VIDEO: See How Much Nail Trends Have Changed In The Past 100 Years
Nail art is everywhere these days, but you might be surprised by when this trend actually started. Mode's latest video in its 100 Years of Fashion series shows how much nail styles have changed over the past 100-plus years. It's pretty dope to see how far we've come from the short, bare nails of the 1900's and everything in between. Watch below and let us know your favorite decade of nail styles! [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo4U9p7cSYg[/youtube] Don't forget to check out: facts you didn't know about Ulta and the prettiest summer dresses at T.J. Maxx under $50 [Photo: Youtube]
Kylie Jenner’s Nail Polish Line Is Here–And Still In Stock (For Now)
Kylie Jenner is already dominating the lipstick game, so it makes sense for her to take on a new beauty product. The reality star teamed up with Sinful Colors (it's better than Chanel!) on three limited-edition nail polish collections. The first just hit stores, while the next two will be available in April and May. The King Kylie Collection features 20 different shades described as "precious metals and crown jewels." It's a two-step faux gel manicure system that works by applying one color polish followed by a "SinfulShine" top coat. But the best part has to be that each nail polish retails for just $2.99. Seriously! Kylie told WWD, “I wanted to do something innovative and accessible to my young fans." Don't let this be another lip kit sitch! This nail polish is definitely going fast. SHOP NOW Don't forget to check out: get Hilary Duff's striped bikini and the best Kanye West quotes ever [Photo: Sinful Colors]
Gel Nail Polish That Lasts 2 Weeks Without UV Light? Yes, Please
Like most women, I love the shiny, long-lasting wear of a gel manicure. But cooking my hands under UV light and the weak, brittle nails I'm left with after I remove that gel nail polish? Not so much. That's why I'm so into this new formulation from Bio Seaweed Gel. Their gel polishes only need sunlight to dry and they'll still last up to two weeks. Amazing, right? Even better, these polishes are 5 free, meaning they don't contain many of the harsh chemicals commonly found in most nail polishes that leave nails all thin and gross. Watch how beautiful and smooth Bio Seaweed Gel's polishes go on in the video below, then treat yourself to a pretty new color (or colors!) for spring. Don't miss the one thing you should never do when cutting your nails and how often you should use hand lotion. [Photo: Joyus]
If You Paint Your Nails At Home, You Need This Genius Tool ASAP
If you frequently paint your nails at home, then you need to buy yourself this genius manicure tool. It's called Tweexy and it's basically magic. Here's why. https://www.instagram.com/p/BBEJC3wA7qY/?taken-by=thetweexy This silicone product, which looks like a Ring Pop, holds a bottle of nail polish on top of your fingers. It's super convenient and makes it so easy to paint your nails in a bed or on a couch because the bottle has no way of tipping over. Plus, Tweexy fits all kinds of nail polish bottles and secures it in place so well that you can open a bottle with one hand! And don't worry about switching it to the other hand once you've painted on polish. Simply squeeze the tabs on the side and it will open the finger holes so you can easily slip the ring off without smudging your nails! https://www.instagram.com/p/BBDftAig7ub/?taken-by=thetweexy Get your own Tweezy on Amazon for under $15! Seriously, how did we ever live without this?! Don't miss 3 stunning eyeshadow looks that aren't a smokey eye and the 6 worst things for your nails! [Photo: Instagram]
Create The Ultimate Superbowl Fanicure With These 5 Nail Polish Colors
Are you jazzed for the 2016 Superbowl? Even if you aren't a huge football fan, think of the big game as an opportunity to rock a killer fanicure (football manicure, that is). To help you out, we scoured the CoverGirl website to find the exact nail polish shades that perfectly match the colors of the two championship teams. Whether you're a diehard Denver Broncos fan or you're rooting for the Carolina Panthers, here are the colors you need to create a Insta-worthy fanicure. Carolina Panthers CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Mutant 101 ($4.79) CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Snow Storm 110 ($3.89) CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Diva After Dark 330 ($4.79) Denver Broncos CoverGirl XL Nail Gel, Overblown Orange 790 ($6.37) CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, 307 Sapphire Flare ($4.94) Need some design inspo? CoverGirl actually has step by step nail art tutorials for creating the perfect fanicure. Click here to get the deets on achieving that cool Carolina Panthers design pictured above and click here to get the play by play on the Denver Broncos fanicure. For more beauty tips, check out the perfect 'Valentine's Day' nail polish and everything you need to know about the 'new powder gel manicures.' [Photo: Covergirl]
Target Is Set To Launch Their Very Own Nail Care Line!
Target is launching an exclusive nail care line called defy & INSPIRE. The affordable collection features high-shine colors that are wear-resistant. Plus, Target is offering 38 different shades, along with a base coat and a top coat. "Our guests love coming to Target because we make it easy and affordable for them to update their look, whether that’s a new throw pillow, skirt or fresh new nail color," said Dawn Block, senior vice president of mobile and beauty merchandising, in a press release. "defy & INSPIRE is the most recent addition to Target’s roster of exclusive brands, offering our guests access to the latest beauty technology and affording them the ability to achieve salon-quality results in the convenience of their own home." To make this collection even better, all polishes cost just $7.49! Each polish name is inspired by pop culture like "Real Housewife" and "Rose Ceremony." The entire collection will be available to buy on January 17 in Target stores and online. Don't miss how to apply lipstick so it lasts all day long and how to nurse your nails back to health after a gel manicure! [Photo: Target]
How To Nurse Your Nails Back To Health After You’ve Peeled Off A Gel Manicure
I'll never forget my first gel manicure. I was hooked the second I realized I could leave the nail salon just moments after the glossy coat of red polish had been applied to my nails. No additional wait time after the final top coat had dried under the UV light? No disappointment when, two hours later, I experienced the first of many chips to come? I was delighted. Unfortunately, most things that seem to good to be true are exactly that. My enthusiasm for chip-free polish took a nosedive the day I tried to remove it. After soaking my hands for thirty minutes in the most potent nail polish remover I could find, while simultaneously peeling off polish and probably taking a big chunk of my nail with it, I was left with weak, brittle, slightly yellow nails and sad, dry cuticles. If you're a gel manicure devotee, you can probably relate. You know you're not supposed to peel off the gel polish, but you do it anyway. Fortunately, there are ways to nurse your nails and cuticles back to health after a gel peeling fiasco. Just follow these 5 tips. 1. Submerge your hands in a hydrating bath. After the damage has been done and you've managed to remove your gel polish, Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, recommends soaking your hands in a bowl of Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash. "It contains glycerin, sunflower seed oil, and soy bean oil, so it's incredibly hydrating," Jaliman says. "I also have my patients put it in small containers and carry it with them to wash their hands so they don't use the drying soaps in public bathrooms." 2. Apply cuticle oil or cream. A lot of us make the mistake of applying one coat of cuticle cream or gel after our manicure and never following up again. Instead, Nancy Reagan, the CEO of Bella Reins Spa, recommends getting in the habit of applying cuticle oil daily in the evening, regardless of whether you've just painted your nails or removed gel polish. Amazing nail oils can be found at all price points, but two great ones to try include Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil Treatment and Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. 3. Take a break from gel polish. Whenever possible, try not to get back-to-back gel manicures, especially if you've damaged your nails by peeling off polish. Reagan suggests having a keratin manicure in between gel manicures to put moisture back into the nails. 4. Make keratin treatments part of your beauty regimen. Use keratin gloves weekly to prevent the dryness of gel manicures. A product like Keratin Gloves All-In-One Hand Treatment can be worn while you watch TV or read and can add some much-needed hydration to hands and help extend the life of your manicure. 5. Trade in your gel for a 7-free mani. You don't have to give up on gel polish completely, but Reagan suggests letting nails rest every 2-3 months. In between gel treatments, she recommends treating yourself to a manicure using a 7-free polish that will allow the nail to rebuild its natural oils. For more beauty tips, check out how often you should really clean your nail clippers and are gel manicures really that bad for your nails?
