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 ;)
Now that spring has finally arrived after winter dragged on seemingly forever, you may be ready to ditch all of your winter accessories for some fun, spring ones. This also means that you will want to get rid of those dark, drab nail colors and swap them out for something pastel and bright for the spring. There are many great nail polishes available in many different colors, but not all look as good as others, Here are a few of the best colors you can wear on your nails this spring.
Essie’s Strawberry Daiquiri is a fun color for spring. If you are someone that loves pink more than any other color, this will be a great color for you. It is a true and very vivid shade of pink, This nail polish is great because you will only need one coat of it and it will not chip quickly. You can easily purchase this nail polish at your local Wal-Mart store or in a drug store as well.
While Spring is usually a season of pastel colors and muted tones, there is a trend this year for bold metallic colors like Moon Rendezvous by Deborah Lippmann. This color is a moody blue and would look great with any blue ensemble you choose to wear. It could also add a sophisticated splash of color to an otherwise boring business suit that we sometimes have to wear for work. If you choose a dark ensemble with this shade of nail, it also allows you to accessorize with blue tones with pins, necklaces or belts.
If you are someone that prefers blue over pink and you love Audrey Hepburn, this would be a perfect nail polish for you. For Audrey is the closest thing to the Tiffany blue color. This nail polish may require two coats but won’t chip quickly and will go with just about anything. You can purchase this color in a salon or a store like Sally Beauty Supply.
If you are looking for a nice yellow color for spring, Lemon Fizz is it. This color is creamy and is an opaque yellow. You will only need to use two coats of this polish to call it good. This color is fun and will make you feel happy. You can also purchase this in stores, such as Sally Beauty Supply or CosmoProf.
The truth of the matter is that there are so many great nail polish colors available, especially in pastels that are perfect for spring time, that it would take forever to talk about all of them. Head out to your local Wal-Mart or Sally Beauty Supply and check out some of the new spring colors that are available. You may find some unique colors that you absolutely cannot live without and some old favorites, like the above mentioned as well. Nail polish is a great accessory, so have fun with it!
About the Author: Lisa VanWaggoner has been a licensed esthetician for several years, and she loves to blog about fashion, beauty, health and makeup. She loves getting her hair done at the Mandalyn Academy.
Ask any woman how many bottles of nail polishes she owns and she probably wouldn’t be able to count. Women often have a surplus of bottles in multicolored hues that they use to adorn their nails with chic color and designs. Well-painted nails have long been a fashion statement ever since the first modern nail lacqeur was introduced by Cutex in 1917. Even before then, Cleopatra was said to have adorned her nails with red henna. Nail polish has long been a mainstay in modern fashion, and throughout the years, several other novel uses have been discovered for this versatile varnish. Who would have thought there would have been more uses for polish than just to paint a pretty pedicure?
One novel use for nail polishes is to use them in place of shoe polish. Once a great pair of shoes gets scuffed up, they are often thrown to the back of the closet and forgotten about. But with the multitude of shades that nail polishes come in, one is sure to find a great match. Just make sure to test the color out on a piece of paper before applying to the shoe, as the polish may change shades slightly once it’s out of the bottle.
Protect Jewelry from Tarnish
It can be difficult to find great pieces of costume jewelry, and when one finds that perfect piece of jewelry, it’s always a matter of time before that piece becomes tarnished and unwearable. The reason for tarnish occurring in the first place is due to the air hitting the metal. A great fix for this problem is to apply a coat of clear polish to the jewelry in order to form a protective barrier around the metal. This will keep costume jewelry from tarnishing quickly, thus saving money in the long run.
For individuals who may have a nickel allergy, the backs of buttons on jeans and other items of clothing may cause skin irritation. An easy fix for this problem is to take polish and paint the back of the buttons where they may rub up against the skin (be careful not to get polish on the clothing before it dries). This will create a barrier between the metal and the skin, which will reduce any further skin irritations.
Clear polish is also a great home remedy for curing warts. Warts thrive on oxygen, so by coating a wart with clear polish, this will greatly reduce it’s size within a week. Just be sure to coat the whole wart and to reapply polish if it begins to flake off.
Fix Your Panty Hose
Polish is also a great way to stop a run in one’s panty hose. By dabbing a small drop on either side of a run, it will greatly increase the life of one’s panty hose. Polish is also a wonderful remedy to apply to any other clothes which may have frayed, including hair ribbons and accessories.
Protect Split Fingernail
Splitting a fingernail can be a painful ordeal, especially when one continues to re-injure it while waiting for it to grow out. To cover and protect the injured nail, simply split open a tea bag and cut the paper cloth down to the size of the nail. Place it over the nail and coat it with a layer of clear polish. This will serve as an effective temporary Band Aid until the split is able to grow out.
With the abundance of great alternative uses for nail polish, it is almost easy to forget the main function of this fashion staple. With a multitude of uses and more uses being discovered every day, nail polish serves as a great quick fix to many of life’s little dilemmas.
Tanya Loo is a beauty writer for an online beauty store based in Singapore. She offers advice on everyday beauty products like nail polish, makeup brushes and other popular beauty tools.
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.
Image Credit: Kittynailpolish
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.
Image Credit: Eye Candy Nails Nic Senior
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.
Name and Occupation?
