As someone who deals with nail polish daily as the editor of Nails Magazine, it takes a lot for a lacquer to impress me.
But when in need of a quick nail pick me up, I am always open to trying new nail products. I decided to polish my nails mid-week with the chrome-like Charismatic color from Poshinality. I was instantly impressed with the application of the polish. The liquid silver slid on smoothly and covered my nail nicely with a thick coat. It dried quickly and the second coat went on just as nicely. Ladies love a good quick drying polish! I liked that this silvery color isn’t too sheer either. It has the ideal opacity to be worn alone or topped off with nail art.
The product line is a marriage of two words: polish + personality. Each color in the collection is named for a personality trait or fashion style. There is “Hipster”, “Adventure Seeker” and “The Quiet Type” along with “Outspoken”, “Go Getter” and “Open Minded.” Poshinality encourages it’s fans to not only pick a color, but to express who they are. Since I am all about self-expression and I work in an industry that supports having your own sense of style, I admire this brand for encouraging women to be confident in their own skin. Nail polish is more than something “pretty”, it’s a tool you can use to express your creativity.
Poshinality also supports the beauty of giving: raising awareness for issues like domestic violence, sex trafficking, and even clean water initiatives. They donate a portion of their revenue to social causes and campaigns that seek long-term change. If you’re going to stock up on polish, you might as well choose one that supports a good cause! After reading up on the brand, I discovered that I like this polish even more than I thought. I love that the majority of colors are “five-free” (free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor), and I feel like it’s rare to see a nail polish brand that gives back to so many social causes and does not test its products on animals.
For other nail insights, please visit my blog or Poshinality’s Blog Log.
Beyonce may have “woke up like this” but being cute isn’t as easy for everyone else. Knowing how to correctly apply your makeup, keep up with trends and do it all flawlessly is time consuming. Here are some helpful beauty hacks that will both save you time, and help you put your best face forward.
In a pinch and only have mascara? Your mascara can also double as eye liner. Take an eyeliner brush and dip it into the mascara. Apply the mascara to the the eye just as you would a gel liner and add some drama to your makeup look.
Suffering from a few late nights? Reduce under-eye puffiness and redness with green tea. Soak green tea bags in warm water to seep and then refrigerate until cold. Squeeze out excess water and place on eyes for five to ten minutes. The antioxidants and caffeine in the tea will reduce reduce redness and tighten skin.
Got a surprise pimple on the day of a big event? Don’t bust out the concealer, use Advil to zap it. Pierce or cut a gel capsule and apply directly onto the affected area. The anti-inflammatory medicine used to treat aches and pains will reduce any redness and swelling caused by unsightly blemishes.
Are you a nail-color addict? We have all been there where that beautiful dark red has left our nails stained and no amount of nail polish remover can get it out. So how can you change from black to pale pink? Use toothpaste to get stains out of your nails. Apply a small amount of whitening toothpaste to each nail and sit for about five minutes before rinsing off. Do this three times a week for nails to look whiter and brighter.
Bonus: You can also make your own whitening paste by combining 2 ½ tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide.
Late again with no time for a shower but have greasy hair? No problem! That neglected bottle of baby powder is just as effective as any dry shampoo. The absorbing powder will soak up oils that collect in your roots. Sprinkle and massage powder into the roots and blow dry to absorb on the go.
Hate a great lipstick that is gone before lunch? Make sure your lipcolor stays all day, and has a flawless finish with translucent powder. After applying lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and lightly dust on some translucent powder over the tissue. This will help set lipstick to last all day.
Got a mid-afternoon shine? That hand sanitizer in your purse could come in handy. Rub a small amount on shiny areas of your face, especially the T-zone. Besides the alcohol in the hand sanitizer which dries up excess water, there are also other ingredients similar to silicone that smooth like a primer and give your skin a protective coat that lock in moisture, reducing shine.
Out of makeup remover? Vaseline works just as good as the best cleanser. Put a small amount of Vaseline on a washcloth or cotton swab and rub on to remove stubborn eye makeup, lipstick or mascara.
