5 Best Free Organization Apps of 2014

The best Free Organization Apps of 2014 will save some serious time and help you keep your life in order!

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We’ve been told for years that the purpose of technology is to free up more time, so why does it seem like in 2014 we’re busier than ever? Between work, family, friends and social media it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on, and being organized has become increasingly essential in our fast paced world.

If just the mere mention of organization sends you into a nervous panic, we have some information that might relieve you. There are tons of new apps on the market and some of the best new services to debut this year help you order and compartmentalize your busy life in some really ingenious ways! Did we mention they’re all FREE?

Check out the best Free Organization Apps of 2014 and tell us which one would make the biggest difference in  your day-to-day:

Easily Do

EasilyDoThis free app is pretty much a personal assistant in your pocket! It synchs with just about every program on your phone so that it can remind you of important things on a customizable level. It can even alert your significant other if you’re running late at the office! Get the free organization app here.


EvernoteWhile this app isn’t necessarily a newcomer, it has some serious staying power – and that’s no coincidence! It’s the most comprehensive note organization app, and easy search-ability along with multi-platform synchronization makes it a no-brainer. Get the free organization app here.


iftttThis organization is so useful because it automates small tasks, taking the legwork out of your to-do list. You can tell ifttt exactly what you want to be reminded of or alerted to, for instance “send me a text message when I have a calendar event” or “send me the weather report at 8 a.m.” Get the free organization app here.


ClozeMade with the social media mogul in mind, Cloze collects tweets, Linkedin updates, emails, etc. from your list of contacts and organizes them by priority level. Keep your boss near the top of the list so you can stay in the loop with minimal effort and time spent. Get the free organization app here.


MintOne of the toughest thing to keep stay on top of are finances, but Mint can stick to even the tightest budgets! This money manager tracks, budgets and manages your money – all in one place. It even has the ability to automate loan payments and retirement accounts! Get the free organization app here.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

10 Concerts to Catch Before Summer Ends

This summer has been one for the books—make it even better by catching one of these amazing shows before the long days of warm weather end!


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As quickly as it swooped in, summer 2014 is already almost on its way out the door. You’ve made it to the beach, taken a weekend trip, read some incredible books, and even taken advantage of the weather to exercise outdoors. But one summer activity that is an absolute must, year after year, is seeing a live concert. Is there anything better than enjoying a breezy summer evening while listening to one of your favorite performers croon live? Not that we can think of! We’ve rounded up 10 can’t-miss shows for music lovers nationwide to catch before this summer is officially over.

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Lady Gaga

When: August 1st

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV

For this leg in her ARTPOP Ball Tour, Little Monsters everywhere will be flocking to Sin City to hail to the queen. Get your glitter, lashes, rhinestones and wigs ready to (just) dance for this one! As always, this is sure to be one unforgettable show, flanked with chart-topping hits and dance beats galore.


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A. Gilbert / PR Photos


Billy Joel

When: August 2nd

Where: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

Even though NYers can see native Billy Joel every month at MSG, residents of the City of Brotherly Love don’t have him in their backyard on the reg. That’s why we’d suggest taking advantage of this opportunity to see the Piano Man himself live!


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Justin Timberlake

When: August 3rd

Where: New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA

Justin Timberlake is bring sexy back to the Big Easy this summer when the 20/20 Experience lands in NOLA. Fans everywhere adore JT and we have no doubt that this show will be yet another crowd-pleaser.


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Beyonce and Jay-Z

When: August 6th

Where: AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA

East Coast natives have already had the chance to swoon over homeboy Brooklyn native Jay-Z and his Queen Bey during the On the Run Tour. Now, it’s the West Coast’s turn to revel in everyone’s favorite power couple, right in the stadium of their home team, the San Francisco Giants. The duo doesn’t tour together often, so this is definitely one can’t-miss opportunity.

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Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Katy Perry

When: August 14th

Where: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH

Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour has been a worldwide phenomenon this summer. It’s clear that fans everywhere have fallen hard for this “California Gurl.” If you’re living in Middle America and haven’t seen this superstar live yet, now is a good as time as any to live out your inner teenage dreams ;).


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Alex Mateo / PRPhotos.com


Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams

When: August 17th

Where: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, CO

When  this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer and a future coach on “The Voice” team up for a summer tour, you go. Hearing these two soulful crooners perform live will be one of the highlights of your summer, and you’ll surely be happy you went to the show!

