How to Make Nail Art Last Longer

3D nail art

I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more frustrating than getting a cute manicure and having it chip before you can you can enjoy it. It is even more frustrating when you are doing your own do-it-yourself nail art and it doesn’t last long enough to show off. It’s not a secret that nail art is the biggest trend since ombré colored hair. It’s an accessory, and an alternate way to update an outfit or give it a little oomph. Here are some great tips to give your manicure a little longevity.

How to Make Nail Art Last Longer.

Manicure-tools CND stickey base Seche Vite Top Coat

A great place to shop for nail art is Sephora. They have the newest brands, colors, and nail kits. Many of their nail art kits have tutorials, and I have found brands I have never heard of, or only saw in the U.K. Sephora is product junkie heaven. (Hi, my name is Lynnette and I am a product-aholic. Hi Lynnette!) It’s nice to go there online, or in person and window shop, or try to window shop. I am not always successful; like I said, product junkie.

     
   

Shades of Great: The 7 Hottest Sunglasses to Expect in Spring 2013 | Photo Gallery – Yahoo! Shine

http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/look-forward-7-hottest-sunglasses-slideshow/cat-eye-sunglasses-photo-2568233-201600095.html

These revamped cat-eye shades are adorable. I’m not sure I can pull it off but I would certainly take a stab at it.

Spring is just around the corner which means it’s time to take a serious look at what will be protecting our eyes from the sun’s welcome but harmful rays. I love sunglasses; they are the epitome of cool and I wear them all year-long. There are actually people walking among us that believe sunglasses should only be worn during warmer months. I refuse to acknowledge their existence. Who can deny that such a functional accessory is an absolute necessity?

Do any of these sunglasses expected to make an impact this spring move you?

Shades of Great: The 7 Hottest Sunglasses to Expect in Spring 2013 | Photo Gallery – Yahoo! Shine.

http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/look-forward-7-hottest-sunglasses-slideshow/decorated-sunglasses-photo-2568221-201600687.html

While taking into account that someone, somewhere will love them, I think these are hideous. I would like to meet the person who can pull these off. 

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I love sunglasses with colored lenses. These are great for spring or a tropical beach…

These are a pair of pink Chanel‘s that I once had. I had an identical pair in black. It’s a sad story. Sigh…

DIY! 7 new stylish ways to de-clutter your beauty closet – StumbleUpon

Courtesy of Beautyriot.com
Courtesy of Beautyriot.com
Coffee Bean Brush Holder
Courtesy of Beautyriot.com

I probably need a beauty closet because I have lots of beauty drawers, cases, and boxes. Anyone who is a DIY aficionado will appreciate these organizational projects made from items already available in your home.

DIY! 7 new stylish ways to de-clutter your beauty closet – StumbleUpon.

Do You Have a Point to Make?

Project Runway (season 8)
Project Runway (season 8) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Saturday mornings start with Project Runway or America’s Next Top Model. I hear that ANTM will have male models and I can’t see that being the same (not that I don’t love the boys) so I might have to check out for the next cycle. I find Project Runway to be inspirational and I am rooting for Uli or Emilio to win Project Runway All Stars 2. I would have had a serious fit if Mondo didn’t win the first season of All Stars and I know I’m not alone. He was robbed in season 8. ROBBED!!

I have recently become obsessed with nail art which is what provoked me to start a Pinterest account. I found so many designs I liked that it was the only way to keep track.  Nail art is the biggest trend of 2012; I think that’s indisputable, with sheer clothing coming in second. With nail art, the rules are there are no rules; anything goes. Even those who consider themselves to be conservative are straying away from traditional colors and opting for striking visuals with bright colors, textures, and lavish embellishments. I remember when nail art was considered ghetto, but let’s not get me started on that.

Sharp Stilettos
Sharp Stilettos by Sarah Payne (Photo Credit: Nails Magazine)

Celebrities like Rhianna and Lady Gaga are showcasing pointy nails or “stiletto nails” so of course, the look is very popular, but I just can’t get on board. the reality that these nails could do double-duty as a weapon and a fashion accessory is not lost on me. And as beautiful as some designs are and as feisty as I am, no one is worth going to jail over. 

That was until I saw these:

A Rose By Any Other Name
A Rose By Any Other Name by Greg Salo (Photo Credit:Nails Magazine)

I know… and you should see the workmanship that Greg Salo put into creating these masterpieces. I typically wear short nails with dark polish, but recently I have started wearing them a bit longer in a square-oval shape in order to try some nail art tutorials. I once had a torrid love affair with long acrylic nails, but they’re just not practical for my lifestyle. The stiletto nails aren’t practical either, but in another life… I’ll just have to admire them from afar. What do you think about the long pointed talons that are trending?