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“What’s On Your Nails?” with Marina from Makeup Loves Me

By on November 23, 2009
in Nail Art, What's On Your Nails? with 12 Comments

whats-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.

Hey Fanatics, I’m back and it’s time to kick off the week with another installment of WOYN?  This week I want you to meet Marina from Makeup Loves Me.  I met Marina at my very first NY Fashion Week as we stood in a torturous, long line for a show only to be rebuffed at the last minute because they invited everyone and their mother.  Regardless, we had a blast gabbing throughout the wait and I always look forward to running into her when I’m in the city.

The last time I saw Marina not only did I not recognize my own polish on her nails (I’m so oblivious!) but she had on the most gorgeous eyelash extensions I have ever seen.  I was jealous on the spot.  To find out that they only cost her $7 from some hole of a salon in one of the boroughs made me even more green. $7??? I can’t even!  It’s Marina’s ability to discover the beauty world’s diamonds in the rough that makes Makeup Loves Me a unique and fun read.

Learn more about Marina, find out what green polish she’s loving and check out her fave CalGel manicure after the jump!

makeup-loves-me-profile-2 Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
Hi ALU readers! I’m Marina and I write MakeupLovesMe.com, a site dedicated to makeup trends and reviews of the latest products, and sometimes I’m funny.

What is your favorite nail polish? Why?
I have two favorite polishes right now – essie’s Mint Candy Apple and Barielle’s Falling Star from the All Lacquered Up collection! Both colors are totally unique, while still being on point with the fall trends. Plus, I can’t where either without getting a ton of compliments, and who doesn’t like compliments?

What is on your tips and toes right now?
Tips – essie’s Mint Candy Apple, of course! Toes – Lippmann Collection’s Funky Chunky – which is a sheer, sequined black.

Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
Nail polish is a total necessity, especially right now. All of the hottest makeup trends revolve around nails. If you’re not making a statement with your nails, you’re not making a statement, end of story.

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
I just got rid of 20 bottles of nail polish, and I still probably have about 75? And I love every single one. I can’t cut the collection back any further.

How often do you change your nail polish?
I change my finger nails twice a week and my toes every other week. In the summer I change the toes up weekly.

marina-makeup-loves-me-calgel-nails Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
I think everyone needs to know about Calgel nails. My calgel manicure (pictured above) literally lasted 3 full weeks without a chip and the nail art they do at Sakura unreal. My nails were covered in glitter of all color and sizes – plus rhinestones!

What do you think is the big nail trend for fall?
There are so many nail trends right now. Minty green nails, matte nails, super glittery nails and nail art are all big – and I want them all!

What nail trend do you wish would go away?
Neon nails – sorry, ladies! essie’s perky purple is still acceptable – but you shouldn’t be rocking day-glo tips now that the summer has ended.

What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
Having your tips and toes be the same color. It’s like getting a purse with matching shoes – get creative.

Thanks a million Marina for sharing with us and for giving Falling Star a shout out!  Fanatics make sure you stop by Makeup Loves Me to follow Marina’s beauty adventures in the city.

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  1. Laura says:

    So she actually likes the universally panned Funky Chunky?

  2. I am loving Essie’s Mint Candy Apple polish too! It seems to be sold out everywhere, so I guess everyone else is scooping it up, too.

  3. Samantha says:

    I’m so glad for this! Especially glad to know that matchy-matchy nail color on tips and toes is a big faux pas–one that I can honestly say I am NOT guilty of. Anyway, loving the new format! Makes it so much easier to comment.

  4. Louisa says:

    I happen to love Funky Chunky as well. Not everyone bases their opinions solely on blogger reviews.

  5. All Lacquered Up says:

    It’s sold out?? Wow, that was fast. Hopefully Essie will restock the stores

  6. All Lacquered Up says:

    You know it’s funny, the trend seems to change back and forth. I saw a lot of matching tips & toes for spring but for fall it was more about coordination. I have too many polishes to match so I always mix it up but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with matching.

  7. All Lacquered Up says:

    I didn’t hate Funky Chunky. It’s different and based on my own knowledge of how hard it is to create a black glitter I can appreciate the thought behind the shade. We tried to make a black on black glitter for the Barielle ALU collection and it looked like gritty tar!

  8. All Lacquered Up says:

    I don’t think it was universally panned. I think a lot of people didn’t like it and then when Deb posted about how she intended the polish to be worn, it caused a lot of backlash which was much more vocal than any fans Funky Chunky had.

  9. Susanna says:

    I think some of the e-tailers still have it, but all of the Ultas (I checked 3!) near me sold out. In less than a week!

  10. All Lacquered Up says:

    Wow! That’s crazy. I hate those displays for that reason. They ship like 3-6 bottles of each color to a store and that’s it. So lame!

  11. charliane says:

    i was so surprised to find bottles of essie at my bed bath and beyond. they had a couple bottles, so i snagged one. :-)

  12. All Lacquered Up says:

    Was it one of the larger BB&B with a big beauty section? I have one of those near me and I saw the Spring Sally Hansen/Tracy Reese collection there, in Fall. So random

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