Spray-On Nail Polish Is Happening–Welcome To The Future
Nails Inc just created the world's first spray-on nail polish. Gone are the days of carefully applying your favorite polish and hoping you don't get it all over your cuticles. How does it work?! First you apply a base coat so the polish has something to stick to. Then, shake the can and spray on the polish. Finish it off with a top coat and wash the excess polish off in water. That's it! Nails Inc "Paint Can" spray will be available in spring 2016. Don't miss 5 things you never knew about OPI and check out the must-have beauty gifts for the holidays! [Photo: Instagram]
Everything You Need To Know About Kim Kardashian’s Favorite Nail Polish, LONDONTOWN Lakur
If Kim Kardashian is gracious enough to dole out beauty advice, I am going to listen. The beauty maven is seldom seen without impeccable makeup and perfectly glossy, not-a-chip-in-sight nails. How does she do it? Was she genetically programmed to regenerate polish to cover up teeny flaws in her manicure? Or is there a nail polish she relies on to help her look so put-together and gorgeous? Kardashian recently revealed on her website that Londontown Lakur in Cheerio--a sheer beige-pink that instantly makes your fingers look longer and more elegant--is one of her favorite nail polish shades. With that little tidbit, we knew it was time to find out everything we possibly could about the cool brand and what makes it so special. Katharine Pape, Londontown's public relations manager, explained why the British brand, isn't just a trendy choice--it's a health-conscious one, too. SHEfinds: What is it about Lakur that you feel makes it's a stand ut among other nail polishes on the market? Katharine Pape: LONDONTOWN is 9-Free, taking out more toxic chemicals than any other nail polish brand on the market today. Below are the ingredients that LONDONTOWN takes out: 1. Formaldehyde Free. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that is linked to asthma, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity. 2. Camphor Free. Camphor quickly absorbs into the nails and has been implicated in fetal and neonatal death when it crosses the placenta. 3. Toluene Free. Toluene is considered a hazardous waste by the EPA and can cause drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, memory loss and troubles with vision and hearing. Toluene is known to cause asthma, reproductive problems and chromosomal aberrations. 4. Paraben Free. Parabens cause skin sensitivities and contact allergies and certain parabens have been found in the breast tissue of women diagnosed with breast cancer. 5. DBP (Di-Butyl Pthalate) & Phthalate Free. DBP and phthalates have been linked to fertility problems, cancer and child deformities 6. Formaldehyde Resin/Tosylamide Free. These chemicals are known to cause contact dermatitis. 7. Xylene Free. Xylene depresses the central nervous system and can cause skin, eye, nose and throat irritation, memory problems, gastro-intestinal discomfort and potentially kidney and liver effects. 8. Ethyl Tosylamide. This chemical has been banned in Europe because of its antibiotic properties and concerns over antibiotic resistance. 9. Lead. Lead is a known carcinogen that is toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption and can cause skin and eye irritation as well as blood and central nervous system effects. Equally important to what we take out is what we put in. LONDONTOWN's proprietary Florium Complex includes healing vitamins and botanicals such as lavender, coconut, iron and Vitamin B6. SF: It seems like you value the health of nails as much as their appearance. Which products in your line do you recommend to help strengthen nails and what are the effective ingredients that help them work? KP: Definitely. Your nails only look as good as how healthy they are. Before introducing polish, LONDONTOWN launched with our Kur collection which is a 5-step system to strengthen the nail. All of these products work together to strengthen your nails from within, encourage growth and prevent cracking and splitting. Below are products we recommend: 1. Strengthen with Nail Hardener. This sets a strong base to fortify nails and hydrate with natural oils and extracts including Cucumber Extract for its high silica content, Vitamin A to help absorb and process protein efficiently, and iron to strengthen the nail bed. 2. Protect with Protective Top Coat. UV protective Top Coat blocks the sun's damaging rays and provides a quick dry, ultra glossy finish that seals in essential nutrients such as such as Evening Primrose Oil, Chamomile and Vitamin E to increase blood circulation for nail growth. 3. Nourish with Nourishing Cuticle Oil. This oil hydrates and replenishes the cuticle to allow for proper protection and support healthy function of the nail matrix. Cracked and damaged cuticles allow chemicals and bacteria to damage the matrix and eventually the nail. 4. Hydrate with Restorative Nail Cream. This cream restores deteriorated nail protein from daily exposure to chemicals and outside elements, providing deep hydration to repair weak, brittle nails. 5. Remove with Strengthening Lakur Remover. Our acetone-free remover lifts away polish without stripping the nails' natural oils and and effects of the kur treatments. SF: How would you describe your color collection? KP: Our colors are very luxurious and highly pigmented with a mix of timeless colors and fun, edgy shades. They are designed to work with our base and top coat for long-lasting, high shine finish. SF: What are some of your best-selling shades? KP: Cheerio, Londoner Love (bright red), Changing of the Guards (deep, sexy red), Reverse the Charges (gorgeous turquoise/aqua), Beau of the City (bright, peacock blue), and Save the Queen (subtle eggplant). SF: Do you have plans to sell LONDONTOWN Lakur in Sephora or Ulta? KP: Right now we are sold online and in high end salons, boutiques and specialty stores. We would definitely consider it when the timing is right! Visit LONDONTOWN's website to get your hands on their brilliant colors and nail-healthy products. For more beauty tips, check out hangnails 101 and what your go-to nail polish color says about you. [Photo: Instagram]
What Your Go-To Nail Polish Color Says About You
The other day, I tried an electric blue nail polish and almost instantly, I felt different--wilder, more free. That's because color--including the hues we choose for our fingertips--is both a reflection of our personalities (who we are and who we aspire to be that day), as well as an invitation for others to feel a certain way when they look at us. If you've ever wondered why you always gravitate toward red, pink or beige nail polish at the salon, the answer could have more to do with who you are or want to be than simply what shade you feel will best go with your outfit that day. "Today, nail polish speaks louder than words and it's the ultimate self-expression," says Greg Salo, co-founder of Caption Nail Polish. "It reveals how you see the world and how you see yourself in it. The range of color available is so immense and unbelievable that there is only a positive connotation about what a particular color implies about you as a person. It’s inspiring." Dying to know what your go-to shade says about you? Salo breaks down the secret meaning behind some of the most popular nail polish hues. Red: You're a classic beauty in a traditional sense. You appreciate a good glass of wine, a fine meal with friends and well-made shoes and bags (you tend to shop for styles that will stand the test of time). At work, you're either the boss or working your way up into an executive position. When you speak, people listen, and you like being in the company of friends who are honest and direct. Pink: You definitely have a romantic, sweet side, but when you're in the right surroundings--like hanging out with someone you love or doing something you adore--you come alive and show the world a courageous side. You flourish in a professional environment that allows you to use your communication skills to connect with others and fulfill their needs. RELATED: What your eye color says about you Neutral: You’re a minimalist at heart. Your style icons include Grace Kelly, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow. You know what fashions work for you and which don't, and you aren't a slave to trends. Others think of you as a fun friend because you're always willing to jump into the pool or ocean (and don't mind if your hair gets wet) and value adventure and life experiences over appearances. Purple: You’re creative and like to bend the rules. In school, teachers described you as "artistic" and "eccentric," and looked the other way when you created murals on your desk. When others find excuses not to do things, you look for reasons why you should absolutely go ahead with plans to throw your parents' 30th wedding anniversary party in a state park. In conversations and debates, you remain open-minded and are willing to learn and have your preconceived notions about a topic totally rocked. RELATED: What your hair part says about you Clear: You are supremely self-confident and satisfied with your life and your relationships. You don't value material goods or flashy accessories or fashion, preferring instead to use your money to improve the quality of your home or garden or to take a class in something that interests you. Your level-headedness and attention to detail makes you the person everyone turns to at work when they need to make sure their ideas are solid. Blue: You’re independent and like to think outside the box. If you aren't already designing clothing or taking photography classes and using your skills to capture nature, you should be. You like large crowds, but only in small doses, and prefer to spend time with a small group of friends with whom you can open your heart and talk about things that really matter. You always seek tranquility in peace in every situation. RELATED: What your toe length means Black: You’re chic and outspoken. People sometimes get the wrong impression about you and assume you're goth (and maybe you are and happy to embrace it), but oftentimes they confuse your fierce self-confidence and devil-may-care attitude with something darker. You're the type of person who never lets anyone put you in a box. One day, you're taking karate lessons--the next, working on your barre skills. For more beauty tips, check out how to make your hands look younger and 6 universally flattering lipstick shades that look good on everyone.
Which Nail Polish Color Matches This Shoe?
