Whether you’re the flashy type or not, you can’t go wrong with rocking a Mardi Gars manicure this time of year. Skip the salon and style your nails at home using the following techniques, along with the butter LONDON and Deborah Lippman versions of the classic Mardi Gras colors – purple, green, black and gold.
Dotted Nails. Whip out your dot-making manicure tool (a toothpick also works) to make a fun Mardi Gars-inspired dotted design on your nails. For example, paint your nails all black. When the polish dries, top it with a vertical row of dots using a different colors of lacquer on each finger. For the most pizzazz, use butter LONDON’s “British Racing Green,” Deborah Lippman’s “Boom Boom Pow” gold glitter polish and Deborah Lippman’s “Purple Rain” for the dots.Read More »
If Splash with Daryll Hannah and Disney's The Little Mermaid gives you happy thoughts then you're going to love Deborah Lippmann's latest nail lacquers from the resort inspired Spring 2012 range. Called Mermaid's Dream, this gorgeous beach inspired varnish consists of blue and green shimmering shades that once applied resemble and feel like shiny mermaid scales. If mermaid's don't float your boat then take it to the boardwalk with Deborah Lippmann's On The Beach. This bright and rich 'Riviera Blue' is vivacious and such a gorgeous shade to rock going into the warmer seasons!
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Green is all the rage this season, from bright Avatar green to the palest of opaque. With a little hint of bronzed skin, RGB's Dew is brought to life with a pale pistachio hue.
Recently featured on InStyle.com as part of their 'Hottest Spring Polishes,' it was in great company along with other colorful shades like Butter London's Disco Biscuit (tropical hot pink) and Deborah Lippmann's On The Beach (Riviera blue).
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If you love being 'au natural' you're on to the latest trend according to InStyle.com. Not without clothes au natural but instead on your nails. Variations of lighter and darker nudes seems to be what the brides are going for lately because it's traditional and classically timeless. Paul & Joe's Nail Lacquer in Tigress 025 is a gorgeous nude beige that is also part of their Spring 2012 Collection. Jenna Hipp for RGB in F2 was also included as another great suggestion for nails needing a slightly deeper nude. After the wedding is over it's time to celebrate, which means a change-up to more festive, high octane hues like Deborah Lippmann's On the Beach in rich french riviera blue.
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It seems like fairytales are making a huge comeback this year, at least in movie land, with two films that have come out both paying tribute to Snow White. A character created by the Brother's Grimm, she was brought to life in a Disney cartoon made in gold old 1937. But it's not just films paying tribute, nail brand Deborah Lippmann has just released a duo pack paying a lacquered homage to the battle of being 'the fairest of them all." The Snow White and the Huntsman Limited Edition Nail Polish Set comes with a 'good' lacquer, Prelude to a Kiss in a innocent sheer pink and of course the evil co-star, Dark Side of the Moon in a deep very wicked aubergine. You don't have to have lips red as blood, hair as black as night, nor a wicked queen after your heart to have this limited edition kit be all yours. All you need is $25!
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Independence Day is just over a week away and I bet you have the barbecue food ideas in full swing but what about your overall 4th of July look? I like to think of Independence Day as a very toned down Halloween, giving me every excuse in the world to DIY that full size American flag into a rocking skirt or strapless dress. Pay tribute to your country by showing off some patriotic inspired beauty from our red, white and beautiful picks:
Create American flag inspired nails with three important shades from Deborah Lippmann. From left to right: Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (risqué red sequin), Lady Sings the Blues (silver sparkled blue), and Boom Boom Pow (glamorous gold). To create that popular ombre trend you can't go wrong with The New Black's Horizon Ombre Nail Polish 5 Piece Set.
