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Poll Results – What type of nails do you prefer?

12 Sep

Well it is without a doubt that our readers along with us prefer short square nails. They look so classy and chic. You can paint them any color, and decorate them anyway without them looking atrocious.  Speaking of nail decorating, The Beauty Department posted an AH-mazing tutorial for half moon nails. Red has been sporting this look. It’s so easy to do!

Here are a couple of polishes that we are absolutely loving right now:

Red:

Essie’s Nail Polish in Lady Like - This color is from their fall collection and was actually inspired by Kate Middleton. Do you really need more of an explaination than that? Well in case you do, it is an amazing dusty rose color. It is perfect for pale skinned girls like myself.

Pants:

Dive Bar by Essie – I wanted a dark nail polish to wear with my bright green birthday dress this weekend. I was thinking navy would look nice and not too matchy matchy. This color was perfect – it’s navy with turquoise/purple shimmer. Depending on the angle you look at it, the shimmer changes between turquoise and purple.  Dive bar is what you’d get if you shoved a peacock into a bottle of nail polish. This is a great transition color from summer to fall.

Obviously we’re both addicted to Essie. But it’s so easy to find (we’ve found it at Walmart, Target, Kmart, CVS and Rite Aid!), and it seems to last longer than other brands we’ve tried. It is a little more expensive than, say Sally Hansen or other drug store brands, but it’s still cheaper than high end brands like OPI (which is usually around $9) or Butter London ($14 a pop). Essie is usually around $8, and Rite Aid sometimes has it on sale for buy one, get one 50% off!

What colors do you think look great on short nails?

xo,

Red & Pants

Pants’ Day is comin’ up…

1 Sep

It’s almost that time of year again… That’s right, Pants’ birthday is just days away! (Mark your calendars, it’s September 8!)

Like last year, Pants will share with you her makeup wishlist!

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1 – Escada Taj Sunset - I talked about this in my favorite fragrance post. I only have the mini travel spray, and I’ve already used a lot of it. I’m gonna need a bigger bottle because I love this citrusy fragrance so much. Like I’ve complained before, it’s limited edition, so I gotta stock up before it’s gone.

2 – Too Faced Matte Eyeshadow Collection – It’s no secret that I love me some Too Faced palettes. I have the Natural Eye, Naked Eye and the Romantic palette. My collection is mostly shimmery colors, so it would be nice to have a matte set because they look great in the crease, and sometimes I just want a matte eye.

3 – Sigma Dry’n Shape System – I asked the birthday fairy for some new makeup brushes. And in order to take care of them properly, I need this product so the brushes will keep their shape after cleaning!

4 – Tarte Glow Your Way to Gorgeous 8-Piece Collection - Tarte is one brand that I always look at every time I go to Sephora or Ulta, but surprisingly, I don’t have any Tarte products. This needs to change immediately. I really love the Amazonian Clay 12-hour wear blushes, but can’t decide on a color. I think this kit would be a great way to try out the brand.

5 – Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. IV (available in September) – I have a weakness for Urban Decay products. I want everything they make – the liquid liners, cream blushes, lip glosses – all of it. Originally I wasn’t too interested in this collection. I think the whole speaker thing is kind of stupid. I would much rather the set include a lip gloss or another eyeliner. But there are a lot of eyeshadows in this that I don’t have… So way to go, Urban Decay. You made me want more eyeshadows that I don’t need.

Red’s Birthday Picks for Pants:

Too Faced In Your Dreams Makeup Collection (available soon)Pants may have mentioned above that she loves Too Faced palettes. This one happens to be GOR-GEOUS! Eyeshadows, blushes, and lip glosess, yes please! I think this is a must have for her collection.

Essie Nail Polish in Trophy Wife – This is Pants’ color. Why she doesn’t have it yet, I don’t know? She NEEDS this in her life ASAP!

Tarte NeutralEYES Natural Eyeshadow Palette – This palette is absolutely adorable! The colors are absolutely perfect for creating any amazeballz look.

Pants would also like cupcakes for her birthday. And hugs. And sparkles.

Tell us, do you have any fun picks for Pants?

xo,

Red & Pants

Transition Polish

10 Aug

With the end of summer creeping up on us, we have already started thinking about switching up our nail colors.  In the summer, bold bright colors are the way to go and in the fall you can never go wrong with deep muted colors.  What do you wear when you transition from summer to fall? Here are our picks!

Red:

Essie’s Lilacism ($8, Walgreens.com):

Purple is a color that is always in. I think a pastel lilac like Essie’s Lilacism would be an extremely pretty color to transition into fall. It’s not so bright and punchy as a color I would pick for summer, but it’s not as dark as I would go for fall/winter either.

Orly’s Lucky Duck ($7.50, Orlybeauty.com):

I love to pick colors that are a little unexpected for the seasons. That’s why I fell in love with this amazing green. It’s so vibrant and shimmery it couldn’t help but make a perfect entrance into fall.

Pants:

Essie Chinchilly ($8, Walgreens.com)

Gray is my favorite neutral. It’s been taking over my closet lately. Chinchilly is a great gray for all year because it’s not too dark, or too light. This color is definitely a staple.

Sephora by OPI’s What’s Your Poison ($9.50, Sephora)

This color is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. It’s a glittery cranberry, and I go straight for it every time I’ve been in a Sephora to stare at it. It’s a fun color and it’s deeper so it doesn’t look too summery.

Got any Fall nail color suggestions for us?

xo,

Red & Pants

Poll Results – Do you wear the same color of nail polish on your fingers and toes?

8 Aug

Friday we asked our readers if they like to match the nail polish on their fingers and toes, and 67% voted no, and 33% voted sometimes.

We G&S girls feel that you don’t need to match your fingers and toes. Maybe you work at a place where bright and glittery polish isn’t appropriate? Then put that color on your toes, and keep a more subtle color on your nails.

Obviously, we’ve been loving Essie lately, so here are a few fun summer colors that you should try before summer ends!

Mint Candy Apple – This was originally from the Winter 2009 collection, but it’s been rereleased as a Target exclusive, along with a few other fun colors. This one really stuck out to us. It’s similar to Absolutely Shore – Absolutely Shore is closer to white, while Mint Candy Apple is more green.

Braziliant – This is from the summer collection, and is a pretty bright orange with a hint of pink shimmer.

Super Bossa Nova – This is one of those colors that looks gorgeous in the bottle, but you’re kinda like ehhh… I don’t know if I’d wear that. Well, Pants is currently wearing it as her accent nail color with Braziliant on the other nails and LOVES IT. She will definitely be wearing it again, probably even on all her nails, despite not being a pink nail polish type of girl.

What colors are you trying to sneak in before summer ends?

xo,

Red & Pants

Firework Fingers

29 Jun

Yesterday, we found some things to help jazz up your eyes for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Today, we are finding some things to add a little fireworks display to your fingers and toes.

Essie’s Aruba Blue:

This is a beautiful deep and sassy blue. It will stand out with any red or white that you might pair with it.

Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine Nail Color in Dazzling:

Red nail polish can sometimes be a tricky shade. This shade is flattering on most skin types. It is a gorgeous sparkly red color.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Ay, Ay Captain:

This striped blue could be fun on all your nails, or mixed with some red nails. You could even add stars on the red nails if you’re extra patriotic!

Are you ladies doing fun, festive nails for the fourth?!

xo,

Red & Pants

 

Nail Art

7 Jun

We’ve been noticing more and more nail artistic looking nails lately. Anything from people wearing brighter colors, to painting ring fingers a different color and even putting mini stars and fruit on nails.

We’re a big fan of this. You can’t always go crazy with your makeup, but you can always have some fun colors on your nails.

Here’s a couple examples:

Nail Art Accent – Pants painted her nails with Chinchilly by Essie, and then placed black hologram stars (Nail Art Sprinkles by Art Club from Sally Beauty Supply, ~$4) on her ring fingers. The Nail Art Sprinkles also come in hearts, fruit shapes, metallic threads and flowers, among other things.

Glittery Ring Finger Accent – Pants used Essie Absolutely Shore on all her nails, the accented her ring fingers by adding the glittery Just A Fairytail by OPI For Sephora (a silver shimmer with some blue glitter).

Do you do any crazy things with your nails?

xo,

Red  & Pants

Poll Results – Do you usually do your own nails?

6 Jun

This time for our poll, we asked if you usually do your own nails.  We are so happy that you DO do your own nails.  It’s a nice occasional treat to have them done, but it can get pricey when you need them done all of the time. Plus, when doing them yourself you can really play around and experiment with fun looks.

Here are some of our tips to make your at home mani/pedis last as long as possible:

1) Wash your hands and then wipe your nails with a cotton pad soaked with nail polish remover. This will help remove any oils and grime that could potentially interfere with the polish adhering to the nail properly.

2) Always always ALWAYS use a top coat and a base coat.  This helps the polish adhere to the nail and it gives a gorgeous shiny finish.

3) Apply two thin coats of polish instead of one thick coat. This gives you nice coverage with the polish. It also prevents any bubbling and premature peeling.

4) If you’re anything like us, then you aren’t not patient enough to sit around waiting for your nails to dry. Get a fast-drying nail spray.  This is a must. (We like Orly Spritz Dry and Beauty Secrets Fast Finish 60-Second Polish Dryer/Top Coat, both available at Sally Beauty Supply.)

5) If your hands are shaky, or you tend to immediately smear your polish, take extra precaution. Try watching a 30 minute TV show on DVD so that you won’t want to flip during commercials. Use a clipboard as your table. After you polish your nails, keep your hands palm down on the clipboard while you watch your show. It may sound crazy, but it works! You’re definitely more careful!

Here are some fun colors that we are loving at the moment.

Red:

Essie’s Tart Deco ($8 Target) – This is a gorgeous orange color. It dries brighter and orangier than it looks from the bottle. I’ve been loving this color. It such a nice punch of color. Orange happens to be one of my favorite summertime colors.

Essie’s Lilacism ($8 Target) – This is such an amazing purple shade. I think it is such a lovely change from the darker purples that I usually wear.  It’s looks light in the bottle, but it does dry a little darker than that.  I cannot get enough of this color.

Pants:

Essie’s Limo Scene  ($8, Target) – I wanted a sheer pinky color that looked natural, and not bubblegum pink. I applied one thin coat of this to get the results I wanted. It’s definitely a more “nude” pink than a cotton candy pink.

Essie Absolutely Shore, ($8, Target) – This is described as a soft sea foam green, and if you know me, you know I love me some green. I had eyed this color several times, but wasn’t sure if I would wear it because pastel nail polishes tend to make me think of “Clueless.” But I love, love, love it. It’s definitely a color for the spring or summer.

Obviously we’ve been a little biased today with Essie, but we’ve just kind of recently discovered the brand and how great the polishes are. We’ve been going four to five days with no chips, and that’s quite a feat! The great things about these polishes too is that you can find them at Target, Walmart, Kmart, Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens. Rite Aid even had a buy one, get one 50% off sale recently.

What are your favorite Essie colors?

xo,

Red & Pants

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