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“What’s On Your Nails?” with KarlaSugar

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!

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“What’s On Your Nails?” with Carla from Product Girl

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.

Another week, another WOYN? and this week we’ve got Carla from Product Girl who is FINALLY sharing her NOTD with us (j/k Carla). Kids, this girl is a true “product girl” as her knowledge astounds me. Her love of makeup is deep and real and she can recall color names, collections, etc. like no one I’ve met. This girl has it down!

Since we chat regularly on IM I get to hear about her beauty hauls which makes me want to run to the mall and spend, spend, spend. That’s the last thing the boyfriend wants to hear. I can’t justify $45 for La Mer lip balm but hearing her rave about it is extremely enabling. For that reason alone I’m avoiding the La Mer counter.

Read on to learn more about “Product Girl”, see her favorite red and learn which Sally Beauty find is her go-to top coat.


Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I started Product Girl in September of 2005. I had a personal blog for years and I found myself talking about my beauty purchases more and more. Eventually I decided that those posts needed their own home because I really enjoyed talking about beauty products and that’s how Product Girl was born.

What is your favorite nail polish?
I am absolutely in love with Chanel’s Lotus Rouge nail polish. I’m a sucker for a red, especially blue reds and this red definitely has quite a bit of it. Unfortunately, I don’t wear it as much as I would like to simply because I only have 1 bottle but you actually suggested some shades that help me make do. :) Plus reds make me feel good, they make me feel a little glamourous.

What is on your tips and toes right now?
Right now I have Essie’s Geranium on my tips and my toes are bare. Geranium is an almost perfect duplicate of NARS Hunger, Hunger has a little more orange to it but you wouldn’t pick up on that unless you compare them side by side.

Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
To me, it’s an accessory… for now. I’m a reformed nail biter and for years I didn’t really give much thought to what was on my nails. I also got the short end of the stick when it comes to nails. Everyone else in my family has these gorgeous broad, long nails and I have short, stubby, weak ones. I’m starting to work on them though and I definitely have started building a collection of polishes.

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
I don’t have an exact count on how many bottles I own, mainly because I have products scattered all over the place but I know I have at least 40 of them right now. For the most part, they are different hues of red, mauves, nudes and browns. I’m starting to expand into grays and some more adventurous colors.

How often do you change your nail polish?
Sadly, not as often as I should. It took me about a month to do my nails this time. It’s one of those things that gets put on the to-do list but somehow never gets done until it’s the wrong time. Like this time, I decided to do my nails right between loads of laundry.

Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
Right now I’m loving INM’s Out the Door top coat. As I mentioned, I often decide to do my nails at the wrong time, like right before bed, and I’m very impatient when it comes to drying time so a speed dry top coat is a must for me. I tried using Seche Vite and didn’t like its consistency so then I started using Poshe. That works like a charm for me but I saw Out the Door in a beauty supply store and picked it up on an impulse. This works even faster than Poshe.

What do you think will be the big nail trend for summer?
It always seems to go back to bright, vivid colors which is great but it seems like I’m seeing more pinks and oranges around this time it seems. I’m not really good at predicting trends though, I just know what I like and what works for me. :)

What nail trend do you wish would go away?
I do not understand why a person would get a French pedicure, that just seems ridiculous. Just because it looks nice on your fingertips, doesn’t mean it belongs on your toes. Seems like a lose lose situation; either your nails are too long and have the white tip (which then can be uncomfortable) or your nails are too short for the white tip and that just doesn’t look cute either… to me anyhow.

What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
Walking around with horribly chipped nail polish, so badly chipped that there’s barely any color left. This is something I’m guilty of doing myself from time to time but at a certain point, your nails are just begging for the nail polish remover.

My thanks to Carla for letting me bully her into showing off her nails. Fanatics make sure you visit Product Girl and see if Carla can enable your next beauty purchase.

“What’s On Your Nails?” with Kia from Yummy411

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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.

In this week’s WOYN? we’re talking to Kia from Yummy411. Kia is one of the first beauty bloggers I met online. We connected through the Specktra message boards and our love of polish and MAC. I finally got to meet Kia last summer at the Total Beauty summit and she’s not only a beauty but a super cool chick to hang with. And even though I knew she had stunning eyes from seeing them on her blog, in person… they’re traffic stopping.

If you aren’t already a regular reader of Yummy411, you should definitely check it out. I love that Kia includes a mix of drugstore, department store and pro beauty products with her own beauty adventures.

Learn more about Kia, find out what nail look she calls a “summertime tragedy” and more, after the jump!


Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I’m a makeup enthusiast. I love the transformational properties of makeup and because of all of this I’m now a beauty blogger (almost 3 years strong!) and a freelance makeup artist! A native Washingtonian (Washington, DC) I work full time in the government sector and a mom of one darling boy!

Why is OPI’s Mod About You your favorite?
It has its own classic edgy-ness to it being an opaque, pastel color, but chic and subtle enough for the work place.

What is on your tips and toes right now?
On my nails, I have on MAC’s Mercenary (pictured) that was released with this Summer’s Style Warrior collection. I wanted to try the bronzed babe theme on my nails.

Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
An accessory. I think decorating your nails is another fun way to show off your personality and express yourself! Not necessary, but it totally compliments your style.

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
I own 50+ bottles of polish.

How often do you change your nail polish?
I change my polish every 2 weeks only because I go to the salon to get them done. However, buying 6-10 polishes at a time, it’s hard to wait that long anymore!

Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
Nail blog famous Seche Vite top coat and Gena Healthy Hoof Nail Protein Treatment Cream. The cream keeps the cuticles and heels soft!

What do you think will be the big nail trend for summer?
I think the summer nail trend will continue to be bright fun colors.

What nail trend do you wish would go away?
Only for the summer, I want to get rid of black polish. I sometimes think to myself, “That was sooo last fall!” LOL

What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
Summertime tragedy: acrylic on the big toes, ugh!

My thanks to Kia for participating in WOYN? and fanatics make sure you visit Yummy411 often!

“What’s On Your Nails?” with Jude from The Girly Show

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.

For this week’s WOYN, I’d like to introduce you to a YouTuber/Blogger that gives me a serious case of eyebrow envy, Jude Rivera. I’m obsessed with brows. It’s one of the first things I notice on a person so when a fellow blogger directed me to Jude’s site, I was immediately smitten. She’s not only gorgeous with wicked makeup skills but she has an AMAZING set of arches.

If you haven’t watched Jude’s tutorials before run, I’m sorry RUN, to her channel and take a peek. I guarantee you’ll learn something new. Like did you know that Sally Hansen makes an invisible lip liner? I certainly didn’t and here I was tossing away $$$ on DuWop’s version that NEVER correctly sharpens. Thanks Jude!

So read on fanatics to learn more about Jude, see which orange lacquer captured her heart and what nail board trick she swears by for making her polish last.


Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
My name is Jude and I am an unabashed makeup enthusiast. I have a Face of the Day blog called The Girly Show at www.girly-show.com and a Youtube channel where I focus mainly on makeup tutorials with some product reviews to keep things interesting.

I became interested in Nail Polish after a good friend of mine; Ness from Casual Lavish became an active member of the nail board on Makeup Alley. Her enthusiasm was contagious and I have been a polish fiend ever since.

Why is Pia by Zoya your favorite?

It is so hard to pin down one favorite but Pia by Zoya is definitely in my top three. I have a weakness for orange and shimmer so it is everything I want in a fun, popping color. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention IDK by China Glaze, Rio Nights by Orly, Tru Passion by Color Club, and Wild Child by Color Club. My list of favorites run the gamut from the more conservative like Cashmere Cardigan by Orly to the colors that scream to be noticed like Ali by Zoya.

What is on your tips and toes right now?
I have Miami Beet by OPI on my toes and Sol Cabana by Orly on my tips.

Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
Personally, I consider it a necessity. It is a cheap and easy way to add an unexpected pop of color to your day and a fun way to express yourself. You may not want to wear colorful eyeshadow but a brightly colored nail is a great way to show the playful side of your personality.

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
I would say roughly between 100-125 bottles.

How often do you change your nail polish?
I never go more than three days with one polish but ideally, I change the polish up on a daily basis. I love the process. I live a pretty hectic life and setting aside one hour of my day to sit down, relax and take some time out for myself is extremely therapeutic. There is no multitasking with it; I am able to concentrate on this one thing from start to finish.

Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
The Stickey Sandwich! I learned about it from Alexa and it has been my favorite tip ever. I use Stickey by CND as a base coat and after applying my nail polish, I top it with another layer of Stickey. Let it sit for a few minutes and finish with the quick drying top coat of your choice. This technique has allowed me to go back to using Seche Vite that I had stopped using because of shrinkage issues.

What do you think will be the big nail trend for summer?
Bold, bright colors resurface each year and are especially interesting when they are bright jelly colors. They look like candy at your fingertips.

What nail trend do you wish would go away?
Acrylics so thick that they rise unnaturally from the nail bed. I am also not a fan of thick, awkward looking French tips.

