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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Top red carpet nail fashions & tips

Are you excited about the 2014 Golden Globe Awards this weekend? This big event promises a glitzy, awe-inspiring time for TV and movie industries…but it's also a place filled with mesmerizing manicures. Nail expert and Custom Nail Solutions President Katie Saxton has some tips on nails that will shine on the red carpet during this award season.

Top Red Carpet Nail Fashions

Variations of red: From classic red to burgundy, to deep ruby hues and garnet, the color red is going to be huge on the red carpet.  This is an eye-catching polish hue that is sure to get the red carpet cameras’ attention.
Direct dress match: Matching your polish to your dress color is always a popular choice for awards shows, and this holds true for the Golden Globes. Many celebrities will find a polish that matches their dress color to a tee, and they will adorn their nails with either a solid coat of the polish or a French mani featuring the color at the tip.
WhitePlays on white: White nail polish is one of 2014’s top nail trends, and many A-listers will choose a variation of white for their Golden Globes manicure. From white designs on light gray polish to plain solid white manis, this nail design choice will be seen all over this year’s red carpet.
Lipstick synchronization: Lipstick choice is typically what brings the whole red carpet look together, so celebrities will choose to match their polish to their lip shade for a synchronized effect. This instantly adds glamour and sophistication to the wearer.
Bejeweled nail art: From rhinestones to sequins and nail gems, bejeweled nail art will be all the rage this year. This is an eye-catching and fun look that can match a multitude of dress styles and colors.
Complete dress contrast: Rather than pick a polish that exactly matches the dress color, many stars will choose a polish that is a complete contrast. For example, celebrities with light blue dresses might choose a dark red polish and stars wearing white dresses might choose black or charcoal polish hues.
Metallic polishes: From shimmery silver and shiny gold, to glittery rose gold and granite, metallic polishes will pop up on the hands of many 2014 Golden Globe nominees.
Sophisticated silk nails: At this year’s Golden Globes, stars will also opt to flaunt their own nails by adorning them with wraps of silk, linen, or fiberglass that is cut to a desired nail’s shape and then glued to the nail plate. Not only is this look fashionable, it also enhances the natural nail and strengthens the tip.
Clutch coordination:  Many stars will match their nail polish hue to their clutch instead of their dress. This will be a major go-to look, as it creates a fashionable, streamlined effect that adds elegance to the wearer.
Round nails: Almond-shaped nails were one of Fall 2013's breakout trends, and this look will continue to reign at this year's Golden Globe Awards. Many celebrities will also choose to have shorter, completely rounded tips rather than just the longer almond shape.

Katie Saxton also has insider tips on how entertainment stars can keep their nails in tip-top shape and correct any nail mishaps both before and while on the red carpet.

Rose GoldPortable olive oil: Keep a small vial of olive oil in your clutch and rub a drop into each cuticle and on each nail before embarking on the red carpet. This will cure any unsightly dry cuticles, and it will also make the polish extra glossy for all the photo ops.
Small nail clippers: Keep a tiny pair of nail clippers in your clutch, just in case a nail breaks before or while on the red carpet. Then you can quickly clip off the broken edge and resume all your media interviews.
Have nail polish on-hand: Definitely keep a bottle of your Golden Globes manicure polish in your clutch, just in case you experience any chips before you get to the red carpet. You can quickly paint over the chip and it will be almost unnoticeable.

The above trends and tips were provided by Katie Saxton, president of CustomNailSolutions and nail beauty expert. The Custom Nail Solutions Nail System is a revolutionary artificial nail product that gives you reusable and chemical-free custom nails that uniquely fit only your nail beds. 

Check back soon for my review of Custom Nail Solutions.


4 things to teach your teen driver about cars

Seventy-three percent of teens have their driver's license by their senior year of high school, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accident rates for teen drivers are higher than other demographics, but it's not just driving behavior that creates a challenge. Many teens are unfamiliar with their vehicles, so they get stranded by run-of-the-mill problems. There are things I taught my oldest daughter when she started driving that your teen should know as well. Here are four tips to save your teen money and keep her out of danger:

Safely change a flat

Changing a flat tire is a fairly simple process, although some teens may not be strong enough to wrench the wheel bolts loose. In that case, it's best to call a towing or roadside assistance service. Make sure she knows how to properly pull over, though. It's critical she move the car a safe distance from the side of the road, completely out of the way of oncoming traffic, even if that means pulling off into grass or roadside brush and ruining the flat tire in the process. She must create as much space as possible to avoid a possible collision.

Photo by Alicia Jijdam-Jones via Flickr

In addition, educate your teen on the different types of tires available. This way, she can purchase the right tire if she needs a replacement while traveling or far from home. Use online tire inventories at and other sites to explain the different options, including the pros and cons of each.

Get fair quotes from mechanics

There are good mechanics and sleazy mechanics, and the latter will try to take advantage of clueless teens. Even if your teenager doesn't know much about cars, she can reduce the risk of getting conned by finding well-reviewed mechanics online. Tell her to get quotes from a number of mechanics before committing to one's service. The best choice, however, is a mechanic you normally use. Make sure she has all the necessary information stored in her phone.

Free car from snow

Living in Georgia my daughter, Amber, hasn’t encountered this problem, but it’s something I taught her when we talked about hydroplaning. Quick accelerations and spinning tires won't get teens unstuck from snowy situations. In fact, all this will do is create friction that turns malleable snow into rigid ice. According to Car and Driver Magazine, teens should try to free their vehicle from snow by rocking the vehicle back and forth—going forward slightly, then reversing, and repeating this process over and over to eventually ease the vehicle out of the snow. Not every situation will be conquerable, but the rocking method will build up momentum and pack down snow without creating high amounts of friction, maximizing your chance of freeing the car.

Photo by emilydickinsonridesabmx via Flickr

Check fluids regularly

Cars require a variety of fluids to properly function, and many breakdowns and malfunctions that occur on the road can be traced back to inadequate fluid levels. Once every couple of months, have your teen check all fluid levels and fill up where necessary. Show her the dip stick that measures the level of engine oil in the car and how to check transmission, brake and power steering fluids, as well as radiator coolant and even window washing fluid. Explain that the containers housing these fluids have max-fill lines, so low levels of fluid can be corrected by filling the container up to these lines.

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