Photo Friday – Nail Art

We don’t know about you, but we are still giddy from the excitement over last
week’s Golden Globes. So many laughs,
memorable moments, and of course head-to-toe glamour. This year we got an extra close up on all
the pretty things with the E! Mani Cam where celebs got to show off their done-up digits, with Zooey Deschanel stealing the show with her film strip nail art. 
Our subsequent mani-mania inspired today’s Photo Friday, and left us
eager to experiment.




Media, Darling: Paige Dzenis

Paige Dzenis is the
associate online editor for FASHION Magazine, where she covers all things
beauty, the latest wardrobe choices of Kate Middleton, parties and fundraisers
across Toronto and other pop culture moments. Paige also paints her nails on a
weekly (if not more frequent!) basis for FASHION’s Nail Corner column which
features designer and trend-inspired nail art designs.




Twitter: @paiiige, @fashioncanada
Website
www.fashionmagazine.com/blogs


Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the
horizon?

Yes! I started writing at a young age – shout out to the Town Crier newspaper
for giving me my first column (all about pre-teen life) when I was 11 – and did
a B.A. in media studies, always thinking that post-grad I would end up in
journalism. However, I started a working in advertising as a copywriter and
then creative director. I could have easily continued down that path, but after
five years I decided it was “now or never” and, well, here I am.


Where would you like to be five years from now?

Hopefully in Toronto, but I’ll have lived in another city/country between now
and then. I also have always wanted to have kids at an early age, so… babies!


Any advice for people getting started in your industry?

You won’t want to hear this, but: it’s all about being in the right place at
the right time. Practically speaking, start working, no matter what the job is.
My first full-time job was being a secretary for Saudi Arabian engineers, but
those skills got me in the door for my next job, and so on and so on. Entry
level jobs are extremely hard to come by these days, but once you have a few
years of work experience under your belt – no matter the company or
industry – it’s much easier. And, just like in high school and university, extra
curriculars are everything. Be involved in the industry you want to work in,
make connections, do social media properly and it will all work out.


What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own? 

CBC Radio is my everything. I have my morning routine down to an exact science
based on whatever segment Matt Galloway or Anna Maria Tremonti is doing.

Online, I check Buzzfeed, Gawker, The Cut, Toronto Life, Slate and a whole slew
of blogs constantly, but generally any breaking news comes through Twitter.


And TV-wise, I’m obsessed with Law and Order SVU and my PVR records such
classics as The Voice, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Person of Interest
and Nashville. Oh, and I’m rewatching the entire series of Gilmore Girls right
now.


Best interview you’ve ever had? Worst?

I always love backstage beauty interviews. I’m into my third season covering Toronto Fashion Week and World Mastercard Fashion Week and it doesn’t matter how crazy it is, the makeup artists
and hair stylists are always so enthusiastic and energetic. It’s contagious.

Worst interview… basically any time an “exclusive” turns into a PR saying “Oh,
we ran out of time so now five of you have to go in together and can ask one
question each.” Come on!


Best advice you’ve ever been given?

“The girls who ask for orchids get orchids.” It’s from my mom, and basically a
mantra about making sure your goals and objectives are known not only to
yourself, but to anyone who could influence your life. Works for both your
career and personal things.


What rule(s) do you live your life by?

I try to always be positive. It’s not necessarily a “rules of attraction”
thing, but I don’t believe in dwelling on negative emotions. Keeping a smile on
will always transfer into making someone else’s day, whereas sour puss-faced
people are the most uninteresting and uninspiring people to interact with. I
also never use the word ‘jealous’ because it really just means “I wish I could
do that thing too but I refuse to take control of my life and make it happen.”


What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?

When you’re sending an invite to an event, please include a text version of the
details with your invite jpg. I hate transcribing tiny text from an image when
making a calendar reminder. Copy-paste is so much easier!


Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.