Red lips are an absolute must. In our latest 4th of July beauty shoot (shown far left) we channeled classic Hollywood with pin curls, blue eyeshadow and bright, matte red courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin. With a velvety smooth application and zero fading or smudge, these lipsticks will last throughout the day, perhaps even through that 4th of July hot dog or hamburger!Read More »
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Now is the perfect time to get your stocking stuffers organized for the holiday season. Value sets from some of our must have brands are trickling in that will save you money and give you the title of best gift giver ever. We have our eye some wining combinations from manicurist to the stars Deborah Lippmann:
HBO's True Blood is one of the biggest TV hits of the last few years thanks to vampires, fairies, and oh so sweet Sookie played by Anna Paquin. Deborah Lippmann has managed to capture Sookie's dual personalities in her Forsaken Sookie Sookie Nail Duet. For $30 you'll receive Human Nature (putty taupe) that represents her human half while Fairydust (fiery opal) symbolizes her fairy counterpart.
Also in store are Deborah Lippmann Lip & Nail Duets for $38. Embrace your sultry side with Love Notes Lip & Nail Duet with the Let's Do It lipstick in sexy pomegranate and then compliment it with My Old Flame, a nail lacquer in classic red. If seduction isn't your game then My Touch My Kiss Lip & Nail Duet for a more everyday, natural look. I'm Every Woman is a lipstick in nude mauve while Naked (my personal favorite) is a gorgeous lacquer in bare beige.
When you feel those winter blues, turn them on their head and harness it into a new nail trend! Sultry midnight blues and even navy will be heavy this season so we've gathered some of our favorite hues to make your selection that much easier.
Like hair, ombre nails are such a fun way to break out of the typical one shade manicure and The New Black's Horizon Ombre Set is a definite head turner. If you can't choose just one shade you'll love this transcending color scheme palette that offers five different shades to rock individually on each nail or wear your favorite!
Deborah Lippmann's Lady Sings the Blues is a sparkled black 'n blue that is ideal to compliment a cocktail dress or to a festive holiday party. Color Club's Chelsea Girl is an ultra bright true blue that could be considered neon. Wear this with everyday outfit for a pop of color that compliments the Fall/Winter 2012 nail trend.
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The dress you've been dying to wear now has the perfect occasion to make a show stopping entrance and the only thing yet to finalize is the makeup to compliment it. Now that's definitely an area we can assist you with! Our inspiration for our Holiday 2012 was all about glitz, glamour, sparkle….and a signature red lip of course if you love the classics. To re-create this beautiful look for our b-CLASSIC girl, shop from the items below:
After you've applied your favorite illuminating base like Becca Cosmetics Luminous Skin Color it's time to draw attention to the eyes with the Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo in Soft Gold Lame and Smoky Brown. This is the perfect eyeshadow for day or night and because we want the lip to be the focal point we want to keep the eye area soft and shimmery. Next, enhance lashes with the By Terry Mascara Terrybly Growth Booster Mascara in Black. This is a lash growth boosting treatment as well as amazing big lash mascara!
Sculpt cheekbones and give a subtle hint of color with By Terry's Or de Rose Blush Prestige. This blush literally a-washes the cheeks in a luminous pinky-bronze glow that appears to come from within. Now let's create the wow factor with the Paul & Joe Full Coverage Lipstick Refill #304 (rich red) and matching nails with Deborah Lippmann's My Old Flame nail lacquer. No look is complete without a fragrance and for a classic girl we suggest a classic scent such as Sottile Eau de Parfum by Yosh.
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Show your sparkle this holiday season by adorning your nails with festive shades of metallic and glitter based nail lacquers. If you're in need of inspiration check out out our favorite nail looks using Butter London polishes. Choose your favorite and DIY-it or show your trusted manicurist!
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Glitzy pastels are all the rage this spring season judging upon our new arrivals from Deborah Lippmann's Staccato Collection. This new trio combines black glitter with traditional soft pastel hues for an interesting juxtaposition. Inspired by some of the most popular ice cream's and childhood favorite, cotton candy! The pastels we've seen come across our desks have had more of a matte finish so it's nice to have an edgier option with a little more pizazz! From left to right: I'm Not Edible (panicked pink staccato), Polka Dots And Moonbeams (sprightly black and white staccato), and Rockin' Robin in mint staccato.Read More »
The May 2013 InStyle magazine is dedicated to "165 Best Beauty Buys" and we weren't surprised to see some of our favorite products included in the list, as well as throughout the entire issue.
St. Tropez - St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body won "Best Beauty Buy" for the Body Self-Tanner category. We love the healthy, streak-free color this nourishing body moisturizer provides. In addition to providing gradual golden color, St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body is infused with soothing aloe vera to help smooth and hydrate the skin.
Klorane - Winner of "Best Beauty Buy" for Dry Shampoo, Klorane's Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk continues to receive praise from beauty gurus everywhere. Freshen your 'do' with this easy-to-use spray, ideal for travel or post-gym sprucing. Unlike some dry shampoos, this product doesn't leave a white film on dark locks - making it perfect for everyone! Klorane's Dry Shampoo was also highlighted in the "Freak-Out Fixers!" insert as an emergency essential! Also available in Travel Size.
Ellis Faas - Featured in the "Freeze Frame" segment of "What's Now", Ellis Faas Milky Lips in L201 was used on Gwyneth Paltrow's "Pepper" character in Iron Man 3, hitting theaters this summer. The film's makeup artist, Kate Biscoe, chose this shade for Paltrow because it, " … is a true blood red that doesn't look magenta and goes on liquid." Biscoe describes Pepper's look as "classy but not glitzy." We think L201 is the perfect choice for Pepper's red hair and flawless skin.
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butter LONDON - In 'Ask the Editor', buttercup-yellow shade Jasper from butter LONDON was hailed as the perfect complement to purple. Try this pairing on nails and toes to keep your mani-pedi color wheel-correct. butter LONDON's oxblood red La Moss was also used on Emily Blunt's nails for her cover shoot.
Deborah Lippmann - Deborah Lippman's opaque nude shade, Fashion, was chosen as the best nail color to complement olive or caramel skin tones. We love this taupe color on any hand or foot! And it's the perfect pick for spring's nude nail trend.
Eau Thermale Avène - Scoring "Best Beauty Buy" in the Dry Skin Mask category, Avène's Soothing Moisture Mask is a rich, creamy, non-setting mask with intensive moisturizing and soothing care, perfect for dehydrated and overstressed skin. We love that this product is hypoallergenic and minimizes redness.
bliss - Taking home the prize for "Best Beauty Buy" in the Normal Skin Mask category, bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask delivers Vitamin C and oxygen to the skin while detoxifying and brightening the complexion. We think this product is great for all skin types, and love the instant glow we see after using it!
Clarisonic - Included in both the Anti-Aging and Oily skin categories, Clarisonic won "Best Beauty Buy" for Exfoliator with their Clarisonic Aria product for Anti-Aging skin, as well as "Editor's Pick" for their Acne Clarifying Collection for Oily skin. The Clarisonic Aria gently massages away aging dead cells, while the Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection combines a specialized brush head with salicylic acid-infused cleanser to gently prod grime out of pores without irritation.
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We called it! We wrote about the new Deborah Lippmann Staccato collection back in March, and knew it was going to be making headlines.
Sure enough, in the latest issue of O Magazine, I'm Not Edible received high praise. The gritty take on classic pink polish received a 2013 Spring Makeup O-ward for "artful innovation". We couldn't agree more!
We love how this line contrasts the sweetness of a pastel with a dark, chunky black glitter. These edgy nails are fun for spring and summer, and act as the perfect complement for your bathing suit or LBD.
We are pleased to offer Deborah Lippmann Staccato nail polish in I'm Not Edible on b-glowing.com. Shop the rest of the Deborah Lippmann Staccato line here.
Looking for some spring nail inspiration? Watch our Glitzy Pastels Nail Tutorial on BGLOWING TV.
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This month's ELLE Magazine featured a special on women in music, with Miss Adele on the cover, and a bunch of b-glowing products on the pages following! Check out the b-glowing.com brands and products receiving rave reviews in the May issue.
RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up: In 'Beauty Duets', Hayley Williams (front woman of Paramore) hails Un Cover-Up as her must-have concealer both offstage and on. We love that this product is both eco friendly and multipurpose - it can be used both as a concealer or a light foundation. Not cakey or heavy, Un Cover-Up is formulated to reveal and enhance healthy skin, healing blemishes while it conceals them.
Peter Thomas Roth Hair To Die For: In 'The Mane Event', ELLE writer Eva Chen is on a mission to make over her less-than-healthy hair. Her journey to several salons and hair experts leads her to several haircare mainstays, one of which is " … skin-care guru Peter Thomas Roth's Hair To Die For serum (applied to the scalp), which gives my hair a thicker feel immediately … ". We love this this product too, as it's ideal for activating and maintaining the natural thickness, fullness and health of your hair.
Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Fashion: Featured in 'Basic Instinct', this polish was voted by ELLE editors as one of the best beige shades out there. Fashion offers you a creamy taupe color that is a must-have for any lacquer drawer. On-trend every season, Fashion goes with any outfit, and will never go out of style.
RGB Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Toast: Another ELLE editor winner for best beige polish, Toast is five and cruelty free, and made in the USA. The RGB Cosmetics brand is devoted to green beauty, and Toast is no exception. This classic shade is great for every skin tone, and perfect for fingers or toes, or both!
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InStyle magazine lists white nails as the summer trend in their June issue for multiple reasons. It's on-trend with the black and white phenomenon we are seeing in fashion this season, white goes with everything as it's the ultimate neutral, and it's edgy, while still maintaining a more friendly look than black.
Ready to rock a 'white out' mani? Try one of these fun, snow-inspired shades:
The New Black 'Solid White' - Part of the new Strip Club Collection, 'Solid White' offers you white polish with a thin brush for precise application. This is a nail art junky must-have. Perfect for an all-over white look, or a decorative pattern.
LVX 'Fantom' - This runway-inspired shade is as white as you can get. Formulated 5-free and cruelty free, 'Fantom' is the ideal shade to get that white wash of "color" this trend calls for.
Deborah Lippmann 'Polka Dots and Moonbeams' - Looking to rock this trend with a twist? 'Polka Dots and Moonbeams' gives you a white base with fun black specs to add a a touch of whimsy to your mani. Part of the Staccato Collection, this polish has already made quite an impression!
For the perfect white mani, make sure to use a base coat, as well as a top coat for a long-wearing look, and to prevent chipping! InStyle magazine suggests taking your prep a step further by applying a matte coat before the final layer of polish and top coat.Read More »
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Summer is HERE! And with the sunny weather comes a flourish of flip flops and new nails trends. The Zoe Report shared their top nail trends for this season, and we weren't surprised to see some of our favorite b-glowing brand shades featured in their list! Learn why these shades are receiving the spotlight and get the tools for the trends below.
Replace your hot pinks and peachy corals this summer with a bold orange! RGB Cosmetics 'Monarch' shade embodies this summer nail trend like no other. This brilliant, creamy, opaque polish is both five-free and cruelty free, making it as fun to wear as it is to look at. Bold orange fingers and toes are a great way to accessorize a neutral outfit in black or beige, or play-off a fun print.
Bold Orange Alternative: 'Citrine' by LVX
Looking to transition your spring pastels into summer? Then you'll love this next trend! Keep your mani/pedi relaxing and sweet with a soft lavender lacquer like Deborah Lippmann's 'Do The Mermaid'. This fun combination of lilac base and lavender glitter complements any LWD (little white dress) you might be sporting this season!
Bright Lavender Alternative: 'The Royals Collection' by butter LONDON
Mimic the summer-popular oceans and pools with your polish! RGB Cosmetics 'Cerulean' is a beautiful blue opalescent shade that goes well with denim and looks great at the beach. These magically mirroring shades look perfect when paired with gold rings and jewel-toned bracelets.
Mermaid Metallics Alternative: 'Waves' by The New Black
Looking for a more luxurious way to rock glitter this summer? butter LONDON 'Bit Faker' is a mahogany-toned polish from their Summer 2013 collection, made-up of gold and copper sparkles. This glamorous mani looks great against sun-kissed skin, and will easily transition into the fall season.
Copper Glitter Alternative: 'Scuppered' by butter LONDON
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You may have come across terms like 3-Free, 4-Free, or 5-Free in the past when shopping for nail polish. But what does that mean? b-glowing.com is here to give you the 411 on what your lacquer is leaving out!
3-Free: When you see 3-Free on a nail polish, it means it is made without the use of: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), or Formaldehyde.
4-Free: When you see 5-Free on a nail polish, it means it is made without the use of: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, or Camphor.
5-Free: When you see 5-Free on a nail polish, it means it is made without the use of: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor.
What are these ingredients? Why are they used in the first place?
Toluene: Helps polish go on smoothly. Also found in gasoline, rubber cement, and shoe polish. Inhaling products containing toluene causes light-headedness, nausea and even unconsciousness and sometimes death. It's also linked to developmental damage for pregnant women.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): Prevents your polish from chipping and cracking. Also found in adhesives, printing ink, and plastics. It's been designated a reproductive and developmental toxin.
Formaldehyde: Makes polish tough and resistant. Most commonly found in nail strengtheners, not polish. It's also directly linked to nasal sinus cancer and the development of leukemia.
Formaldehyde Resin: A less toxic version of formaldehyde, this ingredient is still considered a skin allergen that can cause dermatitis.
Camphor: Helps polish adhere to your nails. Also used as a moth repellent, used in the embalming process, and found in fireworks. While it is less hazardous than the "Toxic 3", it does cause skin irritation and is poisonous when ingested in large doses. Nail biters beware!
b-glowing.com is proud to carry a wide range of 3-Free, 4-Free, and 5-Free nail polish brands that we love. You will easily find bright, bold, beautiful colors that are long-lasting and SAFE! Here is a list, start shopping now!
- The New Black
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We declare Summer 2013 the season of NAILS! It seems like every month our b-glowing.com brands are releasing new nail colors we can't live without. From neons to mod tones, we've seen it all! In this week's 'Top Picks' we'll navigate you through the wondrous world of new nail lacquers.
LVX Celeste: This gorgeous baby blue shade is light and bright and 5-free. We love this unique color for summer, and think it's a fun take on the white-out trend. Inspired by summer runway fashion, this lacquer is unique and perfect for hands and feet.
Vapour Organic Beauty Vernissage Kitten: A twist on the classic coral, this bright shade is great for gals that want more of a traditional look to their tootsies this season. 'Kitten' skews more toward the orange, keeping it new and fresh, but still timeless. Formulated 5-free.
Deborah Lippmann I Wanna Be Sedated: Part of the NEW Punk Rock collection, this grungy green shade will transition easily into fall. Named after the iconic Ramones hit, this lacquer looks lovely against all skin tones.Read More »
As we lounge on our beach blankets, browsing our favorite beauty magazines, we often stumble upon reviews of beloved b-glowing.com products, being hailed as must-haves by the editors. This week was no different. Find out what's been making headlines here!
Marie Claire featured creative nail art designs, submitted by top beauty bloggers in 'The Nail Files'.
Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday: This gorgeous nail lacquer has a clear base, with medium-sized rainbow glitter in traditional colors. You'll love how this polish looks alone, or as a top coat for any shade. Perfect for any celebration!
LONDONTOWN Chelsea Porcelain: Named after the most distinguished English crafters, this solid off-white lakur is formulated 5-free, and infused with vitamins and minerals to enhance the healing of your nails, while also providing long-lasting shine.
Glamour magazine showed readers the products used on Wolverine actress Rila Fukushima, in their 'Shop Our Shoots' feature.
