5 Fun Nail Polishes for Spring


This past week, I’ve put a lot of focus on FEET. The warmer weather and impending sandal season has motivated me to whip my feet into better shape. If your feet are also suffering from winter neglect, check out my action plan “One Week to Softer Feet.” Follow the steps to treat dry, rough, and cracked skin and banish calluses. Of course, you aren’t ready to bare your toes without polish so treat yourself to an awesome DIY Spa Pedicure and visit my buying guide “The Essential Tools for a Professional Mani-Pedi at Home” for all of the implements and products you’ll need.

In this post, I’ll share 5 of my favorite nail polishes for spring. Fresh and cheerful, these lacquers suit the spirit of the season. Use them to finish off your DIY pedicure (or manicure!) for charming splash of color.

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Best of Bridal Beauty Chicago Event

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Nicole Pearl, “The Beauty Girl” addressing the brides-to-be at the Best of Bridal Beauty Event.

I had the pleasure of attending the Best of Bridal Beauty on April 10th at the charming James Hotel in downtown Chicago. Curated by Nicole Pearl, aka “The Beauty Girl,” the event showcased some of the best beauty spots in Chicago. While the theme was bridal beauty, you definitely don’t need to be tying the knot to enjoy these fantastic services in Chicago.

In her short address to the crowd, Nicole Pearl said that she envisioned an event where women could not only learn about her favorite spots to get beautiful but actually experience their services. Each featured business had a station where you could have a makeover, get a mini-massage, receive a facial treatment, have your hair styled, have false eyelashes applied, enjoy a manicure, and more. The James Hotel supplied the food and drink with some sweet treats from Glazed and Infused and Flour Cake & Pastry.

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Mmmm… donuts. I snapped this pic to make my husband jealous!

I started out my evening talking with the folks from Golden Girl Chicago. While I wasn’t ready to wipe off my makeup for a complimentary fake bake, I definitely plan to check out this organic airbrush tanning studio. The business has been featured in several national publications and the owner is super nice.

Maria Carrillo applying lashes.

Maria Carrillo applying lashes.

After enjoying a glass of prosecco, Maria Carrillo (who I went to beauty school with!) applied a half strip of falsies to bulk up my puny lashes. She did it in about 30 seconds and they were perfect. She’s been doing lashes for 7 years, so I guess that makes sense. Maria is starting her own business called MC Lashes. Contact her at 773-934-2388 or mydesertroze@gmail.com. I hope to see her soon myself for permanent eyelash extensions.

After shot with a quick half set of strip lashes.

After shot with a quick half set of strip lashes.

Next I opted for a lactic acid peel from True Skin Care Center. This service was amazing. The esthetician who performed my facial, Gigi Greene, had a great touch and the peel from SkinCeuticals left my skin glowing. As a bonus, she managed to keep new lashes intact.

Facial services from True Skin Care Center included Lactic Acid Peels and Dermaplaning.

Facial services from True Skin Care Center included Lactic Acid Peels and Dermaplaning.

After the peel, I had my makeup refreshed by Arch Apothecary. I usually think that makeup artists are a bit too heavy-handed but Betsy expertly covered my flaws and contoured my face without overdoing it. I looked natural and felt radiant.

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Guests receiving a makeup trial by artists from Arch Apothecary.

My bangs were a little funky from my facial treatment, so I headed over to the stylists from Custom Hair Lounge + Spa for little refreshing. Juan hooked me up with a little dry shampoo and a quick spiff up and I was good to go!

Getting styled by the pros from Custom Hair Lounge.

Getting styled by the pros from Custom Hair Lounge.

I skipped the massage from The Spa by Asha for fear of messing up my makeup and a mini-manicure from Spa Emilia because I had just done my nails. But I did chat with a woman from The Dailey Method, who told me you can try your first session at either of their Chicago locations for free. Head on in to experience their combination of ballet barre, core conditioning, yoga, and strengthening exercises.

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Manicures by Spa Emilia.

It was a really fun event and I highly recommend following The Beauty Girl for awesome tips and reviews as well as upcoming events. There were some phenomenal giveaways and a guests left with a goodie bag worth over $150. For more information check out Nicole’s site and follow her on Facebook.

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Eating For Beauty – Quick Berry Chia Smoothie

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I’m aware that the internet is already home to about a million smoothie recipes. But… I’ve been whipping up this simple beauty for a couple weeks now and it’s too delicious not to share. Berries, milk, and yogurt combine for a classic flavor combination but my smoothie is even healthier and lower in calories than most. I just heard on TV that some smoothies have more calories than a cheeseburger! Don’t worry, this light smoothie is still filling enough to be a substantial snack or small meal.

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