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Just In Time For Valentine’s: Chocolate Nail Polish Removers from Ciaté

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I love wearing nail polish, but the one thing that I don’t look forward to is taking the color off. Very few removers actually smell good, so I was excited to learn that UK-based nail brand Ciaté has unveiled a newly formulated collection of Chocolate Scented Nail Polish Removers. Decant sugary scents include white, dark, mint and orange chocolate, making the nail polish removal process a yummy treat for your hands and senses. The ammonia-free removers aim to gently remove colors while Vitamins E and B5 work to condition and nourish nails. The removers currently retail for $16 each online.


As Seen on Miley Cyrus, Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Lacquer In BARK!

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The first Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer ’14 ad campaign debuted earlier this month featuring singer/actress/twerk professional Miley Cyrus. The ad features a sulky-looking Miley on a dark beach with two friends. Adding to the darkness of the photos are the star’s nails, which were painted with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in BARK! The nail lacquer is a rich shade of chocolate-brown designed with a special formula that aims to replicate the finish and shine of 30 coats of polish.

Want Miley’s nails? BARK! will be available for a limited time for Summer 2014 at Sephora, Sephora.com, Marcjacobsbeauty.com and select Marc Jacobs Boutiques. The product will retail for $18.

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The New Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer shade BARK!


Customize Your Nail Polish

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Even though there are thousands of nail polish colors out on the market, it can still be hard to find the perfect shade you are looking for, whether it’s a glittering red to wear on the holidays or a subdued nude to wear to the office. If you find it challenging to find the perfect shade for your nails or, if you just like to have fun playing with nail polish, then read on. There are a variety of kits available that you can use to create your very own customized nail blend of colors, effects, labels and more.

Ciaté Nail Lab
Newly launched this winter, Ciaté’s Nail Lab kit contains everything you need to create the ultimate nail polish at-home. Featuring salon-quality nail colors, glitter pots, ombre sponge, dotting tool, funnel, and much more, this kit will have you competing with the professionals in no time. And, if you’re feeling overwhelmed the kit comes with a handy recipe cards and instructions so you can easily create the perfect look.

Ciaté  Nail Lab, $65.00

Ciaté Nail Lab, $65.00

Pretty Please
Have you ever thought of a perfect name for a nail polish? Or, if you’re looking for personalized gift to give a nail enthusiast, then check out Pretty Please’s website. First, you select one of 20 colors; then, you get to name the polish whatever you like (there is room for up to 25 characters).

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Average cost: $10/bottle

Nailtini
Inspired by coktails, ‘Tini Beauty Lounge, allows customers to create their own custom blends by “cocktailing” colors and effects. You choose your own Mixer (shade altering base coat), Straight Up Color (nail lacquers) and Topper (special effects) to combine in order to create your own signature cocktail color.

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Get Glittering Nails with Pure Ice’s Glitter Pots

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This holiday season, if you want your hands to shine just as bright as the lights on your Christmas tree, try jazzing your nails up with Pure Ice’s new limited edition collection of glamorous glitters.

There are many expensive nail kits out there that you can use to get sparkling nails, but if you’re on a budget, Pure Ice’s Glitter Pots allows you to create a dazzling mani for just $1.99.

The pots come in theses shimmering shades: Baby Blue, Midnight Blue, Red, Silver, Hot Pink, White, Black, Gold, Green, Rose Gold, Plum and Purple.

To Use: Swipe on 2 coats of desired Pure Ice polish shade, Let nail polish dry completely. Dip nails into selected Glitter Pot. Press firmly onto the covered nail and dust off excess glitter. Seal with top coat if desired. See the infographic below for complete instructions.

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New Ciaté Holiday Gift Sets In Stores Now

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This holiday season trendy nail polish brand Ciaté is offering unique collections, sure to please the nail polish aficionado in your life.

