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Holiday Gifts for Nail Polish Lovers

One of the easiest people to make happy during the holiday are nail polish lovers. Give us an assortment of lovely nail colors and we're very happy campers. As nail polish lovers, we know our fellow addicts will be bursting with joy at the thought of receiving the following holiday gift sets from Lauren B. Beauty, and Ciaté London.

LAUREN B. THE NUDE COLLECTION
The natural, clean-manicure look is huge this season – here’s how to master it once and for all. This collection of nude shades, from porcelain to espresso brown, looks insanely flattering and refined on every skin tone. Easy to wear, these wonderful polishes celebrates lighter and deeper tones while keeping you on trend. The kit includes Lauren B's gentle Nail Polish Remover Pads to make color changes a snap. Get these 5 polishes for $75.00 (a $105 value!)

LAUREN B. THE LUXURY NAIL COUTURE COLLECTION

A perfect, glossy finish says elegant lady; sultry purples and glitter telegraph cool girl. Your nails will love to be coated in luxury with these 5 amazing polishes. Get this set for $75.00 (a $117 value!) 
  • Nail Perfecter - made to even out nail color and texture
  • Pacific Palisades - a cool, lush shade of orchid violet (and Pantone color of the year);
  • Mulholland Drive - a deeply sexy purple hue that isn’t too inky;
  • Hollywood Boulevard - a multicolor glitter that’s super-chic layered over dark polish or worn simply on its own
  • Gel-Like Top Coat - for a quick-drying, salon gel manicure effect that lasts and lasts.
LAUREN B. THE ULTIMATE TREATMENT COLLECTION
Like everything else, our nails needs love and care as well. This must-have set contains 7 time-saving botanical breakthroughs to have your nails looking good all the time, with or without nail polish. Use the botanically-powered Nourishing Hand Cream, Nail & Cuticle Balm and Cuticle Oil daily to smooth and soothe hands; the Nail Polish Remover Pads to hydrate your skin; the Nail Growth Serum to saturate your nails with amino acids and vitamins for growth; the Nail Perfecter to disguise nail flaws, and the high-tech Gel-Like Top Coat for exceptionally long-wearing, high-gloss finish. This 7-treatment set retails for $195.00 (a $212 value!).

The Lauren B Holiday Nail Polish Giftsets are available on LaurenBBeauty.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-porter, Anthropologie.com, and other fine retailers worldwide.

CIATÉ OH CHRISTMAS TREE



This year, upgrade your merry mani with Ciaté London's luxe Christmas Tree nail offering, this delightful paint pot tree is adorned with colorful Christmas ‘baubles’ framing 6 festive paint pot colors. This limited edition gift set contains the following six festive crème and glitter shades:
  • Tangled Tinsel - decadent chunks of gold glitter sprinkled with silver and lilac
  • Serendipity - a sparkling pink glitter
  • Mosaic Madness - an orange, lime, sliver and navy cocktail of mosaics
  • Headliner - an extraordinary cocktail of blue and green
  • Kiss Chase - a dreamy pink
  • Sand Dune - a glistening gold that screams modern charm
CIATÉ LONDON X OLIVIA PALERMO FASHION EDIT NAIL SET


A four-piece mini nail collection collaboration between Ciaté London and Olivia Palermo, with shades inspired by a Fashion Week destination. From a pop red statement at the New York shows, a deep purple for the London FROW – a Bordeaux red in time for Paris couture and rounding off show season in Milan with a powdery pink. The four nail polish colors include Sundays, Hutch, Brooklyn, and Napa Valley. Get this set for $30.00

CIATÉ LONDON PAINT POT DUO


A perfectly packaged pair of mini Paint Pots that makes a great stocking stuffer. This duo features a high coverage crème, and a dazzling glitter. Wear each color on their own, or layered together for a festive party look. Get it for $15.00

Add a hint of sparkle and color to your Noel nails this year, with these must have gifts for all nail polish addicts. Get all the Ciaté London sets from Sephora, Pottery Barn Teen, and Birchbox.

