I’m going to start this off by letting you know that I’m an absolute Halloween fanatic. October 31st is, hands down, my favourite day of the year, and I usually start choosing my costume for next year as soon as the holiday has passed. This year, I’m finally being a mermaid, and completely DIYing my costume (I can share deets on this if anyone’s interested!). In the meantime, I wanted to share this subtle Candy Corn Manicure. I do realize that not everyone gets as worked up about Halloween as I do or prefer to take a more subtle approach to Halloween beauty; this easy nail art will give you a chance to get into the spirit without going overboard.
Oh, and did I mention it’s easy? Because it really is. My dad could probably pull this off.
Start off by prepping your nails with base coat to smooth (Formula X Color Corrector is perfect for this) and one-two coats of white polish (I used OPI Alpine Snow for this one). Prep your cuticles with a hydrating moisturizer or apply white glue or a cuticle guard to make clean up easier.
Next, take a triangular cosmetics sponge (you can pick these up at the dollar store) and trim it to get a piece that’s similar in width to your nails. Starting from the top, apply a wide stripe of polish in white, followed by a soft yellow (I used OPI Infinite Shine in Bee Mine Forever) and finished with a stripe of a soft orange shade (Essie Gel Couture in Looks to Thrill), layering them like a neopolitan ice cream that will fit from base to tip of your nails. Dab on a piece of paper a couple of times to blend the colours together a little, then gently dab onto your nails to transfer the polish and create the candy corn look. Reapply the polish to the sponge as needed, and try to do a couple of coats to build the colour. Once finished, apply a top coat (Seche Vite dries quickly and locks in colour) to blend the polish even more and secure the look.
Will you be trying this Candy Corn Manicure or any Halloween nail art?
Caffeine addict? Today marks national coffee day, and Sally Hansen’s Global Colour Ambassador Madeline Poole created the perfect mocha mani in honour of it, using Miracle Gel polishes. Take a look at the mani and learn how to get the look below!
Start by applying 2 coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Birthday Suit to all the nails.
Using a striping brush, outline a semi-circle shape on the pinky nail using the color Sally Hansen Miracle
Gel in Totem-ly Yours. The shape should resemble the shape of a coffee bean – oblong and round.
Fill in this semi-circle and repeat this process in a flip-flopping manner down the nails. The feel should be
organic and random in placement.
After painting the coffee bean outlines. Allow the nails to dry a few minutes and then apply one coat of
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat.
The look is super chic, and can easily be worn well past National Coffee Day. The nude look is timeless, or you can try switching up the shades to create your own colour combination. What shades would you try?
Do I ever have a treat for you today; and by that, I mean a full look at the (almost entire – a couple of pieces are missing) Dior Skyline Fall 2016 collection. And, as per usual, it’s breathtaking. After taking a look through it (you do notwant to skip the 5 Couleurs palettes), I’m quite certain that you’ll agree with me.
“I dreamt of being an architect… As a couturier, I have to respect the principles of architecture.” – Christian Dior
Based around the autumnal colours of Paris and drawing inspiration from the architecture of the Eiffel Tower, the large collection is full of elegance and femininity.
Where else could I start? The new 5 Couleurs palettes in Parisian Sky & Capital of Light are hands down the centerpiece of this collection. Between the intricate, Eiffel Tower-inspired detailing and gorgeous, warm colour combinations, these quints are absolute showstoppers. I’ll let the swatches speak for themselves – the amazing colour payoff & soft formula shine here.
Dior 5 Couleurs 506 Parisian Sky Swatches
Dior 5 Couleurs 806 Capital of Light Swatches
The Skyline collection definitely has a big focus on bright, glowing skin (as you will continue to see with a few other pieces), and this stunning Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is the perfect place to start. The universal shade is full of soft shimmer for a gorgeous glow – start off with light touches and build from there. It also pairs really well with the next product…
Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer swatch (blended out on right)
Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo
Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo
The limited edition Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duos take the guesswork out of finding the perfect complementary shades to highlight and contour your face. The dual ended sticks bring together a lighter cream shade for strobing (apply to the forehead, brow bones, cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, tip of chin and along the jaw line) and a deeper tan for contouring (apply to the sides of forehead and nose, hollows of cheeks and jawline), which can be applied to the face using lines or dots, then blended out with a damp sponge or brush.
Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo in 001 & 002 (also available in 003 – not pictured)
Dior Addict Lipstick in 752 Fusion, 927 Sophisticated (limited edition), 951 Too Much & 987 Black Tie
Lips take a deeper turn with 6 new Dior Addict Lipsticks (not pictured are 178 Urban & 316 Incognito). The smooth lipsticks add shades of red, coppery brown and a deep plum to the lineup. While they don’t give a ton of colour, they add a nice hue to the lips and finish off with a smooth sheen.
Dior Addict Lipstick in 752 Fusion, 927 Sophisticated, 951 Too Much & 987 Black Tie swatches
Continuing with the lips, we have the Dior Addict Lip Glow in Lilac (not a new shade) and the new Dior Lip Pomade in Universal Pink, an oil-gel balm that plays off of the Lip Glows colour reviving action to moisturize, hydrate and refresh the lips. The formula is light and really comfortable, leaving the lips looking healthy.
Of course, a new Dior collection means new Dior Vernis shades – this time, following the elegant theme, the shades are simple and sophisticated, with a creamy nude and a chocolate polish being added.
