When it comes to my nails, I have three rules: They have to be short, squared, and anything but chipped. I prefer plain, bold colors, mostly because I do them myself and I often wear black, so a bright nail is the perfect way to add a pop of color. Nail stickers and decals were a thrill for me -- a cinch to use and the perfect way to create a fun, DIY look. Plus, by definition, they don't chip. And I got compliments on my uber-short, chic nails at every turn. So naturally, I wore them 24/7. read more
My nails are wearing nail polish about 99.5 percent of time. The other 0.5 percent is that 20-minute-ish period between removing my polish and deciding what color to paint on next. I'll weigh the pros and cons of dark vs. light and Deborah Lipmann vs. Essie, all while cringing at my bare nails. Whether it's the creepy red tint that comes after wearing OPI's Fire Engine Red for a week, or that sickly yellow tint of nails that haven't seen the light of day in weeks, it's just, blegh -- I can't wait to cover it all up a fresh coat of polish. read more
We are unabashed anglophiles, and we are smitten with butter LONDON's new Colour Clash Collection released online today. The bold lacquers are versatile enough to wear from summer into fall. The cheeky, very-Brit names alone make us want to buy the whole batch. Keep clicking to see which polish catches your fancy. read more
We've got a mean case of summertime wanderlust thanks to the new nail polish shades from Dolce & Gabbana's Summer 2013 Love in Taormina collection, available in July exclusively at Saks. The pink-coral-purple color scheme was inspired by flowers found in the collection's namesake coastal city in Sicily. Our summer travel plans are a bit more domestic, but we're happy to settle for this bold, floral tour of Taormina. read more
With the frequency that we're handling, reading, and seen with our cell phones, it's no surprise that the device has become a permanent accessory. You may change up bangles and rings and statement necklaces, but cell phones are up there with shoes -- an accessory you pair with literally every outfit. read more
It's hard to find a better way to pass the time than opening up a new tab, finding a bookmarked blog or Pinterest board, and feasting your eyes on some quality food porn. The same goes if you're a beauty junkie who spends hours marveling at gorgeous nail art that never fails to impress. This got us thinking: What better way to pass the time than combining the two? To help you get that much closer to the weekend, we've rounded up some seriously gorgeous snaps of stunning nail art that's been paired with mouth-watering food. So if your Friday is seriously dragging, click away! read more
Messy beach hair, dewy skin and (admit it) a tan -- they just look more foxy with one of these new blasts of nail color read more
Just when we thought we were totally over nail art, leave it to Instagram to reel us back in.
Summer marks the arrival of many delights (Vacation days! Beach trips! Poolside margs!), so we don't mind a few pitfalls here and there, like extra primping and general "maintenance." Warmer temps mean you've gotta shave and wax, constantly reapply deodorant, and then there's the whole toes situation. Your chipped off pedi from three months ago just isn't going to cut it. read more
I'm all about bold statements, and here's my latest: Nail art is over.
It's finished. Gone. (But if you must indulge in nail art, these classy nail designs See colors
If you ever thought your nails were unimportant or if you've been neglecting your hands, now is the time to make them a priority. Just like your skin, they can dry out, peel, break, and become infected. Manicures and pedicures are cosmetic procedures that can help you keep your hands and feet healthy by grooming, trimming, buffing, and painting your nails, as well as managing calluses.
Taking Care of Your Nails
Make an effort to take good care of your nails, and you will be thrilled by the way they complement your own personal style. One easy way to keep them healthy is to drink lots of water. By keeping your body hydrated every day, you'll keep them hydrated, as well. Also, touch up your manicure on a daily basis to prevent chips and cracks and avoid using your nails as tools. This means no using them to pry things open, scrape things off, etc.
Other natural ways to keep your nails healthy include drinking fresh carrot juice daily, making sure that you keep them clean and moisturized, and making sure that your nail salon has hygienic practices.
Browse Total Beauty's nail care section to find other ways to keep your hands and feet looking their best. Our beauty experts have plenty of tips and tricks that are easy to employ.
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