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  • Spring Nail Trends 2013

    Prom, graduation and lots of weddings are just around the corner!  Take a look at the four basic color trends and four new manicure styles for the new 2013 Spring/Summer season.

    Color:
    The Pale Nail

    The pale nail dominated the spring runway shows with designers like Marc Jacobs and Chanel opting for the nude colored nail.  Nude nail polish looks great on every skin tone. If that look is just a little too tame for you, a way to add some spice is a nude color with shimmer.

    The Neon Nail
    Add some unexpected color to your look with the rainbow of neon that is on the market.  Bright yellow, intense orange and shocking blue all announce that summer fun has arrived.

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    May 6, 2013 • Beauty News, Makeup • Views: 2408

  • Spring is Here!

    Today marks the official first day of spring. Break out your sundresses, wedges, bright lip color and pastel nail polishes, spring is here! I love this season as it is the perfect blend of sunny days and breezy afternoons. The weather is not too hot or too cold and festival season kicks off around the country as people come out of hibernation after a long harsh winter. In order to “spring” into the season with confidence, I have compiled a list of must-have products that will surely help you navigate spring without losing a step.

     

    • Bright Lip Color – Spring is the time when color bursts at the seams. From flowers blossoming to fruit trees bursting with life, color engulfs our world in the spring as all living things come alive during this bountiful season. One way to instantly liven up your look is with a captivating bright lip color. You can certainly opt for one of last spring’s vivid hues in your beauty collection however if you want to pump things up a notch – opt for a neon bright version in a semi-matte finish. I love NARS Cosmetics Lip Color in Schiap – Semi-Matte – Shocking Pink, $26, NarsCosmetics.com

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    March 20, 2013 • Bath & Body, Fragrance, Makeup, Skincare • Views: 1947

  • I’m Currently Obsessed With OPI’s The Great and Powerful Oz Collection

    Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking my little sister to see Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D. It was entertaining and had some stellar visual effects. One thing that dazzled beyond compare was the gorgeous makeup that all three sisters/witches wore throughout the film. In honor of this dazzling movie, OPI teamed up with Disney to launch the The Great and Poweful Oz Collection. As someone who is addicted to all things glittery, I instantly fell in love with this collection from the start. There are six limited-edition shades in the collection:

    I cannot get enough of Lights of Emerald City, Which is Witch and What Wizardry is This! What are your favorite shades?

    March 14, 2013 • Makeup, Uncategorized • Views: 607

  • Product Review: China Glaze – Avant Garden Spring 2013

    Are you feeling the need to spring clean your beauty regimen? One of the easiest ways to do that is by incorporating spring ready nail shades into your mani/pedi routine. China Glaze recently launched Avant Garden, a stunning collection of twelve floral inspired hues that were made to brighten your life and your look.

    I just received the entire collection and I was super excited to check them out. I love every single color! This collection is a must-have for any girl who lives for brights and pastels. You are sure to find several shades that will become your go-to hues throughout the spring.

    My personal favorites have to be:

     

    Tart-Y for the Pardy – a perfect creamy lavender

     

    Sunday Funday – a vibrant teal

     

    Mimosas Before Manis – a delicious medium coral

     

    One of the reasons why China Glaze stays at the top of my list for nail polishes is the amazing formula. These polishes glide on smooth and effortless for a perfectly painted nail each and every time. The polishes are also very pigmented so one or two coats are always all you will ever need.

    China Glaze, Avant Garden, $7 each, ChinaGlaze.com

     

     

    February 22, 2013 • Makeup, Product Review, Uncategorized • Views: 664

  • DIY Manicures

    I used to be a die-hard nail salon junkie. I’m talking every week I would saunter into my local nail salon and get a French mani/pedi. Over the years, I began to realize that not only was I spending at least $40 dollars a week which adds up to $160 a month on nails alone but that I was also putting my health at risk due to unclean equipment or unsanitary nail stations. In 2009 I decided to take doing my nails into my own hands and started treating myself to at home manicures and pedicures.

    Most women are reluctant to do their own nails as they believe they won’t be able to do a superior job like their favorite nail tech. All it takes patience, practice and a little bit of skill. Follow these step-by-step instructions and you too can rock professional looking manicures and pedicures that will have your friends thinking you stay in the salon.

    Step 1: You will need to gather up the following items before you get started –

    • Nail Polish Remover
    • Cotton Balls or Cotton Pads
    • Nail Trimmer or Orange Stick
    • Nail File
    • Nail Buffer
    • Cuticle Oil or Lotion
    • Nail Gripper Base Coat
    • Nail Lacquer
    • Top Coat

     

    Step 2: Remove all traces of previous polish, dirt and oil from the nail with a well-saturated cotton ball. Be sure to clean underneath the nail as well.

    Step 3: File the nail in the desired shape.

    Step 4: Remove all hang nails and loose skin from around the cuticle either with a nail trimmer or push back the cuticle with an orange stick.

    Step 5: Apply a small drop of cuticle oil or lotion to the nail bed. Rub and smooth into the skin around the nail.

    Step 6: Wash hands and dry completely.

    Step 7: Apply one coat of the Nail Gripper which helps nail lacquer adhere to the nail bed ensuring a longer lasting manicure with fewer chips and cracks.

    Step 8: Apply the nail lacquer by pulling the brush out of the bottle and wiping the excess lacquer off of the back of the brush against the neck of the bottle. Take your first stroke down the middle of the nail bed as you will be depositing the most color there. Next make a stroke to the right and then follow with a stroke to the left. This is just the first coat.

    Step 9: Repeat step 8. You may need to do a third coat if the lacquer is particularly sheer.

    Step 10: Apply your top coat for additional shine. You can alter this affect with a matte top coat which will eliminate shine and create a smooth – shine-free surface.

    Step 11: Let dry for at least 30 minutes.

    Viola! Gorgeous at-home manicure at your fingertips.

     

    January 23, 2013 • Makeup • Views: 626