Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dior Vernis Summer 2016 Milky Dots Polka Dots 001 Pastilles - Paint All The Nails Presents Dotticures

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So thrilled I can bust out the Summer 2016 collections, aren't you? This Spring really flew by for me, and I still have a bunch of Spring collections to show off...but today is the day of my Paint All The Nails group link up and the theme is dots! That's right, just dots! So open ended, just the way I like...and this box of DIOR goodies landed in my mailbox last week and well...DOTS. So here is what I came up with! Hope you like it as much as I do. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cirque Colors The Manus x Machina Collection - Metropolitan Museum Exclusive

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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently unveiled it's special fashion-focused exhibition entitled Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which explores the dichotomy between handmade (manus) and machine-made (machina) in the creation of fashion. This year's exhibit features over 150 pieces of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear dating from the 1880s to present day. Cirque Colors created a 6-piece collection inspired by the materials and production techniques that are explored throughout this exhibit.

It's an honor for me to be included in this collection release by Cirque Colors, creating nail art inspired by the fashion from this exhibit. You've seen my interest in fashion with my participation co-hosting the Nail Art Fashion Week challenge not once but twice so far. I've always been drawn to the world of haute couture and was thrilled when Annie from Cirque Colors asked me to collaborate and create nail art designs inspired by the fashion behind these shades. I did in fact get to see this exhibit first hand and it was breathtaking for me. I do recommend you see it if you are in the NYC region or will be traveling here. It runs through August 14, 2016.
Please read the detailed Cirque Blog post for the official brand announcement.

 *Keep reading for inspiration photos, my thoughts on each shade, and how I created each nail design. All swatches using Cirque Colors Holdfast Base Coat & Liquid Laminate Top Coat (unless stated otherwise)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Treatment Challenge with Miracle Gel Moroccan Nail Art

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Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my thoughts and showing the results of the Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Treatment challenge. 

 From Sally Hansen:
This nail treatment just got even better and delivers visible nail results. Whether your nail problem is dryness, ridges, dullness, breakage, peeling or all of the above. This product helps restore dry brittle nails making them visibly healthier and beautiful. After just 3 days nails look shinier, stronger, mega-moisturized and brighter with ridges filled. 
The exclusive patented formula, with Avocado oil, Sea Salt, Pomegranate Extract and Calcium immediately protects and continuously nourishes nails, helping create the perfect foundation for any manicure. The product features a new brush for an even application and dries quickly to a smooth hard finish. 
This versatile treatment can be used alone or with your favorite Sally Hansen nail color when applied as a base coat or as a protective top coat. To wear it alone, simply apply two coats to clean, dry, bare nails. Use it to refresh a manicure by brushing on one thin coat to nails. It goes on smoothly and evenly for a streak free application.

 Here's my completely unedited before photo. I haven't had an issue with breakage or peeling in quite some time, but there is some dryness, dullness, and I do have ridges that I ever so rarely will buff out.