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All-American Nails w/ KISS USA and Broadway Nails

Get yourself in full swing of the 4th of July celebration and festivities with a red, white and blue manicure. Achieve "All American" nail art with KISS USA and Broadway Nails with these simples steps and must-have kits.

LOOK 1: Red, White & Blue Galaxy Nails


Use the KISS Galaxy Effects Kit (which includes 3 polish shades in red, white and blue and 1 glitter top coat! Plus the included dotting tool and sponge) to create the out of this world mani below. $7.99 / Walgreens



LOOK 2: American Flag Nails


  • Use Broadway Nails' imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5.99 - $7.99 / Walgreens) in “Bright as a Feather” as your base nail
  • Diagonally paint the bottom left hand corner of the imPRESS nail with red polish
  • Take KISS Nail Artist Paint ($6.99 / Walgreens) in white to draw in the stripes directly over the red polish
  • To finish off the look, use the silver stars from the KISS Salon Secrets ($9.99 / Walgreens) and place them on the upper right hand corner of the imPRESS nail by using top coat so it adheres onto the nail

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New Summer Nail Colors from Morgan Taylor

We love this summer of color that's been going on with nails. Whether they be bold, bright neons or cool, tropical colors. We're excited for all the amazing nail color choices we have. This week we're loving the newest summer collections from Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer, which will satisfy those of you who love vibrant colors and those who want more subdued hues. Morgan Taylor shakes up primary colors with a pops of neon and takes tropical shades to new heights this summer with two new limited-edition collections.

The new Neon Collection features six highlighter-inspired hues that are bright enough to light up summer nights.


  • Don’t Touch Me, I’m Radioactive – bright blue
  • Don’t Worry, Be Brilliant – bright coral
  • Pink Flame-ingo – bright pink
  • It’s Electric – bright purple
  • Watt Yel-looking At? – bright yellow
  • Go For The Glow – bright green


The Island Treasures Summer 2014 Collection was inspired by the natural palette of the tropics.


  • Going Native – Tranquil turquoise crème
  • Making Waves – Vibrant bright blue crème
  • Take Me To Your Tribe – Adventurous blight blue crème
  • Beach Babe – Dreamy soft peach with shimmer
  • Sarong But So Right – Chic and shimmering magenta
  • Tropical Punch – Fruity pink crème

Both collections are available in salons now with the Island Treasures Collection also available on LoxaBeauty.com.

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NYC Event Listing: Get Your Hands on the Shades of Summer Nails

Hey nail polisha nd nail trends lovers, head to Sephora to experience the latest in must-have summer nail products! Experiment with the Lo-Fi and Hi-Fi trends, then get your mani photographed using the Sephora Nail Snap+Go to upload your photo with the hashtag, #sephoranailspotting.



Friday, June 6th to Sunday, June 8th

ALL SEPHORA LOCATIONS*

Enter your zip code in the FIND IT tool on www.Sephora.com for your nearest location.

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Chocolate at Your Fingertips: Chocolate Nail Polish Removers from Ciaté

Ladies, how would you love to have the scent of delicious chocolate at your fingertips? Thanks to Ciaté, the decadent scent of Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, and Orange Chocolate will remain on your nails as you gently remove and nourish your nails as you take off your nail polish with their Chocolate Nail Polish Removers.



The four new luxe Ciaté Chocolate Nail polish removers boasts a gentle formula that is packed with Vitamins B5 and Vitamin E to nourish nails, while it's ammonia-free formula makes it extra kind to nails. Once your nails are dry, you're left with the wonderful scents of Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Orange Chocolate. These are available via Ciate's new US website and QVC. We will be stocking Sephora.

