As we spend this Memorial Day remembering and honoring the men and women who died in service of our great country, I just want to share a quick USA themed #ManiMonday with you. I originally created this look during the Olympics last summer but it works so well for any USA-centric holiday or event; Memorial Day, Independence Day, etc.
I started with two coats of L’Oréal Paris I Will! (white creme), as my base and waited for it to dry. Next, I applied four strips of striping tape to the right half of each nail. I then painted over each half with L’Oréal Paris Caught Red Handed (tomato red creme) and Jet Set To Paris (blue creme), alternating the colors on each nail.
Application tips: 1) Use a quick dry top coat or UV top coat, like Seche Ultra-V, over the white to speed the drying process. 2) Lay the first tape strip in the middle of the nail and work your way to the edge for a balanced look. 3) Remove the tape immediately after applying the polish with tweezers. 4) Wait 10-15 minutes before applying top coat to avoid blurring the lines.
Simple, easy, a bit time consuming, yet eye-catching. Would you try this look at home? Do you wear themed manicures on holidays?
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Growing up, there were two absolute truths about the Mismas kitchen. There was always a bag of popcorn kernels in the pantry (Dad and I have a lifelong obsession with the stuff) and there was always ice cream in the freezer. It’s a truth that holds up to this day in my home, and it’s usually a chip flavor from Graeter’s. They make THE BEST chip ice creams in the world, trust!
So you can only imagine the squee moment I had over the Deborah Lippmann, ice cream-themed, Staccato nail polish collection.
She created the nail polish equivalent of Strawberry Chip (I’m Not Edible), Mint Chocolate Chip (Rockin’ Robin) and Cookies n Creme (Polka Dots & Moonbeams) ice cream! Combining soft pastels with shiny black glitter, Stacatto is a rocker take on pastel. Check them out!
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365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.
Untried Day #118: This past Tuesday I was invited to the Cleveland Indians game for a special women’s event. I had the opportunity to sit in the Social Suite on Wahoo Women night which benefits the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.
Even though I’ve always been more of a football fan, there’s nothing quite like spending a beautiful summer night at a baseball game, sipping on a beer and snacking on peanuts (Cleveland’s own Peterson’s naturally). It’s the picture of Americana.
And I have to give it up to the Tribe’s marketing team. They have really created something special with their Social Suite. Anyone who is active in social media can apply to sit in the suite, like the fancy people, for a night. The view and the accommodations in the suite are pretty spectacular.
So what’s a nail girl to do on a night that is dedicated to both women and the Indians? A red, Tribe-themed manicure of course! I wanted the perfect Indians red so I looked to my untrieds and found Zoya Sooki and I paired it with CND Midnight Sapphire from the upcoming Fall 2011 “The Look” launch. It is a pretty good match to the team’s blue color. Keep reading to see how it turned out.
Rescue Beauty Lounge announces L’Oiseau de Feu, Ji Baek’s Pre-Fall collection inspired by the metamorphosis of colors brought on by Hurricane Earl.
“During my St. Barts vacation last August, I felt a frantic energy that I had never before witnessed in that familiar, peaceful paradise. There were scattered chaotic rhythms of energy as Hurricane Earl approached. As the storm unfolded, my inner dramatic stage director’s heart started to beat to the rhythms of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Oiseau de Feu (The Fire Bird). The honking brass section mirrored the hysteria on the island and the wind started to howl irksomely, just like Stravinsky’s French horns and bassoons. I peeked out the door and was mesmerized by the colors of a romantic and moody sky.”
As a former band geek, I even marched for one horrifying football season, I totally get associating music with life’s major events. There are certain songs or pieces of music that throw me back into another time and place, even for just a split second. Having been caught in a water spout on my parents’ sail boat, I can’t imagine letting go of the fear to hear the music in a storm but reading Ji’s take on her experience with Hurricane Earl, you can almost see the notes as she describes her latest nail polish collection.