The Lipstick League – week of 2.25.12

Have a wonderful weekend! And have we told you how pretty you look lately? XO.

Question of the Week – What are your three must-have products for a home manicure?

Answer – I’m going to cheat and tell you four: Tweezerman cuticle clippers, a good polish remover (I love Londontown’s Kur lacquer remover; review coming next week!), cuticle oil and Seche Vite dry fast top coat. My mani’s would be nowhere without them!

Here’s the latest from the League…

Nouveau Cheap – ChapStick has been releasing some yummy Limited Edition flavors over the past few years, but their new Cupcake Creations Collection really takes the cake (pun intended). Grab these babies while you can!

Pink Sith – says there can be trouble with Taupe. Can that even be possible with this taupe loving fiend? Check out her comparisons of just one taupe among many bloggers.

Prime BeautyPrime Beauty has fallen head over stilettos for the Smashbox Love Me Collection for Spring 2013, but she has a dilemma. Should she stick with her old boyfriend or go for the handsome new stranger? Help her decide.

Phyrra – has fallen in love with a new indie company called Girly Bits! See her review, swatches and manis.

Vampy Varnish – completely loves the new Candy Sprinkles Nail Lacquer collection from Hard Candy exclusive to Walmart!

we heart this – you’ve tried Birchbox, but have you tried Birchbox Home? Who knew a citrus spritzer could give me such joy!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber has the review & swatches of the new OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection!

Clumps of Mascara – is lovin’ Zoya’s Lovely nail polish collection. Spring is absolutely in the air!

EauMG – shares her favorite chocolate perfume!

Gouldylox Reviews – February is a busy month for product launches. Check out my five favorite products in February. (I couldn’t choose five, but seven didn’t sound as classy.)

Lipglossiping – takes a moment to appreciate that rare wonder of makeup doing exactly what it’s supposed to!

My Beauty Bunny – goes to the Oscars! See her photos.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – Do you ever wonder how your favorite nail polish bloggers get those beautiful, sharp close-up shots of their manicures? One of my favorites, Jen from The Polishaholic, reveals her secrets here.

Readers, what are your three must-have products for a home manicure?

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      For nails? Sally Hansen “Nailgrowth Miracle” as a basecoat, Sally Hansen’s “Insta-Dri” over my topcoat, or a spritz of DeMert’s “Nail Enamel Dryer.” Nails are ready to go in minutes.

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    Aww, @gigi, and so are you! Love the gorgeous gals on this site.

    I definitely agree with @hao9703 about uninterrupted time being the most important thing for an at home mani! My SensatioNail kit would be my 2nd thing–yes, it has a bunch of products in it, but it’s a great kit!
    lipglossandspandex recently posted..[Love it or leave it?] Low cal food finds: Fiber One 90 calorie treats & Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressing 

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    I’m the laziest manicurist ever. Like, EVER. If I’m painting my nails, I’ll typically push my cuticles back when I’m in the shower or tub, then I cut my nails straight across with a large clipper (Those tiny fingernail trimmers don’t cut it. One clip w/ the big trimmer gives my nails a perfect rounded square shape–I use Revlon), file them with the pink spongey salon file from TRIM (I get them at Target), slap on some Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat to fill in my ridges, then paint, and top with whatever clear polish I have laying around. For removal, I typically use whatever the fortifying polish remover is in my closet (usually purple and a generic brand), unless I’m wearing a glittery polish, then it’s good ol’ acetone remover.

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