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Shattering Our Expectations: An Ode To OPI’s Shatter Nail Polish

OPI’s recently released “Shatter” nail polishes are the new black in the world of manicures. Our initial encounter with them was less than moving. At first we thought, Won’t it just look like my polish is peeling off? But the salesperson explained that applying Shatter over two coats of regular nail polish would give a crackling effect you can see in seconds. Our next thought: You mean every nail is different? Too OCD for that!

Shatter, obviously trying to win us over, began to show up everywhere. Unable to ignore it any longer, we tried it and the crackly manicure grew on us. Now we love the Shattercure. And apparently we’re not the only ones, because it’s sold out everywhere. Keep reading »

Behold, “Twin Peaks” Nail Art

Never in my life did I think the words “David Lynch” and “nail polish” would end up in the same post, but there you go: here we’ve got some “Twin Peaks” nail art. Whatever screwed up, Lynch-ian things you choose to do with these nails is your business. [Flavorwire] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Are Sally Hansen Salon Effects Strips Worth The Money?

There have been few innovations in how fingernails are decorated in the last few years–but Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips are one of the best. Salon Effects strips are made of real nail polish; they adhered rather well to my nails and chipped like regular nail polish. The Sally Hansen Salon Effects were really easy to apply, and even my right hand, the hand I write with, looked just as good as the left one — with no dry time! As the name suggests, the nail polish strips are available in salon-caliber nail designs (I used “Cut It Out,” a white and black ’60s flower power design), but there are also beautiful, design-free colors available. I wore the Salon Effects for a week and had a few minor chips in the polish. The strips were easy to remove with regular nail polish remover, too. I can’t wait to try these again. Plus, they’ll cut down on my trips to the nail salon. Check out pics of my nails after the jump. [$9.99, Ulta Beauty] Keep reading »

Get Toxic With Illamasqua

Some women play it safe when it comes to nail color, and rarely go outside of their pink and red comfort zone. But this spring, Illamasqua wants you to engage in some toxic behavior with the new nail varnish collection, Toxic Nature. Like nature itself, this collection isn’t sweet and light. Instead colors like mushroom, mint, orange, rose, and plum are kicked up a notch with rich textures and pops of acid brightness. The Toxic Nature collection consists of five varnishes with names as interesting as the colors — Purity is a peach, Ochre Radium is an acid lime shimmer, Gamma is a neon orange, Bacterium is a pearlescent ash, and Stagnate is a gray mauve. Illamasqua has aggressively jumped into the high-end nail polish game, and says its polishes are hard-wearing, chip-resistant, and will last until you remove the polish. The Toxic Nature collection will be available at Sephora and Sephora.com beginning in April. Keep reading »

Who Wants Hypercolor Nails?


Speaking of things from the ’90s having their comeuppance, do you remember Hypercolor t-shirts? I absolutely loved them, in theory. In practice, I didn’t like that people took it as license to try to make a hand print on your stomach. I also hated how the fabric always looked a different color around the armpits. Gross! But, I am thoroughly obsessed with this nail polish, In the Mood, that changes colors depending on your body temperature. The polish comes in all sorts of color combinations—blue and green, pink and purple, yellow and orange. If your nails are long, the polish looks like a super colorful French manicure since your nail bed is much warmer than the tips. Count me in for Guilty, the blue/purple combo. [Glamour] Keep reading »

A Manicure That Bears With You

What’s black and white and cute all over? Panda nail art! [RockerRepro.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »

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