2014 Oscars: Best Of The Mani Cam

Last night, before Ellen walked onstage to host the 86th Academy Awards, E! rolled out the red carpet for its mani cam, a popular segment known to all members of the nail art community. From the looks seen on the ‘runway’, it’s clear that the trend is shifting away from statement nail art and instead going towards neutral and pastel options, perfect since spring is just around the corner.

The theme that caught my eye this awards show was the use of pale pink tones– Kristin Chenoweth, with her adorable pixie cut hairstyle, showed off her neutral stiletto mani embellished with glitter tips:

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Lupita Nyong’o complemented her pale blue Prada gown with a pastel pink with a hint of shimmer:

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I tried my best to mesh these two looks into one easy manicure– a whole lot of pastel pink with just a subtle hint of shimmer. Simple, yet fit for the red carpet! I used Martha from Julep topped with a thin coat of Pixie Dust from e.l.f. Interested in creating a red carpet mani of your own? Check out Julep’s line of nail colors and get creative!

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I have much appreciation for the mani cam, regardless of others’ snide remarks about how ridiculous it is; I can appreciate the fact that E! has chosen to target the nail art community as its audience during this particular portion of the awards show. Those who aren’t into the concept of nail art won’t understand how we (nail artists) perceive our nails to be a vital statement accessory to the outfits we wear. But that’s okay! I’ll celebrate my ridiculousness– who’s with me? ;)

What look did you spot at the 2014 Oscars that you liked best? Let me know by leaving a comment, or tweeting me at @thisjenngirl!

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Updates Galore

Oy, I am slowly heading into the bad blogger zone and need to pull myself out! This post is a combination of long overdue Halloween posts, updates from the weekend and what you can expect from Polished PR this month.

For starters, the lovely Xin Yu from Lacquered By Blue Vanilla asked me to put together a Halloween-themed mani for the blog’s 11 Days of Halloween Guest Post Week. So, I put together a design incorporating ghost eyes, spider webs and candy corn. Since I had put together this guest post in mid-October, I took off the design immediately after submitting in my photos– I didn’t want people thinking that I was super pumped for Halloween ;)

When Halloween week did end up coming around, I refreshed the mani with some fun Shany stamping and a combination of black + orange + purple polishes (Charcoal by Love & Beauty + Mango Madness by e.l.f. + an unnamed metallic purple from LA Colors’ Color Craze Modern Metallics collection):

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On Halloween afternoon, I went to the nail salon to get a pedicure and (gasp!) my first manicure to hurriedly prepare for a beach wedding that I’d be attending on Friday. I’m a sucker for pedis– it’s nice to be able to get soft, pampered feet while experiencing a nice mechanical back massage versus getting soft, pampered feet while experiencing back pain associated with doing it yourself. As for that manicure, I was so disappointed. I don’t know what I was expecting– maybe that they’d miraculously provide me with smooth soft hands and perfect cuticles? WRONG. <Begin rant> I spent $13 for a sub-par mani with polish covering some of my cuticles! And if you know my perfectionist ways, my OCD-radar was going off like crazy, and the moment I got home, I whipped out my paintbrush and acetone and cleaned those babies up! Never again will I betray my nail art ways and spend money to have someone else do my nails. <End rant> After the clean-up, the mani looked great– I was so rushed at the salon, though, that I didn’t even think to look at the names of the colors I chose, I do know that they’re both OPI.

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And about that beach wedding– GORGEOUS. They couldn’t have picked a more perfect day! High in the mid-80s with a beautiful coastal breeze :)

Anddd you’re finally reaching the end of this post (if I’m even lucky to have kept your attention that long, anyway). What can you expect from me this month? I’m going to be crazy busy with school, the hunt for the perfect full-time career and more, so I’ll have some great autumn-inspired guest posts ready for your viewing throughout the month. But I will be sure to come out of hiding whenever I get the chance and update you every now and then :)

Until next time! xo

Craving Raspberries

This past week has been such a blur– I’ve only been getting 4-5 hours of sleep per night, but I don’t regret it one bit. I knew this semester was going to be a busy+fun one from the beginning, I just didn’t expect it to feel like such a rush (in a good way)!

This week has brought me a lot of great networking opportunities, which is fantastic because I’m finally settling into my comfort zone when it comes to introducing myself to people I don’t know and engaging in conversation with them. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with almost everyone in the marketing & community relations department at the hospital, as well as the new physicians joining us at All Children’s. I’ve fallen in love with this internship– it is the perfect mesh of my passions for health care and communications, I am so extremely lucky to be able to be a part of this team :)

When I came home from my internship, I figured I’d treat myself to a fresh mani, knowing that I’d be dressing up for the Industry Connections event hosted by Nielsen at my school the next day (today). I didn’t want too bold, but I didn’t want too plain either, so I settled for a raspberry-colored polish and added a gold accent nail:

Electric Fuchsia by e.l.f. | Luxe by Orly

Electric Fuchsia by e.l.f. | Luxe by Orly

It’s very simple, but I love the combination of colors– and I was really excited to be able to show off my chevron knuckle ring that I purchased from Forever 21 ;)

As for the Industry Connections 2013 event hosted by Nielsen:

If you’re not familiar with Nielsen, it is a New York-based company that specializes in global consumer and media insights– what you watch, what you buy– that info is all accumulated by Nielsen. As part of its university recruiting program, Nielsen hosted this event to encourage students to remain in Tampa post-graduation and introduce us to the local opportunities available to us.

