Essie is starting the New Year with an exciting new launch: Sleek Stick Nail Appliqués. While nail art wraps aren't exactly new, the brand is out to set a new bar on the nail sticker category. The Sleek Stick collection features 12 different designs with many of them making a good use of metallics. UV cured, the high-shine wraps are made with a long-lasting adhesive that can stick to your nails for up to 10 days. I used the Oh My Gold! design, which features a silver and gold geometric pattern. The wrap is actually clear, so my natural nail was able to peek through; that means this would also look great over any nail colour. Learn more about the application process when you read more.
Kristen Stewart is currently doing the publicity rounds for Breaking Dawn Part 2 and last night, she stepped out onto The Tonight Show stage in Peter Pilotto Resort '13. The dress is an interesting mix of black, white, yellow, orange and mint green — and the bold stripes actually remind us of the Balenciaga Florabotanica perfume bottle, for which she is the face! You know we like to take patterns and trends and apply them to our nails, and today, beauties, is no exception. Ready?
OK so they might be cats, but it's called Pumpkin. Grace Coddington teamed up with Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquiere to design this canvas and leather bag. She drew her cat, Pumpkin, modelling some of the key Balenciaga pieces from the past 10 years. It's limited edition but your nails don't have to be! We love a bit of nail art, and this look couldn't be simpler. After your base coat is dry, paint two thin coats of pumpkin orange nail polish. When your nails are completely dry, apply cute black cat nail stickers! Finish with a glossy topcoat and hit the streets for some trick or treating...
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We've all been on the nail wrap bandwagon of late — applying the sticky strips makes nail art a cinch! But we're very excited about OPI's new offering to the category, Pure Lacquer Nail Apps ($19.95). Different from the OPI Nail App Collection launched last year, the new wraps are made from 100 percent nail polish, but with zero drying time. The base coat and top coat are included as well. Each pack has two pre-cut strips in eight sizes per strip, so enough to do your hands and feet if you are that way inclined. And here's a tip, if you still want the salon experience, ask your manicurist to apply the strips and finish with OPI’s GelColor Top Coat. Available this month in selected salons and David Jones nationally, the Apps come in both cream and shimmer finishes. Click through to see six of our favourite patterns from the 14-strong collection.
Getting a practically flawless manicure at home is easier than you think. Three words: nail art stickers (we tried them this week!). L'Oréal nail artist Tom Bachik breaks down everything you need to know for getting a quick, standout nail art look you can do yourself.
Nail stickers (sometimes called nail wraps) have revolutionised the talon world. Making nail art an affordable and quick at-home process, it's never been easier to sport elaborate designs and change them at the drop of a hat. With no drying time and no danger of chips, they were a popular choice backstage at Fashion Week, too. Soon they'll be even more choice on the market with OPI joining the game with its Pure Lacquer Nail Apps ($19.95) launching in August. A natural progression for the nail giant, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI’s Executive Vice President says: "Nail art has become increasingly popular with both consumers and trained professionals. These strips provide the perfect way to get a one-of-a-kind look that cannot be replicated by hand." Take a look at the designs — from snakeskin to lace — that will be on offer now.
We told you that three Australian designers — Romance Was Born, Ellery and Gary Bigeni — would be collaborating with Nail Rock for Fashion Week and now you can get your hands on the designs. Some were used in the actual runway show, while others were designed just for the goodie bags. But if you weren't sitting front row, you needn't miss out. The Nail Rock Designer Collection is available for a limited time exclusively on ASOS and features three designs from Romance Was Born, three from Ellery and two from Gary Bigeni. A mix of florals, graphic prints and pops of fun colour, there's something for everyone. Check the designs out up close now.
All designs are $13.26 each.
Breaking news: Alexa Chung wows Fab and I again at the Mulberry party. Shock horror. Given that we pretty much worship her every move, you might be wondering what's got us so excited that I've written a whole post about her. Not her eyeliner. Not her balayage and its brilliance. So what is it? Why this heart mani. Just divine, isn't it? Not garish, unlike some people's alternative nail designs — yes, Jennifer Love Hewitt, I'm looking at you — it's cute with a little bit of kitsch thrown in. LOVE. I've been experimenting already so if you can't get your hands on a fine-tipped brush to paint the hearts, use the pronged end of a bobby pin. Dip it against the nail polish brush and paint two dots close together to form a vertical line, then move around about 20 degrees and do the same, joining them at the bottom to form a cute 'lil love heart. Alternatively, pretend you're buying Fing'rs Girlie Nails Nail Art Variety Pack ($12.99) for your niece and get sticking away. What do you think of Lex's latest look? Do you love it like me?
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