Dashing Diva’s DesignFX
Nail strips have been around for a little while now, but Dashing Divahas by far the best design selection! Plus, unlike most other brands, the DesignFX decals come with a different design for each finger for an extra level of amazing. These nail appliqués are a favorite of Katy Perry and other polish-obsessed celebs who don DesignFX nails courtesy of celeb manicurist Pattie Yankee.
At-Home Gel Manicure Kits
It used to be that you had to spend tons of cash to get a long-lasting gel mani at a nail salon, but now many companies are offering similar versions of the treatment in an affordable kit you can do yourself!
We love top coats, and essie’s new line of six special effects shades is to die for! This line features more types of glitter than we knew existed, from big flakes to a super-fine sparkle (right) to a cool polychromatic effect (left). It’s perfect for the holidays!
nails, inc. Magnetic Nail Polish
We could not wait to get our hands on some of this amazing polish that uses magnets to create a cool design on your nails! The application is super easy too: you just hold the magnetized cap over the wet polish for a few seconds and tada! It shifts and warps to make a unique pattern — and no one will be able to figure out how you did it! It’s totally worth the more expensive price tag.
Gaga’s Workshop Nail Tips
If you wish you could take as many fashion risks as Lady Gaga does, but aren’t quite ready to rock a meat dress, these new fake nails are a dream come true! Inspired by fame monster herself, these blinged-out nails (which come in four different styles) are a great way to make a statement.
Nail Rock Nail Strips
After lusting after celebrities’ Minx manicures for months, we were thrilled to hear about the considerably less expensive Nail Rock foils! They have tons of designs to choose from, but the metallic solids and animal prints are definitely our faves.
OPI “Black Shatter”
Every polish line has their own specialty “crackle” or “shatter” polish, but OPI’s basic black remains one of our favorites! It goes well over every color, and creates a different look every time you use it. For an edgy look, pair with with stripes of neon polish!
Sephora by OPI “Traffic Stopper Copper”
There are tons of glittery topcoats out there, but the different sized flecks are what make this Sephora by OPI polish spectacular! It comes in gold, silver, and copper flakes, so you can match it to your jewelry! We put it on top of Essie’s “Master Plan” and added an accent nail full of glitter for an edgy look.
China Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals
China Glaze’s line of metallic shatter topcoats makes for a fun mani (or pedi!) They’re more subtle than the solid crackles, so it’s perfect for a first-timer! They come in three traditionally metallic colors (gold, silver, and copper) and three funky pastels (pink, purple, and turquoise). Here, we paired China Glaze’s “Haute Metal” with Essie’s “French Affair”.
House of Holland
The Look: Matted out negative space white waves (or a striped back Pepsi logo) to coincide with the wavy collection.