Summer nails

summer nails

With summer upon us, we all want to be looking our sun kissed best. But what should we be doing with our nails? Here are some top tips to keep you mittens and tootsies looking good all summer long!

1. Mix it up!

For the ultimate summer look, don’t go for boring matching colour on your hands and feet – go for the ultimate mani-pedi combination. Live it up and mix it up. The only thing to bear in mind is to keep the darker colour for your toes, and opt for a less dramatic colour for your hands. Here are our top tips for the perfect combinations:

Red and light blue
Lilac and mint green
Coral and purple
Electric blue and pink

2. Don’t let time (or lack of it) be an excuse!

We’ve all been there – a million things to do and not nearly enough time to fit them all in. But don’t worry, when you don’t have time to get your pedicure, you can fake it. Dip a cotton wool ball or Q tip in nail polish remover and rub it across your toenails to remove any old nail polish or grime. Then massage your entire foot with a little bit of olive oil — you’ll be shiny and beautiful in no time.

3. Keep on top of toenails

You need to buff your toenails as well as your fingernails. We recommend every 4 – 6 weeks to keep them smooth. A good tip is to apply a base coat before your polish – this will prevent your nails from being stained.

4. Keep it natural

Not all bosses appreciate nail art. If you can’t wear the bright colours you want to because of your job, neutral shades will instantly make your nails look well groomed. Barely there shades such will give you a chic look fit for any occasion.

5. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

For the perfect nails, you need to make sure you use a good moisturiser. Nail oils can be fabulous for this and will help you grow lovely strong nails. Apply it before bed every night.

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Popular nail polish finishes and how they look.

So many names, but still same thing that add finished touch to our nails. Not talking about enormously huge range of colors, chemical production developed so far, I can’t even imagine color possibilities offered currently on the market.

However, nothing stays on its place forever, and since nail lacquer first appearance in China back in 3000 B.A., it has changed a lot. But initial purpose remains; to decorate and protect the nail plate.
nail polish inventionMost nail polishes are made of nitrocellulose dissolved in a solvent (e.g. butyl acetate or ethyl acetate) and either left clear or colored with various pigments.

As mentioned before science develops so quickly, thanks to that we are able to use so called “3 Free” Nail Polishes and “5 Free” Nail Polishes, meaning No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde and No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor respectively.

Most common difference between nail lacquers is types and finishes. It’s more or less clear with types:

  • Gel polish, amazing invention from CND. Lasts at least for two weeks, yet requires manicurist help to apply; using UV lamps and three stages of layering.
  • Vinylux, another CND product. Lasts for one week, without chipping off, requires minimum affords to apply. Such as nail color itself and base hardening coat.
  • Quick drying nail polish, it takes minute or two to dry completely.
  • Base and top coat; one of the most common nail cosmetics, base coat meant to protect nail plate from coloration and allows smooth application of nail color. Top coat seals nail polish, preventing from chipping and getting dull color.
  • Nail hardeners, created as name says to make nail plate harder and stronger. One of the most popular once is made by Sally Hanson.

Let’s move on to the most interesting part, nail polish finishes:

  • Creme Nail Polish

    Creme Nail Polish

    Crème- is one of the most popular finishes known. No glitter, no shimmer, nothing added to it. The finish is glossy and smooth.

  • Jelly Nail Polish

    Jelly Nail Polish

    Jelly- it’s just like a creme, but more jelly-like and extremely glossy.

  • Shimmer Nail Polish

    Shimmer Nail Polish

    Shimmer-it’s colored base with shimmer added to it.

  • Glass Fleck Nail Polish

    Glass Fleck Nail Polish

    Glass Flecked- these polishes look like they contain small glass particles. Creates very smooth, yet sparkly finish.

  • Neon Nail Polish

    Neon Nail Polish

    Neon- Some say it doesn’t belong to finish types, but bright neon colors often dry semi-matte.

  • Frost Nail Polish

    Frost Nail Polish

    Frost- it is a fine shimmery polish with obvious brushstrokes. Can be considered as vintage already.

  • Pearl Nail Polish

    Pearl Nail Polish

    Pearl- Quite similar to frost finish, but has pearly sheen to it, again can be seen in older polishes.

  • Foil Nail Polish

    Foil Nail Polish

    Foil- these nail lacquers often have a metallic base color with very fine glitter added to it and it does look like foil on the nails.

  • Metallic Nail Polish

    Metallic Nail Polish

    Metallic- finishes make your nails appear covered in metal.

  • Glitter Nail Polish

    Glitter Nail Polish

    Glitter- the most flashiest and various type of finishes, glitters are often put in a jelly base. Amount and forms of glitter can vary a lot.

  • Matte Nail Polish

    Matte Nail Polish

    Matte- Completely matte, no shine whatsoever.

  • Satin Nail Polish

    Satin Nail Polish

    Satin- Ends up being matte too, but there is a little hint of gloss.

