How to Paint Pretty Nail Art Designs on Your Toenails

With warm weather all around, now is a great time to spruce up your look with a pretty pedicure. Paint pretty daisy nail designs on your toes with these easy DIY tips.One of the most popular pedicure styles of all time is the French pedicure – pale pink nails with bright white tips. This look is classy, elegant, and timeless. However, if you are looking for a more fun and exciting pedicure style, why not paint your toenails with pretty nail art designs yourself? You can use your own creativity to design the most beautiful and creative nail art designs for your toes.

Painting nail designs on your toenails is actually easier than you might expect. If you are at all accustomed to painting nail art designs on your fingernails, painting nail designs on your toes should be a breeze for you. The hardest part of painting nail designs on your toenails is finding the right position to prop up your foot so you can easily reach your toes with the nail polish or nail art pen.

Paint pretty daisy nail designs on your toes with these easy DIY tips.Once you’ve found a comfortable position to paint your toenails (I like to sit on a kitchen chair and bend my knee so that my foot is resting on the same chair I’m sitting on, right in front of me), you’ve conquered the toughest part. Now you simply need to paint the base coat, decide on the theme of your nail art designs for your toenails, and get started.

To paint pretty nail designs on your toes, follow these easy step-by-step instructions:

How to Paint Pretty Daisy Nail Art Designs on Your Toenails
1.    Find a location where you can comfortably sit and still easily and comfortably reach your toes with nail polish.

Paint pretty daisy nail designs on your toes with these easy DIY tips.2.    Place down newspaper or paper towels so you won’t drip nail polish on anything important.

3.    Paint your toenails with a solid color base coat in a fun nail polish shade.

4.    Allow that coat to fully dry, and then paint a second coat of the same color nail polish.

5.    Once your painted toenails are dry, you’ll need to decide what kinds of nail art designs you want to paint on your toes.

6.    For the sake of these instructions, we’re going to use daisies as an example. To paint daisy nail designs on your toenails, use a white nail art pen or a bit of white nail polish on a toothpick and paint five or six lines all coming together in the center.

a.    For your big toe, you’ll be able to fit more than one daisy if you like. For smaller toes, don’t try to cram too much into a small area. Keep things clean and simple. One daisy per smaller toe will look great!

Paint pretty daisy nail designs on your toes with these easy DIY tips.

7.    Allow the white petals to fully dry before you even think about applying the drop of yellow for the center of the daisies. Once the petals are fully dry, add a single dot to the center where all the petals come together, using a yellow nail art pen or a toothpick and a bit of yellow nail polish.

8.    Allow these designs to dry fully.

9.    Apply a clear topcoat to seal your designs and protect them from chipping.

Remember, painting pretty nail designs on your toenails is easy if you just take your time and practice. You’re going to love having such a fun and fashionable pedicure to show off in your favorite flip-flops and sandals!

Fun and Easy Nail Fashions with Kiss Everlasting French Nail Kits and the Manhattan Collection by Dashing Diva

Hands are one of several things people are instantly drawn to. Enjyo a pretty French Pedicure with ease with the Kiss collection. (photo by Barbara Baker)It is more so because hands are what we use to greet and communicate. These are also the tools we use to cook, clean, hug, and praise our little ones; so why not keep them looking great?

Let me just clarify for a moment; having nails done at a nail salon is always fun so I won’t even begin to down play that… but, it is costly and it does introduce serious damage to your nails over time; not to mention the smells that linger from the chemicals used to produce those pretty nails.

Enjyo a pretty French Manicure with ease with the Kiss collection. (photo by Barbara Baker)

What’s worse is if you break one nail…. You can’t just fix it at home (if you want it to match the rest of your nails), so unfortunately you have to run back to the salon and have it fixed. Now this can be time consuming and (at least where I live) can cost upwards of $5.50 or more… for one nail! Why spend that much money and time on one nail when I can get the same effects from a kit by Kiss and do it in the comforts of my home and the added convenience of having more than one backup nail to use?

Enjyo a pretty French Pedicure with ease with the Kiss collection. (photo by Barbara Baker)Kiss has recently introduced a revolutionary, patented technology that is about to sweep the artificial nail industry by storm (and I was lucky enough to try them out firsthand!). This new technology has a chip-free guarantee. It is bounded by layers in its manufacturing process to keep that French manicure look for the entire duration of use. These fake nails are now stronger and hold more like a salon acrylic application.  You can choose from flat or regular nail arcs and they come in 12 different sizes. The added features to Kiss nails also include the all new “real short” and “medium” lengths. The toenail features are equally given.

Easily remove all nails or only one with this nail remover from the Kiss collection. (photo by Barbara Baker)Don’t bother worrying about how you’ll take them off when you need to. Kiss is providing an easy solution for that too; the “All or One” Artificial Nail Remover. In less than a few minutes you’re back to natural nails without the damage to your nail’s surface. Simply put one or all of your nails into this ready-made remover (removes 5X faster than soaking in acetone) and rub your nails up against little brushes inlaid on the outer rim of the jar. Once you’re done, just wipe. It’s that simple.

 

Everlasting French Nail kits can be purchased at your usual retailer and have an ARV of $5.99. They can also (for your convenience) be purchased online by going to www.kissusa.com; in fact, if you go to the official website you can check out their full collection, newly introduced items, simple techniques, and how-to’s.

