Blue nails aren’t really new — everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Camilla Belle has painted their nails some variation of the color in the last year — but it seems like new shades of blue are coming out by the dozen. A bunch of nail polish companies are releasing blue polishes for spring, and China Glaze even has an entire six-color line called Bahama Blues. Do you think the color is just a passing fad, or is it picking up enough steam to overtake purple in the nail polish color wars?
1. Essie Nail Polish in Mesmerize
2. OPI Nail Lacquer in Yoga-to Get This Blue!
3. CoverGirl Queen Collection 3-in-1 Step Nail Color and Sparkling Nail Topcoat in Rhythmic Blue
4. China Glaze in Bahamian Escape
5. Orly Nail Polish in Blue Collar
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Normally yellow nails scream “smoker,” but last night on the Grammys stage, rapper M.I.A.’s canary tips screamed “smokin’.” Looking to bring ten rays of sunshine to your own two hands? Try Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Square Pants ($18, RescueBeauty.com, pictured), Sephora by OPI Nail Color in Cab Fare or IM Beauty ($9 from Sephora.com), Essie’s Golden Nuggets ($9, Essie.com), this neon green/yellow nail polish from Hot Topic ($2.99 from HotTopic.com), or Hot Pop Yellow from Creative Nail Design ($5.49 from Hello-Gorgeous.net). Keep reading »
We’re so used to the chemical fumes in the nail salon that we didn’t think a natural nail polish was possible. But PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics proved us wrong. Its nail polish has been ranked the safest paint-based natural nail polish, and all profits after taxes are used to support women’s health advocacy and human rights issues. You’re helping a good cause by purchasing these products, but the names of the polish also inspire you to be your best person. We’re craving “Paint Me Forgiving,” a golden beige, and “Paint Me Grateful,” a luscious berry. And since several of the polishes are vegan, there’s no excuse not to pamper yourself. [$10, PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics] Keep reading »
We love getting weekly manicures (especially at places that give mini neck massages while your nails are drying), but it’s kind of painful to fork over $15-ish dollars each week — that’s $780 a year! Which is why we’re newly obsessed with Creative Nail Design’s Stickey Base Coat. We tested it for about two months and discovered that if you put your polish on top when it’s slightly wet, it won’t budge for two weeks straight. Your nails (and wallet) will thank you. [$7, CND]
We’re giving away five bottles of CND’s Stickey Base Coat, but you have to work if you want your nails to look good. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 25 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
In middle school, when my friends and I first started wearing makeup, glitter was all the rage. We wore glitter eyeshadow, glitter bronzer, glitter lip gloss, glitter nail polish, and glitter anything else we could find.
Now that I’m older, I think glitter makeup makes me look like a grown-up who’s trying really, really hard not to age a day over 14. But I don’t need to be without sparkles — shimmer is totally allowed. Polishes like Dior’s new color Black Sequins look sophisticated, not sophomoric because the little bits of shine are teeny-tiny, whereas with glitter, they’re chunky. See, size really does matter. Check out more, after the jump… Keep reading »
I remember watching “Dynasty” in the ’80s and thinking that Krystle and Alexis Carrington were so fantastically glam. Their glitzy, sequined dresses, shellacked hair, long, red talons and crimson lips were just IT, you know? If I saw those cats on TV today, however, I’d probably mistake them for two campy transvestites and wonder why they weren’t on Bravo. I admit, though, that I’d likely still find their red lips and nails awesome; there’s just something about a red pucker and red digits that screams “Respect me, bitch!” Whenever I try to wear both at the same time, however, I feel that I look like a trashy whore and not a powerful diva, so I asked Ashunta Sheriff, makeup artist for Christian Dior, on how to wear red well. Her beauty breakdown, after the jump… Keep reading »
Makeup company Hard Candy, first known as a purveyor of pastel blue nail polish, will limit its offerings to gift sets starting next season. If you were a huge fan of their jelly rings back in middle school but thought the polish itself was overpriced when it debuted in the ’90s (LA store Fred Segal originally priced them at $18 each), now is the time to snap up bottles of every color. Hard Candy is having a ginormous 75-percent-off sale, and the iconic polishes cost just $1.75 each. [Hard Candy via Fashionista] Keep reading »
Just as fashions change with the seasons, so do nail polish colors. Spring and summer are generally bright or pastel, while fall and winter are full of dark, rich colors. OPI’s fall/winter Couture Couleur La Collection de France follows these general guidelines with lots of plum, brown, and raspberry shades. The colors are lovely, but the punny names (Louvre Me Louvre Me Not, You Don’t Know Jacques!, Bastille My Heart, A Oui Bit Of Red) are the best part. [Just4Beauty.com] Keep reading »
I might have just had a heart attack. According to Nylon, nail polish brand OPI is planning to launch a limited edition collection of colors inspired by the original 90210 cast members. Hold the &%$#ing phone. This is the awesomest thing I’ve heard since they confirmed Brenda was going to be on the spin-off. My brain is already spinning with ideas for shades!
Virgin/Whore A lovely opalescent pink shade which represents Donna Martin’s purity (well, until she gave it up to David) and her reputation for having the trampiest wardrobe on primetime during the ’90s.
Judgey Wudgey White Stark white for Kelly’s uppity “I’m such an angel” attitude — a perfect match for her cocaine addiction from season five.
Pouty & Pissed A greyish blue for Miss Moody herself, Brenda Walsh.
Euphoria Black Emily Valentine probably totally rocked gothic black nail polish the night she got Brandon to take “euphoria”. Keep reading »
We’re not sure if we actually do crave this, because it’s something we need to try. We are HORRIBLE at painting our own nails, which is why we go see Susan down the street from our office every few weeks. But it would be nice to save some bucks and be able to give ourselves a streak-free polish without getting hot pink all over our knuckles and coffee table and couch cushions. So yeah, Sally Hansen, we are going to try your ingenius nail pen and see if it really makes home manicures easier. [$8.49, Walgreens.com] Keep reading »