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Lightweight Beauty Essentials Just In Time for Spring

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

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Spring is finally here! Time for picnics, pastels and lots of gingham. In addition to sprucing up my lip looks this season, I’ll also be reaching for lightweight products that allow my skin to breath in heat. And with Earth Month right around the corner, clean and natural beautifiers are on my radar, too. Here are five current favorites.

1. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter ($38): I seriously can’t talk about this cream without getting giddy. After showering and drying off, I immediately lather this heavenly-scented, air-whipped butter all over my body. Free of parabens glycols and silicones, this is pretty much a one-way ticket to Hydration Nation.

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Weekend Mani: Add Sparkle to Your Nude Nails for Fall

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

As editor Lorelei mentioned a few months ago, nude digits were all the rage this spring, both on and off the runway. Although the bare look is ridiculously chic, I recommend punching it up for fall by experimenting with the season’s generous array of glitter and metallic polishes.

On a recent Saturday morning, I was casually watching throwback Britney Spears music videos on YouTube (don’t judge) and stumbled upon the pop star’s 2000 MTV Video Music Awards performance in which she wore a sparkly flesh-colored bodysuit. Being the thematic mani fan that I am, a light bulb went off: why not create a nail version of that infamous costume?

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