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I’m really excited to have Ari of theGLITTERY guest contribute and share her too-cool-for-school Nail Art with us. As you know, ThisThatBeauty loooves nails – I mean, we do “Mani Of The Week” every single week. So we’re especially delighted to have Ari drop Nail Art gems. Without further ado, take it away, Ari. . .

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For this mani, I opted for two extremes; the beigest of beige, Butter London Tea With the Queen, and the queen of neons, Sinful Colors 24/7. The result? A full blown Opposites Fiesta. And the best part? It’s super easy and uses one of my favorite things…. A SHARPIE! That’s right ladies, Sharpies are about to be your latest nail art obsession. Not only do they come in a variety of colors (neons, classics, metallics..oh my!), they also give you more control than a nail art brush, require Z E R O dry time and don’t bleed when applying your top coat (and we all know what a buzz kill that is!) Alright, enough of the chit chat. Take a deep, deep breath, because girl, your mind is about to be blown.

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SUPPLIES: Butter London Tea with the Queen – Sinful Colors 24/7 – Seche Vite Fast Dry – Black Sharpie

 

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Step 1: Apply base coat (I use OPI Nail Envy), then two coats of Polish 1 on one side of your nail (I chose the right side on my left hand and my left side on my right hand).  TIP: Start at the bottom of your nail and go to the top in one slow swipe of your brush. That will help you get the cleanest line.

Step 2: After Polish 1 is relatively dry (about 2-3min later), apply two coats of Polish 2 on the other side of your nail. Wait about 5 minutes and seal with your top coat. This will lock in your stripes creating a smooth/shiny surface. Seche Vite Dry Fast will be your BEST friend – I pinky swear. It’s ahh-maze-ing.

Step 3: Take your Sharpie and create a zig-zag in the middle of your pointer finger nail. It should touch both colors.

Step 4: Using the same Sharpie, dab on four dots.

Step 5: In the middle of each dot, draw a short horizontal line.

Step 6: Next, bring your middle finger and pinky to the party. Using the Sharpie, create two upside down triangles, one below the other.

 Step 7: Wait 2-3 min and seal your sassy-Sharpiefied nails with your top coat. Lastly, FREAK OUT at how fab your nails look!

Feel free to play around with your Sharpie, creating as many designs as you want. You’ll see I opted to do a few different designs on my other hand. I wasn’t kidding when I said I liked to mix and match!

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Within a split second of eyeing Ciaté Caviar Manicure I was immediately intrigued. I mean…straight up open like a 7-eleven. I had to try it for myself. The texture, the finish, the three-dimensional effect — I die!

The Ciaté Caviar Manicure kit includes:

– 0.45 oz Paint Pot Nail Polish
– 0.47 oz Caviar Pearls
– Funnel
– Tray

Naturally I went off the grid and scrapped the “Paint Pot Nail Polish” in the kit and decided to do a mash up of my own — I used Dior “Incognito” and Ruby Kisses “Mediterranean Nightsky”.

Here’s my final Ciaté Caviar Manicure:

So here’s the thing: Ciaté Caviar Manicure lasts about 2…3 days, tops! It’s the kind of thing you pull out when you have an event or special occasion and you want to totally wow every single person within a half-mile radius of your nails. To extend the wear, perhaps consider doing an accent nail or two…then, maybe you’ll get a few more days of wear. The kit lasts forever. I used it and shared with friends and still had plenty of caviar beads to left to do a dozen mani’s.

Net Net: For special occasions – Absolutely! Like duh, why wouldn’t you?!

Available at Sephora

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This month (exclusively at Ulta) look for the launch of butter LONDON™LIPPY — a wardrobe of extended-wear, high sheen glosses with corresponding nail lacquers. Inspired by the brand’s backstage observation of the S/S 2012 “matchy-matchy” mani/pedi/lip trend, the concept for LIPPY was born.

Primrose Hill Picnic

 

Teddy Girl

Snog
Trout Pout
Yummy Mummy

Personally, I’ve got my eyes on “Trout Pout” and “Yummy Mummy”. . . and will keep you posted as I try the line.  For now, here’s more of what you need to know:

LIPPY products do not contain parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates or bismuth.  butter LONDON™ is available at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flagship store, www.butterlondon.com, and in fashion boutiques, specialty retailers, and beauty apothecaries around the globe.

New for Spring, french professional nail care brand Orly is set to introduce the Sweet Color Collection. This limited-edition color offering consists of six yummy candylicious inspired pastel shades. ThisThatBeauty’s fav is “Snowcone”

  • Pixy Stix: a coral red
  • Lollipop: a pastel purple
  • Lemonade: a sherbet lemon yellow
  • Gumdrop: a soft mint green
  • Cotton Candy: a light pink
  • Snowcone: an electric blue

Visit www.orlybeauty.com for further information.

-1While recently in Miami I got my first taste of MINX. It is my current nail obsession du jour. Now that I’m back in NYC I’ve been on the prowl trying to find a manicurist skilled in the fairly new nail art of MINX. You see, MINX is but a few years old. It’s a trend that started on the west coast and is quickly making its way east.

What exactly is MINX?

MINX is a professional use nail art product. Its made of metallic foil that is heated up and adhered to the nails. The metallic foils range from colors like gold and silver, to patterns like plaid and zebra.

I was recently MINX’d at Damone Roberts New York by Master Nail Stylist TracyLee Percival. She’s the first manicurist to offer MINX in a salon in NYC. During my MINX mani I inquisitively asked TracyLee lots of questions about her background and experience in doing MINX. While TracyLee is a new face to Damone Roberts New York, she’s been a licensed manicurist for many years. She specializes in natural, acrylic, gel, and MINX application. TracyLee also provides manicure and pedicure services for house calls, parties, and special events. In addition to Damone Roberts New York, TracyLee provides in salon service at Suite 303 – Chelsea Hotel.frame-MinxToesSilver

As MINX picks up popularity on the east coast, TracyLee predicts that we’ll see a lot more custom designs in the future…the mix of different patterns to make unique looks for the trendy gal who wants to stand out.

Men are also getting in on the MINX action. Can you believe it? According to TracyLee, the two most popular colors for men are black and clear.

For my MINX mani session, TracyLee hooked me up with a design known as Red Lightning. Its basically a very shiny metallic red! It looks like liquid fire truck on my nails! TracyLee also added a fun gold and black fishnet design to my pinky fingers…tres sex-ay! See for yourself:

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If you’re dying to get in on the craze, look no further than TracyLee. She’s experienced, very knowledgeable, up on what’s HOT, and she upholds the highest sanitary standards (so very important!).

Want to get MINX’d? Here’s TracyLee’s information:

TracyLee Percival – Nail Stylist

201.906.0727

tracylee@luxebytracylee.com

Twitter @LuxeByTracyLee

For Salon Appointments:

Chelsea Hotel – Suite 303. 222 West 23rd Street, NYC

Damone Roberts New York – 574 Fifth Avenue, NYC

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