Dashing Diva offers a variety of fun and beautiful nail polish colors for spring, summer, and anytime. (photo by Barbara Baker)But why stop there? Once you’ve finished trying out the awesome nails for both fingers and toes, how about polishing them with the Manhattan Collection by Dashing Diva. This nail polish is chip-resistant and has a special blend of polymers to seal color for up to 10 days without chipping. This collection is formulated without the controversial ingredients Phthalates (DBP), Formaldehyde, and Toluene, which have been linked to negative health conditions.

Along with the wonderful Kiss kits and artificial nail remover, I was given Dashing Diva’s The Red Carpet, East Village, NYPD Blue, and Central Park after Dark shades and could not even begin to tell you my favorite. They are equally vibrant and unique, charming and elegant, spunky and rich. Who wouldn’t want nail shades with this type of attitude? I loved every one of them and my girls had a fun time decorating their nails with the colors, too. Dashing Diva offers a variety of fun and beautiful nail polish colors for spring, summer, and anytime. (photo by Barbara Baker)Dashing Diva is by far one of my favorite brands of nail color collections and I definitely feel strongly when I say; YOU’VE GOT TO TRY THIS COLLECTION!

Dashing Diva’s Manhattan Collection has over 100 nail polish shades to choose from and are priced at a mere $8 each. Dashing Diva is a leading Nail Care and Spa brand located in premiere global areas. They are committed to providing the best in nail care products and are located at 1 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050. You can also go to www.dashingdiva.com or by calling 516-621-6565.

Best of Spring and Summer Beauty 2009 – Hot Beauty Products for Your Nails

If you are looking for the hottest beauty products for nails for spring and summer 2009, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured and searched to find only the top notch products to give you beautiful, strong, and healthy nails this season. From nail polish remover that smells great to creative nail art pens for dressing up your nails with festive nail designs, and everything in between, we bring you the best of spring and summer beauty 2009 – hot beauty products for your nails.

Read on to discover our favorite nail care and nail design products!

Top 2009 Nail Art Design Pen Collection – Beach Babez Collection Two-Way Nail Art Pen by nubar
For the artist in all of us, nubar offers the Beach Babez Two-Way Nail Art Pen Collection, which includes eight different fun-in-the-sun shades. This kit contains everything you need for a fun filled spring and summer of beautiful, artistic nail designs. Each nubar nail art pen in the Beach Babez Two-Way Nail Art Pen Collection has a brilliant hue, with the exception of the white nail art pen, which is essential for many fun nail designs.

The Beach Babez Two-Way Nail Art Pen Collection includes the following nail pen colors: nubar NAP 177 Lulu Purple, nubar NAP 175 Barbie Pink, nubar NAP 176 Betty Blue, nubar NAP 180 Gidgit Green, nubar NAP 179 Susie Orange, nubar NAP 181 Yollie Yellow, nubar NAP 182 Patra Purple, and nubar NAP 178 Wendy White. For the most part, these fun spring and summer nail colors offer a bold and iridescent tone.

Another beauty of the Beach Babez Two-Way Nail Art Pen Collection is that each nail art pen offers two different ways to creatively design your nails. Unscrew the nail pen’s cap to reveal a long and very fine paintbrush tip, delivering ease in detail work, stripes, and larger designs as well. Simply pull off the top portion of the cap instead and you’ll find a tiny metal tip that you can use to decorate your nails by gently squeezing the nail art pen until the desired amount of nail polish comes out.

I could go on and on about how much I love this great nail product for spring and summer beauty this year, but I know I’ll be enjoying it for a long time to come… and I’m sure you’d like to find out about some other hot nail products for spring and summer 2009….

The Beach Babez Two-Way Nail Art Pen Collection by nubar retails for $39.95 and is available at www.bynubar.com.

Top 2009 Nail Polish Remover for Spring and Summer 2009 – dazzle dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover
dazzle dry Lemongrass Nail Polish RemoverIf you are looking for a new brand of nail polish remover that doesn’t leave your hands dry and your skin reeking of acetone, try dazzle dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover this spring and summer. This lemony fresh nail polish remover – surprise – smells great and moisturizes your skin, nails, and cuticles instead of drying out your skin like so many other nail polish remover products.

In all truth, dazzle dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover is the fastest acting nail polish remover I’ve ever used. A mere one or two swipes with a cotton ball using this great nail polish remover easily and immediately removes nail polish, even if it’s more than a week old. I loved how quickly and easily dazzle dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover removed the old nail polish from my fingernails and toenails, and I found the lingering lemony scent to be a major benefit as well.

The dazzle dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover does contain acetone, but doesn’t leave the nasty odor of acetone on your hands and feet after removing nail polish. Other ingredients in dazzle dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover include water, glycerin, lemongrass essential oil, and clove essential oil. The essential oils truly are a blessing in this beauty product for spring and summer 2009 and beyond. In fact, I think this product is well worth changing from your typical drugstore brand nail polish remover in a heartbeat!

An 8 oz. bottle of dazzle dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover retails for $10.50. You can buy this product online at VB Cosmetics.


Top 2009 Fun and Flirty Nail Polish Collection for Warm Weather – Orly Tiki Time Collection and Carnivale Collection

Pretty Mother’s Day Nail Art Designs You Can Do Yourself

Whether you are “Mom” or you just want to show her some creative appreciation as Mother’s Day approaches, you can have a lot of fun with pretty Mother’s Day manicures and nail art designs in Mom’s honor. Create these fun and pretty DIY Mother's Day Mom Heart with Arrow nail designs.Create lovely Mother’s Day nail art designs and Mom themed manicures just in time for the special holiday that celebrates everything Mom.

For Mother’s Day nail art designs and Mom themed manicures, you can choose just about any colors of nail polish that you like or that you think Mom would like. You can go with pretty pastel nail polish to accent the springtime or pretty reds or burgundies as a timeless classic. You could also go with a classy and chic French manicure and dress it up any way that you like. Once you decide on the style of your Mother’s Day manicure, you can move forward into creating the Mom themed nail art designs or overall style of your fingernails.

Create these fun and pretty DIY Mother's Day nail designs.To create a beautiful Mother’s Day manicure by yourself, you can simply choose your colors, gather a few materials, find a place to work, and get to it. Try these step-by-step instructions for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) nail art designs for pretty Mother’s Day manicures.

Mother’s Day Nail Art Design #1: Mom Heart with Arrow Tattoo Nails
To create a pretty Mother’s Day manicure with Mom Heart with Arrow Tattoo nail art designs, think of the popularized “Mom” heart tattoo with an arrow going through it. You can create this Mom Heart Tattoo nail design on all of your nails or just on a select nail on each hand. The amount of time you want to spend on your nails will help you decide.

 

Create these fun and pretty DIY Mother's Day Mom Heart with Arrow nail designs.Create these fun and pretty DIY Mother's Day Mom Heart with Arrow nail designs.Create these fun and pretty DIY Mother's Day Mom Heart with Arrow nail designs.

To create the Mom Heart Tattoo nail art designs for a pretty Mother’s Day manicure, gather these materials and follow these steps:

Materials
–    Desired background color of nail polish
–    Red nail polish or nail polish art pen
–    Black nail polish or nail polish art pen
–    Clear topcoat
–    Tiny paintbrush or toothpick if nail art pens aren’t available

DIY Nail Design Instructions
Create these fun and pretty DIY Mother's Day Mom Heart with Arrow nail designs.1.    Paint your nails the desired background color. Do at least two coats and allow each to dry thoroughly.

2.    Once nails are fully dry, decide whether you would have better luck painting the full red heart first or painting the black outline of the heart and filling it in later. Complete the following steps in whichever order makes the most sense to you:

Note: Allow nails to dry completely between each of the following steps.

–    Paint a red heart on your nail using the red nail polish or a red nail art pen if available. If the nail polish brush is too thick to paint a good heart, you may want to use a small paintbrush or a toothpick for finer details.
–    Paint a black outline of a heart. If you complete this step first, you’ll need to fill in the black outline with red nail polish later. If you paint over the lines, you can always touch up once everything is dry.

3.    Once nails are dry, use the black nail art pen or a tiny amount of black nail polish on a toothpick or small, thin paintbrush to write the word “Mom”. Depending on your level of expertise, you can try for a script style or a simple, clean style.

4.    Paint a small, upward or downward diagonal line with a triangle on the end at one side of the heart.

5.    At the other side of the heart, paint a line in the opposite direction (upward or downward and facing away from the heart in the opposite direction). Add “feathers,” or other diagonal lines, coming off of this new line to create your heart with arrow nail design.

6.    Once your nail designs are dry, paint a clear topcoat to seal and protect your pretty Mother’s Day nail art designs.

Mother’s Day Nail Art Design #2: Hearts and Flowers Manicure…


How to Create an At-Home, Do-It-Yourself “Green” Pedicure

More and more, people are focusing on saving the environment and doing their part to recycle and use materials that aren’t harmful to the earth. This is a trend that can carry through even in your favorite beauty routines. An at-home, “green” pedicure is a great way to pamper yourself without hurting the environment.

An at-home, green pedicure can be relaxing and lots of fun by yourself or with your friends. The green pedicure can also leave your feet looking and feeling wonderful, just like you’ve stepped out of a classy spa or salon. Follow these tips for an easy and relaxing green pedicure.

Celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp offers the following tips and step-by-step instructions for a do-it-yourself professional and natural “green” at-home pedicure using ORLY’s NEW French Polynesian Island Spa Collection.

STEP 1: Use a non-acetone / natural nail polish remover such as ORLY’s Gentle Formula Nail Polish Remover to remove any existing lacquer from nails.  File nails with a glass file as this expertly and gently shapes while preparing the nail for polish.

STEP 2: Soak feet in a tub of hot, soapy water and add ORLY’s Refreshing Citrus Foot Soak – soak feet for at least 10 minutes.  Using ORLY’s Pearl Silk Sugarcane Foot & Leg Scrub, scrub feet lightly to remove rough areas and/or calluses.  Wipe feet dry with a soft cotton towel, but make sure to leave cuticles moist.

STEP 3: Apply a generous amount of ORLY’s Island Balm Ultimate Strength Foot Crème a few inches above the ankles and massage into feet – concentrating on heels and any other problem areas.