  • Suede Nail Polish

    Suede Nail Polish

    Suede- suedes are completely matte but contain shimmer, that’s what sets apart from matte.

  • Holographic Nail Polish

    Holographic Nail Polish

    Holographic- holographic nail lacquers contain rainbow colored glitter, which changes color on the reflection of light.

  • Holo Glitter Nail Polish

    Holo Glitter Nail Polish

    Holo glitter- holographic glitter in a different color base, there is no rainbow effect to be seen.

  • Duochrome Nail Polish

    Duochrome Nail Polish

    Duochrome- polishes change color on the reflection of light, often presented in two colors.

  • Iridescent Nail Polish

    Iridescent Nail Polish

    Iridescent- finish is often confused with duochrome or shimmer. An iridescent finish is a color that flashes a different color.

  • Sheer Nail Polish

    Sheer Nail Polish

    Sheer- it’s a half transparent finish, often used in French manicures Many of sheers are salmon, nude or pink, which considered to be office colors.

  • Caviar Nail Polish

    Caviar Nail Polish

    Caviar- name tells for itself, finish is achieved due to small beads applied onto sticky base coat.

  • Textured Nail Polish

    Textured Nail Polish

    Textured- looks like you add sand into your nail polish or you add a lot of bubbles

  • Velvet  Nail Polish

    Velvet Nail Polish

    Velvet- it’s not as smooth as it sounds, looks more like fury nails.

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5 Spring must-haves.

…Spring must-haves.

After cold and long winter night comes blushing spring. Spring always had been identified with something new. New beginnings, spring break, Easter and more prosaic ones such as window cleaning or general house cleaning.

As comes the new season a lot of brand already launched their spring collections, and we decided to create a list of — must haves (in our honest opinion) of the coming spring and share it with you. Also all of you are welcome to share your ideas, thoughts or lists.

Since our company mostly related to nail industry we will start with must-have nail polishes for spring.

OPI Spring/Summer 2014 Brazil Collection

It’s like fresh ocean breeze, spring rains, sandy beach; everything in one incredible collection of colors and textures.

Opi Brazil collection

Opi Brazil collection

La Collection de Grasse by Loccitane

Although it’s not the newest collection among all perfumes, but if you wish to be surrounded with spring scents, go ahead and pick your eau de toilette bottle, we are sure you can find one among seven presented scents.

La Collection de Grasse by Loccitane

La Collection de Grasse by Loccitane

Books

Ok, we got our nails done our perfumes set, let’s choose something to read. When it comes to reading, it’s hard to choose, but we would strongly recommend to look into classics like Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” or read one of the most anticipated books of 2014 “Boy, Snow, Bird”by Helen Oyeyemi.

Vladimir Nabokov Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov Lolita

Piece of fashion jewelry.

Basically it could be anything that you would like to wear during warm days and chilly evenings. We added shamballa bracelets with crystal beads into our must-have list. Great colors and most important weightless feeling when you wear them.

Shamballa Bracelets

Shamballa Bracelets

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense

It’s not that hot yet, to switch to sheer lip tins, so we choose Chubby Sticks into our spring must-haves. Easy to apply, range of shades which will compliment any skin tone and of course great smell and reasonable price.

Clinique chubby sticks

Clinique chubby sticks

What do you say? Does our list satisfy all your needs?

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Nail cosmetics

Nail cosmeticsNail care goes well beyond color.
Base coats and top coats help protect the nails, seal in color and improve the wear time of polishes and lacquers. But base coats and top coats and nail polish removers are also part of the cosmetics for the nails.

Nail polishes and lacquers come in a variety of colors to suit different tastes, moods, seasons and attires. Many of today’s formulas were designed to dry quickly and wear well, making nail care fuss-free and convenient.

And everything ends with the nail color removers.

Nail Polish

Nail polish colors

Nail enamel is another name for nail varnish or nail polish. It typically comes in a small glass bottle with a brush attached to the twist-on cap. The nail enamel is the liquid in the bottle that one brushes on his or her nails to add color. After a few minutes, the liquid hardens and dries, forming a thin shell-like layer over the nails.

The four major ingredients in nail enamel are filming agents, solvents, coloring agents and resins and plasticizers. Each company has its own formula, which is why there are so many brands and types available.

Ingredients in some nail polish and polish remover can dry out the nails. Elle, a celebrity manicurist, suggests her clients use polish that is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. She also recommends using an “alcohol free” nail polish remover . Give nails some breathing room and time by taking a break from nail polish and regular manicures.

Nail polish

If selecting the color was not difficult enough, polishes come in a variety of finishes, from matte to glittery, and formulas that promote growth, strengthen nails, dry fast and extend the life of your manicure. Which type of nail polish you choose will depend on the health of your nails as well as the amount of time you have to commit to painting them.