Beauty and fashion blog Refinery29 gives their top product picks for fighting humidity this season.
rahua Hair Wax: This versatile styling product is made with 100% natural, organic ingredients and is also vegan and gluten free. We love how this formula allows us to control frizz and create our favorite styles, without looking greasy.Read More »
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We love all six of these runway-inspired shades because they are unique, and will transition easily from summer to fall. For this fan brush manicure tutorial we chose to highlight a few of our personal favorites: Celeste, Deco, and Mynt. These colors together have a bright, tropical feel that is classic enough to wear out or to the office.
- 3 nail polish colors of your choice (Celeste, Deco, & Mynt shown)
- Fan brush (available at beauty or supply stores)
- Nail lacquer remover
- Palette for mixing polish (nonporous surface you don't mind putting polish on)
1. Always start with clean, buffed, and filed nails. In order to ensure a smooth application, remove excess cuticles and apply your favorite base coat. We used butter LONDON’s Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator and Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.
2. Next, apply one even coat of Polish #1 (Celeste) to all ten nails. Because you are going to be designing on top of this color with your other two shades, you don’t want too much polish build-up. One coat is sufficient for a mani like this, especially when using opaque colors.
3. Let your nails dry for at least 15 minutes before doing any designing. We let our nails dry for an hour to ensure the first layer was set.
4. Now that your nails are dry, you can start designing with the fan brush tool. Dab out a generous amount of Polish #2 (Deco) and Polish #3 (Mynt) onto your palette. Staff Tip: After a little experimenting we found it was easier to apply one color at a time, but if you feel like mixing, go for it!
5. Make sure your fan brush has enough space between the bristles to create a feathered effect. We suggest getting it wet before using in order to separate the bristles. Carefully dip the center bristles into Polish #2 (Deco), making sure to only pick up polish on the tips of the bristles. Next, gently drag the brush across your nail from one side to the other. We did horizontal lines, but vertical looks great too!
6. Repeat this step with your Polish #3 (Mynt). This is when you will truly see the wispy design begin to appear! Continue dipping and dragging until you achieve your desired design. Staff Tip: It is handy to keep a dish of nail lacquer remover to cleanse the brush of polish before re-dipping to avoid buildup. We used Deborah Lippmann The Stripper Lavender Nail Lacquer Remover.
7. Once all three layers have dried, make sure to finish-off the nails with a glossy top coat. You want all that work to last as long as possible! We used butter LONDON’s Hardware PD Quick Topcoat to prevent chipping and protect our design.
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You're guaranteed to find a variety of fun nail looks at the b-glowing.com office, regardless of season or trend. As we transition into fall, find out what tried-and-true polishes our pretties are rocking while working.
Katelyn: (Right hand) butter LONDON Wellies (Left hand) butter LONDON Slapper
The first to try a new trend or design, our Customer Service Director Katelyn couldn't choose between her two favorite greens, so she decided to use them both! "I thought they were similar enough in tone that I could wear them together without looking crazy! I love how it turned out."
Kayla: RGB Cosmetics Oxblood
Ready for summer to end, our Brand Assistant Kayla welcomes fall with a 5-free vampy wine shade. "With Fall quickly approaching, I wanted something new so I went from blonde to brunette with my hair and I wanted to play-up the dark on my nails as well!"
Holly: LACC 1957
Craving something neutral, but fun, our Brand Associate Holly reached for this vegan pale pink to give her nails a pop of color. "I wanted something sheer that allowed my natural nails to peek through. I love that you can layer 1957 to get the exact coverage you are looking for. It's like two polishes in one."
Nina: Deborah Lippman I Fought the Law, layered with Deborah Lippmann Va Va Voom
Working in our warehouse, Nina is one of the first people to see new product come in! You can always count on her to sport the latest and greatest in everything we carry. "I love how the gritty texture of 'I Fought the Law' grabs hold of the glitter topcoat, it helps the manicure last longer! I also love this color combo - the navy under the glitter looks like a galaxy of stars!"
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