Nails for Fall 2015

With the beginning of a new season we are always faced with an age-old problem, what’s new in fashion and beauty and how can I achieve the look?

Nobody really likes to admit that from the minute the new season’s magazines hit the shelves we find ourselves trawling through the beautiful glossy pages hoping to find some inspiration.

Well, regardless of budget, one of the quickest and easiest ways to spruce yourself up and be bang on trend is to paint your nails.

Now we know some of you will silently scream in terror at the prospect of painting your nails, but trust us you can do it. Whether your nails are long or short, if you follow our few steps below, you will have beautiful nails and be completely ready for the Fall season.

One of the big trends this Fall is the 70’s look. From High Street stores like Topshop and River Island to high end designers like Stella McCartney 70’s boho chic prevails in store.

1970's Fever
What better way to complement this look or even just to add a hint of 70’s to your existing wardrobe than with these perfect hues from Ciaté.
Nails for Fall 2015

From the Olivia Palermo Ciaté Fall collection these polishes have rich, deep shades with a high gloss finish which will give you a great pop of color for any outfit. So how do you get the best wear out of these shades? Well just follow these few simple steps and you will be in manicure heaven.

  1. File your nails to your desired shape. It makes no difference if your nails are long or short, rich colors like these love short nails too.
  2. Always apply a base coat if you are painting your nails as color nail polish can leave the nails stained yellow.
  3. Apply two coats of your desired color. Try not to use too much polish on the brush as this will cause the polish to bubble on the nail.
  4. Apply the polish in three strokes. One down the middle of the nail and then one each down either side of the nail.
  5. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying another coat.
  6. To get the best of your manicure apply a high gloss, hard-wearing top coat. Top up this coat of polish every other day to prolong your polish.

We love this Sally Hansen top coat. It is fast drying and tough, we always have it in our manicure kit.

Sally Hansen Insta-dry

So get yourself down to the mall to find your favorite colors for this season and get painting while we leave you with this little nugget of advice: To prevent damage to your manicure, try not to use your fingernails to pick at things or pry things open and always use the end of a spoon or fork to open cans of soda or tins of food.

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Manicure Service – Try or Skip?

The quickest way to relax and pamper yourself is by getting a mani-pedi. Getting your nails done is a very calming experience, and it is, more often than not, an essential part of any woman’s lifestyle. It is not a mere luxury, it is a necessity. After all, well-groomed nails that are polished to perfection is a must for any modern woman.

Nowadays, nail salons are a dime a dozen. There are so many options and so many nail spa services available for your enjoyment. Professional nail care has now gone beyond the regular manicure. The bar for salon manicures has certainly been raised. If before a standard manicure composes of nail trimming, cuticle care, and polish application, there is now a plethora of services to add on to your manicure experience. We have put together a list of different services offered at nail salons, and we’re here to tell you if a service is worth that extra charge or not. Consider this a quick and simple guide from OROGOLD while navigating the long laundry list of services you read through each time you get your nails done. Trust us, this will get you ready and primed for your next nail appointment.

Paraffin DipParaffin Hand Dip

Paraffin wax treatment is a procedure wherein your hands and feet are dipped repeatedly into a tub warm melted paraffin wax. The temperature of the wax is closely regulated, and it is safe for you as well as beneficial to your skin and nail health. Your hands and feet will be slowly immersed into the wax bath around 2-3 times creating a thick hardened shell. From there, you will slip into gloves or socks that’ll retain the heat better and seal the moisture in. During this process the paraffin’s moisturizing properties get to work on your skin and the heat opens up your pores. After 10-15 minutes the wax will be peeled off, and you will be pleased to see and feel the difference on your hands and feet. Both will feel baby soft and incredibly smooth. An added bonus to this treatment is that paraffin has been proven to relieve stiffness and muscle pain in the small joints of the hands.

VERDICT: Must-try! You can’t beat the deep cleaning, hydrating, and healing benefits of paraffin. This is also a type of treatment that can be hazardous if not done correctly.

Foot Buffing

Foot Buffing is basically an exfoliating treatment for your feet. Typically preceded by a foot soak to soften the skin, foot buffing is a vital part of foot care and maintenance since it removes dead skin cells. Using a foot file or a pumice stone, a nail technician sloughs away the roughness in your skin and smoothens the coarse parts like your heel and the balls of your feet. This treatment is important in avoiding calluses and cracked heels.

VERDICT: Foot buffing is a pretty simple treatment, done with tools that you can buy at a store on the cheap. Skip this one, and do it yourself at home.

Hot Oil Manicure

A great cure for dry and brittle nails, and cracked hands, a hot oil manicure uses heated essential oils to restore your cuticles and nails back to health. Instead of soaking your digits in water, like in a usual manicure, a nail tech will prepare a bath of heated oils for you to sink your hands into. Choose from a variety of different oils, like sesame, almond, sunflower, tea tree, lavender, with varying added benefits aside from moisturizing, of course.

