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Nail Art Inspiration: My Rapha Cycling Cap

Written on September 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm , by

One of the best things about nail art is that you can draw inspiration from anywhere. With a little bit of polish and some creativity, the possibilities are endless.  Since getting into cycling, I’ve realized that nail art is big among female riders. It’s one of the few beauty moves that’ll last through a long ride. (Well, that and waterproof mascara, of course.) Plus, it looks super cute peeking out of your fingerless gloves. So when I decided to head to my first Rapha Cycle Club Women’s Ride, I grabbed my Tempest cap, designed for the Rapha Tempest Festival in England this past July, and settled in to create some mini masterpieces on my tips to match it. Here, I outlined the step-by-step instructions:

1. Apply two coats of a navy polish to all but one nail on each hand (for a list of the exact polishes I used, see below).
2. Paint the remaining nail on each hand a bright red shade. I let the base colors dry and waited a few hours to ensure the polish was completely hardened before starting the design.
3. Working with one color at a time, use the Striping Brush from the Butter London Backstage Basics Nail Art Tool Kit to paint a sideways V on each nail.
4. After, clean the brush with nail polish remover, pat dry and repeat with the remaining colors.
5. Using the same clean Striping Brush and the first navy polish, draw a Rapha “R” on your red nail and let dry.
6. Finish with one layer of a fast dry clear top coat to add shine and lock your design in place.

Products:
Navy: Jenna Hipp I Cast A Spell on Blue ($10 for set of 8, costco.com)
Red: Ciaté Paint Pots in Mistress ($8, sephora.com)
Striping Brush: Butter London Backstage Basics Nail Art Tool Kit ($18, butterlondon.com)
Mint: TopShop Nails in Minted ($10, Nordstrom stores)
Pink: Nails Inc. NailKale in Regents Park ($14, sephora.com)
Gold: Formula X Effects Brushed Metallics Nail Color in Ambitious ($13, sephora.com)
Plum: Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in New Oxford Street ($14, nailsinc.com)
Clear: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($10, ulta.com)

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!

How To Wear 2014’s Hottest Makeup Shade—Radiant Orchid

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

The start of a new year ushers in resolutions, adventures and—trend alert—the must-wear Pantone color. For 2014, the color experts chose Radiant Orchid, explaining it “blooms with confidence and warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination.” The hot hue is a pretty combination of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones, making it so soft and sweet, it works amazingly well as a flattering makeup shade. We’ve rounded up some products that will help you showcase the color of the moment (just avoid wearing them all at once!).

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo’mina ($17, sephora.com)
If you’re a little intimidated to test out a new hue on your face, try it out on your tips first. This sweet shade looks good on most skin tones and isn’t too bold for the office.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Violine Out of Control ($34, sephora.com)
If you love your lip gloss but hate having to re-apply it, this one is for you. The plush applicator allows the stay-all-day formula to glide on easily and in a just-right purple-pink tint.

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush ($30, sephora.com)
One sweep of this radiant orchid blush on your cheeks is all you need to wake up your complexion. Go light on the application by using a plush powder brush (this way you’ll avoid an overdose, which can result in a Barney-like look).

Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara ($14, sephora.com)
This two-in-one eyeliner and mascara is all you’ll need for your next night out. A glitter infused take on the color of the year can be worn along your lash line, on your lashes or, yes, even both.

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

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

Favorite Find Friday: Julep Maven Box

Written on December 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm , by

It’s that stressful lovely time of year when you wrack your brain trying to think of the perfect gift to give loved ones. For us beauty girls, we love sharing the gift of pampering and helping people feel pretty. The perfect way to do this: gift someone with a Julep Maven Box ($20 per box, julep.com). Simply go to julep.com and sign yourself or your friend or family member up for Julep’s monthly beauty subscription. Complete the quick quiz so your Maven box (delivered each month) is full of products customized to your style (if it’s for a loved one, do your best to answer for her). The box includes exclusive access to new hand-picked trendsetting nail colors, cult favorite skin care products and the latest beauty tools delivered right to your door.

Holiday bonus: there’s an exclusive promo code just for FITNESS readers! Enter FITNESSDEC2013 at checkout now through December 31st, 2013* and your first Maven Welcome Box is free. Doing so also signs you up for the Julep monthly beauty subscription. There are no obligations so you have the option to cancel, skip or send your box to a friend at any moment.

If you’re looking for a last minute present, this is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Happy Holidays!

*Discount codes and promotional prices are applicable to first time Mavens only and limited to one Julep Maven box per household. For questions, please contact maven@julep.com. Promo code expires 12/31/13.

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.

Carly Rae Jepsen Talks Natural Beauty and What’s on her Workout Playlist

Written on July 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Photo Credit: Rob Hoffman

Who hasn’t belted out the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe at some point? The rising star found mega-fame with her debut single and has been rising up the charts ever since. I got the chance to chat with her about a recent partnership with Güd, a natural beauty line from the makers of Burt’s Bees, and what music gets her heart pumping during her favorite workouts (hint: it involves stadium stairs).

Tell us about your partnership with Güd. 
“Basically, I was kind of won over by the slogan, ‘happy is beautiful.’  I love the idea that Güd products are natural, and they aren’t harmful to the environment or animals. All of those things just reassured me, and I knew that when I was choosing a partnership, I wanted to pick something that felt like a product I had grown up with, and I have grown up with Burt’s Bees, so Güd just felt like the best of both worlds.”

