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The Academy Awards are on March 2nd and while the average gal or guy will watch (and possibly live tweet) the glamorous star-filled occasion from the comforts of home , they can do so with nails donned in Julep’s Red Carpet Ready Nail Polish Sets.

The Julep Red Carpet Ready sets are inspired by some of 2014’s nominated stars and beyond! I went through the collection and highlighted a few of my favorites:

All About Amy: Inspired by one of Amy Adams red carpet looks.


Bullock Bold: Inspired by a Sandra Bullock red carpet look.


Lovely Lawrence: Inspired by a Jennifer Lawrence red carpet look.

And surprise surprise — two of my favorite Red Carpet Ready sets include glitter. While I love glitter, I absolutely loathe the removal process, so much so that I will only do an accent nail in glitter. Julep’s Party’s Over Glitter Nail Polish Removal Kit is about to change all that because it will allow me to remove even the most outrageous glitter manicure with ease.

Party’s Over Glitter Nail Polish Removal Kit includes ten reusable finger caps (bye-bye cotton and foil wraps) and just enough nail polish removing pads to say sayonara to five full glitter manicures.

Don’t be left out of the Oscar Party fun, get your nails Julep Red Carpet Ready, grab a few friends, some bubbly and celebrate the magic of the movies! And rest easy knowing that no matter how crazy your manicure, Party’s Over Glitter Nail Polish Removal Kit has got your back.

Click here to see Julep’s Red Carpet Ready sets. Sets prices vary and many are currently on sale for over 60% off!

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For this week’s manicure I selected one of my favorite nail polish shades in my entire collection; it’s an oxymoron to say ‘pastel neon,’ but this is exactly how I would describe Illamasqua’s Jo’mina.

Illamasqua Jo Mina

The formula is superb and goes on smooth and opaque with just two coats. The color almost glows on your nails – and is so striking. I can see a fabulous nail art look being made with this color – it is so versatile.

Illamasqua-Jomina-bottleAvailable for $17.00 at sephora.

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My love affair with all things purple (and near purple) continues with my choice of nail lacquers for this week’s manicure.  I choose two colors, Bouganville and Iris, from Dolce and Gabbana Love in Taormina collection.

The Love in Taormina collection underlines the always existent connection between Dolce and Gabbana’s beauty and fashion worlds.  Pat McGrath, Dolce and Gabbana Creative Advisor, took inspiration from the Dolce&Gabbana SS’13 beauty look while creating Love in Taormina; a collection of rich, feminine shades for the perfect choice for summer manicures.

I did a quick and dirty ombre manicure that took about 15 minutes from start to finish. The Dolce and Gabbana polishes deliver a creamy and opaque finish with just one coat.

For this mani I first applied Bouganville to all ten nails,  after the first coat was applied and almost dry, I applied Iris  to a makeup sponge and simple patted it over the first coat until it reached my desired look.

I completed the look by applying one coat of  Dolce and Gabanna High Shine top lacquer to all nails.  Easy as pie!

D&G Ombre Manicure 1

My manicure lasted over a week chip free and  that’s saying a lot, because I am constantly working with my hands (this includes doing the dishes glove-free at least once per day).

Dolce and Gabbana Love in Taormina Collection

The Dolce and Gabbana Love in Taormina Collection Includes: [Left to Right]

Dolce and Gabbana has also launched a base lacquer, high shine top lacquer (which extended the life of my ombre mani) and a matte top lacquer.  These three manicure enhancers “combine fashion and technology by strengthening and dressing the nails for the complete Dolce&Gabbana Manicure.”

You may find all the polishes in the Dolce and Gabbana Love in Taormina Collection at Sephora.com.  Retail $24.

By the way, what are your thoughts on my Ombre Mani?

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I’ll leave it to the political blogs to dissect last’s night’s speech. As for the beauty, ahem — that’s my lane! Shall we discuss the nails? Stunning! And here’s my best guess on possible dupes:

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Dangerous
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic (I mean, how perf is the name?…)
MAC Hello Kitty Collection in On The Prowl
Dr Remedy Enriched Nail Polish in Heather Grey

So am I close?…leave a comment and share!

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Within a split second of eyeing Ciaté Caviar Manicure I was immediately intrigued. I mean…straight up open like a 7-eleven. I had to try it for myself. The texture, the finish, the three-dimensional effect — I die!

