Texas, and she wanted to amplify the message.
“In my opinion, nobody’s brain is fully developed at the age 18. You’re still a child, and what would a child do with an AR? I guess we all know now,” she says.
Rodriguez, who went from planning her daughter’s future to planning her funeral all in the same week, says that even amid her blinding grief, she can see Gov. Greg Abbott’s refusal to even consider stronger gun laws in the aftermath of Tuesday’s tragedy for what it is, inexcusable.
“He is an absolute embarrassment to Texas,” she says of the two-term Republican governor who’s heading into an election against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, the former U.S. Representative who interrupted an Abbott press conference Wednesday to call the tragedy “totally predictable” due to lax gun regulation.
Breaking down in sobs as she describes her bright and “empathetic” daughter, Rodriguez says Maite, and everyone killed in the senseless shooting, had so much to offer and deserved so much better.
“Ever since kindergarten, she wanted to be a marine biologist. She was very smart and competitive. She started looking at universities on the internet and had her heart set on Texas A&M in Corpus Christi,” Rodriguez says, marveling at her child’s determination at such a young age.
“She was very charismatic, very loving, giving. She was my very best friend. We did everything together. She was my only girl,” Rodriguez says. “She was a beautiful soul, inside and out. She was definitely way better than I was at that age. I was so proud of her.”
Rodriguez, 35, says her life now will never be the same.
“This has completely, completely destroyed me,” Rodriguez says. “This situation has completely rocked me to my core and my entire family. None of those children deserved what happened. We want to thank the community for everything they’re doing for us. If she could see how much people care for her and these kids, she’d be so happy.”
A relative of Rodriguez, Felix Coronado, set up a GoFundMe to help the family with funeral expenses and time away from work to grieve. Speaking to Rolling Stone on Wednesday, Coronado described Maite as someone who was always looking out for others.
“She was always excited and happy — so much fun to be around. She loved going to the beach,” Coronado, the brother of Maite’s grandfather, says. “We heard from a kid who survived in the room. He told us that she did everything she could to help the other kids.”
Farewell Andy Fletcher: A Toast to Depeche Mode’s Quiet One
Goodbye to Andy Fletcher, a beloved New Wave uncle to countless Depeche Mode fans over the years. Fletch, who died at age 60 of natural causes, was a founding member of the pioneering synth-pop sages, and a crucial element in their chemistry. Every sullen goth teen who ever wore black in the Eighties has a soft spot in their heart for this man, which is why fans all over the world are blasting Black Celebration in his honor right now. Fletch represented their original punk-rock spirit of inspired amateurism. As he told the NME right at the beginning, in 1981, “You don’t have to be a great musician to play and get a message out. We certainly didn’t know anything about music.”
In Depeche Mode, Fletch always stood between two mega-flamboyant personalities. On one hand: Martin Gore, the brooding songwriter, pouting “Understaaand me” to the camera in a leather jacket. On the other hand: Dave Gahan, the flamboyant, extroverted, extremely topless lead singer, never shy about preening in white jeans. Fletch was in the middle, the quiet one, always slightly bemused at finding himself caught up in such a long-running pop melodrama.
As Depeche Mode kept getting kinkier and gothier, Fletch kept giving the vibe of an affable accountant who wandered into the industrial sex club by mistake. He always seemed to have the same haircut, the same glasses, the same dry smirk. The closest he came to the others’ theatrical decadence was lip-synching the screams in the “Master and Servant” video.
Fletch always had a unique and enigmatic role in this most unique and enigmatic group. To be specific, fans weren’t quite sure what he actually did. He was famously hands-off musically. Unlike the other two, he didn’t sing or write; nobody seemed to know if his keyboard was even plugged in. That was part of his mystique. He appeared onstage—but his real job was looking after their business affairs. As Gahan once mused, “Maybe we should set a fax machine up for him onstage.”
Yet he was also an eloquent spokesman for the whole Depeche Mode concept. “The beauty of using electronics is that music can now be made in your bedroom,” he told Rolling Stone in 1993. “You don’t need to get four people together in some warehouse to practice.” For him, that set artists free for new kinds of creative liberation. “Obviously, it’s sad to see the demise of the traditional rock group. But there’s always going to be a place for it in cabaret.”
The group started off with in the London suburb Basildon, with synth wizard Vince Clarke writing the songs. They scored brilliant hits—“Dreaming of Me,” “New Life,” “Just Can’t Get Enough”—and the classic 1981 debut Speak and Spell. When Clarke quit and moved on to Yaz, everybody assumed Depeche Mode was finished—but they carried on in an extremely weird four-man configuration. Martin Gore wrote the songs, Dave Gahan swiveled his hips, Alan Wilder played most of the music—and Fletch looked after the office. Wilder left in 1995, but the core trio carried on, as cheerfully dysfunctional as ever.
The Mode became elder statesmen, touring the world. “Traveling gets harder as we get older,” Fletch told me in 2009. “But you know, we do travel in a certain amount of luxury.” They always kept making great music in the studio—their last album, 2017’s Spirit, is a truly underrated banger. The gorgeous 2005 Playing the Angel is a top-five Depeche Mode album, with one of their loveliest singles in “Precious.” And they remained monstrously awesome as a live act. “We’re not the Cure,” Fletcher said. “We don’t play for four hours. I think Dave would die of a heart attack if he kept running around the stage dancing for that long.”
