Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tutorial : Permanent French Acrylic Tips!

Hey everyone ♥
If you have seen my previous entry, it was also a tutorial on acrylic nails. (That entry can be found here) That style was just for regular acrylic nails, but this tutorial is to achieve the style refereed to in salons as "Permanent French"

I loveeeee this style of nails and when people compliment me on them & I tell them I did it myself, they think I am lying to them!! haha ;) This style called permanent french is very classy and beautiful - not to mention pricey, getting it done can cost around $35 in a normal nail salon or up to $100+ in high end salons or spas! This is my do-it-yourself alternative for much cheaper - although I've been known to drop some major money & spoil myself at the spa/salon ; )

*FWI - all the info (text) for this tutorial and the steps will correspond with the photos below the text* This tutorial is done on myself & all the photos were taken by me while I was doing my nails. (yes, I am an impressive multi-tasker lol) *

In this tutorial I will be using the 'Kiss Acrylic Sculpture Kit' (around $20 in drugstores)

This kit comes with acrylic liquid, nail glue, acrylic powder, a manicure stick, brush, two sided nail file/buffer, and two sets of nail tips - clear and white french. For this style, we will use the white french tips.



Before we start, make sure that your natural nails are clean of any nail polish, glue, ect..and that they are all filed down short and are even.

The first step is to take out all of the white french tips and "try them on". Fit each nail for a tip that fits perfectly. Lay all the nails out, so that they are in order & ready to be glued on.

The second step is to glue the artificial nails onto the tips of your natural nails, where the indentation of the tip meets your natural nails edge. Make sure to glue the nails on well!

The next step is to trim the nails down to the length you want them to be. Using a nail clipper (not included with the set!) clip down the nails to the desired length. Then, use the nail file to give them a smoother cut and file the nail & the edges.

Next, get out the acrylic liquid, the acrylic powder, the manicure stick, the brush & a little cup (a shot glass works perfectly) or something small that you can pour the acrylic liquid into.

1. Pour some acrylic liquid into the cup.
2. Take your brush & dip it into the acrylic liquid to get it wet.
3. Then, dip the wet brush into the acrylic powder & pull it out.
4. Take the mixture that is on the brush and apply it to the nail. First start at the base and then smooth it out over the entire nail (your natural nail & the tip) and shape it into the shape of the nail.

*you can make the nail as thin or as thick as you want, depending on your preference*

Do that process to all of the nails. Of course you have tried your best to make the acrylic nail as smooth as you could, but don't worry if they do not look 100% perfect at first. Right now the nails may look slightly bumpy or uneven, but we will fix that in the next step!!
(They look so pretty already!!)

Now - take a nail buffer and buff down the nails until they look & feel smooth. Also, take the nail file and file them down once more to get a smooth and straight edge.


For this style of permanent french, I personally think that it looks best without any nail polish on the tips. I really like the look of a matte french tip. So, I do not put on a top coat of clear polish, but - if you would like too - to make your french tips shine, go ahead!


AND NOW WE HAVE A PERFECTLY DONE, SALON-QUALITY PERMANENT FRENCH SET OF ACRYLIC TIPS! YAY :)
SO GORGEOUS, I LOVEEEEE THIS STYLE!

XOXO CHLOÉ

Tutorial : Acrylic Nail Tips!

Hey dolls ♥ IM BACKK ;)
I've been wanting to post this blog up a while ago (like a week & a half ago) but then I got really sick for about a week with a stomach virus, so I didn't do anything! Anyway - HERE IT IS!!

People always ask me how do I do my nails or ask me where I get them done, so here is your answer! I usually (but not always!) do my own acrylic tips! Not everyone can do it, but I am one of the few that can (or at least are brave enough to try lol)

*FWI - all the info (text) for this tutorial and the steps will correspond with the photos below the text* Also, this tutorial is of me doing my sisters nails.*

In this tutorial, I will show you how to do your own acrylic tips using the 'Kiss Acrylic Sculpture Kit' (around $20 in drugstores)


This kit comes with acrylic liquid, nail glue, acrylic powder, a manicure stick, brush, two sided nail file/buffer, and two sets of nail tips - clear and white french.

Before you start - make sure that your natural nails are clean of any nail polish, glue, ect..and that they are all filed down short and are even.

LETS BEGIN :)

The first step is to fit all of the tips to your nails & glue them on to the tips of your nails, where the indentation of the tip meets your natural nail. Make sure to glue the nails on well!


The second step is to trim the nails down to the length you want them to be. Using a nail clipper (not included with the set!) clip down the nails to the desired length.

