Wednesday, April 25, 2012

spring picks by has selected their favorite nail polish shades of the season! the colors range from pretty pastels to bright neons. what is your favorite hue this season?

1. orly nail lacquer- in jealous, much? (mint pastel)

2. essie nail polish- in action (bright tangerine)

3. yves saint laurent duo vernis couleur- in no. 7 (bright green)

4. china glaze nail polish- in surfin' for boys (neon orange with a touch of shimmer)

5. revlon- in zealous (halfway between yellow and green aka chartreuse)

6. estee lauder pure color long lasting nail lacquer- in hot coral (bright coral)

7. dior vernis nail lacquer- in saint tropez (bright blue)

8. opi nail polish lacquer- in kiss me on my tulips (bright pink)

9. butter london nail polish- in slapper (bright turquoise)

10. l'oreal colour riche nail polish- in boozy brunch (bright orange with a hint of coral)

11. dolce and gabbana nail polish- in lilac (pastel purple)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

when nail art goes bad, polka dot it!

i began this manicure using essie's navigate her as a base then color blocked it using essie's splash of grenadine on the top half. to acheive the marbled look inspired by i tore up small pieces of saran wrap, bunched it into small balls then dabbed the balls of saran wrap on the nails to pick up the second color (splash of grenadine) achieving a "marbled" look. unfortunately it did not come out as i intended it to, so using a white dotting/stripping pen i dotted a line on each nail to complete the look. for the heart design on the ring finger i used a "crayola" nail art stencil which can be found at your local drug store.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

color block nails

last week i attempted the current trend of color blocking on my nails. for this manicure i used essie's carousel coral as a base and essie's fiesta on top. to achieve the half moon look i applied the base, let it dry, then applied a paper reinforcer (which i got at a local staples store), followed by the second color. make sure to press the corners down to achieve a neat look. i also altered the colors on my ring finger for a twist!

what is color blocking?

color blocking is a current trend seen at fashion runway shows, accessories, makeup and in beauty. it is to combine different colors that compliment each other and contrast. why? complimentary colors are natural opposites so it works well together. check out the color wheel below and create your own color blocking whether its an outfit, makeup or even nails!

missing in action

hello fans (although not sure if i have any yet) excuse me for i have been missing in action the last week or so. sometimes there are greater things in life that take time away from blogging. on that note, i am back so here i go again..