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Nailing It: Stain Removers

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.

I recently went on vacation to Hawaii and while I had a ton of fun in the sun, when I got back home and removed my polish, I noticed my nails had turned an unattractive yellow color. I instantly realized that I had forgotten to put on a base coat underneath my bright blue shade, which is a big no-no. Not only can skipping this step result in tawny-looking nails, but keeping your polish on too long and spending a lot of time in the sun can also leave them stained.

Luckily, there are some simple remedies for combating this unsightly look, and several can be found in your kitchen! One tip from my great grandmother is to cut a lemon into two and immerse your fingertips in the halves for a couple of minutes before going to bed. I used this approach to fix my nails after my trip and it totally worked! Another at-home cure is brushing your nails with toothpaste that contains peroxide.

There are also several great nail brightening products on the market. Essie’s White Bright Nail Pen or Beam Up Base Coat are both incredibly effective and will get your nails back to normal in no time. Another quick fix is buffing your nails (but not too much!). I really like Deborah Lippmann’s Smooth Operator.

Do you have any tips for fighting yellow nails?

—Loren

Check out our fave summer polish color: Deborah Lippmann’s Lara’s Theme

Meet Our New Products: Staff Favorites

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve added a ton of fabulous new products to our shop this month. And our staffers are finding some new staple items to add to their beauty routines. Here our some of our favorite products get shopping!

blinc Mascara: “I love how the mascara tubes and slides off easily with water and a light touch — it makes cleanup so easy! I hate the greasy feeling eyemakeup remover leaves behind, so this was a huge win for me.” —Jenna

TOCCA Eau de Parfum, Stella: “I adore everything about this perfume, from the inspiration — a mischievous Italian heartbreaker — to the sweetly feminine scent. Plus, the etched glass bottle feels both vintage and chic, and is a nice addition to my growing fragrance collection.” —Mollie

Deborah Lippman Lara’s Theme: “I’m pretty much obsessed with this color — I keep reapplying week after week. It’s so perfect for summer and makes it so nice to look down at my nails! I’ll probably keep using it into the fall as well. It goes on so easily and never look clumpy or streaky.” —Rachel

Anastasia Beverly Hills After Tweeze Cream: “Even though I wish I could always wax my eyebrows, my bank account doesn’t feel the same way. When I tweeze, I always try to put lotion on right after, but too frequently it burns or doesn’t soothe the way I want it to. This really does the job and it’s adorable pink tube is a lovely plus.” —Kara

Shaveworks™ The Cool Fix™ Targeted Gel Lotion: “I tend to get random ingrowns and all of a sudden my beach vacation was upon me. What to do? Within hours of putting on The Cool Fix, redness and swelling was almost gone. Plus, it feels cool as it goes on!” —Eric

Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque: “This super-hydrating leave-in treatment saves my hair between cuts when my ends are especially dry and brittle.” —Meredith

Twistband Hair Ties: “Talk about a multi-tasker — more often than not, these are stacked on my wrist as bracelets instead of holding up my hair. But wherever they are, I don’t think I’ve gone a day without one since they first landed on my desk.”—Molly

Kara

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