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At-Home Pedicure from Skyy Hadley of As "U" Wish Nail Spa

We all know that winter is our skin's enemy, no matter your skin type, it's always dry during the cold winter months. We're really good at keeping our bodies moisturized but we tend to forget about our feet during the hustle and bustle of this season. Skyy Hadley of As "U" Wish Nail Spa in Hoboken, NJ has come with some great tips to keeping our feet soft, supple and looking good.

TIP ONE: Milk It

After removing nail polish and spraying feet with an antiseptic, soak feet in water and milk. Adding milk is a crucial step as water can strip skin of moisture and leave feet drier. Milk naturally exfoliates and nourishes the skin and it’s right in your refrigerator.

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CND's Fireberry for Christmas

I know this might be a bit predictable but I've decided since it's Christmas, why not wear a beautiful red. While some people are going all artistic with nail designs from ornaments to Santa dancing (I'm guessing), I decided to capture the true Christmas red with CND's Fireberry, a gorgeous creamy opaque red.

I did try out the CND Teal Sparkle over my pinky to see the effect but I preferred just the Fireberry because it's such a beautiful standout red (apologies for the messy handiwork but had a slight hand accident - major nail damage too - difficult to apply nail polish when pain is involved).

Until next time (and a bit of healing) - Merry Christmas

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Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer Spring Collection by BORGHESE

Borghese introduces nails in sixty seconds with their new Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer launching this Spring in bold brights and chic Italian neutrals. Evoking the vivid colors of a garden in bloom, and the sophisticated hues of city style, Borghese’s new nail lacquers complement every spring wardrobe.

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Sinful Colors Holiday Minis - New Year's Eve Nails

We ll think about what we're going to wear and where we're going to party on New Year's Eve to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new but do you think about what you're wearing on your nails? Sinful Colors has Five Holiday Mini's: tiny holiday-inspired polishes which retails for a mere $.99 each that would compliment any New Year's Eve party dress

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CND Nail's Colors & Effects

CND (Creative Nail Design) has come out with amazing complimentary nail color called Color & Effects, their rich, creme nail colors paired with Effect layer that changes the look of your nail color a little or a lot. CND offers 50 Creme Colors and 15 Effects which come in three groups:

Pearls - fine opalescent pearl
Shimmers - a more dramatic
Sparkle - a super flash mica sparkle suspended in clear nail Colour

CND describes the Colours as the clothes and the Effects as the accessories, the best part is you can mix and match the colors and effects how ever you want which in turn gives you a vast amount of nail colors. One of the effect I tried was Teal Sparkle - a bluish green effect that creates a chic day-to-night manicure

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Color Play - Triple Color Franken

Once again, I get to play with my toys (yes, my nail polishes are my toys). This time I experimented with three nail colors to create a glittery sunset franken.

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Nailcare - NeoStrata Hand and Nail Cream

I love trying new nail polishes and in a week, I can change my polish seven times. While its fun to do so, I sometimes forget that this practice can damage my nails and unfortunately I haven't been very good at taking care of my nails. Fortunately, Glasgow from My life on and off the Guestlist noticed this and gifted me with a terrific moisturizer that is healthy for both my hands and nails - NeoStrata Hand and Nail Cream.

NeoStrata is "designed to moisturize, condition and soften hands and cuticles while reducing the visible signs of aging on dry, sun-damaged hands. Fragrance-Free and hypoallergenic. Formulated with 8% Gluconolactone, Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5."

One 1.75 oz tube of NeoStrata retails for $19.50 and can be purchased on This product should work wonderfully because lord knows I need some help with my cuticles and I am a bit afraid of going to a nail salon to get them cut and possibly get an infection - yes this is a real fear for me. That is why I've always done my nails but sometimes I forget maintenance.

Below is a photo of my hands and nails after second use (my nails are bare here - no bottom or top coat - just NeoStrata). I must also state that NeoStrata has been amazing in keeping my hands continusously soft and supple even after exposure to the ferociously cold NYC winds.

I look forward to younger looking hands and diminished cuticles.

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Spend $100, Get Deborah Lippmann The Princess Bride Set for Free!!

