Browsing Category


NOTD : Vinylux by CND

February 2, 2015

I’ve never tried shellac, gelish, acrylic or all that jazz. I keep it very traditional when it comes to nail polish; until Vinylux happened. Continue Reading…

NOTD : French Quarter For Your Thoughts by OPI

November 5, 2014

I fell in love with gray nail polish. So what?

I always admired from afar perfectly polished gray nails but never had the guts to go for that light colour. Now that midterms are over, I finally have time to look and think about my nails. I can’t stress enough how shocking that view was! No time for salons and long hour manicures, I had to dig out something really fast: French Quarter For Your Thoughts. 
A total impromptu colour by OPI. I was given this back in summer when it was still too hot for a beautiful slightly blue toned light gray. Not something that I would usually go for as these shades end up looking too blue. 

Quality wise, OPI is da bomb! No surprise there. Two coats are enough for a creamy finish and full opacity. Highly recommend this great neutral for autumn and winter!

Have you ever tried this shade? Any gray polish recommendations?
– Zein xx

Making my way through summer #2 – OPI Kiss me I’m Brazilian

July 10, 2014

Summer without summer nails? No such thing. As much as I adore french manicures, reds, soft pinks whites or nudes, I love getting out of my comfort zone with nail colours. This season, we’re seeing a lot of Brazil themed collections like the OPI one. Kiss me I’m Brazilian is officially my summer nails.

Now, I wish I were Brazilian. I’m convinced that I was in my past life. The beach, the dancing, the music, the boys, the tan, the bikinis, the looks. Love it all. Want it all. Speaking of which, can we take a moment to discuss what happened in that Germany-Brazil match? Unacceptable I say. Brazil totally deserved to be winners in their hometown, until the Germans attacked.

Anyway, this nail colour is a bold one. It’s a very opaque pink that would compliment tanned hands very well. Nevertheless, I think it would look as great on lighter skin tones. Two coats of that before topping it off with the UNE top coat. And voila! Summer nails.

With all the nail collections that came out this summer, I find that OPI truly has the best one so far. I feel that the Essie summer collection is deja vu, a bit bleh and childish looking to my liking. Although the OPI Brazil colours aren’t anything new, they remain more bright and lively with very original names. I’d enjoy staying hours contemplating these colours on my nails. Or not.. You can check out the full collection and swatches here.

That is all for today. How are you guys liking the “Making my way through summer” series so far? I’d love to know what you think. So please let me know in the comments below.

What is your summer nail colour? 

– Zein xx

NOTD : Last minute halloween nails

October 30, 2013

You’ve already seen my NOTDs, right? Have you ever spotted glittery nail polish? Never. I love seeing glittery nail polish on other people, but not on myself. I’ve never really tried it until this Bourjois bottle from the halloween collection landed on my desk yesterday. We can all agree that the only opportunity to be daring is during halloween. 

The shade is Dangerous Wish. A sheer black with holographic glitter of different sizes. The application is super easy with these 1 Second polishes that Bourjois make. It literally took me three minutes to do both of my hands knowing that I had to apply 4 coats for it to look opaque. Otherwise, I would have to apply a black base which I actually think would turn out a bit more flattering. 

I didn’t get enough time to test this out as halloween is tomorrow and it would be utterly useless to post it afterwards. But based on my experience with Bourjois polishes, they are amazing! Love them. They last quite a long time and look amazing on the nails. 
So here’s what I would do for “last minute” halloween nails: 
a) Apply four coats of Dangerous Wish on both hands – if you’re daring enough. Or.. 
b) If you’re a coward, like I am, go for black nail polish like Essie’s Licorice and apply a layer of Dangerous Wish on the ring finger on top of that black. 
Et voila! Halloween nails done.
Don’t forget to enter the Benefit giveaway here
What do you have on your nails for halloween? Leave a comment below πŸ™‚ 
– Zein xx
P.S: the picture above contains filters. The colour might not look exactly the same in realty. 

NOTD : The perfect nude nails

August 26, 2013

Before leaving Lebanon, I went to get my nails done knowing that I was going to end up with nude nails. When I arrived in front of the Essie board full of nail polish, the reds and deep pinks caught my attention. It took me over 15 minutes to choose a color and make up my mind – typical Zein. I finally went for a mix of two different colors that created the perfect nude.

In the Essie collection, the nudest nude is, of course, the very well known Topless and Barefoot. Although it’s a beautiful color, I find it a bit yellowish and ‘dead’ for me. I think I would love it more if I were a bit more tanned. To add a bit of ‘life’ to this color, the manicurist applied a coat of Sugar Daddy over it. A good touch of pink. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you *dramatic pause* the perfect nude!

