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5 Ways to Sparkle with Color Club Sequins

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Summer is ending and for our younger subscribers, that means school is right around the corner. Be sure to start the semester in style with help from our limited edition Head of the Class box, which is filled with A+ goodies including Color Club’s Sequin Nail Art Kit. Whether your back-to-school look is preppy or edgy, nail art is a great way to express your style (even if you have to wear uniforms!). Here are five ways to master your manicure using these snazzy sequins.

All-Over Glitz (thumb): For the ultimate in sequins, begin by painting one nail with one to two coats of nail polish (I’m using Ruffian Delirium). Pour a small amount of sequins onto a dish or tabletop, and while the polish is still tacky, dip the front of your nail in the sequins. Gently push down on the sequins to secure them to your nail, brushing away any excess. Use a clear top coat to seal the look. Continue nail by nail until you’ve completed your manicure. We love adding sparkle to one “statement nail” while leaving the rest simply polished.

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The 5 Polish Shades You Need This Summer: 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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There’s no time like summer for nail polish. Now that it’s June, it’s time to root through your polish collection (or pick up a few new favorites) to embrace the colors of the season. These are my top five picks to take you from June until Labor Day.

Pool Blue (thumb): Dark blues just don’t feel summer-y, and pale shades can be hard to pull off on most skin tones. This mid-tone blue is bright, cheerful, and totally wearable all summer long. Try OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Pool Boy.

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This Spring It’s Back to Basics: 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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The bright, eye-grabbing colors and intricate nail art that dominated the fashion runways last year have stepped aside. What’s replaced them? Minimalist-chic. In other words, pale, barely-there nails. From Marc Jacobs to Rag & Bone, the fashion scene is all about nudes and neutrals. Here’s how to get the look this spring:

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4 Unexpected Polishes To Try Right Now: 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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Sorbet shades, greens, and pale neutrals are at the top of the list this spring, but if you’re looking for something a little different, you’re in luck. Almost every nail polish line is featuring textured or special-effect lacquers this season, and they are seriously fun. Here are my four top picks.

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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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Diagonal French 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.

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Unless you’re heading to prom or a wedding, French tips in the classic pink and white color scheme can feel a little dated. Luckily for us, there’s a new way to wear the time-tested favorite this spring. French manicures with a pop of bright, unexpected color were all over the Spring 2013 Fashion Week runways, and it’s such a simple look to recreate at home. I love this orange and nude diagonal design from the Lauren Moffatt show. Here’s how to get the look.

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5 Polish Shades You Need This Spring: 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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It’s officially March, and even though it’s still quite chilly out, I’m itching to switch up my nail polish wardrobe. Goodbye dark, vampy shades, and hello to the colors of spring. While I do enjoy a pastel here and there, spring lacquer doesn’t always mean Easter egg-inspired hues. Here are my five picks to carry you through the season.

Poppy Red (thumb): This bright orange-hued red is one of the most universally flattering colors—it was even selected as one of the Pantone Fashion Color Report shades for the season. It’s livelier than the blue-hued reds of winter, but still looks sophisticated and classic. I’m wearing the brand new My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours by OPI. 

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Red Carpet-Inspired Polish: 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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Most of us won’t be sporting a Dior gown any time soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t draw beauty inspiration from Oscar night glamour. Award show gowns are one of the best trend-predictors, especially when it comes to color. This year, pale neutrals, saturated blues, and shiny metallics ruled the red carpet. What do these three shades have in common? They translate beautifully to nail polish.

Dress Inspiration: Naomi Watts in metallic Armani Privé.

Try This: Shiny foil-like finishes are huge right now, and lucky for us, metallic polish is easy to pull off. Silvers, golds, and other metallic shades look great on just about everyone. For a gorgeous gold, pick up tenoverten in Worth, or try Deborah Lippmann’s Moon Rendezvous for an unexpected blue metallic.

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Five Simple Designs for Valentine’s Day: 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.

Whether you celebrate or shun Valentine’s Day, you have to admit it’s a great holiday for nail art. No matter how small your lacquer collection may be, you’re bound to have at least one pink or red polish on hand. Here are five fun looks to jazz up your nails for the special day.

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Pretty in Polka Dots: Begin by painting your nails with the pink polish of your choice. I’m using Flip Flop Fantasy from China Glaze. Once the polish has dried, use a Q-tip, paperclip, or other pointy tool to create polka dots across the surface of your nail. I used the white dotting pen in the Birchbox + Color Club Nail Art Kit for fool-proof spots. Make sure to let the dots dry completely before adding a top coat so you don’t smear your work!

Subtle Stripes: Start with the pink polish of your choice and wait for it to dry. Next, use a striping tool or a thin paintbrush to apply diagonal lines across the nail. Don’t worry if your lines are a little wiggly—perfection is not vital here. This design is fun and modern, but from far away your nails will simply look solid pink or red (perfect for the office). 

Nail Stickers: I love using seasonal nail stickers with iconic shapes and designs for holidays. I’m wearing Valentine’s Nail Wraps from Nail Rock in a too-cute candy hearts design.

Simple Hearts: If you think tiny hearts are too tricky to pull off, think again! After you’ve applied a base color (I chose white for high contrast), apply two small dots of red polish next to each other on your nail. Immediately use a pin or the tip of a pen to pull the wet dots together to a point, forming the bottom of the heart. It’s as simple as that!

Foil Flakes: I’m crazy about Ciaté’s ColorFoil kit that I tried out last week. For an edgy Valentine’s look, I applied pieces of the metallic pink foil on top of a shiny black lacquer. If you can’t get your hands on the kit, pick up some foil flakes in the nail polish section of your drugstore or beauty supply store. You can also play around with chunky pink or red glitter on top of black polish for a vampy V-Day look.

What will you be wearing on your nails for Valentine’s Day? 

—Anna