Archive: Nails

How to Give Yourself a Manicure

Even if you’re not looking to save a little cash (lucky you!), every girl should master the art of the at-home manicure. Perfecting your polishing skills is easier than you think. Our expert shows you how to get the ultimate must-have mani in just 5 fast steps.

Step 1:
Start with clean, dry, paint-free nails. Your first step is to file and shape your tips. Pick your shape: square, round, oval, or pointed (Hint: Oval is the universally flattering shape). Elle, a celebrity manicurist for Barielle Skincare – who’s worked on the nails of Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz and Eva Mendes among others – recommends using a glass nail file, and to always file nails in one direction using short, smooth strokes. “This keeps split nails at bay,” she says. We love Sephora’s budget-friendly file ($8, sephora.com).

Step 2:
Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes to soften up your cuticles and then gently push them back with a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick. Never cut your cuticles. This is a guaranteed trick for ragged edges or worse – a bad infection. Not pretty. Try this double-sided cuticle pusher ($12, ulta.com)

Step 3:
It’s time to lay down your base coat. Even if you skip the top coat, never ditch your base. It gives polish something to grab onto. Added bonus: many newer formulas do double duty and can nourish your nails while helping prevent chips and peeling polish. Try Sally Hanson’s Double Duty Strengthening Base Coat ($4.49, walgreens.com).

Step 4:
Pick a polish! Using short strokes, start in the middle of the nail and work outward. To keep it uniform, try to get the same amount of polish on the brush for each finger. And don’t skimp: two coats are better than one. Try OPI’s huge selection of colors ($8, drugstore.com).

Step 5:

Finish with a high-shine bang: “Cuticle oil should never be skipped, and should be your last step!” says Elle. “It’s an instant manicure in a bottle and it also helps dry nail polish while finishing your cuticles.” Her expert pick? Barielle’s Intensive Nail Renewal Oil ($12.50,  barielle.com).

From my one of my favorite websites, Betty Confidential!

Spring Beauty: What’s hot (Pink) right now!

Pink is in this Spring, and here are Make Her Up’s gorgeous Pink Picks!

Printed Lips Tinted Look Lip Stainer is a matte, richly pigmented lip tint with a felt-tip marker from Givenchy.

Printed Lips Tinted Look Lip Stainer is a richly pigmented tint that’s applied with a felt-tip marker. Providing a lip look that lasts, the marker allows for easy application and a vibrant, matte finish.

$24.50 – BUY IT HERE!

Leave your mark with bold, rich, vibrant colors that stand out. The formula is hard wearing and chip resistant and contains individual finishes from matte to high gloss. Apply two coats for high intensity and use with Illamasqua Nail Base Coat and Illamasqua Nail Top Coat for the perfect finish. Make a statement and talk with your hands!

Nail polish showing: Collide

$14.00 – BUY IT HERE!

I Love Sephora Brush Set – Pink ($120 Value) is a perfectly pink, portable set of top-quality brushes.

Made with the same peak standards as Sephora’s Platinum Brush Line, these essential beauty tools are perfect for creating your signature look, at home or on the go! These makeup-artist-tested brushes deliver built-to-last durability, and just as beautiful as they are functional.

$29.00 – BUY IT HERE!

Sparklicity Pure by beauty newcomer Tarina Tarantino is a touch of luxurious, crystalline sparkle for eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Complete your look with a unique, reflective finish, thanks to a formula composed almost entirely of pure-refraction reflex (unlike traditional glitters). Sparklicity Pure’s soft, muted background shade layers perfectly with the rest of your makeup to accentuate the arch of the brow, eye lids, cheeks, and lips.

$19.00 – BUY IT HERE!


Candy Cameo Fashion Collection
by beauty newcomer Tarina Tarantino is a trio featuring a chic gloss-containing cocktail ring, an exclusive pressed eyeshadow, and an ultra-light lip gloss, inspired by a fantastical-yet-nostalgic vintage vibe.

Taking a colorful inspiration from her grandmother’s vintage jewelry box, Tarina designed Candy Cameo around neon-colored cameos with glossy hearts and bows, accented with black lacquer beads. This collection is playful, with vibrant colors mixing harmoniously.

$19.00 – $35.00 BUY IT HERE!

Lo Bosworth loves Essie Fingernail Polish!

The Hills’ star Lo Bosworth just tweeted a picture of her fingers modeling “California Coral” from Essie!

@LoBosworth painted my nails essie california coral! so cute!

What a great color! I’m not usually a fan of coral, but I love that!

I’ve never tried Essie, but I’d sure love to! For information on where you can find Essie near you – go here!


What I love right now.

You might remember my first post on Np2 polish (see it here) and how much I loved it. Well the wonderful people at NP2 sent me a new bottle to replace the one that broke. This time I got the most beautiful color Symmetric, its the perfect grey color and looks beautiful on I can’t get enough. I just adore this nail polish it goes on so smoothly and dries quickly. Symmetric is one of those colors that make you stare at your hands its just perfect!

Another great feature if you are interested in buying a bottle a not sure what shade they have a great online tool with the virtual manicure. Just select your skin tone and nail shape and length and you can see what the colors will look like on. Fun and easy.

NP2 Nail Polish

Name: Symmetric
Description: Don’t let the name fool you, there is no equal to this LIGHT GREY

$22.50