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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 »

A Manicure Pam Halpert Would Approve Of

Bored at work? I mean, really bored at work? Then why not try an office supply manicure? Yes, we balked, too, but it actually kind of makes sense. Besides, what were you going to do with all those hole-punch reinforcement tabs anyway? [Vital Juice] Keep reading »

Kate Middleton Gets “No More Waity Katie” Purple Nail Polish By Butter London

Cheese puff celebs like Justin Bieber introduce their own nail polish lines. But Butter London has named their own limited edition nail polish for Kate Middleton, a shimmery purple called No More Waity Katie (her nickname in the press). Supposedly, No More Waity Katie is greige — grey and beige — but that color sure looks like purple to me! I’d like to get my fingers on this polish — and this polish on my fingers — but, hey, Butter, don’t you think $14 is a bit stiff? Not all of us are marrying into royalty, you know. [T Magazine] Keep reading »

Since When Does Nail Polish Get Rated R?

This nail polish name makes me feel like a stranger is offering me candy to get in his van. Shudder. I can believe this was just chillin’ like whaaaa at my local drugstore in the aisle I spend the most money/time in. Creepiest nail polish name ever! Also, this slutty red is for women over 18. I should know, it’s my fave color. Keep reading »

Totally DIY-Able Nail Art

I love nail art—been doing it for years, um, been getting it DID for years. I had the raddest, weirdest nails waaaaay before Willow Smith was on the scene. Swarovski crystals, 3D designs that were painstakingly done one petal at a time, multi-color hand-painted scenes, etc — all done by my amazing nail artist Thomas. I had it all. Or so I thought! Enter the totally DIY-able nail marbling technique. Keep reading »

Pretty Nails For A Good Cause

We all could use a wintry nail polish to not just carry us through the holiday season, but also to perk up our fingers and toes in the dark, cold months ahead. Burgundy is one of our fave colors: It’s as pretty as red, but not so predictable. L’Oreal Paris will donate $3 of every bottle of “Woman of the Year” sold, to benefit Dr. Hawa Abdi, a Glamour Women of the Year Fund Honoree. For 20 years, Dr. Abdi has been providing food, shelter and medical care to women and children escaping violence in Somalia. (You can learn more about her work at DHAF.org.) Giving back and looking glam: how beautiful is that?

Nicole By O.P.I. To Release Liquid Metals Collection

It’s probably a little early for you to start thinking about next year, but come January, you’re going to want to sport Nicole by O.P.I.’s Liquid Metals nail polish collection. Touches of metal are one of the hottest beauty and fashion trends now, and these nail lacquers come in a range of metallics, from shimmering sea foam to sophisticated champagne. “Metallic shades are perfect to wear with all clothing colors, adding some easy edge to your wardrobe,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI’s Executive VP & Artistic Director, in a press release. I think the names of these new polishes — “Miss Independent,” “The Next CEO,” “Rich in Spirit,” and “It Starts with Me” — will also help you stay on track with your New Year’s career resolutions. Look for the Liquid Metals collection at ULTA, Walmart, Target, Sears, Harmon, HEB, and Wegmans in January. Keep reading »

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