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What Exactly Are SNS Nails?


Up until about two months ago, I never cared about what my nails looked like. I’d walk around with hangnails and chipped polish without thinking twice. To be frank, my nail beds sucked. Then, while getting my basically bi-annual manicure, my nail technician suggested that I try SNS. The only thing I had heard about SNS, which just stands for Signature Nail Systems, was that it was a supposedly healthier version of gel polish, which can leave some people’s nails weak and brittle. She explained that the powder involved in SNS contained a kind of vitamin or nutrient that was beneficial to nails, plus, she guaranteed that my manicure would last a lot longer. Any mention of making my stubby nails stronger or healthier immediately peaks my interest, so I was sold. But, then she brought out power tools and I started second guessing how healthy this process was actually going to be. To be real, my first experience with SNS was not the greatest. I wasn’t sure what I should be expecting, so I actually thought that she did an alright job. That was until I got my second SNS manicure and realized what a botched job my first one had been. The way your SNS turns out definitely depends on your nail technician, as can be assumed. However, the basic process stays the same. Your nails will be buffed, primed with a brush on gel base, then dipped two to three times into the colored SNS powder of your choice.



Image Credit: @milalae on Instagram

In my opinion, the key to a natural looking finish is then buffing down the layers of powder that have been applied. That’s a step that my first manicurist skipped, which resulted in me having cheap-looking, bulbous nails…no shade, no tea, though. Your nails will then be shaped to your desire and the finishing touches, like a top coat and cuticle oil, should be applied. Then, boom! You have a rock solid manicure that should last you two to three weeks depending on how quickly your nails grow out. To properly remove the polish, you should go back to your nail technician so that they can correctly go about the process and avoid damaging your real nails.

So far, I haven’t had any issues with SNS. In fact, my nails have only gotten longer. So, how do they compare to gel? I don’t think that SNS is necessarily any “healthier” for your nails, being that the base adhesive is comparable to the main ingredient in super glue. But, you do avoid the LED or UV light that a gel manicure requires, so in that regard, SNS is winning. I’m not used to people commenting on my nails, but now I get a few compliments a day thanks to SNS. Not to sound like an infomercial, but I’m totally sold on this powder. Plus, it doesn’t cost any more money than a typical gel manicure. Some salons might charge more than mine, but I wouldn’t imagine that it would be anything past five dollars extra and if it is, they’re playing you. Don’t get played! Also, an update on my nail beds, they no longer suck.


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What Exactly Are SNS Nails? Featured Image Credit: @modernpampersalon on Instagram.

The Holiday Nail Polish Collections You Must Have


Hot chocolate, fuzzy socks, the smell of pine trees, and gift shopping are a few of our favorite things during the holidays here at Cliché. With so many things on our to-do list, we tend to neglect our nails, leaving them bare without a colorful coat of polish. But do not fret; Essie and Zoya nail polish have changed the game with their Winter 2017 collections, inspiring us to end the year the only way we know how: glamorous and classy. While you’re picking up a shade or two for yourself, don’t forget to stuff your besties’ stockings, too! Snack on Santa’s favorite cookies and read on for trendy holiday nail looks.


Essie Winter 2017 Collection
Whether you’re celebrating a holiday or the end of the year, Essie has the perfect six shades to match any festivity and mood. Pucker up for a midnight kiss with ‘On Your Mistletoes’ and ring in the new year with ‘Ring in the Bling.’ Even better, all shades will be available in both gel and enamel.

Shade Names: Ring in the Bling; Be Cherry!; Suit & Tied; Social-Lights; On Your Mistletoes; New Year, New Hue.
Available for $9/ea at essie.com.

Zoya Winter 2017 Collection
Being moody has never been so stylish! With the Party Girls collection, you can be both mysterious and electric, guaranteeing a second glance from friends and family. Pick from 12 unique tones and be the star of any holiday party this season.

Shade Names: Blake, Isadora, Landon, Delaney, Danielle, Kelsey, Sheri, Fallon, Ming, Tawny,
Solstice, Nadia. Available for $10/ea at zoya.com.

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The Holiday Nail Polish Collections You Must Have: Photos courtesy of Essie.com and Zoya.com

The Best Spring Nail Trends


What isn’t there to love about spring? The trees start to gain their fluff back, flowers begin to bloom beautifully, and both our wardrobe and accessories change. We finally get to swap our heavy winter jackets, sweaters, boots, and scarves for cardigans, t-shirts, jeans, and a pair of comfy flats or sneakers. Here at Cliché, whenever our outfits and nail color match, our day becomes a little brighter.

