Nail Polish Shades For The Fall

Whether you love to paint your own nails at home, or prefer to have them handled by the professionals, it’s important to understand which colours are in this season. Pack away all those corals, glitters and neon shades in favour of a mature colour palette which will suit all skin tones. We’ve also added a fun little instructional video at the end, just to give you some extra tips for that at-home mani-pedi.

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The colour, not the drink! A deep red is perfect all year-round, although it’s most prominent during the colder seasons. Just one coat is enough to give you great coverage, but if you apply another and add a top coat soon afterwards, your nails will shine.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Wine and Dine, $15

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Option 2: Zoya Nail Polish in Pepper, $9

Dark green

If you’re too scared to make the transition to a darker shade, dry a deep emerald green instead. It will still give your nails a subtle pop of colour without being too inappropriate for all events.

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Option 1: Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer, $15

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Option 2: ModelCo Nail Polish in Envy, $15


A beautiful shade of plum is also in the same category as green, it looks darker during the night and picks up more light during the day. Have fun with this shade and pair it with fun nail art to give your look a bit of extra character.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Midnight Affair, $15

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Option 2: Nars Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Endless Night, $30


Pass on that traditional French manicure and give your nails a splash of colour with a nude shade. Not only is it appropriate for the office, but it’s discreet if the colour starts to chip after one week of wear.

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Option 1: OPI Samoan Sand, $19.95

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Option 2: ModelCo Nail Polish in Nude Attitude, $15


Some might say this is similar to purple, but we love these colours so much that we couldn’t leave it out! This is a perfect option if you want a pop of colour with just one coat. Apply a glossy or matte top coat before leaving the house for extra drama.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Nude Attitude, $15

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Option 2: Essie Bahama Mama, $16.95

If you’re finding it hard to start with your own manicure or pedicure, watch the video below for insider tips.

September 3, 2015

How To Nail The Latest And Greatest NYC Trends

The NYC nail trends forecast for 2015 is hot, hot, hot! In the lead-up to New York Fashion Week 2015, from February 12-19, celebrity nail artists have been hard at work backstage fine-tuning their handiwork on the plethora of new nail trends for 2015.

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Here, Nicole Lee, co-founder of NYC-based cosmetic brand LAQA & Co. Cosmetics gives SHESAID readers the low-down on what varnishes we need to buy now to stay on-trend.

“This year we’ll be seeing sweet pastels, metallic hues, clean whites and the new favourite, negative space: graphic polish designs that show a little bit of naked nail,” Nicole says. “We’ve also seen huge requests for subtle spring sparkles, a classic white with a touch of gold.”

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Top 3 hot US nail brands you need now:

  1. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Created with the editorial manicurist in mind, the NYC brand’s Nail Lacquer range is densely pigmented, quick-drying and super long-lasting. The result is lots of colour using very little product, for nails that are camera-ready just moments after application. Best of all, the OCC range is 100 per cent vegan and cruelty free.
    Top picks include Pool Boy, $24, an opaque turquoise, which is akin to a summer holiday in a bottle. Cheaper than a plane ticket, spoil yourself with this adventurous blue!nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishNext up, Black Metal Dahlia, $24, is perfect for a powerful handshake. This red demands attention and is pretty, deep and long-lasting.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
  2. Lime Crime: Founded by make-up renegades from Los Angeles, Lime Crime is committed to producing the most kick-arse, true-to-colour, cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics possible.
    Top picks include Milky Ways, $15, a glam, creamy, vanilla splash of white. This is effortless chic for off-duty glam.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
    Next up, Parfait Day, $15, is a delicious candy-sweet pink akin to a strawberry milkshake. This baby is perfect with the “bambi eyes” trend and a nude lip.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
  3. LAQA & Co.: This NYC-based cosmetic brand aims to deliver convenient products with an effortless, professional result. Packaged in unique artwork by young, emerging artists, these babies are precious, little pieces of art with a percentage of every product purchased contributed towards the artists themselves to further their potential.Top picks include the Gold Fleck + Pink Manicure Duo, $22, a double-ended polish pen with random-cut gold fleck. Simply brush over touch-dry nails for the latest nail trend. Love!nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishNext up, check out pretty melon shade Tweedledee Nail Polish, $18, an awesome shade perfect for pool parties, cocktail hour and the list goes on.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishFinally, the fabulously named, Ankle Biter Nail Polish, $18, (pictured) is worthy of attention for its divine, rose-gold hue.

