Going Incognito

I am always on the hunt for the perfect shade of nail polish for everyday. The answer to my neutral nail dreams is Dior nail lacquer in Incognito.

Dior Vernis gel shine and nail lacquer in this shade is the perfect fit for a lovely daily color. It is a pale, nudey pink that gives your nails just enough of a hint of color to compliment any outfit. This polish is super glossy and wears really well for a week! It only slightly chips on the tips, which is a huge feat in my book because my nail polish always chips easily.

Dior Vernis nail polish sets itself apart from other brands because it is sold as a “gel-coat” which has a special techno-polymer on the formula that keeps the polish intensly shiny. It is also is composed of organic silicon, which enhances the long wear ability of the polish. The brush is longer, with a rounded tip for flawless, easy application. The color is so rich, that it easily covers the nail with two coats. You can feel good about using this polish because¬†Dior Vernis is formulated without toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates or camphor.

I am in love with this color and have adopted it as my new staple.

The polish retails for $25 and can be purchased at and



Nail Art

Having a perfectly manicured nail in a color will always be chic, but getting your basic manicure isn’t going to cut it these days. Japanese nail art is an increasingly popular trend and has really taken off in Los Angeles. These specialty nail salons are popping up on every street corner, making this style easily accessible to everyone, not just celebrities.

The talent of these nail technicians is truly astonishing. They can create any design your little heart desires with no questions asked and no falter in their confidence in delivering perfection. These manicurists are really modern day artists that create tiny masterpieces on each nail. They use metallic strips, gemstones, studs, microscopic paint brushes, nail glue, custom made gel polish, glitter, and even build custom shapes using acrylic.

The commitment to this trend is not for the faint of heart because you will need to put in the time and thought to reap the rewards. First off, you must decide on an overall theme for your nails, color scheme, and if you want all the bells and whistles, such as studs and 3-D acrylic art. Then you have to be patient and be willing to sit in the chair for an hour to hour and a half. If you can do both of these things, you can have the manicure you have always dreamed of. The only downfall is that because the nail art is usually done in conjunction with a gel manicure, you will have to commit to this design for two to three weeks and be okay with the removal process which is no picnic. It takes about twenty minutes to remove the designs and requires your nails to be soaked in acetone and wrapped in foil, then scraped off with a wooden or metal scraper.

If you can stick it out, the results are amazing and you will get compliments and Instagram pictures for days!

My favorite nail salons in LA are below and please note these services will cost $75 and up

Marie Nails

ES Nails