It’s hard enough to find time to give your hands and feet the proper treatment they deserve, but it’s even worse to squander your efforts with one careless swipe of your hand. If you’re in need of some expert strategies to help prolong the life of your manicure, simply read on.

Spring is here, which means it’s time to stuff those ratty old gloves and mittens into some half-forgotten drawer and start celebrating your hands again!

If you thought that opting for a Frenchie meant consigning yourself to a plain pink and white manicure, think again. This spring, French manicures are getting in tune with their wild side, which means a whole lot of vibrant fun for your hands.

So many of us have had that moment – you know, the one where you sigh and lean back, content with the flawless manicure you just pulled off, only to hit your hand against something and recoil in horror as you see your hard work endure the worst kind of smear campaign.

Running low on new and unusual things to try when you paint your nails? Consider revamping your manicure just a touch with what calls a “one of these nails is not like the other” nail polish idea.

If you’re like a lot of us, the day-to-day stresses of everyday life may inspire all kinds of unruly nail-biting habits and cuticle abuse. And, on top of everything else, we’re just starting to see the light at the end of the long winter tunnel, a season which isn’t particularly known for being friendly to our hands.

The same woman that’s behind the manicure confections that pay homage to Jessica Rabbit is also responsible for masterminding the talons sported by the shock-pop queen herself, Lady Gaga.

If you’re wondering, like we are, what a Jessica Rabbit manicure would look like, there’s good news for all. Deborah Lippmann is coming out with an exclusive shade of polish for the 2011 holiday season inspired by the cartoon seductress, and it’s bound to cause quite a stir.

French manicures are about a dime a dozen, even if they typically set you back a good $20. While this classic application is timeless, have you ever searched for an alternative to getting white tips?

It’s a safe bet that the only colors we’ll be seeing outdoors for the next couple of months are white, gray, and well – more white. But, if you’re looking to add to your arsenal of winter-blues-beating tricks, consider trying some of these hot nail polish colors to add a healthy dose of color to everything you touch.

While many women only indulge in pedicures during sandal season, treating your feet in the cold months too can be a great pick-me-up. However, a winter pedicure requires a little more TLC than a summertime one.

Though 2011 has just started, it seems that the year’s hottest hue has already been chosen. According to the Pantone Color Institute, the color of 2011 is Honeysuckle, a reddish pink that is described as stimulating and uplifting.