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 »
Call me prissy, but … ew. The painfully hip jewelry designers/bloggers at BleachBlack have proudly created a fetching new nail polish color called “Jizz.” It’s a sheen, pearly white — both “punk and feminine,” says Refinery29. I think I’ll stick with Essie and their polish colors that haven’t been inspired by ejaculation. But if you desperately need “Jizz” on your fingers, it should be available on NeedSupply.com for about $12.95 soon. [Refinery29] Keep reading »
Surely you remember the craze that was Chanel Black Satin nail polish. Lindsay Lohan seemed to lead the way, and next thing you knew, every actress under the age of 30 was wearing the color on the red carpet (for better, or in many cases, for much, much worse). The shade sold out quickly, causing half-empty bottles to be sold for embarrassingly large sums on eBay. It was a true nail polish frenzy, followed up by Jade, the greenish hue people were freaking about, and now it’s all about the brownish, taupey Particulier. Next up? Some gold shades that may or may not catch on and wait for it … Black Velvet, the matte cousin of Black Satin. A subtle difference to be sure, but make no mistake, hos will be going crazy over this stuff when it goes on sale next month. That’s not so hard to predict. [The Cut] Keep reading »
CND’s Colour & Effects line of nail polishes made to layer is genius, and since spring is all about bright colors, we’re happy there’s “Sugar Buzz,” a limited-edition combo that’s the manicure equivalent of a cupcake. Paint your nails with the bubblegum pink Sweet, coat them with a layer of Sugar Sparkle, and you’ve got yourself a yummy treat on your hands.
I’m a recovering obsessive nail polisher. And by that I’m not trying to say that I get a manicure every week; I mean that I used to paint my nails as often as every day at worst and two to three times a week at best. It’s been suggested that I had “a problem” and needed to “seek medical attention,” but what the haters didn’t understand was how easily polish chips and flakes and how horrible it is to have a flaky manicure. When I found Seche Vite top coat a couple years back, I was able to cut down from daily paintings. Now, Sephora base coat by OPI is letting me act even less like a junkie with its extreme awesomeness. Top coat is great for avoiding chipping, but few realize that it’s a good base coat that keeps polish affixed to your nails more than the top coat or the polish itself. Most top coats, however, aren’t tacky enough to actually grab the polish and keep it in place, resulting in peeling and general sloppiness after only a couple days. Not so much with OPI for Sephora though. I’m currently going a week strong with the same manicure and there’s not a chip in sight. If you can’t stand polish imperfections, this one’s a must try. [$9, OPI for Sephora, Sephora] Keep reading »