I’m in sticker shock. I’ve never gotten more compliments on my hands than when I dress them in the hottest nail trend — nail stickers. From boutique brands like Inque to major players including Sally Hansen and OPI, nail companies are launching wraps that you simply stick on nails. As I’ve displayed in previous posts, they come in all kinds of fun patterns and colors that could take hours to create with a regular lacquer. The latest ones I applied (shown right) are the new celebrity-inspired leopard print designs from Broadway Nails.
Pros: Like most on the market, the Broadway Nail set comes with nail strips in a variety of sizes as well as a double-edged file that has a soft end to help the wraps adhere wrinkle-free and a rough end to file away excess material. They were easy to apply and even easier to remove. Just peel them off! If you’re wondering, they didn’t damage my nails.
Cons: Here’s my beef. The material of these stickers is a bit flimsier than other brands I’ve tried so it was trickier to get them on my nail completely crinkle-free. I also noticed that they started to look worn just after a couple of days.
Overall report: I’d wear them again. They’re chic, convenient and a magnet for compliments.
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Once you get past this closeup shot of my baby bump and press play, you’ll find a list below of the products I featured. Happy Spring! Bright Eyes: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils. These look amazing as eyeliners. $4.50, Ulta or www.nyxcosmetics.com Fresh Skin: If you need more help than a tinted moisturizer can offer, Bobbi Brown’s new Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 offers medium to full coverage. $55, www.bobbibrown.com Note: To give your skin a dewy finish, mix your foundation with a touch of Make Up For Ever Uplight or apply it alone to your cheekbones as a highlighter. $29, Sephora.com Textured Hair: Spritzing your mane with Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray is like hitting it with an ocean mist. $5.99, Walmart. Vibrant Lips: Hot pink and coral are this season’s “it” colors. I wore NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa ($6) during the segment. Others to try: Wet n Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gel in Glass-t Off! CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm SPF 15 in coral Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in bitten berry NYC Liquid Lipshine in fashion ave fuchsia Easter Egg Polish Colors on Nails: I wore the shade Blue Hydrangea in Nubar’s Spring Garden Collection. www.bynubar.com The other nail colors featured: Perfect Formula Nail Color in sunrise Essie nail polish in borrowed and blue and french affair elf nail polish in mint cream OPI nail lacquer in planks a lot Note: I also included a sneak peek of some of the OPI Shatters such as Silver Shatter and Turquoise Shatter launching May 1st.
The nail design trend continues, and my favorite new manicure comes courtesy of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nails Polish Strips I’m wearing in this picture. Time didn’t allow for a mani, so I decided to give these new sparkly strips in Blue Ice a go. In a nutshell, they’re stickers for your nails. They come in a slew of eye-catching colors and designs (I’m going to try the lace motif pictured below far left next!). The box contains short, easy-to-follow directions and tools including a nail file and cuticle stick, which were handy for prepping my nails and applying the stickers. The whole process took about 25 minutes. The stickers come in a variety of sizes and must be put on clean nails. You just peel off the sticker and carefully apply it to each nail, using the flat end of the cuticle stick to seal down the edges. The strips do have some stretch in them, and I could easily tear away the extra material I didn’t need. So far, I’m loving the finished result. Their glittery effect far exceeds any laquer. The box says the manicure will last up to 10 days. I’ll admit, I wasn’t obsessive when applying these strips and didn’t exactly cover the excess strip over the edges of each nail as suggested. Whether or not that matters, parts of the stickers did flake off just a couple of days in (note: the strips come off with nail polish remover). Regardless, I am into the finished look of the mani and think these are definitely worth a try.
Wondering what to do for your next mani? I reveal the hottest nail trends on Fox’s “Good Day Columbus.”
