Claire in Brooklyn runs the awesome nail art blog Fngrblstr and does really creative nail art projects. Like this tour through art history via her fingers. We’re not really sure how she did it, but Claire’s nails are pretty as a picture. [Fngrblstr]
Looking for a fun project to while away the wet, cold weekend? Check out this awesome tutorial for marbled nails. The best part? No weird chemicals needed–just nail polish, water, a shot glass, and a toothpick (that kind of sounds like a MacGruber prop list, huh?). Apparently the technique is a little tricky, so maybe don’t attempt this at midnight on Sunday, but it’s definitely worth a try on Saturday afternoon. [Via Hey, Nice Nails!]
Okay, so I’ll admit, I’m not totally sold on these translucent nails, which are being touted in a lot of the Spring 2012 ads. Mostly because they look an awful lot like the fake nails you can buy at the CVS. I mean, I’m not against fake nails at the CVS — lord knows I’ve bought enough of them. Howevs, this just kind of seems like you’re asking for them to get dirty. Really, really dirty. And unless you have a non-finger-involved job, or can afford fork holders, you’re going to be washing your hands an awful lot. I say no, but what about you? Would you wear ‘em? [Madamenoire]
In the last few years, everyone and their mama — from big name beauty brands to small entrepreneurs — is getting in on the nail polish game. What’s shocking is that NCLA Nail Lacquer, which recently launched, is able to deliver vibrant and saturated colors and polish that lasts without containing harmful carcinogens such as DBP, toluene, formaldehyde or camphor. An added bonus: NCLA never tests on animals! With names based on the City of Angels, like “Mulholland Maneater” and “Bel Air Trophy Wife,” NCLA lacquers are definite cheeky fashion accessories. But at a price of $16 a pop, you better make sure you really love the color, as I suspect most of us won’t shell out $32 for two bottles. [NCLA, $16]
I’m slightly baffled as to why Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler would take to Facebook, of all places, for input on changes to the Army grooming standards. Maybe he thought his Facebook pals were the best people to solicit advice on the Army’s consideration of a ban on French manicures, earrings and ponytails? Keep reading »
Every fall, as the temperature drops, my cuticles begin to look cracked, ragged, and just plain dreadful. I’ve tried a few different products, but nothing has worked as well as Vitamins A+D Ointment. Yes, an ointment that has been used for ages to treat diaper rash is also great at moisturizing cuticles. Hey, chafed skin is chafed skin, right?!
I discovered this little beauty secret by accident. I was on the train, and my hands were aching because the chill in the air had zapped all the moisture. So I went digging through my purse, looking for something emollient and thick. I would have settled on Rosebud Salve, but then I remembered I was also carrying A+D Ointment. I applied a bit of the ointment to each cuticle and mixed the excess with my favorite hand cream, Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Shea Souffle. The ointment instantly calmed and soothed my hands and nails.
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