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    One Coat Wonder: Polish That Lasts Days!

    Mar 22 • News, Review • 337 Views

    I broke one of the golden nail rules “that one must never polish fingers or toes before bed for fear of crumpled indents from the sheets.”

    However, one could be forgiven for breaking said rule when a beautiful box of polishes arrives on your doorstep the same day your cheeky 2-year old locks you out of the house on a freezing cold New York winter’s morning, in the pouring rain no less. Like any mother desperate to get back into the house, I ran in my pajamas, bare feet squishing in the mud while trying to keep my toddler warm in my arms to our neighbor’s house for help.

    So as you can imagine when professional model and former Real Housewives of New York City Kristen Taekman Pop of Color polish line arrived, I was eager to try all of the bright colors, once my little darling was tucked up in bed for the night.

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    Kristen Taekman launches Pop of Color.

    The first thing I noticed was the beautiful even consistency of the polish, and how the brush seemed to glide effortlessly across my nails. The color pigment is rich despite it being 5-free, as well as paraben, cruelty-free and vegan.

    After trying all of the colors I chose an electric blue hue Lure for my quick DIY mani. I was exhausted and feeling a little lazy so I swiped one coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat and one coat of Pop of Color Lure. It was so easy to apply and super quick to dry, which is perfect for someone like me who is busy and a little impatient when it comes to waiting for my nails to dry.

    Despite ‘indents from my sheets pictured on my nails,’ Pop of Color didn’t chip for 6 days. I couldn’t believe it and that was with just one coat. It made sense that Taekman would make a polish that was 5-free, with rich color that lasts for days given she is a busy working Mom who gets that there is a need for a high-performance polish like this in the market. She said her favorite Pop of Color is Cry Baby named after her daughter who at the time was going through her terrible two’s (I am right there with you). It is also the only color that has a matching liquid matte gloss.

    Taekman was across every little detail in creating her polish line, from researching various formulas to the bottle shape, color and even making sure that the brush contained the perfect amount of bristles to allow for even strokes. When I asked Taekman what is next for her thriving beauty brand she said that she sees Pop of Color expanding from nail polishes and lipsticks into glosses, blush and even eye shadows.


    Pop of Color polishes retail for around $8 and their lipsticks for $14.99, you can get find them in beauty chain store Ricky’s NYC and Cibo Markets and OTG stores in airports.

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    St Patrick’s Day Nail Tutorial

    Mar 16 • Hints & Tips • 74 Views

    St Patrick’s Day is coming up and if you, like us, are a fan of a themed manicure then keep reading. Whether you have Irish heritage or just want to take part in the celebrations, we have a great tutorial for you! It’s quick, easy and if you want to go for the simple version it doesn’t require any tools! So grab your green polish and let’s go.

    We used CND ‘Carou-Celery’, Australis ‘Speck-Tacular’ and Kester Black ‘Frizzy Logic’ but you can easily substitute in whichever green, gold and holographic or glitter topcoat you want. If you want to go for the complex version, the only tool you will need is a dotter and if you don’t have one of those, you can use a toothpick or a bobby pin.

    1. Start with your base coat (duh!)

    2. Then, paint your nails with two coats of your chosen green and gold on your ring finger.

    st patrick's day nail art design

    3. Use your holographic or glitter top coat to add a bit of glitz to each finger (except your ring finger).

    st patrick's day nail art design

    4. Seal with a top coat and then repeat on your other hand.

    st patrick's day nail art design

    5. (Optional) If you want to add a bit of extra fun to your mani, grab a dotter and you can make an easy and cute four leaf clover! Simply paint four dots close together and then paint a thin stripe out from the centre. Voila!

    Will you be rocking this look on Paddy’s Day? Share your St Patrick’s Day manicure with us by commenting below!

     

    Mette

    xx

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    In The VIP Chair: Nail House Larchmont, NY

    Mar 8 • In The VIP Chair • 140 Views

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    Life has gotten out of control busy, it is already the middle of March and it has been months since I had a mani/pedi or even had time to conduct a salon review. It is fair to say that my nails are a mess after the brutal winter we are still encountering.

    My last review took place in a delightful mid-sized salon in Larchmont NY, around Christmas time. We had just experienced freezing temperatures and my two-year-old cherub was desperate to get outside and play on the swings at the local park. I enlisted the help of my husband to take our little darling while I took some time to investigate the local nail salon. I love my job, a great excuse to get some alone time and a bit of pampering all under the banner of work.

    Upon entering the salon I was first surprised at a large table filled to the brim with Christmas hampers and gifts from happy customers to the staff. A good sign to see that they are loved by their customers and that the salon was very busy. Every seat was taken and the air was filled with the bustling chatter of Christmas and the sound of carols. I felt a surge of excitement take over my stressed out mind as I thought of my own Christmas plans with my little family.

    I wanted to stay with the Christmas theme so choose OPI’s deep red color – Got The Blues for Red for my toes and opted for CND Vinylux Decadence nail lacquer for my fingers. I wanted my nails to last a little longer than my average 3-5 days. Sad to say my fingers chipped within a few days. Maybe it was all of those Christmas dishes I did.

    My nail technician was so friendly and really engaging, she did a great job polishing my nails. The complimentary hot stone massage on my feet was incredible as was the service. A few different technicians helped me get my boots on (not ideal footwear for a pedi) and my coat. They worked as a team and even gave me a Christmas gift as I left. I had a great experience and would definitely return.

     

    Until next time,

    Ruth Shelling


    Ambience: Relaxing jazz music (carols), 2 TV screens on the wall and bustling with excitement

    Cleanliness of salon: Clean and organized. The staff were well presented with grey satin bibs over their clothes

    Polish: Manicure: OPI’s deep red color – Got The Blues for Red. Pedicure: CND Vinylux Decadence Nail Lacquer

    Polish job & chip factor: fingers chipped within 3 days and toes 7 days

    Color range: medium color range of quality polishes

    Customer engagement: friendly, engaged and offered great customer service

    Price range:  Special Mon – Wed: manicure and pedicure: $23, pedicure: $20, manicure: $10, Vinyl Luxe extra $3,  French: $14, value pack: spa manicure and spa pedicure with a 10min massage $50

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    Get Your Nails Spring-Ready!

    Mar 1 • Hints & Tips • 148 Views

    Spring is nearly here and you know what that means? Our hands and feet will be free of layers, letting our manis and pedis shine! There are some gorgeous new colors and trends for you to rock this Spring, especially those inspired by the Pantone color of 2017. But before you show off your Spring manis and pedis, you might need a little detox to get those hands and feet ready to be on show.

    If you’ve been wearing gloves and cozy socks for the past few months you may be suffering from dry or callused skin, so guess what? You need to pamper yourself before Spring arrives! Worry not, we have the perfect way to do this! To give your hands a little bit of love, try out this hand rub recipe which will keep them hydrated well into Spring. Rub one teaspoon of almond oil into your hands and cuticles then wrap each hand in a small towel or place each hand in a clean sock. Allow the oil to penetrate your skin for at least five minutes (to spoil yourself even more, do this in the bath). Wipe the excess oil off your hands, but don’t wash it off as any remaining oil will be absorbed within the next few minutes. Voila, your hands and cuticles will be gorgeously soft and ready for your Spring Mani! Don’t forget about your feet! A while back we wrote this article on five DIY foot scrub recipes which are all amazing, so give one of them a try.

    What colors will you choose for the first Spring mani and pedi? Well let us give you a guide to what we think will be the hit colors of Spring.

    Every year at around this time, brands release their Spring polish lines, which tend to be pretty similar. Pastels, nudes etc. etc. However this year, we are LOVING the different trends for you to rock, strongly influenced by this year’s Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery – a gorgeous bright yellow/green shade. Spring brings a brighter mood and color palette to our wardrobe, so this year we are loving mixing contrasting bright colors. Colors that you wouldn’t normally mix are now on trend, bright blue and dark red, bright green and hot pink, orange and purple. You name it! A nail kit that fits in PERFECTLY with this trend is the Butter London Pantone Nail Lacquer Set which comes with four travel sized polishes for only $19. A trend that has followed on from Winter is bold metallics, copper, silver and gold look gorgeous on your fingers and toes. To rock this look we love OPI ‘Cozu-Melted In The Sun’ a gorgeous rose gold polish. All in all we are loving the Spring 2017 trends and cannot wait for our first Spring mani/pedi combo!

     

    Are you as excited as we are for some warmth (finally)? Will you be rocking any of these polishes for your first mani or pedi of Spring? Let us know by commenting below!

     

    Mette

    xx

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    Grooming Each Day Keeps The Doctor Away

    Feb 15 • Nailing It • 154 Views

    Staying in good health isn’t just an important task in life, it’s becoming more and more apparent that what we do to our bodies greatly affects how we function and age. With a constant bombardment of health tips or pressure to watch your diet and exercise, it’s surprising how many people don’t know one simple way to improve the overall health of your entire body. And it’s not just hitting the gym.