STEP 4: Use ORLY’s Cuticle Therapy Creme on cuticles to condition and moisturize.  Gently push the cuticles back with a cotton-wrapped cuticle pusher or orange stick and be sure to wipe excess oil or cream off the nails with non-acetone nail polish remover.

STEP 5: Use 3 Free formulas (meaning free of DBP and all traces of Toluene and Formaldehyde) to protect nails from harmful, damaging chemicals.  Base coats and top coats are crucial in ensuring long-lasting results.  Start with ORLY’s Bonder as a base coat to prep the nails for polish, after the base coat has dried, apply two thin coats of the lacquer and finish with ORLY’s Sec ‘N Dry top coat.  A few days later, apply ORLY’s Glosser to nails to add shine and longevity to the color.

HIPP TIP: Keep a bottle of ORLY’s Cuticle Oil + with you at all times – especially in the car.  Women tend to notice their nail condition/cuticle dryness when their hands are on the wheel.  Healthy, moisturized cuticles immediately make nails look more beautiful!

This spring, use ORLY’s Carnivale (February) and Prepster (April) Collections to add a fun, flirty touch to those freshly pedicured feet!

– Above tips courtesy of celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp

Tip: You can also use Epsom salt for a relaxing, “green” foot soak!

Fun and Adorable Do-It-Yourself Easter Nail Art Designs

Springtime and Easter offer so many fun nail art design ideas to create a beautiful manicure or pedicure for yourself.

Create beautiful, DIY Easter nail art designs for spring manicures.

You can create fun and adorable Easter nail art for your fingernails at home with your favorite nail polish colors or by picking out a few new colors or even colorful nail art pens. Let your creativity loose and get ready to paint your nails with adorable Easter nail art designs.

Before you get started, make sure you gather a few supplies to help you paint your Easter nail art designs on your fingernails or toenails. You’ll need: nail polish, nail art pens or a tiny paintbrush or toothpick, paper towels or a napkin to protect your table or painting surface, nail polish remover, Q-tips, and a clear topcoat to seal your Easter nail art to your nails. Once you have all the supplies you need, you can start thinking about the kinds of Easter theme nail designs you would like to paint.

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Read on for specific instructions and photos of each type of do-it-yourself Easter nail art you can try.

DIY Easter Nail Art Design #1: How to Paint an Easter Bunny Nail Design

Follow these steps to create Easter Bunny nail art designs for spring. Follow these steps to create Easter Bunny nail art designs for spring. Follow these steps to create Easter Bunny nail art designs for spring.

To create adorable Easter Bunny nail designs, follow these steps:

Note: Allow the nail polish to dry completely between steps if your Easter nail art designs involve any overlapping colors.

1.    Paint your nails the desired base color.
2.    Allow the base coat to dry completely.
3.    Paint a small, skinny loop for an ear, and then another one next to it.
4.    Paint a circle to be the Easter Bunny’s face.
5.    Paint two dots for eyes. (Tip: Blue is a nice color for Easter Bunny eyes.)
6.    Paint a single dot or smudge for a nose on your Easter Bunny nail design.
7.    Paint a small dash or smile for a mouth.
8.    Paint three horizontal or angled lines for the Easter Bunny’s whiskers.
9.    Paint a clear topcoat to seal your design.

Follow these steps to create Easter Bunny nail art designs for spring.Follow these steps to create Easter Bunny nail art designs for spring.Follow these steps to create Easter Bunny nail art designs for spring.

DIY Easter Nail Art Design #2: How to Paint an Easter Chick Nail Design

Follow these steps to create Easter Chick nail art designs for spring.Follow these steps to create Easter Chick nail art designs for spring.Follow these steps to create Easter Chick nail art designs for spring.

To create adorable Easter Chick nail designs, follow these steps:

1.    Paint your nails the desired base color.
2.    Allow the base coat to dry completely.
3.    Paint a circle for the head and then a circle for the body.
4.    Paint two triangles, one on either side of the body circle. These are the Easter chick’s wings.
5.    Paint a triangle for a beak.
6.    Paint two dots for eyes.
7.    Paint two sticks for legs.
8.    Paint three smaller sticks for toes on each stick (leg).
9.    Paint a few short lines on the top of the head circle if you wish. This can be a cute tuft of feathers for your Easter chick nail art design.
10.    Paint a clear topcoat to seal your design.

Follow these steps to create Easter Chick nail art designs for spring.Follow these steps to create Easter Chick nail art designs for spring.Follow these steps to create Easter Chick nail art designs for spring.

DIY Easter Nail Art Design #3: How to Paint Your Nails Like Candy for Easter (Easter M&Ms)
Create an adorable Easter M&M nail art design.To create adorable Easter candy nail designs, follow these steps:

1.    Paint your nails the desired base color. For Easter M&M candy nail designs, consider the pretty, pale pastel colors of nail polish that would easily match the true colors of Easter M&M candies.
2.    Allow the base coat to dry completely.
3.     Using a white paint pen or a bit of white nail polish on the end of a tiny paint brush or a toothpick, carefully add a letter “m” to each nail as desired.
4.    Allow all the Easter nail designs to dry completely.
5.    Paint a clear topcoat to seal your design.

DIY Easter Nail Art Design #4: How to Paint Pretty Easter Flower Nail Designs

Paint a pretty flower nail art design.Paint a pretty flower nail art design.

