Spring 2015 Nail Trends: 5 Nail Art Design Ideas

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It’s time to admit it- you probably don’t spend half as much time caring for your nails as you spend caring for your hair or perfecting that cat-eye eyeliner.  There are many ways to care for our nails, and one of the best ways to keep up with those talons, is to have fun staying on trend with the most popular looks for the tips of fingers.

A new season ushers in new ideas for spring manicures, so before you allow yourself to stay in the same old nail rut, BeautyPress recommends you choose from these four simple ways to spruce up your spring nail game, and mix things up a bit:


1. Point at the Moon. Half moon manicures are going pop art. This look is artsy, but still acceptable for the workplace.

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You can even add volume to the half moon for a more 3D-look with a simple rhinestone or make it pop with contrasting shades. Bright colors like turquoise, coral, and red are bright enough to get all the right attention.
2. Simply Timeless. A classic one-color manicure is an understated impact this season.

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And for all you safety just a topcoat shine, crimson red, or glossy coral will do the trick.


3. Nail Art. Another season, 3D is the way to go, long gone are the days of squiggly lines of different colors to be called nail art. Appliques like gold chains, pearls, and even letters wow the crowd.


If understated nail art is more your thing, than go completely bare with nails and add a super small stone for embellishment on either just one or two fingers. Matte topcoat for bonus points!


4. French Remix. Double-tipped French manicures are the new classic. Think white tip and a bright pastel color lined right below or above the white line.

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5. Striped. Either several small stripes against a bare nail or just one stripe down the middle, off-center, horizontally, or vertically are all the right ways to strip down your manicure this spring.

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Fingernails: Do’s and Don’ts for Healthy Nails

Are you taking good care of your nails? Here’s what you need to know to keep your fingernails in tiptop shape.

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Take a close look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care. Others indicate an underlying condition that requires attention.

Fingernails: What’s normal, what’s not

Your fingernails — composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin — grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips.

Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration. Sometimes fingernails develop harmless vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges tend to become more prominent with age. Fingernails can also develop white lines or spots due to injury, but these eventually grow out with the nail.

Not all nail conditions are normal, however. Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you notice:

  • Changes in nail color, such as discoloration of the entire nail or a dark streak under the nail
  • Changes in nail shape, such as curled nails
  • Thinning or thickening of the nails
  • Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • Redness, swelling or pain around the nails

Fingernail care: Do’s and don’ts

To keep your fingernails looking their best, follow these simple guidelines.


  • Keep your fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under your fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals, and avoid long soaks in the tub.
  • Trim and file your fingernails regularly. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. It might be easiest to trim and file your fingernails when they’re soft, such as after bathing.
  • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.


  • Abuse your fingernails. To prevent nail damage, don’t use your fingernails as tools to pick, poke or pry things.
  • Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
  • Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

Tips for weak or brittle fingernails

Weak fingernails can be a challenge to toughen up. To protect weak or brittle fingernails and reduce the risk of splitting or breaking:

  • Keep your nails short. Long nails are more likely to split or break.
  • Use moisturizer. Apply moisturizer to your fingernails and cuticles several times throughout the day and before bed. Consider wearing cotton gloves while you sleep, to help seal in the moisture.
  • Apply nail polish. A thin coat of clear nail polish can help keep moisture in your fingernails.
  • Limit use of nail polish remover. Don’t use nail polish remover more than once a week. When you do need to use nail polish remover, choose the acetone-free variety. Acetone dries nails.
  • Ask your doctor about biotin supplements. Changing your diet or taking daily multivitamins isn’t likely to strengthen your nails. However, some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.

A note about manicures and pedicures

If you rely on manicures or pedicures for healthy looking nails, keep a few things in mind. Stick to salons that display a current state license, and work only with technicians also licensed by the state board. Don’t have your cuticles removed — it can lead to nail infection. Also, make sure your nail technician properly sterilizes all tools used during your procedure. Various infections can spread through the use of unsterilized tools. You might also ask how the foot baths are cleaned. Ideally, a bleach solution is used between clients and the filters are cleaned regularly.

It’s easy to neglect your nails — but there’s much you can do to keep your fingernails healthy and strong. Start with basic fingernail care.

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Tips for your Perfect Wedding Bridal Nails

Cottagers, here are some tips to take note:

• Choosing the right color and design for your bridal nails depends on a variety of things: dress color, atmosphere at the wedding, your personality, what you are comfortable with, and what look you are going for. French manicure is always a popular, classy choice that will match most outfits, from a typical red length to a summery destination wedding dress.

