Nail Care and Beauty... All new for November 2016

Healthy nails are beautiful nails! We all want our nails to be healthy and strong, to grow without breaking or splitting, and to look great no matter how we show them off. But some of us are not so lucky; our nails are soft or brittle or they just don't seem to grow. If you have problems like that, first make sure you have a healthy diet with the recommended amounts of water, protein, calcium, folic acid, iron, vitamins (especially A, B Complex [especially B12], E, C, and Biotin), silicon, sulfur, Omega 3, phytonutrients, and zinc. Next, make sure you moisturize your nails just as you moisturize your skin (for example, after washing your hands). And finally, protect and care for your nails and don't abuse them. But even if we do everything right, some of us need that extra help, and there are products on the market that can can do wonders.
Hi Aleida,
    Since I started following your advice about how to take care of my nails it has become a regular routine for me and my nails have never been more beautiful. It's been almost three months and my hands look so much more feminine thanks to you. Usually on the weekend, when I get to wear polish, I'm amazed how much more I feel like a woman. My makeup even looks better when I have my nails done, I guess it's the feminine impulse that makes everything just seem so much more natural.
    I treasure your advice and appreciate you sharing your knowledge with me. Like you said in one of your responses, if everyone would take the time to make themselves look better the world would be a better place. I agree completely! Thank you again for your help.
—Janet, January 2015

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Because women are the best, women deserve the best! Which means we should use only the very best nail enamels! They might be expensive but we are worth itFeatured: DiorSmith & CultChanelGivenchyYves Saint LaurentGuerlainBrazilian brandsOther brands.

Going back to whenever modern nail polish was invented (somewhere between 1910 and 1930), these products tended to contain ingredients that turned out to be neurotoxins or carcinogens. But in recent years most major nail polish manufacturers have been working to get the harmful ingredients out of their products. The new safer nail polishes are designated “3-Free”, “4-Free”, “5-Free” (most common), “7-Free”, “8-Free”, “9-Free”, even “10-Free”, referring to the number of potentially harmful ingredients that were removed. I'm not a chemist or a doctor so I can't tell you for sure how safe any particular brand is or if anyone has ever been harmed by wearing nail polish.


Christian Dior is a legendary name in beauty and fashion. Dior nail enamels are 5-Free (according to this page), meaning they are free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

Dior Vernis 868 Wonderful Dior Vernis Nail Polish 999 Rouge / Red Royalty Christian Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No.401 Dior Diorific Vernis Splendor Holiday Collection 328 Golden Dior Vernis Gel Nail Polish Regatta No. 181 Dior Diorific Vernis Nail Polish 850 Splendor Dior Vernis Bird of Paradise Samba Nail Duo Dior Vernis Long Wear Nail Lacquer 785 Cosmopolite Christian Dior Vernis Garden Party Nail Lacquer No 694 Forget Dior Diorific Vernis Nail Polish Gris Or Dior Diorific Vernis Nail Polish Mystere Dior Diorific Vernis Nail Polish Enamel 001 State Of Gold Dior Diorific Vernis Le Grand Bal Nail Lacquer Diva 901 Dior Diorific Nail Vernis Precious No. 779 Dior Diorific Vernis 011 Lady Dior 785 Cosmopolite Nail Vernis Dior Vernis Long Wear Nail Lacquer 848 Skyline Dior Vernis Long Wear Nail Lacquer 785 Cosmopolite Dior Vernis Long Wear Nail Lacquer 660 Glory Dior Diorific Vernis Nova Nail Polish Christian Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer, No. 605 Amazonia Dior Vernis Bird of Paradise Nail Duo Samba Christian Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No.659 Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No.981 Orchid Nail Polish Christian Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No.579 Plaza Nail Polish Christian Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No.659 Dior Vernis Croisette Collection Nail Lacquer St Tropez 401 Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No.981 Orchid Christian Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer 615 Bengale Christian Dior Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No. 607 Blue Denim Christian Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No. 777 Bloom Dior Vernis 803 Metal Montaigne Dior Vernis Extreme Wear Nail Lacquer 707 Gris Montaigne Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer No.996 Poison Christian Dior Vernis Nail Polish 207 Golden Era Dior Vernis Gel Nail Polish Azur No. 709 Dior Vernis Gel Nail Polish Precious No. 327 Dior Vernis Gel Nail Polish Bay No. 601 Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer Tuxedo 908 Dior Vernis Gel Nail Polish Steel Grey No. 200

Smith & Cult

Smith & Cult is a new luxury brand that is also surpringly affordable. It is ”8-Free”, meaning it does not contain Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, or Triphenyl Phosphate.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish Suburban Warrior Smith & Cult Nail Polish Beat Street Smith & Cult Nail Polish Fauntleroy Smith & Cult Nail Doe My Dear Smith & Cult Nail Polish Check the Rhyme Smith & Cult Nail Polish She Said Yeah Smith & Cult Nail Polish Subnormal


Chanel Le Vernis in the newly renovated 5-Free formula features Bioceramics and Ceramides to improve the quality of nails (according to the product description of each color, e.g. (this one).

