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Top 10 Eye-Catching Manis From Spring 2014’s NYFW

The days of over-the-top nail art manis may be behind us, but plenty of designers opted for colors and designs that were memorable at the Spring 2014 shows. Here’s a look at our absolute favorites and get this: so many of these ideas are actually wearable! 

  1. Ruffian: The brand is known for its signature crescent moon mani and this season, nail artist Cheryl Natoli took the look to new heights by extending the darker accent color further up the nail. What’s even cooler? She used only shades from Ruffian’s first lacquer collection, which is exclusive to Birchbox(Photo: Tom Newton)
  2. Mara Hoffman: Using Hoffman’s trademark prints as inspiration, nail artist Honey for Maybelline created bright orange flourishes that stood out nicely against the nude base color. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  3. Prabal Gurung: Candy-color nails were done best for spring at Prabal Gurung, where nail artist Ana-Maria for Sally Hansen was being mindful to contrast lip and nail colors. (Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen)
  4. Tadashi Shoji: This opalescent matte nail created by Katie Hughes for butter London was such a stunner in large part because of its simplicity. (Photo: Courtesy of Butter)
  5. Suno: Bright orange digits like these seen at Suno (courtesy of Maybelline) are predicted to be the hottest nail color for spring 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  6. Tibi: If you want to have a go at nail art, but don’t have the steadiest of hands, this look created by JINsoon is right for you. We’re particularly fond of it because the black lines only appear on three fingers on each hand. (Photo: Courtesy of JINsoon)
  7. Kate Spade: Cap toe shoes were the inspiration for Deborah Lippmann's punchy color-block design at Kate Spade. (Photo: Tom Newton)
  8. Rebecca Minkoff: Since the show was inspired by Frida Kahlo, manicurist Michelle Saunders for Essie decided on a Day of the Dead design. (Photo: Courtesy of essie)
  9. Cynthia Rowley: To get these blinged out manis, nail artist Casey Herman for Essie used a mishmash of blue, black, and two different sparkly topcoats.(Photo: Courtesy of essie)
  10. Charlotte Ronson: Nail artist Shelly Burns for Color Club opted for a uniform polka dot design that’s not just adorable, it’s also easy to replicate yourself.  

To take a look at other great NYFW trends, click here. 

The Top 10 Coolest Hairstyles At NYFW

New York Fashion Week may have ended last week, but we’re still reveling in the backstage festivities (and recovering). At this point, however, we’ve had some time to process it all, and we’re ready to deliberate on next season’s biggest trends and most fashion-forward looks. Today we’ve rounded up our favorite hairstyles, from the totally outrageous to the completely wearable. Check back tomorrow and Friday for our top makeup and manicure picks!  

  1. Rebecca Minkoff: The braided crown trend lives on! Frida Khalo was the muse for these unfussy updos crafted by TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. To create the style, she plaited three different ponytails into four-stranded braids before securing with pins.  (Photo: Courtesy of stila) 
  2. Zac Posen: Is there anything more romantic and feminine than white silk flowers strewn through hair? Odile Gilbert for Kérastase masterfully executed this hairstyle—and brides-to-be everywhere are swooning. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase)
  3. Cynthia Rowley: Surfer girl with edge was the style at Cynthia Rowley and Staci Child for Cutler/Redken pulled it off to a tee with her half beachy wave, half punky pulled back ‘do. (Photo: Tom Newton) 
  4. Marchesa: Goth glamour was the vibe at Marchesa, where stylist Odile Gilbert for Kérastase adorned strands with dark, moody plumage. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase) 
  5. Rachel Zoe: The perfect hybrid between a braid and a bird’s nest, this style is something you’d never want to do yourself (brushing that out must have hurt). That said, we’re so impressed by Antonio Corral’s fabulously frizzy plaits. (Photo: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil) 
  6. Alice + Olivia: When in doubt, a sleek, low bun is always a sophisticated choice. Stylist Nick Irwin for TIGI's pro tip was to add a shine spray, flat iron the hair, and then use mousse throughout the pony before coiling it to keep flyaways at bay. (Photo: Courtesy of TIGI)
  7. Jason Wu: Odile Gilbert for Kérastase can take credit for the stick-straight blunt ponys at Jason Wu. To add a hint of glam, he finished the minimalist look off with gold cuffed ponytail holders—a must-have accessory for next season. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase) 
  8. Kate Spade: Creating the perfect topknot might as well be an art form and hairstylist Tommy Bucket got it exactly right at Kate Spade. We especially loved that these chunky buns were slightly undone, which gave the hair a very effortless and real feel. (Photo: Tom Newton) 
  9. Mara Hoffman: Holy braid! The butt-grazing plaits by Nick Irwin for TIGI at Mara Hoffman were too long for real life, but we definitely plan to try a modified version of this style ourselves. (Photo: Courtesy of TIGI)
  10. Badgley Mischka: This delicate roll by Peter Gray for Moroccan Oil is so utterly sweet, we can’t stop staring. (Photo: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil)

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New Veronica Mars Photos, MObama Joins Instagram, and More
The Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie is currently filming and photos from the set will certainly have fans speculating plot points. [Huffington Post]
First Lady Michelle Obama is now on Instagram! [Perez Hilton]
Rebecca and Uri Minkoff talk about the importance of consumer interaction and being nice in the fashion industry. [Fashionista]
Blake Lively admits to trimming her own split ends, but is she actually damaging her trademark hair? [Allure]
The founder of Urban Compass shares his must-have health list for surviving a startup. From rooftop yoga to office-wide-meals, we certainly approve. [Q Equinox]
Envy Blake’s summer glow? Check out these natural summer beauty tips from celeb makeup guru Katey Denno.

New Veronica Mars Photos, MObama Joins Instagram, and More


Envy Blake’s summer glow? Check out these natural summer beauty tips from celeb makeup guru Katey Denno.

The 3 Coolest New Nail Trends from Fashion Week 

Over the last few fashion weeks, nails have become just as important as the hair and makeup. This past season was no exception and we were delighted by all the bold colors and creative designs that we spied. After taking it all in, we’ve narrowed down all the incredible looks to our top three favorites. Will you be trying any of these trends?  

1) Studs: Deborah Lippmann for Kate Spade NY 

The bright pink talons at Kate Spade NY perfectly matched the Pop Art-and NYC-inspired fall collection. We’re definitely picking up some metallic pyramids to affix to our nails ASAP. Plus, we can almost guarantee we’ll be seeing more almond-shaped nails on celebrities and trendsetters this fall. In fact, Deborah Lippmann called it the “nail shape of the season.” 

2) Oil Slick Motif: Essie for Rebecca Minkoff 

These multi-tonal oil slick nails were not only prettyaccording to the lead manicurist Michelle Saunders they were so easy to do that one of the models did her own nails. Click through to see how to get the look yourself.

3) Picture Framing: Color Club for Charlotte Ronson 

The nails at Charlotte Ronson’s show are always inspiring. Remember last season’s wave nails? This season, nail artist Simcha Whitehill (aka Miss Pop) created picture frame nails that really stood out. Whitehill gave us the deets on creating the look ourselves and having tried it with some success, we feel confident that with a little practice, this style isn’t too hard to do. 


Want to get inspired for spring nail looks? Take a look at our 10 favorite designs from the spring 2013 shows.

Groovy Oil Slicks at Rebecca Minkoff


Oil slicks are typically avoided at all cost. But we spotted some psychedelic nail art backstage at Rebecca Minkoff that we’ll definitely be copying. Essie’s lead manicurist, Michelle Saunders, created the swirly effect and explained that it “was inspired by her handbags in the collection.” 

To get the look, Essie’s team of pros used five different shades with blue and metallic finishes: Aruba Blue, Go Overboard, Penny Talk, As Gold As It Gets, and Blue RhapsodyStarting with the darkest shade, they placed a few drops of polish on the nail, then followed with a few drops of each of the remaining hues. Then, they used a slim detailing tool to carefully swirl each shade together. While the result looks elaborate, Saunders swears it’s incredibly easy—one of the models even tackled her own mani!


Check out more exclusive backstage pics on the Birchbox NYFW site. 

Measuring the Year in Nail Art, Instagram Backtracks, and More

A look back at 2012 through the dynamic medium of nail art. [Buzzfeed]
A luxe 24k gold tanning lotion is the latest newcomer in the gold-flecked cosmetics trend, and it’ll literally give you a golden glow. [SheFinds]
There were some huge technological breakthroughs in the beauty industry in 2012—check out this year’s biggest game-changers. [Beauty High]
Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis shares her tips on eating smart and looking good during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. [BellaSugar]
Spread the cheer by doing something charitable this season—here are 10 ideas to get you started! [Her Campus]
Watch Rebecca Minkoff lip-synch to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” with various bloggers, models, and other fashion stars. [The Cut]
After an outpouring of complaints over Instagram’s revised terms of use, CEO Kevin Systrom reassures users that their pictures will not be used in advertising. [Racked]
A Belgian male model penned a cookbook called Model Kitchen, with contributions from numerous catwalk stars. [Huffington Post]
Look good while working out in new stylish gym gear. [Well+Good NYC]



Still struggling with last minute shopping for your parents? (We know—it’s hard!) Luckily, we’ve got plenty of ideas for both mom and dad this season!

Measuring the Year in Nail Art, Instagram Backtracks, and More

Still struggling with last minute shopping for your parents? (We know—it’s hard!) Luckily, we’ve got plenty of ideas for both mom and dad this season!

Beauty Candy: Take Care of Your Sweet Tooth AND Your Skin

Too good to be true? This Brazilian candy nixes the fat, sugar, and sodium in favor of collagen that will plump up your skin. (Photo:


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Modern Gypsies at Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011

Photos by Kristen Somody Whalen.

Rebecca Minkoff’s classic Morning After Bag has been a cheeky consolation prize to thousands of young women making the way home from an evening rendezvous since 2005. In just six years, Minkoff’s eponymous collection has expanded beyond that still-popular bag to include bracelets, apparel, a men’s accessory line, and most recently, shoes. Throughout, the designer’s easy-chic style and winky details have made her bags and clothes a natural choice for downtown and uptown girls alike. Minkoff’s Fall 2011 runway show on Friday showcased the same indelible cool we’ve come to expect.

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