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Happy New Year! As far as I’m concerned, 2015 is the year of the nail. I’m so excited to explore new designs and techniques. But before I get to painting, let’s take a stroll down mani-memory-lane. Here are my Top 10 Manicures of 2014!

Disclaimer: it was SUPER hard to choose only 10 designs. These are in no particular order- again, it’s too hard to decide!

1. Ocean blue ombre topped off with Swarovski crystals!

blue ombre

2. Evil Eye Power!

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3. Matte/Shiny Black Half Moons

(this is a kiiiiiller combo!)

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4. Purple and teal studded color block!

Remember this tutorial?

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5. Rainbow stitch using the dry brush technique and funky charms.

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6. Leopard tips – you can NEVER go wrong with leopard!

leopard tips

7. Neon Camo Party

camo rainbow _ 1 hand

8. Shades of purple reverse french

Catch the tutorial here!

half moons

9. A Foil’s Paradise

Look familiar? This was my NYE tutorial just a few weeks ago. See it here!

foil

10. Paradise Ombre

Ughhh, I wish I was at the beach with these right now!

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Oooh what a year it was! Which one was your favorite?? I’d love to hear! And make sure you follow my 2015 nail journey on theGLITTERY.com and on Instagram, @theGLITTERYblog.

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My mani this week reflects my mood — dark and intense.  I think the Tom Ford Black Cherry nail lacquer  is as close as you can come to wearing a black nail polish without actually wearing black. The benefit of not going all the way to a black polish is that it looks less harsh against the skin.  Depending on the lighting, Black Cherry can look like a seriously over ripe cherry while at other times it looks like a bruised plum.  No matter what the light, though, Black Cherry is a beautiful richly intense color worthy of being added to your nail polish collection.

Tom Ford Black Cherry Nail Polish

This manicure was my first time using a Tom Ford polish and while the formula is great, the brush could use a little work.  I think the bristles are a little too wiry and sparse which makes it more difficult to apply the polish.

Tom Ford Black Cherry

In the picture above I’m wearing two coats of the Tom Ford Black Cherry Nail Lacquer with the Guerlain La Base basecoat and CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat.  The CND top coat gives the nails mega shine and a gel like finish. I’m wearing the polish as I type this and it has been just under a week and I have zero chips. I win!

Tom Ford Nail Lacquers retail for $32 and are available here.

What’s On Your Nails This Week?

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

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The red soles of Christian Louboutin footwear have been a fashion, style and pop culture phenomenon for years.  Now you can have the iconic color for under your nails. Loubi Under Red uses a small precise sponge at the tip of the weapon like brush to make painting under the nails a snap.

Loubi Under Red - Applicator

 

While nail art for the top of the nails has reached epic proportions, with everything from chains, balls and even little metal kittens and puppies being affixed to the nail,  not many people are doing much with the underside of the nail…until now.  Loubi Under Red can make any plain ol’ manicure special and can take any outrageous nail design even that much further.

 

Loubi Under Red 2

 

Your perfect pair of Red Bottoms may set you back a pretty penny but Loubi Under Red is only a cool $45.  Find it at christianlouboutin.com.

Will You Try Loubi Under Red?

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to match your manicure to your walls or vice versa? I’m not talking about various shades of white, I’m talking about vibrant eye catching colors. If you’ve dreamt of manicure and wall color oneness, the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington is the exact thing that you need. The collection features 18 nail polishes and each color is also available in Clark+Kensington paint+primer. The Collection is broken into three palettes,  The Romantic,  The Wild Heart and The Artist. All are represented below with home decor inspiration based on the palette.

The Romantic
The Romantic

 

The Wild Heart
The Artist

So, enough about walls, let’s talk manicure. This week I used  two polishes from a limited edition mini-nail lacquer pack featuring three standout shades from the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington: I Eat Mainely Lobster (from the The Artist palette), Can’t Find My Czechbook (from the The Wild Heart palette) and My Vampire is Buff (from The Romantic palette).

OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington Tutorial

  • Apply base coat
  • Apply two thin coats of  I Eat Mainely Lobster and wait a couple of minutes
  • Apply one coat of  Can’t Find My Czechbook as shown in image and wait a minute or two
  • Brush a perforated sponge with Can’t Find My Czechbook as shown in image
  • Gently pat the nail with sponge to create messy pattern.
  • Wait another minute then seal with topcoat.

