Nail guru Pattie Yankee worked with Dashing Diva Nails to create the gold, abstract French manicure above for the Cushnie et Ochs spring 2011 fashion show. The gold foil mimics the dripping effect that was present in the collection. But the semi-haphazard application of the foil also gives the nails a grungy, resurrection feeling. Metallics continue to be a major nail trend this season, but what’s refreshing about this design is that it’s not meant to look perfect. It’s the perfect DIY manicure for adventurous style geeks. Find out how you can get this abstract French manicure in only two easy steps, after the jump. Keep reading »
Ever noticed how the minute you get your hands on some money, you find a ton of things you’d like to spend it on? Well, that’s the inspiration behind “Blowin’ Money Fast,” a dark metallic green nail lacquer, from the fall Ginger + Liz Colour Collection. This is the perfect emerald shade to transition from summer’s bold nail colors to fall’s dark neutrals. Plus, this organic and eco-friendly nail polish is a great guilt-free way to blow through some cash.
One of the hottest manicure trends of the past few seasons has been the reverse French manicure. This tip-trend turns the traditionally demure pink and cream color combo on its head with color-pop hues and striking shade combinations.
We caught up with celebrity manicurist Jill, from Spa Chicks on The Go, for the skinny on how to achieve this look yourself. Read more … Keep reading »
That fashion designer Alexander McQueen committed suicide earlier this year was tragic enough. That a group of vultures are using his death to line their pockets with cash is plain sickening. It’s one thing when a trendsetting and chic magazine like Visionaire pays homage to the designer by devoting an entire issue to his iconic frocks. It’s quite another when a nail polish manufacturer uses the McQueen name to hawk a set of hideous, muddy-looking shades. That’s what Butter London has done with a line of new polishes it claims were inspired by McQueen: All Hail McQueen, a hideous taupe, Bumster, which looks like something you’d find in a diaper, Marrow, marrow, really?, and Victoriana, a bluish-green that’s neither here not there. All one has to do is take a cursory look at these polishes to see they have nothing to do with McQueen’s genius. What this company has done is attached some over-written copy and a sick idea to a product-like-any-other in order to sell their load of crap. It’s bad enough that McQueen is gone, but to associate his brilliance with this drivel is to degrade the fashion legacy he created. [Hot Beauty Health] Keep reading »
I had a hard time comprehending matte nails when the trend took off last year. I mean, isn’t the point of a manicure to make your nails shine? Then add the confusion over top coat to the mix — do you forgo a top coat completely or do you search for a matte one too? And choosing to go matte is more difficult than picking a nail color. All that being said, I’m considering taking the matte plunge with a polish from Orly’s Plastix Collection. These polishes mimic the texture of plastic, vinyl, and pleather in a matte finish with fun bright colors so you needn’t fear any references to domination fetishes. The collection launches later this month on OrlyBeauty.com, where polishes normally retail for about $7.50. [Nylon] Keep reading »
As summer heats up, so do our nail polish colors. Orly’s Viva Collection includes four vibrant, Latin-inspired shades to celebrate the season. Head to the beach with dark blue La Playa; wear Bailamos, a turquoise, when you go out dancing with your friends; try coral-colored Ole for everyday wear; or party all night long in pink Fiesta. You can’t go wrong with bright polishes like these, verdad?
When I was a kid, I loved those smelly markers so much that I refused to color with them for fear they would run out of scent. Obviously, they eventually dried up, but not before I forgot about them and moved on to a different obsession. Revlon hasn’t forgotten how much girls like scented products though, and the company is cashing in on the childhood trend with a line of fragrant nail polishes. But unlike the markers, these nail hues only give off odors when dry, which means if you choose to manicure your hands with one of these polishes, you’ll be a walking perfume bottle for the five whole days the scent lasts; when you pick your polish, you’re committing to a wearing a particular color and scent. The smelly options include Grape Icy, Ocean Breeze, and Beach, which sound more like candle fragrances than perfumes in my opinion. I’m not sold on this idea, especially considering the fact that I really don’t want my hands to smell, ever. Will you try Revlon’s scented offering? [Fashionista] Keep reading »
Celebrities like their pets as glamorous as themselves. Who painted her pooch’s toenails hot pink? Read more … Keep reading »
Personally, I loathe the little hand dryers at nail salons because I see them as a breeding area for germs. But most of the time, I’ll suck it up in an effort to keep my brand-new manicure chip-free. If I’m going to spend upwards of $10 for polish, then I’d like it to be perfect. Now, however, I’m going to think twice about my post-manicure plans, because those little hand dryers are actually full of UV rays! Dermatologist Neal Schultz wants women (and men) to be aware of the damage they’re doing to their fingers by sitting under the salon dryers for anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. “Reports of unusual numbers of skin cancers on the fingers of frequent users are compelling reasons to avoid them until controlled studies can demonstrate safe parameters for their use (if they even exist),” he said. So, I’ll be staying away from those little tanning beds for your hands from now on. Solution? Fan dryers are a safe option, or if those aren’t available at your local salon, simply sit sans dryer until your wet polish turns hard, like they did in the good ol’ days. [Glamour] Keep reading »
This has definitely been the year of embracing off-beat nail polish colors, and, generally, we were pretty open to the taupes, grays, and jades that caught our eyes on the runway over the past few months. Now, Elle magazine is asserting that brown is the polish color for spring. We’ve tried out hues on the lighter end of the spectrum, enjoying something in a tan or beige varnish, but haven’t really considered going with a chocolate-colored paint. (Like, for example, this Essie style in “Downtown Brown.”) Is it just us, or does something about super brown nails just seem … off? What do you think? Have you ever rocked a dark brown manicure? Sound off in the comments below! [Elle.com] Keep reading »