29.08.14 Beauty, Nails

Get The Look: Kelly Rowland’s MTV Video Music Awards Mani

Get The Look Kelly Rowland’s MTV Video Music Awards Mani

It’s obvious to see that Kelly Rowland is having fun with her pregnancy when she took to the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. I love how her artsy nails complemented her braided halo and sparkling Kaufmanfranco gown.

Celebrity manicurist, Sarah Bland-Barbuto, who has worked with Kelly on several occasions, created a design for Kelly called the half-moon mani.

A small area of the nail around the cuticle is lined in one color and it resembles the shape of a half moon. The glitter that is used is from Sarah’s own line Artiglio. The glitter is cosmetic grade glitter that is specifically made for use in manicures.

Sarah says to start with the gold polish first. She used Nail Labo Presto Gel #155 on Kelly.

Follow by applying the nude Nail Labo Presto Gel #63 with a round brush. The gel polish prevents chips and will help prolong the life your manicure.

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24.01.14 Beauty, Nails

Nail Trend Spotting: 2014 SAG Awards Chic Naturals

Nail Trend Spotting - 2014 SAG Awards Chic Naturals

A few of the gorgeous ladies who attended the annual SAG Awards showcased some lovely, light-coloured manicures. Though each manicurist had different inspirations in mind, they all lead to the same thing: elegance.

Celeb manicurist Lisa Postma was inspired by “something very Parisian” and dressed up Elisabeth Moss’ nails in a beautiful neutral color: Essie’s Cocktails and Coconuts, which is part of their upcoming resort collection.

Christina Aviles, Sarah Hyland’s manicurist, went for something simple and clean. Essie’s upcoming Vanity Fairest looked gorgeous against Sarah’s baby pink gown.

Michelle Dockery sported quite a cocktail of pinky lights thanks to celeb manicurist Christina Aviles. The combo: Essie’s Ballet Slippers and Mademoiselle. She wanted to pair Michelle’s classic black and white gown with something class and fresh.


Essie Cocktails and Coconuts
Essie Vanity Fairest
Essie Ballet Slippers
Essie Mademoiselle

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20.01.14 Beauty, Nails

Get The Look: Lupita Nyong’o SAG Awards Manicure

Lupity Nyong'o -- SAG Awards Manicure copy

SAG Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o was certainly the bell of that ball at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. While the beautiful star stunned in a teal-blue Gucci gown, it was her copper manicure that was doing most of the sparkling. Deborah Lippmann took her nail expertise to the next level by creating a unique look exclusively from her nail lacquer collection for the featured red carpet starlet.

Starting with a fortified and chip resistant base, Deborah chose to coat nails in her Gel Lab Base Coat. This starter coat not only prolongs a manicure but it protects nails without any harsh gel lights.

For colour, Deborah created a new shade by layering two polishes. For the first color, she opted for a single coat of Swagga Like Us, an oxidized cooper color with a hint of teal. The mirrored chrome finish of the polish served as a festive base for next nail shade.

Deborah followed with one coat of Chain Reaction, a dirty brass glimmer colour. Featured in her latest ‘Rock This Town’ trio collection, the muted shimmer finish of the polish looked especially radiant layered over the previous shade. The blended polished made for a beautifully shimmering copper colour that perfectly complimented her full look.

Finally, to seal the picture perfect manicure, Deborah polished nails in Gel Lab Top Coat.

A fabulous blend that rivaled the lovely metal tones of the SAG Award, this manicure is a must-have look. Would you try this polish blend for your next manicure?

Lupity Nyong'o -- SAG Awards Manicure1

Deborah Lippman Gel Lab Set (Base & Top Coat)
Deborah Lippmann ‘Swagga Like Us’
Deborah Lippmann ‘Chain Reaction’

15.01.14 Beauty, Nails

Nail Trends Spotting: Chic White Manicures

Nail Trends Spotting Chic White Manicures

White nails were first spotted on the runway at Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 runway show. Now chic red carpet regulars have recently been seen dressing their nails in this pristine shade and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Most recently, Kristen Wiig was seen sporting an ultimate white manicure to the ‘Spoils of Babylon’ film premiere. Whether it’s intense, opaque whites or creamy blends, here are some tips to sport this clean shade all season long.

Nail Styles: If you’re feeling a bit edgy, try pairing white polishes on longer squared tipped nails, like the stylish Kylie Jenner did on the red carpet at various events. A manicure in a richly opaque blend of white, like Essie’s Blanc, offers a fresh approach to the otherwise simple shade. Take a note from ‘Revenge’ star, Ashley Madekwe and keep the look elegant with rounded edges and a creamy, slightly translucent white polish, like O.P.I polish in Alpine Snow.

