Showing posts with label nail polish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nail polish. Show all posts

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall Nail Colors to Have




Fall is here and what are we most excited for about it?! Fall nail polish colors, of course!  Nail polish colors are very seasonal and they also change every year- burgundy has been trendy these last couple of years, but you'll be seeing a lot more camel & coppers this year.  The camel shade is great because it's a little more neutral and goes with everything, but if you're really trying to stand out then copper is your color.

We're also currently obsessing over matte nails, but matte top coats are a hit or miss.  We've tested it and it's amazing- try Essie's "Matte About You" finisher!  It will dry your nails in a giffy and give you that perfect matte finish on any color you desire.

What are some of your favorite fall colors you see this year?!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Have You Heard of Miracle Gel?


We have brought to your attention just about every nail polish and nail art fad so it should be no surprise that we recently discovered a new way of applying nail polish that will blow your mind (well, not really, but it's still really awesome--haha!). The amazing product is called Miracle Gel by Sally Hansen and it is specifically for you lovers of gel nails! Why this product is so great is that it requires NO LIGHT. Yes, you heard right. Second, the gel nails can last up to 7 days with no chipping (whoop, whoop!). Lastly, the Miracle Gel product is less than $10. Secret steal! We are currently loving the Creme de la creme pink color! So perfect for work or sorority functions.

Save yourself the time and money of going to the salon with this cool, new product! Tell us about your experience with Miracle Gel by leaving a comment below!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve Must-Have Manicures

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We never need too much a reason to get our "nails did" so NYE is no exception! While it may be clichĂ©, we are totally into the sparkly nails effect when it comes to our NYE manicures. You just can't go wrong adding a little sparkle with glitter nail polish like  Essie's "Sparkle On Top", Deborah Lippman's "Some Enchanted Evening", or gluing on rhinestones or crystal pieces. Another unique look that we have yet to try for a NYE manicure is the iridescent nail polish look. Showing luminous colors on your nails that seem to change when seen from different angles has a striking resemblance to the NYE disco ball! Keeping it simple with grays, whites, and nude/ivory nail colors are chic too. The latest craze however are still the nail strips! Incoco Nail Strips are really cute and come in tons of designs including ones where just the tips are colored to give that manicured look. However you get beautified for the New Year, make sure your nails are in check because

"Wearing chipped nail polish is like wearing dirty underwear. You just don't do it".-Morgan Stewart, RKOBH

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TSS Favorite Things {September}


Sakura - Tank | Wedges | Makeup Bag
Ali - Card | Ring | Hat

Is it really September?! We started discussing the possibility of starting The Sorority Secrets two years ago this month and it's crazy how fast time flies! It's been a wonderful two years and we're excited for many more years to come! 

Like every month, TSS Founders bing you their favorite items of the month in TSS Favorite Things, so here's September!

Sakura
  • Tank from Splendid - "Having a basic tank in every color is a must.  You can wear them with any and everything, and these are great quality tanks so they will last forever!"
  • Wedges from Kelsi Dagger - "These wedges are the cutest, most comfortable things ever!  I can wear them with skinnies, boyfriend jeans, shorts, or even dresses!"
  • Makeup Bag from Tory Burch - "Having a black makeup bag is always the way to go.  No matter how much you try to keep it clean, makeup bags have a tendency to get dirty easily.  This makeup bag is a great size and it'll last forever!"
Ali

  • Greeting Card from Rifle Paper Co. - "I purchased a few of these cards... one for my office pinboard, and others to give to friends!  The design makes me smile."
  • Fedora from Rag & Bone - "Wool hats are my favorite accessory this season!  They add a touch of style to any outfit.  This one from Rag & Bone is perfection."
  • Ring from Kendra Scott - "This ring is flat-out cool.  I love the knuckle ring style, and the organic shape of the sparkly stones!  Dress this ring up at night, or pair it with denim for a little daytime glam."
Karen

  • Temporary Tattoos from Flash Tattoos - "Ever since I saw BeyoncĂ© rocking these flashy, metallic tattoos I have been obsessed. Talk about dressing up your skin! The styling possibilities with these tattoos are endless as they can pair well with jewelry or as jewelry."
  • 365 Style by Nicky Hilton - "Nicky Hilton is a style icon and I really admire kids from rich families trying to make a name for themselves. This book is all about fashion and style...two things I love! Nicky gives advice using a formula she created to develop your own signature style and it's called 3-6-5. She has you consider the 3 main aspects of your lifestyle, then choose 6 staple items of clothing, and identify 5 essential accessories" 
  • Nail Polish from Christian Louboutin - "Wait, Christian Louboutin has nail polish now?! I'm a sucker for red nails and have heard nothing but amazing things about this nail polish. Red is back for fall in full affect!"
What are some of your favorite things of September?!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

6 Essie colors to have this Fall!


It's not quite Fall yet, but it sure is feeling like it.  Bring out those cozy knitted sweaters, cute suede boots, and all those beanies and scarves!  Another thing to change now that Summer is almost over is your nail color- can't be wearing bright blue, yellow, or pink this season.  It's time for some new Fall nail polish colors and Essie has the perfect Fall nail polishes for us- aren't they great?

