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Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Nails | 0 comments

Poke me: Facebook Nail Polish is real

One of the hottest trends for nails this fall is blue.  What is one of the most recognizable blues on the internet?  Facebook blue.  Good timing, then, that the company has put out “Social Butterfly Blue” in time for the trend.

Huffington Post’s Bianca Bosker recently spotted the polish, which has been selling since the first of the year at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus store.  It would be a fun one to add to the collections for under $5 a bottle.

source  Photo by B Bosker 


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Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Zoya releases FEEL: New Neutrals

FEEL Beautiful!

Every season the color experts at Zoya create dozens of new color collection options. This year, one of those “secret collections” just had to be seen now rather than later. FEEL by Zoya Nail Polish delivers six new, highly pigmented, full coverge neutrals for right now!

Zoya FEEL Collection

  • Kristen (ZP591): Full coverage, gull gray cream
  • Carey (ZP592): Full coverage, periwinkle gray cream
  • Megan (ZP593): Full coverage, taupe gray cream
  • Kendal (ZP594): Full coverage, rose quartz beige cream
  • Kennedy (ZP595): Full coverage, pale french beige cream
  • Avery (ZP596): Full coverage, blonde beige cream

Zoya is the new color of fashion…

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals

like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known

to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya FEEL as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we

name them after women.

FEEL by Zoya

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)

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Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Material Girl launches line of beauty products

Material Girl, Madonna’s clothing line launched with/for daughter Lourdes Leon, is branching out into beauty.  Among the offerings is a lineup of nail polish reminiscent of the old style Butter London bottles.  Lourdes is said to love the bright but sheer sparkles that keep the polish fun, but not over the top, for school.  The line will be offered at Macys.

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2011 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

MB Fashion Week – New York: Lela Rose

Lela Rose was all about confident glam, from the hair to the lips to the nails. Celebs in the audience included Brittany Snow (wearing Lela Rose), Rose McGowan, Shantel VanSanten and Lynn Collins. There were a few unusual sets at the beginning that just didn’t seem to fit the young, fresh look of this designer, but that quickly fell away as the show progressed. Knee highs that give a double take as boots were an adorable addition. Feathered skirts, paintbrush textiles and gradient/ombre with strong greens and teals make for a lush, romantic fall look.

 Hair – Ted Gibson lead: Devin Toth (pictured above, left)

Gorgeous finger waves and long pony was the look.  Ted was sent off to the Grammys!

Makeup: Stila  lead – Sarah Lucero
Makeup artist Sarah Lucero discusses the merlot lip she create for Lela Rose and the must have products to make this look work

Nails – Deborah Lippman
Deborah Lippmann was also whisked away for the Grammys and her husband Jude took over, describing the color that Lela Rose went with for the runway. Cha-ching!  It’s Billionaire.

Skin – Clarisonic

This was a first.  Clarisonic was backstage giving models cleansing, then Opal marine serum treatments.  I was given a treatment and I have to say – wow!  It was absolutely refreshing.  I have the Clarisonic and especially love it in the shower.  Invest!

Brittany Snow at Lela Rose

Lela Rose Fall 2011

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

St. Pucchi Couture Bridal Runway – 25th Anniversary

It takes a lot to run a business in fashion, and Rani Totman has led the way for St. Pucchi bridal for 25 years.  This in-demand couture bridal line started at the whim of a request, and has grown to dress celebrities and multiple sport figures wives alike.  St. Pucchi gowns often make their way to the screen (remember “Friends” Phoebe getting married in one?) because they are statement dresses.

For the 25th anniversary, a tribute was setup before the show featuring Rani’s own selection of gowns to represent the decades.  Chilled waters and flutes of champagne were sipped as I spoke with Rani’s daughter about the daunting task of selecting the specific gowns to bring, and it was a great perspective.  Photographs highlighted other looks over the years, and Rani’s press photograph was framed to sign.  Want to see more?  Check this post to see a brief chat with Rani herself discussing the beauty aspect.

Then the show!

Oh the gowns – there are  many of them – and I have them all here for you to view. 

Rani Totman makes use of feathers, beading, ribbons and anything else her heart fancies:

With a few mischevious touches (Yes, that is a peek-a-boo corset. Wait until you see the front!):

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A bit of lace ( all nails by Zoya Nail Polish):

I think this model must be a fav or some sort of muse because she is pictured over the years in St. Pucchi gowns.  I love her!  Isn’t her look reminiscent of Paulina Porizkova?

