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One of the beauty trends I’m loving this Spring is neutral nail polish - which, I admit, seems to be a trend every Spring. This year it’s all about using hues that have white undertones, so the nail polish looks fresh and goes more easily with your wardrobe. Bonus: chipping on neutral nail polish is usually less noticeable. Here are a few of my favorite shades.

{images via cosmopolitian // Jim Soon in Dolly Pink // Maybelline Color Show in Neutral Statement // RGB in Steel}  

What do you think about what people are calling an “alternative Barbie” or a “normal Barbie”? The Lammily doll is apparently coming to stores in November… and I love it. This is what healthy looks like.

{via fastcompanyThis Barbie alternative has the body of an average 19-year-old girl}

Confession: I have peeling nails. I hate them! I usually try to keep my nails polished with a clear coat at the very least, but sometimes when I’m between at-home manicures, my nails are bare and the peeling is oh-so-obvious.

I’ve searched far and wide for at-home remedies to peeling nails - vegetable oil, cuticle cream, wearing moisturized gloves, etc. - but nothing has worked for me yet. However, I have found one remedy that has improved the peeling nature of my nails: Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil. I put it on my nails when they’re polished and when they’re bare, and it definitely helps my nails peel less.

Do you have any beauty products or home remedies you swear by, especially for nails? If so, share them here!



I just found this home remedy for how to get shinier hair, and I absolutely can’t wait to try it! My hair is pretty course so products or remedies that increase shine (and not greasiness) always spark my interest.

All you have to do is grind up an aspirin tablet, mix the powder into a quarter-sized drop of shampoo, then wash your hair as you normally would. Apparently the salicylic acid in the aspirin helps remove the dull coating from your hair caused by product buildup, restoring shine. 


Since we always have a bottle of aspirin at home in case of emergencies, I’m definitely going to try this tip! Do you have any home remedies you want to share? Let me know!

{image & tip via}

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
Pearl S. Buck, Humanitarian, Author, & 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature Winner (1892-1973)

I hate it when I spend time doing my own nails only to smudge them moments later.  Recently, I tried out this tip a friend clued me in on - after trimming, buffing, and painting nails with 2 coats of polish, let them air dry for 10 minutes. Then, dunk your fingertips in a bowl of ice water for about 3 minutes. Remove your hands from the water, let your nails air dry for 5-10 minutes more, and you’re set!


"Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you." -Elsie de Wolfe, American actress/decorator/author (1865-1950)

{found via katespadeny}

I had no idea that squeezing a lemon wedge into your glass of water could be so good for you.

{info source}

(via oniverse)

More power to you, frenchfriesandfrosties:

I’ve been meaning to post about this.

Apparently it is a very contentious issue.

Some people are VERY opposed to pregnant women wearing two piece swimsuits. It’s gross, it’s weird, it’s not what women did when they were growing up, etc.

I’m finding, like with all other things pregnancy-related,…

Found this via A Cup of Jo: Sally Hansen nail strips.  

Evidently they’ll give you a perfect no-chip “manicure” (although I’m not sure how long they last).  At first glance, these seem like something that would make life easier.  I’ll buy some on my next trip to Target & report back!