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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



Three Ways To Get Festive With Nail Color This Holiday

December 13, 2010 at 10:00 am , by

Left to right: Luxedo by Essie, Pink Gold from YSL and OPI's Bring On The Bling

Left to right: Luxedo by Essie, Pink Gold from YSL and OPI's Bring On The Bling

If you’re looking for a way to add some holiday spirit into your wardrobe this winter without breaking the bank, look into investing in holiday nail colors instead. This seemingly small touch can add a lot of class to your look, and winter polishes have never been more exciting. Here are some ways we’ll be wearing it under the mistletoe:

Stand out in brilliant metallics. Metallic polishes aren’t new discoveries but have never looked better or more appropriate during the yuletide season. Our pick is YSL’s La Laque Nail Lacquer from their Holiday 2010 collection. It has the softest, most luxurious glimmer.

Wear contemporary holiday colors. There’s nothing wrong with a set of red tips, but if you’re running low on your safe color choice, plums and clarets are a great option too. We love Essie‘s Luxedo shade and Silken Cord from their winter collection.

Layer up! And we’re not talking about clothes. Mix and match a layer of an opaque hue with a layer of shimmer and you’ll come up with something uniquely yours. Enhance the color of a polish you might already own with a new sparkly tone, or vice versa. We like OPI‘s Bring On The Bling or Extra-Va-Ganza on top for a fresh sheen.

For more ideas, check out our “Metallic Manis” read in the December/January issue. Wouldn’t these make great stocking stuffers?


Nail Art: Let Your Manicure Do The Talking

February 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm , by

The latest craze in nails isn’t a fiery red polish or even slick jet black. Lately, celebrities have been sporting Minx nail decals, often in metallic colors or wild designs.

Check out Beyonce’s Minx manicure from the Grammy awards.

Beyonce

And a close-up of Rihanna’s Grammy nails. She has a custom Minx manicure with crystals.

Rihanna thumbs

Or, show your support a la Kim Kardashian who spelled out her boyfriend’s name and jersey number (#25 B U S H) on her fingers for the Super Bowl.

Kim nails

Want to do something special for yourself, but can’t splurge on a full set of Minx? Take inspiration from these cool ladies above and add a little dazzle to your nails. Here’s my interpretation, in time for Valentine’s Day.

heart nail

First, coat your nails with fun red or magenta color. (I’m really into OPI‘s Red My Fortune Cookie.) Then to keep the look from being overly saccharine, paint a heart on one finger only. Make a “v” shape—the polish bleeds a little and will turn into a heart—and four dots. The trick is to use a contrasting polish shade (white works best) and the thinnest brush you can find. Milani has introduced their Nail Art Nail Lacquers, $4, available in 10 shades, which lets you do a little Van Gogh on your digits. Have fun!


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