Showing posts with label Nails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nails. Show all posts

Monday, July 2, 2018

16 Independence Day Nail Art Ideas For Patriotic Fingers

Fourth of July weekend is finally here and many are enjoying an extra day off. So, before you head out to the July 4th BBQ or Fireworks, take a few moments to get some nailspiration and polish up those paws. Peruse TME's slideshow and we've taking care to link to all of the "How-Tos" so that you get get started on your favorite Independence Day mani! FYI - You can get creative with your tootsies too!

Still looking for July 4th nailspiration? Or do you just love amazing nail art ideas? Check out “The Makeup Examiner’s Top Five Nail Art Blogs” and you’re sure to find amazing creativity! 

From Team TME - Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How Safe Is Your Nail Salon? 10 Tips for a Safe Manicure

Many of us frequent the nail salon and although we’ve all heard about the “dirty dangers,” we still throw caution to the wind in order to acquire a great looking set of nails. Seriously, a visit to your favorite nail salon could leave you walking away with more than a great looking set of nails. After all, you know that pathogens are right at home in the warm and wet environment that salons provide and proper sanitation is the only avenue of prevention. So, what is a girl to do?!? Well, you can start with these 10 Tips! 

10 Tips For A Safe Nail Salon Visit:

  1. Arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment so that you have time to glance around the salon. Does it appear clean and professional? A tidy salon is a good indication that the owner and technicians value cleanliness and more likely taking extra steps to sanitize their equipment and tools. If trashcans are overflowing and dust is collecting on shelves, do not trust that the footbaths and nail clippers are sanitary.
  2. Always look for the salon’s license, which should be posted on the wall near the entrance where clients can easily see it along with the technician’s licenses.
  3. How does the salon sterilize their tools? Some salons use UV sterilizers -- devices that resemble toaster ovens. A UV sterilizer does not kill bacteria. Instead, you should see bottle of disinfectant. Make sure the liquid does not appear cloudy or foggy, which is an indication that the liquid needs to be changed. Ask if they test their solution regularly with test strips.
  4. Look in the pedicure area. Are the technicians cleaning and disinfecting the footbaths after each use? Make sure the technicians use hot, soapy water to wash the tub. After being washed, the foot spas should be filled again with water.  The proper amount of disinfectant should be added to the water and the spa should be run for at least 10 minutes before being emptied out and wiped clean.
  5. If you are getting acrylic nails or fillings, make sure the nail technician washes her hands before getting started. She should also apply an antibacterial spray or gel to your hands. Make sure she is using sterilized or properly disinfected tools. Even nail files should be disinfected or discarded after each use. Look for a salon that has a set of tools for each client.
  6. Check the nail technician’s work area. Are the technicians cleaning and disinfecting their work areas after each client, replacing used towels with clean, fresh ones? Are used cotton balls, disposable nail files, and wooden tools thrown out properly?
  7. Don’t let the technician cut your cuticles. Cuticles provide natural protection against infection in your nail bed. So, rather than allowing the technician to cut them back, ask the technician to either leave them alone or gently push them back. Cutting cuticles is dangerous because it causes skin to tear, increasing your risk of infection.
  8. To further reduce the risk of infection, some salons provide file bags for individual customers. Each bag contains the tools technicians’ use for manicures and pedicures, such as files, manicure brushes and buffers. The tools are placed in a bag labeled with your name and are used on your nails only. They are cleaned and sterilized or disinfected before and after use. When done, the tools are placed into a plastic bag -- not airtight! -- ready for your next appointment. Some clients also prefer to bring their own manicure set.
  9. If you are still concerned about the risk of infection, consider going to a med spa for your regular nail appointments. Med spas are overseen by a physician, ensuring that the environment, tools, and equipment are cleaned and sterilized or disinfected before and after each client.
  10. If you ever have concerns about your local nail salon you can always call your State Board of Cosmetology. The State Boards of Cosmetology are in place to look out for the clients well being. TME Tip: Many states have websites that allow you to look up the status of professional licensure. 
While there is never a guarantee that you’ll leave a nail salon germ-free, hopefully Robert’s tips will lessen the chances of that happening. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

How To Wear Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

By now you’ve probably heard that Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced on Dec. 7, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2018. The explanation behind this particular hue -- “Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.”

