4th of July Nail Art for Bergdorf’s!

To help all you fashionistas get ready for the big day, Bergdorf’s asked me to create a 4th of July nail art tutorial! Below is the final look- what I’m calling the “Patriotic Party Stripe!” To get the step-by-step instructions, visit Bergdorf’s blog, here.

party in the USA Tutorial!

OKKK party people! As promised, here’s another 4th of July tutorial to get you ready for the big day next week! 

Supplies:

Tutorial:
Step 1: after applying your base coat, paint 1 coat of your white nail polish. Make sure it’s completely dry before moving to step 2.
Step 2: the next few steps are what we call the “dry brush technique.” Using the brush from the red polish bottle, remove as much paint as possible from the brush- wipe it on the neck of the bottle or even on paper towel/tinfoil, so that the brush is nearly dry. Then, run the dry brush all over your nail with little pressure, varying the direction of the strokes.
Step 3: using your blue polish, repeat step 2.
Step 4: apply a top coat (NOT a quick dry) and then immediately place a gold stud in the middle of your nail by the cuticle. To make sure your stud is realllllly stuck, wait a few minutes and then apply another layer of top coat all over your nail (this can be a quick dry or a regular top coat).
I’d LOVE to see your look! Tag @theGLITTERYblog on Instagram so I can hit that ‘like’ button and comment with a badjillion emoticons! 

4th of July Confetti Tutorial!

As promised, I’m kicking off America’s b-day a little early by bringing you some super fun and EASY nail art tutorials. I’ve got a little over one week to get your patriotic red, white and blue blood flowing! The first tutorial screams PARTAAY with a healthy dose of confetti from Sally Hansen’s new Color Frenzy collection.

Supplies:
– OPI Nail Envy, base coat
– OPI, Alpine Snow
– Sally Hansen Color Frenzy, Red White & Hue
– Nails Inc Gel Effect, St. James
– Orly Instant Artist Striper, white
– Seche Vite, top coat
– Tape (any kind–painter’s tape, scotch tape, nail art tape)

Tutorial:

Step 1: after applying your base coat, paint 1 coat of your white nail polish (I used OPI, Alpine Snow). Wait a few minutes for the polish to dry.

Step 2: apply Sally Hansen Color Frenzy all over your nail. To get the most “confetti,” I suggest pouring some polish on a piece of tinfoil first. This gives you more control, allowing you to pick up specific pieces you want. You can even use a toothpick to get even more precise! Wait a good 10-15 minutes for the polish to c o m p l e t e l y dry. If it’s not 100% dry, the tape in step 3 will smudge and possibly pull off all of the nail polish.

Step 3: put a piece of tape vertically across the center of your nail (I used painter’s tape, but you can use any tape you want). Paint the uncovered part of your nail red. Before the polish dries, slowly remove the tape. Wait a good 5 minutes before moving on to the final step.

Step 4: take your white striper and paint a line right where your confetti and red polish meet.

Voila! You are SO ready to parrrrtay! If you’re feeling inspired, I would L O V E to see your looks! Make sure you tag @theGLITTERYblog on Instagram so I can see!

weekend roundup!

As you may have seen on Instagram, my brother and my best friend got engaged on Friday!! It was such a beauuuuitful weekend filled with oodles of love, laughter and quality family time! For the big shebang,  I did my nails in honor of the two lovebirdz, Ben and Kait.

Saturday, I put my name and my new mermaid and shell charms from Daily Charme to good use. I meannn, how could I have the name ARIEL and not do mermaid nails?!

This fab.com weekend came to an end with cheetah nails inspired by my all time favvvvorite Lesportsac travel makeup bag!

I hope you all had a great weekend and have an even better week!

collaboration with CULT!

I have some exciting news to share! CULT Cosmetics has created a new nail art kit inspired by my ombre polka dot mani!

For just $16, you get all of the tools to create this look–
*4 full-size polishes: El Porto, Laguna, Hermosa Beach + Avalon
*A set of 5×2 dotting tools to make the perfect dots!

