Category Archives: Nailpolish

[Weekly Shades] Neon, Now. Right Now.

So it’s still winter. It’s still icky and gloomy and freezing freaking cold (I actually physically couldn’t feel my neck or face earlier today because of the wind). So my manicure is attempting it’s very hardest to remind me of summer, and oceans and craziness that happens with me and my friends (side-note: did you know it is possible to get lost in a bathroom? It is. I stand as witness).

 

 

 

I used China Glaze‘s “Turned Up Turquoise (Neon)” and then used OPI‘s “Black Shatter” on my ring finger, but I applied it very lightly, and then sort of swooshed the brush around as it was drying to get the cool almost zebra effect with it. Fair warning with the shattered part- you get one shot at it, so be careful.

 

 

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So It’s the New Year, The World Hasn’t Ended, What Now?

Predictions for the new year (and believe me, I’ve got a bunch of them):

Music: I should start by saying, a few of these artists I’m just waiting to blow up here in America, honestly not sure when they will, but I promise they will. I’d normally have put Lana Del Rey on this list, but after her absolutely awful SNL performance this past Saturday night, there’s no way in hell I’d ever pay money to see her live. And I give mad props to whoever fixes her voice on her recordings. They’re getting paid their money’s worth.

1. Sky Ferreira – Love this girl. She was originally a model, and I believe she still is modeling, but she’s quite young (20, if that) and can belt it. I recommend 17, Obsession, One, and 108, and for your viewing pleasure, I give you Obsession.

2. SHINee -These next two are going to sound weird, and I still tend to agree except I’ve read on multiple music-related trend forcasting websites that Korean pop music is going to be huge in 2012. Even though I can’t understand a word of these guys except ‘lucifer, love-a-tronic, and love-a-holic,’ I find myself singing in Korean (really), loving their beat and their dancing skills are killer. So, give the boys of SHINee a shot, and watch Lucifer:

3. Girls’ Generation – This is the 2nd Korean pop band, and these girls are even cooler to me than SHINee. There are 9, yes, nine of them. They remind me of the Pussycat Dolls but with a real fashion sense, and much better singing, though their whole ‘thing’ is refined, classy sexiness. I’m a fan of Run Devil Run, and The Boys. Here is The Boys in English (they also have the video in Korean). Honestly, I could see these ladies blowing up and the fast tempo is something I could definitely see being played in clubs in the near future:

Color Trends/ Fashion Trends: Some of these I’m jumping out of my seat for, and others I think I’ll try to avoid completely. According to Pantone (the people who decide all the hot colors for everyone – interior designs and on the runway), “Tangerine Tango” is the color for 2012, though some other ‘in’ colors are black (naturally), teal, sulfur yellow, nudes, pale pinks, and pale blues and grays. Other trends that are going to be in for 2012 include pastels, neutrals in layers, leather (thank god) is still in, color blocking, as well as patterns and lace, plus menswear with a twist seems to be staying for a while too.¬† I’ve also noticed quite a bit of Indian influence, in both patterns, style, and length of garments. Here’s a little taste of what was seen on the runway:

[SS2012 Eli Tahari; Style.com]

[SS2012 Proenza Schouler; Style.com]

[SS2012 Chanel; Style.com]

[SS2012 Valentino; Style.com]

[SS2012 Valentio; Style.com]

Nail Trends: I really¬† hope that that sharp claw-like nail thing never translates over to the real-world, there’s no way I could do it, sorry. But, I do love the polish trends that are already sweeping in this year. As a nail polish fiend, I’ve found there to be a few that are outstanding: Ready? Good.

1. New Neons – Pretty much anything goes, as long as it’s bright and gives your hands a bit of pop! I’m a fan of a bright teal-y green, magenta, royal purple, and if you’re going really crazy I approve orange, or even green. If you want to try out this trend but don’t want to spend a ton of money initially, I recommend American Apparel‘s nail polish. At $6 a bottle, you know you’re getting something good but if you don’t like it you’re not going to feel guilty tossing it (which by the way is a terrible thing to do. Don’t do it. Forget I even said it.)