Some intense beading:

And flowers:

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Want to see them in action?  YouTube has put a worldwide block on my videos because of the runway music (really YouTube?) but you can view them here:


Trunk shows are starting to book.  Please contact St. Pucchi or your local bridal boutique to inquire about the line.   



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Posted by on Jan 13, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Zoya Nails at St. Pucchi 25th Anniversary Bridal Runway

The Look at St. Pucchi? Romance!

Zoya Nail Polish graced the hands at St. Pucchi’s 25th Anniversary Bridal Runway show.   Zoya’s manicurist Sunshine chose two different silvers (Trixie, left and Laney, right) to highlight the beauty of the dresses:

Trixie is described as ” Stunning light silver with a sparkling metallic foil finish. A chic and edgy shade that adds a spark to your look.”  

Of Laney, Sunshine described the selection as this: “St Pucchi bridal gowns are very whimsical so Laney went extremely well because it also has that same type of pretty (silver metallic duochrome with hint of green). Some of the gowns also had a silver/lavender hue to them so when put together they were match made in heaven.”

I can attest that the nails were very eyecatching and the Laney often pulled other tones in.  Check out this quick video on the preview to the show with Rani Totman and her concept of St. Pucchi beauty.  The full collection will be up tomorrow.

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

CND: Valentine’s Day Releases and James Wu Collaboration

Creative Nail Design (CND) isn’t just keeping people busy with their long wearing hybrid Shellac – they’ve also got ideas in mind for softening your skin. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Scentsations™ Heart Duo is a combo pack that includes an 8.3 fl oz bottle of Heart Lotion (citrus, white flower and warm amber) paired with a .39 fl oz tube of sheer-pink Heart Lip Gloss. Retails for ~ $17.90 us/22.40 CAN


Photos courtesy Creative Nail Design

Who doesn’t love a little pop of shimmer?  For the Effects fans, CND is also releasing a new Red Hot Colour Collection that includes a bottle of Just Red Colour that can be layered with Red Sparkle Effect.   Retails ~ $20.00 usd/ 25 CAN

Last but not least, fashion designer Jason Wu has collaborated on a spring line with CND, focusing on the shimmery greys, pinks and naturals that will dominate the season:

  • Miss Wu – super-pale grey/signature Wu color
  • Brigette – warm pink
  • Sophia – soft mushroom
  • Veronica – oxblood red

The above last three are named after Hollywood startlets. The kicker to this collection is the addition of a top coat that adds fiber, going for a tweed-like effect.

Although this polish will debut at Wu’s show during New York Fashion Week, this set won’t be available in the US or UK until May.

Photo: CND/Elle

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Zoya Nail Polish: Intimate Collection available 1/15/11

These Zoya metallics and creams will transition you from winter to spring starting January 15th

Ready to capture the look of New York Fashion Week 2011 on your fingers? Zoya presents the Intimate collection, a set of six nail lacquers ‘developed for and inspired by the runways’ that are free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde,
formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Zoya Intimate Collection:
Marley (ZP542) – lavender pink with a whisper of metallic
Dove (ZP541) – delicate, pale gray cream
Caitlin (ZP540) – misty, moody gray violet cream
Dannii (ZP537) – sparkling, enchanted orchid metallic
Jules (ZP538) – soft, glimmering gold kiss metallic
Gemma (ZP544) – mysterious green/purple duotone metallic

Place your order at .

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Zoya Nail Polish – new meaning to 3 free

Zoya does it again with 3 free campaign

These are the final hours to take part in Zoya’ s celebration of 20,000 Facebook fans!  Get to know this brand that introduced 3 chemical free polishes and is offering 3 free nail polishes if you purchase tonight.  No strings attached, you just need to cover shipping (approx $7).  I picked up Laney which was used in the St. Pucchi bridal show, as well as Adina and one of the new purples.  DON’T forget their amazing nail polish remover in the flipper top!  Good stuff.


