Summer is around the corner, which means your summer travel plans are nearly here too.

Normally I would be getting ready to head out to Italy for the month of June, but this year due to the huge expense of my son getting into the Interlochen Summer Music Program I was going to have to miss out on going.

Actually, I was completely devastated to be missing Italy this year.
But life has a funny way of working itself out.

I jokingly said the only way I would get there was if I won the lottery, and as it turned out, I did win a jackpot of sorts. A group of ladies from the deep south have booked me to take them on a tour of Italy in September. 
I surely didn't see that one coming! 
I have never thought about leading a private tour through my beloved Italia before, but I think it sounds like great fun.
And when I asked them where they would like to go, they said "where Corinna B's World goes!"
I may have just died and gone to heaven!

Anyway, none of them have traveled outside the USA before, so I have all kinds of international travel info to give them. It seemed like a good idea to post some of it on the blog (although reworded to work for the masses), and thus, if it seems to be of interest to readers, I am going to post summer travel and international travel stories over the next few months.
Some of the ladies have said they don't want to be featured in social media, and of course I will respect that. 
I am planning on blogging from Italy and posting to Instagram (do you follow me on Instagram?), so when the tour goes live in September, you can ride along with us.
I have named the tour "Glam Italia 2014" and will be hashtagging #CorinnaBsWorldGlamItalia2014
But more on that later...

Today we are going to talk about getting prepped beauty-wise for summer vacation.

So, first things first. A face full of makeup always looks ridiculous on the beach/poolside/boating etc.
But with the exception of supermodels not too many of us want to go out barefaced, so a girl has to have a plan, and preferably not a last minute plan.
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Summer's very best accessory is a fabulous complexion. 
Use the time you have between now and your summer vacation to work on your skin. A series of facials, exfoliating away the dead skin, and hydrating and firming the skin you have can clear up all manner of problems and make your complexion gleam. 
If you are traveling to a different climate, maybe you are going somewhere humid, or maybe somewhere drier than home, now would be a perfect time to figure out your skincare needs for while you are away.
You may need to change your cleanser and moisturizer to work the new climate.

Never never never tan your face – sun damage is the single most aging and most damaging crime you  can commit against your face. A good tan will fast track the breakdown of elastin and collagen, leaving you prematurely wrinkled and sagging, and heightening your chances of incurring melanomas and carcinomas.

But rather than channeling Casper the Friendly Ghost, build color into your gorgeous new complexion with a facial self tanner. Try a sensitive skin formula such as St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Face and slowly build into a beautiful tan.

When you do get to the beach, you will need to work the glow. After liberally applying a broad spectrum facial SPF in the highest number you can find (75+), invest in a little gentle liquid bronzer such as Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer.

Plan on pairing your gleaming bronzey, tanned face with an eye catching spark of color via a bright colored lip gloss. The big shade this season is orange, but if that feels too bold pack some corals and peaches.

Rather than focusing on eye makeup when you are hitting the beach, make a feature out of your lashline. Now is the perfect time to get started on building a generous fringe of lashes using Latisse. Normally you will start seeing results by the 4thweek of using it. Amplify your new lashes with a good quality, lash building waterproof mascara.

Last but by no means least, you are no doubt dieting and exercising your way into a bikini. If you have bits that just won't disappear no matter how hard you try (such as back fat, over the bra fat, inner thighs, muffin top - you know the drill) think about having some Cool Sculpting done. (What is Cool Sculpting? Click here)

Cool Sculpting essentially freezes unwanted fat. It takes 4 to 8 weeks to see the results, so if you book it now you can be lean and fabulous by bikini time!
If you are anywhere near Arizona, go see the amazing Dr Blume at the Blume Skin Center. The Cool Sculpting they perform there is like artwork it's so beautiful.