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Daniel Locke / PR Photos

Jimmy Buffet

When: August 21st

Where: Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY

Jimmy Buffet is one singer that is made to be seen live in the summer. If you’ve never been to Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, this exquisite summer venue is set right on the edge of the ocean. This will be ‘Margaritaville,’ the way it was meant to be heard.


Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos



When: August 22nd

Where: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX

Rock and Roll fans, there’s something on the agenda for you, too, this summer: Steven Tyler and gang are touring the country! You can expect to sing along to favorites like “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” performed during the Let Rock Rule Tour, as well as some newer tunes.


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Dave Matthews Band

When: August 29th

Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA

One of the final legs of his summer tour, Dave’s performance at The Gorge is notorious for being the best. The spectacular views combined with classic Dave Matthews Band songs will make for one truly unforgettable summer evening.


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John Witt / PRPhotos.com

Blake Shelton

When: September 4th

Where: Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM

Accompanied by The Band Perry, America’s favorite country crooner hit the road this summer for the “Ten Times Crazier” tour. See him live before you have to resort back to watching him on the small screen as “The Voice’s” winningest coach!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

5 Step Sun-Kissed Summer Makeup Tutorial

Achieve a glowing, sun-kissed look in just 5 easy steps with tips and tricks from an expert makeup artist!

Summer Makeup Tutorial

While we love experimenting with the latest and greatest makeup products that hit shelves each season, for our normal day-to-day a simple beauty routine reigns supreme. After all, mornings are hectic enough, which is why an elegant and easy look is essential Monday through Friday.

But, as you probably know, elegant and easy is easier said than done – so naturally, we decided to get some expert advice. Makeup artist Emily Marcellino, who learned from the pros at MAC Cosmectics, certainly knows a thing or two about executing an effortless look.

“Sun-kissed makeup is great for summer because you already have a little bit of natural glow,” Emily says. “Plus, the natural palette is easy to apply for beginners because the softer shades blend well.” Another bonus about this beauty guru’s go-to summer makeup look is that it works for day and night!

“Begin the eyes with an eye primer,” is Emily’s number one recommendation. “This is essential to create humidity-resistant eyeshadow that lasts all day.” Here’s how to achieve a fresh sun-kissed makeup look in just five simple steps:

Sunkissed Summer Makeup

1. Apply primer by gently patting it on from lid to brow bone with your finger.

2. Use a fluffy brush to sweep a shimmery champagne shadow onto the eyelid (the football-shaped part).

3. Use the same fluffy brush to apply a matte cognac shadow on the crease in a windshield wiper motion (area above the lid).

4. Use a flat dense brush to press a chocolate brown shadow on the lash line. Chocolate brown eyeliner can also be used.

5. Apply Mascara to the lower and upper lashes.

If you just got back from the beach, you probably don’t need much in the way of face makeup. But, once you’ve mastered the sun-kissed eyeshadow, you can take it a step further and get a golden (faux) glow in just five steps!

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1. Strategically place concealer (a half shade lighter than skin) under the eyes and on T-Zone (if needed). Blend in a buffing motion toward the edges of face.

2. Dab foundation on forehead, chin and cheeks. Blend with the hands. MAC Face and Body Foundation reacts well with the heat of your skin and provides a sheer humidity-resistant finish.

3. Use a setting powder ONLY in places that get oily (like the T-Zone).

4. Pick a natural bronzer and apply slightly below the cheekbone and hairline to mimic a tan. Brush a neutral pink matte blush on the apple of the cheeks.

5. Spray skin with a setting spray such as MAC fix+ or Urban Decay All Nighter.

Makeup Products Used: MAC Camel Coat Paint Pot, MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow, MAC Saddle Eyeshadow, MAC Embark Shadow, MAC Extra Dimension 3D Black Mascara, MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer in NW25, MAC Face and Body Foundation in N5, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark, MAC Soar Lip Liner, Mac Lipgloss in Cultured.

If you liked Emily Marcellino’s Summer Makeup Tutorial you will LOVE her other gorgeous looks too! Click here to find her on Facebook and if you’re in the MD area, she’s available for personal consultations!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Sneak Peek: Celebrity Summer Vacation Pics

See how your favorite celebrities have been spending their summer months on envy-inducing vacations!

