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13 December 2014 / By Elise Giannasi

Shop Local: The Beauty Gift Guide For Everyone on Your List


It’s a big weekend for holiday shopping here in Chicago, and in the spirit of enabling your fashion consumption, we had to round up the best in bauty! With these products, which are either Chicago-based brands or available for pickup locally, our beauty gift guide should take care of all the ladies and men on your list.

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  1. Cocovit Coconut Oil – A luxurious and organic wonder product known for its healing and emollient properties, Cocovit is pure coconut oil for your face and body. What makes Cocovit different is that they do not cold-process/press the oil, ensuring it’s essential nutrients are not lost through the packaging of the product. Use it as a face moisturizer and blemish-healer, as a hair mask and nail strengthener, or even as a baby-safe body cream. Cocovit is a Chicago-based line selling across the country this holiday season – with two sizes available – a travel and TSA-friendly 3.3oz size at $25 and a substantial 8.8oz jar at $38.

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08 November 2012 / By Nikia Jefferson

Quality Time with Nail Art Guru Astrowifey


In Chicago, when it comes to nail art, Astrowifey is at the top of the list. From individuals to big brands, she is in high demand.

When Astrowifey works her magic, don’t expect a few brushstrokes and a rhinestone or two. She takes her craft very seriously and the term “nail art” quite literally. Her artistry and knack for creating fashion-inspired designs is unparalleled. A quick glance at her website will allow you to see how she can take any theme or photo (runway or editorial) and translate it into one-of-a-kind nail designs.

Although I have attended a few events where Astrowifey was providing complimentary manicures, I wanted some quality time with the nail guru. My mom and my good friend, Corree, wanted to get in on the action. So I requested a house call and Astrowifey kindly obliged.

Here’s what went down:

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09 October 2012 / By Rita Milton

Get With the Program: Fall Nail Trends

At the start of every Fall season, I contemplate throwing away all pale, bright and/or neon shade of nail polish I own. I’m not one to follow beauty “rules” so to speak, but high temps and sunny skies usually make me OD on hot pink. And by summer’s end I am DONE.

Just like fashion trends, each season the runway give us a sneak peek of what we can expect in the beauty world – from eye looks, to hair styles, and even nails. This Fall, short square nails seem to be making their way back. I’ve always been partial to this look; there is something about short, well manicured nails that is so elegant and chic. As far as color and style are concerned, this season’s trends can be summed up into the following five categories:

DARK: Burgundy nails are hot this season with other deep hues like navy and forest green.

NUDE/PALE: Think whites, creams, and pale golds. It is hard not to think of deeper hues this time of the year, but nude nails made their way to the runways for Fall fashion. This is nothing new. Nudes have been making their way into fashion and beauty trends for some time and this is something I don’t ever see changing. Nudes are so classic & chic; it’s hard to go wrong. What does feel different, is whites for the Fall and Winter seasons. Although, personally, I’ve always been a fan of white polish, no matter the season.

METALLICS: This trend started as a fashion and makeup trend and has now made its way to nails. Metallic finishes have a way of being fun yet chic at the same time.

TWIST ON A CLASSIC: Nude with dark tips. This feels very similar to the half moon manicures last Fall but still very fun. Think nude nails with dark red or deep navy tips. It’s classic yet a bit unexpected, which is always fun.

BOLD/NAIL ART: Nail art and texture. In two words: anything goes! Nail art has become increasingly popular and it’s more about the art of self expression than precise lines and clean looks. We’ve seen everything from simple polka dots to intricate tribal nail designs rock the runways (the patience it takes to create something like that is beyond me).

Now, here are some of the best polishes you can use to accomplish the nail color trends this season:


What are some of your favorite nail trends for Fall?


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