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.
I have a real treat for you this week campers. The uber-fab Daneen from Spoiled Pretty is showing us what’s on her nails. A true beauty fanatic, Daneen can talk product and her love of Kim Kardashian’s makeup until she’s blue in the face but it’s her passion for gorgeous shoes and handbags that make my wallet want to cry. She regularly posts her latest finds, like these total hotness Chinese Laundry platforms from DSW that are too amazing to resist.
But one of the things I find truly unique about her site is when she teams up with blogging partner in crime, Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie, for their theme weeks. The recent You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman week celebrated eco-conscious beauty in honor of Earth Day. Having had the pleasure of hanging with Amber and Daneen, I can tell you that with those two, a pair of Depends in necessary because hilarity is sure to ensue.
Read on to learn more about Daneen, see which Fanatic Favorite Winner is on her tips and how she feels about matching polish to your outfit.
Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
After I got married in June 2007, I had a good amount of free time on my hands. I didn’t have any more wedding planning to do – so I was
looking for another artistic outlet. Creative writing has always been a hobby of mine, and I love cosmetics like no one you’ve ever met – so everything sort of came together. And voila…you have Spoiled Pretty.
Written in a conversational and snarky tone, Spoiled Pretty is like taking a peek into the journal of your fashion and beauty-obsessed BFF – the one who knows which products to stockpile and sidestep; the gal pal who can talk for hours (and who has) about her haute new handbag; and the trend-spotting, deal-finding friend who loves nothing more than to share the deets.
Why is OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! your favorite?
In November 2008, I decided to rock the “greige” nail look that Glamour said was all the rage. So when I visited my local nail salon, I combed the polish displays looking for OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques!
I’m pretty indecisive by nature, and I wasn’t very confident that the dirty taupe lacquer would flatter my caramel complexion. But I figured that it’s nail polish and it comes off. So I took a chance, and I’m so glad that I did because it has become my favorite nail shade EVER.
After my nails were thoroughly dry, I ran home to blog about my fab new find. And, I kid you not, it took me twice as long to finish the review because I kept getting distracted; I was hypnotized by my deliciously dark manicure.
The best part about You Don’t Know Jacques! is the compliments you receive when you wear it. Even when my manicure is way past its expiration and it’s all chipped up (I call it my Jacqued-up mani), people still stop me and ask about the color.
It’s like Chris Rock says, “There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments. And the occasional pair of shoes.”
What is on your tips and toes right now?
On my tips, I’m wearing Katy (duochrome hot magenta with shimmer) from Zoya’s Ooh La La collection. And my little piggies are sporting Chanel’s Orange Fizz, from the Summer 2009 collection.
Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
When it comes to getting manicures, my mom and sister are like the US Postal Service…through rain, snow, sleet or hail, the nails must get done. That gene skipped right over me, I’m a little embarrassed to admit. When my nails are freshly manicured, I feel pretty and put together. And I always choose a shade that reflects the season, and the occasion. But far too often, I’m so busy that I can’t keep up with my nails like I’d like to. Hence the Jacqued-up manicure I referred to earlier. So long story short (too late), I would say “accessory.”
How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
I would estimate that I probably own 175 bottles of nail polish. Isn’t that funny? I don’t wear nail polish all of the time, and yet I have enough bottles to change my nail color every 2-3 days and not repeat a color for an entire year.
How often do you change your nail polish?
Like I said, I’m not fanatical about my nails. And I often embarrass my mother walking around with chipped up nails. But my toenails are always done. I switch up the colors about once every 2-3 weeks. In the summertime, it’s more often.
Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
I love me some Seche Vite (pictured right with MAC On The Prowl). When I paint my own nails, it always seems to be at some late night hour…and I don’t know what it is about my DNA, but my nails take forev
er and a day to dry. Before I found Seche Vite, I would be forced to fall asleep with my hands carefully perched on my chest (as not to awaken with a sheet-marked manicure). But now, I just use it as a top coat, and it dries my polish before my klutzy self has a chance to mess it all up.
I’m also a big fan of Zoya Remove+. The ingenious bottle prevents the spillage typically accompanies traditional nail polish removers. Plus the formula is purple, which is pretty.
What do you think will be the big nail trend for summer?
Brights will be hot for summer; they always are. I also think that creamy nudes will be big. They look hot with a (faux) tan, and elongate fingers – and who doesn’t love that? I also predict that nail art will be in. It used to be that you had to go to a salon for professional-looking nail art. But there are so many products on the market (like Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens and Konad Stamping Nail Art) that, with a steady hand, women can create intricate designs at home.
What nail trend do you wish would go away?
Ugh. I really hate the long, really square acrylic nails. Every time I see women sporting them, I want to introduce them to a nail clipper and glass file.
What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
I roll my eyes when people match their nails to their outfits. It’s so unimaginative. Nails are one of the few places you can take color risks without people looking at you sideways. So my advice is to be adventurous and try something unexpected. It’s just nail polish. It comes off.
Thanks for a fun filled interview Daneen! Fanatics, make sure you visit SpoiledPretty.com to keep up with Daneen’s latest beauty and fashion loves.