I once tweeted with a friend about a nail polish colour she was wearing and a
week later it arrived on my desk. No hashtags or @brandnames were used–just
the genius monitoring of a PR pro.


I hate?

Product samples that arrive in too-large boxes and with unnecessary,
over-the-top press materials. Throwing these things directly into my recycling
bin hurts my soul.


I love?

Horses! Will someone send me a horse, please?


Reading?

Um, I tend to keep many things going on my nightstand at once. Right now it’s:
the latest issue of Descant, the third Game of Thrones book, The Omnivore’s
Dilemma
and a teen fiction series by the Go Fug Yourself girls.


Best place on earth?

Texas. Houston, Austin and Marfa.


Dinner guest?

My sister and I cook dinner for our parents every Sunday night and it’s pretty
perfect.


Hero?

My mom. She has progressive MS and yet everything I said earlier about avoiding
negativity and staying positive? I get that all from her.


Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?

WhatsApp. I’m an Android girl, so WhatsApp is the only way to get my emoji fix.


Pool or ocean?

Ocean! Or pool! But lakes are beyond terrifying.


Voicemail or email?

Email. Though as long as you’re not calling to make sure I received an invite
or a package, please call.


Fashion week show you’re most looking forward to?

Joe Fresh. It just hits the right notes every single time.

City Living: Pinky’s Nails

Like a good hairdresser, once we find a good nail salon we
remain loyalists… until someone new moved into our `hood and disturbed the
order of the beauty world. Introducing
Pinky`s Nails, the
self-proclaimed first professional nail art studio in Toronto. 



Open now for just over a month, Pinky’s Nails is not only wreaking havoc on our wallets (because we’re always there) but is also causing debates over which designs to get. Conveniently located around the corner from our office, Pinky’s Nails calls 688
Richmond St. W home, and have been making a buzz with their creations à la this:
MTV’s Nicole Holness and her feminine 3D nail art.
Or all of these:


And this one too:
For the cat lovers on the fourth floor (*cough cough*
@badalie, @andeline, @bigail).
No pedicures here. They do one thing and one thing well:
nail art. Pinky’s first caught our attention when they offered up manicure
specials for their July promo, but the fun designs and endless choices have kept us as customers. And in the rare, rare occassion you don’t see something that tickles your fancy, you can email them your inspiration and they can whip up a one-of-a-kind work for your digits.



Prices for their nail art (read as masterpieces) start at $30, and go up from there depending on the adornments and studding you choose. Pricing is done per nail, so feel free to go wild or just have a few standouts on your hands, like an entirely studded nail which rings up at $12.  
Wondering how the heck they get such detailed works on your
tips? Check out this  video for the Heartbreak Karaoke nails from Worn Fashion Journal.

If you are a devout Shellac-er, Pinky’s will be carrying gel polishes come fall. In the mean time, you can choose from their vast polish collection with familiar favourites like OPI and Essie.


In more beauty news, Pinky’s has got their paws on OPI`s new Black
Spotted polish. Similar to Shatter, but way cooler, it`s a black top coat that
gives a water marbling effect. Why is this awesome? OPI Black Spotted is
part of the Spiderman collection, which was exclusively released to French
Sephora. You
read that right
– the polish won’t even get a US release, let alone a
Canadian one. Which is why single bottles are going as high as $60 on eBay– cray!

Covet it. Now. 

Looking for an appointment? Give ‘em a ring at 647-787-9521.
Pinky’s Nails is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. most nights. 
Ya, they are pretty cool! 

Fashion-able: Hot Nails for Summer

Come summertime, your nails are your greatest accessory. Hands are out of gloves, toes are exposed… whether you like it or not, all nails are on display. Today, we present a few ways we will be having fun with our nails this summer.


Neons

A neon rainbow!
Image source.

Neons are showing up everywhere and we love a bright neon pink or orange, especially on toes. Our recs? Summer Pink by Pixi Beauty, Neon Red by American Apparel, Glowstick by Orly and Orange You Hot? by China Glaze.


