Crayon Nail Art for Divine Caroline

Nothing says "back to school" like a box of crayons. Give your tips a sentimental finish with this nail art tutorial inspired by a childhood favorite...crayons! My craft corner was always stocked with them, so it's no shock I grew up to continue the art in another medium.

Cosmoprof & Marie Claire Most Wanted Award Nominee

Starting tomorrow, I'll be at Cosmoprof North America, the country's biggest beauty convention and trade show. It's held in Vegas, where I'll be holed up until Wednesday. I'm thrilled to be covering it, and want you to join me in my live coverage.

I'll be posting live updates to Twitter and Instagram, and sharing those on Facebook as well, so be sure to follow each channel!


In other exciting news, I've been nominated as Best Nail Blogger for Marie Claire's second annual Most Wanted Awards! I'd love your votes this year, so be sure to choose "Nailed It" in the online survey.

After taking the survey, you'll be entered to win a beauty bag, overflowing with beauty products popular today!

Jessica Cosmetics - Coral Symphony Spring 2014 Collection Swatches & Review

Up for your viewing pleasure is something I've been wanting to try - Jessica Cosmetics polishes. I've seen the line used by other bloggers, and have wanted to give them a try myself, so today's post features their spring 2014 line of colors, Coral Symphony.

I liked the way the colors bled into one another, complementing each other well while also creating a beautiful fading rainbow if lined up against one another. I thought it'd look good as an ikat gradient (similar to my running gradient technique used and shown in a tutorial here).

The colors applied really well. They masterfully laid on my nail in two creamy coats each. I love creme finishes, and these all had that. I wasn't the biggest fan of the brush, but as a tech, I've gotten used to the OPI brush, so I may just be biased toward that.

For swatches of these colors, read on!

Punk Rock Rings from Born Pretty Store

Today's manicure is inspired by the punk skulls and painful piercings of punk rock culture (or at least how it's embodied in my mind).

Born Pretty Store, the well-stocked e-tailor of fashion accessories including a huge variety of nail art supplies, sent me a set of rhinestone studs and gold rings. They roll together in a nail art wheel, and the rings can be pried apart to pinch around the tip of your nail, faking a pierced look.

I wouldn't actually wear these anywhere, but I'll wear them for the art of the look!

I hand painted the skull (using this design as a guide) using black polish and a tiny detailing brush I picked up at Sally's. The neon polish underneath is OPI's new one, Life Gave Me Lemons.

This nail art wheel is available for $3.95 from Born Pretty Store (10% off with my coupon code C10X31), and shipping worldwide is FREE! No excuse not to give it a try.

What do you think of the punk rock rings? Are they too impractical for you, or would you give them a try sometime? I know I certainly couldn't regularly rock them, but might pull them out come Halloween!

These products were sent to me by Born Pretty Store. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Damask Nails for Divine Caroline

I know I've been pretty quiet on here, but that's because there's big things in the works. This year, I'll be in Las Vegas for Cosmoprof, North America's biggest beauty convention. I'll be shmoozing with the best of them, your favorite nail companies and bloggers. I can't wait!

In the meantime, here's another tutorial in collaboration with Divine Caroline.

Beach Ball Nail Art Tutorial for Divine Caroline

Bangin' beach nails? They're totally doable with tonight's tutorial for Divine Caroline!

For all the steps, colors and tools you need, head over to Divine Caroline for my tutorial.