This year, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Greenery. According to Pantone, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings: “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate. A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” How fitting! From green to neutral, this spring is more colorful than ever. We’ve put together this season’s hottest and trendiest nail colors to give both you and your outfit a fresh look. Read on to find your next favorite shade.
Soft Pink
Pink is a staple for spring. Soft pinks match with almost every outfit and accessory we put together. Not to mention, it reminds us of the blossoming peonies all around!

The Holiday Nail Collections You Need to Own


Nail polish is my Achilles’ heel. There’s a thrill when you’re on the hunt for the perfect shade and an euphoria when you find it. When your nails are done, you feel pretty, girly, and put together, making even the worst of days seem not so bad! The holidays are the best for nail polish addicts as it allows us to feed our obsession (kidding not kidding), but in all honesty, the holiday seasons create that opportunity to find new colors to add to your collection and decorate your nails in ways you wouldn’t normally. This year, we have the holiday nail collections you need to own and we guarantee you’re going to want to show these off. Your lady friends and family will be tapping your shoulder to find out what you’re wearing (that’s how awesome we think these collections are!), so no need to stress about what ones to choose from because we’ve narrowed down the list for you. All you need to do is have fun and thank us later!

ESSIE Winter 2016 “Getting Groovy” Collection ($8.50)


Photo Courtesy of Beauty Packaging

Our good ‘ole Essie! Check out NailsByHarliG’s Instagram for fabulous nail art design, particularly for Essie’s fun winter 2016 collection. Harli’s step-by-step tutorial creates the ultimate holiday nail art with the collection’s colors, such as“Go With The Flowy,” “Getting Groovy,” “Party On A Platform,” and “Satin Sister.” If this doesn’t get you in the mood for the upcoming winter festivities, we don’t know what will.
Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish Set

Photo Courtesy of Sephora

If you haven’t tried Deborah Lippmann’s nail polishes, you haven’t lived. Aside from the holidays being a great time to try new colors and trends, the nail collections that come out during this time are perfect for those wanting to check out and enjoy more expensive brands without hurting your wallet. Deborah Lippmann’s “Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish Set” has eight beautiful fall and winter shades to try for the value of $108 — but is currently priced at $45, according to Sephora’s website. Give yourself the royal treatment this holiday or gift it to a close gal pal you feel is deserving of this cute set.
NAILS INC. Nail Polish Candy Cane Set ($19)

Photo Courtesy of Sephora

You’ve probably already guessed it — a great stocking stuffer this set is indeed! It provides three perfect colors for the events you’ll be RSVPing to: there’s “London’s Calling,” a sophisticated, elegant nude perfect for your holiday family gathering, and there’s “Kensington High Street” and “Knightsbridge Nights,” which are red wine and gold glitter alternatives to amp up the party on New Year’s Eve with your lovely ladies.
These collections can be found online or at your local ULTA or Sephora store.
What are your favorite nail brands and collections you’ve found this season? What collection will you be experimenting with this year? We’d love to know!
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The Holiday Nail Collections You Need To Own: Featured Image Photo Courtesy of Essie

Deborah Lippmann Fall Collections


While summer hasn’t officially ended just yet, we at Cliché already have fall manicures on the brain. Although spring pastels and vibrant summer pedis are all well and good, it’s the dark lacquers I know and love. Navy, black, and maroon have been my go-to polishes of choice since my punk rock days in high school, so it was love at first sight when I laid eyes on Deborah Lippman’s newest fall collections, Very Berry and After Midnight.

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The Very Berry Collection is the perfect transition from summer to fall. If you’re still feeling the romantic reds of summer, this collection has a wide range of shades to keep that spirit alive (as if the packaging couldn’t do that alone!). Inside, you’ll find the following shades: “Strawberry Fields Forever, a full coverage bright strawberry crème; Cranberry Kiss, a crisp cranberry crème; Raspberry Jam, a full coverage ripened raspberry crème; Mulberry’s Dream, a full coverage rick mulberry crème; Cherries Jubilee, a full coverage black cherry crème; and Boys N Berries, a full coverage deep boysenberry crème.” Each shade is opaque and goes on smooth for a long-lasting, rich manicure.



Now, the After Midnight Collection in their gel lab pro formula is just as rich, but is geared more towards the darkening, mysterious days of fall. Snuggle up with the following shades: “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a smoke blue crème; After Midnight, a dark indigo crème; Wild Thing, a deep peacock crème; Love Hangover, a plum mauve crème; All Night Long, a black base with bronze shimmer; and Out of the Woods, a dark chocolate crème.”

Each shade of the After Midnight Collection retails for $20 each, and the Very Berry Collection is sold as a whole for $36. Get them at www.deborahlippmann.com.

