|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.
Fanatics, let’s welcome back WOYN? After a little summer break, the series is back and what better way to kick it off than with “The Arm” herself, Karla from The Next Best Thing to Going Shopping Yourself. If you’re not familiar with Karla’s blog (and you should be) it’s seriously one of the best makeup swatch sites on the web. Karla spends her time testing every new makeup collection to hit the counters and photographs the products on her now-famous arm. She even shows nail polishes on “the arm” using the ingenious technique of polishing on tape (click to see).
For WOYN? Karla broke form by showing us her actual nails, which are totally swatch-worthy. Check out her blingtastic manicure and learn more about her after the jump!
Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
My hope is that TNBTTGSY really is the next best thing to going to the makeup counter yourself. I swatch all of something — the latest seasonal collection from Chanel, or permanent MAC lipsticks — on my arm, then take a picture in full sunlight. I also take notes on everything about it, and ask the (very tolerant and supportive) sales
staff a million questions: does it have any special ingredients? Is it limited edition? How much is it? Is it scented? Sparkly? Sticky? Sheer?
What’s your favorite polish?
My “favorite” changes with the season, but at the moment, I’d have to say China Glaze’s Sexagon. I adore holographic polishes (they’re even blingier than glitters, but so much easier to remove), and nobody does them better than China Glaze. The formula is so smooth and perfect — it’s like magic disco balls on my fingers. When I wear it, I’m constantly admiring my nails. I do feel bad recommending a polish that’s no longer easy to find.
What is on your tips and toes right now?
At the moment, it’s Sally Hansen’s Real Royal (it’s one of her Maximum Growth Plus shades). It’s a dark, darkly sparkly brown — so sexy! On my toes are China Glaze Ruby Pumps (which makes me feel like Dorothy).
Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
On toes, definitely a necessity. My feet just aren’t cute without a splash of color on my toes. I prefer to have painted fingernails; a good manicure protects my nails from incidental damage and/or impulsive trimming — but I’m not ashamed to go out without it.
How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
Um. 50. But I’d like to mention that before I started reading polish blogs, that answer was 4. Part of the dramatic increase is attributable to my not knowing there were brands other than OPI (and OPI has gotten steep!). But now that I’ve found you, Zoya, Barielle, China Glaze, and Sally Hansen, I want to shout your names from the rooftops. A great formula is everything.
How often do you change your nail polish?
Since discovering Zoya’s Anchor and Armor base coats and top coats, I can go 5 days on fingers (miracle! This has made such a difference in my desire to paint my nails). I’m lazy, so I’ll keep my toenail polish for 3 weeks at a time.
Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
If they don’t already own a buffing block (and what ALU reader doesn’t own a buffing block?), it’s a lifesaver. I hadn’t realized there was such a quick-and-easy solution for toenail ridges, or modest post-polish staining — or stopping a peeling nail in its tracks.
What do you think will be the big nail trend for fall?
I’m personally loving dark fingernails. Not only does it make me feel like a badass, but it makes my sometimes-too-short nails look intentional and chic. And there are so many choices! Black, brown, purple, blue, green — I think there are great options for every skintone.
What nail trend do you wish would go away?
I know everybody’s mad about matte — and I’ve seen some very cool textural nail art done with it. But matteness looks sad on my nails (I crave the shiny). I only want it to go away so polish companies can devote their full attention to my favorite shades.
What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
Nothing much bothers me, except when women in professional environments have incredibly (more than 50%) chipped polish. You can’t think that people don’t notice your nails: it’s part of your whole presentation.
Thanks a million for sharing your polish love with us Karla! Fanatics make sure you stop by The Next Best Thing to Going Shopping Yourself to check out the newest product launches.