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Romance and Opulence for Fall 2015: OPI Nail Lacquers Venice Collection

Lately we've been putting more effort into strengthening our steady hand skills to create better nail art. Using OPI's Fall 2015 Collection, the Venice Collection, inspired by the famed city known as the Queen of the Adriatic, we wanted to create something bold that's easy to do, and you can't get any more simple than dots. Using three crème nail colors from the collection, we created the eye-catching mani you see below:


We started off with alternate base coats of I Cannoli Wear OPI, and My Gondola or Yours?, with an accent nail in Gelato on My Mind, and created our alternating dots with I Cannoli Wear OPI, and My Gondola or Yours?


The 12-piece OPI Venice Collection, pictured and listed below, boasts shades that are true to color, and have a glossy finish (both crèmes and shimmers). There are an additional three, limited edition shades: two pearls, and one glitter (also listed below) in the collection. All shades come with a matching Gel coat


Amore at the Grand Canal - crème red
O Suzi Mio - crème eggplant
Worth a Pretty Penne - shimmery copper
A Great Opera-tunity - crème melon
Tiramisu for Two - crème coffee cream
Gimme a Lido Kiss - red shimmer
It’s a Piazza Cake - crème persimmon
Be There in a Prosecco - opaque nude crème
I Cannoli Wear OPI - pale, creamy gray
Gelato on My Mind - icy-cool, creme pastel blue
Purple Palazzo Pants - crème lilac
My Gondola or Yours? - crème black
Venice the Party? (Limited Edition) - bold pearl aquamarine
Baroque…But Still Shopping (Limited Edition) - shimmery gold glitter
St. Mark’s the Spot (Limited Edition) - deep pearl navy


The OPI Venice Nail Lacquer Collection is available now for $9.50 each at Ulta, Ulta.com and professional salons.

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My Summer Nail Polish Crush

Hello Lovelies, and happy Saturday.

Please, can I gush about my new crush for a minute? I found my love at Ulta, can you imagine. Yes and it's name is Zoya. Sure I knew of Zoya, but it's not sold everywhere and I hadn't yet ventured into the beauty heaven which is Ulta...until recently. Why I hadn't, when there is one not 3 minutes from my job in West Hollywood, is beyond me. Anyhow, transgressions aside... I made my way there one lunch break and There They Were. Be still my heart. 
The colours looked amazing in the bottle. I thought to myself: Imagine how they would look ON YOUR NAILS! I left with two bottles. At $9 a bottle, I had to control myself. Of course, not one week later I was back, coupon in hand, and well, let's just say I am so in love. ❤

 

Colours Used (from l to r):
Jacqueline, Bevin, Caitlin, Carey, Kelly

Needless to say, the collection has grown since...more to come (insert evil grin here).

Gotta run, there's a 50% deal on. Check it out: Zoya Nail Polish Exchange
Happy Weekend, darlings!



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Tat’z Nail’z™ Revolutionizes the Nail Industry w/ Photo-Quality Digital Nail Art

Ready for the next big things in nails? We were excited when nail polish strips and stickers launched, intrigued when cuticle tattoos made their debut and now this latest, revolutionary nail product, Tat’z Nail’z™, has us incredibly excited. We all love eye-catching nail art, but let's face us, not all of us are blessed with a steady hand, or even an artistic eye to create amazing nail art designs, but thanks to Tat’z Nail’z Image System, you need not worry about those issues anymore.


Tat'z Nail'z's Image System is taking nail art and nail salons to the next level with its revolutionary image system. With Tat'z Nail'z™, you can print any image, design, or logo on any nail, artificial or natural. In only fifteen minutes, with prep and top coat application, a set of Tat'z Nail'z can be complete. We can already imagine this cutting nail art manicures in half, especially when it comes to backstage beauty during New York Fashion Week, and of course your bi-weekly visit to the nail salon. If you are a salon owner, each system can be purchased for permanent placement or can be purchased with a purchase plan for as low as $259.00 per month with unlimited design potential.


Each Tat'z Nail'z System is installed with pre-programmed with 300 designs and each design has 10 color options for a total of 3,000 pre-installed prints, patterns, and colors. It allows you to print your own digital images on your nails, thanks to its built-in camera, allowing you to capture moments and transfer them into wearable art. It's easy to use the Tat'z Nail'z image system; begin with application of a Tat'z Nail'z base coat and pre-printed lacquer to protect the nail’s surface. Next, with one finger placed inside the machine, a design is chosen and printed, and a top coat of your choice applied.

