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The Ops Team’s V-Day Manis: 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.

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Operations Manager, Emily, is wearing OPI My Vampire is Buff

Happy Valentine’s Day Birchboxers! Whether you love celebrating the holiday in all its pink glory or prefer to let the bouquets and conversation hearts pass quietly into the night, there’s no better way to make your day brighter than by giving yourself a little love—especially on your digits! 

The Operations Team has been sporting some great nail art and polish shades that perfect for V-day lately. Heading to a fancy dinner or just making dinner at home with your beau? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few lacquers and ideas for some inspiration:

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Play Matchy Matchy With Your Polish Part II: 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.

While I was in a meeting this week with the Beauty Partnerships Team here at Birchbox, I couldn’t help but notice an impeccably matched head-to-toe outfit on our director of beauty partnerships, Leah. Even her manicure matched! Sporting a French mani with colors from the Essie Fall 2012 Collection, Leah used Recessionista as the base of her manicure and Miss Fancy Pants on her tips. A cute take on the classic French and the perfect lacquer combo for fall!

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What’s Your Favorite Nail Shape?

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.

Operations manager Emily Van Meter has recently been embracing the almond shape. 

The other day in the office I couldn’t help but notice Operations Manger Emily’s fierce pointed nails—à la Rihanna—topped off with Deborah Lippmann’s On The Beach. If you find yourself going back to the same nail shape every time you get a manicure, you might want to consider switching it up a bit. Here are a few of the many shapes you can chisel your (smaller) stems into:

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A Neutral Transition For June: 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 first day of summer is quickly approaching (June 20th) and this is my favorite time of year. Spring and its rain showers have begun to fade, but the sweltering summer heat hasn’t set in yet—which means it’s not too cold for maxi skirts (my favorites) and not too hot for a sweater! 

One polish that I’ll be wearing to celebrate this in-between period is RGB Vellum. The light blonde, buttery shade is perfect for any wardrobe changes you’ll be doing between seasons. As predicted, it’s one of the most prominent shades in fashion at the moment and is the perfect complement to a fun outfit, especially if you’re following the neon and neutral trend.

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Vino-Inspired Nails: 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 of you (21 and older, of course) may be familiar with Santa Margherita, a wine company founded by Count Gaetano Marzotto Jr. in the 1930s. Recently, the vintner decided to venture into an unfamiliar territory—the beauty world. They’ve launched a limited edition line of lacquers inspired by the wines that they make, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better way to combine two of my favorite things: nail polish and vino.

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Nailing It: Repairing Your Nails After A Gel Manicure

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 enlisted her to post regularly about all things manicure- (and pedicure-) related. Check back every week for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

Glossy polish that lasts up to three weeks without chipping? Sign us up. But as appealing as gel manicures are, they can be damaging to nails if they’re not done right. We recently told you that the UV exposure in the drying process of gel manicures is causing a stir among health experts, but that’s not the only thing to be worried about. Gel manicures can also leave your nails extremely soft, thin, and peeling if you don’t go to a great salon. However, there are ways to prevent these after-effects. Follow these steps to keep nail strong and healthy.

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Zebra Stripes Tutorial: 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.

As some of you may already know, I’m Birchbox’s resident raver and this weekend I’ll be attending the Electric Dasiy Carnival here in NYC. A few months ago, I sported a neon zebra mani that was all the rage at Ultra and I thought this would be a great opportunity to do a tutorial on how to get these awesome nails. I know this look definitely isn’t for everyone, but it is something you can tone down depending on what colors you use. 

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NARS’ Amchoor Brings Cheer to a Dreary May : 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.

Here on the East Coast, May is not off to such a flowery start. No matter, I have just the polish to keep things sunny: Amchoor from the Thakoon for NARS Collection. This brilliant yellow creme is perfectly on trend and is one of the hottest colors of the season

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The Ultimate Birchbox 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.

There’s been a lot of buzz around the Zoya Birchblogger Collection and with such delicious shades, who can’t help but fall in love with them? This trio of jellies each works fantastic on its own, but they’re also great layering, color blocking, and doing all kinds of cool nail art. I got inspired the other day and thought I try the ultimate Birchbox manicure. Click through for details!

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Spring Into Urban Decay’s Summer Brights: 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.

One thing that I can’t live without during summer is a well-rounded artillery of summer brights. It’s seems like someone’s been listening to my thoughts, because Urban Decay recently announced their Showboat Nail Kit and I couldn’t be more excited! This collection will calm any cravings you’re having for color, and it looks like these will be must-have shades for summer.

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