While this hue is not exactly a personal favorite, we’re all for some major chill in a world that seems to often leave us spinning out to find a bit of calm. The global recognition that color has a direct effect on mood is one that we concur with and one that we practice. As we previously stated, Ultra Violet is not a favorite hue however it’s one that we can absolute incorporate into our surroundings to help inspire focus and community -- for which we could all use a little more of. Incorporating Ultra Violet into your look is far easier than you think! To get you started, here are few of Team TME’s picks.


If you’re feeling a little bold, check out Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup in “Brilliant Amethyst” ($10.99). It transforms all hair shades and textures, even the darkest hair and is a healthier alternative to permanent color thanks to no ammonia, no peroxide and no parabens.


COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers Shadows in “Purple Pop” ($3.99) or COVERGIRL Melting Pout Metallics Liquid Lipstick in “AMPED” ($7.99) can help you to easily incorporate this hue into your look!


Try butter London’s Ultra Violet ($10)! butter LONDON does not add Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, or TPHP to any of its nail product formulas and is always on point!


Add a bit of Ultra Violet to your daily beauty ritual with one or more of ghd’s stylers for its Nocturne Collection ($99 to $249)! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hottest Nail Trends For Summer 2015 With Deborah Lippmann ‘Painted Desert’ Collection

Inspired by Coachella, Deborah Lippmann has launched sexy new shades for Summer 2015. The new collection “Painted Desert” features shades that give a nod to the free spirit feel of summer. The Summer 2015 Painted Desert Collection features four brand news shades: Shifting Sands, Terra Nova, Love In the Dunes and Desert Moon, which will be available May 2015.

The Striped Negative Space Nail Look For Summer 2015


Step 1: Apply Deborah Lippmann Fast Girls base coat and let dry fully.
Step 2: Using French tip guides, or thin pieces of scotch tape (1/8-inch recommended), place two across the middle of each nail to create a total of three areas to paint. (Note: one color will ultimately be painted at the moon/base, one color in the middle and one color at the tip).
Step 3: One nail at a time, paint a section with one of the four shades from the Summer 2015 Painted Desert collection: Shifting Sands, Terra Nova, Love In The Dunes and Desert Moon. Wait two minutes to dry.
Step 4: Quickly and carefully lift the scotch tape or tip guides, then repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining nails.
Step 5: Carefully apply a second coat of color to each nail with a nail art detail brush, waiting two minutes to dry.
Step 6: Finish the look by applying a Deborah Lippmann topcoat, such as Addicted To Speed.

Products Used: Deborah Lippmann Fast Girls Base Coat ($20), Deborah Lippmann Shifting Sands Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015 - $18), Deborah Lippmann Terra Nova Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015 - $18), Deborah Lippmann Love In the Dunes Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015 - $18), Deborah Lippmann Desert Moon Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015 - $18) and Deborah Lippmann Addicted To Speed Top Coat ($20).

The Ombré Nail Look For Summer 2015


Step 1: Apply a Deborah Lippmann base coat, such as the new All About That Base.
Step 2: Think of the length of your nail in stripes of seven horizontal sections. Stipple the 7 colors in the following order from down at the base up the nail towards the tip: Shifting Sands, You’ve Got A Friend, Terra Nova, Let’s Stay Together, Love In The Dunes, Desert Moon and Come Fly With Me. To “Stipple”, use a small nail art brush with a little bit of color on it to make tiny, uneven dots. Use a light, swift hand and a small amount of polish and quickly dab the brush to help blend the colors together. Wait two minutes to dry.
Step 3: Repeat step 2, waiting two minutes to dry. Working on the gradation of two colors at a time blends the easiest. Think of the dots intertwining to transition colors and create an ombré effect.
Step 4: Finish the look by applying Deborah Lippmann Addicted To Speed top coat.