Dior Vernis Skyline Swatch
Dior Vernis Minimal Swatch
Diorshow Brow Chalk in 003 & Diorshow Pro Liner in Pro Greige
The new Diorshow Brow Chalk (in 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown & 003 Dark Brown – pictured above) has a soft, powdery texture in pencil format, making application and blending easy – perfect for someone who wants to quickly and easily fill and define their brows without a ton of work. Two new shades of Diorshow Pro Liner are also added – Pro Grege Pro Plum (not pictured above). I’ll be honest with you, this liner isn’t my favourite, and is one of the missteps for me personally. I’m not a big fan of the application (it’s a little difficult to apply smoothly) and colour payoff isn’t the best. Has anyone else had better luck with this?
Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal in 025 Medium Beige, Dior Fix It Colour 2-in-1 Prime & Colour Correct in 200, 300, 400
And no, we’re not done there. As I mentioned previously, this collection has a focus on healthy, glowing skin, which leads us to the new Dior Fix It Colour 2-in-1 Prime & Colour Correct. These colour correcting sticks were designed to blur the skin texture and correct skin imperfections and colour irregularities. These sticks are available in four shades, each created to target a specific skin concern:
100 Blue (not pictured) gives a boost to tired, sallow skin
200 Apricot reduces dark spots and olive-toned circles, ideal for darker skin
300 Yellow reduces purple-toned dark spots and discoloration, ideal for lighter skin’
400 Green helps to neutralize redness
Dior Flash Luminizer Radiance Boosting Pens
And, finally, we come to the new Dior Flash Luminizer Radiance Boosting Pens. With a quick click, product is dispersed through the brush tip for easy application. These creamy luminizers can be used to conceal, illuminate the face and define the lip contour – quickly swipe across areas of the face to highlight, then blend in using a sponge or brush!
Dior Flash Luminizer in 002, 003, 005 & 500
What do you think of the Dior Skyline Fall 2016 collection?
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Disclaimer: This post contains samples received for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo
Keeping your nails looking fresh is an important part of many of our beauty rituals, but for some that’s easier said than done. Spa appointments are nice once in a while, but it’s also much more cost effective to do your nails at home. Tom Bachik, L’Oreal Paris’ Celebrity Nail Artist and the MANicurist for stars like Heidi Klum and Jennifer Lopez, knows a thing or two about nails and let us in on some of his no-fail secrets. Follow his steps to avoid common nail mistakes and master your mani at home.
Skip the soak
We may be used to giving our nails a good soak before a mani, but this actually changes the shape of the nails and how polish adheres to them. Instead, try giving them a quick wipe with rubbing alcohol to prep the nail bed.
Care for those cuticles
Gently push them back with a cuticle stick, but try to avoid trimming them back since this can actually cause them to grow back thicker as they try to protect the nail base. Afterwards, just buff around the cuticle area for a smooth finish.
Find your shape
File the tips of your nails to your favourite length and shape, using a smooth file with a high grit (a file that is too coarse can result in peeling nails). Having trouble making your tips even? Try holding your hand fanned out, with your finger tips facing away from you, while you file.
Build a base
Before applying your polish, start with a layer of base coat. It acts like double-sided tape for the nail, giving the nail polish more to adhere to for longer wear. Don’t just use any base coat though, make sure you find the right one for your nail type, whether it’s to fill ridges or add strength.
Add your colour
The fun part! Apply polish to the nail (we love the new L’Oreal Paris Le Vernis A L’Huile since it contains a blend of four precious oils for amazing colour and shine), applying a little pressure with the applicator so the tip of the brush fans out to match the rounded shape of the cuticle. Use thin, even coats of polish, allowing it to dry for one to tow minutes before applying a second coat, and then a layer of top coat.
Clean it up
Dip a thin brush (a lip brush or fine paintbrush are perfect for this) into nail polish remover and use it to remove any excess polish around the nail or on the cuticles.
There’s nothing worse than dry, ragged cuticles. Massage cuticle oil into them to hydrate, soften and smooth. Tom actually uses facial oil for this, and swears by L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil, as the blend of eight essential oils adds the perfect dose of hydration. Make this a part of your daily ritual, whether it’s first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed if you don’t want to walk around with oil on your hands.
Vacation nails – how do you do yours? As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, I’m currently in Costa Rica for 2 weeks. Now, when I go away, I don’t want to spend time worrying about my nails. Polish is bound to chip and I don’t want to fuss over having to redo my mani several times throughout my trip, as it could be spent doing better things – like drinking rum from coconuts. I’m also not a shellac girl – My nails are in pretty good shape right now, and I plan on keeping them that way – plus I can’t wear the same colour for too long!
Cue the imPRESS Gel Manicure. I’ve worn these tons of times before and absolutely love them, but I recently learned something that’s making my love them even more – they’re the only waterproof press-on nails! As if the fact that they’re super easy to apply wasn’t good enough (you literally peel and stick), this makes them even more vacation friendly!
Plus, the variety of super cute (and Instagram-worthy) designs make these perfect for my trip. Convenience? Check. Long lasting? Check. Fun shades & patterns? Check. I threw a set on before I left for vacay & brought spares along in case of any mishaps, because throwing a new one on takes seconds and I’m ready to jump back into the surf.
Have you ever tried imPRESS nails?
Disclaimer: This post may contain samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo