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Afternoon Delight: Give your nails the ultimate iridescent update with M.A.C’s Pink Pearl topcoat



I am not someone who’s ever been drawn to the terms ‘pink’ or ‘pearl.’ I’m pretty sure I just rolled my eyes while typing those words out of sheer habit. However, M.A.C Nail Transformations in Pink Pearl will make even the most infuriating angst-ridden youths (me) consider switching over to the light side. The topcoat can be applied over any dry shade for a soft finish that’s pearly, iridescent and just plain lovely. The Nail Transformations collection also comes in topcoats like Texturize (for a leather-like effect), Shadow (a sheer blackening topcoat), and other pearl shades (green, gold and blue).

M.A.C Nail Transformations Liquid Pigment in Pink Pearl. ($14,


Spring nail trends: 5 fresh, minimalist approaches to nail art


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Photography: Product by Bryan Lockyer (Styling by Sandy Harris for; Model by Elizabeth Lippman

Nail art’s not quite dead, but the baroque period is definitely over, as these five fresh-from-the-runways trends show. We’re in a minimalist phase, embracing subtle detailing, a more subdued palette and considerably less sparkle.


Introducing Gwen Stefani by OPI: From Swarovski nail art to a new mirror-finish polish, all the details on this collab

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When we think of Gwen Stefani’s signature style a few things come to mind: platinum hair, a midriff-baring top and, of course, red lips! Now, thanks to OPI, the musician’s covetable style is being bottled up for an exclusive nail polish collaboration. The seven-piece Gwen Stefani by OPI collection will hit shelves in January 2014 and features a number of finishes that are new to OPI, as well as a super-exclusive nail art set.

“Over & Over A-Gwen”—a luscious red that no doubt took inspiration from Stefani’s go-to lipstick shade—will be paired with Swarovski black crystals and metallic studs  in a boxed set that’s sure to be on every nail art fan’s must-have list. (Even better, it will sell for less than $20!) As for the new polish finishes, “Push and Shove” may just rival the nail art in terms of flashiness. It’s a chrome polish with a mirror-like finish, but unlike other chrome polishes, “Push and Shove” requires a special base coat (named “Lay Down That Base”) to ensure maximum reflection. We cannot wait to see swatches of this high-shine colour in action. Read more »

Best holiday nail art: 16 fun and festive tutorials that’ll make your nails shine



It’s hard to resist the urge to cover everything in tinsel this time of year. From glittering outfits to shimmering makeup to every Christmas décor item out there, ’tis the season to shine. But what about your nails? When it comes to manicures, there’s no better way to stand out than with some holiday nail art.

Pulling off an impressive DIY manicure is easy as pumpkin pie thanks to an abundance of festive nail polishes and beauty bloggers who love to document their inventive creations. We’ve scoured the web for some of the best holiday nail art looks for 2013 and come up with quite the list.

May we suggest a chic snowman? Or dressing your nails up like a cozy Christmas sweater? How about a tiny, decorated tree that rivals the best IRL decorations? Whatever you love most about the season, you can paint it on your nails. And whether you’re a nail art newbie or serious pro, these holiday nail art tutorials break each design down with easy-to-follow directions. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see the best holiday nail art for 2013 and start painting! Read more »

Finger Prints: 3 textured manicures to try this fall, courtesy L’Oréal Paris nail pro Tom Bachik


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Photography by Natasha V; Manicure by Tom Bachik

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Lips, skin and hair were a study in texture on the Fall 2013 runways, and the same went for nails. Now, beauty brands are launching gritty, matte and high-gloss polishes, and top coats flecked with chunks of glitter or fabric. Global nail artist for L’Oréal Paris Tom Bachik offers his take on the trend. Read more »

Carrie Underwood is doing a nail polish collection with Nicole by OPI


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Photography by Steve Granitz/WireImage

Listen up country music fans: Nicole by OPI has just announced their upcoming 2014 celebrity nail polish partnership and it is none other than six-time Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood.

Inspired by the experiences and interests of the country star singer, the Carrie Underwood and Nicole by OPI collection will feature 14 new nail lacquers. With colours that ranges from deep purple hues to sparkly glitters to a variety of pink shades, they’re all fit for the nails of any country—or city—princess. And the witty polish names are exactly what we’ve come to expect from OPI, from the classic red “American as Apple Pie” shade to the a pearl-shimmer polish dubbed “Sing You Like a Bee.” But above all else, we’ve got our eyes on “Carrie’d Away,” a gold textured shade exclusively designed for Underwood.

The limited edition collection will be available in January 2014, but given how many country music award shows occur in the fall, if we were Carrie Underwood we’d ask our manicurist to borrow a few shades in advance. We’ll be keeping our eyes on your nails, Carrie!

Beauty Fix: A mud mask to try now, how to get rid of a stubborn pimple and more answers to your beauty questions


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Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at

I like to give my nails a break from polish every so often, but they look so dull. How can I make them look their best?
While we can all be slaves to the polish bottle, bare nails can be quite modern and, right now, are remarkably on-trend. If your nails have taken a bit of battering after multiple polish changes with minimal breaks in between, using a nail buffer, such as Quo’s Ergo Buffer ($6, at Shoppers Drug Mart), can actually help stimulate circulation to your nail beds. Buffing encourages nails to grow while smoothing out the nail surface, thus making them look and feel healthier. Use the black nail file side of the Ergo Buffer to shape nails, moving on to the blue side to buff nails lightly, and finally use the purple interior side of the buffing tool to bring nails to a smooth, glossy shine. Read more »

The best summer nail polish colours: 7 Beauty Panel favourites (and some nail art, too!)


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It would be an understatement to say that nail art hasn’t completely saturated the beauty world. From Anne Hathaway’s neon manicure at the Met gala to Hailee Steinfeld’s pop art nails at Comic Con, nail art is still going strong throughout summer.

While A-list stars turn to nail gurus like Kimmie Kyees (Rihanna’s go-to) and Tom Bachik (he does Beyoncé, Zooey Dechannel and Jennifer Lopez) DIY nail art can look just as red carpet-worthy. Although scrolling through thousands of nail art images on Pinterest may be one way to get inspired, the Beauty Panel is here to lend us a hand. This week they’re sharing top tips and tricks on the best nail art looks for summer. From pastel shades to chevron nail art to glitter top coats, we’re pretty sure you’ll be reaching for a bottle of nail polish before you finish reading this post.

Challenge 22: What’s your favourite nail polish colour to wear this summer? See the answers now! »

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