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Nail Polish 101: Our Top 5 All-Time Favorite Nail Blogs


It’s safe to say that all of us at CF are pretty blog-obsessed, and I’m no exception. Most of my current interests – fashion, beauty, tech, soccer, music, food – were sparked by reading post after post on a Blogspot or WordPress or Tumblr. My obsession with nails and nail polish started this way too, and much to my enjoyment, there are tons and tons of nail blogs out there.

Of course, for every great nail blog, there are a hundred duds. To help you browse the best, here are our top 5 all-time favorite nail-related blogs:

Best Overall: All Lacquered Up


I blame Michelle of All Lacquered Up for my nail obsessions – but after seeing her posts, can you blame me? Her blog is fabulous!

My favorite thing about ALU is the honesty – when Michelle reviews collections, she’ll tell you which ones are worth shelling out for, and most importantly, which ones aren’t. Plus, if applicable, she’ll do a comparison post with different shades on the same hand so you can seek out cheaper dupes to pricey OPI and Essie shades! Can you say Godsend?

Best Nail Art: Hey, Nice Nails!


I was absolutely blown away by the talent that these two Southern California sisters have – can you believe all of their art is done freehand with no stamps?!

If you’re searching for lust-worthy nail art inspiration, this is the blog for you. Plus, they even have an Etsy shop where you can buy some of their designs. Now, if only I lived near Long Beach so I could actually get a manicure from them…

Best Swatches: Scrangie


The first thing I do when I Google a nail polish color is look for swatches – and I always, always land on Scrangie. After perusing her site, the reason is obvious: she does the absolute best quality swatches that really showcase the color at its very best. Plus, she does it for other makeup too, so make sure to visit and bookmark ASAP!

Best Tutorials: The Beauty Department


Lauren Conrad’s beauty site might be my favorite new blog. It’s chock-full of hair and beauty tutorials, ranging from ballerina buns to eyeliner to LC’s covetable everyday waves. Their nail posts are just as genius and feature great step-by-step tutorials, like simple french manis or the easiest half-moon shape that even the clumsiest person (i.e., me) can follow to a T.

Best Fashion-Inspired: Refinery29’s Nail Section


Want to know what colors Jason Wu, Ruffian and Nicole Miller sent down the runway this past season? Look no further than Refinery29’s Nail section.

Our friends at R29 will keep you on-trend with their nail posts, which showcase the newest nail collections along with nail art tutorial and runway-inspired manicures. What’s not to love?

What do you think?

What about you guys? Do you guys look at nail blogs? What are your favorite nail websites? Tell me everything and more in the comments!

Posted on on December 16, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , ,

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21 Responses to “Nail Polish 101: Our Top 5 All-Time Favorite Nail Blogs”

  1. 1
    December 16th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    You should check out for awesome swatches, she has awesome real nails and takes amazing pictures

  2. 2
    December 16th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I’m obsessed with nail polish too and have 60+ bottles so I love seeing posts about nail polish colors and designs. All Lacquered Up is awesome, looking forward to checking out the others I didn’t know about.

  3. 3
    December 16th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    LOVE the post, I’m kind of obssesed with nails and polish so this was just amazing.
    You girls always make the best articles!!!

  4. 4
    December 16th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    my favorites are and

  5. 5
    December 16th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I’ve been a Scrangie-holic for over a year now. I had never painted my nails until I found her blog last November, and ever since, you wont catch me with bare nails. love, Love, LOVE her site! I visit it multiple times a day, every day, and it’s the center of my bookmark toolbar, along with collegefashion ;)

  6. 6
    December 16th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    ALL and TBD are two of my favorites! I check them every day, along with CF ;]

  7. 7
    December 17th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I love the daily nail. It’s like my addiction. Too bad she doesn’t update too much

  8. 8
    December 17th, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Nice blogs! :) My personal favorite nail related blog is Burgers and Nails. ( which literally combines two of my favorite things… Burgers and Nails!

  9. 9
    December 17th, 2011 at 2:20 am

    cutepolish on youtube has the BEST nail art! I vote for her.

  10. 10
    December 17th, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I Love “the beauty department” they always have the best posts, and i love how its always something new!!

    love K

  11. 11
    December 18th, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I love finding new nail blogs! Thanks for sharing!

  12. 12
    December 18th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    ALU stinks…she never has new posts. is much better, with daily posts, she deserves the recognition.

  13. 13
    December 18th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    All of these nails are beautiful

  14. 14
    December 26th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I love a lot! Tons of great nail art ideas, also great article about how to take care of your nails and how to make nail polish to stay longer… Very beautiful and inspiring blog!

  15. 15
    December 31st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I agree with liz…i’ve never gotten into ALU but is great, and she has really nice swatches as well. As for Scrangie, she def has the best swatches you will ever find. I refuse to buy any nail polish until I see the colors on her blog! She started my nail polish obsession!

  16. 16
    January 1st, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Awesome post! I like nail art so much and not so far ago found a set on flickr of amazing nail designs:

  17. 17
    July 15th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Has to be Scrangie for me, she’s the absolute business. After that the PolishAholic, although I’m into a nail blog called Gotham, she is from NYC and puts a fun twist into her swatches and finds. long live Scrangie!

  18. 18
    August 3rd, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve only just started, but check it out!

  19. 19
    September 13th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I love nail art! My favourites are Mr Candiipants and The Daily Nail. Others are really cool too but I love the personality these two put into their posts.

  20. 20
    September 18th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    there is cutepolish and then cute polish with a space on YouTube same person but different videos on her FB. I love her designs. I did so many so far. My goal is to do them all.

  21. 21
    December 19th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    It’s all beautiful. But I prefer red :)

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