Just what we need in the midst of this chilly Winter – a bright (and colorful) light at the end of the tunnel… Spring polish collections! Most major brands have announced their lines, but I was anxiously awaiting one in-particular. 🙂
My preferred Gel brand, Gelish recently released its “Love in Bloom” line for Spring 2013, and it looks fab!
The six bottle collection features a palette ranging from warm pinks and oranges to cool greens and purples. It’s honestly difficult for me to choose a favorite! I am looking forward to trying them all – Sweet Morning Dew, Garden Tea Party, and He Loves Me He Loves Me Not are definitely at the top of my list.
‘Tis the season for some holiday manicures! While there are fabulous polish colors all around, I have narrowed it down and selected my top 8:
1: Nicole by OPI – Marooned in Paradise
2: Orly – Wandering Vine
3: Color Club – Platinum Record
4: Essie – Good As Gold
5: Essie – Too Too Hot
6: Sephora – Only Gold For Me
7: Zoya – Raven
8: China Glaze – White On White
Now before you get to painting, I have a few tips on how to make your holiday manicures not only look great, but last all season long!
1) Keep your nails short: Between all of the shopping, wrapping, baking & decorating, your nails are likely to take a hit. By by keeping them short & filed with a rounded or squoval shape, you’re less likely to suffer any splitting, cracks or breakage.
2) Moisturize: As you know, I am a HUGE fan of cuticle oil – especially in the winter!
The cold weather tends to make our nails more brittle, and our cuticles more dry. Use an oil or balm on your nails & beds regularly as well as a hand lotion. Take advantage of the yummy holiday scents!
3) Consider Gel: I usually always have a Gelish gel manicure, but if you don’t typically get them, consider splurging during the holidays! It will hold strong for all of your Christmas festivities and right through New Years!
What is your all time favorite polish color to wear during the holiday season?
Even though I have been on a gel-hiatus the past couple of weeks, it hasn’t stopped me from stocking up on new polishes. My preferred brand of gel nail polish, Gelish, recently came out with its Spring 2012 Candy Land Collection, and I couldn’t resist these new colors!
I visited my local Sally’s Beauty Supply store a few weeks ago, and picked up the two new pink shades…
“Sugar N’ Spice and Everything Nice”…
and “You’re So Sweet You’re Giving Me a Toothache”…
These colors are perfect for the Spring! I’ve worn both already- I can’t decide which is my favorite… “You’re So Sweet..” is basically the gel equivalent to Essie’s FIJI- one of my all time favorite colors .
“Sugar N’ Spice” is so bright and fun! I got tons of compliments on it 🙂
I can’t wait to pick up “Sugar Daddy” and “Don’t Be Such a Sourpuss” next! “Sugar Daddy” reminds me of the blue manicure I was wearing last week…
My current lilac manicure color would fit perfectly into this gel collection! If only… sigh.
Have you tried any of the colors from the Candy Land Collection yet? Which are your favorites?
Lately, I’ve been opting out of my gel mani’s. I want to let my nails breathe a bit, and to be honest- I missed using all of the gorgeous regular colors that I have! Since I am such a nut about having chip-free nails, and seeing as regular polish doesn’t last too long or remain as shiny as gel does, I painted them on Sunday afternoon…for the third time this week.
I wanted to choose a fun Spring color (Even though I hear Connecticut can expect Winter-like temperatures this upcoming week :(). Here is my mani process shared through pictures… enjoy!
I am a self proclaimed tan-o-holic! It is a known fact that my mood is significantly improved when I have a tan. My roommate shares the same philosophy, and we go above and beyond to achieve the perfect at-home tan…many times leaving us a bit orange and a tad dirty looking, however, we’re not too phased.
I stopped tanning in the beds for the obvious fact that it’s not good for my skin, and I was having weird headaches and chest pains which I attributed to the UV lights… since they’ve since ceased. So I’ve been a tanning product junkie lately!
I have tried nearly every self tanning spray, lotion, foam, towel, and mist there is, but here are the two products that I swear by:
For my face, I refuse to use ANYTHING but the Neutrogena Micromist! (I use shade #3 -DEEP)
For my body, I still prefer the Jergens Natural Glow body lotion in Medium to Dark skin tones…
I prefer the above products because they are not for one time use, and last the longest on my skin without washing out.
My runner ups:
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THESE….
I tried one tan towel a while ago, but cannot remember the brand. I wasn’t a huge fan, but I have heard many people rave about them- if you have a good recommendation of one, let me know!
If you still feel like you could use a boost of color- don’t skimp out on the bronzer!