Mani Monday: Splurge vs. Steal Nail Polish Edition

Wondering which nail polish colors are worth the investment? Check out our definitive breakdown of which shades and brands to buy now!

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There’s no doubt about it, curating your own collection of nail polish colors can be quite overwhelming. When do you stock up on drugstore brands and when do you invest in designer products? Is that seasonal shade a fad or a future favorite that you’ll regret not buying? These are the questions that cross every nail enthusiast’s mind. So how does one answer these quintessential quandaries? We made the rounds at our local pharmacy and department store to bring you five fabulous shades that should have a place on any medicine cabinet shelf. Check them out.

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Rouge Pop Art

YSL Nail Polish

($27, sephora.com)

When it comes to nail polish colors, there’s nothing more timeless than a true red. Not only is YSL’s Rouge Pop Art the perfect fiery hue, this highly pigmented nail polish also dries quickly and holds its shine for at least four days. At $27 a pop, this designer polish is pricey, but worth every penny.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue Me Away

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(2.99, walgreens.com)

Sally Hansen has been in the business a long time, and she sure knows how to hold her own against the big designer names. This bright aqua blue is a shade not found among department store beauty counters. In addition to its unique shade, this Sally Hansen steal gets high marks for durability.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Amazing Grace

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($18, deborahlippmann.com)

Buying white nail polish may seem a bit weird, but we assure youit won’t take long before you become obsessed with this awesome color. This clean, crisp white works wonders with any outfit and is sure to brighten your mood without calling too much attention to your manicure.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Toasted Almond

Covergirl Nail Polish

($5.49, covergirl.com)

The perfect taupe should be a staple of any nail polish collection. Covergirl’s toasted almond edition is an ideal neutral that’s easy on the budget. Combining a base coat, high-gloss color and chip-resistant top coat, this drugstore option is as good as any designer brand gets.

3.1 Phillip Lim for Nars Nail Polish in Dark Room (Limited Edition)

Phillip Lim for Nars

($20, narscosmetics.com)

This moody midnight hue from Phillip Lim’s limited edition Nars collection is hard to pass up. A seductive shade for any season, we’re particular fond of incorporating Dark Room into our winter repertoire. Equipped with a broad brush, this polish is as easy to apply as it is stunning to look at.

Mani Monday: November’s Eight Best Mani-Pedi Packages Nationwide

This November, start your pre-Christmas prep with one of eight awesome mani-pedi packages!

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With Thanksgiving only a week away and twinkling Christmas lights lining the sidewalks, it’s safe to say that the holiday season is officially upon us. And when it comes to prepping for pre-Christmas festivities—including that all-important company holiday party—nothing is more essential than sporting a fresh mani pedi situation. That’s why, this Mani Monday, we’ve done the legwork for you. Whether you’re battling the elements on the East Coast, or enjoying the eternal sunshine of Florida’s southern climate, here are the eight best nail deals available across the country. Check it out.

California

$149 for Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl’s Manicure and Steppin’ Our Pedicure at Chuan Spa at the Langham Huntington (Pasadena, CA)

Florida

$55 for 60 Min Gel Manicure and Pedicure at Allure Day Spa (Davie, FL)

Illinois

$40 for Classique Manicure and Pedicure at Savon Spa (Chicago, IL)

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Maryland

$60 for 60 Min Pomegranate and Warm Honey Manicure and Pedicure at Toscana Medispa (Baltimore, MD)

Massachusetts

$23 for 45 Min Cranberry Spa Manicure at Bliss Spa and Salon (North Andover, MA)

New York

$42 for 75 Min Green Tea Spa Pedicure and Manicure at Affina Beauty and Spa (New York, NY)

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Pennsylvania

BOGO Package: Buy Signature Pedicure and Get 50% Off Signature Manicure at Serenity Day Spa (Intercourse, PA)

Virginia

$45 for Modern Manicure and Pedicure at Modern Day Spa – Pentagon City at Fashion Centre Mall (Arlington, VA)

 

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily. 

Seven Bad Hair Habits You Need to Break Right Now

Listen up, ladies! Here are seven haircare sins that may be cramping your style.

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If you’re struggling to get gorgeous long locks, certain bad hair habits may be standing in your way. Sure, you knew that frying your hair with a flatiron was a bad idea, but we bet you didn’t know that there’s also a right and wrong way to shampoo? (We certainly didn’t!) So, to help you get healthy hair in no time, we put together a list of seven haircare sins we all need to stop committing right now. Without further ado, we bring you the definitive list of haircare’s most dangerous don’ts.

Over/Under -shampooing

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as washing your hair too often. Over-shampooing can remove the natural oils in your hair, causing your scalp to become dry and itchy. On the other hand, washing your hair too infrequently can lead to overly oily hair and an increase in dandruff. Shampoo your hair when it begins to look oily. This may vary from person to person, but typically it means every two days or so.

