Orly Shade Shifter Color Changing Gel Manicure

Just last Monday during my pedicure I overheard some lady asking if they carried the polish that can change color when you wear it. Obviously I thought she was crazy as did the nail tech until I saw Orly’s Shade Shifter color changing coat come across my screen today.

Over their gel manicure colors, you can add a coat of Shade Shifer, a different color and the primary one you’ll see until you get warm or cold and then it changes. It’s crazy! Check out the quick vid below to see how it works (click HERE to watch it on YouTube if you’re viewing this in an email.)

Sarah Bland and the Latest in Nail Art

I almost never have polish on my hands, but that doesn’t stop me from obsessing over the Instagram photos posted by nail artist to the stars Sarah Bland. Glitter gels, ombré, patterns, and mismatched colors are the hottest in nail fashions and she does it all.

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All photos are Sarah Bland’s via Instagram. Follow her and check out her site with more images and info on how to book with her in LA HERE.

Jessica Alba and the Case for Wearing Corsets

If this woman can have the world’s smallest waist by wearing a corset for the last 15 years, then Jessica Alba’s recent confession about getting her waistline back in order after kids by wearing a corset seems likely.

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Alba told Net-A-Porter mag, “After birth I wore a double corset for three months. It was sweaty but worth it.”

I had a similar experience after the birth of my daughter when I wore a hospital issued binder to keep my cesarian incision compressed and comfortable. I instinctively wore it round the clock for months just for relief but my stomach did get back to its normal state fairly quickly. (Of course Tracy Anderson’s post-baby workout helped too, but I waited 6 weeks to heal before doing any exercise.)

Hourglass Angel has corsets and waist sinchers especially for this sort of thing. Next time around I think I’ll grab something like this that’s made especially for waist slimming which might offer better support for my incision as well.

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What is Cupping?

While this Jennifer Aniston pic circulates, so does talk of cupping and what it’s all about. The pic below her is of me several years ago when I first tried cupping treatments that would often supplement my Accupuncture. It’s used to treat pain, better circulation, and to just keep the general flow of energy in the body moving. My treatments were for my lower back which was trashed from hunching over too much while doing makeup.

A flame is quickly lit into the glass cup before the cup is put on your skin to create the suction. Your skin rises inside the cup as it reacts to the suction which doesn’t hurt at all. It’s this suction that improves the blood flow and energy as the cups stay on the skin for 10ish minutes. Check out this short vid which shows in more detail what it’s all about.

Cupping isn’t too pricey either, I remember it was around $20 added on to the price of Accupuncture, so on its own I can’t imagine it world be too much more.

My facialist does facial cupping (see here) to increase the circulation in the skin. It’s less intense (no fire!) than traditional cupping but you can often see rosier, healthy skin right after you’re finished. (Click here for a facial cupping vid.)

Cupping has been around since 3000 BC so it’s not something new. Find out more about cupping and its many uses here to see if it’s something that might help you.

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Nail Trends: Leather and Velvet and Feathers (Oh My)

Nail art is huge right now. Forget color, right now it’s all about texture. Blake Lively wore a velvet mani for her wedding while the company Nails Inc caught fire after Alexa Chung tweeted this pic of her ‘leather mani.’ Now they have a new Bling it On Feathers collection so you can have tiny little (real? fake?) feathery looking bits on your nails. This is a trend I’ll have to sit out since my daughter occasionally chews on my fingers and I’d hate for her to ingest feathers, or velvet, or whatever but beyond that it’s just weird.

Velvet nails via DailyMail.co.uk

Velvet nails via DailyMail.co.uk

Feather Mani via DailyMail.co.uk

Feather Mani via DailyMail.co.uk

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Emerald

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Emerald is Pantone’s newly named the color of the year, so you’ll be seeing sparkling shades of rich green in shoes, shadows and pretty much everything in between. The easiest way to be on-trend this winter is to find an emerald polish and let your nails be bold. It’s a color that looks great on every skin tone and is especially fitting right around the holidays, Here are a few green polishes that have caught my eye.

butter Henley Regatta

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Electric Emerald

butter British Racing Green

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

Zoya Nail Polish in Suvi