Mini trinkets are always fun to give (and receive!) during the holidays, especially for beauty lovers. Bottles of polishes, rollerball fragrances, and lip hues are also a great option for those people who you don't know what to gift. Because at the end of the day, who doesn't like a small bottle of hand cream? We've rounded up a collection of the miniature-size gifts you'll want to dole out this holiday season!
Nail art is actually easy to do yourself, which is why we've rounded up our favorite DIY nail designs to inspire your next manicure. With clever tricks using tape, markers, and bobby pins, you'll be surprised at how easy it really is to paint on a freehand design. And with a long weekend ahead of us, take a break from Thanksgiving leftovers and holiday shopping for one of these easy looks.
Just like your body suffers from flaky patches during the Winter, your nails are prone to dehydration, too. Cracked cuticles, peeling nails, and jagged edges are just some of the symptoms. Turn your dry digits around with a slew of nail car products that can fit in your purse.
Cuticle care: The sensitive skin around the nail bed can begin to peel and split when your hands are thirsting for moisture. Keep a cuticle oil, cream, or balm nearby to keep hangnails at bay. If you're on the go, you can also use your favorite lip balm.
Handy man: Store a hand lotion at your desk, the bathroom sink, and in every bag to make sure you always have a hydrating solution. Make it a goal to apply salve after you wash your hands — every time. Formulas packed with urea and beeswax will help lock in moisture.
Smitten with mittens: Gloves are not only a fashion statement this time of year, but covering your hands while outdoors will help protect them against whipping winds and dry air. And at night, wearing a set of cotton gloves over a moisturizing treatment can help heal cracks and other rough patches. Finally, always wear rubber gloves when you're working with harsh chemicals to shield nails from their drying effects.
Beyond reach: If it's too late for these preventative measures, it's time for a heavy-duty hydrating spa visit. Schedule a paraffin manicure service to get supple hands and fingernails in no time. But remember to respectfully decline any cuticle cutting, which can cause infections.
With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah falling in the same week, we decided to give the glitter ombré manicure a festive twist. A deep navy hue is the perfect base for any Winter holiday; we used CoverGirl Nail Gloss in Sapphire Flare ($5). Creating a glitter ombré is easy when you already have a glitter top coat like Essie Set in Stones ($9). Apply the chunky silver glitter from the middle point of your nail, and then add two to three coats on the tips to create the gradient effect. To give our glittering manicure a seasonal update, we sealed in the look with a matte topcoat using Ciaté Mattnificent ($17). The velvety finish is a fun twist on the sparkling look. But even without a matte finish, the glossy version (below) is still an easy look to pull off just in time for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
See the major polish moments from the biggest red carpet events of 2013, including, most recently, the American Music Awards. From the Oscars to the Grammys, award shows are guaranteed to bring on manicures galore, which is why we're giving you a close-up look. Just keep clicking!
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel and Maria Del Russo
A deep red polish is like a good wool cap for Fall: it's something you always wear, but you're always looking for the next best one. Enter Formula X For Sephora in Obsessed ($11). Not only is the deep merlot color clutch for the upcoming season, the formula is actually one of a kind. A luminescent ingredient enhances shine and revamps color, giving it an incredible sheen. And for those of us who are less than patient (ahem), it's quick-drying, so you don't have to use your blow dryer as a makeshift polish hardener. The result is a finish so smooth, so flawless that you'll be staring at your nails all day. Who needs a professional manicure when you can get saturated color at home?
In case you haven't been keeping up with all of the premieres, the latest installment of The Hunger Games is hitting the big screen tomorrow. And for all the nail art aficionados out there, it's high time to start painting your nails in anticipation. From mockingjays to flames and more, we're rounding up the best Catching Fire nail art we could find. Read on for instant inspiration.
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This Fall, there's one trend we know we can pull off: the geometric manicure. Squares, half moons, and triangles were all spotted on the runways during the Fall 2013 shows, and it had us jumping for joy. Why, you may ask? Because all you really need to pull off this trend is some masking tape and two of your favorite polish hues. Even the less dexterous of the bunch can pull off the sexy picture-frame manicure Charlotte Ronson sent down the runway (above). But that wasn't the only shape we saw . . .
See more geometric manicure inspiration when you keep reading!
When it comes to your makeup bag, drugstore beauty is, well, a beautiful thing. From face wipes to lip balms to frizz serums, we've rounded up our favorite products that won't break the bank. They're all under $10, and they're all right here.
[Dry Shampoo] [Mattifying Products] [Acne Products] [Travel-Size] [Body Wash] [Frizz Serum] [Hair Treatments] [Classic Glamour] [Bold Lips] [Manicure Must Haves] [Lip Balm] [Hair Oil] [Mascara] [Shampoo] [Eyeliner] [Deodorant] [Hair Spray] [Face Wipes] [Eye Shadow] [Brushes] [Blush] [Brows] [Hand Cream] [Concealer] [Red Lipstick] [Foundation]
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel and Kaitlyn Dreyling
We love a girl with big hair, so we couldn't stop staring at Selena Gomez's voluminous half-up style for her performance on The X Factor last night. Dressed in a sexy leather outfit, Selena took the stage to perform her hit song "Slow Down." But it was her high-teased, curled-to-perfection coif that had us talking. Selena finished the look with bold brows, vampy lips, and inky black nail polish. See the whole look in action below!