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    'Tis that spooktacular season again! Halloween is coming up fast, ladies! Whether you like to get all-out scary or want something fun and festive that won't scar the children for life, we've got some great Halloween nail art looks for you.

    So grab the candy corns, throw on that old witch's hat, and get into the spirit as you peruse these super fun Halloween nail ideas. And pass the fun-sized Snickers while you're at it, will you?

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    Going to get our nails done at the salon is one of the true luxuries in life. There is nothing like going into the building with cuticles and toesies of horror and walking out all primped and polished. But let's be realistic: It's not always possible. Between the major cash output ($65 for both at some places!) and the time commitment (an hour or two for each), this is one task a gal should learn to DIY.

    Am I right?

    Of course, it's not always so easy to get that salon perfection in the comfort of your own home.

    Luckily, we are here to save the day. Here's a simple way to achieve a DIY pedicure with salon precision. Who knew?!

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    Have you ever noticed the ridiculous names for nail polish colors? I guess if you're selling 45 different shades of pink, you have to get creative. Or punchy. I would LOVE to meet the people who come up with these monikers -- they must be a hoot. That or the lacquer fumes are going to their heads.

    We could spend all day giggling over the wacky flights of fancy we find on the bottoms of polish bottles. But here are 10 of our favorite funny nail color names.

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    What if your daughter's manicure could save her from date rape? Sounds impossible, right?

    Well, four guys, all students at North Carolina State University, have developed a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB.

    The masterminds behind the varnish that aims to protect women from becoming victims of the horrific but, sadly, not uncommon crime are calling their nail company Undercover Colors.

    The entrepreneurs say their business is the "first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault." 

    "While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection," the company's Facebook page says. "Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime."

    Way to go, guys!

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    I got my first gel manicure a couple summers ago. As someone whose manicures typically last about two days I was thrilled that the new treatment lasted a whole month. But when I showed my sister she said, "Lovely! Promise me you'll never do it again."

    Why? Because the downside of gel manicures is that removing the enamel is rough on your nails. Plus, the in-salon curing process exposes you to UV rays, which are a slight skin cancer risk. And finally, the manicures are pretty dang expensive.

    It was just a matter of time before smart beauty companies came up with the ultimate compromise: At-home gel manicures that don't require a special UV lamp. Here's how they work.

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    Back in my day, only the wild, punky girls with dyed black hair and -- gasp! -- double-pierced ears! at my junior high wore blue nail polish. Oh the times, they have a-changed. Blue polish is totally mainstream and is, in fact, tres on trend. You can't throw a bottle of nail polish remover without hitting a celeb sporting a blue manicure.

    Now, I'm all for wearing whatever darn color of nail polish you want, no matter how old you are! But, if you're feeling a little unsure about straying into the blue zone, I've got some starter steps you can take. With these looks, you'll be stylish and hip but feel like a grown-up person (versus the girl in detention coloring the ends of her hair with a black Sharpie).

    Come on in, the water's blue!

    Do you wear blue nail polish?


    Image via EssiePolish/Instagram

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    You know how when you're, like, a teenager, and you see something that say, your step-mom does, and you're all I WILL NEVER DO THAT because it looks so goofy and suburban and will totally never fit in to your future jet-setting life of glamour and mystery?

    Yeah, so ... about that. Turns out, something I used to snicker at in that way only teen girls can do, is now something I can't live without. Why? Vanity, obviously. Because these babies are the secret to your manicure lasting more than a day. Three words:

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    After attempting a rainbow French manicure recently (and getting lots of compliments on it!), I got inspired to find more rainbow nail art designs to try. There's just something really fun about having a rainbow at your fingertips as you go through life. We may be "adults" but we don't have to be so serious all the time, right?

    With that in mind, I found a bunch of pretty rainbow manicure designs. They're perfect for Pride month, or any time of the year! I've included links to tutorials for the trickier-looking ones, but for the most part, these are all pretty easy to do.

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    Putting together a look for the beach is definitely an art. There are so many other things on our mind when it comes to cultivating our beachy persona. First there are the perils of searching for the suit itself. Then you've got to find a cover-up, a hat, sunglasses, and let's not even get into the battle for the perfect footwear. When it comes to our summertime-at-the-beach ensemble, our nails might be the last thing we think about. 

    Which is really too bad! Why? Because our nails can totally pull our whole look together. That's right. When it comes to beach fashion, stellar nails are the equivalent of remembering to belt that dress. It's totally true! Of course if you're active on the beach, you might be tempted to skip out on polish altogether. But I think one glance at what these nail artists are coming up with for the summer might have you changing your mind.

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    I've never attempted to do a French manicure before, but when I saw a rainbow French mani on Pinterest, I had to try! I love the idea -- such a fun, pretty take on the traditional nude and white.

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    It did take a bit of time, but wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Here's how I did it ...

    How do you like it?



    Photos via April Daniels Hussar

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