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If you’ve ever wondered how and where your favorite celebrities vacation, you can finally put your questions to rest! From beach getaways to scenic road trips, the rich and famous are a lot like us when it comes to kicking back and relaxing – and we’ve got the photos to prove it!

Check out where the A-List has been globetrotting in recent weeks, and tell us your favorite kind of vacation in the comments below!

It looks like Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian had a little mishap during a boat outing in the Hamptons!

Rachel Zoe was also vacationing in the Hamptons this summer, but her retreat looks slightly more relaxing!

Taylor Swift and BFF Karlie Kloss took a California road trip to get in touch with nature.

Chrissy Teigen looked every bit the swimsuit model as she honeymooned in Greece.

Lauren Conrad took a Girlfriends Getaway to Mexico before tying the knot this summer!

Adam Levine’s new wife, Behati Prinsloo, took a trip to the Bahamas for work – must be nice!

Gisele Bundchen proved she’s not just a pretty face, executing a perfect cartwheel on a beautiful beach in Brazil.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Workout Wednesday: Free Fitness at Brooklyn Bridge Park

This Workout Wednesday we checked out the FREE fitness facilities at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s newest addition, Pier 2.


Brooklyn Bridge Park’s new Pier 2 is a fun fitness haven, with five acres of state of the art facilities offering free sports and games for New Yorkers. There are basketball, handball and bocce courts – among many others – to keep the kids entertained for hours, and the stunning views of Manhattan’s Financial District make it an ideal tourist attraction.

Pier 2 is definitely worth checking out this summer because you can cool off after an intense workout at the seasonal Pop Up Pool and sandy beach. If you want to enjoy the water without getting wet, Pier 2 has you covered with kayak rentals that are free!

If you live in or are visiting New York this summer we definitely recommend taking a trip! Go to brooklynbridgepark.org to check out all the events and activities. Here’s what you can expect to see and do:

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Basketball Courts are available for all ages and lights stay on until 11PM.

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Cool off under the shaded Handball Courts that are built from a historic shed skeleton.

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There are three Shuffleboard Courts and two Bocce Courts for the adults to get in on the action.

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Free Kayak Rentals are available Thursdays at 5:30PM and Saturdays at 10AM.

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It’s free to cool off at the Pop Up Pool and there’s some tasty refreshments available after you work up a sweat!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Juice for Better Skin

The safest route to naturally clear and glowing skin is through juicing—heed this advice from a top dermatologist.

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Juicing is all the rage these days, and we can’t say we haven’t hopped on board this bandwagon. We’ve already scouted out the best juice bars in NYC and shared the recipe for Stacy Stowers’ Happy Shake. This week, we chatted with renowned dermatologist, Dr. Ariel Ostad, on the beauty-boosting benefits of juicing for the skin.

Dr. Ostad says, “the best juice ingredients for clear, glowing skin include leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, cucumber, celery and the veggie of the moment, kale. Adding beets for natural sugar and fresh lemons are great additions for the skin. These vegetables are not only great for your skin, but they also help with weight loss. Blueberries, green tea, and protein are also great ingredients for juices to add nutritional value that will allow for anti-aging and metabolism boosting benefits.”

Specifically, Dr. Ostad filled us in on the fact that green leafy veggies are high in antioxidants (a skincare superstar). Blueberries and green tea are also rife with skin-loving ingredients. Dr. Ostad shared with us the below recipe for his “Morning Mix” juice that will leave your skin healthy and glowing all day long!

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Dr. Ostad’s Morning Mix


  • 4 Crushed Ice Cubes
  • ½ cup Iced Green Tea
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Blue Berry Juice
  • ½ Frozen Unsweetened Acai’ Smoothie Pak
  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder


In a blender place crushed ice cubes, blueberry juice (enough to just cover the ice, approx. ½ cup), half a frozen Acai smoothie pak, and protein powder.  Blend until smooth.  Add the frozen blueberries and Green Tea.  Blend until smooth, pour and enjoy!

This recipe is only about 75 calories, low in natural sugar, and is loaded with antioxidants (Blueberries & Green Tea), anti-aging and metabolism boosting Acai’, and protein…making it the perfect way to start your day!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

6 Smartest Home Tech Gadgets of 2014

The best home tech gadgets of 2014 save time, space and money – and some can even make your family healthier!


