Gel Mani & Pedi at home!

It all started back in the day for me with Lee press-on nails. I have memories of sitting on my bedroom floor laying out my color collection and picking the look for that day. I was constantly doing my own nails hoping to not spill on my white carpet (which happened too often). Once I grew up and made my own income, I would visit my local nail salon every 10 days or so to get my acrylics filled with a gel top coat and pedi.. Choosing the design, color, shape, etc. is a fun way to express your style and mood.

Well… Living in Italy and starting my own online boutique has changed things in my life, like not getting my nails done in hopes of being frugal. Not to mention there aren’t nail shops on every corner like we lucky girls have in Tampa or any metro U.S. city for that matter. But this does not stop me from looking polished and keeping a fresh coat!

I discovered the Deborah Lippmann gel coat polishes before leaving the states during one of my many trips to Ulta. This kit comes with a base coat and a top coat. First apply the base coat and let dry (dries quick), next add a color if you wish, finally add your top coat. This  extends your manicure, helps avoid chipping, and gives you that professional look.

You can also purchase Deborah Lippmann color polish as recommended, I have used a variety of brands for the color and it seems to be just fine. My tip is apply one coat of color because if the polish becomes to thick you may see it peel off over a few days. I also love the Kiss nail art, which is extremely affordable and they really last! Create your own design with the crystals or flowers after you complete the color steps. Apply a very small amount of clear polish over the design to hold down tight for a lasting look.

Voilà!!

 

  • Healthy alternative to acrylic and salon gel
  • Save money
  • No heat  lamp required
  • Endless color options to get creative
  • Order kit online
Deborah Lippmann gel polish and Kiss nail design  decals for an at home mani & pedi.

Deborah Lippmann gel polish and Kiss nail design decals for an at home mani & pedi.

 

 

Ladies Of The Oscars

Our favorite 2014 Oscar looks!

Our favorite 2014 Oscar looks!

Images by: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

I am living in Italy right now so with the time difference, I did not stay up to watch The Oscars but I did take part in the red carpet (of course!).. My favorite looks this year all seem to be within the black and white theme, except for Mrs. Washington. Plunging necklines, fishtails, halter top neckline, and beautiful textures were very popular last night. Love the plunging neckline look!

Left: Portia De Rossi wearing Naeem Khan. I love the detail of this fabric. The print almost reminds me of Louis Vuitton desgin but its not. The cinched waist and hip hugging design looks flattering and fabulous on Ellen’s longtime girlfriend. 

Top left: Kate Hudson wearing Atelier Versace. This white gown is stunning and fits like a glove. The best part is the plunging open back design and draped cape look. I am always a big fan of open back dresses. The shoulder pads even work well here. 

Bottom middle: Kerry Washington –The star of  Scandal  wore a purple strapless gown by Jason Wu. Royal purple is my favorite color, so no wonder why I choose  this gown  as my favorite look at this years Oscars, or maybe it is because Kerry is glowing?! She is stunning with her dark lip and matching nail polish. Flawless.

Not to mention Scandal is my absolute favorite TV show.. I usually don’t get to obsessed with popular TV seasons. However this is my guilty pleasure and I don’t know what to do with myself when an episode ends.. Wait an entire week!?!? Ugh! If you have not watched go on Netflix, start at the beginning, and be prepared for your own obsession!

Top right: Anne Hathaway in Gucci halter gown. Wow. The photo probably does not do this dress justice because I can tell that the intricate design and detail is perfection. This slim fitting gown looks like a million bucks to me. Black and gold is regal and fit for a movie star. The back has a slit that ads sex appeal as well. I would love to try this dress on, just one time! It shines in all the right places.

Bottom right: Charlize Theron is a natural beauty but last night she was looking like a star in this black mermaid/fishtail fitting gown. This dramatic sexy look was paired with dripping diamonds.

Now we will wait to see what the Fashion Police have to say! Cant wait for the premier Oscar episode on E Friday night! I am sure the ladies and gents will have their claws out.. Raawr!

 

 

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