Operations Coordinator, 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 slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related
Sarah is wearing Zoya Sooki, Color Club Insta-This, Color Club Mod in Manhattan, and Revlon Silver Screen.
America’s birthday is almost here and to celebrate, a few of the ladies on the Operations team at Birchbox HQ are sporting some particularly patriotic nail art. To help inspire your own Independence Day designs, take a look at the fabulous digits below and get ready for those fireworks!
You Showed Us Your Awesome Manis and How to Wear Incoco Nail Strips
If you follow us on Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve probably seen that pretty manicures aren’t hard to come by at Birchbox HQ. But while we’d love to spend hours in the salon each week getting intricate nail designs on each of our ten fingers, sometimes we just want our nails to look pretty and polished without spending the time on a full manicure.
Enter Incoco nail polish appliqués: polish strips that have zero drying time, last up to 14 days, and are super easy—and quick—to apply. One of our co-founders has even confessed to applying them in the back of a New York City taxi! A few weeks ago, we Instagrammed several Birchbox staffers wearing a different Incoco mani each day around the office, then we asked our Instagram followers to share their Incoco manicures with us. Click through the slideshow above to see the unique way our subscribers wear their on-the-go nail strips.
Want to rock your own Incoco strips and not sure how? Check out our handy tutorial on how to apply nail strips.
Sneak Peek: Birchbox March 2013
It’s here! March Birchboxes are shipping out soon, and that means we’ve got another sneak peek video for you. This month, we’re talking March Madness—but in our world, that means much more than college basketball brackets. We’re planning tons of fun Birchbox matchups that pit our favorite styles and looks against each other. Find out which key players got coveted slots in our starting lineups, then comment on YouTube for a chance to win the products featured this month.
Find out more about March’s standouts, including Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo and Incoco Nail Polish Appliques on the Birchbox YouTube channel.
Are you as in love with Hayley’s hairstyle as we are? Find out how she created her princess roll with this handy tutorial.
Of the many great things summer brings—like blooming flowers and warm temperatures—one of my absolute favorites is open-toed shoes! But the down side to cute sandals is that our toes, the key players framed by our footwear, are often overlooked. Luckily, I’ve found a speedy solution to quickly prep and prime my foot digits so they can be shown off.
Our Operations Team just keeps growing. One of our newest additions is Sarah, a Florida native who is happy to make the switch to the Big Apple. A University of Georgia grad, this former journalism major is already charming our members and solving problems. We love that she’s equally obsessed with watermelon gum and cozy cardigans.
Nail art is a Birchbox obsession. One of the first places we look for inspiration is Glitter, She Wrote, Anna Norman’s cheery, imaginative blog, where she shares her gorgeous designs and muses about life in the Big Apple. This week, Anna takes us inside her nail guru world, and will show us how to get gorgeous, DIY art on our fingertips.
They may be small, but that doesn’t mean your nails can’t make a wow-inducing fashion statement. Try one of these fresh, on-trend ideas to add some serious pizzazz on prom night.
The caviar manicure is becoming one of the hottest new nail trends, so it’s a perfect choice for prom-bound fashionistas. Tiny “pearls” stick to wet nail polish to create a fashion-forward 3D effect. UK brand Ciaté will begin selling its Caviar Manicure Kit in three colors (rainbow, black pearls, and mother of pearl) at Sephora next month. For an inexpensive D.I.Y. version, pick up some microbeads at your local craft store and sprinkle them over wet polish. You wouldn’t wait until prom day to try on your dress for the first time, so I suggest giving these nails a trial run before the big day, too.
It’s fair to say that our team has gone a little nail applique crazy. Who needs neutrals when you can go with zebra or glitter? Check out our staffers rocking their favorite looks.
Charlie wearing a Plum Quartz statement nail — blingy polish with a blingy ring!
Sugar and spice? Alicia pairing Pink Satin with an All That Glitters statement nail
Lorelei wearing a Showstopper statement nail (and a silver Twistband!)
