Even though it’s the summer and we’re supposed to be more relaxed and “chill”, things just never seem to work out that way in real life.
So to help my fellow Bionic Beauties get their well-deserved R and R this summer, I’m sharing these tips from Total Beauty. Then… post your favorite way to sneak some relaxation into your busy schedule in the comments section below!
I’ll kick things off with a few of my own tips:
Neon nail polishes are a HUGE trend for this spring and summer – just check out Milani’s new drugstore versions! OPI, China Glaze and Sinful Colors have also released bright, 80s inspired colors.
While some of them are opaque, others tend to be a bit on the translucent side. To get the brightest result from your neons, start with a coat of plain white polish underneath your neon polish.
The white acts as a primer to even the base color of your nail bed and really makes the neon color pop!
Last week I showed you Milani’s new Neon nail polish collection, now I’ve got the swatches and reviews of their other Spring 2010 nail polish collection: 3D Holographic.
All of these polishes applied like a dream and wore incredibly well. Milani has a real competitor this year to the pricey “bigger” named polish collections. Smooth application, no cuticle drag, no tip buildup, and the glimmer is small enough that there’s no streaking. And the finish is such a high-gloss!! In these photos, I promise I am not wearing a top coat- absolutely incredible!
Milani Cosmetic's new 3D Holographic nail polish collection (Click image for a larger version!)
I can see these polishes becoming some of my favorites!
Hi-Tech – A translucent citrusy green with gold holo shimmer when light hits it. You can build the color with 2-3 coats (I’m wearing two coats in these photos). It even works for gals with cool-toned skin like me! And yes, I’m a sucker for green nail polish!
Milani's Holographic nail polish in Hi-Tech
3D – A classic bright gold. I was leery of this looking good on my nails since I typically shy away from gold (warms don’t look so great on me), but this one was fabulous! 3D would be perfect for a glamorous evening date; and it looked great layered over the Neon “Totally 80s” polish.
Milani's Holographic nail polish in 3D
This Spring, Milani has two new nail polish collections: Neon and 3D Holographic. Since I’ve spotted the Neons already hitting store shelves, I am swatching those first. After a long winter, these bright polishes are sure to wake up your manicure or pedicure!
The new Neon polish collection from Milani Cosmetics
Techno Red – I had good coverage after two coats. Techno Red is a warm-based tomato red with a tiny hint of orange. It dried to a semi-matte finish (very similar to the effect you’d get if you used Orly’s Nails for Males as a top coat). I think it looks very cool, but you might not like it; however most people use top coats anyhow. For comparison, my ring finger is left without a top coat to show the semi-matte nature of this polish.
Milani's Techno Red nail polish
Pink Hottie – A bright Bubble Yum™ pink!! The coverage was a bit inconsistent for the first two coats so you’ll definitely want three if you want an opaque, even coverage. Semi-gloss finish (i.e. glossier than Techno Red, but not quite the standard gloss finish of most polishes). One of my favorites in this collection and most people could definitely wear this to work… it will make a fabulous pedi polish as well!
Milani's Pink Hottie nail polish
I know black lipstick isn’t for everyone, but if you are interested in trying out the trend… here are some tips and looks to play around with. And you don’t have to be a Film Noir star or a goth chick to pull them off!
Face – Purely Cosmetics mineral makeup in California Blonde mixed with PRIIA Cosmetic’s Complexion Enhancer in Angelic (basically my normal makeup). Topped with Purely Cosmetics’ Diamond Perfect Finish powder (I love, love, love this product!).
Cheeks – Light rose pink blush (Koh Gen Do in Coral Pink) topped with silver dust GlitterAll in Snow by Shiny Mama.
Lids – Silver eyeliner by PencilMeInCosmetics.com, smudged out a bit, topped with Clinique’s Long Last lipgloss in Clearly Pink.
Lashes – Clinique’s new High Lengths mascara in black on top lashes (Full review soon, but in short it’s okay. Not as wonderful as Blinc, but average), silver/black glitter mascara (found on clearance at my local Sally Beauty store!) on bottom lashes.
And now, onto the makeup looks!
Trying out the Black Lip trend in real life!
The Full-On Drama Lips – Prescriptives Longwear Kohl eyeliner in black (but any longwear or waterproof black eyeliner would work fine!), Purely Cosmetics’ Diamond powder dabbed on very lightly to set the liner. Topped with Lancome’s Piha Black lipgloss (here’s a link to my previous article with loads of tips and looks using Piha Black lipgloss).