Hot Fall 2012 Nail Polish Colors and Trends

hot fall 2012 nail colorsFall nail polish colors and trends for 2012 promise to be darker, more mysterious, and richer than their summer counterparts. Keep in mind that as the weather becomes chillier and the leaves turn brown, the color palette for this season will be in the same tone. Let’s take a tour of the hottest nail trends for fall 2012.

Dark hues
Perhaps the most popular nail trend for fall will be of a more subdued elegance embodied by dark hues such as midnight blue, copper, and burgundy. The nails at Wes Craven were of the same look and feel. Dark, mysterious, but still as beautiful…

Black, but not quite
There’s plum, blackened malachite, black coffee, and midnight blue nails. These were achieved by combining two shades – one in a deep and vibrant hue and the other in an almost black shade. To make midnight blue, for example, you can combine Essie’s Electric Purple and Black Jack topped with a matte finish. Perfect for nail polish for fall evenings.

Crimson
Crimson makes a big comeback this year. Red hot lips, whether with a blue or orange base, look great with crimson nails. This bold red nail trend also works well with metallic accessories as the color really pops. Other shades of red are as equally stunning- there’s coral and fire engine red, among others.

Brights
Fall 2012 nail trends aren’t just about the darker shades. Some designers like Rachel Anotoff like it spunky and colorful. Nail art, well, it never ceases to become a favorite. In fact, some summer shades such as watermelon, cucumber, lime green, and cobalt transition well into fall.

Textures
A little bit of shimmer is always beautiful. In fact, it goes pretty well with dark colors, giving them a little kick. Matte nails are also in season. Think subdued hues that are as matte as the most luscious matte lip color. Such a perfect combination, right? Like red, it goes well with metallic since the metallic shine is a stark contrast to the vivid matte color.

Mainstays
Other mainstays for fall nail trends this 2012 come from the summer hype. There’s ombre, neon colors, nude and neutral shades, as well as the classic French tip. Oval or short and round nails are still the best canvass for this seasons colors and trends in nails- classic neat and trim nails are always a sight to see- as well as beige and light pink lacquer.

The top brands in the beauty industry have been releasing their fall 2012 lacquer collections and these popular nail colors are widely available as early as today. OPI has its Germany collection which boasts a variety of rich colors such as Unforgettably Blue, Don’t Talk Bach To Me, and Deutsch You Want Me Baby. Pretty catchy names, a typical OPI trademark.

Essie also released its fall collection, Yogaga, with Pilates Hottie, Gym Dandy, and Boxer Shorts. These come in a lighter shade compared to OPI’s Germany collection.

A new fall favorite nail polish brand is the British laquer Butter. It just released its new fall/winter 2012 collection that’s sure to add sparkle into your life. I’m thinking this is a good set for nights around town.

The fall and winter collection for 2012 is all about the subdued elegance that comes in every bottle of color. Whether you prefer bold and dark tones or bright shades for your fall nails, be sure to add a new shade or two to your polish collection just in time for the autumn of 2012.

 

Comparative Review of Four Baby Bathtubs, Bath Seats, and Rinse Basins

Baby in BathIt’s no secret that babies are messy creatures. From the messes they make in diapers to the many times they spit up or empty their stomachs completely, moms and dads have come to expect an emergency bath here and there. Even if baby has a particularly good few days or a week, they still get to enjoy a regular bath time here and there, even from their earliest days as a newborn. That’s why it is so important to ensure you have a good baby bathtub, bath seat, sling or other piece of baby bathing equipment.

Here are four different pieces of baby bathing equipment to help you keep your infant happy and clean. Check out the pros, cons, and details of each baby bathtub, baby wash basin, and baby bath seat or sling to help you decide which one might be best suited for your little one.

Babies R Us Bath Sling

This product retails for less than $8 and it certainly has gotten its fair share of use in our home. We received this item as a gift at our baby shower and it has held up at home and on vacation. The bath sling reminds me of a hammock or other comfortable, flexible piece of furniture that has some ‘give’ to it. We have used this bath sling seat from Babies R Us since day one with our baby girl, and it has served us well.

You can buy the sea creature bath sling at Babies R Us or online at Babiesrus.com.

