If you’re into nail art, then you’re probably familiar with Chelsea King’s designs. As the artist behind Chelsea’s Get Nailed, this nail-addict-turned-blogger somehow finds time between classes at UC Irvine to produce nail art tutorials, sell her own press-on nails, and post her intricate and inspiring manicures. This week, Chelsea is offering up her best nail tips and a few exclusive (and pretty awesome) nail art how-tos for beginners and experts alike.
One of the most important ways to make your manicure look beautiful is taking care of your hands, cuticles, and nails. Using great products can improve how your nails look and can get your polish to last longer. Over time, I have used many different products, and here are some of my favorites!
1. CND SolarOil: I love this cuticle oil because it doesn’t make my cuticles greasy—and it smells great.
2. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: Just recently I started using this product and it’s amazing. I really have noticed a difference in my skin. It goes on very thick (almost like Vaseline), but instantly replenishes moisture.
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
It happened! Last Saturday I got married, and it was as a dreamy as I hoped it would be. Everyone was spot-on when they told me that the day goes by ridiculously fast, so I’m glad that I savored every second of it. As previously mentioned, I went for a bohemian luxe look that matched my Pacific Palisades venue’s picture-perfect setting. Take a peek at some snaps, along with fashion and beauty credits, below!
Whew. We’re still catching our breath after fashion week wrapped up here in New York last Thursday. After seeing as many shows as we did, they all start to blur together, but one thing really stands out in our opinion: the nail art. Graphic, bold, and utterly innovative, the designs we saw backstage for spring prove that this trend isn’t going anywhere. Here’s a look at ten standout manis that we can’t wait to replicate.
Deborah Lippmann wowed us at Kate Spade with her gorgeous gingham. (Photo: Birchbox)
Color Club used an innovative makeup sponge technique to create these “waves” at Charlotte Ronson. (Photo: Birchbox)
The scene backstage at Monique Lhuillier this evening was all about the life aquatic. Odile Gilbert for Kérastase matched the theme of the show by creating hair fit for a mermaid: center parted, wet-looking, and extra wavy. The just-out-of-the-water effect came from applying loads and loads of Elixir Ultime serum and the waves were achieved by using a triple-barrel iron.
How cool are these geometric nail decals at Rachel Antonoff's presentation? Nail expert Candice Manacchio of CND designed them to evoke an aerial view of a garden maze at Versailles. She started off by painting the nails with Brilliant White polish, then added squares of Green Scene mixed with Blackjack. Finally, she glued on hardware studs painted Antique Bronze. The results are “playful yet sophisticated,” in keeping with the off-beat country club vibe of Antonoff’s collection.
Don’t miss the rest of our NYFW Spring 2013 coverage.
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.
Products from left to right: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat, CND Solar Oil and Dr. Dobb’s Cuticle & Nail Salve.
As a nail polish blogger, I mostly show my readers new colors and products. I seem to forget to go back to basics sometimes, so I’d like to share some tried and true ones that I always keep in my rotation for the perfect manicure.
Topcoat: My go to is Seche Vite—nothing else performs as well, and it changed my life when I discovered it a few years ago. It used to go to bed after painting my nails, only to wake up to sheet indents because they never dried. Seche Vite dries nails in minutes, so I can give myself a manicure anytime and know it won’t get destroyed.
New York Fashion Week might have come to an end, but we’re still gushing over our favorite manicures from the fall 2012 shows. We wanted to round up the highlights, so we came up with the five standouts that have inspired us to test out new designs.
The Look: Gorgeous lacey, spider web nails by Color Club that were created to match the laser-cut pieces. Lead manicurist Alicia Torello used a specially made dove gray nail art pen to draw tiny stripes back and forth free-hand over the nail, mimicking the unique, romantic feel of lace.
As you probably know, the Birchbox editors have been hopping all over Manhattan for NYFW this week, and some of our favorite backstage looks have been all about the nails. We know you’re obsessed with nails too, which is why we’re happy to present this amazing infographic from CND, a.k.a. Creative Nail Design, all about polishes and fashion week. Take a look below to learn some fun facts!
Catch up on all our nyfw coverage here!
Photos: Courtesy of Kérastase
The Show: Monique Lhuillier
The Makeup: Val Garland for M.A.C.
The Hair: Odile Gilbert for Kérastase
The Nails: Wanda Ruiz for CND
The Vibe: Modern glamor. Don’t let lead stylist Odlie Gilbert for Kérastase catch you calling the hair at Monique Lhuillier retro. “It’s anything but,” said Gilbert at yesterday’s show. That’s not to say that the style—slicked back on top and falling into classic waves—doesn’t have “a touch of Hollywood.” Gilbert achieved the look by curling the length of models’ hair with a curling iron and then brushing it out to create a soft wave. To achieve the sleek finish up top, stylists alternated spraying two hairsprays, Double Force for build-able hold and Double Force Controle Ultime for extra-strength hold, on sections and then brushing down.
The show: Rachel Antonoff
Makeup: Keri Blair for M.A.C. Cosmetics
Hair: Jenny Balding for Cutler Salon
Nails: Candice Manacchio for CND
The vibe: Dreamy moon maiden. Rachel Antonoff is known for her hyper-cute aesthetic, but her latest collection is a foray into more grown-up territory. The nocturnal vibe of her presentation (the setting was a pier at night) translated into the models’ sophisticated eye makeup. Layers of overlapping brown and gold shadows created a multi-dimensional effect that mimicked light reflecting on water. “I wanted to build a transparent look with sheer layers of color,” lead makeup artist Keri Blair explained.