I’ve had glitter nail polish on my shopping list for weeks. I have lots of cool nail polish in tons of colors, but I was all out of glitter. I don’t know what it is about glitter that I love so much. Is is because I love the stars in the sky? Is it because I am a huge Michael Jackson fan? Or, is it because it makes my short brittle nails look so cute? I do know one reason; when it starts to chip it doesn’t look as bad as solid colors! I actually think I need another coat because you can never have to much glitter ;)
Nail art has come a long way in the last few years and although plain color still looks good, it’s just not that fashionable for the coming season. This spring, nails are all about tonal shades and here are three great styles to get your started.
Flaming Hot Talons
Pinks and oranges are very fashionable this spring so what better way to complement your outfits than with this flaming hot design. To achieve this look, prepare your nails as normal, including a base coat of clear varnish to protect your nails. Now apply a peachy orange shade to the entire nail to form the base of your flames and allow to dry. Its probably best to place some old newspaper under your hands for the next phase as it gets a little messy. Water some pink nail varnish down and use a narrow drinking straw to gently suck the nail varnish mixture into the straw (but not enough to drink it!). Then gently blow the varnish over the middle of your nail to achieve this blended look. Once dry, finish with a coat of clear once dry. For the best results, your nails have to be quite long for this look and metallic nail polish is recommended.
Although traditionally glittery nail polishes work best for Christmas parties, this look is great for adding a touch of sparkle to any spring look. To achieve the look, prepare your nails as usual. Now apply a nude shade of nail varnish all over your nails – ideally choose a shade similar to your natural nail colour. Once dry, apply a deep, rich shade to just your tips. For spring, fashionable colours include a dusky pink and purple shades. Once dry, it’s time to apply the first coat of glitter. You need to find a clear varnish with large glitter flecks for the next coat. Apply from the centre of the nail and right up to the tip, covering the shade you’ve just applied. Once that glitter layer has dried, apply another coat using a nail polish with smaller glitter flecks to just the middle of your nail and a slight overlap onto the tip colour. Once dry, apply a top coat of varnish and voila, delightfully glittery nails.
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No nail look depicts spring more vividly than polka dots, and its arguably one of the easiest styles to achieve. Simply prepare your nails and base layer as normal and then, using a contrasting colour, dot away ensuring your pattern is consistent. Don’t let the fact that you don’t own a nail dotting tool put you off, as the look can very easily also be achieved with a little ingenuity and a kirby-grip or the head of a sewing pin. Finish the look with a varnish top coat and there you have it. For the best spring effect, use pastel shades.
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Victoria Arpels is the founder of Next Step Beauty, the leading nail course & beauty course provider with accredited training centres across the UK. Victoria is a fully certified professional holding BA (Hons) and assessor (CertEd). She is a regular contributor to a number of industry publications as well as our own Next Step Blog.
If a woman has ever tried to get her boyfriend to go with her to get a pedicure, she may have come across some resistance. There is a common misconception that pedicures and manicures are for women only.
If you are a woman who has been trying to get your favorite guy to the pedicure salon, check out these simple tips and you will most likely be able to gently break through the resistance and succeed at getting your boyfriend to come along to the pedicure salon with you.
Explain the Basics of a Pedicure to Him
Many times, men do not fully understand what actions are involved in getting a pedicure. If a man simply believes that a pedicure only consists of getting his toenails trimmed, buffed and filed, he may not be able to fully recognize the value of going along with his girlfriend to the pedicure salon. However, if the lady explains in clear detail and simple terms the full process of a foot massage, salt soaks, and superb care that is provided to the feet and toenails, the guy will be much more interested in getting a pedicure.
Define the Luxuries Involved in Getting a Pedicure
Part of the process of getting a professional pedicure involves having the feet massaged, having healing lotions applied, and receiving an exfoliating treatment to the rough areas of the feet. Not only does this process of treatments feel divine, it also stimulates circulation in the feet and rejuvenates a person. Taking the time to explain these simple but delightful luxuries to your boyfriend may be the very thing that helps him to make the decision to go along with you.
Many men have problems with rough heels because they do not often treat their feet the way women do. Explaining to the guy that he will receive a gentle pumice stone rub over his feet to remove the dead skin will help him to understand that receiving a pedicure consists of much more than just having his toenails trimmed and filed.
Getting a Pedicure Together is a Great Way to Relax Together
Just as many couples enjoy getting massages together, couples can also relax and unwind and be pampered together when they get a pedicure at the same time. Sitting in salon chairs with feet soaking in warm, jetted tubs is an excellent way to express to your boyfriend how amazing it can be to spend time with one another enjoy stimulating and refreshing feet massages and pampering. If you plan to visit a salon that offers a glass of wine to its clients when they receive a pedicure, this can help to motivate him even more to join you.
Giving Him a Brief Pedicure at Home
Giving a boyfriend a simple foot massage and pedicure at home is an ideal and comfortable way to introduce a man to the relaxation techniques that are involved with getting a pedicure. Once he experiences just the very basics of how refreshing and how luxurious it can feel to get a pedicure, he will probably call and make the appointment himself.
Katherine Wooltz is a freelance dating and health blogger. She knows the importance of feeling beautiful and confident, whether it comes in the form of a fantastic pedicure or a more serious cosmetic procedure. For anyone considering plastic surgery, she recommends finding a well-qualified surgeon such as Dr. Altamira in Houston Texas.
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Nail polish has a natural tendency to chip after several days of wear. Whether you paint your nails yourself at home, or get a manicure at your local salon, chipping nail polish is a common problem that can be highly frustrating. Even a single chip can compromise the look of your entire manicure. Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent your nail polish from chipping and even extend the length of your manicure. Here you will find a list of super simple tips.
1. Ensure your nails are clean. Dirt and natural oils that lay on the nail surface can aid in chipping. Remove any old polish still left on your nail with acetone with a soft cotton ball. Wash with warm water and soap to remove oils and dirt from your hands and nails.
2. Always apply a base coat. It’s important to apply a thin, clear base coat to prep your nail for polish. Allow the base coat to completely dry before applying colored polish.
3. Keep layers of polish thin. Never apply your nail polish too thick, as it can cause bubbles, makes the nails more susceptible to smudging, and can lead to premature chipping. Instead, apply three-to-four thin coats and allow each coat to dry in between.
4. Polish the tips of the nails. Many women forget to polish the tips of their nail. When applying nail polish, begin at the base and go up and over the tips of the nails to help seal the color and cut down on chipping.
5. Consider applying a polish with shimmer. The shimmering glitter particles found in some types of nail polish can actually help adhere the polish to the nails. Try a shimmer pink, purple, or mint green shade.
6. Always apply a top coat. Not only is a base coat needed, but a top coat is also required to extend the life of your manicure. The base coat can be used as a top coat or you can use a clear polish made for top coat protection. Apply the top coat around the edges of the nails to help seal in the color.
7. Give the nails sufficient drying time. Nails should have at least 45 minutes of drying time before you try to handle items or open products with your nails. After an hour, submerge your nails in cold water to help set the nail polish. Apply lotion to help moisturize your hands and nails.
Amanda is a guest poster who also writes for freemakeupsamples.org.uk where she regularly seeks out the hottest free cosmetics and beauty sample offers to be found online.
Wearing nail polish enhances an outfit or makes an impressive statement. An all-black outfit matched with bright red nail polish will give a great dramatic outcome. Everywhere you look from TV commercials, movies to billboards – all the women wear vibrant nail polish. And they all look great! As teen-agers and now as adults, we all love going to the salon and getting our nails done – to most of us it has become part of our beauty routine. We like using nail polish because it is fun, especially since they come in a variety of exciting vivacious colors and styles. However, not everyone knows that nail polish is actually harmful for the body. Nail polish is toxic.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise really since the first whiff of nail polish comes across as strong and potent. In fact, nail technicians wear masks when applying it to their customers. And some salons are not well-ventilated so everyone inside, regardless of whether they are getting their nails done or just waiting for someone, all are likely to inhale these harmful chemicals.
