Happy September Beauties,
This has been a fun and busy summer for me. I had a ton of weddings and freelance clients on top of working on-call with MAC. And in between all that, we had a few small trips to Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Dana Point and Temecula. I still managed to keep up with my nail art obsession and wanted to show you some of my favorites. Here are my “Best of the summer” nails:
Black & White Stripes
Stripes were a huge in fashion this summer, showing up on everyone’s dresses, shirts and shoes. I decided to bring the trend right onto my lil’ ol’ nail beds. This is a very simple design. Go with an opaque white like Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in White On. I L-O-V-E this formula! Super thick so you only need one or two coats (yes, even with white) and it wears way longer. One week later and still no chipping at the top of the nails. Use a black striper to create the lines. Top with a quick-drying top coat. Voila!
Peaches, Cream and Glitter
For this peachy look, I used MAC’s Life After Beth Nail Lacquer then used a white striper for the lines and the chevron design. I used a gold glitter that had big and small pieces for the other nails.
I know this isn’t exactly nail art, but when Sheswai sent me this color, I fell in love. This is literally the only color I will wear without nail art because it’s just so lovely on its own. The formaldehyde-free formula is also cruelty-free and super opaque. Love it too? It’s called For Real and you can purchase it HERE. It’s so long-wearing, you’ll think it’s gel!
Neon Aztec Nail Art
You’ll notice that as the summer wore on I went more and more oval/stiletto with my nail shape. It just looks so feminine and sexy. I officially refuse to go back to the “squovals” I rocked for the last 10 years. No one wants square shaped nails anymore! It’s all about elongating your fingers and hands.
This was my favorite of the whole season. I used China Glaze’s Shocking Pink polish, which is one of the only polishes I’ve used and loved so much that I ran out and bought another. The Aztec design was created using Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in White On then applying a black striper for the lines. I chose to only do two nails in the Aztec design because let’s face it- ain’t nobody have time for a full set.
Which one was your favorite? Would you try any of these?
Thank you everyone who entered the giveaway for Sheswai Nail Lacquer! We had over 15o entries and The winner of this Pantone Color of the Year green shade (called DIG IT!) is…..
Youtube user MistyFuji !
Congrats! I hope to do another giveaway for your guys soon! What would you like to win? Nail polish, makeup, skin care? Let me know in the comments below.
Pantone, the world-renowned authority of color, has crowned emerald as the “Color of the Year” for 2013. In honor of this rich gem of a shade, I’m hosting a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a bottle of Sheswai’s “Dig It” shade.
About Sheswai- “Modern Glamour with a Rootsy Feel”
Sheswai is a California-based eco-friendly company that makes formeldahyde-free nail polishes. The formula has a rich opacity and can be worn with just one coat. Not only are Sheswai products cruelty-free (yay!) but the adorable wood bottle caps are made with sustainable harvested wood (reducing the use of plastic).
Sheswai was created by a Hollywood manicurist (Debbie Leavitt) who started using it on photo shoots where it soon became a favorite. With articles in Refinery 29, Martha Stewart and Goop, Sheswai is gaining popularity while also helping the planet. You can purchase online and at various salons all over the country.
THIS CONTEST IS OPEN UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 15TH (TAX DAY)