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A chic and easy way to fix chipped nail polish

If your nail polish is chipped but you aren’t ready to switch shades yet, here’s a chic and easy way to fix your tips and get a fun new mani all in one.

See my chipped tips? I’m going to give them a quick fix with a modern, metallic twist on a French manicure. Find out how after the jump!

Start by applying nail tip strips or Scotch tape to mark off the tips of your nails…

…then brush on two coats of nail polish. I used metallic gold, but you could go tone-on-tone or try a funky contrasting color, too!

When the polish is dry, very gently peel off the tip strips. I can’t stress this enough–DON’T rip them off, or you’ll pull up your base polish, too!

Now add a coat of glossy top coat and you’re done!

No more chipped tips!

Product review: Wet N Wild Magnetic Nail Color

Sorry about the dearth of posts this week–I’ve been recovering from minor surgery and the post-op meds made me too fuzzy-headed to put together anything coherent for QCP. (Hence the lack of a Friday post.) But now that I’m back, I wanted to share my opinion on a new nail polish I spotted at Walgreens.

Wet N Wild is famous for creating less-expensive dupes of your favorite cosmetic products, so it was only a matter of time before they jumped on the magnetic nail polish bandwagon. I saw their magnetic polishes on a special counter display at Walgreens and have no idea if they’ll be coming to the regular side counter display in the future.

Product: Wet N Wild Magnetic Nail Polish, $5, drugstores

Claim: The built-in magnet in the cap causes particles in the polish to move, forming a striped pattern.

 

I tried it: I’ve been waiting and waiting for a cruelty-free company to come out with a line of magnetic polishes available at the regular ol’ drugstore for a reasonable price. So you can imagine that I was super-excited when I saw this WNW display! I picked up a copper shade, “I Won’t Repel You” for testing.
Here’s the very first thing I’ll say: don’t follow the directions. No, seriously, the directions on the cap tell you to hold the magnet over the wet polish for “five to ten seconds”. In my experience, that isn’t nearly enough time for the pattern to form. Here’s what I did:
  1. Paint each nail with one coat of the polish; let dry very thoroughly.
  2. Paint one nail with the polish and immediately hold the magnet over the nail, being careful not to let the magnet touch the polish. Hold for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Repeat on each remaining nail.

Why do I stress painting each nail individually–and waiting so long on each one? Well, the polish dries pretty quickly, so if you don’t “magnetize” it while it’s still wet, the pattern won’t pull. Also, if you don’t hold the magnet in place long enough, the pattern won’t pull.

Here’s where my excitement was dampened somewhat: while the pattern turned out great on my left hand, the stripes were barely visible or nonexistent on my right:

 

What’s going on here? Well, I’m a righty, so when I’m applying anything with my left hand it’s going to be a bit shaky. My theory is that the magnet in the cap isn’t that strong, so any amount of shaking means it can’t effectively move the polish. That’s why my left hand (holding the magnet in my right) was fine, while my right hand (holding the magnet in my left) was only so-so.

I do think the striped effect is very cool and as a bonus, this is a lovely full-coverage metallic even without the magnet–just in case you’re not into the whole patterned-nail look.

My vote: Worth trying. I love the color and the striped effect is cool, but I’m bummed that it’s not so easy to get an even stripe effect on both hands. If you’re dying to try the magnetic nail trend and have steady hands (or a steady-handed friend to help you), then it’s well worth trying; even if you don’t end up magnetizing the polish every time, it’s a gorgeous copper metallic that will probably see plenty of wear anyway.

Copy Katy Perry’s Yin-Yang manicure from the September cover of Elle!

I fell head over heels for Katy Perry on the September cover of Elle. From her dress to her hair to her makeup to her wild manicure, she’s the picture of rebellious perfection. In fact, I loved her manicure so much that I decided to copy it for myself!

Yin-Yang manicure

Here’s a how-to for recreating Katy’s Yin-Yang manicure yourself:

1. Start with 2-3 thin coats of white nail paint on the left two-thirds of each nail. (You can also paint the whole nail if you’d like, but it isn’t necessary.)

2. Use a fine-point Sharpie marker or a nail art pen to draw the Yin-Yang shape on each nail.

3. Fill in the right side of each Yin-Yang with black nail polish.

4. Use a bobby pin or a fine eyeliner brush to add a white dot to each black section and a black dot to each white section.

5. Finish with 1-2 coats of glossy topcoat to protect your manicure!

Get the Look: Katy Perry on the September cover of Elle

Katy Perry has so much awesomeness happening on the September cover of Elle that it’s hard to know where to start. Her embellished candy-pink dress? The graphic black eye makeup? Her purple-streaked Cleopatra hairdo? Or that awesome Ying-Yang manicure?

Well, let’s get started, shall we? First, there’s that pink dress, which Katy takes from sweet to sassy with some well-chosen accessories.

If you want to DIY a sparkly version like Katy’s wearing (hers is by Bottega Veneta), start with a basic dress, then use fabric glue to apply jewels in a pattern across the front. You can find fabric glue and fabric jewels at craft stores like Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabrics, and there are tons of tutorials online that can show you how to embellish a garment at home.

 

Marilyn bodycon dress, $24.99, Wet Seal

 

Textured lace bodycon dress, $19.80, Forever 21; Pleated hem A-line dress, $24.99, Charlotte Russe

Then there’s the hair and makeup. This cover is making me want to try out some (temporary!) hair color streaks—how about you?

Splat Washables temporary hair color in Purple Swag, $8, drugstores

Rim the eyes in black eyeliner, then follow with the black eyeshadow. Finish with lots of black mascara on top and bottom:

E.L.F. Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Naughty Noire, $3, EyesLipsFace.com

Then there’s that awesome manicure. (Check back tomorrow for a tutorial on how to copy it!) Any black and white polish will do, but here’s a brand I like:

Milani Nail Lacquer in Black Magic and Dreamy Creme, $4.49 each, drugstores


Even if you don’t like all of Katy’s songs, it’s hard to deny that she’s a style chameleon—and this is a pretty fierce and fabulous cover look! Have fun copying it!

Black and gold glitter mani

Here’s a very simple, but totally fun manicure idea: a black and gold glitter mani.

Black and gold glitter mani

I used a base coat, two coats of black polish for an opaque base, two coats of Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Polish in Glamorous, and a couple of coats of clear top coat for shine and durability.

I love the rock-n-roll glamour feel of this manicure. As a bonus, all of the topcoat makes it nigh on indestructible for a full week, so your hard work won’t chip away too quickly!

How-to: American flag nail art for the Fourth of July!

Since today is Independence Day, I thought I’d experiment with some American flag nail art.

First, I started with a layer of base coat and three thin coats of white nail polish. This gave me a nice, solid background for the flag. Make sure you let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next one; if your nails still feel tacky when you touch them together, give them more time.

American flag nail art how-to

Next, I added a small square of navy blue in the lower left-hand corner of each nail. You might need to apply two coats to get a nice, deep blue.

American flag nail art how-to

Once that was done, it was time to add the stars and stripes. I used a $3 angled eyeliner brush from E.L.F. to add the small white dots for “stars” on each nail. For the stripes, any true red will do. Again, if you need to do so, use two coats to make sure the red is deep and the white “stars” really pop.

American flag nail art how-to

Finish it all off with a couple of coats of clear top coat to protect and add shine, and you’re done! Investing in a good top coat is worth the extra $$$ when you’ve spent so much time creating artwork on your fingertips.

American flag nail art how-to

Happy Fourth of July, everybody! Check out more American flag nail art on Pinterest.