Products Used: Deborah Lippmann All About That Base CC Base Coat ($20), Deborah Lippmann Shifting Sands Nail Lacquer, Deborah Lippmann You’ve Got a Friend Nail Lacquer (sold in a set of fashion sizes, 15th Anniversary I’ve Gotta Be Me Limited Edition Collection - $49), Deborah Lippmann Terra Nova Nail Lacquer, Deborah Lippmann Let’s Stay Together Nail Lacquer (sold in a set of fashion sizes, Recipe for Love Limited Edition Collection - $36), Deborah Lippmann Love In the Dunes Nail Lacquer, Deborah Lippmann Desert Moon Nail Lacquer, Deborah Lippmann Come Fly With Me Nail Lacquer (sold in a set of fashion sizes, 15th Anniversary Until Your Dreams Come True Limited Edition Music Box - $195), and Deborah Lippmann Addicted To Speed Top Coat.

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Painted Desert Collection will be available May 2015 online at Deborah Lippmann and at select retail locations such as Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Nail Trends For Spring And Summer 2015

Before you can wear the nail trends for Spring/Summer 2015, you may want to take a good look at your hands and feet. With months of cold temperatures, your hands have probably taken a bit of a beating and if you’re like a lot of women you may not have bothered with pedis.

First, invest in spa gloves and socks! Our pick - Spa Sister Moisture Enhancing Gloves and Socks ($7/each). They’re inexpensive and they work!

Hand Care:

Wash your hands with gentle soap, pat dry and apply Rituals Miracle Scrub in Ginseng & Ginkgo Biloba ($17). Gently massage and rinse. Hands are left super soft and as you massage your palms, you’re hitting reflexology points, which lends to a sense of well-being. Apply your favorite hand cream and slide on those spa gloves.

Foot Care:

Soak your feet in warm water and the oil of your choose. Pat dry. Apply Footlogix Callus Softener Exfoliating Formula ($24) and work with Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Set ($199) to remove dead skin cells. Rinse feet with warm water, pat dry, apply L’Occitane Shea Butter Apricot Solidarity Balm ($6) and slip on your spa socks!

Now that your hands and feet are soft, you’re ready for Spring & Summer 2015!

Nail Art is still hot and we’ve found a brand that makes it easy with on-trend colors. KB Shimmer ($8.75) offers glitter-infused nail lacquer in an array off colors, as well as insanely cool holographic shimmers.

Half Moon Manicures With Color, Double-Tipped French Manicures and (shockingly) Classic Manicures are all in for S/S 2015! Gabriel Cosmetics just introduced its Cabana Collection -- consisting of five tropical inspired hues ($8.50/each), this is the set that you want for the season!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Experts Guide To Flattering Colors For You

Skin tone fluctuates throughout the year. Therefore, the hues that looked amazing on you throughout the warmer months could easily make you look tired and washed out in the winter. And, we all have experienced the challenges of choosing flattering “change-over” shades for our hair color, nail polish and lipsticks. Fortunately, Kari Hill, Tom Bachik and Billy B. -- Experts from L’Oréal Paris -- have shared some tips on how to choose the most flattering shades … along with product recommendations to make the seasonal color transition a little easier!

Kari Hill, L’Oréal Paris Consulting Hair Colorist – Expert Tip: Instead of using the face, I look at the forearm to determine a more precise and unaffected matching of skin tone. When choosing hair color, in addition to skin tone, you should also consider your natural eye color, present choice of makeup, desired maintenance/upkeep and the time of year.

Cool haircolor tones look best on skin with cool undertones, which can range from blue or pink on fair skin to even an olive undertone for darker. On fair skin, L’Oréal Paris Mousse Absolue in Lightest Icy Blonde or Feria Absolute Platinum typically looks great. For darker skin, consider L’Oréal Paris Mousse Absolue Icy Dark Brown or Superior Preference Luminere Black Sapphire.

Warm haircolor tones look best on skin with golden or yellow undertones, regardless of dark or light skin. Some at-home hair color options that look good on warm skin tones include, L’Oréal Paris Mousse Absolue Lightest Golden Blonde, L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème Medium Golden Blonde or L’Oréal Paris Feria Dark Gold Blonde.

Neutral toned haircolor is the closest tone that could complement a wide variety of skin tones. I liken a neutral color to the tone of a child’s hair. Here are some haircolor options for accommodating varied skin tones: L’Oréal Paris Mousse Absolute Pure Dark Blonde, Feria Very Light Natural Blonde, or Superior Preference Natural Blonde.

