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Illamasqua UV Glow Polishes in (clockwise from left) Ouija, Seance, Clear/Glo, and Geist.
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There's no doubt that the '90s are back, and with them comes a hearty dose of rave-inspired fashion. Some of us, however, are still being treated for the emotional scars caused by our own forays into rave dressing in our youths (nightmares of parachute pants and double buns haunt our dreams), and aren't ready to dive head first into the trend. That doesn't mean we have to be pariahs, however, and with Illamasqua's new Paranormal UV nail polish collection, we can bring that glowstick vibe into our day to day lives without having to make too much of a commitment. The collection will be available in stores and online April 30th.

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If you like nail art but don't have the time/skills/creativity to dream up mini designs for your fingertips, look no further! We rounded up the hottest (and easiest) nail products that'll spice up your mundane mani in seconds flat. From fuzzy fingers to fruit-scented digits to 18K gold polish, you'll be sure to turn heads with a fresh nail game JUST in time for fall.

1.) THE VELVET MANICURE

Velvet Manicure

Ciaté's Velvet Manicure.
Photo: Sephora

Just when we thought the caviar manicure was the ultimate mind-blowing 3D nail art, Ciaté released another texturizing nail kit for the fall—this time with flecks of fuzzy velvet! Ooooh. The kit includes a pot of polish with matching velvet powder, brush and tray ($19). The sets come in a burgundy "Berry Poncho," a navy "Blue Suede," and a gray "Mink Cashmere." To use, you just apply a few taps of the powder over freshly painted nails and TA-DA! You'll have the coziest (and chicest!) tips in town.

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Fleury Rose (whose nails are visible on the left) painted Iggy Azalea's Fran Drescher-inspired paws for our 'Nailed It' series.
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We love it when we see nail artists getting their due, which is why we smiled wide when we heard that Fleury Rose, one of our fave polish magicians, has been named the U.S. Nail Ambassador for British polish company Illamasqua! First of all "U.S. Nail Ambassador" is a pretty badass title, we have to say, but well deserved--Fleury paints incredible masterpieces on tiny canvases, and even uses a real paintbrush to apply the lacquer to her clients' nails. So what does her new post entail, exactly? Rose will serve as the face of the brand in all of their U.S. marketing initiatives, and will also work with them to develop new polishes and nail art designs. It's a match made in heaven, in our humble opinion. Rose uses many Illamasqua products in her designs already, and so she has a more intimate knowledge of the brand than we would guess many spokespeople do.

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Keri Hilson performs during the Supafest Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia, on April 17, and Lady Gaga visits the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on April 16.
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It used to be, way back when, that to distinguish one nail polish color from another you had to be good with numbers (i.e. Red 09345 is soooooooo different from Red 004. Get it straight.). Thank goodness those days are, for the most part, over—ever since AP math class, us and numbers haven't gotten along. But, do you ever sit back in the pedicure chair and wonder who comes up with all of those hard-to-forget nail lacquer names ("Ballet Slipper" and "Lincoln Park at Midnight" for example). Is it a fancy, Back to the Future-style name aggregator? A witty army of kids who graduated from college at the age of four? Divine intervention? According to a recent Fashionista post, at least for one company, Essie, it's the brand's founder who spits out the dozens of perfectly punny polish names each year. Essie Weingarten says that she's been naming bottles of lacquer for as long as her eponymous company has existed (30 years, so bow down to your sensei). Practice must make perfect. It's the only way we can explain "Trophy Wife" and "Room With a View" and "Miami Nice" and "Turquoise and Caicos"—just a handful of our fave Essie names. The polish queen, Ms. Weingarten, mentioned in the post that she couldn't think of any other brand with polish names as clever as hers but we went ahead and found a few other brands that give Essie a run for her money.

YOUR QUIRKY-NAMED SPRING PALETTE

Nail polish!!
Photo: Courtesy of OPI/Ginger And Liz/Sephora

OPI Friar, Friar, Pants on Fire ($8.50, opi.com)
The name is so out-there (like, what does it mean?), but the shade of red is flattering on any skin tone during any season.

Ginger and Liz Caution! ($12, gingerandliz.com)
It's true yellow--of course--and would look great with bold monochromatic prints (hello, sundress!)

