TUTORIAL | Burned Paper Nails



1. Paint your nails with a light nude polish, wait until it’s completely dries.

2. Put a piece of newspaper in alcohol, and wait 15-20 sec.

3.Place the wet paper onto your nails, push it down with your fingers and wait until the alcohol evaporates (7-10 sec), and remove the paper.

4. Topcoat it with clear polish.

5. Draw some lines with black polish, where you want your burned papers edges.

6., 7. Put some black and brown polish with a piece of makeup sponge around the black lines.

8. Clean up the edges with acetone.

9. Use a matte topcoat.

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25 Cute as Christmas Nail art Designs!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Five Perfect-For-Fall Nail Polish Combinations to Try Now

by Lucky Staffers

We fool around with nail polish combinations…often. Here are our best ones yet!


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Painted on top of the deep gray, the glitter really pops. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Stronger, $19, deborahlippmann.com; Essie Nail Color in Power Clutch, $8, essie.com


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Use gold glitter over an eggplant hue to create an opulent ombré effect.
divine night nail lacquer in gadabout girl, $17.50, maccosmetics.com; Stratford Honey Overcoat, $15, butterlondon.com


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Winterize a summery blue manicure with an icy accent nail.
Celestials in vortex, $12.50, formula x, sephora.com; Nail Lacquer in poppy blue, $18, jinsoon, sephora.com


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Pair a dainty pink with a metallic silver polish to add some edge.
‘Vernis’ Nail Enamel in incognito 257, $24, dior, nordstrom.com; ‘Pure Color’ Nail Lacquer in smoked chrome, $20, estee lauder, nordstrom.com


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For a fall-appropriate twist on a french manicure, add khaki-colored tips to a burgundy base.
Nail Polish in church, $18, tenoverten, sephora.com; LE VERNIS in frenzy, $27, chanel.com



OPI to Collaborate with Gwen Stefani


OPI recently announced they would be partnering with Gwen Stefani to create a limited-edition line of nail polishes.

The collection will include seven polishes that are not only based on Gwen’s signature style, but also draw inspiration from this year’s punk-themed Met Gala.


Gwen’s signature red shade, “Over & Over A-Gwen”, is available in a boxed nail art set that comes with Swarovski black crystals and studs. The line also includes a unique chrome polish, called “Push and Shove” that’s meant to be worn with a complimentary base coat (dubbed “Lay Down that Base“, natch.) to create a cool mirrored finish.


Other shades “Love.Angel.Music.Baby.” and “4 in the Morning” have a semi-matte finish, while two creme polishes and one glittery shade (“Hey Baby”, “I Sing in Color”, and “In True Stefani Fashion”) round out the collection.


Gwen Stefani by OPI will be available at OPI retailers in January 2014. Prices will range from $9 for individual polishes to $14.95 for the “Over & Over A-Gwen” boxed set.



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What do you think of this collaboration? Are you a fan of Gwen’s style? Will you be trying out any of these polishes? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

The 10 top-rated Nail Polish Brands

No. 1: China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners, $5.00


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.6

Why: Readers love how China Glaze “comes in a kagillion different, beautiful colors and effects.” One “self professed nail polish addict” says, “this is my absolute favorite brand of polish” because “they last, are bright and beautiful and unique.” The fave color among many readers is the coveted, For Audrey, “a Tiffany (robin’s egg) blue,” saying “it’s the prettiest color I’ve ever owned, and the only way I can wear blue on my nails without feeling silly.”

No. 2: OPI Nail Lacquer Classics, $5.99


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.6

Readers think “OPI has it nailed!” One woman says, “I’m a polish whore … and own about 50 bottles (that’s after clearing out a bunch). That said, I am an OPI fan.” Readers swear this polish is “unlike any other type” because the “color goes on smoothly,” “is vibrant,” and “rich and deep and lasts forever.” Even a reader’s “dad complimented the color.” Tons of our readers love the OPI Designer Series, because “I love glitter. I love OPI. OPI + glitter = more to love.” Another reader says, “they are dazzling when under lights” and even give a “holographic-like effect.” One reader says, “Generally, anything sparkly wins me over instantly, and OPI really outdid themselves with the Designer Series. Every color is rich [and] sparkly.” “When I wear this polish people constantly ask where I got my nails done and can’t believe I did them myself,” says a reader.

No. 4: Essie Nail Polish, $8


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8

One reader says, “As a high school student I usually found it difficult to part with my allowance, but Essie was a coveted product for which I would scrimp and save.” One reader says, “the best part of Essie is the super shiny finish that you achieve without a top coat. The long wear is a bonus.” Another reader thinks it is “perfect for office wear,” because it “lasts through hours of typing.” After discovering Essie, readers say, “OPI isn’t the only game in town.” And one even says, “I just bought my first bottle of Essie a few weeks ago, and had just said goodbye to OPI.”

No. 5: Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquer, $15


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8

Readers agree that Lippman’s nail lacquers are “polishes to pine for.” Their favorite attributes? The formula, which “allows it to be applied thinly (no goop!) and the bottle/ brush design, [which] prevents the application process from getting messy”.  One reader agreed saying, “each bottle ‘keeps’ for a long time without getting thick or gloopy.” Another loves it because it “doesn’t have formaldehyde in it, which is great for the environment” and “it has anti-fungal qualities to it so I can share with my friends or at the nail salon.” Another user assures us, “if you can get past the sticker shock, you’ll be treated to high-quality nail polish housed in a beautiful regency-style bottle.” Speaking of the bottle, “my other polishes live in a drawer in my bathroom, but these babies are on display,” says a reader.

No. 7: Revlon Nail Enamel, $4.49


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6

People who love Revlon products also love the nail polish because “Revlon polish is rich, the color is vibrant and I really like how sheer they are.” Many love the red color especially because “it’s rich and passionate.”  One reader says, “The colors are pretty and no testing on animals. What else can you ask for?” Another likes how there is “no yellowing either,” saying that it’s her “all-time fave.” Another color favorite of many is Autumn Berry because it is “warm, sexy and rich,” and “is a particularly great winter color — everyone asks what it is.”

No. 8: Maybelline New York Express Finish 60 Second Nail Color, $3.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6


One reader likes this polish because “1) yes, it dries quickly, 2) they have colors that I like, 3) I can find them at almost every grocery store/pharmacy, and 4) great price.” Readers applaud the formula for its “good pigmentation” and “great color selection.” One woman digs the quick-drying feature saying, “I love this nail polish so much. I used to hate painting my nails because I could never sit still long enough to let them dry smudge-free. But once I found this product I was hooked!”

No. 10: Wet n Wild Rock Solid Nail Lacquer, $2.99


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2

Readers gush about this polish calling it a “hidden gem,” because it dries “super fast,” “looks great” and “the color in the bottle is very true to the color on your nails.” One reader loves “the bottle with the crystal on top!” While another says it has “pretty colors, pretty packaging, pretty price, [and is a] pretty good deal.” Another reader demands, “save your money and buy more shades.”


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