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Do or Don’t: Nail Decals

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for FitnessGlamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor. 

(Photo: etsy.com)

You know those mini-heart and rhinestone-star nail stickers that 4-year-olds wear? I love them and wear them too! (Especially these crafty ones from Kate Broughton). I like to haphazardly put one or two in the corner of each nail, and then finish them with a super-shiny clear top coat. My fingers will stay like that for literally two weeks—even longer, if I retouch the topcoat once or twice a week.

I can say, first-hand, that there are techniques you can use to wear these tiny stickers so they look adult, fun, and totally chic. Read on for my tips on wearing the look with a grown-up spin.

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Miley Cyrus Debuts Yet Another New Haircut

Miley’s edgy new ‘do is looking very Agyness Deyn to us. (Photo: Miley Cyrus)

Speaking of nails, our resident polish guru Anna Norman has tips on painting your non-dominant hand

What Men Really Think Of Your Hair and Makeup

Photo: Cosmo

Your boyfriend always swears you look great, even when you’re battling a serious case of under eye circles and haven’t washed your hair in three days. If you’ve ever wondered what he really thinks, check out this Cosmo slideshow. They performed an unscientific poll of 100 men to gather their opinions of the biggest turn-ons and turn-off when it comes to women’s hair and makeup looks. While you should take their tips with a giant grain of salt, it’s worth a read. Major takeaways: men prefer smoky eyes to bright colors, loathe heavy foundation, and frown on nail decals. But when all’s said and done, we’re not willing to stop playing around with funky jewel-toned liners or change our creative manicure plans any time soon. 

—Mai

Design Your Own Decals: 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 week for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

Last week while reading All Lacquered Up, I came across a post on a cool new technique that the nail geniuses at CND developed called River Rocks Decals. Given that I love trying new trends, I decided to give this method a go. Surprisingly, even though it looks rather complicated, it’s actually pretty easy. Here’s how you do it:

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