by Anna Norman, Birchbox
How to get great nails when you're far afield.
Whether you're trekking Machu Picchu or lounging on the beach, the last thing you want to focus on is a raggedy manicure. We've rounded up a handful of tricks to keep you well-polished and chip-free wherever your travels may take you.
NAIL POLISH STRIPS (FOR TOES, TOO!)
We don't recommend whipping out a bottle of nail polish on a plane, but how about a mid-flight mani with dry nail polish strips or stickers? Whether you apply them on the road or at home, polish appliqués dry instantly, won't smudge, and wear longer than a traditional mani. There are tons to choose from, but we like Incoco's classy Nail Polish Appliques and Nail Rock's fashion-forward patterns. There are even toe-specfic strips, thanks to the new Pedicure Salon Effects from Sally Hansen. Snakeskin pedi, anyone?
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SALON OR AT-HOME GEL MANICURES
Glossy nails that will make it through a two-week vacay without a single chip? Sign us up! Long-lasting gel
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While no firm details are available yet on what will be included in the makeup line, we wouldn't be surprised if a lotion, a vampy lipstick, a bath oil or bath salts, and even candles were released to help create a Shades of Grey ambiance at home. As the Girls in the Beauty Department pointed out, there will also hopefully (or likely) be a
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A FACIAL MIST
Beauty Benefit: Keep your skin from getting thirsty by spritzing it with a natural facial mist like Melvita's Rose Floral Spray. Distilled from rosa damescena petals, this spray works with water clover and lemon extract to rehydrate skin while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Freak Out Factor: The fresh floral scent of this spray will have passengers wondering where the bouquet of roses is hiding.
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A SHEET MASK
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1. EXPIRED SUNSCREEN CAN DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD
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GET YOUR GRUB ON
We're spoiled by New York's phenomenal food scene. Our offices are right next to ABC Kitchen, Jean Georges Vongerichtan's stylish seasonal New American spot-I go once a week for Manhattans and peeky-toe crab toast. We're also by my all-time favorite, Gramercy Tavern. The food is sophisticated but not fussy, and the service is flawless.
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Use label moons for a quirky re-styling of the French maniReinforcement Label Moons
Begin by applying a coat of fresh polish to each nail, or work on top of an existing manicure. Once your nails are completely dry, firmly apply a reinforcement label to each nail in the position of your choice. (Helpful tip: cutting the labels in half helps get a tighter seal.) Apply polish to the part of the nail that isn't covered using a contrasting color and then carefully remove the label while the polish is still wet. Finish with a glossy top coat.
Colors Used: Color Club's Jackie Oh! over China Glaze Passion
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Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25
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Step 1: Alima Pure Pearluster Eyeshadow in Zen
Take a cue from 1960s and accentuate your eyes with a wash of silver pigment. Try a loose mineral shadow like Alima's Zen, which will give you a silky dusting of color. Pick up a little color with a densely packed brush and use a windshield wiper motion to sweep across your crease and down to the inner corner of your eye.
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