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Last month brought us a new moon in dreamy Pisces, filling us up with positive vibes and a desire to follow our wildest dreams. Now, on April 11, the new moon occurs in Aries, helping us to take the hopeful energy of last month and use it to implement some powerful — and effective — action. “When the sun and moon come together in the sign of the fiery firstborn of the zodiac, it’s time to start a new chapter,” says Madi Murphy, an astrologer and the founder of The Cosmic Revolution. “Aries is all about independence, authenticity, and action. Whether it’s embracing an aspect of your identity or kicking off a new project, the Universe is asking you to turn the page and write your own story.” Murphy’s words for this lunation include “bravery, boldness, courage, enthusiasm, initiative, and mega-inspiration.” Since Aries is the very beginning of the 12-sign cycle, we’re even getting some New Year’s vibes out of this lunation. How do you want this spring to go? How about this summer? Set your intentions and use this new moon as a way to start fresh (…again). Whatever you decide to do with this energy, be prepared to go at it full force. Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com, calls this new moon a “a quadruple dose of can-do energy” thanks to the fact that fiery Aries is ruled by go-getter Mars — we’ll liken it to chugging a very large caffeinated beverage. Mars is currently in the adaptable sign of Gemini, which Montúfar says can make us “excited about finding new activities and ways of chasing our goals.” If there was ever a time to go after exactly what you want, it would be now. The dark side of Mars in Gemini is that we can become nervous and impulsive, Montúfar notes. “When deciding which strategies, activities, and goals to go for, it will be important to narrow down our focus instead of trying to go for it all at once,” she says. You can’t accomplish all of your hope and dreams at once, so stick to one or two biggies. Maybe you want to tackle finally decorating your bedroom, or there’s a task at work you want to knock out of the park. Zero in on these, and you’ll be able to make them happen. Another potential drawback to the beautiful go-getter energy this new moon brings is a tendency to become overly competitive, warns Lisa Stardust, astrologer and author of Saturn Return Survival Guide and The Astrology Deck. Stardust suggests working on things solo right now, and focusing on your needs and desires without anyone else interfering. This could prevent butting heads and unnecessary arguments — things we’d usually want to avoid, anyway. When it comes to our love lives, Montúfar says we should be keeping an eye on the Venus-Pluto square during this lunation. This is because Venus is in its fall in Aries, a position of weakness, means Pluto’s destructive influence on us is stronger than usual. “This aspect can bring obsession and intensity into our bonds, so it will be important to watch our behavior around topics of infatuation, jealousy, and control,” she says. Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer for Keen.com, agrees, saying that this square can be a hard energy to handle. “Arguments and disagreements can arise, so this is not the best time to bring up contentious issues, but if you do, be prepared for the answer,” she says. “At best, this transit can transform a relationship for the better,” Hale adds. “Pluto transits tend to tear things down before they rebuild in a stronger way.” This lunation may make us feel like things are really happening — and all at once. Remember to focus, take a deep breath, and get to work. You have the power to make your wildest dreams come true. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Obsessed With Astrology? Thank TikTok — & COVIDIt's Aries Season. Be A Little SelfishPlease, STFU While Mercury Is In Aries
Slowly but surely, pastels are starting to feel more seasonally appropriate. Even if you're watching the cherry blossoms bloom through a window (or worse, via TikTok), there's something cheerful about warm-weather indicators that make this crazy time feel a bit more zen. Of course, the simplest, most non-committal way to ease into spring tones — especially while you're living in sweats and looking for an activity — is with a DIY manicure. If your collection of pastels is looking a little sad and crusty at the moment, we have your guide to the most current crème de la crème of pastel polish. From sage green to lilac, click ahead to find the prettiest pastel polishes to add to your stash.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Suite Eleven Tea TimeFrom houseplants to home decor, sage green is trending right now. On nails, this soft, cream-based sage is basically the new neutral.Suite Eleven Tea Time, $, available at Suite ElevenPear Nova Tokyo AfterglowWho said that pastels can't make a bright, look-at-me statement?Pear Nova Tokyo Afterglow, $, available at Pear NovaMischo Beauty BabyloveThe perfect polish for those times when you can't decide between pink and purple.Mischo Beauty Babylove, $, available at Mischo BeautyDazzle Dry Frozen LemonadeA nail polish to wear while drinking an ice-cold lemonade (or Limoncello).Dazzle Dry Frozen Lemonade, $, available at Dazzle DrySundays No.44The sweet spot between white and green is a pastel mint.Dear Sundays No.44, $, available at Dear SundaysElla + Mila Cotton CandyLike hand-spun cotton