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Sally Hansen Celebrates the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year

Beauty and nail polish lovers rejoice. Next year, we get to enjoy double the nail color love thanks to the announcement of Pantone's two colors for 2016's Color of the year. The Pantone shade color experts who have departed from the tradition of selecting one color, to the blending of the two colors – the delicate pink rose quartz and the soft blue of the serenity. Should we anticipate some awesome pastel marble, striped, and negative space manicures in 2016? Either way, these shades will dominate 2016. In celebration of the Pantone's Serenity and Rose Quartz colors as the 2016 Colors of the Year, Sally Hansen rounded up its favorite Pantone color inspired polishes which we're sharing with you today.

PINKS


  1. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy
  2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Petal Pusher
  3. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Crème de la Crème


BLUES


  1. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Full Blue-m
  2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Set Sail
  3. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Sugar Fix
You better get a heads up on acquiring these nail colors my fellow nail polish lovers, and get ready to get creative, mix and match, try some fun nail art in 2016 with Sally Hansen's trendiest colors at your fingertips!

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Cosmic Travel In Lauren B. Fall 2015 Shades

Hello darlings,

I created a gorgeous cosmic mani using three yummy shades from the Lauren B. Fall 2015 Collection, which is inspired by the vivacious colors of Los Angeles:

The collection boasts eight colors that range from creamy soft pastels to bold shimmers and glitters, but the three colors I used are:

Espresso On 3rd: "Shot with sparkling caramel flecks, this deep chocolate tone has a fresh effect on all skin tones; it's one of the most gorgeous fall shades we know."

Santa Monica Shutters: "Clean and fresh with a touch of translucence, this milky, off-white shade creates the best first-snowfall effect: one coat makes your nails look healthy and glowing; two coats lend them a pearly gleam."

Ivy At The Shore: "The Goldilocks of teal polishes, this isn't too light or too dark - just commandingly pretty. Metallic undertones lent it an elegant luminous vibe."  


Espresso On 3rd
The luxury nail polish brand is 100% vegan, eco-conscious and 5-free, which as any nail polish addict knows, means it's free of harsh chemicals that do more harm than good. What do you think of my cosmic travel-inspired manicure? 



Lauren B Beauty is an LA based company and they name their shades whimsical LA references. I love it. These colors and more are available online at www.laurenbbeauty.com and retail for $18.00 a bottle.

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Creme de Mauve: Zoya Nail Lacquer Aubrey Review

Hello Sweeties,

Once again, my fave brand of polish, Zoya, finds me in love with another shade that I love to wear on it own (no artwork, at least not for the first day). Described as a full-coverage, medium mauve cream Zoya Aubrey is definitely fall-licious. Check it out:

 
 
 
🍂Hope Autumn finds you cozy and warm! Cheers🍂

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Deborah Lippmann’s NEW Nail Lacquer Collaboration with FOX’s Empire

In celebration of the second season of FOX’s hit show, Empire, Deborah Lippmann has created the new, limited edition Deborah Lippmann X Empire Collection of three nail lacquer colors, named after songs performed by the star-studded cast. With these three colors, fans of the show can embrace the rhythm and indulge their fabulous side with these lavish new shades:


Hustle Hard - a fierce fuchsia shimmer
Power of the Empire - a gold record glitter
War of the Roses - a seductive ruby red shimmer

This collaboration carries special meaning for Deborah, a longtime member of the entertainment business with three albums to her own name, and perfectly ties in with the brand’s heritage of using music as one of its inspirational sources. She adds, “As The New York Times said, 'EMPIRE has prestige, great music and gifted actors…it is Dynasty in the age of hip hop.' What’s not to love?! It combines all my favorite passions–gorgeous beauty, killer style, and out of this world music. I am a loyal viewer and can’t wait to tune in weekly.”

Previous TV show collaborations have included HBO’s Girls and True Blood, Broadway’s Wicked, and several celebrities. The Deborah Lippmann X Empire Collection is available now and retails for $24.00 online at www.deborahLippmann.com, www.sephora.com, and www.nordstrom.com.

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Nail Trend Alert: Jelly Sandwich Mani

Dahlings!!

I love this nail trend, SO much. The Jelly Sandwich. It's basically layering sheer polishes, usually with glitter or dots of a contrasting colour in between layers, to create a dinensional type effect.

One layer of red polish followed by one of glitter, topped with another layer of red gave me this:


I only did the pointer and middle finger as we all know glitter is a pain to remove!! I love this look, and look forward to trying different colours and patterns.





Polishes Used:

Maybelline Color Show - Paint The Town
Essie - Set In Stones

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“Give Thanks” Thanksgiving Nail Art Design From Mars The Salon

Thanksgiving is almost here, and of course we want you to showcase your personality and celebrate the holiday with a festive manicure. Today's featured mani is brought to you by MARS the Salon, the festive manicure highlights fall colors in the spirit of Thanksgiving! The coveted “Give Thanks” design, created by owner Hiroko Fujikawa, showcases zigzag horizontal lines in multi-colors that kicks off the start of the holiday season.


Follow the below tips to achieve this artistic mani
  • Apply base coat
  • Apply a white polish color on all fingers
  • Paint some zigzag lines with orange, green, brown, yellow, blue, khaki, beige and red color polishes
  • Apply top coat
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Moo-nicure: Cow Print Dry Brush Mani

Hello darlings,

I follow some of the best nail artists on Instagram, and often I am inspired by their amazing ideas. This next one I got from Sarah @ChalkboardNails. I have been dying to do this!! I love black and white together, and for this manicure, I paired the combo with a gorgeous bright blue.


By dry-brushing black swishes onto a white base, which has a small V taped off, you too can do this. Seriously, it's so easy. On the accent nails, I outlined the V in black to enhance them a little.

I can't wait to try this again with different pairings of colour!

 
Polished Used:
 
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Extreme Wear - White On & Black Out
Sinful Colors - Savage
 
 
Have a LOVELY day!!!

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New Fall Cool: Zoya Nail Lacquer Brigitte Review

Lovelies! Hope your week is going great!

Very rarely do I sport plain nails, but this one time, I couldn't stop staring at how pretty this shade is, so I left my nails like this:
 
Their website describes Zoya Brigitte as a full-coverage, bombshell mauve cream. And bombshell it is. Firstly, Zoya polishes apply like a dream and this one doesn't disappoint. The final result is subtle, neat. For professionals who want a little colour but don't want to overwhelm, this is it. My favourite natural colour so far, I feel it can be worn year-round.
 
 
 
Have a great weekend!!!
 


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The Sweetest Halloween Mani: Candy Corn Nails for #NationalCandyCornDay

Since today is #NationalCandyCornDay, it's the perfect time to highlight this adorably delicious manicure that's perfect for Halloween. It'll also be a challenge to try to not bite your nails because your fingertips look like Candy Corn. Good luck with that ladies. Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist and owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, has created this delightful mani which perfectly celebrates the famous candy.


Paint one half of the nail in Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod (white) and the other in Lauren B. Coachella Valley Sun (yellow). Apply nail art stickers (hole reinforcers cut in half). Apply two on each nail as shown below.


Working on one nail at a time, paint the area inside the stickers with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Tribal Sun (orange) Carefully remove the stickers. Repeat on all other nails. Allow 5 minutes for your nail design to dry and finish it with a coat of Lauren B. Gel-like Top Coat.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Pink Ribbon Mani

Hello Lovelies,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and before the month is over I'd like to share with you my dedication to the many women and men who have been affected by this disease.

FACTOne in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

My aunt being a survivor, I have personally been touched by this. Know your risks. Do self exams. Learns the signs and symptoms. Get screened. Research charities and donate. Together we can beat cancer. Here is my Pink Ribbon dedication:



Colours Used:
essence the gel - sweet as candy
Sinful Colors - 24/7Casablanca, Pink Break
Nina Ultra Pro - Gorgeous Guava (for version 2.0)


Version 2.0

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Nail Your Halloween Mani with Deborah Lippmann

Who's ready for Halloween? What will you rock on your nails? We may not know what our costume will be, but we certainly know what our nails will be dressed as. Thanks to Deborah Lippmann and her Limited Edition ROAR Fall 2015 Collection, we have found our spooktacular Halloween manicure. This Halloween, dress your nails in Witches Claw or Howling Half Moon Mani:

Witches Claw:

  1. Begin with one coat of deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro base coat and let dry fully.
  2. Apply two thin coats of Respect over the entire nail, waiting 2 minutes to dry and capping the tips of the nail after each coat.
  3. Wait one hour for nails to fully dry. Then, cut low-tack blue painters tape into a triangle shape and place in the center of the nail. The triangle should be placed where the pointed tip is at the top edge of your nail and is wider at the base.
  4. Paint the exposed sides of your nail with Miss Independent, then carefully lift the painters tape - do not wait for Miss Independent to dry.
  5. Finish the look with deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro top coat.
Products Used:
  • deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro Base and Top Coat (sold as a set) – $45.00
  • deborah lippmann Respect Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $18.00
  • deborah lippmann Miss Independent Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $18.00