    Getting a manicure and pedicure takes a multi-pronged approach when tackling the issue of staying in good health. Your hands are one of the most exposed areas of your body and are daily weathered by dirt and grime that sometimes a simple hand washing may not scrub out. When you get a manicure, your cuticles and nail beds get an extra deep cleaning as hard to reach dirt that can get embedded behind and around the nails is scraped out. Trapped dirt that isn’t taken care of can often lead to unsightly problems down the line for your hands.

    Your feet naturally take regular beatings all day, whether you’re trekking to and from work or pounding the treadmill. This can create uneven skin and callouses on the bottoms of your feet. Pedicures exfoliate these conditions away, which ultimately helps distribute your weight more evenly and keep you more balanced. This can also reduce leg and back pain for those who depend on their feet to keep them upright for long periods of time.

    The oils and moisturizers that are massaged in during a mani/pedi don’t just feel good, they actually help improve blood flow to the extremities, which can diminish aches and pains and help your body circulate heat in the cold days of winter.

    One of the most serious problems cleaning your nails can prevent are fungal infections that grow under the nails. If not caught early, they can discolor and eat away at your nails, sometimes needing special lasers to remove the fungus. Getting manicures and pedicures don’t just help stop these from happening, but are a surefire way to catch anything starting to develop early so it can be treated.

    Your body’s health is a great thing to stay on top of. Regular mani/pedis promote lasting health benefits, not to mention keep your hands looking sharp when you go to grab those kale chips.


    Be sure to check back here regularly for more reviews and tips on how guys are NAILING IT when it comes to their grooming!

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    Valentine’s Day Nail Art Inspiration

    Feb 10 • Hints & Tips • 186 Views

    Valentine’s Day is here again and whether you’re a single pringle or loved up, we know you’re going to want on-point nails! That’s what we’re here for! We have rounded up our top five looks for V-Day manis from Pinterest so your nails can look their best.

    This amazing glitter manicure with a heart accent nail is a gorgeous look for Valentine’s Day! This mani can easily be achieved with your favorite glitter top coat and contrasting color. You can recreate the heart with scotch tape stencil or a striper brush.

    valentine's day nail art inspiration

    This second manicure is similar to our top fave (can you see the trend we are following this year?). If glitter isn’t really your thing, this pared back version is the way to go. You just need your go-to nude or pink, a white and a glitter. If you really don’t want to go for the glitter, just use the main color for the heart.

    valentine's day nail art inspiration

    This subtle nod to Valentine’s day is just adorable if people weren’t looking too closely at your manicure they could mistake it for just a subtle nude color! This is for those wanting a less ‘in-your-face’ look. You can create the hearts using a dotter tool or a toothpick.

     

    If pink isn’t really your thing, try this black and red glitter combination. The heart on the accent nail really stands out from the black base coat and the gradient on the other nails just brings it all together.

    valentine's day nail art inspiration

    If you want a glitter look but are not a fan of hearts, or aren’t confident with nail art – this one is for you! This gorgeous pink manicure with a glitter accent nail is romantic and sweet but doesn’t require too much effort or skill. Perfect for those wanting a Valentine’s mani that is easy and quick.

    Finally, if nail art isn’t your things, try these decals from Nordstrom for only $10.00 They are sure to set your nails out from the crowd!

    What do you have planned for your Valentine’s Day manicure? Are you going to be recreating one of these looks? Let us know by commenting below!

    Mette

    xx

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    In The VIP Chair: Color Nail Spa, 238 W 14th St, New York, NY

    Feb 8 • In The VIP Chair • 831 Views

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    You know those days when you have the most important business meeting of your career and the rain is relentless and you are ducking umbrellas and trying not to slide out in your stilettos? Well, that day was the day I also chipped a nail yet had 20 minutes to spare (a rarity these days I must admit). Now, you would think getting a quick manicure on those days would not be the focus but I am a person who believes no matter what is going on around you if you have an important meeting or event then everything from polished shoes to perfected nails should be a priority in how you present yourself. Harder to do now that I am juggling a business and a very active toddler.

    So I ran into Color Nail Spa on 14th street in Manhattan as it was opening so literally was only one of two people in the rather large salon. It seemed clean and all attention was on me as I quickly chose a deep purple/blue/maroon tone to compliment my tailored outfit. You have to love Essie’s ‘Wicked’, a perfect choice for the start of winter. I only wanted a quick manicure and my technician was brilliant. She had my fingers looking respectable in 10 minutes, in fact, it took longer to dry my nails than to do them. Which is kind of crazy considering I paid extra for quick dry – hands up if you hate paying extra for that? Yes, me too! Overall, this salon was clean, the staff were friendly and for what I needed they did a great quick polish job.

     

    Until next time,

    Ruth Shelling

     

    Ambience: Medium to large salon, they had just opened so it was hard to tell what the ambience would be throughout the day. During my time it was really quiet.

    Cleanliness of salon: Clean

    Polish: Manicure Essie ’Wicked’ (Retails $7-$10)

    Polish job & chip factor: Polish job reasonable, my first chip appeared after a few days after

    Color range: Great range of polishes

    Customer engagement: Friendly and engaging

    Price range: Manicure $12, Pedicure $20, Manicure & Pedicure $30

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    Sporting Mani’s – Super Bowl vs. Australian Tennis Open

    Feb 3 • Celebrity Style, Hints & Tips • 270 Views

    The beginning of February is upon us and so is the culmination of the NFL season with the much anticipated 2017 Super Bowl. Whether you’re a Patriots or a Falcons fan, we have some hot tips to make your nails scream Super Bowl fab! If you’re attending a party or just watching from your couch, we’ve found the perfect polishes to make your mani match your team.

    If you’re a fan of the Atlanta Falcons you’ll be rocking a combination of red, white, and black. We recommend Essie ‘Aperitif’ as your red, Sinful Colors ‘Black on Black’ as your black and for white we love China Glaze ‘White on White’.

    New England Patriots are similar, with team colors of red, navy and white. We found Essie ‘Really Red’ to be the perfect bright red, Sally Hansen ‘Ja Cozy’ is the perfect blue and China Glaze ‘White on White’ doubles as a great color for the Patriots.

    As for nail art, we recommend just going wild with your colors. Stripes, spots, maybe even some silver glitter to jazz it up? Not everyone has the time (or skills) to paint their team logo on each fingernail. Just go with it and let your creativity flow! At times, it is more fun to just go freestyle when it comes to your nail art.


    While the Americans are following football and counting down the minutes to the Super Bowl, in Down Under we are following a very different sport. For Australians, the Tennis is on our screens for the entire month of January, with competitions in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and most famously the Grand Slam that is the Australian Open in Melbourne. Every year we watch the competitions that lead to the Australian Open, the sport is not only on everyone’s lips but also the fashion and style that comes with it. With the rise in popularity of nails and nail art, the players have embraced adding manicured nails as the perfect accessory to their outfit choice.

    Caroline Wozniacki Australian Open Nails

    Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Image Credit: Getty Images

    Serena Williams Australian open

    Serena Williams of the United States. Image Credit: Joe Armao

    Our top looks from this year’s Australian Open were Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and arguably the tennis queen of Nails (and tennis in general) Serena Williams. Wozniacki matched her nails to her Stella McCartney for Adidas dress, a gorgeous shade of blue. While Williams went with rounded claw shaped nails in an off-white color, matching her custom Nike dress.

    So what are your favorite looks for this sporting season? Will you be wearing your Super Bowl team’s colors on your nails or will you be taking inspiration from Serena? Let us know by commenting below! Don’t forget to send us pictures of your 2017 Super Bowl manis!

    Mette x

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  • Nailing It: It’s A Man’s Man Mani

    Jan 31 • Nailing It • 314 Views

    If you’re a guy who has walked into any typical nail salon, it’s easy to tell that the majority of them aren’t exactly designed to make a guy feel, well, like a guy. From the plush pastel chairs and neon nail polish racks to the stockpile of Cosmopolitan, People and Vanity Fair, not to mention the five women that looked up from their pedicures when you walked in. The misconception that men don’t or shouldn’t groom their nails has trained us to think men sitting with their feet in a pedicure bath is bizarre, and don’t even think about putting polish on, no matter how “clear” it appears to be.

    News Flash: men get their nails done. It’s a harsh reality for some. There’s an even crazier one though. Even “manly” men get their nails done. Why? Hands are hands. Whether you’re tying a Full Windsor for work, gripping the weight bar for a bench press or strapping on stilettos for your weekly drag show, men from all walks of life are paying more attention to their grooming, an escalating trend in recent years.

    Even though many salons are accommodating to men, there’s still a slight hesitancy in a guy’s first time getting a mani/pedi. So where do you go to get that clean manicured look without feeling like you’re sitting in a room suffocated by estrogen?

