I’m Obsessed with…Nail Trends!

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When I was a teenager back in the 90s, the look du jour when it came to nails was acrylic nails. And if you were really trendy, you got 3 or 4 airbrushed colors on your nails, too. It was a relatively inexpensive trend, if you went to a half-way decent salon in Queens, a full-set would cost you about $30 (then the equivalent of about a week’s allowance) and a fill-in (the process of adding more acrylic to your nails when they grew out) would cost only $15.

However the thing you didn’t quite realize about acrylics were that when it came time to soak them off, not only did it take an epic amount of time, but your own actual nails would be so soft and brittle that the slightest touch would make them peel off. You also didn’t want to drop any loose change on the floor otherwise spend 10-15 minutes trying to retrieve it with your acrylic talons. Yikes!

So I swore off acrylic nails around age 17 and then kind of fell out of love with anything spectacular being done to my nails other than a manicure with the palest pink nail polish.

Ten years later as a full-fledged adult, my nails have been every color from the brightest yellow to the starkest white to the darkest black and navy. I’ve even gone the Minx route. I’m officially nail-obsessed! So imagine how excited I was today while flipping through the August issue of Marie Claire and seeing these fab nail designs:

This sultry navy polish goes on like any other, then surprises with a muted, velvety dry-down. Just remember to skip the top coat.

On nails: OPI Matte Nail Lacquer in Russian Navy, $8.50. Also try: Knock Out Cosmetics Flatte Nail Polish in OX, $19.

Yes, sophistication and sparkle can coexist: Rose-gold flecks suspended in inky-black lacquer mean a fiercely futuristic look.

On nails: Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquer in Superstar, $35 for a set of three. Also try: Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish in Look Rich, Be Cheap, $18.

Minx’s ultrathin polymer sheets are placed on nails, then heated for an almost-indestructible finish—no drying time required.

On nails: Silver Minx manicure; go to minxnails.com for salons.

This sleek ombre effect is fashioned from layers of Calgel’s healthy-for-nails liquid overlay, which comes in 96 shades.

On nails: Calgel color gradation tips; go to calgelusa.com for salons.

I want to try them ALL! I’m especially loving that matte navy polish. What about you?

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style expert on CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

10 Responses to I’m Obsessed with…Nail Trends!

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  2. Candice says:

    That Navy is awesome! I will be getting that immediately!!

    Also the Minx silver is too hot, this is just more reason for me to try Minx.

  3. Alicia says:

    I am dying to try matte polish!!!

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  6. JOE says:

    my girlfiend gets her polish at http://www.prettygirl-polish.com
    she always wears the sexiest colors!
    i think pink is always good on a girl

  7. I just love the fade to black. I love the way it matches that wallet. Awesomeness.

  8. Kari says:

    SheeKee has way more options, and usually stay on longer then Minx, you should check them out!

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