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Florescent Summer Nails with Gelish Colors of Paradise Collection

I love getting pampered, especially when it's by a nail brand that I love. I was invited to experience a fun manicure from Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish with nail expert, Danielle Candido, to celebrate their Fall 2014 collection (will highlight in another post). Since the weather is getting warmer, I decided to go with one of their gorgeous colors from the Spring/Summer 2014, Colors of Paradise Collection (pictured below):


This collection of brights is Gelish's most vibrant collection, with six bold, florescent nail colors that are sure to have your nails stand out this season. The collection features the following colors:

  • Rockin' The Reef - bright Coral creme
  • Pacific Sunset - bright Pink creme
  • Lime All The Time - bright Lime Green creme
  • Rub Me The Sarong Way - bright Turquoise creme
  • Tahiti Hottie - bright Purple creme
  • Mali-Blu Me Away - bright Cobalt Blue creme

I decided to really stand out and go for Lime All The Time, because I find that I usually go straight to pinks and I wanted something very different. I also had the pleasure of learning some new tricks while Danielle Candido was adding an eye-catching accent nail design. I got this lovely Gelish manicure on May 7th


And true to the it's word, my mani, which has received so many compliments, is still going strong as of today (May 24th, 2014) as you can see below. I just have a little nail growth but my gel polish hasn't chipped, cracked, or been destroyed in anyway.


I'm sure I can rock this mani for at least another week.The Colors of Paradise is available now; individual Gelish MINI colors can be purchased at sally beauty and www.sallybeauty.com for $14.95 per bottle.

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Celebrating Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure w/ Vanity Projects

I had the pleasure of attending a great event celebrating all things nails at one of my favorite nail art salons. Though I have had my nails done by some of their amazing manicurists (at various event and loving them through their Instagram account), this was my first time at the Vanity Projects NYC Nail Salon and it was there to celebrate the wonderful book, Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure by Suzanne E. Shapiro.


The first-ever "all things nails" book discusses history of the manicure, the evolution of the painted nail and all nail trends that we've tried and loved. The book shares interesting tidbits like how Hollywood, fine art, and music genres like Hip Hop has influenced nail art, and the new new, hot trends like outré nail art which is booming now. Did you know the manicure has been around for less than a century? At the very crowded event, we enjoyed a book signing, OPI and Suzanne E. Shapiro nail lacquer giveaways, and some amazing accent nail art. Attendees chose from a wide variety of art art designs offered by Vanity Projects (including a freaking dinosaur).

 

To get your hands on this awesome book, head over to Amazon.com and get it for $21.86.

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What We're Loving: Mally Beauty's 24/7 Gel Nail Polish Color

We are so happy to see a new beauty brand throw their hat in the gel polish ring. Mally Beauty's 24/7 Gel Nail Polish Color provides vibrant color and the glossiest of shine a nail color can provide with no chipping, dulling or peeling. If you're a fan of the brand like we are, get your nails draped in their wonderful colors for a flawless, luminous, and amazing manicure that lasts for up to two weeks....and sometimes longer.

For spring, we are loving Melonista, Forever Your Girl, and Back in a Fuchsia but the gel polishes are available in a total of 36 colors, so if you prefer to go dark for spring, you won't be left out. each polish retails for $15.00 each and are available now.

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Sephora Presents the Divergent 7-Piece Nail Art Kit

Inspired by the worldwide bestseller and major motion picture, Divergent, Sephora presents an exclusive, limited-edition, Divergent 7-Piece Nail Art Kit. Show what makes you different by creating boundless nail looks with this exclusive nail set. Layer the unique High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquers over any shade to create an opalescent, shimmering finish, then top it off with an exclusive, easy-to-use Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos. Just cut the paper to any desired shape or size, add water, hold onto nail, and peel back for a application.

This Set Contains:
  • High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer
  • Long-Wear Nail Lacquers in Midnight Calm (dark navy), Violet Abnegation (violet gray), Opal Compassion (opalescent purple), True Pearl (golden opal), Neutral Lace (beige)
  • 6 x Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos

The Divergent 7-piece Nail Art Kit retails for $27.50 and is available exclusively at Sephora and www.sephora.com.

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Must-Have Nails | Santigolden Age Collection Nail Polish Art Strips

We're really excited about the nail art designs that are in the new Santigolden Age Collection, a cool collaboration between Smashbox and singer, Santigold. The entire collection features original collage designs created by Santi. The out-of-this-world, limited-edition collection features two exclusive, mistake-proof nail strips designed by Santigold and @TroubleAndrew (shown below).


