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Nail Files: NAKED


It’s finally Friday and the first day of Summer (I am ignoring the storm outside the window) , it really doesn’t get better than this! To celebrate it, I have some Nail Files for you! Last one was all about the different shades of pink, this one is just the opposite: naked nails are this season’s hottest trend. Almost every designer had their models sport neutral nails on the runway on the Spring/Summer catwalks. And while you might think: “Oh, how boring!”, milky shades are clean, fun and guess what? They make nails appear longer than they are. You don’t like the classic French manicure shade? There’s mocha, there’s caramel, there’s even latte. Don’t nag and don’t neglect until you have experienced some perfectly painted, ivory nails. I’ve put together some of the prettiest shades out there, so if you are ready, let’s start!


I wanted to make thing a bit different so I made a chart first, now I will introduce each shade with names and brands. Hope you like it this way!



  • Scorch, Illamasqua
  • How Many Carats, Sephora by OPI
  • Cream Tea, Butter London
  • Pearl Drop, Chanel Le Vernis
  • Beige Milk, Kure Bazaar



  • Miss Porcelaine, Lancome
  • Cuppa, Butter London
  • I need space, Sephora by OPI
  • Brooch the subject, Essie
  • Corso 22, Kure Bazaar



  • Nude Shot, Sephora Collection
  • Monogamous, Illamasqua
  • Give Peach a Chance, Sephora by OPI
  • Lingerie, Guerlain
  • Charnelle, Dior Vernis



  • Purity, Illamasqua
  • A Crewed Interest, Essie
  • Malaysian Mist, OPI
  • Peche Nacree, Chanel Le Vernis
  • Pink Porcelain, Dior Vernis



  • Quiet Time, MAC
  • Sand Tropez, Essie
  • Did y’ear about Van Gogh?, OPI
  • Diabolique, Estee Lauder
  • Roza, Bobbi Brown



  • Safari Beige, Dior Vernis
  • La Petite Robe Noire, Guerlain
  • Glamour Purse, Essie
  • Caramel, Dolce & Gabbana
  • Quartz, Chanel Le Vernis



  • Bath of Campagne, ANNY
  • Bumster, Butter London
  • Neutral Beauty, Sephora by OPI
  • Bittersweet, Estee Lauder
  • Beige, Chanel Le Vernis



  • Heather Blush, Scotch Minerals
  • Mucho Dinero, Essie
  • Leotard Optional, Sephora by OPI
  • Dusty Rose, Pierre Hardy for NARS
  • Sienna, Dior Vernis

That’s it for today! Let the Summer games begin!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Selfridges, Sephora, Dior, Chanel, Essie

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site


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Sweet n’raw’s Summer Prep: MAKE-UP


Summer when it comes to make-up is all about new shades, new products and new looks. I’m always waiting for that moment, the moment when Chanel releases their nail polish collections so I can run out that door and buy them all! Since we are in the middle of our Summer Prep Guide, a little seasonal make-up round-up is in order. I’ve put together what you’ll need in order to pull-off the hottest beauty looks straight from last September’s runways and the hottest nail polish trends for you to rock with those itsy bitsy bikini numbers. Ready? Let’s start with the face!

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Dark & Smudged: Smoky eyes are part of our every weekend evening make-up routine, but dark & smudged isn’t about that at all, it’s about the messy under eye. You know, a bit grunge, the morning after kind of effect. What you’ll need:

  • L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner
  • Dior Show Black Out Mascara
  • Smudging brush from Sephora

Cobalt Eyes: I’m one of the first girls to be afraid with playing with a little eye shadow color, I usually go for neutrals and greys. But this season’s cobalt blue eyes, that I’m willing to try.

  • Sephora Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in The Deep End
  • Nars Single Eye Shadow in Outremer

Weightless Foundation: With warm and sticky weather, heavy make-up is a big no no. It gets cakey and it melts down your face. That’s why you need to switch you regular foundation for a lighter one. I definitely recommend YSL’s Le Teinte Touche Eclat

Naked: The “I have makeup on but it looks like I don’t” look took the runways by storm. The keys? A tinted moisturizer, brow gel, a neutral palette and mascara, just a dab!

