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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Makeup Examiner’s Fall 2013 Nail Trends Guide

Perhaps some people are so over seeing nail art, but one peruse on Pinterest and you’ll happily see that the nail art trend isn’t going away anytime soon. As The Makeup Examiner has written before, nails are the final frontier of acceptable self-expression. While we may not break out our sexy red lipstick or our favorite pair of funky earrings to work, we can still sport expressive nails and no one is likely to say anything.

Although nail art is a form of unique self-expression, it’s time to change up the colors, designs, and check out the new nail lacquer offerings for Fall 2013. To bring you current with what’s in store for your manicure, The Makeup Examiner has put together a list of the best Fall 2013 nail trends. And, oh my, brands have been hard at work creating everything from easy-to-use textured finishes to insane holographic shine, and amazing seasonal colors.

Oxblood - This deep, rich red is a TME favorite and is a color that will carry all the way through winter. Pictured are Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer in Bordeaux Lust ($32), Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored High-Shine Nail Lacquer in Jezebel ($18) and Zoya Nail Polish in Janice ($8).

Navy -NARS Nail Polish in 413 BLKR ($19), Essie Nail Polish in After School Boy Blazer ($8), and OPI Nail Lacquer in Incognito in Sausalito ($6.95).

Amethyst - Lancôme Vernis in Love in Purple Fiction ($15), Zoya Nail Polish in Neve ($8) and China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Charmed I'm Sure ($3.99) all offer a perfect breakaway from bright purple.

Coffee -The best way to describe this color trend is “Coffee the way you take it!” Some days The Makeup Examiner likes it straight up like Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Taint ($17) and sometimes it’s more like SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in UnComplicated ($12). No matter how you like your coffee, stick with the warm tones in this hue and you can’t go wrong.

Burnt Orange - Initially, bright orange dominated everything from lipstick to blusher to polish for Summer 2013, now that we’re moving into the cooler months, burn it! Butter London Nail Lacquer in Sunbaker ($15), Priti Nail Polish in Giant Granadilla ($13.50) and Ciate London Nail Polish in Skinny Dip ($15) offer the perfect hues of Burnt Orange for Fall 2013.

Steel Grey - Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Pedal to the Metal and Impeccable Greys ($3.99 each) and RBG Nail Color in Steel ($16) offer multiple options for this season’s grey hue

Metallic Colors - Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Nail Lacquer - Tom Pecheux's Metal Mania ($20 each), Topshop Nail Polish in Hart of Gold ($12), OPI Nail Lacquer in Peace, Love, and OPI ($9), Orly Nail Lacquer in Angel Rain ($8), and Essie Nail Polish in For the Twill of It ($8). This array of metallic shades shows the versatility and pure fun of this season’s trend. Metallic will easily carry you through into the winter months too!

Texture Me - For those that love textured nail polishes and lacquers, this season has no shortage of offerings. From matte finish glitter to high gloss sequin, you are only bound by your imagination when it comes to textured polishes. Pictured here are Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Nail Color in Tight Knit and Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Sugar Fix ($5.99 each).

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

CoverGirl NFL Style Lounge Locations


NFL Style Lounges inside select stadiums will offer complimentary CoverGirl fanicures featuring home team-inspired nail art using CoverGirl nail polish. Fans visiting the lounge will not only get to shop for the newest fan gear made just for women, but also will have opportunities to consult with a professional stylist, listen to music performed by an on-site DJ and strut their gameday glam style in a team-themed photo booth. 

Style Lounges will take place at the following home games: Atlanta Falcons (9/29), Chicago Bears (10/6), Houston Texans (10/13), Jacksonville Jaguars (10/20), Philadelphia Eagles (10/27), Dallas Cowboys (11/3), New York Giants (11/10), Denver Broncos (11/17), Arizona Cardinals (11/24), and Tennessee Titans (12/15).

CoverGirl announces team up with NFL for fanicures

CoverGirl announced today, Sep. 3 the launch of the official NFL CoverGirl fanicure collection and the announcement comes just in time for Kickoff 2013 between the Ravens and the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night. The iconic American cosmetics brand is teaming up in support of America’s favorite pastime and will give female fans a unique opportunity to show support for their favorite team.

