{Beauty} Bottle of Tricks: 8 polishes that perform

It ain’t just paint anymore…  Nail polish manufacturers are reaching deep into their bottles of tricks and putting out futuristic polishes that do everything from fight fungus to change color with your mood. Jane Jetson, are you listening?

Tell us, FOFs: Are these nail polish tricks for kids? Or, are these innovations–FOFabulous?

Enter to win a bottle of polish that changes color with your mood from Expressions by Almar and fungus-fighting polish from Dr.’s REMEDY in new spring shades by answering in the comments below: What’s on your nails right now?

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Two top podiatrists, Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel, were tired of seeing patients with brittle, discolored and fungus-laden nails. Knowing that a leading cause of these unsightly disorders are the toxins in many commercial nail polishes, they set out to create their own non-toxic, anti-fungal products. The result: Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish which uses all-natural ingredients including garlic bulb (known to fight fungus and bacteria) and tea tree oil (known to have antiseptic and anti-fungal qualities).
daniPro antifungal infused nail polish, $25; Dr.’s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish, $17

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Nail polish that peels off: usually not a good thing, right? Well, one company, Sula, thinks peel has appeal. “When you want to change colors, there’s no remover necessary,” their website says. Remover-averse FOFs, rejoice! Still not convinced? Vote, no way.
Suncoat polish & peel, $8.99; Sula Paint & Peel Polish, $9

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Mood rings were groovy when we were kids; now one company, In the Mood, has gone all nail-stalgic on us with nail lacquer that changes color depending “on your body temperature, your mood, the heat of your cup of coffee, or even while you’re holding an ice cold lemonade!” But, can it handle our hot flashes and menopausal mood swings?
In The Mood Color Changing Nail Polish, $8;  Almar Mood Color Changing Nail Polish, $5 for a set of 4

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A few companies are manufacturing a nail top coat that gives your manicure a “crackle” effect. Paint your nails one color underneath, then choose and apply a top coat in a contrasting shade. The top coat “shatters” revealing your “hidden” color underneath. The result: a rugged, weathered manicure; like “shabby chic” for your nails. We can’t help but wonder: do we really need our nails to look aged, too?
OPI Shatter Collection Nail Lacquer, $6.40; Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat, $6.99

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Why would you want nails that smell like flowers or coconut? If you have to ask, you sooo don’t get it. Okay, we’ll be honest–we sooo don’t get it. Asking people to take a whiff of your nails is undeniably tacky… but having the scent of roses linger long after you gently stroke your FOF man’s cheek, well, that could be sexy. We’ll let you decide.
Dior Vernis Scented Nail Polish, $23;  Revlon Scented Nail Enamel, $4.79;  Coconut Scented Polish from Forever 21, $2.80

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People have always said your personality is magnetic. Shouldn’t you have nails to match? A few companies have released polishes formulated with reactive metallic particles. When you wave the magnetic cap over your freshly painted nails, the particles in the polish move, creating stunning designs. Don’t worry, while your nails will attract a lot of attention, they won’t attract stray paper clips from your desk–the charge simply isn’t that strong. Getting through airport security checks–well that’s another story….
Layla Magneffect Nail Polish, $15.50; Nails Inc Magnetic Polish, $16 at Sephora

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Hologram stickers never ceased to amaze us as kids, and now you can get that awe-inspiring shimmer on your nails. After you give yourself a hologramicure, shake your fingers–your nail laquer will appear to color-shift in a trippy, rainbow-prism-like pattern. Totally psychedelic or too FOFar out?
Nails Inc Electric Lane Holographic Glitter Top Coat, $10 from Sephora;  Milani 3D Holographic Polish, $4.99

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Enter to win polish that changes color with your mood from Expressions by Almar and fungus-fighting polish from Dr.’s REMEDY in new spring shades by answering in the comments below: What’s on your nails right now?

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{Style Expert} 2012’s Hottest Nail Trends – Would you wear them?

Some nail colors–candy-apple red, sheer pink–are forever. But with polish as cheap as $3 a bottle, you don’t always have to invest in the classics. We checked in with FOF Deborah Lippmann, manicurist to the stars (i.e. Meryl Streep), who reveals this year’s top nail trends so far.  You tell us, would you wear them?