A few months back, the Internet lost it over an image known as #TheDress. Now, there's a new color debate making the social media rounds. Twitter user @totallymendes uploaded this photo on July 8th asking her followers which Sinful Colors nail polish matches her shoe. WHICH COLOR MATCHES THE SHOES THE BEST pic.twitter.com/Qv3mpOOf8w — a (@totallymendes) July 8, 2015 At first we were all like nah, it's totally the pink one on her right. But as you continue to look at the picture, the shoe color changes! IS IT PURPLE?! WHAT IS LIFE?! UGH, can't our screens just quit playing games with our eyes?? It's official, #TheShoe is dividing the Internet once again. Which polish do you think matches the shoe? White and gold or blue and black pink or purple? Don't forget to check out: a timeline of Ariana Grande's donutgate and 7 things you probably don't know about Starbucks [Photo: Twitter]
8 Genius Uses For Clear Nail Polish (You Can Even Do Home Repairs!)
Clear nail polish is a wonderful thing. Yes, it prevents your manicure from chipping and keeps it looking glossy, but clear nail polish also serves a purpose in many unconventional ways. I'm not talking about the obvious like preventing your stockings from running or rust-proofing the bottom of a shaving cream can. The benefits of clear nail polish goes way beyond any beauty-related issue. Check out the different ways you can use clear nail polish below: 1. To seal an envelope. Simply brush a small amount along the seal, or small dabs in each corner, and you're good to go! I cringe at the thought of having to lick an envelope. Never in a million years did I think to try clear nail polish. Genius. 2. Smudge-proof labels. No more trying to figure out what a label says. Protect and waterproof labels with a coat of clear polish. Perfect for gardening labels, keys and more! 3. Waterproof matches. Are you an outdoors person? Then you know damp matches are pretty much useless. This is the perfect way to waterproof matches! Dip the end of a matchstick in clear polish and let dry. 4. Tighten loose screws. I'm always finding myself tightening screws on my dresser/nightstand drawers. This problem can be easily solved just by applying a coat of clear polish. It'll give screws an extra hold. 5. Prevent shoe laces/rope from unraveling. Instead of burning cut rope/laces to keep them from fraying, just dip the ends in clear polish so they wont unravel. 6. Smooth splintered furniture. Apply a coat of clear polish to splintered furniture to prevent your clothes from snagging. 7. Fix small holes in window screens. To stop bugs from coming in, dab a bit of clear polish on the hole. This also helps the hole from getting bigger. Note: this only works for tiny holes. 8. Keep chipped car paint from rusting. If your car has chipped paint then apply some polish to prevent the damaged area from enlarging and rusting. What are different ways you use clear nail polish? Don't miss 12 cheap makeup brands with great reputations and watch how makeup can transform your entire face! [Photo: Shutterstock]
You’re Doing It Wrong: Storing Your Nail Polish
With Memorial Day weekend finally here, it's safe to say that we have definitely entered pedi season. Whether you're heading to the salon to get your tootsies groomed or DIYing it, you probably have quite a few nail polish bottles scattered around your house (or buried underneath your bathroom sink in a wicker basket). If you haven't taken a look at those precious OPI or Essie bottles in months, do us a favor and look now. Did you look? Good. Did you see that gross oil-y layer separating from the pigment in each bottle? Guess what--it's not that the polish is cheap, or that it went bad on its own. The problem is you--you're just storing them wrong! When nail polish is stored upside down or to the side, it begins to separate and gets damaged. Additionally, those dollar store plastic bins take up a ton of space (which, if you're a city girl, you know you're kind of short on). Plus, when they're all jumbled up in there, each polish becomes impossible to see. Enter the Color Clutch. It's a pretty simple concept: the case doesn't take up more space than a book, and has a clear lid, which allows you to see each polish in the case. The foam in the case also has a flexible tab, allowing for any-size bottle to fit into the case. The most important part? Each polish will be stored upright, which will help prevent separating. And just because we want to show off, check out how well it photographs for Insta: A photo posted by SHEfinds.com (@shefinds) on May 19, 2015 at 8:50am PDT Need on (or ten) of these in your life? Head over to colorclutch.com to stock up. Looking for more tips? Check out the 7 beauty habits every woman should master in her twenties, and the best (and worst) ways to get rid of facial hair.
How To Chore-Proof Your Manicure
A flawless, glossy, deliciously high-maintenance burgundy manicure makes us look and feel like royalty, but sadly, most of us still have to chop vegetables, pick up after the dog, and scrub the toilet between nail appointments. Instead of cursing our lot in life, we should start thinking about our manicures differently—by chore-proofing them so that they last longer than a few days or a few dozen dish washes (whatever comes first). We spoke with Dr Gary Evans, inventor of daniPro nail polish, who gave us 10 fantastic tips that will keep our polish pretty and in place while we tidy up our homes and lives. 1. Use a very fine metal or glass file (or a superfine emery board) to prevent tearing nails. Some of us (my hand is raised in shame) think of emery boards the way we do chewing gum--we pick up the cheapest one we can find at the store because we just need something to smooth an annoying jagged nail. Invest a tiny bit more in a quality metal or glass file like Caswell-Massey Diamond Dust Nail File and it will pay off big-time. Glass files are more gentle on your nails and, because they're made of ground crystals, do a superb job of shaping the nail and smoothing out little bumps. If you're a fan of gel or acrylic nails, your best bet is a metal file, which is extremely abrasive and made out of ground metals. When choosing between glass or metal, always go for glass when filing natural nails. 2. File in one direction to avoid peeling and breakage. If you watch your manicurist closely, you'll see she or he only files in one direction. Filing all of your nails with light, even strokes in the same direction reduces the risk of breakage and ensures a more consistent nail shape. 3. Avoid shaping the sides of nails to prevent weakening them. Yet another nail crime I'm guilty of committing on a regular basis. No matter how ragged the sides of your nails look, turn to a cuticle cream or oil to treat them and use your file on the front of your nails only. 4. Moisturize with cuticle oil daily to reduce dryness and irritation. If you want a long-lasting manicure, it is crucial to keep your hands, cuticles, and nails moisturized--and your hands will need it most after spending a lot of time in water. I'm loving essie Apricot Cuticle Oil and, when I'm in the mood for a luxurious ointment: Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm hits the spot. 5. Use a chip-resistant nail polish. They may all look pretty in their packaging, but as most of us have found out after years of purchasing polishes at drugstores and department stores, not all nail polishes are created equal. daniPro nail polish is fast-drying, long-lasting, and--our favorite part--infused with all-natural Undecylenic Acid, an antifungal. Is there anything better than a polish that multitasks? For the prettiest nude nail of your life, you can't go wrong with Deborah Lippman Naked, which is made with biotin and green tea. And, for gel devotees, Red Carpet Manicure LED Gel Polish (in Violetta Darling, if you're feeling Spring Fever) is unique in that it actually comes off without much scrubbing and soaking. 6. Minimize exposure to water. You may think the harsh chemicals in cleaning agents are to blame for the downfall of your manicure--and you're not completely wrong--they are damaging. But, believe it or not, water is the number one reason our polish peels. We may not wash our faces and shower while wearing plastic gloves, but we should always have a pair of gloves handy (har, har) when we're about to clean or wash dishes. 7. Apply a top coat to prevent chips and breakage--and then reapply it. The purpose of a top coat isn't simply to make your nails gleam, though that's a pretty nifty benefit. A clear top coat helps extend the life of your polish and creates a barrier between the world and your nails. Tiffany Barry, the founder of Lillian Eve--a vegan and toxin-free nail polish line--says we shouldn't stop with just one top coat. "I always recommend women (or men) use a clear top coat over their manicure and reapply every 2-3 days," Barry says. "Many don't know that you should always 'seal your nails' by applying the top coat to the top of your nails and across the tip to help prevent wear." O.P.I. RapiDry Top Coat is a magic potion that never fails to amaze me. 8. Clean your bathroom before a manicure. The good news is that, unlike dishwashing, which has to be done 100 times a day, you can probably plan to clean your bathroom before your weekly or biweekly manicure. The harsh bleach and chemicals present in so many cleaners we use to scrub our baths and toilets can weaken and discolor nails. Wear gloves or, better still, clean right before your next polish. 9. Stop using your nails to scrape food off the counter. You see something sticky on the counter and you instinctively race toward it, nails ready to act. Stop right there. Grab a butter knife, toothpick, anything instead and stop using your nails to do your dirty work because you're going to chip your polish. And those of us who have boyfriends or husbands who rely on us to do things like open tricky soda cans because our longish nails are perfect tools? Let's all say the word together: NO. 10. Beware of hairspray. Okay, French braiding your hair may not be on par with dusting when it comes to torturous chores, but we thought we'd add this one to the list to remind you of another household product that can wreak serious havoc on your nail polish: hairspray. Some hairsprays contain the same chemicals found in nail polish removers and can destroy your manicure. To be safe: wear plastic gloves when spraying applying it. What are your best tips for making your manicure last? Be sure to check out how to not ruin a fresh pedicure and how to treat (and even prevent!) razor burn. [Photo: Imaxtree]