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Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Zoya Nail Polish and Black Swan Make Beautiful Music Together

(Press Release)– Jan 05, 2011 – Cleveland, OH
Funny how life works out sometimes…
Growing up in the Soviet Union, a little girl named Zoya dreamed of being a ballerina and dancing to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Now, many years later, after a life immersed in music as a classical pianist and becoming a star in world of cosmetics, dreams have come true.
Enter the recent theatrical release of Black Swan. Early on in the film as the lead dancer, Nina (portrayed by Natalie Portman), prepares in her dressing room for a gala where she will be revealed to the masses as the new Swan Queen, a solitary elegant bottle of  nail polish briefly takes over the screen. This is where the line between a little girls fantasy and reality blissfully blurs. The bottle shown is Zoya Nail Polish in a delicate shade of pink named Bela.
Zoya Reyzis (founder of Zoya Nail Polish) and the Swan Queen of Swan Lake together at last.

Zoya Nail Polish can be found worldwide at quality salons and spas or online…
Available in Bela and over 300 other long-wearing, beautiful colors, the healthy formula of Zoya Nail Polish is completely free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor.
Zoya is the new color of fashion!
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For more information on purchasing Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments or Qtica please contact our
Customer Service and Sales Department:
1.800.659.6909 (M-F : 9-5 EST)
Media Inquiries should be sent to
Erin Giddings
Art of Beauty (Makers of Zoya and Qtica)
Media Relations

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Chanel – Black Pearl Nail Polish

Happy New Year!  Chanel’s spring collection has released and a clear winner is the Black Pearl nail lacquer.  The collection is really lovely and I’ll have more photos ups after a recharge (see blurry shot).  Hope your NYE was fun and look forward to a great 2011.  Happy 1/1/11

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Such a Rush! The $131k Nail Polish

Yearning for something a little extravagant? Models Own is offering Gold Rush,  “the most expensive nail polish in the world,” and at roughly $131,000 USD I’d have to say that is pretty accurate. 

A gold top inlaid with 1,118 diamonds houses the lacquer that gives a gold foil effect. 

What to get the friends that will be clamouring after your bottle?  Don’t worry, dearheart.  An $8 version will be available come January.

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Chanel Unveils Nail Polish Collection at Fashion’s Night Out

Gearing up for Fashion’s Night Out? Along with the fashion options, beauty opps will abound. One highly anticipated launch is Chanel’s new limited edition collection by Peter Philips. Chanel has always been on the forefront of nail fashion, and these khaki polishes are destined to be hauled. Khaki Vert, Khaki Brun and Khaki Rose (L-R) will be available in Chanel in New York only during FNO, and complimentary manicures will be given.
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Posted by on Aug 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Essie Nail Polish: Fall into Fashion 2010 Collection

Want to see these swatches – on models? I used this collection for the fall fashion layout for the Milwaukee Journal-Seninel issue that comes out September 26th.  See the preview post here.

Everyone’s fav cult brand, essie, is prepping for fall with the release of six rich shades for your tips and toes.

Dubbed “Fall Into Fashion,” the rich plums and browns are meant to evoke the decadence of velvet textures and reflective metallics shown as part of Fall 2010. Can you say rich, lush and subdued? That’s exactly what founder Essie Weingarten was going for in this release.

I drew inspiration from the range of elegant, sanguine hues and camouflage tones.

I can tell you now that Little Brown Dress will be a hit in Northshore.  The Fall Collection by essie becomes available at the beginning of September 2010 (just in time for Fashion Week) online and in stores.
Check below for official photo release from Essie.

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

CND Shellac: Summary

Milwaukee/Mequon/Shorewood area: Make your appointment now for this 14-day manicure online or call (414) 964-9311
How do you get great nails?  Shellac is the answer.   Here is a little FAQ I wrote for that I hope will answer many of your questions on the product.  Check it out here, as well as swatch posts here and a video here!  And scroll down to see supporting photos of product under weeks of wear and tear.

A Shellac manicure is the easiest way to give natural nails the beautiful, finished look of gel or liquid & powder without going artificial.

For the last 5 weeks I’ve put it to the test on clients and on the most notorious nail polish abusers known: the stylists at Harpo’s Salon in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.   After exposure to water, hair dye, gardening (yes) and cuticle biting, Shellac stayed strong, shiny, and kept the nail beds healthy.

The difference is clear: An example of nail condition after gel and nail condition after Shellac


Erica’s hands – before Shellac, hair dye stains and all


Erica’s hands after: The Shellac manicure leaves hands looking beautifully finished with a high shine for a top coat.