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Deborah Lippmann Fall Collections: Photographs courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Collections


At Cliché, you know we are always two steps ahead of everything—and this is especially true when it comes to sharing the latest trends of the upcoming season. Now, despite it still being chilly, snowy, and downright weather crazy over on the East Coast, that doesn’t mean we aren’t in the know about what spring has in store for us. In fact, it’s all we’ve got our minds on. Spring can’t come any quicker for any of us, can it? Well, with Deborah Lippmann’s Spring 2016 Collection, it sure can. The newest line from this mani/pedi lovin’ brand is filled with beautiful pastels and fun, eye-catching hues. Give your nails a playful, fresh, and colorful look with any of Deborah Lippmann’s Spring 2016 collections—they’ll look so good that even the spring blooms are sure to grow with envy. 
Sweets For My Sweet
Sweets For My Sweet
If a tea party could be turned into a nail polish collection, then Lippman’s Sweets For My Sweet would be it. The 6-piece collection features opaque and candy-colored polishes in a cotton candy package design you’re guaranteed to love. With nail polishes titled Sugar, a creamsicle orange shade, and Candy Girl, a pastel pink hue, your nails will be as scrumptious as any dessert served during afternoon tea. Available for purchase retailing at $34.
Deborah Lippmann Afternoon Delight_Group
Gel Lab Pro Colors: Afternoon Delight
Picture yourself lying in a field full greenery during the springtime—that blissful moment is the inspiration for Lippmann’s Afternoon Delight collection. Made up of four new shades from the brand, each polish is formulated with Lippmann’s innovative Gel Lab PRO formula that provides you with healthy, shiny nails that are similar to gel formulations. With the line’s new advanced contour brush, you’ll be guaranteed a flawless application from any of the polishes like The Pleasure Principle, a lilac creme color. Available for purchase retailing at $20 each.
Life's A Beach
Limited Edition: Life’s A Beach
Fun in the sun may be quite a time away for some of us, but that isn’t stopping Lippmann from being our dose of sunshine. Lippman’s Life’s A Beach polishes are vibrant, poppy shades that channel cool summer vibes spent at the beach. The limited edition collection includes two shades: The Tide Is High, a bright blue, and Break 4 Love, a bubblegum neon pink. Available for purchase April 2016 for $17.
Purchase any of Deborah Lippmann’s Spring 2016 Collections at www.deborahlippmann.com or at any Barney’s New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora nationwide.
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Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Collections: Photographs courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

Beauty Babe Gift Guide


You head into a department store and are bombarded with cosmetics galore—trust us, we’ve been there plenty of times. From perfumes being spritzed in your face to what seems like millions of makeup displays, shopping for the beauty babes in your life can feel like a mission you’ll never complete. Find the solution to your makeup challenge with Cliche’s beauty babe gift guide. You’ll be able to find the latest lippies and sweet-smelling scents that are on your beauty’s growing list. Happy shopping, readers!

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Essie’s Peach Side Babe Collection


There’s something about Essie nail polish. Maybe it’s the way the polish goes on smoothly while giving a picturesque coat, or maybe it’s their endless selection of colors, but perhaps what I love even more is Essie’s seasonal collections that come out each year. Essie’s mantra for summer 2015 is “When it heats up, I like to stay cool with my peach side babe.” Surely, the heat is on with Peach Side Babe’s collection – hands down – as its nail polish assemblage is unique, authentic, and just plain awesome. If you haven’t already, Essie’s Peach Side Babe Collection is a must check out (if not) must buy product of the summer.
Private Weekend
Private Weekend gives an effortlessly chic and clean look. A perfect complement for your tan, however, it’s equally flawless on fair skin.


What better way to have fun this summer than to try the funky color in the group: Chillato. It’s definitely one of the colors I’ll be trying as it’s one of the most different polishes I’ve seen Essie create.
Peach Side Babe
The color that started it all: Peach Side Babe! (And it’s a staple color for summer!) Enough said.
Essie's Summer 2015 Peach Side Babe Full Collection
Sunset Sneaks is a gorgeous, vibrant red. Its color energizes you to go out and do all the things you couldn’t do this past winter: explore, let go, and have some fun!
One of the calmer, softer yet still beautiful colors: Saltwater Happy. A great polish to remind you of summer and get you in the mood to relax.
Though it’s not one of the more “in-your-face” colors, it’s still a striking one in its own way. Pret-A-Surfer is another color I’ll be sure to try this summer because much like Chillato, it’s a color I can’t say I’ve seen before with Essie.
On a side note, if you’re curious to try the collection but don’t want to break the bank – understandably so – eBay sells a mini collection of Peach Side Babe for only $12.95!
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Essie’s Peach Side Babe Collection Photos courtesy of Essie

Kester Black x Anny Wang


AnnyWang-Portrait2-696x886Copenhagen Spatial Designer and Visual Artist Anny Wang isn’t only good with her hands, but also with her eyes. Her vision for design is truly unlike anything we’ve ever seen, and her latest campaign with Australian nail and bar soap company Kester Black—made up of 3D props and unique contrasts—is no exception.