HAUL: New Hard Candy Spring Polishes + 20th Anniversary Collection Colors
We just got the brand-new Hard Candy Spring 2015 nail polishes in our office + 2 colors from the 20th Anniversary collection. Check it out: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gEovrLW0wA[/youtube] Here's a list of all the Spring 2015 colors, available at Wal-Mart now: Lace Me Up China Doll Bridal Party Crush On Pink Frill Seeker Flower Bomb Cherry Pop Little House Girl’s Night Out Fairy Ball Crush on Hot Pink Dancing with the DJ Pee Wee Purple Girl Crush Prep Squad Fairy Godmother Wild Child Beach Babe Piece of Papaya Crush On Lava Remix Red Fireworks Soda Pop All Nighter Bronze Champion Mom & Pop School house Rock Mr. Winston Wedding Crasher Black Tie Optional Cosmic Love Blue Lagoon Bitty Blue Bachelor Party Sweet Retreat King of Pop Paparazzi Record Breaker Celebrate Sequins Crush on Caribbean A Mermaid’s Tale Island Fever Emerald Cut
Yes, Your Nails Really Need A Detox–Here’s How To Do It
We all want pretty nails, right? It's why we spend all that money on gel and regular manicures, or invest an obscene amount of our paychecks in new collections by OPI and Essie (or is that last part just me?). But, what we don't realize is, while we're so busy making our nail look pretty with all the lacquer, we're actually doing serious damage to the foundation. That's right: just as much as your body might need a juice cleanse or an all-green diet for a couple of days every now and then, you need a nail detox. I know what you're thinking: your winter nails have probably gotten a little bit gnarly, and you don't want to bare all for the general public. I can sympathize (seriously, my nails are a horror show right now), but it's really important that you give them a break. If you don't let them breathe, then you're allowing for future (and somewhat permanent) yellowing of the nails, dryness in the cuticles and some serious peeling and breakage that's not only unseemly, but can also be painful. A good nail detox, though, entails so much more than just keeping your nails polish-free for a few days. Here are a few things you can do to take your nails from brittle and broken to healthy and fabulous: 1. Get that nail polish off. Now. The longer you keep old, chipped nail polish on your nails, the more they're suffering. Take off the nail polish with the remover of your choice (if you can avoid acetone, that's best, but it's fine if you can't or don't want to), just, whatever you do, DON'T peel it off yourself. You'll damage the top layer of your nails, and since that's what everyone sees when they look at your hands, it's a no-win option. 2. Take care of your cuticles. Making sure that your cuticles stay neat and moisturized is key in maintaining your nail health. You can use a special cuticle oil, argan oil or even coconut oil to care for the cuticles directly. If you want to go the extra mile, or if you're suffering from dry skin around the nails, you can use your normal hand moisturizer in addition to the oil. 3. Be nice to your hands. If you really want your nails to recover, try not to do anything too strenuous with your hands. For example, if you're washing dishes, gardening, or anything like that, just wear gloves. I'd also recommend keeping your nails as short as possible during this process--it's a lot easier to keep them clean that way. 4. Polish them the right way. After a week or so of freedom, you're totally free to paint your nails however you want. It's important, though, that you take the extra 30 seconds and apply a good base and top coat. Not only will they help your manicure last longer, but it keeps the polish directly off of your nails so you can avoid any damage or yellowing. And don't forget to check out: 13 March collaborations you need to know about, fringe jackets and denim skirts [Photo: Imaxtree]
Hard Candy Is Bringing Back 5 Cult Nail Polishes From The ’90s
Break out the jelly shoes and rainbow sequin scrunchies, because Hard Candy is reissuing some of its most popular nail polish shades from the '90s. According to InStyle the brand became a household name after Clueless's Alicia Silverstone wore the Hard Candy's baby blue Sky lacquer for a few public appearances, but disappeared from shelves about midway through the 2000's, only to return again in 2009. Now, in celebration of the brand's 20th anniversary, the old lacquers are coming back! Five of the most popular retro shades will be returning as part of the 20th Anniversary collection--Sky, Claws Up, Mint, Scam and Coconut--in addition to three new shades. Starting in April, it will reportedly be sold in a special anniversary tin at Walmart for the whopping price of--wait for it--$4. If that's not enough to convince you to go full '90s, then nothing will. And don't forget to check out: the entire London Fashion Week live stream schedule, Gigi Hadid's Ann Taylor sweater and wide leg pants for Spring
OPI x Fifty Shades Of Grey Is Not Just 50 Shades Of Grey Polish
OPI is releasing a 50 Shades Of Grey line in January with colors like Romantically Involved (red), My Silk Tie (silver-gray), Dark Side of the Mood (charcoal-gray), Shine for Me (blue-gray), Cement the Deal (“cool” gray), and Embrace the Gray (“moody” gray). Unsurprisingly, the collection is not literally 50 shades of grey. Click through the slideshow above to see all the colors. SHOP OPI NOW
Finally, You Can Give The Gift Of Louboutin (Nail Polish, That Is)
Every shoe lover can spot a pair of Christian Louboutins from miles away. And its signature red soles are always a given for holiday wish lists. But not everyone can afford such a luxe pair of shoes, which is why we suggest the shoe designer's latest nail polish collection. Outfitted in a square-shaped bottle with a cap as sharp as a stiletto heel, Rouge Louboutin ($50) is Louboutin's signature red shade in nail lacquer-form. The price is steep when it comes to polish but it still won't break the bank compared to an actual pair of Louboutin reds. So you can still grant your shoe-lover's wishes while staying on your holiday shopping budget. GET ROUGE LOUBOUTIN NOW
Look No Further, We Have The Best Holiday Nail Polish Sets Right Here
It's never too early to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season, especially when it comes to shopping for gifts for all of the special people in your life. Luckily, you can avoid the malls and all of the dreadful lines this year by doing all of your shopping through the SHEfinds holiday gift guides. Shopping this year will be easier than ever, as long as you're doing it with us. First up, we have our holiday nail polish guide for the beauty-lover in your life. If you have a bestie, mother, sister, co-worker or cousin who's in love with having pretty painted fingers and toes, look no further. We did the work for you and found the best holiday polish sets that are out there this year from Essie, OPI, Ciate and more. And don't forget to check out these other things you might need this holiday season: Stila x BaubleBar holiday gift sets, blanket coats and The Outnet's holiday jewelry collaboration.
Christian Louboutin Wants The Back Of Your Nails To Look Like His Shoes
Remember back in 2013 when the Louboutin Manicure (black nails with a red underside) was #trending? Well, now that we have actual Christian Louboutin nail polish, of course the logical next step is a polish designed to use on the underside of nails--to look just like the soles of Loub shoes, of course. Loubi Under Red ($45) has a pen-like sponge-tip brush so you can get all up under those nail beds. And for days when you don't feel like applying an under nail mani, you can use the polish to create nail art designs on the front side. Do you think under nail manis will become a trend? Will you try it? Let us know in the comments below! For more beauty, check out: brown is the nail color of the season, Smashbox's new lipstick and how nail polished get named
We Identified The Best Nail Polishes From London Fashion Week
Fashion week kicked off in London on September 12th, and incase you missed it, we saw a lot of great things. From Burberry ponchos to Mulberry bags, we are certainly excited for spring and summer of 2015. But while all of these are really great, there's a part of Fashion Week that sometimes goes unnoticed, and that's beauty. This year at New York Fashion Week, we saw some impressive hair and makeup. But, it was the manicures that really caught our eye. We knew that if they were good in the Big Apple, that they would definitely be impressive the UK's capital city. After all, it is the home of Butter London. Not only do we have some awesome nail pics for your mani inspiration, but we've also identified the polishes from the Michael Van Der Ham, Temperly, Sibling, Marios Schwab and Meadham Kirschoff shows. And don't forget to check out: Burberry ponchos, Milan Fashion Week and Moschino's Barbie-inspired spring collection.
