Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Beauty Buffs - Pastel Trends

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Hello, all! Today I have some exciting news to share with you all! I've teamed up with 17 other fantastically talented ladies from the beauty, nail and fashion blogging world for a collaboration called The Beauty Buffs! It was put together by one of my Digital Dozen colleagues, Nory from Fierce Makeup and Nails, and every other Wednesday we will each be posting about various trends that are happening. I'm so excited to be apart of this group and I can't wait to see all the talent that these ladies dish up twice a month!

Our first trend is Pastels...which I couldn't be happier about! I just love pastels so very much. While I don't know the fashion trends that are ever changing, I always love seeing the trends that occur in the textile and interior design world. There is nothing quite as inspiring to me as an amazingly decorated room that just evokes a wonderful homey feel. On more than one occasion I have been inspired by patterns that I've spotted in a store, magazine or an amazing tumblr image, so for me, all of those things are my trend indicators.

My inspiration for tonight's mani came from some beautiful pieces (1, 2, 3) from one of my favorite homes stores, Pottery Barn. More than anything, pastel colors make me think of spring and Easter time with the family and I couldn't resist the "trend" (if you will) of pastels for spring time!

While I think these can definitely be perceived as "Easter" nails (I was mainly inspired by #1 above after all), I do think the print is very spring-esque and very on trend for all the great patterns we've been seeing lately.

I considered choosing one pastel color and doing a more cohesive mani, but I couldn't choose between all the great pastel colors that have been released lately (besides, it's more fun that way!).

This is an all China Glaze mani with some white acrylic paint for the detail work. From my thumb, here are the colors I used: Life is Rosy, Spring in My Step, Don't Honk Your Thorn, At Vase Value, and Lotus Begin. I really love the mix of traditional pastel colors (pinks, teals and purples) with the more neutral tan on my middle finger. I used my trimmed down detail brush for the flower petals in the middle as well as the striped diamond shape, and a very tiny dotting tool for the diamonds surrounding the flower.

How do you feel about the pastel trend? I know I'm all for it and hope it sticks around for a bit longer. Be sure to check out the inlinkz below of all the other posts from the talented Beauty Buffs :) As this is our first post as a group, I'm not entirely sure if my post and content is on par or comparable to my fellow members, so there may be some tweaking on my end to make sure I meet all their expectations for the next round :)

Happy Polishing! :)