Most polish brands have their own line of before and after care. Starting with base coats, top coats, strengthener and cuticle oils. Essie has a pretty good line up. They have a good ridge filler and fast dry top coat called “good to go” that’s works well. Their cuticle oil is called apricot and has a hint of apricot smell to it. These products can be used with other brands but work best when you use their polish. I will sometimes mix and match what I use for the best results of what I want to achieve. Once you get adjusted to how products work with each other, you can mix and match as you see fit.
Ok. so here is part one of my polish collection. I am always asked about my polish and what it looks like. I’m not really a fan of putting them on my walls on racks, so I try to think of other ways to display them without them taking over my entire home. Posted here, are racks I use, carrying cases which I have about 6 of , and a wall unit. What you don’t see are my rolling carts, pull out drawers and bags and bags and bags of polish sorted by color. Overall, I think I own over 1500 bottles of polish. Yikes!! that’s a lot but, it never gets old. I love getting new polishes and new products. I have many different brands, but I have my favorites I like to work with. I am looking for more options to house my massive collection and will keep you posted in part two of my polish collection down the road.
Perfection is Possible!!
Minnie Mouse has always been a lil girls friend and sometimes a big girls friend too. This young lady wanted Minnie Mouse theme nails. Of course I had to google an image to copy, because, I could not remember what she looked like. I was hoping she didn’t want an actual design of Minnie. She opted for (Thank God) symbols that represent Minnie Mouse. The polka dots and bow are both classic Minnie Mouse and very easy for me to do. Besides her constant movement, I think I did a pretty good job. Challenge your inner Minnie and try it on your nails. All you need are a dotting tool, red, white and black polish and your on your way. Good Luck
I was invited to test this wonderful product. Clarisonic the brand we have known to love and trust because of their facial brush, has created the same type of brush for your feet. Yes, you read that correctly, they now have a Clarisonic Pedi made just for your feet. I was quite impressed by this small yet powerful brush. The effects over some time and frequent use, reduce callous skin faster than using a general foot file. The brush is light weight and comes with changeable discs. It is for personal use for best results, but, your local manicurist could offer it as an added plus. The Clarisonic Pedi is being sold at Sephora’s and Ulta locations. So get those feet to walking and own your own Clarisonic Pedi.
The past few weeks have been so busy and I finally have time to update my blog. Rolando Santana was my last fashion show for NYFW and the nails went out with a bang. During the nail test meeting I had a great time creating a nail look for Mr. Santana. I came up with 10 different looks and we agreed on one. As you can see, the nail we selected was a soft curve on the side of the nail bed. The two colors were a great combination and look great on the runway. To achieve this look at home is very easy. Start with the color you want for full coverage and paint one coat. Select a contrasting color that is fun and swipe the side of the nail with 2 coats. Top with a clear top coat and you have a form of instant easy nail art. Have fun and creative.
Peter Som’s collection was a take on land meet sea. Colorful prints that he does so well, consisted of blues and greens. Patterns of waves gave you the surf’s up concept that felt refreshing and ready for the spring. The nail look was the reverse french. During the test, Peter Som knew exactly what he wanted. The half moon, reverse french gives that soft curve effect that was present in his designs. I used the custom colors created for his show by Zoya. A cool blue and cool green named Alexa and Edie
From the nails to the shoes, Mr. Som had it together.
The busiest time in fashion comes twice a year and the month of September is buzzing with the spring fashion shows for 2014. It is a very busy time for me, but I love it. I get to hang out with my colleagues, get cool stuff and see some of the shows for what’s to come this spring.
I started my week with Nicholas K. A duo team of brother and sister who had some great wearable relaxed clothing. The nail look was inspired by Native American culture with a tomboy/girl feel.
Zoya nail polish was use to achieve this look. The base color is called Noot. We applied a matte finish top coat over the color and added a chevron with Edyta to give a bit of shimmer effect. This grey green olive color will be seen all week. It looks like we have the nail trend for next spring and its darker tones instead of lighter ones.
Backstage is always crazy but not this time. Ms. Kelly Cutrone was in charge and she it under control. I love love love Kelly. She gets the job done and doesn’t care who doesn’t like it.
Here is Kelly with one of my team mates whom I also love.
One of the models with the complete look. Hair, Make up and Nails!!
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One of those moments when you say “why didn’t I think of that”. Cuccio has created a nail polish bottle with a light under the cap. WOW!! I plan on trying this out to see if it really helps with seeing and applying better. A manicurist biggest challenge is light. We work in such poor lighting at times and this was a great idea. These lighted cap bottles come from Cuccio’s neon collection. Not sure on the price per bottle but you can get a display of 16 for $109.00. Visit again to see my thoughts on this new idea. I hope it really works. They may have something here and all brands could follow.
It always nice to meet new people, you never know how they can bring others into your life. I was introduce to a new brand of polish emerging from the U.K. It has made to the U.S. and is in my hands. 🙂 That’s pretty special. OFTA stands for Only fingers and Toes and it is a premium nail polish that is 5 free. I was lucky enough to sample there 60 color collection. I always get excited when my doorman gives me a box of polish but when I opened this box, I saw the best thing in the world any manicurist would love. The carrying case full of OFTA nail colors was the ideal case for carrying around tons of polish. Not only were the bottles pretty, but they were individual placed in a wonderful, light weight clear case with a handle. OFTA, bravo!! the colors are awesome and the case is just as awesome. I can not wait to carry them around. Take a look at my new nail polish and case. 🙂 Thank you, Thank you Thank you!
Stay tune for updates on this polish behavior.
Textured nail polish was the trend this year but in my opinion one brand did it better than the others. Zoya’s Pixie Dust has taken off to the moon! The colors are great and indestructible. This polish stays on for 2 weeks or until you decide to remove it. That’s how great it is. They have 3 collections in their line up with the newest fall collection on line now. It has the most gorgeous colors and I’m not just saying that because one of them was named after me. 🙂 They have the perfect sparkle that makes it fun but yet reserve at the same time. I introduced the pixie dust collection last year to a client who hasn’t changed her nail color in 7 years. She would never try anything I suggested until the day pixie dust came into her life. I tested a few colors and she instantly fell in love with Nyx, shown below. From that moment on, she has not stop wearing it. She introduced it to her other upper east side friends and they have become very fond of pixie dust too. They had no idea it existed and were very curious on where to find it. So, http://www.zoya.com should be getting a few more hits from my upper east siders
Check out how beautiful the fall sampler colors are. (photos from Zoya.com)
I had a chance to preview the color on one of the editors at People Stylewatch before they hit the net. I have been holding on to this picture for months.:) Tomoko is the color and its also the name of this fabulous editor
Which one is your favorite?
Red, White and Blue are the normal request for 4th of July nails, but not this year. I think blue has become such a popular color this year that everyone has just been addicted to the blues. Blues happen to be my favorite nail color a long with pastel pinks and chalky pinks. Zoya makes some of the best blues to date.
This is Pixie Dust Liberty . Photo was taken with a professional camera and I love the way it came out.
This is Zoya’s Song nail color. A vibrant blue that works well for the 4th of July.
So there you have it, hope they blue you away too.:)
I happen to be in the right place at the right time. I’ve always wanted to test out and try The New Black Nail polish since its debut last year in Sephora, but never got around to it. During an office visit that was work related, I happen to be there on the day of a big beauty sale!! I have always wanted to peek inside one of those beauty sales, and on that day, I did more than just peek…I was invited to shop and shopping is what I did. They had tons of polishes and this was my opportunity to score some brands I have wanted to try like The New Black. These polishes are packaged in fours, fives and up. Each packaging has colors that coordinate to what you may want to do artistically. For example, if ombre is the look you want, they give you all five colors in descending order so that you get your ombre just right. If its effects that you want, they pull together 4 or 5 colors that will blend well for different effects in order to make it less difficult to think about. I tried the colors out and like them all. The purple colors you see are the ombre colors. You can mix them up as you please but will never go wrong because the tone of all 5 colors always work well together. The New Black gets my 2 thumbs up and I will be indulging a lot more.
I’m always challenged by clients about nail polish and their lasting abilities. So, I decided to document how long Zoya’s Kara nail polish lasted on this busy working mother of 2. See for yourself.
Top picture freshly done with base coat, 2 coats of color polish, top coat and drying drops
14 days later and her polish is in tact except for some minor chipping on the pinkie and ring finger. She never top coated her nails or wore gloves. It helps to have a good manicurist too 🙂
Do I believe all nail polishes are not created equal? Absolutely!! But, to be fair I will also document different brands and you can tell me if all nail polishes are created equal. I think you will be surprised at the answer.
