No doubt OPI Axxium Gel has had the biggest beauty impact on my life in 2010. It started with FASHION Magazine beauty director Lesa Hannah giving me the scoop on a "dry manicure" at Tips Nail Bar & Spa.
Creative Nail Design's Shellac was coming, and Minx had just hit, as had the realization that in the last while, nail adornment had become the new lipstick. So I pitched a nail-trends story to Metro News, and went off to Tips to interview owner Leeanne Colley for it when I got the nod. I'd planned on trying that dry mani Lesa'd been raving about, but when I saw Leeanne's groomed glossy nails, I had to know how she could maintain such perfection in her line of work. "OPI Axxium," she said. And that was it.
I'm starting 2011 with an empty half-moon Axxium mani in Big Apple Red, courtesy of the amazing Leeanne (did you see her gorgeous nail story in glow Magazine?). The empty-moon manicure is growing in popularity here (FASHION mag's Features Editor Rani Sheen had a killer version with Chanel Rouge Noir at Tips yesterday), and is, according to Brenda Nunes, another Tips client, everywhere in Portugal and London.
But I remember this very look from my Grade 13 religion class at St. Robert High School in Thornhill, in -- let's just say sometime back in years. Helene Royes, the Dean of Religious Studies, rocked cherry red nails with a bare half moon. I'm just tickled.
Tickled seems to be a good way to end a year and start a new, yes?
Photo taken via Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate.