Posts Tagged ‘Nails’

Three secret tips for maintaining painted nails

       
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Three secret tips for maintaining your painted nails

You might be a pro at maintaining your cuticles and keeping your nails clean, but do you know how to apply nail polish properly? If you're constantly finding your home manicure chipping after just two or three days, you might need to revamp your strategy. Here are a few key tips for making sure your nails look as beautiful as the day you painted them at the end of the work week.

1. Apply more than one coat
If you don't have time to apply more than one coat of polish, wait until you do! Multiple coats are essential to ensuring that your nails stay colorful for an extended period of time.

2. Use a top coat
A clear top coat is crucial once you're finished using a colored polish. This can make your nails more durable and keep the polish on them for longer.

3. Reapply protection daily
It might take a little extra effort, but Become Gorgeous states that adding an extra layer of clear top coat every day can ensure that your manicure stays in place.

By taking these three tips into account, you'll have beautiful nails to show off without chips or peeling for a longer period of time.

Are your fake nails ruining your real ones?

       
Monday, February 25th, 2013

Are your fake nails ruining your real ones?

If you love wearing fake nails and you sport them frequently, you know how brittle they can make your natural nails over time. Your fakes are preventing them from breathing, and the adhesive as well as the removal process can be harsh on your nails. That being said, it's never too late to rehab them with supplements and a little TLC.

First, think about giving your natural nails a break by steering clear of fakes for at least a week. During this period, treat them with a strengthening polish to ensure that they're getting the necessary nutrients.

Next, Oprah.com recommends protecting your hands with gloves during household chores and moisturizing them frequently, especially at the cuticles. In addition, be sure to exercise grooming tactics such as nail clipping and filing to keep them in shape.

Finally, the Mayo Clinic claims that it's crucial to avoid picking at your nails or the skin surrounding them as they recover. Use hand cream to smooth over your skin and prevent irritating hangnails from forming.

After you restore your natural nails to their beautiful state, you may never want to wear fake ones again!

Are you missing one of these 10 manicure must-haves?

       
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Do you have all the tools you need for an at-home manicure?

There’s nothing like giving yourself a manicure to dress up your hands and save money on salon costs, but do you have all of the supplies you need to get the perfect paint job at home? Here’s a checklist of the 10 things you need for a fabulous manicure every time.

1. Hand lotion. AHAVA – Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream is perfect for softening and smoothing hands before polishing.

2. Cuticle oil. This stuff will keep your cuticles hydrated and easier to push back.

3. Orange stick. Very handy when it’s time to remove gunk under your nails and push back cuticles.

4. Nail buffer. Great for evening out ridges and creating a smooth nail surface.

5. Nail file. Essential for shaping the nail into an attractive style.

6. Base coat. Smoothes the surface and gives nail polish something to stick to.

7. Nail polish. A high-quality polish from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers provides color.

8. Top coat. Adds shine and long-lasting protection from chips.

9. Drying drops/spray. Makes your manicure dry much faster.

10. Nail polish remover. Good for cleaning up the cuticles after polishing.

With these 10 tools, you should have everything you need to carry out the coolest new nail trends!

Three tips for taking off gel nail polish

       
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Gel nail polish can be hard to remove - but not with these tips!

Gel nail polishes are popular these days, not just because they have a high-gloss finish, but because they last for weeks without any signs of wear! But since these polishes are designed to stay on for the long haul, it can be tough to take them off without damaging your natural nails. Here are three tips to help you out.

1. Buff the top coat before removal. Use a nail buffer to lightly rough up the top layer of gel polish before you start the removal process. This will allow the nail polish remover to penetrate to the layers underneath.

2. Soak them in acetone. Pure acetone is available at most drug stores, and it’s best qualified to take off that tough gel polish. Soak your fingertips in a warmed-up bowl of acetone for 15 minutes, then you should be able to use an orange stick to begin scraping off the softened polish. You could also try soaking a cotton ball in the acetone, placing it over your nail and using tinfoil to keep it in place. Do this for all 10 nails.

3. Use the Lippmann Collection Gel Lab Nail Treatment Duet. Instead of slaving over the removal process, use this base and top coat set to give your nails the look and durability of gel polish without the tough-to-remove formula. Any regular nail polish remover will get the job done when it’s time to take it off!

