As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have started a new challenge for basically this entire Spring/Summer season. I thought of this challenge as soon as I kept seeing so many amazing Instagram/Pinterest photos showing fun and creative manicures by nail designers and DIY nail lovers alike. I will not only be posting the pics, but I will let you know my process and nail polish used. So, here’s my Week #1 Nail File: From Stubby To Stunners.
So this is the newest challenge I have given myself for the next 20 weeks (basically Spring to Fall). I want to try to do weekly posts of new DIY manicures that I have tried, establishing “Nail Files”. I feel like I’ve added a unique and creative accessory to my hands when my nails are painted. With that logic, I would have a new accessory to wear every week right?
The trend of wearing black and white color combinations in clothing trends has been everywhere these days. From bold stripes and graphics, to monochromatic solid combinations, to mixing of black/white prints in one look.. both ends of the color spectrum are getting a lot of “wear” by everyone.
Of course what is usually trending in fashion apparel, tends to trickle into fashion Continue Reading
Even though the idea of unique manicure colors, nail shapes, and DIY designs have been increasing in popularity over the past three years or so, there is always something more that can be done. I recently watched NYLON MagTV’s latest “Beauty Queen: DIY GEM PARTY NAILS WITH BUTTER LONDON”, Tutorial video by Katie Hughes really caught my eye.
In last year’s blockbuster movie The Hunger Games nail design lovers everywhere could not stop talking about Effie Trinket’s 3D embellishments on her nails. It is now Continue Reading
So far we have gotten ourselves trendy outfits, chic accessories, that hot handbag and those killer stilettos, but we completely forgot about our pretty nails! Nails make for an important part of grooming, and it is important that we keep them in the best of shape all the time. Neglecting manicures and pedicures have known to create problems, for example in-growth, leading to infected finger and toe nails requiring operation. Hence it is necessary that we regularly get those toes and fingers cleaned up. However along with keep them neat and tidy, we also need to keep them up-to-date with the latest trends pertaining to colors and the very trendy nail art.
Something that recently caught my eye was the Ryan Gosling nail art. Can you imagine have faces of pretty boys pasted on your nails? Distracting much? Indeed! The name says it all, HOT-MAN-ICURE; created by MTV style editor Chrissy Mahlmeister. These are nail wraps to be applied over white or clear nail paints and you can choose Continue Reading
In 2005, founder Sharmadean Reid had created a “London-based fanzine”, known as WAH that became a hub for all things music, fashion and “street smart feminism”. By combining her love for nail art and her talent for spotting trends Sharmadean decided to conquer a missing niche in the London nail salon industry. Now, just four years later, WAH Nails has become a high-demand brand that creates nail art for the masses!
It’s just a small thing people notice..but when they do look down and they see you have something different.. they’re like “OOOHH! I wouldn’t have thought that”…You know it can sometimes be an element of surprise.. It’s like wearing hot pink socks under a business suit..nice little finisher. -Sharmadean Reid
In 2008, Sharmadean (an experienced trend consultant), had an undeniable feeling that the unique nail art she and her friends had been sporting for years was about to hit the mainstream. She noticed that nail salons in New Continue Reading
It used to be that the only way to have “exciting” nails was for them to be fake with airbrushing or other artistic elements. Wearing your “natural” nail length and dressing it up has now taken on high demands. For the past 3 years there have been numerous innovations in the nail care industry from Minx to Crackle to Magnetic and everything in between, we’ve seen it all… or have we?
It was only a matter of time before new trends would emerge for the Spring 2012 season. The two highly anticipated items are Betsey Johnson‘s new collaboration with OPI and Sephora – Too Too Scented Nail Color, which smells like her latest perfume of the same name, and the UK nail polish brand Ciate’s Caviar Manicure kit. Both of these new polishes will be sold at Sephora and Sephora.com. Betsey Johnson’s Too Too is available now and Ciate’s Caviar will launch in April!!
I think I would be waving my hands in front of my face all day..lol! Although the Too Too only comes in this lovely pink hue you can jazz it up “Betsey style” with her fun collections of nail designs!
I want to try ALL 3 of these options!! During the week wear the Mother of Pearl or Rainbow, and then on the weekend wear the Black Pearl! So excited for these kits to arrive! Which one is your favorite?
I have recently started paying more attention to my nails. I have been wearing gel overlays while experimenting with various nail polish colors, and it has me really excited!!
I’m not stating that nails (real or tips), polish color options or designs are a new phenom, but there is a new breath of life being shown in the importance of nails in fashion and style expression that is subtle yet speaking volumes!!
With the New Year as well as a new fashion season fast approaching the trends from the September runway shows are being recapped on various Facebook posts, fashion/beauty blogs and fashion magazines. One of the most mentioned trends are nails for Spring/Summer 2012!!
I was amazed by the various image examples for “nail design trends” that popped up from my Google search. Here are a few that I thought were pretty impressive.
During my search I came across news about the company Creative Nail Design who were all over this past season’s Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Shows as the go to nail design experts. Not only do they have a successful line of nail colour and effects, plus treatments , but they are professionals in the business of runway styling!
CND is celebrating 15 years of creating fashion and nail styling on the runway!.. Also celebrating the official end of minimalism, especially for nails. Fashion Designers are celebrating right there with us, as they now incorporate the CND fashion nail as the ultimate accessory for expressing the story behind their collections. ~ Jan Arnold (Co-Founder of CND)
Above is a quote from the CND LookBook video for Fall/Winter 2011/2012.
Click video to see behind the scenes of the CND experience during Fashion Week.
Keep a look out for this new trendy nail polish this fall:
LCN, a professional nail polish company, currently has a magnetic nail polish. How does it work? Well first you simply paint your nails as your normally would, (the polish is $9.90 each).
Next, with the magnets, either the diagonal design or the star design, (sold separately for $19.90 each) put it on top of the polish and hold for 10 seconds. The magnet, right before your eyes, pushes the polish away forming a mirror image of the pattern on your nails.
Examples of polished designs: