Perfect Valentine’s Day Shades!

Get inspired to give yourself a sweet (or sassy) Valentine’s Day manicure

with some of Vive La Luxe’s favorite shades!

Teenage Dream – with flash
Teenage Dream - no flash
Ate Berries in the Canaries
Ate Berries in the Canaries - no flash
OPI's Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath is also Giada De Laurentiis’s favorite shade!

Check out a pretty cool article from Architectural Digest thanks to DOORR.

OPI's Pinking of You

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day shades? Let us know!

What’s a Jelly and Glitter Sandwich Manicure?

You’re probably asking “what is a jelly and glitter sandwich manicure?” I did the same thing when I first came across the terminology. It was a process I had completed before but had no idea there was such a name for it. It basically is placing a layer of glitter on top and beneath of “jelly color”. A jelly polish is one that has no glitter or extreme shine. They tend to focus on a main color and are sheer, making them great for layering.

Before starting your manicure, remove all traces of old polish and wash your hands. Make yourself a soak with warm water and a soap of your choice. We chose a foot soak made by Heel to Toe.

File the nails on your left hand first, then place it into the soak while you file your right.

 It’s about $8.00 USD and you can pick it up at a Sally’s Beauty Supply, among others. We squeezed a small amount into hot water and mixed it up. It’s relatively inexpensive and it comes in an 8oz bottle. You don’t need much at all for your hand or foot soaks. It smells like peppermint and eucalyptus which makes it quite uplifting!

3 Necessities: filing block, stick, and coarse/fine file.

If you’re unsure of a length, a good rule of thumb (no pun intended) is to cut to the length of your finger. It makes for a nice shape and acts almost as a guide to your filing. Next we used Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover.

1oz costs about $4.00

It costs about $4.00 USD and is extremely effective. It’s a gel with the constantly of glue that you squeeze around your cuticles and let sit for about 15 seconds. After that, gently push back your cuticles with the stick. Wash your hands well and don’t let the gel sit on your fingers for too long. This remover also helps with callused and rough skin around your nail bed.

OPI's Moon Over Mumbai

After applying a base coat we used OPI’s Moon Over Mumbai as our first coat. It’s a sheer and shimmery grey shade. On the ring fingers we used OPI’s Not Like The Movies from the Katy Perry Sephora collection. It’s a metallic shimmery shade that helped to add a little extra pop to the manicure.

OPI's Not Like The Movies
First layer

Now we added our glitter layer. Last Friday Night is also from the Katy Perry collection, and it turns out fabulous with the base colors that we chose. Don’t be afraid to use a generous amount! It helped to cap the bottle after each nail and roll it around in my hands for a minute before applying it to the next finger. The glitter tends to settle so it maximizes the amount you’ll get on the brush.

OPI’s Last Friday Night

We applied one more coat of Moon Over Mumbai and Not Like The Movies before our top coat. Sally’s Beauty Supply carries a line called Beauty Secrets. They make base coat, top coat, and something called “Nail Matrix” which doubles as a cuticle oil and instant polish dryer. I wouldn’t exactly call the drying “instant” but it definitely speeds up the process. All of the products are under $3.00 and are usually on sale.They are quality products at a reasonable price, so we love them!

Beauty Secrets' base coat, top coat and nail matrix

After giving the nails a few minutes to set we dabbed on a bit of the Nail Matrix and followed it with a spray of Avon’s Liquid Freeze. It’s a great product that nudges along that vaporization process of the polish.

Avon's Liquid Freeze
The Finished Glitter Jelly Sandwich!

The colors came out fabulous! The wet look around the nail bed’s is simply the liquid freeze and cuticle oil. We also treated Janae’s hands with a recent favorite, AnneMarie Borlind’s Hand Cream  which we talked about here. We at Vive La Luxe are a sucker for a great manicure and it’s even better when you can experiment at home. Glitter Jelly Sandwich, we are officially fans!

Have you done a jelly sandwich manicure before? What are some of your favorite combos? We’d love to know!

Team Luxe’s Current Top 10s

We wanted to share a bit about ourselves with you so we decided the best way to do that was… through a top 10 list! Here are the Top 10 things that we really dig right now:

1. O.P.I’s “Russian Navy

2. Kimberly Sayer’s Lavender Almond Scrub

3. London, England

4. Laduree Macaroons

5. Burberry Brit Perfume

6. Tea

7. Top Shop

8. Gelato


10. Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”

What’s your Top 3?