Columbia Chicago journalism graduate. I interview cool people and obsess over nails. You can get an idea of my interest by viewing my blog, as well as stories and interviews composed by me. I started as a writer for M.I.S.S., Gloss Magazine Online, The Lipstick Diaries, and Don't Trip Yet. Today I blog for NailPorn and I contribute to Jungle Gym Magazine.
I am the co-editor of Tipsy Zine,
Author of THAT'S TOTALLY IN! THE ADVENTURES OF ISIS NICOLE ILLUSTRATED BY SARA M LYONS and your coco connect.
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After a long autumn/winter, it’s time to heat things up y’all! Get ready for the second issue of Tipsy Zine S/S 2013 coming soon! Take a look at my video with global girl @lopezlyfe for @tipsyzine!
Nails By- Prima Creative, ThisIsVenice, UNeedAManicure
Model- Elayna Lopez
MUA- Flashh Niper
MUA- Yasmin Robinson
Hair- iLLY Lussiano
Song- Strictly 4 My Slayaz by Lurkdat
Directed by- Isis Nicole
Produced by- Wayuptheblock
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The responses to our Tipsy stickers are through the roof! Well…through the web.
I‘m really excited about life right now. It’s not always the best but there’s a bright future ahead and I cannot believe how supportive everyone is. For the past 4 years I have questioned how to use my networks, and as soon as I found my niche it has all come together. This is definitely a blessing. My mom was like, stop claiming not having $ becz it’s gonna come. so yeah….I believe that.
My bloggy inspirations have become friends. My friends have become family. It’s an honor to be able to travel, and I do not take any of this for granted. I’m going hard in the print for the painters of nails. See you at the top ♥
OH! And have another sneak peek at my handpicked inspirational photos for our first issue of Tipsy. You can take a guess on what will be coming soon!
I posted this photo of DJ Roxy Cottontail rocking her BLUE tribute manicure by Naomi Yasuda onto NailPorn via photographer Ian Reid awhile ago and now I strongly feel like it’s time to pull from the archives again. There have been one too many sources reporting inaccurate information. So LET’S GET TO THE POINT AGAIN! Those are not Beyonce’s hands. Why do these types of assumptions get tossed into the web? No research, no love. Revoke your nail card now!
Even if you’re not keeping up with the games, by now most of Tumblr has seen nailsdid on the athletes of this summer’s Olympics. Especially the work done by Sophy Robson’s NailPorn. Robson and her team of manicurists have been going hard in the paint literally at the forefront but unfortunately due to politics, cannot announce their lovely labor at this time. That’s the tricky part about this site, things can get lost in the Tumblr universe. But if you’ve been keeping up with the tweets and tumbles, you already know the difference between derivative and NailPorn official. If you don’t, revoke your nail card now! Just kidding! But it is important to be conscious of accuracy no matter who’s behind the design. People always want their proper credit so do the homework and shoutout the source.
Continue to show love and always know what’s up, thank you! x
well it’s good to see that mad decent mondays is on board with nails. whoever made that decision made my day and i’m not even in philly! oh and the guest is chippy nonstop who i also interviewed a little while back. check the post below. my mom really likes her name!
It’s only been a year in the makings of nail lacquer Floss Gloss LLC started by 23-year-old Coast Guard brat Janine Lee of Coronado, California, and already she sees promise in her passion. Getting ready for the Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer initial launch scheduled for July 2012, Lee shares the process, goals and growth of her business as a designer and CEO.
“I’ve always been art inclined,” says Lee who keeps a stash of nail polish along side her nail bible the ‘Klutz Nail Art Book’. She started painting nails while attending California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2008 where she then met her business partner and Co-Founder of Floss Gloss Ltd., Aretha Sack, along with fellow member and Co-Founder Monica Garza.
“There was an instant click and we started our company, Floss Gloss LLC, in 2011,” says Lee who continues to bartend fulltime on the side.
The upcoming Floss Gloss collection, located in San Francisco, will pull inspiration from 1970’s interior architecture, tracing back to Lee’s adoration for classic pieces.
“Floss Gloss for us is what we found lacking in the market. We started mixing colors and selling bottles in the painting studios at school,” says Lee: and that’s the hustle that sparked the brand. “Aretha sees color like no one I ever met. We just want girls like us everywhere to get the colors they want with superior quality.”
Floss Gloss continues tracking attention through social media like Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, intending on bringing awareness to the debut of their nail lacquer soon available for purchase online. And since Floss Gloss is a significantly indie-brand, it’s going to be a challenge against professional salon based formula companies like Ginger+Liz, Models Own, Butter London, OPI, Essie, and China Glaze who Lee perceives as competition. But the robust go-getter, Lee is willing to press forward.
“I keep up with trends and would consider myself fashion forward. I went to school for fashion design and try to stay abreast with what’s launching, what’s in and out. For personal use, I normally stick to my guns. I have my favorite brands for quality nail art application and I don’t mind using Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer reject samples,” says Lee.
When it comes to Floss Gloss nail lacquer Lee stands behind her upcoming top coat which she says is to be better than Seche Vite, and is made without formaldehyde.
According to a report by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), there are nail polishes commonly found in California salons falsely advertising to be free of toxin chemicals but in fact contain toxins toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde, linked to the development of asthma.
“I wouldn’t put anything out without truly standing behind it as a nail addict and living in the Bay Area is very eco-conscious. It is very easy to find ‘organic’ or vegan brands like Zoya and SpaRitual. However, as a person who recently spent the last year building a nail lacquer through a private label manufacturer, I have a hard time saying organic. To me nail polish can be eco-conscious as in 3 free, no animal testing, less waste impact through manufacturing choices for example, but printing the word organic on a bottle of nail polish seems like an oxymoron. It’s still chemically based,” says Lee.
Starting a business is tough, but Lee is willing to take a risk in hopes of bringing a helpful service to the nail industry.
“If you see yourself or imagine yourself doing something ‘bigger’ than what you are doing now, try it out. Talk to people, network and reach out to your community. Stay positive and know it’s going to be hard,” says Lee who sees success as doing something with love and goals set forth.
“It’s reaching those goals, being happy however financially, aesthetically and sustainable as possible.”
s/o to the GIOGO girls! and to PRETTY NAIL SWAG! AND SO SO FLY NAILS. ANDDD TO my girl ASTROWIFEY for doing my illroots nails that got featured on this here video! (2:25)