Okay, so I’ll admit, I’m not totally sold on these translucent nails, which are being touted in a lot of the Spring 2012 ads. Mostly because they look an awful lot like the fake nails you can buy at the CVS. I mean, I’m not against fake nails at the CVS — lord knows I’ve bought enough of them. Howevs, this just kind of seems like you’re asking for them to get dirty. Really, really dirty. And unless you have a non-finger-involved job, or can afford fork holders, you’re going to be washing your hands an awful lot. I say no, but what about you? Would you wear ‘em? [Madamenoire]
In the last few years, everyone and their mama — from big name beauty brands to small entrepreneurs — is getting in on the nail polish game. What’s shocking is that NCLA Nail Lacquer, which recently launched, is able to deliver vibrant and saturated colors and polish that lasts without containing harmful carcinogens such as DBP, toluene, formaldehyde or camphor. An added bonus: NCLA never tests on animals! With names based on the City of Angels, like “Mulholland Maneater” and “Bel Air Trophy Wife,” NCLA lacquers are definite cheeky fashion accessories. But at a price of $16 a pop, you better make sure you really love the color, as I suspect most of us won’t shell out $32 for two bottles. [NCLA, $16]
I’m slightly baffled as to why Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler would take to Facebook, of all places, for input on changes to the Army grooming standards. Maybe he thought his Facebook pals were the best people to solicit advice on the Army’s consideration of a ban on French manicures, earrings and ponytails? Keep reading »
Every fall, as the temperature drops, my cuticles begin to look cracked, ragged, and just plain dreadful. I’ve tried a few different products, but nothing has worked as well as Vitamins A+D Ointment. Yes, an ointment that has been used for ages to treat diaper rash is also great at moisturizing cuticles. Hey, chafed skin is chafed skin, right?!
I discovered this little beauty secret by accident. I was on the train, and my hands were aching because the chill in the air had zapped all the moisture. So I went digging through my purse, looking for something emollient and thick. I would have settled on Rosebud Salve, but then I remembered I was also carrying A+D Ointment. I applied a bit of the ointment to each cuticle and mixed the excess with my favorite hand cream, Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Shea Souffle. The ointment instantly calmed and soothed my hands and nails.
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Can’t afford a Chanel bag? That’s okay, just wear the brand on your nails instead. Chanel’s just revealed three of its new colors for spring 2012–titled April, May and June. Perfectly fruit punchy, wouldn’t you say? [Fashionista]
Darling nail and burger blogger Bret is stealing our hearts, one shiny, grease-dripping nail at a time. His blog, Burgers and Nails, is just that: great nails, and delicious burgers. Do you really need anything else? (Maybe some Tom Selleck, a waterfall and a sandwich?) [Burgers and Nails] Keep reading »
Never in my life did I think the words “David Lynch” and “nail polish” would end up in the same post, but there you go: here we’ve got some “Twin Peaks” nail art. Whatever screwed up, Lynch-ian things you choose to do with these nails is your business. [Flavorwire] Keep reading »
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 »
What’s black and white and cute all over? Panda nail art! [RockerRepro.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »
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 »