Are you tired of the squared down nail shape and want to update to something new? If so, check out the new celebrity favorite, the pointy shaped nails!

The newest nail art trend sported by the hottest Hollywood Divas (and spotted by: BecomeGoreous.com) is the stiletto/pointy shaped nails trend which is characterized by a lovely pointy shape that elongate fingers. Although the shape of your nails might seem like an unimportant thing, it is not, as nail shape can transform the aspect of your hands instantly and completely.

Let’s take a look at some recent impressions of the hands of various celebrities – including: Lady Gaga,  Beyonce Knowles, Rihanna & Fergie long pointy fingernails.


– Lady Gaga’s stiletto fingernail art –


– Beyonce Knowles’s long pointy fingernails –


– Rihanna’s long pointy fingernails –


– Fergie’s long pointy fingernails –

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Fact or fiction? They say that the Kia Picanto TV ad required 9.000 nails make up to make the spot.

As part of the marketing for its new Picanto, the latest version of its smallest model, Kia came up with the world’s first nail-art stop-motion animation film. That’s right, it put together a micro-nail animation that celebrates the micro features of the car – with 1,200 bottles of nail polish, two hours of painting per nail, and 25 days and nights to complete all the work. Interesting and also weirdly Kia in its quirkiness, the little animation is sure to hit with the target market of city-dwelling ladies who like cute, zippy cars in candy colors.

Fact or fiction… ? Decide yourself!

More hand art is available at:
http://www.handresearch.com/hand/Evolutie/kunstEngels.htm

14 February- it’s Valentine’s Day! Did you succeed in preparing for Valentine’s Day? If you are still looking for a nice surprizing you might consider to surprize your love with a nice warm hand massage… or a beautiful nail design!

For many people goes the preperation for Valentine’s Day way beyond selecting a perfect gift present.

Let’s take a look at some spectacular nail designs, because for many women the tips of the fingernails are absolutely essential. Check out a few of these nail designs, and if it’s too later for this year… how about next year?

Surprising your soul-mate with a new look for Valentine’s day is undoubtedly one of the smartest choices you can make. Looking spectacular requires paying attention the smallest details as well as selecting elements that highlight your personality while also being appropriate for this special occasion. Choosing the right nail design is perhaps the simplest and most versatile changes you can do so make sure to schedule your pampering session wisely and browse through the great variety of nail designs available to pick your favorites.

Without a doubt femininity and romance are the main elements that add interest to the nail designs inspired by the romantic holiday. The great variety of motifs that can be used to create an eye catching nail design tend to be an excellent starting point. Hearts are probably the most popular nail art motif used due to the fact that they are relatively easy to create and reflect the spirit of the holiday with ease. However, other symbols such as roses, arrows or Cupid angel can also be used by those who are skilled when it comes to nail art and have enough patience to do so.

As far as the color palette that is generally used for this occasion the options are relatively clear. Soft pinks and seductive red shades are the most popular colors for the occasion however white and golden accents can also be used to create a more festive and elegant look. Glitter can also be used if a more spectacular effect is desired.

Always keep discreet and simple, or on the contrary bold and flashy the nail designs must be perfectly designed to match the occasion. Because the designs tend to be relatively hard to recreate at home, having your manicure done by a professional nail technician is probably the best alternative you can try. If you select this option taking a few photos with you is recommended as it might increase your chances of getting a superbly done manicure that matches your vision down to the smallest detail.

MORE NAIL ART:
NAIL ART – Making nails beautiful!
CHINESE NAIL ART – Spectacular nail designs

 

 

 

Emily Wang – beauty journalist in London – wrote an interesting article about various aspects of fingernails, including: beauty tips, a basic review of the nail structure, changes in nail color & texture,  and… the meaning of fingernail types according traditional Chinese medicine!

A short impression from the article:

The Truth about Your Nails:

“Interestingly enough- according to Traditional Chinese Medicine,
our nails are also able to portray our innate constitutions.

If your nail shape is naturally:

Oblong – You are harmonious and well-balanced.
Stock and square – You are earthy and balanced but mentally rigid.
Long – You are artistic and creative but lack physical strength.
Oval – You are sensitive and have a weak digestive system.

I found this to be shockingly accurate!
Some interesting reads 
here.

I used to have artificial nails, acrylic nails and gel nails consistently for two years that I never got to see my natural nails until I decided to take them off for good. My nails became so weak that they felt and bended like paper. At some point they became sensitive to touch, and were unable to grow to a normal standard length before it eventually chipped away.

It therefore took a good year before they even came close to regaining to a healthy state. During this time I had to be mentally aware of what I ate, and made sure that I had substantial amount of vitamins and nutrients that were essential for healthy nail growth.