Hot tips for keeping your manicure intact

       
Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Hot tips for keeping your manicure intact

There’s nothing more disappointing than putting on a beautiful nail polish only to see it chip away after just two days on your nails. If you love giving yourself at-home manicures but you can’t stand to see them fade, there are a couple of ways you can maintain their look. In the end, you won’t be afraid to show off your nails halfway through the week. Apply a top coat daily.

CollegeFashion.net reports that a top coat is necessary to help your manicure endure daily wear and tear. While it may be a pain to sit through the process and let your nails dry all over again, it’s worth keeping them looking great. Keep your cuticles out of the way.

It’s important to maintain your cuticles in order to give your nail polish the best opportunity to stick around. To ensure that they’re soft and make them easier to keep out of the way, use a product such as BORGHESE Spendide Mani Smoothing Hand Creme SPF 8. Groom your nails before polishing.

Cut and shape your nails accordingly before applying any polish for the best results. Shaped, short nails can help you achieve a clean, flawless look.

Secret tips for hydrating and maintaining beautiful cuticles

       
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Secret tips for hydrating and maintaining beautiful cuticlesHow many times have you applied beautiful nail polish to your fingernails only to see your look fall flat due to rough, dry cuticles? If you aren't one for keeping your hands moisturized on a regular basis, your cuticles might be unsightly. That being said, it's not impossible to solve this dilemma and restore confidence in the appearance of your nails. Here are some tips for cuticle repair and maintenance.

Keep your cuticles hydrated
It's no secret that your cuticles can quickly dry out, especially if you're constantly washing your hands. Consider a product such as BABOR Spa Mediterranee Cuticle & Nail Repair to soothe your skin and smooth your cuticles.

Exfoliate regularly
As Discovery Health reports, it's important to exfoliate your cuticles on a regular basis just as you would any other part of your body. Removing dead, excess skin can make them easier to manage over time.

Try gloves
To create the utmost soothing, hydrating experience, consider placing your moisturized hands in cotton gloves while you sleep. This can make sure that the cream you use stays in place and gets to your cuticles as you rest – just slip them on and forget about it!

Three ways to show off your toes in holiday party footwear

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Wondering how to paint your toes for a holiday party?If you have a bunch of holiday parties coming up and a selection of open-toed shoes to wear to each one, you might be wondering how you're going to paint your toenails. Polished toes look pretty and sophisticated, but which color polish will you choose? Consider these three ideas.

1. Nude. If you want your toes to look long and lean while putting the focus on your footwear instead of your feet, try nude polish that matches your skintone. Everyone will be commenting on how great your shoes are!

2. Match the shoe. It might also be a good idea to paint your nails the same shade as your footwear. Whether you're donning black, fuchsia, jade or blue sandals or peep-toes, a matching shade of polish will make your outfit look complete.

3. Contrast. For an unexpected pop of color, why not choose a shade of nail lacquer that contrasts your footwear shade? This might be fun if you have a couple of accessories that match too. For example, pair blue polish with pink shoes and a pink dress, then choose a blue necklace or clutch.

Top 5 winter-inspired manicures

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Need a nail polish idea for winter?Although it's not winter yet, the temperatures are dropping. By now, you've probably taken your cozy sweaters out of storage and stocked your pantry with hot chocolate, so why not get even further into the winter spirit by giving yourself a winter-themed manicure? Here are the top 5 ideas to try.

1. Snowflakes. Even if you live somewhere where snow isn't a possibility, it'd still be fun to paint snowflakes on your nails with white nail polish. Add a coat of Lippmann Collection – Bring On The Bling Nail Lacquer on top for sparkle.

2. Tree branches. The leaves are all gone by now, which leaves behind plenty of interesting branch shapes to look at. Use a black or brown polish to paint spidery twigs across your nails.

3. Metallics. Something about a cool metallic shade seems cold and wintery, so go for a silver, gold, bronze or copper color from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers.

4. Holiday colors. Whether it's red and green for Christmas, blue and white for Hanukkah or black, green and red for Kwanzaa, you can't go wrong by alternating holiday colors on your nails.

5. White glitter. Use white glitter polish to create a French manicure by painting layers of it on your nails, concentrating it more on the tips with each coat. It'll be like the tips of your fingers are frosted!

