Clinique: 3 Holiday Treats w/ $50

Clinique Deals

For a limited time, get 3 holiday treats with code ROLL when you spend $50 at Clinique. Plus, shipping is free. You’ll get a High Impact Mascara mini, Quickliner Eye Liner mini, and a roll-up makeup bag. You’ll also get an extra free sample during checkout. We got the treats when we added 2 of these Whole Lotta Candy Gift Sets to our cart. Sales tax is charged in most states.

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The Beauty Staples for your Nails

Whether it’s key pieces of jewelry or the wardrobe essentials everyone needs, we’re big proponents of investing in timeless fashion staples. The same goes for beauty, too, so here are the nail polishes every woman should have in her repertoire!

Nail Polish

Pastel Pink

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer ($24) in Tutu

“A cotton candy pink’s as classic as a cherry red—and makes your skin look significantly tanner.”

Nail Polish

Pale Pink

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27) in Ballerina

“A pale pink neutral’s the way to go when you want to look polished and well-manicured without a shot of color.”

Nail Polish

Glitter

Deborah Lippmann Glitter Nail Collection ($19) in Happy Birthday

“This glitter polish has flecks of sparkle in every color of the rainbow for the ultimate party on your nails.”

 

Nail Polish

Red

OPI Nail Lacquer ($8) in Big Apple Red

“If you’re going to own just one polish, this should be it. The classic cherry red works on every skin tone for every occasion.”

 

 

 

Your Skin is what you eat

Yes, you can pile on every product under the sun, day in and day out. Or, try to be totally Zen to zap the stress, all in an effort to make your complexion truly gorgeous. But, the truth is, when it comes to skin — along with how you feel, too — you truly are what you eat.

 

Calm Down Sensitive Skin

What to eat: Salmon (preferably wild instead of farmed), flax seeds, walnuts and olive oil, as well as raspberries and chia seeds.

Why: “Good fats that are found in salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, and olive oil, for example, help rebuild cell membranes and reduce dry, flaky, and irritated skin, as well as providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to keep skin balanced,” says Howard Murad, MD,

 

Protect Skin From UV Damage

What to eat: Pomegranates, goji berries, tomatoes, and broccoli.

Why: “In addition to applying sunscreen, I also recommend eating your sunscreen,” says Murad. “To boost the efficacy of topical sunscreen, eat fruits that contain nutrients that can protect you from the inside out.” Pomegranates are a great source of pomphenol (as well as the aforementioned ellagic acid), a potent antioxidant that has been shown to increase the power of SPF by helping to decrease the amount of free-radical damage in the body. 

 

Ward Off Fine Lines And Wrinkles

What to eat: Foods that are packed with vitamin C (like kale and berries), as well as eggs, beans, seeds, goji berries, and avocados.

Why: “Kale, as well as most berries (like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries), have tons of vitamin A, C, and calcium which are all good for skin. But, it’s specifically their high content of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, that makes it an especially good food for fighting premature aging due to UV damage,” explains Lynch.

Mani-Cures: How to Solve Common Nail Issues

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Whether it’s the formula or the foundation, it can be daunting trying to keep a manicure fresh-looking  and maintain healthy nails and cuticles. A lovely color and texture won’t shine amid leftover lacquer remnants and rough nail ridges in your nail bed. But well-nourished nails won’t look their best in polish that isn’t wearing well, with obvious bubbles and chips. Take a look at these small fixes that make a big difference:

