I never have a file when I need one. There's that trick of using a matchbook strip, but...I never have a matchbook when I need one. So instead I end up pulling the snag. Hence the reason my nails look like frayed jean bottoms. When my daughter does this, I tell her to wait until we can file her nail. Hi, Pot? It's Kettle. Black.
To solve this problem, I decided to start having an affair. With Tweezerman. He knows what I want. He recently introduced a new line of his amazing Matchbox Itty Bitty Files. I'm convinced he made them just for me. Okay, they can be for you too.
These two-sided files (one for shaping, one for smoothing) are handy because a dozen of them come in the cutest matchbox-style case. Since they'??re disposable (but also durable), just file and toss. Now they come in fun optical illusion patterns of lavender, aqua and magenta. Called Pop of Op, these new colors raise the fashion-meets-function bar (although their limited edition Harajuku Lovers Designer Series is my favorite still).
Now I can stop ripping at my nails. And so can my daughter. Because after all, jeans with frayed bottoms are so not in this spring.
Tweezerman Matchbox Itty Bitty Files are available at tweezerman.com for $4.
And they say that layering is just for winter and fall seasons. Honey, you have to big time layer on the beauty products in the summer and spring. Just adding that pesky but necessary SPF feels like a giant sweater on your face, since most are greasy, shiny and sticky. Now try adding that on top of a tinted moisturizer, bronzer or whatever product you've chosen to give your skin a natural glow that the SPF is actually trying to fight off from the sun. Conundrum.
I'm excited for Clarins' new sunscreen launching April that doubles as a tint. The UV Plus HP Day Screen Tint offers SPF 40 and a nice sheer color. Its 100% mineral filter for a trifecta of protection--it shields you from UVA/UVB rays, defends against pollution and fights free radicals.
One thing I love is that most tinted formulas are slimy and can even build up "color" in hard-to-blend spots like around your eyebrows or above your lips. The UV Plus HP is incredibly sheer, so it doesn'??t feel like you'??re wearing sunscreen or makeup when you'??re actually wearing both. For an extra boost, it has cantaloupe melon extracts that boast an antioxidative enzyme that neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals. It'??s oil-free and invisible, so skin can breathe a sigh of relief and doesn'??t look smothered. It'??s available in three tints, fitting into most skin tones regimen.
Side note: Clarins has its first new luxury Day Spa in Bloomingdale'??s in Chestnut Hill (seen above). This private three-room oasis located on the cosmetics floor is replete with a reception and tranquil relaxation area, so you can shop and then pop in for a stone massage or a melting honey facial. Divine.
The UV Plus HP Day Screen Tint will be available for $40 at clarinsusa.com and in department stores.
Also coming in April, just in time for you to either drop hints around the house or get it for your own mom'?¦the LaLicious Limited Edition'I '?¥ U Mom' Travel Set. Its LaLicious' bath and body products in travel-friendly sizes, allowing mom to pamper herself on the go. I'??m not sure where you'??re going, but I intend to go somewhere if it means I get to use these decadently scented products--a sulfate-free no-suds Whipped Body Soap, Sugar Souffle Scrub, Body Butter and Body Oil.
The list of eight available scents reads like a menu at a grand beach resort (the kind of place with umbrella drinks, umbrellas over your beach chairs, and your kids drawing umbrella during a kid'??s program under someone else's supervision). There'??s Brown Sugar & Vanilla, Coconut Cream, Lily Mango, Passionfruit Lime, Island Guava, Tahitian flower, Sugar Reef, Peppermint (OK this one isn'??t tropical), and Sugar Kiss.
The all-natural products are packaged in a clear reusable bag, with artwork created by LaLicious Founder, Jessica Kernochan's twin daughters. Something cool that touches your heart: In honor of Mother's Day, LaLicious will donate 20% of all proceeds from the 'I '?¥ U Mom' Travel Set to Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenge.
And that'??s a beautiful thing.
The LaLicious Limited Edition 'I '?¥ U Mom' Travel Set will be available for $28 exclusively at www.lalicious.com.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.
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