9 Nail Polish Colors To Try Before Summer Ends
I got my nails done for the first time in years while I was in New Orleans for Essence Festival at M.A.D. Nails (owned by black girl boss, Morgan Dixon), and realized that I forgot how much I love getting them done.
The champagne. The girl talk. My nails not looking like a Freddie Krueger movie. The benefits are endless.
After my appointment, I started thinking about all of the colors I wanted to try before the summer's end. So, I started looking at some of the nail industry's most popular brands and came up with this list! It's filled with yellows (because you know, yellow was made to be worn by black women), corals, a little sparkle, orangey-reds; and brands that are 7- and 8-free (non-toxic).
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Mischo Beauty Diana Creme Nail Polish
Not quite a red, and not an orange, this nail color is excellent for someone who might want to take a chance outside of their signature red polish — and an added bonus is this brand is black-owned.
ZOYA's line has over 400 color options, so it was difficult to settle on one color choice to try this summer. I went with the golden 'Austine' because honestly, gold and sparkle is never a wrong choice (well, in my opinion).
25th and June Magical as F*ck
25th and June
I am a longtime fan of 25th and June (which is black-owned), the vegan, 7-free indie brand has a bold yellow color that would look great as the primary color of your mani, or you could opt for a sunshine-inspired design.
Deborah Lippmann Above The Clouds
Made with ingredients like evening primrose, biotin, and green tea extract, this blue polish will add subtle color to your beach-ready mani while keeping your nails strong and healthy.
Static Nails Mocha Pop-On Reusable Manicure Set
Press on nails are back in a big way — even Beyoncé wears them. Static's mocha hued pop-on's are a nice summer nude to compliment your tan lines and they're reusable.
Butter London Trout Pout Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer
I know there is already an orange-red on the list, but I thought adding a lighter, coral color would be a good idea. If a nail polish formulated without chemicals like formaldehyde, DBP, toluen, camphor is important to you — Butter London is 8-free. Meaning the polish is free of all eight ingredients (tphp, ethyl tosylamid, and xylene) that studies show affect women's hormones.
Olive and June HD Polish with Cherry On Top Decals
Olive and June
Olive and June is an LA-based nail brand that is known for its whimsical designs and bright color palette. White nails are a warm-weather classic, and these little ice cream decals add a "cherry on top."
OPI To The Finish Lime!
If you're not ready to take the plunge to wear a bright green on your fingers, take a little risk and rock it on your toes.
Essie Tangoed In Love
This purple color might be a bit of a wild card, but the jewel-toned hue will make your melanin skin pop.
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Sabrina Dhowre Elba Admits To Not Initially Knowing Who Idris Elba Was When They Met
Model and entrepreneur Sabrina Elba recently recalled the intimate moments surrounding the fateful day she first encountered her husband, Idris Elba.
The couple, who have been together since 2017, met at a jazz bar in Vancouver when Idris was working on his film Mountain Between Us. Years later, in April 2019, following a whirlwind romance, Sabrina and Idris would tie the knot in Morocco.
Since then, the pair's love story has become "couple goals" among many for various reasons. The list includes the numerous times Sabrina and Idris have showcased their love on social media. Another factor contributing to the duo's likability is that Sabrina and Idris have displayed over the years that being with the right partner can elevate one's career or passion in life.
Sabrina and Idris have collaborated professionally in several businesses, including their Coupledom podcast and skincare brand S'Able Labs. In a June interview on Jemele Hill's Unbothered podcast, the 34-year-old opened up about the events leading up to when she met Idris and how she initially didn't know who he was.
Sabrina on Meeting Idris
Sabrina, who was living in Vancouver at the time, said that the same night Idris was in town, she went out to a jazz bar for an event called Slow Jam Sunday for a friend’s birthday.
Around that time, the model was getting over a breakup and claimed she wasn't interested in a relationship because of how badly her previous one ended. In a past interview, Idris revealed that he, too, just went through a breakup before meeting Sabrina.
