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December 28, 2011

Glittery Nail Polishes for a New Year

Glitter goes with everything..

To say I’ve been obsessed with glittery manis this holiday season would be the understatement of 2011. With New Year’s just around the corner, now is the perfect week to share my top drugstore picks for glittery polish, as well as some ideas for layering them, taking your sparkly look even further, and one time-saving tip you’ll be very glad to know. –Meghan

Best overall: Milani Jewel FX Nail Lacquer in Gems ($4.49). Reminiscent of Deborah Lippmann’s cult-classic Happy Birthday (which costs four times as much!), Gems boasts a clear base packed with glittery, multi-colored and sized confetti. Red, green, gold, silver, this varnish has it all, which makes it a dream to layer over almost any color. Try it over a hot pink like Essie’s Bachelorette Bash or a light mint-y green. Take it further with this tutorial from Beautylish.
Best gold: Milani Jewel FX Nail Lacquer in Gold ($4.49). Milani knocks it out of the park again with this chunky gold glitter. Layer it with A classic red like Revlon in Revlon Red or a beige like OPI San Tan-Tonio. Take it further with this tutorial from Love Maegan.
Best pink: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Extreme Wear Nail Color in Rockstar Pink ($2.50). The super dense mix of blue, silver, red, purple and pink mico-glitter means this polish can be worn alone—no layering necessary.

Best glitter for girls who don’t like glitter: Revlon Nail Enamel in Facets of Fuchsia ($4). Two coats of this pinky-purple hex glitter suspended in a black jelly polish looks subtly gorgeous layered over a super dark purple, like OPI Lincoln Park After Dark ($5).
Best online buy: Lynderella’s amazing homemade polishes are available only online (and for a short amount of time). Click here to drool over her most recent collection and then get ready to place your order in January.
PRO TIP: Remove glittery nail polish in a snap by using a small piece of felt soaked with remover, rather than a cotton ball.
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    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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