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Fall’s must-have manicures

Fall fashions are likely starting to make their way to the front of your  closet, and gosh darn it, your nails deserve a revamp too. So let’s say goodbye to summer’s neon and bright white mani-pedis, and usher in a moodier palette to compliment fall’s bulky sweaters and moto jackets — think jewel tones, neutral nudes and metallics for autumn friendly and perfectly of-the-moment digits. Here are some of the best nail trends for fall 14.

Jewel Tones:

Navy, ruby and amethyst hues are hot for fall nails. From classic red to urban-chic emerald, a jewel-toned manicure is a great compliment to autumn’s sophisticated palette.

Metallics:

Another bauble inspired palette making waves on the style sets pretty paws are metallic polishes, like rose gold, silver and even mixed metals.

Nudes:

Fall ’14 nude nail lacquers have more pigment than summer’s nearly white hues and always look polished.

 

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Summer’s best nail polish hues

Isn’t it time we paid some well deserved attention to our woe-fully under attended to digits? Bikini season is likely to have inspired a lot of outdoor (and indoor gym) activity, but that’s no reason to skip trying out summer’s trendiest new nail polish hues. Say so long to yesterday’s pastel craze and swipe on something flashier – think a bold purple, grass green or sunshine yellow – or stick with something to accompany the current make-up free runway look. Or mix it up with a sparkly or matte top coat for a little extra flash. There’s no need for intricate nail art when the trendiest nail colors and textures do just fine when it comes to garnering attention.  Here are our favorites!

Barely hued neutrals: Once dominated by ballet-slipper pink, neutral nail polish has come a long way. This summer’s best barely there looks are so devoid of color that they’re nearly white.

Neon nail polish: Whether you splash on hot pink, go-light green or cautionary yellow, neon polish is a great way to add a flash of fun to your summer staples.

Purple polish: On the heels of Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, we’re hardly surprised that purple nail polishes — both sparkly and flat — are painted onto the hands of the style set.

Textured top coat: Whether matte is your thing, or razzle-dazzle sparkle, turn the tables on any manicure with a simple swipe of a texturized topcoat.

Teal polish: Straight out of your best beach fantasy, teal polishes are the height of haute this summer.

 

 

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Gwen Stefani Pairs With OPI

This Fall Anna Wintour put a proverbial nail in the coffin of nail art, but now pop/fashion icon Gwen Stefani is taking it back out — with her own meticulously manicured paws.

Pairing with beloved nail brand OPI, Stefani has partnered on a line of “standout color in breakthrough finishes,” all inspired by the No Doubt frontwoman.

A recent OPI release took its cues from the 2013 Met Gala’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” event in creating a collection hat celebrates “the role of music as a major influence in fashion” — which is precisely where Stefani came in.  The description of the finishes alone have us considering another spin with nail art: semi-matte satin finish, mirror-like finish, glitter… L-O-V-E.
With a bonus packaging of a red pout hue housed in a Swarovski encrusted boxed set.

Gwen Stefani x OPI will hit store shelves in January — which means nail art may live to see Spring.

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The Brights are On: Julep’s April Maven Box

Turn on the brights this Spring and wrap your nail beds in luscious lacquer courtesy of Julep. Their April Maven Box is filled with loud hues you’ll dare to wear in the height of the heat. We’re excited to try the new collection that boasts names that sound like our best girlfriends like Mackenzie, Eden and Kayleen. Whether you’re in the market for a signature color for the changing season on not, you’ll appreciate this beauty buy that is vegan-friendly, free from toxic chemicals and adds a bit of color to your daily digs. But don’t take our word for it. Check out pieces of the new lacquer collection below and check them out for yourself here: http://ow.ly/jIgWR.

 

 

 

 

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Collaborations May Have Finally Jumped The Shark: OPI + Kellogg’s Special K

If you thought collaborations hadn’t quite jumped the shark yet, today’s pairing could change your mind. It seems that everyone is collaborating with everyone these days, but breakfast cereal Special K’s partnering up with Nicole x OPI on a three piece polish range just might take the cake… er… cereal.

What do cereal and nail polish have in common, you might ask? We have no idea (unless is wondering at the splendor of a new manicure when you pick up the box) — but never mind. It’s happened.

During the month of April, a purchase of a box of Kellogg’s Special K will score you the chance to win the three nail hues, individually titled “Challenge Red-y,” “Prose & Confidence,” and “Be Ama-Zing!” And while none of the colors are breaking any new ground in the nails-as-art department — at least this will take us back to those days when their was a prize tucked into your morning snap-crackle-&-pops.

Yes, there are those vaguely annoying stipulations, like buying more boxes, singing up for a rewards club, etc… but hey, FREE POLISH! Free vaguely uninspired bottles of nail polish. *sigh.

