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NYFW Runway vs. My Way: Silver Mirage Manicure

creatures of the wind new york fashion week silver nails

Today’s New York Fashion Week (Spring/Summer 2015) beauty look is inspired by the Creatures of the Wind show. Butter London Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, created this insanely-simple-to-replicate silver nail that was inspired by a mirage. It’s essentially a deconstructed manicure. Fantastic in all of its imperfections. She did that intentionally to prevent the sparkly silver nail color from looking “too costume-y”. I recreated it because it’s pretty much the ideal style of manicure or nail art for my busy lifestyle. I did this look in about three minutes. No joke. Here’s how to get the look: Continue reading

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The 3 Nail Polish Shades You Need Now

The blazing heat hasn’t prevented me from coating my toes in darker nail polish hues (I’m currently wearing OPI My Private Jet, $9) and getting excited for sweater season. I wish it would arrive already. I’m a cool-weather girl. 

I’m also a big fan of adding at least two or three new shades of nail polish to my collection each season. The ones I highly recommend investing in after scoping the Fall 2014 runway shows, beauty editor friends’ nails and my favorite brands’ latest collections are:

dress-to-kilt-essie-nail-polish Essie Nail Polish in Dress to Kilt, $8.50 — a stunning and ultra chic deep red shade. I just removed this from my nails and can’t wait to wear it again. A classic was born when this shade was created. 

jinsoon nocturne

 

JINsoon Nail Polish in Nocturne, $18 — I first saw this deep metallic gunmetal hue backstage at the Tess Giberson show at New York Fashion Week in February. It was nameless at the time. I immediately fell in love.

 

butter london alabaster glaze

 

Butter London Alabaster Glaze Nail Lacquer, $15 — A contradiction to typical fall nail colors, nude and lighter, sheer hues are also hitting a high note this season. When this particular shade was used at the Lela Rose show, it was swiped diagonally on half the nail. I think it’s a great hue to use to create low-key nail art. 

Which nail color hue will you wear this season?

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The Beauty Problem Solver of This Week is …

cutex spa formula nail polish remover

Cutex Spa Formula Nail Polish Remover, $3.98

Why: I was absolutely skeptical this formula would deliver what it actually claimed to do — make it possible to remove stubborn glitter polishes, gel manicures and other hard-to-remove lacquers. But, it totally does. Normally glitter polishes have to practically be scraped off with a knife, but when I used this spa remover, it actually swiped off with much, much less effort. Still not equally as easy to remove as a typical polish, but it came pretty close. The remover was really put to the test when I removed the CND Vinylux I sported a couple weeks ago. It easily removed that long-lasting polish from my fingernails. And, when I hit up a salon for a pedicure, the remover used by the manicurist was far inferior at removing the Vinylux polish from my toes. Proof that this stuff really is something different. Not just clever marketing. Though it is pretty clever to capitalize on the glitter and gel trend. Nice work, Cutex!

 

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My Nail Polish Prayers Have Been Answered

cnd vinylux bicycle yellow

If you haven’t tried CND Vinylux Weekly Polish and Weekly Top Coat, you simply must. It’s my new manicure/pedicure obsession. Here’s why:

No. 1: It’s the perfect hybrid of Shellac/gel and standard nail lacquer. It’s long lasting, but doesn’t require special curing, buffing or removal.

No. 2: There are 70 (yes, seven-zero) shades to choose from. Including the fantastic Bicycle Yellow pictured above. It was my color of choice.

No. 3: The finish is super shiny.

No. 4: My manicure lasted eight days before chipping. This is a small miracle. Considering that normal polish usually chips after three to four days on my hands, I was beyond impressed at this polish’s longevity. I continued to wash dishes sans gloves, dig through my bottomless pit of a bag for keys, my phone and everything else day after day and it still held strong.

No. 5: My pedicure is on day 17 and looks nearly flawless (minus some regrowth). While pedicures always last way longer than manicures, this is still noteworthy.

The only thing that would make this product even more amazing: zero drying time. Right now it dries in about the same time as a standard lacquer, but a girl can dream, right?!

One final warning: It does take a skilled manicurist to apply the product. Precision is key to getting a nice smooth finish that will last as long as possible. If you’ve tried this previously and didn’t have great results, you might want to try it again with someone who you’re confident is a nail polish application perfectionist.

 

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