Afrobella is all about beauty and bath products, but you all may have noticed one gaping hole in my beauty review resume. I’ve never done a post on nails.
I’ve just never been a manicure kind of girl. I’ve always been into some kind of art — I love painting when I can find the time, and I was a sculpture minor in college (handbuilding, not the wheel. I suck at the wheel). Either way, I often had paint or clay under my fingernails, so it was almost impossible to maintain a mani. In high school I bit my nails to the nub, but I managed to quit the habit with the use of a nasty-tasting nail treatment. But now, my nails are long and strong and looking good. I can attribute that to regular use of Sally Hansen’s Teflon Tuff Extra Strength Nail Protector. It definitely helps to keep my nails hard enough to use for random everyday tasks, and has helped my nails to grow. It’s a very shiny nail protecting treatment that I use all the time, or as a base and top coat when I actually do wear polish. The product needs reapplication every two days or so — it definitely doesn’t stay on long enough. And please keep in mind, what works for me may not work for everybody. The epinions on this product are all over the map. If you’ve got a 100% guaranteed nail hardening treatment, let me know about it!
When I was growing up, my mom always wore Theons #5. I should buy a bottle, just for the nostalgia value. The color stained her nails a light yellow-orange, a color that has only faded now that she goes for regular manicures. When I have gotten a mani, I usually go for the basic French. But now that my nails are clean, pretty, and long, I’m seriously thinking about some nail art. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not Flo Jo — but I’m feeling some of these funky new looks. My nails will never look like SWV’s in the video for Downtown. I’m still a little conservative, but I’m finding inspiration on some of my favorite websites.
The ladies over at Missbehave Magazine have an entire tag devoted to fly nail art. I’m not slick with the details, so my personal favorite look is the glitter and sparkles fadeout. It’s a look that would be easy to achieve with a sparkling top coat like Cover Girl’s Goddess for starters. Sephora’s scented glitter polish also looks cute, and they’re $3.50 a pop! (who cares if they’re marketed to kids? How many kids do you see shopping at Sephora?)
My beauty inspiration, Tia Williams just gave a glowing review to the YSL Sun Line Nail Touch Brush Pen, but at $23, I can’t justify that purchase. Plus it’s unavailable at Nordstroms. You all know that I’m a bella on a budget, so I’m riding with this post on The Frugal Face. I tend to buy nail polishes that cost less than $5. Her suggestions on using arts and crafts glitter and old eye shadows to create custom polishes (all you need is a bottle of clear polish) are intriguing. I’ll give them a try and let you see my results. If that doesn’t work out, Milani has some great summer colors that are just $2.99.
According to the latest (last?) issue of Vibe Vixen, nail artist Bernadette Thompson says yellow and white are the new trends of the summer. These days, I’m obsessed with bright yellow. Women of color, bright colors are your friend! And yellow looks absolutely stunning on black skin. So when I saw this adorable toenail art over at one of my favorite blogs, Fly, I was immediately inspired. Rakia’s polka dots are too cute! That’s the kind of style I can do.
If you head to your neighborhood Sally’s, there are loads of super bright, cheap nail polishes and stick-on nail art accessories you can experiment with. Remember, always use a good base and top coat to maintain your polish as long as possible, and experiment away!
Listen to Kid Sister for nail decoration inspiration. Pro Nails is the jam, and I’m feeling her flow!
Do you have a favorite fingernail look for the summer? Tell me about it!