The Truth About How Nail Polishes Get Named
If you're anything like us, you've probably always wondered how nail polishes get named. Maybe you've even found yourself wishing this was your job. I know I have. It would be pretty awesome to take credit for names of cult polishes; ones that people request at the salon on a weekly basis, like "Russian Navy" or "Ballet Slippers." Which brings us to the question: who does this for a living? If this thought has ever crossed your mind (say, at 4pm on a Friday), you're in luck. We spoke to the very individuals responsible for naming the colors of your favorite polish brands, like Katie Jane Hughes of butter LONDON. Where it starts While each company has its own niche when it comes to WHAT the names are, the process all begins in the same place: naming a collection. For OPI, the seasonal collections are destination-based. The location is selected by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Executive VP/Artistic Director and the “First Lady of Nails.” She draws from her travels for inspiration, but events, like this year’s World Cup in Brazil, also influence which country or city is chosen. Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie, completely runs the show. Her names come from something that inspires her, whether it’s Hollywood actresses (“Leading Lady”) or childhood games (“Hide & Go Chic”). No matter what, it has to be memorable and resonate with what woman want. Every collection name is also the name of one polish in the line–but more on that later. How collections influence colors Once a collection has a theme and/or a name, the brand moves on to naming the individual colors within that line. Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador, explains that the Brick Lane Collection ($45) got it's name because of the colors: deep purples, yellows and reds. They reminded the team of an area in London that's all about Indian culture, Brick Lane. The specific polish names each have to do with aspects of Brick Lane. For example, "Cor Blimey" was chosen because of the Indian spice Coriander and British slang term "Blimey." This formula pretty much applies to all other brands. For OPI, "You Don't Know Jacques" comes from the La Collection De France, while Essie's "Recessionista" is part of the Stylenomics collection. Who comes up with the name Again, this depends on the company. Essie Weingarten is responsible for every single Essie polish name, while butter LONDON goes with a more collaborative approach. The marketing team, product development team and Katie Jane Hughes herself all take part in the naming process. At OPI, Suzi and a group of five people brainstorm what is unique or noteworthy from the country or city to come up with individual polish names. It can take anywhere from six to eight hours, which if you ask me, doesn't seem that long to think of some pretty witty names, like "Wooden Shoe Like To Know?" and "Lincoln Park After Dark." Props to them! What's the job Basically, there is no "Polish Namer" job. So, sorry to crush your hopes and dreams. I know, I was devastated too. But if you think about it, doesn't it make sense that people in marketing and development would be in charge of naming? They are, after all, supposed to be good with words and have an understanding of what the people want. However, if you have a crazy good name that you think can become the next "Cajun Shrimp," there are certain brands open to ideas. Katie Jane Hughes says, "If anyone wants to join in and throw some cheeky names at us, we would definitely take suggestions." Those holiday collections are probably in the works, so you better get on that to secure your nail polish name fame! For more beauty, check out: D.I.Y. face treatments, the nail polish Beyonce wore to the VMAs and the NARS vault beauty box [Photo: Essie for Yigal Azrouel SS'15]
How To Do The Half Moon Nails From The Fall 2014 Runways
Metallic lipstick is going to be a huge trend for fall, but your lips won't be the only thing getting an extra hint of shine this season. Metallic and iridescent nail polish will be back for another season, but not the way that you think. This time around, only half of your nails will be getting painted with the shiny polish. On the Fall 2014 runways at Fashion Week in February, we quickly learned that nail art was here to stay and that the half-moon trend would be the hit of the season. At first glance, creating the half moon effect on your tiny fingers might seem to be impossible, but we have a trick that will make this trend so easy to pull off. Just follow the four easy steps in our slideshow. For more beauty trends, check out: brown nail polish, Chloe Norgaard's pastel hair and metallic lipstick.
Love It Or Hate It, Brown Is The Nail Color Of The Season
While we were browsing through the September issues of our favorite fashion mags, we saw that quite a few nail polish brands had ads featuring their fall collections. This year, they all had one thing in common--shades of brown. Whether it's tan, espresso, or chocolate brown, it seems like all of the nail polish greats including Essie, Sephora, Formula X and Julep are pushing this color for fall. OPI, the reigning queen of nail polish, has not one, but 4 brown shades in its fall 'Nordic Collection,' so that means it has got to be 'in' this season. Even the designers like Marc Jacobs and YSL are going brown, but will you? It sounds strange at first, but brown nail polish is a lot better looking than it sounds. And, it's considered a neutral, so it'll match with all of your fall outfits. Let us know if you'll try it in the comments below. For more beauty trends, check out: Chloe Norgaard's NYFW hair, metallic lipstick for fall and silver nail polish.
Beyonce Wore Nails Inc. Polish To The MTV Video Music Awards
Unfortunately, Beyonce's reps wouldn't tell us where we could find her jeweled bodysuit from the VMA's last night #bummer. But her manicurist, Lisa Logan, did let us in on a little red carpet secret. Beyonce wore Nails Inc. nail polish to the event. Can you believe it?! Queen B actually wore a super cheap store-brand polish, base coat and top coat to one of the biggest events of the year. Now, your nails will look FLAWLESS, just like her performance. Get her manicure set now! Nails Inc. Superfood NailKale Base Coat ($15.00) Nails Inc. Cambridge Terrace Polish ($9.50) Nails Inc. Gel Effect Top Coat with Kensington Caviar ($15) For more celeb style, check out: Jessica Alba's stack bracelets, Gwen Stefani's heels and Vanessa Hudgens fringe skirt.
The NARS Vault Box Is A Holiday Gift Straight From The Beauty Gods
We know that the holiday season is still a little far out, but we were already thinking about it back in July. While you were stalking people on Facebook, pretending to work and attending happy hours, we were running around NYC like crazy women previewing everything that is coming out the next two seasons. While we saw tons of gorgeous clothes, shoes and accessories, we also smelled, sampled and drooled over all of the new beauty products that will be making their debut. And at the Saks Holiday Preview, this little box caught our Editorial Director's eye. She was actually so excited about it, that she immediately ran back to the office to tell us all about it. In honor of NARS' 20th Anniversary (and the holiday season), Francois Nars is opening his beauty vault...literally. For a limited time only, we'll have access to ten of the brand's most popular lipstick and nail colors from the past two decades in the NARS Vault Box. With shades ranging from neutrals and bright reds to vampy blacks and purples, this will make the perfect gift for any beauty lover, or for yourself. The lipstick shades included are: Raquel - Pink beige Grace - Bright pink coral Anita - Antique rose Lana - Vivid orange red Jane - Terracota rose Carmen - Geranium Claudia - Cool pink Vivien - Red plum Michiyo - Shocking pink Sandra - Rosewood And the nail polish colors are: Ecume - White Hunger - Mandarin Red Ithaque - Light Pink Dovima - Tomato Red Orgasm - Peachy pink with shimmer Jungle Red - Bright Red Trouville - Seashell pink Purple Rain - Gothic purple Schiap - Shocking pink Back Room - Black The 20-piece set will make its debut at Saks and Barneys on September 1, so it'll be here just in time for early holiday shoppers to get a head start. If any of your favorite colors made the list, you should definitely plan getting this box as soon as it is available . Since this box is so amazing, we know it's going to sell out FAST. We'll remind you again when it becomes available, but if you can't wait until next month, check out NARS' other great products right here. Let the holiday shopping begin! For more beauty products, check out: the best drugstore foundation, NARS 20th anniversary lipstick collection and 6 coconut oil recipes for your skin.
These Nail Polish Remover Hacks Don’t Involve Taking Off A Chipped Mani
We all know that nail polish remover, gets rid of nail polish on all kinds of surfaces, not just your nails. If you spill or drip your polish on the counter, on the table or on the floor, you can still count on your remover to get rid of it. But, did you know that nail polish remover has other uses? Despite the smell, sometimes nail polish remover can be better than good ole' soap and water or even laundry detergent. So why not use it for more than just your nails? Everyone has a bottle laying around their house somewhere, so put it to use with these two hacks. 1. Getting rid of Sharpie. Sharpie's and other permanent markers can be pretty tricky. If you aren't careful (or your paper is too thin), Sharpie can end up all over your table or desk, which probably won't make your boss too happy. So, instead of reaching for a wet paper towel or some kitchen spray, head to the closest drugstore and get some nail polish remover. Rub it on any surface and your Sharpie stains will disappear! It even works on your skin. Just check out the before and after pic above. If you've ever written with a Sharpie, which I'm sure we all have, you know how easy it is to accidentely get it on your skin. But next time this happens, you'll know the best way to fix it: nail polish remover! Or how about those Sharpie marks and stamps you get at the bar? No matter how much you scrub your hand, they're impossible to get off. Not anymore, as long as you have some NP remover on hand. 2. Cleaning your Converse. If you've ever owned a pair of Converse sneakers, you know how dirty they can get. After all, you probably are wearing them outdoors. Take a look at my Converse. In the pic on the left, they are extremely dirty from an outdoor concert I recently attended, and I needed an easy fix. The next time I wanted to wear them, I just didn't have the time to toss them in the washing machine and wait days for them to dry. I needed them right then! So, I took a cotton ball and some nail polish remover and rubbed it right on my kicks. Look how clean they are in the pic on the right! Nail polish remover is such a time saver, when you need to clean your sneakers in a hurry. Do you know any other alternative uses for nail polish remover? Let us know in the comments below. Maybe we'll add them to our post. Ya never know. And don't forget to check out: Beyonce's $25 crop top, knock off Celine sandals and Sam Edelman's new clothing line.
Christian Louboutin’s Rouge Polish Is Finally Here–Get It At Sephora, Saks & More
Today's the day you've all been waiting for! Now, you can be the proud owner of your very own Christian Louboutin...nail polish that is, and you don't even have to live in NYC to get it. When the polish made it's debut in July at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in the Big Apple, it was a huge hit. But now you can get a stiletto-inspired bottle bottle at your favorite retailers like Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Sephora, or you can just do it the easy way order it online using the link below. So far, the designer has only released one shade, Rouge Louboutin (aka. red like his bottoms), but more colors are coming soon. On August 31, you'll be able to purchase all 30 of Loubie's spikey bottles right here on our site, so check back soon! Christian Louboutin 'Rouge Louboutin' Nail Polish ($50) For more beauty products, check out: Makeup Academy x CVS, makeup hacks and Rihanna's new MAC collab.
