Beauty Wednesday: Nail Colors For Work

What Nail Colors are Appropriate At Your Office? | CorporetteWe haven’t had a poll on work appropriate nails since 2011 by my count, so here’s a fun question for today:  what nail colors do you consider appropriate (and inappropriate) for your conservative office?  For my $.02, flipping through Elle‘s recent slideshow on the top nail colors for Fall 2013, I see a lot of dark, muted colors that I probably would try in a conservative office — provided that a) the polish is in impeccable condition, and b) I didn’t have any big meetings that day.  That said, dark blues and grays are one thing — I can’t ever see some of the 3D nail art (pictured) or crazy patterns/colors being appropriate for a conservative office.  But I’m curious what you guys think — what colors (beyond pinks and beiges) are appropriate at YOUR office — and when? 

 

Coffee Break – The Tops and Tails Set

butter LONDON  The Tops and Tails Set I briefly mentioned that I was looking at this base coat and quickdry topcoat duo from Butter London back when Beauty.com had their big sale a few weeks ago — I got it, and I highly recommend. Not only does the basecoat go on nice and smooth, and the top coat dry super quickly, but it has kept my pedicure looking great for like 3 weeks now. Amazing. I justified the splurge because the set has Butter London’s “3 Free” guarantee — no formaldehyde, no toulene, and no DBP — which, even though I’m not 100% sure what those are, fits nicely with my new motto to try to decrease the chemicals in Casa Griffin as well as in our bodies. This would be a great gift for the girlfriend/sister/coworker/daughter/niece who always does her nails (or, ahem, for you). It’s $25 at Beauty.com. butter LONDON The Tops and Tails Set

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Coffee Break – Mademoiselle

Essie Nail Color: MademoiselleI’ve always heard amazing things about Essie Mademoiselle, the color featured here. Best-seller! “A grown-up pink!” “The perfect nude!” But on me, it tends to be a bit too pinky. So a friend taught me this trick a while ago: you layer different pinks to get a nude-for-you look. I think a lot of New Yorkers do this — layering Mademoiselle and Sugar Daddy is popular; I’m a fan of a Mademoiselle/Starter Wife combo. Essie polishes are $8 at Beauty.com. Essie Nail Color: Mademoiselle

Readers, what is your favorite pink/nude nailpolish?

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What Nail Colors Are Acceptable in a Conservative Office?

Colorful argyle nails, originally uploaded to Flickr by borispumpsWhat nail polish colors are acceptable in a conservative office? It has been ages since we visited this subject, so I thought we should revisit. For my $.02, I really think your fingernails should be limited to the pinks and beiges… possibly entering the reds and purples family. If I were in a daring mood, I might try to get away with the “it” color of the season (which I believe, this season, is Chanel’s silvery-gray Graphite) — but I suspect any other color really is going to cause people to notice your fashion sense, and probably not in a good way. (Pictured: Colorful argyle nails, originally uploaded to Flickr by borispumps.) [Read more...]

5 Things to Look for in a Nail Salon… Near Your Office

How to Find a Nail Salon Near the Office | CorporetteIt’s something every working woman needs from time to time:  a manicure.  Your primary salon should not be one near your office.  But sometimes, you just have to grab a manicure during the working day.  Here are the unofficial rules for looking for a nail salon near your office…

1.  Look for a nail salon where you won’t be visible from the sidewalk. Sure, you’re entitled to a lunch hour — everyone understands that! — but it’s an entirely different thing for your boss (or worse, a subordinate you’ve just dumped a load of work onto) to realize you’re spending your free time primping and pampering.  Look for a nail salon where the stations are set far away from the streetfront windows, or else aim for one on the second floor.

2.  Choose one that’s a few blocks away from the office. It’s just better form — again, you don’t want to run into anyone from the office.

3.  While you’re on the hunt, look for a more upscale salon that does full-hour massages and other salon-type things (instead of one that just does nails and 10-minutes massages).  If you get one of those horrible kinks in your neck and desperately need to get a 30-minute neck rub, you’ll know exactly where to go.  Same thing if you’re suddenly in need of an eyebrow shaping or something like that.

4.  When looking for the salon, be judicious in who you ask for advice. For example, if you’re junior and new to the company, it’s a bit awkward to ask a higher-up where you can get something very personal, like a bikini wax.  (You’d think this would be obvious… but we’ve got stories to the contrary.)

5.  Specials never hurt. If you’ve found multiple places that meet all of the above criteria, your first choice should be one that offers specials — perhaps manicure and pedicure for one low price, or perhaps they participate in a spa week, or perhaps they use punch cards so if you’ve been enough times you can get 10 percent off… but the other criteria are way more important than this one (particularly since it will not be your main salon anyway).

Are we missing any rules?  Please comment away…

(Pictured above: French manicure, originally uploaded to Flickr by steldy.)

Poll: Are dark nails inappropriate for the office?

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As we roll into August, the shimmery pinks and muted nudes of early spring and summer tend to move their way to darker hues, like the NARS polish at left. So today’s poll is about nails — particularly, darkly colored nails at the office. A friend of ours told us once that she’d been told her dark red nails were “too aggressive” for her law office, but from our perspective it seems that any normal color (in the pink or red family) should be acceptable for a professional woman to wear, provided her nails are well manicured (and not chipped, no matter what the NYT says). What’s your opinion?

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