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Beauty IRL: Get Your Nails Done

Beauty IRL: Get Your Nails Done

Here’s an excellent Tuesday night ritual. Pour yourself a drink, turn on all the lights in your living room and sit down to do your nails. Take as much time as you need. Dig through that shoebox full of nail polish and nail files that have lost their grit, and find a color you’re really feeling. Essie’s Fifth Avenue? OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark? Paint your nails, but take time. You know how at the salon, sometimes they leave that tiny stripe of polish on the side of your fingers? Doesn’t that drive you crazy? This time, you’re in charge, so do it right. Take time to sit down and not touch your phone or answer an email, because you can’t right now, and because you’re busy. This is an activity you can do with other people, but I find that it’s best done alone. Doing your nails is a menial task, one that requires concentration but not much thought. I find that I do some of my best thinking while taking the time to diligently push down my cuticles and use the good top coat. When all is said and done, I’ve accomplished something, as little as it may seem. Keep reading »

25 Everyday Things You Can’t Do After You’ve Painted Your Nails

We’ve all been there: it’s Sunday morning and that new Essie nail color is calling your name. You decide to paint your nails, completely forgetting that for an extended period of time after your mani, you’re unable to do a damn thing except sit still with your fingers stretched out in front of you like you’re a frightened baby animal. Even the most simple everyday tasks are impossible. Just gave yourself a fresh coat of “Ballet Slipper” pink? Do not attempt to do any of these common things. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer In Lovers Creep And Bridge & Tunnel

Beauty Test Drive: Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer In Lovers Creep And Bridge & Tunnel

I’ve been biting the hell out of my nails lately (disgusting, I know), which means I need to keep them constantly painted to prevent me from chewing. Since it’s the holiday season, I jumped on the chance to try Smith & Cult’s gorgeous holiday colors, a dark red called Lovers Creep and a shimmery gold called Bridge & Tunnel. I figured I’d get ballsy and layer the gold over the red, to create a cool effect with the nails. So did the polish live up to it’s pretty packaging?  Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Nails Inc. Matte Top Coat

Matte Nail Polish

When I first got my hands on a bottle of Nails Inc. Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat, my first question was why anyone would even care whether their nails were matte. The matte trend has come around several times these past few years, but it never really made any sense to me. Most of the polish I use isn’t all that shiny to begin with, so wouldn’t a matte look just dull it down even more? After trying this top coat, though, I’m definitely a fan. There’s something understated and chic about a matte nail. Keep reading »

We Live In A World Of Leopard Print Nail Polish

The state of New Jersey might have you believe that everything leopard print has already been invented, but you would be wrong. Uslu Airlines is not an airlines, but a cosmetics company and they have invented what appears, according to Refinery29, to be the first leopard print nail polish. The Internet has many a leopard print nail art tutorial, but this polish actually features leopard print-shaped pieces of glitter inside. The limited edition polish is only available at select retailers around the world, which is all the more reason for these spots to be covetable. [Refinery29]

Beauty Test Drive: Marc Jacobs Neutral Nail Polish

Beauty Test Drive Marc Jacobs Neutral Nail Polish

The neutral nail color trend, AKA mannequin hands, is returning this fall. Marc Jacobs’ Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in 9 to 5 is part of Marc’s exclusive runway nail polish collection and promises opaque coverage and high shine. Last weekend, I attended a wedding and didn’t want my nail polish to compete with my brightly-colored, graphic-patterned dress, so I opted to Beauty Test Drive this sophisticated shade. Let’s see how it turned out… Keep reading »

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