Via official CoverGirl NFL fanicures, which are inspired by all 32 NFL team logos and colors, we now have the perfect avenue to show our team spirit. If you’ve ever been to a tailgate party or a game, you recognize the passion that goes into being a true team fan. Of course our passion for our favorite team isn’t just about the competition on the field on game day. If you think about it, support for our favorite team occurs everywhere, at home, when we’re out with friends … even at the office. With 32 customized CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss bundles, one combination per team, we get to easily show our team loyalty by wearing our heart on our hands for our home team.

The official CoverGirl NFL nail polishes will be available beginning Thursday, Sep. 5 at CoverGirl. In addition to customized colors for the season, CoverGirl is also going to provide fans the opportunity to receive fanicures at select games. Inside stadiums, CoverGirl will have NFL Style Lounges and outside the stadium CoverGirl will offer mobile manicure stations. Too cool! While you’re waiting for Kickoff 2013, you can peruse CoverGirl’s Facebook page and check it out all season for inspiration.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2nd Annual Online Nail Extravaganza Contest launches

Ride Aid announced on May 14 the launch of their 2nd Annual Online Nail Extravaganza contest. The digital campaign aims to celebrate one of the hottest beauty trends … nail art! In its second year, Rite Aid’s “Nail Extravaganza” is based around the “Search for the Rite Aid Nail Enthusiast,” which is a two-round contest that gives beauty amateurs and pros alike, a chance to win.

This year's nail extravaganza features as an interactive Color Studio with exclusive product coupons, a library of trend videos and searchable database of submission photos that will be updated in real time. And Rite Aid is going all out for this contest by utilizing multiple social medias such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The contest's first round is running today through May 24.

On May 24, the top 20 vote getters will advance onto round two and will be mailed a standard palette of nail products from contest sponsors including Essie, L'Oreal, Maybelline Color Show, Sally Hansen, Sinful Colors, Wet n Wild, CoverGirl, Jesse's Girl, JulieG, Kiss, NutraNail Gel Perfect, Pretty Woman, Blue Cross Beauty Products, SensatioNail and Pink Armor Nail Gel.

Then beginning on June 10, the 20 new designs will be judged for originality, complexity and visual appeal by three expert judges; Revlon Senior Vice President Annette Falso, Kiss Nail Dress Brand Ambassador and Nail Files reality show star Katie Cazorla, and popular beauty blogger Julie G, whose line of polish with Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics is available exclusively at Rite Aid. On June 20, the grand prize winner will be chosen by scoring the expert judges' votes. For complete contest information visit and check out Rite Aid’s Facebook page to join in on the fun!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Makeup Examiner’s Top Five Nail Art Blogs


It’s not news that we’re obsessed with the creativity of nail art. With many beauty trends coming from an artistic collaboration between fashion designer and makeup artist, nail art is one area of beauty that truly belongs to the consumer … the streets … the blogger. Aside from the charm and fun of nail art, perhaps the true driving force for this happy obsession is due to the real origin of inspiration.

When we're searching for nailspiration, The Makeup Examiner isn’t poring over fashion magazines … we hit the Internet. Don’t we all? Now that spring has finally sprung and we’re headed toward what promises to be a gorgeous S/S 2013 beauty season, it’s time for a change. Step away from the rich dark hues of winter, reap the benefits from The Makeup Examiner’s research, and get some nailspiration from TME’s Top 5 Nail Art Blogs.

The Swatchaholic – This blog is “the official home of a nail polish lover,” and the blog definitely lives up to its tagline. Readers can check out the latest posts on the blog's homepage or jump to archives of the Nail of the Day and Konad of the Day postings. The Swatchaholic promotes upcoming posts and conducts polls about nail polish, discontinued shades, and more.

Chit Chat Nails – Marta, a SAHM from Ontario, is another self-proclaimed nail polish addict. And this mama’s blog has it all! Marta spends a good deal of time researching everything nail polish related, so that you don’t have to. The Chit Chat Nails blog is chock full of the latest nail trends and easy to follow tips.

