Typically, talk of seasonal collections is reserved for fashion houses and the catwalks of New York. But ever since prettily polished nails went from simple slumber party fare to the it accessories, nail polish collections are just as anticipated as whatever walking piece of art Karl Lagerfeld decides to send down the runway. After all, what good is a leather peplum top without an equally trendy metallic lacquer to pair with it? read more
Over the weekend I attempted a DIY deep red manicure (Sadly, I do not recommend trying this at home). Despite spending an hour in the hunched-over position, meticulously applying polish, it took me three or more swipes to cover each nail, which left my manicure a thick and goopy mess. Which brings me to my next gripe: how tough it is to remove dark red polish. It's like trying to conceal blood at a crime scene (or so I assume from watching Dexter). Fast forward to today, when I find out that high-end designer Giorgio Armani is jumping on the beauty line bandwagon with a nail polish collection that makes a lot of promises -- namely that the custom-made brush (designed in the oh-so-chic Armani laboratories) can coat an entire nail in just one stroke. read more
We are suckers for a great pop-up concept. These temporary shops open for a few weeks, days or hours and vanish as quickly as they appeared. Jewelry bar? Sign us up. Meatball joint in your favorite dive bar? Yes, please. read more
Summer is the perfect time to try all the trends you've been too much of a scaredy cat to try the rest of the year. From May to August, there's pretty much zero excuse for being boring and sticking with your same old beauty routine. And the easiest place to start when it comes to injecting some color and pattern into your style? Your nails. read more
Get ready to toss your pretty little pinks and summery corals -- punk looks were all over the runway at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2013, where these new hues from Deborah Lippman debuted. Always ahead of the curve, Lippman released this trio of textured polishes with names pulled from classic punk anthems from the Ramones , the Clash, and the Sex Pistols. It's the perfect way to tiptoe into the trend -- unless, of course, you want to die your hair green or get a safety pin piercing. read more
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
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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