With all the high tech gadgets to hit the market in 2014, you’d think our homes would be functioning like The Jetsons’ by now! Although a house that smart isn’t available in the foreseeable future, there are some seriously practical inventions that make keeping up with a busy household A LOT more doable.

In fact, during our hunt for the best home gadgets of 2014, we discovered some new technologies that can actually make you and your family more healthy, like the Scanadu Scout pictured above. These are the latest and greatest products to hit the market, so make sure to get yours first!

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Not getting enough sleep? No problem! The NeuroOn, which was the 1st European Award winner for best startup, promises to make you sleep better, in less time (just 2-6 hours to be exact). How? Find out at kickstarter.com, where you can pre-order yours today.


Samsung WF9100 5.6 cu. ft. Front Load Washer with SuperSpeed

If you run a hectic household than you know that endless piles of dirty clothes are nearly impossible to keep up with. That’s not the case with this high tech washing machine! With three times the normal washing capacity as others, it’s the world’s largest washer and takes HALF the time of a typical hour-long cycle. Check out this super-speedy washing machine at samsung.com.


Scanadu Scout

This new technological makings has the potential to shape the course of modern medicine. Designed to empower yourself, it reads and records your heart rate, blood pressure, emotional stress and MUCH more in just 10 seconds. It also alerts you if various vitals are abnormal, which makes it great for parents who want to stay in the loop about their child’s health. Learn more about the Scanda Scout at indiegogo.com.

Pet Tracker

Tractive MOTION

Another gadget that synchs to your smartphone, the Tractive Motion utilizes a small monitor that attaches to your pet’s collar. Not only will you get to be a fly on the wall while you’re at work, but this gadget can actually help you to train your beloved pooch! Get your Tractive Motion at motion.tractive.com.


Kolibree Toothbrush

Oral hygiene is a larger component of your health than you may think, which makes proper toothbrushing imperative. The Kolibree toothbrush collects and sends data on your brushing habits and even tracks long-term progress so you can actually improve your oral health!

Multi Cooker

New Wave NW-800 6-in-1 Multi Cooker

If you thought a crock pot made your life easier you will be AMAZED by this new home gadget! The 6-in-1 multi cooker can be used a slow cooker, pressure cooker, deep fryer, rice cooker, steamer and pan searing. Now that is convenient! Get yours at amazon.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

5 Best Summer Wines

There’s nothing like coming home to unwind with a glass of wine after a long day. Here are our five favorite picks to enjoy in the summer. 

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By now we’re sure you’ve heard about the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation, which makes pouring a glass after a long, hard day completely justifiable. But–did you know that, like fresh produce, wine is affected by the changing of seasons?

If this is news to you, don’t panic just yet because we already discovered the best red and white wines that are just right for summer! Our Summer Wine Guide has a little something to tickle everyone’s taste buds, and these beautiful bottles also make for great gifts. So whether you’re going to a BBQ or relaxing at the beach, make sure you have these wines on hand all summer long!


Vivanco BlancoRioja Vivanco 

This colorless beverage is fruity and floral. Best served cold, this wine is just refreshing enough to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon or evening. Rioja recommends serving the Vivanco with fish, making it an ideal wine to pair with a light, seasonal meal!

Health benefit: Women’s Health reports that wine “improves the body’s response to insulin, which regulates blood sugar.”



St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc

This Napa Valley-created Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and invigorating.  Pale yellow in color, this sweet white wine is rich in fruity flavors like lychee and lemon zest. A fan favorite here at Spa Week HQ, St. Supery’s Sauvignon is the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day!

Health benefit: According to Food and Wine, moderate drinkers have a 50% less chance of suffering from a stroke.

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Although red wine is not typically associated with the summer, this pick from Rioja proves that stereotype wrong. Even though this wine is laden with the taste of dark fruits like cherries and plums, it has a less intense flavor than other red wines. It has a smooth finish and you’ll love drinking it with your dinner, year-round!

Health benefit: Reservatrol, found in red wine, boosts memory, according to Prevention.com.

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This Gabrielle Union-endorsed spirits brand just launched earlier this year and is already making a splash in the marketplace. Perfect for summer, this delicious Chardonnay has notes of pear, light French oak and a taste of vanilla.  Bonus: This tasty beverage is served in a stand-out bottle that you will want to keep on your shelf long after the contents have been emptied!

Health benefit: It is believed that drinking wine lowers the risk of various cancers.


