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Beauty Test Drive: X Factor Liberty Nail Polish

Beauty Test Drive: X Factor Liberty Nail Polish

We love stupidly simple nail art! X Factor’s Liberty top coat is a simple way to add a little red, white & blue to your manicure, whether it’s the 4th of July, Bastille Day, the Queen’s Birthday, or just a normal Thursday. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Formula X Press Pods

Beauty Test Drive: Formula X Press Pods

It’s inevitable: whenever you have somewhere to go, your nail polish chips. Today, three of my nails chipped — so annoying! I was about to use my emergency nail polish remover that I have stashed in my desk, until I remembered a few of my nails were accented with glitter — and there was no way I had enough remover to get all that tough to remove gunk off. So now what? Eight bare nails and two glittery tips? Heck no. Instead I decided to try redoing my entire manicure using the Formula X Press Pods I was sent last week. I say “try” because t I skeptical that this little pod would offer 2 coats of polish to all 10 fingers. So how did it go? Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Essie’s “Style Hunter” Is The Perfect Pinkish Red

Beauty Test Drive: Essie Style Hunter Nail Polish

Usually I avoid red polish in the summer because I don’t think it emphasizes my tan as well as colors that compliment my olive skin. See: pale pastels. When we received a batch of Essie colors in the mail to Test Drive, I couldn’t fight my attraction to this watermelon red called “Style Hunter.” Why? Because, it’s actually a pink in disguise. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Priti NYC 5 Free Nail Polish

Beauty Test Drive: Priti NYC 5 Free Nail Polish

I’m not someone who gets excited about specific nail polish colors. I know there are some women who are very specific about how they want one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers and one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. I’ve always just picked whatever color randomly struck my fancy at the moment. But when Priti NYC sent me a handful of shades to test out, I couldn’t stop thinking about a gorgeous coral/peach pink. It managed to be feminine without being too sweet or saccharine. Only increasing my anticipation was the fact that I had a sedate beige manicure for my brother’s wedding, so I couldn’t wait for something more colorful! Once I tried Priti NYC in Park Princess Dahlia (above), I think I have my on-my-toes-always polish of the summer. Keep reading »

Have You Tried (Or Would You Try) Cuticle Tattoos?

Have You Tried (Or Would You Try) Cuticle Tattoos?

Sometimes, a great manicure simply isn’t enough. Why settle for awesome nails when you can have that and stylish cuticles, right? I’m going to have to assume that was the line of thinking when cuticle tattoos were first created. They’re pretty much exactly what they sound like — little pieces of below-the-nail art that are reminiscent of those press-on tattoos you loved in your ’90s youth.

From what I can tell, Rad Nails was the first brand to bring cuticle tattoos to the party, and Ciaté came along shortly afterward with their own rendition. I have to admit, I like Ciaté’s twee style a bit better (I’m a sucker for bows), but I think Rad Nails’ designs would look less bizarre on an actual hand. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer

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Like most women, I have 312 bottles of nail polish knocking around my apartment at any given moment. When a package of spring beauty products from Laura Mercier arrived at the office, I had mixed emotions when Sophie handed me a bright lavender nail polish called Reckless: Yay, pretty, expensive nail polish!!!!! and also Oh, I already have that color.

Yes, I have pretty much the exact same shade from Forever 21 called Grape Shake. I guess purple is a big color this season? But I’m sure you won’t be surprised one bit to learn that the $2.80 nail polish from Forever 21 and the $18 nail polish from Laura Mercier are miles apart in quality. Keep reading »

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