I am writing from experience. I know what it is like to have that moment where at the time, having fake nails is beautiful. Going to a nail salon, and getting your nails done feels like luxury.
But think about it. Can you really have fake nails for the rest of your life?

The answer is no. And that is why I had decided to be more natural and love my nails as they are. I have learnt to take really good care of my nails, and as my grandmother has always said to me – that “a woman’s fortune depends on her hands and feet.”

Not that I believe in it, but at least now my fingernails look and feel healthy- without needing to spend money doing it up

A little side note…. my younger sister had a “cheese on toast” addiction for a couple of months where she ate it for breakfast before going to school almost everyday. Luckily, because of our family genes, she did not gain any weight from it whatsoever, however we all noticed that her nails improved drastically. She is the only person I know that has the strongest, healthiest looking nails. Extremely envious! I don’t think I could eat cheese on toast everyday…… maybe jacket potatoes!

FURTHER SUGGESTIONS:

Fingernails & diseases , fingernails & disorders & fingernail art

Sawtooth fingernails: a bizar stylished nail!

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Did you ever meet a person with a likewise bizar stylished fingernail style? And what would have been your response if you had met such a person?

 
An agressive style of expression, or merely a rather remarkable joke?
 

 

The new CND SHELLAC nail polish package is available in 12 colors.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A NAIL ART KIT

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Shellac Hybrid Nail Color is CND’s new polish that goes on in three coats like polish, dries like a gel, and lasts for 14 days with high shine. It can only be applied by a professional manicurist using a special CND UV lamp, and became available at nail salons since May 1, 2010.

Imagine going to the nail salon and getting your nails done without having to wait for them to dry. Now imagine having your manicure last for 14 days with no chips, bubbles or smudges. And after bringing your color Shellac for two weeks, a 10 minute clock is removed for a new application, and you can change color. Sound too good to be true?

The new CND SHELLAC nail polish package.The new CND SHELLAC product require the use of an UV lamp to get nails 'cured'.CND SHELLAC nail polish removal kit.

A REVIEW BY STYLIST.COM:

Grace Gold from Stylist.com test the new CND Shellac fingernail product, and these are her conclusions:

“I actually think that CND is playing it safe by claiming this manicure can last two weeks, because I can definitely push at least a week more out of my current nails, if not even more.”

“I also think this is a great option for weddings and other events. No need to get up extra early to fit a harried trip to the salon in on the day of a special occasion– you can instead comfortably Shellac a week before and be confident that your nails will look fresh and unchipped for the big day.”

“The one drawback is that similar to its cousin, the gel, Shellac can only be applied in salons. It requires less skill than sculpting a gel nail, but still uses UV and removal technology that is not yet directly available to consumers.”

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
Nail art kits: options for consideration!
The basics of Japanese Nail Art!
Remember, artificial nails may harm the condition of your nails!
More fingernail art reports!

PHOTO IMPRESSION from a CND Shellac 14 Day Manicure:
CND Shellac on Day 1.
CND Shellac on Day 1.

CND Shellac on Day 1.
CND Shellac on Day 7.

CND Shellac on Day 1.
CND Shellac on Day 14.

Melvin Booth has the official Guinness World Record 'longest fingernails; Lee Redmond used to have the longest female fingernails.
The photo above was taken just a few months prior to Redmond’s accident which resulted in the loss of her fingernails, for the 2010 Edition of Guinness World Records.

Lee Redmond’s nails are more famous, Melvin Booth has the world record!

The official Guinness World Record ‘longest fingernails’:
2008 – Melvin Boothe, whose nails measure 9.05m (29 ft 8in)

Female record ‘longest female fingernails’:
2008 – Lee Redmond, whose nails measure 8.65m (28 ft 4in)

In an interview with Guinness World Records Lee Redmond talked about her meeting with Melvin Booth:

“I have very, very fond memories from Melvin, he touched my life. He also broke my heart, to see this man who wouldn’t even go out of his home. Tears when I left, both he and I. I hope that some day he will realise that he’s more than his fingernails. . . I think the difference between Melvin and me, for one thing they didn’t keep me from going out in public, and they didn’t make me be secluded. I would have never, never chose to keep them if they would have had to keep me away from people or you know, living whatever normal is you know.”

“I hope he will decide to go out and interact with people and I’m sure that he felt the love that I had for him and respect. It wasn’t his fingernails; it was him that I cared for.”

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:

The full story about Lee Redmond’s world record fingernails!
Fingernails grow faster on a proteine diet!
How to grow long, strong fingernails & avoid brittle nails!
Fingernail quality depends on humidity & climate!

