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Happy Wednesday! Remember me saying on Monday that some posts this week will be pulling triple duty? Well this is one of them! Today I have my Day 3 Digit-al Dozen Fashion Mani, a review of the Orly Water-Based Instant Artist stripers (which I used for the mani) and news about the relaunch of the Nail Art Society (which will be featuring Orly Instant Artist stripers as part of their first box)! Shew…it’s a lot to cover!
Digit-al Dozen Milly Resort 2014 Inspired Mani
This mani was so fun and simple. Now I see inspiration in fashion all the time. It’s so easy just to pull different components from a look and tada…you have a masterpiece! The individual nails in the design are inspired by the shoes, shorts, bag, buttons and waistline of this Milly Resort 2014 look. Super easy. [click the pic to get a better look]
I used a clean white polish as the base and topcoated with G&G HK Girl Topcoat. After that dried, I got to work with the water-based stripers in Jet Black and True Blue. I freehanded all the shapes using only the Orly striping brush. The only time I used tape was on my thumb when I taped off the patterned tip. I sealed in the design with more HK Girl topcoat. I love the result!
Orly Instant Artist Water-Based Stripers
Apparently, I’m the last person on the planet to know about these things. If you start on a clean dry nail, you can literally “erase” mistakes. I was unhappy with my first attempt at the print. So I just ran my finger under running water and scraped the polish off with another nail. I thought the color would be watery, but in fact, it was non-streaky and highly pigmented. The striping brushes were a nice length, but I did trim the super fine tip a bit because that’s my personal preference. After you finish your design, seal it with topcoat. Admittedly, I held my breath as I did this and used a very light hand. But I really had no streaking…which is saying a lot with a black and white design!
Orly Instant Artist Stripers come in both water-based and lacquer-based formulations and retail for $6.50 for a 0.3oz bottle. You can purchase them online at the Orly website. Orly products can also be found at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, CVS and other retail locations.
The NEW Nail Art Society
So forget everything you ever experienced or heard about the Nail Art Society (NAS), the subscription beauty box that delivered a curated box of nail art supplies to your door each month. To say that NAS experienced some growing pains is an understatement. Demand was large and quick and the NAS infrastructure was ill-prepared to handle the load…from the ordering system, to product selection, to customer service. But Tia, the founder, was undeterred. She made an outrageous decision to shut down the service and regroup. She didn’t put current subscribers on hold…nope, she cancelled them completely. As an MBA-grad, a business person, a SANE being…I was utterly shocked at this move. This seemed absolutely crazy. But Tia was determined to get it right.
For the last two months, NAS has undergone a complete overhaul, from the website front end, to the website back end, to the number of humans involved in the process. The ordering system is more robust, the site is simpler to use and the connections to big brands are bigger than ever. I witnessed it myself at Cosmoprof North America. (And yes, my peace sign needs some work! I was caught off guard! I didn’t know the posing plan!)
What to Expect
Subscribers will experience a few changes…
- NEW USER ACCOUNTS: If you were a member before, you’ll need to create a brand spankin’ new account. This may seem inconvenient, but it’s necessary as a result of the complete reboot.
- SHIPPING & HANDLING: $4.95 S&H will now be charged in addition to the $9.95 monthly fee. The S&H fee is the actual cost of buying the shipping supplies, paying someone to unpack goods as they arrive in the warehouse, repack items in your monthly kit, and purchasing the postage. I’m told that there’s no profit added to this fee.
- BETTER BOXES: By streamlining administration and ensuring costs are covered, NAS can focus on getting you the best products in their boxes. The next box alone will feature high value Orly items, along with other goodies.
- MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE: Sign up by August 24th to receive the exclusive first kit during the first week of September.
To show their appreciation, NAS is hosting a WELCOME BACK GIVEAWAY. Visit the NAS blog for more details on how to enter!
The NAS Gurus
NAS is now leveraging the experience and talents of their Nail Gurus more than ever. I’m excited to say that I’m one of them! The NAS team has tirelessly asked for our input throughout the relaunch. NAS Gurus will be creating looks from the contents of each box and keeping you apprised of NAS news. Visit the Guru page to see all of the participating bloggers and click the pic below to see WPP’s very own feature.
Wow. That post covered a lot of ground! I hope you’ll consider giving NAS a chance…even if you had a bad experience in the past. I won’t be making any excuses for the brand. But I’m very optimistic from what I’ve seen so far!
Now before this marathon post ends, be sure to check out the other fashionable manis from the Digit-al Dozen!
Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by NAS. I am affiliated NAS as a Guru. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.