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Before Shellac, Harpo’s owner Peggy Dixon was only able to keep a polish manicure nice for four hours.  Here are her hands after 3 weeks of Shellac!


Condition after three weeks of Shellac: Harpo’s owner Peggy Dixon has perfect nail beds after removal.


Pop on over to to read the FAQ here

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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Uncategorized | 25 comments

CND Shellac – Color Swatches

Looking for information on Shellac? These posts might interest you: Swatches , FAQ link , 27 Days of Shellac , Removal

Milwaukee/Mequon/Shorewood area: Make your appointment now for this 14-day manicure online or call (414) 964-9311

I’ve been working with Shellac for the last month and have to say, it is an amazing product!  I finally had a minute to swatch but had to stop because of the rain.  The largest photo is Negligee, which is one of the most requested colors. L to R: Negligee, Strawberry Smoothie, Romantique, Rose Bud, Tropix, Hot Chilis, Cappuccino, Cream Puff, Fedora(more to come)

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Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

essie thinks FUN! for summer 2010

I was inspired by the vivid pastels at Versace and the splashy florals at DKNY.  I created this collection to reflect the youthful, fun-to-wear flirty frocks. ~ Essie Weingarten


essie’s summer 2010 collection release is right around the corner, and the colors are all based on the concept of fun!  Indeed, Essie Weingarten, President and Founder of Essie LTD, based these beautiful colors on the feminine looks revealed during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Pick yours up once June rolls around at your favorite beauty haunts, now including Target.

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Posted by on Mar 10, 2010 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Tricks of the Trade: Young Nails Magic Wand

After my OPI Pusherguard Cuticle Pusher disappeared (some blame it on the ghost at work – more on that later) I was hard pressed to find another tool that would so gently push and clean the nail.  The OPI tool also has a patent pending design, so I knew finding another implement that would do both at the same time was out of the question.

As I prepared to repurchase, I came across an implement that promised to push, clean and help create a perfect C curve.  Could it really do all of that?

Multifunctional Pinch TweezerAs you can see, this is a three headed beast.  I’m not sure which version came first, but here is how it works:

  • The spoonish side gently pushes back cuticle
  • Turn it to the teardrop side to scrape any protein buildup on nails
  • Use the pinchers to tighten up your gel/acrylic application at the apex after a flash cure for better C curves.  You can also use it to hold tips to nail while they are drying to avoid getting stuck to your client.  I prefer to sculpt so I haven’t tested this out.

This model is available from several different companies, including Young Nails.  Although I wish it had the OPI push/scraper combo in one (the scraper on this is a little scary looking), I think it is an excellent tool for the nail care professional.  I generally can get a good C curve with my forms, but it looks really nice after a quick pinch with this tool. Also, I know drilling is the way to go, but I feel better having a manual push/scraper on hand.

Have you tried this tool?  What did you think?

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

She’s Got the Look: Zoya for NYFW f/w 2010

Zoya Nail Polish rocked the runways at Fashion Week, and you can carry the same look.  Look for the Zoya posts sporting a different designer/look through the next week and order your favorite looks here.

Can’t wait for Fall?  Get ready to grab the new summer releases just announced:


Zoya Nail Polish presents six new creams and six new metallics for summer 2010.

Zoya Flash Collection

Robyn (ZP513) – perfect turquoise cream

Perrie (ZP514) – soft lavender cream

Dana (ZP515) – american rose cream

Jolene (ZP516) – summer pink cream

Maura (ZP517) – electric crimson cream

Jancyn (ZP518) – soft tangerine cream

Zoya Sparkle Collection

Ivanka (ZP507) – mermaid green sparkling metallic

Charla (ZP508) – tropical blue sparkling metallic

Mimi (ZP509) – royal purple sparkling metallic

Alegra (ZP510) – fuchsia pink sparkling metallic

Nidhi (ZP511) – rich red sparkling metallic

Gilda (ZP512) – fashion pink sparkling metallic

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Polished NYFW: Zoya for Peter Som

Zoya_Nail_Polish_PeterSom_NYFW_totallook_editorialuseonly10NYFW: Peter Som – Fall 2010
PRODUCTS USED: Zoya Remove+, Zoya Anchor Basecoat, Zoya Nail Charity, Zoya Armor Topcoat.