Chromatic Misadventures - Claudia Paniza, the mind behind Chromatic Misadventures, is a 30-something New Yorker who knows her polish. Chromatic Misadventures is perfect for polish lovers who are obsessed with the latest colors. Beyond her daily posts and brilliant photos, Claudia links followers to other nail polish blogs, manufacturer sites, nail polish contests, and polish giveaways.

Katrina's Nail Blog – The Makeup Examiner is in love with this fun and inspired blog! Katrina is a college student from Michigan who “paints her nails instead of doing her homework.” Too cute, but I don’t believe that a young women with that much brilliance and talent is bailing on homework. As for Katrina's Nail Blog, readers are taken on a step-by-step guide to true nailspiration.

A Polish Problem - Self-proclaimed nail polish addict, Megan is a SAHM. Megan shares her enduring obsession with nail products and visiting A Polish Problem is like having your own personal shopper. Between the honest product feedback and very personal experiences of struggles with nail infections, readers can discover the best products on the market and possible avoid a nasty experience.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring and Easter 2013 nail art inspirations

Spring Nail Art Trends

Despite a continued chill in the air and an expectation of more snow … spring has indeed arrived. Bright spring colors, along with pretty pastels are beginning to pop up. And with Easter celebrations just a week away, it’s time to put away the dark hued polishes and change up your nail polish colors.

In many situations such as work, school and Easter observances, we often have to tone down our hair, makeup and fashion. But the exception seems to be nail art. Nails are sort of the last frontier where it is completely expectable to really express our individuality. So with that in mind, The Makeup Examiner has put together a few spring and Easter nail art inspirations!

Color Blocking: This is one of the hottest nail art trends for Spring 2013. Create you nail art designs by using two shades of bold, bright colors. The shades can be either quirky contrasting or matching complementary. Either way that you decide to go, try one of this season’s hottest colors like tangerine, hot pink or turquoise.

Pretty Flower Power: Spring is usually filled with florals and 2013 is no exception. Floral nail art continues to be a major trend for this season and this is another look where you can choose to be demure with pastels or fun with bold hues.

Polka Dots: Is there any nail art design that is easier to do? A polka dot design is extremely versatile, which gives you so many options. Try pink and black for a retro look or turquoise and white for a sweet, classic style. Also, experiment with both large and small polka dots.

Season Nail Art: We’ve spotted everything from social media inspired nail art to Christmas trees. This inspiration is easily carried into spring with designs like bunnies and Easter eggs for your Easter celebrations.

Matte French Mani: You probably aren’t thinking about black for spring, but check out the OPI Matte French Mani and you will change your mind! This is my favorite look for S/S 2013 and albeit a jump away from tradition, I dare you to try it.

Keep in mind that it does take practice to conquer a perfect nail look. And to achieve the best results you will want to use high quality nail polishes, along with clean nails and clean nail art tools. So, grab your favorite spring polish color, check out the slideshow and get started on your own gorgeous spring nail art style! Visit here for nail art tutorial.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Magazine “Nail It!” Hits Newsstands Today

Courtesy of Nail It!

If you weren’t sure about our obsession with nails, Nail It! confirms that our addiction with nail art is a trend that won’t be going anywhere soon. The first fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine for nail addicts hits newsstands today, Feb. 19, with the Nail it! March/April 2013 issue.

While nails are the main focus of the magazine, Nail It! also covers beauty, hair and makeup, as well as the latest in fashion and accessories. But again, the main focus is upon nails. The launch issue is just in time for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24 with an amazing spread that gives a nod to old Hollywood glamour and brings us right through to today’s fabulous nail trends.

From nail fashion to manicure tools, it’s in there. With a current bargain 12-month subscription price of $11.95, Nail It! is a must-have for any nail addict and this issue features free nail decals! Visit the Nail It! magazine website to find out where to grab the launch issue.

Monday, January 28, 2013

How To Repair Damaged Nails

Welcome to another Manic Makeup Monday article lovelies! Over the weekend, The Makeup Examiner received quite a few emails from readers who were asking questions about nail damage and overall nail health. Due to the shear volume, I though it a good idea to address the issue of nail care in the column.

