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“What’s On Your Nails?” with Scrangie

By on March 2, 2009
in What's On Your Nails?
What’s On Your Nails? is a series focusing on my fellow beauty bloggers and industry insiders, their favorite nail polish and other hot nail topics.

For this week’s WOYN? I asked fellow nail blogger, Scrangie, to share with the group. I’m sure that, like me, your first question is what does Scrangie mean? Is that her real name? Well no it’s not technically her name. It’s a childhood nickname that has stuck with her into adulthood.

Beyond her love of polish, what impresses me most about Scrangie is her impeccable nails. They are perfectly shaped, smooth and healthy looking. And she swatches a LOT of polish people. Her tips are something I only wish mine could be. It takes a lot of work to keep my nails in shape and they are nowhere near as nice as hers. She’s also a huge Rescue Beauty fan and has quite the collection of RBL polishes. Her swatches are one of the factors that prompted my first RBL order.

Learn more about Scrangie, see the coveted discontinued polish that tops her faves list and find out what one product she credits for her fabulous nails after the jump!

Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about your blog.
I’m Scrangie, and I’m addicted to nail polish. I’ve been a makeup and polish lover ever since I was a little kid playing with my mom’s Avon. In my younger years, I loved army green, neon yellow and rainbow glitter nail polishes and not much has changed.

I started my blog in 2005 as an outlet to talk about beauty products- more of a personal journal than a public blog. It’s since evolved into a public blog about nail polish with a very diverse audience of fellow polish addicts.

I still love unusual colors the most, but now I focus on all types of colors, formulas and finishes. I have an extensive polish collection and am on a mission to photograph every single polish I own. I love sharing my photos and opinions with my fellow nail polish lovers!

Why is Clarins 230 your favorite?
It’s like all of my favorite colors poured into one bottle. It’s purple, it’s green, it’s gold… It makes you want to stare at it all day long, and it changes so much depending on the light that you’re almost never seeing the same polish twice. There’s nothing in the world like Clarins 230. It’s mesmerizing. If I could wear it every single day without my bottle ever running out, I would.

What is on your tips and toes right now?
My tips are currently Jessana 920 (From the Sweet Treats kit) and my toes are Maybelline Juicy Tomato.

Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
A necessity. Just like I wouldn’t leave the house without at least some mascara, I won’t leave the house with naked nails! I think naked nails can look nice sometimes, but nothing says “I take care of myself” like a shiny, chip-free manicure in your favorite color. Nail polish also reinforces the particular beauty look you’re going for, from glamour girl to bad girl, cute or classic. That’s a necessity in my book.

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
Oh my… somewhere around two thousand. Probably more. I’m afraid to count.

How often do you change your nail polish?
Usually, I change my polish daily. I usually can’t wait longer than a day to try on the next color. If I really love what I’m wearing, I can go two or three days before I change it for something new. But, I am easily distracted by shiny things, and have been known to change my polish twice on one day!

Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
I can’t live without CND Solar Oil. I have used dozens of different products to keep my nails in shape, but the one product that gives me the best results 100% of the time is Solar Oil. Nothing makes my nails and cuticles look better than Solar Oil does. It’s magical.

What do you think will be the big nail trend for spring?
Soft grey and blue. They look good all year round, but they’re especially appropriate for spring. They’re much cooler than the usual pale pink for spring, and I think people are looking for something new and exciting instead of the same old colors year after year.

What nail trend do you wish would go away?
French manicures. Not all french manicures are horrible, but it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a nice one. Most of the time they look downright chunky.

What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
It would have to be a tie between wearing chipped polish and letting other people decide what they like.

Chipped polish always looks bad, no matter what, and I see so many women with chipped polish but nice makeup. You should treat your polish as if it were makeup too- would you want your face covered in three-day old smudged mascara? Probably not. So please, use a little nail polish remover once in a while.

And on the subject of letting other people decide what you like… I think a lot of women secretly want to wear a certain shade, but are afraid to because friends, family or fashion magazines tell them it’s not in style, or that it’s inappropriate or childish or just not cool. When you walk into a room full of women and all of them are wearing Chanel Black Satin, you look at your own Black Satin nails and wonder how much you really like it, or if you’re just wearing it because you’re ‘supposed’ to. Go on, wear that cotton candy pink in September if that’s what you really want. Don’t let someone else tell you what you should and shouldn’t wear. Follow your heart.

Thanks for sharing Scrangie. Be sure to check for her latest polish finds.

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  1. lizzz262 says:

    yay great article, just as im a regular ALU reader, i love checking scrangie’s blog. i love these WOYN articles :)

  2. Nessa says:

    Woah! Scrangie and ALU together? What could be better?!
    Great article, I love WOYN!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I agree with scrangie about wearing any color any time. im wearing barielle swizzle stix, Im 36yrs old and its gray cold and rainy outside, but im rockin my swizzle stix like it was a warm easter morning!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Her answer to the last question put the biggest smile on my face.

  5. Steph NJ says:

    Woooo scrangie!!!

  6. melli says:

    Thanks for this feature Michelle! I think that both you and Scrangie are most responsible for the growth my polish collection over the past year. I love many blogs but yours are the two I visit the most!

  7. Emily says:

    Hi Michelle:

    I think I need to add Scrangie to my must-read list! Do you know any MAC/Sephora/Chanel look-alikes from the movie post of the purple polish? If you don’t, could you recommend a colour from MAC, Sephora, and Chanel? Also, when will you review the new RBL collection? What is your opinion on French Manicures? Also, I recently tried Incoco Dry Nail Appliques, and was wondering what you think? Sorry if I asked too many questions! I apologize. Thanks!

  8. SJ says:

    another great article, Michelle! I read your and Scrangie’s blogs daily! both your swatches are amazing and some of your (and her!) photos have prompted me to make yet another polish purchase!

    I read both your blogs more than any other blog out there :)

  9. Martha says:

    i love The Scrange! :D

  10. Team Morris says:

    yea! Scraigie rocks! you two are the polish queens of the world! :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Scrangie has the best nail blog! I love all her answers.

  12. Amanda says:

    Wow, how fantastic, my two favorite nail bloggers together! And I thought you were arch-rivals because neither of you links to the other’s blog.