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Navy-Nail-Polish-Image.jpgEvery season, a selection of nail polish colors makes its way into the best, most popular, most used shades. And we’re counting them down for you this fall! Up this week: navy. It’s bold, it’s beautiful, it’s completely chic. Here are our favorite takes on the trend.

Dior Blue Label
Rich, dark, creamy, opaque … and it’s Dior. Really, what’s not to love about this combination?
$23 at nordstrom.com

NCLA Venice Beach Vixen
A bit paler than navy, but it’s still dark enough to count among our favorites for the season. Plus, we love that this electrifying shade is inspired by the cool vibe of Venice Beach.
$16 at shopncla.com

NYC New York Color In A New York Minute Pier 17
We’ll forgive the longer-than-long name for the gorgeousness of this shade of navy, not to mention the quick-dry formula and the unbelievable price!
$1 at sears.com

CND Midnight Sapphire
We were drawn to this one immediately, not only for the almost-black hue but for the perfect name. Not to mention the ease with which it applies.
$9 at goindulge.com
Jelly-Sandwich-Manicure.jpgWe’ve been fascinated by the jelly sandwich manicure for ages. And we’ve been meaning to try it for just as long, but we just got to it this week! And you know what? It’s incredibly simple to do—but looks incredibly cool! Here’s how to do it.

1) Pick a nail polish with a jelly finish. A jelly nail polish is super glossy and on the sheerer side, which makes it perfect for layering. We like the three nail polishes from the Zoya Gloss Collection ($8 each at zoya.com), which all have a jelly finish. We used the aubergine-hued Katherine here.

2) Pick a nail polish with a glitter finish. The glitter-ier, the better! You can do one with large flecks, like the bold gold Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow ($20 at nordstrom.com), or one with smaller glitter flecks, like the pretty baby pink NARS Arabesque ($18 at barneys.com), which is what we used here.

3) Start with a base coat to protect your nails and help the nail polish stick better. We like CND Stickey ($8.50 at ulta.com).

4) Layer the polishes one on top of the other, starting with the jelly and waiting for each to dry completely before applying the next layer. At this point, it’s really up to you how sandwich-like you want the manicure to be. It might be okay with just one layer of glitter, but we went with two to really jazz it up. So the final layers looked like this:

Katherine
Arabesque
Katherine
Arabesque
Katherine

5) Finish with a top coat to seal in the polish and add shine. We live and breathe by Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($8.99 at walgreens.com).

And that’s it! You’ve now given yourself a jelly sandwich manicure.

Have you tried this before—or are you going to now? Let us know in the comments!
Plum-Nail-Polishes-Image.jpgEvery season, a selection of nail polish colors makes its way into the best, most popular, most used shades. And we’re counting them down for you this fall! Up this week: plum. The shade is regal, beautiful and attention grabbing—it can look violet, grape or even black in certain lights. And we’ve found the best takes on the color for you.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Uptempo Plum
It’s honestly difficult for us to express just how much we love this polish. The shade is a true deep plum, but what really makes it stand out is the micro-flecks of purple glitter baked into the formula. Plus, it really does what it says—this polish dried to a glossy finish on our nails in one minute flat, no top coat needed.
$3.71 at drugstore.com

M.A.C Dark Angel
Creamy, rich and completely opaque in two coats. We’re loving this as a pedicure color for the cooler months.
$16 at maccosmetics.com

Maybelline Plum Paradise
Paradise? It most certainly is, with this stunner on our nails. It’s a slightly lighter version of the Sally Hansen—gorgeous shimmer baked in, which really makes this one catch the light beautifully.
$3.99 at drugstore.com

RGB Plum
RGB has a knack for being completely on point with their nail polish names, and this one is no different. It’s a true deep, creamy, absolutely gorgeous plum. And it’s opaque in just one coat.
$16 at otteny.com
Oxblood-Nail-Polish-Image.jpgEvery season, a selection of nail polish colors makes its way into the best, most popular, most used shades. And we’re counting them down for you this fall! Up this week: oxblood. Oxblood has been seen all over the runways, all over street style blogs and all over nails since the temperatures started dropping. It’s the color of the season—a new, richer, deeper take on red than your classic burgundies and maroons. It’s chic, it’s sexy, it’s utterly unforgettable. Take a look at our favorite takes on the trend.

RGB Oxblood
Aptly named and looks almost black in certain lights. A true stunner.
$16 at beauty.com

NCLA Rodeo Drive Royalty
It would be worth living in Beverly Hills just to wear this burgundy hue’s sister with a hint of irony.
$16 at shopncla.com

Illamasqua Charisma
This one almost doesn’t look oxblood enough, but we’re letting it slide because the ruby hue and the shimmer are absolutely stunning.
$14 at sephora.com

Orly Smolder
The name makes us think of The Hunger Games; the shade makes us want to start fires.
$8.50 at beauty.com

Vapour Vernissage in Captive
It’s creamy, it’s rich, it’s deep … it’s captivating.
$12 at vapourbeauty.com
illamasqua-rubber-finish-nail-varnish.jpg
I’m always one for trying out a new nail trend, so Illamasqua’s Rubber Finish Nail Varnishes have my name written all over them. Sephora describes the hot new polish as “highly pigmented matte nail varnish with an innovative rubber-like finish.” Which sounds absolutely odd and amazing all at the same time. The nail varnish comes in nine different shades, but I’ve got my eye on Optimist (a soft, warm yellow color) and Kink (a deep, bottle green color). The Rubber Finish Nail Varnish claims to be chip-resistant and delivers impeccable color and a shiny, rubber-like finish. Am I the only one intrigued by this unique nail experience? Have you seen anyone sporting this hot, new product yet?

You can get Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish for $14 at sephora.com. 

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