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Monday, October 15, 2012

Don’t Feel Like Going Full-On Costume for Halloween? Give Your Talons a Little Spooky Instead!

For those of you who don’t intend to dress up for Halloween… Well, normally I would have you burned at the stake but I guess I’ll be a little more tolerant this year and let you creep by with some crazy ass nail art  or Halloween-inspired polishes. (Please Note: If you are attending my Halloween party, this exception does not apply.)

British cult brand Illamasqua’s US Nail Art Ambassador Fleury Rose created these DIY nail art designs to get your talons ready for fright night:


EVIL EYE — Products Used: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorn ($14), Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorch ($14) and Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish Serenity ($14) (top coat optional)                                         Tools Needed: Dotting tool like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10), tooth pick

1. After applying base coat, paint nails with two coats of Scorn black matte polish. Allow nails to dry for 3-5 minutes
2. Pour out a small amount of scorch onto tin foil. Dip the large end of a dotting tool into white polish and dot onto nail. Repeat step 3 times on each nail.
(Pro tip: if polish gets stringy, pour a fresh puddle of Scorn onto foil and continue process.) Allow white dots to dry 3-5 minutes.
3. Pour a small puddle of Serenity onto foil. With the small end of a dotting tool dip into rubber blue polish and dot in the very center of each white circle. Repeat on each nail. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes
4. Dip the point of a tooth pick into Scorn and gently dot a tiny black point into the center of each eye.
5. After drying add optional top coat for a shiny finish, or stay matte.


Products Used: Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish Aorta ($14) and Illamasqua Nail Varnish Boosh ($14), Illamasqua Precision Ink Scribe 0.06 oz  Tools Needed: Small brush like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10)

1. After applying Base coat, paint nails with two coats of Aorta and let dry 3-5 minutes
2. Dip small brush in Boosh, and paint a tiny triangle at the top of the nail. This will create the bow of the lips.
3. Next, paint an oval shape in the center of the red nail to create the opening of the mouth.
4. Allow to dry for 5 minutes (Pro tip: Allowing polish to dry before drawing on nail is very important, or you may smudge the whole thing and ruin your design!)
5. Draw on fangs and lip highlight with Precision ink in Scribe. Precision ink can be layered over its-self to create desired opacity of white.
6. Allow precision ink to dry 3-5 minutes and apply Top Coat.


WITCHING HOUR  —  Products Used: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Phallic ($14)Illamasqua Nail Varnish DWS  ($14)Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorch 0.5 oz and Illamasqua Nail Varnish Blow  ($14)  Tools Needed: Small brush like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10) and a disposable sponge

1. After applying Base coat, paint nails with two coats o. After applying Base Coat, Apply one thick coat of Phallic. (Pro tip: Do not worry about getting this layer completely even, it will add dimension to the sky we are creating!) 2. Allow this layer to dry 3-5 minutes. Dip the small brush in Blow and create a tiny crescent moon. Next dot on very tiny stars with the tip of the brush.

3. Allow to dry at least 5 minutes.
4. Pour out a small puddle of Scorch, then a small puddle of DWS next to it so they are touching.
5. Dip the corner of your makeup sponge into the polish so you get a little of each color on the sponge. Gently dab on clouds.
6. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes, and apply Top Coat

If these designs are a bit too advanced for you but you still want to add a little festive fright to your nails, try ORLY’s new Spellbound trio that features chunky Halloween-inspired glitter and adorably sinister names:

ORLY Nail Polish in Monster Mash ($10)


ORLY Nail Polish in Right Amount of Evil ($10)

ORLY Nail Polish in R.I.P.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Welcome to the Jungle: China Glaze Nail Polish Fall 2012 On Safari Collection


Yes, we’re talking Fall already.  Get over it and think about how nice some of these gorgeous polishes are going to look with the Fall foliage (and that cashmere sweater you bought on extreme sale a few months ago)!   I was lucky enough to receive the entire China Glaze Fall 2012 On Safari Collection available this month at salons, beauty supply stores, and online: China Glaze Safari 12 bottle Set. I can tell you right now I started strategizing outfits as soon as I tried on all the “earthy tones, rich plums and celestial sparkles” of this polish collection.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Beach Vacation? Gel Pedicure is a Must!

Okay so don’t get too jealous, but I am going to Bermuda Friday with my gorgeous husband (who I am currently ignoring as he lectures me for not cleaning up my mess) for our one year anniversary.  Pink sand! Clear, blue water!  Amazing spas! No lectures! Obviously the one thing that could get me down would be a chipped pedicure the first day at the beach (which seems to always happen to me).

Luckily, my brilliant friend Molly gave me one of the best beauty tips EVER — gel pedicures for beach vacations! I can take long walks on the beach, jam my toes into the sand, swim in the ocean,  and the polish won’t fade nor chip, and it will last two weeks. I got CND Shellac in Wild Fire.  Just an FYI — getting a gel pedicure once in a  while for a vacation is great, but getting one every two weeks is going to dry the hell out of your cuticles.  (Same goes for your fingers. The acetone required to soak off the nails do ugly things to your cuticles.) I was going to post a pic of my polished red toes, but I really hate feet.  I just can’t do it.  You’ll just have to use your imagination.  Off to pack… Is it bad that I need a checked bag just for my beauty products?

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