A Howling Half Moon Mani:


  1. Begin with one coat of deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro base coat and let dry fully.
  2. Apply two thin coats of Fade to Black over the entire nail, waiting 2 minutes to dry and capping the tips of the nail after each coat.
  3. Using a nail art detail brush (or the bottle brush if you have a steady hand), paint a half-moon at the base of the nail with Can’t Be Tamed glitter lacquer.
  4. While that dries, apply Ruby Red Slippers over the tip of your nail, gradually dragging the glitter down towards the middle of your nail to create a subtle gradient. Add a second swipe of Ruby Red Slippers just across the tips of your nails to create a more intense glitter ombre effect.
  5. Finish the look with deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro top coat.
Products Used:
  • deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro Base and Top Coat (sold as a set) – $45.00
  • deborah lippmann Fade to Black Nail Lacquer – $18.00
  • deborah lippmann Can’t Be Tamed Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $20.00
  • deborah lippmann Ruby Red Slippers Nail Lacquer – $20.00


The ROAR Collection evokes feminine strength and echoes the united voice of women everywhere. Inspired by the rebirth of female empowerment (equal rights, equal opportunity and female solidarity) and iconic leaders like Grace Jones, Madonna, and Cher, Deborah specifically designed these show-stopping shades to represent that power with color.

The new, full coverage shades include She Wolf (crème taupe - not pictured), Respect (crème brick red), Miss Independent (crème berry wine), and Can’t Be Tamed (crème holographic honey gold).



The Deborah Lippmann ROAR Collection is available now at www.deborahlippmann.com, and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide

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Green with Envy: Dry Marble Mani

Hello Lovelies,

Mixing is the name of the game for this mani. While I love water, sometimes I don't have time for a water marble. That's where the "dry" marble comes in. By simply putting one stripe of each colour on my nail and using a brush (or dotting tool or any pointy implement) to mix the colours, you can achieve one stunning manicure. Swirling, like the hairspray mani, produces different result each time. it all depends on how you mix the colours.

 
For this one, I swiped back and forth, light into dark green and vice versa. Mixing too much can cause you to lose the pattern but you will know when it's perfect.

 
Polishes Used:
Zoya - Shawn
Zoya - Tiana
essence the gel - Don't Be Shy (that's the one neon green)

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Nail the Runway Nail Looks w/ Long-Lasting Manicures

We saw lots of wonderful nails trends on the runways during fashion week season, especially from some of our favorite nail polish brands. Today we present two of our favorites from Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer and Gelish MINI. You can't help but fall in love with on-trend nails not only because they look amazing, but because Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer and Gelish MINI manicures lasts up to three weeks. Get the looks (that last) from these leading designers’ Fall/Winter 2015 Runway nails.

Zero + Maria Cornejo


Morgan Taylor Lacquer: Custom Blend of In the Nude and Birthday Suit, with Little Black Dress used as accents
Gelish MINI: Black Shadow and Tan My Hide

Carmen Marc Valvo


Morgan Taylor Lacquer: Metaling Around and Little Black Dress
Gelish MINI: Black Shadow and Never Too Grey

As you can see, you can achieve each nail look with either Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer or Gelish MINI Soak-off Gel Polish. These are just two of the wonderful manicures you can achieve with these must-have polishes. Get these looks now.

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Tips & Tricks: How To Do the Hairspray Mani

Hello Lovelies,

Here's another "how-to" post for you: The hair-spray water marble mani. So cool. The results are always different but always very interesting.

You will need:

~ two nail colours. One main base and one for the hair spray water dip.
~ hair spray (or perfume, spray-able rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer)
~ water (room temp, preferably filtered but not absolutely necessary)
~ acetone
~ tooth picks or orange (cuticle) sticks
~ cotton swabs
~ small brush
                                       

INSTRUCTIONS:
  • paint your base and let dry fully.
  • Fill a small container with the water. It needs to be big enough to dip your fingers into.
  • Add a few drops of your second polish to the water.
  • Spritz with hair spray. This will cause a splitting or tearing effect on the polish.
  • Doing one or two nails at a time, place your nail over the pattern you want to pick up. Do not move the nails around.
  • Use a toothpick to remove the rest of the polish from around the nails then lift from water.
  • Repeat for the remaining nails. Clean polish from skin using swabs dipped in acetone. Use the brush to clean closer to the cuticle area.
  • Add top coat and ADMIRE.


