Manicures are the next thing to go “fantasy.” Here is one of the fierce competitors at the 2010 Nailympics, held in the U.K. Yes, there really is an Olympics for manicurists. That’s quite a jungle on her hand there. Not exactly an everyday look, but still pretty amazing. Just for the record, I’m ready and waiting for the “Nail Battle Spectacular.” [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
It seems ever since Chanel surprised us with jade and gray nails last year, an awareness of varnish trends has been at an all-time high, and it’s coming straight from the runway. Next spring, however, it looks like Chanel (and the other high-design houses with beauty empires attached) will have some mass market competition. Sally Hansen, which can hardly be called a “cool” beauty brand, wisely teamed up with designers Prabal Gurung and Tracy Reese to provide lacquers to suit their spring collections, which just came down the runway at New York Fashion Week. Keep reading »
Fashion’s Night Out is on Friday, which means the fashion industry’s brightest bulbs will clack around New York City trying to get you to buy stuff. But makeup freaks everywhere await Chanel’s debut three new nail polishes: khaki brun, khaki vert, and khaki rose. Or, as I see them, baby poop brown, pea soup green, and bathtub grime red. Keep reading »
Here’s some hard evidence that fat people are discriminated against: A nail salon charged $5 extra on a customer’s bill for a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch at a nail salon because she’s obese. Michelle Fonville was paying her bill at Natural Nails in DeKalb County, Georgia, when she noticed an extra charge. The nail salon owner, Kim Tran, told her it was because she’s overweight and she was charging extra in case Fonville caused damage to the salon’s chairs she’d been sitting on. Bitch, please! Even if Fonville was too overweight for the salon chairs, you can’t just tack an extra charge on someone’s bill arbitrarily. (Otherwise we’d all be getting weird charges tacked onto our bills.) This incident sounds more like a case of “we’re charging you more to dissuade people like you not from coming back” to me.
For the past few years, the French manicure has been on the style fence as a slightly tacky favorite. We predict that Yves Saint Laurent‘s “couture manicure” nail polish set will cause a trend wave and completely refresh the traditional manicure. (Of course it would take a Frenchie to make the style chic again … nevermind that he’s dead. He’s just that good.) Called Rock & Baroque, the super bright colors pair up fabulously to create flashy nail/tip combos. Hues in the mix: juicy orange, dark sea foam, metallic gold, magenta, and deep purple. Our favorite way to rock this look? Stick to two colors like the purple and green (although painting different nails several colors works, too), alternating the nail and tip shade every few nails to create an imbalanced aesthetic. Quirky! [Vogue Paris] Keep reading »
Kate Gosselin got a pedicure yesterday, and, not wanting to mess up her paint job, she wore the foam slippers home and carried her heeled sandals. Do you plan to wear certain shoes when you get your toes done so that you don’t encounter similar issues? Keep reading »
Put away all your dark nail polish until next fall, because just like last year, J. Crew has anointed two colors of Essie nail polish as the shades of spring and summer. Punchy Pink and Russian Roulette look so bright and fun they’ll wipe away any lingering memories of the long, cold winter you barely made it through. Because nothing goes with warm-weather clothes like happy colors on your fingers and toes!
Haute Macabre, which is dedicated to all things “grown up goth,” points us to these scary predator rings by Danielle Nicole Metals. For a mere $900, you get the entire five-piece set, and you’re ready to claw the hell out of whatever you like. Or, as the Etsy listing suggests: “Unleash your inner beast and prepare to hunt down your prey with these fingertip rings!” OK! What do you think — creepy or awesome? [Haute Macabre] Keep reading »