Summer is finally here and we have freed our toes from the prison of snow boots and sensible shoes! Now is the perfect time to experiment with color. This Summer season, everything from metallic to muted pastels are gracing the fingers and toes of beauties across the globe. Let one of these ideas inspire you to step outside of your nail color box!
BRONZE - Typically thought of as a Fall color, bronze is shining this summer! Pair with gold sandals or when wearing a neutral color dress to add a touch of shimmer like LVX color Malbec.
DEEP BLUE - Heading to the beach? Match your nail shade to the deep blue sea. Don’t fret about matching your outfit! Between the blue skies and blue water, this nail color will help you fit right in! LVX colors from left to right: Viola, Indigo Bleu and Tribute.
BRIGHT YELLOW - Nothing says sunny skies like a bright and beaming yellow! Many people find yellow hard to wear in their clothing, so painting your fingers and toes in the hue is a great way to test it out! Bring out the color by adding a skinny brilliant yellow belt or chunky bracelet to your wardrobe. We guarantee this sunny color will grow on you! LVX color in Saffron.
BUBBLEGUM PINK - Bring out your playful side with a shade reminiscent of days when we had all summer off and spent it by the pool popping bubble gum. Even if we do have to spend our summer “adulting” for the most part, our nail color can bring us back to the glory days of zero responsibility. Colors by LVX in Orchid and Voyage
MINT GREEN - A hint of mint can cool you down when things get too hot! This refreshing shade can balance out a bright outfit, or even calm your mood. Especially effective when sipping a mojito. From left to right, LVX colors: Viridian, Mynt, Turkoise, Jade and Lush.
SILVER SHIMMER - Let loose and gloss a layer of shimmer over your nails! Since shimmer reflects light and color, it goes with anything, channels your inner diva, and can fuel long nights spent dancing, whether it be under the stars or a disco ball. LVX colors from left to right: Luxe, Graphite and Haze.
What's your go-to Summer color? We'd love to know in the comments below. Don't forget to share your Noktivo Summer manicure or pedicure with us by tagging #GlamWithoutTheGarbage on Instagram. See you in the nail salon soon beauties! XoXo
If you have been on the internet in the past four days, it's pretty safe to say you came across a post about nail salons. A recent New York Times expose on the nail salon industry has generated shock waves throughout the country, and even inspired the Governor of New York to declare emergency measures to protect nail salon workers. I mean, holy wow! As a long-time green beauty advocate and natural nail technician since 2009, I am beyond excited and happy to see these issues getting overdue media attention and in-turn, the regulatory agencies taking the steps needed to create reform. It is with a lot of courage from activists, legislators and advocates such as myself, that the beauty industry will finally receive a long overdue makeover.
To give you a little history, Noktivo began with one mission in mind: to offer beauty lovers in Chicago a cleaner, and healthier alternative to their routine pampering and cosmetic purchases. The United States has not passed a law regulating the ingredients in personal care products since 1938. Yes, you read that right. 1938. To top that, the European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 of the over 80,000 chemicals on the market today. The United States has only banned 11 to date. Currently the FDA is the agency in charge of regulating cosmetics, but due to restraints on resources, loose regulation and simply, lobbying power of larger corporations, the FDA has not been successful in making sure that even chemicals that are known carcinogens (like lead and formaldehyde) are still in commerce. And more than likely, you’ll find these ingredients in your lipstick and nail polish.
So what does this mean for the future of nail salons? Quite simply, it means reform. The phasing out of artificial nail services unless proper ventilation and safety wear is provided, banning ingredients from products that are known to be harmful and taking better care of the workers who take care of our hands and feet. Most of the changes you probably won't even notice. That wonderful scrub will still feel the same, but instead of being made of ingredients you can't pronounce, it will be made with things like sugar, salt, honey and oils like we use here. Nail polish manufacturers will soon be required to remove formaldehyde from their formulas which some already do.
We have been at this natural nail salon thing a long time, but if you can't make it into Noktivo, here are a few tips to go green during your next manicure:
While we understand the concerns these articles raise on the consumer side, the last thing us industry professionals want is for our beauties to feel scared to get pampered. Don't be. These articles highlighted salons that were doing things way wrong, and that is NOT the norm. Plenty of nail salons in your neighborhood are doing things right and will continue to do so. This is just the beginning and rise of something new, welcome to a new era of beauty.
Written by: Jenny Duranski, Owner/ Founder and Green Nail Technician of Noktivo Natural Nail Spa
Yes, it IS possible to create one of a kind looks and fun nail designs with non-toxic polish. Take a look at our gallery to get inspired for your next manicure service or find a look on Pinterest and bring in your inspiration. We can't guarantee the recreation of the Last Supper, but we can have some fun with this season's hottest accessory. Spring is almost here, welcome it in green beauty style!
The team from Noktivo shares tips, tricks and tidbits for greening your beauty routine. <3