If you’re an avid follower of this blog, you’ll know that I usually opt for nail art and manicures that are a little less ordinary. OK, a lot less ordinary. So this time, I favoured simplicity and opted for a simple pastel pink manicure.
My nails are suffering at the moment, for a number of reasons. Being a mum, my hands are consistently in water – cleaning, mopping spills and ‘accidents’, germ paranoia…the list goes on. That and tapping at my laptop everyday, leave my talons looking tatty.
Powder therefore advised me to give my preferred gels a rest and let my natural nails breathe while restoring some much-needed nourishment. They advised using a cuticle oil every night. It needn’t be a chore, just pop it by your bedside or apply while watching the TV. I love coconut oil and olive oil which works just as well. Simply focus on the cuticle and gently massage in the oil to encourage healthy growth.
I’m trying to use a hand cream everyday throughout the day too so I’ve put a pot next to each sink in the house, next to my bed and in my handbag – no excuse!
The shade I picked is Suzi Shops & Island Hops by OPI. You’ll see this shade in all the shops right now, it looks fantastic with this seasons navy and denim trends so I might have to go out and buy some new indigo denim flares to match my mani. What?? 🙂
Powder beauty presents OPI Hawaii Collection, come and get a pop of colour to go with the sunshine with these new great colours! Why not try bright and fruity with ‘Pineapples Have Feelings Too!’ Or ‘Is Mai Tai Crooked?’ Add a feature nail with shimmery undertones with ‘My Gecko Does Tricks’, become an ocean goddess with ‘This Colour’s Making Waves’ or a fiery lava queen with ‘Go With The Lava Flow’. If none of those take your fancy there are great twists on the classics and more subtle, neutral and pastel colours to add some Hawaiian happiness onto your fingers or toes!
This months manicure is inspired by the current 70s trends and in particular, Geo Pop inspiration. Think graphic shapes colliding with precision and contrasting shades of mustard, blues and greens…
When I designed this nail art, the salon team at Powder were quite dubious as to my colour choices but then pleasantly surprised when they saw how well the grey-blue and mint green complemented one another.
The trick to pulling off the geo 70s vibe with confidence is to throw abandon to fashion rules. Think brown and blue don’t go together? This season they’re a match made in heaven. Consider orange and yellow to be ‘out there’? Well in this trend story, they’re a must-wear combination. Mix it up and team your tonal aqua blue dress with red lipstick, a basket weave tote and stacked heels and of course your designer mani by Powder.
Another print combining colour and shapes is Aztec, a Far Eastern -inspired mish mash and there is plenty of it in the shops right now. This Warehouse Aztec Print Midi Dress, £32 will see you into spring summer and is perfect to combine the 70s vibe with. Wear yours with a floppy hat and suede fringed bag.
Pastels come around every springtime but this time they’re different; edgier, duskier and pretty without being sickly sweet. You’re regular baby pink is now dusky rose and baby blue is more a muted aqua. Good news too if you’re investing in pastels now, whether it’s for your nails or wardrobe, since they’re set to continue into autumn / winter with the likes of TOPSHOP, Dior, Matthew Williamson and Holly Fulton all showing edgy pastels at London Fashion Week back in February.
To bring them up to date, wear your pastels with dusky hues of blue like navy and various denim rinses or introduce pastels into your outfit via accessories. I love these gorgeous pastel paint print pumps, mint tote bag and fringed parcel bag all by Aldo at Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Fringing is huge fashion news giving a nod to the current 70s vibe and since I spotted these bags, I keep thinking about them (so that means I’m going to have to buy them). Sure, I don’t need them but as I keep I telling my husband- buying handbags is not about need, it’s about want.
My latest manicure champions a number of key hues for SS15:
You’re Such a Budapest (lilac)
Gargantuan Green (the brighter green)
Samoan Sand (the light peach)
Disco Stick Grey (the blue/ grey/green on the little finger)
This months mani uses Valentines Day as its inspiration with cute white hearts painted on my thumbs and ring finger to give a subtle nod to the love theme but without being too sickly-sweet. This way, once the hype has passed, my nails will still look on trend thanks to the dusky lilac pastel shade on the base.
I don’t normally choose lilac but I’m totally in love with it, s’cuse the pun. It has attracted plenty of compliments and I find it goes with everything I wear. In fact, I’m really fond of this seasons pastels. They get a more grown up, edgy appeal with denser, duskier hues this time around. This counts for your wardrobe and your make up. I love the dusky lilac and rose nail polishes available, plus the pastel clothing of the now uses quilting and bonded fabric to add a more structured cut with utilitarian strong lines. Love!
Since it’s Valentines Day though, team your talons with this cute lilac Boux Avenue DEMI DIAMANTE SHINY CAMI SET, £30. Single or attached, it’s a real treat for you or your partner.
So get thee to Powder and have some fun with your look. Happy Valentines Day.
The upcoming trend that is creeping in for spring is geometric but not as the loud print you might be used to, more subtle whites and pastels and in crochet and knit like the below TOPSHOP Geometric Knitted Vest in fresh summer white.
This is the inspiration for my latest nail art design by Powder – french with a twist. The classic white tip has been catapulted into today’s current trends with a geo slant. As ever, my mani uses gel as this is what works best for me for a manicure that lasts but you can have it in polish and Powder will use a long-lasting topcoat for you. I love it. What do you think?
Get ahead of the fashion pack with this one – the perfect style to sport at London Fashion Week.
Us Powder Ladies would like wish you all a healthy and wonderful 2015!
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Since it’s Christmas, I simply had to indulge in festive nail art. There’s no other time of year when you can get away with so much glitter and novelty!
But instead of the usual Rudolph and Santa Clause, I steered away from those and the expected green and red colour-ways by opting for an on-trend pink gel mani with white and gold accent nails.
The middle finger sports a polka dot Christmas tree topped with a sparkling gem while the ring finer is painted with chunky gold glitter. If you opt for regular nail polish over gels, you can simply wipe clear your festive designs to reveal a simple, long-lasting gel mani beneath, once Christmas is over.
To recreate this look at home, paint nails in your chosen colour then use a bobby pin or nail art tool to dot on the Christmas tree into a v-shape. If you want to make it super slick, use washi tape to leave a v in which to paint inside then remove once dry.
Pink is a surprising shade that has been leading the fashion charts this season and it is set to stat for spring summer 2015. If you’re out and about in the sales, look out for sugary pinks, corals and fuchsia to take you into next season for less.
I love this TOPSHOP Lace Collar Top, £16 which looks great with skinny jeans and bejeweled pumps and I’ve already got my hands on this Matalan Pink Faux Fur Coat, £30 which has already gone into the sale, whoop!
Pop into Powder and have for a comforting cuppa and a spot of festive nail art while you’re out shopping. It’s the only way to get through all the mayhem!
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This season, berry is the colour to covet and I adore it on nails and lips. Most skin tones can carry this shade off since it looks sexy on darker skin tones and dramatic against pale skin – both being great effects in my opinion. I chose a berry shade for my latest manicure at Powder in Shellac for the ultimate glossy, long-lasting appeal with a subtle bronze gem on my ring finger to give a nod to the pending festivities. Well, soon it will be all about the sparkle!
If you want the same long-lasting finish on your lips, choose MAC Lipstick in Yield To Love. Dense, bold but with a matte finish, it’s suitable for everyday wear. Keep the rest of your makeup neutral with unkempt hair for a truly up-to-date look.