Chanel le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour Rouge Coco #500 Rouge Essentiel Chanel le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour Rouge Coco #505 Particuliere Chanel le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour Rouge Coco #514 Roubachka Chanel le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour Rouge Coco #520 Garçonne Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color Rouge Coco #508 Shantung Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color Rouge Coco #512 Mythique Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color Rouge Coco #510 Gitane Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color Rouge Coco #609 Coup de Coeur Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Pirate 08 Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color Rouge Coco #504 Organdi Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color Rouge Coco #506 Camilia Chanel le Gel Coat Longwear Top Coat Rouge Coco Stylo Collection CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Colour 527 Nouvelle Vague Chanel la Base Nails Protective and Smoothing Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color Rouge Coco #518 Chaine Chanel le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour #538 Gris Obscur Chanel le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour Rouge Coco #18 Vamp


Givenchy, another of the top Paris fashion houses, best known in the USA for Audrey Hepburn's looks, also makes a line of 5-free nail colors, Le Vernis (not to mention my favorite perfume).

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Carmin Escarpin #06 Warm Poppy Red Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer #03 Rose Taffetas Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer #02 Beige Mousseline Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Nail Lacquer Croisiére Mat Orange #11 Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer #07 Grenat Initie Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Fuchsia #05 Irrésistible Vibrant Fuchsia

Yves Saint Laurent

Another famous fashion house of Paris! Also known as YSL. I have not been able to find out about about ingredients.

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Jade Imperial #34 Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #14 Violin Surrealiste Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #29 Dore Orfevre Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #1 Rouge Pop Art Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #36 Vert d'Orient Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #18 Bleu Majorelle Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture #145 Night Bird Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Turquoise #137


Guerlain is most famous for its exquisite Shalimar perfume and its adorable Jewel Lipstick Compact. According to this review, at least one of Guerlain's nail polishes is not only 5-free but also cruelty free (Nuit Merveilleuse #903, the one with the white cap) but I don't know if they all are.

Guerlain Nail Polish Colour Lacquer #143 Nahema Guerlain Colour Nail Polish Lacquer #463 La Petite Robe Noire Guerlain Nail Laquer Top Coat L'Oiseau de Feu No. 901 Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse Nail Lacquer Nuit Merveilleuse No. 903 Guerlain La petite Robe Noire Nail Colour 03 Red Heels Guerlain Colour Lacquer 263 A La Parisienne Guerlain Nail Polish Colour Lacquer #121 Rouge D'enfer Guerlain Terracotta Summer Nail Polish Blue Ocean No.700 Guerlain Nail Polish Colour Lacquer #165 Champs-Elysees Guerlain Nail Polish #125 Vega Guerlain La petite Robe Noire Nail Colour 01 My First Nail Polish Guerlain Nail Polish #368 Baby Rose Guerlain Nail Lacquer #168 L'heure Bleue

Other nail polish brands

Other brands that you can order on Amazon and that (according to websites that keep track of this) are at least 3-Free (no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde) include the following: BelenButter LondonChina GlazeCNDColor ClubEssieEstée LauderGelishILNPJin SoonKBShimmerKleancolorKure BazaarLondontown LakurL'OrealLVXM·A·CMavalaNARSNubarOPIPacificaPriti NYCRevlonRGBSally HansenTenovertenZoya. Most are 5-Free or better. This is not necessarily a complete list (suggestions and corrections welcome).

Flag of Brazil  Brazilian nail-polish brands

The photos in this section are from the beautiful website of Andréa Brandão (Andy), Bolsa com Batom (“purse with lipstick”) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which features Brazilian beauty products, especially nail polish. The brands shown here are Risqué, Camila Coelho, Vult, Studio 35, Realce, Mohda, Colorama, and Aspa. Some of them are available in; click on an image (or on one of the links just below the images) to see what's available for the brand shown:

Risqué nail polish Camila Coelho nail polish Vult nail polish Risqué nail polish Studio 35 nail polish Realce nail polish Mohda nail polish Risqué nail polish Top Beauty nail polish Aspa Spray-On nail polish Vult nail polish Risqué nail polish Studio 35 nail polish Colorama nail polish Colorama nail polish Colorama nail polish

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Bear in mind that Amazon searches always show you “other things you might want to see”...
• Risqué • Risqué Vermelho • Risqué Pink Fluor • Colorama • Studio 35 • Camila Coelho • Color Club • Jade • Impala Glamor • Vult • Realce • Mohda • Top Beauty • Valverde • Safira • Lorrac • Anitta

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Products for Healthy Strong Nails


How to make my nails strong?… How to get beautiful nails?… Look below see the nail-care products in different categories; click on any link to to see individual products, read reviews (if any), and order safely and securely from Amazon.Com if you wish. Shipping policies and charges depend on the specific product, and are listed on the page for each product; CLICK HERE for details. The number of stars shows the average customer rating (if any) 1-5 as of the date when I added each product; if there are no stars, the item hadn't been rated yet. Availability and customer ratings verified 21 November 2016, can change at any time.
Aleida, my nails always chip & break when I try to grow them out. They are especially bad in winter. I've tried everything – vitamins, creams, strengtheners... and nothing ever seemed to help. Finally I spent the extra money on Sally Hansen's Miracle Cure, because it “guaranteed” improvement. Guess what! It works!! —Susan, Chicago, March 2009.