Thank you to everyone who came to The Beauty Girl’s and The Bump Club and Beyond’s first ever Girl’s Night Out this past Tuesday at Hub 51. We hope you filled up on the food (I’m still dreaming about the mini hamburgers and yummy Crumbs cupcakes) and drinks and felt relaxed and rejuvinated after your hand massages and neck lift treatments courtesy of Clarins and manicures and brow shapings provided by Exhale. Congrats to all the raffle winners! Enjoy your new $600 Bugaboo stroller, $300 Furla bag, $500 worth of Clarins skincare, suite of Phyto products, 1-month membership to Exhale and other prizes. And, we hope the $200+ worth of goodies like the gift certificate for a haircut and blowout at Charles Ifergan, Phyto haircare, Clinique makeup, Clarins skincare, Priti NYC polish, MD Moms treat, free fitness class and more in your gift bag was the perfect end to a great event.
Below are the highlights from my presentation on time-saving beauty secrets and a gallery of photos recapping the night’s festivities. P.S. Hope you can come to Saks on Michigan Ave. Feb. 17th from 6-8pm! I’ll be talking about spring beauty trends and offering one-on-one advice. Plus, there will be music, wine and special gifts with purchase!
The Beauty Girl’s Best Time-Saving Beauty Secrets
No one needs to know you’re tired, have a zit or fine lines. Do what the celeb makeup artists do for their clients: conceal and highlight. Lorac Double Feature is an amazing two-in-one, and I love the blender ball on top.
Hair accesssories beef up a busted ponytail. L. Erickson headbands are especially chic and you can see all the styles on www.franceluxe.com
Screw nail polish remover. Sula polish looks great, saves time and is so fun to peel off, it’s addicting!
Bootie Pies are one of my favorite inventions. They’re so comfy and practical for pedicures because they let you skip the drying time.
I’m a huge fan of Clarins skincare and love that it’s so natural. Some of my must haves are the The Beauty Flash Balm, Body Treatment Oil (the brand’s #1 seller) and Stretch Mark Control, which any pregnant woman will appreciate.
Like Clarins, Phyto haircare is based in naturals and its formulas actually work. Highlights are the Phytovolumactiv volumizing spray, a hairstylist staple backstage at fashion week, Phytocyane treatment, which was developed to help peeps like pregnant women who experience temporary hair loss post delivery, and the Phytodefrisant relaxing balm, which squashes frizz to give you a beautiful blowout
Berry lipstick = facestick. Wear a berry shade on your lips, cheeks and lids. Clinique Butter Shine lipstick in raspberry rush, which was in all of the gift bags, is a pretty example of this hue.
When you’re too tired to wash up, wipe away makeup, oil and the day’s grit with makeup remover wipes. Stash them on your nightstand.
Quick fixes like the Goody Spin Pin and dry shampoo like Suave’s new one, which is only $3, will save you from a bad hair day.
Me with my amazing co-host Lindsay, founder of The Bump Club
Lots of mingling and smiling going on.
Whether you were preggars, single or a mom, there was something to eat and drink for everyone.
Filling up on delicious eats including sushi, grilled cheese, mini gourmet burgers, tacos, and more, thanks to Hub 51.
Guests enjoying manis from Exhale.
Exhale also provided brow shaping services.
Everyone got to unwind with amazing hand massages and neck lifts from Tina, a Clarins skincare specialist.
We had about 100 women come to Sub 51 at Hub 51 for Girl’s Night Out.
That’s me about to share my time-saving beauty secrets.
Raffle prize winner showing off the hundreds of dollars worth of Phtyo haircare products she’s going home with.
Come to our Girl’s Night Out event and you may leave with a $300 black Furla bag like our winner here.
Yeah for Jaclyn, who won a 1-month membership to Exhale.
We’re all smiles for the winner of $500 worth of Clarins products that includes a full skincare regimen, makeup and body products.
Perfect timing! The winner of the $600 Bugaboo stroller is about to pop.
Congrats to Lauren, who won a basket of treats including dry shampoos, cleansing wipes and a book.
Yes, that’s my hand reaching in for the insanely yummy Crumbs cupcake.
All guests left with $200+ of goodies in reusable gift bags.
I’m on the hunt for a great deal as much as anyone else, which is why my local drugstore has become one of my staples for beauty products, including skincare. I’ve also included some fun behind-the-scenes photos below.