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Must Have: Graphic Print Nail Art

photo courtesy sonailicious.com

When it comes to the season’s hottest trends, colorful 90′s-style graphic prints have run rampant, appearing on everything from fashion to shoes, and handbags to headpieces — and the look hasn’t stopped there.  The nail-art elite have taken to the craze too, and we here at PoshBeauty are loving the zing a good graphic print can add to your summer mani-pedi.

Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue recently broke down a terrifically tricked out version of a graphic printed manicure by nail guru Jin Soon Choi, featuring sharp triangles and angled lines in summer’s most vibrant shades.  We think you’ll agree that this one is not strictly for the teen set.  In fact, there is nearly as many examples of graphic print nail art online as there were graphic print collections on 2013′s spring/summer runways — think Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, and Alice Temperley.

Mary Katrantzou SS '13

Of course, we’ve got our favorites — and we bet you do too.  So save those monochromatic classics and neutral nudes for later.  It’s summer, for goodness sake!

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Trends: Summer’s Delicious Pistachio Mani-Pedis

Remember when greige (grey-meets-beige), nude, and black stormed the mani-pedis of the runways and red-carpets?  Well there’s a new hue in town, and if we can judge from the flurry of lacquer labels offering up their take, pistachio is the way to go for spring/summer 2013.

Less obvious than spring’s bright neon polishes, pistachio’s softer green hue is still an eye-catcher.  Here are a few of our favorite variations of spring/summer’s pistachio offerings:

Mac Baking Beauties 2013 Collection "Pistachio Crème"

Essie's Naughty Nautical 2013 Summer Collection "The More The Merrier"

L'Oreal 2013 Versailles Romance Collection "Pistachio Dream"

Crabtree and Evelyn Spring 2013 Nail Polish "Pistachio"

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Tuesday Tip: Prepare Your Peds For Summer’s Sexy Sandals

What do these things have in common: leg-baring shorts, shady sun hats, sexy summer sandals?  That’s right, they’ve all been awakened from their long winters nap in the back of your closet. And if you’ve procrastinated on the necessity of upkeep during your foot’s winter hibernation in boots… you’ve probably got some work to do. A picture-pretty pedicure is an essential when it comes to slipping on most of summer’s sexy footwear, so here it is: a few easy solutions to get your feet looking sandal season sexy.

1.  Step one is to apologize to your poor peds by soaking your feet in warm water and epsom salt.  This combo will soften any dead cells and calluses for easy-breezy removal.  And making this a regular ritual can help heal dry, damaged skin, reduce inflammation and relive itching.

2.  Once those tootsies are through with their nice, relaxing soak, pick up a pumice stone and scrub away calluses and any rough patches that may have built up over the winter months (and don’t forget to slap on a generous helping of moisturizer afterwards.)  Regular use of an exfoliating scrub can also help remove dry, dead skin while doing double duty on the moisturizing and deodorizing fronts.

3.  We’re not suggesting that your pretty little feet resemble a hobbits… but most of us (particularly as we get a little older) will start to notice hair on our feet and toes.  The important thing is not to panic.  Instead, pick up some small wax strips (brow size is perfect for toes) from the local drugstore or cosmetics counter and remove the smattering of hairs from the root.  This will eliminate the course, itchy regrowth from shaving that might be irritated by your sandal straps.

4. Now for those toenails.  Broken, misshapen toenails are not the appropriate canvas for summer’s best and brightest nail lacquers, so break out those nail clippers and emery boards and clip and file those poor things.  Square off your toenails, avoiding rounding off or shortening the corners (this will cause ingrown toenails), and your feet will be perfectly primed for a pretty polish.

5. If you find that hiding behind those winter boots have left your feet a few shades lighter than your newly tanned legs, try using a tinted moisturizer for a subtle boost of healthy looking color.

Then slip on those sandals and scoot out the door — you’re adoring public is waiting.

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Suger Rush: MAC’s New Cupcake Collection

Sweet-tooth alert! MAC’s latest cosmetics collection is geared towards setting that sugar rush to buzz. Inspired by cupcakes, the beauty brand’s new line is a candied collection of convection inspired lipsticks, face powders and nail polishes with such mouthwatering titles as Pistachio Creme, Pink Buttercream, Cheery Cherry and Lavender Whip. While the beloved beauty brand may have missed the cupcake-craze a few years back, MAC’s latest line is still a decidedly delicious way to sweeten up your summer cosmetics case. You can expect to see the goods hit store shelves in May 2013.

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Beyoncé Plays Dress Up With H&M

The rumor mill has been spinning of late that Beyoncé — yes, the Queen Bey herself — would be joining fast-fashion heavy H&M as the face of their new summer campaign. And guess what? It’s true!

In a move that had to be seen to be believed, the pop star is following up her Inauguration/Vogue cover/Super Bowl trifecta by adding her icon-status to influence the fashion-fashion followers of H&M.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M had this to say about the new summer line and Beyoncé‘s involvement and shill,  ”There’s the perfect bodycon dress, as well as a flowing sun dress that makes a real statement. And of course there are the bikinis, especially the fringed bikini. What makes these pieces even more special is that Beyoncé herself had input into the design, and they are full of her own personal style.”

Naturally, the admiration is mutual, “I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun and affordable fashion,” Beyonce said. “I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements—fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial.”

With photographer’s Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin on the scene, the “tropical island” happened to be the Bahamas to shoot a corresponding TV ad featuring the Queen’s new single “Standing in the Sun.”

You can expect H&M’sBeyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M” campaign — a cross-promotion with her upcoming world tour, The Mrs. Carter Show, to kick off on April 15.

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