Want to get the perfect winged look with your eye liner? Use a spoon to help guide you like the photo above. Hold the straight part of the spoon against the outside corner of your eye and trace the line upwards. Take the round end of the spoon and place above your eye and trace until the lines meet. Fill in and smudge to get the perfect winged shape in no time that is even on both sides.
Your toothbrush can do more than just clean your teeth. It’s also a great tool to exfoliate your lips. Moisten your toothbrush and rub lightly in circles on lips to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Regular exfoliation ensures super-soft lips.
What are your ultimate beauty tips? Leave us a comment or tweet us @MadeWomanMag!
Even though we know we need some “me time” to decompress and recharge, much like everything else in our lives, we just can’t find the time to do it all. We can’t schedule a massage at the spa - that would take an hour out of our day that we don’t have to spare. When it comes to getting our nails done, anything longer than an express manicure is out of the question. And have you seen how much a facial costs? Oh, hell no. There has to be a solution that allows us to revitalize ourselves while also accommodating our busy lifestyle (and our pockets).
Lucky for us, there’s something we can do to fix our problem - starting with forcing ourselves to make personal wellness a priority. Just because we can’t make it to a luxury spa resort doesn’t mean we can’t pamper ourselves. DIY it and turn your place into a Burke Williams with simple ingredients from your kitchen and some fabulous at home spa treatments. Check ‘em out here:
* 1 cup Epsom Salt
* 1 tbsp Baking Soda
* 3 drops of Essential Lavender Oil ( add more drops for a stronger scent)
What’s more “ahhhhhh” than a hot bubble bath? To create this bathtub oasis, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Once you’re ready to hop in the tub, scoop about a half a cup of bath salts into the water and enjoy feeling all your tension melt away.
* 1 small avocado, mashed
* ½ teaspoon lemon juice
* 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt
* 1 egg
Olé! The guacamole facial is perfect to boost your skin’s moisture. Combine all the ingredients together and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, smear a thin layer on your face carefully to avoid your eyes. Sit with the mask on your face for 10 - 15 min before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
* ½ cup brown sugar
* ¼ cup white sugar
* 3 tbsp vanilla extract
* ¼ cup almond oil
Get your glow on and exfoliate your skin with this yummy smelling body scrub. Mix everything together before lathering it on your skin in the shower to get rid of dead skin. Don’t be afraid to scrub hard and make sure you rinse well - you don’t want any body parts stuck together!
* 2 lemons
* ½ cup epsom salt
It’s important that we treat our feet! Show your tired soles some love by letting your feet soak for in this healing treatment. Boil a few branches of rosemary in water for five minutes. Find a separate container that you will use as your “foot bath” or purchase an inexpensive foot spa. Place the lemon slices, epsom salt and rosemary water in your foot bath (be careful!). Soak your feet for 15 minutes. Dry your feet a little bit and if you’d like to, attack those callused heels with a pumice stone. When you’re finished with your feet, lotion up with a creamy moisturizer (like a body butter) and slip into a pair of cotton socks to seal the deal. Hello, heaven!
What are some of your favorite “me time” rituals for a DIY at home spa treatment? Tell us in the comments below!
There is nothing worse than a face full a blackheads. Yuck. You love your skin and you want it to have a healthy glow at all times. As seasons change, so does your skin and this can wreak havoc on your pores. Luckily, our favorite beauty expert and vlogger sensation, Daisy Jing of YourPerfectBeauty.com, has broken down for us not only how to get rid of blackheads -- but also what causes them. Check out the video below and then say bye-bye to your blackheads! Oh, and you can get more of Daisy and her beauty tips here.
Spring will be here before we know it and I can’t think of a better reason to update my wardrobe with a few key pieces. This season is all about metallic, full shirts, leather, wide leg pants, suit shorts and so much more. As with all trends, you want to make sure you are styling yourself according to your body type. Here are a few ideas on how to rock the latest spring trends and pull off a flawless look.
Florals are no longer exclusively for your grandmother’s frumpy antique prints. From romantic lace, feminine flowers and bold prints, florals are making a statement this season. If you’re not keen on a head to toe floral look, try mixing a flirty full skirt with a solid top or a midi floral top with a solid high waist skirt.
Make room stilettos, the block heel has made an appearance. Adding inches without sacrificing comfort, the block heel will be the obsession this spring. The block heel, which was once known as the “old lady” heel, has now evolved into something sleek and stylish. Try this style in sandals, pumps or even flats.
This vintage makeup has reappeared on runways this season. The cat eye is a very versatile makeup look and can be worn with a more casual ponytail or more glammed up look with a high-textured curled look or bone straight hair. This look also affords you the opportunity to go crazy with an over-the-top lid and lip without looking clown-like.
Crop tops will be all the rage this season. Not only does it provide the perfect excuse to hit the gym, but it also allows you to show a bit of skin in an edgy, fashionable way. You can mix and match a crop top with a high waist skirt or jeans or let it all hang out with a maxi or full skirt, shorts or jeans for a great weekend look.
Stripes, swirls and dots, oh my! Daring prints are all over the runway this season. Fashion should be fun, so be courageous and mix and match patterns for an outrageously fabulous look. Mixing polka dots and stripes, colossal and mini print or geometric and retro shapes will be one sure way to achieve an eye-popping visual.
Donning light, floaty, transparent sheer fabric provides a bit of added sex appeal. The sheer look can be extra sexy, played up for a more casual look or be ultra punk. Be careful to not go too sheer as too much of a good thing can be awful; it’s quite easy to go from classy to trashy with this trend.
What are some of the trends you like for spring? Let us know in the comments!
If you're in LA, it's getting warmer and you can feel spring coming your way. If you're not in LA... Well, we're sorry. Either way, spring is coming and it's time to update your nail game. We asked our staff to share their picks for nail colors. Check out these great nail looks for spring!
I love a French manicure! It's the perfect nail look for every occasion, but I'm down to mix it up for spring! Instead of the traditional style, I could totally see myself rocking the multicolored tips. I love the pastels and how it's just the right amount of color without being overbearing. - Jasmin
This nail look is so cute to me! It's a softer color, but it still adds a bit of a pop. It's somewhere between a power blue and a turquoise, which I think would look good on brown skin. I think it's fresh and clean for spring. :) - Serena
These nails have been “spotted” on several of the models from New York Fashion Week. The dotted look is fun, cute, and easy to do yourself! Expect to see much more of this style come Spring, with bright colors and Easter pastels. - Ava
These nails are so pretty! After months of winter, it's exciting to get to wear bright pink, and the gold glitter really makes them pop. - Jillian
This is a fresh, fun take on the classic french manicure. This color duo is chic yet playful, but different combos will deliver different levels of intensity. I love that it's simple enough to do at home! - Lindsey
I love this Union Jack French. With the Olympics going on, it's fun to show some national pride on your nails. - Beth
I like a little bit of a design on my nails when I'm feelin' funky. Not something over the top, with chains and jewels hanging down but I do like a bit of creativity. Hey! Your nail bed is your canvas! This look is cute but not too much for work. - Serena
I LOVE coral! It's one of those universal colors that looks good on every skin tone and it's fun! I typically keep it as a mainstay for my pedicures during the warmer months, but I know it would look just as fabulous on my hands. - Jasmin
I love this look! The classic light pink works on several different skin tones and the girly nail art is subtle enough to wear at the office. It kind of reminds me of an Easter egg -- perfect for spring! - Lindsey
There is nothing worse than having back-to-back classes and being stuck with no lip-gloss. If you are like me, your school bag is an important part of your ensemble, so you change it regularly. And, if you are really like me, rushing to class leads to forgetting the essentials. I’m sorry but being without essentials is extremely distracting. How am I supposed to listen to an hour lecture and type the speed of lightening with ashy hands? I can’t speak up in a group meeting when I’m afraid that the odor of my morning coffee and onion bagel might melt off my classmate’s mustache. In order to avoid these potentially embarrassing moments, I came up with a solution: the minimergency kit. This kit is only for your book bag, and carries everything that you might need in a moment’s notice during a hectic school day. Here is the recipe for the perfect minimergency kit:
This kit should be about the size of a small make-up bag, and should be brightly colored, so you won’t forget it when switching bags. Here are a few of my favorites this season:
Everyone has a favorite lip-gloss that they cling to for everyday use. However, you don’t want to put your favorite in the bag, because you will end up taking it out, and forgetting to put it back in. Either buy an extra of your favorite product, or put another option in the bag, so it’s always there. I always carry the Lancome Juicy Tube in Pink Horizon in my minimergency kit. Although, MAC’s Tinted Lip Gloss in “Oh Baby” is my favorite.
