Mani Monday: 4 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

Looking at your nails can indicate a lot about your health. When they’re a different shade than normal, your body may be telling you something’s up.

Take a look at the guide below, wipe off that polish, and do a quick a nail check. Your tips will thank you.

4 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

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August 12, 2013

Rue How-To: Apply Sunless Tanner, Sans Streaks

Achieving a streak-free sunless tan? It’s no easy feat. We’ve all made the rookie mistakes that result in orange hands or splotchy knees. But, as an avid collector of these products – with a strict UV-free policy – I have created a system to swear by. For best results, start the process before you head to bed and then shower in the morning.

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1. Exfoliate. Shave your legs. Then scrub with bath salts. A smooth surface is essential.

2. Moisturize. Any lotion will do. Dry skin will cause your sunless tan to flake sooner rather than later. Wait 5 – 8 minutes for the lotion to dry.

3. Apply tanning lotion with gloves. (If you choose not to use gloves, be sure to wash your hands with scrubbing salts when you’re finished.) Using both hands, massage the lotion in a circular motion. Start above your ankles and work your way up. Ask a friend to help with your back. Areas to skip for now: feet, ankles, knees, elbows, neck, face. Let the tanning lotion dry completely before continuing.

4. Once the lotion is dry, use a tanning spray held 4 – 6 inches from your body to lightly sweep over your legs, midsection, arms, back, and the areas you skipped in step 3 (except your face). This will cover any spots missed by the lotion. Let it dry for 5 – 10 minutes before bed.

5. To add a little color to your face, incorporate bronzer into your makeup routine. Or, use a dab of face tanning lotion and mix it into your moisturizer or liquid concealer.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

Questions? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @ruelala, then check out our Rue How-To column every Wednesday.

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May 29, 2013

Freshen Up Anywhere: 8 Beauty Essentials that Fit in Your Handbag

Summer brings a season of impromptu plans – especially in New England. Mainly because we would rather relish every second of warm weather than waste time inside getting ready. Which, of course, presents a small set of problems.

Whether you’re planning to be out all Saturday, heading straight to a date after work, or rushing out the door because your friends prefer not to give you any warning, this checklist will come in handy. With a small cosmetic bag filled with these must-have items, you can be out the door and freshening up in the cab in moments.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 28, 2013

Rue Road Test: Homemade Shampoo

My hair has been crying out for attention after a long summer of sun damage, heat exposure, and (okay, I admit it) chemical highlights, so I decided it was time to give it a little DIY TLC with some homemade hair care.

After scoping a ton of different homemade shampoo and conditioning recipes, I discovered that most agreed on the use of Castile oil soap or baking soda and essential oils and as a base, and all emphasized that the end product would not resemble the thick, foaming shampoo most of us are used to. Using all of this as inspiration, I created my own recipe that included honey (to detangle), coconut oil (instead of olive oil), and some other ingredient substitutes I had on-hand.

My First Attempt
DISASTROUS. When they say to go easy on the oil, they seriously mean it (I’m notoriously heavy handed). Even after my hair had dried, it still looked like I had been dipped  in a vat of hot candle wax. When I hit the mixing bowl for a second time, I was careful to use the coconut and essential oils in moderation, and also mixed up an apple cider vinegar/hot water rinse, which I read would remove any excess residue after shampooing.

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October 4, 2012

Yes, You Can: Pull Off Fall’s Burgundy Lip

I’d like to think that my day-to-day makeup routine is fairly low maintenance. I rarely venture from the confines of mascara, a swipe of eyeliner (top lid only), and my pot of Smith’s Rosebud Lip Balm.

This spring, I couldn’t get enough of the perfectly done hot pink and fiery coral pouts. I dabbled, but it never really worked for me.

Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the ’90s, but with fall here, and burgundy lips the next big thing, I’m all about it! Inspired by this post from Cupcakes and Cashmere, and armed with this well-timed tutorial from Styleite, I’m vowing to get my pucker in on this lipstick action.

My biggest takeaway? This one simple tip: illuminate and brighten up the skin with a touch of light-reflecting primer or bronzer. While a pale, matte complexion can be lovely, just the right amount of radiance softens the contrast of the merlot lip so it reads rich rather than ghastly.

By Sam Dulac, Senior Staff Writer

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October 2, 2012

Flawless Findings: Contouring Makeup Tricks

A smooth, radiant, and perfectly contoured (hello, model-worthy cheekbones) face? We’re after it. But getting that natural glow without looking overdone is easier said than done… until now. This incredibly helpful tutorial from Into The Gloss demonstrates how to create a dewy and fresh-faced look inspired by Renaissance portraits.

Looking for more help achieving this look? The girls in the beauty department at Glamour put together a tutorial on how to achieve Kim Kardashain’s sculpted face.

What is your secret for glowing skin? Leave us your tips in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala.

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August 6, 2012

NYFW Beauty: Runway, Backstage and Beyond

NYFW Beauty: Runway, Backstage and Beyond

The Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week shows may be over, but the trend spotting continues. On the beauty front, the looks ranged from the don’t-try-this-at-home to the perfectly poised and polished.

Erickson Beamon heightened the drama of its jewelry by way of false-eyelashed, rainbow-hued glitter lids accompanied by matching multi-hued nails. Bright pink, red, and turquoise eyeshadow turned up at Richard Chai Love, Katie Gallagher, Pink by Douglas Hannant, and Faster by Mark Fast, among others (Fast, Chai, and Gant by Michael Bastian even did blue lips, making it look as though the models were very chilly, indeed). And several shows, including Marchesa, Fast, and Jeremy Scott, featured models with bright pink hair.
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September 19, 2011

Toasting Cynthia Rowley for Birchbox

Toasting Cynthia Rowley for Birchbox

Although parties in the Hamptons usually kick off July 4th weekend, Cynthia Rowley got a head start on things the last Saturday in June with a little soiree at her Montauk store to celebrate the “Tips to Toe Treats” she curated for the subscription beauty site, Birchbox.

Held in the “Shack in the Back,” a separate shop-within-a-shop behind the designer’s Main Street boutique (located next to the infamous Memory Motel), guests enjoyed cocktails and a free application of Rowley-designed Incoco Nail Strips — which are applied to your nails and then snapped off around the edges (look ma, no filing!) — with every Cynthia Rowley for Birchbox purchase.
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July 8, 2011

At Work with Olivia Chantecaille

Olivia Chantecaille

Olivia Chantecaille and I go way back, having first met six or seven years ago when I interviewed the striking beauty guru for a shopping column I used to write for Fashion Wire Daily.

So I was delighted when she recently invited me to Chantecaille’s newly revamped Soho office for a sneak peek at their new collections and the skinny on her not-so-average workday. (Chantecaille was founded by Olivia’s mother, Sylvie, in 1997 – her father, Olivier, and sister Alex now work for the company, as well.)

“Every day is so different, which is the fun part of my job,” Olivia told me as we sat in a corner of the loft-like whitewashed space in front of a display of Chantecaille cosmetics, all of which I was dying to play with. “I wear so many hats. For example, tomorrow I’m going to one of our labs to work on our new spring colors for 2012, which is very exciting. They’re actually a lab based in Italy, outside of Milan, but they have a satellite lab here [in upstate New York] where we can go and mix colors that they’ll produce in Italy. It’s a great, fun place to work with the technicians and be very creative and come up with all the new shades that were inspired by the current fashion trends.”
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July 1, 2011