Nail Polish Finishes: shimmer, glitter, frost, lustre, crème, iridescent, matte, foil and so many others.
Growth Enhancing Nail Polish: Fortifiers
Long Lasting Nail Polish: It is a cross between a regular polish and gel nails set with UV light.  This gel polish is painted onto natural nails just like regular polish, but cured under UV light layer by layer.
Quick Drying Nail Polish: which dries quicker than the typical nail polish
All in One Nail Polish: they contain the base coat, polish and top coat together without separate applications

acrylic-nails-art-2Artificial Nails

The artificial nails are not a replacement, but an extension for natural nails. There are two main approaches to creating artificial nails—tips and forms.

Tips are made of lightweight plastic plates that are “nail” shaped. They are glued on the end of the natural nail and acrylic or gel is then applied over the entire nail.

Forms are fitted over the nail and then an artificial nail is mould out of acrylic and the form is removed and then properly shaped and buffed to a shine.

Acrylic Nails

The acrylic is made of a combination of polymer powder and monomer liquid. Once it is applied hardens within few minutes.

Advantages:
Long lasting
Cheaper than gel
Removable by nail polish remover

Downsides: Can damage your real nail underneath

Gel nailsGel Nails

Gel nails are artificial nails that are the closest that you can find to natural nails when it comes to resemblance. They are quite similar to acrylic nails as they are both made from a combination of a monomer liquid and polymer powder. The monomer liquid will react with the polymer powder and will form long polymer strands. These strands when they dry out will form a hard resin that will look very similar to a fingernail. Acrylic nails tend to be more brittle where as the gel nails are flexible as they contain short chain monomers that are known as oligomers.

Types of Gel Nails:
Gel Nails – hardened using ultraviolet light. Better properties (strength, flexibility,.. ), but mainly removable by filing, although there are UV gels removable with acetone.
Acrigel or “Polymethyl methacrylate acrylics” – are hardened with the use of a special gel activator. The mixture starts to harden in 20–30 seconds after application and continues to cure to final hardness typically within fifteen minutes. It is removed by solvents.

Advantages:
Gel nails look almost like natural nails
They are thin, glossy in nature and are flexible
The resin is made out of a mixture that is odorless
As only a thin layer of acrylic is applied on the nails you will not have to get them filled often.
Time taken to cure is a lot less when compared to acrylic nails

Downsides:
Price: Professional application and high maintenance
Don´t last as long as acrylic
Removable by filing

Nail wrapsNail wrapping: fibreglass or silk wraps

Done by cutting pieces of actual fibreglass, linen or silk fabric to fit on the surface of the nail or tip and then it is sealed down with a resin or glue. This adds strength, and sometimes length, to the nail. Also though applied on top of natural nails, wraps are most commonly used to strengthen tips.

–       Silk is the most natural-looking wrap and provides a lot of flexibility, but it is often too delicate for those with an active lifestyle.
–       Linen is stronger, but not transparent and appears quite thick.
–       Fibreglass provides the best of both worlds since it gives the natural look of silk and the strength of linen.

Base and Top CoatsBase coat / Ridge Filler/ Top coat

Base coat

Helps the polish stick to your nail more easily and also creates a barrier that helps protect your nails from the damaging effects of nail polish. It prevents staining and peeling, and it will give your polished nails a more even texture.
Base coats should dry matte, sticky, and fast.

Ridge Filler

Ridge Filler is a base coat ideal for ridged and uneven nails as it will create a super smooth surface. Suitable for all nail types.
Apply one coat of ridge filler base coat on natural bare nails for a silky smooth finish. This product is perfect for toe nails which tend to ridge easily.

Top coat

Helps to seal the polish, make the nails shine and prevent chipping.
Some products combine a base and top coat, but they may not work as well as the individual top and base coats.
Top coats should dry shiny and slow.

Many base and top coats are fortified with substances such as protein, vitamin E or calcium. These ingredients help keep nails healthier and prevent breaking, splitting and peeling; these are known as Nail Hardeners, Nail Strengtheners or Nail Fortifiers depending on the problem you want to treat.

Nail polish removersNail Polish Removers

Acetone

Is a powerful solvent that removes nail polish quickly and easily, but it can be drying the cuticles. Acetone is also effective for removing oils and preparing the nails for polish. Use acetone to remove acrylic nails.

Non-acetone

Polish removers contain ethyl acetate or nethyl ethyl keynote as their active ingredient. They are gentler on skin and were developed for use with nail extensions because acetone can cause extensions to become brittle and “lift.”
Note: If you have dry nails, do not use an acetate remover.

Soy Polish Remover

This ingenious remover is soy based (derived from organic farm crops), and is infused with coconut, soybean esters, and essential lemongrass oils. That’s it. No acetone, no petroleum

CleanserCleanser

Use for cleaning nail before gel manicure and to buff nails after final cure of gel polish under the light.
Use: To ensure gel adhesion, use nail cleanser before using any gel to thoroughly cleanse nails of oils and debris. This product also will remove gel residue after completing gel application for an ultra-clean, fresh-feeling finish

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