Fun Summer Nail Colors!

Dior Nail Glow 

A nail enhancer that gives your natural nails a shiny, healthy glow.

With one universal shade, this unique nail lacquer enhances the color of your natural nails. When applied on bare nails, the pinks of the nails become pinker and the whites become whiter for a shining finish and healthy-glow effect.

Formula X Nail Color in Legendary – robin’s egg blue

Ciaté Olivia Palermo Nail Collection in Nantucket – my hot vacation coral

Christian Louboutin Nail Colour- Scarabée

NAILS INC. Luxe Boho Primrose Hill Walk – lavender

Essie Nail Polish in Chillato – Pistachio Green

Dolce & Gabbana Nail Polish in 720 Acqua

Deborah Lippman in Terra Nova

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted

Changes to your Hair and Nails when Aging!

Your hair and nails function to protect your body. They also keep the temperature of your body steady. Another important function of the hair and nails is to help you (sense) feel things.

As you age, your hair and nails begin to change.

Hair Changes and Their Effects

Hair color change. This is one of the clearest signs of aging. Hair color is due to a pigment calledmelanin, which is produced by hair follicles. These are structures in the skin that make and grow hair. With aging, the follicle makes less melanin. Graying often begins in the 30s.

Scalp hair often starts graying usually at the temples and extends to the top of the scalp. Hair color becomes lighter, eventually turning white.

Body and facial hair also turn gray, but usually later than scalp hair. Hair in the armpit, chest, and pubic area may gray less or not at all.

Graying is determined by your genes. Gray hair tends to occur earlier in Caucasians and later in Asians. Nutritional supplements, vitamins, and other products will not stop or decrease the rate of graying.

Hair thickness change. Hair is made of many protein strands. A single hair has a normal life between 2 and 6 years. That hair then falls out and is replaced with a new hair. How much hair you have on your body and head is also determined by your genes.

With aging nearly everyone has some hair loss with aging. The rate of hair growth also slows.

Hair strands become smaller and have less pigment. So the thick, coarse hair of a young adult eventually becomes thin, fine, light-colored hair. Many hair follicles stop producing new hairs.

Men may start showing signs of baldness by the time they are 30 years old. Many men are nearly bald by age 60. A type of baldness related to the male hormone testosterone is called male-pattern baldness. Hair may be lost at the temples or at the top of the head.

Women can develop a similar type of baldness as they age. This is called female-pattern baldness. Hair becomes less dense and the scalp may become visible.

As you age, your body and facial hair are also lost. But hairs that remain may become coarser. Women may lose body hair. Facial hair may get coarser, especially on the chin and around the lips. Men may grow longer and coarser eyebrow, ear, and nose hair.

Contact your health care provider if you have sudden loss of hair. This can be a symptom of a health problem.

Nail Changes and Their Effects

Your nails also change with aging. They grow more slowly and may become dull and brittle. They may become yellowed and opaque.

Nails, especially toenails, may become hard and thick. Ingrown toenails may be more common. The tips of the fingernails may fragment.

Lengthwise ridges may develop in the fingernails and toenails.

Check with your health care provider if your nails develop pits, ridges, lines, changed shape, or other changes. These can be related to iron deficiency, kidney disease, and nutritional deficiencies.



Habif TP, ed. Hair diseasesClinical Dermatology. 5th ed.St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 24.

Habif TP, ed. Nail diseases. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed.St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 25.

Minaker KL. Common clinical sequelae of aging. In: Goldman L,Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 24.

Tosti A. Diseases of hair and nails. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed.Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 450.

Via Medline Plus

While I’ve attempted to use 

credible sources for information, 

this is not intended to be a 

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment. 

If there is a disparity between 

the information presented 

within this blog and the advice 

given by your medical professional, 

please follow the medical professional’s 

advice as he/she will know you 

and your medical circumstances.

Nail Looks Inspired by St. Patricks Day!

