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 »
Beauty-wise, there are two really great things about winter: 1) you don’t really have to shave, and 2) the state of your toes is largely irrelevant because they’re so often encased in boots and other toe-hiding shoes. Come summer, both of these become weird and disgusting, so you have to start, you know, taking care of yourself. It’s lame, but we generally go along with it, if only to avoid that talk about the importance of “always looking your best!” from our mothers. Shaving is easy enough, but pedicures can be a pain. Either they’re prohibitively expensive or badly bungled when you attempt a DIY job. Now is the time to screw spending $25 every other week or slathering polish all over your feet like a toddler with no motor skills. Keep reading for our tips on how to get the perfect at-home pedicure. 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 »
Put away all your dark nail polish until next fall, because just like last year, J. Crew has anointed two colors of Essie nail polish as the shades of spring and summer. Punchy Pink and Russian Roulette look so bright and fun they’ll wipe away any lingering memories of the long, cold winter you barely made it through. Because nothing goes with warm-weather clothes like happy colors on your fingers and toes!
My childhood nail-biting habit returns from time to time, especially if I’m not wearing any polish. So, on one particularly rough day at work a couple weeks ago, I decided I needed to stop nibbling and quickly brushed on an iridescent top coat that was sitting on my desk. Not only did the paint stop me from picking my nails, but it’s become my new favorite color. Some cool options, after the jump! Keep reading »
If you’re like me—a nervous nail and cuticle biter—you know that manicures, although they sound nice in principle, are inevitably a waste of money because you chip them to pieces within a day or two. I was reminded today about the relatively new OPI soak-off gels, but after putting the product through The Frisky’s Beauty Test Drive, we found our own problems with the polish. I then randomly began thinking about Tinkerbell products, which were around in my childhood. The most popular item from the kid-geared beauty company was a peel-off nail polish that came in a single pink hue. (Apparently, there were more colors, but I only ever remember my friends and I passing around the pink.)
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Everyone’s well aware that the Shrek creators are putting out yet another film about the ogre, but what’s up with the recent fashion world love for the stinky dude? His animal friends appeared in a VMan editorial and now OPI created an entire nail polish collection around the film. The Shrek Forever After Collection includes six different colors — Funky Dunkey, Rumple’s Wiggin’, Ogre-The-Top Blue, What’s With The Cattitude?, Who The Shrek Are You? and Fiercely Fiona — all of which are seriously in-your-face and bright. Now, in the past few years, nail hues have taken a drastic turn. Where light pinks and red were the norm, suddenly black became cool for even the non-goths, and during the summer months, Essie convinced girls to go neon with their talons. So maybe, just maybe, this ogre green will work. The collection launches next month, so you have a few weeks to decide if you’ll shell out for Shrek. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »
Yankee catcher Jorge Posada is known for painting his nails with Wite-Out to help pitcher Andy Pettitte see his hand signals during night games. Well, nail polish aficionado Essie Weingarten thinks he can go a little more professional than that. She was inspired by the Yankees to change the names of two polishes from her namesake line. Posada Pettitte Connection, a smooth and shiny white, is perfect for night games. And for day, Weingarten thinks Posada should sport Bronx Bombers, a classic navy blue. Of course, these colors are also a slamming way for fans to show their Yankee pride. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »