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How To Get A Newspaper Manicure: 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.

What’s black, white, and read all over? The answer: your nails! When I want to mix things up a bit, I love a newspaper manicure. (Dare I say, it’s an intellectual look?) Depending on what base color you choose, you can create totally different styles. One of my favorite base colors for this design is light pink, because it gives your nails a love letter, romantic sort of feel. You can also go the gray route for something very editorial seeming, or even paint your digits bright yellow for an outrageous take on the trend. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to perfect this awesome technique:

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Shimmery Mermaid Dreams for April: 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.

April, and spring, are finally here! In the spirit of the season, this month I’ll be polishing my nails with a stunning green hue from Deborah Lippman.

Mermaid’s Dream is a seafoam-colored shimmer with circular blue glitter flecks and gold microglitter—a combination that creates a gorgeous lacquer with a ton of depth and texture. It’s one of the most unique polishes I’ve come across in a while, and I know it’ll be in my personal collection for a long time to come.

What do you think of this cooling shade?

—Loren

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Protect Your Nails From The Sun: 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.

Especially in the spring and summer, it’s important to apply SPF on any exposed areas like arms and legs. But we often forget about the smaller spots like our toes and ears—and even our nails! Since nails are made of protein, keratin to be exact, they need protection just like skin does. In fact, a Birchbox staffer went on vacation with her nails bare and came back with sun burnt, purple nails. She described the pain as “feeling like her fingers had been slammed in a car door.”

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What Is Jelly Polish?: 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 Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

The finish of my new favorite polishes, Zoya Mylar Fleck Glazes, is jelly, which got me to thinkingwhat exactly is jelly nail polish?

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March is the Time to Go Glam with Serious Pink Glitter: 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 Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

February seems to have flown right by and you know what that means—time for the color of the month! Last month we revamped our nails with a super-charged purple that kept us chugging through the cold weeks of February. This time around though, I’m all about adding a little (or rather, a lot of) sparkle. 

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Mattese Elite Launches Paris-Inspired Polishes!

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.


Spring is almost here and there are tons of exciting polishes coming out. I’ve been doing lots of experimenting and this week, I’m particularly obsessed with the new Me Amour collection from Mattese Elite.

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How Magnetic Polish Works: 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 Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.


Many nail-lovers rejoiced last week when Deborah Lippmann announced that she’ll soon be launching a line of magnetic polishes. With so many great options coming out, from China Glaze to Color Club, it only makes sense that this beloved nail guru would put her own spin on the innovative trend. But all the excitement got me thinking — how does it actually work?

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Valentine’s Day Mani Roundup: Nailing It

Photos: CandyHeartsMani + CandyHeartsMani2, CandyHeartsMani3 LoveMani, LoveLetterMani

It’s that time of year again. Some might cringe at the Hallmark and chocolate-saturated spirit of Valentine’s day, but I see it as another opportunity to play with nail art. After just a little bit of digging, I came across some pretty nifty and creative concepts that you should consider wearing on your digits.

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Disco Fever For February: 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 Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

Last month was all about keeping things clean and simple. This month, however, I’m switching gears and need a bit of rejuvenation. I want to kick off February with a burst of color that will keep me pumping through the rest of winter (that darn groundhog!) and I think that Color Club in Disco Dress is just what I need. Violet is thought to be associated with imagination and inspiration and I’m hoping this super-charged purple will spark both. The perfect mix of bright and dark, I can’t wait to paint my digits in this electric shade!

What color are you looking to wear this month?

Another great shade for February? Va-va-voom red

Holographic Polishes 101: 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 Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.


Some of you may be familiar with holograms already—almost every driver’s license or ID has a holographic sticker on it. The reason that I bring up the fun, 3D-style images now is that I’m seeing a trend in spring polish collections, and I can’t help but dedicate this post to one of my favorite lacquer effects: Holographic nail polish.

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