Tom Bachik, L’Oréal Paris Global Nail Artist – Expert Tip: When choosing nail shades, keep it simple and think in warm or cool tones. The easiest way is to look on the underside of your arms. If your veins are mostly purple in tone, then you’re more cool skin toned. If your veins are mostly greenish in tone, then you’re more warm skin toned. Another tip – think about the colors you like to wear and the same palette will likely work for nail shades.

For cool skin tones look at rich berries (L’Oréal ParisColour Riche Nail in Violet Vixen), deep purples (L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Paparazzi Pleaser) and Bright Blues (L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Not a Cloud in Sight).

For warm skin tones, I like burnt reds (L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Red Tote), warm dusty rose tones (L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Spice Things Up) and rich corals (L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Tangerine Crush).

Billy B., L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist – Expert Tip: When it comes to choosing a good lip color, I not only look at skin tone, but also pay attention to eye color, hair color and what my clients are wearing.

Generally, I used the below guidelines for skin tone and lipsticks:
  • Olive – nudes (L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Nude Ballet) pinks, oranges (L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Volcanic) and reds (L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red) 

  • Fair – bold shades in pink and red (L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm Pop in Bold Blush and Fiery Red,) 

  • Darker skin tones – Bold, rich colors like burgundy, browns (L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact) berry colors (L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Enduring Berry) and deep reds (L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Glossy Balm in Petite Plum).

For more information about L’Oréal products, or to find a retailer near you, visit L’Oréal Paris.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nails Take Center Stage at Cosmoprof Asia 2014

Guess what? The Nail Art trend isn’t going away anytime soon! With the market share having grown exponentially in recent years, nail polishes have rooted their position as substantial revenue generators in the cosmetic market. Reflecting this dynamism, 2014 Cosmoprof Asia focuses on the Nail and Accessories sector.

Nail events, products, and famed industry personalities take centre stage at the 19th edition of Cosmoprof Asia -- Asia’s premier professional beauty exhibition. Taking place November 12-14 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, this year's edition brings together more than 2,350 exhibitors.

Apart from the extensive product showcase, the Nail and Accessories sector is further enlivened by the "International Nail Days", a 3-day engaging program connecting nail professionals and promoting knowledge exchange.

Korea spotlights "International Nail Days" as it is one of the most lucrative nail markets in the region driven by the "Korean Wave". On Nov. 12, Korean nail artists Park Na Yeong and Kim Kyoung Ha will introduce the nail patterns and decorative parts that are most popular among K-Pop stars. Stay tuned for Nailspiration!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NARS Nails Reformulated

NARS announced June 30, the introduction of NARS new Nail Polish, which is a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

The comprehensive 43-shade ($20 each) collection includes 19 new shades and 24 fan favorites for a full range of lacquered looks. Base and Top Coats complete the chip-defying, color-enhancing trifecta for an iconic nail look with serious staying power.

  1. Amarapura - Silver chrome
  2. Blow-up - Mandarin orange
  3. Delos - Copper brown infused with gold
  4. Elbrus - Plum
  5. Fearless - Bright pink violet
  6. Ikiru - Light blue
  7. Ithaque - Light pink
  8. Kalymnos - Lilac
  9. La Notte - Navy
  10. Milos - Rich gold
  11. Mots Bleus - Storm blue
  12. Night Out - Bright true blue
  13. Obscura - Lavender charcoal
  14. Paradiso - Strawberry pink
  15. Paros - Red brown
  16. Pastorale - Rose gold
  17. Thasos - Mint green
  18. Torre del Oro - Cherry red
  19. Zakynthos - Beige

NARS “Reformulated” will be available July 15 at NARS and NARS Boutiques and August 1 at Sephora and select retail locations. #NARSissist

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NARS Introduces 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Collection For NARS

Receiving a sneak peek of this collection during New York Fashion Week, NARS revealed June 17, an exciting nail collaboration for Fall 2014 with famed fashion designer Phillip Lim. The 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Collection includes nine limited edition nail shades inspired by the “colors that exist in the shadows.”

The collection combines Phillip’s signature style with NARS’ iconic and audacious beauty philosophy. Rich jewel tones and contrasting neutrals in a long-lasting formula with a high-gloss finish evoke the modern mood of the season, while a covetable canvas pochette ($80) designed exclusively for NARS perfectly fits the season’s well-edited nail wardrobe.