“I don’t really know how I got into art since art wasn’t a topic we spoke of in my family,” Wang explained in an interview with Kester Black in February. “But I knew when I chose Fine Art and Design during high school that it was the starting point for me.”

The 24-year-old Swedish designer is just one of the many talented designers Kester Black has teamed up with for their annual campaigns, but it’s obvious why she was a solid choice. For Part 1 of Kester Black’s newest nail polish campaign, Wang portrayed the four colors—Perennial, Rust, Petra, and Quartz—in fashionable, emotional, and explosive ways.

“I did have a clear image in my head of what the images should contain,” explained Wang of the project and her creative process. “Then the color/material choices are some things that often fall in place towards the end. But this time I incorporated the human hand in the middle of the process—I thought it would be fun to present the nail polish on its right place, too,” she laughed.

Kester Black also provides itself in creating polishes that are high-shine and 5-free, meaning they do not contain harmful ingredients like toluene and formaldehyde. This is absolutely a brand after our own hearts.

Kester-Black-Nail-Polish-Petra Kester-Black-Nail-Polish-Quartz Kester-Black-Nail-Polish-Rust

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Kester Black x Anny Wang: Photograph of Anny Wang by Tim Söderström, artwork courtesy of Anny Wang and Kester Black

Zoya Nail Polish Giveaway


In honor of Cliché Magazine’s 6th anniversary this month, Editor in Chief Megan Portorreal is teaming up with Zoya Nail Polish to give away two of their newest summer collections: Island Fun and Paradise Sun!
One lucky winner will receive:
– The complete Zoya Island Fun collection
Another lucky winner will receive:
– The complete Zoya Paradise Sun
Prizes valued at $54 each!
How to Enter:
-Fill out the form below for entry to the giveaway by following @ClicheMag
-Earn extra entries by doing things like following us on Pinterest and tweeting about the giveaway**
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The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.com and will be contacted within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended. The winner will be given 72 hours to claim his or her prize before he or she must forfeit it to another winner.

This giveaway is open to USA and Canada residents only.

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Zoya Nail Polish Giveaway: Images courtesy of Zoya

Deborah Lippmann Whisper Collection


Although we’re in the dead of winter, we’re already looking ahead to spring all thanks to the new Deborah Lippmann Whisper collection of nail polishes. First previewed during NYFW S/S 2015 shows for Badgley Mischka, Theory, and Donna Karan, these shades set the mood for spring. Kiss the dark, wintry hues of burgundy reds and browns goodbye with these four perfectly nude shades: A Fine Romance (a shimmery, pearly champagne), Like Dreamers Do (a pale bisque), Misty Morning (a bluish grey), and Chantilly Lace (an shimmery, iridescent pink).
“Nude has always been young, fresh, and sophisticated,” said Deborah Lippmann. We couldn’t agree more. “We are enhancing this classic and pushing the boundaries of our creativity by playing with contour, shape, texture, and finish.”
Finish off your manicure with Deborah Lippmann’s new Quick Dry Drops ($20), which, applied after a top coat, dries nails completely within 60 seconds. We are convinced it’s magic.
Available this February for $18 at www.deborahlippmann.com, these nail polishes would make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts (hint, hint). They will also be sold at stores like Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstorm, and Sephora nationwide.
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Photograph courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

Bio Seaweed Gel Review


If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to take better care of your nails, then you’re in luck. It’s no secret that gel nail polishes have been having a moment (because honestly, who doesn’t want a long-lasting, chip-free manicure?), especially after Sally Hansen launched their affordable Miracle Gel polishes for anyone curious. Now, the creators at Bio Seaweed Gel are following suite.
Known as one of the only (if not THE only) healthy gel polishes on the market, Bio Seaweed Gel polishes don’t contain harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, and DPB that are found in many gel polishes currently in stores and salons. Those ingredients may promise long-lasting manicures, but they also weaken and dehydrate your nails over time, and who needs that?
bioseaweed2With Bio Seaweed Gel, you don’t even need to invest in an expensive UV or LED lamp to cure your manicure! Instead, with Bio Seaweed’s unique BSG SolarCure technology, your nails could cure in the sun. Each bottle of gel polish contains the color, base coat, top coat, and nail strengthener all in one bottle, making for quick and easy application to save you time and money. And with over 114 shades to choose from, there’s guaranteed to be one you love. Might we recommend their ‘Twilight’ shade for the winter, and ‘Flamingo’ once a long-awaited spring kicks in?
To shop the whole collection, visit bioseaweedgel.com.
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Bio Seaweed Gel Review: Photographs courtesy of Bio Seaweed Gel