Sunday, January 23, 2011

Here's another cool article by Betsey McClain on nail trends for Spring 2011.

2011's 6 Coolest Nail Polish Trends  By: Betsey McLain

Summary-Pale blues, metallics, lavenders and nudes are in.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Man(niquinn) Hands

Ah hah moment...nude polish should contrast with your skin tone--if it's too nude, and you look like you have "Maniquinn hands"...I hadn't thought of it that way, but that finally puts the words to something that had bothered me about nude polish.  How do I go nude?  I have used OPI's Designer Series for a base coat when I do french tips so...even my nudes never look "nude," I always add a little sparkle to add depth and detail.  McLain's take:  make sure your polish is a high gloss and a shade contrast.  My sister complained for years I was stuck in a nude rut, I think I am out of that rut now.  I dress conservative, even blah, alot of the time...for nails show my weekends, my artisitic side that carries through the week.

Why I am thinking about this?  I enjoyed this article, and it used the phrase that caused me pause and wanted to share it with you:  2011's 6 Coolest Nail Polish Trends By: Betsey McLain on .  The article doesn't cover nail art, just nail polish trends, but shared some great colors to keep in mind when shopping.  It's great to have a phrase to fit the situation...

Say no to Manniquinn hands!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

8 Crazy Cool Nail Trends Seen at The Spring 2011 Shows

I was checking what's hot in nail trends and wanted to share this post with you.

I will re-do ALL of these looks for you, and shoot a video for my take on each of these hot trends. Vote in the comments which one you want to see first! OK, I know theres only a handful of you reading, so the first response gets the first video/directions.

8 Crazy Cool Nail Trends Seen at NYC's Fashion Week for the Spring 2011 lines as written at  ( Photo is not mine, but is from website story link)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cheetah tips

Love a little cheetah in my life now and then!

To create this look, I used Glad Press'n'Seal to mask the bottom half of my nail, then stamped the cheetah onto the tips using my Konad m57 image plate with black.

It's pretty simple, and leaves absolutely no residue.  I press it onto the center and then pull the sides down just a bit to get a curve to the tip pattern.   Looks sweet!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Blue swirl on Orly Dazzle

NOTD with base coat of Orly Dazzle tipped with OPI Simmer and Shimmer. Then stamped swirl tie dye pattern from Konad plate m 63.

The silver by Orly goes on thin but very opaque...unforgiving for any fill lines or ridge nails showing every imperfection, but once a stamp is applied all is forgiven! They look great , with the extra sparkle on the tips it is very fun.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Scotch Tape Mani

OK, I have heard of it before and played with it once or twice, but this gal has really figured it out! 

Here's a step-by-step of how to use scotch tape to make a starburst pattern on your nails.  Very fun, and it looks simple enough.  Imgonnadothat!


Resolution: Blog It!

OK, so I have a New Year's Resolution:  I am going to blog once a week.  So, to make this happen I will be adding reviews of polish to my blog.  Pinkie swear!

OPI Simmer and Shimmer perfect for Mardi Gras!

Just a quick post with my new polish from OPI called Simmer and Shimmer.  It's a gorgeous, durable, sparkly polish that dries pretty quick.    I have used this as a french tip and it looked awesome, but I didnt get pictures. Thickens in the bottle pretty fast, I've only had it a month and I've had to clean the brush with thinner once already because it got too chunky
Base coat is China Glaze Aqua Baby to give this sparkling polish a blue hue.
(Sorry my nails are a mess, just trying to get in the swing of things and KNEW if I waited until I had cleaned up the cuticles I would NEVER get it posted, just like that last fifteen manis I've given myself!)

I would highly recommend this polish, and can see it for wintery looks and Mardi Gras designs.  The glitter has purples, greens, golds and turquiose blues and will play well with tons of colors by taking on the tone of whatever base coat if you decide to use one.