Walgreens is a dangerous place, especially if you are a product junkie. I stumbled across the Incoco St. Patrick’s Nail Polish Appliquésand I figured I would go ahead and try them since my Amazon wish list is full of it. They were $4.99 for 12 strips so I bought three designs with the intention of swatching one a day until St. Paddy’s day. That’s the plan.
The one I am wearing, Happy Go Lucky, is stunning and I received a lot of attention. It is a festive blend of multi-toned green stripes sitting pretty on a bed of golden glitter. I loved it so much I really didn’t want to take it off to try the other appliqués. The designs I chose were not overtly Saint Patrick’s themed and can be worn all year-long.
I have used Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips before and I like them, but I love the Incoco version. From an aesthetic perspective, Incoco’s designs are more appealing, more sophisticated and they seemed — fresher, if that makes sense to anyone. They are a perfect fit for my small fingers so I only had to trim away the excess product at the free edge. They adhered well, but not so well I couldn’t adjust the strip if misplaced.
The Sally Hansen manicures lasted longer, but that may have something to do with using a sticky base before applying the strips. The problem with applying a sticky base coat before applying the lacquer strips is that it is harder to correct if misplaced. The Incoco chipped on one nail by day two, but that was all the chipping until I removed several days later.
My Instagrampictures do the rich, golden hues of thes Walgreens exclusives more justice than the photos here so please visit me there where there are exclusive photos on my Instagram page, including a celebrity selfie, my first one. Also, please follow me and I will follow you back. Tune in for tomorrow’s Incoco St. Patrick’s manicure featuring Pot Of Gold.
I couldn’t help it, I had to post this Snoop Dogg/Lion (I’m having a hard time adjusting to his new reggae persona. I’m still sipping on Gin & Juice.) manicure. I think it’s fun and so summer. For more visit: http://boomnails.blogspot.co.uk/
I don’t know about you, but while all eyes were on the celebrities and their punk incarnations, I found the nail art manicures more interesting overall. I already mentioned some head-to-toe creations that I admired from the participants that took the task of dressing for the Costume Institutes exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture at the MET Ball seriously. Being the nail art fan that I am, I wasn’t disappointed in what I saw.
“This year, it was the nails that were out-of-control amazing.”
I was a fan of Azature Pogosian’s black diamond jewelry long before Kelly Osborne wore his super-expensive nail polish to the 2012 Emmy’s and then had to defend wearing the ultra expensive manicure to her haters, as if they wouldn’t wear it if they had the chance. That lone bottle of black diamond nail polish is $250,000 and on display at Selfridges still waiting on a buyer. I am so excited that he decided to take away a few zeros and bring black diamond luxury to the masses with the “Black Diamond Collection” of nail polishes.
Azature is a Los Angeles luxury jewelry designer that specializes in black diamonds and the handsome provacateur has boutiques scattered around the U.S., Paris, London,Riyadh, and Moscow. The Kelly Osbourne stunt was genius really, and a great way to transition further into the beauty and fashion niche really especially since Azature studied fashion at Parsons School of Design. What better way to introduce yourself to consumers who have never heard of you then making sure they hear of you?
I mentioned this collection last month, and I am going to get my hands on the blue, black, green, and red shades from the Black Diamond Collection. I have paid more (Chanel had this iridescent blue shade about 10 years ago that was around $30, and I bought two) for nail polish, so why not? At $25 a bottle I think it will make one hell of a manicure, and a great excuse to get out of housework. If you want a reason to be a diva, pick up a bottle or two at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols Saudi Arabia, Ron Robinson, Ron Herman Japan and Kitson.
I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more frustrating than getting a cute manicure and having it chip before you can you can enjoy it. It is even more frustrating when you are doing your own do-it-yourself nail art and it doesn’t last long enough to show off. It’s not a secret that nail art is the biggest trend since ombré colored hair. It’s an accessory, and an alternate way to update an outfit or give it a little oomph. Here are some great tips to give your manicure a little longevity.
A great place to shop for nail art is Sephora. They have the newest brands, colors, and nail kits. Many of their nail art kits have tutorials, and I have found brands I have never heard of, or only saw in the U.K. Sephora is product junkie heaven. (Hi, my name is Lynnette and I am a product-aholic. Hi Lynnette!) It’s nice to go there online, or in person and window shop, or try to window shop. I am not always successful; like I said, product junkie.