Another great reason why we love Essie is because they don't chip as easily.  We like to change our nail polish color pretty frequently so gel or acrylic doesn't work for us!  So for the regular, basic manicure gals, Essie is the way to go!

What are some other great Fall nail polish colors?


Thursday, August 7, 2014

8 Perfect Nail Polish Colors for Recruitment

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Recruitment season is coming up in a flash and it's time to get all the small details in line!  When it comes to nails for recruitment, it's important to keep it neutral with pinks, nudes, and even white.  There are so many different brands and shades of neutral colors that it becomes difficult to pick which one is best for your entire sorority to wear during recruitment!  Well, don't you worry because The Sorority Secrets is here to solve your dilemma! 

1. Spaghetti Strap - the perfectly sheer pink
2. Cuppa - a great color for the "matte" nude look
3. Samoan Sand - pinkish-nude color with a glossy finish
4. Pink Cloud - the perfect pink color 
5. Baby Love - this color is a mix of white and light pink
6. Vampire is Buff - a great color if you're looking for something in between white & nude!
7. Naked - the perfect nude
8. Lady Like - a subtle shade of purple

What are some other polishes that you would suggest?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We're Currently Obsessed with Mint!


There's just something about the color mint. It's cute, Springy, and it's a great color on everyone!  Paint your nails with one of these Essie nail polishes or go super casual with the most adorable Marc Jacobs backpack shown above!  What are some other cute spring colors that you're currently obsessed with??

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Nails {by, Audree}


Help brighten up your outfit this season with the perfect polish! Spring 2014 is all about colorful pastels, vibrant neon, and feminine pinks. This season is all about freshness; keep your nails solid colors to add an extra pop against your outfit. 

Visit your local beauty store and stock up on the season’s newest spring shades. My favorite brands are OPI, Essie and Sally Hansen. They are super cheap and have a great variety of colors. 

My top three choices from OPI are (pictured left to right): ‘Lucky Lucky Lavender’, ‘I Just Can’t Cope-acabana’, and ‘Kiss Me On My Tulips’. 

My top three choices from Essie are:  ‘Resort Fling’, ‘Truth or Flare’, and ‘Dj Play that Song’.

My top three choices from Sally Hansen are: ‘Mint Sprint’, ‘Petal Pusher’, and ‘Peachy Breeze’.

At home manis are great for a quick fix or when you don’t have time to go in, but step up your nail game and try gel polish. Gel lasts 2+ weeks and instantly gives you that straight out of the salon look. Recently I started using an at home gel LED light and my life is now complete! You can purchase lights and polish for under $100 at local beauty supply stores, but check out this portable LED light for only $24.99 at ULTA. What a steal! 

Gel polish goes on like regular nail polish and just curate your polish between coats under your light and, viola! You have the perfect manicure for spring!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

TSS Favorite Things {February}



We're well into the month of love, aka February and we have some new favorite things that we wanted to share!  Sakura and Karen found a new love for their new favorite nail polish and Ali found the perfect fragrance for a big day!  We've Instagrammed some of these items, but thought we would share it so you know where to find these products- just click the links above!

Happy February, everyone! :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Manicures We Love!

The day of love is this Friday and you can't have the plain red, white, and pink manicures!  Liven them up with adorable and unique manicures this year for Valentine's Day!  Pinterest is full of adorable manicure ideas, especially Valentine's Day!  We've done the dirty work for you and gone through most of all of the Valentine's Day manicures on Pinterest and picked out our 6 favorite manicures you can try out this year! 

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Miracle Nails: 7 Day Nailpolish!


It's a miracle!  We love having fresh & shiny nails, but the maintenance that manicures require can be somewhat of a pain.  When you're a busy girl on the go, it's hard to find the time!  Gel nails are great, but it can get costly & we like to switch up our polish colors more frequently.  There needed to be something... a happy medium between gel & regular nail polish.  Low & behold we made a big discovery: CND Vinylux Weekly Polish!

Literally, this stuff is genius.  Made by the same people as CND Shellac, it comes in the same fan favorite shades (and a few new ones too!) that match their Shellac colors.  It can be applied yourself, or take it to your local nail salon for application.  It paints on just like regular nailpolish with a few special tricks; you can't use a base coat (it needs to "stick" to naked nails), and you have to use their special top coat to seal the deal.  Regular nailpolish remover will take it off too... no soaking required, yay!  No UV light is needed either, it dries on its own just like traditional nailpolish.  Fun little fact- natural sunlight exposure (not from a special UV light, just regular old sunshine!) actually works to harden the nailpolish even further once you apply it.  No need to put in any extra effort to get sunshine, just regular daily activities do the trick!

Co-Founder Ali is a nailpolish fanatic, so she was eager to give it a whirl.  For a full 7 days she tried it out, and to her pleasant surprise, it held up to its claims!  By day 6 she started to notice some subtle chipping, but only by the nail tips.  The color kept its shine the whole way through.  All in all, it truly is a weekly polish that is completely DIY friendly with no salon required!

