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Formula X is certainly a different kind of nail experience. First of all, it is a huge range. Walk into any Sephora and you will be overwhelmed with the choices of a rich rainbow of colors, cool textures, shimmery metallics, glow in the dark neons, over the top glitters, and wild eye-catching finishes. The extensive selection will set every nailaholics’ heart a flutter. For me, however, I was searching for my go to beige, creme, pearl, and shell tones. (I know…yawn). If you can’t decide on your favorite shade, Sephora has a clever tester set up on the display—you slip your fingers under a clear acetate sheet and polish over your nail to see how it would look against your skin tone.
When it comes to beauty services, I’m all about saving time. Between working on my collection of Apple electronics 24/7, carrying around a bag that weighs a ton, running from meeting to meeting, in and out of taxis, etc. my typical mani lasts 2-3 days tops and I usually break at least one nail. I tried one of the home gel kits but it was too complicated and messy for me to stick with. I don’t have a schedule that lets me go for professional gel manis—nor the patience—and I’m too ADD to sit still long enough to have it done anyway. Therefore, my nails really take a beating and it’s not pretty.
So the promise of lasting well (like a whole 7 days!!) without chips and without UV light exposure that can cause skin cancer, got my attention. The idea of being able to take off or change your polish without soaking or using a sharp instrument also appeals.
To get into the Formula X frame of mind, start with the System Kit ($32.00) that contains 4 key steps needed to deliver the whole Formula X experience. It includes a cleanser, base coat and top coat, plus the color of your choice (that is, if you can pick just one!). I was skeptical about why I really needed to use the Nail Cleanser instead of just washing my hands, but after trying it, I can see the benefits. It gets your nails and cuticles squeaky clean without oils, dirt, sweat, or residue, so they are ready to accept the polish. The Base Coat is supposedly designed to be an adhesive primer that forms a sticky layer, thereby helping the polish stay in place. Next step is the color of your choice. And the last step is to finish with their signature shiny Top Coat to protect your mani and voila—you’re done! It’s that fast, easy, and it looks like a pro did it.
I’m in LOVE with Formula X. In fact, I’m going back for more colors—and I might even venture out of my comfort zone this time (brights or metallics?). I especially love the Neutrals and the New Classics collections. I am very impressed with the long wear time and chip-free formula. And I’ve already bought the System Kit for two girlfirends for the holidays.
Ladies, this nail polish is a MUST try!
Look for Formula X on Sephora.com and in Sephora stores, prices range from $10.50-$12.50 depending on the polish.
Turmeric, a spice known for its bright yellow color as well as it’s warm, peppery taste, is crossing boundaries and cropping up in beauty products. Used extensively in Asian home-made skincare recipes, the anti-inflammatory root is also an ideal antiseptic, and helps heal and prevent blemishes while improving radiance of the skin. Check out these three new products that feature the versatile root:
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An Indonesian skincare brand founded by quartet Metta Murdaya, Jill Sung, Tami Chuang, and Yoshiko Roth, Juara uses turmeric in its silky Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum. Roth explains that the spice is bit of a royal affair: “A princess would receive an elaborate body treatment before her wedding with turmeric and herbs to help look glowing and beautiful,” she says. Ingredients, including antioxidants clove flower, and goji berry coexist with palm peptide in this anti-aging serum to enhance luminosity and also brighten. Editor’s tip: use before applying makeup as a primer.
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This 30-year old luxury,spa beauty line started by esthetician June Jacobs now has a new blemish control collection targeting the over-18 crowd. The cleanser offers a blend of broccoli, blue daisy, willow bark extracts and—of course—turmeric. It also contains tea tree oil and camphor to help ward off acne.
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Created by holistic teacher and writer Dr. Andrew Weil, this lip balm uses the Oriental spice with a blend of cocoa butter and other seed oils that help moisturize and condition. It is recommended for severely dry and rough lips, so it’s an ideal choice to stock up on during the colder months.
The saying could very well go, “a cup of green tea a day keeps the doctor away,” and in regards to beauty products, this is certainly true. From moisturizers and toners to exfoliators and even deodorants, the number of beauty products boasting green tea continues to grow. According to dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD, founder of DermTV green tea is one of his favorite sources of antioxidants and it possesses terrific anti-inflammatory powers.
The creator of BeautyRx Skincare, Dr. Schultz uses green tea in his formulations because of its great affinity with the skin. In fact, he says topical application of green tea may benefit the skin even more than drinking vats of the brewed version.
An he is not alone; here are some new products boasting green as a key ingredient:
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This matcha green tea colored collection is one of my all-time favorites, and consists of Green Tea Antioxidant Cleansing Milk ($26), an extremely gentle Toner ($18), and the richer Antioxidant Face Complex ($36). Far from smelling like you’ve slathered green tea all over your face, the trio is as soothing as checking into a spa. Because of the marine ingredients in its Sea Marine Complex, you get an ocean-based nutrient broth (read: minerals) in these three products as well. Follow with a soothing cup of tea afterwards for the perfect indulgence.
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This product multitasks like a working mom on the first day of school: it exfoliates, which is always a great way to start the day, and also offers sun protection, which is the best way to prevent aging. It also offers a PH adjusted glycolic acid, and of course, green tea, which Dr. Schultz praises for both its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. And for an added bonus, the exfoliating complex helps normalize the water and oil balance of your skin, making it particularly ideal for combination skin.
Dove go Fresh Cucumber and Green Tea Deodorant (around $5)
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If you want to feel cool and refreshed, this is your ideal deodorant. The combination is crisp and a bit tropical without making you feel like a fruit salad, and the cucumber serves as an ideal partner for the soothing green tea. Use this post-gym (as I do) for a great cooling sensation. Green tea couldn’t find a fresher partner.
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Seven potent antioxidants star in this face cream (green tea, white tea, grape seed, red wine, rose petals, pro-taurine, and osmanthus flower) to create a brilliantly hydrating and soothing treatment that is lightweight enough to slather on, even for sensitive skins. While seven antioxidants may be overdosing a bit, it doesn’t hurt.. This is one of the most hydrating face creams we’ve tried.