By Candice Chan, Birchbox
Hunger Games Polishes
You may have noticed this before, but we're Hunger Games obsessed here in the Birchbox office and we've been sitting on pins and needles waiting for the movie's release on March 23rd. (Lest you doubt our commitment, we've already bought our boatload of tickets for a team viewing on premiere night!)
In the meantime, we're satisfying our Hunger Games addiction with the new Capitol Colors collection from China Glaze. We snagged a few of the shades from the line that's set to debut this month, and we cannot speak highly enough (or obsessively enough) about these lacquers. I'm personally in love with Riveting, a micro-glitter orange that's given my nails a fiery glow.
Hunger Games Polishes
While it looks extra-bright in the bottle, on my fingers the shade was subtly iridescent and had the perfect amount of pop. Even the darker shades, including the deep brown Mahogany Magic and the pearlescent green Agro, which appear intimidating in the bottle, look gorgeous on my hands. (All 12
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What do you think of these outrageous manis?
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These days, redheads are having all the fun. Just look to Hollywood and its slew of newly crimson bombshells. There's Michelle Williams, Drew Barrymore, Emma Stone, and the list goes on. This surge in popularity amongst starlets (not to mention the crew of longtime copper stunners like Julianne Moore and Christina Hendricks) has meant that stylists are getting more requests than ever for this glam shade. But can everyone pull it off? We talked to stylist Jeff Chastain about going red and how to pick the right hue for you.
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This the best time to schedule an in-office treatment like an acne chemical peel or Isolaz, which combines a mini-vacuum and broadband light therapy to calm skin and remove impurities. Can't make an office visit? Focus on finding the best skincare regimen for you, which should ideally include cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Natural ingredients can be the most gentle and effective, so stick with a cleanser like Clark's Botanicals Skin Clearing Face and Body Wash and follow-up with a toner like Pangea Organics Toner for Oily to Blemish-prone skin. For spot treatments, dry out blemishes with an over-the-counter product containing salicylic acid, like Juice Beauty's Blemish Be Gone. Finally, pick a
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The new collection will launch this October, in collaboration with Authentic Brands Group LLC, and will include eye shadows, lipstick, nail polish, and eyeliners. According to WWD, all of the collection's 30 custom-designed units will range in price from $15 to $27.
We don't know about you, but we've already pulled copies of The Seven Year Itch and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes so that we're fully prepared.
To get the trademark Marilyn curls, we use this Sedu curling iron.
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