BANFI_bottle(1)Rosa Regale

If you love dessert wine, Rosa Regale will quickly become a staple in your wine cabinet. This sweet, sparkling red wine, fills a unique gap in the wine market. Made in Italy, bottles of Rosa Regale are best enjoyed when they are fresh, unlike most wines which need to age first.

Health benefit: Red wine lowers your risk of heart disease!

What is your favorite wine to drink during the summertime? Tell us in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Cute Boat Outfit Ideas for Every Activity

Get fashionable and functional outfit ideas for your next boat outing – we have something for every activity!


If you live anywhere near water, you know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to summer boating activities. Whether you’re cruising around your local lake, or sailing the seven seas, choosing the perfect outfit for a day spent on the water can be a little tricky.

Which is why we were inspired to create a guide based on outfits for every boating occasion. These outfit ideas will definitely come in handy the next time you’re invited on a last-minute outing, and they’re equally appropriate for festivities on dry land!

Dinner Cruise

Dinner Cruise – If you’re lucky enough to be spending an evening on a dinner cruise, than you’re likely celebrating a special occasion. Go all out with this seductive midnight blue dress that channels the velvety waters after the sun sets.

In Slinky Navy Blue Dress available at lulus.com


Fishing Trip – Fishing trips can get messy, but that doesn’t mean you should dress in a drab ensemble! Try a vintage-inspired shirt dress that offers optimal comfort while still giving off an effortlessly chic vibe.

Sable Linen Dress available at anthropologie.com


Yacht Party – If you made the VIP list for a yacht party, than you better dress to impress! Bohemian prints in flowy silhouettes are a Hollywood favorite this summer, and the lightweight material is perfect for throwing on or off in between sunbathing sessions.

Renee Tie Dye Flowing Tunic available at swell.com


Island Hopping  – Travel from island to island in style, thanks to this fashionable AND functional dress. It conveniently unwraps into a silky soft towel so you can jump in and out of the water as often as you want!

Wrap Cover-Up available at victoriassecret.com


Sailing Lesson – You’ll impress your instructor right off the bat with this anchor embellished shirt dress. The longer length makes it practical for operating the ropes and sail, and the comfortable cotton material will keep you cool as you navigate the waters.

Anchor Tank Dress available at jcrew.com

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Mani Monday: New Nail Launches You’ll Love

Your favorite nail brands are launching new collections that you’ll surely swoon over.

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If there’s anything more fun than poring through the nail polish aisle and picking out your favorite new shade, we certainly haven’t discovered it.  Our obsession with manicures and nail polish unwavering, we are devoted to scoping out the hottest news finds each and every season. Some of your favorite brands have recently launched (or will be soon launching) new polish collections for the summer and fall that you need to get your hands on.

Deborah Lippmann


Always a favorite in the beauty world, Deborah Lippmann’s Fall 2014 line does not disappoint. Called New York Marquee, the collection is comprised of six shades that come in a luxe chrome finish that feels so fresh you’ll want to buy them all. They will be flying off the shelves come launch in August 2014, so don’t forget to mark your calendars now!

New colors: Take the “A” Train, Autumn in New York, Lullaby of Broadway, 12th Street Rag, Harlem Nocturne, I’ll Take Manhattan, $20 each at deborahlippman.com


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Just last month, popular vegan skincare line Pacifica made a foray into the nail world. The polish collection launched with a full line of 25 shades in all of your favorite colors. The best part? They are all 7-free!

25 new colors available, $9 each pacificaperfume.com


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Coming Fall 2014, Dermelect’s new Bejeweled collection was inspired by precious gems. These richly pigmented lacquers are perfect for fall and come in all of the hottest colors of the season. Each lacquer is uniquely textured, some with sugar-like particles to give a rougher finish, and others with a velvety gloss. All of Dermelect’s polishes are peptide-infused to treat weak nails.

New colors: Lustrous, Gilded, Heirloom, Belle Epoque , $14-16 each at dermelect.com/ME

Crabtree & Evelyn

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The newly launched Nud-est Collection contains for perfect nude shades. Ideal for year-round wear, nude polish is never out of style! Crabtree & Evelyn’s polish is quick-drying and formulated without harmful ingredients.

New colors: Alabaster, Peaches & Cream, Almond, Mocha, $6 each, crabtree-evelyn.com

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.