After you have clipped them, use the nail file to give them a smoother cut and file the nail & the edges.

Next, get out the acrylic liquid, the acrylic powder, the manicure stick, the brush & a little cup (a shot glass works perfectly) or something small that you can pour the acrylic liquid into.

1. Pour some acrylic liquid into the cup.
2. Take your brush & dip it into the acrylic liquid to get it wet.
3. Then, dip the wet brush into the acrylic powder & pull it out.
4. Take the mixture that is on the brush and apply it to the nail. First start at the base and then smooth it out over the entire nail (your natural nail & the tip) and shape it into the shape of the nail.

*you can make the nail as thin or as thick as you want, depending on your preference*

Do that process to all of the nails. Of course you have tried your best to make the acrylic nail as smooth as you could, but don't worry if they do not look 100% perfect at first. Right now the nails may look slightly bumpy or uneven, but we will fix that in the next step!!

Now - take a nail buffer and buff down the nails until they look & feel smooth. Also, take the nail file and file them down once more to get a smooth and straight edge.

Once you have buffed & filed your nails to perfection, wash your hands. (you don't want any nail dust or anything to be on the nails when you polish them - it will mess the polish up!)

After you have washed your hands, take a nail polish base and apply it to the tips.

Finally, follow up with two coats of your desired nail polish & a top coat of clear polish to make them shine!

YAY :) YOU HAVE JUST DONE YOUR OWN SALON-QUALITY ACRYLIC NAIL TIPS!!

XOXO CHLOÉ

Monday, March 29, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!
♥ TODAY IS MY 18th BIRTHDAY! ♥


I AM SO HAPPY :)
I LOVEEEEEEEE MY LIFE! I COULDN'T WISH FOR ANYTHING BETTER, I AM SO THANKFUL! =)
LET THIS YEAR BE JUST AS PERFECT, AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, FUN, LUCKY, FORTUNATE, HEALTHY & HAPPY AS ALL THE OTHER INCREDIBLE ONES BEFORE IT!!!!
I ALSO WISH ALL THESE GOOD BLESSINGS ON TO ALL OF MY FAMILY, FRIENDS & EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS ME & SHOWS ME LOVE ♥ THANK YOU ALL!!

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY TO ME ;)

XOXO CHLOÉ

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Chloé loves to shop ;)

Hi everyone!
As you've seen in my previous entry, I had a huge party to go to & of course I went shopping (last week) for new accessories and shoes! I knew I wanted to wear my classic, sexy little black dress - I just needed some posh new accessories to turn it into a whole new outfit :)

I bought three beautiful new pair of earrings, two gorgeous cocktail rings and two sexy pairs of high heel shoes! Like always, a very successful shopping trip :)

Here is my video shopping haul, for those interested in watching!

video

XOXO CHLOÉ

Thursday, March 4, 2010

INGLOT Haul & Review

Hi Dolls ♥

On Monday, when I went to Inglot, its obvious that I couldn't leave empty handed!
Like I said in my previous entry, I fell in love with the freedom system & i bought a palette.

I picked out a palette that had space for 1 pressed powder or bronzer, 1 blush, and 3 circle spaces (can be filled with either concealer, brow powder, lip gloss, or eyeshadow). It was in a matte black case with a hugee mirror.




The palette I customized was $33 and about $35 or $36 after tax. So, I would say it is a very good deal! I picked out a pressed powder foundation, a matte peachy/pink blush, an eyebrow powder and two eyeshadows : a light sparkly gold and a light sparkly bronze shade.

Take a look at my perfect little palette!


Isnt it gorgeous?! I can do my whole face up with this palette & all i need to bring seperate is eye liner, mascara and a lip color! Talk about down sizing my on-the-go makeup bag! Absolutely amazing!

The Pressed Powder Foundation
The pressed powder was pretty good. It has light - medium coverage. Light coverage when applied using a kabuki brush, and medium coverage when using a sponge. It doesnt have very strong pigmentation, so you can still see your natural skin under it. This is not a problem for me because I do not have any belemishes on my skin, so I dont really have anything to "cover". it give sheerer coverage then my Make Up For Ever Duo Mat foundation (my favorite). It goes on very silky and does not look thick or cakey at all. I really like it!

The Blush
I loveeeeeee the blush! This shade is SO pretty! It can be swept on lightly for a slight hint of color for a very natural look, or it can be applied on heavier or layered on for a more dramatic look. It also goes on very silky and is very easy to blend it. I cant wait to go pick up more colors!