The history of nail care and nail art can be traced back as far as 5000 B.C. India, when both men and women used henna to dye their nails. You’d think after so many years that nail care and healthy nails would be second nature to us. But, with many women having a strong desire to have those oh so pretty nails that can be had via acrylics, our passion wins over our sense for healthy nail care.

The Makeup Examiner has been very guilty of going the acrylic nail route. Aside from aggravation of maintenance, pain of removal, and the great potential for nail fungus; I grew rather concerned about the toxicity of acrylics when it occurred to me that the manicurists were donning facemasks. I can relate to “it hurts to be beautiful,” but I’m not willing to go toxic any longer and this is perhaps where you need to start.

While dry, brittle nails can have hereditary factors, lifestyle is a much greater contributor to unhealthy nails. It’s time to move away from fake nails! So, once you wean yourself off of your weekly visits for fill-ins, you can begin to take steps to get naturally beautiful nails.

Here are a few tips to help prevent and repair nail damage:

Hot Oil Treatment - One of the easiest and most inexpensive treatments can be found in your kitchen. Try an olive oil soak for your nails. Grab a glass bowl, add olive oil, heat in the microwave for 10 seconds and there you have a healthy, hot oil treatment for your nails. Remember to do this to polish free, clean nails.

Re-hydration – A fabulous, inexpensive product is Waxelene. I’m in love with this non-petroleum based stuff. Waxelene has a multitude of uses, one of which is it’s a fantastic nighttime treatment for your nails. Massage Waxelene into and around your nails at bedtime to get hydration back to your nails and cuticles.

Grab the gloves – I used to laugh at my mother for wearing rubber gloves when she did chores, but mom was smart to do so. Water and detergents do an amazing amount of damage to our nails. So, grab the gloves and apply moisturizer to your hands and nails.

Get off of the chemicals – Switch to non-acetone polish remover and try a water-based nail polish. Another absolute favorite product of mine is Acquarella. This water-based, non-toxic nail polish is odorless and since I switched from solvent-based lacquer to Acquarella, my nails are in amazing condition. 

The History of Nail Care and Nail Art

Archeologists have traced nail care as far back as 5000 B.C. India, where both men and women were found to have henna dyed nails. Moving forward 1000 years to 4000 B.C. Babylonia, tools made of gold were unearthed and determined to have been used to get the perfect mani!

During the Neolithic Era (China 3000 -1500 B.C.), the Chinese created a nail stain made from a mixture of beeswax, gelatin, egg whites and gum Arabic. A multitude of sources refer to 3000 B.C as the Ming Dynasty, which was in fact from 1368–1644 B.C., so although people of the Ming Dynasty did participate in staining their nails, nail stain for the Chinese began before then. The purpose of nail care and nail stain was tied to social status. Wearing intricate bamboo splints, men and women would grow their nails to 5 inches to show that they were above manual labor.

Egypt circa 1300 B.C., It was Queen Nefertiti (ca. 1370 B.C. – ca. 1330 B.C.) who introduced nail dyes to Egyptian society. Red dyed nails was the color of choice for the upper echelon of society and those of lesser status were forbidden to adorn their nails with this color.

Today, nail art has made a huge comeback. But it’s far from a new concept as the Chinese were adorning their nails with gold and silver in 600 B.C. and during the Inca Empire, (1500 A.D.), the Incans were painting their nails with animal images. Bringing us to 2013, the sky is the limit for nail art. We are hooked on nail embellishments and it seems that the more intricate, the better. Even polishes themselves contain texture making nail art easy for just about anyone!

©2013 Yvonne P. Mazzulo

Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter Hair and Nail Care Tips

The weekend is over and Monday has arrived once again. The Makeup Examiner has had a spell with lack of sleep and it is so feeling like a Mondaze, but such is life and you didn’t stop by to read about my quandary with sleep. So without further ado, Happy Monday my lovelies and let’s get to this Monday’s question!

Today’s Manic Makeup Monday question comes from TME reader Tailia W. of Alston, United Kingdom. Tailia ask: “My hair and nails look hideous during the winter. Any tips for my tresses and nails?”

