Beautifying our nails is one of life’s little pleasures. It’s a quick and easy way to update your look orplay with nail products, colours, patterns and beauty trends. There’s nothing like a slick of vampy red polish or marble effect nails to make you feel glam, groomed and polished. Plus, amazing nails always get compliments and admiring glances!
Here at Cafe La Moda, we totally get your obsession with nail care and prettifying your nails, which is why we have a whole online emporium dedicated to treating your talons wih the best nail care products money can buy. From nail products and strengtheners to polishes, wraps and nail care sets we’ve got everything your hands could ever need, all under one roof. So whether you’re a short and nude nails type of girl or you love experimenting with ombre and zingy colours, with the best deals and cheapest prices, especially for you, you’re guaranteed to get beautiful nails at amazingly cheap prices.
Nail care: cuticle removers
There’s nothing like unsightly cuticles to ruin a manicure. Zap the annoying blighters with a cuticle remover or minimizer. These wonder products are a must-have for any manicure by working to enhance the contour of the nail by getting rid of dry skin and minimizing hard cuticles.
Nail care: nail varnish
You can never own enough nail varnish – it’s a fact understood by all females. We’ve got all of 2012’s most on-trend colours, from neutrals to metals and pastels so all you need to do is decide what look you want today.
Nail care: nail wraps
Nail wraps are the hottest beauty trend for 2012, creating show stopping nails in all the patterns you could ever wish for. Plus, there’s absolutely no drying time – yay! Have a look at our ‘how to guide’ for our tips on applying your new wraps.
Nail care: nail whitener
Nail whiteners are the perfect way to finish off natural nails or a French manicure. White tips suggest health whilst keeping you looking preened to perfection. Even if you don’t have time to paint your nails, whitening the tips will make them look ‘done’ in 30 seconds flat.
Nail care: hand and nail treatment
These should be an essential in every woman’s beauty bag. Hand and nail treatments keep your mitts moisturised, soft and healthy whilst encouraging nail growth and keeping pesky cuticles at bay.
Nail care: acrylic nails
Acrylic nails let you add length to your natural nails and create an amazing base for polishes and wraps. Acrylic nails bought online can be amazingly inexpensive and save you shedloads on salon visits. Warning: if you’re anything like us you’ll get addicted to your new acrylics pretty quickly! Compare reviews to find the best size and brand for your nail type.
Follow our tips for gorgeous and healthy nails and hands, all year round:
Use hand cream and apply regularly to keep nails and hands in tip-top condition
Use cuticle oil or cream to keep nails and cuticles strong, soft and moisturised
Always use a base coat when painting nails to prevent staining and discolouration
A top coat will help seal your polish and stop it from chipping
Never file backwards and forwards when shaping your nails as this can really damage them. Instead, file from the outside to the centre
If you wear acrylic nails use almond oil to help keep the nail in place.
Foods rich in Vitamin B, potassium, iron and calcium help keeps nails strong and long.
How to apply nail wraps
Nail wraps are the hottest trend for your nails for 2012 and we love, love, love them. They can be tricky to apply if you’re a newbie, but heed our golden rules and you’ll have salon-worthy talons in minutes:
Grab scissors, a nail file and hairdryer before you start.
Shape your nails with a nail file to the desired length and shape and buff your nails for the perfect base.
Size up which wrap to use on each finger (cut the wrap if necessary), peel the wrap off the plastic and place it in the centre of your nail so that the edge is sitting just above the cuticle.
Apply heat to the wrap with a hairdryer. This will soften and heat the wrap, making it easy to press and stick onto your nail. Smooth out the wrap over your nail.
File the excess wrap from the end of your nail and smooth it over the top of the nail. Apply more heat if needed.
Seal the wrap with a top coat if desired.
How to: DIY manicure
Start by removing any old nail varnish. For natural nails, use a non acetone remover to prevent drying out.
File your nails down to your preferred shape. Short, oval tips are always chic, or if you’re feeling brave go for long, pointed tips, the shape of choice for the past couple of seasons. File your nails in one direction starting at the edges and moving toward the top. Never file backwards and forwards as this can damage the nail.
Soak your nails in soapy water for a few minutes to soften cuticles and apply a small amount of moisturiser or cuticle cream/oil.
Use a wooden cuticle stick to push back your cuticles. Be gentle and be sure not to cut your cuticles, which can cause infection and damage the nail.
Apply your base coat or nail strengthener and let it dry for one minute.
Apply two coats of your favorite polish to get optimum colour without overloading the nail. You should be able to do each layer in three strokes: two on the sides and one in the middle. Wait for the first layer to fully dry before applying the second coat.
Apply your top coat. This could be a clear polish to set the colour underneath or maybe go for a sparkly top coat for extra pizzazz. (Remember: If you use a fast-dry top coat, your polish may not last as long.)