The Ciaté Caviar Manicure kit includes:

– 0.45 oz Paint Pot Nail Polish
– 0.47 oz Caviar Pearls
– Funnel
– Tray

Naturally I went off the grid and scrapped the “Paint Pot Nail Polish” in the kit and decided to do a mash up of my own — I used Dior “Incognito” and Ruby Kisses “Mediterranean Nightsky”.

Here’s my final Ciaté Caviar Manicure:

So here’s the thing: Ciaté Caviar Manicure lasts about 2…3 days, tops! It’s the kind of thing you pull out when you have an event or special occasion and you want to totally wow every single person within a half-mile radius of your nails. To extend the wear, perhaps consider doing an accent nail or two…then, maybe you’ll get a few more days of wear. The kit lasts forever. I used it and shared with friends and still had plenty of caviar beads to left to do a dozen mani’s.

Net Net: For special occasions – Absolutely! Like duh, why wouldn’t you?!

Available at Sephora

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Left to my own devices I would change my nail color every other day. This Spring/Summer, NARS is making it difficult for me to be practical and keep my polish for a week.  The Thakoon for Nars collection features six nail polishes inspired by Thakoon’s Spring 2012 collection. “Super vibrant, exuberant color channels the pulsating hues of an Indian spice market for a bold dose of fashion-forward color at your fingertips.”

The polish dries to a glossy finish and lasts about 4 days chip free with my doing dishes without gloves. The UV protection in the polish also helps to maintain the glossy, bold color. Two coats does the trick but if you are in a hurry one coat will do for a slightly less glossy look.  The polishes are free of  toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP (3 Free.)

Check out the colors:

Lal Mirchi – Mandarin Red
Kutki – Powder Blue
Ratin Jot – Orchid Purple
Koliary – Cyan Blue
Anardana – Azalea Pink
Amchoor – Bright Yellow

Above I am wearing Ratin Jot with a Koliary Zebra like stripes. To make the stripe I cut away about 3/4 of an old nail polish applicator brush bristles,  rinsed it in acetone then simply free handed the stripes. To save for future use, wash in acetone or nail polish remover when done and store with your other nail supplies.

Each polish retails for $18 and can be purchased at narscosmetics.com,  Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, NordstromSaks Lal Mirchi – Mandarin red is Available exclusively at NARS 413 Bleecker St. Boutique 646.459.2323.


Want more NARS?


Destination Beauty: NARS Bleecker Street


This post was written by @ChristeneCarr

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This month (exclusively at Ulta) look for the launch of butter LONDON™LIPPY — a wardrobe of extended-wear, high sheen glosses with corresponding nail lacquers. Inspired by the brand’s backstage observation of the S/S 2012 “matchy-matchy” mani/pedi/lip trend, the concept for LIPPY was born.

Primrose Hill Picnic


Teddy Girl

Trout Pout
Yummy Mummy

Personally, I’ve got my eyes on “Trout Pout” and “Yummy Mummy”. . . and will keep you posted as I try the line.  For now, here’s more of what you need to know:

LIPPY products do not contain parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates or bismuth.  butter LONDON™ is available at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flagship store, www.butterlondon.com, and in fashion boutiques, specialty retailers, and beauty apothecaries around the globe.

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Girls, believe the hype.  CND Shellac’s claim of at least two weeks of chip free, mirror-shine finish is absolutely true! I’ve been rocking my CND Shellac manicure for almost three weeks and the finish is as glossy as the day it was applied…and for the record, I am quite domestic (cook/clean regularly) and I work with my hands (makeup artist). I highly recommend CND Shellac for women who desire a long lasting manicure. Whether you’re a girl about town who wants the perfect mani, always….or a busy mom who doesn’t have time for weekly salon visits — CND Shellac is for you!

If you’re in the NYC area, visit the salon where I had my CND Shellac manicure applied:

Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa

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Have you checked out Les Pop-Up De Chanel? Bright nails create a statement with poppy doses of hot fuchsia pinks and turquoise green. The tropical palette draws you in with its playful bursts of color.

Le Vernis comes in three new colors:

  • Nouvelle Vague – a turquoise
  • Mistral – a soft pink
  • Riviera – a hot intense pink

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