21 Genius Storage Solutions To Keep Your Makeup And Nail Polish Crazy Organized
Although I don't wear very much makeup on a day-to-day basis, I somehow own tons of it. It's even worse with nail polish. I can't tell you the last time I painted my nails, yet I have a bag with 25+ polishes sitting on my bathroom floor. I should honestly just get rid of it all, but some reason I can't bring myself to do that. So instead I've decided to organize it. And OMG are there some amazing products and ideas for organizing makeup on the Internets. These storage solutions got me pretty excited, but I can imagine if you're a true beauty junkie this is seriously gonna be like drugs for you. Click through the slideshow to check out some of the seriously inventive ways people are organizing and storing their beauty products these days. Check out the best ways to store your handbags, best places to store your shoes and best ideas for keeping jewelry organized. [Photo: A Beautiful Mess]
Christian Louboutin Is Launching Nail Polish! And The Bottles Are Stilleto-Inspired, Obvs
The story holds that Christian Louboutin's red-bottomed shoes were born when the designer painted the bottom of the original pair with nail polish, so it only makes sense that he would launch a nail collection of his own. Today, WWD broke the news that Louboutin has officially entered the beauty biz and that his first red polish, Rouge Louboutin, is now available in the Saks Fifth Avenue Store in NYC. But don't worry, even if you don't live in the Big Apple, you'll still be able to get your hands (or should we say nails) on a bottle. On August 6th, all Saks stores will carry the polish along with Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Sephora. The other 30 color shades in the collection will be available on August 31. Just like owning a pair of his stilletos, Louboutin's nail polish will cost you a pretty penny. Each tall, spikey bottle will cost you $50, and if you purchase the extra care kit, you'll be out another $55. But, that's not terrible considering you'll be able to brag that your nail polish "is Louboutin" and the bottle itself looks like it belongs in an art gallery, not in your bathroom cabinet or cosmetics bag. Now that's what we call luxury beauty. If you want to purchase Rouge Louboutin, head over to the Saks flagship in NYC today, otherwise, click over to our site on August 6. We will have it right here. Let the waiting game begin! And don't forget to check out: Maya Brenner x J.Crew, Jennifer Fisher x J.Crew and the Old Navy bucket bag. [Photo: Splash News]
NARS’s New Nail Polish Dries In Less Than 5 Minutes…We Timed It
When the gals here at SHEfinds first tried NARS' new 3.1 Phillip Lim collection a few weeks ago, we knew it wasn't an ordinary nail polish, and it definitely wasn't anything like the NARS polishes we'd used in the past. It was different, but in a good way. It painted on smoothly, it didn't require multiple coats, and best of all, it dried really freakin' fast. At first, we thought this had to be Phillip Lim's creation, but soon after, we recieved word that NARS had reformulated ALL of their nail polishes, and everything made sense. Yesterday, both the new and improved NARS collection and the 3.1 Phillip Lim collab launched, but as an added treat, the brand also introduced 19 new colors, a base coat, and a top coat to their polish offerings. Now, you can go nail polish crazy! With this many colors, it'll take a while to try them all, but here is what one of our favorites, Mots Bleus, looks like. Do you like it? NARS Nail Polish 'Mots Bleaus' ($20) Find your favorite color by checking them all out in our slideshow or click below to shop them all. GET NARS NEW NAIL POLISH NOW For more beauty products, check out: the silver eyeliner trend, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, and sweatproof brow powders and pencils. [Photo: NARS]
The Wait Is Over–3.1 Phillip Lim x NARS Is Finally Here!
If you've ever day dreamed about owning something by Phillip Lim that won't cost you your entire rent payment (like me), you're in luck! Today, NARS finally launched their nail polish collab with Phillip Lim and the colors are better than you could've imagined. Not to mention, the great quality. We sampled this miracle polish a few weeks ago (because we just couldn't wait until today), and we can assure you that it is everything NARS has promised. The cosmetics brand just reformulated all of their polishes starting with the shades in this collab. Now, all of the polishes dry extremely quickly, last longer, strengthen your nails, and are super easy to apply thanks to NARS' new brush. Actually, the new formula also launched today, along with the brand's fall 2014 collection! All of the shades in the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection are inspired by "the colors that exist in the shadows" (aka. they're dark, mysterious, and bada**). Each of the 9 colors also has a vampy name, including Anarchy, Gold Viper, Shutter, Wrong Turn, Otherside, Crossroads, Hell-Bent, Dark Room, and Insidious. Since they're on the darker side, most of the darker colors will be great for fall, but some of the brighter or more neutral colors like Anarchy, Hell-Bent, and Gold Viper, and Wrong Turn, can be worn right now! But, you have no time to waste. This collab is going to be popular and it is going to sell out. You don't want to miss out or have to wait for a restock to get your hands on this collab. So get it right here, right now, in our slideshow. Each 3.1 Phillip Lim x NARS polish is $20 or you can get the whole set for $80 in a limited edition cosmetics bag at a NARS store or narscosmetics.com starting today! The collab will also be available at Sephora and your fave department stores like Nordstrom on August 1. And if you want to see what the polish looks like on real nails before you buy it, click here! We painted our nails just for you. GET 3.1 PHILLIP LIM x NARS NAIL POLISH NOW For more beauty products, check out: the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, Stila waterproof liner, and eyelash curlers. [Photos: NARS]
The New Rimmel London x Rita Ora Nail Polish Dries Freakishly Fast
We first heard about Rita Ora's collab with Rimmel London right after she strutted down the DKNY runway in September 2013, and when we were finally able to purchase Rimmel London Colour Blush Balm by Rita Ora, Make Me Blush ($10.50) in April, we were very pleased. But now, Rita and Rimmel have something even better. Yesterday, Rimmel London Rita Ora 60 Seconds Nail Polish ($4.92, down from $7.03) launched and it is awesome. From the cartoon on the bottle to the scandalous color names like Lose Your Lingerie, Midnight Rendezvous, and Pillow Talk, you can definitely tell that the singer had a lot to do with this collab. And think about it, Rita Ora is a busy woman. She doesn't have time to sit around and watch her nail polish dry. She's always on the go, so 6o second quick-dry nail polish makes perfect sense. While the Rita Ora x Rimmel London collab is usually pretty hard to find in the U.S., purchasing a bottle of Ora's nail polish won't be a problem, because we found it right here at ASOS.com. So click through our slideshow to see all 11 colors and choose your favorites. I bet you won't be able to pick just one, especially since they're on sale, and Rita Ora is a popular gal, so you better hurry up before you miss out! To shop for more nail polish, check out: 4th of July nail art, white nail polish, and summer polish colors. [Photo: ASOS]
NARS Is Launching A New Long-Lasting Nail Polish Formula & 19 More Colors
Last week we tested the 3.1 Phillip Lim x NARS nail polish collection that will hit stores on July 15th and it was better than we imagined. But today, we received even more exciting news from one of our fave beauty brands. NARS just announced that they have another nail polish collection that will launch on the same day! While we were preoccupied with 3.1 Phillip Lim, NARS was busy updating their polish formula. The brand's new polish will last longer and strengthen your nails. It will also come in 43 shades with an improved brush for easier application. The collection will feature 24 current NARS shades and 19 new ones. And of course, a nail polish collection wouldn't be complete without a base coat and a top coat to lock in the color and garuntee that it will last longer than before. The new and improved NARS polishes will be available on narscosmetics.com on July 15th and at Sephora and department stores, like Nordstrom, on August 1st. But while you wait, check out other NARS beauty products here. And don't forget to check out: Fourth of July Nail Art, white nail polish, and bright nail polish. [Photo: NARS]
Why Not Go All Out With Your 4th Of July Outfit By Wearing Matching Nail Art?