Pros of Babies R Us Bath Sling

-Very portable – fits in just about any crack or crevice in a fully packed car

-Comfortable for young babies

-Fairly secure, even for newborns without head control

-Extremely affordable

-Cute sea creature designs

-Made of breathable mesh

-Can use for up to the first year of life

Cons of Babies R Us Bath Sling

-Still need access to a bathtub or shower stall

-Still need a basin of some sort to fill with water and baby soap

-Baby will inevitably pee or poop on this and it is a bit of a pain to take the fabric off the sling frame for washing.


Different Options in Baby Thermometers – Summer Infant 3-in 1 Family Thermometer and EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer

Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family ThermometerA baby thermometer is an essential healthcare item for your little one, even if it is the kind of thermometer that can read temperatures for everyone in the house. Pediatricians typically want you to use a rectal thermometer for babies, although underarm thermometers and ear thermometers have also been popular. Pediatric doctors seem to agree that the rectal temperature gives the most precise reading when it comes to checking your child for fevers. Depending on how high the grade of fever, sometimes every moment counts, so be sure to follow your doctor’s advice when taking your little one’s temperature.

Many different types of baby thermometers are available on the shelves of baby superstores and online at places like Amazon, Baby Supermall, Drugstore.com, and others. A good three-in-one thermometer like the Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer is a great option to keep the whole family in check. This thermometer is suitable for use on babies from birth on up, and it has three different ways to record a temperature. This thermometer has five-second rectal, six-second oral, and seven-second underarm thermometer heads.

A cool fever alert glow feature notifies you without delay if your little one has a fever. The screen actually turns red and shows the temperature reading; otherwise it remains green. The clever design of this green and white, compact thermometer allows the different thermometer heads to stay inside a storage compartment on the back of the unit.

When using the Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer, you might be as impressed as I was when you see that the device knows which thermometer head you have attached. When you take someone’s temperature, you will hear an audible beep letting you know the reading is complete. The device’s memory also stores up to the past 10 temp readings. Also, users can choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius, depending on their preferences.

The Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer calls for two “AAA” batteries, which are included. You can find this product at your favorite baby stores and Target, as well as Amazon.com, Diapers.com, and other popular online retailers. For more information, check out www.summerinfant.com.

A new technology allows you to scan someone’s temperature quickly and easily with no mess and no fuss. The EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer registers an accurate temperature with a simple swipe of the forehead. This product is made in the USA and requires no probe covers since it reads your temp right from the forehead. This device is especially convenient for use on sleeping children or someone with an ear infection, but the temporal artery temp scanner is also a snap to use on yourself.

The EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer also reads both degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius, and comes with a 9-volt battery. It also has a protective cap to keep dust, hair, and other debris from collecting on the sensor. A combination of red LED lights and a beep sound indicate that the temperature has been properly scanned. Impressively, this device takes 1,000 temperature readings per second so it can select the most accurate. This product also features a patented arterial heat balance.

As a little bit of background, the temporal artery connects to the carotid artery, which means there is a direct connection to the heart as well. The temporal artery has a constant blood flow, making it suitable for accurate temperature measurement. The forehead is a comfortable, convenient, and safe place to scan your family’s temperatures. According to product documentation, the temporal scanner will pick up on a changing temperature much sooner than a rectal thermometer, with a lag time of 60 to 90 minutes on infants up to one year of age and even a difference of several hours on adults.

To use the EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer, simply press and hold the button, lightly swipe across the forehead, release the button, and read the temperature. In my experience, this seems to be almost too easy, so sometimes I worry a bit whether I’ve correctly captured my temperature. I also wonder what the margin of error might be if one person holds the button just a bit longer or a bit shorter than the next, but the device’s quick start guide covers all of these concerns in its troubleshooting section.

All in all, the temporal artery thermometer has been a great aid in quickly reading our temperatures, giving us a great indication of whether we are running a bit hot, cold, or just right. To be honest, my husband and I both love this device and look forward to using it for its ease of use and immediate results.

I received one Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer and one EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer for the purpose of this review. I truly appreciate each product for its own offerings and I like having both thermometers at my disposal, especially with a new baby in the family. I would highly recommend either or both of these products, depending on your family’s needs.

 

Baby Basics Nursing Pad Case and Washable Nursing Pads by Kushies

Kushies Nursing PadsThe Kushies brand offers a lot of really cool products for moms, babies, and kids. As a new mom, I have come to appreciate many of the convenient and clever products this brand provides, such as swim diapers and now the reusable nursing pads and a cute and convenient carrying case for them so you never have to worry about where they’ve gotten shuffled off to…. These products by Kushies make it easier for a new mom to get used to breastfeeding and keeping her clothes safe in the process.

