Posts Tagged ‘nails’


Friday, November 18th, 2011

Long time, no post.

Over at my regular blog I’m focus-monthing and November is cleaning shit out.  This includes old bookmarks.  I had a folder full of links for a post (now terribly out of date) regarding the “nude” nail and shoe trend and how shitty it was that “nude” meant “beige.”  So I found a bunch of great nail colours that would be skin-tones for various awesome ladies, bookmarked them about a million years ago and forgot about it as I got to busy to fashion-blog.  But! Since I want to clear out my bookmarks, you get an out-dated post. Woo! But I like the idea still.  Let’s just jump in.

Grace Jones. Revlon’s uncomfortably named “Hot for Chocolate” and the J. Renee Delisa in T. Moro.

Milla Jovovich.  Zoya’s “Tasha” and the Enzo Angiolini Studded in Light Pink Leather.

Rosario Dawson. Essie’s “Very Structured” and the LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Zabrina in Polo Tan Kidskin.

Christina Ricci. Sally Hansen’s “Sheer Me Now” and the Baby Phat Chance in Taupe Patent.

There. Those bookmarks have been put to use.

Maybe soon I’ll get back into this.

Nails are totes fashion, they’re the new Thing

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

I’ve been blogging for work, which is part of the ages since posting here, but I also treat most posts on ILS like essays and start to panic if I don’t have enough data backing up observations.  I hope to get over that, but until then, I figured some pretty-pretty nail nerding could be appropriate.

If you follow me elsewhere on the web, you’ll know I do my nails every week and am very into the art and craft of it.  My personal nail icon is Sophy Robson, and one of her nail icons is Sharon Stone’s Ginger in Casino.

Because I am an obsessive, I recently screencapped Ginger’s more notable nails.  And then analysed them like a nerd and replicated them best I could with what I had in my stash.


Now, I don’t know if the makeup department or costume department or who is responsible for the on-point period nails, but they did amazingly.

A hustler’s nails in a creme electric pink.  When Ginger is manoeuvring to get money, she wears a crème.

The classic French tip, interpreted all foxy with a “v”.  If you have trouble creating a French tip’s smooth arch, you’ll find the two swoops to make this tip way easier.

This one was difficult to get a good cap of, but it’s a frosty, pearlescent white. Compare the cold feeling of the nail she wears with her “old pimp boyfriend” with the next nail—

It’s also frosty and pearlescent, but in a warm gold when Ace proposes. Dare I say the frosted nail is her emotional finish?

Oh, it gets nerdier.  I’ve got twelve screencaps in all, so I’ll be a gem and put them under this cut here.


Double take dupes

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Speaking of fast fashion, I was at our local Fred Meyer the other day an noticed a valiant effort by drugstore polish Sinful Colors to imitate the higher end OPI’s (horribly named, as usual) Spring 2010 “Hong Kong” collection:

Fast fashion in nail colour

I haven’t seen anything about this “Shanghai Collection” online, but I know for a fact that some of the colours in the display, like Ruby Ruby, existed before they decided to ride any coattails.  Overall, it doesn’t feel like they’re trying to completely copy OPI and are just attempting to package the same “feel” or “inspiration”.  Which, yes, totes copying, good for them.  I don’t like OPI’s application or price point, but I do love me some Sinful Colors.

When the first previews of the Hong Kong collection came out, All Lacquered Up showed a couple dupe possibilities, but found that there weren’t any good non-OPI options that carried the same colour qualities as this collection.  Though most of Sinful Colors Shanghai Nights is made up of their standard colours, there are some definite dupes, or attempts at them.

OPI v. Sinful Colors, 1
Sinful Colors: Rise and Shine (more turquoise)
OPI: Jade Is The New Black (more green)

OPI v. Sinful Colors, 2
Sinful Colors: Thimbleberry (slightly more coral)
OPI: Red My Fortune Cookie (more orangey)

The best dupe I went ahead and bought.  And now I have two bottles of exactly the same colour.

OPI v. Sinful Colors, 3

Sinful Colors: Big Daddy
OPI: A Good Mandarin Is Hard To Find

Under some indoor light, OPI’s shade is the barest touch more blue-red.  And Sinful Colors’ shade looked much thinner and orangey at one coat.  But after two coats they are essentially identical.  Same opacity, same colour.

Which, I am super into my nails and had to think, “does this fit what I am going for with this dumb blog?” And, I think maybe?