Lip balm has different purposes than lip-gloss. There is nothing worse than having extra chapped lips, and trying to cover it up with sticky lip-gloss. There are a few chap sticks that have a tint, such as Maybelline’s Baby Lips, which have dual purposes. But, having some sort of soothing lip moisturizer is a must!
I hate being ashy, and the hand soap in the lecture hall bathrooms is never kind to the skin. I like to keep a small bottle of hand lotion on me at all times. Also, during the summer, the terrain can be rough on sandaled feet, and you don’t want to be the girl with gray toes because you left your lotion in the pocket of your last book bag. I am a big fan of Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Shea Souffle, but I would suggest buying a travel size bottle of your favorite lotion.
Toilet seats have considerably less bacteria than a computer lab keyboard. And, believe it or not, there are still a few people that think it’s OK to sneeze into their hands, and then open the classroom door. Enough said!
Avoid coffee and bagel breath by keeping a pack of gum in your minimergency kit. Another perk: chewing gum can actually keep you alert by keeping you moving. It’s never a good idea to make a presentation while chewing gum. But, keep it on you for those slow mornings and potentially insulting breath.
Having hair in your face can be incredibly annoying during a long day. I find that most people keep a hair tie around their wrist for this, but maybe I have big wrists, because they always cut off my circulation. I keep a whole pack of hair ties and one large hair clip in my pack. I have accepted that losing hair ties is just a way of life, so I like to stay stocked.
How many times have I dripped coffee or tea on myself and had to walk around all day resembling a 3-year-old? Hmm…too many. Learn from my mistakes and carry a Tide pen with you. Even if you don’t need it, believe me, one of your close friends will. Small stains are inevitable during a busy day, and have a reputation of ruining the cutest outfit.
Another tool for outfit mishaps! You never know when the strap to your tank might finally come loose or the button on your sundress might give way to the extra 10 pounds you gained during freshman year. Better safe than sorry!
Your TOM (time of the month) always seems to come at the perfect time—NOT. Every woman’s worst nightmare is being stuck anywhere without the necessary precautions when TOM comes for a visit. Plus, cramps are the worst distraction in the world. Whether it is, Advil, Midol, or Ibuprofen, make sure you are not stuck in class while in pain. It’s just the worst.
For those awful hangnails!
You can build your own minimergency kit, or Sephora has a few options that you can buy. They are also great gifts or stocking stuffers for the holidays. Good luck!
If you read Made Woman Mag you know we love a good bargain. So when we wanted to know what the best drugstore brands were for foundations, we went to one of the hottest vloggers out there, Daisy Jing of YourPerfectBeauty.com. With over 49,000 YouTube subscribers and videos on everything from make-up to hair care, it’s clear she knows her stuff. Daisy shared her review of three brands she loved you can check it out above. Get more of her reviews here.
The temperature is going up, the skirts are coming out and you’ve completely updated your look for summer. Don’t stop with just your wardrobe. Here are some hot new nail trends to try so you can be summer ready down to the smallest detail:
One of the biggest nail trends seen on the NYFW runway for 2013 was nude nails. From tans and browns to blushes and barely-there peaches, this look gives off a fresh polished vibe. Nude nails are also great accents to nail art; we love a basic nude manicure with glitter tips or an added pop of color. Nude nails are perfect for a versatile summer look and can look great with a summer dress or colored jeans and a tank.