Polish Finishes: Another fantastically fashionable way to update the white manicure is choosing a polish in an expected finish. For a slightly glamorous touch, try polishing your nails in a white with a sheen finish, like Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Silks’ Nail lacquer in Pseudo Silk Kimono. Dressing your nails in a white shimmery, pearlescent finish makes white nails look a bit more luxe. If you desire a more high fashion look, try a white polish in a matte finish. Snag a bottle of Jin Soon’s Matte Maker and layer over your favorite white (or any colour) for a modern matte look.

White Polish

Essie ‘Blanc’
O.P.I ‘Alpine Snow’
Deborah Lippmann ‘Pseudo Silk Kimono’
Jin Soon Matte Maker

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14.01.14 Beauty, Nails

Nail Trend Spotting: 2014 Golden Globes Moody Darks

Nail Trend Spotting 2014 Golden Globes Moody Darks

Dark polishes made their appearance during the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. And with manicures getting more and more coverage (hello, mani cams), nails are becoming a trend all on their own.

Taylor Schilling donned Essie’s Berry Naughty, a beautiful oxblood shade. Celebrity manicurist, Beth Fricke, wanted a color that would look gorgeous against her dark, kelly-green gown.

Celebrity manicurist Christina Aviles decided on a deep red to stand out against Jessica Chastain’s dark dress. Essie’s Poor Li’l Rich Girl was the perfect shade to complement.

Michelle Saunders, celebrity manicurist for Kate Beckinsale, went with what she thought was a bold choice for the red carpet. “But she pulled it off flawlessly,” says Michelle. The colour?

Essie’s Licorice, which gave off the effect of patent leather–the perfect addition to her metallic gown.

Have you been sporting the dark nail trend? If not, you’ve still a few weeks left before lights and pastels start making their rounds for spring.


Essie Berry Naughty
Essie Poor Li’l Rich Girl
Essie Licorice

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07.01.14 Beauty, Hair, Makeup, Nails

Beauty Trend Spotting: Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Beauty Trend Spotting - Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year Radiant Orchid

Never one to miss a trend, celebrities had a head start wearing Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year Radiant Orchid. It’s a violet shade with pink undertones, which work well from season-to-season.

Beyonce Knowles, wore the hue on her lips in one of her newest videos ‘No Angel’. You can’t go wrong with a stain that combines the moisture of a gloss. Try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 16 Pourpre Preview.

Lucy Hale painted the shade on her nails for the 2013 Kid’s Choice Awards. For a shade that compliments any complexion paint on O.P.I. Classics Collection Nail Lacquer in Lucky Lavender.

Naya Rivera showed us how the lavender tone makes brown eyes pop at the FOX All-Star Party. Make eyes pop with NYX Slim Eyeliner in Lavender Shimmer.

If you really love Pantone’s choice, why not try it out on your hair like Kelly Osborne at the 2013 SAG Awards? If you really love the color make a semi-permanent commitment with Manic Panic in Electric Amethyst.

I’m not quite ready to dye my hair, but I’ll definitely wear this lip colour in a heartbeat. How will you wear Radiant Orchid in 2014?

Radiant Orchid

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 16 Pourpre Preview
O.P.I. Classics Collection Nail Lacquer in Lucky Lavender
NYX Slim Eyeliner in Lavender Shimmer
Manic Panic in Electric Amethyst

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29.10.13 Beauty, Makeup, Nails

Solange Knowles’ Trend-Setting Beauty Look

Solange Knowles’ Trend-Setting Beauty Look

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Solange Knowles is always on the cutting edge of fashion, but last week at the after party for the eBay Future of Shopping Event in New York City, she proved to be a trendsetter in the world of beauty, as well.

Instead of following the typical rules of dark makeup colors being apropos for fall, Solange took two runway trends and melded them into one fierce look.

She took cues from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 collection with a deep-hued lip, and then took inspiration from Lela Rose’s Fall 2013 collection by rocking a bright nail polish shade in the cooler months. We also saw minty nails on the runway for Chanel’s Fall 2009 collection.

To get Solange’s totally cool deep berry lip and mint green mani and pedi, try the following products.

Solange Knowles’ Beauty Look

Lipstick Queen Sinner Lipstick in Deep Red
RGB Nail Color in Minty