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How to Get Your Nails Noticed This Spring

One way to really perk up your spring look is with a good manicure--and I'm not talking about going to the salon! These manicures are easy enough to DIY. Below are five of my favorite (and coincidentally the easiest) spring manicures that are perfect for any ocassion you might have this season, whether you're going on Spring Break or to Coachella. And they're so easy to replicate--you won't even need a tutorial!

When replicating any manicure, you can always make it more specific to your taste and style. Mix up the colors for a fresh approach to any DIY manicure. Or, if you still think that some of these manicures are a little bit too much to replicate, you can always go for an accent nail--I think the ring finger is the best! 

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts 101

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your favorite beauty guru for Christmas this year? To jump start this year's Holiday Gift Guides, I've rounded up the best beauty products on the market right now. 

I have been on the market for some amazing hair products lately, and I was recently gifted some Prive products just in time for the holidays! From Prive, I received the Just Beautiful Hair Trio, which includes one Daily Shampoo and Daily Conditioner, and comes with a complimentary Thermal Protection Detangling Spray. This gift set is perfect for those who are looking for an everyday gentle shampoo and conditioner. And since I'm always on the lookout for the best conditioners and love testing out heat protectants, I really loved this gift set! Plus, the Thermal Protection Detangling Spray is an essential for women who dry their hair or use heat tools regularly. Right now, the set is going for $38, but it normally retails for $61! You can get it here.</p> <p>

$14.80 at Forever 21

Forever 21 has a lot of great impulse buys at the cash wrap these days, but I'm totally love this 88 shade eye shadow set! It's perfect for makeup afficionados who love to experiment with color, but also have the option for classic shades, too! And seriously, you just can't beat that price!


$15.00 by M·A·C at Bloomingdale's
Since I don't normally wear MAC because I think it's way too expensive, ironically, I happen to think it makes a great gift! (It's amazing what you'll ask for when you're not spending your own money, right?) Seriously, most women love MAC cosmetics. The packaging is great, it's popular, and it's a really great product.
Any MAC lip shade will do, but a classic red hue will go with just about any skin tone. Throw in a lip brush and put it in a cute box, and you'll be good to go with this little stocking stuffer. </p>


THE NEW BLACK 'Walrus - Ombre' Nail Polish 5-Piece Set

$22.00 at Nordstrom

As if we beauties don't have enough nail polish already! But okay, you've got to admit these shades are pretty awesome. While I love color, for some reason this season I'm loving neutral hues for the nails. And this set has all the power to make your beauty look ultra classy. 

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

A Saved by the Bell Nail Polish Collection-Yes, it's True!

Are you in desperate need of a 90s flashblack and dreaming of neon hues? Rest assured Wet 'n Wild has a nail polish collection for you--inspired by Saved by the Bell. Named appropriately after the cast, the shades are Fashionista Lisa (purple), Pin ‘Em Slater (yellow), Nerd Alert: Screech (green), Chick Magnet Zack (Blue), Straight A Jesse (orange) and Pom Pom Kelly (pink).

The collection has been marked down to just a mere 99 cents, which is pretty fantastic if you need a quick pick me up on a lame Monday. Apparently the PR for this limited edition collection didn't do well, since this is the first time I've ever heard of it after reading an article over at SheFinds.com. 

But if you loved your 90s childhood and want to represent the kids over at Bayside, I'd head on over to your local drugstore and see if they've got the collection!

Posted on August 02, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments
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Nail Polish Your Boyfriend Will Love

If your boyfriend is in to comics, like mine, he's going to love the latest nail polish collection from OPI. OPI has created a line for the upcoming Spider-Man movie starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. It's an edgy yet feminine collection that beauty freaks and comic book geeks will surely get into.

In May, OPI will release six bold shades just in time to help promote the movie's July release. Ranging from coral to midnight blue, these colors will be perfect to wear on your upcoming movie date with your beau to see The Amazing Spider-Man.

The polishes are pretty and they definitely speak well of the color stories and themes in Spider-Man, but the names are a bit too cliche. With names like "Call me Gwen-ever" and "Your Web or Mine?" I think there could have been a little more creativity in that area. Otherwise, they're super cute shades, and it's a pretty great marketing scheme to get girly-girls excited about their boyfriend's favorite comic book hero!

If you were creating a Spider-Man inspired nail polish collection, what would you name the polish? Answer in the comments below!

Posted on March 06, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

You Can Get a Runway Manicure from Walgreens

You never thought I'd say that did you?

Well, it's true. I'm not sure when it happened or how, but last week when I was at Walgreen's I stumbled upon the mother load of nail polishes. There, in a pretty little display, was essie nail polish. I did a double take.

And for the second year in a row, essie is back at Fall 2012 Mercedes Benze Fashion Week doing manicures for DKNY, Tory Burch, and Carolina Herrera, just to name a few.

"I've always said that color is the ultimate accessory for women," says Essie Weingarten, the founder and creative director behind the iconic brand. "So our partnership with so many amazing designers during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues to thrill and inspire us. Not only is it the perfect collaboration for essie as a fashion-forward brand, but I love that we're giving women everywhere their first look at what's coming next from the industry's best."

