For me, 2016 was the year of the lip. As I put together my favorite beauty products of 2016 I kept thinking of really great lip products that have not only taken over my vanity but my Louis Vuitton handbag as well. But I didn’t want my 2016 obsession to take over this list so I truly narrowed down my top makeup, hair, nail and skincare picks that I raved about earlier this year (or recently discovered) that I’m still using to this very day.
Forget fall foliage, cooler weather or Pumpkin Spice Lattes… what sparks my excitement for fall is bold nail color. OPI just released its new Washington DC Nail Polish Collection (in partnership with actress and activist Kerry Washington) and I’m in love with very single shade. From crimson reds to earthy browns and lush greens, this 15-piece palette perfectly reflects DC at its finest. There are two shades that are at the top of my wish list: We the Female (empowering garnet) and Kerry Blossom (a pretty plum). If you prefer DIY manicures at home, swipe a matte top coat finish for a twist on these sophisticated colors. OPI Washington DC Nail Polish collection is equal parts bold and beautiful—just like the amazing city I get to call home.
Scoop up your favorites now for $10 a pop—two are already out of stock at Ulta!
What color polish do you want to try from the collection?
Here’s a funny story: As a beauty blogger, I receive a bunch of complimentary beauty samples—not always because I ask, but because I’m on automated press mailings (which is certainly not a bad thing). I was shopping on Sephora when I stumbled across the Ciaté London and Olivia Palermo beauty collaboration. A gorgeous red wine nail polish caught my eye and of course, I had to have it. The day I received my new nail polish also happened to be the same day I received another press mailing. It was from the PR firm that reps Ciaté London. Sure enough, they mailed me a bunch of cute gift sets including The Fashion Edit Nail Set, featuring Napa Valley (the wine red shade) plus three other classic looking hues: Brooklyn (a deep purple), Hutch (a classic red) and Sundays (a powdery pink).
This four-piece mini nail collection was hand-picked by Olivia Palermo (who happens to be one of my favorite style muses right now), which mirrors one Fashion Week destination. I have had Napa Valley on my digits for a week and a half and even though it’s far past chipped, I just love this color so much. These four hues are perfect for the winter season, not to mention are the perfect travel size too.
Shop my beauty favorites from the Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo collection below!
Photo by Stacy Bauer
Between my full-time job and wedding planning, I’ve missed out on New York Fashion Week for the last year or so. I miss the chaos of being backstage and the front row celebrity sightings. But then I remind myself of the blisters from wearing uncomfortable heels all over the city. For the last few seasons, I’ve been enjoying watching my favorite shows from the comfort of my laptop. Plus, my email inbox is blowing up with the next best in beauty trends.
The nails at Jenny Packham spring/summer 2016 caught my eye. The collection boasted an earthy, ethereal vibe and to complement the look, Essie Global Lead Educator, Rita Remark, chose a bright standout blue to add an element of fun. Essie is one of my favorite nail brands. It’s affordable and I can always depend on the even application.
If bright blue nails don’t work for your 9-to-5, opt for a sheer, soft pink. Adore-a-ball by Essie is one of my favorites and perfect for the fall ball & gala season in Washington.