Dietary Supplements for Nail Health and Strength

Nail Strengtheners, Hardeners, and Protectors

Nail Conditioners and Moisturizers

Top Coats and Base Coats

Products for Damaged or Problem Nails

Manicure and Pedicure

Nail Fungus Treatments

  Your toes have nails too!
Books about nails…

I have a fungus on my nails, what should I do?

Nail fungus is a common problem, mainly for toenails but sometimes also for fingernails. I'm not a doctor, but I do know that there is no magic cure for nail fungus. It rarely goes away by itself. There is a large market for treatments and a lot of controversy and misinformation about them. CLICK HERE to read about nail fungus at the Mayo Clinic.

What doctors say is that you need to take a prescription drug like Sporanox (Itraconazole), Diflucan (Fluconazole), or Lamisil (Terbinafine) for 6-12 weeks. Since these drugs can damage your liver, you have to go for periodic blood tests while you are taking them. For milder cases, a prescription solution such as Cicloprox (which can also have side effects) is applied to the nail once a day for six months. There is also a laser treatment for nail fungus that does not have the side effects of prescription drugs. Each of these treatments can be very expensive and usually is not covered by health insurance (if you have it), and none of them is guaranteed to work.

Because of the expense and/or risk of medical treatment, it might be worth trying one of the over-the-counter products first to see if they make a difference. Follow the instructions carefully, don't exceed recommended doses. You can see a selection of non-prescription antifungal products at Amazon; just go there and search for nail fungus. You can read the reviews of each product and see what customers are saying.

Tea tree oil Many people swear by Australian tea tree oil as a natural treatment for nail fungus. My clients tell me it really helps, and it has the added benefit of making your feet feel all tingly! It has a rather strong woody smell, like eucalyptus or pine, very earthy; some people like it, some don't, but it works wonders on your skin, treating not only funguses but also spots, acne, dandruff, dermatitis, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, ringworm, athlete's foot, insect bites, head lice, etc. CLICK HERE to search Google on this topic, and CLICK HERE to find tea tree oil at Amazon.

Remember that with any treatment, even when it works perfectly, it takes six, nine, even twelve months for the new nail to grow out, and you have to take precautions to prevent the fungus from coming back.

Two anti-fungus products that work

Scholl Fungal Nail treatment A friend who has had a persistent case of toenail fungus for a very long time writes, While the combination of abrading and applying products like Fungi Ban, Fungi Cure, tea-tree oil, etc, do improve the condition, they don't fully cure it. While the nails are no longer opaque, neither are they clear; there is still some cloudiness and some white and yellow spots, even after a full year of daily treatment. A new search on the topic turns up a product that is sold only overseas, but that can be ordered from Scholl Fungal Nail Treatment. What distinguishes this product from the others is that it is made by a well-known foot-care company (Scholl is the name of the international branch of Dr. Scholl's) and that it actually claims to penetrate the nail and to kill “99.9% of nail fungus”. The treatment is a combination of filing down the entire nail surface and applying a liquid to the nail. NOTE: For some unknown reason all the reviews from 2013 to May 2016 have disappeared, but they were good reviews, most people reported good results. AVAILABILITY: This product comes and goes in; it has shipped by third-party sellers in a variety of countries including Ireland and Bulgaria. The price can vary wildly from one month to another, so if you find it at a reasonable price (say, in the $15 range) order a bunch of them, because next week it might go up to $30, $40, or more, or disappear altogether.

UPDATE (March 2016):  Fungus Stop In 2015-2016 Scholl Fungal Nail Treatment disappeared for a while, or if you could find it, it was very expensive. Meanwhile a new European brand appeared on Amazon: All-Organic All-Natural Fungus Stop by Zane Hellas. When you order it, it comes in the mail from Greece. Currently it has a 4-star rating, based on 1752 reviews. This is a better rating than any other specifically anti-toenail-fungus brand on Amazon. Fungus Stop packaging It comes in a very small bottle, but it still holds more (10ml) than the very tiny Scholl bottle (3.8ml) so it lasts a lot longer (usually about a month) and costs only about $10. Takes a long time to arrive, though, but as a bonus the small package usually has some colorful Greek stamps! Ingredients: Organic Essential Oregano Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Almond Oil, Organic Essential Tea Tree Oil, Organic Calendula Oil, Organic Avocado Oil. The main active ingredient is Carvacrol. Carvacrol is an ingredient found in maximum content in Oregano Oil and is natural. Carvacrol has very strong antifungal properties and can kill the fungus at a rate of 100% and in a short time. Used since ancient times and there are many published scientific medical studies on the properties and effectiveness of Carvacrol. Fungus Stop is an excellent product; its only drawback is a very strong odor that gets into your shoes and flip-flops and won't come out. sells these products through a variety of third-party vendors, so if the links above fail to work, try these searches: For the Scholl product, also try these links, which worked on November 20, 2016:
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