I am particularly enjoying the carefree individualism of the ring finger in a different color than the other four fingers. On and off, I've been painting my pinky of thumb nail a different color since 1998. I also enjoy ombre nails, where fingertips go from lighter to darker/brighter in a color family.
From year to year, summertime sees me drawn to corals and mangoes, or any variety of shimmery and opalescent whites. But this year it has been different.
On a "healthy nail and circulation" kick, I've mostly just filed (in one direction!) my nails slightly oval and left them au naturel--perhaps with a coat of Sally Hansen's Double Duty (one of the few products that doesn't peel, or chip, off my nails). Sometimes I'll push my cuticles back with a tool or a pointy cotton-tip (I no longer use cuticle sticks).
On occasion, usually for work or just for that "extra girly" feeling, I'll try a nice neutral pink or peach. I actually have a good variety of these two colors, both in creme and metallic finishes.
One of my concerns with nail polishes are the chemicals used in even the "healthier" versions, and the fact that my nails need breathing room else they turn funny. Darker colors also stain my nails for quite a few months after use, so that's another concern.
On the simpler side of things, few things feel quite as nice as a cuticle oil and hand cream massage. It's rather quick and effective no matter the season. Even if my nails aren't in tip-top shape, the tactile joy of such a simple pleasure makes for a great bad day pick me up. The light rubbing of cuticles helps with circulation, oxygenation, cuticle health, and nail growth.
In an attempt to think outside the
Today I finally had an hour or so free, so I applied Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle nail color in Beautiful Berry (bright berry) on my toes and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in So Much Fawn (dusty rose). Both these colors come with wider application brushes, which makes application a little easier for
I like being able to change my look or mood with something as trivial as what nail color (if any) I go for. It's the simple things on hot summers that make for fun. :o)