I’ve had this combo on my nails for five days now and still loving it. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of it right after application. But there is something about it that makes you love it only until the next day… Makes sense?

The top color can be changed if you want a different result. Instead of Sugar Daddy you can go for Mademoiselle for less pink or something like Potato Fields for no pink at all. Hm.. I wonder how that would look like. So basically Topless and Barefoot is a great base when you want to turn a sheer nail polish into an opaque color.

Note: the two coats of polish are a bit thick. You might not get the same result if the layers are thin.

What is your perfect nude nail polish/combo? Leave a comment below!

– Zein xx

NOTD : French Affair by Essie

March 31, 2013

After a huge dilemma yesterday, I finally chose the color I wanted to have on my nails. It’s the perfect color for this time of the year: spring and easter.

“French Affair” is a very pale pink. On the Essie website they describe it as “a sophisticated soft lavender pink”.

I was scared for it to appear too white as I’m not used to pastels. However it turned out looking great on my tanned hands (don’t mind the untanned area on the middle finger where I normally wear my ring).

I now have a new little crush on this color that I’ve been searching for a long time.

What is your NOTD? Leave a comment πŸ™‚ 

– Zein xx

NOTD : Licorice by Essie

December 22, 2012

Hello makeup junkies!

After reading this post about my little visit to The Nail Spa, you might know that a NOTD post was coming up. The color I picked this time was Licorice by Essie.

This past month, I noticed a lot of people wearing black nail polish and it looked so good on them! I initially wanted to pick Essie’s Butler Please from the new holiday collection but finally went for Licorice.

I was so excited to finally have that color on my nails until I saw the other ladies in the salon getting their nails painted in red or getting a french manicure… (safe stuff that I would normally go for). Then I thought twice about that black color I was about to put on… But I manned up and finally got my nails painted in black! *shows muscles*

Anywhozers… With the lighting of the salon, this lovely poisonous color looked like it had grey undertones which I really didn’t like. Luckily it’s way darker in daylight πŸ™‚


  1. My sister and cousins are coming tomorrow! Yaaayyy! I’m sooo excited! I’m finally going to see them again! 
  2. I now officially have a Keek account! Although I do not know how to use it at all… Follow me @thebeautyresidence πŸ˜€ Videos aren’t really ma’ thang, but I’ll try to post stuff πŸ˜‰ 
What do you have on your nails today?? Keep your keek username in the comments too, I’m really enjoying this short video thing.
– Zein xx

NOTD : Really Red by Essie

August 20, 2012

Hey beauties!
I’ve missed blogging so much! It’s crazy!!
Today’s Nail Of The Day is Really Red by Essie, a color that I’ve never tried on before…
Now, it already started to chip because I have had them on for six days. So, sorry about that.

As I said, I’ve never tried on this color yet. When I stepped into the nail salon, I knew that I wanted a true red. Not too bright, not too dark, just red. Does that make any sense?
I was picking a color with my sister and she picked it out for me. ‘Really Red’, exactly what I was looking for! Was it a coincidence? Or maybe just luck? (I think I’m in love with a nail polish color…)

Botton line, I love the color. It’s a typical red that I would wear all year long.

Of course, Essie’s formula is still the same, one of the best formulas on the market! And the pigmentation is great too… No doubt about that!

Small update: I’m going back to Dubai in a few days. Finally! I can’t wait to back to my old routine. I think I had my dose of vacation.

You can find Really Red by clicking here

What do you have on your nails today? Tell me in the comments bellow πŸ™‚ 

– Zein xx 

NOTD : Ballet Slippers and Mademoiselle by Essie

June 23, 2012

Hey everyone! I’m a bit tired so I’ll make it quick… I just wanted to show you my nails today. I’ve got a lot of compliments on them!
I went to do my nails earlier this morning and decided for once to mix two different shades. I’ve never done this before, I’ve always seen my mom do it and thought that it was a bit weird!
This time I’ve asked the lady doing my nails to apply a coat of Ballet Slippers then a coat of Mademoiselle over that (both by Essie).
I fell in love with the result at the end! It’s your nails but better. My nails looked so clean! It’s a change of all the bright or dark colors that leave a nasty stain on your nails.
I went to Bloomingdales earlier this evening, and I’ve got a tons of compliments on my nails! Specially from the salesladies selling the Ciate paint pots.

I’m really tired! I’m going to have some beauty sleep now. I hope you enjoyed your weekend! I sure had a very busy one!

What colors do you like to mix? Tell me in the comments bellow πŸ™‚  

– Zein xx 
P.S: Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Pinterest! My username is @beautyresidence (for both) πŸ˜€