Category Archives: Nails

The Best Acrylic Nail Designs for Summer

Purple and blue nail design with snakeskin effect

The dreary winter days are over and summer is finally here, and with it, all the holidays, city breaks and all kinds of outdoorsy adventures. And since summer usually doesn’t entail wearing a lot of clothes, the best venue for showcasing your personal style and aesthetic might actually be on your fingers and toes! In fact, […]

19 Nail Art Designs You Have to Try

Ombre nail art

Nail art seems to have taken off as an artistic genre all of its own. People everywhere are now using nail art designs as a form of self-expression. The designs are everything from tiny detailed pictures to geometric designs to tie-dye swirls to festive holiday options. Some of them are quite intricate while others are an […]

My At-Home Manicure

Friends doing an at-home manicure and pedicure

For most of my life, I had ‘difficult’ nails.  They used to split and peel terribly, and never grow.  For those reasons, I have always been hesitant to get professional manicures.  I’m very protective of my nails and don’t trust them to someone else.  But the flipside is that I’ve become pretty good at taking […]

Going Nude For Nail Polish

Nude nail polish

One of the most classically beautiful manicures is the nude manicure. While some will always love the French manicure, I think it can look somewhat dated nowadays. But a nude manicure, when chosen and completed well, is classy and elegant and professional.  The issue can be picking the right shade. The wrong one can be […]

Advantages of the Buff Manicure

Smiling woman with red painted nails on her face

If you are unfamiliar with a buff manicure, it’s a type of manicure that leaves the nails with a beautiful shine. It includes careful cuticle maintenance, even more than a normal manicure because, with smooth bare nails, rough or dry cuticles will really stand out. After moisturizing and pushing back the cuticles, the nails are […]

Are Nail Strengtheners A Good Idea?

Woman applying nail strengtheners

While some of us rely on gel manicures to keep our nails long and strong, sometimes they need a break from all those chemicals and the UV lights. If you are trying to get your natural nails back into shape after a long period of strong treatments, you will most likely turn to a nail […]

Beauty 101: Shaping Your Fingernails

Women with fashionable nails

One of the hardest parts of doing at-home manicures can be deciding on the shape of your nail. Not all shapes flatter every finger and hand, so sometimes it can be difficult if you are inexperienced. It can also affect the durability of the nail itself. It’s the foundation of all manicures, because if you […]

A Quick Look at Nail Strengtheners

Woman applying cuticle oil

For most of my life, I had terrible nails. As a child, I was a nail biter but finally outgrew that only to start using artificial nails. After several years of that expense, I finally walked away. Unfortunately, I walked away with paper-thin nails that tore if you looked at them wrong. I have tried […]

Do You Prefer At-Home or Professional Nail Care?

Female hands with nail polish and flower petals

The Great Divide between the well-polished — do you care for your fingernails and toenails in the salon or at home… There are several factors to consider when you are trying to pick where to gain your shiny pink digits: Cost : Yes, doing your own nails at home does have an upfront cost but […]

Steps for a Quick and Easy Buff Manicure

Buff manicure step-by-step guide

While colored gel manicures are all the rage, as are patterns and designs, sometimes the clean and professional look of a buff manicure is ideal.  If you are headed to an interview, you might not want to show up with red and blue plaid fingernails, but that depends on where you are interviewing. The buff […]