The Beauty Closet's Top Nail Trends for Spring 2016 + Bonus Recommended Nail Polish from Julep:

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I LOVE the new nail color & design trends for Spring! They tend to have a fun seasonal feel that is a nice change from the darker and sometimes muted Winter styles. There's been quite a few new unique designs and shades seen on the runways so I thought I'd share some of my top picks that I've come across :) Looking for a couple of new nail colors for Spring? Check out The Beauty Closet's top 2 FAV colors below!



1. Pastels & French Tips [reverse]

This is a fun twist on solid pastels and ranges for pastel french tips to pastel prints. Want a unique take on this look? Reverse the french tips! You can have a lot of fun with this trend- mix up different combos of pastels or add in a solid nail here or there :) 


2. A Little Bit of Light with Gold Glaze:

This look is a bit easier to wear and it's prime component involves a sleek gold glaze tint to a beautiful pastel shade. To achieve this look, go for a darker shade and then layer a pearlescent glaze top coat OR you can try a pearlized pastel shade [look at my recommended shade from Julep below!]


3. Line it Up!

This look contains 3 parts: soft pastels, inner/outside lining in opposing pastel colors, & the addition of one side lined in a metallic shade [optional]. Not only is this trend super easy to accomplish, but it's an easy way to look polished in a cinch! Out of all of the looks this upcoming season, this is my FAV! 



4. Block it in Brights :)

Want to stray away from the pastels all together? Take a page from this nail trend and throw together alternating bright primary shades and block them up vertically and horizontally! Add a little metallic polish for an extra flair :)


5. Splatter & Spray Paint:

Paint nails with a super light pastel or white polish and then add a splatter polish on top. You can also get this without a splatter-type polish by dipping a toothpick into 2-4 different bright or pastel shades and then tapping onto your nails. The other option to achieve this trend by smudging different colors with a piece of sponge.





Nail Polish


Aquamarine iridescent shimmer:

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I'm a huge fan of iridescent shimmers and this fun take on a pastel blue shade is right on this seasons nail trends :) 2 coats of this polish and a clear top-coat will leave your nails looking fab and Julep's polish is also better & safer for nails- plus it lasts for days...even a week +! Ever since I became a Maven [Julep member], I've discovered what top-notch quality is- I've never really come across a brand that lasts as long as it does and there's no annoying chipping either! This Limited Edition polish is a tribute color to Liza Minnelli who was born in March and symbolizes the birthstone Aquamarine :)




Nail Polish


Sky Blue with golden shimmer


This is a Limited Edition polish as well and it's a bit more "muted" than the "Liza" polish I recommended above. Although there's a light golden shimmer to it, it's not as sparkly and bright and would be great in combo with another pastel for a twist on the French Manicure. I love that this polish is also right in trend with those seen on recent runways, sporting light pastels and gold shimmer touches! The quality and formula is what you would expect from Julep- excellent :) I like using 2 coats and then adding a clear polymer top-coat for a polished finish that lasts a week +!

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The Beauty Closet's Spring 2016 Color Guide & Review for the Beauty-obsessed:

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I always look forward to what colors Pantone will put out for the new season and I was pleasantly surprised this time around with their Spring 2016 palette. There's also a new color of the year- which is actually a combination of the colors Rose Quartz Serenity. These 2 blended shades were chosen by Pantone as shades of the year due in part to it presenting a balance of the connection between health/wellness & a calming sense of peace. This is the first time that Pantone has done this and you can find out more about it here


There's actually a bit of a bigger complete palette than the one pictured above, however these were the top 10 colors that have been trending for the season. I noticed right off the bat that these were much brighter than those of recent years past; although there are some pastels remaining, a few brighter shades with a bit more pop are being introduced. I'm a fan of color in general and like the colors are starting to pulling away from muted neutrals and pastels. I can't wait to see what comes out for the summer! ;) Check out The Beauty Closet's fav beauty items in the upcoming season's top colors below:

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1. Sephora + Pantone Universe- Color of the Year Matte Lipstick in "Serenity" $18.

As there are technically 2 colors this year for Pantone's Color of the Year choices, there is also the option of snagging this product in "Rose Quartz". Although the pink might be a better option for many since it's not such an unusual color for lips, I chose "Serenity" since I found it to be a beautiful color. It's surprising that such a color could end up looking so pretty on the lips, but it does with the right makeup :) The lipstick is also formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates too.

2. Sephora + Pantone Universe- Modern Watercolors Eyes Palette $39.

If you have trouble deciding exactly which colors you love from Pantone's Spring 2016 shades, this is the perfect option :) There are plenty of choices in this 24 color palette and you really get a great opportunity to create a variety of fun looks. From pastels to brights- to matte and shimmer options, you get a good mix of shades to achieve a lot of modern eye looks. 

3. Clinique- Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in "Red Velvet" $19.50.

If you're not quite on the bandwagon when it comes to some of the brighter colors of this year's Spring shades, this is the way to go! This awesome dual-sided lip treatment offer up a sugar-smoothing scrub on one side and a tinted moisturizing lip balm on the other. The shade does appear much brighter than it actually is since it comes as a tinted balm and has more of a sheer color that can be layered on top of other lip colors as well :)

4. Formula X- The Match CLIX! in Light/Medium $16.

I'm loving the price of this quality nail color set! Formula X brings you revamped nail colors for the new season in 3 different options: "Fair/Light", "Light/Medium", and "Dark". I chose the one pictured above as my fav out of all 3 due to it being in the middle of the scale and it has colors that I would actually wear. For only $16 though, you can snatch up another set too!

5. Too Faced- La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Unicorn Tears [Iridescent Shimmer] $22

This color is super unique and can literally transform your entire current lip color collection! It's easy to layer this cool iridescent shimmer effect on top of other pretty lip shades to create numerous neat looks. Infused with lotus flower extract, this awesome lip product from Too Faced will bring your hydrated and soft lips too :) 

6. Mally Beauty- Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eye Liner in Ice Blue $18

Mally Beauty has several shades to choose from in this Evercolor Waterproof Eye Liner collection, but this one stood out for me immediately. You can only snag this online [try] only as far as I've seen, but it's worth the price. This trendy seasonal color goes right in with the upcoming Spring eye looks  and brings a beautiful pop of pearlescent effect. The formula allows for an easy glide-on application that actually lasts all day :)

7. OPI- Brazil Nail Lacquer Collection in "I Just Can't Cope-Acabana" $9.50

If  you're looking for a bright and fun alternative, this wonderful pop of color with an equally fun name "I Just Can't Cope-Acabana" from OPI is the perfect choice. OPI curates quality nail polishes that won't chip and tend to last, which is why this shade of polish made my top Patone's Spring 2016 beauty items list!

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