There are certain names that when we see them pop up on our FashionWeek schedules, we know instantly that we’ll be RSVP’ing for a chance to head backstage and see their work. One such name is that of nail artist Simcha Whitehill aka Miss Pop. She creates some of the most fabulous, intricate, and trend-starting nails at Fashion Week and this season was no different. When we spotted her dark, gold-accented Essie manicure at the fairy-tale-inspired Alice and Olivia presentation we knew we had to get the details on how to re-create the look.
Get the look:
1. Apply Essie’s first base base coat to clean, filed nails
2. Next, apply two layers of Essie’s “Licorice”
3. To apply the gold dots, dip a nail dotting tool in Essie’s “Good As Gold” and carefully apply a medium-sized dot at the center tip of the nail and two smaller dots on each side
4. At the base of the nail, dip the dotting tool in Essie’s “Good As Gold” and apply a medium-sized dot at the center edge of the nail and five smaller dots surrounding it
5. Finish with Essie’s “Good to Go” Top Coat
Tip: If you don’t have a nail dotting tool, use the end of a bobby pin! For the smaller dots Miss Pop recommends using a toothpick
See more of Miss Pop’s amazing nail art here!
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have begun! I have been watching the last 3 nights with my family, enjoying every single second. There’s nothing like seeing the best athletes in the world on a winter stage, it’s beyond amazing.
Since I’m not competing in Sochi, or, for that matter, even in Sochi, the best I can do is root for everyone here stateside. I’ve really wanted to celebrate the Olympics and Team USA the best way I can. I’ve been wearing red, white, and blue, tweeting, and blogging about the upcoming events.
When I went to the nail salon on Friday, the manicurist said to me, “Why don’t you do some nail art for the Olympics?” I hadn’t thought about nail art! I loved the idea! I came home and started scouring Pinterest for some cute and clever ideas and I thought it would be fun to share my top 4 ideas!
Here are my 4 FAVE ideas from Pinterest:
I just love all of these and can’t wait to have some beauty fun recreating at home!
Go TEAM USA!
I’m not normally the type to go all in on nail art. In fact, aside from a few glitter manis here and there I’ve let the trend pass me by. My complete inability to let any sort of polish dry before I start cleaning/cooking/flipping channels/texting coupled with my propensity for chipping and picking at my polish keeps me from spending hours perfecting my polish. However, I was instantly game to try the Monogram Mani kit from Nails Inc. when it arrived at my desk.
For starters, I love the two shades that come with the kit–deep plum and cool grey. I also love the idea of a statement nail that isn’t fussy or outlandish. When I got the kit, I immediately broke out the box and slicked on two coats of the deep plum polish. Then, I used the 45-second caviar top coat for a quick-drying, glossy finish. To complete the look I used the wooden cuticle stick that comes with the kit to gently press on a “C” sticker (for my new last name) and my monogram mani was complete.
The look lasted for five days without chipping and I got plenty of compliments on the statement nail. The kit costs $25 at Sephora and comes with the top coat, two polishes, four sheets of monogram letters and characters, and the wooden stick applicator. Not only will I be using this quite a bit, I plan to gift it for upcoming birthdays–what a perfect personalized beauty treat!
Earlier this week I sat down to write my New Year’s resolutions for 2014, and among the many things I’d like to accomplish next year, I resolve to spend more time…
- Cooking healthy meals
And I resolve to spend less time…
- Vegetating on the couch
- Staring at chipped nails
Yup, I’ve been blogging about beauty products pretty much daily for the past seven years, and with all of that time spent contemplating critical things of great universal importance…like felt-tipped versus brush-tipped liquid liners (don’t even get me started on this, because we’d be here FOR DAYS!), you might assume that I’d never, ever dare leave the house with chipped polish.
But I do.
I absolutely do. Because my hands do work!
There’s all the typing, the filing, the dishwashing, and the opening of all those cans of cat food every night (what can I say? — I’m a cat lady). I put my hands through a lot.
And when I started wearing Sally Hansen’s recently released $5 Triple Shine Nail Polishes, I expected my regular routine — fresh, flawless polish for a day or two before waking up in chip city.
But that was not the case.
These high-gloss Triple Shines proved to be surprisingly sturdy. In fact, they’re probably the longest-wearing drugstore nail polishes I’ve ever worn.
After applying creamy greenish blue Dive In a few weeks ago as part of my initial testing, I didn’t see a single chip for seven full days.
Not one! — and that was without a base or top coat.
Reef-Raf (two coats)
Red Snapper (two coats)
Play Koi (two coats)
Vanity Flare (two coats)
Dive In (three coats — this one’s a little streaky)
Adding a base and top coat extends the wear time, of course. With both, I get about 9-10 days of chip-free color, which I think is pretty great, considering how much wear and tear I put my nails through.
And then there’s how easy these are to use. Applying is quick and easy thanks to the wide brush, which covers a lot of surface area, so each nail only takes me 2-3 strokes. Plus, the formula fully dries in about 30 minutes — which may not be as fast as quick dry polishes, but still, it’s pretty good.
