June 25, 2012 at 11:07 am , by Nykia Spradley
While nail care is an issue you get behind in fall and winter by slathering your talons with shea butter and jojoba oil, during the summer you’re probably more concerned with color (i.e. Monday = pink…Tuesday = banana yellow…Wednesday = lavender…). And if you’re like us, you just cross your fingers and hope that your excessive polish play doesn’t lead to more peeling and splitting of your nails.
Since we’re prone to paint our nails every hour (no, really.) during the summer (NAIL POLISH 4EVA!), we were stoked to stumble upon Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Anti-Aging Nail Lacquers. Not only are the summer shades creamy perfection, but they’re also infused with a protein peptide that strengthens flimsy nails. #winwin
December 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm , by Nykia Spradley
Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to paint little candy canes—or Santas…or reindeer—on each of your fingernails (unless you’re a 10-year-old). Here are a couple of grown-up ways to show-off your season’s greetings with lacquer.
Get glitter happy
Not only is glitter polish festive, but it holds on a little longer and is forgiving with chips and smudges, says celebrity manicurist Beth Fricke. If you can’t find a glitter polish in the color you love, try putting a coat of sparkle over your favorite hue (and don’t forget to seal the deal with a good topcoat).
Break it up
Swipe your nails in a traditional red and then top them with silver or gold shatter polish. “It will look like you have an ornament on every finger,” says Fricke. Apply polish and let it dry completely for 10 minutes, and then apply the shatter. When it is shattered to your liking, apply a shiny topcoat.
July 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm , by chandrajohnson
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
July 4, 2011 at 9:00 am , by Nykia Spradley
Today, we’ll be handing over all BBQ duties so we don’t chip our new mani: A few weeks ago we learned about this super-cute mini nail polish set that OPI created exclusively for Merle Norman Cosmetics. The Americana collection, $12.50, is perfect not only for Independence Day, but for Merle Norman—an 80-year-old, all-American company that manufactures everything stateside.
Wear it proud.
December 13, 2010 at 10:00 am , by Fang
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?
October 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
There are plenty of surfaces I’ve spilled nail polish on over the many years I’ve been painting my nails: the kitchen countertop, my cell phone, and even in the backseat of the car on a family road trip. (Sorry, dad!) Most of the time, the polish drops were a major catastrophe as they fell on treasured items. I’ve since become much better at painting my nails–patience and a desk help– but sometimes those spills produce happy accidents. Just in time for your holiday wish list, OPI and Dell have teamed up to offer three laptops that look like they’ve been dipped, dripped and swirled in OPI‘s most famous nail colors. So no more worrying about spilling polish on your much-loved computer.
Click here to learn how to keep your nails in top condition while sending out those emails.