Fashion week in New York (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week) just ended, but the runway shows are still going strong all over Europe. When The Advice Sisters first started reporting on fashion shows way more than a decade ago, nails were hardly noticed, and even hair and makeup were just a bit player in the vision of the designers. But now, hair, makeup and nails are front and center, with designers creating their own colors for the runway, nail art for everyone (even DIY at home), and polish in every color of the rainbow. The point is, you will want to add some new and nifty products for nails to your Fall and Winter looks. Nails update your image easily, and show your personality, without having to go remove it all before you get to work in the morning. If you don’t like the way something looks, there is always nail polish remover to easily change it.
Yep! Nail Color is essential!
This season’s nail colors and products are meant for experimentation and play. The great news is that most of these products are relatively affordable to downright inexpensive. Here are some suggestions from six fabulous companies that will surprise and delight you. Express yourself, have fun, and make every day, an adventure!
They’re bold and bright, and fun to use. Revlon Nail Art ($8.99) offers an easy way to try this personalized trend, at home, with 30 shades and three different styles: the Revlon Nail Art Neon (really bold neon such as bold acid orange High Voltage” neon with a white base coat), Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy makes nails a show=stopper, with glittery top coats and deep base colors., such as the trendy lime green iridescent chunky glitter in “Meteor” to slide over an inky deep green base or “Galactic,” an intense deep blue base with chunky iridescent blue glitter that appears to be lit fro the top with a black light when you add the top coat. There is also and Revlon Nail Art Expressionist with a palette of 10 color combinations. All of these have dual-ended packaging. The photo above shows just a few of the products, but there are myriad possibilities. Mix and match — the point is just to have fun with it! TIP: glitter polish with larger pieces needs to be shaken, not stirred, so the glitter bits don’t fall to the bottom. Roll the bottle in your hands to distribute the glitter ad use a base coat . Add a top coat to cover up the “rough spots, especially important with chunky glitter.
Get Revlon Nail Art at drug and mass retailers and on Revlon.com
Nail polish is one way a woman can add a touch of personality, even if she works in a conservative office. For example, KBShimmer polishes are base color and sparkles in one, so you don’t have to apply layer upon layer. All of the polishes are custom blended and are “3-Free” (they do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde or Dibutyl Phthalate). At my count, there are at least 84 different nail products to choose from, some more bold than others. Personally, I love the nail polish ($8.75) “Blinded by the Bright,” a truly shockingly bright neon yellow with a party of colored glitter particles both large and small that still make me smile when I see it on my toenails peeking out from a peep-toe shoe. A couple of coats makes the look in the photo. Or make a bold statement with less bling but lots of “bold” with a bright, cranberry-red-bordering on hot-pink- polish from the new Fall collection called “every Nook and Cranberry.” As you can see from the small photo, the collection has shimmers, mattes and glitters in a variety of trendy bases. TIP: Removing glitter polish uses a similar technique to removing gel polish. Soak cotton balls with nail polish remover and let it sit for 5-10 minutes on your fingers (twist tin foil around the nail to cover). Then remove the polish and use more remover to get the residue.
Get yours online at https://www.kbshimmer.com/
What woman wouldn’t love dozens and dozens of color choices, and polish that costs just $2.99? But it’s attainable, if the polish is from Sinful Colors. This line always has trendy shades to choose from, and now they’ve introduced something called: SinfulShine™ which is a high-gloss, high shine nail polish with Gel TechTM. This is a self-curing polymer formula that claims to deliver the same high shine gloss as an acrylic UV-cured gel, but without the hassle of have to purchase and cure your nails under a special lamp.And according to the press literature, SinfulShine™ is five times more glossy than a patent leather shoe.” The formula also has a “Plasticizer System” for smooth application and it also helps prevents chipping. Even better, the products are made in the USA; and are Formaldehyde, Toluene and DPB free, never tested on animals. As you can see from the color dots above, there are plenty of shades. We tried a few of the new shades. My favorite is a slightly pearly mint green called “Man Hunt,” Followed by a creamy, grayed-blue called “Blue Suede Shoes.” For more trendy blues, try “break Away,” a creamy medium blue, or go deeper with a rich purple called Nouveau Purple.” There are plenty of more traditional shades as well, such as the pinky-nude “Tan Lines.” The color is very shiny, depending upon the shade (pearly shades like Man Hunt have a more subtle finish). They last a long time, too. Check the color chart above to see which of these 32 new shades are going to make it into your Fall nail collection, for less cash than a cappuccino!
