Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Flattering50 Giveaway: New Book on DIY Beautiful Nail Art

Editor's Note: This Giveaway has now ended. Thanks to all those Flattering50 readers who entered!

In recent years, I've become a huge fan of polishing my nails. It's one of those things I find I have more time for now that I'm an empty nester. For a very small investment, I can change my nail polish with my mood; it's a great pick-me-up. Lately, I've been experimenting with colors I never imagined I'd like: green, powder blue, lavender, navy. So...when the folks representing the nail artist Ami Vega contacted me about Ms. Vega's new book, Designer Nails: Create Art at Your Fingertips, I was thrilled. Ami, the creator of El Salonisto, a nail art business and blog (, has compiled a beautifully photographed, easy-to-follow book on creating nail art for everyone--from beginners, like me, to experts. The folks promoting the book (Perigee Trade), which was released August 4th, would like to give two lucky Flattering50 readers a copy of this gorgeous book.

Ami Vega has worked with major beauty companies, such as Revlon, Essie, and Maybelline, and has a monthly column in the British magazine Scratch. She has contributed her nail designs to fashion shoots as well as worked with designers like Donna Karan and Monika Chiang. "Nails are like tiny canvases to me," Ms. Vega writes in her new book's introduction. She hopes her book will inspire and encourage readers' "inner artist." The book's designs are an "open platform for your own self-expression."

I received a copy of the book a few days ago and I'm loving it! It includes how-to's on everything you need to know to create dramatic nail art, including tips on proper care for healthy nails, correct nail preparation, maintaining your polished nails, and step-by-step directions on 50 really cool nail designs.The tone of the book is very encouraging for novices like me. While I'll need to work my way up--with lots of practice--to some of the intricate designs, the collection includes less complicated designs to get started. When ready, Ms. Vega writes, "move to the more intricate patterns without fear; after all, there's no right or wrong when it comes to nail art. (Look for my nail art creations in future posts.)

Two lucky Flattering50 readers will receive a copy of  Designer Nails: Create Art at Your Fingertips by Ami Vega.

To enter for a chance to win "Designer Nails: Create Art at Your Fingertips"...
1. You must live in the United States or Canada.
2. You must enter your name and email in the Giveaway Box below. Please be assured that your name/email will not be published or shared with anyone.

To receive a bonus chance to win...
1. Subscribe to the Free Flattering50 Newsletter (at the top of the right-hand margin of Flattering50).

2. Please note: If you are a current subscriber of the Flattering50 Newsletter, you will automatically get a bonus chance to win when you enter this Giveaway. However, to be included in this Giveaway, you must enter your name/email (which will never be published) in the Giveaway Box below.

All entries must be received no later than Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 11:59 PM EST. 

Good Luck!!