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All nail brands are available for sale at Lulu and Lipstick via


January 15, 2015

Top 10 Cult Beauty Products

Picture this: you’re sitting at work. It’s Thursday morning and you’ve just been asked out on a hot date by that babe you’ve had your eye on for ages! Problem: it’s that night and you won’t be able to make it home in time! You’re feeling as just a tad panicky because your make-up bag only has an old lippy and some dried up concealer – you’ve left the whole kit and caboodle at home. Don’t panic! Read on SheSaid sister, because we can take you from drab day to knockout night with our pick of the top 10 cult products. Your old make-up bag will love you for it.

Top Tips

To make your day-to-date transition even smoother – and to give you the confidence you need to really shine – keep your desk draw stocked with these handy must-haves:

Deodorant – possibly the world’s smallest deodorant, Nivea Compact Dry is a
slick little number is no bigger than a marker pen and will keep you dry for hours! Alcohol, colour and preservative-free, it’s super-gentle on the skin and one small package lasts as long as a full-sized deodorant!

Toothbrush and toothpaste – the perfect finish to your AM to PM mini makeover is clean teeth and fresh breath. Try one of the new generation toothpastes like Macleans Active, perfect for girls on the go. With advanced fluoride and anti-bacterial ingredients – do your teeth a favour!

Hand cream – soft, smooth hands are a must for first date handshakes so make sure your paws don’t let you down! Vaseline Intensive Care Hand and Nail Cream will sooth your hands and care for your cuticles.

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Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch

Did you know that every 26 seconds a Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch concealer is sold somewhere in the world? The reason for this is because it hides all your flaws. We swear by this clever gold wand. Allow yourself to radiate. ($70)

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

No self-respecting woman should go through life not knowing about this miracle in a white tube. Better than the best lip gloss, more nourishing than the most expensive overnight moisture treat and more soothing than any foot cream. This cult product is actually 70 years old and still a must-have secret. Use it as lip balm, hair de-frizzer, skin salve or hand and nail cream. We wouldn’t leave the house without this one – nor should you! ($26)

L’Oreal Plenitude Eye Make-Up Remover

Need to re-do your eyes? Don’t take them off with anything else but L’Oreal Plenitude Eye Make-up Remover. The top beauty professionals swear by it. ($10)

YSL Foundation Matt Finish SPF 15

It’s black, slick and sexy to the eye. YSL’s Matt Foundation will not only hide those imperfections but will protect you from our harmful rays. ($84)

Bobbi Brown Art Stick

Created backstage at New York Fashion Week, so it’s hotter than hot. This product is ahead of its time. It’s a blush, lip liner and lip colour in one. It blends like a dream. ($56)

KMS Turnstyle Back To Life Revival Cream

All you need is one dollop and you’ll be able to bring life back into your hair. Smells divine and it works a treat. (around $25)

24-7 Sugarfree mints and gum

You might look great but if your breath doesn’t pass the test, you certainly won’t get a second date.

Ralph Lauren Glamourous eau de parfum natural spray 100ml

Men love it. Warm, spicy with just a hint of musk. Wear it well. It will become a classic and is designed to please- ($189)

Sally Hansen Spicy Nail Varnish

It’s all in the grooming and undone nails will give you away. We’re going for Sally Hansen. wouldn’t use anything else but Spicy. It looks so good it could make you gesticulate more than usual-so watch that. Spicy is a pinky-beige colour-great for day and night. Cheap as chips too! (6.95)

Garnier Synergie Express 3-1 Purifying Wipes

A favourite in portable skincare, Garnier cleansing wipes will cleanse, tone and mattify in one fell sweep. (around $7)

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