"This is so funny. I [had] just gotten out of a really bad relationship, so I was not this person. I was like 'men are trash. They suck.' I'm literally ready to switch it on up or something because I was so over it," she said. "I come to this party with a night off at work that I prebooked because I was working literally every weekend. But it was my girlfriend's birthday party, so I was there kind of by chance."
Sabrina also revealed that, coincidently, the night she took off for her friend's birthday celebration was the same night Idris had the day off and was convinced by his stunt double to attend Slow Jam Sunday.
"Slow Jam Sundays is an amazing night in Vancouver. It's the one night I would probably go to, but you wouldn't see me out often because I was a weekend worker. I was working at restaurants and service industry, your weekends are taken up," she stated.
"Idris was filming this film in Vancouver and had one night off in Vancouver because most of it was filmed sort of up north in the mountains. His stunt double convinced him to go to Slow Jam Sundays. By chance, we were both there."
Further into the interview, Sabrina disclosed that her friend was interested in Idris at first and went to flirt with him. However, the Daddy's Little Girls star dismissed the friend's advances because Sabrina had caught his eye.
When Sabrina's friend informed her about what happened, she admitted that although she tried to put up a front for her friend's sake, the S'Able Labs CEO was happy because she thought he was also attractive. Following the discussion, Sabrina and her friend went to the section where Idris was, and the couple realized how much they had in common, from the music choices to their background.
"So I go over, and we have like one of those conversations that you just feel like you've known this person for ten years because we're singing the same songs. When a song comes on that I love, he's like, 'I love this song.' I'm like, 'what?' Like I just had this like cultural connection. He's African. I'm like,' Where are you from?'" she said.
Sabrina On Not Knowing Who Idris Was After Meeting Him
As the topic shifted to Idris' celebrity status, Sabrina explained that she didn't know who he was until after it was brought to her attention by a few people she met outside of the bar.
"When I went outside, I realized because there's a group of people there, they're like, 'Oh, you're talking to Idris Elba,'" she stated.
When asked about how well-known the actor was when they met, Sabrina shared that Idris was widely famous in America but not so much in Canada and that the one film she saw him in was the 2009 thriller Obsessed.
Sabrina would add that even after being told who Idris was, she couldn't recollect where she knew him from until her friends mentioned the movie.
"Well, so the film that I had seen was Obsessed... I feel Idris Elba now he gets recognized so much. In that moment, unless you were kind of in that zeitgeist, he was definitely a lot more popular in America," she said. "I don't think I would've known it even when they said that was him. I was trying to remember, like, my friends were like, 'yeah, he's from Obsessed.' We're like, 'Oh, yeah.'"
After figuring out who Idris was, Sabrina shared that when she re-entered the venue, she doubted a relationship would form between them given his occupation, the short timeline he would be there to shoot his movie, and the constant temptation that could flock around him due to his status. But despite Sabrina's uncertainty, they would exchange numbers before she left.
"So I went back inside, we started chatting some more, and he was like, 'Let me take your number.' I was like, 'Alright,' and then I left," she stated.
The model explained the reason why she left the event was that her friend, whose birthday she was celebrating, wanted to check out other spots. When the night was coming to an end, Sabrina hailed a taxi to go home when she received a phone call from Idris. The entrepreneur revealed that the Takers star stopped her from entering the cab and urged her to get in the car he was driving, and they spent the whole night talking until 8 a.m.
"I got in his car, and we spoke till like 8 a.m. easy. It was probably like 2 [a.m.] at that time. We just had the most intense, amazing conversation," she said. "It was the first time I ever connected with someone to the point where I was like, I went home the next day called my friends, I was like, 'I think I found my soulmate.'"
Sabrina revealed that from that fateful night, she and Idris became inseparable. The couple would be long-distance for a brief stint of their union until they acknowledged how difficult it was to maintain that type of relationship. Sabrina ultimately decided to move in with Idris although she was skeptical at first, she claimed it was one of the best decisions she's made because she found her "soulmate."
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