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 »
In the 1930s, Dr. George W. Crane, who ran a counseling practice and started his own matchmaking service, designed a test to give couples feedback on their marriages. Either the husband or the wife took the test, which rates the wife in various areas. Crane attempted to make the test scientific, but he did admit to using a personal bias and weighted the items he thought were more important in marriage. For example, a wife’s use of slang or profanity results in a five-point deduction from her score, and wearing red nail polish is a minus one. Amelia’s score was -3 and mine was -6. What can I say? I don’t dress for breakfast, and I’m lazy about sewing on buttons. Keep reading to calculate your score. [Monitor On Psychology] Keep reading »
My friend Sarah and I are obsessed with neon nails. I have to give Sarah a little credit though, because she started wearing hot pink as her signature nail color way before any of us had even heard of Rihanna — back then, that girl was still singing “Hero” in Barbados. So, day-glo polish is awesome, but the problem with them is that they’re usually cheap (I bought mine at Claire’s) and therefore require you to apply three coats, and then, the polish chips off in a day. Starting in June, however, both Essie and Chanel will offer high-quality neon nails. This is wonderful news for those of us who are too old to be shopping for beauty products in a store that sells fuzzy Cheetah Girls headbands. [Chic & Untroubled]
Previously: Crave: Spring Nails
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Winter is officially over, meaning you might want to abandon that super dark nail polish, unless it’s your signature look or you’re Ashlee Simpson. We’ve really been liking Rihanna’s fluorescent nails at the Grammys and in her ad for H&M. (I’m totally copying her by wearing neon pink right now.) When we were looking around for new nail polish colors, we came upon Essie’s spring line and realized that each of the six colors has a name that relates to dating. The best color by far is Looking For Love (left), a lovely lavender. Part of the reason fluorescent nails seem so appealing right now is probably because spring means pastel to a lot of people, and pastels can be pretty freakin’ boring. The rest of Essie’s spring line, after the jump… Keep reading »