The two nail art strips includes the Eye of The Beholder and Serpent Charmer and retail for $49.00/Set

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Get Lucky this St. Patrick’s Day with Red Carpet Manicure

Shamrocks and four leaf clovers… St. Patrick’s Day is finally here and Red Carpet Manicure has just what you need to get in the spirit of celebration! Whether you’re looking for a pot of gold or channeling your inner leprechaun, Red Carpet Manicure has two great mani styles to get you feeling “lucky.” Check out step-by-step tutorials on these two St. Patrick Day nail art looks from Red Carpet Manicure Nail Technician, Candace Szpeich for using both gel and nail lacquer polishes.

Leprechaun Belt (GEL)

  1. First, apply Prep and Structure. Then cure under the LED light.
  2. Apply 2 to 3 coats of "Emmy-rald Winner" curing after each coat.
  3. Using a striper brush, apply a thick line of "Black Stretch Limo" across the lower half of the nail and cure.
  4. Add a belt (square) over the middle of the black line using "I Am So Honored" and cure.
  5. Last, apply "Brilliance" and cure.

Pot O'Gold (LACQUER)

  1. First, apply one coat of "Clingy Base Coat".
  2. Next, apply 2 coats of "My Lucky Charm."
  3. Paint a black pot on the bottom right of nail using the nail lacquer version of "Black Stretch Limo."
  4. Then, using a striper brush, paint a rainbow using your favorite RCM nail lacquer shades such as orange "Flirt Alert", royal blue "RSVP", purple "9 Inch Heels", red "Red Carpet Exclusive", lavender "Romantic Comedy", or a metallic rose gold "Mink Coat".
  5. Add gold glitter pieces from RCM’s "Gems and Jewels - Golden Dust" collection to the top of the pot/base of rainbow.
  6. Last, apply one coat of "Shine On Top Coat".

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Sally Hansen Nails Nude at the Stella McCartney Winter 2014 Collection Show

For Stella McCartney's Winter 2014 Collection at the Palais Garnier during Paris Fashion Week, Sally Hansen was the exclusive nail sponsor. To complement the bold textures and sophisticated color palette of the McCartney's Collection, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole created nail looks that featured clean, modern, understated shades of nude shades to flatter the models’ skin tones.


Madeline Poole custom blended colors of barely blush, nudes and sheers from the Complete Salon Manicure palette (the colors are pictured below) to create the minimal nail looks. “We did a natural slightly sheer nail using various combinations of four shades,” said Madeline Poole. “Colors were layered differently for each model to best complement their skin tone. As different nudes look better on different hands, we wanted to customize each girl’s look rather than using the same nude on everyone."

"Thanks to the all-in-one product Complete Salon Manicure, we were able to skip base coat application and with the larger, rounded brush, swiftly paint the nails so we could also address nail health and cuticle treatment. As most of the models have had a multitude of nail changes over this past month of fashion shows, we wanted to bring emphasis to conditioning and nourishing the cuticles with Sally Hansen's Cuticle Rehab. A little bit of backstage TLC goes a long way."


The four nude shades used listed below according to the above photo:

Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy
Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance
Complete Salon Manicure in Almost Almond
Complete Salon Manicure in Pink Pong

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is an all-in-one formula that combines all the 7 benefits of a professional salon manicure—a base coat, a strengthener, a growth treatment, rich color, top coat, gel-like shine and chip resistance —in a single multi-tasking polish. It retails for $7.99 and are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide.

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CIATÉ London: Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 Color Trends


There were some standout colors coming down the runways for Fall 2014 during Milan Fashion Week. Stunningly rich and deep, jewel-toned hues that are certain to make your wardrobe pop during the graced the collections of many designers. Naturally CIATÉ London will have your nails right on color trend with their matching nail colors:

Ciaté® Mistress - a nail polish for everyone who loves and needs a classic pillar box red. It'’s the ideal go-to colour if you need to get noticed no matter what you are wearing.

Ciaté® Headliner - an extraordinary Turquoise made up of a cocktail of blue and green. If you love to colour clash, this is a perfect mix to your colour scheme by adding a unique blue tone to your collection.

Ciaté® Power Dressing  - a perfect nail polish for those who love a rich dark blue. This colour is for the strong and powerful women in high places, let your nails do the talking.

Ciaté® Cupcake Queen  - a loveable Barbie pink with very subtle blue shimmer. Reach for this bright colour to exude feel good vibes to the world.

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