Category Archives: Nails
Recreate the twinkling fingertips from Jenny Packham F/W ’13. Perfect for upcoming holiday parties or just to add a little sparkle in your life.
This look can be done with any glitter nail polish. From silver to my personal favorite, Deborah Lippmann’s Superstar (copper) – find your favorite twinkle.
1. Prep the nails with base coat.
2. Starting from the middle of the nail, draw light strokes with your favorite glitter polish – brushing up towards the edge.
3. Let set, and seal with top coat.
Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Gloss is modelled after the brand’s beloved Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm. In one universal shade the color-adapting formula works with your body temperature to create a unique color. The formula has a subtle vanilla scent/flavor and is very moisturizing. It works with any skin tone and makes lips look flushed yet natural.
Dior Nail Glow Enhancer is a unique nail lacquer that enhances the color of your natural nails. When applied on bare nails, the pinks of the nails become pinker and the whites become whiter for a shining finish and healthy, glowing effect. This is a great everyday polish for those who love the “buff and shine” look. Nail Glow gives that extra oomph that a shiny top coat can’t pull off.
These products are great for when you want to go au naturale but need a little something extra.
Minty-fresh hues are not just for fashion, apply them to your beauty routine as well. Not only is it a fun pop of color, but this pale, cool-toned color has an immediate brightening effect.
Apply it all over the lid for a sheer wash of color or try the “Thin Mint” and line just under the eyes for a bright and instantly awake look. Both drugstore and luxury brands have a wonderful selection for a “Minty Mani” but if you feel bold and daring, wear this amazing Lime Crime lipstick in “Mint To Be.”
Here are a few of my favorites:
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics ~ Cosmetic Glitters in Mint: $14.00
bareMinerals ~ Velvet Eyeshadow in Velvet Pistachio: $14.00
NYX Cosmetics ~ Jumbo Eye Pencil in Horseradish: $4.50
China Glaze ~ Nail Lacquer in Re-Fresh Mint: $7.50
NARS Cosmetics ~ Eyeliner Pencil in Parrot Cay: $22.00
Illamasqua ~ Cream Pigment in Bedaub: $26.00
Lime Crime ~ Opaque Lipstick in Mint To Be: $15.99
Stila ~ Eye Shadow in Cha Cha: $18.00
Ellis Faas ~ Creamy Eyes in E117 Mint Green: $36.00
An Advent calendar is used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. The days often overlap with the Christian season of Advent. Despite the name, most commercially available Advent calendars begin on December 1, regardless of when Advent begins, which can be as early as November 27 and as late as December 3. One window is opened every day leading up to Christmas. The calendar windows can be filled with a variety of small gifts: toys, chocolate, poems… nail polish!
Behind each door of the Ciaté Mini Mani Set is one of Ciaté’s bestselling mini Paint Pot. Uncover 17 mini Paint Pots, four mini Caviar blends, and three exclusive Paint Pot glitter shades in this one-of-a-kind advent calendar.
Touted by press as “nail innovators,” Ciaté is certified as a 3 FREE brand. Which means no Dibutyl-Phthalate, Toluene or Formaldehyde. Ciaté’s Paint Pots are amazingly pigmented, long-lasting and a cinch to apply.
Fill each day of December with a colorful surprise. This unique advent calendar will keep your nails colorful all-year-round.
In the summer I love a brightly-colored nail. From trendy neons to tropical-inspired corals, warm weather feeds this need. However, there is nothing like the perfect nude nail polish. A polish that will never go out of style and will flatter and enhance your skin tone all-year-round. If you have ever searched for this unicorn, you know how difficult it is to find.
Last year, Celebrity Nail Stylist Jenna Hipp teamed up with RGB founder Gina Carney to create HIPPxRGB, the first skin tone specific, full coverage, all nude nail color collection. Similar to the concept of foundation for the face, Nail Foundation is the first nail color of its kind designed to match and compliment for a flawless even finish. Available in four shades – F1, F2, F3, & F4 -, Nail Foundation can be applied with two coats or worn under a favorite neutral for a custom blend with added coverage.
Genius. The only word to describe. I mix F1 and F2 to concoct the perfect nude for my skintone. By the end of summer, I may need to add a drop of F3. I love the alchemy involved with these polishes. Mix and match shades for warmer or cooler tones, depending on the season.
