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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?

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OMG my cuticles!!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by clairesayswhat

A couple of months ago I started noticing that my cuticles were beginning to get a little on the dry side. Regular acetone use will do that, I’m afraid! It’ll also turn your nails yellow, which I never quite believed until I noticed the effect taking place on my own nails. Eep! Stay tuned for another post about nail whitening soon.

Anyhow, so I was on the lookout for a product to help my ailing cuticles. Just like I’m not too keen on lipglosses that come in pots that you have to apply with your finger (eew, germs!), I didn’t really want to get something like that for my cuticles, either. So I was excited when I happened upon the new Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle Pen:

It’s actually a brush that you twist to bring up the treatment from inside the pen and then apply to your cuticles. And fear not: it doesn’t make your cuticles grow, it’s just included under than moniker because there’s another pen that’s not nail growth.

Use a little or a lot, let it sit it for a bit while your picking out the perfect color for your nails, and then wash it off before starting the manicure process. It’s safe to use over polish, too, so it’s great anytime your cuticles are getting a little flaky. The best part is that it smells soooo good! I could swear there’s almond oil in the formula, but the packaging just lists safflower oil, apricot kernel oil, and coconut oil. Either way, it smells like almonds to me, and that’s a good thing! It moisturizes quite well without getting too messy or oily. There are similar nail brush pens at Sephora selling for $12 but, as always, Ms. Hansen keeps the price point reasonable at around $4 in local drugstores.

Speaking of Ms. Hansen, does anyone know if she was a real person or just another marketing mirage like that other gal, Ms. Crocker? I have to give it up to Ms. Hansen, too, because she’s really stepped up her game in the past few years with her range of products. I’m still iffy on some of the polishes (except for the Complete Salon Manicure line which is ah-mahzing), but the nail care products are comparable if not better than most of the more expensive options. You gotta love a product that delivers exactly as promised!

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?