In addition to nursing pads and products, Kushies is the leading online retailer of washable diapers, and also sells layette, bibs, and countless other products for babies and toddlers. I received one pack of six washable nursing pads and one Baby Basics Nursing Pad Case for the purpose of this review. The case is an adorable white zip pouch with light pink polka dots. It is cylindrical once expanded, but easily folds down to a small circle when not in use. This clever case makes it easy to store both wet and dry nursing pads separately, thanks to the convenient double-sided pouch. Each side zippers separately and the interior compartments feature a waterproof liner.

Kushies DiapersThis cute case is the perfect size to toss into your diaper bag, purse, or carryon bag, and it is discreet enough that the world doesn’t have to know you’ve got your nursing pads tucked inside. The exterior of the case is soft and smooth while the interior is also smooth despite being waterproof. The zippers zip almost the entire way around the case, probably just about as far as you can go without disconnecting completely. Kushies nursing pads fit neatly inside the case, making it ideal for travel as well as home use.

Also, there’s some more good news for busy moms. You can simply toss this case in the washer and dryer on low when you are ready to wash it. No need to hand-wash this product separately, so feel free to throw it in with your baby clothes or socks and undies.

Meanwhile, the Washable Nursing Pads by Kushies are decidedly well-made and very soft to the touch. They each feature precise stitching around the outside perimeter and a single seam on each side of the pad. Kushies reusable nursing pads are 100% cotton flannel, featuring four layers of ultra soft fabric. The washable nursing pads are contoured to fit the shape of the breast for a discreet look underneath your favorite tops or dresses. These products are also machine washable and dry-able.

Something I’ve noticed with all washable nursing pads that I’ve tried so far, no matter what brand, is that they seem to stick to your nipple following a feeding or pumping session. This can be very minimally uncomfortable until you separate the two, but it really isn’t a big deal once you know it’s coming. I have found certain brands of disposable nursing pads also seem to stick.

I really like these reusable nursing pads and the way they fit inside my bras. I haven’t decided yet if I prefer the disposable nursing pads or the washable ones. I like that the disposable ones don’t leak as much, whereas the washable cotton nursing pads seem to become saturated and leak through to my bra every once in a while. I do love that there are no sticky peeling papers to remove from the washable nursing pads.

At any rate, I am definitely a fan of both Kushies nursing products – the washable nursing pads and the adorable case to keep them in. To learn more about where to buy, visit www.kushiesonline.com and for general information and special offers, check out Kushies on Facebook at facebook.com/kushiesbaby.

By the way – Life Love Beauty readers can enjoy 10% off their purchases by using the code lifelovebeauty2012 on any order from www.kushiesonline.com.

 

A Sweet Place for Tummy Time and Lots of Fun Indoors or Outside – Oilo Play Blanket Review

Oilo Play BlanketThis designer play blanket features a soft, sateen fabric on one side and a durable, cotton duck surface on the other, similar in feel to a soft cotton canvas. Stylish and great for snuggling, this blanket is 40×50-inches and comes in an array of colors and gorgeous patterns so you can choose your favorite or one that best suits your baby. I received the Modern Berries Play Blanket in Spring Green from Oilo for the purpose of this review. When it arrived, it looked so pretty and stylish in the box that I almost hated to take it out – but I am so glad that I did.

Baby plays with Oilo BlanketThe play blanket is exquisitely made, featuring a two-inch flange around the edges of the blanket and a lovely blend of stripes on one side and the modern berries, like polka dots from afar, on the other. The spring green pattern is absolutely stunning and looks beautiful for any baby or tot to enjoy. I really like the pattern and the colors, a limey green and white, which together look modern, fun, and perfect for any setting. Another thing I love about this Oilo Play Blanket is that it is big enough for baby and mom or dad (or grandma / grandpa) to sit together as well.

This blanket makes a great tummy time blanket, and we have enjoyed using it frequently with our three-month-old. Our little one happened to spit up on the blanket the very first time we used it (of course). So I am also happy to report that it was easy to launder the blanket and the blanket held up perfectly in the wash. We line dried it according to packaging instructions and the play blanket is just as good as new.

Even celebrities love the Oilo brand. Christina Applegate and Rachel Zoe did their nurseries in Oilo, and Oilo was also featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show during last year’s Mother’s Day Show. It’s no wonder this brand and its stylish offerings are getting noticed by high profile people and by the media. These products are so pretty and modern that they just make you feel good having them in your home.

