A lack of steady hands precludes me from every being a surgeon or a DIY nail specialist. Simple strokes turn into blobby messes, straight lines become wobbly diagonals, and I wind up needing 6 inefficient coats of polish to color one nail. But Laqa’s nail polish pens are, as touted “pens of awesomeness.” With them, I’m suddenly the girl that can do nonchalant home manicures while sitting at home while watching Gilmore Girls reruns. These pens evenly dispense pigments like “Incestuous” (a pretty pastel purple), “Squid Ink” (an eye-catching teal blue) and “Nookie” (a bright fuchsia pink mix) with an easy click-top so that you can cover an entire nail in two to three brush strokes. The colors dry quickly so you can build color, and the wide brush tip makes it easy to do simple nail designs like polka dots. Laqa also supports independent artists who design their one-of-a-kind packaging, and a proceed of each product’s sale supports the artists. Click, click!
You know, the thing I really, really love about Deborah Lippman‘s polishes, even more than the great formula, is how unique the shades are. I almost never pick up a bottle of her polish without thinking it and it always gets me super excited to see her new collections when they come out. The new summer shades are no exception. I haven’t gotten my hands on a ton of them yet and I’m planning a trip to my nearest Nordstrom soon to remedy to that, but in the meantime, here are the fabulous new shades I have had a chance to play around with.
- Ray of Light – This is my absolute favorite shade I’ve tried in the past few months and since I’ve turned into somewhat of a nail polish collector this past couple of years, that’s really saying something. It’s described as a 3D holographic electric indigo, but that doesn’t really do it justice. It’s this amazing deep blue with glitter pieces in it that seem to change from gold to copper depending on what light I’m looking at them in. It’s so, so pretty. I actually squealed a little when I took it out of the box and saw it for the first time, it’s that gorgeous.
- Mermaid’s Dream – Another shade that fascinates me because I have nothing else that even comes close to it in my polish collection. It’s an ethereal seafoam shimmer that also has pieces of glitter in it to make it even more sparkly. It’s such a pretty green (and I’m not normally a person who loves greens). I also love that it’s both shimmery AND glittery. Why have one when you can have both, right?
I also tried out the new Nails of Steel Magnetic Wave Design set. Love this one! It comes with two polishes and a magnet for making the waves (which I’ve gotten a lot better at doing, if I can just pat myself on the back a little here). The shades in this set are Physical Attraction (a hazelnut wave) and Big Red Machine (a sherry wave). They’re both much more subtle than Ray of Light and Mermaid’s Dream, but they’re equally pretty in their own way. I especially love the shimmery neutral of Physical Attraction – it looks good both alone and with the use of the magnet to add a design to it. You can check out all Deborah’s new shades and order some for yourself here.
I’m normally more of a dark shade on my nails kinda person, although I do like playing around with fun colors on my toes a lot of the time, just because I think they’re easier to pull off. But as we head into the hot summer months, I inevitably get the itch to wear funkier shades on my fingers too. It just feels right to be sporting them when you’re running around in shorts and sandals. That’s why China Glaze‘s new Summer Neons collection is so perfect. It’s twelve shades of brights, perfect for when you know you want to go bold, but aren’t sure exactly which shade to choose. Honestly, there isn’t a loser in the bunch (although of course I have some favorites!) Here are the ones I’ll be using in heavy rotation this summer:
- Love’s a Beach – This bright pink shimmer is just so fun and girly. I love it on both my fingers and toes.
- Splish Splash – A light blue shimmer that just screams “summer” to me.
- Surfin’ for Boys – A neon coral shimmer, this one was my favorite at first glance and will definitely be my next pedicure shade.
- Beach Cruise-r – A bright purple/violet shimmer that satisfies my new purple obsession. So pretty!
I could probably go on and on about all of the other shades too, but then you wouldn’t want to go out and see them for yourself and you’d miss out on a great collection. (I’m just thinking of you here!) If you can’t wait another second though, you can check out all of the shades online at www.chinaglaze.com.
Need to rest your toes-ies after a long day of shopping in Old Town Pasadena? You’re in luck! Bellacures just celebrated the opening of its new location at 40 Mills Place (right next door to Burke Williams).
Just got a tip from green celebrity nail stylist Jenna Hipp that she used HIPPxRGB Nail Foundation F2 topped with Nail Tint T1 on the lovely Scarlett Johansson at The Avengers premiere this week. (See “More” for a photo of Scarlett’s nails.) The result? A perfectly matched nude polish.
If you’re as deeply in love with nude nail polish as I am, this is amazing because it’s often really hard to find a nude polish that matches your skin tone. This is also why I’m obsessed with the HIPPxRGB collection. It’s the first line of skin-tone specific, full coverage, all nude nail color, conceived with the idea that nude polish should match your nails—kind of like foundation or tinted moisturizer matches your face. (more…)
Okay, I admit it. I’m one of the only people in the world who hasn’t read any of The Hunger Games books, but in my defense, I’ve been really busy. (Plus, I’m going on vacation in April and I kind of want to put the trilogy on my Kindle for the long plane rides.) Regardless of that though, I’m super excited about the new Capital Colours collection of nail polishes from China Glaze. It’s a 12 piece collection that was inspired by The Hunger Games books and will be available in early March, but I was lucky enough to get 6 of the shades sent to me early and I’ve been having so much fun playing around with them. (more…)
The Oscars are over, but after several nail-biting Oscar pools, my nails could use some serious red carpet treatment. A big thank you goes out to Julep, who anticipated this by sending over their gorgeous Julep Oscars Collection. With seven luxuriously rich shades, it’s hard to choose which one to wear first; but since Meryl Streep won Best Actress, I think I’ll start with her “natural, sophisticated gray crème.” (It also goes with my Julep “What’s Your Style?” quiz result: Classic, with a twist.) The Oscars Collection includes: (more…)
As much as I love the darker nail shades of the fall and winter, once I’ve been wearing them for a few months, I’m totally ready to strip them off and put some bright colors on my fingers and toes. China Glaze’s Electropop collection came along right in the nick of time this year. The twelve shades are all bold and fun, none of them boring, and they make me think of spring and the gorgeous shades that fill yards when the season’s new flowers start to spring up. (more…)
I haven’t gotten a chance to see the new Muppets movie yet, which I’m really disappointed about because everyone I know who has seen it has raved about it. But the only time I’ve gone to the movies lately, it was a choice between the Muppets and “The Descendants” and I’m sorry, Muppets, but Clooney wins in that scenario. I’ll see it soon, but until then, I’ve been passing the time playing around with their new collection from OPI. “The Muppets” is a set of 12 different polishes that were all inspired by the new movie and are out for the holiday season. I love the collection because it’s filled with sparkly glitter shades and tons of color – not many neutrals here! I love glitter polishes pretty much any time of the year, but I especially covet them this month when you can wear them to all of your fabulous holiday parties. Also, OPI has the best names for shades. They make me laugh out loud every time I read about new collections and this one is especially fun. Here’s what you’ll find in the collection: (more…)