Mani Monday: The Perfect Natural Manicure

Before a recent trip to Cabo, I decided I would try my first gel manicure. I heard it can be damaging to the nails, so I avoided getting these mani's even though they are super stylish and very popular. The brand and shade recommended to me by the lovely ladies at Beverly Hills Nail Design was CND Shellac™ in the color Romantic. It looked great and lasted for 14 days…perfect for vacation.  P.S. There was NO nail damage once the polish was removed. 

I love the clean look and mirror-like shine!  CND Shellac in Romantique.

If you are looking for the best natural (regular) nail colors, here are two great options from essie to choose from as seen on a few of these fab ladies at the Oscars.

Angelina Jolie    Inspiration:  “We chose essie’s   sugar daddy   – the perfect shimmery pink to complement Angelina’s classic beauty and gorgeous Elie Saab Haute Couture gown,” said Celebrity Manicurist Emi Kudo.  Essie shade: Sugar Daddy, $8.50    

Angelina Jolie

Inspiration: “We chose essie’s sugar daddy – the perfect shimmery pink to complement Angelina’s classic beauty and gorgeous Elie Saab Haute Couture gown,” said Celebrity Manicurist Emi Kudo.
Essie shade: Sugar Daddy, $8.50

 

Sugar Daddy by Essie was used in this subtle French manicure with a squoval nail shape…perfection!

Sugar Daddy by Essie was used in this subtle French manicure with a squoval nail shape…perfection!

Idina Menzel    Inspiration:  “Idina wore essie’s   blushing bride   – a flush of pale pink for a clean and chic look for the red carpet,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Lisa Postma.     Essie shade: Blushing Bride, $8.50

Idina Menzel

Inspiration: “Idina wore essie’s blushing bride – a flush of pale pink for a clean and chic look for the red carpet,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Lisa Postma.

Essie shade: Blushing Bride, $8.50

Mani Monday: The Coolest Gel Mani's Ever

I was recently turned on to an incredible place for gel mani's in LA called Yuki Sharoni in Beverly Hills. They are a beauty and lifestyle salon with nail services that specialize in gemstone powder and decorative gel manicures. Hikari is the nail specialist there and she did the fab manicures below. If you don't live in LA, this will give you some cool nail inspiration to show the manicurist at your favorite nail salon.

Gel mani using energizing crystal powder with rhinestones.

Sodalite gel mani is for protection!

 

Pink Opal mani brings you love and good luck!

Yuki Sharoni's selection of crystals available for the special gemstone manicure.

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