2. Pastels – Anything really – from gray to blue to pink to buff to honey, it’s all in, and they all look good with everyone’s skin tones. Zoya has this promo video for a new line they have (I’m not a huge fan of the video, but it gives a good idea of color range for pastels)

3. Blue/greens – So far, I’ve fallen in love with the clean colors Nails, Inc. has to offer in the blue-green department, but obviously, as with everything else, this is just a jumping off point. The one shown below is Haymarket by Nails, Inc.

4. Glitters Gone Wild – Nicki Minaj and The Muppet’s collections from OPI have seemed to start this craze. I did a Weekly Shade on the Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection” earlier in the month, and I stand firmly by this one. I do think there are the right and wrong times to be wearing a full on glitter manicure, but the other trends of the year can be subtle enough that this one works. Also, Bloomsbury Square (a Nails, Inc. polish) is AMAZING. We bought it for my roommate for her birthday.

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[Weekly Shades] Prettiest Peridot

I am grouchy! Do you want to know why? Probably not, but I’m telling you anyhow. A. Classes are starting up Monday – death – and B. My digital camera friend has taken an unexpected vacation and hasn’t told me where she went! (Her name is Pearl if you happen to run across her sunbathing somewhere).

I’m a little late on my weekly manicure, but I was in Iowa covered in a fashionable color of ‘chicken blood red’. (Yes, I’m totally serious, that’s what you get for having a real life job doing animal nutritional research. For anyone PETA affiliated, we didn’t hurt the birds or kill them, just taking blood to test for various levels of things to make sure they’re healthy. Now, shush, I was talking about more exciting fashionable thingies!

This is probably my favorite nailpolish ever. Chanel’s limited edition Peridot (shade #531). It goes on like a dream, only two thin coats needed to make it totally opaque, and it goes with everything. This is a ridiculous color; it shifts. Sometimes it’s green, sometimes it’s gold, sometimes it’s got this gorgeous cobalt blue tint to it. To be totally honest it reminds me a bit of an emerald beetle’s shell and I say this in the most attractive way possible, honestly, it’s beautiful. I’m a bit late on the blogging scene to be talking about this particular polish, but my love of it overpowers my lateness in the game, sorry.

 

[First Peridot picture close-up: Polish Police]

[Second Peridot picture: from my crappy Blackberry camera… I’m less than pleased Pearl!]

If you ever have a chance to buy it, jump on it. Have a lovely rest of the weekend! Outfit pics to come as soon as Pearl comes home to me!

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GIRLS, READ THIS! I’m not Joking… Seriously!

http://www.refinery29.com/free-zoya-nail-polish

I’m sorry it’s not much of a post, but this is a MUST-HAVE if you like nailpolish; read the articles but essentially, there are NO catches, just pick out 2 nailpolishes from Zoya and in the checkout area enter the code given on Refinery29 and voila! Free things!!

Click!!! Click away!!

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[Weekly Shades] It’s Almost Party Time!!

I honestly can’t believe it’s almost 2012. The apocalypse hasn’t happened yet (and hopefully won’t haha)! I’ve been lounging around my house for break, reading new books, playing with new makeup and shopping (more) for clothes. It’s high time I play with my new nail polishes. During the term I re-do my manicure about once a week so I thought, why not make it an addition to Tales From the 20-Somethings? I’m actually kind of excited for this, since I have a slight obsession with nail polish…

Anyhow! I want to be glittery for the new year! I’m going to be wearing a killer purple/magenta sequined dress that I’ll post pictures of probably tomorrow… I don’t want to overkill the glitter, but I figure for one night of the year it’s allowed, especially since I’ll just be wearing Charles Jourdan black pumps and just some arm candies, and no other jewelry with it.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Rainbow Connection

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