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.
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.
On a recent trip to the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics flagship store, we discovered their line of amazing makeup brushes. We’re big fans of these animal-friendly options (made from nylon and taklon) because they’re perfectly formed in hard-to-find shapes that make shadow application particularly easy.
Last week, the Birchbox editors took a behind-the-scenes visit to the new Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics store on New York’s trendy Lower East Side. The 100% vegan, cruelty-free brand, known for its hyper-pigmented lip colors, just opened their first outpost in September, and has since been offering their makeup artist know-how and line of gorgeous hues to residents of the über-trendy neighborhood. Click through for a sneak-preview of OCC’s new spring line!
The Show: Zero+Maria Cornejo
Hair: Martin Cullen for amika, Phyto and Beauty.com
Makeup: Dick Page for Shiseido for Beauty.com
Nails: Honey Kat for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for Beauty.com, using a custom gunmetal charcoal shade
The Vibe: Clean, natural and wintertime windblown. To match this season’s Icelandic-inspired collection, with its soft flowing lines, lead stylist Martin Cullen created a subdued and youthful look. He washed each model’s hair with Phyto shampoo and conditioner before drying with an amika NRG professional hair dryer and straightening locks with an amika ceramic styler. “We wanted to give an almost undercut and shaved away look to the hair,” said Cullen. To achieve the ultra-sleek style on the left-side of models’ heads, Cullen made a deep part and pulled hair tight, stitching it in near the right ear. The rest of hair was dropped behind the back into the clothes, and slightly puffed out above collars to create the illusion of a faux bob.
The Show: VPL
Makeup: Romy Soleimani with Ellis Faas and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for Beauty.com
Hair: Bob Recine for Phyto, Amika, and Beauty.com
Nails: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for Beauty.com
The Vibe: Geometric shapes and hard lines with a pop of the unexpected. To match fall’s VPL line, which is filled with strong graphic shapes and sexy silhouettes, lead stylist Bob Recine created a slicked down look, but added a free-falling crown piece for flow. To achieve the style, Recine dried hair with an amika dryer, the parted hair at the center or on the side. He then pulled away a triangular section of hair at the crown (to be released later), and combed down the sides. Products that were essential were Phyto's Volume Mousse to get the right texture and Phytolaque Soie Hair Spray, which were spritzed on brushes to add shine. “You want that diamond finish, which is not wet or glossy, but more glassy” said Recine. Side sections were then tied into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, and covered with the top portion of free hair that was then combed out and flat-ironed with an amika straightener.
We’d be lying if we said there wasn’t a little East Coast bias at Birchbox HQ. But since Associate Editor and San Francisco native Candice started here a few months ago, we’ve opened our eyes to the wonders of the West. Like mass quantities of Red Vines and a generally more laid-back, cool approach to life. Today we snuck a shot of her product-filled desk including the amazing OCC Lip Tars she wrote about yesterday.
Click through for all of Candice’s picks.
Today, these amazing lip tars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics landed on our desk, and wouldn’t you know it, our entire office is in love.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a cult brand based in New York that’s known for their ultra-bright lip colors. These hyper-pigmented shades, which are 100 percent vegan & cruelty free, come in a wide range of hues like seriously neon pink, true cyan blue, and even neon orange. Some of us, (here’s looking at you, Meredith and Rachel) are obsessed with their extra-bright pinks, which are the first we’ve found that really give a magazine photo-like pop to our puckers.
True to it’s name, lip tar goes on like a liquid lipgloss, but they have a completely matte finish and stay on your lips for hours. Take note, the colors are best applied with a lip brush and you really only need a couple drops of the tar to coat your entire pout. Click through to see Birchboxers model lip tar!
Cyan blue for Rachel S.
Two-toned pink lips for Rachel L., magenta for Alexz and peach for Molly.
Not ready for Lip Tars? Try the perfect red that’s flattering on everyone.