The first day of summer (and the longest day of the year) is this Friday, June 21. Make sure your nails are ready with these super-hot nail collections for the warm-weather season.

Essie Naughty Nautical Summer 2013 Collection, $8 each,

Clockwise from bottom: The Girls Are Out, Rock the Boat, the More the Merrier, Full Steam Ahead, Sunday Funday, Naughty Nautical

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Essie Summer 2013 Neons, $8 each,

Because it isn’t summer without neon nail polish. This collection is perfect for a night out with the girls.

L to R: DJ Play That Song, Shake Your $$ Maker, Boom Boom Room, Bouncer, it’s Me, Saturday Disco Fever, Bottle Service

Maybelline New York Polka Dots (July)

Tiny particles of shimmer adorn these polishes, sure to sparkle in the sun.

L to R: Blue Marks the Spots, Clearly Spotted, Dotty, Drops of Jade

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Deborah Lippmann Mermaids Collection, $18 each,

“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?”

Taking cue from a certain Disney movie, Deborah Lippmann’s latest collection contains more glitter particles and shimmery beautifulness.

L to R: Do the Mermaid, Million Dollar Mermaid, Mermaid’s Dream, Mermaid’s Kiss, Mermaid’s Eyes

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Orly Mash Up Summer Collection, $8.50 each,

The iridescent purple is my favorite.

L to R: Choreographed Chaos, Harmonious Mess, Mayhem Mentality, Sparking Garbage, Pretty-Ugly, Beautiful Disaster.

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MAC Temperature Rising, $18 each,

Scorching Hot (Left) and Tropical (Right)

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nails inc. Spring Summer Collection, $25,

Inspired by the trends from Spring/Summer 2013 London Fashion Week and named after iconic London places.

L to R: Primrose Hill Gardens, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kensington Palace Gardens, Belgravia Gardens, Chelsea Physic Gardens, Hampton Court Palace Gardens.

RGB Summer 2013 Collection, $16 each,

L to R: Cerulean, Fuschia, Monarch, Pansy

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NARS Pierre Hardy Nail Duos, $29/pair,

Four limited-edition nail polish sets from the designer’s high-fashion 2013 shoe collection. My fave is the orange and blue set, just because they’re colors of my alma mater, the great Fighting Illini!

Dior Bird of Paradise, $29/pair,

Sold in mini pairs; Bahia (Left) and Samba (Right)

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Chanel Papillon Summer 2013 Collection, $27 each,

The mermaid-blue Azure is perfect for toes.

Azure, Bel-Argus, Lilis

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Butter LONDON Summer Holiday Collection, $15 each,

L to R: Bit Faker, Sun Baker, Champers, Poole, Marbs, Bobby Dazzler

Ciate Sun Catcher Collection (July), $15

Heading to a pool fiesta? These shades are a great accessory to go with that umbrella drink.

L to R: Afterglow Topcoat, Mango Martini, Palm Tree, Pool Party, Raspberry Collins, Red Hot Chili

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Zoya Stunning and Irrisistible Summer 2013 Nail Collection,

Stunning and irresistible, just like the beach goddess in you.

Stunning Collection, $48:

Darcy, Thandie, Micky, Yana, Josie, Rocky

Irresistible Collection, $48:

Kerry, Amy, Tinsley, Bobbi, Hazel, Rikki

aand because two summer collections isn’t enough…

Zoya Pixie Dust Summer 2013 Collection Sampler, $54

Solange, Beatrix, Destiny, Miranda, Stevie, Liberty

What nail shades are you going to rock this summer?


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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