The nail lacquer sample pack is available for $9.99 and the paint is available starting at $26.99 a gallon. Both can be found at more than 3,200 Ace Hardware stores nationwide.

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

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I’m not a putz at doing my nails but sometimes I just don’t want to and I don’t have the time to go to the salon.  What to do?! Do I walk around with rough cuticles and chipped nails? I’m a card carry beauty girl so never that. City Mani aims to take the hassle out of your weekly manicure by coming to you wherever you are.  “Whether you’re a workaholic, socialite or busy mom, finding the time to go to the salon and treat yourself is something that often falls to the bottom of your to-do list,” said Co-Founder of City Mani, Cari DeCoons. “With the click of a button, City Mani will bring a quality manicure directly to your fingertips.”

City Mani recently launched and I got this super cute manicure at the event.

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(In case you’re wondering, the palette i’m holding is Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Bronze.)  On my nails is Pretty Please number 23, a light blue. FYI, Pretty Please allows you to name your own polish, so, it’s best to go by the number.

Below are the City Mani Options:

  • Individual Manicure, $34 (Standing appointments available)
  • Multiple Manicures, (2-5 people) $23 per person
  • Signature Polish Party, (6-11 people) $21 per person (20% administrative fee applies)
  • Mommy & Me Manicure, $35 includes mom & child (20% administrative fee applies)
    Like mommy, like daughter has never been so cute! Let cityMANI give your mini their first mani and have your colors match each other’s! cityMANI uses an adorable selection of 5-Free polishes so your child’s nails can be as safe as they are cute!
  • Mani’s for Mini’s Party Package, $350 for up to 10 girls, $25 per additional guest (20% administrative fee applies) This party package brings the polish, glitter, fun nail art and plenty of jewels to select from to create the perfect mini-mani for your child and their friends. Parties include a salon themed gift for all of the girls and are appropriate for ages 4-12.
  • ManiBAR Party Package, Custom Pricing Available (20% administrative fee applies) This party package is truly a unique addition to your next corporate event, private party, trade show or even bar/bat-mitzvah or sweet sixteen! This personalized manicure station can be customized and tailored to a specific theme. Have the focus of your celebration or colors of your event or even logo be the inspiration behind a “signature manicure”.
  • ManisForCure Fundraisers, Custom Pricing Available (20% administrative fee applies, client must provide 501c3 upon booking.) This party package allows you to add a cityMANI station to your next fundraiser, charity event or run/walk event and raise money with every manicure. CityMANI will help you create a suggested donation price for the mini manicures provided and then donate it to the charity organization of your choice.

With City Mani at your fingertips, there is no excuse for walking around with less than stellar nails. Click here to learn more about City Mani.

 

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Suppose you have the standard manicure you’ve worn to your office job all week and you want to jazz it up for a fun night out with your Boo or Besties?   What do you do? Here’s one suggestion…grab a polish from the MAC Nail Transformations collection, apply a single coat and you are good to go in a matter of minutes.

MAC Nail Transformations

MAC Nail Transformations polishes were created by former forensic scientist, Marian Newman, to give nails a stylish twist. They are available in MAC’s permanent collection and retail for $12 each.

MAC Nail Transformations Collection

MAC Nail Transformations Collection

  • Texturize clear leather-effect top coat
  • Highlight sheer blue pearl transformer
  • Liquid Pigment – Pink Pearl Sheer pink pearl transformer
  • Liquid Pigment – Green Pearl Sheer green pearl transformer
  • Liquid Pigment – Gold Pearl Sheer gold pearl transformer
  • Shadow  – sheer blackening top coat
  • Skin – light peach beige (cream)
  • Quiet Time -beige nude (cream)
  • Rebel – mid-tone cream plum (cream)

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

You might see this manicure and think “Easter egg “and you would be right.  Celebrity manicurist, Jin Soon Choi, created this adorable nail art design as the perfect easter manicure but I’m so in love with it I thought I’d share it as this week’s Mani of the Week.

Pastel Egg Nail Art 1

 

How-To:

1.       File and shape your nails in a natural square or roundish shape.

2.       Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat.

3.       Apply JINsoon Dolly Pink on the entire nail bed.

4.       Apply JINsoon Poppy Blue about 2/3rd’s of the way from the top of the nail closer to the cuticle area, creating a few curved lines and filling in to the tip of the nail.

 

Pastel Egg Nail Art 2

5.       For a three-toned look, apply Formula X for Sephora Seismic over Poppy Blue in the same manner as you applied Poppy Blue.

6.       Finish with a high-shine top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss.

 

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JustFab is a customized subscription service that offers denim, shoes, jewelry and handbags.  The Kimora Lee led company is now making a foray into beauty with the introduction of PaintFab nail polishes. Like everything else on Justfab site, you will need to have a subscription to make purchases.  The Paintfab nail polish collection was launched with 9 shades, including a double duty  base/top coat.

PaintFab by JustFab

In addition to the nine core polishes that recently launched, JustFab will launch a PaintFab duo each month to help you stay on trend. Below I’m wearing two coats of Modern Mauvels (4th from right) with a topcoat.

 

Paintfab Modern Mauvels

All PaintFab polishes are 3 Free.  Learn more about PaintFab here.

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The Jinsoon Spring 2014 Collection is tightly edited and beautiful but that is to be expected from famed nail artist, Jinsoon Choi. According to Jinsoon, “The Color Field Collection is an adaptation of the positive, youthful, and artistic energy of the 1950’s represented in nail polish shades.” This collection has something for everyone; from Dolly Pink with a Kookie White tip for the dainty and demure to Cool Blue topped with Polka Black for the edgy rocker to Cherry Berry with Pop Orange dots for that girl who’s always the bright and bubbly to a simple Polka White top coat for the super busy chick who wants to do the least — like a boss!

Here I’m wearing Kookie White with swirls of Polka Black and Polka White with an accent nail of Cool Blue

JINsoon Color Field Collection 2

In this shot I’m ringing in spring with Pop Orange

Jinsoon Pop Orange

I know I’ll be coming back to the the Jinsoon Color Field Collection repeatedly this spring but who can blame me?  You can keep up with my polish changes on instagram with #CNCMani and check back each week for our TTB Mani of the Week. Also check out Jinsoon on Instagram to get manicure inspiration using this and her other collections.

Shop the Jinsoon Color Field Collection

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Spring isn’t quite in the air but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend. While I don’t look forward to the insane allergy attacks that come with spring days, I always look forward to the wonderful blooms and the even more amazing pastel manicures. Turn dreary days into something fantastic and fun with any of the subtle pastel or statement making neon polishes from the China Glaze City Flourish Collection.

China Glaze City Flourish CollectionChina Glaze City Flourish Collection Includes:

  • Thistle Do Nicely – Electric pink neon crème
  • Peonies & Park Ave – Neon bright pink crème
  • Petal to the Metal – Warm pink coral crème
  • Spring In My Step – Baby pink crème
  • Strike A Rose – Watermelon shimmer
  • Don’t Honk Your Thorn – Nude shimmer
  • In a Lily Bit – Soft light violet crème
  • Lotus Begin – Neon purple crème
  • What A Pansy – Cool periwinkle/indigo blue crème
  • At Vase Value – Bright baby blue crème
  • Grass Is Lime Greener – Neon lime crème
  • Metro Pollen-tin – Neon peach crème

The complete China Glaze City Flourish  is available now at fine salons and beauty supply stores.  All China Glaze polishes are free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

Which Shade is Your Favorite?

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At ThisThatBeauty we are nothing if not nail art fanatics,  just check out our Mani of the Week features.  And as our monthly nail art contributor, Ari put it in her latest nail art tutorial, Valentine’s Day is our “favorite nail art holiday.” So, when Jin Soon Choi, manicurist to the stars, whose work frequently appears in top glossy mags, shared her Valentine’s Day nail art with us  naturally we had to share with you.

2014 Valentine's Day Nail Art

How-To:

1.       File and shape your nails in a natural square or roundish shape.

2.       Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat.

Sweetheart Nail Art Step 3

3.       Apply a pink shade on the entire nail bed (here, Jin Soon gives you a sneak peek of Dolly Pink from her SS14 collection). Alternatively, you may try Teddy Girl from Butter London or Sephora Formula X in Potent.

Sweetheart Nail Art Step 4

4.       Apply JINsoon Coral Peony on one side of the nail, covering about 3/4’s of the nail bed and ending in a subtle curve to create half of the heart shape.  Then repeat on the other side, taking special care to intersect the two sides at the center of the nail.

Sweetheart Nail Art Step 5

5.       Apply JINsoon Coquette on one side of the nail covering about half of the nail bed and ending in the same subtle curve as you did when applying the Coral Peony.  Repeat on the other side, again taking special care to intersect the two sides at the center of the nail.