  • Chipped Polish: “If you can avoid getting chips by applying top coat once every three days or so, you’ll save yourself major stress,” BeautyHigh advises. But when chips do occur, paint a top coat of glitter over the nail, “You can paint the same nail on the opposite hand for an accent nail effect, or cover up all 10 fingers for a like-new manicure. This tip also works for gel polish.”
  • Removing Glitter Nail Polish. The foil trick for taking off gobs of stubborn glitter has been circulating for a long time but BH has provided the clearest explanation:Cut a cotton ball in half, apply a generous amount of nail polish remover and place it on your nail. Then, take a square of tin foil and wrap around the nail to seal in the cotton ball. Let the cotton ball sit for about 5 minutes, then remove. Glitter polish will lift off immediately.”
  • Nail Polish That Won’t Dry: Pinterest suggests a pretty funky fix, which is a spritz of Pam cooking spray to flash dry a fresh manicure at home. I don’t keep the stuff around, so I prefer a blast of the air conditioner on my nails. Beauty High advises taking a dip, “When you’ve got no time to spare and your nail polish just won’t dry, submerge your fingers in cold water for about three seconds. When you pull your hands out, the polish will be rock hard.”
  • Peeling Nails: I’ve got a ton of experience with this nasty nuisance. Wearing gloves while doing household chores, like washing dishes or deep cleansing in the bathroom, and being a devoted moisturizer morning, noon, and night, work wonders. But BH says that it can also be a lack of nutrition: “ This could be a result of a poor diet, or of painting your nails so much that they don’t have time to breathe. Up the amount of calcium you’re eating, use a nail strengthening polish and give your nails a few days off in between manicures (when you can).” Favoring five-free polishes over more toxic formulas seems to keep my nails much healthier too.
  • Bubbles in the Polish: Play it cool to keep bubbles from popping up. ”Instead of shaking the polish bottle to get the paint mixed, roll it in between the palms of your hands. Also, sticking the nail polish in the fridge for about 15 minutes before you paint your nails will insure a smooth, bubble-free finish.”
  • Ridges: “If you’ve got ridges in your nails, apply a ridge filler as a base coat to even things out and give the polish a good foundation,” BH recommends. Also, a quality three-way nail buffer can file down annoying ridges and give un-lacquered nails a clean, glossy look, if  you’re trying to give nails time to breathe as suggested above. But be weary of over-buffing and thinning out nails instead of nursing them back to health.

The Right Foods for Great Hair

Eating right can help make your hair shine. And luckily, lots of the picks that are good for your body’s health are good choices for your hair. Read on to find the best — and tastiest! — hair care tips.

Right-food-for-beautiful-and-shiny-hairSalmon. Fish is full of protein, which is the chief component of hair. Oily fish like salmon contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids that can help prevent a dry scalp, as well as vitamin B-12 and iron.

Beef, lamb, and oysters. These foods can supply your body with zinc, which can give your hair a boost.

Chicken and turkey. Poultry is packed with protein; it’s also rich in iron.

Eggs. Eggs are another food that’s rich in protein; they’re also a good source of vitamin B-12 and biotin.

Milk, yogurt, and cheese. Dairy products are plentiful sources of calcium and protein. Choose low-fat or fat-free versions so your waistline and hair can both benefit.

Nuts. Cashews, pecans, and almonds are full of zinc. Walnuts contain zinc too, along with alpha-linolenic acid. And Brazil nuts provide the mineral selenium, which can help keep your scalp healthy. Many nuts contain B vitamins as well.

Flaxseed. Add ground flaxseed to cereal to boost your consumption of beneficial omega-3s.

Sunflower seeds. Choose these for a snack — it has benefits for your hair because of its B vitamin content.

Olive oil. This healthy oil contains beneficial vitamin E, so use it for your sautés as well as your salads.

Lentils and kidney beans. Legumes like these supply the protein your hair needs for growth; in addition, they provide iron, zinc, and the B vitamin biotin.

Whole grains. Whole grains are full of B vitamins, iron, and zinc. The foods to choose are whole-grain breads, breakfast cereals, and pasta. Other good whole-grain sources are oatmeal, brown or wild rice, buckwheat, and popcorn (skip the butter, though).

Avocado. Eat avocado to get a good dose of vitamin E — pass the guacamole!

Broccoli, spinach, and chard. Dark green leafy veggies are full of vitamins A and C. Your body uses these foods to produce sebum, the oily secretion on your scalp that works like conditioner. These veggies also pack iron and calcium.

Carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes. The vitamin A in orange vegetables can help keep your scalp healthy. Apricots are a good choice, too.

Cauliflower and cabbage. These vegetables provide silica, a mineral that may help protect your hair against loss and breakage.

Onion and garlic. Your hair will benefit from the bioflavonoids contained in these flavorful allium vegetables.

Oranges and grapefruit. All the citrus fruits, in fact, are good sources of vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron.

Water. Drink plenty of water to keep your hair — and your body — well hydrated.

A balanced diet that’s heavy on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods is a great choice for the health of both your body and your hair. Choose a mix of the foods on this list to ensure a healthy head of hair. If you’re considering taking supplements to make sure you’re getting enough of any of these vitamins or minerals, talk to your doctor. Some can be dangerous in high doses.

Choose the right foods, such as the ones listed here, and you’ll have beautiful hair to complement your healthy physique.

