Getting a professional manicure is one of life's simplest and greatest pleasures, but it's not always a smart move to skip rent payments just so you can have good-looking nails (sigh). We have good news for you, though — giving yourself a manicure to rival a professional's is actually so easy — all you need is a little bit of time up your sleeve and the right tools. Got a spare half an hour? Click through our 11-step gallery to see what you need (our last tip is almost too good to be true), and we'll guide you step by step. Isn't it time you took some time for yourself? We thought so!
We've been honing in on all things Winter skin this week, with a golden set of rules for tanning, along with some stellar whitening and brightening products — we've even covered primer and how it's important to switch things up in the cooler months. But now, it's time to snoop inside the POPSUGAR editors' beauty cupboards to find out what body oils they're using on their dry Winter limbs, and the hand cream they keep within easy reach on their desks. Slip, sliding, fun, right this way. . .
1. Take down frizz: Get those unruly strands or random flyaways in check. Rub a small dab between your palms and then lightly run through your strands to smooth and tame.
2. Groom curls: If your twists need some attention, break out the hand cream to hydrate and define your curls.
3. Cuticle treatment: Sure, you slather it all over your hands, but if you have dry, cracked cuticles, make sure to give each finger a little extra love around your nail beds.
4. Fight static: Are your clothes clinging to you in all the wrong places? Use hand cream in a pinch. To stop static, either rub hand cream sparsely on your palms, lightly smoothing over your clothes, or head to a discreet location and apply under your clothes (as in directly on your skin) where needed.
5. Hydrating shave cream: If your shaving routine has left you high and dry, why not use a rich hand cream as an alternative? Your skin will thank you.
It was Pink Ribbon Day earlier in the week, but the entire month of October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness. We love beauty with a cause, and many brands are doing their bit this month by donating some or all of the profits from their Pink Ribbon products to breast cancer related charities, including the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We've rounded up our top 10 charitable pink picks, click through.
One of the hardest areas hit by the drop in temperatures is our hands. Gone are the soft, smooth paws that were sporting pretty pastel polish a few months back and in their place? Dry, scaly skin that a croc would be jealous of. So let's change all that shall we. Here's our edit of 10 hand creams that not only look the part but will also have your hands in tip-top shape in no time.
Hand cream is one of those must-have-in-my-handbag beauty buys, and since most of us like to have a tube handy, we thought it was time to find some that will fit in amongst our other daily necessities. With that in mind, our top picks are all under 60ml. They're also enriched with botanical ingredients and antioxidants to keep your skin feeling soft and your hands youthful-looking. Whether you're a fan of fruity scents or like something sweeter, we've got you sorted.
Inspired by traditional apothecary, MOR has earned cult-like status across the globe thanks to its beautiful blend of fragrances and pretty packaging. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the brand has its luxury looks yet accessible price points to thank for its continued success, and it's about to get even more affordable with a new capsule collection, Dolce by MOR, that will be available exclusively at Target stores across the country. Available in three fragrance families — Pomegranate, Honey and Sorbet — prices start from just $10. Definitely one to check out when it hits this Friday!
Tired of dealing with flyaway hair in this humidity? Well, don't panic. We've got some simple fixes that stop hair static in just a few seconds — using items you have lying around the house or in your handbag. Watch the video now to see how easy it can be to get smooth, sleek strands in a snap. (Don't worry, we didn't know what dryer sheets were either. But now we TOTALLY want them in our lives. Try Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets, approx $18).
Secret Santa can be stressful. Everyone wants a good pick and nobody wants Greg from accounts. What do you possibly buy someone who remains silent for the other 364 days of the year? Buying for girls is totes easier. Whether it's your office bestie, the new girl or Barbara who reminds you of your mum, beauty's a good way to go as you can get some great gifts that won't cost the earth but still look super sweet. Try to steer clear of anti-ageing products and anything that can be deemed offensive — if they don't know it's from you, they might take it the wrong way — and go with something fun! Try these!
I can't imagine ever tiring of beautiful things. It's in my genes. I have a glam Nan. And I intend to be one, one day. Far from being dowdy and sitting in a corner, glamorous grans are often the ones responsible for our love of beauty. I have a girlfriend whose grandmother taught her everything she knows about fragrance. And she knows a LOT. And it's impossible for me to use a hand cream around my Nan—she steals it right off me and claims that religious application of it is what leads her to constantly be asked if she's really old enough to have a granddaughter that's in her late twenties. So indulge her this Christmas with these gorgeous gifts. Some are exxy, some not so much, but whatever your budget, there's certainly something to keep a glamorous gran very, very happy this year!