March/April Archives

4/30/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails threesixtynails Nailstagram Spotlights ~ 4.30.17 On this lovely Sunday, we’ve got five more fantastic nail designs by five more fantastic nail artists! Want to be featured? Read the “About” and “Guidelines” HERE. Glamorous Holographic Foil Manicure by @sweet_holo Outer-Space Galaxy Nail Art by @nailpolishsociety Minimalist Sparkly Floral Manicure by @woods.june.nailart Orange and Blue Spring Flower Nails by @nailsoshiny Gold Embellished Lavender Manicure by @for.the.love.of.lacquer Use #threesixtynailsNBfeature, follow @threesixtynails on Instagram, and sign up for Nail Buzz alerts for a chance to be featured! As you can see, last week’s theme was canceled; the new makeup of TNS (threesixtynails Nailstagram Spotlights) is no theme at all, just tons of awesome nail designs. Tune in next week for even more amazing manicures! 4/29/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails Nail Buzz Exclusive Interview: Sara Russell, founder of PennyBloom On the blog, some lovely custom nail polishes from PennyBloom were swatched and reviewed; here is part two of that feature, an interview with Sara Russell, the founder, creator, and designer of PennyBloom. So pleased to have collaborated with her on these fun features! Now, onto the interview! Sara Russell, founder of PennyBloom ↓(Key: bold–interviewer, italics–interviewee)↓ Good morning, Sara! So excited to have you doing this interview for Nail Buzz! Now, let’s get started. First question: What’s the story behind PennyBloom? The story behind PennyBloom goes back a few years to a moment when my father asked me if it was possible to make your own nail polish. After I told him that it wasn’t possible unless you did a DIY with makeup, he thought we should try to start a business out of it. I was immediately on board, as I’ve always wanted my own business and I have a love for beauty. I run it solo now, but I still have a ton of support from my dad. That’s so cool! How do you create the custom polishes? The custom polishes are exactly what it sounds like, 100% custom. So I don’t really create the polishes, I just bring my customers’ idea into reality. It takes longer to make a custom polish than it does stock polishes because you have to make only enough for one bottle and it’s easier to mess up a single bottle than a big batch. But I really love seeing them come to life! When I’m fulfilling the orders, I usually make the polishes with similar ingredients first, it’s just more efficient, and then when I’m done with the days orders, I batch all of the labels together. What a neat process! The whole polish package is so adorable. What’s your favorite part about your business? I have to say my favorite part of my business is helping others come up with an awesome polish. My favorite order to date was when a husband bought 5 custom polishes for his wife. He designed them all and came up with names for the polishes that were inside jokes only he and his wife could understand. She posted this on social media and was so ecstatic that her husband had made something so special for her. I thought to myself, this is exactly what I want PennyBloom to be about. Special gifts that have thought, even if that gift is to yourself! That’s awesome. When was PennyBloom established? PennyBloom actually started out as Nayll in March 2014. In 2015 I really felt like I needed to rebrand based off of so much business and industry knowledge I had learned. In March of 2017 I officially re-launched as PennyBloom. Cool history! Okay, so now some more personal questions. What is your favorite nail art trend right now? I’m really into stamping. I don’t do nail art on myself, but I love seeing what others create. I’ve seen some amazingly intricate designs and I can’t believe people can even do that! I think stamping is a happy medium, a little extra design without the anxiety. Oh, yes, stamping is a lot of fun and so pretty! How many nail polishes have you designed for/in your brand? Oh wow, I don’t know if I can even answer this question! Over the life of my business, I’ve probably designed over 100 glitter mixes and most of them end up never being repeated. I think there have been maybe 30 total designs that have ever actually gone up for sale. Wow! That’s a lot of glitter. If you had to pick one polish from a collection you’ve created to be stranded on an island with, which one would you choose? Well, I have this amazing sage color that is part of a new collection I’m working on that is by far my favorite ever. It’s of course perfect for the current trends, but I think it’s such a great color for my own skin tone that it will become a classic for me. Sounds gorgeous! What advice do you have for anyone trying to get into the nail art/polish industry? Just start! If you want to become a better nail artist, practice practice practice. Look at what others are doing and how they’re presenting their artwork. Also, look for inspiration around you. If you want to get into the industry as a business owner, there is a lot of trial and error because it’s such a small industry from an indie level and not a lot of resources are out there. Start by paying attention to what other brands are posting on social media, what can you offer that’s different? It’s a wonderful and kind community and totally worth getting into! That’s such fantastic advice, Sara! Thank you for doing the interview! To see the swatch and review video and blog post, click HERE or head to the blog. Also, be sure to check out PennyBloom (pennybloom.com) HERE where you can shop Sara’s unique polish collections and design your own! 4/22/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails threesixtynails Nailstagram Spotlights – Spring/Summer Edition This week, we’ve got five more lovely designs from Instagram, all chosen for a Spring/Summer theme! Want to be featured? Read the about and guidelines HERE! Pink Paisley Manicure by @sunnipolish Tropical Beach Nail Art by @sizzling_nails “Petal to the Metal” Nails by @alwayspolished85 Bright Floral