You've probably been so busy planning your Fourth of July getaway or backyard BBQ that you totally forgot about one of the most important parts of Independence Day, your patriotic look. Let's be honest, just like Halloween is every girl's excuse to dress really scandalous, the Fourth Of July is your excuse to go all out and show your 'merica pride. Obvi finding the perfect red, white, and blue outfit is really important, but you can't forget to do your nails. Chances are, you'll be wearing sandals or running around barefoot at your Fourth of July darty (day party, duh) so you'll need a patriotic pedi so your feet don't look nasty, and every good pedi has a mani to match. And while nail art might be going out of style, it is definitely still "in" for the Fourth. And you can also wear it for the next World Cup match. Convinced yet? Try it out. The photo above shows an easy way to paint your nails for the upcoming holiday using red and blue glitter polish, and a white Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen ($5.99). Then, all you have to do is paint your toes a solid color to match (PSA: a white pedi will make you look really tan). We promise, this nail art is really easy if you follow our steps. Step 1: Apply a base coat and wait for it to dry. We suggest Essie First Base Base Coat ($8.50). Essie First Base Base Coat ($8.50) Step 2: Paint your nails in alernating colors and wait for them to dry. The photo shows two blue glitter nails and three red nails, but you can choose any color combo you want. You might need to apply to coats to get full coverage. Essie Nail Polish 'Laquered Up' ($8.50) Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer Gumdrops Collection 'Blue-Berry Sweet On You' ($7.99) Step 3: Once your nails are dry use a white Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen ($5.99) to carefully draw stars, stripes and even hearts on your nails. If your nails aren't completely dry first, this won't work and you'll be reaching for the nail polish remover to clean up your mess. Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen 'White' ($5.99) Step 4: After your nails are dry, apply a top coat and you're done. You can even give your self a matching pedi, if you'd like. Once you're finished, grab your besties and head out to celebrate america's birthday, but don't forget to shop for an outfit for the occasion. Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat ($8.50) Grab a red, white, and blue outfit to complete your look: patriotic clothes, 4th of July tops under $25, and Old Navy flip flops.
11 White Nail Polishes That’ll Make You Look Tan
Summer is the only time it's acceptable to wear all white e'rything, so now is the time to take the white trend to the next level and add it to your nails. White clothes and accessories are great, but they look ten times better when they're paired with white nails. While you can use these white shades to paint the perfect french tips, they're even cooler when you go all out. And don't forget, the fourth of July is next weekend, so you'll want to stock up so you can get patriotic with red, white, and blue. To help you out, we found the eleven best white nail polishes out there from OPI to Butter London, and Essie too! Which one are you going to wear this summer? Check out our slideshow to choose. For more nail polish, check out: the best nail polishes to show off your tan, summer colors, and 3.1 Phillip Lim x NARS. [Photo: Kimberly Pesch, Eat Sleep Wear]
The Best Nail Polishes To Show Off Your Tan, Whether It’s Real Or Fake
There's a lot of great things about summer: the weather, the clothes, etc. But one of the best things has to be trading in your pasty-white skin for a beautiful bronze tone. Suddenly, you can wear white and won't blend in with the color! But there are other ways to show off your tan, like getting a manicure and pedicure. In the winter we have to choose wisely when it comes to what color we want our nails to be. But during summer, there are so many more options. The cold weather usually calls for dark polishes that will pop from your pale skin, but in the summer you can go light or dark. Oh, the choices! So, in order to accentuate your tan take a look at this slideshow of nail polish colors that will flatter your bronzed skin tone. Check out these summer sales at the Gap, Net-A-Porter, and Shopbop [Photo: Haute Off The Rack]
PHOTOS: Your First Look At 3.1 Phillip Lim x NARS On Real Hands
The 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS collection launch is just 22 days away and we couldn't be more excited. We've actually been waiting for this moment since we first saw the collection at Phillip Lim's Fall 2014 runway show. But thanks to NARS, we were able to test it out early. So while you're all sitting around with unpainted nails waiting for July 15th (aka. the best day ever), here's a quick review. 3.1 Phillip Lim x NARS 'Gold Viper' The collection has 9 limited edition shades inspired by "colors that exist in the shadows." Each color also has a mysterious name, including Anarchy, Gold Viper, Shutter, Wrong Turn, Otherside, Crossroads, Hell-Bent, Dark Room, and Insidious, which makes the collab ten times cooler. Last week, we were able to test out the collection before anyone else and we can assure you that it is even better than we imagined. I tried Gold Viper and Insidious, and they are two of the best polishes I have ever used. Aside from being super easy to apply, these polishes dry quicker than any others I have ever tried, which is a major plus. If you're a busy girl like me and just can't take the time to apply nail polish perfectly or wait an hour for her nails to dry, this polish is for you! Not to mention, the colors these colors are to die for. You can officially get your hands on one of these polishes ($20 for one or $80 for the whole set) at a NARS store or narscosmetics.com starting July 15 or at Sephora and your fave department stores like Nordstrom on August 1. Until then, have fun admiring the collection here or shop for other NARS beauty products. Don't worry, we'll update you when it arrives! For more beauty products, check out: Net-A-Porter's summer kit, hair detanglers, and Urban Decay makeup setting spray. [Photos: NARS]
Go Crazy On $2 Nail Polish And $5 Lip Gloss At Julep’s Red Marker Sale
Alright so you probably already know this, but everyone here at the office loves Julep. I mean, why wouldn't we? They're the ones that helped us bring our very own SHEfinds x Julep nail polish trios to life. So when we found out about Julep's SUPER CHEAP sale this morning, we were pretty pumped. Everything in Julep's Red Marker sale is up to 85% off, which makes their popular nail polish only $2. Can you believe it? Quality nail polish that's only $2 is practically unheard of! But nail polish isn't all that's marked down. You can get lip gloss, primers, masks and more for under $10. We're not exactly sure what's going through the folks over at Julep's heads today, but we're about to go H.A.M. on this sale and you should too! Especially since shipping is free if you spend $50 (aka. order 25 nail polishes). So drop everything you're doing right now and check out our fave products in the slideshow. And you better hurry, the sale only lasts for a few more hours! SHOP THE JULEP RED MARKER SALE NOW! Want to save more money? Check out the Neiman Marcus swimwear sale, 10 summer sales, and 70% off at Net-A-Porter.
Biting Your Nails Just Got Healthy With This Vegan, Gluten Free Polish
Now I'm all about natural, organic, and eco-friendly products, but I'm not so sure about this one. Gabriel Cosmetics is launching their 2014 Fall/Winter collection, Color Blockade, in August, but this isn't your ordinary nail polish collection. These polishes are made of 100% natural ingredients and are vegan and gluten free. Maybe I'm mistaken, but I don't usually eat my nail polish, how about you? Why does it need to be gluten free? Organic? Sure. Vegan? Understandable. But gluten free? WTF. I guess this polish makes it totally safe to pick up your long lost bad habit and bite your finger nails, possibly even eat them. I don't know. Whether it makes sense or not, I definitely can't wait until the fall to get my hands on one of these polishes to see what they're all about. They may be weird, but at least the colors will be super cute. And don't forget to check out these normal beauty products: Nivea lip care, OPI x Coca-Cola, and award-winning beauty products.
OPI x Coca Cola Is Here! Shop Colors Like ‘You’re So Vain-illa’ & ‘Get Cherried Away’
Just like every new nail collaboration, we were pretty excited when we heard about OPI x Coca Cola. What could possibly be better than mixing your daily diet coke with a fresh mani pedi? Nothing. But what we were really interested to see were the cola-inspired colors that OPI would come up with. I thought coke was only brown, until now. Obvi we knew that there would be a red and silver polish so we could match our nails to our soda cans, but no collab is complete with just two items, unless you're Lorde. Coca-Cola's 9 piece nail collection also has pink, white, green, purple, and orange polishes named after coke's flavors like cherry, vanilla, and grape. Check out the whole collection in our slideshow! And don't forget to check out: award-winning beauty products, MAC x Lorde, and Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer.
5 Things To Know About Sinful Colors, The Polish That Proved It’s Better Than Chanel
Today, Consumer Reports revealed some game changing nail polish news. In a test of seven popular nail polish brands, CR hired a professional manicurist to apply the polishes with their complimentary base and top coats to 10 volunteers, who wore two different polishes at the same time on alternating fingers. At seven, ten, and fourteen days, the volunteers' nails were checked and the polishes were given a score based on wear and appearance. Ten different volunteers applied the polishes themselves at home and were also checked and recorded on the same days. The results were definitely not what you would expect. Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel ($0.99) came out on top. Can you believe it?! So before you go for your next manicure or paint your nails at home, here are 5 things you need to know about the best nail polish out there. 1. Sinful Colors was the cheapest brand that was tested. It is usually sold for $2 a bottle, but we found it on sale here. 2. It lasted the longest over more expensive brands like Chanel and Nutra Gel, which chipped on the first day. Can you believe that?! At $27 a bottle, Chanel Le Vernis SHOULD NOT chip that quickly. 3. This brand looked the best after seven and ten days. None of the polishes lasted for the full fourteen. CND Vinylux ($9.95) and Revlon Nail Enamel ($5.29), also looked good after a week, but did not last the full ten. 4. Consumer Reports recommends that you use a base coat and a top coat along with the polish to make it last longer. 5. Though it is the lonest lasting, Sinful Colors took the longest to dry. So if you're in a hurry, CR recommends that you use Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish ($8.29), which had the quickest dry-time in the test. Bottom line: Sometimes cheaper is better. Since we will definitely be trying Sinful Colors next time we paint our nails, we roundup up some of the brand's best colors in our slideshow. Check it out! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuxnT4u-50k[/youtube] For more nail polish, check out: summer nail polish colors, Deborah Lippmann 80's collection, and Sephora’s one-time use polish.
