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Lazy girls, rejoice: Cheat your way to great nails, hair and skin with these 6 beauty wipes



Photography by Peter Stigter

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They say that cheaters never prosper, but we like to think that this new crop of beauty wipes proves otherwise. Known as cosmetic cheat sheets, these next-level wipes offer refreshing and insanely easy shortcuts to luxury and convenience. For those who want to get glowing without sun damage, we found a wipe for that. And for those who know better than going to bed without washing their faces but don’t always manage to do so, we have a wipe for you, too – and there’s no rinsing necessary. Ranging from natural wonders infused with argan oil to varieties blended with amino acids, these high-performance wipes haven’t always received the praise they deserve. But we’ve noticed a new batch that can’t be missed, and we’re spotlighting our six favourites.
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Summer nails: 8 Beauty Panel manicure inspirations that will have you reaching for your polish bottle


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Summer usually calls for bold and bright nails (hello, neon!). However, on the Spring 2014 runways, neutral shades and pastels were getting just as much buzz in the nail world (like at Altuzarra and Alexander Wang). Trends aside, we all have our own preferences when it comes to manicures, whether we like to keep them neutral or loud and colourful. To help with a little beauty inspiration for this summer (because who doesn’t like more options?), this week we asked our Beauty Panel to share their favourite summer nail looks, from florals to pastels to one of Spring 2014’s hottest trends: metallics.

Challenge 68: How do you do your nails in the summer? See the answers now! »

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A fun and easy 4-step guide to Stella McCartney’s superhero Resort 2015 nails


Stella Mccartney Resort 2015 Nails

Photography via Sally Hansen

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Stella McCartney’s Resort 2015 collection had us in awe last week with models strutting in side cut-outs, bold stripes and prints galore. Making sure the models’ nails were in tune with the collection, the British designer collaborated with Sally Hansen’s Global Colour Ambassador, Madeleine Poole who complemented McCartney’s superhero prints with bold graphic-designed nails. “First, could there be a more inspiring pattern for nails? The superhero fabric is full of mini patterns within itself,” said Poole. “I zoomed in on the characters and cropped the interesting curves and color combinations to make an abstract design.” And because we figured you would love to recreate these looks at home as much as we do, we’re giving you the lowdown—an easy 4-step guide to creating your very own superhero nails. Let the fun begin!
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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.


Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards: 10 of your favourite nail polishes and nail art sets


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Photography by Carlo Mendoza; Styled by Michelle Burca

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Some say a look is incomplete without a manicure and pedicure, and we’re inclined to agree. The nail polish formulas that won this year’s 12th Annual Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards are known for ease of use, long wear, high shine and wide availability. Nail art fans weighed in on the easiest way to get dolled-up digits and readers told us their preferred shades for both hands and feet at different price points, making it budget-friendly to grab one of the colours voted in. Read on for the results! Read more »

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 »

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