and Glitter Nails by @nailsoshiny Cute Lady Bug Nail Art by @polish_escape Use #threesixtynailsNBfeature, follow @threesixtynails on Instagram, and subscribe for Nail Buzz alerts for a chance to be featured! Next week’s theme is: TV Shows/Pop Culture Fan Platforms. Good luck! 4/16/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails threesixtynails Nailstagram Spotlights ~ Easter Edition A new series on threesixtynails Nail Buzz will be a weekly post featuring five lovely nail art showcases from Instagram! Use #threesixtynailsNBfeature on Instagram for a chance to be featured on Nail Buzz! Easter Chocolate Nails by @alwayspolished85 Easter Bunny and Water Marble Nails by @nails_by_vicy Easter-Themed Water Marble Nails by @caitlin_nails Cute Easter Nails by @miss.flawless_nails “Happy Easter” Nails by c_c_nails410 Use #threesixtynailsNBfeature and/or tag @threesixtynails in your Instagram posts for a chance to be featured on Nail Buzz next week! 4/15/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails QUIZ: How likely are you to… Wear Wild Designer Nails? The nail community is always becoming edgier and more wild, especially with competition designs with acrylic, chrome, nail piercings, embellishments, holographic accessories, and more. Take this quiz to find out how likely you are to wear nails like that! Share your results with #threesixtynailsquiz. Loading… 4/9/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails QUIZ: What’s your Nail Art Style? There’s such a variety of fun nail art styles in the world, how can you possibly choose which one is yours? Take this quiz to find out! More than one?! Even better! Share your results with #threesixtynailsquiz. Loading… 3/30/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails The Scoop on essie Gel Couture essie Gel Couture was introduced in Summer 2016 as a super-unique blend of fashion, lasting-color that does not require UV or LED curing, and patent-pending brush. We’ll break down each special feature for you and include some pretty pics of these pretty polishes. First off, can we just admire the bottle? It’s meant to look (not only amazingly different eye-catching) like a twirling gown or dress. (Shown below: “Zip Me Up”) Next, the formula. These gels come packed with long-wear color that doesn’t require UV or LED curing like traditional gels. With their special topcoat and no basecoat, these claim to last up to 14 days, able to be removed with regular polish remover/acetone. They come in 6 gorgeous collections, the newest one being essie Gel Couture’s “Bridal” collection. Finally, the amazing patent-pending brush within these beauty bottles. First, the stem leading from the handle to the brush is twirling just like the Gel Couture bottle. So sweet! Now, the brush has this perfect shape where it fits and curves to your nail and cuticle. With one to three initial strokes, this brush will give you a flawless mani in no time. Haven’t tried this incredible brand yet? Want some more since you already love it? Shop the Bridal and Ballet Nudes collections, along with other fab essie Gel Couture shades at these links from the threesixtynails Nail Shop: essie Gel Couture: http://amzn.to/2nkeDhi Bridal Collection: http://amzn.to/2nkkGSR Ballet Nudes Collection: http://amzn.to/2nkignx 3/28/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails 3 Easy Spring Designs for Beginner Nail Artists Having some trouble finding some easy designs to rock this Spring if you’re just getting into nail art? You’re covered with these three, then! These make great accent nails, full manis, or mix ‘n’ match! This one is a pretty twist on the classic French mani; Floral French Tip. Here are three easy steps (all these steps start after a basecoat and stop before a top coat, and don’t include drying time, so only details are included): #1: Paint your nails with one to two coats of a sheer nude polish #2: Using a bobby pin or toothpick, make four dots in clusters at the tip/free edge of your nail. Make sure they are connected in the middle. #3: Finish off with different color dots for centers and some streaks for leaves Design 2 is a cute butterfly wing-inspired nail; Abstract Butterfly Wing… #1: Paint your nail two coats of purple polish #2: Finish by making some stripes (pictured below) and adding white dots And the final design is cute and grassy-like; Spring Gradient! #1: Paint three stripes of light green, medium green, and dark green in varying finishes and shades onto a makeup sponge #2: Sponge these colors once or twice over one coat of your lightest shade of green Don’t have some of the things you need for these designs? Visit the threesixtynails Nail Shop to find what you need. Share your manis and designs with #threesixtynails and #threesixtynailsnailbuzz! 3/26/17 Cali, host of threesixtynails Getting a Chrome Mani at Home just got a Whole Lot Easier Chrome, shift, and holographic powders have been all the rage this season, but some nail artists have been having trouble with them. These powders are worth the mess they generally create because their effect is so stunning. However, China Glaze, long adored nail polish company, has recently released a break-through product to toss some ease into this 2017 nail trend with their Designer Chrome Press-On (pre-glued) Nails! Let’s chat about the three available finishes… First up are their Silver Chrome Nails. The finish on these is INCREDIBLE and super eye-catching. These pre-glued nails come in 14 sizes, and one pack of 28 will generally last for one to two manicures. These do not require a base or top coat, but a super-thin layer of base coat may help with keeping your nail bed clean and helping the glue on the back of the nail to stick. Depending on nail stress, these may last with some wear-and-tear up to one week. And these have such a stunning mirror effect; you can literally see your face in them! Gold Chrome Nails; these are so cool, and look so royal and are dripping with gorgeousness! Match these to your favorite jewelry for a cool look, and add some … Continue reading March/April Archives