Meet Colette, the blogger behind My Simple Pleasures blog and YouTube channel.
How did you get into nails?
I’ve painted my nails since I was a kid, but I really got more into nail art when I started my blog in 2009. I was able to learn a lot from other bloggers & be inspired to experiment with new techniques.
What is your favorite color of polish?
That’s a harder question than you’d think! My favorite color overall is purple, but I actually think silver & dark blue polishes look best on my nails.
Which celebrity’s nails would you jump at the chance to do?
Lady Gaga or Rihanna – they both seem willing to go for crazy nail art that some people might shy away from, and long nails that give plenty of room for designs.
What’s your favorite nail trend?
Right now I’m loving the resurgence of holographic polish. There were several years where they were hard to find & older holographic colors were going for ridiculous amounts on Ebay. Now there are many affordable new collections.
What is your favorite current beauty trend?
I’m not quite as “in the know” with beauty trends but it seems like there is a lot more vibrant color in both makeup and nail polish than there used to be. Wearing something bright is a great, easy way to brighten your mood.
Favorite beauty product (doesn’t have to be a nail product)?
Urban Decay Primer Potion – I never used to even know what a primer was, but once I gave it a try I will never go back to wearing eye makeup without it.
What is the biggest beauty or nail mistake that you are seeing right now?
Biggest beauty mistake seems to be poorly shaped brows. Well shaped & defined brows can really effect your whole face, and it’s one of the first things I notice when I look at someone.
Biggest nail mistake I would say is damage from improperly removing false nails or gel nail color. Although it’s not my thing I don’t have anything against fake nails. Acrylics, gels or other options don’t have to be damaging when applied and removed properly.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I love to cook. Every now & then a cooking vid will show up on my YouTube channel. I’m also a huge reader, although I don’t have as much time to indulge as I used to, I still make time for my favorite authors.
What is your most outrageous or favorite nail design that you created?
My favorite design at the moment is my Green & Holo Bronze swirl marble – I actually did it for a contest that I unfortunately did not win. My most outrageous I think would be my Acid Leopard design – super bright rainbow neon colors + animal print, it really stands out.
Do you have a favorite musician or band? What design would you like to put on their nails?
I love so much music, if I had to pick just one with a manicure in mind it would probably Nicki Minaj. Since she loves pink, I think an awesome pink water marble would be the way to go.
What are your trend predictions for 2013?
I think that “do it yourself” nail art is going to continue to get even bigger – you don’t have to go to the salon to get fabulous nails & I think more & more people are realizing they can save money & have fun doing it.
[Images courtesy of Colette/My Simple Little Pleasures]