Get Sinful Colors exclusively at Walgreens stores or http://www.walgreens.com
Editors like me may write about lots of brands, but we do have our favorites. One of mine is NARS. I am always amazed, and I love everything that NARS offers, I want. For Fall, for nails, I want “FURY” ($19.00)” It’s a rich, deep, clear purple that looks like it could be the color of a coveted bike frame, or a hot rod. But it’s for nails, of course!. Founder and Creative Director François Nars collection has lots of rich colors and I’ll be commenting on some of the other products in other Fall makeup features, but this NARS polish in Fury deserves a special call-out as a coveted and must-have item for fashionistas. All the NARS polishes are 4-free (Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde Resin). The finish is super shiny, and the polish offers UV protection to prevent discoloration. The advanced polymer system provides extended wear and a durable, chip-resistant finish. Two coats applied with a sure hand (thanks to the square, large, rubberized black topped-brush), gives you a sophisticated, trendy, and rich color. Like many NARS colors, this one will look different on your hands, depending upon the light, and your skin tone. It will be a great base color onto which you apply nail art, too.
Get yours at NARS makeup counters and NARS boutiques, or visit http://narscosmetics.com
Sometimes what you can’t see, is the one thing that you need the most. For example., Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat QVC Item #A235047 ) helps to extend manicures, in merely, minutes. It is activated by natural light with an innovative formula that creates a unique polymer “force field,” over your polish, helping to keep it from chipping. According to Julep, in clinical studies, 100% of women who used it passed the “smudge test” after five minutes, compared to zero percent who used a leading regular top coat. But the real point is that when you’ve spent time and/or money to make your nails look great, and especially when you are busy and don’t have time to “re-do,” a protective top coat like this one that dries fast), even faster if you spend 2 minutes curing it under a common light bulb) and that adds shine and keeps your manicure looking fresher, for longer, is a big boon. This one is 4-free (no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP or formaldehyde resin).
Julep is available on QVC.com in a a duo pack for just ($24.96 + shipping).
Clinique is known for many wonderful beauty products, from skincare to color cosmetics, fragrance and beyond, But to celebrate the launch of the new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion ($26.00) , Clinique has also launched a new, limited edition, lemony-yellow shade of nail enamel called “Yellow Genius.” This is the Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins and it’s $12.50 a bottle. Get it before collectors grab every last one. The Nail polish color is named in honor of one the many nicknames of the loved moisturizer, and it’s nearly the exact shade of yellow you’ll see on the Dramatically Different Moisturizer (the photo shows the color brighter than it is it is really a creamy, soft, opaque, light yellow).. Although I normally associate yellow with Spring and Summer, this shade is light enough to be an edgier alternative to nude and ivory. We love it!
The Advice Sisters broke the news about the beloved Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion re-do back in July, and the product launched in August., but it’s waiting for you to fall in love with it all over again right now! In a nutshell, the new formula incorporates a Barrier Repair Complex to strengthen skin’s barrier and new moisturizing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Urea to increase moisturization. In addition the new complex contains a blend of sunflower seek cake, barley extract and cucumber extract. That may sound good enough to eat, but it actually helps you skin become more resistant to environmental stressors (Clinique claims up to a 54% in the skin’s barrier strength in just 8 weeks). The formula has the powerhouse of hyaluronic acid, glycerin and urea to keep moisture in, too.
Pick up the new moisturizer along with your nail polish at Clinique makeup counters, and for more information visit www.clinique.com