Paint a pretty flower nail art design. Paint a pretty flower nail art design.

Pretty spring flowers and Easter flowers come in countless shapes and sizes. Use these instructions as a guide to get you started, but don’t hesitate to create your own beautiful spring flower nail designs. To create adorable Easter flower nail art designs, follow these steps:

1.    Paint your nails the desired base color.
2.    Allow the base coat to dry completely.
3.    Decide if you would like an Easter flower nail design with thin, long petals, short, round petals, or abstract petals and designs.
4.    Paint the petals of your flower, carefully.
5.    Paint a dot for the center of your flower, if desired.
6.    Allow the Easter nail art designs to dry completely.
7.    Paint a clear topcoat to seal your design.

Create beautiful, DIY Easter nail art designs for spring manicures.

Enjoy painting your own Easter nail art designs, and use these tips and ideas for Easter nails as a springboard to give you even more ideas for clever and beautiful nail art designs.

Product Review: MS. Manicure & MS. Pedicure Nail Care Sets

Oh how excited I was this past weekend. The Ms. Manicure set is available at Amazon.com.What’s funny is that I had so much fun with my girls, yet we never left the home. My girls and I rocked the soles of our feet and buffed our fingernails as we took turns giving each other the most perfect manicure and pedicure treatment ever!! What made it more fun was doing the whole “girly thing” with Patience and Piper because they had never experienced any of this before…needless to say, THEY LOVED IT!

I have actually been to a spa once or twice and had a wonderful time (I won’t even begin to down play that), but because of the cost, I wasn’t able to experience it with my girls, which is what I’ve always wanted to do. So when I was asked to review these particular products, I jumped at the chance and happily accepted (knowing good and well that doing this was going to require a bit of “help” (wink-wink) from the little ones…you know, in order to really try out the products for durability and satisfaction).

Ms. Manicure and Ms. Pedicure productsWhen I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised with how many products MS. Manicure and MS. Pedicure offer. The names they give each product are catchy and cute too. Here’s a list of the products I tried along with a short description of what they are:

1.    There’s the Ms. Pedicure Rock ‘n Sole ($1.99); a pumice stone that’s great for exfoliating and smoothing dry skin and calluses, it’s got an easy-grip shape with a rope (good for hanging) and it’s a great aid for softening your feet (but be aware, if you have sensitive feet…stay clear of the arch- it TICKLES!).

2.     Ms. Pedicure Smoothy Groovy ($2.99); the Smoothy Groovy is a 2-in-1 foot brush & pumice. It’s similar to the Rock ‘n Sole but it’s on a non-slip handle (also with a rope for hanging) and comes with a brush which allows you to scrub feet clean after you’ve used the pumice to clear away dry skin and calluses.

3.     Ms. Pedicure Heeling Fine ($3.99); The perfect healing cream for those dry, cracked heels or great for maintaining those already soft feet.

Ms. Pedicure Toe Riffic Tools, available at Amazon.com4.     Ms. Pedicure Smooth Talker ($4.99); a 2-in-1 callus reducer. Now, I have to say that I really enjoyed this product…a lot. It resembles a grater, but it’s for your feet. The coarse side exfoliates dry skin while the fine side smoothes. Much like the Smoothy Groovy, it crafted on a beautiful, pink non-slip, easy grip handle.

5.     Ms. Manicure Handy Dandy Mani ($9.99); a 9 pro tool set for that perfectly marvelous manicure. This set includes: nail brush, wood cuticle sticks, cuticle nipper, nail clipper, nail scissors, washable salon board, 4-way nail buffer (the best buffer ever…no need for nail gloss ever again), tweezers and all these items come in a double-zippered pocket bag to take with you on your travels.

6.     Ms. Manicure Block Party ($.99); a 6-way buffer on an easy-to-handle handle. The buffer is conveniently numbered for step-by-step buffing to make smoothing and shining a snap. You might as well throw away the nail gloss because this buffer will leave your nails shining for days (without the nail gloss chips).

Ms. Pedicure Spa Retreat for Legs & Feet, available at Amazon.comNow, these are just a few of the many products to be had at MS. Pedicure & MS. Manicure. Every product is perfectly packaged with in the cutest shades of pinks & blues and the smells from the healing cream are so minty; you’ll literally feel the tingle in toes as an “Ahhh” or an “o-o-oh” escape your mouth. Seriously, they smell (and feel) that good!

After trying all of these products, I can assure you that they’d make the perfect gift for anyone on your “gift” to-do list (or yourself). The prices are practically unbeatable and come with the satisfaction of many, many months of spa goodness.  I give every one of these products a big thumbs up for appearance, quality and long lasting results.

Please visit Ms. Pedicure and Ms. Manicure if you’re interested in purchasing any of the products listed above or for more information. You can buy Ms. Manicure and Ms. Pedicure products at Amazon.com.

Step-by-Step St. Patrick’s Day Nail Designs

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or simply Irish and Celtic heritage, why not dress up your fingernails with fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day nail designs? Creating a four-leaf clover nail design for St. Patrick's DayYou can take the easy way out with Irish themed nail decals, or you can get a little creative on your own and apply your own St. Patrick’s Day nail designs. Either way, you’ll be sure to make a statement with a beautiful Irish or Celtic themed manicure.

