You don’t have to dress like a leprechaun’s twin sister to show your Irish spirit. A splash of green on your fingers from your friends at Deborah Lippman or butter LONDON is all you need to make a fashion-forward statement and avoid the dreaded St. Patrick’s Day pinching. This year, our two favorite nail gurus offer a wide selection of rich, on-trend green lacquers for one of the year’s biggest party nights:
Don’t Tell Mama. Announced as Kelly Rippa’s favorite stocking stuffer, “Don’t Tell Mama” from Deborah Lippman is a dark evergreen polish with a hint of sophisticated glimmer. The color is like a mood ring, straddling the line between the dark green shade that means you’re happy and the blue color that means you’re in love.
Across the Universe. With this Deborah Lippman polish, you’ll look like you’re holding Irish stars in your hands. “Across the Universe” is packed with chunky, bright, metallic blue and green glitter, along with specks of sheer navy sparkles. Use this color on an accent nail or to create a French tip with “Don’t Tell Mama” as the base color.
British Racing Green. This butter LONDON polish was created to match what used to be Great Britain’s standard paint color on all international Formula One cars. It’s a glossy hunter green that is sophisticated enough to replace black nail polish.
Dosh. From the Spring 2011 collection, “Dosh” is a mix of a green Granny Smith apple with gold. In the UK, “dosh” is slang for “cash,” so you’ll have the pot of riches at your fingertips when you wear this color. Use this butter LONDON shade alone, or pair it with “British Racing Green” for a hot French manicure.
Thames. Named after the famous London river, “Thames” is an eye-catching, bluish-green lacquer with hints of gold that may remind you of a mermaid’s tail. If you’re not ready to try this polish on all your fingertips, paint your nails with “British Racing Green” and use “Thames” as the color for your accent nails.
The word "oil" when it comes to our skin used to be something that was dreaded and despised. Now, we can't get enough of the stuff with facial and body oils having a huge resurgence amongst the beauty industry tastemakers. We used to think that putting oil on top of an already oily complexion or any complexion in fact, was the worst possible thing you could do, but now studies are finding that oil based products are just as effective as traditional cream based moisturizers and serums. With chic brands such as Rodin Olio Lusso's Luxury Facial Oil being featured in the New York Times and numerous fashion publications, we're realizing that skin needs some healthy plant based oils to remain balanced. NBC Today recently featured it's favorite nourishing oils for hair, face and body and two of our products were amongst the ones chosen. If you don't already have a facial oil in your skincare reptoire you might be foregoing the missing link to maintaining beautiful and healthy skin.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer was chosen for the body because in a few spritzes it upgrades your skin to red carpet worthiness. This luxury dry oil is infused with tiny mother of pearl particles and six essentail oils that leave your skin with a luminous non-greasy glow and feel.
Kai Body Glow was selected for fragrance because it smells like a tropical vacation in Hawaii. This body mist was also selected as one of Oprah's "Favorite Things" and leaves skin supple and soft along with a subtle glow.
News and health reports constantly tell us to stay out of the sun while also emphasizing that catching a few rays is healthy for you because it gives you a boost of Vitamin D. What if there were a way to harness the positive qualities of sunlight and do away with the rest? NASA scientists did just that when they developed a light therapy system to help promote the healing of astronauts’ skin in zero-gravity conditions. However, you don’t need to be in outer space to take advantage of this newer technology, thanks to products such as the Baby Quasar.
Light therapy involves exposing the skin a specific spectrum of light. Some common light spectrums include UVA and UVB. Nail tech at salons use UV lights to cure acrylic and gel manicures, while horticulturalists use special lighting in greenhouses to help plants grow. Those who suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) often use special lighting in their homes to help stave off feelings of depression. With repeated use, specific spectrums of light can also help heal your skin and improve its condition without the need to use harsh chemicals, injections or abrasives.