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So I’m not sure if it was the fact that I had a very long list of things to do on my day off, or if it was the fact that I’m super bored of writing beauty reviews, but this morning I was very inspired to do some crazy nails. Continue reading COMME DES GARÇONS NAIL ART // A DIY


Ever gotten to the airport and noticed a chip in your freshly painted manicure? Or forgotten to pack along some polish all together? (Gasp!)

Fret not, Essie’s new Color Boutiques have got you covered. These machines are now available in select airports across America, so if you are heading Stateside this summer, you might be able to hit one up.

The kiosks contain 48 shades of polish, and will be updated quarterly. You can also choose among 8 curated nail looks, which link to a “how to” application guide as well.

L’Oréal plans to launch four more kiosks in major airports and premier malls across the United States this month, and 12 more by fall. For now, you can find them at:

  • Oakland International Airport
  • JFK Airport, in the Jet Blue terminal
  • Dalls/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Oaks Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks



Mary-Kate and Ashley have really stepped up their game since their tween television stint– from their ‘New York cool girl’ outfits to their super-successful brand, Elizabeth and James, they’re it-girls by definition. I recently scrolled upon this goregous shot of one of the twins (not entirely sure which, however), sporting a nude lip that somehow didn’t look like 2007 Kim Kardashian but more along the lines of an editorial Daria Werbowy. And so, since simplicity seems to be very much in style at the moment, I’ve lined up three easy (and thrifty) ways to add some nude-attitude to your closet.

Matte Nude Lip

Using Topshop’s lip liner in Ceramiccolour and texture will give you the closest dupe of Mary-Kate’s (or Ashley, honestly who knows) lookline your lips and fill in– and though it’s nude, be precise, and don’t be afraid to add some definition to your top lip. Blot, then repeat to get a strong colour.

Satin Nude Lip

For a more subtle take on the look, these products will give you a pinkier, sheerer finish. Start with Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Pink Punch, then smack your lips to disperse the bubblegum tint (this stuff is surprisingly really pigmented, so be careful). Then using Maybelline’s Colour Sensational lipstick in Storm Sahara (this one isn’t too brown), apply by dabbing the bullet to your pout– this version feels really nice on the lips and keeps them moisturized.

Nude Nails

If your opposed to trying a flesh-toned lip, or love a good versatile polish colour, this is your best bet. Essie’s Sand Tropez is one of my favourite nude shades– it’s opaque, unlike many promisingly “nude” shades that give me barely there colour, and is a very chic colour that would look amazing on any skin tone. Two coats give a even, subtle nude touch, and is a perfect winter to spring transition colour.

–Anna Raponi