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Tinted Moisturizer
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadow Palette
  • Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel
  • Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener
  • Clinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut

Berry & Matte: Forget about super glossy lips, this season is all about matte. Forget about neons and dark puckers, bright berry red is back!

  • Illamasqua lipstick in Box
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in Rouge Rock
  • Smashbox Legendary lipstick in Legendary

Pop of pink: Eyes, cheeks, lips, nails, everything looks prettier in a hot shade of pink. And remember, fuchsia is one of the strongest colors for next Fall so you’ll be also getting a little ahead!

  • Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Yaoi
  • Stila Convertible Color in Fuchsia
  • Make up For Ever single eye shadow in Neon Pink
  • Stila After Glow Lip Color in Festive Fuchsia
  • Make uo For Ever Aqua Liner in Iridiscent Fuchsia

And that bag? You’ll definitely need a cuet one to put all that new stuff in it and to take it with you on your upcoming trips and vacations. Tory Burch is to blame for this cute Flamingo number.


Now that we are done with the face, it’s time for some nailporn. This are the hottes hues and brands you definitely need to add to your enamel collection. Check them out!

Naked fingers: Nude polish this season is as hot as it was on the S/S runways. Whether you go for a ballet pink, a shiny blush or a sandy beige, a neutral enamel is a must inside your nail polish drawer.

  • Faint of Heart, MAC
  • Lingerie, Guerlain
  • Nudite, Estee Lauder
  • Nude Beach, Bobbi Brown
  • Glints of Glinda, OPI

Precious metal: Metallic nails are everywhere! Gold, copper, silver, rose gold, almost every brand is carrying their metallic shades. Here are my favorites:

  • Or Pur, Kure Bazaar
  • Disco Inferno, NARS
  • Looks like rain dear, Sephora by OPI
  • Bubbly Gold, Lancome
  • Chaos, Estee Lauder

Mermaid tips: Deborah Lippmann did it first, the rest followed. And we thank them for that. Metallic teal or mermaid’s tail is the perfect Summer shade.

  • Viridian, Illamasqua
  • Azuré, Chanel
  • Mermaid’s Dream, Deborah Lippmann
  • Samba, Dior
  • I’m So Sari, Sephora by OPI

Summer Blues: Any shade or every shade of blue you can find and purchase is perfect for the warm season. I’m all about pastel blue, but Chanel’s Bel-Argus is to die for!

  • Havana Dreams, Sephora by OPI
  • Avenue Mantain, Essie
  • Bel-Argus, Chanel
  • Bleu Majorelle, YSL
  • Blue Blood, Estee Lauder

Candy Beach: Pastel season was definitely Spirng 2012, but why leave this powdery and pretty hues behind? Match your pink bikini to mint toes or lavender fingers. Lovely, eh?

  • Diorlisse Snow Pink, Dior
  • Botanical Gardens, Nails INC
  • Go Ginza, Essie
  • Sharks Yellow, Pierre Hardy for NARS
  • Blue Mint, Mavala

Happy Feet: Cheer those toes up with bright and vivid hues such as Emerald, Carrot Orange, Barbie Pink and Peach.

  • Parme Graffiti, YSL
  • Queen Victoria Street, Nails INC
  • Madison Ave-hue, Essie
  • Capeline, Dior
  • Sharplines Peach, Pierre Hardy for NARS

Fizzy Pink: As sweet and bubbly as a pink soda pop on a warm, Summer day. Rock a glittery pink this season, who doesn’t love pink?

  • Pink Rain Drops, Illamasqua
  • Arabesque, NARS
  • Mermaid’s Kiss, Deborah Lippmann
  • Princess, Dior
  • Narcissist, Estee Lauder

Bloody Summer: Dark nails for Summer? A bold and dramatic statement but one that looks gorgeous with a killer tan!

