One-Coat WonderLife is hectic enough without spending precious moments in the nail salon. With just one sheer coat, the patented Sally Hansen Star Opal Nail Glaze shields nails from everyday damage and locks in moisture with real opal; vitamins A, C and E nourish and condition. This single coat usually lasts up to 10 days. What a stroke of genius!Save Your CuticlesKeeping your nails and cuticles healthy goes beyond weekly manicures. Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Spa in Hoboken, N.J., shares her secrets for achieving beautiful, healthy nails and cuticles at home: For overall maintenance, exfoliate and moisturize with Crabtree & Evelyn La Source 60-Second Fix Kit for hands. Hydrate and soften nails and cuticles by applying either an oil or a cream (whichever you prefer). Try Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Nail & Cuticle Therapy or Dr. Hauschka's Neem Nail Oil Pen. Don't forget to take away excess dead skin with an exfoliator. Hadley loves Creative Nail Design Cuticle Eraser with AHA.Color RichIt's time to bid farewell to summer's pale palettes of autumn. Dark, velvety raisins, plush eggplants and beautiful berries are just some of our favorite hues this season. Take a look at the shades we know you'll fall for, such as Revlon nail enamel in Rocky Royalty, shades by Barielle in Seductive, Chanel nail color in Sensuelle, or OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark.
New Alternatives to Acrylic Nail Tips
If you've been avoiding acrylic nail tips because of painful breaks or their thick, unnatural appearance, here are two stronger, chip-proof and extremely low-maintenance options that will change forever the way you enhance your nails.
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- Creative Nail Design Custom Blended Manicure is a professional technique that enhances your own natural nails with custom color. For around $80, this two-part process starts with an application of custom-blended colored powders, mixed with a strengthening and bonding liquid that bonds to the nail. The mixture is painted on a clean nail, then buffed to a high shine, giving a freshly polished look that lasts for up to two weeks. For a location near you, log on to creativenaildesign.com.
- Dashing Diva Nail Salon's Virtual Nails is a patent-pending full-cover nail enhancement. For $20, nails are fitted and placed onto your natural nail with special glue (but no more damaging hours of filing are needed). Finish with a polish of your choice. Visit dashingdiva.com for a location near you.