The 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Collection For NARS Shades Include:

  • ANARCHY - Angora
  • OTHER SIDE - Bitter Chocolate
  • HELL-BENT - Lacquer Red
  • WRONG TURN - Graphite
  • GOLD VIPER - Champagne
  • DARK ROOM - Blue Denim
  • SHUTTER - Black Sea Green
  • CROSSROADS - African Violet
  • INSIDIOUS* - Black Bronze

NARS and Phillip Lim have a long-standing relationship collaborating over the past 14 seasons on the 3.1Phillip Lim runway show during New York Fashion Week since the Fall 2007. The 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Collection For NARS ($20) will be available on July 15 at NARS and NARS Boutiques, with an August 1 availability at Sephora and selectretail locations. *Exclusive to NARS and NARS Boutiques.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

OPI Releases Six New Neon Nail Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of six new neon nail lacquers, the brand’s first full size neon shades, along with Put a Coat On! -- a special white base coat that instantly boosts neon color. Neons by OPI arrive just in time for summer, with electric hues in shades of lemon-lime, tangerine, hot pink, coral, lime and purple.

“With hands and feet constantly on display during warmer months, wearing nail lacquer is a must,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “I am a big fan of bright colors for summer, and Neons by OPI delivers a bold look that pairs perfectly with sun-kissed skin. To really make the neon shades pop, I recommend using Put a Coat On!, a new white base coat developed to be worn with bright lacquer hues to further enhance color.

“These six shades are the first full-size neons OPI has ever released,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With large demand for new bright lacquers, this collection is a welcome addition to OPI’s permanent line.”

Neons by OPI include:

  • Life Gave Me Lemons - This citrusy lemon-lime hits the spot every time!
  • You are So Outta Lime! - Here comes trouble and she’s wearing this outspoken lime green! 
  • Juice Bar Hopping - This tangerine cream makes me jump for joy! 
  • Hotter than You Pink - Just when you think pink can’t get any hotter, there’s this!
  • Push & Pur-Pull - This forceful purple has got me coming and going! 
  • Down to the Core-al - The beauty of this brilliant coral goes beyond skin deep. 
  • Put a Coat On! - Amp up any bright shade with this color-boosting base coat.

Neons by OPI will also be available in GelColor, marking the launch of OPI’s first neon gel shades. GelColor is a professional salon service that offers a high-shine, 100% gel finish that lasts for weeks with a 30 second LED cure.

“If you’re planning a summer vacation, try a GelColor manicure or pedicure,” said Weiss-Fischmann. “Not only will your neon nails look fabulous, they’ll remain chip-free and flawless while you’re having fun in the sun.”

Neons by OPI are currently available in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas. Nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application and will retail for $9 ($10.95 CAN) at Professional Salons and ULTA

Thursday, May 22, 2014

INGLOT Cosmetics Launches ‘Exotic Lagoon’ Summer Collection Nail Enamel

INGLOT Cosmetics expanded its O2M Nail Enamels on Wednesday, May 21, with an introduction of the Exotic Lagoon Collection. INGLOT´s new collection, of six amazing hues, is designed to take you on an incredible color trip through the coastal lagoon.

If you can’t physically escape, take your imagination on a magical journey from the build-up of earthy sand color to the beautiful warm soft blue of shallow coastal waters, passing through amazing shades of red and mauve coral reef tones.

Exotic Lagoon Shades:

  • 695 - Sand
  • 696 - Coral
  • 697 - Reef
  • 698 – Salmon
  • 699 - Pink
  • 700 – Lavender

With the O2M’s unique breathable formulation INGLOT has revolutionized the world of nail beauty. The breathable nail enamel allows oxygen and water to pass through to the nails surface. The oxygenation ensures better health care for nails while enhancing their beauty. Use with INGLOT’s O2M Breathable Base and O2M Breathable Top Coat.

INGLOT Cosmetics Exotic Lagoon Summer Collection Nail Enamels ($15) do not include toluene, formaldehyde, DBP, or camphor and are not tested on animals. The Exotic Lagoon Collection is available online at INGLOT and in over 460 retail locations worldwide.

