Some years ago there was the resurgence of nail art - you know, they typical flowers on the toe, or the odd gem or two. But nowadays its level of sophistication and technology has gone stratospheric!
I love experimenting with Minx nails - a foil based nail covering that comes in many different patterns. Not just pictures of Santa, but snakeskin patterns, metallic holograms, you can even get personalised Minx, with pictures of your favourite music artist or family member. Lady Ga Ga, Katy Perry are all great fans. The picture is of Minx on my toes. I`m into the tenth day of wearing it now and its still looking great!
I have tried alternative competitors who are now on the market, eg Trendy Nail wraps and N`Applique, but personally I find them not so effective - they are more cumbersome to work with, look less sophistcated, are thicker which makes it harder to get the stretch and pull you need. And in my experience Minx lasts the best. I have moved away from using an infra red lamp to heat the foils, and use OPIS mini nail hairdryers, which are fab!
Hot on the Hollywood scene is the snakeskin manicure/pedicure, which after applying a thick coloured layer of gel, you apply real snakeskin and then seal with a topcoat. It takes over two hours to do and in Holllywood, costs £150. Is the UK ready for this, Im not so sure. No snakes are hurt in this process as its the natural shedding of the skin that is used, but personally I feel a bit squeamish about using it!
I`ve also got some magnetic nail polish on its way and will post some examples when I do it next week. You paint the nail with a special varnish and then use this little magnetic to get very unusual shapes in the varnish - something quite different to crackle, shatter or nail art. So watch this space!