Lucian Matis – Spring 2013


As always, we are stoked to be a part of Lucian Matis’ runway shows. His collections are undeniably the most talked about each season and really, who wouldn’t want to be on a team with a man that high-fives his mom from the runway?!

The Spring 2013 collections were all about prints, checks, stripes and floral-inspired motifs. With prints being such a major focus, we decided to recreate the out-of-this-world abstract designs on the nails. Inspired by Moroccan tiles, the collection is breathtaking, dramatic and incredibly eye-catching.

Over the years we have gone to great lengths to bring Lucian’s collection to fingertips of his models. We always push our creativity to the limit and Lucian gives us full reign to create the perfect accessories that set off his collections. They say, “Fashion never sleeps,” and nor do manicurists when it comes to creating serious statement nails for the runway!

While it’s a lot of effort to have a working collaboration with a designer, the Tips team couldn’t be more thrilled to work with a designer like Lucian Matis, who is an absolute sweetheart!

Written by Poonam Kaur Billing


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Couture Craze-Paris Couture Fashion Week Spring 2013

While we patiently wait for fashion month to kick into high gear in North America, our attention was completely captivated by the Spring 2013 couture shows in Paris the past couple of weeks!

Many collections have been including very minimal colour on nails, which was all the more reason for the Tips team to interpret the collection patterns, prints and textures as inspiration for nail looks. Read on to see some extremely impressive skills splashed across our canvas of choice: the nail.

Elie Saab

This look is inspired by Elie Saab’s Spring 2013 couture collection, which he aptly titled, “An Ode to Delicateness”. There is no arguing that the beaded lace dress in a soft, dusty blue shade with a lacy, nude hem is the epitome of delicate. We interpreted the nude hem as the nail tip and love the contrast of the overall look!

Screencap - Giambattista Valli S2013 with nails (snow leopard)

This look is inspired by Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2013 couture collection. While the look is black and white, it is anything but basic or boring. This leopard print opened the show, and while leopard has been everywhere on everything for quite some time now, the snow leopard spots felt like a renewed lease on the trend.

Screencap - Giambattista Valli S2013 with nails (trelliswork)

This look is also inspired by Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2013 couture collection. This collection definitely kept us on our toes in spite of the very controlled colour palette. Valli used mixed textures for visual interest, and a recurring texture throughout the collection was this trelliswork aspect, which really translated well to the nail.

These nail looks were created by Naomi and Oksana at Tips Nail Bar. Pretty insane skills, right?!


written by Poonam Kaur Billing


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CND Shellac with Additives at Tips Nail Bar

We welcome the new CND Additives with arms wide open!

Remaining calm was not an option when our set of Additives arrived. We haven’t stopped playing with them and the incredible looks our team have come up with are to-die-for.

Additives are a cosmetic grade of pure pigments that can be used to create nail art with zero drying time. Blending Additives with CND Shellac will give you a long wear manicure with crazy-cool nail art that remains shiny for up to two weeks and is pretty much bomb-proof! Here are a few looks that we created at a CND press launch a few weeks ago.



CND has been an industry leader since the early 80’s and the co-founder Jan Arnold is pretty much my idol! They take time in research and never piggy back on what other products brands are creating. When CND Shellac launched in 2010, it changed the manicure for EVER. No more drying time or chipped manicures. Shellac is a power polish that is hypo-allergenic and 3-free (no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP) and is cured/dried under a U.V light in minutes.

This fall 2012 CND will be launching six new “Winter Wonderful” shades of Shellac. So far out of the six, my favourite would have to be “Midnight Swim”. It’s a deep, rich navy that has specks of tiny red shimmering glitter so when the light hits it, it almost has a bit of a holographic effect. Nice? I can honestly say that I am pretty excited about the launch of these six new shades and we hardly can’t wait to get our hands on them at Tips Nail Bar!


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