Monday, March 24, 2014

OPI Partners with Coca-Cola On Nail Lacquer Launch

OPI has announced a collaboration with Coca-Cola for a nail lacquer line. The OPI limited edition nail lacquers are inspired by several of the Company’s most recognized brands, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, Sprite and Fanta.

Kate Dwyer, Group Director Worldwide Licensing, The Coca-Cola Company stated, “Coca-Cola has a long history of collaborations with beauty and lifestyle brands to further connect with consumers and tastemakers in a way that is meaningful and relevant for them.” OPI Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann remarked that, “As the global leader in the professional nail industry, OPI is thrilled to partner with the world’s top beverage company. These two iconic brands truly deliver happiness in a bottle – whether it’s a refreshing, invigorating sip of Coke or a set of fingers and toes perfectly polished with OPI nail lacquer.”

The sneak peek photo from OPI promises a fun nail lacquer line full of the free-spirited feelings of summer. OPI will launch the limited edition line, Internationally, in June! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nail Polish Trends Monthly Report

Courtesy of Julep Beauty
Julep Beauty released, today, March 12, its Monthly Nail Polish Color Report. The Report is a snapshot of the top nail polish trends and is based upon both customer preferences and recent sales data.

March Nail Polish Trends from Julep Beauty:
  • Soft Pastels - Sherbet shades like Julep's Rae, a radiant orchid creme that's an exact match to the Pantone 2014 Color of the Year; Elisa, a soft wisteria shimmer; and Lilou, a lemon chiffon creme, were top sellers in Julep's March Maven box. 
  • Sheer White - White is always a fresh choice for spring and consumers and fashion designers alike are gravitating toward airy, alabaster tones with translucent finishes. It's unsurprising that Julep's Soraphine, a classic sheer white creme, was a top choice for March. 
  • Blues - From cobalt to pale cornflower made a strong statement on the spring runway. Julep's Monaco, a dazzling mariner blue creme that's an exact match to the Pantone 2014 Color of Spring; Margaret, a light periwinkle creme; and Tania, a mermaid teal glitter, were also top sellers.
  • Deep Coral - Pink, red, and orange-tinted coral hues dominated the runway at Spring Fashion Week. In March, Julep Mavens went crazy over Harriet, a guava coral creme shade that brings French Riviera flair to nails.

TME’s opinion is that it’s somewhat difficult to state that a report is “of the consumer” while referencing Pantone’s Color Reports. With that said - soft pastels and translucent white are generally on-trend for Spring. Blue of all hues have been popular for several seasons, and TME is lovin’ periwinkle. As for deep corals, these hues have always been more for Summer. But with the polar vortex, can the summer get here quickly enough?

Courtesy of Pantone

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

OPI launches ‘Brazil Collection’ for Spring/Summer 2014

Brazil by OPI launched today, Feb. 5, and the collection fresh and vibrant bringing the colors of the tropics to nails and toes for Spring/Summer 2014. This new collection features a palette ranging from bright hues of red, pink, coral, orange and yellow to earthy tones of taupe, sienna, mocha and jungle green.
In addition to 12 nail lacquers, the Brazil launch includes a set of four limited edition Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini neon nail lacquers in bold purple, pink, turquoise and yellow shades with a textured, matte finish.

 Brazil by OPI includes the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas:

  • Next Stop…The Bikini Zone - Amethyst-toned pewter
  • Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around – A creamy nude
  • Taupe-less Beach – An enticing taupe
  • I São Paulo Over There – On trend mocha
  • OPI Scores a Goal! – A rich, deep chocolate
  • AmazON…AmazOFF – Insanely deep jungle green
  • I Just Can’t Cope-acabana – The perfect sunny yellow
  • Where Did Suzi’s Man-go? – A delicious mango shade
  • Toucan Do It If You Try – The perfect orange hue
  • Kiss Me I’m Brazilian – Warm, luscious pink
  • Live.Love.Carnaval – A festive coral
  • Red Hot Rio – A hot ruby red
Brazil Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini pack includes the following shades: Samba-dy Loves Purple, I’m Brazil Nuts Over You, What’s a Little Rain Forest?, and You’re So Flippy Floppy.

Brazil by OPI ($9) and Beach Sandies ($12.95) are available at OPI and mass retailers nationwide.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection Preview For 2014

Courtesy of OPI
Nicole by OPI has collaborated with six-time Grammy winner, Carrie Underwood to launch 14 nail lacquers inspired by Carrie. The collection features a beautiful mix of colors and textures that are as diverse as the singer herself.

