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Now that sandal season has swooped in, and I have no time for regular pedicures, I need the right tools to keep my feet smooth and soft throughout the summer.

I bought the Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation System back in December, though I've only recently whipped it out. Why I waited, I have no idea. Well, maybe it has something to do with the fact that my feet were hidden in boots all winter long.

Thank goodness Clarisonic has done it again, with yet another terrific tool for skin! This is a serious life saver, er foot saver — with at-home convenience. The pedi system combines expertly engineered tools with sonically designed formulations to counteract the factors that cause dry, rough patches. It includes:

  • Pedi Device
  • Smoothing Disc
  • Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head
  • Pedi-Buff
  • Pedi-Balm 
  • Pedi-Boost

What's amazing is the immediate difference you feel and see. And it's an easy add-on to my routine. My feet are pedi-happy!

With my busy schedule, professional manicures/pedicures have become an infrequent event in my life. Which makes me sad. However, it's my current reality. In this frenzy, I have nailed, literally, a fresh look in seconds. My secret? Sheen and sparkle. One or the other. And it works every time.

I lean on two similar, but different, looks from week to week. It takes seconds. Thank goodness, as that's all I have these days. Butter LONDON's Hen Party is a sheer, opal nail lacquer that I slap under a matte finish (also butter LONDON). It's smart, crisp and on trend. My other go to is Deborah Lippman's Whatever Lola Wants, inspired by the twinkle in the eyes of Kelly Ripa’s daughter. It's a shimmering lilac that goes bold with layers. I happen to prefer one simple coat for innocent sparkle.

I couldn't live without these hard workers.

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Spring is not far off. In anticipation, I have shifted my nail color to suit the upcoming season.

Of the many trends spotted on the runway — details such as stripes, moons, major embellishment and color ranging from white to metallic to an easter egg palette — I have narrowed down my favorites.

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White happens to be the biggest common denominator for spring. I have a few from Essie and OPI, but I am especially digging Cotton Buds nail lacquer by butter LONDON with a matte topcoat (as seen at Band of Outsiders). Yet, my biggest obsession at the moment is milky pink! I've scoured the nail counters seeking the perfect shade and fell in love with Sally Hansen's Shell We Dance (3-4 coats) and ULTA Salon Formula's Baby Doll (2 coats).

As for detail, since lips are taking over this year, I prefer simple. The side-by-side color palette in moon detail shown at Peter Som rocks. As does the slanted french tip at Holmes and Yang. Equally mesmerizing is the ultra feminine iridescent pink metallic effect on the Tadashi Shoji runway. I think I'll add a few more butter LONDON lacquers to my cart!

This time of year, nails get happy. And for good reason. There are so many fantastic colors to paint the town with — from matte to metallic to sparkle — in light and dark shades. No matter what you choose, it's all good. 

Nail lacquer is a great form of self expression during the holidays. And it's the finishing touch to any amazing ensemble. What shade will you dip into this season?

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I simply cannot get enough of this season's best in show for nails. And here comes Marc Jacobs with a line up that is like no other. Magnificent color! 

It took all of 2 seconds to become utterly fixated on this rose gold metallic. I couldn't move for, what seemed like, 15 minutes. It was all over, though, Gatsby had to be mine. This is such a great spin off of the popular copper penny color of the moment. And this stunner of a color goes with everything. 
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