For those of you who prefer to have their on personal Tat’z Nail’z at home, they do have petite imager for the consumer, which retails for $2,250.00 each, and is a special order item that weighs 15lbs! If your budget isn't quite ready for that, you can simply Create Your Own nails through their website. Choose one of their pre-loaded designs or upload your own photos/designs for $15.00 a set.

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Get into the Back-to-School Groove w/ A Class Act Collection From Sinful Colors Pt2

Hello Lovelies,

As promised in my last post, here is Part 2 of the fabulous Back to school Collection from Sinful Colors, A Class Act. The first Sinful Colors "A Class Act" post featured the pinks, this time I am going bleu.

Who wants to be in a classroom when it's so gorgeous out?!? I hope you're all settled in and ready to learn new and exciting things! I will tell you that Maths was never my best subject but you have to admit lines and curves and squares and triangles are pretty cool. For this latest mani, all signs lead to triangles. I really love the gorgeous summer sky blue Why Not, which I used as my main. It just makes you want to ditch school and go have fun in the sun! On the accent nails I did overlapping triangles in my "Terminator" metallic gray, Casablanca and Pink Break (I can't get enough of that scrumptious shade of pink, so I had to throw it in).

Hope school's off to a great start!!!

Study hard, darlings!!
xo

 




Sinful Colors used:

Why NotA clear sky blue 
Pink BreakDemi-matte peachy-pink
Casablanca: Creamy metallic silver 




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Tips & Tricks: How-to Remove a Gel Manicure at Home by Skyy Hadley

We all love a gel manicure; you don't have to worry about smudges, because it dries instantly when cured, it lasts a very long time and looks ultra glossy, and two weeks later, your gel mani looks as fresh and new as the day you got it. Then comes the removing your gel mani. Since it's a longer process than just using nail polish remover, we can sometimes get impatient, and may try removing the gel the wrong way. A way that is very hurtful to the health of our nails.

Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, says, "It’s important to take your time when removing a gel manicure yourself, as it can be a slow process and you want to treat your nails very delicately and carefully to avoid weakening them." She provides the following tips and a step-by-step tutorial to safely remove your own gel manicure:


  • File – Use an emery board to lightly buff each nail to remove the shiny top coat so you’re left with a powdery finish. Be careful not to over buff so you don’t hit your natural nail underneath the gel.
  • Soak – Next you must soak your nails in 100% acetone polish remover. To do this, take a piece of cotton ball the size of your nail and pour the acetone on it, place it on your nail and cover your nail with a piece of aluminum foil or tape to keep it in place. Do this on every nail and let soak for 15 minutes to relax the gel.
  • Remove – Remove the cotton pieces from your nails and take a wooden cuticle stick to push the gel polish off your nails. If you have trouble, instead of forcing it, soak your nails with a cotton ball for 5 more minutes and try again.
  • Moisturize – After the gel has been removed, wash your hands and apply a cuticle oil to the nail and cuticle. This will rehydrate your nails after using acetone on them to keep them strong and healthy between polishes.

Do not under any circumstances try peeling off your gel mani. By peeling off a gel manicure, you are not only removing the gel, but also the top layers of your nails. This can result in white patches and textural irregularities throughout the nails.

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Get Straight As with the New Back-to-School Collection From Sinful Colors

Hello lovelies,

Wanna be the Teacher's Pet? Then this new collection by Sinful Colors will give you a leg...erm I mean, a hand, up on the competition. :D

I received 10 of the shades from the Back To School: A Class Act collection and I couldn't wait to try them. I have been digging pink lately (yes, I am ready to admit it) and I am hopelessly in love with this light shade, Pink Break, from the collection. It has a nice creamy demi-matte finish that reminds me of marshmallows. I paired it with the luscious pop of fuchsia, 24/7 and kept it simple with a couple of dots at the base of the nails in Casablanca, which reminds me of molten metal which, don't laugh, made me think of the Terminator. Topped off with Seche Vite, the ultra feminine look keeps me staring at my nails!!

Pretty In Pink

Before The Dots

The Yummy Stash


Coming soon, Part 2, featuring blues and silvers.

Toodles!!