Oilo StudioYou can order your own Oilo Play Blanket for your little one or as a gorgeous gift for your next baby shower. This blanket retails for $65, a reasonable price to pay for quality and stylishness that will last far beyond the years until your child outgrows a play blanket. For more information about this and other Oilo products, check out www.oilostudio.com. You can also get product and company news and special promotions by liking Oilo on Facebook at facebook.com/oilo.

 

Tips on Throwing an Olympics Viewing Party

Olympics Viewing Party TipsWatching the Olympics can be such a memorable pastime when you enjoy these exciting sporting events with your family or friends. It can be a blast to cheer on your favorite athletes and your native country in the company of others who also enjoy these momentous events and overall competition. Here are a few tips to consider if you are interested in hosting your own Olympics party with family or friends.

An Olympics Viewing Party can be as casual or as outrageous as you like. Before you go too far in your planning, first consider whom you plan to invite. Will your Olympics party be kid-friendly or adults-only? Do you want to have family AND friends or just one or the other? How many guests would you like to invite, or how many can you comfortably accommodate? Once you know the answers to these questions, you can send out your invites or start making phone calls and sending text message to get the gang together.

Cheer on Olympics face paint at partyConsider these tips on throwing an Olympics Viewing Party at your home or other special location.

•    Put up a banner with the Olympic rings, even if you just print one off your computer or have your child draw one on poster board for you.
•    Hang up your country’s flag if you haven’t already done so.
•    Decorate your home with banners and balloons and even streamers in the colors of your country or the country hosting the Olympics.
•    When it comes to your Olympics party menu, consider serving food and snacks popular in the country hosting the Olympics.
•    Set up bowls of snacks in the shape of the Olympic rings.
•    Make up a fun game where you and your guests can predict winners in each event you will be watching. Offer prizes for big wins.
•    Be sure to take photos during your Olympics party so that you and all your friends and family can remember this special occasion in years to come.

Watching the Olympics at a partyDepending on the crowd of people you pull together, you may even be able to interest your guests in having your own little Olympics competition with a few favorite sports in the backyard. For summer Olympics, you can do lots of swimming events if you have a pool, or play soccer and other sports in the yard. For winter events, you might consider making up your own game of curling, going sledding, or playing hockey or ice hockey. If your party is adults only, you might also consider hosting your own Beer Olympics! (Be sure to drink responsibly.)

What other ideas do you have for a fun Olympics party? Please share them in our comments below.

 

15 Things You Can Do to Settle a Crying Baby

babyteethAs a new parent, it isn’t always easy to figure out why our daughter is crying. I am finally starting to get the hang of her cries, knowing which one is a wet diaper or a burp, when she’s hungry, or when she’s tired. Sometimes she just wants to be held, and I don’t really think there is a special cry for that. It feels like it’s taken me forever to start figuring out these special cries, so here is a list of a few things that have worked to settle our baby when she’s been crying.

As babies get older, other factors may also come into play, like teething. Sometimes your baby may be hot or cold. Try to rule out the heavy hitters first, like wet or dirty diapers, gas pains, and hunger. If you can’t quite figure out why he or she is crying, be sure to check your baby’s temperature. Call your pediatrician if you are concerned! If your baby is just being fussy, here are 12 things you can try to cheer up your little one and stop the tears.

1.    Bounce your baby. Some babies absolutely adore bounce, and any movement for that matter.
2.    Sing to your baby. Even if you hate the sound of your own voice, your baby will love it.
3.    Take your little one for a walk around the block.
4.    If the weather is okay, step outside for a few minutes to completely change the atmosphere.
5.    Take your baby to a mirror. Some babies have an insatiable attraction to their own reflection.
6.    Raise your baby gently up and down in the air. (Absolutely never shake a baby!)
7.    Play with some of your baby’s toys with her.
8.    Show your baby something interesting, like a pet, other animals, or something out the window.
9.    Go for a short drive in the car.
10.    Play classical music for your little guy or girl.
11.    Have some simple interaction, like letting him or her hold onto your finger or thumb.
12.    Hold our baby close and dance around the room.
13.    Hum made up songs.
14.    Gently pat the baby on the back.
15.    Rock your baby off to sleep.

When all else fails you can always try the pacifier, binky, or whatever you call it. This can be just the trick when baby is crying in public.

