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Knitting Chic Nails

Good morning!!

I love to knit. It's calming and focusing. For someone who attention span is as short a my pinkie nail, knitting does wonders for me. I mostly make hats, scarves and baby items. Some things are more complicated and require tons of focus while others can be done in less than an hour. All bring equal amounts of joy.

I started knitting in primary school (middle school for my fellow Americans). I found a book in the village library and taught myself. We would make knitting pins out of the hard but flexible spine of coconut tree branches. The first thing I made was a pair of baby booties. White yarn with silver mixed in. Our dolls ended up having a ton of hats; those were really easy to make because they were mistakes made from not being able to keep a circle flat :) I stopped knitting when I became a teen. You know how that goes...

One day, I was on a little weekend getaway  in Solvang, CA and while walking around the town, wandered into a knitting store. Lets just say that after walking out of there with 4 skeins of yellow yarn and size 8 needles to make a scarf, my stash has grown considerably since.

This mani 's nail art design is an ode to my knitting skills.






Colours Used:

Essence the gel: miss captain



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Nail Stamping in Honour of Hayao Miyazaki

Hellooo darlings!

Happy New Year! I hope the holidays were amazing for you. Do you love animated movies? I sure do. I especially love the films by Hayao Miyazaki who accurding to IMDB is "one of Japan's greatest animation directors". My faves from him are Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo. On January 5th, he celebrated his 75th birthday.

Good thing the stamping plates that I had been waiting for from Aiyohee.com arrived on the 4th!!!!

Their Miyazaki Collection of stamping plates is just lovely. Featuring scenes and characters from the movies, they are quite elaborate and detailed. My nails are quite small so I am slightly limited in what designs I can use.  I chose images from my favourite plate of the 12-piece collection #66.


Polish Used:
China Glaze - Mix and Mingle
Konad White Stamping Polish

 
 
 
Here's to a wonderful 2016!!!
 
 

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Holiday Gifts for Nail Polish Lovers

One of the easiest people to make happy during the holiday are nail polish lovers. Give us an assortment of lovely nail colors and we're very happy campers. As nail polish lovers, we know our fellow addicts will be bursting with joy at the thought of receiving the following holiday gift sets from Lauren B. Beauty, and Ciaté London.

LAUREN B. THE NUDE COLLECTION
The natural, clean-manicure look is huge this season – here’s how to master it once and for all. This collection of nude shades, from porcelain to espresso brown, looks insanely flattering and refined on every skin tone. Easy to wear, these wonderful polishes celebrates lighter and deeper tones while keeping you on trend. The kit includes Lauren B's gentle Nail Polish Remover Pads to make color changes a snap. Get these 5 polishes for $75.00 (a $105 value!)

LAUREN B. THE LUXURY NAIL COUTURE COLLECTION

A perfect, glossy finish says elegant lady; sultry purples and glitter telegraph cool girl. Your nails will love to be coated in luxury with these 5 amazing polishes. Get this set for $75.00 (a $117 value!) 
  • Nail Perfecter - made to even out nail color and texture
  • Pacific Palisades - a cool, lush shade of orchid violet (and Pantone color of the year);
  • Mulholland Drive - a deeply sexy purple hue that isn’t too inky;
  • Hollywood Boulevard - a multicolor glitter that’s super-chic layered over dark polish or worn simply on its own
  • Gel-Like Top Coat - for a quick-drying, salon gel manicure effect that lasts and lasts.
LAUREN B. THE ULTIMATE TREATMENT COLLECTION
Like everything else, our nails needs love and care as well. This must-have set contains 7 time-saving botanical breakthroughs to have your nails looking good all the time, with or without nail polish. Use the botanically-powered Nourishing Hand Cream, Nail & Cuticle Balm and Cuticle Oil daily to smooth and soothe hands; the Nail Polish Remover Pads to hydrate your skin; the Nail Growth Serum to saturate your nails with amino acids and vitamins for growth; the Nail Perfecter to disguise nail flaws, and the high-tech Gel-Like Top Coat for exceptionally long-wearing, high-gloss finish. This 7-treatment set retails for $195.00 (a $212 value!).

The Lauren B Holiday Nail Polish Giftsets are available on LaurenBBeauty.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-porter, Anthropologie.com, and other fine retailers worldwide.