Colours used, l to r:

Zoya : Nimue, Arielle, Brittany (Satin)
Seche Vite top coat

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Sally Hansen Introduces NEW ManiMatch App!

Imagine if you can see how a new nail polish color looks on your nails before you buy it? Imagine not getting stuck with a color you end up not liking? Thanks to Sally Hansen, and the launch of their new ManiMatch mobile app. with this amazing new app, you can try on the rainbow of over 200 Sally Hansen nail polish shades in real time, on your nails, before you buy.


A simple scan of the your hand with any smartphone enables you to instantly try out and select your favorite nail colors. There’s no need to upload any photos or enter any info, because the app works in real time. The ManiMatch mobile app also generates personalized-for-you-skin-tone color suggestions on demand thanks to its cutting-edge, proprietary technology. The app senses and analyzes the pigments in your hand, then matches its polish-shade suggestions that are flattering to your skin.


Choosing the perfect shade is both the most fun and the most difficult aspect of shopping for nail color; while some stores usually provide testers, many factors including lighting, what you're wearing, and even how many coats you put on can affect how a nail color looks on your hand. ManiMatch changes all that with their pre-shopping experience that has always frustrated nail color shoppers, transforming the process into a moment of discovery, excitement and pleasure. “The app is addictive; everyone who tries it can’t stop herself from checking out more options,” says Jeremy Lowenstein, Sally Hansen Global Marketing Vice President. “The fact that you see exactly how a color will look on your own hands is just pure fun—and incredibly useful. People end up experimenting with shades they’d never normally try.”


The launch of this app coincides with the release of the new Miracle Gel® Top Coat and new fashionable shades. The app is available for download for free on iOS platforms now and will be available on Android devices later this fall. ManiMatch is poised to revolutionize nail color shopping, both in store and online. Sally Hansen will host a kick-off consumer event in NYC to introduce the app. The first users to share the experience with a friend will have a chance to become the next Sally Hansen hand model for Sally Hansen social media tagging @Sally_Hansen on Instagram using the #ManiMatch hashtag.

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*UPDATE: The Test of Time: CND VINYLUX® Weekly Polish

Hello Lovelies! There's nothing nicer than walking up to the door and seeing a package waiting for you. Ouuuuuuu, what have we got here? Nail mail!!! I opened the box to find four lovely shades of CND VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and one VINYLUX® Weekly Top Coat. (rubs hands together).

L to R: Top Coat, 159 Dark Dahlia, 145 Scarlet Letter, 112 Electric Orange, 171 Cerulean Sea

VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is a breakthrough polish that endures a week of fashion perfection...without a base coat! Exposure to natural light activates the patent-pending ProLight Technology™ to deliver week-long wear. While ordinary polishes break down over time, VINYLUX®Weekly Polish actually becomes more durable!

Lets just say V is for vivacious. Talk about bold! And the shine you get with these colours is amazing. And no UV light?! What?! The neon (think caution cone) orange was a bit hard to apply; it took three coats to make it opaque, but it was worth it. I loved the result. The purple is very deep and looks black on. Very Goth.


Colours Used:
Electric Orange with Dark Dahlia stripes


So it's supposed to last an entire week without chipping. Experiment time! I'll wear these for seven straight days and see what happens. Will my nails survive the week without chipping? Will I survive one week without doing my nails? Let's find out.


RESULTS:




After a tortured week of not being able to do my nails, I am amazed at how resilient this polish is! CND lives up to it's promise! My nails actually grew really quickly in that time. Apart from the usual typing all day situation, I really beat my hands up this week (emptying out my entire bathroom, for example) and, apart from the wear on the tips, there were NO chips. The one on my right thumb? I actually did that. Bad habit; I pick at it. Removal is a breeze - regular remover, and it comes right off. It's amazing!!! I can't wait to get more of these. They would be perfect for going on a long trip.


CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish retails for $10.50 per bottle at select salons, CND Vinylux, loxabeauty.com, and ulta.com.

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