While many of us rolls our eyes each time a celebrity “collaborates” with a beauty brand, this collection in one where the celebrity actually worked with OPI! The Carrie Underwood Collection will also be the first to feature the new Nicole logo. So, what’s in store for fans? A stunning limited-edition nail lacquer collection that is completely reflective of Carrie’s personality.

The Carrie Underwood Collection includes:
  • Carrie’d Away - Carrie’s own gold record signature shade!
  • Lips are Dripping Honey- A multi-gold glitter
  • Southern Charm – A charming nude shade
  • Sweet Daisy – Pretty peach
  • Carnival Cotton Candy - Spun sugar pink … just like cotton candy
  • Goodbye Shoes - Funky gray-green
  • Backstage Pass - Brown with purple nuances
  • Sing You Like a Bee – Stunning frost
  • Party Bus – Party perfect confetti glitter
  • Love My Pups - Sweet baby pink
  • Color Me Country - Hot pink
  • Some Hearts - Coral
  • American as Apple Pie - Classic red
  • Fisher Queen - Eggplant

The limited-edition Carrie Underwood Collection for Nicole by OPI will be available January 2014 at massretailers across the US ($7.99) and Canada ($10.99). Nicole by OPI, and Carrie Underwood, fans can visit the brand’s Facebook page for interesting details and offers.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

OPI Announces New Limited Edition Mariah Carey Pure

Inspired by Mariah Carey, OPI has bottled luxury for the holidays. Elegant and dazzling, Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Leaf Top Coat adds precious metal texture over any OPI shade or can be worn alone for a subtle but luxurious look. This genuine18 karat white gold & silver leaf topcoat comes packaged in a special limited edition collectable box.

“OPI is known for creating unique textured nail finishes and this sophisticated top coat is the ultimate must-have accessory. Whether you prefer gold or silver this combination adds a glamorous touch to fingers and toes,” says Suzi Weiss- Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “This luxurious top coat was inspired by Mariah Carey’s extravagant style and allows us to embrace our inner diva without breaking the bank. It takes nails to the next level!”

As with all OPI nail lacquers, Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat ($30) features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. This limited edition promotion is available now at ULTA

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Dr. Phoebe Rich offers tips to keep your nails looking healthy

Recently while changing up nail polish, The Makeup Examiner noticed that her nails were not looking to lovely. Although, nails are often one of the first things that people notice about you, TME’s concern was less of a vanity issue and far more one of overall health. So she turned to board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Phoebe Rich for answers.

Dr. Rich is also a clinical adjunct professor of dermatology at Oregon Health Science University and created a “healthy nail care” video in collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The first bit of advice from Dr. Rich, “Always keep your nails clean and dry”. She went on to share, “Never bite your nails or remove the cuticle. Not only do these actions damage the nail, they also increase the risk of infection.” The advice that she offered was amazingly full-spectrum and included our often-neglected toenails.

What beautynista doesn’t love to have pretty and healthy nails? And in fact, healthy nails are the first step to pretty nails. Here’s the lowdown on easy nail care:

  • For fingernails, keep them shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.
  • When filing your fingernails, go in one direction straight across the top and then slightly round the slide. By filing in one direction, versus back and forth like a saw, you keep the nail fibers down and lessen the likelihood of hangnails.
  • Do not use your fingernails as a tool, such as opening pop-top cans or removing staples from papers.
  • For toenails, trim them regularly and keep them shorts as to avoid trauma or injury.
  • If your toenails are difficult to cut, soak your feet in warm salt water for 5 minutes before you trim them.
  • Never “dig out” ingrown toenails, see a dermatologist for treatment.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly to avoid “squishing” your toes.
  • The best way to avoid catching a nail fungus, (or other fungi), at a publish pool or the shower at the gym is to always wear water-shoes such as flip-flops.
 One thing that Dr. Rich emphasis, “If you notice changes in the look of your nails, experience swelling, or have pain, see a board-certified dermatologist.” Changes, such as the ones that Dr. Rich mentions, can be an indicator of other health issues such as diabetes or poor circulation, which can affect your overall health.