CIATÉ OH CHRISTMAS TREE



This year, upgrade your merry mani with Ciaté London's luxe Christmas Tree nail offering, this delightful paint pot tree is adorned with colorful Christmas ‘baubles’ framing 6 festive paint pot colors. This limited edition gift set contains the following six festive crème and glitter shades:
  • Tangled Tinsel - decadent chunks of gold glitter sprinkled with silver and lilac
  • Serendipity - a sparkling pink glitter
  • Mosaic Madness - an orange, lime, sliver and navy cocktail of mosaics
  • Headliner - an extraordinary cocktail of blue and green
  • Kiss Chase - a dreamy pink
  • Sand Dune - a glistening gold that screams modern charm
CIATÉ LONDON X OLIVIA PALERMO FASHION EDIT NAIL SET


A four-piece mini nail collection collaboration between Ciaté London and Olivia Palermo, with shades inspired by a Fashion Week destination. From a pop red statement at the New York shows, a deep purple for the London FROW – a Bordeaux red in time for Paris couture and rounding off show season in Milan with a powdery pink. The four nail polish colors include Sundays, Hutch, Brooklyn, and Napa Valley. Get this set for $30.00

CIATÉ LONDON PAINT POT DUO


A perfectly packaged pair of mini Paint Pots that makes a great stocking stuffer. This duo features a high coverage crème, and a dazzling glitter. Wear each color on their own, or layered together for a festive party look. Get it for $15.00

Add a hint of sparkle and color to your Noel nails this year, with these must have gifts for all nail polish addicts. Get all the Ciaté London sets from Sephora, Pottery Barn Teen, and Birchbox.

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Sally Hansen Celebrates the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year

Beauty and nail polish lovers rejoice. Next year, we get to enjoy double the nail color love thanks to the announcement of Pantone's two colors for 2016's Color of the year. The Pantone shade color experts who have departed from the tradition of selecting one color, to the blending of the two colors – the delicate pink rose quartz and the soft blue of the serenity. Should we anticipate some awesome pastel marble, striped, and negative space manicures in 2016? Either way, these shades will dominate 2016. In celebration of the Pantone's Serenity and Rose Quartz colors as the 2016 Colors of the Year, Sally Hansen rounded up its favorite Pantone color inspired polishes which we're sharing with you today.

PINKS


  1. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy
  2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Petal Pusher
  3. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Crème de la Crème


BLUES


  1. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Full Blue-m
  2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Set Sail
  3. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Sugar Fix
You better get a heads up on acquiring these nail colors my fellow nail polish lovers, and get ready to get creative, mix and match, try some fun nail art in 2016 with Sally Hansen's trendiest colors at your fingertips!

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Cosmic Travel In Lauren B. Fall 2015 Shades

Hello darlings,

I created a gorgeous cosmic mani using three yummy shades from the Lauren B. Fall 2015 Collection, which is inspired by the vivacious colors of Los Angeles:

The collection boasts eight colors that range from creamy soft pastels to bold shimmers and glitters, but the three colors I used are:

Espresso On 3rd: "Shot with sparkling caramel flecks, this deep chocolate tone has a fresh effect on all skin tones; it's one of the most gorgeous fall shades we know."

Santa Monica Shutters: "Clean and fresh with a touch of translucence, this milky, off-white shade creates the best first-snowfall effect: one coat makes your nails look healthy and glowing; two coats lend them a pearly gleam."

Ivy At The Shore: "The Goldilocks of teal polishes, this isn't too light or too dark - just commandingly pretty. Metallic undertones lent it an elegant luminous vibe."  


Espresso On 3rd
The luxury nail polish brand is 100% vegan, eco-conscious and 5-free, which as any nail polish addict knows, means it's free of harsh chemicals that do more harm than good. What do you think of my cosmic travel-inspired manicure? 



Lauren B Beauty is an LA based company and they name their shades whimsical LA references. I love it. These colors and more are available online at www.laurenbbeauty.com and retail for $18.00 a bottle.

