“My addiction to beauty is something that I will never recover from.”
Christmas can’t come soon enough with gifts like these.
Most of us ladies have our nails covered up with polish or acrylics, so we rarely see what our natural nails look like. Thank gosh, right? Besides, your natural nails aren’t half as pretty as your glittery, gel-covered nails, but it is important to check what your nails look like, because they often show signs of your health that you may not realise.
The colour of your nails, or the condition that they are in can let you know of health issues that you might have no idea about. While you should regularly visit your doctor for a check up (prevention over cure people!), it’s important to recognise potential harms your body is suffering from.
Nails should be a healthy pink colour, indicating that blood supply is good and that your body is absorbing nutrients well. Nails that are whiter could mean poor circulation and a lack of iron, while dark red nails can mean a high absorption of fatty acids and cholesterols, which can cause damage to your liver and arteries. Purple on the other hand, indicates an upset digestive system that may be caused by an over consumption of sugar or pharmaceutical drugs. Yellow nails may indicate problems in the lungs, while brown nails may indicate problems with the thyroid.
The texture of your nails can also be an indicator of your internal health. Brittle nails can indicate liver congestion and a lack of nutrients in the body that can be sourced from vegetables and fish. Flakey nails also show that you’ve been eating too much sugar or too many additives, or it can be a side effect of the pharmaceutical tablets you’re taking.
The horizontal ridges that you get in your nails are due to stress, while the vertical ridges come from kidney, liver and digestive tract issues.
While nails of course are only one indicator that could mean many things, it’s a good idea to take off the polish and look at your natural nails to see what they might be telling you. See your doctor for any concerns.
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Confused about which nail polish colours are perfect for summer? From monochrome to pastels, almost anything matches a (faux) summer-glow, and neatly groomed nails. All you need is a fresh base coat, and you can easily create the foundation for any shade this summer.
Who said that white is only a winter colour? White nails perfectly compliment a darker skin tone, and can match almost any outfit. Apply two coats for an opaque colour which won’t look streaky, and make sure to wait until each layer has dried completely before using a top coat.
Nars Opaque Nail Polish in Ecume, $19
Wear a baby-pink shade all summer long and your nails will surely thank you! A colour like this is perfect on every skin tone, and isn’t a nightmare to touch-up if it does crack. Simply fill in the gaps with soft brush strokes, and set with a subtle top coat for extra shine.
OPI Mod About You, $19.95
Even if you you’re not the biggest fan of too much colour on your nails, you can get away with this grey/green combination (at least on your toes). Just one coat will give you a subdued colour, and it’s enough to last without chipping off straight away.
Essie Maximillian Strasse Her, $16.95
If black nails are something you just can’t jump on board with, try a dark brown colour instead. They’re easier to apply (and remove), and won’t leave your nail beds with a dark black residue either. Just two coats is enough to give you that extra shine, without waiting hours for your nails to dry.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Bittersweet, $14.95
Nothing beats a soft coral shade in the summer-time! Another colour which suits every skin tone is a fun coral shade which is really easy to apply. Simply coat your nails, and apply a glossy shade over the top for that wet-look.
Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour in Hot Salsa, $7.95
Create a ‘your nails but better’ look with a beige-coloured nail polish for the summer. Shades like this are really easy to apply, (even for those who find painting their own nails a complete bore). The touch-ups are really simple, and the colour should last you a full week before cracking.
OPI Samoan Sand, $19.95
If a bright red nail polish is out of the question, try a toned-down version instead. An orange-red shade is ideal for women with a yellow based skin tone, and looks amazing when paired with a holiday tan. If you do find yourself in a bit of a mess, simply take a cotton bud and dip it into nail polish remover to get rid of any excess colour on your skin.
Essie Fifth Avenue, $16.95
What is your favourite nail polish this summer?
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Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new-season brights. Never worn bright yellow or dark bottle green nail polish before? No problem – be bold and step outside of your style comfort zone in these beautiful, new on-trend spring/summer nail polishes. Talk about nailing it… Shop all these fabulous finds at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au. Phone 133 357 for more details.
Green with envy: Turn heads in the Burberry Nail Polish Iconic Colour in Dark Bottle Green, $29, a lovely spring shade that’s perfect for garden parties and complementing new-season floral maxi dresses. Burberry polishes are good bang for your buck because they have a protective and long-lasting, high-gloss finish with accelerated drying and hardening times. Gorgeous!