What’s your favorite scent in the line?
Pearanormal Activity. It’s more subtle than the other ones, but I feel like I can wear it everyday.”

Why are natural products so important to you?
 “I just grew up with them. My mom’s kind of a hippie at heart and she has always hammered home the fact that your body is a temple, and all that kind of stuff. I think you grow up and you get fed a whole bunch of different ideas about what it takes to be beautiful, and I personally love the idea that natural is beautiful. Doing stuff that isn’t harmful to yourself is the number one most important thing in my books.”

What are some of the best beauty tips you’ve picked up from photo shoots and red carpet events?
 “There are a few things that I’ve fallen in love with. For one, there’s this little bun thing that’s called a bun donut, and it’s a really simple way to put your hair up. You just wrap your hair around it and have a perfect bun. It’s super easy to do. I’ve also learned to love fake lashes. When it’s a red carpet event especially, it’s fun to play with fake lashes. And then CND Shellac (prices vary, cnd.com for salons) nails are my favorite because I play guitar a lot, and when I get a manicure, it’s ruined five minutes later. Even though it’s a little rough on the nails when removing, every once in awhile I go and get Shellac instead because I know my nails will be prettier for longer and I can play as much as I want!”

Singing while dancing on tour takes a lot of stamina. How do you stay in shape?
 “One of things I used to do when I was on the Justin Bieber Tour was run. When I was looking at the stadium and figuring out what I was going to do in my hours before meet-and-greet time, I decided to start running the stairs. My security guard and I would get in running gear and run the stairs of the stadium, which was cool for two reasons:  it gets your butt in shape, but it’s also a way to get perspective and be like, ‘Wow, someone’s going to be sitting up here!’ I need to make the show big enough to reach them.’”

What songs or artists do you listen to when working out?
 “I listen to Robyn—she has my favorite workout music.”

Your debut single, Call Me Maybe, was a huge success. What’s that one song right now that you just can’t get out of your head?
“There are a few songs that I love right now. I like the new Miley Cyrus single, and I like ‘I Love It’ too by Icona Pop. I’m a big fan of Fun too; I think they’re pretty rad. I love all of their music.”

Tell us about your new single and collaboration with Nikki Minaj.
“It was a really cool partnership! I love working on projects with someone I typically wouldn’t. We come from two totally different worlds, so it was fun for that reason especially. I was really happy that she agreed to be on the track, and I think it wasn’t totally done until she added her verse to it.”

Cool New Fitness Collab!

Written on April 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm , by

As a beauty editor, I occasionally get treated to spa pedicures (I know—tough job, right?). And although it’s a total luxury, I can rarely find the time in my busy schedule to put everything on hold and just relax for a few hours, so sometimes I actually prefer a DIY pedi. It’s more convenient for me and with a set like Julep’s new Fit Feet Kit, it’s super easy to do at home. The kit includes everything you need to go from sneaker to sandal-ready feet:

  • Billie Jean Polish: A purple fuchsia crème shade created exclusively for Fitness readers and inspired by legendary tennis player and women’s rights advocate Billie Jean King.
  • Julep Instant Warming Foot Scrub: A cucumber mint-scented scrub that warms up on contact. It’s packed with natural pumice to exfoliate, chili pepper oil to stimulate circulation and vitamin E to nourish.
  • The Best Pedi Prep Ever!: Super exfoliating AHA’s combine with chamomile extract to soften and prepare calluses for foot filing.
  • Julep Foot File: It’ll smooth away calluses and soften rough skin (hello, heels).
  • Toe Separators: For easy, foolproof painting.

You can snag it here (on sale!) for $29. Come on, happy feet await you!

Favorite Find Friday: The Beauty Department’s V-Day Makeup Picks

Written on February 8, 2013 at 10:42 am , by

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, there’s no better time to get all romantic and wear the most classic color in the beauty world: red (obvi). From sheer cherry to true red to vampy oxblood, there’s a shade for everyone. Here, three sexy ways to wear it.

On your lips for day:
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Mightiest Maraschino ($16, clinique.com)
“After trying red after red, this one is now my favorite go-to red lipstick. The juicy cherry color—it’s the perfect combo of red and pink—pops against my ivory skin tone. The subtle shine makes it feel fresh and less severe than a matte lipstick. Plus, the hydrating formula keeps my lips feeling soft all day—very kissable!”
-Molly Ritterbeck, associate beauty editor

On your lips for night:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8hr Lip Gloss in Cherry Flash ($10, lorealparis.com)
“I usually stay away from red because it can be a little tricky to pull off, but this sheer gloss makes it so easy. It’s so long-lasting—perfect for long nights when re-applying is not always convenient. The vibrant color stays true and leaves my lips looking full and shiny.”
-Jessica Carter, beauty intern

On your nails:
Kevyn Aucoin The Nail Lacquer in Blood Roses ($26, Barney’s stores)
“I was never a huge fan of red nails until I swiped on this deep berry plum polish. It has a black base so it’s a little grungier than most red shades. I wear two coats of it on short, squoval nails and feel instantly chic.”
-Heather Muir, beauty director