Illamasqua Bacterium ($14, sephora.com)
Don't be scared off by the name. This is the perfect no-color color for Spring.

Still haven't had your fill of INSANE lacquer names? Here are 10 more (one for every finger) that really do exist.

OPI Lemonade Stand By Your Man (retro yellow)
Sephora Tomorrow, Detox! (teal with silver glitter)
NARS Mash (army green infused with gold)
MAC Brown Bag (dark, muted nude)
Butter London Tramp Stamp (dark chocolate)
Illamasqua Phallic (shimmering midnight navy)
Essie Clambake (creamy red-orange)
OPI Sand in My Suit (shimmery nude)
Lippmann Tiny Dancer (barely-there pink)
Butter London Frilly Knickers (iridescent pastel glitter)

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Judging from fall's nail polish hues thus far, the hottest nail polish colors for this season will do one of two things: blend seamlessly into your overall look, or pop like a serious piece of statement jewelry. The experts agree — "Autumn is all about dimensional manicures," says CND (Creative Nail Design) Cofounder Jan Arnold. That means stocking up with both neutral tones and pops of color. Nail your manicure this fall with our top 10 nail colors inspired by celebrities — from Lady Gaga's gray-beige tips to Rihanna's pretty pink, and plenty in between. See the full list below!

1. OFFBEAT GREIGE (GRAY-BEIGE)
+ WORN BY: Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12.
+ GET THE LOOK: Essie Nail Polish in Merino Cool ($8, Essie.com)

Lady Gaga.
Photo: Getty Images/Essie

2. BLACKENED FUSCHIA
+ WORN BY: Blake Lively at the Late Show With David Letterman in New York on Sept. 27.
+ GET THE LOOK: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Bad Romance ($18, DeborahLippmann.com)

Blake Lively.
Photo: Getty Images/Deborah Lippmann

3. A PINK THAT POPS
+ WORN BY: Rihanna in London on October 5.
+ GET THE LOOK: Rococo Luxe Nail Polish in Chaos ($16.50, SpaceNK.com)

Rihanna.
Photo: Getty Images/Rococo

4. PATTERNS AND PRINTS
+ WORN BY: Keri Hilson at the launch of So Kodak in New York on Oct. 5.
+ GET THE LOOK: Sephora for OPI Chic Prints for Nails in Skulls ($15, Sephora.com)

Keri Hilson.
Photo: Getty Images/Sephora

5. DENIM BLUE
+ WORN BY: Hillary Duff at a charity event in New York on Sept. 13.
+ GET THE LOOK: Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel in Midnight Blue ($3.99, Walgreens.com)

Hilary Duff.
Photo: Getty Images/Rimmel

6. ALMOST BLACK
+ WORN BY: Gwen Stefani at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas on Sept. 22.
+ GET THE LOOK: OPI Nail Polish in Siberian Nights ($6, Amazon.com)

Gwen Stefani.
Photo: Getty Images/OPI

7. PINK PEACH
+ WORN BY: Kelly Osbourne at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 12.
+ GET THE LOOK: L'Oreal Pro Manicure Nail Polish in Mango-Get-Em ($4.99, Drugstore.com)

Kelly Osbourne.
Photo: Getty Images/L'Oreal

8. EFFERVESCENT RED
+ WORN BY: Nicky Hilton at a Children's Institute benefit in West Hollywood on Sept. 29.
+ GET THE LOOK: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Ruthless ($14, Sephora.com)

Nicky Hilton.
Photo: Getty Images/Sephora

9. POWDERY PINK
+ WORN BY: Angela Simmons at the premiere of Lottery Ticket in Los Angeles on Aug. 12.
+ GET THE LOOK: Spa Ritual Nail Lacquer In Love Is In The Air ($10, Amazon.com)

Angela Simmons.
Photo: Getty Images/Spa Ritual

10. STRIKING BLUE-GREEN
+ WORN BY: Miley Cyrus at the premiere of The Last Song in Hollywood on March 25.
+ GET THE LOOK: Ginger and Liz Nail Colour in Blowin' Money Fast ($12, GingerAndLiz.com)

Miley Cyrus.
Photo: Getty Images/Ginger + Liz

+ What is your favorite nail color for fall?

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