Yellow brick road: Your nails will shine like the sun in this super-fun bright shade – OPI I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, $14.96. Part of OPI’s Brazil collection, it’s even currently on sale. Winning! Yellow is a wonderful happy colour that’s sure to lift your spirits, and your style, this spring. Nothing mellow about this shade, too!
Nectar of the gods: Punctuate your beauty look with Bobbi Brown’s divine, long-lasting Nectar colour, $26, from its delectable, new Nectar & Nudes collection. This classic, high-shine formula certainly makes for a vibrant manicure this spring. It’s such a delicious coral colour it practically begs you to take yourself out dancing.
Get a rosy glow: I love me a perfect shade of pink and this is my new summer fave: Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in 11 Rose Futuriste, $42. It’s shiny, elegant and fast-drying – love! Inspired by YSL’s iconic runway collection, this nail polish range is bright, bright, bright! Wall flowers need not apply.
Hot chilli woman: You can’t beat a hot red polish and this Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Indiscretion, $45, is my top pick of the bunch this summer. This gloss and shine nail lacquer has pink undertones and a hybrid cream-jelly finish. Just add hot shoes and a cocktail and go!
The seasons changing just gives us another good excuse to stock up on some brand new nail polish. It is an easy (and affordable) way to spice up your outfit without draining your entire back account. Rather than sticking with the traditional dark winter shades, experiment with some fabulous colours which are sure to brighten your mood, and make any outfit pop!
A far cry from deep red’s and blacks, white is a fantastic colour if you aren’t scared of dealing with the possibility of chipped nails. Rather, think of it as a neutral shade; it goes with almost any outfit, and is subtle enough to wear at work or any other special occasion you’ve got going on.
Essie Nail Colour in Marshmallow $16.95.
Darker colours such as burgundy or blood red fit in better with a winter wardrobe. These colours are easy to find, and are available in a number of shades to suit your particular skin type. If you want to be super-trendy, try out a matte shade which has winter written all over it! Matte nail polishes not only dry faster, but are a nice change if you’re over the glossy finish.
Sinful Colours Nail Enamel in Sugar Sugar $4.95.
Navy shades are beautiful for anyone who isn’t daring enough for a brown/black polish. They still give off a strong winter vibe, but aren’t overwhelming for the daytime either. Don’t forget to apply a coat of shiny-gloss to make your nails last longer, and add an extra sparkle.
OPI Russian Navy $19.95.
Probably the staple and most on-trend nail polish of the season, dark purple shades glimmer in the light and give off an amazing colour for any skin type. Equipped with a glittery formula, they suit both matte and glossy finishes which can be achieved with almost any top coat on the market.
Our pick is definitely OPI Lincoln Park After Dark $19.95.
Shades of silver, gold and almost anything in between embody the most trendiest polishes for winter. They offer a sophisticated sparkle which is weather appropriate, and are probably defined best as glitter for adults. The creamy lacquers are easy to apply, dry in an instant and will last you a very long time without chipping.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer $22.
- For an at-home manicure, exfoliate your hands to achieve the best possible application. Exfoliating gloves are great for washing away dry skin, and will leave your hands (and cuticles) feeling soft and luxurious.
- Shape your nails, push back your cuticles and file down any areas before putting on polish. This will save you the hassle of removing nail polish down the line.
- If you’ve made a mistake, quickly dip a cotton tip into the nail polish remover. This is a quick way to fix any errors you’ve made, rather than starting over.
- To achieve a flawless finish, wait until the previous layer has dried before painting your nails again. This could cause bubbles and make it that much longer to dry.
- Use a spray or oil to get your nails to dry faster. Oils are great to use since they nourish cuticles with vitamin E and repair dry skin around the nail. Try, Essence Express Dry Drops $3.50.
- Moisturise your hands after the nail polish has dried. This won’t interfere with the application, but nourish dry or cracked skin.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
So many gorgeous nail looks at New York Fashion Week to inspire your next visit to the salon, from barely there blush to the hottest new twist on the classic French manicure.
Barely there blush
The fresh and clean nails at the Reem Acra show are the perfect polished look for spring. Models’ nails were painted in OPI’s You Callin’ Me a Lyre? a sheer, soft pastel pink hue.
Sidewards French manicure
Designers Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang trended the hot new sidewards French manicure selecting sheer creamy off-white nude OPI’s So Many Clowns…So Little Time for nails, adding a unique slanted French tip in deep blue in OPI’s I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw for a pop of colour.
