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Favorite Find Friday: PaintBox Manicure

Written on August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

This past Sunday, I competed in the New York City Triathlon (you can read all about it here) and though the race itself was awesome, it required a ton of preparation leading up to it. Aside from the weeks of training, I had to make sure I had all the right gear (because let’s be honest—when you look the part, you feel more confident). So in the final weeks, I grabbed some race day essentials: a Zoot wetsuit and Speedo goggles for the swim in the Hudson river, a Timex water-resistant watch to keep tabs on my pace, a cute and colorful Specialized #aeroiseverything tri kit for the bike and run legs, a bag of my favorite all-natural hydration mix from Skratch Labs along with four water bottles (I’m a salty sweater!) and—my favorite accessory of my race day look—a PaintBox gel manicure to match my kit! I know, I know, you don’t necessarily need a fresh mani before a big race but I’ve made it a personal tradition because it helps calm my nerves. I went to the high-design nail art studio here in New York City with some friends on a day I was feeling really anxious about the race. Doing something fun and pampering was just what I needed to get my mind off any triathlon-related worries. I opted for gel so it would stay intact through swimming, biking and running, and I brought a picture of my kit so the manicurist could match the colors. My friends and I nicknamed the design my “racing stripes” and honestly, it really pumped me up for the big day. I got a ton of compliments from a few girls in transition so it helped me make some friends, too (always a plus when you’re racing solo!). Just like an amazing hair day can give you the confidence to crush a job interview or land a hot date, a cool nail design can actually give you that little extra boost for a big athletic event. So next time you sign up for one, go ahead and treat yourself!

Easy Holiday Nail Ideas

Written on December 23, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

A festive manicure is your ticket to looking party ready. Whether you want to go all out with glitter or rock a subtle take on sparkle, we whipped up some nail looks to get you into the holiday spirit:

To really let your holiday spirit shine, try this standout combo: apply two coats of your favorite red—we like Clinique Nail Enamel in Red Red Red ($13, clinique.com)—and top it with a sparkly polish, like KB Shimmer Kringle All the Way ($9, kbshimmer.com). Apply the sparkles to all ten tips or just one bling finger like we did.

If you’re in the mood for a sophisticated take on shimmer, try pairing a deep eggplant polish with textured gold flakes. We like Julep in Jillian ($14, julep.com) and Gianna ($14, julep.com). Apply two coats of the eggplant then add a drop of the gold glitter to the base of the nail near the cuticle and lightly drag it toward the tip for a faded effect. Finish with a clear topcoat.

For a more understated way to do glitter, we like this holiday polish from Essie in Toggle to the Top ($9, Ulta.com), which already has the sparkle in the polish. Just apply two coats and finish with a quick-dry topcoat.

Not a fan of sparkle? No problem! Nothing says holiday more than a classic red polish. Here are some of our new favorites. Swipe on two coats and finish with a topcoat.

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Nail Lacquer Collection, In My Santa Suit ($9, ulta.com),

Deborah Lippmann Limited Edition Silk Matteen Nail Polish in Red Silk Boxers ($19, neimanmarcus.com),

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Rouge Rubis ($27, chanel.com)

 

 

 

 

 

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

Easy Halloween Nail Art Ideas

Written on October 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm , by

These simple Halloween tricks are sure to make your nails a treat!

Get Your Glow On  

All eyes will be on your tips at your costume party with a set of glow-in-the-dark nails. The Ciaté Corrupted Neon Manicure Kit ($25, Sephora.com) contains a matte neon polish, loose neon glitter in the same color and a top coat, which transforms the polish into a glowing hue under a black light. The kit comes in in four neon shades. We chose Club Tropicana, a bright orange. Simply apply two coats of color and finish with the topcoat. Add the matching glitter to an accent nail on each hand.

Bewitching Tips

These jewel-toned polishes will cast a spell on their admirers. Just in time for the holiday, Deborah Lippmann created Wicked 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Collection ($29, sephora.com), a trio of polishes that celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Broadway musical, Wicked. You can wear each color alone or combine two (Defying Gravity and One Short Day) like we did above. Start with two layers of your base shade then paint a stripe with an accent color down the middle of your nail. Finish with a clear topcoat.