For St. Patrick’s Day, you most probably plan to sport hues of green on your nails. Some other colors that look great with green include white, yellow or gold, purple, silver, and black. You can, of course, experiment with other colors, too. For the step-by-step St. Patrick’s Day nail designs included in this article, though, you should be fine using these colors.

Try these creative and distinct Irish themed manicures and St. Patrick’s Day nail designs at home with our step-by-step instructions to creating your own look.

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Design #1: Shamrock
A festive shamrock nail design is a no-brainer for any Irish manicure or St. Patrick’s Day nail design. Create this fun shamrock nail design look with the following materials and do-it-yourself nail design tips.

Materials:
Green nail polish
Nail polish color of your choice background color
Black nail art pen or black nail polish
Clear nail polish or glossy top coat
Small paintbrush or toothpick for detail work

Creating a shamrock nail design for St. Patrick's DayCreating a shamrock nail design for St. Patrick's DayCreating a shamrock nail design for St. Patrick's Day

Instructions:
1.    Paint two coats of your desired background color, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying any additional nail polish.
2.    Creating a shamrock nail design for St. Patrick's DayDecide which direction you would like your shamrock nail designs to face. You can arrange it so the stem faces you or faces away from you.
3.    Using your preferred green nail polish, carefully and slowly paint three connected circles to form the leaves on the shamrock nail design.
4.    Using a tiny paintbrush or a toothpick, draw a stem with a gentle curve.
5.    Allow the design to dry completely.
6.    Using a black nail art pen or black nail polish and a toothpick or fine paintbrush, gently and slowly outline your design to make it “pop”.
7.    When completely dry, apply a clear topcoat, glossy topcoat, or even a glitter topcoat or iridescent topcoat.
8.    Enjoy showing off your shamrock nail designs and St. Patrick’s Day manicure!

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Design #2: Four-Leaf Clover
A four-leaf clover is a popular symbol of luck, and there’s no better time to show off the luck of the Irish than on or around St. Patrick’s Day! Try these simple tips to create your own four-leaf clover nail designs. The steps and materials required are similar to the shamrock nail design above.

Materials:
Green nail polish
Nail polish color of your choice background color
Black nail art pen or black nail polish
Clear nail polish or glossy top coat
Small paintbrush or toothpick for detail work

Creating a four-leaf clover nail design for St. Patrick's DayCreating a four-leaf clover nail design for St. Patrick's DayCreating a four-leaf clover nail design for St. Patrick's Day

Instructions:
1.    Paint two coats of your desired background color, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying any additional nail polish.
2.    Decide which direction you would like your four-leaf clover nail designs to face. You can arrange it so the stem faces you or faces away from you.
3.    Using your preferred green nail polish, carefully and slowly paint four connected circles to form the leaves on the four-leaf clover nail design.
4.    Using a tiny paintbrush or a toothpick, draw a stem with a gentle curve.
5.    Allow the design to dry completely.
6.    Using a black nail art pen or black nail polish and a toothpick or fine paintbrush, gently and slowly outline your design to make it “pop”.
7.    When completely dry, apply a clear topcoat, glossy topcoat, or even a glitter topcoat or iridescent topcoat.
8.    Enjoy showing off your four-leaf clover nail designs on St. Patrick’s Day!

Creating a horseshoe nail design for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day Nail Design #3: Horseshoe
The horseshoe is a traditional Irish symbol of luck. You’ll want to turn the horseshoe up so the luck doesn’t run out… so now you just have to decide which way is up! If you plan to show off your manicure, we recommend painting the horseshoes so that they look like upside-down U’s to you, but they look like regular U’s to anyone who sees them, and to you if you view them in the mirror while your hands are relaxed. Enjoy these horseshoe nail designs for a perfect Irish or St. Patrick’s Day manicure.

Materials:
Silver or Gold nail polish for the horseshoe
Nail polish color of your choice background color

Clear nail polish or glossy top coat
Small paintbrush or toothpick for detail work

Creating a horseshoe nail design for St. Patrick's Day Creating a horseshoe nail design for St. Patrick's Day

Instructions:
1.    Paint two coats of your desired background color, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying any additional nail polish.
2.    Decide if you are comfortable creating your horseshoe nail designs with the positioning mentioned above.
3.    Using your preferred nail polish color for the horseshoe, carefully and slowly paint a letter U on each fingernail. Make the U fatter around the curve and a bit slimmer toward the ends, and make sure it is thick enough that it looks like a horseshoe and not an actual letter U.
4.    Using a tiny paintbrush or a toothpick, draw a small nubby on each end of the horseshoe. These are small details, so they don’t have to be perfectly matched.
5.    Allow the design to dry completely.
6.    Apply a clear topcoat, glossy topcoat, or even a glitter topcoat or iridescent topcoat.
7.    Enjoy showing off your horseshoe nail designs and Irish manicure on St. Patrick’s Day!

Tip: You can also use the tiny paintbrush or toothpick and yellow, purple, or other nail polish colors of your choice to add tiny wildflowers to your nail polish design.

Enjoy showing off these creative and festive St. Patrick’s Day nail designs for the holiday on March 17 or for any day that you feel like enjoying the luck of the Irish.

