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GIRLS, SPREAD'EM / August 6 2009 11:30 AM

SPREAD UM: Natalia Vodianova for Harper’s Bazaar UK September ’09

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SPREAD UM: Natalia Vodianova for Harpers Bazaar UK September 09This September cover shot shows Natalia in all her etherial, effortless glory. Theres a few things to be excited about here: Harper’s used a model on the cover of their September issue, they actually interviewed her, and she’s sporting some awesome Minx nails. This has been an exciting month for Natalia as she and her husband have made Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List.

SPREAD UM: Natalia Vodianova for Harpers Bazaar UK September 09SPREAD UM: Natalia Vodianova for Harpers Bazaar UK September 09SPREAD UM: Natalia Vodianova for Harpers Bazaar UK September 09SOURCE: Fashion Gone Rogue 1 and 2

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BEAUTY, GIRLS / July 22 2009 5:45 PM

STORY OF: Nail Polish

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STORY OF: Nail Polish

Painting ones nails might just be the oldest beauty trend. The Chinese have been making their nails beautiful since 3000 B.C. using a mix of arabic gum, eggs whites, gelatin and beeswax. Other ancient nail painting practices include stains from henna and massaging tinted powders into their nails. The painting of ones nails was so important to women that recipes for making your own nail varnish was included in 19th century cookbooks. Thankfully, nail polish technology and connivence has progressed.

 

STORY OF: Nail PolishNail Solvent, or nail polish remover as it is now known as, was a big selling item in the first half of the 20th century. Something we now take for granted a good nail solvent was seen as a way to elevate the level of the nail polish you were selling.

STORY OF: Nail Polish

The selling point of nail solvent can be seen in this ad for on the lower right side of this vintage advertisement which explains how Cutex remover is different then the others because it “contains a very special oil” that will not leave residue on the nails.

Picture 4Moon manicures were popular with Hollywood starlets in the 20′s and 30′s, so it’s no surprise vintage glamour lover Dita Von Teese is bringing back this nail trend.

STORY OF: Nail Polish

Mini-skirt inventor Mary Quant is less known for deciding that nail might not only match your lipstick, they could match your clothing too! Her mod aesthetic required red nails to be put on the back burner, allowing pastels nails to became all the rage.

Picture 1Pastel nails lead to bright nails, and then darker nails which have been seen on the goth crowd for, well, ever. Male rock stars love this look to, seen above on Jared Leto. This love affair dates back to 60′s Lou Reed when he was fronting The Velvet Underground.

STORY OF: Nail Polish

The 70′s saw the rise of the French Manicure, a term coined by Orly founder Jeff Pink and his manicure sets. This muted manicure is considered so timeless that it is often worn on important days such as ones wedding.

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Minx nails are the newest big nail trend, as we wrote about last month. These metallic nail coverings have been seen on everyone from Lady Gaga to Blake Lively. Minx is basically nail stickers that are applied with heat and easy to remove.

With so many nail trends to choose from, and more popping up every day, decorating ones nails never ceases to be fun. No wonder it’s been such a long standing love affair.

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BEAUTY, GIRLS / June 24 2009 3:06 PM

Fashion Indie + Honey Mag = MINX NAILS

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Fashion Indie + Honey Mag = MINX NAILS

Kirby and Mel headed to Honey Magazine last week for an event with Minx nails.  Minx are sticker-like cutouts that bond to your nails with all sorts of crazy colors and patterns (even metallic ones like those posted above) that celebrities like Beyonce are starting to wear.  Read more about them at Honey Mag.  

The event featured big name nail techs like Lisa Logan, Honey, and Deana Blackwell, who all have a strong celebrity clientele and know all there is to know about Minx.  Check out Minxed.com to get a full list of the salons where you can get Minxed, Bliss Salon in Manhattan offers Minx at their 49th, 57th, and Soho locations.

Check out more photos from the Honey Mag event on Cult

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