Spring 2010

How To Rock Spring's Hottest Nail Trends

With so many polishes to choose from how do you plan on showing off your nails this spring?  Founder of Perfect Formula, Shari Gottesman, gave me some top-notch tips on how to pull off “non-traditonal and adventurous” nails with the top trends. Opaque Nude

These include “greige” tones, sheer pinks, and even clear polish.  “Your manicure must be perfect," states Gottesman.  To ensure a chic look that isn’t dowdy, nails should be mid-length or shorter, filed square or slightly rounded.  For a more professional look, sport a bit of a browner tone.


Yes, white polish! This might seem jarring at first, but it’s actually a refreshing, original twist that’s all over the Spring/Summer 2010 runways.  Make sure to apply “a very sheer coat,” especially if you’re more conservative. If it has a slight colored tone to it, the color could be more forgiving.  For a bolder look, layer it to achieve an opaque extreme.

Heavy Metals

Gottesman suggests long oval nails when wearing gold or silver “for a retro yet futuristic look.”  Make sure to use a mattifying topcoat for some extra oomph (hey, you might as well go all out!).  Of course, you can always break out the ‘80s inspired layered jewelry to complete the effect.


Loud oranges and pinks are inviting, fun and playful.  You can create this look with pretty much any kind of manicure and a high gloss topcoat to maintain a wet-looking sheen and bring the color alive.  Gottesman warns that “chips must be tended to immediately,” otherwise, you risk looking sloppy.  These warm-weather hues look even better on your feet than on your hands, especially on the beach!

New Makeup Launches

It's only the beginning of January and I already have Spring fever!  You can't blame me when I'm learning about new Spring makeup launches every day! Already anxious to rid my cashmere and begin wearing my new navy and white stripe shirt and with open toed shoes.

Here are my favorite finds from some of the hottest collections so far:

Victoria's Secret Beauty Poptimistic Limited Edition Beauty Rush Lip Glosses, $7 ea., six new hot shades inspired by the 80's.  



Bobbi Brown Makeup Facelift Collection, two words: completely genius.  A collection that includes highlighter, brow pencils and brightening lip glosses designed for faking a mini face lift with guidance by Bobbi herself.


NARS Creative Director, Francois Nars, was inspired by Catherine Deneuve's role as Lucille in La Chamade when creating the Spring 2010 collection, which includes very wearable eye shadow and lipstick shades and a polish called Purple Rain that I cannot wait to wear.


Guerlain always comes out with products that are too pretty to use, but go ahead and smear the pastel pink umbrella pattern in the blush together to end up with a brush of cherry blossom on your cheeks.  You can thank me later.  The whole collection was inspired by Eastern Asian Umbrellas.


Rimmel London is launching a volumizing mascara, bold quilted shadows, lipstick with SPF 18 and polish just to name a few.  My favorite: their Sun Shimmer Maxi Bronzer for Face and Body.  Available for only $7.99 in three shades, the compact is huge and multicolored.



Chanel Gives New Meaning to Ink

Backstage at the Spring/Summer 2010 Chanel fashion show in Paris, makeup artists hand painted jewelry on models, but they weren't the only ones. Rodarte also painted their runway models with tribal patterns and Jean Paul Gaultier followed by using airbrushing.  

Chanel's Creative Director, Peter Philips, took the trend from runway to real-way by creating Chanel transfer tattoos called Les Trompe L'Oeil de Chanel.

Soon, they will be available online in fifty five different designs for about $75 each.  Leave it to Chanel to create a whole to meaning for temporary tattoos.

Michael Kors Hits the Beauty Counter

Estee Lauder and Michael Kors collaborated this spring and are launching a limited edition Very Hollywood Makeup Collection.  Combining timelessness with luxury, two chic looks came out of the collection.

"The inspiration behind the collection is ionic Hollywood glamour, both past and present, interpreted for everyday life," Michael Kors explained.

Look 1: Bel Air BeigeLook 2: Rodeo Pink 

I'm more of a Bel Air Beige type of girl.  Which look do you like better?