6.       Finish with a high-shine top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss.

How beautiful and easy does this look?   Show your nails some love this Valentine’s Day!

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As of today it is 7 days to my birthday and I am actively shopping for my birthday Manicure. (Yes, it’s kind of a big deal.) When I saw Deja Vu from Pure Ice it immediately became a contender to adorn my digits. Deja Vu is a royal blue shimmer polish that has great staying power, especially when paired with the Bottom Line, a base coat, and Girl on the Run, a fast drying top coat.

 

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Bottom Line and Girl on the Run are part of the Pure Ice Salon Station Collection, launching January 2014. Here’s the complete collection:

  • Bottom Line Base Coat: This strengthening and protective base coat smoothes the nails surface, fills ridges and masks imperfections.
  • Girl On The Run Quick Dry Formula: This fast acting complex sets nail color quickly creating a protective surface to prevent chipping and locks in vibrant color– perfect for the girl-on-the-go!
  • Buh-Bye Breakups Nail Protector: Encourages healthy nail growth, making nails look noticeably longer and stronger in just a few weeks. Can be used as a base or top coat.
  • One Stop Shop 3-in-1 Top Coat: Works as a base coat, top coat and strengthen in one! The fast drying formula eliminates chipping and maximizes lasting color.

Now to my birthday mani contender:

 

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Shown above is my Pure Ice mani done with base coat, two coats of Deja Vu and a layer of topcoat. The polish went on smoothly and I wore it for 7 days and it only showed a little wear on the tips of my nails. There was absolutely no chipping. I will definitely be using the polishes from Pure Ice Salon Station with other manicures.

All Pure Ice nail polishes are “3 free,” that is, they are formulated without formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. Polishes retail for $1.99 and are available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

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Having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? Well, not  anymore! Just get your mitts on the China Glaze Happy Holiglaze Collection and the 12 twist-on-traditional shades and traveling topcoat will have you singing carols in no time.

 

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze

 

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection

(From Top Left to Right)

  • Put A Bow On It: Magenta glitter
  • Mingle With Kringle: Fierce gold with aluminum-like mirror finish
  • Just Be-Claws: Red with an aluminum-like mirror finish
  • Elfin’ Around: Red rust with an aluminum-like mirror finish
  • Bells Will Be Blinging: Blue and gold multi-colored glitter
  • Be Merry, Be Bright: Multi-magenta purple glitter
  • All Wrapped Up: Midnight purple and blue glitter 
  • Your Present Required: Multi-sized and multi-colored glitter
  • This is Tree-mendous: Green with fine gold glitter 
  • There’s Snow One Like You: Limited edition white Texture with matte glitter
  • So Blue Without You: Blue with an aluminum-like mirror finish 
  • Santa Red My List: Pink/red with an aluminum-like mirror finish

 

Mingle with Kringle 2 - China Glaze

I’m wearing two coats of Mingle With Kringle and I definitely feel the holiday spirit. I don’t have to wait for party invitations to drop in my inbox, with China Glaze Happy Holiglaze Collection I can have a party on my nails for the 12 days of Christmas. At a suggested retail price of $7.50 a pop, you too can join in the #CGHappyHoliGlaze fun! China Glaze polishes are available in salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

What is your Favorite Shade from the Happy HoliGlaze Collection?

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I love glitter on nails but I absolutely hate taking it off. I usually only do an accent nail in glitter but the KBShimmer glitters  for Fall 2013 were so pretty I decided to do all 10 digits.  For this adventure in glitter I went with I Got A Crush On Blue,  a royal blue jelly polish with holographic glitters that range in size from small to extra large.

I applied an opaque base coat then two heavy coats of I Got A Crush On Blue, and this is the result.

Mani of the Week- Featuring KB Shimmer

The glitters reflect light and shows bits of red, green and yellow — though it is hard for me to capture in pictures.

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I dare you to be sad with a glitter manicure. I mean, how could you?!

KB Shimmer - I Got A Crush On Blue

Most glitter nail polishes I’ve tried last a ridiculous amout of time on the nail and KBShimmer is no different.  KBShimmer nail polishes are “3-Free,” that is, they do not contain  Toluene, Formaldehyde or Dibutyl Phthalate.

Visit KBShimmer.com to find I Got a Crush on Blue and other cool glitter polishes from their Fall 2013 collection. You should also check out their tutorial for quick and easy glitter polish removal.

KBShimmer polishes retail for $8.75.

What’s on your nails this week?

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