The search for good dupes in the nail world is interesting, because it is totally accepted. Why pay upwards of nine dollars for a bottle of polish when you can get pretty much the same thing for a dollar-fifty?  But copying a shoe or piece of clothing is a clear not cool (or is acknowledged as uncool while you are also like “Thank fucking goodness, I am not paying multiple hundreds for that”).  There are clear intellectual property issues with fashion design that do not apply for colours.  Because they’re, y’know, colours—though what goes into creating a colour, and dye vats and formulas are a clear proprietary thing.  But the science is not what you see, just the colours.

Nail polish, like other accessories (and I class it as an accessory, not makeup, because there is more freedom in how it can be used) is something that becomes more popular when folks aren’t as willing to spend money on clothes.  And those cycles fascinate me.

Something different: The Beauty Routine

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

There is a lot of nail stuff.

In the shower I use first a water-activated gel cleanser, then a honey-almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub.  Vidal Sassoon shampoo is especially good at getting rid of the coating of dried perspiration, salts, oils airborne pollutants and dirt that can weigh down hair and flatten it to the scalp which can make you look older. . . . If the face seems dry and flaky—which makes it look dull and older—use a clarifying lotion that removes flakes and uncovers skin (it can also make your tan look darker).  Then apply an anti-aging eye balm (Baume Des Yeux) followed by a final mosturizing “protective” lotion.

Ellis, Brett Eason.   American Psycho.  New York:  Vintage Contemporaries, 1991.

I recently tore through the archives of Beauty Schooled and loved a series of posts Virginia wrote on her beauty routine.  I mentioned lady-drag in my VS bra review, and I’ll examine it further later—relevant here, over the past couple of years I’ve taken on more aspects of the femme beauty routine while trying to maintain simplicity and a low-key process.  I have a very complicated relationship with The Beauty Routine, but I’m lucky enough to be comfortable with what is probably more on the minimum end of the spectrum, especially for someone with curly hair.  Anyway, Beauty Schooled says it best:

I’m realizing that we need to talk more about all the different kinds of beauty work we perform and all the different ways we value it. Because sometimes we’re ambivalent about sharing these details. It’s hard to admit you have lip hair, or you need to apply deodorant twice a day since these things don’t fit into the way we define pretty (hairless, sweet-smelling, etc).

So, this is pretty long and, frankly, kind of self-indulgent, so under the cut it goes.


Grinding in probability

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Personally, I adore watching designers try to reinvent the mid-1980s—I am fond of the look for a multitude of reasons.  To be more precise, it’s more that era’s take on the future of design that I truly love.  Science & speculative fiction’s relationship with fashion is something that just about anybody is aware of by now.  The ability to not be bounded by tradition and/or possibility is (finally) really spilling over into the most commonplace venues.  This, in turn, widens the skies for the truly expansive ideas.

During this beautiful dreaming, comparatively simple jewellery and accessories seem to be popular.  Maybe it’s the portability and modular aspects, the general un-scariness of it.  It’s such a gateway though, I mean—there’s such a short jump from sweet lovey ideas to slightly invasive useful tools to implanting things and gently pushing the definition of humanity.  But let’s not prod that interesting beast with a stick right now.  What we’re looking at here are accessories, gadgets and usefulness.  Or non-usefulness.  It depends on your definition.


Social networking sites, for instance.  The internet and how we use it in general.   An MIT student group have made this thing, it projects information and “virtual gadgets” into what they charmingly call the “tactile world.” Bonus: you can interact with it.

In the tactile world, we use our five senses to take in information about our environment and respond to it, Maes explained. But a lot of the information that helps us understand and respond to the world doesn’t come from these senses. Instead, it comes from computers and the internet. Maes’ goal is to harness  computers to feed us information in an organic fashion, like our existing senses . . . When he encounters someone at a party, the system projects a cloud of words on the person’s body to provide more information about him — his blog URL, the name of his company, his likes and interests.

Talking about this with a friend, her first thought went to implants.  My first thought went to accessories. Because really, how boss would that be?

The future will not take away my gaudy accessories.

I mean, really.

I have a definite vision of the future and it involves holograms, dammit.

Design and tech are starting to go steady and I like it.  Secretly because I am a huge nerd.


Quickie Steal: Chanel S09CTR

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Not even going into the totally killer headwear, I (as usual) liked the accessories in Chanel’s spring 2009 couture.  Kinda reminiscent of something, but that’s the style.


Gloves: Lace-Up Fingerless Fishnet Gloves, in white ($8.00)

Nail Polish: Sinful Colours, in Snow Me White ($1.99)