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Are you one of the many who wear their sunglasses in the dark, at night, even though it dims your eyesight? Why? Because any fashion diva walking behind sunglasses creates a stunning visual: striking, trendy and cool.

Sunglasses do far more than protect our eyes from strong rays of sun. Sunglasses make a fashion statement on everyone!

Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. Sunglasses also function as a visual aid, featuring lenses that are colored or darkened, and frames that are cool, chic and sexy.

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Sunglasses Fun Fact: The American Optometric Association recommends wearing sunglasses whenever a person is in the sun to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause serious eye problems. Fashion experts recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you wish to appear hot.

Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors, primarily from a desire to mask their identity, or to add mystery to their mass appeal. Since the 1940s, sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach. Sunglasses have become popular for many reasons, one is to keep sun and glare out of your eyes. Sunglasses can also be worn to hide the eyes, making eye contact virtually impossible, which can be intimidating to those not wearing sunglasses.

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Fashion trends are another major reason for wearing sunglasses, particularly designer sunglasses from high-end fashion brands. Sunglasses of particular shapes and sizes may be in vogue as a fashion accessory. Fashion trends can also count on the “cool” image of sunglasses and their association with a prominent lifestyle, especially the close connection between sunglasses and beach life. Sometimes the image sunglasses gives off serves as the core concept behind an entire brand.

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Sunglasses Construction:

1. Lens: The color of the lens may vary depending on style, fashion and purpose, but for general use, red, grey, green and brown are recommended to avoid or minimize color distortion.
2. Frames: Frames are generally made of plastic, nylon, metal or a metal alloy. Frames can be thin, thick, colorful, wire, and various shapes.
3. Nose Bridge: Nose bridges provide support between the lens and the face. They also prevent pressure marks caused by the weight of the lens or frame on the cheeks.

I wear my sunglasses in the dark! Simply because I can!

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Fashionable Types of Sunglasses:
1. Aviator
2. Clip Up
3. Flip Up
4. Gradient Lenses
5. Mirrored
6. Oversized
7. Shutter Shades
8. Teashades
9. Wayfarer
10. Wrap Around

Various names for sunglasses are shades, glares, glints, sun spectacles, sun shades, dark glasses, sunnies, smoked spectacles, solar shades, glecks and cooling glasses. Some major brands include Foster Grants, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, Luxottica and Serengeti.

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Who is that stunning guy and gal behind those sunglasses? Sunglasses look fashionably sexy on all lads and lasses!

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Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

It’s easy to see why colorful, popping, exciting neon lips are all the rage this summer. Neon lips are in! Bright lips not only cause your entire face to stand out, but are fun and fashionable too. Sexy, sensual, neon colored lips are the way to go and I would never lie to you!

Colors make the world go round, and this is true in cosmetics. From basic shades to pastels to neon, experimenting with various colors of makeup allows you to highlight your facial features and to bring out your own unique natural beauty. Neon lipsticks and lip glosses are adored by all glamour girl cuties!

Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture and protection to the lips. Many colors and types of lipstick exist. In addition to lipsticks, lip balms can be worn to add color and hydration. If you’re one who prefers lips that give off a dry look, go with matte lipsticks. If you relish sensual wetness and shine, use a lip gloss.

Neon Fun Fact: We all know that neon colors are brighter version of colors, but what makes neon? Neon is actually a chemical element with the symbol Ne and atomic number 10. Neon is a noble gas that is colorless and odorless with about two-thirds the density of air. Neon gas was discovered in 1898 as one of the three residual rare inert elements remaining in dry air, after nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide were removed. Neon gas produces a bright red emission spectrum and gives a distinct reddish-orange glow when used in low voltage neon glow lamps, high voltage discharge tubes and neon advertising signs.

Coat your lips in sexy neon colored lipsticks and you’ll be a walking advertisement for true, luscious glamour!

Lipstick Fun Fact: Ancient Sumerian men and women were the first to invent and wear lipstick, around 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their lips for face adornment. Ancient Egyptians wore lipstick to show social status.

Lip coloring started to gain popularity in 16th century England. During the time of Queen Elizabeth I, bright red lips and a stark white face became fashionable.

Glam through the summer season in sultry lips of neon!

Lipstick Colors That Look Outstanding in Neon:

  1. Pink
  2. Purple
  3. Orange
  4. Green
  5. Yellow
  6. Red
  7. Blue
  8. Coral

Lipstick comes in many variations including lip balms, glosses, crayons, pencils, liners and stains. Balms and glosses tend to be more translucent and not as dark or vibrant.

Neon colored lipsticks are always stunning and vibrant for any va va voom fashion vixen!

Look sexy, youthful, darling and hip when you go through your day in bright neon lips!

“I noticed you clear at the other end of the aisle from your popping pink lips.”

“If a gal is going to decorate her face with gorgeous makeup, neon colors is my tip.”

“I do say your pretty pink lips make your entire face and your blue eyes stand out.”

“I would guess you are complimenting me, or flirting with me no doubt.”

“If you aren’t busy this afternoon perhaps we could share a bite to eat.”

“There’s an outside café right down the street. A tasty lunch would be sweet.”

Neon Lipsticks: Dazzle with your lips and stay quick on your feet because you never know who you are going to meet!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

The pretty and pleasing fabric known as plaid never goes out of style. As early as the 1830s, plaid was a popular fabric pattern in the world of fashion. Plaid is a recognizable pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands of multiple colors. Plaid originated in woven wool, but today plaid fabrics are available in many other materials.

Plaid is made with alternating bands of colored threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colors cross, which gives the appearance of new colors blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of color repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinct pattern of squares and lines known as a ‘sett’.

Ready, set, go…look fabulous from head to toe when you are dressed in the cool, chic, rad fabric that is plaid!

Plaid Color Shades and Meanings:

  1. Modern: A plaid that is colored using chemical dyes as opposed to natural dyes.
  2. Ancient: A lighter shade of plaid that represent the colors that would result from the fabric aging over time.
  3. Muted: Plaid which is shade between modern and ancient. This type of plaid is very modern, dating only from the 1970s. This shade is said to be the closest match to the shades attained by natural dyes used before the mid-19th century.

For those of you that prefer a splash of plaid as opposed to being wrapped in plaid, why not carry a plaid handbag or doll yourself up in plaid accessories? A touch of plaid looks exceptionally graceful and elegant on anyone, yes, even men!

Plaid Fun Fact: Plaid is recorded by counting the threads of each color that appear in the sett. The thread count not only describes the width of the stripes on a sett, but also the colors used. For example, the thread count “K4 R24 K24 Y4” breaks down as 4 black threads, 24 red threads, 24 black threads and 4 yellow threads. The first and last thread of the thread count are the pivot points.

The word ‘plaid’, derived from the Scottish Gaelic ‘plaide’, meaning blanket, was first used to describe any rectangular garment. Over time, the term ‘plaid’ was used to describe blankets themselves.

Today plaid is a pretty, pleasing pattern that looks both elegant and fun and is adored and recognized by everyone!

The fashion pandemonium plaid is never a fad!

Although plaid prints can be found in all colors, plaid fabrics consisting of black, red and yellow are the most popular. For a striking, stunning sight, dress in plaid garments of black and white.

“I feel that I can play checkers on your checkered dress.”

“This pattern is plaid. Checkered is cute but plaid is the best.”

“Can you explain the difference between checkered and plaid to me?”

“Checkered patterns make only squares; plaid is squares and lines that are easy to see.”

“The different blocks of color in the material seem to run up and down.”

“Horizontal and vertical. Plaid is one of the most beautiful patterns around.”

Plaid: A fashionable and stylish pattern that looks fantastic on skirts, dresses, jackets and shoes, or any other garments you choose!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

When it comes to fashion garments, necklines have a large impact on the look and style of the clothing. The neckline is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck, especially from the front view.  For each garment worn above the waist, the neckline is primarily a style line and may be a boundary for further shaping of the upper edge of the clothing with a collar, cowl, darts or pleats.

One type of neckline that is sexy, sensual and perfect for summer is the halterneck. Halterneck is a style of women’s clothing straps that runs from the front of the garment around the back of the neck, leaving the impression from behind that nothing is holding up the dress or the top.

In addition to tops, blouses and dresses, the halterneck style is used in bathing suits to maximize sun tan exposure on the back, and minimize tan lines. The halterneck style creates the look of a backless dress or top. The neck strap itself can be covered by your hair, leaving the impression from behind that nothing is holding up the garment.

Halterneck Fashion Tip: If a bra is worn with a halterneck, the bra is generally strapless or of halterneck construction itself, to avoid exposing the back straps of a typical bra. For those of you who are fashion fearless, exposing bra straps is a popular trend.

Other Popular Types of Necklines:

  1. Boat Neck – A high, wide, slightly curved neckline.
  2. Deep Necklines – Low necklines in either V, U or square shapes, revealing various amounts of cleavage.
  3. Jewel Neckline – Round and sits at the base of the throat.
  4. Off the Shoulder – The neckline rests low and below the shoulders and collar bone.
  5. One Shoulder Necklines – Asymmetrical necklines that cut across the torso diagonally, exposing one shoulder.
  6. Polo Neck – High, close fitting collars that wrap around the neck (turtlenecks).
  7. Scoop Neck – Curved shaped Us, with the arms of the U hanging on the shoulders.
  8. Square Neck – Three linear edges, with the bottom edge meeting the side edges at a right angle.
  9. V-Neck – Two diagonal lines from the shoulders meet on the chest, creating a V shape.

For a cool, chic neckline that passes the hot summer weather test, the halterneck is truly  the best!

Neckline Fun Fact: The shape of your necklines can be modified in many ways, by adding a collar, scarf, overlaying the neckline with another fabric or decorating the edges with picots, ruffles or fringe. The neckline can be a sharp edge of fabric or a more gentle cowl, and can be accentuated by patterns in the material itself.

For summer and beach wear, a halter top is incredibly popular. A halter top is a sleeveless shirt similar to a tank top, but with the straps being tied behind the neck as opposed to the straps going over the shoulders, like spaghetti straps. In another style of the halter top, there is only a narrow strap behind the neck and a narrow strap behind the middle of the back, so that the top is predominantly backless. This design resembles many bikini tops, although the halter top covers the chest more and may cover all of the abdomen.

High end glamour in a halterneck!

“Your evening gown is simply divine. You’re ready to hit the town.”

“I love the halter neckline and tight fit. The best fashion style around.”

“The halterneck works on garments that are casual or extremely elegant.”

“Yes. A true glamour girl can never go wrong in a gorgeous halterneck outfit.”

“The backless look and bare shoulders are a true fashion win.”

“Halternecks provide high end glamour no matter what garment you’re in.”

Halterneck: Always cool, always chic, always an eye candy fashion treat!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

The City of Anaheim Review Board has selected and presented Author and Fashion Journalist Nancy Mangano as the recipient of the 2018 Best of Anaheim Award for four consecutive years. This award includes a special four consecutive year induction into the City of Anaheim, California Business Hall of Fame. Thank you to the City of Anaheim and the Anaheim Awards Program for this much appreciated recognition!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Beautifully manicured hands and fingernails look luscious and lovely! Our hands are seen and noticed by people all day long, and as all glamour girls know, manicures and decorative nail art not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but helps to keep your hands soft and your fingernails strong.

Whether your nail preference is acrylic nails or your own natural nails, it’s a fact that eventually all nails break, and often at the worst time. A broken nail is a flaw to your magnificent nail art as much as a run in your hose can ruin the looks of your outfit. You’re way too classy for that. So what do you do when you experience the sudden break of a nail or two?

You book an on demand Mobile Styles professional nail artist to come to your rescue and save you.

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Have you ever wondered what causes nails to break? Brittle nails and nails lacking moisture tend to break often. Nails can also break due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency, or keeping nail polish or nail strengthener on for way too long.

So, how do you go about fixing a broken nail? For an in-home mend, you could apply a small dot of nail glue to the acrylic nail, and hope it holds until your next nail appointment. For natural nails, if the break is minor, apply a strip of nail glue to the broken area and hope it holds until the nail grows out. We all know nails grow at a slow speed, and once a natural nail is broken, even the strongest nail glue doesn’t hold for long, and we are left with short, stubby fingernails.

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Although you can give yourself a Do-It-Yourself (DIY), at home manicure, don’t you deserve the pampering and catering that a professional manicurist will do for you? You can sit back, relax, let a nail stylist massage your hands, paint your nails and add ornaments and decorative art to your nails that satisfies you to your heart’s desire. Select pretty pink polish, purple, red or blue. Whatever color(s) cheers you up and looks sexy and stunning on you!

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For a professional manicure that’s out of this world, download the on demand Mobile Styles app and book an appointment with excellent, trained nail artists. The pros will come straight to you within an hour of your booking time. The best part? No more unsightly, broken nails as Mobile Styles will save you in the knick of time! Ah, your hands and fingernails will look truly sublime.

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Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

It’s no secret that beauty and fashion divas and consumers are some of the most loyal customers who will go to great lengths to ensure they are purchasing the best beauty products on the market. Good news for all beauty enthusiasts! Fabulous beauty products that work wonders don’t have to be expensive products.

In today’s social media world, beauty gurus have many beauty blogger sites available to them with cosmetics and beauty product information. As a diehard beauty/style/fashion blogger and beauty social media influencer, I have put together a list of the 15 beauty products that define 2018 and are worthy of finding their way into your cosmetic bag and medicine cabinet!

NYX Professional Lipstick Kits: Perfect for all lips. NYX lipsticks are lustrous with a magnificent stay on power hour by hour.

Petroleum Jelly: Petroleum jelly is a must have for all beauty routines. From removing makeup to softening skin, petroleum jelly is a sure win.

Multipurpose Mist: Revitalize your skin with a dewy mist. Just a spray away from looking tired to appearing energized and refreshed.

Soothing Skin Lotion: No matter how soft your skin is, we all need skin lotion. Hydrate and revitalize the skin that you’re in.

Argan Oil Styling Conditioner: Argan oil styling conditioners work wonders on your hair, detangles, controls frizz, and strengthens your hair. Damage controlled!

Makeup Brushes: Applying makeup with the proper set and sizes of makeup brushes is key to a flawless finish on your face. Soft brushes will glide over your sensitive skin with no irritation.

Rose Colored Blush: No matter your preference for the brand, every beauty diva needs blush on hand. A rose color will never do you wrong to add just the right amount of health and vitality to your face and help define your cheekbones.

Eyebrow Definer: Shape, color, and make your eyebrows stand out. Besides your eyelashes, your eyebrows help highlight and bring your facial features out.

Twilight Bath Bomb: Twilight bath bombs are relaxing bath enhancers with lavender oil to de-stress your mind and body and soften your bath water, thereby softening your skin.

Glitter Eyeshadow: Glimmering, glitter eyeshadows are a gem of a deal. Bring bedazzling elegance to your eyes no matter your eyes’ color or size.

L’Oreal Revitalift Moisturizing Cream: For soft, wrinkle-free skin, L’Oreal Revitalift Moisturizing Cream is a dream come true. Perfect for all beauty divas like you.

Hair Shine/Gloss: If you ever wonder how celebrities get hair shiny enough to sparkle in the sun, spray on hair shine/gloss is the answer for everyone.

Organic Leave In Hair Conditioner: For hair that is healthy, thick and gives off a luminous shine, organic leave-in hair conditioners are simply divine. Control the damage and radiate health with leave-in conditioners on your bathroom shelf.

NYX Cosmic Metals Neon, Bold Colored Lipsticks: No more sticking to safe lipstick colors like reds and pinks. Bold neon lipstick colors like blue and green make a glamour girl sure to be seen.

Coco Mademoiselle Chanel Perfume: Let’s save this classic masterpiece for last. All glamour girls wear perfume, and Coco Chanel scents give off heavenly blasts. This luxury scent never loses its glorious aroma and public appeal. It’s a real beauty steal.

The billion-dollar beauty business is never going away. For beauty besties who pay attention to their purse strings, excellent beauty products at affordable prices are here to stay. Bring out your inner glamour girl every day!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Find me a man wearing a beautiful, alluring cologne and I’ll follow him most anywhere! There’s something about a man and his cologne that tends to drive women wild and force them to take notice. Be it the soothing scent, the sexiness of a man who isn’t afraid to show his feminine side and the thrill of the pleasant aroma, men who lather themselves in sweet yet manly cologne are downright masculine!

Men, if you doubt me, try this experiment. Step into an elevator wearing the beguiling aroma of cologne, along with three or four men who choose to go bare necked (no cologne). Make sure one female is in the elevator. I guarantee you, the woman who is trapped in an elevator with four or five probably very good looking men is only going to notice the “one” man who brings her nose and her senses to life with his very delicious scent of cologne. Manly!

The wonderful, sensual, romantic scent of a man in cologne brings a woman to life! It could be that one signature move that elevates a girlfriend to a wife!

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Women’s (and men’s) love of smelling great cologne has a lot to do with our pheromones. A pheromone is a chemical that humans and animals produce that changes the behavior of another human or animal. In the case of men in cologne, the glorious scent alone can cause our frown to turn into a smile and our noticing of you to rise to an off the charts level. I give a serious “thank you” shout out to all men who wear cologne…I am so happy from the scent alone.

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Facts About Pheromones:

1. Pheromones are similar to hormones but work outside the body.
2. Pheromones induce activity in other individuals, such as sexual arousal.
3. There are four types of pheromones: releaser; primer; signaler and modulator.

The nose knows! All men should wear cologne!

Our sense of smell is particularly powerful, keeping us women noticing scrumptious food, the scent of fresh, sweet flowers and the attractive and alluring smell of our men wearing their signature, favorite cologne!

Men, let your woman or barber pamper you, manscape and groom you to the ultimate perfection, adding a splash of cologne to take you in a “smells divine” direction!

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“But I’m afraid cologne will sissify me!” you say. Not even one single day! A sultry, soft smelling cologne worn on your neck and wrists will cause your wives and/or girlfriends to give you an extra kiss! Ah, you have no idea how much she will appreciate this!

Men who bathe themselves (just don’t overdo it) in the powerful, intoxicating scent of a heavenly cologne will most likely have females following you home.

Why not give it a try? Once you’re styling, smiling and ready to take on the town, highlight your overall aura with a splash of yummy cologne and be the best smelling man around! You’ll smell and look like a million bucks, whether you’re cruising through the streets in a shiny BMW or looking masculine and sexy driving a truck!

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Cologne, often times referred to as perfume for men, can be viewed as the cherry on the sundae. The final topping that puts a “put together” man completely together…and tops off his vibe of sex appeal and undeniable masculinity! A lethal combination!

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Men, remember this equation and you won’t go wrong: Men + Cologne = A Turn On! Masculine and strong!

“Who is that man you’re walking so close behind?”

“I’m getting whiffs of his cologne when I stand nearby.”

“He’s going to think you’re stalking him or you don’t respect his space.”

“I can’t help it. The marvelous scent of his cologne shows he has great taste.”

“He’s entering the gym. Are you following him in there too?”

“Yes. Fit and he smells divine. What’s a girl to do?”

Cologne: Perfume for men. Give it a try. The fabulous results will show you why!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

Great news for all book lovers and readers!

For one week, from March 4 – March 10, 2018, the ebook edition of Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, will be on sale for 50% off. For all of the readers who adore following Natalie North on her fun, intense, love filled escapades, now you can spend your days laughing, crying, filled with suspense and guessing the murder suspect as you immerse yourself in Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel! A page turning experience!

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Happy reading!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

 

Spring is the perfect time of year to paint everything pastel, including your fingernails and toenails!

We all know what pastel colors look like, softer, muted shades of our favorite colors, such as pink, green, yellow, purple, orange and blue. What makes a pastel color lighter than it’s original color? A true pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation.

Pastel colors are quite lovely, and even more so when our nails are painted pastel pretty!

Pastel Fun Fact: Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance, and gained considerable popularity in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. An artwork made using pastels is called simply, a ‘pastel’.

With the season of spring almost here, and then all through the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, pastel nail art is fashionable, fun and festive! Why not splurge at a professional salon and get your nails done, enjoying the relaxing, splendid manicure and pedicure treatment? All fashion divas need to spoil themselves once in awhile; it keeps glamour girls in a mood to smile!

Spring forward with pretty pastel nail art!

How to Treat Yourself to a Do It Yourself (DIY) Manicure:

  1. Remove any old or chipped nail polish. For natural nails, use a nonacetone nail polish remover.
  2. File the nails into your desired shape.
  3. Soak your fingers in warm soapy water for a couple of minutes to soften the cuticles.
  4. Rub cuticle cream into the cuticles of the nails.
  5. Wipe the nails with a damp cloth to ensure that you remove any oils or residue left from the cuticle cream. Pat the nails dry.
  6. Apply a clear nail polish base coat to the bare nails and let them dry.
  7. Stroke your nails with the fingernail polish color or colors of your choice. Generally a nail needs three brush strokes of polish: one stroke down the center of the nail, one stroke on the left and right side of the nail.
  8. Once dry, apply a topcoat of clear nail polish. This will provide a lustrous shine and help seal the color, eliminating chips and divots.
  9. If desired, display your creativity by decorating away! You can add jewels, glitter, decals, various shades of nail polish, etc. to add glitz, glamour and pizzazz to your nails and hands!

Ah, your pleasing, pretty pastel nail art looks truly grand!

Pastel Fun Fact: Pastel sticks or pastel crayons consist of pure powdered pigment combined with a binder. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. Pastels also vary by individual manufacturers. Dry pastels have historically used binders such as gum arabic and gum tragacanth. Methyl cellulose was introduced as a binder in the 20th century. Often a chalk or gypsum component is present.

No matter how pastels are made, there is no denying that when your nails are decorated in beautiful shades of pastels, your hands and feet will look stunning and well, truly swell!

Dry Pastels Can Be Subdivided as Follows:

  1. Hard Pastels
  2. Oil Pastels
  3. Pan Pastels
  4. Pastel Pencils
  5. Soft Pastels
  6. Water Soluble Pastels

In order to create hard and soft pastels, pigments are ground into a paste with water and a gum binder and then rolled or pressed into sticks. The name “pastel” comes from Medieval Latin ‘pastellum’, meaning woad paste. The French word ‘pastel’ first appeared in 1662.

There are times that with gorgeous, festive, marvelous nail art, only pastel polish will do! Select the perfect pastel colors for you!

“I’m admiring the way you’ve painted each fingernail in a different pastel shade.”

“I do believe that this particular manicure I’m wearing deserves an A+ grade!”

“Although all soft colors are pretty, I feel yellow, green and blue look best.”

“I also adore the orange, lavender and pink. All pastel colors pass the test!”

“I think I’ll go out and get a pastel nail art manicure done on my nails too.”

“Copying is the greatest form of flattery. In fashion, those words are very true!”

Pastel Nail Art: A great place for a true fashion diva to start!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com