Skin & Nails

When it comes to choosing a nail color, I've always been a muted or neutral girl by trade. Even though I've dipped my feet into the bright colored end of the pool when experimenting with yellow or red every now and then -- gray, matte black, or a rose gold/nude has always been my go-to. However, spring's latest nail color trend has me wanting to sing a different tune.

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It literally seems like just yesterday that we were getting our skin ready for chilly temperatures and snow. Now we're just weeks away from chirping birds, blooming flowers and warmer weather. You know what that means, right? More heat and humidity, which means more sweat, more sebum, and more reasons to be super proactive when it comes to how we care for our skin.

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I'm not a skincare aficionado by any means, but as I enter my late twenties, I am becoming more and more aware of how important it is to develop a skincare routine with tiers and layers and to partake in that routine religiously. Skincare is genetics meet preparation, after all. Here on xoNecole, we talk everything from the right way to layer skincare products to the best hyperpigmentation products on the market. So as I look for more tips and tricks to add to my ritual in Operation Flawless Skin, there's no wonder why Kat Graham is on my beauty radar.

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If you were blessed to have melanin skin, be sure to thank baby Jesus. However, while we were born to glow, we still have to maintain it. Let's be honest - finding a well-balanced skincare routine without messing up our unique skin can be stressful. That's why we are grateful for people who know their skin and who know how to share the wealth. People like, Siraad Dirshe.

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A few days ago, while hanging out with one of my favorite people, she said to me, "Ooo, I love your eyeshadow." Here's what's cool about what she said—I didn't have any on. I can't even remember the last time I've worn eyeshadow. When I told her that and she said, "Your eyelids have a natural golden glow to them", I know I was grinning from ear to ear because that means all of the water, witch hazel (which I'll get into in just a sec), and sweet almond oil is truly paying off. How cool. How very cool.

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I want to tell you ladies a little about my best friend. She's often misunderstood, and in some eyes, morally reprehensible and reckless. But in my life, she's proven to be the dependable, down-to-earth, wellness-savvy confidant I didn't know I needed. Some of you may have met her back in college during your wilder days, and others may even indulge in her company every now and then today. However you've made your acquaintance with her, I'm about to fill you in on some of the little-known facts about my homegirl Mary Jane.

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