With naturally curly hair that is already prone to frizzes, no matter if I wear it curly or wipe out the flat iron, I won this battle with a few simple steps. Also, I tend to wash my hands often, so keeping my nails looking good throughout the winter months in another battle that I finally won.

Let’s start with a few simple hair care tips. Maintaining moisture is key to gorgeous hair. So start with your shampoo and conditioner. Avoid shampoo that contains sulfates and opt for a conditioner that is specifically deep moisturizing. Using the proper conditioner is essential during the winter, but it’s a balancing act. While many swear by a twice-weekly deep conditioning treatment, this may produce overly conditioned, limp hair. Your hair doesn’t understand time, so conditioning treatments should be done when you need them. The last tip that I have about moisturizing your hair is one that always works for me. The leave-in conditioner! I recommend Sexy Hair Concepts Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Leave-In Conditioner (4.2 oz $12.50 USD).

Keeping dry heat away from our air is optimal, but not necessarily feasible. We aren’t likely to walk out the front door with our hair sopping wet during the winter. The Makeup Examiner spoke with Aleshia Hawkins, owner of Mane Station and 20 plus year veteran in the beauty industry. Aleshia states, “If you’re using a heat on your hair, such as a blow dryer or flat iron, you must use a heat protectant.” It’s rather logical advice. My flat iron heats up to 450 degrees, so yep, I’m protecting my hair against the heat. Aleshia recommended Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Spray (6.0 oz $20.00 USD).

As I stated above, I wash my hands often, so to keep my hands and nails pretty and free from cracked cuticles, moisturizer is key here as well. Hopefully, your using hand moisturizer throughout the day, but you also need to moisturize your nails and cuticles. A fabulous product that I’ve found is Waxelene (2.0 oz $7.00 USD). It’s a petroleum-free product that not only delivers amazing moisture to your nails and cuticles, it can be used anywhere that petroleum jelly can. So, you get a lot of bang for buck!

If you’re prone to hangnails, winter weather definitely makes them worse. Never pull a hangnail, instead reach for a nail clipper and gently remove the hangnail. Then apply an astringent. At bedtime, reach for a dab of anti-biotic cream like Neosporin. Another amazing nail product that I found to keep nails looking absolutely amazing and nourished is Acquarella Nail Water Color Polish (0.42 oz $16.00 USD). Acquarella polishes are water-based versus lacquer based. The Makeup Examiner has been using their polishes for a few months and I’m not likely to go back to a “conventional” polish.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Movember Inspired Nail Art

Happy Thursday my lovelies! Tomorrow is Friday, November 9 and for those of us in the United States, it’s been an exhausting week due to our presidential election, which was quite the nail biter! So Friday cannot come soon enough and the Makeup Examiner intends to break her schedule and actually enjoy the weekend. Speaking of nail biters…The Makeup Examiner has found an awesome way to support our guys, during Movember, via the cutest Movember inspired nail art!

Are you asking, “What is Movember?” Founded in Australia in 2003, Movember has developed into a global movement encouraging men to grow out their mustaches for the 30 days of November. By growing out their mustaches, men have the opportunity to educate and raise funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, which a whopping one in six men will experience their lifetime.

Oh no! Was that a collective groan regarding moustaches? Understandably, you may have a mixed reaction to a moustache on your man. But during Movember while our guys are growing out their moustaches, we should show our support and once you acquire the basic skill for a simple nail art moustache, the look is limited only be your own creativity.

Creating a moustache on your nail is not as difficult as you’d think. With a toothpick and a little patience, you can create this simple look with ease!

  1. Coat your nails with a soft pink, beige or blue.
  2. Using a toothpick and a black nail polish, make two black dots in the center of the beginning of your nail tip.
  3. Create two smaller dots on both sides of the center dots, close to the side of your nail.
  4. Connect the center dot to the smaller one with a curved line. Then connect the top of the dots with another curved line.
  5. Fill in the each side of the mustache with the toothpick using a stippling (dotting) motion.
  6. Add a topcoat and you're ready to go!
Check out the nail art moustache tutorial HERE! Once you’ve created your Movember nails, email The Makeup Examiner with a picture! Check back soon for a review of a whole new nail care and nail art system!