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?
Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for L’Oreal Paris. Affiliate links appear via a third party link service. For more info, view my Disclosure Policy.
As much as I love loud, “notice me” nail color, I have moments where I just want something neutral, effortless and clean. This past weekend, I had one of those moments. It was a lazy, no plans kind of weekend. The boyfriend has been working like a dog throughout tax season (which is almost over, yay!) so we kept it low key.
Even though no one would see it, I still wanted something new on my nails so I turned to my current neutral nail look of choice, which I call the “Subtle Sparkle.” I’ve been living for China Glaze Champagne Kisses for months now but it can be a bit much on its own. Paired with my perfect not-quite-naked nail color, L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche So Chic!, it makes for one stunning manicure.
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It’s April 1st, aka April Fool’s Day, and it also happens to be Dyngus Day, which even though it’s celebrated in Cleveland, I had never heard of until the Anderson Cooper giggle-fest last year. So whether you’re pranking your friends, spraying girls with water, hitting boys with pussy willows, or trying to avoid a “case of the Mondays”, I hope your week is off to a good start.
This is just a quick Mani Monday. I celebrated Easter with my family yesterday and when I decided to wear a bright color-block dress, I knew I had to switch up my nail look from the pastel fishtail braid I showed you on Friday. Enter, the Fearless Beauty collection from Dermelect, created by Celebrity Manicurist Elle and Fear No Beauty’s Karie Frost.
I used Fearless (cobalt blue), Moxie (bright, not chalky, pepto pink), and Renegade (jade) to create the look. The colors paired perfectly with my dress, shown above when I wore it to NYFW last September.
Since we don’t have kids and Mom finally stopped hiding Easter baskets, after doing it for 30+ years, Easter is pretty laid back, just an early dinner. But this year we stopped by the famous Eggshelland for a visit. I’ve never been and hearing this was the last year, I had to go. The display uses over 20,000 enamel painted egg shells and it’s quite a sight. If you’re in the CLE, they’ll have it up until April 5th so head on over.
The Dermelect Fearless Beauty collection will be available this summer so consider this an early preview with a full review closer to launch.
If you celebrate Easter, did you create a special manicure? Does your city have any Easter displays like Eggshelland? Have you tried Dermelect nail polish? What do you think of the new summer shades?
Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Dermelect. An affiliate link may appear via a third party link service. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.