In a recent investigation by the Department of Toxic Substance Control, they found that nail polish commonly found in salons and labelled as free of three specific harmful toxics are actually a farce. These misleading nail polish brands were found out to violate a state law that demands the inclusion of damaging chemicals out in the market today. These harmful ingredients used in nail polish have been prohibited in the European Union. Do we really want to apply something on our body even if it enhances our appearance knowing that it will only endanger our health and in the long run, our lives?
According to the Department of Toxic Substance Control, there are many polish labels that were found to be carrying agents linked to birth defects, chronic health conditions when inhaled and being exposed to huge amounts may result to asthma, growth problems and other ailments. Women or anyone who uses nail polish should be alarmed. In fact, if we care about our health we should all refrain from using nail polish.
Perhaps, instead of going to salons to get your nails done – do them at home instead. Invite your girlfriends and have a nail-party minus the nail polish. Nail buffing will do the trick. By doing this, your health won’t be at risk. Our nails are absorbent. They should also be allowed to ‘breathe’, just think, our skin needs air too. Applying nail polish and sealing it with clear-coat is like suffocating your own nails. Not only that, nail polish also damages your nails. The ingredient formaldehyde found in nail polish may react badly with the protein keratin in your nails, over-time, causing them to look an unhealthy yellow and will also cause your nails to be brittle.
However, if it is an absolute must that you have to get your nails done at the salon, just say “no to nail polish” and “yes to nail buffing.”
Last week DangerousLee.Biz highlighted a guest blog post titled,5 Nail Trends for 2012. One of the trends is Chipped Nails. I tried it and I don’t dig it! To me, having chipped nails means that you need to get out the nail polish remover and get to work. I also highlighted my “Laced Up” dry nail polish look by Sally Hansen, which is also a nail trend in 2012, one that I like. However, it does not last 7 to 10 days. I also think that if you have hands that look like the ones in the photo that you should do anything to try to make your nails appear more attractive. Chipped nails may be for dainty hands only, but then again Hollywood magic and PhotoShop could also make these fingers look lickable. So, what the hell, do whatever you like. Anything goes in 2012!
Nail polish trends come and go quickly. Every time you turn around, a new season is bringing a new trend in nail design. The New Year is here and we’re happy to report that the biggest trend is no trend at all! For 2012, there are such a variety of trends that it’s difficult to call any of them a trend at all. So throw out every rule you know about nail polish and when 2012 hits, do what you like! Here are some looks we love:
Coordinated Nails and Lips
Seen on the runways during fashion week were fabulously colored red and coral lips with matching fingernails. There are shades of red and coral that work well with any skin tone making it easy to choose your perfect shade. Look for long-wearing formulas that will take you through your day and well into your evening.
While you may not be able to get away with outrageously long nails at work, we love the look for the weekend! Gone are the days of a simple French manicure on your acrylics and in are the days of zebra stripes and wild prints. Have fun with your false nails, get a little bit wild and make your hands the center of attention. Consider your nails your best accessory and keep the jewelry to a minimum or you may just end up looking like you’re trying too hard.
Dry Nail Polish
Dry nail polish strips may be the best beauty invention of all time! While they are more expensive than regular nail polish, they cost no more than getting a professional manicure and give you the same results. We particularly love the jeweled offerings by Kiss. Sally Hansen, OPI, Kiss and others all make their own version of the nail polish strip.The nail polish strips are dry as soon as you put them on, making them perfect for those days when you’re in a rush. Put on a top coat and you can easily get a week to ten days of wear out of these fantastic strips. Get creative and add your own touch by combining them with nail art, nail polish pens or even a layer of glitter.
Did you know that the chipped manicure look is in? In fact, some women are intentionally distressing or destroying their nail polish to achieve a unique look. This is great news for those of us who think our manicure is ruined as soon as we get one chipped nail! Instead of removing your polish, chip the rest of your nails and put on a top coat to protect what you have left.
What a fun look! Paint each nail a different color or apply a different nail strip to each nail. The look isn’t just for little girls anymore. Another fabulous find on the runways, the alternating nail is a fun way to use all of your favorite shades at once. For a fun look, try alternating patterns on each of your nails.
The best thing about nails in 2012 is that all of the old rules are out the window. Get creative and have fun!
Cindi Lewis writes for glossy.com an organic skincare and beauty products online retailer.