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It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere! Rimmel’s New Booze-Hued Polish

Happy hour fans are sure to be pleased as punch (preferably spiked) over Rimmel’s latest nail lacquer release.

The cosmetics company’s Cocktail Colour Collection is a bold three-piece of fruity shades inspired by your favorite poolside drinky-poo. There’s zingy, sparkly purple called ”Baby Bellini,”  a watermelon hued shimmering red called “Hawaiian Punch,” and a fizzy fun orange called “Shirley Temple.” Currently available only across the pond, the British brand is rumored to be releasing the booze-hued collection here soon. As always, we’ll be on the lookout. Cheers!

Rimmel’s Cocktail Collection in “Hawaiian Punch”

 

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Dior Celebrates 50 Years Of Nail Polish By Going Bold and Fruity

With metallics and magnetic polishes running rampant across the manicures of the most-fashionable fingers this spring 2013, we like to think that nail brands are taking their cues from the bold and chunky accessories that stormed the scene last year. And while it’s still popping up on spring jewelry (neon necklaces) and handbags (reptile print clutches), this season’s hot nail trend is a horse of a different hue: bold, punchy color.

Our case-in-point is Dior’s Cosmetic’s Cruise Collection, a fresh and fruity lineup of three hues that is miles away from the pastels that so often dominate the nail world. The Cruise Collection includes a mango-hued apricot aptly called ‘Mango,’ a tomato red called ‘Pateque,’ and a fun lime green called ‘Lime.’ Each bottle will set you back $23, but we must warn you, now is not the time to dilly-dally on getting your own — Dior is also celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in the nail lacquer game, so these bold beauties will more than likely fly off the shelves.

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Essie’s Winter Collection Takes Royal Inspiration

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From designers showering you with clothing, shoes and handbags to scoring some of the world’s most coveted invites — it sure pays to be a princess. But there’s certainly work too.

Like being so crazy fashionable that beauty brands elevate you to the status of “inspirational” muse. Coveted nail brand Essie did just that with the launch of its latest winter polish collection, inspired by the two most watched ladies of the royal family, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and the Queen Mother herself.

Essie creator Essie Weingarten had this to say about the oh-so-regal take on the cold weather palette, “It’s one part Queen Elizabeth, two parts Duchess of Cambridge. They don’t mince words and never mince color. I just love the elegant simplicity of a saturated, vibrant look. It’s so luxe, yet so easy to put together.”

Set to hit store shelves in November, the six color collection ranges from a pretty turquoise to a much more vivid crimson (all within the constraints of respectability), and are yours for $8 a pop.

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Magnetic Nails Get The Lippman Treatment

By definition, one would think that magnetic nail polish would either be a problem or a superhero fantasy come to life.  It’s neither.

A Magnetic Nail Manicure

Not to burst any bubbles but — in reality — magnetic nail polish is simply the latest in the growing list of nail art trends available to help you achieve that gallery-worthy manicure you’ve been pining for.  This up-and-coming trend offers up a new way to fulfill all the glorious things you imagine when using your nail bed as a canvas with it’s iron powder ingredient that forms dark, wavy shapes when it’s affected by a magnet.

Deborah Lippmann

The latest to join the magnetic nail polish masses is none other than nail guru Deborah Lippmann (now we know it’s a big thing) who has unleashed the brands Deborah Lippmann Magnet Appeal Set.  The set is actually a trio of perfectly fall-worthy magnetic nail lacquer colors like a midnight navy called Magic Man, a gilded raspberry called Punk Princess, and a gunmetal black called Hard Knock Life.  The set will run you a lofty $29, but seeing as it will afford you the finest in magnetic nail art looks it seems worth it no?

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MAC Boosts It’s Polish Prowess With 65 New Shades

Welcome to the party MAC!

 

MAC's New Permanent Nail Polish Collection! (image courtesy MAC)

MAC has arrived fashionably and extremely late to the nail products party, but that’s not to say we’re not glad they’re here! The big, big beauty brand is a leader in cosmetics, yet has failed to really hone in on the nail market… until now. MAC is all set to increase their current collection (a scant eight shades) to include 30 amped-up and permanent nail lacquers, including creme, metallic and shimmering finishes, as well as 35 new seasonal nail polish shades that will come and go as they wish.

In the most obvious of quotes, a representative for the makeup label recently explained their new position on polish to WWD, “We support hundreds of fashion shows and we were starting to see an increased emphasis on nails over the last few seasons.” Starting to see… ? Um. Okay.

Anyways… we can expect to see MAC‘s new nail polish additions on the shelves of freestanding MAC stores and Nordstrom counters in the U.S. as early as July 5th, and other international retailer shelves in September.

 

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