  • Berry Desire, Estee Lauder
  • Bordeaux Lust, Tom Ford
  • Lotus Rouge, Chanel
  • Black Honey, Clinique
  • Knees Up, Butter London

That’s a wrap for make-up, moving on to the healthy habits. Are you enjoying our Summer Prep Guide so far? Drop us a line!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Sephora, Selfridges, Harrod’s, Chanel

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

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NAIL FILES: Pretty in Pink

lady in pink

Good evening, my sweet readers! I’m catching up as fast as I can with my posts and my articles and today, after more than a month without them, the Nail Files are back. Some people say Emerald is the color of the season (ok, Pantone said it), but I dare to disagree. This season, it’s all about pink. It doesn’t matter if you go for hot pink, baby or salmon, the important thing is taking advantage of the prettiest color from the bunch. That’s why I made a selection of the best shades of pink polish you can find right now. Keep those nails girly and pretty, keep ‘em pink!

tutu pink


  1. Ballerina, Chanel Le Vernis
  2. Skin to Skin, ANNY
  3. East Hampton Cottage, Essie
  4. Rose Milk, Kure
  5. Before he cheats, Deborah Lippmann

peony pink


  1. It’s a Girl, OPI
  2. Poppy Art Pink, Essie
  3. Dear Diary, Sephora by OPI
  4. Wishful Pinking, Loreal
  5. Less is More, ANNY

flamingo pink


  1. Princess, Dior Vernis
  2. A Crewed Interest, Essie
  3. Rose Abstrait, YSL
  4. Frisson, Chanel le Vernis
  5. Kensington Place Gardens, Nails INC

rosey pink


  1. Ballerina Pink, Estee Lauder
  2. Pink Crush, Tom Ford
  3. Mad Men, Estee Lauder
  4. Sakura, Kure
  5. Spaghetti Strap, Essie

macaron pink


  1. May, Chanel Le Vernis
  2. Seeing Pink Elephants, Sephora by OPI
  3. Chack-up, Essie
  4. Macaron, Kure
  5. Rosy Bow, Dior Vernis

barbie pink


  1. Saint Germain, MAC
  2. Cascade Cool, Essie
  3. Harem, Illamasqua
  4. Pink of Hearts, OPI
  5. Brompton Place, Nails INC

raspberry pink


  1. Rose Exuberant, Chanel Le Vernis
  2. Fuchsia Irresistible, Givenchy
  3. Anardana, Nars
  4. Fabulous, Kure
  5. Arm Candy, Sephora by OPI



  1. Obsess, Illamasqua
  2. Paisley Martini, Scotch Minerals
  3. Secret Stash, Essie
  4. Passione, Dolce & Gabbana
  5. Ate Berries, OPI

bloody pink


  1. Graphic Berry, Dior Vernis
  2. Rose Boudoir, Lancome
  3. Keys to my Hybrid, Sephora by OPI
  4. Big Spender, Essie
  5. Fuchsia Cubiste, YSL

That’s a wrap for today’s post! And remeber, a girl can never have too many bottles of pink nail polish!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Selfridges, Chanel, Sephora, Essie, Asos

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site


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NAIL FILES: The Milkshake Parlour

milkshake parlour

Happy Friday, my sweet readers! Why not welcome March and kick-off this weekend with a fun and really, really sweet post! The nail files are back and cuter than ever. The weather is finally starting to change and mi mind is definitely on Spring mode, why not get those nails in warmer temperature mode too. For this edition, I got my inspiration from one of my all-time favorite drinks: the milkshake. One of my biggest pleasures in life? Having a supersize, frothy, vanilla milkshake. What’s your favorite flavor? choc milkshake


  1. Beige Nude, Dior Vernis
  2. Smoky Canvas, Revlon
  3. Beige Leger, YSL
  4. Fashion, Deborah Lippmann
  5. Glamour Purse, Essiemint milkshake


  1. Fiver, Butter London
  2. Valley, Topshop
  3. Minty, RGB
  4. Minta Candy Apple, Essie
  5. Minted, Revlonstrawberry shake


  1. Dear Diary, Sephora by OPI
  2. Rose Petal, Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Teddy Girl, Butter London
  4. Penelope, Julep Maven
  5. Ballerina, Chanel Le Verniscoffee shake


  1. I Need Space, Sephora by OPI
  2. Undercover Nude, MAC
  3. Did you Ear about Van Gogh, OPI
  4. Sand Tropez, Essie
  5. Frenzy, Chanel Le Vernisvanilla shake


