I love painting my nails. Removing my nail polish? Not so much. I hate the feeling of defeat as I scrub off a once-pristine manicure, and I really, really hate the gross chemical smell of most nail polish removers. That’s where Ciate’s white chocolate nail polish remover comes in. Yep, you read that right: it’s white chocolate-scented, enriched with vitamin E to nourish your skin, and easily removes caked-on polish. And if all that wasn’t enough, the bottle is freakin’ adorable. [$18, Beauty Bay]
Colors are everywhere this spring, whether it’s eye-searing neon or soft, muted pastels. Though I’ve definitely been more adventurous with my sartorial choices as of late, I can mostly be found in black on black on black … but I can’t deny, nor explain, an attraction to all things vivid or Easter egg-y this season. I’m hesitant to buy clothes in these trendy shades, because who knows when I’ll be over it and back to my much-loved monochromatic ways? I’ve found that the best way to get my fill of color without betraying my wardrobe is by wearing it on my nails: I’ve traded in my typical mannequin-hands nude for everything from Essie’s vivid red-orange Vermillion to OPI’s sapphire blue Dating A Royal. As of yesterday, I’m sporting Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, which I’m falling more and more in love with by the minute. I was reluctant to give pale pastels a spin, considering that my skin is pretty damn pastel itself, but this light greenish turquoise is the perfect contrast to my perfectly neutral-toned complexion. I’m obsessed! Your prettiest pastel is dependent upon your skin tone — fair girls like me should go for greens and blues, while medium tones are better suited to lilac or peach. Darker ladies already have the perfect backdrop for pastels without having to worry about it washing them out, so they’ve got the lucky pick of the litter. What’s the verdict: would you spring for these shades? (from L-R: Essie Mint Candy Apple, Essie Lilacism, Essie Fiji)
Nails and nail art are getting a ton of action as of late, from celeb-favorite polishes and embellishments to Obama-backed color collections. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a fool for nail trends, seeing as they require next to no commitment and generally come at the price of one manicure — I even went for the “statement nail” a few weeks running, accenting my trademark glossy nude with an eye-searing neon on the ring finger. The caviar nail, however, is one trend that I can’t see myself indulging in this time around. No actual fish eggs go into the making of this look, but the name is well-deserved due to the textural, three-dimensional beaded finish the manicure imparts. The style has been much imitated since it first appeared on the Cushnie et Ochs runway last fall, but UK nail polish brand Ciate has taken things a step further by marketing a “Caviar Manicure” kit including both a polish and the beads required for the look. The company offers three color choices — rainbow, white, and black — that will be available stateside at Sephora come April. On second thought, I might be slightly more smitten with the white pearls than I originally reckoned. I could see myself rocking them on one finger, but definitely not all ten. So, should I take this innovative manicure out for a test drive? Would you? [Madame Noire]
Winona and I agree: Nail polish remover isn’t always the best at, you know, actually removing nail polish. Instead, we’ve found that your average quotidian activities like oh, typing, sleeping and zipping up zippers will do the job for you just fine. Even and especially after you’ve just gotten your nails did. So we present, activities that will chip and scrape your polish off versus actual nail polish remover.
Amped to try some of this spring’s nail art trends? Get started with Sally Hansen’s nail art pen. This fine-tipped pen is as easy to use as a marker and opaque enough to only require a single coat. Play it safe with some easy yet colorful French tips, or go crazy with stripes, shapes, and patterns! Seriously, despite never having been artistically-inclined, even we found it just that easy to use. Now, which colors to stock up on… [$7.49, ULTA]
Deborah Lippman nail polish doesn’t mess around. It’s not simply shimmery or sparkly, it’s packed full of actual glitter. This particular style, called “Happy Birthday,” contains a rainbow of reflective confetti, and can be layered over other colors to create different looks. Who cares if my actual birthday isn’t until May? I think I’m getting an early present for myself this year. [$18, Nordstrom]
You can all go home now: “Santorum” nail polish exists. It’s matte brown polish by the funky brand ManGlaze (!) is available on Amazon.com. Congratulations, you’ve joined the esteemed pantheon of the 13 raunchiest nail polish color names of all time.
If you’re still not getting the “Santorum” joke, I refer you to this post. It is decreed: nail polish is the only way I’m letting any Santorum on my nails. [Racked via Amazon.com]
I have no idea when it suddenly became socially passable for dudes to leave the house wearing nail polish, but I do know that I want desperately for this trend to go directly back where it came from and die there. Please, I’m begging you. I can stomach — barely — the chipped remnants of a black polish on a guy, but smoothly lacquered shades of the rainbow? Argh. I never took Seal for the type, yet here he is. The main focus is meant to be the fact that he’s finally forsaken his wedding ring, but I can’t take my eyes off his lemon yellow varnish. Color me baffled. What is he trying to do? What is he trying to say? If the purpose of the polish was to attract attention, then… it worked. But remember, Seal: you’re a single man now, and I don’t know many ladies who would spring for this look on a guy, regardless of how large the bulge is in your bike shorts. [Huffington Post]
Having a manicure is kind of “my thing.” I very rarely have bare, unpolished nails for longer than a day or two, and my bathroom cabinet is stocked with polish colors I love. Unfortunately, “my thing” can be a bit of a pricey luxury, as getting a manicure once a week adds up! Recently, however, I’ve started doing my own nails and have been going to the nail salon less — and thanks to Revlon’s Liquid Quick Dry, I don’t have to spent 20 minutes trying to dry my handiwork (pun intended!) under the blowdryer. I am not overstating when I say this top coat protects against chipping almost instantly. I am not entirely sure how it works, but it’s more liquid-y than most topcoats and contains mineral oil that’s good for moisturizing the nail beds. I have been let down by many a top coat before, but this one, I swear to you, is an impatient gal’s best friend. [$5.75, Drugstore.com]