OPI to Release Oz: The Great and Powerful Nail Polish

OPI - Oz the Great and PowerfulCourtesy Photo (4); Time Inc. Digital Photo Studio

Via InStyle

OPI is bringing magic to your fingertips! The nail brand is set to launch a seven-piece range inspired by Disney’s upcoming film Oz: The Great and Powerful. “This collection captures the whimsy seen in the film, from glittery shades packed with white, gold, and iridescent confetti, to soft neutrals,” said OPI’s executive VP and artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “The rich taupe hue (left) was designed for James Franco’s character, the great Wizard of Oz, and is sure to make a bold statement this spring.” And the antique metallic shade has a dose of sorcery built in—the lacquer features OPI’s new Liquid Sand effect, which creates a matte pebbled texture using small glitter particles. Click through the gallery to preview the entire collection, and shop the shades in stores starting in March for $9 each.

Marianne Mychaskiw

How to Fix Your Gel Manicure: Follow This Advice!

Reblogged from InStyle
Courtesy Photo

Gel polish may last longer than regular formulas, but—oops!— sometimes even the strongest manicure can chip.

IF YOU DID IT YOURSELF: First smooth the chipped area by gently buffing the nail’s surface. According to manicurist Jin Soon Choi, if you used an at-home kit spot apply two coats of color on top of the chip, curing each one as directed. Apply topcoat and cure it again for a quick remedy!

IF YOU WENT TO A SALON: If you got your mani done in a salon, find a close shade in a regular polish, touch up the area, and then apply a high gloss topcoat. “CND and OPI have regular and gel polish with the same names, so it’s easy to match those up,” says manicurist Julie Kandalec.


Holiday Nail Ideas!


Fair Isle Snowflake Tutorial


Click here for a video how-to!

POLISH USED: konad sp “green” konad sp “red” guppy “#27 white” sally hansen manicure pen small silver beeds dotting tool


Maryam Maquillage © 2012. Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in Easy Going (Base Color) Sinful Colors Nail Art in Lagoon–comes with a fine brush (tip & stars) Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Techno (glitter polish used over tip) Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Silver (stars & dots) Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black (stars & dots) L’Oréal nail art dotting tool Duri Rejuvacote Nail Growth System Base/Top Coat





Nail Color Trends for Winter 2012-2013!


RGB Cosmetics Nail Polish in Cobalt

Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Baker Street


Le Métier de Beauté ‘Northern Lights’ Nail Lacquer in Aurora

Pale Orange

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in June (539)

Ox Blood

RGB Nail Polish in Ox Blood

Essie Nail Polish in Skirting the Issue

Midnight Sky

NARS Cosmetics Night Series Nail Polish in Night Flight

Butter London Nail Polish in Big Smoke


OPI Nail Lacquer, Pirates of The Caribbean Collection in Skull & Glossbones


Orly Fired Up Nail Lacquer in Flicker


Kate Middleton’s Beauty Routine


Via Shine
By Joanna Douglas

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton spends a fortune on her grooming routine.  If you’re envious of Kate Middleton’s shiny, perfectly curled hair, you can take solace in the fact that flawless grooming doesn’t come cheap. According to US Weekly, The Duchess goes to her favorite salon, Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa in London, three times a week for $75 blowouts. A source told US, “She loves her time there and she has known everyone there for years so it’s really relaxing for her.” Hair salon visits at least 156 times a year?! Must be nice.

When you’re a member of the royal family, appearance is everything. Middleton, who is constantly photographed, must constantly uphold an image of elegance and class, so naturally her skin, makeup, nails, and hair must all be impeccable. We dug a little deeper into Middleton’s beauty routine to see how much she spends on grooming. We’ve rounded up her favorite products and estimated her yearly beauty budget based on reported sources, general habits, and cosmetic expiration dates. Let’s see how it all adds up.

-Blowouts at Richard Ward’s salon are $75. Three times a week would cost $11,732 a year.
-ELLE UK says Middleton gets $11 Keratin Infusion treatments with each blow dry. Three times a week would cost $1,720 a year.
-Haircuts are $242 a pop. Every six weeks would cost $2,000 a year.
-Richard Ward told the Daily Mail he dyes Middleton’s hair with L’Oreal Symbio and Fuente Organic colour. A full head of lowlights at his salon costs $376. Every six weeks would cost $3,008
-BellaSugar, who provided extensive coverage of Middleton’s grooming routine, says the Duchess likes the Kérastase conditioning treatments, which cost $20 to $30. Spending $25 once a month would cost $300 a year.

Middleton did her own wedding makeup, though she did take lessons. Here are the products she’s purchased and used:
-YSL’s Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, $40
-Lancome Hypnose mascara, $26
-Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm, $60
-Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $42
-Bobbi Brown foundation, $46
-Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush, $24
-Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact, $39
-Bobbi Brown eye shadow in Ivory, Slate, and Rock Star, $21 each
-Bobbi Brown Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, $22
-Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink lipstick, $23
-Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip gloss, $17
If she bought all these three times a year her makeup would cost $1,206.

Skin care
-A product loyalist, Middleton loves Swiss brand Karin Herzog’s skin care items. The company’s managing director told her favorite items are the $50 Professional Cleanser, the $76 Vita-A-Kombi 1, the $32 Vita-A-Kombi 3 Spot Zapper, and $54 the Oxygen Face Cream. Restocking these items every three months would cost $848 a year.
-The Daily Mail says Mother-in-law Duchess Camilla convinced Middleton to try a $260 Bee Sting Facial from Deborah Mitchell, and now she’s hooked. Monthly facials would cost $3,120 a year.
-According to the Telegraph, Middleton was spotted buying Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream at Boots for about $8. Every three months would cost $32 a year.

Before the royal wedding, Camilla took Middleton to get her nails done by Marina Sandoval at the Jo Hansford Salon. They used Essie’s Allure nail polish. BellaSugar says manicures there are $58, and pedicures are $76. Bi-weekly mani/pedis would cost $3,484 a year.

Kate Middleton and her sister both love spray tans, and BellaSugar claims their regular salon charges $118. If she went bi-weekly it would cost $2,832 a year.

Middleton wore Illuminum White Gardenia Petals perfume on her wedding day. It costs $150 a bottle, so buying two a year would cost $300.

According to the Daily Mail, Middleton went to orthodontist Dr. Didier Fillion who closed the gap between her two front teeth with lingual braces using 3D technology. She had a $157 consultation and the treatment may have cost around $7,000. That’s $7,157 total.

Kate Middleton’s yearly beautifying total: $37,728. But we think she’d look gorgeous on any budget.


Gorgeous Nails With Studs Look!

Via 10 Blank Canvases

Peppermint & Studs

My latest mani was quite a simple but effective one. I have been a little under the weather recently so haven’t really felt like doing anything too intricate so I have been playing around with my shipment of studs I received the other day from Ebay.

I went with a base colour of Rimmel London Peppermint and then superglued (114 ½ – I just counted!) studs to my nails. I used a stanley knife to cut some of them in half to make sure there was an even spread on my nails. Finally I topped with a layer of Seche Vite to make sure then stayed on!

Left Hand
Right Hand
Rimmel London – Peppermint
Close up of studs

Denim Nail Polish Look!

Via Girls in the Beauty Department Beauty:

Nail Art Alert! Behold A Gorgeous Denim Manicure, Inspired by Mila Kunis on Glamour‘s August Cover

Denim nails have been A Thing ever since Chanel debuted their trio of tempting blue polishes back in 2011. Still in love with the look? Check out what Jenny Pasha of the nail blog 10 Blank Canvases, created in honor of our denim-themed August issue and cover-shoot with Mila Kunis!

Here’s Jenny’s take on the denim nail art trend and her comments on how she created this super-cool mani. I could stare at it for hours!

“To create a denim look, I started with a dark blue base using Hanover Square by Nails Inc.


“Then I used a small, coarse paintbrush to paint vertical and horizontal lines with white acrylic paint.”


“And then, to make it slightly faded, I added another layer of the blue nail polish with a sponge.”


“Once dry, I finished with matte top coat and added stitching details and a few studs to look like buttons!”


“The accent nail on each hand matches one of the looks that Mila Kunis wears in her cover-shoot.”


“On the left hand the accent nail matches the Rag & Bone hat she wears on the cover and on the right hand the accent nail matches the Pucci jacket she wears in another photo. For these nails, I painted on the base colors then added the detail using acrylic paint and a fine striper nail art brush.”

Read More

%d bloggers like this: