Feeling fresh air on your face and smelling spring blooms on a park stroll can be as beautifying as any skin-care or makeup product. Because we process the world through our senses of hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch, each has a powerful impact on how we feel and how we look. Too strapped for time to stop and smell the roses? Then make your beauty routine a more sensual experience with products that help stimulate, relax and recharge you. Here’s how.
SIGHT: Brighten your outlook
Your hands are almost always visible, which makes them the perfect canvas for a hue-inspired mood boost. “Looking at an attractive color all day will make you happier and more productive,” says Honolulu-based color consultant Jill Morton, author of the Color Voodoo e-book series. To find your feel-good shade, Morton recommends choosing a nail polish that conjures happy thoughts: “If you’re craving a beach vacation, opt for tropical colors like turquoise, yellow and pink.”
1) Topshop Make Up Nails in Mover & Shaker
($10; call 212-966-9455 for locations) is toxinfree,
long-lasting and leaves a glossy finish.
2) Formulated without the chemicals dibutyl
phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene, Laura
Mercier Nail Lacquer in Flamingo ($18;
lauramercier.com) adds a pop of brightness
3) Part of the company’s Water 2012 collection,
SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Ebb & Flow ($10;
skinstore.com) donates 20 percent of its
profits to Surge, a U.S.-based organization that
funds sustainable water projects.
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