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NCLA Clear Nail Wraps

NCLA has always been an innovator in terms of the over-saturated nail sticker market. In the past, the brand has teamed up with L.A.-based jewelry designer Melody Ehsani and such manicurists as Jenna Hipp, Madeline Poole, and Steph Stone to create designs. The next big thing on the horizon: Clear Nail Wraps. Launching in September, these wraps feature a transparent base and are designed to stick to your existing lacquer, allowing your color to shine through. In addition to adding interest to a solid paint job, I think they are the perfect camouflage for chipped polish. Whether you choose the bondage- and lace-inspired patterns that would make Christian Grey look twice, a bright and graphic print that’s reminiscent of the images in a trippy Magic Eye book, or a jagged-edge accent, disguising a week-old mani has never looked so fresh.

Available at Fred Segal, Kitson, and

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Beauty By Alaïa; Obama “Loves” Michelle’s Bangs; And More…


Alaïa, the fragrance and cosmetics line; it’s coming! [WWD]

Interested in Beyoncé’s inauguration beauty secrets? That’d be hair color by Rita Hazan, nails courtesy of NCLA Nail Lacquer in I’m With the Band, and makeup by Mally Roncal. “The Star-Spangled Banner” has never looked, er, sounded so good. [Glamour]

Speaking of the inauguration, Michelle Obama’s newly cut fringe was the talk of the festivities yesterday, but the style’s approval rating skyrocketed on Sunday, when the president himself weighed in. “To address the most significant event of the weekend, I love her bangs,” Obama said. [USA Today]

The fashion shows won’t be the only attraction for members of the fashion tribe en route to Paris for the Fall collections next month. MAC has announced the opening of a new Paris flagship, the first such store outside of the United States, which will open on February 20. [NYDN]

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Fab Five: Nail Polish To Spring Forward


Spring is a time for renewal, revitalization—and a revamp of your nail color arsenal. According to popular opinion, this time of year is reserved for candy-colored confections, which strikes us as a little cliché but is admittedly par for the course; there’s something about 65-degree days that calls for light and airy lacquers—whenever those days may come. Here, a selection of some of our favorite early arrivals.

Violet Femme
Rococo Nail Apparel in Sandrine
Described by Rococo founders Ange and Vernice Walker as a “Parisian blue,” there is certainly something about this periwinkle crème varnish that seems fitting for a sunny stroll along the Seine (or the Hudson).

Orange Crush
NCLA Don’t Call Me Peachy, available February 2013 at
Part of the SoCal brand’s perfectly pastel Life’s a Beach collection, this melon-tinged neutral is a bright twist on nude that works well with a surprising number of different skin tones.

Lacquer and Lace
Essie Embrace the Lace
Essie has finally joined the nail-wrap revolution with the debut of its Sleek Stick collection of printed overlays. Even though the gilded ivory latticework scrawled onto a pale pink background on these tips is easily removed with cuticle oil, it’s pretty difficult to part ways with it once it’s on.

Think Pink
Deborah Lippmann Girls set in Marnie
If you thought one season of HBO’s hit show Girls was not enough to inspire a beauty collection, you’d be wrong—at least in Deborah Lippmann’s estimation. The manicure maven just debuted a four-piece line inspired by each of the show’s four protagonists, including this prim and proper light rose in homage to Allison Williams’ gallerina character.

Mellow Yellow
Priti NYC nail lacquer in Envy
A long day on the slopes deserves a long overdue manicure—or so the thinking goes over at Priti NYC, which just launched its four-piece Apres Ski collection. What better way to clutch that cup of hot coca then with well-polished, frosty yellow tips?

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