• Plan ahead, think about what types of bridal nails you want and what design. Try as many manicure styles you can, so you can make the perfect choice for your wedding day.

• Go with someone you trust. If you have a manicurist you routinely go to, plan on using them for your wedding nails. If you want to try someone new, make sure you check out reviews and go in for a couple trials. You do not want to risk not having a perfect bridal manicure on your special day.

• Have your nails done a couple of weeks before the wedding, and follow their example in keeping nails looking clean and shiny, remembering to schedule a follow up the day before the wedding.

• Plan a day for your manicure and pedicure close to the wedding date but don’t leave it till the last minute in case you get crammed for time. After having your bridal nails done, make sure you are careful not to ruin them.

• Remember to keep your bridal nails looking nice for all those wedding related events where people will inevitably ask you to see your rock. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on manicure, a simple home polish change will do the trick!

• When you consult with your makeup artist and the hair stylist, you should then approach the matter of your bridal nails as well. Seek for their opinion and you will see that they will definitely recommend the style of the bridal manicure that is in accordance with your overall appearance.

• Always wear gloves when cleaning the house or washing dishes. The substances you use when cleaning can seriously ruin your wonderful bridal nails.

• Let your bridal nails breathe for a bit before the wedding and only use a nail-building top-coat but no nail polish until the day before your wedding day.

• If you’re a nail biter, use anti-nail biting polish of the most bitter kind to ensure your mouth stays away from your fingers for at least six weeks prior to the wedding. This way you might loose this habit and you will have your nails perfect for your manicurist.

• If you have trouble growing your own nails, an acrylic set may be the way to go. Keep in mind, acrylic tips must be “filled in” about every two weeks. Because acrylic often damages the nail underneath, it is only a quick fix, not a “real” solution to problem nails.


Nails Cottage have some affordable bridal packages for you on your special bridal occasion- be it your photoshoot, wedding actual day or even your bachelorette party with your bridesmaids.

Contact Joleen at 93350593 now!


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How do you Match Nail Colour with Skin Tones

Skin tone is one of the factors that should serve as the basic guideline when opting for a special makeup. However, if you want to improve your beauty skills, it is time to find out that to accentuate a certain nail polish tone it is necessary to take into account the shade of your complexion. Different skin tones match different shades, that’s why it is essential to opt for those that complement your look. Here are the basic principles on how to match nail polish color and skin tones.


Fair Complexion

You’re the lucky one, since you can sport many shades that are considered critical for other skin tones. Indeed, fair complexions have the tendency to flash elegance and purity. The best way to find the perfect nail polish is to be guided after the basic features.

Those who belong to this category are often called winter types. Indeed, the best shades that flatter the fairness are bright pink, light and medium tones of purple, red. Avoid dark and profound tints unless you are a Goth style fan or wish to wear an eye-popping nail art style. We should also include in the no-no color group dark blue, yellow, green and also gold.


Medium Skin Tone

Nail Art Nails Cottage Singapore 2013 PunggolThis ‘in-between’ tone can pull off some stylish nail art masterpieces by applying nail polishes that tend towards the metallic shades.

The vibrant and glittering colors will add a tanned quality to medium skin tones. Bright shades are the absolute favorites of those who own this skin type.

Pile up some bottles of vibrant orange, pink and blue nail polish. These must serve as the no.1 choice when you want to polish to impress.

Silver and also light blue as well as their metallic version is perfectly emphasizing your neutral skin tones. Ditch out or at least neglect for a while shades as dark purple, red or navy blue.





Tan Complexion

Indeed, what could accentuate more a sunkissed complexion than a lighter shade?

Skim through the wide selection of shade as light blue, pink or purple. Also include in your preferences light brown and chocolate. Tanned skin is often associated with warm colors, both makeup and nail polish should follow this principle.

Always take into account that the contrastive colors will bring out the most of your complexion. That’s why it is wise to skip colors as gold and all its shades since it might blend into the overall image without having any visible effect.


Dark Complexion

Pedicure Nails Cottage Singapore 2013 PunggolWhen it comes to nail polish, those who have dark complexion should think on a darker shade scale. These will efficiently emphasize their beautiful skin tones. Reds and dark greens as well as chocolate brown are the top notch shades that should appear among the nail art essentials of dark

Gold seems to be the best choice you can make when it comes to a voguish nail polish. The colors you should avoid are orange, white and even silver. These are ideal for fair tones, but inappropriate for you.

Learn how to choose the best nail polish color that matches your natural skin tone.




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How to Pick the Perfect Gel Polish Color?

