Jumpsuit of the Day: Rooney Mara in Roksanda Ilincic

Last week, actress Rooney Mara (star of “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo”) stepped out on the red carpet of the film’s premiere in Stockholm dressed in a jumpsuit from Roksanda Ilincic’s Resort 2012 collection. Apparently a fan of black … Continue reading

Currently Craving: Charlotte Olympia Kitty Heels

If you read last week’s Dubai Weekend Guide on Savoir Flair, you’ll know that Symphony has received their first drop of  footwear from Charlotte Olympia’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection! Along with the pretty pumps accentuated with neon colours, velvet textures, leopard … Continue reading

Try It: An All-Black French Manicure

A photograph of an all-black french manicure was posted last week on the “ChickChat: Beauty”  page of ChickAdvisor, an online platform that reviews the hottest beauty products on the market. I had the pleasure of interning as the editorial assistant at ChickAdvisor last semester– it provided me with a jump-start into the world of writing fashion and beauty articles for the web! Though I’ve recently been experimenting with bright nail polishes, I found myself obsessed with this different and dramatic take on the classic french manicure– so much that I headed to Trade Secrets and bought the shades necessary for my new manicure project.

The materials:

(1.) O.P.I. NL E47: Suzi Skies in The Pyrenees (2.) O.P.I. NT T82: Matte Nail Envy (3.) O.P.I. NL T02: Black Onyx

The process: First, I applied two coats of  the O.P.I. NL E47 shade.  Next, I applied a coat of the O.P.I. Matte polish on top, hoping it would create a matte effect. Then, with a steady hand, I painted on a thick tip in O.P.I. Black Onyx, after making sure that matte coat had dried.

The verdict: The original photograph that inspired me to try out this manicure showed a matte base coat, and I must say that the O.P.I. Matte Nail Envy doesn’t come close to achieving the same effect. My end result appeared to be a normal grey and black french manicure, with a shiny, rather than matte finish. Nonetheless, I’m happy with the look– it’s bold, edgy and unique; an atypical approach to the classic french manicure.