    In New York City,, there are dozens of “dude-friendly” salons around with more popping up all the time. One notable one in particular is 18/8 on 20 Pine Street in Lower Manhattan. This “guys only” salon is a one-stop shop for all your grooming needs. But when it comes to nails, you can book their signature Man-icure Package, which comes with a 30-minute cuticle treatment, hand mask and a scrub, as well as a hand and arm massage accompanied by an Executive Haircut and an aromatic hot towel treatment. 18/8 is definitely a spot to mark on your MANicure Map.

    Check back here every other week for more reviews and tips on how guys are NAILING IT when it comes to their grooming!

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  • Elegant Nails Larchmont NY

    In the VIP Chair: Elegant Nails, Larchmont NY

    Jan 24 • In The VIP Chair • 274 Views

    It was 100 degrees the day I decided to visit a friend in Larchmont, NY and I was hot, like really hot. Imagine, makeup melting off your face – hot. Your sun dress soaked to the bone – hot. Charming I hear you say, definitely not my most glamorous moment.  As I walked the streets of this delightful little town I was drawn in by its friendly, yet local European feel. Take it from me to truly determine the nature of such a place you should always check out their local coffee spot and nail salon. I was too hot for coffee so I opted to have a quick mani and pedi. I choose the closest place to where our car was parked for obvious reasons. Grace was the delightful lady to greet me upon opening the doors to this quaint yet bustling salon. I later found out that Grace has owned this salon for 20-years and car pool with her 3 staff members from Queens each day. You could tell that these women enjoyed spending time with each other. I was surprised, as I know firsthand that hours of being caught in New York City traffic will either bond or break you. To me, it seemed like their commute brought them closer together with the way they interacted. They didn’t just primp and prime nails all day, they enjoyed spending time together doing it and actually took pride in their work.

     

    It was then that Grace inspected my feet and declared that I was in desperate need of a buff (a.k.a. major callous removal), I knew she was right so reluctantly agreed to the procedure that is torture to someone like me with really ticklish feet. Just the thought of it is enough to make me squirm in my seat. I am not going to lie the hot stone foot massage coupled with the complimentary paraffin wax was totally worth the few minutes of being tortured.

    I was impressed with how knowledgeable Grace was with all things nail related. As she started to file the top of my fingernail she said that the horizontal ridges (that I had been seriously worried about) were from my cuticles being pushed back too hard. Apparently, I have soft cuticles and she could see serious damage had been done by having my cuticles pushed back so forcefully. Ok so rewind, when these deep horizontal ridges started to appear on my fingers, I went to our  Editor, then googled it which I shouldn’t have done because I found out that I must have a serious life-threatening disease that would kill me within 24-hours. I am of course being my dramatic self but you get my drift. I even went to a top dermatologist who insisted I wasn’t dying and that damage to my cuticles was the reason for the lines and I should stop getting manicures for 6-months. So I tried to adhere to his recommendation and lasted 2 months, no small feat when you write for a site like pedicure.com. Grace knew why I had these lines and confirmed the diagnosis of the dermatologist which to me was another confirmation that she is in this business because she is passionate about what she does. When she was finished my nails had never looked better, and the polish job lasted almost a week on my fingers and three weeks on my toes. This salon is proof that size does not matter, with their four mani and two pedi chairs they pack a mean punch in the nail industry. This experience was by far my most impressive to date and I would certainly go back.

     

    Until next time,

    Ruth Shelling

     

    Ambience: Busy small salon, despite being a little cramped it was a really relaxing environment.

    Cleanliness of salon: Salon is quaint, small, basic and clean.

    Polish: Manicure & Pedicure: Essie – deep red (my fav) ’Jump in my Jumpsuit’ (Retails $7-$10)

    Polish job & chip factor: Polish job was so immaculate that my fingers lasted 6 days without a single chip and on the 6th day I only got the smallest chip so overall it was more than a week before I needed another manicure.

    Color range: A basic range that consisted of predominantly nudes, pinks and pale tones, which tells me a lot about the demographic that visit this salon

    Customer engagement: The owner Grace takes pride in her small salon and offers exceptional customer service. This was a very friendly and professional salon.  

    Price range: Pedicure $17, Manicure $8, Manicure & Pedicure $20, Gel $25 (without a lamp), Spa Pedicure $47, Callus removal is an extra $10, French manicure: $12 and a 10-minute massage $10

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