holiday nails

holiday nails 2012

bobbi brown nail polish in black pearl, $18
face stockholm nail polish in pine for you, $10
estee lauder pure color in beautiful liar, $20
nars andy warhol nail polish in superstar, $18
dior diorific nail lacquer in lady, $26
l’oreal sparklicious, in drugstores
ciate ‘oil slick’ paint pot, $15
priti nyc in mulberry jam, $13.50

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

this or that: metallic nails

this or that: metallic nails

metallic nails were all over the spring ’13 runways, but you don’t have to wait until next year to sport the trend. whether you prefer to dabble in an array of nontoxic shades a la priti polish or you choose to commit to one (or more!) full size bottles of essie’s new mirror metallics collection, the brands are bringing lots of options for you to experiment with. the one theme that rings clear is that shades from silver to gold, copper and even blue are all appropriate ways to add high shine to your fingertips.

this: priti heavy medal for london 2012 (olympic inspired kit) – on sale!

that: essie mirror metallics, five shades available

a beautiful zen awaits you at the still point

(all photos borrowed from owner, sara damelio)

a couple of weeks ago, i was invited out to the still point in takoma park, md for a natural manicure and pedicure. the spa is nestled on the edge of the down town takoma park area in a big, beautiful old house. it’s instant heaven when you step inside and i was really taken with their selection of eco beauty in the sitting area. i was greeted by annie who settled me into a super comfy arm chair and popped my toesies into a stone tub filled with warm water. she was an absolute DOLL and a complete pleasure to chat with while she whipped my legs and feet into the best shape of their life using a salt scrub and skincando’s combat-ready balm. we topped the look off with priti polish in a poppy watermelon pink (i didn’t catch the name — shame on this beauty blogger, i know!) and moved over to yet another cushy seat for my manicure where annie shaped my nails into perfection.

now, not only did the manicure last for two weeks straight (a total testament to eco-friendly polish’s ability to keep up with its chemical-packed counterparts!), but i removed the polish on sunday night and today, 20 days later,

my nails have never looked better.

i am still in shock and awe over how healthy and incredible they look and how strong they feel. i don’t know what sort of spell miss annie and the still point spa have cast over these hands of mine, but rest assured i will be returning for another dose of their magic.

so, if you are a dc lady in the market for a sweet escape, you absolutely must call my friends at the still point and be sure to ask for annie!