Classic chic French manicure
Joie’s spring/summer 2014 fashion show was inspired by the Mediterranean and a trip off the Amalfi Coast, with a pretty collection focusing on shades of white, a theme that was carried through to the nails.
Models wore natural nails but given crisp, classic white tips using OPI’s Alpine Snow; nails were then finished with a glossy coat of OPI Top Coat.
The fun BCBGMAXAZRIA show, with its ladylike patterns and cuts, was complimented by the perfect soft neutral shade OPI’s Samoan Sand. How pretty will this polish look with a tan?
Which is your favourite spring nail trend?
Most women can recall their first flirtation with makeup. A sickly sweet lip gloss that you wore to death one summer? A very trendy (and expensive) bright green mascara – what was I thinking? Or perhaps call-girl red lipstick on a way to young face… We’ve all been there. So, tell us about the first item of makeup you ever bought…
Alex: “It was a duo eye shadow that was electric blue and bright pink!”
Dee: “A revolting candy pink lipstick that I thought was gorgeous at the time.”
Leanne: “Blue eyeshadow with glitter – it was a fashion disaster but at the time my friends and I thought we looked very cool.”
Kylie: “Opal coloured lipstick I totally loved it it was purple and shiny I was 16 and thought I was sooo cool…”
Loredana: “My grown-up cousin gave me mascara on my 13th birthday. I loved it and went overboard! I wore it to school and was given detention.”
Karen: “Red peel-off nail polish. Very sophisticated – aged 7.”
Zoe: “It was a Strawberry Shortcake set, with a cute little pink lipstick, which smelled divine, and lovely bubble bath. I was about 5 at the time!”
Jacqui: “Being a nail biter, I bought a packet of Krazy Nails in bright red and thought they looked so hot!”
Briellen: “A lip smackers lip balm in strawberry and i was in year five and I thought that I was the luckiest girl ever and I applied so much that it ran out within weeks!”
Cynthia: “Sparkly gold mascara – not a good look!”
Sarah: “It was a kiwi-fruit lip balm from The Body Shop, about 20 years ago! I still remember it. I loved it so much!! It was fruity and shiny and SO girlie!”
Kathryn: “I bought some eye shadow in a delightful shade of purple to go with my black nail polish and fluoro purple hair band. I thought I was SO cool and hip! – Got to love the Eighties!”
The crusty old mascara, that leaking lip-gloss and that ancient oxidised concealer that has been sitting in the bottom of your make-up bag now for three years – ringing any bells ladies? You’re not alone. Our make-up bags are part of who we are. There comes a time when they need a clean out too. The time is now. Spring in the air and love on the way, an organised kit is part of the package. Grab a wine, a plastic bag, some antiseptic wipes, (this is to clean your make-up and any leaking make-up) and pen and paper to finally get the make-up kit you always dreamt about.Also don’t forget to choose a make-up bag that is strong enough to withstand the sea, sand and travel, and fashionable enough to double as an evening bag for apres-beach cocktails. Our favourites are Bloom, Uchi, and for total deluxe chic, check out Christian Dior’s cosmetic bag.
Here’s the list of the top products you may just need in your make-up bag:
Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment ($20)
Lancome Juicy Tube in Cerise ($35)
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($28)
Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in clear ($7.95)
Estee Lauder Nail Polish in Rosy Pink ($31)
Tony & Tina’s Millennium Key Nail Polish ($50). The best nail polish if you’re in a hurry. The clever bottle is designed so you hold it between two fingers. For stockists telephone George Giavis salon (02) 9328 6700.
Maybeline 8-Pan Designer Selections Shadows ($13.50)
Clinique High Impact Eye Shadow Trio in Walk in The Park ($43)
Prescriptives Luxe Soft Glow Moisture Makeup ($65)
Becca Luminous Skin Colour in Nude ($58) from Mecca Cosmetica
YSL Touche Eclat concealer pen ($70)
Avon Flawless Face Concealing stick ($14.95)
Orlane Blush in Orange Doree ($59)
Red Earth Duo Blush in C1001 ($16)
Avon Beyond Colour Nutralush in Uptown Pink ($24.95)
Maybelline Wet Shine Lipcolour in Nude Glow ($10.95)
No7 Colour Lock Lipcolour in Moulin Rouge ($17.95)
Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder in No 4 ($74)
Maybelline Eye Duets in Double Latte ($13.50)
Kiss NYC Eyeliner in Black ($7.95)
BeneFit Sketching Pencil in Sable ($28)
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($12.95)
CoverGirl Professional Mascara ($10.95)