Here's the official collection information; go get it!!! items marked " * " are the colors received and shown above:

Get ready to hit the books and go back to school in style with the latest collection for Back To School from SinfulColors, A Class Act. The extensive array of fresh shades are perfectly on-trend with the latest fall fashions and will ensure that your mani is top of the class. Dusty pastels and pops of color come in a demi-matte finish that feels soft yet looks striking and is deserving of nothing but straight A's.  Denim blues and ready-to-burst brights capture an effortlessly cool and rebellious vibe, while shimmering silvers, purples and teals with eye catching 3D glitters look just as chic during a night out on the town as they do in class the next day. 
We think you'll agree that all of these 27 SinfulColors shades deserve straight A's:
  

24/7: Our hottest pink *                                     
A-Crush: Soft baby blue in a unique demi-matte finish
Blackboard: Demi-matte chalkboard black     
Blue Sensation: Lustrous silvery sky blue * 
Burst Of Fresh Flair: Pearlescent lemon yellow *                      
Casablanca: Creamy metallic silver * 
Chalk It Up: Saturated, demi-matte pistachio green                   
Daredevil: A pop of neon pink * 
Energetic Red: Classic fire engine red *                                     
Feel The Vibe: A bright splash of juicy orange 
Fig: Glistening plum                                                              
Glass Pink: Sheer and shiny pink shimmer * 
Hazed: Subdued violet with a demi-matte finish             
Ice Blue: Soft indigo exploding with silver sparkle 
Ice Dream: Cerulean glitter with a translucent silver base *       
Late Night Haute: Turquoise and gold-flecked 3D glitter
Night Owl: Multi-colored gilded 3D glitter                                 
Pink Break: Demi-matte peachy-pink * 
Purple Diamond: Twinkling violet                                         
RADient: Vibrant raspberry with a demi-matte finish
Rebel Rose: Metallic magenta                                               
Sinful Sunrise: Warm pink with silver 3D confetti
Summer S-cool: Robin's egg blue                                         
Truth or Lavendare: A demi-matte creamy lavender
Whiteboard: Chalk white                                                      
Why Not: A clear sky blue * 
V.I.Peach: Soft touch pastel yellow

Each bottle retails for $1.99 each, and is available at Walgreens and other mass retailers in this month and September.

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Memories of Mexico Glitter Mani

Hello lovelies,

My gorgeous redheaded friend, Sasha, loves glitter manis and begged me to do one on myself since I never do. I love my friend, and it's summer so I pulled out the glitter and went for it. Added a little ikat accent detail using orange and purple craft acrylic paint. This was the result; it reminds me of a recent trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, with it's mind-blowing sparkling turquoise waters and colorful people. 

Shine on, beautiful people! Here's to a lovely weekend.





Nail Polishes used: 
  • Bonita - Turq It
  • essence the gel - Play With My Mint
  • Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Overcoat - Blush Over Hue

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Happy National Wiggle Your Toes Day from BareTraps Shoes & Red Carpet Manicure

We can all agree that after that insane winter and our feet being enclosed in winter boots for so long, the open toe season is a glorious one (although the humidity can be unnerving). In celebration of the freedom of our toes, we paired up with our sister blog, Shoeography, to implore you to celebrate National Wiggle Your Toes Day with some awesome sandals like their previously highlighted Shoe of the Day, BareTraps Brodee Wedge Sandal, a duo-toned, classic low wedge sandal, and the latest nail lacquer collection from Red Carpet Manicure.


The above four colors are as follows:
  •  A New York Minute - pale turquoise creme
  • Material Girl - hot pink creme
  • Staycation - bright coral creme
  • Queen Bee - soft yellow pearl
They are from the Red Carpet Manicure Spring 2015 Collection, which features a total of 15 colors, ranging from cremes, to shimmers, in pastels, brights, and sparkling lacquers. The Red Carpet Manicure Spring 2015 Collection nail lacquers retail for $8.00 each and are available at Ulta, www.ulta.com, and www.redcarpetmanicure.com.

The BareTraps Brodee Wedge Sandal is available in Black Vienna, Dark Grey/Platinum (showcased in photos), Cognac, Cognac/Gold, and White/Silver, and currently on sale for $29.99 at www.footwearunlimited.com. Now go outside to celebrate today by wiggling those toes.

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Get Some Spring 2015 Nail Fever with SinfulColors

Winter is finally gone, hooray!! Say goodbye to winter and its foul weather and welcome in the spring season officially with these daring and exciting nail colors from the SinfulColors Spring 2015 Collection. This gorgeous pigments, which offers an array of vibrant and unexpected pops of color, boasts three major nails trends of the season: soft pastels get an invigorating update with creamy shimmer and glitter, zesty oranges, bright yellows, and greens summon the energizing feel of citrus-inspired colors, and calm blues, purples, and teals are enhanced with iridescent toppers.