Remember to use caution in all activities you enjoy with your baby and other children. Safety must always come first. If you are concerned about your little one, be sure to call your baby’s doctor, especially if your child has a fever or other symptoms of illness or discomfort. Also trust your parental instincts. No one knows your baby as well as you do. Sometimes it is possible to distinguish between normal cries and a cry when something is genuinely wrong, even if you don’t know all the different cries yet.

Also remember, no two babies are exactly the same, so some of these tips may work like a charm for one mom and not at all for another. Please feel free to review these tips and add your own to our comments below.

 

Tips to Save Money on Diapers and Related Baby Products

messybabyIt’s no secret that diapers can be costly (and so short-lived) when you really think about it. Honestly, it only seems like a matter of a week or two until you’ve completely gone through a case of diapers! So diapers are expensive, and you use them a lot, and you wish you had more of them on hand at less of a cost. This is a pretty common problem for a lot of moms and dads. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help save on the cost of diapers and other related baby products. Here are some tips to spending less money on diapers.

Try these tips to help save money on diapers:

•    Get a copy of the Sunday paper and clip coupons. You may feel like a blast from the past in the 1990’s but the truth is, a lot of people can and do save money to this day with coupons clipped from newspapers.

•    Use apps on your smartphone to find coupons or compare prices across stores. You never know what the next Android app or iPhone app will do next!

•    Sign up for Amazon Mom. You can save on diapers, wipes, and the like when you sign on for a subscription. You can also get your items shipped in two days if they are Amazon Prime eligible.

•    Look for coupons inside your diaper and wipes packaging. Sometimes you will find a little coupon packet, a single coupon, or even a redemption code or rewards points to enter online.

•    Shop at Diapers.com. Promotions for new customers may be as good as getting $10 off a case of diapers of your choice, or savings up to 10% on other purchases. It’s a fantastic deal that makes the diapers super cheap compared to anywhere else you might shop. Another great benefit – you will receive your order in the next day or two with free speedy shipping!

•    Look for coupon codes and online discounts. Search sites like CouponSnapshot.com and RetailMeNot.com to find stores offering discount codes you can use to save some money the next time you buy diapers online.

These are just a few ways you can save some money on diapers, whether you shop online or in person. If you have other suggestions for getting great deals on diapers, please share your tips and ideas in our comments below!

 

10 Steps to Healthy Digestion

10 Steps to Healthy DigestionThere’s more to good health than a great diet. Check out these 10 steps to healthy digestion to ensure you take the proper actions to help your body digest all the food and beverages you consume on a daily basis.

Sit down at the table to eat. A great many of us nowadays have got into the habit of eating our meals seated in front of the television. This means that we are not giving our full attention to what we are actually eating. As a result we tend to eat faster and food is not properly digested. Make an effort to eat at the table as many times a week as your schedule allows. If you can get all the family around at the same time, even better. It’s a great way to catch up on all that’s been happening during the course of the week and a chance for any grievances to be aired. Relax, enjoy the company, and take time to eat properly. Once the meal is over, don’t rush off to do other things straight away. Allow yourself at least another five minutes so that the digestive process can begin.

Chew thoroughly and relish your food. Chew each mouthful about 20 times and savor every mouthful. Be aware of what you are eating and the different textures in your mouth. You’ll find you automatically eat slower when you are not trying to do other things at the same time. Chewing lets your stomach know that food is on its way. You need to give your stomach time to produce the digestive enzymes required to break down food. Not doing so will result in a bout of acid digestion. The herb centaurium contains bitter glycosides that stimulate the production of digestive juices in the stomach. Whether there is too much or too little stomach acid being produced, a tincture made from the herb will help even it out. This is excellent for anyone prone to acid reflux, heartburn, or hiatus hernia.

Sit up straight when you are eating to allow your stomach and intestines to do their job and make digestion easier. The lungs are one of the main excretory organs in the body. Deep breathing helps the diaphragm to relax, again easing digestion.

Don’t overeat. Stop eating before you feel full. Try not to eat heavy meals late at night. Your digestive system will struggle to cope if you eat and then expect it to slow down in an attempt to go to sleep.

Drink 1.5 to 2 liters of still water every day to hydrate the body to keep stools soft and to limit the amount of fluid that is absorbed from the colon. Don’t drink at mealtimes, though. It is best to drink more than twenty minutes before or after eating so as not to dilute the digestive juices.