With 29 glossy shades to choose from (some glitters, too), there’s also a lot of variety. My favorites so far are the five fun, creamy colors in these pics.
They’re perfect for spring (and for hoping spring comes early this year).
You can find the Triple Shines now at drugstores, grocery stores, Ulta stores and online for about $5 each.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
The holidays are here, and it’s time to get festive! While you’re looking for the perfect little dress (or an ugly Christmas sweater) to take you event hopping throughout the season, why not liven up your makeup and add a little sparkle? Red and gold are the perfect pairing to keep you merry and bright, and I put together a few ideas to get the party started.
It’s safe to say that nail art isn’t going anywhere. One of my all-time fave looks is the half moon mani. We’ve seen variations on the look (glitter, studs etc.), which are all equally awesome. It looks so easy when a pro does it, but mastering the look yourself? Not so much. Or so I thought.
I asked Joey Chin a manicurist at the Townhouse Spa in New York for a quick tutorial. A piece of scotch tape turned what I thought to be a majorly daunting project into a super easy, professional nail art look. Here’s how it’s done:
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A quick and easy DIY half moon manicure. Demonstrated by Joey Chin of Townhouse Spa in NYC.
Nail art has taken a much needed break from the over the top and over done trends of these past seasons. Cluttered with glitter, jewels, add-ons and textures, nails have gone a little too wild to be practical. Don’t get me wrong- nail designs at the moment are anything but boring. They are polished, patterned, and pretty, but don’t require the steady hands of a surgeon to achieve.
Nail artists at NYFW toned nail art down with sophisticated, classy, and refined patterns that still exude beauty. Get inspired by the upcoming winter months and try cooler shades in snow white and icy lavender, shown below. If you (like I am!) are still wishing for summer, try your hand at an overlapping light pink and creamy yellow pattern like the one seen at Christian Siriano. There’s no wrong way to do this beauty trend!
- Caroline Johnson
I’m all about the holidays right now! I love this time of year because it’s always so magical and fun for me and my family. Believe it or not, there is already holiday music playing 24/7 on 2 of my favorite radio stations right now. They started on November 1st!
Oh, yes… the holiday magic is in the air!
When it comes to the holidays, I go ALL out every single year. From my fashion to my beauty to my home… I get myself completely into the spirit of things!
Right now I’m into finding some cool ways to do my nails for the holidays. I want some clever, eye-catching nails… I want my sons to think they are really cool and I want to make sure I keep my nails decorated now through the end of the year! I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some adorable “Holiday Manicures” and I have 5 of them that I am totally obsessing over!
Here are 5 Holiday Manicures to get you in the Festive Spirit:
1) Love how easy this nail art is, it’s very festive and gives you a sequin sparkle!
2) I love the glitter – red, green, silver and gold! You can wear this throughout the season and be MERRY!!
3) Classic Candy Cane. Love it! So simple and so much fun!
4) Present time! I love the cute factor of this look. It’s just a great manicure for a holiday party!
5) This reminds me of a comfy, holiday sweater! I just think this manicure is perfect for holiday vacation and rest/relaxation time!
I’m addicted to manicures. I love, love, love them.
There’s something about seeing my nails all done “nice and neatly” when I kick off my day. In the fall, I usually tend to crave darker colors for my nails – black, navy blue, dark green and red. To me, a dark color just screams FALL!
Well… I’m not addicted to a new nail treat – Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Coat.
It is the COOLEST thing ever and the perfect way to add a little va-va-voom to your nails and already existing manicure. I’m literally screaming how amazing Fuzzy Coat is from the rooftops, I just love it!
I’m telling you, it’s the greatest thing to add into your nail collection. It’s so easy to use (on your own) and it’s just simply adorably fun!
Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. I love to dress up. I love to have spooky fun with my kids. It’s just a total-blast for me!
What I love about Halloween is that I can have some “beautiful” fun all month long, it doesn’t just have to be on October 31st! I love finding cool and unique and fun ways to bring in some Halloween magic without worrying about looking “overboard!”
One of my favorite ways to have a little beauty-fun throughout the month is with my nails. Now… I’m going to be honest here, I’m HORRIBLE at decorating my nails. I’m a plain-Jane girl when it comes to my nails. I can’t do the nail art on my own, so I really have to stick with what I know and what I think I can manage… which is a basic color and that’s about it.
Every October, these 5 colors are in my beauty arsenal because they exude Halloween, fun and a little witchy-magic. (Seriously, my sons call my black nails “witchy!” and I love it!) Add a little Halloween magic to your nails all by yourself!
1) Orange – Oh, yes… orange! I love this color because it’s vibrant, it’s bold and it’s perfect for Halloween!
2) Black – My FAVE color of all! I love, love, love black for my nails. I actually wear this year-round, but I love it during the month of October because it definitely is witchy!
3) Gold – I love gold because it’s the kind of color that stands out. It’s mysterious and spooky and lots of ghoulish fun!
4) Dark Purple – If you don’t feel comfortable wearing black, this is a great alternative! It’s fancy, yet perfect for Halloween.
5) Dark Green – This is a wild, funky and fabulous color! I love it for Halloween because it’s just that kind of different color that’s great for the holiday!