Nail Polish is the New Lipstick

Nail polish is the new Lipstick…whatever does That mean?  Well, it’s a “must have” purchase, even when economic times are challenging, as lipstick was in the depression.  I guess that means Women will make sure their hands are well manicured, and will do without other items…like dining out, movies, clothes (blasphemy), and other “luxuries”…instead seeing nail polish as a necessity, like food, shampoo, deodorant and Chardonnay!

Nails have become an inexpensive way to inject a season’s hottest color trends into your wardrobe.  The truth is, unique and outrageous nail polish shades aren’t exactly new.  In the 1980s, neon colors were all the rage.  And those crackle nail polishes that people are suddenly so gaga over?  CoverGirl went there and did that at least 15 years ago.  So what makes this evolution of nail color so different? Why is it more widespread and accepted than ever before? 

For one, the economy.  In recent years, nail polish has replaced lipstick as an indicator of the economy. What Leonard Lauder coined the Lipstick Index, meaning the rise in cosmetic sales inversely correlated to economic health, is no more.  Nail polish sales are growing in leaps and bounds, surpassing lipstick, due to its affordability.

It’s a cheap thrill.  A Chanel handbag may be out of your financial reach but a Chanel nail polish is a budget friendly way to bring those interlocking C’s into your lifestyle.  Thanks to designers incorporating nail color into their runway looks, nails have become an accessory and an inexpensive way to inject the hottest color trends of the season into your wardrobe.  The price tag on those Fendi color-block shoes you’ve been coveting may make your wallet cry, but buying blue and orange lacquers to color-block your nails is within everyone’s price range.

The second factor is our obsession with all things celebrity and the ungodly access we have to them thanks to Twitter and Facebook and all the blogs and Web sites out there.  A single Twitpic of Katy Perry’s flower patterned nails caused a run on Minx nail appliqués and a number of knock-offs for at-home use.  Beyoncé wearing a turquoise Chanel nail polish in a music video sold out the shade.

Tweens, teens and twenty-somethings will always be early adopters to trends, but thanks to its low price tag and celebrity support, nail art and wacky nail polish colors have worked their way into the hearts of the more mature set.

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My Favorite Nailpolish Colors

I don’t wear dark colors on my hands because my hands are not lovely.  Plus, because I have Renaud’s Syndrome (where my hands and feet are Always cold), and my nails on my hands no longer seem to grow, so I like a pale pink on my hands…but for my feet (which are also Not lovely), anything goes!  I like I’m not really a waitress (kind of a red color) from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  Then from Christmas until spring break I enjoy the very dark Lincoln Park after Dark…then a French Pedicure from Spring Break through November.  Again, Always light pink on my finger nails.  And I totally love the names of the polish…almost as much fun as wearing the polish!

OPI’s I’m not Really a Waitress

Essie Ballet Slippers

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

And that’s as risky as I go…though I’ve thought of dabbling in other colors…And here are some other Popular Colors that I’m strongly considering adding to my repertoire of nail colors!

OPI’s You don’t know Jacques

OPI’s Black Chutney

Essie’s Lulu

Essie Cat Walk

Essie’s Chicago

Essie’s Brooch the Subject

Butter London Free 3

Essie’s Watermelon

Lancome Verdan in Love Boudoir Time

Essie Ole Caliente’

Essie’s Off the Shoulder – I plan on trying this on my toes next, instead of my summer french pedicure!

Essie’s Summer 2012 Collection

OPI’s Spring 2012 Collection

And here are some new “trends”…These trends are not necessarily the style and taste of this blogger, btw. 🙂

The No Chip Manicure

On average, the no-chip manicure lasts for two to three weeks with no chipping! It can and does work for anyone and appears to be the new trend…and a trend that is here to stay.  What I like most about it is when you walk out of the salon, your nails are dry.  Period.   No smudges, chips, or dents.  Totally dry.

Here’s the process:

*Nails are painted similarly to a regular manicure
*One at a time, nails are placed under a UV lamp
*The UV lamp cures and dries the polish instantly, which means there’s absolutely no drying time!
*The total curing and drying time takes about 10 minutes, and then you can walk out the door with nails totally dry

It’s truly that simple.  Prices range about $35.  You should be able to find a no chip manicure at any salon.  Some people complain their nails seem to weaken after using this process, but I didn’t have that problem.  Try it and see if it’s for you.

There’s also a new product by OPI called Gel Color – You can do it yourself at home.  The colors are $35/bottle (kinda steep), but you also have to buy the UV lamp for $335.  I did find a UV light nail dryer for $52.99 on Amazon.  They also have starter kits with a variety of different nail colors for less than $100.  You can recoup your investment over 6-months by doing your own nails.

