Wednesday, September 30, 2015

So, Ria... Are French Manicures Just For Brides & Pornstars?!

had my jump lesson on Echo yesterday in the rain... eventers are hardcore, yo. it went really well, despite the fact i despise being wet and i was pretty drenched. i was so very glad i'd worn a tank top, i would have hated being in a clinging, soaked t-shirt when i have to move my arms so much! today is Mr. Pawlish's last day of leave for awhile... he'll still have weekends off, but no weekdays. glad he was able to take some time off this summer :)

i haven't done a So, Ria... post in a long time, so i thought that this would be a great topic! i have heard from many people that the only ones who should wear French manicures are brides and pornstars. i have no idea who came up with this 'rule', but many beauty bloggers and nail enthusiasts firmly abide by it.

so, here's my answer... are they just for brides and pornstarts??

NO WAY!

the whole idea of anything beauty being relegated to a specific group is absolutely ludicrous to me. beauty is about self expression... so do whatever you think is beautiful! i personally will continue to rock traditional French tips... nothing better than pink and whites :D

for this pink and white mani i used Orly Confetti for the pink and Salon Perfect Sugar Cube (press sample) for the tips! i didn't go over the white with Confetti, which is what makes the whites really pop... i love it! i used several coats of Salon Perfect High-Shine Top Coat to make them ultra glossy.




you've heard my opinion... what do you think? do you rock French manis or leave them to the brides and pornstars? let me know!

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)


:: Salon Perfect Sugar Cube is a press sample sent to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sale Alert! :: The Balm on Hautelook.com

today was a bit exhausting, we went to visit Nonna Pawlish in the nursing home... it's really difficult and very sad :( she has Alzheimer's, which means it's just going to get more and more sad. the good thing was Mama Pawlish, Mr. Pawlish, and me all got to see our friends and meet for lunch... they are the most wonderful couple, i so wish we lived closer together!

i wanted to share with you all that the makeup brand The Balm is on the Hautelook website (www.hautelook.comuntil Tuesday 29, 2015 at 11AM Pacific Time with some pretty fantastic deals... a lot of things are half off! i plan to take advantage of it, but i haven't quite nailed down what i want yet :D you get free shipping at $100, so i will probably spend around that... everyone always gets me with free shipping! the shipping itself takes a long time because it ships from the selling company to Hautelook warehouses, then Hautelook sends it to you. it makes for a nice surprise, though!

i hope you all find something if you've been wanting try out The Balm... now is definitely the time! check their entire line on their website, TheBalm.com. i'm a huge fan of their products... and the packaging is ADORABLE! i always keep the boxes, i just can't bear to throw them away.

hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! Ria :)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

China Glaze at New York Fashion Week... Clover Canyon Press Release

my dressage lesson with Princess Echo went considerably better than our jump lesson earlier this week, so i'm a happy girl! Echo was great today, and i think we had some breakthroughs :) today i have the last of the press releases about China Glaze's activities at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 to share... this one is from the Clover Canyon show! please remember to tweet me @RiaLovesPawlish and China Glaze @ChinaGlaze any recreations and/or China Glaze NYFW inspired manicures you create :D





CHINA GLAZE® GIVES A WASH OF IRIDESCENCE TO NEW YORK FASHION WEEK WAVE WITH CLOVER CANYON

     

(The finished China Glaze® manicure at the Clover Canyon show; Photos courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)

Los Angeles (September 2015) – On Wednesday, Sept. 16, China Glaze® Nail Lacquer partnered once again with celebrity manicurist Casey Herman as lead nail artist at contemporary fashion brand Clover Canyon presented its Spring/Summer 2016 collection during Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week. Cascading flowers, laser cut dresses and a bouquet of color were complemented with a wash of iridescence using the classic China Glaze® shade, Rainbow.
    
Design Inspiration:
Designing a nail look to go with a collection filled with modern designs that still had a vintage vibe, Herman knew the manicure needed to be timeless. “The Clover Canyon collection is so colorful so we wanted a shade that would give the nails a clean, fresh, almost luminescent finish to complement the clothing. China Glaze® Rainbow is such a soft, pretty shade and looked beautiful on every skin tone. Just one coat was all it took for the perfect finished look.”

