One of the saddest parts of being an adult is the lack of opportunities to use crayons, which is why I’m so stoked about this pack of Crayola nail polish, which includes eight shimmery colors in miniature bottles. It would be such a fun addition to a very grown-up cosmetics collection. Now I just need to learn how to color inside the lines. [$12, Fred Flare]
You know, people kind of look at me like I’m, like, crazy or something when I wear my RYGOS ring, but I could show my devotion to my one true love in more extreme ways. Like Beyonce, who posted this photo to her Tumblr this weekend. Her manicure features photos of her and hubby Jay-Z, a J on one nail, a Z on the other, and the Roman numeral IV on her pinky, which is both a reference to her most recent album and daughter Blue Ivy (IV, get it?). So, you know, I pale in comparison or whatever. [I Am Beyonce]
UPDATE: J/K! Apparently, these are not Beyonce’s nails. They are a fan’s nails that Beyonce loved so much that she posted them to her Tumblr. Anyways… [Dlisted]
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the most expensive nail polish in the world: Azature’s Black Diamond. The shimmery black formula contains 267 carats of crushed diamonds, and–yep, you read the headline correctly–one bottle will cost you $250,000. The other day I spent $12 on a bottle of nail polish and felt a little guilty and self-indulgent, so I don’t even know how to fully comprehend the fact that this exists, and that (presumably) someone is going to buy it. I mean, can you imagine? Every time you chipped your manicure on your keyboard, you’d be losing, like, a thousand dollars. Stressful. Apparently Azature is deigning to sell a department store version for $25, but I think I’ll just DIY my own by shredding up some dollar bills, mixing them into a bottle of Wet N’ Wild, and then crying myself to sleep. [Styleite]
In the summer, I’m all about neon toes. I’ll spare you the shot my hooves, because I love you. Here are all of my favorite day-glos on my hands. As I’ve hunted for the most saturated shades, I’ve seen some serious clunkers — even from some of my fave brands. Neons are hard pigments to get popping in nail polish form. Like all lacquers, some are better than others, but with day-glos, so many fall short of even being wearable. Who has time to apply five coats, let alone wait for them to dry?! So, I wanted to separate the men from the boys, so to speak. Here are the best and the brightest colors you can do up your digits with!
TIP: Before you apply neon polish, do a coat of an opaque nude or white to help the color really glow. In this hot shot, I’m sporting my favorite nude, Paul & Joe #25.
One of the best things about being online editors is that we get to spend hours perusing the web for inspiration (even though this may not be best for our eyesight or posture). Nonetheless, there are tons of budding makeup, hair and skincare ”experts” sharing their straightforward reviews and in-your-face tutorials. Impressed by their serious skills and online superstardom, we’ve decided to round up the best beauty blogs.
This week, we’re kicking things off with the crème de la crème in DIY nail art. From Miss Ladyfinger (who can transform any runway design to her digits) to London’s WAH Nails (famous for their mani mash-ups), you’ll get motivated to switch up your average manicure.
Click through the 15 best DIY nail art blogs. Read more…
Now and again, you want something a little special for your nails; a boring regular manicure just won’t do. Which is why we recommend you try Ciate’s new Velvet Manicure, a special treatment for your nails that leaves them feeling velvety soft. The manicure comes complete with a soft, powdery substance that you’re supposed to coat your nails in as they dry. The result is a manicure that’s almost fuzzy. It takes a moment to get used to, but after a day or two, we were totally sold on the effect. Give it a try and see how velvet soft your nails can feel, too. [$19, Sephora]