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photos + post by Kristin Ess If you’re a fan of pretty shiny things, you’re going to love our first spring mani of the season. We all know everything looks better dipped in gold, so we thought this should do the trick. I decided to use gold leafing sheets to accent the corners of these turquoise nails. Here’s how you do it: TOOLS: Turquoise nail polish, gold leafing sheets (available at your local art supply stores or see link below), clear top coat, nail file, q-tip (regular or pointed). Select a good turquoise polish. Related posts: Related:  nail art

NAILED IT! photos/post/design: Kristin Ess (wood floor insert photo from You gotta love those magical moments when you’re just minding your own bizz and inspiration jumps out and smacks you right between the eyes. Not long ago I was looking through floor patterns for a home project. My favorite pattern in the world is called the “herringbone pattern”. NOTE: Before you start, use one of your polish colors as a base for your nails about an hour before (or the night before) so they have plenty of time to dry before you apply the nail strips! Take a section of nail strips from the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French Manicure kit and cut them in half long ways.

PIN IT UP, GIRL Our email box is literally flooded with requests for updos so here’s a fun one to get us all going! This is always a favorite for attending an event. This updo looks gorgeous on any hair color but particularly amazing with hilighted hair because it gives the hair lots of depth and dimension. For lack of a better word, I love the way it becomes “swirly”. Best thing is; it’s easy to do, gorgeous and keeps your hair out of your way for the night. Tools you’ll need: curling iron (to prep the hair with waves), sectioning clips, teasing comb or brush, clear elastic rubber band, bobby pins, light to medium holding hairspray (to mist over at the end). Tags: bride, bridesmaid, date, hair, hair style, hair tutorial, how to, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, lauren conrad, prom, sister, special occasion hair, the beauty department,, tutorial, twisted, updo, wedding, wedding hairstyles Related posts:

You Nailed It! 8 Nail Polish Crafts Nail polish, we all have it in our homes and probably in more colors than we care to admit. Each season there are new colors to choose from and these colors follow the trend colors we see in fashion, home décor and of course crafting supplies. Where others simply see a beauty supply, we see a crafting supply! Gone are the days when nail polish simply came in an array of different colors, it is now available in options that are flocked, glittered and crackled. The next time you are ready to use your nail polish on a crafting project, try starting with one of these tutorials. DIY Cardboard Earrings A fun way to upcycle cardboard scraps into fun earrings Painted Paper Bead Tutorial Need a necklace to go with the earrings you just made? Nail Polish Marbling Create cards using paper marbled with nail polish. Gold Embellishment Tutorial Add some bling to your die cuts by painting them with nail polish. DIY Enamel Dots DIY Polish Dots Another fun take on the enamel dot trend. Nail Polish Abstract Art

Wish We'd Known: 7 Things No One Told Us About Getting a Manicure By: iVillage Getting a manicure might seem like perfect excuse to just sit back and relax, but it turns out there are some pretty ugly dangers lurking inside the salon. Sephora nail and gel expert Terri Silacci tells you what to watch out for. Ever notice that some people have wavy nail beds? This permanent condition can sometimes be caused by over-clipping cuticles. Nail fungus, nasty viruses, staph...who knows what infections the person ahead of you at the nail station had? "Filing in one direction with a fine grit file instead of using an aggressive back and forth motion, is important for the integrity of the front edge of the nail, where so many people have problems with peeling and splitting," says Silacci. A jaundiced-looking French manicure isn't exactly très chic-but it is a common consequence of using a sub-standard product for your final step. If your salon doesn't use a base coat specifically designed as a first layer, watch out. Photo Credit: Getty Images

MANI MONDAY: DIY GLITTER POLISH photos/post/graphic design by Kristin Ess A lot of you have mentioned that some of the polishes that we’ve posted in the past are too expensive when you’re living on a budget. Well, this sparkly DIY glitter polish tutorial should help you out. Here we go: Roll a post it into a cone shape and tape the side to create your funnel.You’ll need 3 kinds of sparkle. I used thick chunky craft glitter from the craft store, a fine craft glitter by Martha Stewart, and a gold pigment powder. This makes a great gift when you’re a little tight on money– just personalize it by re-labeling the bottle with love. Tags: beauty, DIY, do it yourself, gift idea, glitter, how to, kristin, kristin ess, mani, mani monday, manicure, nail polish, nailed it, nails, polish, polished, robin's egg mani, sparkles, sparkly, the beauty department,, tutorial Related posts:

MANI MONDAY (DOUBLE FEATURE!!) Hot date this Valentine’s day? Perhaps you want to try this mani! And even if you’re flying solo or hanging with friends, this manicure is bestie approved and the combination is really fun. Fully inspired by a pair of Louboutins– it’s like looking at them from the bottom. The subtle hint of animal print + rich red = a fun, flirty vibe! TOOLS: cheetah print nail stickers (used OPI + Sephora in this tutorial), reinforcement stickers, red nail polish, clear top coat. Steps 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. AND… Next up is the sweeter side of the Valentine mani. TOOLS: base & top coat, dark pink, medium pink, light pink, reinforcement stickers. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Tags: DIY, how to, jenna day, kristin ess, mani, manicure, nail, nail art, nail polish, nails, pretty, the beauty department,, tutorial, valentine, valentine's day Related posts:

Style Guru: Newspaper Nails NEWSPAPER NAILS! How cool is this? You can do it super easily. Here’s how to do it: You’ll need: - squares of newspaper a little bigger than your nails (personalize with whatever newspaper content you want ^.^) -rubbing alcohol in a container that you can put your fingers into -white nail polish -clear nail polish (optional) 1) Coat your fingernails with white nail polish. 2) Dip one fingernail into the rubbing alcohol for about 30-40 seconds (sometimes, more time is needed) 3) Remove your finger from the alcohol and press down a square of newspaper onto that fingernail. 4) Repeat with each of your nails 5) Paint over with a coat of clear nail polish for a more finished look Note: Some newspaper might stick to your nails when doing this.

At-Home Manicure Raise your polished hand if you’ve spent hard-earned dough on a salon manicure, only to have it chip or fade after a few days. And how about those cuticles that started off smooth, but are now as ragged as a saw’s edge? Turns out, there are a few reasons (beyond the temptation to update your Facebook status while drying) your nails don’t stay a perfect ten for long. Follow this guide to make the most of your next mani. Thoroughly wash your hands and feet, then scrub cuticles and the undersides of nails with a soft baby toothbrush and a gentle antibacterial soap to get rid of dirt and other debris. MORE: Hepatitis C From a Manicure? Next, remove traces of old polish with an acetone-based solution that’s free of glycerin or vitamin E, ingredients that serve to moisturize skin around nails, but actually leave the nail bed too slick for color to adhere. If the edges of your nails extend beyond their bed, trim them straight across, leaving each squared off to prevent in-growns. How?