Favorite Beauty Finds for Hands and Nails

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Let's talk about some beauty finds for hands and nails. I had dinner over at a friend's house the other day. She has two step-daughters, so I brought my little one. Quite the age difference between them, but we figured there's one thing all girls can agree on regardless of age'--painting nails is fun

Beauty Finds for Hands and Nails

So I brought over my trunkbox of nail colors. The beauty writer I am, you might imagine I have a few...dozen. Yes, I have a few dozen.

With all the pretty bold shades awaiting us, purples, blues, greens--we all reached for a shade that would knock everyone's socks (or should I say gloves) off. We all did except for my friend. When she was finished with her sheer pale pink, I asked, "What'?s up with the neutral?"

Turns out she can't paint her own nails. *shakes head in shame* tisk tisk tisk Then two days later, what did I get in the mail? Something that could have helped my polish-challenged friend--Liquid Palisade.

This neat liquid creates a paint-on barrier that covers and protects fingernail cuticles from polish mishaps, guaranteeing a perfect color line around cuticle. As my friend needs, it just gives a little assurance that you won't color outside of the lines.

Just paint a thin line of the purple Palisade around your nail, give it a second to dry, then paint your nail. When you're done with the main color, simply pull off the palisade in a thin strip. You can also use this for French manicures (please don't unless you're getting married) or fun nail art designs. (Note: Latex allergies, beware.)

Palisade is available at www.liquidpalisade.com for $22.

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Confession: You do not want to hold hands with me. My hands feel like sandpaper. No matter how much lotion or cream I slather on, it seems that they never reach that baby soft status as they do in the summer. I even tried Bag Balm, which my friend raves about--you know, the stuff they put on cow's udders to soften though? Well, Besse's boobs are a lot softer than my hands, I guess.

Until now. I found a different cow. quintessentially English cult beauty brand Cowshed partnered last month with handy craft ceramic artisans of MacKenzie-Childs with the launch of two handcare products last month. Cowshed boasts a natural and therapeutic product line known for good, clean fun using no artificial colors or fragrances, and no animal products except organic beeswax and wildflower honey.

I was excited to see Cowshed's most iconic products "Grubby Cow Hand Wash and Cow Slip Hand Cream" wrapped in a new print designed by MacKenzie-Childs that's inspired by sweet, delicate flowers.

Grubby Cow Hand Wash ($24) is infused with peppermint oil, a cooling antiseptic, to help stimulate and rejuvenate the hand, plus sweet orange oil to cleanse and tone; this zesty wash gently cleans without drying. Got that? Without drying. Now you're singing my song. The healing properties of spearmint oil makes the Cow Slip Hand Cream ($26) a must for over-worked hands, while petitgrain oil maintains moisture, preventing dryness and restoring supple skin for younger looking hands.

I never thought my beauty regimen would be so closely tied to cows. Oh well. Hand creams, moooove over.

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