Eating Unhealthy

Bad eating habits can lead to bad hair health. In fact, if your body isn’t getting enough nutrients, it can’t sustain hair growth.  A lack of iron, for instance, can even lead to hair loss. To achieve healthy hair, forget fad diets and pack your digestive system with protein, vitamins and minerals.

Styling Wet Hair

Despite being a very common mistake, styling your hair when wet is a massive no-no. Wet hair is weak hair, which makes it extremely vulnerable. Avoid brushing your hair when wet to prevent breakage and damage to the cuticle. Instead, blot your hair with a towel and let it air dry before styling.

Flat Iron Frying

This may be an obvious bad haircare habit, but it’s still worth mentioning. Straightening your hair with a flat iron is the fast route to achieving frizzy and brittle hair. Reduce the heat on your flat iron as well as the frequency with which you subject your hair to this harsh treatment.

Skipping The Trim

While it may be tempting to skip that trim, keeping regular appointments with your hair stylist is essential to keep your hair in tip-top shape.  Leaving your locks with split ends can cause breakage and simply looks unhealthy.

Skipping Sun Protection

Sun exposure isn’t just an issue for your skin. Intense sunlight and summer heat can cause color-treated hair to fade. Keep your color looking vibrant by covering up when the rays are at their worst.

Buying Bad Products

Buying the wrong haircare products can have unwanted consequences. If you have dry hair, for example, a moisture-drenching shampoo is required. Oily hair, on the other hand, should be treated with an oil-regulating product. A good quality clarifying shampoo, which removes chemicals and product build-up, is a sound investment for hair that has been color-treated.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

Mani Monday: Seasonal Nail Stickers

Nail stickers are an easy option when there’s no time to try out the latest nail art DIY! 

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We’re always up for testing out the latest DIY nail art trends, but we’re the first to admit that multi-step manis can turn into a time-consuming endeavor. Fortunately, one of the newest nail innovations has made achieving gorgeous designs easier than ever.

Nail stickers and appliques are an excellent option for on-the-fly manis that look salon-worthy. From glitz to glam, there are tons of chic designs available that suit just about every occasion, and with no dry time they’re even faster than a polish change. Check out our favorite nail stickers and appliques that also happen to be perfect for the holiday season:

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Avon Nail Art Design Strips French Tips available at avon.com

Inoco

Inoco Behind the Scenes Nail Polish Appliques available at inoco.com

Essie

Essie Sleek Stick Stickers in Over the Moon available at target.com

Sally hansen

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Disk O Queen available at target.com

sephora

Sephora Collection Nail Patch Art in Upper East Side available at sephora.com

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Best Sugar Scrubs For Dry Skin

Colder weather means drier skin, but we discovered the best sugar scrubs that smell amazing and feel even better!

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Now that winter is right around the corner, the days of scaly skin and dull complexions will inevitably make their return. Truthfully, the thought alone is sort of depressing, so we decided to be proactive about this potential problem. And the only way we could be totally sure we were giving you the best skin-quenching recommendations was to try out the season’s hottest products ourselves.

Hence, our body scrub experiment began! We’ve been on the prowl for the best exfoliators that slough away dead skin while also delivering a hefty dose of moisture, and we found some real winners. During our research we discovered a few whipped body scrubs that were a total game-changer, along with irresistibly scented scrubs that we would happily slather on daily.

Check out three of our favorite scrubs this season, and find out what sets each one apart from the competition:

Scrub 1LALICIOUS Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub

The LALICIOUS was the first whipped scrub we’ve ever tested and let’s just say, we were totally blown away. The light, airy texture feels as refreshing as it smells, and it makes application mess-free without the excess oil of typical scrubs. Packed with cold-pressed coconut and sweet almond oils, and made with only the most high quality natural ingredients, this scrub will make you glow despite the frightful weather outside. Try the Limited Edition LALICIOUS Extraordinary Whipped Peppermint Sugar Scrub this season, the scent is absolutely perfect for the holidays! Try it for yourself at lalicious.com.

Scrub 2 Erin Condren Island Fleur Body Scrub

This divinely-scented scrub was inspired by the scents of the salty Bora Bora beaches, and when you lather it on, you feel truly transported. We loved that this natural scrub was non-greasy like it’s whipped predecessor, but the amazing scent was absolutely its stand-out quality. Gardenia, tuberose and white florals are balanced by ginger and fresh greens, capturing the magically relaxing air of the warm Pacific Island.  Try it for yourself at erincondren.com.

Scrub 3Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub

This luxurious scrub is formulated with organic sugar and transformative softening oils that deliver a dose of moisture to even the most parched skin. Not only does it nourish and revitalize any dry areas, but it also sloughs off dead skin that dulls your complexion. This scrub also serves as a lovely bathroom accessory thanks to its sleek design, and the sweet orange and cedar wood scent is nothing short of therapeutic. Try it for yourself at rituals.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.