Category Archives: Nails

Lilac and Pink Galaxy - Nail Art

galaxy2essie copynails3polish copyIs it me, or has nail art seemed to slow down a bit?  With such a busy beginning of the year and the semester, I’ve barely had time to add a coat of polish to my nails; however, this past weekend, I had a few minutes to create some easy, sparkly, girly nail art (no shame in the nail art game when NYC has minus two degrees weather).

One of the easiest (and most time efficient) nail art designs is galaxy - pick two or three colors, dab them on with a sponge, and voila!, galaxy nails.  Galaxy design is a tried and true favorite (as evidenced in this post and this post) - the design can be customized with your own color palette and can be transformed with other applied designs.  As I was still in the Valentine’s Day mind set, I created a pink and lilac galaxy design with a striped heart accent (and a glitter top coat because …stars!).  The polishes I used are Deborah Lippmann Lilac Wine, Essie Lilacism, and Essie French Affair - these polishes are well suited for nail art designs because they are opaque, have a creme finish, and dry easily but not too quick.

Although few us have the time to sit down and create intricate nail art, the galaxy design is a chic way to dress up your nails in just a few easy steps.  Be sure to follow our tutorial if you need an inspiration nudge.

 Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

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Color Club Poptastic Neon Collection Swatches and Review

I wanted to share with you the neon Poptastic Collection (c/o) recently released by Color Club for summer 2014 (and really, for anytime you want a bright pop of color on your nails).  I’ve been noticing the prevalence of the Color Club brand in my local nail salons, and I am excited for all the bright fluorescent colors in our nail art futures.  Color Club is one company that does neons very well, and this collection lived up to its Poptastic name.
The Color Club Poptastic Collection (retails for $8 per polish) covers an entire rainbow of neons, from bright yellow to a cool blue, with a great formula.  Poptastic polishes swatch opaque (except  Bell Bottom Babe, I’m looking at you!) without any kind of base, and you know that is rare when it comes to neon colors! And because of that, some of the polishes tend to have a thicker formula, such as the yellow color in the collection Not so Mellow Yellow. All of these polishes have a slight shimmer, and while the formula dries demi-matte, the shimmer definitely creates a beautiful depth and dimension (one of my pet peeves is when neon colors dry all chalky).  I recommend a top coat if you’re looking for extra glossy nails, but I definitely think you can rock the demi-matte finish too!
Foxy Mama is the bright orange in the Poptastic Collection and it is hands down my favorite out of the bunch.  Peace, Love & Polish (which is an awesomely cute name) is the coral pink of the collection, while Kapow is the perfect hot pink neon with a blue undertone (think of it as the quintessential shade for a beach pedicure). Right On is a bright purple that appears as slightly pink; while I’m glad there is a purple neon in the collection, the shade is quite demure, and I’m still partial to my favorite neon purple Dream On from Sinful Colors.
I hope you enjoyed the Color Club Poptastic collection and that you are considering it for when you want a pop of color in your life.  I’ve tried some other brands that have released neon collections in 2014 but none compare to Color Club in formula and pigmentation. 
One last thing, I couldn’t resist a groovy tie-dye nail art design with all these neon shades (because why not!). If you’re looking to create tie-dye nail art, simply use the corner of a makeup sponge to apply contrasting shades.  What upcoming polish collections are you excited about?  Do you stop wearing bright colors during the fall, or is it never too late for neons?

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M. 

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July 4 Patriotic Nail Art - Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July! I adore all holidays and celebrations as it’s a great reminder to take a break from our daily schedule, be thankful, and spend time with family.  For the first time since last Christmas, both my sister and I are visiting home and celebrating July 4th with our parents. That means we’re having a Texas style brunch-bbq-dinner extravaganza where we cook delicious food, snack on sweet treats, and light some fireworks (all from the comfort of our backyard, under the Texas sun).

And because the whole day can’t be spent eating (although, let’s be truthful, it can!), my sister and I decided to do our nails in commemoration of July 4th.  This July 4th nail art is simple, patriotic, and wonderfully suited for the day. Using red, white, and blue, I’ve create over-sized hearts accented with flowing stripes.  Polishes we used are Color Club Bell Bottom Babe, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, and Sally Hansen Rapid Red.  If you want to minimize time spent on doing nails (and more on relaxing), patriotic nail art can be as simple as combining various red, white, and blue shades.

We hope all of our lovely followers have a great day and hope you enjoy the 4th of July!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie and Miranda M.

Hoopla Studio Polish Swatches Review and Nail Art - Mosaic Nail Art

If you love adorable mini products, bright colors, and pretty nail polish, then you’ll love Hoopla (and you should probably visit Kansas, but more on that later!).

Hoopla Studio nail polish features a wide selection of wonderful shades that are suited for every taste. From metallic blues to sheer pinks, Hoopla’s “five free” polishes are fun to use and easy to carry (so if you hoard beauty products in your purse like I do, Hoopla’s skinny, mini polishes will fit right in!).

Inspired by the minimalist yet colorful Hoopla packaging, I created a mosaic pattern nail art that celebrates colorful shades and fits right in with summer-bright patterns.  The polishes I used are Hoopla Last Call, Hoopla High School Sweetheart, Hoopla Newport Love, and Hoopla Angelic Arrow.  The opacity varies per shade with High School Sweetheart being most pigmented in only one application and Newport Love being more sheer due to its holographic texture. Hoopla Last Call has a high opacity, but I recommend applying a base coat first as it tends to stain the nail.  Unlike other mini-sized polishes, Hoopla features full sized brushes that enable a smooth and easy to maneuver application.

Hoopla polishes can be purchased at the online shop where mini-packs and new shades are routinely available.  While the individual polishes are priced a bit high at $8, I recommend purchasing one of the trio packs which feature curated shades with a theme.

So, why a whole full collection of mini-sized polishes? The answer is surprisingly enlightening (and surprisingly “why doesn’t this exist in every city!”). Hoopla is a spa and nail salon in Fairway, Kansas that came up with a simple solution to an age-old problem. Hoopla delivers hygienic manicures and pedicures in a modern, clean, and inviting setting. Hoopla allows you to pick one of the Hoopla custom polishes and after your mani and pedi are done, you can take the polishes with you for any touch-ups, nail art, or new manicures. It was that simple all along!

Hoopla’s motto is “good, clean, fun” and with its lovely polishes and versatile shades, I couldn’t agree more!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.