From Salon complete manicure to Inst-Dri to Xtreme wear, Sally Hansen seems to have it all. I was invited to a preview for all of their nail polish lines and found that they much more to offer. Cuticle oil enriched with vitamin e, fast drying drops and a hand creme that I really enjoyed. Sally Hansen has been around for decades, and at times, being an editorial manicurist you sometime forget about the drug store brands and what they have to offer. I am very glad that Sally Hansen’s Pr team invited me to view their products. I can certainly use them and give them some spot lights on my photo shoots. They gifted everyone who attended bags of polish and nail essentials. When I got home I had a great time playing in all of my goodies. The colors are vibrant and apply pretty well. The hand creme was my favorite on long with the cuticle oil. The next time you’re in a drug store, stop by the Sally Hansen display and take a look at their line. Not bad for some old timers. 🙂
Nars is a very nice make up line. I was gifted this eye shadow palette and lip pencil from Nars. Pink is one of my favorite colors in nail polish and this pink lip pencil is now one of my favorites too. Its smooth and very easy to apply. I haven’t tried the eye shadows yet but they are on my list. If you have not tried any Nars products go to your local Sephora (beauty heaven) and test them out. You will not be disappointed.
Dual eye Shado(new)- Bouthan
Pink Lip Pencil (exclusive)- 413BLKR
This is a great idea. I only use one file per person and this would be the perfect answer to not carrying around tons of files. You can use one file and peel off the top one to expose a new one, how clever Revlon. They come in 3 different colors, green, blue and black and the price is pretty good at $4.49. They can be found at your local drugstores. Off to Duane Reade I go.
Drum roll please…
It was inevitable that the man himself would come up with a nail polish. I mean, Chanel ,YSL, Dior and Tom Ford all have nail polish lines so why not. The polish line doesn’t drop until the fall but here is sneak peak of what to look for. The bottles are gorgeous as in true Marc Jacob style. The brush isn’t to polish friendly because if short but the bottle alone makes you want to get it if only to just look at. The color was shown in his runway show on Valentines day and what better color to use than red! Clear was used on the hands, while the feet were adorned with the red…Sizzle and shine baby!
The fashion show, once again was the best one of the week. Marc Jacobs always out does himself. Not your ordinary up and down the runway but a really big production that always wows the guest. Take a look at the rehearsal and the space that this show is held in. HUGE!!!!!
Zoya’s Pixie Dust hit the runway rk’s fashion week. Instead of using one color, I layered 3 colors to create a custom color of blue pixie dust for the Timo Weiland show
The three colors used from the collection were Godiva, with Dahlia and Nyx as the final color on top. The outcome was a hit with the designer and the stylist. This was pixie’s dust first debut down the runway. It has a matte finish, so top coat or base coat were not used. Pixie dust can be mixed with each other, but doesn’t play nicely with other color polishes.
You can find Pixie Dust at www.zoya.com and you can become a pixie dust fairy.at New Yo
Today is the first day of Fashion week and Peter Som was the first one on my list. Although he opted out of a runway show for a digital show it was still full speed ahead. Zoya created a custom color for the designers digital show. Digital is the new way for designers to show their collection. Stay tuned for Peter Som showing on Feburary 13th. I know you will be in for a treat.
We all have our ways on how we select colors for our manicures. You have a color in mind so when you get to your appointment you already know what you want or maybe you saw a color in an ad or on a friends nails that you want to try or sometimes you go in blind and just go with the flow. Most of the time when you go with the flow you end up picking a color that matches what you are wearing. I know, sounds strange but it’s so true. If your wearing green, you gravitate to green. If your wearing blue you go for the blue. But, CutieKTNY has a method all of her own. She has been getting her nails done a very long time and knows what she wants, but she has her own way of getting to that point. My favorite 9 year old who is now my favorite 12 year old has it down to a science…so to speak LOL. Take a look.This is how she decides. She takes all the colors she likes and paints one on each nail and through a process of elimination she decides.
And here is the final result
How do you decide your color? I’m sure it isn’t half as entertaining as CutieKTNY. 🙂
Introducing Zoya’s Pixie Dust Starting from top left: Dahlia, Chyna, Godiva, Vespa, Nyx and London.
It’s textured, matte and sparkling. Looks like sand on the beach but with color, more sparkle and finer.
Textured nails are this years trend for you manicure and Zoya has met the challenge with flying colors.
Application of Pixie Dust is a little easier because you don’t need a base or top coat. Apply 1-3 coats and let each coat dry in between layers to a matte finish to get the textured effect. It could take up to 10 minutes to dry completely but once dry they have a long lasting matte finish.
Let your inner fairy in to your nail collection and go to Zoya.com for your Pixie Dust!
The Golden Globes added a mani cam to their red carpet. Check out some of the nail idea that the celebs wore for this star studded event.