An impression from the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009.
Tokyo Nail Expo presents: overwhelming Japanese nail art!

TOKYO – NOVEMBER 30: Visitors look at designed nail chips that are displayed for a competition during the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009 at Tokyo Big Sight on November 30, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The nail industry has grown to nearly 200 million Japanese yen market in 2008 and the annual event attracts 50,000 visitors.

The photo above shows ‘Hello Kitty Gumball nails’ at the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009 – which still proves one thing: Japanese people likely have a lot of trouble wiping themselves. But IF they wipe, it looks for sure adorable!!!

The Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony took place on Monday at the Tokyo Nail Expo. The annual event attracts 50,000 visitors.

More impressions from the Nail Queen contests below!

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
The basics of Japanese Nail Art!
Lee Redmond’s nail art: the longest female nails!
What you should know about artificial nails
MORE FUN: How to make fingernails from onion and cheese!

PHOTO: More impressions from the Tokyo Nail Expo 2009:
Japanese actress Mao Daichi's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Japanese actress Kyoko Fukada's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Japanese singer Anna Tsuchiya's fingernail impression from the Nail Queen 2009 Awards Ceremony

Celebrities often have very long fingernails.

Quite a few singers and celebrity actors have what’s called ‘long dangerous fingernails’. There are many story about how they hurt themselves… and others!

There are many automutilation stories about celebrity women hurting themselves. But in quite some of them the hurt was the result of having long fingernails!

For example, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez have scratched their skin while rehearsing a song – and in Jennifer’s case on the set of a movie. By the way, their fingernails were not as long as the length of the ones in the pictures above on the right. But these pictures do illustrate that having extremely long fingernails – is sort of a ‘madness’. Ladies please don’t grow your nails out this long unless you are getting paid from publicity!!

A recent example of fingernails becoming ‘dangerious weapons’ is – ‘surprise, surprise…’ Naomi Campbell (see the photo below). The famous ‘catwalk queen’ was rumoured of getting her temper get the best of her again:


“While on vacation in Lipari, Sicily on the yacht of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, the supermodel is rumored to have scratched paparazzo Gaetano Di Giovanni’s face and then clocked him with her purse.”

“Di Giovanni claims that her nails did some serious damage to his left eye, according to the Italian newspaper La Republica.”

READ MORE:
Lee Redmond honoured by Guinness World Record for her long fingernails!
A fingernail product search page!
What you should know about artificial nails
Beyonce, Heidi Klum & Victoria Beckham have ‘Minx nails’

Naomi Campbell’s fingernails:
Naomi Campbell's fingernails.

Guinness World Records honours Lee Redmond’s record: ‘longest female fingernails!’

Earlier this year (februari) Lee Redmond became world news after a car crash which resulted in the loss of her Guinness World Record longest fingernails. This week Guinness World Records announced that due to the popularity of Lee Redmond’s Guinness World Record, her (former) ‘fingernail life-work’ will be honoured in the 2010 ‘The Book of the Decade’!

But the best part of the Guinness report is that six months after the car accident mrs. Redmond is doing just fine!

In an interview with Guinness World Records she described:

“Losing my fingernails has been the most dramatic thing that’s happened in my life. I think it was my grandson that said, ‘Grandma, they are like your baby; you’ve taken care of them for 30 years and lost them in a second’.”

“The thing that bothered me with losing the fingernails was that it becomes your identity and I felt like I’d lost part of that. Yet I would always say when people would make comments about my fingernails, you know there’s more to me than my fingernails.”

The 68-year-old Lee Redmond, of Salt Lake City, Utah, admitted that it had become much easier to get around since she was robbed of her record-breaking assets.

By the way… last month a British research reveals that a humidity of 55% is perfect for growing strong, lengthy fingernails. Interestingly, the average relative humidity in Lee Redmond’s residence – Salt Lake City – is reported to be: ‘67% in the morning, 43% in the afternoon’: which results in an average of 55% – an exact copy of the percentage reported by British researchers! Coincidence? (Discover more of the details below!)

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:

The full story about Lee Redmond’s world record fingernails!
How to grow long, strong fingernails & avoid brittle nails!
Fingernail quality depends on humidity & climate!

Lee Redmond’s (female) world record fingernails some time before the car crash – 8.65m long [28-ft 4-in]:

Lee Redmond's Guinness World Record longest fingernails - measuring 8.65m long [28-ft 4-in] at some time before the car crash.

Lee Redmond six months after losing her world record fingernails in a car crash:

Lee Redmond six months after losing her world record fingernails in a car crash.