Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Bangin' Birthday Mani by Ran Kowatari

nails, nail art, nail polish, gel nails, Ran Kowatari, mani, manicure, mani of the week, manicure of the weekYesterday was my birthday! (I'll hold for applause and general lauding.) Seriously, though, it was a fantastic day, especially because I got my nails done by Ran Kowatari. I've been checking out Ran's work for years actually, because she does the fabulous nail art on my gal Keri Blair. And finally, finally, I got the chance to have Ran do my nails!

I have to say, although I gave the design a lot of thought for close to two weeks before the appointment, I was overwhelmed with choices and couldn't really settle on a design. So I walked in and told Ran, "Well, I like purple and I like bling." And I'd say she delivered!

We ended up going with this cool linear design in two different shades of purple gel on three fingers of each hand, accented with miniature gold squares and round gems. And then the other two fingers were made SUPER blingy with silvery purple glitter mixed in clear gel.

The result? A totally bangin' birthday mani! And, since it's gel polish, I'm guaranteed to rock amazing nails for at least two weeks.

If you live in NYC, you really have to visit Ran for an awesome nail design of your own. Check out all of her designs at

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