Beauty Buys: Julep’s Holiday #NailArt Must-Haves & Tips to ‘Winterize’ Nails!


Style Darling Nail ArtOne of my favorite luxury nail beauty companies is Julep, thanks to my lovely writer friend & style twin, Meghan, for gifting me some of the brand’s elegant polishes for my birthday earlier this fall. I’m a registered Maven & love seeing my monthly subscription options for what I can add to my Maven box, as well as exclusive deals through the (FREE) Julep smartphone app!

Thanks to Julep for sharing with me some of their trending winter & holiday colors, including Ilsa ($6.99), Joanne ($6.99), Shari ($11.40), Sawyer ($6.99), & Kiki ($11.20). I love the variety of matte & sparkly colors, which presents some #nailart inspiration to decorate for upcoming holiday parties, dinner out with the girls, or a romantic night in.

Trending Winter Colors, courtesy of Julep.However, I have a love-hate relationship with my nails. LOVE: when my nails look perfect after dressing them up in sparkly hues. HAAATE: when the color chips or a nail breaks. SOLUTION: ‘WINTERIZING‘ your nails, which is not just about taking care of the part you’re polishing, since the condition of your hands is equally as important.

I thought I had a solid nailcare routine, but I’ve learned so much from Julep with their valuable tips for a nail, cuticle, & skin regimen for healthy digits when the drop in temperature becomes a factor in your beauty routine! Not only do I wash & moisturize my hands with sensitive hand soap & intensive moisturizer, I’m guilty of skipping a few steps for lack of time. Now, with Julep’s how-to guide, I know just what must-haves to put on my list to Santa & I’m so excited to share these with my readers!

Winterize Nails How-To, courtesy of Julep.SHOP: emery board ($4.00), cuticle softener ($14.40), cuticle pusher ($11.40), hand scrub ($18.40), oxygen smoothing base coat ($14.40), & silk effect top coat ($9.99).

Some of my favorite & recommended polishes for stocking stuffers & to upgrade your collection include:

FavoritesSHOP: Aretha ($11.20), Phia ($11.20), Queen Anne ($4.99), Mia ($11.20), Florence ($11.20), Cameron ($11.20), Natalia ($11.20), & Devon ($11.20).

For more from Julep, sign up to be a Maven & receive your first FREE Maven box, their uber-stylish blog, & shop their new arrivals, which includes tons of beauty care must-haves! To check out all the latest from Style Darling, read my post for Casper’s Beauty Sleep ChallengeJennifer Aniston’s recent red carpet looks, the ultimate Olivia Palermo photo gallery featuring over 300 of her most fashionable outfits, & how to incorporate pastels into your winter wardrobe! Happy Styling!

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Watch This Style / Beauty Buys: Chanel Celebrates Classic Staple Hues!


My personal nail art style includes anything sparkly or metallic. I’ve been working so much this later-spring / early-summer already, I have to keep my nails short, which means that I’m looking for a lot of neutral metallic shades, like a glittery rose gold & other non-matte shades. However, it’s these classic hues that are the focus of the latest video from Chanel, called Couleurs Culte de Chanel.

The 30-second feature includes the legendary Chanel logo, as represented through nail colors like Pirate, Particuliere, & Rouge Noir. Each lacquer whether bold & bright or sleek & neutral costs $27.00 a bottle at the brand’s official website. To shop more beauty products from Chanel, be sure to check out Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, & Neiman Marcus.

For more posts from Beauty Buys & Watch This Style, check out previous posts, including Gwyneth Paltrow’s collaboration with Butter London, behind the scenes with Kate Winslet for Lancôme, Kerry Washington’s cover shoot for ELLE, Kate Upton’s debut cover for next month’s Vogue, & the trailer for Karl Lagerfeld’s Once Upon A Time, starring Keira Knightley! Happy Styling!

Beauty Buys: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Latest Nail Polish Collaboration With Butter London!


