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Simple Chrome Nail Art in 4 Steps: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

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Of all of the current trends in nail polish (holographics, Pantone-approved greens, “liquid sand”), I have to admit: I’m crazy about chrome. These polishes aren’t just ordinary metallic foils. With a glossy, mirror-like finish, a chrome manicure is like coating each nail with liquid silver. Here’s one of my favorite ways to wear the trend for spring in four super-simple steps.

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2-in-1 China Glaze Nail Polishes, Herbal Essences Retro Revival, and More 
China Glaze has released a new line of 2-in-1 polishes called “Tranzitions,” which change their hue when you add a top coat. (SheFinds)
The trend in double letter creams (BB and CC) seems to be continuing. A new DD or Daily Defense cream for feet and body recently launched in the U.K.  (Glamour)
Haircare line Herbal Essences will bring back its beloved original packaging and scents from the ’90s—sans sulfates and silicone—this February. (WWD)
Here’s exactly why your skin is way healthier (and clearer!) when you keep it hydrated with a ton of water. (BellaSugar)
Still fighting off post-holidays bloat and sluggishness? Reboot your body with this cleansing and energizing green-juice smoothie. (Well and Good NYC)
(Photo: shefinds.com)
—Candice
This year we resolved to do better with our skincare! Here are the steps we’re taking to get brighter complexions.  

2-in-1 China Glaze Nail Polishes, Herbal Essences Retro Revival, and More 

(Photo: shefinds.com)

—Candice

This year we resolved to do better with our skincare! Here are the steps we’re taking to get brighter complexions 

Easy Nail Art for Chipped Tips: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

Chips happen. Even if you use top-of-the-line polish and take the utmost care with your nails, the final day of a manicure isn’t always pretty. But just because you have a chip or two doesn’t mean you need to start from scratch.

On days when I’m running out of the house or don’t feel like taking off all of my polish (especially dark polish or glitter, which can be labor-intensive), I turn to nail art for a quick cure. Today I brought life back to my chipped nails with a simple technique—reinforcement sticker half moons. Here’s how to get the look:

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6 Nail Polishes for a Conservative Work Place: Guest Blogger

We’re devoted fans of all things polish in the Birchbox offices, so of course Gina Galullo’s nail polish blog, Prim and Polished, caught our eye. A lawyer-by-day and a lacquer connoisseur-by-night, Galullo posts thoughtful reviews of new shades along with colorful swatches, so even novice polish-wearers have an insider’s guide to the prettiest hues. This week, she shares the products she can’t live without, plus the work-appropriate shades you can even rock in your cubicle.

I’m an attorney and while my office isn’t ultra conservative, court is—so I always try to dial it down when I know I’ll be there. Here are six nail polishes that I think work well in conservative situations, and all of them have awesome formulas.

1. Essie’s Topless & Barefoot: a pink, nude crème perfect for a day at work.

2. Butter London’s Yummy Mummy: a mauvey taupe with a very subtle silver shimmer.

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Get Marble Nails with Plastic Wrap: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

Do you want fool-proof marble nails in just a few minutes? Get thee to the kitchen, because that roll of plastic wrap is about to become your new best friend. This mani is hard to mess up, and you probably have everything you need on hand so you can try it today!

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Scrapbook Scissor Nails: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

I’ll admit that I’ve done my fair share of scrapbooking, but I haven’t laid a hand on a pair of zigzag scissors in years. When I spotted a rack of funky scissors by an art store checkout a few days ago, I knew it was time to bring them back into my life. This time, it’s all about the nails.

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Hunger Games Polishes: Today’s Obsession

You may have noticed this before, but we’re Hunger Games obsessed here in the Birchbox office and we’ve been sitting on pins and needles waiting for the movie’s release on March 23rd. (Lest you doubt our commitment, we’ve already bought our boatload of tickets for a team viewing on premiere night!)

In the meantime, we’re satisfying our Hunger Games addiction with the new Capitol Colors collection from China Glaze. We snagged a few of the shades from the line that’s set to debut this month, and we cannot speak highly enough (or obsessively enough) about these lacquers. I’m personally in love with Riveting, a micro-glitter orange that’s given my nails a fiery glow.

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How Magnetic Polish Works: Nailing It

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails- and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.


Many nail-lovers rejoiced last week when Deborah Lippmann announced that she’ll soon be launching a line of magnetic polishes. With so many great options coming out, from China Glaze to Color Club, it only makes sense that this beloved nail guru would put her own spin on the innovative trend. But all the excitement got me thinking — how does it actually work?

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Holographic Polishes 101: Nailing It

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails- and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.


Some of you may be familiar with holograms already—almost every driver’s license or ID has a holographic sticker on it. The reason that I bring up the fun, 3D-style images now is that I’m seeing a trend in spring polish collections, and I can’t help but dedicate this post to one of my favorite lacquer effects: Holographic nail polish.

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