To enter to win a bottle of FOF Deborah Lippmann’s own fave shade, Naked, vote and then answer this questions in the comments below: What’s your go-to nail polish shade, no matter what’s trendy?

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Before you run screaming from this color, consider it paired this spring with a classic white blouse, jeans and a pair of neutral flats. Or, as Deborah says, “it will give you that easy, breezy and carefree feeling you’d have on vacation.” Still not convinced? Vote “No way!”
Deborah Lippmann “Mermaid’s Dream,” available Spring 2012; Essie “Absolutely Shore,” $8; Revlon Nail Enamel “Minted,” $4.79; Butter London “Bossy Boots,” $14.

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“Turquoise will be a big color this spring and summer,” says Deborah. “Different hues of blue–baby blue, turquoise, and navy–will definitely be a lasting trend seen into fall as well.” We could imagine working the baby blue at the beach, and we love the idea of navy for fall. Turquoise sounds a bit trickier–but we take Deborah’s word for it. Do you?
Essie “Bobbing for Baubles,” $9; Deborah Lippmann “On The Beach,” available spring 2012; Priti NYC “Crown of Thorns,” $12.50; Butter London “Blagger,” $14.

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    “My new ‘Run The World Girls’ neon shades [editor’s note: these will be available in Spring 2012] have a matte finish, which makes it easier for us FOFs to wear the trend,” says Deborah. “If you don’t feel like you can take the plunge with CONFIDENCE–because that’s the key–then wear it on your toes!” Yes, the highlighter shade takes a little getting used to, but we love tan hands with neatly trimmed nails in neon pink.
    Essie “Knockout Pout,” $3.90; Essie “Tangerine,” $6.65; Chanel “Mimosa,” $34.99; Butter London “Jaffa,” $14.

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    “Beige is the new sheer pink, and its popularity is rising,” says Deborah. “It gives the illusion of skin continuing and really lengthens your finger. My staple nude is ‘Naked.’” The trick is to match your skin–whether it’s beige, tan, chocolate or porcelain. We don’t need convincing on this one. It truly lengthens–try it!
    Deborah Lippmann “Naked,” $16; OPI “Samoan Sand,” $8; Dior Vernis “Ivory,” $30.59; RGB “F3,” $16.

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To enter to win a bottle of FOF Deborah Lippmann’s own fave shade, Naked, vote and then answer this questions in the comments below: What’s your go-to nail polish shade, no matter what’s trendy?

One FOF will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes January 26, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

{Giveaway} The perfect shade of red nail polish by Deborah Lippmann

Manicurist to the stars, FOF Deborah Lippmann, is giving away five bottles of “My Old Flame,” a universally flattering shade of red. Enter to win by commenting below: Do you get professional manicures or do it yourself?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

FOF Deborah Lippmann has cut and colored the claws of Cher, Martha Stewart and an impressive roster of other A-list celebs.

After dreams of becoming a jazz diva didn’t materialize, Deborah enrolled in cosmetology school where she discovered her true talent — nails.

Then, she nailed it in Phoenix, where the city’s socialites lined up at her manicure chair. But, it wasn’t enough, Deborah had stars in her eyes.

She tried her hand in New York City where by a stroke of luck, an Allure editor ended up in her chair. “One of the best manicurists in the country” wrote the editor after her life-changing mani. Editors at Vogue later dubbed Deborah a “mega-manicurist.”

From there, Deborah’s career took off. She gained a reputation not only for her magical manicures but for mixing custom colors so celebs such as Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger and Penelope Cruz could have unique nail shades when accepting their Oscars.

Deborah continues to do manicures for top clients, but she also spends her days crafting colors for her award-winning line of lacquer.

Enter to win one of five bottles of “My Old Flame,” FOF Deborah Lippmann’s perfect shade of red nail polish by commenting below and answering: Do you get professional manicures or do it yourself?

(See all our past winners. See official rules. Five winners are chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes April 7, 2011.)

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