Gearing up for what is said to be the most anticipated release of 2012, we’ve seen lots of The Hunger Games merchandise, posters, apparel and hype dotting the horizon of our malls and favorite media sites. The most unique merchandising opportunity we’ve seen is the new China Glaze Capitol Colours nail polish line. We’ve seen the colors in our local nail salons and big, bold posters in our favorite beauty supply stores, so of course, we had to jump in head first.
Personally, I’ve been hooked on China Glaze nail polish for a long time. It is a professional polish, so you won’t be finding it at your local market or variety store, but nearly every nail salon we’ve visited (a lot) over the past month has carried it and shown off the posters with pride.
So the polish line itself is made up of deep colors, we got to check out Agro (an opaque forest green) and Electrify (a glitter top coat with large flecks of yellow & red). Want some? You can grab the whole collection on Amazon or check it out at your local nail salon.
Alright geek gals (and some guys!) lets get a little fashion going on. Today I’m checking out Geek Nail Polish by NerdLacquer. ThinkGeek now stocks four wacky colors with totally geeked-out names like Don’t Panic, Antisocial Media, Warrior Ethos, and All of Time and Space.
What I love about these funky flavors is the sparkles inside. They aren’t your average glitter filled polishes, these each have a unique glitter recipe.
Looking at Warrior Ethos, which is a candy apple red tint that is transparent with the first coat and makes it great to overlay on darker or lighter colors. The glitter formulation inside is medium black, large copper hexagonal glitter (Which looks cool, but chips easy, don’t forget the top coat!) then there are smaller glitter flakes in black, copper, iridescent and red.
And what else do I love? Seeing a great company like ThinkGeek stocking products from small distributors and Etsy products. It makes me proud.
Geek Nail Polish on ThinkGeek
Manicure and pedicure tools are a genuine pain to shop for. You rarely get what you expect and you almost never get the quality you pay for. This particular battery operated Nail Shaper by Talika got a very thorough testing here in our office, and after much abuse, we decided that for the price, it is one of the beauty essentials we don’t want to live without.
The 6 1/2 inch body is the entire package. You get three tips, which can all be stored in notches in the handle. It takes 2 AAA batteries, (we always recommend rechargeable, but batteries are included!) as a self contained unit, you can drop it into your bag for on the go nail snags. It has two different settings, one for hands and one for feet.
The three tips are coarse for cutting and shaping, fine for filing and putting together details, and a larger buffing cone for shining things up at the end. Great for natural nails (make sure you use the lower setting) acrylics and toes.
I didn’t find any actual design flaws, and the quality is excellent. The only real issue, which only happens with a lot of intense use, is that the chuck eventually loosens and the tips start to slide out while you are working. We went through over 6 hours of continuous use on different material thickness before we found this problem. (Far outside the scope of normal use)
Available directly from Talika and at Amazon.
I love it when I come across a product that makes me squeal. This nail polish by Nails Inc. is infused with magnetic particles and when you apply it you hold a magnet over top of the paint, which pulls the iron particles towards the surface in a unique pattern.
So of course, I had to try it out. And try it out I did. (See photo, ignore broken pointer finger nail) The color you are looking at in that photo is their Houses of Parliament, which is a metallic blue/purple that looks fantastic before you even bother it with the magnet. Then, a little magnet magic and you get to see an amazing, unique, 3D effect that makes people Ooooh and Aaaah.
Science and style. Win.
Available now at Sephora and www.sephora.com.