The SinfulColors Spring 2015 Collection, as highlighted above, are as follows:

Cloud 9: Perfect orange
Cream Pink: Bubble gum pink
Energetic Red: A classic fire engine red
Feel The Vibe: A bright splash of juicy orange
Gold Medal: The perfect metallic gold
Innocent: Green apple
Let's Meet: Luxe lemon yellow
Let's Talk: Royal purple

Nail Junkie: Sparkle-infused aqua
Navy I Do: True navy blue
Sail La Vie: Cerulean sea blue
Savage: A matte turquoise that pops
Tempest: A subtly seductive purple
Thimbleberry: A crushing shade of coral
Why Not: A clear sky blue

To give your classic shades mani a new take and some new life, try one of the following decorative and decadent toppers from SinfulColors:

OPALESCENT TREND TOPPERS

Flight To See: Prismatic plum
Prized Plume: Iridescent peacock-feather blue
Sheer Flight: Bejeweled emerald

CITRUS TWIST TOPPERS

Horizon Shine: High-shine crimson red
Ring The Belini: Metallic tangerine feather blue
Zest Of Times: Lustrous magenta

BLOOMBLAST GLITTERS

Flower Power: Baby pink speckled with white & fuchsia
Petal Be The Day: Royal blue and purple confetti
Standing Bloom Only: A creamy mango with magenta flecks

The collection is available now at $1.99 each at Walgreens and other mass retailers.

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Gelish MINI Introduces The Cinderella Spring 2015 Collection

Bippity Boppity Boo! Those three words were a staple in my childhood. I wanted to be Cinderella, every little girl did...and I'm sure they still do. In celebration of the newest, live-action adaptation of the famed fairy tale, Gelish MINI launched the Cinderella Collection. Teaming up with The Walt Disney Pictures, the collection showcases a wonderfully distinctive range of soak-off gel nail colors inspired by the movie.


The Collection features nine whimsical gel polishes in soft, playful colors. It boasts six crèmes and sparkly shades, and a trio of statement glitters from the Gelish MINI Trends line. The colors include and Gelish also shares some eye-catching nail art you can rock to go along with the movie and collection:

If The Slipper Fits - a light blue glitter
Party at the Palace - an iridescent teal
Ella of a Girl - a light pink crème
Live Like There's No Midnight - a dark blue shimmer
My Carriage Awaits - a coral crème
Watch Your Step, Sister - a dark pink crème
Stepsisters Rule! - a red magenta glitter (Trends line)
I'll Make it Fit - a multicolor glitter (Trends line)
A Moment of Magic - a gold glitter (Trends line)


The Gelish MINI Cinderella Spring 2015 Collection is available now at www.sallybeauty.com.

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NYFW Runway Nail Report: Morgan Taylor at Carmen Marc Valvo and Thakoon

Our last Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer NYFW runway nail report ends with the Fall/Winter 2015 collections of  Carmen Marc Valvo and Thakoon. The nail looks for these two exceptional designer are at opposite ends of the spectrum with Danielle Candido going to a dark, steely mani for Valvo, and Gina Edwards going for pretty pale nails at Thakoon.

Carmen Marc Valvo - The Look: Mid-Century Modern


The mid-century modern mani by Danielle Candido was a custom blend of Matte's A Wrap with a hint of Metalling Around, followed by a thin stripe of Little Black Dress hand painted along the outside cuticle line adding Make It Last top coat for a black high-gloss contrast against the matte gray base.

Thakoon - The Look: Glacier Dreams


Thakoon's collection lead us through a dreamscape. The glacier-esque manicures by Gina Edwards for Morgan Taylor inspired by sleepwalking under the Northern Lights featured opalescent violet beams of light with a sheered blend of Something To Blog About and Make It Last on a soft pink base of Sweet Surrender.

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NYFW Runway Nail Report: Morgan Taylor at Angel Sanchez and Zero + Maria Cornejo

The Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer team continues to share their amazing and artistic voice through their runway-ready nail looks during New York Fashion Week. Grey tones, and distinct nail art were once again present on runway nails. We saw the cool, achromatic color, resurfacing at Angel Sanchez in a deeper tone, while the influence of surrealistic art shined through at Zero + Maria Cornejo.

Angel Sanchez - The Look: Sultry Smoke


Inspired by vintage YSL, Angel Sanchez re-imagined 70's glam with his stunning collection. Manicures by Gina Edwards for Morgan Taylor shined using Sweater Weather, a rich grey. Layering Make it Last and Need for Speed top coats for high-gloss.

Zero + Maria Cornejo - The Look: Dali Dots


The Zero + Maria Cornejo collection embodied the spirit of individuality. Manicures by Gina Edwards for Morgan Taylor showed large dots asymmetrically sliding off the sides of the nails. The look was created using Morgan Taylor Lacquer in Birthday Suit, a creamy taupe layered with neutral, In The Nude. In sharp contrast, Little Black Dress was used for the large polka dots.

We'll definitely be trying out Gina Edward's Zero + Maria Cornejo manicure for ourselves.

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