VERDICT: Skip. You can choose the essential oil of your preference at your leisure. You don’t even need to heat it, just lightly massage it into your cuticles then all over your hands. Wear gloves or mitts for maximum absorption.

Massage Add-OnFoot rub at nails salons

A standard salon manicure oftentimes includes a quick hand/arm massage of maybe 3-5 minutes with lotion. You can opt for a longer pampering with a massage add-on of up to 30 minutes to 1 hour

VERDICT: Try. Having a trained technician/therapist massage you is definitely worth every single penny. Go ahead, and treat yourself.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliating treatment that removes the top layer of the skin, and the dead and damaged skin cells along with it. The pores get cleaned out and it stimulates the production of new and healthy skin cells. It is lauded as an effective anti-aging procedure, which is great for your hands since it is one of the first parts of your body that shows signs of aging.

VERDICT: Try at least once. Microdermabrasion at salons can be pricey, but it’s worth a try to see the results. If you like it, you can always buy personal microdermabrasion tools to keep up with your treatments at the convenience of your own home.

Which service are you going to try on your next trip to the salon? Try a new service and indulge, you definitely deserve that extra TLC.

GOLDEN TIPS: Gold Manicures

Golden hands Shine!

Gold is a very bold statement… so bold that some people may find it overwhelming. No need to fret, though, there are simple ways to add the glitter of gold to your outfit without the overwhelming nature of the color. The answer? A gold manicure.

The drama of gold is sure to highlight whatever look you want, but unlike gold accessories and other investments, nail polish comes relatively cheap and, if you don’t like the look, can be taken off with a swipe of acetone. It doesn’t all have to be gold; there are plenty of ways to dress up your nail look.

Need some inspiration for your gold manicure? OROGOLD reviews the top ten ways to go for the gold.

-GOLDEN GLITTER. Layer a coat of golden glitter over your favorite hue, such as navy blue, dark grey or even classic red. Whether you prefer a fine glitter or like yours a little chunky, it can give you a bit of sparkle without screaming gold. Just be careful about using too light of a hue for your base color, or else the gold may not”pop”. The only exception? White looks extraordinary with gold flecks.A gold manicure that isn't too overwhelming

-GLITTER DIP. This easy technique gives you the glitter effect without overwhelming your nails. After applying your favorite color, use a fine gold glitter nail polish and start applying the glitter halfway up the nail, using more towards the tip. Once dry, finish off with a topcoat. If you are feeling especially creative, paint your nails with a clear top coat wherever you want the gold to show, then sprinkle on gold glitter before the top coat sets.

-PEEL-ON POLISH. These stickers are a great way to get intricate designs without having to sit in a manicure chair for an hour. The appliqués peel off the paper, are applied directly to the nail and then can be filed down to meet your actual nail and give you that polished look you’re seeking.

-GOLD FRENCH TIPS. Instead of doing traditional white tips for a French manicure, try switching it up with gold. Use the same technique that you would when applying a white tip. The best part? This technique looks great with a many different colors, so experiment and see what will work best with your manicure.

-REVERSE FRENCH GOLD. Instead of accenting the tips, many new nail art styles are focused on the moons of the nails, and gold is a popular color to paint them. Push down your cuticles and paint your nails your favorite color. Afterwards, make a half-moon shape at the bottom with your favorite gold polish. Allow to dry and finish it off with a topcoat.

-GOLD ACCENTS. If you’re having your manicure done professionally at a salon, you can add intricate nail art to your nails to make them shine, whether it’s special designs or the delicate placement of gold beads on your finger. It may be trickier to do this by yourself, so if you want it done precisely, skip the home design and head to your favorite manicurist.Gold foil manicures add an interesting texture and extravagant vibe to nails

-TEXTURED GOLD. Shatter topcoat is available in gold by brands like OPI, so topping a contrasting hue is sure to surprise and add unpredictability to your nail look. For an unusual take try a caviar manicure. Use golden micro beads, available at many high-end makeup stores, to sprinkle a layer of them on while your nail polish is still wet creating a caviar like look. Another cool option is a gold foil manicure which uses real gold foil adhered to the nail for an attention getting look.

-RING FINGER GOLD. The ring finger accent is extraordinarily popular, so why not give it some bling with gold? In order to make the accent work, make sure that every other nail is a deeper color with no shimmer (yet still high gloss) so that the gold on your ring finger is sure to stand out.

-BLACK AND GOLD. Edgy while still staying classy, this color combination is sure to please in any of the forms above and gives you a rock star look. Whether you’re opting for alternating black and gold, an accent finger or just a layer of glitter, black is sure to satisfy.

What is your favorite gold look? Is there are gold manicure you’re just dying to try? Let us know in the comments below!

ORO GOLD Cosmetics Sounds Off on Caring for Your Nails

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