We’ve featured a lot of weird manicures here, but these pinking shears nails really take the cake. I’m not sure who created this, er, look, or how they did it, but I can’t say that I would sport it. While the nail appears to have been trimmed with pinking shears, it’s more likely that each jagged spike was cut by hand. Painful? Maybe. While the look sure is, um, different, you wouldn’t want to try and pull up your stockings with these run-making nails. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
What is it with bloggers and their year-long challenges? Twelve months to thin, cook all of Julia Child‘s recipes, wear the same dress everyday, survive 365 days in Paris. (That last chick is a real nutbag). The latest in blog projects, The Daily Nail, chronicles one woman’s attempt to paint her nails a different way each day for one year.
Lady has got some talent, and we are loving her creations, which are sometimes funny and cheeky, or just downright sexy. Pictured above, a Jackson Pollock-inspired manicure which necessitated no less than nine different polishes. Other designs draw inspiration from random yet cool things like bacon, KISS, Mondrian, and fishnet tights. There are some seriously creative ideas here, if you’re bored with your ho-hum Ballet Slippers and want some new nail art ideas. After the jump, some styles we’d like to try out ourselves! [The Daily Nail] Keep reading »
Humidity makes your hair look like ass, but British researchers have discovered Mother Nature’s awful mugginess is actually optimal for growing nails that don’t split! Air with 55 percent humidity keeps our nails pliable; unfortunately, excessive amounts of hot water from bathing or hand-washing soften nails too much. A researcher at Manchester University advised, “It’s best not to get nails completely dry or completely wet.”
Sorry, we can’t avoid hand-washing with hot water! But luckily we’ve found The Body Shop’s Almond Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment ($12) helps lock in moisture and keeps our manicures cute. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Don’t have time to give yourself a manicure? These leather-and-nails gloves by London-designer Dominic Jones are the perfect answer. Slip them on, and you’ve got yourself an insta-cure, with permanent, perfectly-painted fake fingernails. The handware with hardware comes in two different styles: black leather with silver nails or hot pink leather with gold nails. These aggro-accessories are part of a punky new line from Jones — other accoutrements include taloned rings, fanged studs, and toothy necklaces. The designer’s on-site lookbook features the fashionable body-mods worn by the likes of Alice Dellal and Elizabeth Jagger, so they come It Girl-approved. If you’re thinking about taking your look a little punk this fall, these are sure do the trick. Just try not to get into a catfight. They look like they could do some real damage. [Pipeline] Keep reading »
Everyone has been talking about Minx Nails lately. The nail art was featured in a recent issue of Vogue and on “Today” this morning, but I have to say these “news” outlets are a little behind. The Frisky gave you the dish on Minx back in October, and even interviewed manicurist, Lisa Logan, who was responsible for Beyonce and Solange’s Obama nails that were popular during the presidential campaign.
Last week, I had the pleasure of getting my nails dipped in gold. OK, not really, but I got close. I had Minx Nails applied in gold on eight fingers and gold cheetah on two fingers. It was kind of weird to have a “dry manicure.” I had trouble remembering that my nails weren’t wet, even though I just had them done. I kept the Minx Nails on for a few days and found myself admiring them quite often. However, I don’t think they’ll replace my normal manicure — they’re more for special occasions. The pedicures, however, I could get behind. A Minx pedicure supposedly lasts three times as long as the manicure. Keep reading »
I remember the days when manicures were fun. More often now, it seems like a burden and an expense when I look at my hands and go, Ugh, I need a manicure so bad. So, when browsing the drug store the other day, I was tempted by this package of nail gems by Fing’rs (creepiest name ever). Pretty certain that I am the worst manicurist ever, I doubted that I’d be able to pull of the creation, but I found it shockingly simple. To make things easier on yourself, pre-select the gems you want to use, spreading them out on a piece of paper. Work up a thick coat of polish; apply the first coat, let dry for a minute, then apply a second coat, allowing it to set up for about 30 seconds. Using a tweezer, drop your designs into place and maneuver them using the wooden stick provided or the tips of your tweezers. This part is surprisingly forgivable because the thick polish lets you push the jewel into place without messing up the entire nail. Once you’ve got your nail art in place, cover it with several thick coats of clear nail polish. After the jump, a few of my decorative ideas. [Fing'rs] Keep reading »
Girls are taking on beauty rituals at a younger and younger ages. I had my first manicure when I was in the fifth or sixth grade as a reward for doing well in school, but I didn’t experience a salon pedicure until the day before my high school senior prom. Mani/pedis, however, are tame compared to what these 5-year-old and preteen girls get into when they frequent spas that cater to the 0 to 12 set. These girls get expensive facials, hair cuts, highlights, and even laser hair removal, which is the most common cosmetic procedure for teens. It’s no surprise that girls are worrying about their appearance at young ages, but little boys are starting to care just as much. Keep reading »
One of the beauty trends at New York Fashion Week was the reverse French manicure, where the moon, rather than the tip, is a different color from the rest of the nail. You might not remember this unless you’re a Batman nerd like me, but Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) had nails like this in “Batman and Robin.” Anyway, would you paint your nails like this? Keep reading »
We love getting weekly manicures (especially at places that give mini neck massages while your nails are drying), but it’s kind of painful to fork over $15-ish dollars each week — that’s $780 a year! Which is why we’re newly obsessed with Creative Nail Design’s Stickey Base Coat. We tested it for about two months and discovered that if you put your polish on top when it’s slightly wet, it won’t budge for two weeks straight. Your nails (and wallet) will thank you. [$7, CND]
We’re giving away five bottles of CND’s Stickey Base Coat, but you have to work if you want your nails to look good. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 25 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Conventional nail polish and nail art are things of the past now that Minx Nails have arrived. Minx Nails are the latest celebrity trend and have been spotted on the hands of Beyonce, Solange, Eve, Rihanna and Mariah Carey. “It’s the boom heard around the world,” said Minx Master Lisa Logan, who is Beyonce and Solange’s nail technician. Since Minx is a flexible film, not a polish, you can have virtually any design. I’m talking alligator skin, paisley, fishnet, pretty much anything creator Janice Jordan can think of. You can even show your partisanship by putting a Democrat donkey or a Republican elephant on your nail. Beyonce, Solange and Eve have been spotted with photos of Senator Barack Obama on their nails. And coming soon, you will be able to order customized nails from Minx. That means you can have nails that perfectly match those new python Jimmy Choos or even put a photo of your favorite furry friend. After the jump learn more about Minx Nails. Keep reading »