Be kind to your liver, gall bladder, and pancreas, limit greasy and fatty foods, and be careful about your alcohol intake. If fats are digested effectively, you should have good bowel movements and be less likely to get a bloated stomach. Use a tincture of milk thistle, dandelion, and artichoke to help support and cleanse the liver to allow it to produce and move bile more efficiently. If you have a high level of cholesterol, add a tincture of Cynara scolymus or Globe Artichoke, a herb known for its ability to lower cholesterol levels.

Never ignore the need to pass stool or else more liquid will be absorbed and the result will be hard stools. If you eat three meals a day, then you can expect to have a bowel movement every day. If waste material is not expelled from the body, it will ferment in the intestines, the end result being wind, bloating, belching, and general discomfort.

Include lots of fiber such as wholegrain breads and cereals, brown rice, pulses, and beans in your diet to keep the intestines running as efficiently as possible.

Be aware of stress and find ways to manage as it has the capacity to wreak havoc with your digestive system. To help deal with stressful situations in your everyday routine, consider the herb passiflora, which can help reduce the levels of anxiety in the body.

And last but not least: Exercise daily. This will help stimulate muscle activity and encourage the passage of food through the bowel. Yoga is an ideal choice to help increase mobility and strengthen muscles.

 

Summer 2012 Hair Colors, Cuts, Styles, and Trends for the Hottest Months of the Year

Summer 2012 Hairstyles and HaircutsFew better places exist for finding the latest trends and fashions than the runway. Spring and summer collections in fashion weeks were filled with 2012 hair trends and hairstyles for women, hot new nail colors, trendy accessories, and so much more. With the summer heat, vacations, summer weddings, and so much more, these hot hair trends are perfect for the hottest months of the year.

Ponytails
Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan were fans of this classic hairstyle. Models were fitted with ponytails with center parts. These put focus not only on clear complexions but also on the clothes that debuted in the runway.

Side Parts
Side parts were seen at J Mendel and Dries Van Noten’s Spring-summer 2012 collection. They were either sleek and shiny or textured, rough, and wavy. Nevertheless, side parts added a hint of mystery as it hid part of the models’ faces as they walked down the runway.

Accessorized Up-Dos
Accessorized Up-Dos were seen in the runways of Chanel and Phillip Lim. Chanel, being big fans of pearls, added them to the models’ elegantly styled coifs and bare backs. Phillip Lim, on the other hand, used copper hair pins to hold hair in strategic places. Louis Vuitton used headbands, tiaras, and golden accessories to amp up the volume.

Blow-Outs
Glorious blow-outs were very popular for Anna Sui and Dolce and Gabbana. Blow-outs look great on long, luscious hair with either center or side parts.

Wet Look
Going to the beach? Start the fun by imitating beach waves. Apply a generous amount of styling products onto wet hair and allow it to air-dry. It’s also great to wear hair slicked back or down and loose.

Braids
Fishtails and braided up-dos are perfect for those days that are too hot to let your hair down. This is a fancy way to keep it up and textured.

Quiffs
Quiffs (think Gwen Stefani) add lots of volume to slick, styled hair. Use tons of hairspray and volumizing cream to get the look, and sweep your hair either back or to the side.

Volume
Teased hair comes full circle right from the 80’s. Only this time, it’s more elegant than its previous version. Voluminous locks are perfect for semi-formal social gatherings or evening parties during the summer.

Long hair is making a comeback this season. Whether it’s classically styled by center parts or braids, long, glorious hair looks absolutely divine. It’s also the ideal length to let beach waves show. Nevertheless, with these styles and long locks, you’re sure to have a variety of styles to consider for the summer of 2012.

 

Summer 2012 Pedicure Trends and Hot Colors for Toes

Hot Summer Pedicures - colors and trends for 2012What’s a little bit of color in your outfit, right? Don’t forget to keep your fabulous sense of style and fashion going straight down to your toes with fun summer pedicures this season. Summer 2012 pedicures are all about bright takes on classic colors for toes. What’s more, different brands have customized their collections just to put you ahead in summer 2012 pedicure trends. Here are a few trends we’ve spotted in popular pedicure styles this summer from the trendsetters in the beauty and fashion industry.

Neons
Electric yellow, lime, cobalt blue, and fuchsia are making a big splash this year.  Your toes will definitely get the attention they need with these colors. Try a fun trend by putting a different color on each toe. China Glaze has a fantastic neon summer 2012 collection.