Three easy ways to glam up for an office party

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Three easy ways to glam up for an office partyThe holiday season is officially underway, and with it comes the opportunity to dazzle your coworkers at the annual office Christmas bash. While this can be a great time for cutting loose and celebrating a year well spent, it's also the perfect chance to break out of the ordinary and show how stunning you really are! Consider these three great tips as you get ready for your workplace bash.

1. Embrace plenty of color. From your lips to your cheeks, what better way to stand out in a crowd that by showing off a rich and vibrant hue on your visage? A versatile cheek and lip stain like GloMinerals – gloTint for Cheeks and Lips can be a remarkable way to perk up your look.

2. Pack along a moisturizer. It may not seem crucial, but during the chilly months of winter your skin can get dry and parched pretty easy. By slipping a moisturizing cream into your clutch, you can ensure that your skin stays supple throughout the party.

3. Don't forget your nails! During the hustle and bustle of the work week, it can be easy to forget all kinds of things – including your nails. Before you head to your office Christmas party, you should take the opportunity to do up your digits in style with something like Lippmann Collection – Candy Shop Nail Lacquer. This ultra-sweet hue is sure to be the perfect complement to your glamorous ensemble and leave a lasting impression on your coworkers!

Top 10 nail art looks for the holiday season

       
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Here are our top 10 nail art picks for the holiday season!Chances are you have several holiday gatherings to attend in the upcoming weeks, which means you'll be looking for just as many awesome nail, hair and makeup looks. In the spirit of the holiday season, why not deck your nails out with festive nail art designs? Here are the top 10 to try!

1. Candy cane stripes
There's nothing quite as iconic as candy canes when it comes to Christmas, and luckily they're not that hard to create on your nails. Just grab a white nail polish and paint two coats on top of your base coat. When that's completely dry, use tape or nail stickers to create diagonal stripes (some of them should be a bit wider than others), then paint over your nails with red polish. Peel off the tape or stickers when that's dry to reveal a cute candy-striped design!

2. Snowflakes
To pay homage to the beauty of winter, how about painting an assortment of snowflakes on your nails? After using a base coat, paint your nails a background hue like light blue, red or green. Then use a toothpick or a tiny lip brush dipped in white polish to paint snowflake designs. Just like in real life, they shouldn't all look the same! Add some glitter polish like Lippmann Collection – Stairway To Heaven Nail Lacquer on top for extra sparkle!

3. Gift wrapping
Christmas wrapping paper always comes in festive colors, so it's the perfect inspiration for a holiday manicure. Use gold nail lacquer as a background color, then paint on diagonal stripes in colors like red, green and white. If you need to, look at pictures of wrapping paper online to figure out the best combination.

4. Reindeer
If you're a great artist, you might be able to pull off reindeer on your own. Otherwise, you can find a nail stamp online, which is easy to use. Just paint your nails with a base coat and a background shade, then choose another color for the reindeer and apply it to the stamp. Scrape off the excess, then press on.

5. Holly
Whether it's on an accent nail or you paint it on all 10 of your digits, a sprig of holly is totally festive. Use a red nail polish for the berries and a green polish for the leaves, then add a top coat to seal the design.

6. Glitter
A glitter mani for New Year's is the perfect accessory. Just paint on your base coat as usual, then apply a few layers of a polish like Lippmann Collection – Happy Birthday Nail Lacquer. Paint on a top coat and you'll be sparkling just like that champagne!

7. Hanukkah-inspired
If you're celebrating Hanukkah this year, whip out your blue, white, gold and silver polishes and get creative putting together a fun design. You could go with dreidels, menorahs, stars of David or whatever else you can think of!

8. Snowman
What's cuter than a snowman manicure? Get out your white nail polish and create three circular shapes to form his body on an accent nail, then use colors like black, orange, blue and red to add on his features. A top coat will ensure that your handiwork stays put for days.

9. Bows
What present is complete without a big bow tied on top? Turn your nails into gifts by painting off-centered crosses on each nail, then adding bows in the center of each one. A little sparkle will make them extra special.

10. Gingerbread man
Make your manicure super sweet with gingerbread man accent nails. Just paint a background color, then use a brown polish for his body and add decorations like eyes, clothes or hats. How cute!