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Creme de Mauve: Zoya Nail Lacquer Aubrey Review

Hello Sweeties,

Once again, my fave brand of polish, Zoya, finds me in love with another shade that I love to wear on it own (no artwork, at least not for the first day). Described as a full-coverage, medium mauve cream Zoya Aubrey is definitely fall-licious. Check it out:

 
 
 
��Hope Autumn finds you cozy and warm! Cheers��

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Deborah Lippmann’s NEW Nail Lacquer Collaboration with FOX’s Empire

In celebration of the second season of FOX’s hit show, Empire, Deborah Lippmann has created the new, limited edition Deborah Lippmann X Empire Collection of three nail lacquer colors, named after songs performed by the star-studded cast. With these three colors, fans of the show can embrace the rhythm and indulge their fabulous side with these lavish new shades:


Hustle Hard - a fierce fuchsia shimmer
Power of the Empire - a gold record glitter
War of the Roses - a seductive ruby red shimmer

This collaboration carries special meaning for Deborah, a longtime member of the entertainment business with three albums to her own name, and perfectly ties in with the brand’s heritage of using music as one of its inspirational sources. She adds, “As The New York Times said, 'EMPIRE has prestige, great music and gifted actors…it is Dynasty in the age of hip hop.' What’s not to love?! It combines all my favorite passions–gorgeous beauty, killer style, and out of this world music. I am a loyal viewer and can’t wait to tune in weekly.”

Previous TV show collaborations have included HBO’s Girls and True Blood, Broadway’s Wicked, and several celebrities. The Deborah Lippmann X Empire Collection is available now and retails for $24.00 online at www.deborahLippmann.com, www.sephora.com, and www.nordstrom.com.

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Nail Trend Alert: Jelly Sandwich Mani

Dahlings!!

I love this nail trend, SO much. The Jelly Sandwich. It's basically layering sheer polishes, usually with glitter or dots of a contrasting colour in between layers, to create a dinensional type effect.

One layer of red polish followed by one of glitter, topped with another layer of red gave me this:


I only did the pointer and middle finger as we all know glitter is a pain to remove!! I love this look, and look forward to trying different colours and patterns.





Polishes Used:

Maybelline Color Show - Paint The Town
Essie - Set In Stones

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“Give Thanks” Thanksgiving Nail Art Design From Mars The Salon

Thanksgiving is almost here, and of course we want you to showcase your personality and celebrate the holiday with a festive manicure. Today's featured mani is brought to you by MARS the Salon, the festive manicure highlights fall colors in the spirit of Thanksgiving! The coveted “Give Thanks” design, created by owner Hiroko Fujikawa, showcases zigzag horizontal lines in multi-colors that kicks off the start of the holiday season.


Follow the below tips to achieve this artistic mani
  • Apply base coat
  • Apply a white polish color on all fingers
  • Paint some zigzag lines with orange, green, brown, yellow, blue, khaki, beige and red color polishes
  • Apply top coat
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Moo-nicure: Cow Print Dry Brush Mani

Hello darlings,

I follow some of the best nail artists on Instagram, and often I am inspired by their amazing ideas. This next one I got from Sarah @ChalkboardNails. I have been dying to do this!! I love black and white together, and for this manicure, I paired the combo with a gorgeous bright blue.


By dry-brushing black swishes onto a white base, which has a small V taped off, you too can do this. Seriously, it's so easy. On the accent nails, I outlined the V in black to enhance them a little.

I can't wait to try this again with different pairings of colour!

 
Polished Used:
 
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Extreme Wear - White On & Black Out
Sinful Colors - Savage
 
 
Have a LOVELY day!!!

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New Fall Cool: Zoya Nail Lacquer Brigitte Review

Lovelies! Hope your week is going great!

Very rarely do I sport plain nails, but this one time, I couldn't stop staring at how pretty this shade is, so I left my nails like this:
 
Their website describes Zoya Brigitte as a full-coverage, bombshell mauve cream. And bombshell it is. Firstly, Zoya polishes apply like a dream and this one doesn't disappoint. The final result is subtle, neat. For professionals who want a little colour but don't want to overwhelm, this is it. My favourite natural colour so far, I feel it can be worn year-round.
 
 
 
Have a great weekend!!!
 


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The Sweetest Halloween Mani: Candy Corn Nails for #NationalCandyCornDay

Since today is #NationalCandyCornDay, it's the perfect time to highlight this adorably delicious manicure that's perfect for Halloween. It'll also be a challenge to try to not bite your nails because your fingertips look like Candy Corn. Good luck with that ladies. Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist and owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, has created this delightful mani which perfectly celebrates the famous candy.


Paint one half of the nail in Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod (white) and the other in Lauren B. Coachella Valley Sun (yellow). Apply nail art stickers (hole reinforcers cut in half). Apply two on each nail as shown below.


Working on one nail at a time, paint the area inside the stickers with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Tribal Sun (orange) Carefully remove the stickers. Repeat on all other nails. Allow 5 minutes for your nail design to dry and finish it with a coat of Lauren B. Gel-like Top Coat.

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