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Fifty Shades of Grey gets the beauty treatment

Remember that little homage to S&M that everyone was reading and now everyone is pining for the release of the film? Yes. We’re talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, all dolled-up as a makeup collaboration that will leave beauty junkies feeling all hot-n-heavy.

Cosmetics brand Make Up For Ever has launched four, limited-edition sets with which to adorn your lips, eyes and cheekbones. Think two lip trios, aptly titled “Tease Me” in shades called “Innocent” and “Passionate,” a blush palette complete with black satin lingerie bag titled “Desire Me,” and a full boxed set with eye palette called “Give In to Me” tucked neatly into a keepsake box (with a special secret compartment, natch.) According to WWD, the Make Up For Ever meets Fifty Shades of Grey collaboration is set to arrive on Dec. 26th, just in time for the New Year soirée — and the movies Feb. 13th release.

And lest you think your digits have been left out of the party, take heart. OPI is also planning on launching a 6 color collections (5 shades of grey and one red) to celebrate the film, but you’ll have to wait until January for that one.

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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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Must Have: Monday Is For Mermaids

Oh Mondays.

The start of the work week is sometimes fraught with sluggish beginnings, so we thought we’d offer up a new nail polish hue to cue the last days of summer frivolities that you had to leave behind (*boo.) — OPI’s mermaid-inspired Peace & Love & OPI.

From the brands San Francisco collection, this iridescent lacquer is perfect for achieving a happy medium between the over-the-top nail art set and the newly-dubbed neutral mani/pedi trend, and is reminiscent of rainbow oil slicks and mermaid scales.  (*hindsight: those two things do NOT go together.)  Regardless, any manicure that can inspire memories of bathtub mermaid imaginings and mythical creatures while your fingers labor themselves over a 9 to 5 keyboard is alright by us.

OPI’s Peace & Love & OPI will only set you back $9 a bottle, and like all of the brand’s polishes, is animal friendly (no-testing) and void of the big three toxic ingredients formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP.  See, Mondays aren’t so bad afterall.


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