Nail Care Sponsor: Zoya Nail Polish

Using muted color, layers, and printed fabrics the chaotic yet controlled vision of Peter Som for Fall 2010 was refreshing to say the least. The added touch of Swarovski crystals enriched this diverse collection even more.

Zoya_Charity_webManicurist Jackie Saulsbery prepped each set of nails using Zoya Remove + and Anchor prior to polishing with the muted mauve Charity and finishing with a topcoat of Armor. The look complimented the bruised makeup (black plum lips!) and overall moody black palette of the show.

In Attendance: Mary Alice Stephenson, Stephen Kolb (CFDA) Joanna Hillman (Bazaar), Hamish Bowles; Virginia Smith (European Vogue), Olof Erlandsson, Amanda Hearst, Teresa Palmer, Bryanboy, Charlotte Dellal, Beth Buccini


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Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

MBFW – f/w 2010 – Ruffian

You’ve gotta forgive me, I’m a little slow on the draw right now.   Fashion Week is in full swing, last time at the tents.  Too many changes going on to attend, but there are some exciting bright spots.  The nails at Ruffian, by CND, were gorgeous!  Matte over blue over foil.

Modelruffian_gThose stockings are oh-so-familiar.  Love/Hate.

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | 26 comments

WWPD? – Pop17’s Sarah Austin

The WWPD (What Would Pros Do) segment gets in your face to find out what is on the faces of people who are on-camera for their profession. If the makeup is good enough for them, it is good enough for us!

“Hot and Not” video –  Polished, fresh, capped off with perfect nails


Let’s talk about those fabulous nails! Are they real?

They are real. I have natural thick, long and strong nails.

Do you do your own nails or go to a salon?  What is your typical routine?

I go to a salon. My typical manicure is french with glitter. I only get the soft rainbow glitter or soft pink glitter. I only get silver or gold glitter on top if I’m going to Las Vegas.


What are your favorite products/colors?

I like OPI the most. Light pink and fire engine red.

What is the look in your “Hot and Not” video?

My hot and not video look is going for that natural roll out of bed look, but in reality it took me a couple hours to achieve. It’s neat and natural. My make up is done by an artist at Benefit and my hair is done by the best stylist, Brooke, at DiPierto Todd salon in Mill Valley, CA.

The secret to great nails?

The secret to great nails is always carrying a nail file in your purse and filing them every day.

Sarah Austin, second from right, recently featured in Vanity Fair. Hot Red Nails.


Follow Sarah at and @pop17

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

You Need This: The Manicure Claw

There is nothing sadder than a manicurist with really rotten looking nails. Even if you do your own nails at home, there still comes a time when you’ve got some freshly painted digits you dig, that just end up messed up when reaching for the remover.

That’s why I am so excited to share this gem!

The Cotton Claw is sold through Sally Beauty and can be picked up in-store or online. It is a pen like device that grabs the cotton, making it easy to dip into nail polish remover and then run over fingernails.

The Cotton Claw

When used, you can avoid contact with remover soaked cotton. It is vastly superior to the “cotton between the pointer and middle finger” method (think slipping cotton, acetone soaked forearms). At well under $5 it is a total steal.

This was being used around the school and one doll of a classmate gave one to me for graduation. If you do nails and want yours to stay as nice looking as your clients, pick this up.

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

butter LONDON – The Jelly Are Coming!


There will be photos galore come February launch of Jelly, the new line by butter LONDON. Described as “Juicy, sheer colour that looks and feels like slick, wet “lipgloss” for your nails” they can be layered for opaqueness to create the look of your mood. They can also be layered by color, creating a whole world of creativity from three bottles. TweeStroppyChuffed Twee, Stroppy, Chuffed

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

NOTD: Cadillac Nails

Sinful Colors: Call You Later and Show Me The Way, Gold Striping Tape.

Green is hot right now, so this nail is in hommage to everything ’70s – Avocado paint, metallic striping, and an updated version of the Cadillac Coup deVille via Snoop Doggy Dog.

I’ve got this look on my ring finger right now, with the solid green on the other nails.

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Spring 2010 – Hottest Nail Color is…

While Turquoise will reign over all seasons in 2010, there is another contender for top nail polish spot this spring.

