Forget about cuticles, chipped polish, or buffing- if you’ve got a jagged edged nail or one split down the center, someone’s going to notice. Don’t worry about chopping your claws off or growing out a painful crack because mending a torn digit is easier than breaking it.
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The latest nail polish trend may be here to stay, especially after it tints your nails some not-so-natural color. Using colored polish too frequently, along with other discoloring factors like smoking, can add a yellow stain to finger tips. For those who notice their white tips looking a little dingy, we’ll have you wearing clear coats sooner than you think.
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Most of us can only dream of getting our greedy little hands on a real couture gown — the exquisite tailoring, such rich fabric, those intricate details! — but we can recreate the actual nails used in most runway shows. (Hey, we’ll take what we can get.) For Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s show in Paris this week, Creative Nail Design busted a move that we’ve done plenty of times with eyeshadow and lipstick, but forgot to try with nails: They layered CND Colour polish in Creamy Cameo and Effect in Lavender Pearl (find ‘em here), for an extra “opalescent, luxe” look that perfectly complemented Saab’s outrageously gorgeous, opulent gowns. Hey, we think this combo would look great with jeans and a T-shirt, too. Keep reading »
It’s time to relinquish antiquated simple manicures and one-color nails. The world has already welcomed Minx styles, Calgel nails, and as soon as we spotted Lady Gaga‘s intricate nail design in her “Bad Romance” video, we knew that plain manicures were over forever. With the lace trend cavorting down the runways, a transition from clothes to nail design was a necessity. Celebrity manicurist Elle for Barielle recognized the need to share her nail wealth with lace fans all over, and provided The Frisky with a quick DIY so you too can have your very own lace nails. Read below for instructions! Keep reading »
As we head into winter, the days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing color, and our skin is majorly drying out. There was no need to bother with hand lotion all summer long, but now, as we turn up the thermostat, our skin feels tight and the hangnails have begun to form. Dr. Hunter’s Cuticle Cream to the rescue! This rose-scented cream softens cuticles and conditions nails, giving them a healthy glow. With packaging so apothecary-cute and portable, we’ll be able to fix our moisture deficiency wherever the cool, dry winter wind takes us. [$5, Caswell-Massey]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away five jars of Dr. Hunter’s Cuticle Cream, but you have to work if you want one. The best commenter for this coming week — from today, Friday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 17 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can. Click HERE to read the official rules. And remember to check Gift For Gab on Dec. 18 to see if you’re the winner. Keep reading »
You may not be able to easily access your cash with this insane nail purse created by Tom Binns and Corto Moltedo, but it’s very, very unlikely you will get mugged. [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »
Finally, someone looks beyond the superficial value of manicures. Photographer Molly Sorno focuses her work on nail art, salons, and manicure culture. Her pictures make you realize that your nails say a lot about you—concentrate solely on them, and you start imagining the person neon airbrushed tips belong to. Sorno’s work is now on display at the Brooklyn, NY gallery Nefer/NFR along with other artists’ works that explore the concept of adornment. If you’re in the area, check it out! Otherwise, look to Sorno’s vision as proof that what you wear on the outside resonates culturally. (Just don’t go so far as to call yourself an artist when you’re getting dressed in the morning.) [Time Out NY and Nylonmag.com] Keep reading »
Out of all the nervous habits you could have, picking at your nails and cuticles might be the only really physically ugly one. And as we get closer to winter, cold temperatures only make the condition worse by drying and cracking sensitive skin. All habits can be broken, so if you’re a biter or picker, why not start recovering now? After the jump, tips and tricks that will leave you looking very hand-some. Keep reading »
I have the kind of cuticles that look dry and ragged a day or two after a manicure, and my cracked knuckles sometimes look as if I walk like a gorilla. Despite my best efforts to re-apply lotion after washing my hands and sleeping with my hands slathered in Vaseline and covered with moisturizing gloves, my hands never quite achieve hand model-level beauty. Every winter I’m on a quest to find a miracle in a bottle or tube that will give me soft, weather- and life-proof hands, but spring usually rolls around before that ever happens.
This year, though, I’ve gotten a head start and I think I might have even won the race. For a week now, I’ve been using the Ellen Sirot Hand Perfection Nail and Cuticle Treatment. It contains omega-3 fatty acids to lessen moisture loss, vitamins A and E to neutralize damage from free radicals, caprylic (derived from coconuts) to moisturize, and rosemary and lavender extracts as an antiseptic. I noticed smoother and more supple cuticles after the first application, and the results only improved as I applied the Nail and Cuticle Treatment at least three times a day or whenever I thought about it. I didn’t even follow-up religiously with the Night Solution for Hands, but can report that my hands now feel nourished and toned, too. While I’m happy with the results of the cuticle treatment, I’m not sure if I’d spend $22 on it and forget the $75 for the Night Solution. What do you do for dry hands? Keep reading »
Ever heard of Biotin? It’s a B-complex vitamin that you probably already have in your system as it’s found in lots of foods including milk, tomatoes, soybeans, carrots … the list goes on. To get all scientific on you for a second, Biotin helps to metabolize amino acids and is also necessary for cell growth. And according to skin guru Mario Badescu’s blog, it also “increases the size of the hair’s cortex to prevent breakage, thickens the cuticle, increases the size of the hair shaft and promotes growth.” It’s believed by some that taking oral supplements can give you fuller hair and stronger nails. Is there truth to the claims?
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