Gwyneth PaltrowIn the last year, nail polish has made a big comeback, especially with the trend in nail art, thanks in part of quirky New Girl star Zooey Deschanel. However, she’s not the only star lending a hand to the culture of nail polish. Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow has collaborated a second a time with Butter London to create spring-ready sets, perfect for everyday looks, dramatic evening shades, & go-to neutrals, which will be sold exclusively on GP’s website, goop. This includes “Earth-friendly 3-free formula, which keeps harmful chemicals like DBP, formaldehyde, & toluene out of the mix,” according to InStyle.

Take a look below at Candy Coated Trio ($40.00) in a sweet pastel blue, lemon yellow, & cotton candy pink. Also, if you’re into sparkle with metallic shimmer (like me), the Stones Set ($40.00) calls on emerald, sapphire, & amethyst hues. The Starkers Set ($40.00) is a perfect base for a neutral look, especially when you’re looking for a matte finish under a modern French manicure. Lastly, keep your nails healthy with Tops & Tails ($28.00), the famed base & top coats that Butter London is known for.

Butter London

Of course these collections aren’t exactly budget friendly, but if you like to invest in your beauty products, particularly ones that don’t use harsh chemicals, then maybe it’s worth it to keep your tips looking & feeling great.

Which sets do you like the best? Do you prefer matte or sparkly colors? How much do you invest in your nail polish collection? For more celebrity fashion / beauty posts, check out Kate Winslet for Lancôme, Rihanna’s debut collection for River Island, Jennifer Lawrence’s debut ads for Dior, behind-the-scenes with Natalie Portman for Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, & the commercial for Gucci Guilty Black with Evan Rachel Wood & Chris Evans! Happy Styling!

Beauty Buys: Victoria’s Secret Sexy New Nail Polish Launch!


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Nail art is about to get a whole lot sexier with the new launch of Victoria’s Secret’s latest collection of nail polish. For $10 a bottle, you can wear the same brilliant & elegant shades that were seen on the runway at last month’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Courtesy of InStyle, I was able to scope out the entire collection which ranges in soft feminine hues, classic mattes, & sparkling glitter shades, perfect for day & date. My favorites include Steal the Show, Break the Rules, & Drama Queen. Additionally, there are loads of potential for fingertip fun with Boudoir, Backstage, & No Strings. For more VS beauty, check out the latest fragrances, body lotions, & cosmetics.

Which colors do you like the best? How much would you spend on nail polish? Happy Styling!

Beauty Buys: Forever 21’s Affordable Stocking Stuffers For A Beautiful 2013!


I’ve been taking my time sifting through the pages of all my favorite issues of the December magazines, checking out the best deals on gifts for my Style Darling pals without breaking my budget, while still offering something fun & useful to make 2013 all the more beautiful.  If you’re in a rut & need to pick up a few fashionable extras while scoping out the great deals @Forever 21, check out their beauty products, which are always a great way to discover new hues & change up your routine. I picked out the love & beauty eyeshadow ($2.80) in beige, jade, & gunmetal since they’re perfect for any look & season. To apply these shimmering shades, I’ve also selected the cheetah pattern cosmetic brushes ($3.80), which comes with 5 valuable pieces for bringing out your best features.

Forever 21 beauty buys

Switch up the usual cosmetic must-haves & add some bling inside your bag with the rhinestoned mirror compact & tweezer set ($5.80).  You’ll love applying the essential hues for day, night, & parties in the lip gloss trio ($4.80) which is available in four different combinations, including rose/cherry, red/berry, pink/hot pink, & natural/bronze for every skin tone.  Take advantage of the bold nail art trend hitting Instagram with the color tip nail kit ($8.80) with 8 matte shades, necessary for any polish collection.

What are your favorite stocking stuffers to give? Do you like to give beauty products to your favorite friends? Where do you shop for the best beauty deals? Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Holiday Weekend Sales, Hart of Dixie Style, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Highlights, & More!


