For some time now, we’ve been testing out several different hand creams and here is another effective and affordable option we have to share. I used Curel’s Hand & Cuticle Therapy ($4.49) for three weeks and was really impressed with how well this lotion improved the look and texture of my hands. Containing Vitamin E, Soy Milk, and Monoi Oil, this cream not helps heal your skin, but simultaneously strengthens your nails. With one application in the morning, even after washing my hands, my skin remained moisturized and non-greasy. I was completely sold after seeing the visible change in my previously weak nails, which were prone to breaking. After just five days, my nails stopped splitting and the tops of my hands were no longer dry and itchy. It’s too bad I didn’t get my hands on this earlier in the winter season (literally!), but I’m thankful I have this in my arsenal for next year.
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We haven’t gotten to see much of it, but fresh snow twinkling in the sun is one of the prettiest parts of winter. Inspired by this scene, we came up with our own winter wonderland manicure, and it’s only two steps.
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I’m jaded. I’ve sent so many beauty products, it takes more than a shiny gold case to get me excited. While I do appreciate pretty packaging (what girl doesn’t. Tiffany blue is a legit color), I’m not a sucker for it. But then LAQA & Co. landed on my desk. The packaging was so cool, I wasn’t in a rush to open the nail polish pens and lip pencils. Each of the boxes feature the designs of new, up-and-coming young artists looking to have their voices heard. The goal is to help the artists get noticed, and they even get a cut of the profits. Love that! Here they are…
I had the pleasure of attending a CND event yesterday in the presidential suite of Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria. Creative Nail Design is the brand for nails. They do the nails at practically every show during fashion week and set the trends. Celebs like Rihanna, who’s talons stand out on the red carpet, have CND to thank. Read More
I’m loving these press-on nails (wearing them makes me want to shout, “F-U because I’m a badass”) designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian created for MAC. The limited-edition sets, which include 24 nails, are only available on MAC’s website until July 16. Choose from 3 equally edgy styles: Spectator ovals, an inky spin on the French manicure; gilded tips à la Demilune; or the tri-color Demoiselle talons.
I had so much fun this morning at Windy City Live talking spring beauty trends and how to get them with products for all under $10. Check it out!
P.S. Here are some behind-the-scenes shots as WCL’s co-host Val and I get ready to go live.
photos by Tyler Furlan
Wondering what to get for your next mani? Perhaps these ideas can help.
I didn’t have time to get to the salon before an event, so I applied these OPI for Sephora fishnet nail stickers. This pattern isn’t available any more but Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips has similar funky designs.
I love sparkle so went for this two-tone effect that reminds me of an evening sky. The manicurist applied one coat of OPI polish in Midnight Cami (a beautiful navy), followed by one coat of Nails Inc. Special Effects in Fitzroy Square (a glittery turquoise).
What shade are you thinking for your next mani?
If you’ve recently picked up a gossip magazine, signed onto Pinterest, or visited a college campus, you’re well aware of the “statement nail” polish trend that’s sweeping the ring fingers of women everywhere. Confused? Celebrtities and young girls alike have been painting their ring fingers a different color, texture, or pattern than the rest of their digits. In fact, it’s so common that just today my manicurist asked me what other color I wanted when I only handed her one bottle of polish. Crazy! It’s a fun, pretty way for girls and young women to get creative with lacquers, but we’re not sending the older women in our lives to join the party. We think it’s a fad that’ll fade quicker than we can say tacky. posted by Cody
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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