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The 5 Polish Shades You Need This Summer: Mani Monday

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.

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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.

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5 Polish Shades You Need This Spring: Mani Monday

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.

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It’s officially March, and even though it’s still quite chilly out, I’m itching to switch up my nail polish wardrobe. Goodbye dark, vampy shades, and hello to the colors of spring. While I do enjoy a pastel here and there, spring lacquer doesn’t always mean Easter egg-inspired hues. Here are my five picks to carry you through the season.

Poppy Red (thumb): This bright orange-hued red is one of the most universally flattering colors—it was even selected as one of the Pantone Fashion Color Report shades for the season. It’s livelier than the blue-hued reds of winter, but still looks sophisticated and classic. I’m wearing the brand new My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours by OPI. 

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Red Carpet-Inspired Polish: Mani Monday

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.

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Most of us won’t be sporting a Dior gown any time soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t draw beauty inspiration from Oscar night glamour. Award show gowns are one of the best trend-predictors, especially when it comes to color. This year, pale neutrals, saturated blues, and shiny metallics ruled the red carpet. What do these three shades have in common? They translate beautifully to nail polish.

Dress Inspiration: Naomi Watts in metallic Armani Privé.

Try This: Shiny foil-like finishes are huge right now, and lucky for us, metallic polish is easy to pull off. Silvers, golds, and other metallic shades look great on just about everyone. For a gorgeous gold, pick up tenoverten in Worth, or try Deborah Lippmann’s Moon Rendezvous for an unexpected blue metallic.

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3 New Year’s Resolutions for My Nails: Mani Monday

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.

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I’m all about New Year’s Resolutions this year. In addition to the rest of my list (eat more greens, run a half marathon, tidy up my apartment each night), I’m adding a few beauty-related goals for 2013. I put my nails through a lot during the year, so it’s time to give them a little TLC. Here are three things I’m doing this year to make it up to my fingers:

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Pantone’s 10 Trendiest Colors for Fall: Mani Monday

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.

Do the changing seasons have you stumped? If you’re not sure what color to choose for your nails right now, you’re not alone. Lucky for us, Pantone’s Fall 2012 Color Report is here to help. These 10 shades will be showing up all season in clothes, makeup and of course, polish.  

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Is 5-Free the New Standard For Nail Polish?

What’s missing in the latest nail polish formulas? Nothing that you’re going to miss. (Photo: about.com)

When nail polish was first created in France in the 1920’s, the formula was an adapted version of the glossy enamel used on cars. Eep! Thankfully, the formulas have come a long way since then. Over the past few years, we’ve seen many “3-free” formulas that omit harmful dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, and formaldehyde. The next step: 5-free polishes, which are made without formaldehyde resin and camphor. Click through for more on these two toxic ingredients and for a list of our favorite 5-free brands!

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Think Pink Polish For Fall

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.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and everywhere I look, I’m seeing pink. The cheery color may seem better suited for spring and summer manis, but it’s actually one of my favorite colors to wear throughout fall and into winter. As the weather gets dreary and they days get darker, that vibrant pop of color is exactly what I need.

Here are my pink picks to carry you through the season:

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Scotch Tape Checkerboards: Mani Monday

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.

It’s no secret that my favorite nail art tool is Scotch tape. Even without a steady hand or nail art experience, with a roll of tape you can achieve wow-inducing designs with precision and ease. Today I’m wearing one of my go-to tape designs – checkerboard nails. The look changes dramatically depending on your color choices. If you’re feeling a little punk-rock, try contrasting shades like black and white or red and blue. For the workplace, choose neutrals like pale pink and taupe (your nails will look professional from afar and stylin’ close-up!). You can also do a checkerboard accent nail for a small pop of design, which is how I’m wearing the look today.

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LA’s Fashion Elite Reveal Their Summer Beauty Picks

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Greetings from Las Vegas! I’m one of 30 official bloggers at MAGIC—the world’s top marketplace for apparel and accessories. It’s been a true blast out here bonding with some of LA’s top fashion influencers. (Check out the #RoadtoMAGIC blog here to follow our adventures.) I checked in with four of my lovely trip mates to see what beauty products they can’t get enough of this summer.

Bethany Struble of Snakes Nest

1. Homemade Rosewater: “I literally make it over the stove. I love it because it’s so light and all natural. I use it as a toner, too.”

2. Benefit Hoola Bronzer: “This is a non-shimmery bronzer in a natural brown hue.”

3. CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara: “I love it because it’s so cheap and fantastic.”

4. Urban Decay Naked Palette: “It has every color you need! It’s so versatile.”

5. Benefit Posietint: “It’s the perfect shade of pink for your lips and cheeks.”

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Polka Dot Half Moon: Mani Monday

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.

You don’t need to buy a fancy tool to add polka dots to your nail art repertoire. Take a look around your room—if you have a paper clip, Q-tip, push-pin, or even the tip of a pencil, you’re in business. Today I’m sporting a half-moon manicure, but rather than filling in the half-moon with a solid wash of polish, I’m kicking it up a notch with spots.

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