Nude

Hello beautiful people!

I know in journalism you are not suppose to show favoritism, but this is a blog and I do what I want. In that case I am going to be bias and say OPI is my favorite nail polish. There are a few reasons OPI is at the top of my list; it is a quality product that goes on smooth and stays on long, the colors have fun names and the polish is one of the most accessible being that it is in almost every store.

In my first blog post I go a little bit more in depth behind the differences between OPI and other nail polish brands.

When the company launched their first 30 shades in 1989. The color naming meetings were top secret like they still are today.

The OPI brand won every nails readers’ choice award…yes every one since the birth of the award in 2004.

According to Erika Kotite of Nails Magazine, there are 160 active OPI shades on the market; colors are retired every year to make room for new shades.

But let us get back on track, nude.

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OPI carries over 20 nude colors (if anyone knows the exact number comment below). With Bubble Bath (pictured below) probably being the most popular nude of choice.

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The plus side to nudes and natural colors is they really don’t get old. Furthermore, there are many nail art styles that you can pair the nude colors with.

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Above is a nude nail design by Bellacures in Los Angeles.

In high school my favorite nude color Sweet Heart by OPI. The color is similar to Bubble Bath, but a touch more pink. Over the years I could not find the color anywhere…but I finally found it!!! I recently went to Sally’s beauty shop in Los Angeles, California and there in all of its glory was an entire row of Sweet Heart polishes.

Finally, to stretch the definition of nude colors I would consider Mod About You by OPI a nude. Do you agree? Or am I stretching it too much?

Mod About You is a baby pink that has a chalky finish. If you have not tried this color I highly recommend it!

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Above Tatiana and I are supporting some nude shades…paired well with any outfit nudes are the way to go!

What is your favorite nude shade? Are you on the Bubble Bath train? How about favorite polish brand?

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Fairy Dust

Hello beautiful people!

It has been a hot minute since I have written a blog post, FOUR years to be exact…

So what has happened since then?

I graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Journalism and New Media, Lipscomb Volleyball won two Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, I moved to Los Angeles, California to play beach volleyball at Loyola Marymount University, I graduated with my Masters of Educational Studies, and got a big girl job. *inhales deep breath*

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In the world of nail art, chrome is the hottest trend, aquarium nails are a thing and SNS is the new acrylic.

Welcome back

For my first blog post back I figured I would do a salon review.

Since moving to Los Angeles I needed to find a new spot to get my nails done. I have been searching throughout the Marina Del Rey, Venice, and Santa Monica locations for something with a great atmosphere, an accommodating staff and a salon that has plenty of options for my ever changing and indecisive mind.

I recently visited BonLierre Nail Spa in Santa Monica, they do request an appointment due to the fact that they are very busy on the weekends, but I went early in the week and there was no problem fitting me in (bonus fact they are open on Monday).

When I walked in the door I was greeted by a friendly face and a little corgi named Abby. Now if you know me you know corgi’s are my favorite!

The atmosphere felt like I was in a botanical garden because of the ever green living wall. They also use natural and organic products.

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The chairs were not your typical massage chairs, but more like lounge chairs, they were comfortable and made you sink right in.

I asked for a chrome gel manicure. I had gel already on my nails and thankfully they did not charge me to remove them, but they did charge an extra $15.00 for the chrome.

The nail technician joked saying they call the magic powder I picked fairy dust. She was spot on with her description, the powder looked like Tinker Bell’s fairy dust.

For the base color she applied two coats of Blue Bell from the DND gel line and layered the chrome over top, giving me this fantastic combination.

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Do you have a favorite color combo? How about you LA locals any nail shops you recommend?

Overall, I highly recommend this place. It was comfortable, welcoming with great service, and plenty of choices for my ever changing mind.

Finally, I am so excited to be back and blogging again! Thanks for reading!