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Pure Ice’s new Sparking Seas Nail Collection

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It may not feel like spring, but the season is here, so even if the weather isn’t bright and cheery doesn’t mean you can’t begin decking out your nails in all sorts of colorful shades to celebrate the transition from winter to warmer temperatures. Affordable nail brand Pure Ice has got your nails covered…literally, with its new Sparking Seas collection, feature 3 sparkling new shades to give you the perfect manicure. The new shades include Sea Glass (green), Mer-Magical (pink), and Sparking Seas (blue).
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Pure Ice’s Sparkling Seas Collection is available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide this spring, and retails for $1.99 each.


Photography on Nails: CND For Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

For the Opening Ceremony’s Fall/Winter 2015 Show at Cheim & Read in New York City, CND, the global leader in professional nail care, showcased three unique nail designs. The show was presented in a unique art gallery setting, which complemented the inspiration for the nail/fashion collaboration which was inspired by the early works of legendary film director Spike Jonze.

The fashion collection honored Jonze’s photography by highlighting 35-millimeter film through an interplay of collage formats and contact sheets on unconventional mediums. It also featured a select capsule collection honoring storied technology brand Kodak. CND completed the look with two linear nail designs featuring Kodak’s signature color palette and a third look paying homage to one of Jonze’s poignant photographs.

“We were completely captivated by Opening Ceremony’s creative vision for this collection,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Their colors and concepts tied in perfectly with CND’s Fall 2015 trend story, which celebrates an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and refined details for an intriguing combination of glamour and grunge.”

The nails presented at the Opening Ceremony captured the essence of the collection through a collaborative effort between the elite global artists of the CND Design Lab Team, Opening Ceremony and their design consultant, celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda.

The handmade works of art were created with vertical and horizontal striping techniques using VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in an array of heavily pigmented Kodak-inspired colors including red, yellow, blue and purple. A decoupage technique was implemented to lay Jonze’s impactful black and white photography on the nail. Intricate detailing provided the framework for the design, the third bespoke look for the collection.

“The nails that CND designed for us this season in collaboration with Naomi Yasuda were a seamless interpretation of our designs onto the models’ fingertips,” said Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon. “We really wanted this collection to honor Spike’s photography and the technology behind it, and it was exciting to see the art come to life on the nails to complete the story.”


HOT NAIL ART: CND FOR THE BLONDS FALL/WINTER 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: A model poses backstage for The Blonds with CND Fall/Winter 2015 at Milk Studios on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for CND)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway during The Blonds for CND Fall/Winter 2015 at Milk Studios on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

The nail looks created at The Blonds F/W 2015 show were nothing short of extraordinary. CND, the global leader in professional nail care, created 20 unique and theatrical nail designs for the show, which was held at MILK Studios in New York City. As always, CND pushed  the boundaries of creativity with powerful visual displays of nail art that enhanced the over-the-top runway fashions. Inspired by dystopian elements of several iconic films, the clothing and nails featured a clash of distressed and refined elements.

“Our ongoing collaboration with The Blonds has become an integral part of CND’s fashion culture – it’s so exciting to get together each season and brainstorm concepts for our nail artistry,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with our Fall 2015 trend story, which is all about the contrast between edgy, almost explosive, design elements and high-end finishes for an overall dark elegance.”

Artists from the CND Design Lab Team handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish, using innovative techniques to create matte suede texture. Accented with gold chrome accessories, textural elements and layering created serious dimension, while couture camouflage in industrial tones were embellished with hand-crafted molten paillettes. The bold 3D designs, which took a total of over 900 combined hours to create, were pierced, draped, laced, torn and burnt, perfectly accessorizing The Blonds’ theatrical collection.

“Once again, Jan and the entire CND team totally blew us away with incredible nail designs to complete the collection. It was amazing to see it all come together on the runway,” said designer Phillipe Blond.


Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year Nails Inspiration

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Pantone recently announced Marsala as the 2015 Color of the Year, but you don’t have to wait until next year to begin incorporating the earthy red-brown hue into your beauty routine. Try adding the color to your nails with CND’s VINYLUX Weekly Polish collection, which includes a variety of Marsala-esque shades.

VINYLUX Weekly Polish is a two-part system consisting of a Color Coat that adheres directly to the nail, eliminating the need for a base coat. The second step, a Top Coat, is formulated with patent-pending ProLight Technology that increases in durability with exposure to natural light. Because the system works with natural light, there is no need for harmful UV/LED lights in order to get a full week of chip-free polish. As an extra bonus, the full system dries in 8 ½ minutes.

See below for some of the Marsala-esque colors available now, as well as some design inspirations.

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Add Some Sparkle Up Your Nails This Holiday Season

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Just in time for the holidays Pure Ice Nail Polish has released five brand new shades filled with luminous glitter, evoking winter snowflakes, to keep your nails sparkling all season long. The polishes features the long-wear formula Pure Ice is known far, as well as an amazing price – it retails for $1.97 at Walmart stores nationwide. Grab one for yourself, or pick up a few of these dazzling enamels for stocking stuffers.

Shades pictured from Left to Right:
• Santa Merry Me: Iridescent reddish gold polish melody with red hex glitter
• Winter Blues: Iridescent Ice blue and pale gold polish with blue hex glitter
• Gold Peppermints: Icy rose champagne polish with light pink hex glitter
• Pure Icicles: Silver Polish with White hex glitter
• Bling On the Holidays : Pale Champagne Gold polish with 14k gold hex glitter


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

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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.