Manicures are the next thing to go “fantasy.” Here is one of the fierce competitors at the 2010 Nailympics, held in the U.K. Yes, there really is an Olympics for manicurists. That’s quite a jungle on her hand there. Not exactly an everyday look, but still pretty amazing. Just for the record, I’m ready and waiting for the “Nail Battle Spectacular.” [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Ignore the alien-like makeup from the Jose Duran spring 2011 fashion show, and instead focus on the black and white chevron stripe nails. Pattie Yankee and the Dashing Diva team created this bold French-like manicure to complement the androgynous tone of Jose Duran’s collection. The manicurist used rounded press-on nails for the female models, but kept nails short and painted for the males. I think the women’s talons elongate the fingers, but even if you prefer shorter nails, you can still recreate this manicure for yourself. All you need is a steady hand or a friend with one. Get the details on the chevron stripe manicure after the jump. Keep reading »
Nail guru Pattie Yankee worked with Dashing Diva Nails to create the gold, abstract French manicure above for the Cushnie et Ochs spring 2011 fashion show. The gold foil mimics the dripping effect that was present in the collection. But the semi-haphazard application of the foil also gives the nails a grungy, resurrection feeling. Metallics continue to be a major nail trend this season, but what’s refreshing about this design is that it’s not meant to look perfect. It’s the perfect DIY manicure for adventurous style geeks. Find out how you can get this abstract French manicure in only two easy steps, after the jump. Keep reading »
Ever noticed how the minute you get your hands on some money, you find a ton of things you’d like to spend it on? Well, that’s the inspiration behind “Blowin’ Money Fast,” a dark metallic green nail lacquer, from the fall Ginger + Liz Colour Collection. This is the perfect emerald shade to transition from summer’s bold nail colors to fall’s dark neutrals. Plus, this organic and eco-friendly nail polish is a great guilt-free way to blow through some cash.
One of the hottest manicure trends of the past few seasons has been the reverse French manicure. This tip-trend turns the traditionally demure pink and cream color combo on its head with color-pop hues and striking shade combinations.
We caught up with celebrity manicurist Jill, from Spa Chicks on The Go, for the skinny on how to achieve this look yourself. Read more … Keep reading »
That fashion designer Alexander McQueen committed suicide earlier this year was tragic enough. That a group of vultures are using his death to line their pockets with cash is plain sickening. It’s one thing when a trendsetting and chic magazine like Visionaire pays homage to the designer by devoting an entire issue to his iconic frocks. It’s quite another when a nail polish manufacturer uses the McQueen name to hawk a set of hideous, muddy-looking shades. That’s what Butter London has done with a line of new polishes it claims were inspired by McQueen: All Hail McQueen, a hideous taupe, Bumster, which looks like something you’d find in a diaper, Marrow, marrow, really?, and Victoriana, a bluish-green that’s neither here not there. All one has to do is take a cursory look at these polishes to see they have nothing to do with McQueen’s genius. What this company has done is attached some over-written copy and a sick idea to a product-like-any-other in order to sell their load of crap. It’s bad enough that McQueen is gone, but to associate his brilliance with this drivel is to degrade the fashion legacy he created. [Hot Beauty Health] Keep reading »