Tree Trinkets

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You can adorn your nails with festive polishes, but now, your Christmas tree? That’s right! Ciaté limited edition Tree Trinkets feature 6 glittering shades that come enclosed within a crystal clear bauble, complete with gift tags and a signature black satin bow for hanging. The baubles come as a set of 6, so you can give the full box to someone, or gift 6 individuals with the trinkets. Shades include: Candy Cane, All Aglow, Yule Rules, Blizzard, Naughty or Nice and Glitterball.

Ciaté Tree Trinkets™are vailable now for $30 each.

Mini Mani Month

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Last year Ciaté’s Mini Mani Month took Sephora by storm and was the brand’s fastest selling holiday product. This year the limited edition set is back. Mini Mani Month features a countdown calendar of 24 nail art minis (17 creme shades and 7 textured manicure toppers). Once the date is removed, specially curated mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, bespoke sequin blends, exclusive caviar pearls, and salon quality treatments are reveled behind the beautifully designed packaging.

Ciaté’s Mini Mani Month, exclusive to Sephora, is available now for $58.00.


Nailene Gel Review

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Post by Jolevette

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Gel polish has become a must-have beauty item. With long-wearing staying power, a variety of colors, and the ability to do it yourself at home,  it’s hard to resist the allure of this perfect manicure. This week, I am reviewing the Nailene Gel Kit with the French manicure.

NOTE: Please follow the instructions in the kit properly. Too much primer and gel base will cause the gel not to form properly on your nail and hold.

Step 1 – Clean and buff your nail; a self-manicure essentially. I do this with my mini-manicure kit that I purchased at Sephora for $5.00.

Step 2 – Use the gel primer. Do not over use as a little bit goes along way. To avoid putting too much on, dab the brush against the inside of the bottle.

Step 3 – Time to start cooking! Place your hands in the provided LED lamp for 2 minutes. Do thumbs last.

Step 4 – Next, the gel base coat. Again, place a thin layer on your nail and place your hands under the LED lamp for another 2 minutes.

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At this point, you should be able to see your nail start to shine. Feel free to touch the nail. It should be glossy and smooth.

Step 5 – As in Step 4, brush on the gel polish of choice. For me, it was the French Pink. Place hands under LED lamp.

Step 6 – Apply second coat and replace hands under lamp for 2 minutes.

By now, this might be redundant to place your hands in and out of the LED lamp so many times, but this is order for the gel to set and give you that shiny gel perfection.

Step 7 – Last time! Please the gel top coat and get back under the LED lamp for your final 2 minutes of baking.

Step 8 – Using some rubbing alcohol or the one provided, take a cotton ball or a napkin and gently rub your nail. This removes any excess coating and creates that shine. This also ensures that the gel has set properly. If you find the gel still wet, go back under the LED lamp for two more minutes.

Now,  I have given instructions for the normal color. I am going to add the extra steps for the French.

The French kit comes with separate tips that must be applied after the gel has set. If you are doing French, DO NOT follow Step 6. Go right into applying the white tips. The tips are rather sticky; you must be very careful when using them….they stick to anything! They stuck to the table that I was working on and they are very hard to remove. So, be sure you have paper towels or a newspaper under our hands when working. It was very difficult to select the right size tip for my nail which caused me to have to trim and take extra time to get the French just right. After you have selected your tips and they are on (hopefully you didn’t create a sticky mess like me!) you can apply the top coat.

 

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Overall, this is a great product when using a solid color. I would re-think the French kit. The tips should not be so sticky or add a small bottle of white polish so that the user can pick their own size and have less stickiness to worry about.

 


Event Alert: Celebrate the Launch of Illamasqua at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street

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WHAT:
Illamasqua invites you to join Creative Director Alex Box in celebrating the launch of the cult British makeup brand at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, hosted by Brand Founder Julian Kynaston. Guests will have the rare opportunity to watch Alex Box live at work, recreating some of the most definitive looks from the brand’s history.

WHO:
Alex Box, Creative Director for Illamasqua, is instrumental in shaping the brand’s captivating imagery and creative vision. A pioneer in experimental beauty, Alex Box continues to make an everlasting impact on the beauty, art and fashion industries. Box is the chosen make-up artist for top designers including Karl Lagerfield, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood while her celebrity clients include Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

WHEN:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE:
Bloomingdale’s
1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Beauty on 1


Glowing Nails For Fall: Ciaté Corrupted Neon Review

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Last week I took a yoga class at the gym and when the lights dimmed, I couldn’t help but notice the nails of the girl next to me glowed in the dimly lit room, and I was obsessed. So, this week I happily tested out Ciaté’s Corrupted Neons Manicure Set, which not only gives you glow-in-the-dark nails, but an oh-so-pretty sparkling manicure for the daytime. Here are the steps to get glowing nails using the kit:
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Step 1: Remove the bottles from the kit and admire the cute little bow on the polish.
For this review, I used Foam Party which includes:
– 0.45 oz Paint Pots Nail Polish in Boom Box
– 0.45 oz Caviar Pearls in Foam Party
– Mini Black Light Topcoat

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Step 2: Apply a clear base coat to nails and allow it to dry completely.

Step 3: Apply two heavy coats of the base color.

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Step 4: While nails are still wet, sprinkle the caviar pearls over nails generously, as pictured below.

Step 5: Shake off the excess, and repeat on all nails until done.
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I received tons of compliments on neon glitter texture of my nails, and this week, when I returned to the gym, I was the one with glowing nails.

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The Ciaté Corrupted Neons Manicure Set is available in 4 shades for $25 at Sephora.com.


MBFW Backstage Access: Brandon Sun

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On Wednesday, September 11th, Brandon Sun presented his Spring/Summer collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. According to Red Door Spas’ National Creative Director and Master Hair Stylist Zahir Ziani, since the garments in the collection were bold and geometric, the hair was kept soft and sophisticated. Long hair was parted down the center, then swept back into a low side bun. Stray pieces were allowed to fall naturally, creating a very casual look.

Picture1Drawing inspiration from the fur used in Brandon Sun’s collection, Adeline Sarino, National Training Director of Nails for Red Door Spa created a surprising ombre nail look using shades of cool light/dove grey with a matte finish.
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The makeup look was created Cesar Olivas, Makeup Artist for Red Door Spa, and focused on brows, while leaving lashes mascara-free. Lips were kept soft and natural using various shades of red to compliment the collection.

Learn more about Red Door Spa»


Incoco Dry Nail Applique Review – “Total Bombshell”

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Post by Jolevette

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If you want real nail polish strips that you can use to show off your own personal style, Incoco is the brand for you. These strips are made from real nail polish and come in a variety of designs. For this review we used “Bombshell” – a swirl of gold, rose gold, and black with a glitter finish. Here is how to apply the product to end up with a fabulous manicure:

1- File your nails to desired length and push cuticles back (this is a very important step!)

2- Find your size.

3- Peel plastic from front of strip.

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4- Peel plastic from the back.

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NOTE: Be careful as these are real nail polish strips, are very thin and can rip easily. Take your time.

5- Gently, place the strip on nail starting at the cuticle and smooth forward. Stretch strip over nail if necessary.

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6- Once strip has completely covered the nail, pinch excess off or if you choose, you can use the file provided in the package. However, I found that I did not need the file, as the excess broke off leaving an even line behind after I pinched it together.

That’s it! You should now have gorgeous looking nails that will last for up to 8 days (the package says 10), but mine started to chip at day 5, which is fine – that only means you can take off the old faster to get to the next design!

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Also, unlike nail stickers, these actually come off easily with nail polish remover just like real nail polish, so there is no need to soak first and then peel.

Overall, this is a great product that you need to try. Affordable, beautiful and hassle free! Buy it for $8.99 here»