Giddy-up, little darlin’! We’re living in the Wild West of the nail polish frontier, where anything goes when it comes to tips and toes.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, when the lacquer landscape was tamer territory, most gals stuck to one shade of polish at a time, and if you felt like pushing the envelope, maybe you’d get a French manicure or a small dangly charm for your pinky.
These days, we’re way more adventurous than that! Whether it’s nail art in your team’s colors, Skittles manis, accent nails, glitter gradients, bumpy textures or ombre effects, anything it goes.
You can even match your nails to your accessories, which is what I’m doing now with the new Zoya Tickled collection ($9 per bottle).
With the six-piece summer release of creamy shades, it kind of seem like Zoya’s channeling Essie (in a very good way). Here my multicolored mani matches my favorite scarf, which I picked up on sale at Anthropologie last summer.
I’m wearing two coats of each creamy, pigmented shade with Guerlain Le Gel topcoat (two words: shiny, sturdy) on top.
The smooth colors are packed with pigment (no streaks, BTW, not even with Kitridge, the pale pink polish), but a word of caution…
I’m just wearing them with a topcoat here (lazy girl says what now?), but you may want to go all out with these and also wear a base coat.
Then, in addition to that, you’ll probably also want Siri to remind you to reapply your top coat every other day.
Since I skipped the base coat this time around, I started seeing small chips around the edges of four fingernails by the end of the second day…
Wearing a multicolored mani with a matching scarf is one of the quickest fashion tips/conversation starters I know, and an easy way to gussy up a basic outfit like jeans and a tee, or a simple black dress (I do it all the time).
With multicolored manis, I get out of glancing down at my nails as I’m typing. Highly recommended if you spend a lot of time at a computer.
The Zoya Tickled summer collection arrives on Zoya counters and zoya.com May 15 (bottles, $9 each).
The collection includes six creamy colors…
- Rocha, a coral red
- Wendy, a coral pink
- Kitridge, a pale carnation pink
- Rooney, a medium bright pink
- Ling, a denim blue
- Tilda, an avocado green
Netflix binging BBC’s The Paradise
I’ve been doing A LOT of Netflix binging lately…
So much binging that I think I might need a new hobby, lest my butt permanently attach itself to the couch.
One of the shows I’ve binged is BBC’s The Paradise, about a plucky girl (I love that word, “plucky”) who works as a sales associate at a large department store in 1875 England.
She has a knack for marketing but, because of the times, isn’t always taken seriously. She comes up with some very imaginative ways to get around Victorian conventions.
I didn’t expect to get sucked into this one (I eventually got a little burned out on Downton Abbey), but I did! I was hooked after the first episode.
I think it’s a little cheekier than Downton and moves at a good pace. Stick it on your list for possible Netflix marathon sessions.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,