Forget shine, gloss and glitter, one of the biggest trends continuing into summer is matte nails. Today’s best matte looks have a satin finish and slight sheen that creates a unique statement. There are plenty of matte polishes in every color, but you can also just as easily get the look with any number of matte top coats that will turn your favorite lacquer into matte finish. Matte colors also can serve as a great foundation for nail art that incorporates both matte and glossy polishes into one look.
Who doesn’t love a little texture? This summer, go the extra mile and take your manicure into 3-D! Add some jewels, dots, hardware or embellishment to just one nail or on the tips for a wow moment. Some of the biggest trends for the summer include the caviar manicure in a number of colors which add an instant glam to your look. You can also try a textured look with Zoya’s Pixie-Dust polishes, which give the feel of a sand-art effect, or a “velvet” polish like with Sally Hansen’s new Fuzzy Coat line in a variety of wild shades and combos. Try these textured looks with a simple accessories, so that they can take center stage.
It’s time to rethink your clear and white tipped idea of the classic French manicure. This summer, update this trend with new colors and dimensions. Play up your favorite colors by adding black tips to a colored nail, colored tips to a peach or nude nails or adding metallic tips. Or reverse the whole trend and try a half-moon manicure instead, giving a different color to the base of the nail. The combinations are endless, and we are loving them all. For summer, experiment with shades like pink and coral, blue and aqua or try an ombre effect with different color tips.
Lastly, neon is a trend that we are seeing on the runway, and across our favorite fashion blogs. Our favorite neon nail trends include pops of neon in nail art with nude and black nails as well as ombre nails including neon colors. We love this look at the pop of color with a neutral ensemble.
What favorite nail trends and colors are you trying? Share your manicure photos with us and tweet us at @madewomanmag with your thoughts!
Men will never understand the deep abiding love a woman can feel for a really good moisturizer. Sometimes finding the right beauty product -- that does just the trick -- is like finding gold. And once you do find your perfect arsenal of cosmetics, you’ll become a loyal fan. Because sharing is caring, we put together a list of the beauty products that we just couldn’t live without.
Lindsey J: Firming Night Cream with Pomegranate By The Body Shop -- it's the only night time moisturizer I've found that does not make me break out and really makes my skin appear smooth, hydrated and reduces fine lines.
Beth: Dior Tinted Moisturizer. I always look fresh, it has excellent coverage, and it doesn’t feel cakey.
Amanda: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture SPF 20. It makes your face look instantly more refreshed and it's never too early to start fighting wrinkles.
Lindsey Tewell: I LOVE Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato toner. It’s the best toner I have found and I really like that it uses natural ingredients. When I use it every day it works better for me then a blemish soap, I have much clearer skin.
Brook: I don't really wear make-up. However, I love Dove unscented bar soap for sensitive skin. It's the only thing I use to wash my face. My skin is really sensitive, so I like to keep it simple.
Serena: I love Biore triple action astringent. It cleans and minimizes pores while also reducing shine.
Jessica: Oil of Olay toner, because it makes my face feel extra clean before I moisturize and it's alcohol-free.
Lindsey D: Lancome Hypnose mascara. It makes my lashes look so long and full -- the before and after is night and day!
Amanda: Although I've yet to find a holy grail, oh-my-gosh-you-look-like-you're-wearing-fake-lashes mascara, I have gone through a lot of different brands trying to find it. My current favorite is Smashbox's Full Exposure. It has a full brush, smooth formula, and I haven't run into any problems with clumping. If its $20 price tag is a bit more than you want to spend, Maybelline Lash Stiletto remains my drugstore favorite.
Erika: Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash -- all natural, high-quality ingredients means my face stays smooth and clean with very minimal product required to take off the day's dirt and makeup.
Serena: Clinique Face Soap is my must have face wash. It keeps my skin clear and squeaky clean.
What are your favorite beauty products? Let us know in the comments below!