How to Get Nail Polish out of just about Anything

by Bella Sugar

Into every life, a little nail polish must fall. But just because you accidentally lacquered your skirt, desk, or couch, that doesn’t mean the stuff has to stay there. The faster you act, the better off you’ll be, and most materials respond well to solvents you already have lying around the house. See our easy polish stain fixes now.

Removing Polish From Wood
First rule: don’t use nail polish remover on wood. It actually ruins finishes and leaves new, maybe even worse looking, stains. Don’t panic, though, because there’s actually a really easy way to fix the polish-on-wood problem. Just spritz your polish puddle down with plenty of hair spray (we use Aqua Net), let it sit for about 20 seconds, and then wipe it off. You might need to repeat the process a few times, but it’s far, far preferable to having splotchy furniture.

Removing Polish From Cloth
Probably one of the most common polish problems, this is also a tricky one. Nail polish remover can interact with some dyes and fabrics (it’ll actually melt acetate), so perform a spot test before you use it. If you use remover on your fabric, make sure to launder it directly afterward. And if remover isn’t an option, you can always try hair spray. Dry cleaning solvent can also usually remove polish, so if you can’t get it out at home, don’t be afraid to run it down to your cleaners.

Removing Polish From Hair
If you were in a rush and ended up both ruining your nails and painting up your hair, the fix is pretty simple. If the polish is still wet, just grab some non-acetone polish remover and run it down the polished strands. If it’s dry already, work some conditioner or oil gently through your hair until you can slide the polish bits out.

Removing Polish From Carpet
First of all, what color is your carpet? If it’s light or white, using a non-acetone polish remover is probably your best bet. If it’s dark and you’re not sure about whether the dye might interact with it, try pouring on hair spray or rubbing alcohol and then blotting the polish up with a sponge or paper towels. Don’t give up if the polish just seems to keep coming — you want to get every last bit out.

The Most Outrageous Nail Polish Names (aka, names that make me laugh)

Before He Cheats

I’m not really a whore and left him cuffed by the bed

Friar, friar, pants on fire

Dick weed

Iris I was thinner


Pussy Galore

What’s with the Cattitude

I’m Indi-a mood for love

Skin tight denim

Meet Balls

Unconventional ways to use Nail polish

We all know the drill when it comes to nail polish: Paint and put away. But now you don’t have to be so quick to shelve your shade. Here are 5 out-of-the-box ways to wield that colorful little wand that I found in Cosmopolitan magazine.

1. Use it to paint the sole of your high-heels (think: Christian Louboutin) as an easy (and cheap!) way to update them for spring. Note: Colored opaque formulas work best since they won’t reveal the true color of your shoe. Also, avoid getting paint on other parts of your shoe by placing masking tape along the edge where the shoe meets the sole—the same way you would protect the ceiling and window panes when you’re painting a room. Once you’ve covered the sole in color, allow it to dry before applying a second coat. If another layer isn’t needed, pull off the tape to reveal a neat polish job.

2. Cover up a scratch on scuffed shoes or boots. It can be hard to find shoe polish for colorful kicks, so try finding a nail polish that matches instead. But don’t rely on a bottle-to-shoe comparison, since the color can look different when it’s applied. Put the hue on your nail first and give it a minute to dry to make sure it’s a close-enough match to your shoes.

3. Personalize your favorite bag. Enlist the help of stencils and tape to make your initials look perfect.

4. Change the look of a necklace, ring, or earrings by covering faux jewels with a pop of color, like neon green, orange, or pink, to create your own DIY version of a Tom Binns Design. Simply lay the accessory flat on a paper towel and begin to paint.

5. Prevent new, fake jewelry from tarnishing. When air hits the metal, it oxidizes it and changes its color. Since clear lacquer locks out the air, it helps keep your costume jewelry looking new. Note: This will not work on already-tarnished accessories.

And lastly, a great idea to use different nail polish colors:

Colour My World, by Chicago!



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  1. How did you know my nails need polishing!? So many great shades of inspiration. Love a couple of the bright pink ones, which I do use on my short but nicely shaped finger nails. I loved the no chip manicure, but do not remove the polish yourself or try picking it off! That’s where I think my damage came from. TGIF!

  2. While French’s and American’s always look good . . . color is definitely IN this year!! Great closing tips, too .. . have been using the nail polish ‘dot’ on my keys since I became a latch-key kid about 50 years ago (yikes!) . . . when a kid could BE a latch-key kid!!

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