Herman and her team kept the nails simple yet beautiful, first cleaning, shaping and lightly buffing each models’ nails before applying a thin coat of China Glaze® Rainbow. The lacquer’s sheer Mother of Pearl finish flattered a variety of skin tones, and leant an elegant balance to the bright bursts of purple, pink, green and blue in the designs.

China Glaze® Product Used:
Rainbow
Orange Cuticle Oil
Fast Freeze Quick Dry Spray

How To:
  1. Clean nails, paying particular attention to the cuticles and underneath, and shape as needed
  2. Gently buff to smooth any ridges or other imperfections
  3. Paint one thin coat of Rainbow
  4. If in a hurry, spray with Fast Freeze Quick Dry Spray
  5. Apply Orange Cuticle Oil as needed to keep nails healthy and cuticles moisturized

(L: China Glaze® Rainbow; R: Lead Nail Artist Casey Herman applies one coat for a wash of iridescence; Photos courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)



(From left to right, the China Glaze® team at Clover Canyon included; Photo courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)

China Glaze® is available at beauty supply stores including Sally Beauty and Ulta, MSRP $7.50.
  
China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

China Glaze at New York Fashion Week... Degen Press Release

sorry i didn't get this post up yesterday! my riding lesson didn't go as well as i would have liked and i came home really frustrated. i didn't fall off... but came REALLY close! so, i was also a bit sore :D today i have the China Glaze Degen Press Release from New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 to share. remember to tweet me @RiaLovesPawlish and China Glaze @ChinaGlaze if you use these looks for your own nail inspiration! hope you are all having fantastic weeks... *fingers crossed* tomorrow will be the final China Glaze NYFW press release :)






IT’S A RAINBOW RIOT WITH CHINA GLAZE® AT DEGEN’S NYFW PRESENTATION

     

(The My Little Pony inspired China Glaze® manicure at the DEGEN show; Photos courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)

Los Angeles (September 2015) – When one of fashion’s most daring designers partners with China Glaze® Nail Lacquer and the My Little Pony franchise, the look is sure to be a rainbow riot. Color abound at the DEGEN presentation during Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week.  China Glaze® nailed the look as models showcased their eclectic manicures in shades hand-selected by the designer Lindsay Degen in collaboration with lead manicurist Casey Herman to complement her fun and funky creations.

(A Pinkie Pie accent eye, 3-D flowers, balloons and glitter galore by China Glaze® backstage at DEGEN; Photo courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)
    
On Monday, Sept. 14, models showcased DEGEN’s latest collection wearing a variety of custom-made China Glaze® nails inspired by My Little Pony and applied by Herman and team. Herman created a stable full of different design combinations for using a mix of core China Glaze® shades including You Drive Me Coconuts, a bright pink jelly, and vibrant royal blue Sky-High Top for the Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash eyes that accented each manicure, respectively. Other colours used included a rainbow of core China Glaze® shades including:
  • Sun Upon My Skin – soft yellow crème
  • Home Sweet House Music – neon orange crème
  • Pop the Trunk – bright red-orange crème
  • Don’t Mesa with My Heart – vibrant violet pink crème
  • Lotus Begin – neon purple crème
  • At Vase Value – bright baby blue crème
  • Grass is Lime Greener – neon lime crème
  • Snow – crisp white crème
  • Liquid Leather – rich black crème

Just as with the hair and makeup looks for the show, the nails were loaded with a variety of glitter polishes for extra sparkle including It’s a Trap-Eze, a milky white base loaded with multi-colour glitter; opalescent hex glitter Make a Spectacle; and best selling holographic micro glitter Fairy Dust. Herman describes the inspiration:
“I always love partnering with China Glaze® and DEGEN for NYFW as I know the nails are going to be unique, challenging and, most of all, fun! This season was no different. My goal was to bring to life designer Lindsay Degen’s collaboration with My Little Pony through the nails which were a mixture of all things girly and bright – rainbows, cupcakes, flowers, glitter and of course loads of color which China Glaze® does so well. Each model had a variety of designs accented by the eyes of either Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash My Little Pony and their respective ‘cutie marks’”.



