Hey everyone!! I recently had the awesome oppurtunity of being able to interview the fabulous nail polish blogger, Scrangie!! I really enjoyed hearing about a fellow nail polish blogger, not to mention a FABULOUS one at that! Hope you all enjoy!
Polish Earthgirl- How do you keep your nails in their best shape? Any specific products or techniques?
Scrangie- The most important thing is a little preventative care. First, a good treatment (which I use as a basecoat)- my holy grail product is Qtica Natural Nail Growth Stimulator, but I've also had good results from Nubar Nu Nail. Second, lots of moisture every day. I love Solar Oil. Last, a good quality glass or crystal file will make a nice sealed edge and prevent splitting to some extent- I use both OPI and Essie brand ones. Other than that, I don't really do much to my nails besides shaping every now and then. It's also important not to have your hands in water for long periods of time and never use your nails as tools. So that's how I keep my nails in their best shape!
P.E.- When did you begin your collection? What made you want to start it in the first place?
S.- I've been collecting nail polish for as long as I remember. I started out on Avon, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Revlon, mostly drugstore brands and then started collecting OPI. Even as a little kid I loved makeup and nail polish and my mom always had fun stuff around.
P.E.-Your manicures in your swatches are always picture perfect! Any tips on creating that perfect, neat mani?
S.- What I do is get a good amount of polish on the brush- it will be too much for the nail, but this allows for a smooth application. I place the brush and the bead of polish just above the cuticle, press down gently to allow the bristles to fan out and make a nice curve and I 'push' the bead of polish down the nail. This prevents polish from pooling in the cuticles and also helps with streaks and uneven application.
P.E.- Which type of polish are you currently into? Creme colors, matte colors, shimmer colors, or anything else?
S.- Right now I'm into cremes and duochromes. I'm currently loving greys, taupes, vampies and greens. The new Orly Space Cadet is on my tips right now and I can't stop looking at it! I'm ready for fall so my mind is on deeper, richer colors.
P.E.- What do you think the standout trends of this year have been? Spring, Summer (maybe the upcoming Fall) ?
S.- Two things stand out to me most- the taupe/grey/putty/greige trend and this new duochrome glass fleck finish that most of the brands are doing this year (like Zoya Sparkle, Orly Cosmic FX, OPI Catch Me In Your Net, Sally Hansen Ultra HD) Both trends are really wearable and flattering but also stylish and fun!
P.E.- What are your favorite brands formula wise and color wise?
S.- This is hard. I like lots of polishes from lots of different brands...I'd have to say OPI first because they are really consistent in their formula and it works well on me. Rescue Beauty Lounge, Nubar and Illamasqua for the colors and formula. China Glaze and Zoya for the amazing color selection and creativity. Sally Hansen has been really good color-wise this year. So many great brands, I like a little of everything!
P.E.- What cool things have you gotten out of having your blog?
The best thing is interacting with polish and makeup lovers all over the world. It's unbelievable. So many great people! I've made lots of polish buddies! How cool is it to know that someone on the other side of the globe is wearing the same nail polish you are? Haha! Another cool thing is seeing how the blogging and online community can influence nail polish trends. We ask for greens, they give us greens! So amazing to know we all have a voice!
P.E.- Which is your the season of nail polish collections that you look forward to the most?
S.- FALL FALL FALL!! Fall is my favorite season for everything, but nail polish especially. Deep rich colors, glitter, purples and oranges and browns... I look forward to fall every year.
P.E.- I have seen from your blog that you are into makeup as well! Which makeup products can you not live without?
S.- The two things tied for my first place can't-live-without status are mascara and eye primer. Mascara is my most important item, but if I'm going to wear shadow (and I am!) primer is non-negotiable. I love Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Primer Potion and MAC Paint Pots. And I love my Cover Girl Lash Blast and L'Oreal Volume Shocking mascara! I also can't live without bright sparkly eyeshadow. I'm a MAC lover at heart. Great formulas and color selection. Urban Decay is great. I've been playing around a lot with Make Up For Ever and Fyrinnae lately and having lots of fun!
P.E.- What do you enjoy doing when you are not painting your nails or blogging?
S.- Birdwatching, gaming, cooking, music... Does that sound boring? I spend a lot of time in nature, anything to get me away from the computer! Haha!
P.E.- What color(s) would you consider your signature polish?
S.- Am I allowed to say Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie? If not that, it would have to be something like OPI Ink or My Private Jet, maybe Nubar Violet Sparkle. I wear those colors more than anything else... I guess my signature color would be some variation of purple or green and sparkly!
Thanks for giving me the honor to be interviewed by you! :)