Manicure Mania – Three Hot Winter Styles for your Nails

With the winter chill in the air, keeping nails sexy and strong becomes a challenge. Nails break more easily than usual and cracked, dry skin on hands and feet often take precedence over the appearance of one’s fingertips and toes. However, despite the inconvenience of winter’s cold bite, keeping short, sexy nails has never been more stylish.

For a beautiful winter manicure, consider these suggestions for sexy winter nail styles, from the modified French manicure to short, dark and sexy nails, to a metallic manicure. Read on to discover three hot styles for cool winter nails!

Manicure style #1:

Attempt a spin-off of a traditional French manicure. Instead of the customary pink with white tips, try a pale blue with white tips and a tiny white snowflake painted on one or two of your nails. To achieve this style, apply a base coat followed by two coats of pale blue. Once the blue dries, apply a small border of white polish to only the tips of your nails. If you don’t trust your hand to be steady enough to paint the design, check the beauty sections of various stores for snowflake decals and appliqués. Not into the blue and white combo? Choose any two colors you like and invent your own contemporary French manicure. And don’t forget your toes!

Manicure style #2:

Go dark and sexy. Keep your nails short and rounded and apply several coats of a rich color like maroon, purple, navy or deep green. Check out the newest shades in the makeup section of your favorite local stores and select a few shades to last you the next few months. Apply a base coat to strengthen your nails and follow with two coats of your desired dark hue, followed by a topcoat. For a creative twist, apply a decal, rhinestone or a mostly-transparent topcoat boasting glitter or gloss.

Manicure style #3:

Lay on the metal. Metallics are in this year, so don’t be afraid to be a little daring when it comes to dressing up your nails. Trim and file your nails to a short, rounded or slightly squared-off shape and apply base coat, two coats of color and finish with a topcoat. If you still aren’t convinced, consult a beautician in a cosmetics department or even ask your hairstylist for her opinion. Nail Expert Carolyn Cianciotto notes that the hottest looks this season are short, dark and oval. Red nails, though traditional, are very popular. Short and sheer nails are ‘working girl sexy,’” she adds, admitting that many men prefer reds and French manicures with nails not too long and not too short.

No matter which style appeals most to you, try to keep your nails healthy and strong throughout the cold winter season. Enjoy sexy, attractive nails without spending a bundle at the salon. Feel free to apply a clear topcoat from time to time to keep your polish from chipping, and when it does chip, perhaps that’s a sign that it’s time for a new color.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Manicures and Valentine Nail Polish Colors

Valentine’s Day nail polish colors and Valentine manicures can truly be anything you want them to be. Pretty painted fingernails offer a wonderful accent to an outfit as well as one’s appearance anytime or for any special occasion. If you want to try some romantic Valentine’s Day nail polish colors, use your own creativity to match up nail polish hues that will look great with your Valentine’s Day outfit, or simply consider the nail polish colors suggested for Valentine’s Day.

Whether you plan to do your own Valentine’s Day manicure or if you plan to visit a salon to have your fingernails professionally done, having an idea of the colors you want to wear can really help to get things going without a hitch. A Valentine’s Day French manicure is a fabulous idea for romantic nails, but you can experiment with a variety of nail polish colors to find the best shades for you.

Soft, Pearly, or Iridescent White Nail Polish Colors

Soft whites, pearly tones, and glimmery iridescent shades of nail polish are a great pick for Valentine’s Day manicures.

OPI Oh So Glam! - Available at Amazon.comOPI Oh So Glam! nail polish is a lovely soft white iridescent tone that looks really pretty for any occasion. It is a soft and neutral tone that is elegant at the same time. I tried some of the other OPI nail polish colors in a similar vein – Pearls Night Out, Kiss on the Chic, and Makes Men Blush, but Oh So Glam! was my favorite out of all four. Any of these colors would make a lovely shade for a Valentine’s Day manicure (or paired for a beautiful Valentine’s Day French manicure!).

Depending on the shape of your nail bed and your skin tone, you may like one of these other OPI shades, or a pale or nude pink or pearly white nail polish color in general.

Classic Valentine’s Day Nail Polish Colors
Nubar zeroed in on the classic nail polish colors for Valentine’s Day – Nubar’s Hypnotic Valentine Mini Tote Collection contains Sexy Red, Oh Baby Pink, Diamont Seal & Shine, and Nubar Foundation Nail Base Coat. All Nubar products are nontoxic and free from Formaldehyde, Phthalates, and Toluene, making Nubar nail polishes a healthy alternative for pretty painted nails.

Crimson Red nail polish by Sula, available at Amazon.comAnother color choice to consider is a red nail polish – Crimson Red nail polish by Sula. This red nail polish looks like it has a hint of bright pink in the bottle, yet when applied to the nails, the nail polish has slight orange undertones. The color is a welcome change from fire engine red, and it’s easy to apply and even easier to remove. Sula nail polish is Phthalate-free and Formaldehyde-free as well as all around nontoxic.

Valentine’s Day French Manicure
If you’ve got a bottle of pink or nude colored nail polish and a bottle of white, pearl, or off white colored nail polish, you are all set to create your own Valentine’s Day French manicure. If you prefer a professional French manicure for Valentine’s Day, schedule an appointment with your favorite nail artist or technician a few days before the holiday.

To create your own Valentine’s Day French manicure, follow the steps for a regular French manicure here, and then add your own special adornment. As an adornment, you might consider adding a single rhinestone, a diagonal line of glitter nail polish, a small heart nail design, or even a Valentine’s Day nail decal.

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Valentine’s Day manicures and Valentine nail polish colors can be a lot of fun. Take your time in coming up with the perfect look for your fingernails – whether you prefer the classic reds or pinks, or a pearly or opulent shade of white or nude instead. As long as you leave yourself enough time to practice, you should be able to try a few different Valentine manicures and Valentine’s Day nail polish colors before settling on a favorite. Regardless of how many tries it takes you, we hope you enjoy your romantic fingernails!

Valentine’s Day Nail Designs

As you prepare for your Valentine’s Day date, make sure you pay attention to all the details. Spray on a little perfume, brush on some mascara and apply some eye shadow, dab on a bit of lipstick, and by all means, don’t forget to primp and prepare your nails. A Valentine’s Day manicure is the perfect way to dress up any outfit, and it really shows you care about your appearance. You can visit the salon for a Valentine’s Day manicure, or, you can create your own Valentine’s Day nail designs.OPI Designer Series- NEW! - Available at Amazon.com

Creating your own Valentine’s Day nail designs at home can be lots of fun. Make sure you leave yourself a nice window of time so you don’t have to rush on your creative beauty work. As you consider what you’d like your Valentine’s Day manicure to look like, think about the colors you would like to choose for your nail polish. You might consider the traditional pinks and reds and whites for your Valentine’s Day nail designs, or you might go a little deeper by thinking about your intended outfit and which colors would look best with it.

Valentine’s Day Nail Designs You Can Do Yourself

The following are Valentine’s Day nail designs suggested by Nubar:

EZ as 1-2-3 Valentine Nails

EZ Hearts

Materials:

Angels Whisper by Nubar Red Nail Art Pen by Nubar Pixie Dust Nail Polish by Nubar

To create easy heart Valentine nail designs, follow these steps:

1. Polish the nail using Nubar’s Angels Whisper (N221).
2. Using the Pen side of Red (NAP126), create a heart by placing a “dot” on the nail and slightly dragging a tail to create a “comma”.
3. Create another “comma” next to the first, dragging the “tails” together. Add a few more hearts! Add a touch of sparkle with a coat of Pixie Dust (N222).

More Hearts

Materials:

Red Glitter Nail Art Pen by Nubar Basic White Nail Art Pen by Nubar

To create heart Valentine nail designs, follow these steps:

1. Polish nail with Nubar Spring Pink (N168), using the pen side of Magenta Metallic (NAP132) Create 3 EZ hearts cascading down the nail.
2. Using Nail Art Striper Red Glitter (A112), create a scalloped edge along one side of the free edge. Repeat along the other edge.
3. Using the striper end of White (NAP123), add accents along your scallop. Finish off the nail with a few small dots.

Sweet French Manicure with Small Heart

Materials:

Nubar Red Nail Polish White Tip by Nubar Pink Glitter Nail Pen by Nubar Basic White Nail Art Pen by Nubar

To create a sweet French manicure with a small heart for Valentine nail designs, follow these steps:

1. Polish nail with nubar Red (N219), then with nubar White Tip (N113), polish the free edge white.
2. With Nubar Nail Art Pink Glitter (A101), place a stripe separating the two colors.
3. With the pen side of White (NAP123), create a small simple heart on the top right side of the White Tip.

Valentine’s Day Manicures
If you would like to go with a solid colored Valentine’s Day manicure, consider bold and bright pink, red, and wine nail polish hues or dark and sassy steel gray or black nail polish colors. For a delicate manicure, look into pearly and iridescent nail polishes, like shades of white and light pink.

Here are some nail polish color collections for you to consider for your Valentine’s Day manicure:

– Hypnotic Valentine Mini Tote Collection by Nubar – For a true blast of Valentine’s color, this collection has got it all – kit contains  Sexy Red, Oh Baby Pink, Base Coat, Diamont Seal and Shine Top Coat, and a 2oz. Hypnotic Skin Essentials Lotion. Nubar products are free of harmful Toluene, Formaldehyde, and DBP (Phthalate). (Retail Value $31.95, Discount Price: $24.95, Salon Price $14.95)

– OPI Classics – If you like pinks, reds, mauve, and purple, these might be just the nail polish shades for you. Be sassy this Valentine’s Day! ($8.50 per bottle)

– OPI Designer Series – These lovely berry shades make a fine statement for Valentine’s Day or any day. Each bottle of this designer series of nail polish contains precious diamond dust for added sparkle and dimension. ($12.50 per bottle)

TIP: Even though it’s winter, you might still consider a Valentine’s Day pedicure in addition to your Valentine’s Day manicure!

Winter 2008 – 2009 Nail Polish Trends and Hot Colors

If you want to know the latest nail polish trends and hot colors for manicures in the winter of 2008 – 2009, look no further.

Nubar Holiday Nail Booty

We’ve caught up with the experts to bring you a long list of hot winter nail polish colors and fabulous manicure trends for this year’s winter season. Find out what the trends say about nail polish colors and manicure styles and then decide how you’d like to do your own nails for the holidays or for the winter in general.

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