Jai Stone – Emotional Nudist, Socialpreneur, Speaker, Trainer & Author
What do you love most about being a woman?
Girly, sparkly things like jewelry, glitter nail polish and shiny shoes.
What do you hate about being a woman?
Being boxed into stereotypes that determine what is and what isn’t lady like. I prefer to define my own definition.
Who or what influences you?
Other women who live organically like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. I love women who don’t apologize for who they are.
Tell us something about you that would surprise us:
I am an introvert. I simply love intimate evenings at home with just me and my boo!
All winter our poor feet have been hidden away inside cosy socks, boots and shoes. Now that the warmer weather is well on the way, we all want to get out the pretty sandals or open toed shoes, but many women feel self-conscious about exposing their feet to the world after so long under wraps. Although it’s nice to have a professional pedicure it can also be quite expensive and there are some things that can be done at home to get your feet looking great.
The main problem which people complain about in relation to their feet is hard skin around the heels and balls of the feet. There are several products on the market to help deal with this, from the basic foot file to egg shaped contraptions which look a bit like a cheese grater. One of the best products is the Scholl foot file, which will remove hard skin. These are not expensive to buy and are available from major supermarkets and chemists.
Once the hard skin is removed from the heels and balls of the foot, the rest of the foot needs to be taken care of as well. Files and rasps are too coarse to use on the top of the foot, so buy a body scrub from the stores or make your own by adding sugar to some body lotion. Rub it all over your feet, working in circular motions to get rid of the top layer of skin.
The best way to keep any sort of skin soft and supple is through regular moisturizing, and feet are no different. There are special foot moisturizing products on the market which both moisturize and battle hard skin, but basic products will do the job just as well. Waitrose’s Baby Bottom Butter is cheap, natural and full of nourishing ingredients for your feet. Smear it on your feet, rub it in well and leave it to soak in, preferably overnight. Wearing socks will help the moisturizer work better and will also protect your bed sheets.
Fake tan products have improved in quality over recent years but fake tan and feet really doesn’t mix. The skin on the feet has more creases than other parts of the body and it can be incredibly difficult to get an even result. More often than not, fake tan on the feet ends up patchy and blotchy. Spray tans are better, but the best idea is to use a tinted moisturizer which is easier to control on feet and ankles. Use your Scholl file or cream to get your feet soft and supple before going anywhere near the tanning products.
If you are putting your toes on display for the summer, a little splash of nail varnish will make them instantly look more attractive. Choose nail varnish to match your outfit, or just choose a neutral shade such as pale pink or brown to go with everything. Chipped nail varnish never looks good though, so make repainting your nails a part of your daily routine.
Getting the right shoes always helps foot health, Scholl is a foot heath specialist, a great range of their shoes is available from online fashion store, Peppermint.
If you’ve ever paid to get your nails manicured, or even purchased high-end nail polish, you know how pricey keeping up with all the latest nail fads can be. There may even be occasions when you want your nails to match your outfit or makeup, and can’t seem to find the perfect shade. Did you know that you can create whatever nail polish color you desire, from the comfort of your own home and at a fraction of what it might cost you to pay for the professional alternatives? What’s more is that creating your own nail lacquers is also easy and fun. Here are steps for how to make homemade nail polish:
Purchase a clear top coat. Any brand will do. As a matter of fact, you can even head into a dollar store or any discount store and buy bottles of clear top coat in bulk. Once you’ve made your own custom nail polish color, there’s no doubt you’ll want to make more, so you can’t have too many bottles of clear coat!
Choose pigments you want to add. Pigment is just a fancy word for color, and in this case, your pigment is eye shadow or blush – in powder form. Again, any eye shadow will do – even a cheap, dollar store brand. Get creative here. You can mix colors, or even use your favorite eye shadow to create a nail polish hue that matches your eye makeup perfectly. If you want glittery polish, then you can even add glitter to the mix (just be sure to use fine glitter, as opposed to the craft glitter grade-schoolers use for art projects).
Prepare your work station. Lay out a table covering, so as not to make a mess. Pour enough clear top coat out of the bottle you plan on mixing in to allow for the pigments and/or glitter. Roll an ordinary sheet of paper into the shape of a funnel, small enough to fit into the mouth of the nail paint bottle. Crush your pigment of choice into a fine powder.
Add the pigment to the clear top coat. Insert the funnel into the nail polish bottle, and deep into the clear top coat. Drop the pigment and/or glitter into the funnel – a little bit at a time – until you are satisfied with the amount of pigment in the polish. You may have to experiment a little at this step, to get the hue density you desire.
Once your clear top coat is tinted with the pigment, shake up the mixture and/or use the nail polish brush to fully incorporate the pigment into the polish. The only thing left to do is to paint those nails!
About the Author: Valene Sundblad loves taking her daughters to choose nail colors and girly accessories but has the most fun when they sit down at home and create their own unique polish blends!
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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.
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!
I am wearing “Laced Up” nail polish strips by Sally Hansen! It was relatively easy, but time consuming and I messed up a couple of nails, but the end result was totally worth it. I can’t wait to try a more colorful pattern. These strips are supposed to last 10 days, but adding a clear coat over the strips can help them to last longer. My cost – $8.29 minus tax!
– Dangerous Lee is a Gold Digger (dangerouslee.biz)
-5 Nail Trends For 2012 (dangerouslee.biz)