Metallics
Going to the club one of these summer evenings? Metallics are classic lacquer shades that you can wear from the beach to the club, say, in Miami or Brazil. Match this color with silver or gold pumps or heels with metallic embellishments. Kleancolor has a collection available in dark hues as well as lighter, pinker ones. Picture the sandy beaches of all the most wonderful tropical destinations in the world and you are sure to envision some of the metallic sandy pinks and beiges in this summer nail polish collection.

Hot Summer Pedicures - colors and trends for 2012Classics
Of course, classic colors will never go out of fashion. Deep reds, nudes, and pinks will always look great on any feet. You can wear these to semi-formal day and afternoon events such as weddings, bridal showers, and birthday celebrations. Essie has a lovely collection that boasts colors such as watermelon and clam bake.

Shimmer
Like metallics, shimmer is a good color to wear when out partying. Layer them over bright or dark hues for an attention-grabbing set of toes. It also helps to buy colors with added shimmer. Zoya has a pretty set of shimmers that can make some of the most perfect summer pedicures.

Ombre

Ombre is especially chic when done in metallic or shimmery shades. To do this, choose colors that are in the same color family. You’ll need a makeup sponge to dab one color over the other. Ombre is a style that can be done using different brands and different colors, so it’s as fun as it looks.

Summer is a time to let your hair down and have a break away from stress. Beach vacations are a must, and so are happy, colorful feet. One thing to consider is to get yourself armed with an array of colors, all bright and fit for the sun. Next is a pedicure or a foot spa to make your feet look like they’ve been waiting for sun, sand and surf. Happy summer!

 

Summer 2012 Hot Nail Polish Colors and Manicure Trends

Essie Summer 2012 nail polish collectionSun, surf, sand – it’s summer! And what better way to kick it off than to add a little color into your look with summer manis and pedis? No matter if you like bright and funky nail colors or sweet and subtle manicures and pedicures, you can find a pretty summer nail trend that suits your style this season. Here’s a quick rundown of the hottest nail polish colors and trends for summer 2012.

Perhaps the best place to look for the latest trends in everything from fashion to hair to nails is on the catwalk. Fashion weeks all over the world showcase forecasts on what’s going to be hot, and so people like us flock to fashion blogs and magazines to get a first look at what’s going to be in. This is especially true for nails this summer of 2012.

Reverse French Tip
It is what it is! Use a richer, darker color for the larger side, and a lighter, neutral color for the “tip.” French tip nails are timeless classics, so take a fun spin on this traditional manicure and pedicure style.

Ombre

There’s one brand that comes to mind whenever I hear the term Ombre in connection with nails, and that brand is Zoya. You can wear the Zoya Beach collection Ombre style by blending two or more colors on one nail. Another way to do it is by wearing shades going from the darkest to the lightest from your thumb to your pinky, sort of like a gradient nail. Either way, your nails will still look like they came out of a fresh grapefruit.

Neons

Two words: China Glaze. If you want to go all out on a splash of color, China Glaze’s Summer 2012 collection is for you. You’ll be delighted with the neons in pink, yellow, green, blue, and orange. It’s all fun from there! Bright, bright neons are some of the hottest nail polish colors for summer this year.

Pale Brights
There’s no other way to spice up your nails than by literally making them bright. This is absolutely perfect for summer – you need something that will compliment a sundress. Essie’s Bikini So Teeny 2012 is the queen of the brand’s summer collection, and a sweet nail color that you should try. The Summer 2012 Essie nail collection is just so colorful and fun; you can create a whole wardrobe based on these nail lacquers.

Long and Elegant

Essie did quite a number for Zac Posen’s runway show. The models were fitted with long nails that were, of course, filed to a perfect rounded shape. The nails were then painted in a neutral color. This look is subdued enough for work yet super sexy for a hot night out with your man. Maybe it’s no surprise for a hot summer 2012 nail trend – nude and neutral nails always seem to be in style!

OPI Summer 2012 hot nail colorsShort and Sweet
Keep it prim and proper with short nails, but make them pop out with OPI’s Summer 2012 collection. The destination-themed colors are a great way to add juicy hues to your outfit. For this year, it’s all about Holland. Think tulips in red, pink, purple, and yellow, and you have a collection that’s waiting for you in the shelves. Spice up your summer outfits with these lovely summery nail colors for 2012.

Manicured nails are always a sight to see, so go ahead, have your nails done or do them yourself, and get ready to show them off this summer!