Beauty: Affordable DIY Manicures For Summer

June 4, 2012 • Beauty, Magazine

With a busy summer and a new baby in tow, I have not been able to keep regular mani/pedi appointments, and have mostly resorted to at-home manicures. With my discovery of  DIY  manicure kits and gorgeous polishes it looks like I just walked out of a nail salon. So everyone thinks… but  I’ll never tell! However, I’ll gladly share with you my must-have favorite summer kits and polishes.  

One of my favorite manicures of the summer is Caviar Nails. Yes, they are as fancy as they sound. Created in London, this nail art brings avant-garde catwalk styling to the girl next door. That’s right, not only can it be worn by the fashionable, but by the everyday woman who want’s to dive into something a little more trendy. Ciate Caviar manicure features small pearlescent beads that create a 3-D effect and you can choose from any of three shades for custom, hot nail tips anytime!

I love everything about Deborah Lippmann polishes, as they create a look of elegance, sophistication and simplicity. My newest love is the nail lacquer in Boom Boom Pow. The name says it all, it’s a beautiful glam gold gleam glitter that contains 24K gold dust. It’s simple enough for everyday wear over plain polish, or elegant layered over red polish for a glammed up look.

I thought I would never revisit neon nails as it was the ‘in’ thing in my teenage years, but Nars made me think again. Nars makes fabulous makeup, so their nail polish can’t be too far behind. Inspired by this season’s Fashion Week, Nars and Thakoon extend their fashion week collaboration with limited-edition nail polishes inspired by the designer’s Spring 2012 collection. With my favorite neon yellow polish ‘Amchoor‘, the  collection’s super vibrant colors bring a bold dose of fashion-forward color to your fingertips.

My favorite manicure for the summer is Ombré Nails. They are absolutely gorgeous. With the French word ombré meaning ‘shaded’, and in other terms anything that starts as one color and slowly progresses to another color. They are not as hard as they look to do, and with The New Black Ombre Nail Polish Set, you can get your own custom nails at home.  A five-piece set of expertly curated colors in a range of complementary ombré tones, enables you to try this latest nail trend at home at an affordable price.

Last but not least one of my other favorite brands for polish and Shellac Manicures, CND brings us Colour Effects. This is a total customized do-it-yourself manicure that can be subtle or ultra glamorous. Wear their rich creme colors alone or amp them up with the Effects. You can change your look a little or a lot with fine opalescence of Pearl Effects or super-bling Sparkles. Whatever your mood there is the perfect combination for you.

1. Ciate Caviar Manicure, $25
2. Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow, $20
3. NARS Thakoon Limited Edition Nail Polish ‘Amchoor, $18
4. The New Black Ombre Nail Shades 5-Piece Set in Floyd, $22
5. CND Colour Effects, $7.75

–Kelley Woods

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