The Eyebrow Powder
The brow powder is very good as well. It is very highly pigmented, so you have to be careful and use a light hand when applying it. It matches my eyebrows perfectly and gives me that bold brow look that i adore! Great product!

The Eye Shadows
The eye shadows are also very pretty! I kind of regret getting such light colors, becuase they really dont stand out too much on my tan/olive skin tone, but none the less, they look very natural and give a slight hint of shimmer, very pretty for a day time look! They are not as highly pigmented as the other darker colors that I have swatched in the store, but they are still beautiful colors.

The Palette Itself
I LOVE THIS PALETTE!!!! It really has absolutely everything that I need to doll myself up! For only $35, it is a wonderful value and I cannot wait to go back and pick up some more palettes for all different types of looks. Also, the huge mirror is great and really completes the whole package. In addition, I like the sleek black case. It reminds me of a NARS type packaging, and gives that nice classy, sleek look.

I asked for a free sample & I chose to get my hands on a pigment!
I picked this gorgeous teal shade! It looks so pretty, I adore it.

SO PRETTY :)
If you can see in the lower left had corner of the photo, it matched the color shirt I was wearing lol ; )

Also, Click HERE to view my youtube video on INGLOT.

In conclusion, I've found another favorite makeup brand and I can't wait to go back to the store to spoil myself and splurge!

XOXO CHLOÉ

I AM A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST

Hey dolls ♥
So - i have fantastic news!
I AM A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST!I am so happy & I worked really hard to reach this goal :)
I have my professional certificate & everything and I am going to be applying for M.A.C., Bobbi Brown, Make Up For Ever, Laura Mercier & theBalm Pro Cards, so excited!!I am really proud of myself, this year is off to an incredible start!
I'm still only 17 years old and I've already graduated high school 6 months early with honors & a regents diploma & now I am already a PROFESSIONAL MAKE-UP ARTIST!!
I really couldn't be any happier, i love my life ;)

XOXO
CHLOÉ

Inside INGLOT

Hello my beautiful people ;)
This Monday I ventured off into times square & I knew right away where my first stop would be : INGLOT


Inglot is a makeup company from Poland that is well known all over Europe, and this store in Times Square in NYC is the first one in America. Its a tiny little store that has a true boutique feel to it. There were only two people working there at the time, so that may help you imagine how small it was. Right away, I spotted the well known "Freedom System".

The Freedom System is an area in the store where they have a whole bunch of different palette options to choose from. It works like this..
1. Pick the palette that you want.
2. Explore the table filled with the possible choices for your palette.
3. Customize your palette & pick what you want to put in it.
4. Hand over your picks to one of the workers. They will make your palette.
5. You get your completed palette that you just customized for yourself :)
AMAZING!!!!

This is the table that you get to choose from to make your palette.
I picked out a palette that had space for 1 pressed powder or bronzer, 1 blush, and 3 circle spaces (can be filled with either concealer, brow powder, lip gloss, or eyeshadow). It was in a matte black case with a hugee mirror. That palette cost $33, or $35 with tax.
(review & haul in a separate entry!)

Inglot also had a huge selection of lip products, as seen below. There are lip pencils, glosses, duo lip cubes (a little cube that opens up to reveal to separate lip colors on both sides), and lip sticks.
Inglot is not only known for their Freedom System, but for their special nail polishes as well. They have a line of polishes called their "O2M Breathable Nail Enamel" & it is said to be one of the best nail polishes for your nails. It's toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor free. It claims to act more like a "second skin" for your nails and still let them breathe, not just cover them with toxins as some other nail polishes do. They have a huge variety of colors, from natural skin colored shades to funky, filled with glitter colors!
Their face products were impressive as well. They had a lot of different types of foundation available, as well as many shades to choose from.


Inglot also had tons of different eyeshadow shades that would please any makeup artist or makeup-addict :) they were all so pretty and very highly pigmented! (my camera took the photos on flash & it didn't really capture all the colors..SORRY!!)

And, of course - pigments & lashes!!!
The pigments we absolutely gorgeous and had every shade that you could ever want!
The lashes were crazzyy! Definitely more of a "theatrical" edge to them, rather then natural, or something that you girls would wear on a daily basis. But still, non the less - FABULOUS!

I really loved this store. It is really great & I cant wait to go back and try out all of their products! If you are in NYC or are visiting soon, make sure to stop by Inglot & be prepared to spendddd!!!

I hope you all enjoyed these photos & loved your inside look into the NYC INGLOT store, courtesy of yours truly ;)

XOXO CHLOÉ