Bad to the Bone

Have an edgy costume planned or want to let your inner alter ego out for the night? You can show off your rock star side with OPI Rock Goddess Mini Lacquer Set ($13, ulta.com). There are four bold shades and a skull charm bracelet to complete the look. Wear any polish alone or use one as an accent. We paired Stand in Lime for Days and Rolling Bones to create a Frankenstein-inspired look. Apply the citrusy lime green then using a small detail brush, trace your tips with the shimmery metallic black then lock it in place with a top coat.

Stick-er It Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For an even easier and faster way to show your spooky spirit, try some ghost and goblin inspired nail stickers, like  Jamberry Candy Corn and Mummified Nail Wraps ($15 each, jamberry.com) or Kiss Nail Artist Halloween Nail Art ($3, drugstores). Arrange them any way you want, on one nail or all. With multiple styles and shapes you can create a customized look in no time.

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Nail Appliqués

Written on October 11, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

With intricate attention to detail and whimsical touches, Marchesa (made up of Bristish-born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig) is one of the most sought after labels for elegant evening wear. I would love to slip on one of their dreamy frocks but I (like most) can’t afford a gown (I’ll have to live vicariously through stars like Kerry Washington and Blake Lively who often don the label while walking the red carpet). But now, thanks to Revlon, we can all get a little taste of the luxurious couture house. The two brands teamed up to create a limited edition collection of textured Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués ($10, drugstores) inspired by Marchesa’s signature designs. With eight different patterns, there’s a motif for everyone. I chose Gilded Mosaic and not only did the stickers hold up on my nails for a week (impressive!), I racked up a ton of compliments, most recently from the bouncer of the bar I went to last night when I handed him my ID. If a dude notices your nails, you know you’ve got something special.

CoverGirl Teams Up with the NFL for Football #Fanicures

Written on September 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm , by

Who says guys should have all of the fun during football season? If the men in your life have been spending endless hours doing their fantasy draft and gearing up for game day, listen in: Just in time for the official kickoff tomorrow, CoverGirl is teaming up with the NFL to help you show your team pride with eye-catching nail art (consider it a touchdown for your tips). Starting September 5th at covergirl.com/NFL, 32 customized Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss bundles (prices vary, covergirl.com)—one combo for each team—will be available to help you wear the heart of your home team on your hands. Head to CoverGirl’s Facebook page to get inspired by different looks (like this one for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Then kick off your pre-game in style with a #nailgating session, and share the fangirl designs you come up with. Sundays just got a lot more fun!

And in case you actually go to a game (instead of just watching it from your couch), check this out:

There will be NFL Style Lounges inside select stadiums that will offer complimentary CoverGirl “fanicures” featuring home team-inspired nail art using CoverGirl nail polish. Fans visiting the lounge will get to shop for the newest gear made just for women and have opportunities to consult with a professional stylist, listen to music performed by an on-site DJ and strut their game day style in a team-themed photo booth.

Style Lounges will take place at the following home games: Atlanta Falcons (9/29), Chicago Bears (10/6), Houston Texans (10/13), Jacksonville Jaguars (10/20), Philadelphia Eagles (10/27), Dallas Cowboys (11/3), New York Giants (11/10), Denver Broncos (11/17), Arizona Cardinals (11/24) and Tennessee Titans (12/15).

Senior Editor Bethany Gumper’s DIY Nail Art!

Written on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 am , by

Bethany's beautiful two-toned manicure!

When Senior Editor Bethany Gumper came by our desk showing off her DIY nail art, we had to share: The dual-toned mint green and purple manicure is perfect for late spring/early summer, and looks intricate but is super-easy to do. She modified these simple instructions from Julie Kandalec, a celebrity manicurist in New York City in our May 2012 “Nail It!” feature:

  • Paint on two coats of a base color, like mint green, and let your nails dry.
  • Using an accent color, such as lilac, swipe two more coats over half of your nail.
  • Finish with a topcoat for shine and staying power.