Archive for the ‘Manicure’ Category

Beauty: China Glaze’s Neon Turquoise

May 20, 2010

 As a former manicurist and certified polish freak, I love changing my nail color as much as much as I change earrings…And that’s every day. I grabbed this color Turned Up Turquoise by China Glaze from a local beauty supply to spruce up my spring pedicure, but this is my first time wearing in on my nails…It’s more a aqua-turquoise but looks sort of Tiffany blueish in the picture. What do you think?

Beauty: Essie Perfect Treats

August 28, 2009

Love your nails with Essie’s new Perfect Treats collection of nail treatments. The Perfect Treats kit includes the Protein Base Coat to protect your nails while helping keep your manicure longer, a Mega Mini Nail Color in Hi Maintenance, a sheer, soft pink, and the Super Duper Top Coat, a fast drying, long lasting, glossy formula to protect nails and keep them from chipping.

The Perfect Treats collection is sold for $16.50 at

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Beauty: Nail It

August 14, 2009

A fellow blogger, Michelle Mismas of All Lacquered Up joined forces with Barielle to create a collection of nail lacquers worthy of the runway. The collection, aptly titled All Lacquered Up will be available this fall. It features hues from designer’s like Reem Acra whose slate blue dress inspired one of Mismas lacquers.

Rescue Beauty founder Ji Baek also joined forces with bloggers to create her fall collection, one I like to call icy because of it’s cold, fierce looks.

Blue, purples, and greens are hot for fall nail collections. OPI just released it’s latest, entitled España. Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow is a dark green, that shows up almost black. My personal favorite is the Manicurist of Seville, a rich red that’s red carpet worthy.

View the Nail Collections at:

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How to Choose a Nail Salon

July 30, 2009

When it comes to being a true Chocolate Fashionista, it’s all about having the total package. Gorgeous hands and feet are no exception. When choosing a nail salon there are a few things to consider such as location, amenities, customer service, and above all, cleanliness. Here’s a few tips to help you tell the rocks from gems:

1. Appearance. Is the salon clean? Do customers appear relaxed or frazzled? Is the floor clean? Are the stations neat and orderly? Does the staff clean their stations after every customer? Are the implements (tool) clean? If not, you might want to keep looking. Fungi runs rampant in nail salons. Be sure before you take a seat that the shop is sanitized.

2. Services. Are the services plain, so-so, or elaborate? Higher end nail salons usually offer better services because their goal is to make customer feel beautiful. Cookie cutter nail salons want to get you in and out, they are all about the dollar. This is what I call the assembly line affect, the more customers they serve, the fatter their pockets. A good manicure should include at minimum a decent hand massage, one that relaxes you completely. Pedicures should be enjoyable as well. If you want more luxury, an upscale salon is likely to offer more incentives such as aromatherapy, massage chairs, body waxing, massage therapy, beverage service etc.

3. Staff. Are the nail technicians and staff licensed? Do they display their licenses within full view of the customer? Any nail salon worth their salt wants to keep customers coming back. A well-trained staff should be friendly, courteous, and eager to help.

4. Location. Location is always important because it usually determines the level of service you get. Nail salons that sit on every corner usually offer little incentive to keep customers coming back other than the fact that they are quick and convenient. You want to feel safe when you’re going to a nail salon and not worrying about what’s going on outside.

Chocolate Fashion Blog’s Nail Salon A-List

The Paint Shop – Beverly Hills
319 S/ 1/2 Robertson Blvd.

Bellacures – Los Angeles
239 N. Robertson Blvd.

Jin Soon – New York
23 Jones Street

421 E. 73rd St.

NSeya Salon & Spa – Atlanta
6090 Roswell Road

Hand & Foot Company – Miami
5792 Sunset Drive

Polished Lounge – San Francisco
470 Third Street

The Rock Spa @ The Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas
4455 Paradise Road – Main Level

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