5 Reasons Nail Stickers Beat Nail Art

Can nail art be incredible? Yes. Isn’t it expensive? Also, yes. But, the truth is, you can get a pretty similar affect by opting for nail stickers a la drugstore. Ordinarly I’m all about Essie, Butter and Deborah Lippmann (oh my!) but, occasionally I fall prey to wanting something a little more fun and unique.

20131106-082741.jpgFor times like these, here’s why I vote yes on nail stickers vs. nail art.

  1. No dry time.
  2. DIY possible (as in, no salon necessary).
  3. These little appliques cost little more than a nice bottle of nail polish.
  4. Easy to swap out.
  5. If one sticker manages to go rogue, there are a.) extras in the package and b.) you don’t have to remove the lot.

You can find the scripty stickers photographed above by Sally Hansen at pretty much any drugstore, and believe it or not, they stay on about a 100x better than my Essie nail stickers did which are allegedly LED light cured.



A red lip moment…

The smell of coffee in the morning, the vibrant hue of lemons, fresh cut flowers, the sheen of freshly painted fingernails, the right shade of lipstick…It’s the little things that brighten up your day. When it’s cold and dreary out, and I find myself jonesing for a bit of rouge, I love NARS Heat Wave. It’s the perfect shade of orange-red lipstick with a lovely semi-matte finish.

NARS Heat Wave Lipstick | The Polka-dot Maven

My favorite red-hued lipstick.

Henna me…

The first time someone told me you could use Henna to dye your hair, I thought of new age hairstylists spraying patchouli oil in the air. Needless to say, I was skeptical. But then I started looking into natural hair dyes and was quickly persuaded, especially since I discovered that it’s been used as a hair dye for 6,000+ years.

Henna facts vs. fiction:

Henna is permanent: False, you can get permanent and semi-permanent Henna.

Henna will only make my hair red: False, this depends on the heat and duration of hair exposure. Also the color of the Henna you select makes a major impact. Your options range anywhere from Mad Men’s Joan-red to raven-black hued locks. Buyer beware, if you’ve previously dyed your hair you may need special treatment to get the look you’re after with Henna.

Henna won’t cover grays: Turbo false. The natural variety in hair color will actually add dimension and depth to your Henna dye.

It’s messy: True story, like most hair dyes this stuff requires gloves and careful application.

My natural hair color is admittedly neutral and a bit boring–a very light brown with dark blond tendencies in the summer. But with the help of henna, it’s complex and rich. Dark chocolatey brown indoors with a firey red tint. Convinced and dyeing to get your hands on some? Try Lush Cosmetics for a great DIY option or Surya Brasil for a slightly less messy version.

Deborah Lippman Polish | The Polka-dot Maven

Meet Debbie…

They call her the manicurist of the stars and she happens to be Butter London’s closest frenemy (at least on this side of the pond). Deborah Lippmann nail polish is a force to be reckoned with. Like Butter, Debbie’s products are three-free (no toluene, formaldehyde, or DBP). Her collection totes a gorgeous array of colors and clever star inspired names to boot. Ever wondered what shade of red Renee Zellweger dons? That would be her custom made rouge Just  Walk Away Renee (featured second to the left) . Or Sarah Jessica Parkers favorite nude? A pretty pink polish designed-for and named-after the Sex and the City fashionista: Sarah Smile (featured second to last)…Sadly, we can’ t all have fabulous shades custom made to our own perfection – but, if you want to rock bold nails sans all the nasty stuff, Debbie’s your gal. To score some awesome polish for yourself stop by your local Neiman’s, Nordstrom, Barney’s, or shop her very own site from the comfort of your sofa.


Personally, I can’t get enough of Stormy Weather (a shade created with the one and only Narciso Rodriguez: featured first on the left) and the sparkly sensation Across the Universe (featured last).

Pucker your pout…

Until this past season, lip sticks and lacquers alike have been horribly underrated. Tragically associated with the 80’s, moms , and grandmas…the notion has been sequestered in the do-not-wear genre. But as it turns out, those leading ladies had a bit of a point. Slathering rouge all over your mouth is gloriously retro, and chic. Neglecting it is just a disservice to the fun and romance you can add to your look. Here are a few of my favorites…

MAC Orangey reds look good on basically everyone, these two are currently my favorite mattes…

Lip stain is a no fuss and much less messy form of reddening your pout. I suggest Stila’s Cherry Crush or Coconut Crush Lip and Cheek Stains,  they go on subtly without over drying your lips. Plus you can layer it for a more dramatic look.

For those who simply can not part with the idea of having immensely glossy lips, MAC comes to the rescue with this Karen O inspired red; Russian Red.

Still not convinced? Check out the ladies from AMC’s Mad Men and these lovely Tod’s ads.


Brilliant and awesome, Palladio Rice Paper is to the face what LuLu Organics is to the hair. As previously mentioned, September brings on an onslaught of bizarre and erratic weather that makes most of us tragically shiny, but Palladio is by far, the most viable solution…

Palladio blotting papers are laced with the tinniest bit of powder providing the coveted matte finish (without disrupting your makeup). It’s available in a variety of shades to accommodate nearly any skin tone. Best of all, it comes in a cute package and at less than $7/pack, it’s basically unbeatable. Did I mention it’s non-comedogenic?

Beautiful bed-head…

Sadly, I am not one of the lucky girls that can sport an organically fashioned bed-head look, mine must always be artificially constructed (lest I want unsightly and greasy bangs)…enter LuLu Organics. It’s a remedy to cure all dirty hair ails. Gone are the days of disagreeable, limp, and not-so-nice-to-touch post-work-out or slept-in tresses. LuLu smells lovely and actually does what it’s supposed to. Since it’s presently available in white only, use with caution. With how sweet it is,  it’s entirely too easy to get carried away and go prematurely gray (in seconds). Click on the bottle to check it out for yourself…