Aside from my usual arsenal of warm weather necessities (sandals, dresses, pastel colored bags – you get the idea) spring is practically synonymous with one super important style-must: MANICURES. Ladies, much like your hair, nails are one of your very best accessories and, unfortunately, they’re often forgotten when it comes to pulling a complete look together. But the truth is that rocking the perfect polish should be, in my opinion, seasonally mandatory because great nail art can really take your look from drab to, well, fab!
Thanks to holiday gifts and beauty product subscription services, my winter make up inventory was overflowing. I had more primers, eye shadows, lip glosses, and moisturizers than I could use in one season. Unfortunately, most make up has a shelf life of 3 months to 18 months. My resolution: to spring clean my make up stash! Here are 5 easy tips for a clean, organized make up solution.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to a close and I must say I’ve enjoyed watching the world’s top athletes show off their serious athletic abilities in Sochi, Russia. Along with such incredible and fierce competition, I’ve spotted competitors display their love for their country and sport with impressive nail art. Nail art has taken a turn for the inventive, as ladies spruced up a simple manicure with a pop of color or glitter. Here are just a few medal worthy manicures spotted at the Winter Games.
Every year around Valentine’s Day, the Alumni Scholars Club at the University of California – Los Angeles holds a Locks of Love drive. Long-haired Samaritans, both men and women, come from miles around to shear their tresses in the name of charity – including me. I chopped off and donated my golden locks for the third time last week. Oh, and I did I mention the minimum length to donate is 10 inches?
What better way to welcome your nails into 2014 than with some new looks on your tips? Here are three of the season’s must-try manicure trends.
Behold the power of oats! January is National Oatmeal Month and, believe it or not, in addition to being the unofficial breakfast of winter, oatmeal also possesses some pretty rad beauty benefits! Ideal for sensitive skin and for the treatment of a plethora of itchy skin-related nuisances, this naturally cleansing vitamin and mineral rich substance is also intensively moisturizing and contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to soothe and brighten your skin. Seriously good enough to eat, head to the kitchen and get glowing with these 5 easy recipes you can whip up in minutes. From your hair all the way down to your toes, oatmeal is proof that sometimes the best beauty treatments are just sitting in your cupboard!
Truth: Chocolate really does do a body good! Besides the fact that it’s pretty darn tasty, did you know that your favorite treat reaps multiple beauty benefits as well? To start, the cocoa beans in chocolate are a great source of polyphenols, which just happen to have incredible antioxidant properties. Chocolate also contains healthy fats like cocoa and Shea butter which moisturize and provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, while its caffeine content stimulates the body’s circulation, giving skin a healthy, youthful glow. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that chocolate is a natural mood booster; its scent elevates levels of serotonin, which is a natural antidepressant. It’s no wonder spas around the world offer these indulgent (and super-pricey) treatments to their clients, but since we don’t all have the luxury of taking trips to the day spa on the reg, we found ways to make chocolate beauty treatments in the comfort of your own home (and, did we mention they’re calorie free?).