pretty gifty: the nail files

pretty gifty: the nail files

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1 - sephora + pantone universe opulent lacquer trio, $18

2 - glittered manicure set, $4.80

3 - illamasqua nail varnish duo, $25

4 - priti hollywood vixen kit, $39.99

5 - dose nail lacquer, $20

6 - on the nail shaker set, $13.99

7 - sephora collection nail wand, $12

8 - le metier de beauté ‘rock ‘n’ romance’ mini lacquer set, $25

a neon pink manicure brings mid-winter cheer

do you read matchbook magazine? it’s pure delight from cover to cover and my favorite part is the “the matchbook girl…” series that opens each issue. one of this month’s isms states that “the matchbook girl knows a neon pink manicure brings mid-winter cheer” and i couldn’t agree more! if you’re headed to the nail salon in january, consider picking one of these beautiful brights to warm things up.

neon pink manicure

clockwise from top: china glaze in pink voltage, $6.50; illamasqua nail varnish in collide, $14; cnd shellac in hot pop pink, check your local nail salon for pricing; essie fiesta, $8; revlon scented nail enamel, $4.79; avon nailwear pro nail enamel in viva pink, $5

do you have a favorite shocking pink that i missed?

embrace the drama of illamasqua

there’s a new brand among the shopping shelves at sephora. it’s a bit bold, a bit daring, and a bit difficult to say. illamasqua (pronounced illa-mas-ka) is actually a made up word according to the company’s official blog. their game is professional “nighttime” makeup thanks to dramatic shades, rich pigments, and an overall intensity. it’s a bit mac meets make up forever but that being said, it’s really all about interpretation. i for one am typically turned off by brands of this nature gravitating  more towards the bobbis, benefits, and smashboxes of the world. although i do find myself totally lusting after the lip glosses and considering working the katie blush into my workday beauty routine i might save this look for a more special occasion.