Stands for: The RGB color model is an additive color model in which red, green, and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. The name of the model comes from the initials of the three additive primary colors, red, green, and blue.
RGB is a product line dedicated solely to nail color and care. RGB creates nail color as an extension of one’s wardrobe; we use color as an accessory. It started with the RGB Ten collection: ten iconic colors with a modern edge. Each shade is our sharp take on a classic with a straightforward name to match. While the classic ten will always remain the same, new colors are added seasonally. The chip-resistant and high shine formula is free of harmful chemicals. There is no Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP (dibutyl phthalate), Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor in RGB products.
This summer change up your lacquer collection with unexpected vibrant hues. Accessorize your fingers and toes with zesty shades of orange. This attention-getting hue comes in many energetic forms; bright coral, firey red, neon, tangerine – a hint of orange is a hot shade for summer.
Summer is synonymous with vibrant color and tanned skin. Express your personal style with loud, fun nail shades. Orange will work on every skin tone and looks incredible on bronzed, sun-kissed skin. These four zesty hues will set tanned skin on fire.
Illamasqua ~ Whack: $21.43
RGB ~ Coral: $16.00
Chanel ~ Holiday: $26.00
Dior ~ Psychedelic Orange: $23.00
In honor of St. Patricks Day, I bring you Chanel Le Vernis in Jade. Launched in 2009, it might be as impossible to get today, as it was at the release. I apologize and will provide dupes at the end.
I have had this color in my collection for quite some time and it seems to always make an appearance this time of year. A perfect pistachio hue with a dash of shimmer is what makes this polish so coveted.
Have a safe and wonderful weekend!
Glow-T’s Gift Guide begins with holiday sets for the lacquer-lover in your life. Instead of purchasing a single polish, make the most of these festive deals and grab a gift set. The holiday packaging and sparkling colors will make anyone mad for manicures.
TIP: Stretch these holiday sets by divvying them up. Use the mini nail polishes as gift-toppers to add something extra. Or make each one into tiny ornaments by adding a simple bow and hand out to friends and family.
Neiman Marcus ~ NARS Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret: $35.00
Sephora ~ Sephora by OPI Glimmer Wonderland Eighteen Piece Mini Nail Color Set: $48.00
Nordstrom ~ Le Métier de Beauté ‘Rock ‘n’ Romance’ Mini Nail Lacquer Set: $25.oo
Ulta ~ Butter London Dressing Table Duo Black Knight & Tart w/Heart: $25.00
Nordstrom ~ Yves Saint Laurent Holiday Nail Trio: $45.00
Beauty Bar ~ Deborah Lippmann Get This Party Started Set: $42.00
Yves Saint Laurent’s Holiday Collection “Le Smoking” is arriving soon. Perfect for party season, the collection features timeless colors of blacks, whites, silvers and golds.
Available in November, the limited-edition Manicure Collection, Le Manicure Le Smoking is a tuxedo-inspired nail duo that features two deep black nail varnishes – one matte/one shiny. By using both polishes – matte base and shiny tips or shiny base and matte tips – you will be left with a modern, eye-catching french manicure for the holidays.
Once your nails form ridges, you will unfortunately have them forever. They are caused by genetics, trauma and aging. Using a ridge filler as a base coat can help repair and make them less noticeable.
When applying a ridge filler, the silica and silk fibers fill-in ridges to create a smooth foundation for nail polish to hold on to. It creates long-lasting manicures and forms an amazing base.
When wearing dark-colored nail polish, it is a difficult task not to stain the cuticles. When applying a ridge filler, it forms a pocket for the nail polish to adhere to. This “cupping” ensures perfect application that won’t stain the cuticles.
Most ridge fillers, like the Deborah Lippmann, are an opaque, off-white matte color. When using this prior to applying any nail polish, the color will be true and more vibrant. In the past, I have used a white base coat for this reason, I have now found that using a ridge filler provides more natural benefits.
Lastly, this ridge filler by Deborah Lippmann looks great on it’s own. Deborah Lippmann, manicurist to the stars, has used this ridge filler in many fashion shows and events. It provides a modern-matte natural nail look.