Like putty on your hands, the hot color for NOW was described at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week s/s 10 as “mushroom”. Chanel set the trend with Particuliere (Particular) on the heels of the matched suit mint green they debuted a season earlier.

One of the strongest trends of the season is the nude hand. Frosts are also back with a vengeance. But if you failed to pick up a bottle, this new release is already sold out. You can try getting into a bidding war on eBay for it, picking up a partner nude with Inatendru, or go precious pink with Trendresse.
Chanel Particuliere Trendresse Inatendru

Chanel’s $23 price tag a little too rich for your nails?  Sally Hansen HD made a showing on the runway at the same time, with major wow factor for 1/4 of the price. This beautiful taupe/mushroom carries all of the intrigue of a metal neutral, with bits of violet and green. Very high end look. Don’t trust my low light photograph, get thee to a Walgreens or CVS or anywhere else Sally Hansen is sold and enjoy a bottle of this beautiful color. (photographed with a smattering of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – In the Spotlight – I had to stop before you couldn’t see too clearly) The HD colors are not on the site yet, but try out Sally Hansen’s cool tool to mimic polishsallyhansenhd_opulentcloud copy

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Something Blue: Color Trend for 2010

pantoneWhat’s hot for 2010?  Cool Turquoise.

Pantone, those responsible for the color charts and worldwide color trend, has selected PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise to rule for 2010.

Because of its versatility, Turquoise is a great accent color in jewelry, purses, shoes, hair accessories and even nail polish for women, and ties, shirts and sportswear for men. ~Pantone

pantone_2010colorofyearOne of the prettiest turquoises I have found is available at Sally Beauty.  Unfortunately, the color photographs a little too Robin Blue – it is pretty true to the blue green tones above.  A rich creme with a very high shine, it is very flattering on a broad spectrum of skin tones. Try it, you’ll like it!


Turquoise and brown is one of my favorite color combinations.  There are many ways to play up this color that is meant to uplift spirits after the dour economy we’ve had.  The beautiful color “represents escape” – one of the reasons it was selected by Pantone.

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Orly Metal Chic Collection


Get your hands on Orly’s early, limited release: Matte Metallic collection. Dubbed Metal Chic, the 3 new colors consist of a gunmetal (Iron Butterfly), matte gold (Solid Gold) and matte Copper (Glam Rock).

Even though this collection is small, it now brings Orly’s matte count to 6 (see previous post on fall release here). I’m appreciating that Orly is taking the matte trend slowly and producing some very pretty colors. Matte Metallic is flat out gorgeous IRL, with Iron Butterfly suitable for men or women.

If you are in the Milwaukee area, bottles have been spotted in Sally Beauty on the East Side. Orly recommends using the Orly Bonder Basecoat with no topcoat, although I have had very good wear with previous mattes.

If you linger too long, you’ll have to wait until February 2010, when the collection becomes available everywhere Orly is sold. Better not pout!

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Posted by on May 10, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Mother’s Day! What brought you here?

No sleeping in today. My son woke me up with a persistent tugging at my fingers, poking at my thumb. I looked at him from the one eye I could pry open.

“Mom, mom. I really like your nail polish.”

I was testing out a new brand, and had a dizzying array of looks on left and right. Son apparently liked it in all incarnations. BTW, I was wearing a matte black tip (The Death Tar with gold line accent) on some, and a full dose of Fuggen Ugly matte gray, some with shine, on others. Thanks to ManGlaze Matte Nail Polish. More on the line this week.

Today was a lovely, laid back day with what is most important in life – family. I wanted to share the two things that brought me to this point:

My father snapped this shot of my mother not long after I was born. I can not believe how serenely gorgeous my mother looks. And fashionistas, she was on the cutting edge of the swimsuit. You can’t see it in this photo, but the cutout suits of last season was the design. She had this suit custom made, with the front verticle connecting strip from bikini top to bottom. I remember trying it on so many times as a child. It was the coolest suit I had ever seen. It was beautiful on her.

Thank you to to the Mortensen family for getting beautiful photos of our son year after year. It is a privilege to be a mom, and Mary always captures this squealing/running/jumping bundle of love in the best light while also raising funds for MACC.

I hope your day was filled with joy and happiness and peace. If you’d like to share what brought you to motherhood, please do. Feel free to link away. ~ H.

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