Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mani Colors For Your Pedi

This is for Kristie, who asked me to discuss nail polish colors.

I love having a manicure and a pedicure. I had one on Friday, April 3 so I think I'm due for another one. My fingernails have always been brittle and weak (and I have bitten in the past). Pregnancy and prenatal vitamins have caused my nails to grow like crazy. They still aren't very strong but for me, they are very long. Getting manicures helps me keep them out of my mouth (and from picking at them).

I ALWAYS have painted toe nails. I hate not having them painted so, they are never bare. I wear flip flops and sandals a lot so, I try to keep them as pretty as possible. You can certainly do your own pedicure at home. Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes in warm, soapy water. There are lots of different pedicure soaks that you can buy like this and or one of these. Once you have soaked, you can use an assortment of pedicure tools to slough off dead skin, push back your cuticles and then moisturize.

Now that we are ready for painting, which is what Kristie asked for, let's talk colors. I am fond of a wide variety of colors and will put almost any color (at least once) on my toes. I'm not a fan of using blue, yellow, green, etc on my own fingernails. I think that it looks a little juvenile. I do a gorgeous NAVY in the winter called Russian Navy. I would do this one on my fingers, too. Another thing about me and nail colors- I'm kinda picky about "seasons." I do bright reds (Love this one) all year round though.

Here are some of my favorite colors:
Essie Ballet Slippers
Essie Beach Party
OPI Sweetheart
Essie Mademoiselle
OPI La Paz-itivly Hot
OPI for Sephora in Techno Girl (This is what I have on my toes now)

OPI Samoan Sand
Essie Like Linen
L'Oreal In the Buff

Reds- (NOTE: All reds are not created equally. For the perfect red for your skin, follow these rules: If you have pale/fair skin (like me), find a red with a blue undertone to warm up your skin. If you have pinkish skin, get an orangey-red. Finally, for dark or olive skin, you can wear a true red color.)
OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress
Essie Hot Spot
Revlon Red
Cover Girl Queen Collection Regal Red (good for pinkish skin)
OPI Big Apple Red (a bright red)
Essie A List (a true red, good for olive or dark skin)

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark ("where midnight meats purple" according to the site)
OPI Cajun Shrimp (a bright coral/red)
OPI My Private Jet
Essie Marshmallow
OPI Purple With A Purpose
OPI Venus di Violet
Essie Alligator Purse

These are just a small number of really good ones. I love the OPI site because you can "try it on" and that is fun. This Essie site is good to buy those colors. You can view them by shades (pinks, pink mauves, red, orange,etc).

Have fun!

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