May 16th

Summer Nail Care


It’s that time of year again! The weather is changing, students are being let out of school, and most importantly, it is time to start wearing those fun summer nail colors. Whether you spend your summers lounging by the pool or beach, gardening or traveling…perfectly manicured nails are always a must! However, with summer nails comes important nail maintenance. In order to keep your nails healthy all summer long be sure to follow this tips and tricks…

Don’t soak your nails! This is one of the many reasons why Varnish Lane is a waterless salon. Soaking your nails in water will cause them to expand. If you apply polish too soon while your nails are waterlogged, your polish will chip prematurely.

Protect your hands post-manicure. Use gloves while doing outdoor activities  like gardening to help protect your polish from chipping and lifting. Gloves help protect your cuticles from drying out due to soil and moisture.

Apply cuticle oil EVERY night. This will help to keep your cuticles from drying out in the summer heat and prevent hangnails and which can cause polish to peel and chip. Try Lauren B. Beauty Nail and Cuticle Balm for ideal hydration.

Moisturize your feet – daily.  A summer favorite, the open toed sandal, can be brutal for your feet and really dry them out. Try to apply moisturizer after showering.

Keep lotion on hand for travel. If you spend your summer traveling and flying a lot, it is important to moisturize. Recycled airplane air causes dryness around your nail beds. Bring a travel-friendly hydrating lotion or oil to apply before takeoff! We recommend the chemical free hand & body butter by Sans Skincare.

Prepare for a day at the pool with extra strengthening top-coat.  Prolonged exposure to water and chlorine can greatly weaken and dry out your nails and cuticles. Strengthen your manicure with an extra coat of top-coat before a day at the pool. Keep your polish color on hand for any touch ups of chips caused by water.

Avoid excessive sun exposure.  For most of us, spending as much time as possible under the sun to get that nice summer tan is always top priority, but too much sun exposure can cause damage not only to your skin, but also your nails. The sun and UV exposure can fade and ruin your manicure. Try a non-yellowing topcoat like Deborah Lippmann On A Clear Day Non Yellowing Top Coat. It will make the manicure last longer and keep your color bright!

Keep you nails healthy from the inside out! It is easy to get dehydrated in the summer heat. Stay hydrated all summer long to keep your nails strong and healthy.

In these next couple months, don’t get too caught up in the summer fun that you forget your simple nail care tips that will keep your nails looking fresh and bright. From everyone at Varnish Lane, we hope you have a fun, safe, and enjoyable summer!



We are excited to introduce our new Varnish Lane Blog Series with our resident beauty coordinator and VL insider, Gabby. You all know and love Gabby as the first warm smile you see when you walk into Varnish Lane. As someone who lives and breathes the VL culture, we have asked her to do a guest blog series sharing her insights and favorite beauty tips! From the most highly chosen colors at VL, the most popular products and more!

xoxo, Lauren & Carrie

From Gabby… “What a gift, starting my collaboration with the Varnish Lane blog talking about the most important women in our lives. Regardless of your beliefs or culture, we all recognize the feminine (or even masculine) figure of a mother. The one through which we were born, the one who raised us, the one who has chosen for us or that we choose to call and trust as a mother.

It is undeniable the love and admiration I have for my mother and for so many mothers who are in my life, and I could take hours talking about it. However, today I’d like to give the mother’s credit to talk about their view of being the most called name on earth.

Every day at VL we hear so many mothers talking about being grateful for having Varnish Lane as a space to come and just relax, pamper themselves and take an hour or two off. But even though this is common to hear, there are also those mothers working on their laptops or on the phone talking about the next chores or demands that need to be handled all while having their nails done. And let’s reaffirm here, it is not easy to multi-task and keep the many open tabs and “to do lists” in our minds all the time, but you mothers do this in the most skilled and amazing way.

VL is also a place that mothers can meet and talk about their challenges of educating their kids, negotiating their routine, their dreams and their own daily battles while sipping champagne! Why not? We have also seen many of them bring their own young daughters, older daughters or with their loved mothers and grandmothers.

Last week while I was grabbing lunch, a woman was on the phone with her son talking about his game and that she could not show up, and she asked, “In which position did you play, honey?” He said, “I played all the positions, mom!” He couldn’t be more adorable, but his answer just made me think about all the mothers and how they are the daily jugglers.

We are proud to be part of your mother’s life and wish them a very happy day filled with love… cheers to all these women playing in all the positions!


With love,