TRENDTASTIC
Get Crafty this St. Patrick's Day!

Irish or not, we're all invited to participate in the exciting festivities taking place this St. Patrick’s Day. And as with every major celebratory holiday, Joonbug.com is here to provide you with, not only the best parties and events, but also, new ways to celebrate the holiday along the way. So before you head out to one of our many bar crawls happening nationwide, grab some crafty supplies, pump your favorite tunes, invite your friends, and challenge yourself to a few St. Patrick’s Day themed DIY activities as outlined below.

PRIMP IT
Keep that Summer Glow All Autumn Long

Just because summer is over, it's no reason to have dry skin and a dull complexion. We've scoured the shelves and tested out some of the best make-up products, lotions and potions to provide you with a beautiful summer glow all-year long. Check out Joonbug's top picks for head to toe beautification.

Protection: Pretty much the coolest innovation since blue sunscreen, Brush on Block ($24.95) is the answer to your sun protection prayers. This SPF is offered up in powder form, so no mess, no goo and best of all, it won't explode in your suitcase! The translucent SPF 30 powder is water-proof and does not clog pores or irritate the skin, unlike oily sunscreens. This unique and easy way to protect your skin was created by Susan Posnick, who is a seasoned makeup artist and a cancer survivor.

PRIMP IT
Luxe Lacquer: From Velvet Finishes to $250k Price Tags

We loved Ciaté's Caviar Manicure in the spring, now a softer look has emerged for the upcoming autumn. Ciaté's Velvet Manicure kit includes a beautiful jewel-toned lacquer and a bottle of crushed velvet fibers that are sprinkled over wet nails. The end result? A deep, luxurious color with a lush and plush velvet finish.

While the shatter effect is still a favorite way to combine two colors among many, we love this new multicolored look for summer: gradient nails. Gradient nails look more difficult to achieve than they actually are, giving your manicure a statement-making look without much effort. By just using a sponge and two colors, you can personalize your nails to match any outfit, mood, or event!

KILLER DEAL
Head to Toe Glam: Exude Lipstick & Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Sale

Hey all you Gilt.com shoppers, today is the day to add a pop of summer color to your look without breaking the bank! Wednesday, August 1 at 12pm Gilt.com is offering exclusive pricing on Exude Lipstick and Deborah Lippmann nail polish.

Exude Lipstick (usually priced at $29) will be sold at a fraction of the price, so take advantage while you can! Deborah Lippmann nail colors (normally $16-$20) will also be available at a reduced price today, the perfect combo to get glam from head to toe. The website will be offering Exude in 14 different colors and Deborah Lippmann in 10 colors.

To check out this exclusive sale, log on to gilt.com/exude today!

TRENDTASTIC
DIY: Ombre Sparkle Manicure

All of you fashion forward peeps out there plan your daily look to a T; staying stylish is your game, and you love hearing about the upcoming trends. That's why we've provided you with the latest look in a simple step-by-step DIY project. Time to get crafty, ladies!

One of the hottest nail trends for this Spring is the ombre manicure. You've seen ombre dresses, hair, shirts, jeans, hair, even handbags, so why not try it out on your nails? It's all about incorporating different shade gradations of the same color, beginning with dark and subtly transitioning into light. While the black and red or black and blue ombre manicure was a big hit this past winter, Spring puts a great twist on the style with bright polish and the addition of sparkles.

PRIMP IT
Nail Polish: With Limitless Options, It's Easy To Get Lost

Ah, the dreaded salon nail polish tower, more commonly known as the torture device laden with every shade one can imagine, plus colors that we never knew existed. All women have, at least once (most have been there countless times) had to walk up to the 10 foot nail polish mecca and somehow muster up the courage to make a snap decision with no turning back, well at least for a week or so. Sure, the similar colors are in some sort of a group, but this is no consolation, all this does is further the chaos of the mountainous cathedral. As a result, the job at hand seems more like a creative thinking challenge, rather than a relaxing lunch hour. Sweat beads on the back of the victim’s neck while the receptionist (who happens to be as friendly as a grizzly) screams “Pick a color!” over and over again until the chooser gets freaked out and then she grabs a sparkly neon blue without realizing it. By the time the hideous color registers in their brain, it's too late. The bright blue fate is sealed. Better luck next time. Want to beat the tower? Select any of these winter 2011 trendsetters.

THIS JUST IN
Move Over Summer, It's Fall for Chanel's New Nail Polish Collection

This just in: Summer is officially over. Well, at far as Chanel is concerned. And with the release of their new Fall 2011 nail polish collection, who can blame us for getting excited for the next season?

Add a little touch of glamour with Chanel's latest trio of earth-toned metallics. These limited edition polishes come in next season's latest "it" hues: a stunning gold-green called Peridot, an exquisite mix of beige and silver called Quartz and a bold silver metallic called Graphite. They are only available for short time, so get them while you can!

I <3 BEAUTY
All Lacquered Up

Stylish colors? check. Cool name? Check. Vegan and toxin-free? Yes, please. With their very trendy line of polish, Ginger + Liz have practically taken over the beauty scene as the new IT polish. Seen on the nails of numerous stylish celebrities and models, (the likes of which include Miley Cyrus, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Zoe, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna) and featured in countless blogs and magazines, Ginger + Liz have taken over the beauty scene with their line of colorful nail candy.

Not only are their colors beautiful, vibrant and trendy, they have creative names that will make you giggle as you apply them to your nails. With names like "Blowin' Money Fast", a shimmery deep emerald green, "Tough Luxe", a combination of army green and shimmery gold (sounds weird, but trust me, it works), "Hold The Drama", a deep and rich shade of purple, and "Goin' Back To Cali", a fun-loving neon pink, you'll want to collect the entire line based on those names alone! The masterminds behind the line, S. Liz Pickett and H. Ginger Johnson, aspire to create a nail polish for every type of girl and every type of style. For a nail polish fan (read: obsessive) like myself, Ginger + Liz is exactly what the doctor ordered.

HALLOWEEN BEAUTY
Goth in a Bottle

Want to make a statement with your nails this Halloween? Just get your hands on OPI's 2010 Go Goth Collection. The four mini-bottle package includes Obscurity (matte black), Sanguine (dark, blood red), Nevermore (deep, glittery purple) and Unripened (deep, glittery green). For the full goth effect, the mini-pack also includes a lace cuff to complete your mysterious look. It may only be appropriate to dress in costume at a Halloween party, but these nail polishes make it possible to be in the spirit all month long.

I <3 BEAUTY
Goth in a Bottle

Want to make a statement with your nails this Halloween? Just get your hands on OPI's 2010 Go Goth Collection. The four mini-bottle package includes Obscurity (matte black), Sanguine (dark, blood red), Nevermore (deep, glittery purple) and Unripened (deep, glittery green). For the full goth effect, the mini-pack also includes a lace cuff to complete your mysterious look. It may only be appropriate to dress in costume at a Halloween party, but these nail polishes make it possible to be in the spirit all month long.