Nailing It: Summer Mani Pedi Favorites

July 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm , by

Anyone who knows me—or sees me a few times a week—knows my obsession with nail polish. There’s simply no hiding my lacquer love. (I nearly passed out the first time I saw shatter nail polish!) And though I make sure my toes are meticulously painted even when they’re tucked away in winter boots, now that we’re smack in the middle of sandal season, my fixation is at an all time high. Here, my summer color theories:

You can’t go wrong with any bright ROYGBIV shade, but pastels and nudes are just as fun. And toss those old-school rules out the window: Fingers and toes do not have to match. Instead, pair colors that complement each other. Say, a sunny yellow and a vivid pinkish coral.

Right now, I am drooling over Sally Hansen Salon Effect Real Nail Polish Strips in Girl Flower (these last super-long and you don’t have to wait for them to dry!); the entire Pirates of the Caribbean OPI collection (great pastel colors); and of course, OPI’s Shatter in navy and black. I plan on expanding my Shatter collection with the newer turquoise and red shades.

Of course, your feet need a little prep work before you swipe on your color of choice. A few easy steps: First exfoliate (try Thymes Essentials Foot Scrub) , to soften heels and soles, and get rid of dead skin. Once you’re sloughed and rinsed, slather on a foot moisturizer (AHAVA’s Dermud Intensive Foot Cream is great), file your nails to your preferred shape and lightly buff out the most egregious ridges. Next, be sure to remove any traces of old nail polish (and newly applied lotion) with a non-acetone remover and cotton pad. Finish with a base coat, two coats of color and a topcoat. Et voilà! Go show off those pretty tootsies!

Shades from left to right:

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Tutti Frutti

Barielle Shades in Gotta Have Fate

TopShop Nails in Bee’s Knees

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color in Lickety-Split Lime

OPI Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Tears

Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Glitter in the Air

SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Surreal

Duri Cosmetics nail polish in Pocketful of Rainbows

How To Look Chic On The Cheap

July 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm , by

Sometimes shopping on a budget isn’t a bad thing! Because I’m a college student, it’s either budget-shopping or not shopping at all. It can be challenging, though, to find a deal without sacrificing style. Here are some of my tips for getting more bang for your buck:

- Hit up discount stores for trendy pieces. H&M is my go-to for the latest trends. I recently bought a bright violet shirt and hot pink shorts (perfect for this summer’s colorblocking trend) and both pieces were under $30. Urban Outfitters, Marshalls, Forever 21, Filene’s Basement and Target all offer a big selection of inexpensive options (Check out these cute finds from some of those stores, below!)

- Try flea markets and vintage stores if you have a little time to dig. I recently went to one of my favorite vintage shops in Brooklyn and I left with a top, sunglasses, and a jewelry holder all for less than $40! Make sure to inspect the item for stains, worn spots or other defects, but don’t worry about buttons (they can be replaced) or even length (sleeves and hems can be tailored).

- Even if you’re not a seamstress, try going DIY. I was pining over a pair of perfectly distressed shorts but when I saw the price… sticker shock. I thought “I could make those myself,” and I did thanks to a five-dollar pair of Levis at the Salvation Army and a pair of scissors. If you’re looking for inspiration try P.S. I Made This which has tons of ideas for DIY pieces.

- Don’t forget that some pieces can do double duty. If you have a maxi skirt, it can be worn as a dress (just add a belt to define the waist). A lightweight scarf can be turned into a headband (a great way to keep hair out of your face on hot summer days). Use your imagination when you look at your wardrobe!

- Last but not least, you should always invest in wardrobe staples like blazers, shoes, and handbags. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more on something you’ll get way more wear out of. If you can find a classic piece on sale, even better—but don’t get sucked into the thrill of the sale and buy something you’ll probably never wear.

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Cross Over to the Darkside with Tarte for True Blood

June 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm , by

True Blood fans have less than a week to go before the June 26th premiere of season four, and in honor of the event, Tarte Cosmetics will be launching a limited-edition collection that was (very obviously) inspired by the show.

Brigette Myre-Ellis, head of makeup for the show and Anna Paquin’s personal makeup artist, teamed up with Tarte to help create a series of vampy, character-evoking looks. The packaging alone is, um, to die for—there’s a lace-up corset-adorned palette, for starters—as are the contents:

Tarte for True Blood Collector’s Palette, $52
This eye palette packs 17 delicious shades, a primer, a mascara, and an eyeliner. Myre-Ellis also helped create four signature looks to try, each of which comes with instructions. For Sookie Stackhouse’s sparkling doe eye, try the Not Your Average Waitress colors. Or throw caution to the wind and try the Vamp Glam colors.

Natural Cheek Stain, $30
You know that flush you get from watching Sookie and Bill (or Eric? Or Alcide?) Recreate it with this natural, blood flow-mimicking stain.

LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint, $24
Though it can’t quite grant you a thousand-year lifespan, this reddish tint is spiked with anti-agers. Lip-plumpers, too.  That—plus the mint infusion—leaves you ready for your Bill Compton close-up, which is no doubt coming any minute.

Available June 22, 2011 at Sephora.