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Spring Fashion Week Wrap-Up

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , on September 16, 2011 by clairesayswhat

OMG you guys, I had sooooo much fun hanging with all the celebs in the front-rows and backstage at this year’s fashion week! I heard from Diane Von Furstenberg that yes, Michael Kors really does enjoy eating Ho-Hos as much as he likes to talk about them on Project Runway. Scandalous! Hahaha Just kidding! Maybe one day I’ll get to at least be in NYC for Fashion Week…..a gal can dream, right?

But I enjoyed getting the updates on all the events from my favorite blogs, including Tom and Lorenzo, xojane, All Lacquered Up, and Refinery29. It was especially fun following the up-and-coming nail polish trends via All Lacquered Up and Refinery29.

Nail polish has become almost as big a deal as the clothing in the runways of fashion shows, and what makes it on the nail at the shows often dictates trends for polish colors in upcoming seasons as well. Tracy Reese and other designers have partnered with Sally Hansen in past seasons to create exclusive colors for the Complete Salon Manicure line that were debuted on the runway during Fashion Week and later released as limited editions to the retail market. Two current “it” designers, Prabal Gurung and Alexnader Wang, will be the next to debut Sally Hansen colors for the Spring/Summer season next year. I am already drooling over two of the Prabal Gurung shades! You can hop over to All Lacquered Up to check out those gorgeous colors for yourself. There’s also a video tutorial for a new nail art look, Slim Silhouette, that’s pretty nifty. I’ll be trying it myself soon!

All Lacquered Up also reported on a new CND shade called Poppyfield, which is a fun, bright reddish coral shade that will definitely become a trendsetter. To my eye, Times Square by NYC’s In a New York Color Minute collection is verrrry similar. Check it out here on Glossy Expectations and see what you think! The NYC shade is a much cheaper way to be the leader of the pack with a surefire trendy color. It’s a shade that works surprisingly well on everyone, so give it a try!

Finally, you absolutely MUST check out this Refinery29 slideshow of insane nail art from a fashion show by The Blonds. It’s rhinestones galore, and I absolutely love it! I have some stick-on rhinestones that I’ve been dying to use in some sort of glitzy manicure, and I think this may just give me the courage to do it! Refiner29 also has a great Fall Nail Polish guide that will get you up to date on what’s new for the season.

Are you excited by the colors of the spring Fashion Week runways? What new trends and nail art styles are you looking forward to trying for fall and spring?


Subtle Harlequin Hearts

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by clairesayswhat

So I graduated last weekend from my Library and Information Sciences master’s program and, as a graduation present, the fantastic Miss Sarah got me a Konad stamper and some Bundle Monster plates!! Once you get into nail polish/art and start reading the blogs, it doesn’t take long before you come across the wonders of the Konad. It’s like rubberstamp art but for your nails! And the Bundle Monster company makes a ton of designs, from little pictures to patterns that cover your nail to designs just for your tips. The first design/nail polish combination I tried didn’t work too well, but I gave it another whirl this evening. After all, practice makes perfect! This is my result:

Photo by clairesayswhat

Can you see the hearts? I know, it’s super subtle, but in person the hearts show up a bit more. Overall, I really like the effect! The base polish is OPI Seniorita Rose-alita, and the heart is stamped in Tea and Crumpets by Essie. I tried another, more intricate design that didn’t work at all first, so then I decided to give something more simply a go since I’m still new at using the Konad.  Most of the patterns that are supposed to be for your whole nail are a little small for my nails since they’re so long, so I’ll have to experiment with using those.

The whole thing is a pretty simple process. First, you paint some polish over your chosen Bundle Monster design, which are on small metal discs. Next, you use the little scraper (or an old gift card works, too) to wipe off the excess polish from the plate. Then, you use the stamping tool to pick up the polish off the plate, sort of just like a rubberstamp and an ink pad. The stamper tool has two ends–one smaller and one larger–that are made of smooth plastic that’s kind of squishy. After the polish design is transferred onto the stamper tool (which can be tricky, but if you miss a portion of the design, just stamp it off on a paper towel and repeat the process), you then sort of press-and-roll it onto your nail and voila! Instant art! Well, not quite instant. It is a bit time consuming, but it’s fun to see the design transferred instantly onto your nails!

I still need a lot of practice with the Konad stamper, and I need to find some thicker, darker polishes that will make the designs really pop over other colors. Miss Sarah and I will be having lots of fun trying new designs, so expect lots more pictures!

Nice girls don’t wear Cha-Cha heels!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , on July 17, 2011 by clairesayswhat

Have I mentioned yet how the grocery store that I frequent has practically a whole aisle dedicated to nail polish? They carry drugstore brands but also OPI and Orly as well. Needless to say, I usually make a trip down this aisle every time I’m doing grocery shopping. Sometimes I wonder how often their security cameras have caught me making my way down this aisle yet again…AnyWHO, for several weeks, I had my eye on these:

Photo from Walgreens

Sure, they’re a bit childish and a pattern I don’t usually wear, but ultimately I couldn’t resist!  They remind me of Divine in John Waters’ film masterpiece, Female Trouble. I can’t remember if Divine actually wears hot pink leopard or not in the movie but, either way, they just seem to me as though the spirit of Divine was reincarnated as a nail sticker!

I’ve had good luck with Broadway products in the past as I used to use their fake nails every once in awhile for special events when I still bit my nails. They have pretty designs, and the regular french manicure varieties actually look quite natural. Or at least like you went to a salon to get your nails done. I highly recommend them.

So based on my past experiences with this brand and the extraterrestrial pull of this spectacular pattern, I gave in and bought them. They were also cheap–much cheaper than the Sally Hansen Salon Effects polish strips. Now, when I got them home and set about putting them on, the first thing I noticed was the variety of sizes. Some of them are quite large, and I suppose you could use them on your big toe nail, too, if you wanted. But that would be kind of….skanky, so I suggest cutting it to fit another finger nail if needed. You also get 28 stickers with Broadway where Sally Hansen only gives you 16 for a much higher price. I like that with the Broadway Nail Dress you can get two manicures out of the set instead of just one. The Nail Dress also fit my nails quite well, covering the entire nail bed, whereas the Sally Hansen strips were overall a bit small for most of my nails.

However, there is a major difference in these two products. Broadway Nail Dress is actually a stick-on wrap that applies like a sticker and peels off easily when you’re ready to remove it. The Sally Hansen strips are very thin, more like a decal, and you have to use nail polish remover to take them off. Broadway’s product was easy to apply and remove, but I must offer a TIP: slap a layer of top coat (such as Out the Door) over these suckers immediately after you apply them! I noticed very quickly the next day that the layer of clear plastic over the pattern was peeling up. I applied my top coat too late, but I think if you do it sooner after application that it will help to extend the wear of the Nail Dress strips.

Broadway has less designs than Sally Hansen at the moment, but overall it’s a great product for the price. Personally, I think the jury is still out as to whether these nail stickers will be around for the long haul. What do you think?