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No polish! Behold the easiest way to get perfect nails-and zero chips, ever.
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Step 1: File Nails
"Shape your nails into a soft square using a thin file," says celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi. "If the grain is rough, go in only one direction to avoid making ridges." A great fine-grain option: Sephora Collection Glass Nail File in Purple ($12, sephora.com).
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Step 2: Clean Up
Push back cuticles with an orange stick (metal is OK but not stone-that's best left for the pros). Then use either that little nipper tool or-less scary-a cuticle eraser. We like Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm ($8, at drugstores).
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Step 3: Buff 'em
"Find a buffer that has one fine-grain side and one rubber side," says Choi. "It won't wear down your nails." We like OPI Brilliance Block ($6, opi.com for salons). Go
- Astrology.com BeautyScopes | Beauty on Shine – Tue, May 29, 2012 12:46 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
It's all coming together now! If you couldn't figure out what shoes to wear with your new skirt or gave up on trying to find a chic but professional suit, then give it another try. Chances are good this time's the charm.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
When things get overwhelming, it's easy to just do nothing at all... but that's probably not going to help! Can't face your laundry pile? It's only getting bigger. Pick just one chore and finish it.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Don't worry if you're not familiar with the name on that dress's label or if you come across great earrings in an out-of-the-way boutique you've never seen. If you've found an item you love, the backstory is
Glossy, healthy strands require way more than 100 brushstrokes a night! See how to get 'em naturally with eats recommended by Cynthia Pasquella, certified clinical nutritionist, SoCal Cleanse founder, and gorgeous, shiny blonde herself.
Asparagus #1. Asparagus
"This veggie is densely packed with folic acid, a B-complex vitamin that helps the body utilize protein better, getting it to your hair faster," says Pasquella. "Just one cup of asparagus has over half of your daily requirement, important since not enough can cause thinning hair." Another reason to indulge? It speeds up hair growth!
#2. Garbanzo Beans
"Since hair is primarily made up of the protein, keratin, it's important to get enough protein to fight off hair breakage and loss," explains Pasquella. "These beans, also known as chickpeas, provide tons along with the trace mineral manganese. It's known to prevent changing pigmentation, a.k.a. gray hair!"
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Salon-quality, humidity-defying hair without forking over 50 bucks? That's the point! Go ahead and cancel your weekly blowout visit. You're about to turn pro.
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It's one of the little ironies of summer: Perfectly effortless-looking beachy waves rarely involve a dip in the ocean or air-drying in the wind. For those willing to put in the requisite time, these techniques create Gisele-worthy hair in...
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Photo: Courtesy of qvc.com10 minutes: Sarah Potempa Beachwaver
Clamp a one-inch section of hair at the ends and press "Go." The rotating barrel spins hair away from your face, stopping when you release the button. Once hair cools, run your fingers through it for polished waves. Don't try this with one eye open-the only thing scarier than a 450-degree curling iron is one that's spinning near your face.
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30 minutes: Kevin Murphy Wave Clip
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Apply mousse to damp hair and rough-dry with a blow-dryer. When hair is 80 percent dry, clip the rollers on three-inch sections-no rolling required-and set with a blow-dryer for a loose crimp.
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Time was, people didn't pay much mind to sunblock. When I was a kid, it was more about tanning oil. I can still remember the older girls in the neighborhood, in cutoff jeans, bikini tops, and feather barrettes, slathering themselves with the shiny stuff (SPF? Zero!) and periodically rolling over, as if driven by some internal timer set to "golden brown." The scent of coconut drifted on the breeze. Ah, those were the days.
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Thankfully, we now know more about the harmful effects of the sun's rays. This dispatch, however, is not about that. It's about the amazing, summery scent of the sunscreen of my youth. I was reminded of it recently when Coppertone sent a vial of its signature fragrance, which is salty and floral and really quite nice. (Though it's not for sale as a perfume, you find the same scent in high concentration in Coppertone Ultraguard Lotion SPF 30.)
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Ready to try some new beauty products, but don't know where to start? No prob. We've filtered through hundreds of upcoming summer products to find the best of the season. Whether you're looking for a new moisturizer, curling iron or the perfect self tanner, you're sure to love one of our favorites.Read More »from Editors' Picks: Summer Survival Products
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After a long dreary grey winter and rainy spring, all I want to do this summer is have fun being active outdoors--that means serious sun protection from head to toe, and easy no-fuss makeup. Here are my must-haves right now:
1. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
When Clinique sent us the entire collection of their Chubby Sticks ($16 each, Clinique.com), including 8 new shades for summer, our beauty department turned into a preschool play room because all we wanted to do was color our lips! I love how moisturizing these are, thanks to loads of shea butter, mango seed butter and jojoba seed
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Sticky and humid conditions mean frizzy locks, while dry and scorching temps can flatten your style. Here are the tips and tools to keep volume under control.Read More »from Weather-Proof Summer Wedding Hair
Get comfy in that chair
For brides in both humid and arid pockets of the country, patience is key: While it's no fun to sit through a lengthy blowout when it's 90 degrees outside, hair has to be bone-dry to hold a set, whether it's a chignon or bouncy waves. "When hair is moist, it's heavy," says Ouidad Salon senior stylist Morgan Willhite. "That weight can collapse an updo."
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Have a cocktail
Chances are you'll need more than one hair potion to achieve the look you want. That can mean layering-e.g., a gel followed by a serum. But it can also mean mixing two products together to create a customized cocktail. Why the double whammy? "I don't care how great it is; one product can't do everything," says salon owner Antonio Prieto. Cocktailing is key during
- GALTime.com | Beauty on Shine – Tue, May 29, 2012 10:37 AM EDT
Take our 'makeup test' to find out if you wear too much makeup! Let's cut to the chase. From 20-somethings to 60-somethings, we've all seen gals who don way too much makeup. As in the Christina Aguilera kind. The could-open-their-own-makeup-store kind. And the she-would-be-so-much-prettier-without-all-that kind.
In fact, I think many of us are excess makeup offenders and don't even realize it! Not sure if your makeup look falls on the heavy-handed side? Take this quick test! If two out of your three answers is "yes," you could be an over-applyer:
1.) Does your makeup make you look like a "prettier" version of yourself, or do you look like a completely different person when the makeup comes off? [If the latter, you might be wearing too much makeup.]
2.) Does your foundation tend to "cake" and settle into facial crevices, or do you only apply it to the needed areas (like the T-zone, or under the eyes)? [If the former, you might be wearing too much makeup.]Read More »from Do You Wear Too Much Makeup? Take This Test to Find Out!
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