Black and white and red all over — Jenna with a zippy Zebra statement nail.
Liz and her BFF are both Incoco fans; she’s wearing Zebra and her friend is rocking Cat’s Meow.
Learn how to apply nail strips like a pro with our video tutorial.
We’re always looking for good sartorial inspiration, which is why we regularly turn to PR exec Jaimen Sfetko’s Tumblr, Jaimen Lee. Documenting her own stellar (and quirky cool) style, Sfetko gives us a daily dose of outfit envy — and has us wishing she did costume changes throughout the day. Naturally, we’re curious about the savvy New Yorker’s product picks, too. This week, Sfetko is guest blogging about her beauty musts. Today:
Given the NYFW just ended, let’s take a moment to check out the smallest, and often most anticipated, detail on the runways: nails! While some season’s see a predominant trend or color among a majority of shows, this season proved to be a quirkier mixed bag. BCBG Max Azria, for example, was all about neutral pinks; Erickson Beamon's show featured a different bright shade on each nail, and Nicole Miller mastered the checkerboard nails in rich blue and hot pink shades. Inspired by all the cool looks for spring 2012, I’ve rounded up three easy things you can do to your nails to be on trend:
1. Press and Go: I’m not talking about the first pair of fake nails you purchased at age six only to find out that they wouldn’t stay on for more than an hour. These Incoco Nail Polish Appliques are strips of actual polish that come dry to the touch and are easily pressed onto your nails. Not only do they last for two weeks, but they come pre-shaped so you can easily achieve a smooth manicure. I love their variety of neutrals for everyday and the leopard print is pretty amazing, too!
2. The Nothing Nail: If you’re like me, you have polish on every single day. Every once and a while, you should give your nails a nice vacation filled with sun and fresh air — it’s good for them. When I do go sans polish, I always make sure to clean up my cuticles and give them a nice buff so they actually look decent. I love this travel manicure set from Japonesque as it’s easy to throw in a bag and fix hang nails as soon as they appear.
3. Greens and Golds: I’m a big red, pink, and off-white kind of girl, but I love experimenting with fun shades. Right now, I’m really into greens and golds. Zoya’s polishes are really long-wearing and their soft green shade, Gemma, and shimmery metallic, Jules, are my current favorites.
What are your favorite nail trends right now?
Never forget the importance of a good base and top coat!
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.
One beauty trend that I absolutely love is nail strips. Birchbox wanted to expose our subscribers to this cool new polish method so we sampled Incoco Nail Strips in this month’s box. These nifty strips make a manicure super easy and mess-free, especially if you’re someone on the go. I’m a member of the Ops Team and one question we’re getting from some of our subscribers is how to tone down these funky appliques. So I decided to come up with a few ways that you can rock these patterns without being over-the-top!
1) Status Nail: One of my favorite ways to jazz up a manicure is to do a status nail. I usually rock a status nail on both of my ring fingers when I have a neutral polish on and want to add something glittery or different. This month, I received bright blue glitter strips in my box, which I absolutely love. I was already wearing Zoya Minka from the Touch Collection and spiced up my mani with this fun glitzy addition. One of my favorite fashionistas, Vanessa Hudgens, rocks this type of mani all the time on the red carpet!
2)Matte Finish: Another favorite of mine, which you will be seeing a lot of in the fall, is a matte polish finish. For those of you with cheetah prints or glitter, I highly recommend swiping a top coat of clear matte polish over your strips. This will make them look a little less flashy and I must say that I tried this over my blue glitter strips and loved the results.
3)Toes: If you’re hesitant to put your strips on your hands why not try your toes? It’s a great way to test this trend to see if it’s right for you. Plus, with zero drying time, you can give yourself a pedicure and then put on your fall boots, no problem.
Loving your Incoco strips? Have you tried any cool tricks with them yet?
For more tips on how to apply these nail strips, check out this great how-to video here!