Essie, OPI & More Prove That Summer Is STILL All About Neon Nails
Memorial Day means that SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE! And we all know that this is the best season to update your nail polish collection. It's time to pack away all your dark winter colors and stock up on some bright shades for the months to come. Summer also means that it's flip flop and sandal season, and you definitely wouldn't want to be caught dead at the beach or by the pool without a fresh pedicure (and manicure to match, obvs). All of your favorite polish brands like Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, OPI and Essie, have recently released their summer collections, and we have them all right here in our slideshow. So if you want to kick off summer the right way, you better check them out! I bet you can't pick just one. For more nail polish, check out: Deborah Lippmann 80's collection, Sephora one-time use polish, and pistachio polish. [Photo: Shutterstock]
Deborah Lippmann’s New Summer Collection Is Throwin’ It Back To The 80’s
Deborah Lippmann's summer 2014 nail polish collection is the coolest thing we've seen since, well...the 80's. The brand's 80's rewind range will make you want to break out your leather jacket and sing rock 'n' roll throwback jams all season long. With seven different colors to choose from, named after some of the most popular songs of the decade, like Don't Stop Believin' (orange), Maniac (purple), Whip It (pink), and Walking On Sunshine (yellow), this collection is exactly what you need to kick off the summer. Check out all of the colors in our slideshow. Do you think you can rock it? SHOP DEBORAH LIPPMANN'S SUMMER COLLECTION NOW Don't forget to check out these other nail polishes: Nails Inc. kale nail polish, Sephora's one-time use polish, and OPI x Mustang. [Photo: Deborah Lippmann]
Will Kale Manicures Be The New Green Juice? Nails Inc. Thinks So
It feels like we've been hearing for years about the benefits of kale. Celebs love the "superfood" (whatever the heck that means) and anyone who's been to a juice bar has probably tried a drink with the leafy green. Just when we finally came around to including the veggie in our diet, Nails Inc. decides we need kale on our nails, too. Yes, you read that right. The Beyoncé-approved nail polish brand is launching a line of kale-infused polish. Vogue UK reports that the 5-piece "NailKale" collection, plus four of Nail's Inc.'s top sellers, ""have been enhanced with the same kale extract and the brand's Regenerating Complex for colour with conditioning benefits." Oh, and of course skinny minnay British socialite, Alexa Chung, was just announced as the brand's new spokeswoman. The girl is probably a huge fan of kale. We can just see women lining up at he nail salon, fighting over this polish that promises to enhance your nail beds. Will kale nails be the next green juice? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below! Look out for the Nails Inc. NailKale line to hit in stores and online this August. For more beauty, check out: butt facials, the best beauty makeup dupes and Gucci's first-ever makeup line gets a launch date [Photo: Instagram]
You’ll Wish Nail Art Wasn’t Dead Once You Learn These Easy Hacks
Although some people are convinced that nail art is on the outs, we are sure that it's not. We still see it everywhere. In fact, there are so many nail art trends that we can't even keep track. So why do people think it isn't "in" anymore? Well, I thought about it, and I've come up with a pretty good theory. People don't want nail art to be a "thing" because they don't know how to do it, or they don't want to spend the time painting extra things on their nails. And I totally understand. We're busy (and lazy) girls, and I can admit, nail art is hard, not to mention expensive. There are so many different tools and tricks that you're supposed to use, and all of the colors can be overwhelming. Plus the extra time it takes... I used to be one of those nail art haters, but that's just because I am not a good drawer or painter. But since the trend has gotten so big, I decided that I would give it a try. I used all the fancy gadgets and brushes that manicurists use, but nothing seemed to turn out right, until I tried using things that I had laying around my apartment like top coat, bobby pins, and band aids. Household items were a serious game changer. Now, I can make pretty nail art in five steps or less. Want to learn how? Check out my hacks in our slideshow. Check out these other beauty hacks, too: at-home shellac hack, how to style a headband, and beach waves. [Photo: Cupcakes & Cashmere, I'm A Beauty Geek, Keiko Lynn]
Sephora’s One-Time Use Nail Polish Pods Are Here! Go Crazy Trying All 24 Colors
When I first found out about this polish set, I knew it would be a game changer. It seems like every time I go to the drugstore or beauty supply store, I end up leaving with some kind of nail polish--and I know you do too. Once I get it home, I'm soooo excited to use the "super cute" new color that I paint my nails immediately. But after the initial excitment is over, my new nail polish sits in my drawer untouched. It seems like the gals over at Formula X and Sephora must have the same problem, since they created the Press Pods ($39) collection. This collection contains 24 one-time-use pods of Formula X's bestselling shades, which is awesome because it allows polish lovers, like myself, to try colors and find their favorites before they commit to buying full-sized bottles. Each pod has just enough polish to give yourself a two-coat mani and pedi and has a built-in brush. By purchasing this collection, you can paint your nails 24 times for $39, which comes out to about $1.62 for each mani pedi. If that's not a bargain, I don't know what is. With nail polish prices as high as $15 a bottle, and rising salon prices, this collection is a no brainer. So head over to Sephora and check it out. You won't be disappointed. Formula X Press Pods ($39) For more nail polish, check out: Mustang x OPI, Julep x SHEfinds, and pistachio polish.
We Never Thought About Matching Our Nails To A Car Until OPI & Ford Teamed Up
In honor of the 5oth anniversary of the debut of the Ford Mustang, Ford and OPI have teamed up for a polish collab featuring six different auto-inspired shades including: Race Red (the "hero" color of the collection), 50 Years of Style, Queen of the Road, Girls Love Ponies, Angel with a Leadfoot and The Sky’s My Limit. The collection was developed by OPI Co-Founder and EVP, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, who believes, “Nail color, just like the car she drives, is the ultimate expression of a woman’s personality. Automobiles are synonymous with style, and there is a special kind of love affair between a woman and her car." Which is definitely true. If I drove a bright red mustang and had red nails to match, I would feel pretty cool. “Color is very personal to people and to how they express themselves,” said Susan Lampinen, Group Chief Designer, Color and Material, Ford Motor Company. “Similarly, color plays a key role in defining the character of a vehicle: Mustang paint colors need to denote performance, sportiness, and power. They are expressive, bold and eye-catching colors, like the ones chosen for this limited edition collection.” Each of the new Mustang shades will feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush, which is great for smooth and even polish application. The collection will be available in July at professional salons, including Ulta for $9.50. For more nail polish, check out: Proenza Schouler x MAC, The Spring 2014 Polish Awards, and this At-Home Shellac Hack.
You Don’t Have To Spend $40 On A Shellac Mani Thanks To This At-Home Hack
Painting your nails at home by yourself can be tricky, especially when you want your mani to last longer than 2 days. Either you get the polish all over your hands and fingers, you smear it before it drys or it just looks weird. And then if and when you are lucky enough to FINALLY get it perfect, it chips the next day. Am I right? Yep. So what's a girl to do? Since at-home manicures are sooo difficult, you find yourself paying salon prices for a shellac because, "they last longer and will save you money in the long run." Well, I'm sorry to break the news to you, but this isn't true. The price you pay and the time you give up for your shellac manis in the salon can be cut in half by trying this at-home shellac manicure. Now I know what you're thinking. It's probably something like "I've tried that before and it didn't work," but I promise, you haven't tried this one. I use it all the time and it usually lasts for a week or more, and I'm not one of those girls that is careful with my nails. I am constantly on the go and in situations where my nails would chip, but they don't! Follow these easy steps and you can kiss your shellac hack failures good-bye. Try it! Because you know what they say, "Once you go shellac, you'll never go back." IMPORTANT: Let your nails dry COMPLETELY between each coat! I recommend waiting 2-3 minutes in between each coat. When I shellac my nails, I usually do it while I'm watching TV or a movie to make the time pass faster. Also, don't glob on any of the polishes or your nails will look crazy in the end. Light coats will produce the best results. Step 1: Apply one light coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps. ($4.95) Step 2: Apply one light coat of Gelous Nail Gel. ($5.99) This gel coat is great, because unlike other polishes, it doesn't bubble. Step 3: Apply one coat of a polish of your choice. My favorite is Essie Turqouise and Caicos. ($8.50) Step 4: Apply a light second coat of Gelous. Step 5: Apply a second coat of polish. Step 6: Apply one light coat of top coat. I suggest Essie Good To Go! Fastest Drying Top Coat. ($10.00) And you're done! To shop for more great nail polish check out: The Spring 2014 Nail Polish Awards, Pistachio Polish, and New In Beauty. [Credit: Mint Arrow]