Amped to try some of this spring’s nail art trends? Get started with Sally Hansen’s nail art pen. This fine-tipped pen is as easy to use as a marker and opaque enough to only require a single coat. Play it safe with some easy yet colorful French tips, or go crazy with stripes, shapes, and patterns! Seriously, despite never having been artistically-inclined, even we found it just that easy to use. Now, which colors to stock up on… [$7.49, ULTA]
Deborah Lippman nail polish doesn’t mess around. It’s not simply shimmery or sparkly, it’s packed full of actual glitter. This particular style, called “Happy Birthday,” contains a rainbow of reflective confetti, and can be layered over other colors to create different looks. Who cares if my actual birthday isn’t until May? I think I’m getting an early present for myself this year. [$18, Nordstrom]
You can all go home now: “Santorum” nail polish exists. It’s matte brown polish by the funky brand ManGlaze (!) is available on Amazon.com. Congratulations, you’ve joined the esteemed pantheon of the 13 raunchiest nail polish color names of all time.
If you’re still not getting the “Santorum” joke, I refer you to this post. It is decreed: nail polish is the only way I’m letting any Santorum on my nails. [Racked via Amazon.com]
I have no idea when it suddenly became socially passable for dudes to leave the house wearing nail polish, but I do know that I want desperately for this trend to go directly back where it came from and die there. Please, I’m begging you. I can stomach — barely — the chipped remnants of a black polish on a guy, but smoothly lacquered shades of the rainbow? Argh. I never took Seal for the type, yet here he is. The main focus is meant to be the fact that he’s finally forsaken his wedding ring, but I can’t take my eyes off his lemon yellow varnish. Color me baffled. What is he trying to do? What is he trying to say? If the purpose of the polish was to attract attention, then… it worked. But remember, Seal: you’re a single man now, and I don’t know many ladies who would spring for this look on a guy, regardless of how large the bulge is in your bike shorts. [Huffington Post]
Having a manicure is kind of “my thing.” I very rarely have bare, unpolished nails for longer than a day or two, and my bathroom cabinet is stocked with polish colors I love. Unfortunately, “my thing” can be a bit of a pricey luxury, as getting a manicure once a week adds up! Recently, however, I’ve started doing my own nails and have been going to the nail salon less — and thanks to Revlon’s Liquid Quick Dry, I don’t have to spent 20 minutes trying to dry my handiwork (pun intended!) under the blowdryer. I am not overstating when I say this top coat protects against chipping almost instantly. I am not entirely sure how it works, but it’s more liquid-y than most topcoats and contains mineral oil that’s good for moisturizing the nail beds. I have been let down by many a top coat before, but this one, I swear to you, is an impatient gal’s best friend. [$5.75, Drugstore.com]