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Busy schedules sometimes interfere with our manicure time, so when we have to stretch one out beyond the usual 5-7 days, we reach for Orly Glosser High Shine Topcoat to help us keep that “just polished” look. While we have a few other topcoats we love, this one is great for every other day application without adding too much bulk to the layers of polish we’ve already applied. It protects our tips, and when you add to the fact that it dries incredibly fast, you can understand why we adore this product. $9, orlybeauty.com

Q. Is there any way that someone could tell me the brand and name of the nail polish that Ginnifer Goodwin was wearing in the movie He’s Just Not That Into You. Thought you would be able to help us!!!

A. Makeup artist Tina Roesler Kerwin used Pasadena Purple from the toxin-free brand Nubar. A pretty polish that’s in hot demand since the movie came out!

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Getting a manicure is great, but sometimes we need to save money, so we opt to do it at home. This is our quick and easy recipe for a DIY manicure.

 

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Begin by removing any existing nail polish so your nails are clean and dry.Try Cutex Quick & Gentle Nail Polish Remover, $2.09, drugstore.com

 

 

 

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Use a cuticle remover to help remove any dry cuticles and clean up the skin around the nail without having to cut anything. Try Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, $5.99, cosmeticmall.com

 

 

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Apply a base coat (especially important if you’re going with a darker color. A base will protect your nails from stains). We like Nubar Foundation base coat ($6.99, bynubar.com), it really helps polish last.

 

  

 

zoya malia.jpgNow it’s time to apply your color. Apply a thin layer of nail polish over the base coat. Placing the brush about half-way down your nail, push downward (which fans the bristles out) until you almost touch your nail bed. Then reverse and sweep upward. Repeat on each nail. Our pick right now? Zoya Malia, a gorgeous violet cream, from the new Twist Collection, $6, zoya.com 

 

 

After your first coat is nearly dry (this prevents bubbling), sweep the brush horizontally across the top of your nail to create an edge of polish and help prevent chipping, then proced to apply a second coat to the nails. 

 

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After a few minutes, go over your hands with the polish remover soaked Q-tip ($4.99, drugstore.com), removing any excess smudges or paint from around your fingers.

 

 

 

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Finally, apply a clear top coat over each nail to protect and seal the color. We love Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, $9.99, drugstore.com

 

 




It’s the second week of December, how are you doing with your holiday shopping? If you are like us, there are still some people you haven’t shopped for. Finding the best gifts for them is priority #1, so we are here, as always, to recommend some great beauty-inspired gifts!

Take a look:

 

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Pixi Lumi Lux Eye Palette has 20 gorgeous, blendable eyeshadows that is sure to wow your recipient! Palettes not only keep everything in one place, but it also is great for travel. Another plus: this one gives a plethora of options without taking up any extra space. $38, target.com

 

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Essie Winter Collection features colors that were inspired by the fashions that were shown on the runways of NY Fashion week for the Fall/Winter 2008 season. With names like Damsel in a Dress and Sexy Divide, any fashionista will appreciate this very wearable and versatile set of six polishes. $26.99, amazon.com

 

 

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Smashbox Ultimate Beauty Palette is the one that will leave  whoever gets this, speechless. This amazing palette has so many eyeshadows, lip and face colors that we were shocked at the price! So we all added this on to our list of most-wanted beauty goodies this year, and all we can do is hope that we will get it! $59.00, ulta.com

 

 

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Body will polish and soften skin with aluminum oxide crystals, leaving even the driest areas of the body (elbows, knees, and feet) well moisturized. We think this makes a great gift simply because taking care of skin on our entire body is just a s important as taking care of the skin on our face! $45, sephora.com

 

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Sonia Kashuk Glamified Brush Set is a must-have for any gal that needs quality makeup brushes. This inexpensive set features every basic brush needed to help create a flawless face and a great brush case for keeping the brushes in at home or while traveling. $19.99, target.com

 

 

 

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Crabtree & Evelyn Skin Polishing Ritual is and all natural Asian beauty secret that blends exfoliating spices with rich tropical oils to smooth and polish skin to satin-y smoothness. Contains revitalizing lemon and coriander essential oils and conditioning mango seed butter, avocado and coconut. We feel relaxed just thinking about this wonderful, customizable skin soother. $49.50, crabtree-evelyn.com

 

 

 

hourglass eye and lip palette vol 6.jpg Hourglass Vol.6 Eye & Lip Palette in Zodiac is a luxurious compact that not only looks chic, but is beautifully functional. Features four silky shadows that can be worn wet or dry, alone or layered, and two pretty glosses that will make lips look and feel fabulous! Includes a double-ended eye and lip applicator and is housed in a 360 swivel compact with rotating mirror to adjust to application needs. $58, sephora.com

We all have a friend or family member (or maybe even you) who is crazy about makeup and beauty, but is also concerned about the environment. Chances are, she wants products that are naturally-derived or plant based, and will help her live the healthiest, greenest life. So, to show her you care about her and her concerns, take a look at some of these fabulous natural and organic gift ideas.

 

 

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Zoya Nail Polish will keep her moving toward being more natural, without giving up her glamorous side! Any color that you feel would suit her, Zoya has and then some. Regardless of the color choice, these polishes contain none of the harsh chemicals found in traditional nail polish. They go on beautifully, and dry fast— who can resist that? Nail color pictured: Blair, a rich elderberry metallic. $6, zoya.com

 

 

Farmaesthetics Rainwater Soaps.jpgFarmaesthetics Rainwater Soaps are beautiful, gentle and lightly fragranced soaps made from melted snow (frozen rain) collected from Winter to early Spring then carefully filtered and mixed with 100% pure, natural ingredients. Each variety is prepared  by hand, in seasonal batches, with a combination of olive oil, palm oil and coconut oils. Seasonal herbs such as comfrey root, rose petals and dried calendula flowers are added to create unique textures, colors and benefits. Our favorite is Aloe and Lemongrass. from $8.20, amazon.com

 

 

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Caudalie Spa in A Box includes goodies like a body scrub, hand and nail cream, and shower gel that are all created to nurture dull, tired skin. We all love having spa days, but staying home can be just as good, and imagine how thankful she will be knowing she doesn’t have to pollute the air driving to some out-of-the-way spa to be pampered. $68, sephora.com 

  

 

 

ojon try me kit.jpgOjon “Try Me” Kit contains everything she will need to restore her dry damaged hair, naturally. Ojon oil, that comes from the rainforests of Central America and helps support the Tawira tribe where the oil comes from, is so deeply restorative and good for the hair. We were blown away at how beautiful and soft our hair was after just one use, and love that we help support a group of people just by purchasing the products. $45, beauty.com 

 

 

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LAVANILA The Healthy Lip Shine Trio is the perfect way to treat those dry lips in a natural way. Free of chemical ingredients that can dry out lips, these high-shine glosses deliver 30 antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids to protect, nurture and hydrate—- now that’s healthy! $30, sephora.com 

 

 

 

 

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Rain Africa Avocado Bath Salts Basket is a beautiful idea when you know your recipient loves to indulge in a soothing bath to revitalize and focus her mind. This bathroom basket, lovingly handcrafted by 200 women in a village in South Africa, is filled with wild-harvested herbal bath salts that will help moisturize her skin as she soaks. $34, beautorium.com  


 

 

juice beauty organics to go kit.jpgJuice Beauty Organics To Go Kit has everything for cleansing, brightening, helping to smooth and firm, and provide essential vitamins and antioxidants for healthy, radiant skin. We think she will enjoy the travel-friendly sizes so she can take it where ever she goes! Includes a bonus organic bamboo face cloth. $29, beautorium.com 

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