Caviar Manicures


Ciate Caviar Manicure.
Image source.

We’re intrigued by these texturized manicures involving tiny microbeads stuck to the nail. Not really appropriate for a regular day at the office (no one wants to be blamed for a floor covered in beads), this would be fun for a wedding or bachelorette party this summer. Ciate offers a caviar manicure kit for $25 from Sephora, or you can invest in a thick topcoat and package of microbeads (also called bullion beads) from a craft store for less than $10.

Nail Art

An Erdem-inspired manicure from FASHION Magazine.
Image source.

Inspiration is everywhere for
complex manicures that look more like miniature works of art than nail designs.
FASHION Magazine’s Nail Corner
has us in awe every week, while the f*ckyeahnailart
tumblr collects some of the most intense manicures from across the Internet. Try typing Nail Art into YouTube for step-by-step instructions – over
79,000 tutorials show up!


Cupcakes for your nails!
Image source.


If you lack a steady hand (or
patience, creativity, an unending supply of nail polish colours, etc.), you
might want to have a professional step in. Tips
Nail Bar
 in Toronto is especially good for creative, out-of-the-box manis.



Nail Decals

Regular nail polish doesn’t get this shiny. Image source.


Nail decals are another fun
option. “Protective coatings” for your nails, they’re basically
stickers that can last up to two weeks. A favourite of celebrities like Beyonce, Katy Perry and Blake Lively, Minx
Nails
make some of the craziest designs. A number of salons in Toronto apply
them, or you can buy a package off eBay
for significantly less and easily do it yourself. 

A design for every occasion! 
Image source.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips offer a similar
effect. You can get them at most drugstores, or at Winners, where they’re usually discounted by a few dollars. 

Ombre

Ombre nails in Tangerine – this season’s hottest colour
Image source & tutorial.



It was only a matter of time before the ombre trend moved from hair and clothing to nails. We’ve seen it done two ways: one nail with gradients of colour (like above), or gradients of colour going across all five nails (below). A great look for any girl who’s looked at her nail polish collection and realized she bought almost the exact same colour five times.

Only skill needed to create this look is excessive nail polish purchasing.
Image source.






Rave: Deep, dark nail polish

As you may remember from our earlier post on nail art, we love experimenting with different nail colours and designs, especially in the summer. Those bright, funky colours, intricate designs, patterns – we can’t resist. 

But sometimes you need a break from all the neon brights, and crave something a little more glam, vamp and chic. We started to wonder if we could find shades that will transition us from summer to autumn.

With all the variety we found below, we’re happy to report it’s an absolute possibility. If you see us out and about, you’ll definitely see us rocking one of these bold colours on our fingers and toes. 


If you’re a bit nervous about expressing your dark side, ease your way in with this pretty, electric blue (Aruba Blue) from Essie. You can get it at Shopper’s Drug Mart for around $12, making it an easy dabble in the dark arts. Geri Halliwell was seen with a similar colour earlier this summer while in Monaco. 



We liked the idea of a deep, purplish-blue, so we tried out O.P.I’s Light My Sapphire. It retails for about $10 at Trade Secrets. For all of you who want to emulate Kristen Stewart’s rocker-chic glam, this is the colour for you. 



  

We’re also loving burgundy for a dark summer colour. M.A.C.’s Vintage Vamp Nail Lacquer is sleek, sultry and Kim Kardashian-esque for events or a night out with family and friends. C’mon, you know you wanna look like Kim just a little bit, sometimes.




On a hot summer Saturday night, there’s no doubt that some of us will be as bold as Emma Roberts and go for pure, rich black. China Glaze is an office favourite, and we especially like China Glaze’s Liquid Leather, which can be found at select Trade Secrets for less than $10.

So there you have it. You don’t need to stick with bubble gum pink just because it’s August. Try one of these hot, deep shades now, all the way into autumn.