candy, this shade is a bubblegum pink with a sugary sparkle finish.ella+mila Cotton Candy, $, available at ella+milaOlive & June BPWe're calling this frosty periwinkle by Olive & June grown-up upgrade to that old bottle of blue polish you loved back in high school. Olive & June Olive & June Nail Polish - 0.46 fl oz, $, available at TargetTenoverten Watts"I love this pinkish mauve color for spring," Tenoverten nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us of Watts, a cool-toned shade somewhere between barely-there blush and lavender. "It's a soft pastel that still makes a fresh statement."Tenoverten Nail Polish in Watts, $, available at TargetChanel Le Vernis Bleu PastelFrosty blue feels inherently youthful, while the designer label ensures this shade knows no age. "Chanel's Bleu Pastel shade is the prettiest muted baby blue," says Abramcyk. "It's a universal pastel for spring, and looks gorgeous on everyone."Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Bleu Pastel, $, available at Barneys New YorkEssie Mind-ful Meditation If you take your pastels on the neutral side, any shade from Essie's Serene Slate collection will likely fall in your wheelhouse. They're all pretty, but we're partial to this dusty gray with warm undertones. "Essie's Mind-full Meditation reads as a beige with a hint of apricot," Abramcyk says. "It gives softness with just the right touch of color."Essie Nail Polish in Mind-full Meditation, $, available at TargetJinsoon Tweety It's easy to get a yellow manicure wrong, but it's just as simple to have the happiest fingernails ever as long as you pick the right polish. "We formulated this bright pastel yellow called Tweety to be playful and flattering," says Choi of her favorite yellow from her brand, Jinsoon. "The color is reminiscent of forsythia flowers." JINsoon Nail Polish in Tweety, $, available at JinSoonLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?5 Trendy Spring Nail Polish Colors To Wear Now7 Spring-Approved Sage Green Polishes To Try12 Light-Blue Nail Polishes Perfect For Spring
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K, I gotta preface this with a very important disclaimer: Nail drills are legit professional tools that aren't safe for at-home manis. You aren't sacrificing on quality either—it's got an adjustable speed, quiet vibrations, and 11 bits that are great for prepping, finishing, and polishing nails.
"Color is going to come back with a bang," celebrity makeup artist Kate Synnott told POPSUGAR. From graphic eyeliner to heavy blush and, of course, the old favorite (but also new and improved) dewy-skin makeup look, we rounded up the top makeup trends to try for spring 2021. Whether you're looking for new ways to shake up your daily makeup routine or need inspiration for that long-awaited reunion with friends, you'll find endless beauty ideas ahead.
If the answer is yes, you may want to consider escaping into a telenovela—a genre rooted in Latin America, known for its colorfully elaborate plots—and Netflix is currently streaming some of the best. Much like American soap operas, the shows proceed with ever-unfolding melodramatic twists. Originating in Mexico, Colombia, and beyond, for non-native speakers, they may even help you learn Spanish.
If you have wood floors, Georgia-based designer James Farmer recommends going for just enough contrast. Farmer suggests trying Benjamin Moore's Jade Romanesque. "Darker woods like cherry and mahogany tend to go more red; soft blues like Sea Sprite by PPG look great with the patina of antiques," Farmer says.
Between TikTok sea shanties and getting NSFW on main, this year's early memes spell a weird year to come.
Luckily, we can capture those feelings by perfuming our homes and spaces with fragrant candles that summon the balmy weather. Bonus points were given to the ones with pretty vessels that can be re-purposed as makeup brush or pen holders. If the name "Rattan" doesn't conjure up summer, the earthy scent of sandalwood will certainly bring up visions of lounging around in the sun.
Think: a personalized piece of jewelry or art, a pampering eye pillow to help her unwind, a gorgeously scented candle, an inspirational coffee table book, and a pretty picture frame. Plus, we've even included a few presents for new moms and dads who are preparing to ask a close friend or family member the big question—as in, will you be the godmother of our baby? Like a custom card, but better, since this one is nice enough to earn a permanent spot on her coffee table or bookshelf.
Whether you prefer your playtime to involve a board game or a deck of cards, we've rounded up the best party games that everyone will enjoy. Choosing the right game for guests at your next gathering is almost as important as the (hopefully) easy appetizers you serve. Players keep their smartphones handy to do things like create emoji art or other tasks prompted by the cards in the deck.
Unless you count the occasional pumpkin spice latte or my proclivity for a Bridgerton binge, I don't typically succumb to peer pressure for trend's sake. I stuck to my measly four-step skincare routine despite the K-beauty boom, remained loyal to nude nail polish even with the return of the french manicure, and hadn't once considered hopping on the bob haircut bandwagon - despite nearly every celebrity (and their moms and cousins and . in the last few years trying out the style.
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