Click here to get yours now!

fire island/world cup!

I went to Fire Island over the weekend with a bunch of friends. It was SO much fun and the weather was gorrrrgeous! Even though there are no palm trees, I decided to do my first palm tree mani- still totally suitable for the beach! The background was a patchwork ombre of neon goodness. I was obsessed with these nails and was sad when I took them off last night. I was so torn- I LOVED the design, but reallllly wanted to paint my nails for USA’s first World Cup game tonight! …I know, cue the baby violin…
left hand!
left hand 
my right hand was a simplified version because I ran out of time! 
beach nails @ the beach!
I did my friends nails too! 

Here are my World Cup nails I did in honor of our first game tonight! I used three of Pure Ice’s new matte shades—Lady Liberty (red), I Pledge Naillegiance (blue) and Pretty ‘n Patriotic (white)

GO USAAAA!

watermelon mani–aaaa

I saw these adorable watermelon nails on @lifeisbetterpolished’s Instagram the other day. They totally inspired me to create my own H2O-melon look! And I had the perfect polishes to put to work—

Floss Gloss, con limon (the BEST lime green out there)
Sally Hansen Triple Shine, pixie slicks (super cute bubblegum pink)
I did a mix of melons on my left hand and a more simple “elongated french” on my left. 
left hand
left hand
right hand- elongated french

What I call the “elongated french” is probably one of the easiest and fastest designs you can do on your right hand if your right handed. All you need is some tape (be it scotch tape, painter’s tape or nail art tape) and your nail polish. After your base coat is dry, put a piece of tape across the center of your nail. Then paint from the tape up to the tip of your nail. Slowly peel the tape off, wait a couple of minutes and then seal with your top coat!  

it’s my glittery-versary!

GUYS! It’s officially been 1 year since I launched theGLITTERY! I’m having even more fun than I ever imagined and can’t THANK YOU ALL enough for your continued support and inspiration. Today’s nails are a bold, graphic twist on color blocking–one of my absolute favvvvorite fashion and nail art trends from the past year!

Since I launched this blog, I’ve done a whoooole lot of bomb.com things and met a whoooole lot of bomb.com people. I can’t wait for what’s to come in the next 365 days…including NAIL SCHOOL! That’s right, my head lamp, Seche Vite and I officially signed up for nail school, part-time after work (it starts in August). Stay tuned, because I  have BIG plans for theGLITTERY in 2015!

In honor of my GLITTERY-versary, I’m taking a stroll down memory lane and listing out my top 10 very moments/accomplishments of this past year.

  1. I hosted nail art parties for friends, friends of friends and some new friends! PS- if you’re interested in having your own nail party, email me at theGLITTERYblog@gmail.com! 
  2. I became a monthly contirubutor/nail art tutorialist (it’s a word in my world) for the fabulous Felicia Walker of ThisThatBeauty.com. Check out my June tutorial here
  3. I did Mani Mondays at The Bromley Group in NYC, giving manis to editors from Cosmo, InStyle, Glamour and Family Circle…to name a few 😉
  4. I had a nail art booth at the New York Junior League’s Annual Golden Tree Celebration (remember this)
  5. Gave nail art to adoorrrrable little girls for the official opening for DOT, a store for girls, on the upper west side. 
  6. Did a nail art pop up at Bergdorf’s to celebrate KENZO’s SS14 collection (read about it here)
  7. Had weekly features on Beautyhigh.com (love them!)
  8. I sat front row at a taping of one of my fave gal pals, Bethenny, got a pic with her and my nails AND she instagrammed it! I’m still dying….
  9. Created 4 Halloween nail art tutorials for Good Morning America!
  10. Have made/continue to meet so many new, wonderfully talented people in the nail art community, both in NYC and on Instagram! It’s a powerful, fabulous community to be a part of!
  11. Okay, I have a #11 favorite moment… I ran- and finished- the Brooklyn Half Marathon, my first half ever! I continuously have to remind myself that it was actually me running that betch. Plus it was a great nail moment- remember these?

I love you all!