I missed posting last week b/c of the nasty hurricane, but there’s been so much going on in fashion, it’s hard to pick just 10 stories to talk about.  Of course, so much has caught my eye on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter, but I’ve tried to narrow it down to the must-see stories that all Style Darlings need to know! What stories are trending in your social network? Happy Styling!

*Get a sneak peek at Rachel Bilson‘s wardrobe on next week’s Hart of Dixie*

*Lucky magazine is giving away loads of gifts*

*StyleBistro‘s 5 most stylish & beautiful Instagram shots by fashion bloggers*

*David Beckham returns to H&M for more from his bodywear collection*

*Forever 21‘s Veteran’s Day weekend sale includes BOGO 50% off sale items*

*Zara is the world’s largest fashion retailer*

*Salma Hayek introduces her latest Nuance nail polish*

*Rihanna finally releases her music video for “Diamonds“*

*Actress / dancer / singer Julianne Hough launches a shoe line with Sole Society*

*The highlights from last week’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show*

Beauty Buys: Hurricane Sandy Can’t Stop Your Nails From Sparkling!


Local schools, universities, offices, & transit is already cancelled for tomorrow, while we’re waiting for this hurricane to make a mess out of the Northeast (for those of you who don’t know, Style Darling is based out of New York’s very suburban Long Island).  I figured I’d get a jump on posting blogs for my lucky readers to indulge in since they’ll have power & alas, I won’t.

My family has stocked up on water, ice, batteries, & clock radios, but I’m not worried about how I will spend my time should the power go out.  Of course, I wouldn’t dream of recommending to anyone that polishing your nails is an essential part of hurricane survival, but here’s a little advice for when the daylight in upon us & there’s not much to do when the television & internet is down.

I’ve been keeping an eye out on the latest trends in nail art, especially since that’s the fashion-related hashtag read around the world. No matter where you live, what language you speak, or what your style is, there’s nail art for everyone. I’m a big fan of sparkles, especially this season & I don’t have time to change my nail color daily. I’m no basic pink-fingered Style Darling, but I like something that can be re-touched without any hassle… which brings me to the Gem Crush collection by Sally Hansen ($6.99) from Ulta.

You can find Sally Hansen at any drug store (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, as well as Target or Walmart), but I love shopping for any & all beauty products at Ulta since I’m a member & receive tons of weekly coupons ranging from $3.50 off a $10 purchase, $5 off a $10 purchase, or 20% off any item.

The Gem Crush line includes dazzling hues like (from left-to-right, as seen above) Show Girl Chic, Cha-Ching, Big Money, Bling-tastic, Be-Jeweled, Razzle Dazzler, Lady Luck, & Glitz Gal. I haven’t picked a favorite, but if you were wondering, I’m currently sporting Big Money on my fingers & Razzle Dazzler on my toes! For more about Style Darling’s nails, be sure to check out the latest updates on Instagram (@MissAlissaL)! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Chanel’s Denim-Inspired Nail Polish For Fashion’s Night Out!


In preparation for Fashion’s Night Out, the legendary house of Chanel has created three very exclusive & limited-time nail polishes.  To some, they may just look like blue polish, but they are denim-inspired in shades of the all-American fabric.  As you can see from the image to the right, the polishes have cute names like Coco Blue, Blue Boy, & Blue Rebel.

Courtesy of In Style, I learned that these colors will only be available at Chanel stores or on Chanel.com, starting September 8th, the night of the famed international shopping event in New York City.

There’s no word yet on how much the polishes will cost, but to treat yourself to one luxury item, nail polish seems like a good bet b/c no matter what outfit you’re wearing, if you splash on a little color to your nails, you can go to the grocery store with Chanel, have brunch with Chanel, wear Chanel to happy hour, & even go to sleep with Chanel, without having to splurge on more costly items like silk scarves, cashmere sweaters, or fine leather shoes (although I would love them all!)!

Be sure to check out the website for Fashion’s Night Out to see the countdown to the big day, as well as listings of collections, events, & where to shop! Happy Styling!