Stories for: Nails

Beauty, NailsWear Your Crown Proudly

I haven’t watched the Miss Universe pageant in years, but there’s still a little part of me that remembers watching when I was a little girl and thinking how glamorous it was.  (That was long before I knew how much work went into being that “glamorous!”)  So of course I was eager to try out OPI’s new Miss Universe Collection.  As collections go, it’s a small one, with only four shades, but sometimes I like the small ones even better because the bigger releases can get too overwhelming.  Here are the four shades you’ll find in it:

  • Congeniality is My Middle Name – a berry wine shimmer
  • It’s MY Year – a champagne-rose
  • Swimsuit….Nailed It! – a vibrant shimmery shiny blue
  • Crown Me Already! – a silver sparkle

For me, there are two standouts in this collection.  Crown Me Already! is just perfection.  Calling it a silver sparkle doesn’t do it justice.  It’s a silver base with chunks of bigger silver glitter in it so it’s super, super shiny and opaque.  I love, love, love it.  It’s definitely a head turner, so I might have to try it on both my fingers and toes at my next nail appointment because if you’re going to do it, you might as well go all out, right?  I’m also slightly obsessed with It’s MY Year.  It’s such an interesting gold shimmer with a rose tint to it.  I’m finding it hard to describe, but it’s very, very pretty.

The collection is out in stores now, but I know that it’s selling out quickly (Crown Me Already! is especially hard to get ahold of) so if you want to grab them, you definitely shouldn’t wait.  You can check them out online at

Beauty, NailsTouring America

I’m so enamored with OPI‘s new fall Touring America collection because it’s my dream right now to just pack up, take a few weeks off work, and head out for a long road trip to see the country.  (Of course, I’d like to do this while also staying in 4 star hotels at night and eating at nice restaurants along the way, so I don’t know that my idea of a road trip exactly corresponds to what other people like to do on them, but I’m fine with that).  Touring America has twelve new shades in it and they’re a really fun mix of lights and darks, brights and jewel tones – just enough variety to keep things interesting.  The whole collection is great, but (of course) I have some favorites.  READ MORE

Beauty, NailsLet’s Get This Party Started!

I love glitter nail polishes far, far more than anyone who isn’t a 12 year-old listening to Justin Bieber should, but I just can’t help it.  There’s something about a glittery pedicure that just makes me smile and it’s such an quick and easy way to add some fun to your look.  So of course I had to get my hands on Deborah Lippman’s new Get This Party Started set.

The Nordstrom exclusive is just awash in sparkles!  There are three shades included – Happy Birthday, which had previously been released and is a clear shade with hexagon-shaped multi-colored glitter, Forget You, a black base with hexagon-shaped multi-colored glitter, and Candy Shop, a bubblegum pink base with hexagon-shaped multi-colored glitter.  I like to use Happy Birthday on top of other shades – the clear base makes it perfect for layering – but the other two look equally fabulous and sparkly on their own.  I’m totally obsessed with Forget You.  It’s such a deep, rich black that the bright glitter stands out even more against the base, somehow managing to be both festive and sophisticated at the same time.  (It’s going to be my go to shade for all holiday parties, I can already tell).  Bring on the sparkle!

Beauty, NailsNice Stems!

OPI’s new collection, Nice Stems!, is all about pink.  From light to dark, shimmer to glitter, if you’re a fan of the color pink on your nails, this one’s for you.

With four shades, it’s a smaller collection than normal, but each of them is so pretty, you won’t be disappointed at all.  Here’s what you’ll find in it:

  • Play the Peonies – A soft light pink
  • Come to Poppy – A shimmering coral pink
  • Be a Dahlia Won’t You? – A bold fuchsia
  • I Lily Love You – A hot pink sparkle

I’m seriously obsessed with I Lily Love You at the moment.  It’s great as a top coat over the other shades (or any polishes that are already in your stash) but you can also use it on its own for some serious sparkle.  Come to Poppy is a really interesting shade, too.  It’s a gorgeous mix of pink and coral – the pink is what stands out the most, but you can catch a glimpse of the coral when the light changes and it’s really pretty.  Be a Dahlia Won’t You? is a great pedicure shade, and for those of you who like lighter, frostier shades, Play the Peonies will be right up your alley.

You can find the collection in stores now or check it out online at

Beauty, NailsSunshine and Summertime

I’ve said it before here recently, but I am super into nail polish lately.  I don’t know what it is – whether it’s a phase or just my new beauty obsession, but I’ve been collecting new colors at an alarmingly quick rate.  (Alarming only because there is literally no place in my closet to put them anymore.  The new ones are seriously in a bag under my kitchen table.  It’s terrible!) Zoya has two new collections for the summer – Sunshine and Summertime – and if you’re a fan of bold, bright shades for the warmer weather, you’re definitely going to want to check these out.  READ MORE

Beauty, Nails, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Lippman Collection I Know What Boys Like & Yellow Brick Road Polish

Beauty, NailsAhoy, Matey!

In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t seen any of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, which I know sounds crazy since they’ve all been huge hits, but in my defense, I have gone on the ride at DisneyWorld a bunch of times.  I am, however, totally into OPI’s new Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides collection.  The collection consists of six new shades, plus a Silver Shatter top coat to go over them (or any other shade already in your collection).  Here’s what you’ll find in the set:  READ MORE

Beauty, NailsBraziliant

There’s nothing I love better in the summer than looking down at my toes and seeing a bright pedicure. It just makes me happy (especially when it’s coming out of brand new summer sandals!) This year, Essie’s new summer collection, Braziliant, is all about those bright shades, mixed in with a few pastels to keep things from getting boring.  Here are the shades in the full collection:  READ MORE

Beauty, Los Angeles, Nails, Spas & SalonsTake a Walk to the Nail Garden

I’ve been in dire need of some down time and pampering lately, so I headed to the Nail Garden salon in Sherman Oaks for their Indulgent Bliss treatment.  The Nail Garden is a chain of four salons in Los Angeles – branches can be found in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, and their newest location, Brentwood.  It was started by Reham Bastawros and her husband Fady because Reham, an admitted spa junkie, wanted to develop what she calls “an urban retreat,” where people could relax and indulge without paying a huge price tag.  (Exactly what most of us are looking for, right?) READ MORE

Beauty, NailsTexas Style

So even though I grew up on the east coast and live in Los Angeles now, I have a strange, secret interest in Texas.  But only like, the Texas in romantic comedies, where good-looking cowboys roam the streets and say “ma’am” in cute Southern drawls, not the Texas in horror movies where tumbleweeds roll around deserted streets and serial killer families take over small towns.  I’m dying to visit Austin, but it just hasn’t happened yet.  So, of course, when I saw that OPI‘s new spring/summer 2011 shades were named the Texas Collection, I got a little giddy.

Unlike some of their previous collections, this one has a wide variety of shades – there are colors ranging from blues to pinks to corals, but what they all have in common is that they’re bold and dramatic.  There aren’t a lot of shades for shy girls in this bunch!  And as always, the shades names are cute and funny – they perfectly match the shades inside.  Here are a few of my favorites: READ MORE

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