Sometimes things happen and you have to use other resources. While at my day at the office, a certain blue was needed. The color that was needed spilled out and was wasted. What was a manicurist to do? If you’re an experience manicurist there would be no problem. You could mix colors together and make the color you need or you could put your thinking cap on and use other resources. The eye shadow used for the make up was the perfect color needed for the nails. I asked the make up artist if I could borrow her creme shadow and went to work. After, getting the perfect consistency and color, I was able to apply this color just like nail polish. Viola! the final product looks like nail polish add top coat and the job is done without missing a beat. I’m not the best manicurist but this works!
One of my dear clients and friend is always showing me nail ideas that she would like to have. Of course I never believe her but this time she surprised me. Searching through her instagram page she found this polka dot nail art with a kitty cat face. It looked pretty simple so we sat down and went to work. She was very happy with the finish prodcut but, I know her daughter may not be so happy, since she wasn’t there to get her nails done too. This was pretty easy so I’m sure she can give her daughter a greats simulation. 🙂
Perfection is Possible
As some of you know my day at the office varies from day-to-day and from job to job. It is pretty fun and always different every day. On this day, Ciate was the brand and idea of choice for this rocker ex gossip girl. I posted it on my instagram and decided to post it here too. You can get this look by purchasing a Ciate kit. It is very simple, fun to do and looks great. It will last you about 2 days so make it worth it. 🙂
Good luck and have fun.
O.P.I. and Mariah Carey’s collaboration with nail polish, turned out to be one of their best yet. The liquid sand, which I told you about in a previous post has lasting abilities. The photo you see is 10 days old and counting. No chipping and barely any wear besides the nails growing out from the polish. If she wasn’t getting tired of this color she could go another week. Now that’s what I called a good manicure worth every dime. Where O.P.I. nail colors lack in staying ability, they have hit the mark with the liquid sand. Now, if only they could make the regular colors stay that long!
Sephora is a beauty heaven. Anything from make up, perfume, cosmetic brushes, facial products and nail polish can be found at Sephora. I visited one of the newer locations while I had some idle time to spare and why did I do that. I ended up playing in polish for almost an hour…as if I don’t play in polish everyday of my life. It was the most fun I had in a beauty store with nail polish. In drug stores, you can not open the polish to test, so how much fun is that? Well, in Sephora every brand, and every color has their own tester for you to try. You can give yourself a full manicure as they have remover, top and base coats, lotions and pusher to push those cuticles back. They even have a tester nail on a roll of clear paper so that you can test the color on the paper nail instead of your own (works great if your nails are already polished). The variety of colors was amazing. They have their own “X” brand polish that appeared to be pretty good. Nails Inc. was my favorite of all the brands. I always like their polish and got a chance to play in all the colors and their textured colors.
They even have a tutorial station that shows you videos on how to do designs on your own nails. It was a very cute idea. I actually sat there and watched all 4 videos. )
here are the clear paper nails that you can polish to get an idea of the color.
Nails Inc. glitter nails….one of my favorites. I want them all!!
My beauty day at Sephora was the highlight of my day. I took a spin around the entire store and played in the make up section and purchased a few items. I can’t wait to go back and spend some more idle time. 🙂
Spring bling in the pastel kind of way. Zoya, who does a cream and shimmer with each collection, has us all a buzz this spring. With names like Julie, Gie Gie Piaf and Blu the nails this spring will not go unnoticed. I love pastel colors, especially for my pedicures, so I am ultra excited about this collection. It looks like it will be a softer side this spring going into summer. I want to use them now, but I think I will wait a few more weeks before I indulge. 🙂
I am currently waiting for the mail man to delivery the next collection by Zoya. Remember I told you textured nails are the “it” thing this year? Wait to you see what they have in store with their Pixie Dust! It gorgeous and I will let you see as soon as it arrives.
I’m back!! I have been gone for a while due to computer issues but now I am back in business. So much has happen in the nail world and this should be fun catching up. Happy New Year to all my nailista’s. I’m going to give my predictions on the world of nails.
It looks like texture is going to be a big hit this year. It started with Ciate, caviar nails and the suede nails by O.P.I. and now the textured nail is a main attraction. With instagram and pinterest being the go to for anything nail, I’m sure you have seen it all.
O.P.I. has liquid Sand.!
The look of sand in a bottle of nail polish. Nice idea. It goes on matte and feels like sand on your nail. This is 4 days old so the lasting power is pretty good. Nails will take a notice with this look as textured nails are going to be big in 2013.