I wasn’t able to stay for as long as I wanted to; I had to slip out to attend my government class, a 2.5 hour class, UGH. I was able to snap this great photo of the event’s panelists though, made up of impressive business leaders from around the Bay area:

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Nielsen Panelists (L-R): Moderator Heather Kenyon (Tampa Bay Technology Forum), Marie Gutgesell (Nielsen), Jay Schroder (Raytheon), John Cappelli (Raymond James), Randy Pyle (Ernst & Young), Jennifer Tracy (Bright House), and Mark Jackson (Tech Data)

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Quickie Post: Feeling Pink

Yet another quickie post?! I guess that’s what happens when you get back into the groove with school, work and internships.

It feels as if I’ve been using all the colors of the rainbow these past couple of posts…purple, nude, gold, gray, orange, yellow, green, blue, red– pretty much everything so far except for pink! Since I’m all about versatility, I thought it’d be nice to pull out those pinks and do a simple stamping project with them.

For the base, I wanted to use a light pastel pink, and chose Wet ‘n Wild’s Sugar Coat. For the stamping color, I used my favorite bright pink, Electric Fuchsia by e.l.f.

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Sugar Coat by Wet ‘n Wild

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Electric Fuchsia by e.l.f.

Wishing you a lovely Labor Day! xo

 

Yay!

The title of this post speaks my thoughts pretty well ;) I’m super excited to share with you my first nail design since making the switch back to my natural nails!

The nude base coat is Love & Beauty’s Khaki, while the gray is Confetti’s Lonesome Dove. I put a single coat of Seche Vite onto the bases and waited a couple of hours before taping the nails to create the V-shaped design. The gold is Orly’s Luxe, the green is Love & Beauty’s Sage. For the sparkle on the gold, I used a combination of Revlon’s Moon Candy in Satellite and some glitter polish from e.l.f. in Gold Star. This is probably the first mani I’ve done using so many different polishes!

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I’m actually changing my mani as I type to just a solid three coats of Love & Beauty’s Khaki; I’m meeting with the Director of Marketing for All Children’s Hospital tomorrow for my internship, and don’t want to make too much of a statement as a first impression (I’ll save the crazy nail art designs for later!). Then hopefully, if I have the time tomorrow, I’ll stick to the gold V-shaped design on each nail as my “first day of school” nails– I cannot believe this is going to be my last semester before I graduate!! Time seriously flies. I’ll upload a quickie post of that design on Tuesday hopefully.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend as I did– tomorrow begins a crazy productive week…..one that will continue until the first week of December!

Matte About Blue

This is my first mani using a matte polish in a very long time! I was looking through Pinterest the other day and stumbled upon a photo of a matte gray mani (which I think I’m going to replicate for the first week of school!), and there unleashed my craving for a matte mani. This is a sort of themed skittlette for my last week at an amazing and eye-opening summer internship. One of my final projects revolves around the motif of a blue key– the perfect inspiration for this week’s nail design :)

I used Matte Me Crazy by NYC for the top coat and Starry Silver Glitter also by NYC for the sponged glitter.

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Revlon Colorstay's Midnight for Middle Accent Nail

Revlon Colorstay’s Midnight for Middle Accent Nail

Love & Beauty's Light Blue for Ring Accent Nail

Love & Beauty’s Light Blue for Ring Accent Nail

elf's Skinny Jeans for Main Color

elf’s Skinny Jeans for Main Color

 

 

A Sparkling Summer

…Well, sort of. Although normally sunny, Florida has been experiencing some rough tropical storm/hurricane season weather. But today was actually a considerably nice, breezy & somewhat sunny day. To celebrate? Bright sunny nails, of course!

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Yellow: Big Yellow Taxi by Ciate

OrangeSpeed Dial by Ciate

Glitter {Colorful}: Tazmanian Devil by Confetti

Glitter {Gold}: Gold Star by e.l.f.

Hope you’re having a sparkling summer yourself so far! xo

A Colorful Mood

I got tired of the crackle manicure, and decided to pull out some bold (but not too bright!) colors to incorporate into a new mani:

{Electric Fuchsia by e.l.f. | Speed Dial by Ciate |  Teal Blue by e.l.f. | Headliner by Ciate | Sweet Tooth by Sinful Colors}

{Electric Fuchsia by e.l.f. | Speed Dial by Ciate |
Teal Blue by e.l.f. | Headliner by Ciate | Sweet Tooth by Sinful Colors}

I paired together some of my favorite colorful shades of polish from e.l.f., Ciate and Sinful Colors to create a fun-for-summer look, a perfect match for any fashionable outfit :)

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Tell me, what’s your favorite color for summertime?

Neon Frenchies

…It’s done! I decided on a design for K‘s nails for tomorrow’s telethon performance– neon Frenchies!

Most friends and followers on both Facebook and Instagram suggested a French manicure, while others suggested something bold, pairing neon colors with neutral nudes. I really loved all the ideas being thrown out, so this is what I came up with:

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I think they turned out perfectly on her petite fingers, I think I may just have to try them out on my own!

My Favorite Pink

Remember that e.l.f. nail polish set that I wrote about in my last post? Well, I was creating swatches of each color within the set and discovered my most favorite shade of pink to date! It sparked a spontaneous urge to change my nails after only about two days of wear:

e.l.f. In Electric Fuschia | Nude | Gold Star

e.l.f. In Electric Fuchsia | Nude | Gold Star

e.l.f. in Electric Fuchsia reminds me of a raspberry-ish color, I LOVE the way it looks against my skin tone, and this week’s simple mani has become a definite favorite, with the accent nail in Nude with a single coat of Gold Star.