We just got an email from J.Crew alerting us to the fact that “New Fall Arrivals Are In” and immediately stopped working to drool over the retailer’s genius ribbon-front top, wool schoolboy blazer, and …nail polish? Yes, J.Crew appears to be selling nail polish from our favorite maker, Essie! (We always knew the people at J.Crew were totally on the same page as us.) The two special colors are called One of A Kind, a bright orangey red (which just happens to be this writer’s favorite shade for her short nails), and Eternal Optimist, a subdued baby pink.
Trying a new polish color can be a gamble, because what it looks like in the bottle isn’t necessary how it appears on your hands. But since we adore just about everything J.Crew produces, we’re guessing these shades, with their J.Crew stamp of approval, are pretty fab. [J.Crew] Keep reading »
The hot summer weather might be making us glistening with sweat, but the of-the-moment trend for nails is the opposite of shiny. A tar-like matte black nail polish popped up courtesy of KO Knock Out Cosmetics a couple months ago, and now other colors are available from that company and others are available. And, if you have a favorite shade that doesn’t come in flat finish, a matte top coat will take away any polish’s sheen. Now if only we had a product that could keep us from sweating on a 90-degree day. Keep reading »
I love nail polish that’s a little different from the usual pinks and reds, and last fall, I tried to make green nail polish happen. I painted my nails a lovely toad color and hoped others would follow suit — or at least appreciate the color. Our Emily was the only person who was fond enough of the color to paint her own nails with it. And most of my friends said it looked like I had some sort of fungus.
Well, it seems I was a little ahead of the nail polish curve (but slightly off on the exact shade), because Chanel has a jade green polish coming in October. The brand always sets color trends, so I have little doubt we’ll all be sporting minty nails very soon. And I couldn’t be happier.
Want pale green nails right this instant? A few delightful shades, after the jump… Keep reading »
I remember the days when manicures were fun. More often now, it seems like a burden and an expense when I look at my hands and go, Ugh, I need a manicure so bad. So, when browsing the drug store the other day, I was tempted by this package of nail gems by Fing’rs (creepiest name ever). Pretty certain that I am the worst manicurist ever, I doubted that I’d be able to pull of the creation, but I found it shockingly simple. To make things easier on yourself, pre-select the gems you want to use, spreading them out on a piece of paper. Work up a thick coat of polish; apply the first coat, let dry for a minute, then apply a second coat, allowing it to set up for about 30 seconds. Using a tweezer, drop your designs into place and maneuver them using the wooden stick provided or the tips of your tweezers. This part is surprisingly forgivable because the thick polish lets you push the jewel into place without messing up the entire nail. Once you’ve got your nail art in place, cover it with several thick coats of clear nail polish. After the jump, a few of my decorative ideas. [Fing'rs] Keep reading »
A few years ago, we all fell hard for Chanel’s black nail polish. Celebs started sporting this goth color and soon it spread faster than the H1N1 virus. But can they cause another nail craze again? Come summer, most of us turn to bright pinks, corals and reds when we head into the nail salon (if we head in at all); however, this summer may be different…Read More Keep reading »
I feel so ladylike and put-together when I have a fresh manicure, but that same polish job makes me feel like a sloppy slacker when it chips a few days later. I’ve tried a couple of things to solve this problem. I was a dedicated daily re-applier of Nail Tek Xtra, but then I got a life. Now I’ve settled on boring light colors that make peeling polish less noticeable, along with Creative Nail Design’s Stickey Base Coat. I was really excited when I read about O.P.I.’s Axxium Soak-Off Gels, a permanent nail lacquer that lasts and lasts. It’s basically the same powder used for acrylic nails applied thinner. When dried under a UV light, the powder forms a chip-proof bond with the nail. To maintain the color, wearers get “color fills,” similar to an acrylic tips fill-in, when their nails grow out. Permanent in this sense doesn’t mean you have to rock the same nail color forever, though. Regular nail polish can be applied on top of the Soak-Off Gels. And the gels are removed by soaking the nails in an acetone solution. Keep reading »
Unless you are lucky enough to work at The Frisky, chances are, you have to tone down the fashion factor for your work wardrobe. Sadly corporate culture condemns otherwise stylish girls to hide their individual look and makes them and conform to Dr. Evil-esque suits. What is an adventuress girl stuck in a boring suit to do? Well…what your boss doesn’t see won’t hurt her. Here are a few ways to keep your fabulous fashionista under wraps until 5p.m. Keep reading »
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 »