Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Marvelous Manicures

We BGs aim to look sophisticated and chic from head to toe. Because details are so important toward maintaining our overall pulled-together appearances, keeping our nails clean and neat is crucial.

Getting a manicure is an essential relaxing experience for me. However, when I am unable to make it to the nail salon, I whip out my cute pink Bath & Body Works manicure set and my favorite nail polish and get to work!

I know some of you might prefer nails with a little bit of length, but a BG like me likes to keep them short and sweet. I generally opt for the nude, pinkish polishes, but I might venture to the dark side for this season's vampier and deeper shades.

Even though we’ll be grabbing our gloves soon, we should still keep our nails looking nice. Remember, a fresh manicure can make you feel and look great. Your hands are seen more often then you might think, so why not make them look as sleek and polished as you!

Take these steps to get the perfect manicure:

1. Remove old nail polish with polish remover
2. Soak your hands in a bowl filled with warm water to soften cuticles
3. Remove fingers and dry them off
4. Rub a moisturizer over your hands
5. Trim your nails evenly to make sure they’re all the same length
6. File and shape your nails to make sure the edges are smooth and round
7. Wash off your nails again and proceed to dry them again
8. Rub some a moisturizer on your nails and push back with a cuticle stick
9. Apply a clear basecoat. Use three strokes only.
10. Be patient and wait several minutes before applying your polish
11. Apply two coats. After color is applied and is dry to the touch, apply one more layer of topcoat.
12. As needed, apply the clear top coat and this will help you to make the manicure last longer.

By the way, I swear by Essie's nail polishes. They're easy to find (drugstores nationwide), inexpensive and they take a long time before they chip.

"It's Delicate," by Essie. This is my all-time favorite nail polish color. It really pops against brown skin.

Try all the "it" colors of the season with this Essie Winter 2007 6-pack kit: $45.00 Availble at www.essie.com


Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny how just a couple years ago acrylic was all the rave but now natural is in. I enjoy doing my own nails as a form of relaxation, however, a trip to the salon is the only way to get the near perfect look I really enjoy.

yummy411 said...

i love short short nails and believe it or not i have an acrylic overlay. i think i actually get on my nail tech's nerves by asking her to go lower and shorter lol. i get it solely for the purpose of making my polishes last longer. (i guess i could invest in a great top coat, but eh oh well) i also just like that perfect shape that my nail tech gives me...

i have a nice dark polish to share in an upcoming post =)

browngirlgumbo said...

I look forward to seeing the nice dark polish!

Anonymous said...

Okay, Yummy, I'm waiting on your dark polish post! Give it up! :-)