Got your attention, didn't I. You read correctly ladies, starting today, December 6th, when you spend at least $100 on (that's at least 4 or more fabulous Deborah Lippman Nail lacquers), you will receive the 3-pc The Princess Bride Nail Lacquer Set for FREE - that's a savings of $26.00
This dreamy Wedding Set includes (from left to right):

LIKE A VIRGIN (new) - sheer bright white
BRING ON THE BLING (new) - divine diamond shimmer with real diamond dust
PRELUDE TO A KISS - sheer misty pink

and will make the perfect celebratory token or Christmas stocking stuffer for the Bride-to-Be (I know a few of you know some December brides). But you must hurry quickly because this offer is available exclusively online at and is valid from December 6, 2010 – December 8, 2010.  But the savings don't stop there, all orders of $35 or more receive free shipping, so you automatically save even more.

Make yourself even more invaluable to the Bride-to-Be by sharing these nail tips courtesy of deborah Lippman:

Deborah's Bride Guide:

Classic French: Create a soft French manicure by applying Like A Virgin to the tips of your nails and layer Prelude To A Kiss over top. Clean: Wear Like A Virgin or Prelude To A Kiss over the entire nail.

Modern: Take your Classic French (Like A Virgin on tips and Prelude To A Kiss Over top) to the next level by adding a coat of Bring On The Bling over top or for the simple modern bride wear two coats of Bring On The Bling.

Modern French: Apply two coats of Like A Virgin and then use Bring On The Bling as the French tip.

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Beyonce Heat Solid Perfume Ring

I know my previous posts have only been on nail polish but since, like nails, rings are another form of hand decoration, I'd say covering it makes perfect sense.

BeyoncĂ© Heat is described as a sensual, sexy, and sophisticated fragrance for the modern woman. The fragrance is available in a 3.4oz EDP Spray, 1.7oz EDP Natural Spray, 1oz Natural Spray, 6.7oz Body Lotion and of course the Solid Perfume Ring - on set with the trend of perfume jewelry and a natural product for for hit song, "Single Ladies".

This limited edition solid perfume comes hidden in a ruby-colored cocktail ring. The ring itself is an attention getter as the stone is quite rich in color and set against a cool gold metal finish - perfect for anyone with an outgoing personality. It also comes encased in an adorable mini black pouch with an embossed gold metal B on the zipper. This solid perfume/ring makes a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who is already a fan of the Beyonce Heat fragrance (but doesn't want to tote around an full bottle of the fragrance) and of course cocktail rings.

I decided to let the ring stand on its own beauty, so I am wearing Sally Hansen's Pink Slip from the Complete Salon Manicure line on my nails.

The Beyonce Heat Solid Perfume Ring retails for $35.00 and can be purchased at Macy's (this hot item is sold out on Macy' as I'm typing this, so a personal visit will definitely have to be made).

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Nars Drop Dead Gorgeous Mini Nail Kit

On a recent makeup haul (I got lucky because it was a sample sale haul), I got really lucky to come across this gem of a nail polish set from Nars Nails. I normally cannot afford this treat because the word budget is now permanently attached to any bit of cash I have (this includes credit cards). So when I found out about his sample sale, of course I jumped at the chance to score some great makeup at discounted prices.

This set, called Drop Dead Gorgeous Set, makes a great stocking stuffer. It normally retails for $30.00 but I got it for $7.00 (Score!!! Though I'm still kicking myself for not getting more because my sister and cousin would die over this)

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Color Play - Sally Hansen Frankenstein Color: Hi-Def Byte

Sometimes out of boredom, amazing creations happen. I experienced this while trying to tidy up my apt and stopped to Franken (Frankenstein - a combo of different parts) a few of my colors. Most didn't work (I realized I need more sheers in my nail arsenal) but I did fall in love with a franken of two Sally Hansen Ultra HD Hi-Definition Nail Colors - Hi-Def (green) and Byte (fuschia)

Rather than mix the two in a bottle (I believe Hi-Def would overpower Byte), I applied two coats of Hi-Def and one light coat of Byte. I'm sure results would vary if more or less coats were added but either way, I am very happy with the results and have gottem many compliments on it.

What do you think of the color?

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20% Off Deborah Lippman Products

This is a high alert ladies. We have less than 24 hours to save 20% off all orders of Deborah Lippman products that are $35 and up thanks to the extended thanksgiving sale.

I'm giddy with excitement at getting the All That Jazz Trio (which retails for $40) at a nice $8 off

or Today Was A Fairytale (below left) or/and Boom Boom Pow (below right) for $16 instead of the normal $20.

yes that's right ladies, you can save on Deborah Lippman's newest holiday shades. All you have to do is enter the code turkey20 when you checkout.

Happy Shopping!!

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