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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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Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer Backstage at Thakoon Fall 2014

Casual meets uber-chic in Thakoon's Fall 2014 collection. His signature design aesthetic was recreated with polar-fleece texture and puffer coats, using luxe knits and layering them against bold floral prints, structured tulip skirts and tailored pants. The unexpected color palate of hot pink, sapphire blue, marigold and grass green played harmoniously with navy, camel, heather gray and ballet pink.


In keeping with the earthy Seattle origin of the inspiration, Gina Edwards used Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Latte Please, a moody mushroom shade, on rounded square nails.

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Pretty Little Liars' Lucy Hale Shows her Ciate London Flower Power Pedi

Spring is mere weeks away and because I am sick of winter and in the mood for some bright and cheerful colors. Though she is warm in California, I love that Pretty Little Liars's star, Lucy Hale is also anticipating spring by showing off a very pretty, floral pedicure.


I can't wait to welcome Spring with a mani and pedi that blooms, just like with Ciaté London's Flower Manicure. This custom, color-packed must-have kit is perfect for those who want to "nail" the floral trend. The Ciaté Flower Manicure allows you to experiment with naturally dried and pressed flowers, sealing each one onto the nail for a blossoming manicure or pedicure. Flower Manicure is available in two color kits, Bada Bloom - a perfectly powdery pastel blue polish with contrasting red, blue and lilac flowers and Strike A Posy - a sugary pink base with pops of blue, yellow and cream flowers.


Each kit contains: 1 Mini Paint Pot, 1 Full Size Top Coat, 3 pots of dried pressed flowers and tweezers for precision placement. Sprinkle these floral fancies across your fingertips or toenails to create a unique floral pattern or delicately place the posies on your ring finger or big toe, like Lucy Hale, for an extra special signature nail! Grab either of the Ciaté Flower Manicure™ kit for $25.00

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Gala Gonzalez's Nail Polish Collection w/ Color Club

Checking off something that is on our own bucket list is Spanish fashion blogger, Gala Gonzalez of amlul.com, who is launching an upcoming nail polish collection, Gala's Gems, with Color Club which was previewed at a Birchbox Birchbloggers event. We all know that Birchbox is a beauty lover's go-to for a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products, so highlighting this collaboration is no surprise. Along with a sneak peek of the collection, attendees got the opportunity to walk away with manicures with the gorgeous creamy, pearlized, pastel collection and a Q&A session between Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp and Gala.



From left to right is Heirloom Pearls, Breakfast At.., Aquamarine Azulino, and Gold Struck. You can see the full beauty of Heirloom Pearls and also check out some video of the Q&A with Birchbox's Katia and Gala below:



As you can tell, the 35yr old veteran nail lacquer company has re-branded its logo and packaging to truly embody “the future of color.” The new packaging now boasts a more fashion forward black and white logo and a sleek, modern bottle with white caps, allowing allowing each of their 250 nail colors to pop.

Color Club is available on Birchbox.com and ShopColorClub.com.

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Morgan Taylor Backstage at KaufmanFranco Fall 2014


For their Fall 2014 Collection, designer's Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco's red-carpet ready collection boasted sophisticated, edgy looks in uncommon fabrics complete with asymmetrical hemlines, animal-inspired prints and structured outerwear. The array of artfully architectured runway looks in hues of black, white, grey and metallics were completed with a sophisticated, edgy mani from Morgan Taylor's lead stylist Gina Edwards. Ms Edwards chose an opaque stone grey shade called Birthday Suit. The look was finished off with natural makeup and sleek, slicked-back ponytails.

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Protect Hands & Feet During the Cold Winter Months

Sometimes we forget that winter means our skin needs extra love and while we may occasionally get a mani and pedi, sometimes it's just not enough. Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist and owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa, Hoboken’s #1 spa boutique, pampers her clients with her signature Milk-Me-Away warm milk manicures and pedicures during cold winter months. The warm milk soak is a great way to re-moisturize your hands and feet during these uber skin-drying months and the sugar scrub that follows is a great way to remove extra dead skin. The milk soak and scrub is followed by a sweet almond shea butter lotion that is deeply massaged into the skin to lock in moisture.


Want to create your own moisturizing milk bath at home? Mix a few cups of warm whole milk in a bowl with vanilla essential oil followed by an exfoliating scrub to remove the dead skin and apply a shea butter lotion or cream to lock in moisture. Try the all purpose Shea Butter exfoliating sugar scrub, Coochie Kuchee Coo ($28.00 at asuwishnailspa.com)


Hands get most of the cold weather abuse, here are some ways to protect your hands. Besides always wearing gloves and avoiding excess hand washing to limit exposure to bitter cold temperatures and gusty winds that can cause your cuticles to become severely dry and ragged and even rip, you can grab the new Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab. It is an instant soothing gel treatment that hydrates, shields and helps restore your cuticles. ($7.49 at drugstores nationwide)

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E! News' Alicia Quarles Goes Red w/ Red Carpet Manicure for NYFW

E! News' Alicia Quarles walked in the "Go Red For Women The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014" show at NYFW wearing Red Carpet Manicure's “Nominated For" on her nails.


Celebrity Manicurist, Lisa Logan, polished Alicia's nails with the deep purple with slight shimmer, to offset the red dress and added a bit of glitter to her index fingers for some extra pizazz!

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Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer Backstage at Yigal Azrouel Fall 2014

Yigal Azrouel presented a moody collection where street style met feminine fabrics. Industrial prints on architectural-shaped neoprene played on proportion. Menswear detailing, enhanced super lush cashmere, knobbly-textured knits and mohair plaid.


While makeup was soft and subtle and hair was tousled in a loose low pony, the genteel element was expressed in a deep, rich claret manicure by Gina Edwards using Morgan Taylor's From Paris With Love.

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