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Picking a perfect gel polish color is very important for a woman, especially when you go out on a date or join your friends at an event- everyone needs to look their best. In Singapore, looks matter.

Every detail counts, and all the details combined can produce a beautiful, desirable result. From selecting the perfect dress or outfit, to accessorizing with shoes, a handbag, and jewelry, each part of a woman’s outward appearance is a reflection of how she feels about herself. Choosing the perfect nail color to attract someone special is also another way to improve attraction and to increase confidence in a woman.
Here are some ways you can select:

Select Based On the Event or Occasion

Your choice of nail color for a day at school is going to be different than the shade you choose for a date with a new beau or going for a part-time job interview. In a professional environment or in class, it’s best to stick with more muted or neutral shades to give an air of professionalism, particularly if you use your hands to gesture a great deal. You’ll want your fingernails to be clean and polished but not attention getting. If the setting where you’ll be interviewing is extremely conservative, you may want to opt for a clear polish and hold off on color all together.

In contrast, if you’re heading to an evening party, this is a great time to experiment with the colors you’ve never dared to try in the light of day. It’s time to bring out the golds, silvers, and bronzes that might not be appropriate for day time wear. Keep your jewelry selection in mind when choosing a nail polish color. If you’re wearing gold jewelry, it’s best to select a gold polish rather than a silver.

Choose Based On Skin Color

If you’re fair skinned, you’ll probably look best in lighter shades of nail polish with pink undertones. Nail polishes that have blue undertones may also work well with fair skin. Fair skinned women tend to look their best in berry red shades of nail polish with a lighter color for day and more dramatic shade for the evening wear.

If your skin has more olive undertones and is a bit darker, you’ll probably look fantastic in shades of russet and gold. These shades of nail polish really tend to play up olive skin.

If you have dark skin, you can get by with almost any rich, deep or vibrant shades of nail polish including vibrant reds and purples. You can generally get by with a bolder display of color than can the fair skinned person.

Choose Based On Your Lipstick Color

One way to determine what shades of nail polish will work with your skin tone is to choose nail color based on the colors that flatter your lips. If you look great in russet shades of lipstick, chances are this color will look good on your nails. Look through your lipstick inventory and see if colors that coordinate with your lip colors will work for you.

Choose Based On Your Wardrobe

If you wear a lot of rich russet and brown shades of clothing, you’ll want to consider adding these shades of nail polish to your collection. Shades of pink and purple won’t coordinate well with your wardrobe and can destroy an otherwise consistent look. Take inventory of what’s in your closet and keep your dominant clothing shades in mind when you choose nail color.

Based On Season and Trends

During the warmer months, you’ll want to go lighter with your nail polish color. Those pale, translucent pinks and pale lavenders may be appropriate. Also take into consideration the prevailing color trends in nail color. If pinks are hot, you’ll want to know this before making your selection.

If you’re relatively new to the world of nail polishes, you may want to schedule a manicure and get some professional color advice. Other options when choosing nail color are to buy inexpensive nail polish colors from your local drugstore and experiment until you determine what works for you. You can then buy more expensive polish once you’ve determined the best shades for you. Many makeup counters at department stores also run promotions that include nail colors free with a purchase which is another way to explore color options. Have fun experimenting!
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5 Pedicure Tips: Pamper Yourself at Home

Our feet get tired and sore after a hard day’s work at the office, especially ladies who are wearing heels. You may want to pamper yourselves to a nice foot spa and pedicure. Heres tips and steps for your foot pedicure:

1. At home or at the spa start with a comfortable place to sit. A footbath or large bowl filled with warm water and perhaps therapeutic mineral salts. As you soak your feet for 10 minutes or so, listen to music, read a book or just relax and enjoy the sensation of the water.

2. Remove feet from the water and dry with a soft clean towel. Clip and file the toesnails carefully and clean gently around cuticles. Rinse feet and gently pat dry.

3. While the feet are still moist apply a foot scrub to remove any hard skin or calluses from the areas around the heels especially. A pumice stone may also be used at this point. Rinse the feet in the warm water. Wipe feet dry paying special attention to the areas between the toes.


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4. Apply a good moisturiser or lotion to the feet and ankle area. Steady massaging stokes will give you a relaxing and therapeutic foot treatment. Allow the lotion or cream moisturizer to soak into the skin.

5. Leave your toes natural or apply the latest nail polish.

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Or you can pop by Nails Cottage– home nails salon at Tampines where you can enjoy good pedicure services. Call Joleen @93360593 for an appointment. We have housecalls too. ❤

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