Essie did the hammered looking nail
Although you can not feel the texture, the look is certainly there. Taking a play off the magnetic craze, Essie changed the game with the pattern. This polish you use a top coat so your manicure will last much longer. You get the textured look without the touch and feel part of it all.
What a year it will be in the nail world. So many creative ideas hitting the scene with nail art still being a big hit. I can’t wait to blog about it all.
Pastels will be the pallet for spring. Soft coloring with slight shimmer and heavy creams. Seche Vite started with their fall line which you can see in my earlier post. They are lasting and one coat and go on with such ease. Take a look at what spring will look like for Seche Vite.
May be modest
Prim and polished
Simple yet significant
Seche Vite is sold at www.folica.com Try them out for yourself. I know you will like them as much as I do.
you can also get China Glaze for the spring and spring right into action with these bold colors. China Glaze and Seche belong to the same parent company. What a great friendship.
China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquer with hardeners is taking the nail world by storm. You get the effect of 2 colors in one bottle. No more using 2 different colors for contrast. You get 2 in one bottle with this new Tranzitions collection. Made of 6 colors from blue, pinks and greens, you can have a great time trying these out. When you cover with top coat, it automatically turns the color darker. The hardeners are also an added plus. You get beauty and strength in one bottle. What more can a polishnista ask for…not much. Thank you China Glaze for making this that much easier.
I will try them all for you to see. Stay tune.
Perfection is Possible!!
…and it still looks good. I needed to use Incoco on a photo shoot and tried it out before hand. The nails on the right are 10 days later. Only thing you see is new growth. No chipping of lifting . I did dishes, did nails, use polish remover and cleaned and this is the after affect. Easy to apply, dries instantly and looks good. Incoco is a winner on all accounts. Give it a try if you haven’t already.
perfection is possible!
Look what I got. I love nail goodies. Ciate has a mini bar kit for their caviar line. Ciate Caviar mini bar is perfect for the holidays. They come in 4 mini colors and 4 mini caviar beads in different colors. Easy for travel and easy for me to take on set. You can find Ciate in Sephora across the country. Get your set and have a ball. I’m going to go play in my mini caviar beads now.
Seche Vite nail polish gets 5 stars!! Here is the proof. The picture on the right was done 9 days ago. The picture on the left is what is looks like today after the 9 days. Barely any chipping and still in tack. You can not get not better than this. It doesn’t hurt that I probably give a pretty good polish too :).
But, if you were curious to know how well the Seche Vite color polishes hold here is your answer. They did extremely well. I will be using them again and again. Spring and Summer is coming up and can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Good job Seche Vite!!!
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This was a day that every office should experience. Glamour hosted a manicure day in honor of their new web launch. Zoya, who is the new color of fashion, was the polish of choice and Spa-ahh-Fair was on board to give the ladies their pretty in pink manicures. It’s always nice to have a grooming day with such great ladies. Their manicures had to have some kind of popping pink and the ladies were very open to trying different things. Stay tune to Glamour’s new web launch on or around Nov 28th to see pictures of all the excitement. But, until then here are a few that was I able to catch 🙂
(picture from Sultanabeauty via IG)
Here you have five different shapes you can file, buff or sculpt your nails into. My favorite is Squoval because you get the best of both worlds. It is a combination of square and round (oval). The edges are rounded while the top is squared off. Almond nails are also very nice and great looking for bigger hands but smaller nail plates. Square nails can look a bit harsh so your nails should be a little smaller. The wider your nail plate, you should not opt for a square shape nail. Try a round nail for a slender look. The most popular at the moment is the stiletto nail. I must say, I am definitely not a fan of this shape. Everyone can not wear this shape and some really shouldn’t. It’s very pointy and can be very dangerous to you and someone else. Great for entertainers because they don’t do much. 🙂 Last is the round shape which is always a classic and looks good on just about anyone. Very day to day and functional.
Whatever shape you choose, is fine. However, be aware of the way your nails actually grow. That should dictate what shape your nails should be file into. But, if you choose a different shape outside of your natural shape be prepared for cracking and breaking. Once the nail is compromised out of its natural shaping it can cause them to break. Keep them shaped and a nail hardener on them and it will help in stopping them from breaking or chipping.
I posted this on Instagram and Twitter and didn’t want to leave my blog out. China glaze glitters are the right amount of glitter. It’s more like a glitter dusting. Very fine so it is not so over powering. You could wear this glitter polish to the office because it’s so adult like. I love glitter polish and all for different reasons. I love this one because its gorgeous without the big chunks of glitter. Looks smooth and sexy and can be worn with anything, anywhere. Good job China Glaze. You have a new fan.