Wild Iridescence

This acrylic set – KeeNail Nail Art Pre-design Fake Acrylic Nails – is probably one of the most beautiful I have seen – there’s something so ethereal about that glow, and I just don’t know any polish that can match the effect.

Glamorable Read it

Glamorable

The photo above was a viral post on Pinterest, no surprise, supporting just ow much other ladies love this look too!  These are as much a fashion statement, in my mind, as lucite heels! The 24 Nail Sets come in:

Amazon.com photo

Amazon.com photo

Amazon.com photo

Amazon.com photo

Amazon.com photo

Amazon.com photo

Amazon.com photo

Amazon.com photo

Per Amazon’s description – where you can buy all three colors:

KeeNail acrylic fake nail can lengthen short nails, strengthen nails, and make your fingers look longer and more slender. If you break an KeeNail acrylic nail you can almost always fix it yourself at home. The removal process is simple and straightforward when performed by a professional. The nails can be soaked rather than filed off. Acrylics are very strong. When done correctly and with proper nail care, they can last a long time and are very robust.

I kind of wish these would fit on top of my uv gel because they are positively divine and perfect to herald Spring.

Deborah Lippmann Genie In A Bottle

I feel like we shouldn’t be surprised by the idea that more correctors are hitting the nail market… I’ve seen rather a few of late, the Deborah Lippmann Genie In A Bottle, Illuminating Nail Perfector to be the latest of the bunch.

Sephora.com photo

Sephora.com photo

The thought here is that the “ultra-sheer violet pigments” will “neutralize dull, stained, or yellow nails,” as well as enhancing the overall tone of the nail, including brightening the “white” of the tips. 

Sephora.com photo

Sephora.com photo

Violet powders have been on the market for moons, particularly overseas in Asia, for ladies who are aiming to brighten, and remove any trace of sallowness.  For nails, this is kind of a novel concept – most of the “correctors” out there are in the natural, pink-tinged or peachy range.

The product doesn’t appear to have incredibly strong reviews, but as I always say…if you have an opportunity to get into a Sephora store (one that carries Deborah Lippman – and more and more ARE!)…then maybe give it a whirl in person to see if you like it.  I didn’t see a ton of swatches out there as yet.

Royal Blood

So I always had a thing for pouring over photography, even as a wee thing.  Fashion magazines were my playground and, for whatever reason, I was always drawn to beauty editorials.  I didn’t expect I’d see much of what was in the photography out on the street – it wasn’t always easy to translate.  But the imagery itself was captivating that it would hold my attention the way television did other children.  It was ART.  I knew it then.  I know it now.

These days, there are hundreds of thousands of beauty photographers, and a ton more access to them (via Internet, Instagram, various apps…)  There are also as many individuals buying or getting sample products, and swatching them in fun and creative ways.  

Pinterest is an image mecca so it was no surprise I got hooked back in its infancy – I can’t claim to use it in the way most of their users do – for me, it’s my own snapshot of my mind, personality, heart, soul… I “pinned” for myself, selfishly, and it turns out a lot of other folks like what I put up.  I give credit to each of the sources of the photos…since it is because of them I have them at all.

I came across some gorgeous royal purple(s) lipstick photos which are just divine – the way the photos are taken is noteworthy, just as much as the application (back in the day, we had Polaroid so…creativity, lighting, composition…those things kind of didn’t jive as well!)

The darkroom-bruised-plum is unreal – it’s like bothy, velvet perfection, with a deep burgundy lean. ❤  The photo below was originally pinned from websta.me, though I’m not familiar with the site.

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I also loved the dark purple to magenta to violetdegrade lip color is pretty incredible (though I’d say you need to try a long-wear, stay-put formula if you want to wear this out.  Fortunately, there are a plethora of “indelible” formulas on the market these days…and they work.  The below is also from websta.me.

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This next image, from indulgy.com (Glam By Meli), takes the same blackened purple and brings it into a magenta with red casts.  Uh-mazing!  She added a photo of an orchid and it’s pretty much dead on.  Beautifully done!

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I also came across this inglotusa.com image, which takes a rich burgundy pink and electrified it with a lightning blue gloss, creating a wicked mix of blue, purple and pink. Very cool, and definitely show-stopping.

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I’m kind of glad we didn’t have Internet as a kid because I’d have been sitting at my computer ALL DAY ogling images like these – there is a lot of artistic ability to be seen here, as it is definitely FAR more than meets the eye.