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School may be ending for the summer, but Ciate Chalkboard Manicure Nail Set is ready to teach you a thing or two about nail art. The kit includes a matte black polish (Chalkboard Paint Pot), a mattifying top coat, and four chalk pens in blue, white, pink, and yellow. After applying a base coat and two coats of the matte black polish, allow fifteen minutes for drying. Perfect for a beginner in nail art, the chalk pens are water soluble so that you can remove any mistakes with water. Once you’re happy with your nail design, let it sit for five minutes and then seal in the design with a mattifying top coat. The kit is available exclusively at Sephora for $25. 
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I am always slightly envious of my friends who shell out money to get cool nail art done on their manicures. I do my own manicures and I’m not THAT good. So I am a happy nail enthusiast when a company makes nail design (even in the most simplistic styles) easier for me — China Glaze did just that with their Tranzitions polishes. These cool polishes appear to be a regular polish in one pretty shade, but when you swipe a top coat over them they change to a totally different color. Imagine the possibilities. Like, two days into your manicure you can completely change the color without repainting them entirely. Or, you can do fun things like “tranzition” just the tips, add stripes, or paint polka dots. I think they’re pretty much brilliant!

You can buy China Glaze Tranzitions for $4.99 at ulta.com.

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Landing in a Sephora near you on April 30th, British beauty brand Illamasqua explores the supernatural side of beauty in their summer Paranormal collection. The collection includes a vibrant water resistant Paranormal eyeshadow palette ($46.50) featuring four colors ranging from Vivid Cerise (reddish pink) to Cool Green, Warm Copper and Soft Violet. The Paranormal collection also includes a lightweight highlighter ($26) that “creates a glow of extraordinary light wherever applied” and the Precision Ink water-proof liquid liner ($27.50) that goes on with a sheen and stays put all day, and then a little longer. Rumor has it that the liquid liner can also double as a nail art pen. 

The real stand out in Illamasqua’s Paranormal beauty world is their limited edition collection of UV nail varnishes ($17). To the world your nails will be bright and colorful with a slight metallic finish, but to those in the know (with the assistance of a black light) all of your nail art secrets can be revealed. That’s right… these colors glow under black light. Even just saying the colors will freak people out, with names like Omen (bright green), Séance (bright violet), and Ouija (bright pink). One of the most impressive products is the UV top coat Geist, which turns every nail polish you own into a color that will glow under black lights. Next up on the agenda: plan your weekend around places that use black lights.
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Elle magazine’s 4th annual Women in Music Awards party celebrated a few of the hardest working women in the music industry. Rita Ora and Kelly Rowland are definitely two singers who seem to be popping up everywhere lately, not that we are complaining about that at all — especially since these ladies brought their boldest and brightest nail game to spice things up at the Elle event. 

Rita Ora’s fiery red lip may be where your eyes are immediately drawn, but her sky blue nails add a very necessary bit of fun to her otherwise serious Saint Laurent ensemble. For a similar sky blue shade, try China Glaze in Sky High Top for $7. 

Kelly Rowland’s nails were clearly her best accessory, and she made sure to look adorable while flaunting them on the red (well, purple) carpet. For a similar coral color, try CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant polish in Coral Silk for $4.     

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Several weeks ago I rounded up my favorite nail trends for this spring. Then I saw… these! One of the ingenious originators of the magnetic nail polish trend, nails inc., just rolled out what they call their Feathers Effect Nail Polish. They come in four beautiful, almost marble-ized shades, that have tiny feather-like particles that show up beautifully in each coat of polish. Not only do they have that cool feather thing going for them, but they come in killer shades like York (pastel peach and white) and Brighton (teal and yellow). So let your rubber textured nails fly south for the summer and bring on these bold birds of prey!

You can buy nails inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish for $9.50 at sephora.com.

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