  1. Load, Illamasqua
  2. Instant Hot, Essie
  3. Reflection, OPI
  4. Pall Mall, Nails Inc.
  5. Flo Naked, Tom Fordcaramel shake


  1. Nonfat Soy Half Caff, Sephora by OPI
  2. Muscle Tone, MAC
  3. Tigress, Paul & Joe
  4. Toasted Sugar, Tom Ford
  5. Safari Beige, Dior Vernis

banana shake


  1. Bees Knees, Topshop
  2. 15 Minutes, Nars
  3. Sunshine Sparkle, Revlon
  4. Lemon Meringue, Models Own
  5. Why Yellow There, Sephora by OPI

berry shake


  1. Powder Lilac, Anny
  2. Lilac, Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Charming, Revlon
  4. Pilates Hottie, Essie
  5. Speckle, Illamasqua

Strawberry, Vanilla or Caramel? What’s your favorite?

Wishing you a great weekend, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Selfridges, Chanel, Sephora, Essie, Asos

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

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SWEET TROUBLE: Pink gets me high as a kite…

When it comes to pink nail polish, I admit it, I am a compulsive shopper. But I am not the cheese who stands alone in this one, I know that for sure (my sister is to nail polish, what Berlusconi is to Viagra).

How many times have you had to explain le boyfriend that the pink Dior is creamier than the Chanel one (even though they look almost the same) and that’s why you need them both.

How many times have you stood before the impressive nail polish line-up at drugstore aisle, trying to decide between barbie pink, candy pink or mauve. After a 30 minute deliberation (the security guard walking around you, eyeing you suspiciously, as a potential shoplifter means you’ve been in there for too long) you decide to take them all along with that neon pink that just caught your eye (even though you promised you would only buy one).

You feel the need to gift yourself Tom Ford’s Private Blend Nail Lacquer set this Christmas (click HERE if you wish to see it, at the risk of feeling greedier than Gollum). You are willing to pay 400 pounds for the box, only if the sales lady agrees to substitute the 16 shades inside with 16 bottles of Indian Pink.

You get your Essie parcel at home, only to discover you bought 15 shades of pink and one coral.

Your Instagram account could easily be mistaken for an OPI catalogue (the pinks and roses section, of course).

Does pink get you high as a kite? Is pink your favorite crayon? Yes, I’m kinda quoting Aerosmith.

If the answer’s yes, I rest my case.

A girl can never have too many bottles of pink nail polish.

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

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NAIL FILES: Under the sea…

Well hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week has been driving me (and you) crazy with excitement, new trends, runways and more, up to the point were I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed right now. What better way loosen up a bit than with a beauty break. The nail files are back with a splash! That’s right, one of the biggest trends on the Spring 2012 runways was the underwater world (Versace, Lanvin, Stella just to name a few). Naturally, our nails have to get trendy as well. Here today, a sea inspired, nail polish post! Enjoy!

Right this way smiles a mermaid…

  • Mermaid’s Dream, Deborah Lippmann
  • Turquoise & Caicos, Essie
  • Teal Topaz, Estée Lauder
  • Go on Green, OPI

In labyrinths of coral caves…

  • Girls just want to have fun, Deborah Lippmann
  • Tart Deco, Essie
  • Distraction, Chanel Le Vernis
  • Flamingo Coral, TOPSHOP

All the more a pair of underwater pearls…

  • Birthday Babe, OPI
  • Pearly Queen, Butter London
  • White Gold, YSL La Laque
  • Pure Pearlfection, Essie

I believe in the sand beneath my toes…

  • Believe, Deborah Lippmann
  • Did you ear about Van Gogh?, OPI
  • Sand Tropez, Essie
  • Iced Frappe, Ciaté

Across the water, across the deep blue ocean…

  • On the Beach, Deborah Lippmann
  • Muse, Illamasqua
  • Fly, OPI
  • Go Overboard, Essie

I’d like to be under the sea, in an octopus’s garden…

  • Forget-me-not, Dior Vernis
  • Poker Face, NARS
  • Playdate, Essie
  • Violette Coquette, Lancome

I’m dying to try out each and every one of this beachy shades. What’s your favorite one?

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: Google

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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