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Review: MAYA wudu-friendly nail polish

June 24, 2016

By Munia IslamMaya Cosmetics

With the weather warming up and sandals in tow, summer is always the time when I pay a little extra attention to my nails. Admittedly, I’m really picky about my nail polishes, but once I was introduced to Maya Cosmetics, I knew I would be adding it to my collection of polishes fast. As part of the newest, popular crop of health-conscious polishes, these are breathable (read for my Muslim sisters: wudu/ablution-friendly!), free of harsh and harmful ingredients (no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor), 100% halal/PETA-certified (no prohibited alcohol, animal derivatives or animal testing), and physician approved. What more could you want in a nail polish? Oh right…
Maya Cosmetics Nailpolish

Gorgeous colors. (From left to right above: Dahlia, Americana, Plumberry, Ruman, Pepto Pink, and Top-Coat Gloss)

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CND Shellac with Beauty Booked!

June 4, 2015

A friend in HR recently told me that she pays attention to how her employees present themselves at work. “I even notice if they have chipped nail polish — that never looks professional.” I was surprised that something so small doesn’t even get past her, but the message was clear: the details count.

CND Shellac in Romantique from Townhouse Spa

Regular manicures are pampering, but sometimes I get too antsy to sit around and wait the drying time – especially when they don’t always last a week. And if you’ve ever gotten acrylics, you know why they’re the worst. My nails got so brittle and weak the first time, I never went back. We’ve gotten so much further with nail tech, and I’ve certainly tried a good amount. The at-home nail gels (where you use a small UV lamp at home) are prone to shrinking and unless you’re comfortable doing nails yourself, it’s not the simplest system to use. Plus, I’ve found the result doesn’t last as long as salon versions. If I need something that’s heavy duty, but won’t damage my nails, it’s CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color all the way. It has given me magazine-ad quality shiny nails for weeks.

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Paintbox nail studio in Soho

October 13, 2014

Paintbox has been getting a lot of buzz lately. The manicure-only nail studio opened its doors in the SoHo just earlier this year in May, and sets itself apart simply by staying on top of it.

Paintbox in SoHo


Want a menu of trendy, curated colors and designs? They have it. A portfolio of different colors and formulas? Done. They’re not brand snobs either, rather they have careful and well-thought out colors so you step out with a gorgeous stand-out manicure. I was invited to check it out, and the design I ended up with was easily one of my favorites ever.

Paintbox reception area


I was greeted with apple tea and a lookbook of their Fall 2014 collection, a spread of different nail designs and color combos. My manicurist Elissa (who rocks, by the way — find her on Insta at @nailme.e) helped me narrow it down to their Hot Shot design — a canvas of glossy black topped with gold and green metallic foil.

A selection of Paintbox's Fall collection


Apple tea :)


Each station has charging docks for your phone (a lifesaver for me, I didn’t charge my phone the night before and it was already dying when I got there). Elissa carefully cleaned up my cuticles and applied two coats of Floss Gloss black, then (“the fun part” she said), slithers of glue which she then dabbed the foils on, and finished with a clear top coat. She moved me to their bar area for my nails to dry, added some quick-drying drops, and I was good to go. I was in and out in 45 minutes and my manicure held up beautifully.

Bar/drying area


Fall design in Hot Shot


I normally get so bored with nail polish that I rarely venture in nail designs, but I’m obsessed with this combo. It’s dark for Fall, but the foils keeps it from looking dull. I already got so many compliments on it. If you’re looking for an elegant salon that doubles as a relaxing oasis in the city, make a stop here. You can look at their current collections and even book ahead online at paint-box.com.

Regular polish manicure, $35. Manicure with design, $55.

Salon Info:
Paintbox

17 Crosby St
Manhattan, NY 10013
btw Grand St & Howard St
(212) 219-2412
SoHo


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China Glaze Ombre kits

June 17, 2014

I used to be all about spending time doing clever nail designs (mostly in middle school where I went to a school with a strict uniform and that was my way of rebelling, but I digress), so when I received a sample of China Glaze’s Ombre nail kits though I thought I’d give it a shot.

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They include the sponge and four polishes to make a pretty gradient nail design, but the clean up is where I failed and it ended up looking like a fluorescent mess. My friend Mehak has a natural knack for these though (consider, her new IG account, @manidays where she posts her latest foray in nail designs), and when I gave her this kit in Wave Runner, this is what she came up with:

China Glaze Ombre Wave Runner design

K, so it looked a lot different than mine, and also suddenly makes me want to take a beach vacay. Anywho, Since it’s part of their collection from 2013, your best bet is picking them up from amazon.com, where they have the kits for $14.

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Chrome Nails by Sally Hansen

May 29, 2014

I revel in the fact that I work in an office where painting your nails at your desk is not frowned upon (#winning). Today I played around with Sally Hansen’s new Color Foil Nail Makeup in Leaden Lilac. Just one coat is enough for an opaque, rich coat (perfect if you need a quick polish fix and don’t have a lot of time on your hands — no top or base coat needed).

Sally Hansen Color Foil Nail Makeup in Leaden Lilac

Love that it looks like metal on my nails. The collection will be available in 10 shades for $8 starting in June!

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Winter lovin: Motives nail polish in Venom

November 21, 2013

My friend Sabrina sent me a picture of a nail polish I had given her a while ago, saying it was ‘the perfect end of fall/beginning of winter’ shade. The nail polish, “Venom,” is a purple burgundy shade from Lala Anthony’s collection for Motives. What do you think?

Motives for Lala in Venom

Venom is available at motivecosmetics.com for $6.95.

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