What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
Ragged cuticles. I think it is a frequent faux pas because it is easy to forget to add cuticle oil several times a day. I had the same problem and alleviated it by placing an oily sugar scrub next to my sink at work. Whenever I wash my hands, I use the oil based scrub and it is a frequent and quick nail treatment that keeps them exfoliated and hydrated.

“What’s On Your Nails?” with Amanda from Dr. Frankenpolish

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.

This week I’d like to introduce you to a relatively new blogger on the scene, Amanda from Dr. Frankenpolish. I stumbled across Amanda’s blog via a Google search and I was thrilled to find a site dedicated to the art of frankenpolish. What really sets her apart is that she uses accessible products and provides detailed recipes, not just a list of the colors but down the the number of drops type recipes.

We’ve talked about frankening (mixing) your own colors in the past so those of you mixologists that are looking for new recipes, Amanda is your girl. She’s mastered the art of jellies, mattes and glitters so feel free to challenge her creativity. She even has an amazingly detailed tutorial for you newbie mixers out there. It’s a must read!

Read on to see the amazing creation that brought me to her site (will you be shocked to know it’s a green?) and discover her genius tip for mending a broken nail.


Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
Well, my name is Amanda, or as I am better known in the virtual world, Dr. Frankenpolish. I began mixing my own polish (“frankening”) for fun, and realized I really enjoyed it. As a member of Makeup Alley, I noticed a lot of girls asking questions on how to franken polishes. I decided to start my blog as a “How To” for frankening advice and help. I feature my own creations, along with the recipes to make them. A lot of readers email me requests for certain colors they would like to see, and I try my best to help them out. I tend to use a lot of easily accessible drugstore colors in my frankens, so that it’s easy for others to recreate a color!

Why are Jackie Green Jelly and Flat Grape Matte your favorites?
Jackie Green Jelly (click for recipe) is probably my favorite franken I have made so far. Like many others, I missed the boat on the much coveted NARS Zulu. So when my friend Jackie (for whom this is named after) suggested a make my own dark green jelly, I jumped at the challenge. Another franken that is a close runner up as my favorite is my Flat Grape Matte (below) franken.. I love the cheery purple color, and the matte finish gives it a really neat, unique look!

What is on your tips and toes right now?
Tips: Iron Butterfly franken Toes: China Glaze Custom Kicks

Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
To me, it is most definitely a necessity! I bit my nails for years, so after kicking the habit for good, I appreciate my long, natural nails. The only thing that helped me stop biting was to constantly keep polish on them. And, well…let’s face it. Polished nails are pretty nails, and who doesn’t want to feel pretty?

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
Around 1,000. And that number is not counting my frankens! I actually went through recently and counted, which sent me into a slight panic. I knew I had a lot, but it was surprising to know the number. Nail polish is something I truly love and enjoy, so I don’t really feel too bad about having a huge stash!

How often do you change your nail polish?
I usually leave my pedi color on for about a week. My tips, I change every day since I am constantly swatching my frankens. Plus, since I have so many colors in my stash, I like to experience them all!

Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
Swiss silk wraps and IBD Resin glue! These two items are lifesavers if you break a nail. I tend to keep my nails on the longer side, so they are more prone to tears and breaks. I’ve had nail tips break completely off, and have managed to reattach them using the silk wraps & glue. Even with daily polish changes, the patched nail lasts for about two weeks on me before I need to redo it.

What do you think will be the big nail trend for summer?
Yellows seem to be making an appearance everywhere lately! I’ll admit, I never cared much for yellow until recently. I think it is one of those colors that people are afraid to try. With a huge range of shades from soft pastels to blindingly bright neons, I think every polish lover should give it a try!

What nail trend do you wish would go away?
Poorly done acrylics. I have nothing against fake nails, but when they aren’t done properly, they can really be damaging (and not to mention painful). I’ve worn acrylics in the past, so I can testify firsthand about the horrible mess they made of my real nails.

What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
Neglecting you
r cuticles! If your cuticles are in bad shape, it makes your whole mani, no matter how perfect, look bad. As a former nail and cuticle biter, I’ve seen first hand the difference it makes. Using an oil such a Haken from Sally’s or Creative Solar Oil, or cream like LUSH’s Lemony Flutter will really keep your cuticles looking soft and healthy. When your cuticles are well moisturized, you’re also less likely to pick or bite them.

Thanks a million for sharing your franken-genius with us. And Fanatics, be sure to visit Dr. Frankenpolish to see what new mixes Amanda has come up with.

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