And I'd like to thank Essie Weingarten for making her polish accessible to all. I, like most small town girls, live in a town where there's a Walgreens on every corner. (For my New York beauties, that's comparable to seeing your beloved Duane Reade's on every block.)

essie manicurists created pretty stellar looks on the runway last year. I was particularly smitten with this Morrocan inspired manicure created for Pamela Love's Spring 2012 show. It's easy and simple enough to recreate at home.

You can get this runway look by painting the entire nail with essie 'topless and barefoot,' an opaque matte nude, as the base for the look. Let dry completely. Using essie’s 'little brown dress,' a chocolate brown shade, paint at a diagonal from each corner of the nail bed to the tip to create a triangular shape. Start at the left side of the nail, brushing up to the middle on the diagonal. Do the same on the right side to finish the “V” formation.

If you're excited as excited as me that you can get a runway manicure from Walgreens, lemme hear you say, "yeah!"

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

10 Nail Polish Colors to Fit Your Sweet/Sexy Side

Are you feeling a sensual vibe for Valentine's Day? Or are you a soft spoken, sweet girl? The sweet girl may cuddle up with her long time boyfriend or treat herself to a nice bubble bath and champagne. She'll want muted pastel shades to match her chill and relaxed mood. A sexy girl will want to turn up the heat with her beau or celebrate a night on the town with her best gal pals. This girl will want a vibrant polish--there's nothing subtle about her!

No matter what mood you're in on V-Day or whether you're single or taken, find nail polish that fits your mood!

Posted on February 07, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

When it Comes to a Sparkly Mani, which OPI Holiday Polish Captures Your Fancy?

Smitten with jewel tones and sparkles, Beauty and the Budget spotted OPI's holiday 2011 line of sparkly polishes while getting a manicure the other day!

Inspired by Disney’s The Muppets (in theaters November 23), OPI’s holiday 2011 collection features 12 limited-edition shades inspired by the loveable gang, including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Beaker, and Gonzo. From shimmering neutral pink and taupes to glittery jewel-tones, these lacquers capture the joyfulness of the Muppets and provide the perfect touch to any holiday outfit. The polishes are available now at stores like ULTA, Trade Secret, Pure Beauty, and professional salons, and I certainly wanted to share the collection with you!

Although opting for a traditional red (because I was shooting my first ever web video! details soon...), I was dying try the sparkly polish. Maybe I'll treat myself soon to another manicure, and I just might get something sparkly!

Take a look at the collection in the gallery, and let me know which one is your fave!

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Are You Guilty of Shaking Your Nail Polish? 5 Mistakes People Make in At-Home Manicures

Recently, my boyfriend treated me to a manicure at the Aveda salon. The manicurist was wonderful--meticulous and efficient--so I made sure to pay attention so that I could replicate the manicure for myself at home. Of course, I was familiar with most of the process, except for one thing--I noticed the manicurist didn't shake the nail polish bottle. Instead, she rolled it between her palms.

That got me to thinking... what else is keeping me from getting the perfect at-home manicure?

Posted on September 08, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

DIY: Three Easy Manicures that Look Professional

After coming across CutePolish on YouTube, I am convinced that you don't have to be a professional to give yourself a cool manicure. (Although you might need a steady hand!)

In her softspoken voice, the manicure expert behind CutePolish shows you how you can paint interesting designs on your nails easily and quickly. She makes it look so simple, that I can't wait to try it out!

See her tutorials below.

Which one will you try?


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Posted on August 22, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

5 Classic Shades of Polish to Wear Year Round


A manicure is never out of fashion, but the color of the polish might be. During the winter, darker shades (think maroons, plums, navy, etc.) tend to become popular shades whereas in the summer bright colors (think yellow, coral, green, etc.) are the shades of the season. However, there are five shades that are completely timeless. So if you don't have a clue what shades are cool right this minute, use a classic shade of polish that's fit to match nearly every ensemble.

  1. Red polish will never go out of style. Period. And in my opinion, it's one of the most popular and widely used polishes. Brighter reds are popular during the summer while deep reds are more fashionable during winter, but personally, you can wear whatever shade of red you want any time of the year.
  2. Gray polish is rather new as a beauty trend, but it's such a classic and versatile shade that it's going to be around for a while. In most polishes, I prefer a glossy finish, but with gray a matte finish tends to look best.
  3. Nude polish is my absolute favorite. As a visual merchandiser at Forever 21, my job requires a lot of grunt work that tends to chip even the best manicure. With the perfect nude nail color, you can't really tell if the polish is chipping and it matches everything!
  4. Black nail polish isn't just for goth girls anymore. While traditional beauties may shy away from this bold color, I suggest trying the shade at least once. With a glossy finish, it can look elegant and chic.
  5. Pink polish is just as classic as red, and you might as well consider both shades as beauty staples. Like a great lip color, women won't ever stop wearing these two colors. Any pink polish is perfect year round, but I would invest in a few bottles of a light pink polish for an uber classic look that will match most items in your wardrobe.

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments