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As a mom who quite honestly does not always have her shit together, there are small indulgences that make me feel polished, put together and well, clean. One of those being regular manicures. But often (OK, always) despite my best efforts, in winter months my nails become weak and brittle, and my hands suffer from the kind of extreme dryness that calls for way more than your common hand cream. This year I vowed not to fall into that annual nail slump so I’m getting ahead of the problem (and helping mani-loving mamas everywhere!) with expert advice from Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of luxury, non-toxic nail salons tenoverten.

We sat down for an informative Facebook Live Q&A with Nadine at their latest New York City location in the Financial District where she revealed the most wanted colors for fall and easy, on-the-go tips for keeping your nails healthy and strong despite the harsh winter weather.

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Fall/Winter Nails Trends
Nadine’s advice is to venture out of your comfort zone when it comes to color for your mani/pedis. Earth tones are some of their best-sellers this season with tenoverten’s autumnal Cliff (shop all the colors mentioned below) winning most popular in their long-lasting, non-toxic nail polish line. Other colors that are currently killing it are Reade which is a gunmetal with a hint of shimmer – way less harsh than black – and Orchard, a deep berry shade that almost reads blood red. Maiden, a chic dark purple, is a subtle way to infuse some color or if sheer is your jam, check out Watts, which looks opaque in the bottle but actual goes on to give your nails a healthy glow.

As for nail art, we’re still seeing it but in much more simple forms such as half moon manicures in neutral and dark colors and French manis in coordinating hues.

Nail Care from an Expert
Your nails are an extension of your skin, Nadine reminds us, so take care of them in the same way. For moms who don’t have a moment to hit up the salon there are simple things you can do on-the-go, including products that can easily slip into your purse with no muss or fuss.

Olio e Osso clear balm is technically meant to be used on your face and lips but Nadine says it’s perfect to hydrate hands and nails – simply rub into your nail bends to moisturize cuticles. Another portable gem is Jao Goe Oil, which is a semi-solid body oil that you can use in place of lotion. It’s 100% natural, not greasy, absorbs nicely and smells like heaven. My personal favorite however, is tenoverten’s genius (and oddly addictive!) Non-Acetone Polish Remover + Finishing Hand Cleanser Cloths infused with hydrating Vitamin E. Designed for quick touch-ups and on-the-go use, this gentle, odor-free, non-toxic remover isn’t harsh or drying and can be used literally anywhere thanks to its lack of noxious odor.

Finally, Nadine gave us a safe mani tip that seems obvious but quite honestly, it’s not something I thought about in the past – though most definitely will in the future. If you’re concerned about safe polish choices but your local nail salon does not stock up on non-toxic polishes, simply bring your own 8-free base coat as that’s what actually touches your nails and gets absorbed. And to keep those perfectly primed nails in tip top shape for longer than a week, apply a top coat every few days at home to seal in color and make manis last longer. The last bit of advice? Don’t forget to hydrate from within… yes, that means drink water, water and more water!!


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