Nail OPI Releases Limited Edition MISS UNIVERSE® 2013 Nail Lacquers

Shades Fit for a Beauty Queen!

Get ready for some truly pageant ready polish! OPI has announced the launch of three limited edition Miss Universe nail lacquers.

 

OPISo let’s take a look at the crown contenders. Available in three limited edition shades, choose from a dusky purple called I’m Feeling Sashy, a deep black plum dubbed, Miss You-niverse, and the textured matte platinum This Gown Needs a Crown. Worn without top coat, This Gown Needs a Crown offers a new satin finish. Its textured matte is infused with reflective sparkle, which means no topcoat is required. Simply add the base coat and up to two additional coats of polish for maximum color and shine. Each bottle of this matte silver nail lacquer also comes with a complementary bejeweled crown ring – the finishing touch for a manicure worthy of Miss Universe.

 

This triple threat of shades will be available starting this month at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

What are you thinking of these latest colors from OPI? Which would you award the crown? Let us know with a comment!

 

 

A Manicure Coming to an office near you…

Manicube is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas: a service that brings manicures into offices for busy working women. Companies set up a standing weekly visit for $15 per person—kind of like the way some cushy offices host in-house yoga. Each manicure takes 15 minutes, not counting drying time, so it’s about as quick as a coffee break. Right now, Manicube exists in New York and Boston, but they’re eyeing San Francisco and planning a broader national expansion from there.

Manicube [Official Site]

Fall 2013 Beauty Trends

Sometimes hair and makeup trends can seem more crazy than clever. Thankfully, we can take this season’s seriously as many are classic looks with interesting tweaks. Here are some of the best hair, makeup, and nail trends going on right now.

Lips 
Channeling Mad Men, makeup and hair at Badgley Mischka was inspired by the ’50s. Models had bold lashes and full brows to compliment the focus of this look — matte cherry lips.

Hair
Embrace frizz this fall with sky-high hair. Marc Jacobs showcased diva-level volume on the runway with oversized spiral curls. The effect is ‘controlled crazy.’ Consider pinning one half of your hair back for a ’40s-inspired vibe.

 

Nails
It’s all in the details as we saw at Nicholas K and Kate Spade where 3-dimensional nail accents adorned the tips of all the models. A

 

Eyes
Michael Kors and Jason Wu both went bold with the eyes, focusing the makeup around a dramatic cat-eye. Keep it fun and low-key with gold metallic shadow or sass it up with a thick liquid liner to create a smoky effect as seen at Lanvin.

 

Ulta.com: Buy 2, Get 2 FREE Sale + Additional $3.50 Off & FREE Shipping on $25

Through October 5th, head on over to Ulta.com where they are offering up a Buy 2 Get 2 FREE Mix and Match sale on all ULTA Cosmetics, Professional Primers and Nail, Cosmetic Brushes, Beauty Tools, Implements, Bath, Anti-Bacterial, Smoothies, Skincare and Haircare products! Even sweeter, use promo code 101957 at checkout to snag an additional $3.50 off your purchase of $10 or more. Plus, score FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more (BEFORE the promo code is applied).  Sweet!

As an idea, you could do this:

Buy 1 Ultimate Pure Color Shampoo $6.99
Buy 1 Ultimate Pure Color Conditioner $6.99
Buy 2 Ulta Demi Eye Shadows $6 each
Buy 2 Ulta Cheek Color $7 each
Buy 2 Ulta Oil-free makeup remover $6 each
Total = $51.98
Minus the Buy 2, Get 2 FREE sale = $27.98 + FREE shipping
Use the promo code 101857 at checkout (will deduct $3.50)
Final cost $24.48 shipped for all 8 products!

AND, during checkout, you’ll have the option to choose from these FREE sampler packets:

Be sure to browse around here at the huge selection of items you can choose from!

Scentless Nail Polish Remover

RGB Color Remove Pads & Strangebeautiful Perfume Polish

The travel-friendly, individually-wrapped towelettes are soaked with just enough formula to clean ten fully-coated fingers without alerting a single nostril to their function. However, in favor of not drying out your cuticles, they do leave your hands a little oily.

You can now erase your chipped manicure using RGB’s scentless soy-based, acetone-free Nail Color Remove Pads. Yes, scentless. Welcome to the future, ladies. We’ve arrived. Now imagine the possibilities of where you can taking your nail polish off at…