Fletch was famous for his dry, oft-caustic wit. When Depeche Mode was inducted into the Hall of Fame, via long-distance video, Dave Gahan gave a speech thanking the group’s artistic heroes, like David Bowie, Iggy and the Stooges, the Clash. Fletcher chimed in, “The Eagles!” In the classic D.A. Pennebaker documentary 101, fans follow the group on an American tour. Fletch spends the whole movie looking slightly surprised, yet amused by all the fan hysteria around him, not to mention the melodrama in the group itself. That’s how fans will remember him. R.I.P., Fletch.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Finally Hits Theaters — Here’s When You’ll Be Able to Watch It Online
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The Top Gun sequel’s premiere date, like many other franchises, got delayed multiple times over the course of the pandemic. But after years of anticipation, Joseph Kosinski’s new action film will finally soar into a theater near you for Memorial Day weekend.
If you’re feeling the need to stream the film that started it all, here’s what you need to know about watching Top Gun online. Plus, below we’ve found how to reserve tickets to see Top Gun: Maverick in time for its premiere in theaters.
Top Gun: Maverick: Release Date, Theater Showtimes, Tickets
Starring Cruise, Miles Teller (Goose’s son, Rooster), Jennifer Connelly (Penelope), along with Jon Hamm and Val Kilmer (Iceman), Top Gun: Maverick debuts in theaters on Friday, May 27, 2022. Theatergoers can see their local showtimes and purchase tickets online through sites like Fandango.
Can You Stream Top Gun: Maverick Online?
Top Gun fans eager to see Maverick on their screens at home will have to wait a little longer. For now, the blockbuster is only playing in theaters across the country and won’t be available on streaming services — a shift from the rollout of other new releases over the last year, like Dune.
Still, the Paramount Pictures film is expected to eventually be available online, which means you can wait to stream Top Gun: Maverick online if you don’t want to go to the theater. While the studio hasn’t announced which streaming service Top Gun: Maverick will be on, it’s likely that it won’t be on Netflix or HBO Max, but rather on Paramount+, which is affiliated with Paramount Pictures.
If you want to watch Top Gun: Maverick on Paramount+, start checking your calendar: most new films have a theatrical window of about 45 days, and if Paramount+ keeps the same timeline, you’ll be able to stream Top Gun: Maverick online around July 11.
For now, the only way to watch Top Gun: Maverick is in person. And hey, what better way to watch the action movie of all action movies for the first time than in theaters?
How to Watch Top Gun Online for Free
While you’ll have to wait a few weeks to stream Top Gun: Maverick online, you can watch the original Top Gun movie online free. If you want to watch the Eighties classic before seeing Top Gun: Maverick, you can watch Top Gun online free with a free trial to Paramount+.
Regularly $4.99/month, your free trial gets you seven days of free access to the Paramount+ library, which includes the first Top Gun movie. Use your free trial to stream Top Gun free online and then choose to continue on with a Paramount+ subscription at the $4.99 price point or cancel anytime.
Is Top Gun Streaming on Netflix?
Yes, you can stream Top Gun with a Netflix subscription. Subscribers can even download the movie to watch it offline, too. But you’ll want to hurry as the the Tony Scott-directed film leaves the streaming service on May 31.
Can You Stream Top Gun on Hulu?
Hulu subscribers who have the Live TV package can stream Top Gun whenever it’s playing on TV.
With a Hulu + Live TV package, you can add the movie to your “My Stuff” section and even record it if you won’t be home when it airs. That way, you can stream Top Gun from your Hulu app afterwards. Your subscription includes 80+ live TV channels too, that covers news, sports, entertainment and more.
How to Watch Top Gun Without Cable or a Streaming Subscription
Streaming isn’t your only way to watch the original Top Gun. You can own it on Blu-ray, too, and watch the action movie in 4K at home.
You’ll also get special features that you wouldn’t normally get to see anywhere else, including the Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun documentary, along with interviews with the cast.
As of this writing, you can get Top Gun on Blu-ray for just $7 on Amazon — a 34 percent discount.
Top Gun and Top Gun 2 Soundtrack: Where to Stream
You can’t really mention Top Gun without immediately hearing the songs featured on its iconic soundtrack.
The tracklist includes Berlin’s classic ballad “Take My Breath Away,” opener “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins, and eight others — all of which you can listen to on all the major streaming services, or by owning the album on CD.
For Top Gun: Maverick, meantime, fans can already buy the sequel’s soundtrack online to listen to all the songs from the film, like OneRepublic’s “I Ain’t Worried,” “Great Balls of Fire (Live)” by Teller, and, of course, “Danger Zone.” The soundtrack also features the film’s score, plus Lady Gaga’s lead single, “Hold My Hand,” which you stream on Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music, or buy the digital download online.
“When I wrote this song for Top Gun: Maverick, I didn’t even realize the multiple layers it spanned across the film’s heart, my own psyche, and the nature of the world we’ve been living in,” Gaga wrote of the song on Twitter earlier this month. “I’ve been working on it for years, perfecting it, trying to make it ours.”
Gaga also recently released the “Hold My Hand” music video, which was directed by Kosinski, ahead of the film’s May 27 premiere date.
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