Give CND Vinylux a try, and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Runway To Reality: NAILED IT by Becca


Runway To Reality: NAILED IT!
New York Fashion Week had tons to offer this year in the beauty category and from Kate Spade to Phillip Lim it’s clear that the future of beauty is nails.  Here are some tips and tricks on how to get the looks gracing the catwalks of NYFW!

The Feather Mani – Start by painting your nails with your favorite color. I chose “It’s Totally Fort Worth It by OPI. While nails are still wet, select a feather and lay it flat on the desired nail. (Feathers can be purchased at your local craft store. I got mine at Michaels for $1.93!!! ) Trim feather to fit nail and finish with top coat and you’ve got a classy and sassy manicure!

The Half Moon Glitter Mani – Inspired by the nails on the Oscar De La Renta Runway at New York Fashion Week, this Half Moon Glitter Mani is sure to add Pizzazz to any dreary day! Start with a base coat of your favorite color. I used Chanel, “Black Satin” and Essie “Blanc”. Next dab glitter polish at the base of the nail in a half moon shape, I used Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” and OPI“ Which is Witch?” Finish with clear top coat then let dry and show the world your sparkle!

Tip: When using glitter polishes, dab the polish instead of painting it on for maximum glitz!

The Fibre Optic Mani – This darker version of the girly, pink glitzy nails shown by Jenny Packham is perfect for fall. Start with a black base coat, I used Chanel, “Black Satin”. Next, dab Fibre Optic Polish from nails inc. London over the entire nail; I used “Mayfair Mews”. Finish with clear top coat and let nails dry for 15 minutes for an out of this world look! 

Tip: When using polish with glitter or texture let nails dry for an extra 5 to 10 minutes as the polish will be thicker.

 If none of these manicures strike your fancy try one of the shades of the season!
Iridescent Grays – Try Essie "For The Twill of It" or Deborah Lippmann "Wicked Game"
Electric Violets – Marc Jacobs “Ultraviolet”, Zoya “Mira
Orange Reds – OPI "Red My Fortune Cookie", Dior “Trafalgar"

Happy Painting !

Monday, June 24, 2013

It Girl Trend Report: Favorite Nail Polish


Nail polish is like a perfect little accessory that can complete any look.  We are all nail polish fanatics over here at TSS, and couldn't wait to share our favorite summer polish selections with you!

Classic bright pinks & corals are a summer staple color for us.  "OPI Shootout at the O.K. Coral looks good on everyone, and enhances your tan in the summertime," Marisa says.  Similarly, Cristina loves Essie's new summer neon pink color called Bottle Service.  "Fuchsia is my favorite color-- it's super girly, and can also have an edgy feel.  When I think of summer nails, this is my go to" Cristina tells us.  Avery also picked a coral pink shade, called Kerfuffle by Butter.  Avery also adds that this coral tone can really amp up your tan... we couldn't agree more!  In the softer pink family, we love Allie's pick-- Ballet Slippers by Essie.  "I love the clean, natural look of a nude polish.  It's always appropriate for any outfit or occassion," Allie says.  For a family occasion or even a job interview, we think that Ballet Slippers is an excellent choice!

Serena & Victoria are both loving the creative nail art looks this summer.  Serena tells us, "since I'm a nail polish fanatic, it's hard for me to pick one color!  My two favorite brands are Julep and Essie, so I picked one from each brand.  This is Julep in Susie, and Essie in Set in Stones."  We love Serena's glittery fade at the tips of her nails, so pretty!  Victoria agrees that "for a pattern, go bold or go home!"  Her favorite shade, OPI Bubble Bath, makes a great base color.  She then added Sally Hansen Snappy Sorbet & OPI Paint My Moji-toes Red to create a geometric pattern.  Victoria suggests using a toothpick or even tape to help make your geometric patterns come out clean & precise.

What are your favorite summer nail looks?  Any favorite new polishes you think we should try out?  Tell us below, we would love to hear from you!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Polish Picks


Spring is right around the corner, and our nails are ready!  We are loving these creamy pastel shades for nails, and picked our two favorite spring colors to share with you.  Mint (such as our selection from Essie) is one spring trend that we can't wait to start wearing.  And, you can't go wrong with a pastel pink, as seen in our pick from OPI.  If you're a nail painting DIY kind of girl (which we sure are) these white-based shades can be a little trickier to apply.  Slow and steady does it, and keep in mind that 2-3 coats are usually needed for these shades.  Generously apply top coat (we applied 2 coats!) to up the shine factor on cream colors. 

Speaking of top coat, thank you Cristina (Arizona State alumni) for sending in a reader's secret about Seche Vite top coat!  It's our favorite top coat too; our co-founder, Ali, swears by it.  Seche Vite dries in 5-10 minutes flat, which is pretty impressive.  Cristina added, "it also leaves a really glossy finish very similar to gel nail polish."  We agree!

What nail color are you excited to wear this spring?  Share your favorite colors below, we would love to discover some new nail polishes! 
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