(Designer Lindsay Degen of DEGEN shows off her China Glaze® manicure before her Spring 2016 presentation. Photo courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)



(The China Glaze® shades used to create eclectically colorful nail art at the DEGEN show; Photo courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)

All China Glaze® shades used are part of the core collection and available at beauty supply stores including Sally Beauty and Ulta, MSRP $7.50.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

Monday, September 21, 2015

China Glaze at New York Fashion Week... Check Mate Press Release

over the next three days i will be sharing the press releases of what awesome styles China Glaze contributed to the just finished New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016! i hope you get some inspiration for new nail art to do yourself... be sure to tweet it to me @RiaLovesPawlish and China Glaze @ChinaGlaze :D Happy Monday!







CHECK MATE
China Glaze® Creates a Bold Graphic Design for Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2016 at New York Fashion Week


   


(One of the China Glaze® checkerboard manicures at the Opening Ceremony show. Photo by Greg Kessler, Matthew Kelly, and Patrick Spears of Opening Ceremony; OK for Reprint)


Los Angeles (September 2015) – Presented in an idyllic garden setting, the China Glaze® designed nails at Opening Ceremony’s Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week runway show were a bold juxtaposition and created an eye-catching element equally as noticeable as the surprise performance by ballerinas walking the show.


(The various color combinations in the China Glaze® nail designs for Opening Ceremony; Photo by Greg Kessler, Matthew Kelly, and Patrick Spears of Opening Ceremony; OK for Reprint)
    
On Sunday, Sept. 13, Opening Ceremony presented its Spring/Summer 2016 collection with its “The Living City” runway show. Drawing on eclectic cultural influences, the collection was accented by a bold checkerboard nail design created by China Glaze® Nail Artist Naomi Yasuda. Replicating a print on key pieces within the collection, Yasuda mixed China Glaze® classic neutral crèmes including rich black Liquid Leather, crisp crème White on White, and nude What’s She Dune? with bright crèmes like sunlit red-orange The Heat Is On; bright yellow Happy Go Lucky; burnt coral Life Preserver; and dusty navy First Mate to create a color blocked manicure that stood out as models walked the runway in an empty building on Wall Street. Yasuda describes the inspiration:
“For the nails at the Opening Ceremony show, I was inspired by a checkered pattern featured in the collection.  I really loved the pattern and its retro feel, but wanted it to have modern twist so I chose to create it with neutrals like black, white and a beautiful beige from China Glaze®.  I then added a pop of color with the red, yellow and orange which all perfectly matched the clothing. The design is bold, modern and really wearable.”


  


(Check mate: Stunning China Glaze® checkerboard manicures featuring White on White paired with What’s She Dune? [on left] and Happy Go Lucky [on right]. Photo on left by Greg Kessler, Matthew Kelly, and Patrick Spears of Opening Ceremony; Photo on right courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)

To create the design, Yasuda first painted the nails with the base color such as China Glaze® White on White or Life Preserver. She then painted Scotch tape with two coats of the secondary color. Once dry, Yasuda cut the tape into small, even squares and applied individually in the checkerboard pattern to the nail, finishing the design with one coat of Seche® Vite™ dry fast top coat.




(The China Glaze® shades used to create the nail art at the Opening Ceremony show; Shown L to R: First Mate, The Heat Is On, What’s She Dune?, Life Preserver, Happy Go Lucky, Liquid Leather, and White on White. Photo courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)




(From left to right, the China Glaze® team at Opening Ceremony included Chiharu Natsume, Jessica Tong, Daria Hardeman, Mimi Wilson, Lead Nail Artist Naomi Yasuda, and Marisa Carmichael; Photo courtesy of ©MatthewCarasella/SocialShutterbug.com; OK for Reprint)


All China Glaze® shades used are part of the core collection and available at beauty supply stores including Sally Beauty and Ulta, MSRP $7.50.


China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.


China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.