Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Morning Blues Buster Manis

I live near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The landmark stadium not only attracts major sports events, but it also serves as a gathering ground for local fitness enthusiasts who like to jog, cycle or speed walk around its perimeter and an adjacent golf course.

During a recent Monday morning workout, I met a woman exercising with her dog. She introduced me to Sonny, whose energetic canine personality instantly won me over. Sonny also impressed me with her style sense by sporting a cobalt blue pedicure (paw-dicure in this case). It lifted my spirits and gave new meaning to banishing the Monday morning blues. 

Sonny's tips inspired me to create several cheerful blue manis. Here's hoping they brighten your Monday morning--and week. Enjoy!

SHINE: Sparkle from the inside out with this gorgeous gradient. BEAUTY: After applying a base coat, start from the center with the middle finger by painting two layers of Mesmerize (medium blue creme). Then work your way out to the index and ring fingers with two coats of Lapis of Luxury (ocean blue), and pinky and thumb with two layers of Borrowed & Blue (pastel blue). Finish with a top coat.

BEACONContains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.

SHINE: Put this mani together in a snap, and watch it crackle and pop. BEAUTY: Apply a base coat, two layers of Road House Blues (indigo creme) and one coat of Blue Shatter (cobalt) over each nail. Complete the look with a top coat.

BEACON: Supports the Leukemia Research Foundation through the Schaeffer Family Foundation.

SHINE: Checkmate--you win! BEAUTY: Create a checkerboard look by applying a base coat on each nail and two layers of Circle of Life (electric blue) on the index and ring fingers. Then paint two coats of It's Raining Men (sky blue shimmer) on the thumb, and middle and pinky fingers. Finish with a top coat.

BEACON: Vegan, and contains no synthetic dyes, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde. 


SHINE: Fade to matte. BEAUTY: Show your style spectrum by applying a base coat, two layers of Tart (blue metallic shimmer) on the thumb, Tallulah (aqua shimmer) on the index finger, Breezi (cerulean blue creme) on the middle finger, Yummy (sky blue creme) on the ring finger and Phoebe Matte (electric blue with violet shimmer) on the pinky. Complete the look with a top coat (use a matte top coat for the pinky finger). 

BEACON: Contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or dibutyl phthalate.

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