The Snowzilla Polarpocalypse Mani

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

Since I live in Los Angeles, I’m blissfully unaffected by the POLAR VORTEX that’s been pillaging the U.S. I do, however, have lots of friends and family who are dealing with The Polarpocalypse, and all the pictures of snow floating around the The Gram and FB have put me in the mood for a white mani.

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Behold! It’s sparkly. It’s snowy. It’s just what I wanted.

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This was a very easy manicure to do. I began with two coats of OPI Alpine Snow (so aptly named) and let it dry. Once the polish was mostly set, I applied the Swarovski crystal stickers I’d been hoarding.

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What’s cool about this product is that the sticker itself is completely clear, and it holds the crystals in place so you don’t need to spend time painstakingly placing the gems on your nails. The other nice thing is that there’s a little chart included to recommend which sticker goes with which nail. You could go rogue and pavé your own way (ha), but I stuck with their suggestion (hahaha).

Next, I put on a nice thick layer of Seche Vite, being sure to coat the edges on the stickers to make them better seal to my nails. Anything to avoid the dreaded “hair-catching” syndrome.

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Indoor lighting really puts the focus on the texture.

This is a great manicure for a special event or party-filled weekend, but be warned: it’s not very long-lasting. Despite my best efforts to seal the deal with Seche Vite, the stickers did begin to come off by Day 4 and by the end of Day 5, the polish was not looking so pretty. But it was fun while it lasted!

Even sad fluorescent lighting couldn't dull down this mani. Unfortunately, the jewels did begin to fall off. Note that I'm missing one on my ring finger.

Even sad fluorescent lighting couldn’t dull down this mani. Unfortunately, the jewels did begin to fall off. Note that I’m missing one on my ring finger.

snowin’ballistic, Francesca

P.S. Want MOAR white mani ideas? Check out these posts:

Funfetti Glitter Mani

Sparkling Snow Globe Manicure

The Trés Chic Upside-Down French Mani

Fingers Crossed — Lucky Mag’s “How To Match Your Outfit To Your Nail Color” Recommendation

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Happy New Year!

As you begin to plan outfits with all of your new holiday baubles & clothes, check out this color wheel reference from LUCKY Magazine. I have been hoarding this since May and am ready to resurrect it for y’all.

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Yep. May. See? I knew it would come in handy…

Complementary colors are pretty basic…

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Yes, we learned about primary and secondary colors in 3rd grade art class, I know. But stay with me here…

But Lucky’s advice on split complementary colors, color triads and tetradic color schemes are priceless! Click the pics to explore the article. I’m sure a lot of you inherently follow these rules (some of us have a good eye for color!) but it’s fascinating — and very helpful — to see the tried-and-true method behind the madness. This is like, science or whatever.

 

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A-haaaa! See, this is some next-level business. I love this chart so much, I’m printing it out as a reference chart to keep in my STASH.

What a valuable visual for those of you interested in nail art color pairings, or choosing the perfect shade for a special occasion.

xxo, Francesca

CHANEL Ciel de Nuit — On eBay & Yours for the Price of 57 Grande Nonfat Caramel Macchiatos!

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Yes, that’s my favorite Starbucks drink. And yes, sometimes I measure currency in Sbux beverages. But NO, this bottle isn’t worth this price!

Here it is! Looks legit.

Here it is! Looks legit. Click the pic to head to the auction.

$255 is quite a lot.

$255 is quite a lot.

 

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To put things in perspective…

xx, Chess

CHANEL Limited-Edition Pair — Nuit Magique

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O HAPPY DAY.

Not only is it Cyber Monday (I think you had to have lived in the early AOL days to find that name hilarious) but… CHANEL has released a new, limited-edition duo called “Nuit Magique.”

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 12.32.55 PMFirst up is the eponymous shade, MAGIQUE. It’s a nice, unexpected choice for a holiday party instead of the typical reds. I’m liking the blues we’ve seen lately! Like denim, they really do go with everything.

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 12.35.59 PMBut for the real showstopper in the collection, check out COSMIC.

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 12.33.19 PMLadies, ladies, ladies. This is not the same as the Ciel de Nuit of legend, but it’s pretty damn close. I can’t wait to see how close this is to Ciel de Nuit and, for that matter, the hallowed HTF, Essie Starry Starry Night. I know it won’t be an exact dupe, but it will be interesting to see how close this new shade gets.

I highly recommend you get thee to CHANEL.com if you even have a shred of interest in this color. If it arrives and you hate it, there’s always eBay. And we know how well CHANEL can perform there! It’s a win-win.

I just ordered mine and will swatch as soon as it’s here!

xx, Francesca

On the quest for Essie SSN? Here are some previous posts you may enjoy:

Nail Polish Lemmings — An Exposé

Naturistics Crystal Blue Pearl (Essie SSN dupe)

“HTF that HTF,” or “How to Find That Hard to Find”

China Glaze — Sun Worshiper

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I’ve talked about my sun worshipping on this blog before. I know it’s terrible but there’s nothing like a little old fashioned sunshine to cheer me up. I tend to run on the cold side — basking in the sun’s rays makes me feel so cozy!

When I think about sunbathing, I recall a poster in the waiting room of my childhood doctor’s office that said something about how 5 great civilizations worshipped the sun, and 4 are extinct. Aight, doc, point taken but correlation does not imply causation. So no, I do NOT think that sunbathing was the downfall of the Egyptian empire. But I digress.

I recently wore China Glaze Sun Worshiper; not a color for the faint of heart. I mean, it barely matches anything and it glows in the dark, so if you’re looking for a color that whispers, “Take me seriously, I’m a professional,” I’d suggest looking elsewhere. But if you want a shade that shouts, drunkenly, “ZOMGYOUGUYS this is my favorite song!” you may have found her.

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China Glaze Sun Worshiper, from the 2012 Poolside Collection. Oldie but goodie.

Sun Worshiper is a neon yellow-orange that packs a major punch. What’s funny is that the color itself isn’t necessarily flattering to many (or… any?) skin tones, but you’ll still get tons of compliments because it’s just fun to look at. And therefore fun to wear. :)

Here's Sun Worshiper in direct sunlight.

Here’s Sun Worshiper in direct sunlight.

Look at the way the thumb still glows in the shade.

Look at the way the thumb still glows in the shade.

The coverage is pretty good for a neon. I skated by with three coats since it can be a little streaky. A good idea may be to do a white base first, if you have the time. Three coats will be opaque though, so it’s not a necessity. Keep in mind this is about as neon as you can get, so you’ll definitely want to top it all off with a nice glossy topcoat since it dries matte.

Ohmygawd, I'm glowing!

Ohmygawd, I’m glowing!

And now I’m off to sunny Palm Springs! Have a great weekend!

sunsuncomeondown, Francesca

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