First Look

First Look: Essie's Naughty Nautical Collection

Essie has done it again! Essie's new nail polish collection, Naughty Nauticals features six new alluring shades perfect for summer. The soft bright colors instantly sweep you away to daydreams of setting sail on the ocean or a day relaxing by the pool.

The colors are a varying range cool hues: The More The Merrier (a delicious lime green shade), Naughty Nautical (a shimmering blue-green color), Rock The Boat (a shiny baby blue hue), Full Steam Ahead (a lovely pearlized lilac color), Sunday Funday (a tempting tangerine hue) and The Girls Are Out (a sparkling fuschia color).

Which color(s) will you be trying this summer?

The collection is currently available at Essie.com and can be yours for only $8.00 each. 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

First Look: Illamasqua's Speckled Nail Varnish

Illamasqua's new nail varnish collection reminds me a lot of the impending Easter season and moreover mini Cadbury eggs. Take a look at these fun pastel colors that are speckled with a texture! I know we just talked about how "less is more" for Spring when it comes to your manicure, but I think this collection will be hard to resist. The collection features five tempting shades: Freckle (a speckled tan hue), Speckle (a lovely lilac hue), Mottle (speckled mint green shade), Fragile (blue speckled hue) and Scarce (a speckled pink shade).

These fun lacquers are available at Sephora and I am sure that they will not last long. Fragile (the blue color) is already sold out. $16.00/bottle.

Do you have a favorite shade yet? I am leaning towards Mottle, the mint green color.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Livingly Media

First Look: Butter London's New Neutral Nail Polish Collection

For spring, 'less is more' is the beauty trend for nails. Butter London unveiled their latest collection, Starkers, which features a range of new neutral nail polish colors, that are anything but basic. These three creamy nude hues are tailor-made to match any skin tone perfectly.

The fabulously named colors are: Tea & Toast (a rich opaque tan hue), Crumpet (a warm creamy caramel shade) and Shandy (a lovely opaque, light peach hue). I personally think I will be trying the Crumpet shade.

The nail lacquers are currently available at butterlondon.com and retail for $15.00 each.

Do you have a favorite shade yet?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Butter London

First Look: Estee Lauder Macarons Pure Color Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection

Estée Lauder has created a sweet treat for your manicure this spring. Their newest collection, Macarons Pure Color for Spring 2013 is inspired by one of the most popular French treats-- the macaroon. I am not sure why the spelling of macaroon is different, must be a French thing.

This delectable nail polish collection features five pastel hues named after selected macaroon flavors: Narcissist - dew rose, Dilettante France - blueberry, Coral Cult - pink berries, Lilac Leather - dream lavender and Absinthe - delicate spring tea.

The new lacquers will be released in January 2013 at select Estée Lauder counters and online at Estée Lauder.com. Do you have a favorite shade yet?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

First Look: Selena Gomez for Nicole by OPI Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection

Selena Gomez has teamed with Nicole by OPI to create a limited edition nail polish collection for Spring 2013. The collection has a mixture of matte and glittering hues, a shade for every mood or occasion. There are 14 fantastic colors to select from: Stars at Night (a glittering silver shade), Mi Fantasia (a glittering purple-aqua hue), Kissed at Midnight (a sparkling gold hue), Confetti Fun (a mix of bold colors that sparkle), Heavenly Angel (Iridescent glittering white color), Sweet Dreams (a shimmering violet and teal hue), Inner Sparkle (a glimmering light pink), Selena (a sweet peach color), Hit the Lights (an electric yellow), Love Song (a lovely lavender), Naturally (a bubble gum pink shade), Spring Break (flirty hot pink shade), Pretty in Plum ( deep purple hue) and Scarlett (a shimmery reddish violet hue).

 

The new tones will be available for purchase in January 2013 at Target, ULTA and select drugstores. Each bottle retails for $7.99.

Do you have a favorite color yet?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

First Look: ORLY Naughty or Nice 2012 Holiday Nail Polish Collection

ORLY introduces a nail polish collection for the 2012 holiday season that shimmers and shines. Their latest collection, Naughty or Nice features six intensely hued lacquers: Devil May Care (a glittering red shade), Halo (a glamorous gold glitter), Miss Conduct (a shimmering fuchsia), Unlawful (a reddish purple hue), Angel Eyes (a shimmering blue) and Torrid (a dark red shimmer).

The glittering collection retails for $8.00 each at Ulta, where you can currently take advantage of a buy 2 get 1 free offer

Do you have a favorite shade yet?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

First Look: Barbie Creates Elizabeth Taylor Doll

Timeless style icon, Elizabeth Taylor has received the Barbie treatment. The doll is fittingly named, White Diamonds after her signature fragrance. Along with her beautiful violet eyes and classic black bob, Taylor is represented in a  lovely retro-glamorous white dress adorned with a red ribbon, representing her devotion to HIV/AIDS charity work. She is styled with a pair of white slingback heels and ladylike gloves.

In addition, the doll comes with statement gold gems, a second pair of white heels, a pair of white sunglasses, a movie script and a mini bottle of her famous White Diamonds fragrance.

The Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds Barbie is available for purchase on barbiecollector.com for $150.00.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

First Look: Gwyneth Paltrow for Butter London

Gwyneth Paltrow has teamed with Butter London to bring you a fabulous treat this holiday season. Gwyneth and Butter London have created a limited edition nail lacquer set, exclusively available for purchase on Gwyneth's lifestyle site, goop.com.

The collection, which retails for $36.00, features three trendy shades for winter: Hampstead Heath (a moss green hue with gold flecks), Abso-bloody-lutely (a deep cherry red shade) and Bread & Butter Pudding (a barely there nude hue).

 

Hurry over to goop.com and pick your set up today. Do you have a favorite color yet?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: goop.com

First Look: BaubleBar and Essie Holiday Collaboration

Essie has teamed with BaubleBar to bring you a glamorous treat this holiday season! The two brands have collaborated on a limited-edition, matching nail polish and bracelet collection for the holidays. BaubleBar designed a set of brilliant bracelets inspired by Essie's Winter 2012 Leading Lady Collection. You can build your own gift set, which includes one full-size nail polish color and matching custom bracelet. Then you can select two additional bangles and a metallic envelope carrying case.

Take a look at the six colors of nail polish and their coordinating cuff bracelets. Shades include: She's Pampered (vibrant red hue), Beyond Cozy (a shimmering silver and gold hue), Snap Happy (a poppy red and orange color), Where's My Chauffeur (a rich turquoise hue), Leading Lady (an opulent, glittering deep red color) and Butler Please (an electric blue shade).

Each collection is $50.00 and is currently available for purchase at BaubleBar.com

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: BaubleBar via Style Bistro

First Look: NPW Nail Art Pens

For those of you who want to hang on to the sunshine and lazy days of summer a little bit longer NPW has come up with a solution--at least in the beauty department. The UK-based gift retailer has created a nail art pen set in five electric neon hues complete with a painting brush and a nib for drawing.

Simply paint a base coat on your nails then let your inner artist come to life by creating unique designs, pictures or fun patterns. So, if you don't want to return to the dark side for the fall/winter season quite yet, these fun bright colors should keep your spirits up and your style trending during the seasonal transition.

The NPW Nail Art Set is available at Nordstrom for $14.00 or NPW.co.uk at £9.95.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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