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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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Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer Backstage at Georgine Fall 2014

Love and tragedy was seen at Georgine's Fall 2014 Collection as the Shakespearean classic, Hamlet, inspired the designer's debut collection of tailored leather, asymmetrical hemlines, feminine lace and shape-hugging silhouettes.


To compliment the rich palate of plush silks and complimenting loose, voluminous curls falling down on furs in navy, black and eggplant, a shimmering aubergine manicure look from Gina Edwards was created using Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Seal the Deal.

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Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer Backstage for Diego Binetti Fall 2014

Diego Binetti paid homage to Americana and street style by mixing Native American blanket coats, nature-inspired prints, oversized studded sunglasses, loose low-slung skinny pants and layer upon layer of texture. Accessorizing the hands, lead nail stylist for Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer, Danielle Candido, created four distinct manicure designs inspired by autumnal leaves and trees.


Lush, leafy textures played with shadows on some girls, while New School Nude nails were sponged around the edge with Espresso Yourself to represent hands harvesting the earth. Similar designs used Man Of The Moment, a rich red sponged with Denim Du Jour's deep blue for a darker look. The other two looks were leaf-inspired looks with a slight ombre. Using rich green Totally A-Tealing, Expresso Yourself and Little Black Dress, the effect of nature turning colors was brought to life on the nails. Using the same dark red color palette, Man Of The Moment, Expresso Yourself and Little Black Dress brought another leafy-ombre nail to the runway.

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Valentine's Day Nail Art the Ciate Way

The day of celebrating love is finally upon us and while some of us may be anti-Valentine's Day, I'm sure most of you ladies have great dates planned for the evening. Of course great dates mean preparations which includes fabulous hair, flawless makeup and perhaps a love-themed manicure. If you're looking for nail art ideas for this special day, take a look at these love-filled manicures from Ciate (click on image to enlarge).


Complete with instructions, Ciate has your nails ready for Valentine's Day. Celebrate with a vintage-inspired heart with the Framed Posy, go for all over sparkle with Ombre Sequined Glitter Hearts or go graphic with Love Letter. No matter which one you choose, love will be at your fingertips. Happy Valentine's Day.

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China Glaze Backstage at Alon Livne Fall 2014 Collection

Nails for Israeli designer, Alon Livne's Fall 2014 Collection, led by Pattie Yankee for China Glaze, were just as fierce as the stunning collection. Depending on the model's look, nail looks varied in shades. With looks varying from unconventional to vintage glam, the nail looks included: Queen B, Goldie But Goodie, Gossip over Gimlets - Coated with Swarovski crystals, and What Are You A-Freight Of? (a new color from their Fall 2014 collection).


China Glaze is available at Sally Beauty supply for $6.79.

Edited by Nelly S.

***Thanks to Laura of Blush and Beakers for sharing her backstage coverage of the Alon Livne Fall 2014 Collection. Make sure to check out her blog.

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INGLOT Cosmetics Backstage at 5:31 Jerome Fall 2014 Presentation


For his 5:31 JÉRÔME Fall 2014 Collection, designer Jerome LaMaar presented a collection boasting a polished, feminine approach to a casual hunting tomboy accented with autumn tones of navy and dark fuschia, and hunter green. To highlight his collection, INGLOT went with rich, dark hunter green nails. By layering Nail Enamel 966 (metallic pine green) over Nail Enamel 891 (dark pewter), nails were a darker, more sensual hue and seemed to switch intensity and tone in various light.

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Morgan Taylor at NYFW - TOME Fall 2014 Collection

Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer’s lead Nail Stylist, Gina Edwards designed a modern, cropped nail with matte Morgan Taylor nail lacquers for TOME's deeply hued, structured collection.  Nail colors were custom blended to match each model’s skin tone for a look that was sophisticated and understated, yet very deliberate.


This manicure contrasts incredibly well with the ruby reds and gray lavender of the season. The nail was a must-have for the complete beauty look: dewey, colorless cheeks and eyelids with a sheer gloss on the lips. Hair was long yet beautifully and neatly swept back from the face. Close at the sides and just enough volume at the roots to keep the look from turning severe.

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Fall Head Over Heels for Red Carpet Manicure This Valentine's Day

Whether you love or love-to-hate Valentine's Day, Red Carpet Manicure offers both flirty and non-conformist Valentine’s Day looks. For those who love all things love, try a classic heart manicure and for you anti-Valentine's Day, nothing shows that message more than a black mani.

Flirty Nail Art


1. First, apply prep and structure. Then cure.
2. Next apply three coats of “White Hot” curing after each coat.
3. Using an RCM dotting and marbling tool, create a “dot” outline in the shape of a heart using “Leading Lady”, and then cure.
4. Using shades such as “Take A Bow”, “Ooo La Liscious”, “Leading Lady”, “Red Carpet Reddy”, and “In Style”, fill in the heart with dots of various sizes. Cure after every few hearts to prevent colors from blending.
5. Add a few flakes of silver or gold glitter for depth.
6. Lastly, apply "Brilliance" and cure.

Anti-Valentine’s Day

1. First, apply prep and structure. Then cure.
2. Next apply two coats of “Black Stretch Limo” curing after each coat.
3. Lastly, apply Brilliance and cure.

Which side of the Valentine's Day spectrum do you fall on and which mani will you be rocking?

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New Product Alert: Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens & #Nailies Facebook Contest

Hello nail art lovers, ready for some more new products? Say hello to Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens, launching now in retail stores like Walmart, etc. This is the latest product addition to the “Hot” family, which already includes Hot Buns and Hot Huez. With these Hot Designs pens, there is no need to purchase nail polish and nail pens separately. New Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens are fine tip pens and nail polish in one.


Painting polka dots, flowers, chevrons, etc. has never been easier. If you can make dots and lines, you can make Hot Designs. Each of the two sets of nail art pens (listed below) comes with six vibrant colors, a brush for polishing, and a full size precise tip for drawing and retail for $14.99 each:

Basic Beauty Set: Midnight Black/Royal Blue, Kelly Green/Red Flame, Hot Pink/Star White

Glitz & Glam Set (pictured above): Sparkling Silver/Paradise Pink, Purple Pizzazz/Lemon Yellow, Crushed Berry/Hot Orange

To kick off this launch, Hot Designs is hosting a 4-week Facebook sweepstakes that began on January 27th.


For the The Nailies Nail Art Contest, fans can upload a picture of their best nails for a chance to win a package of Hot Designs daily, and a chance at the grand prize of a $1,000 American Express gift card! Make sure you Like Hot Designs on Facebook for your chance to win and follow the hashtag #HOTnotd #Nailies

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