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80s Nails and 90s Nails, Here’s Proof That Nail Trends Are Cyclical

Believe it or not, nail styles haven’t always remained the same. We know – shocker, right? Despite the fact that we’ve embraced a real “anything goes” attitude to nails, it’s taken us a while to get there. Before the days of scanning Instagram for the latest designs, the most fashion-forward of us were instead … scanning the headlines and tabloids for the latest designs. 

Okay. 

So maybe we haven’t changed that much.

The thing, is just because our avenues for chasing trends have changed, does that mean nail styles have? After all, fashion has proven to be cyclical. We’ve dug up a few examples from the archives – read on to find out about the evolution of trending nail styles from the 1980s to now.

1. the 1980s – Long squoval nails.

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Madonna led the trend on these ones by decking her nails out in neon in her smash hit video clips. But, it was US Olympian Florence Griffith-Joyner who really owned the long squoval nails. In 1988 she set two words records at the Seoul Olympics while sporting some real blinged-out nails. She didn’t necessarily go down the Madonna path, though, and had forgone the neon in favor of a diamanté style.

2. 1980s – Lee Press-On Nails Launched

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1985 was the year that Lee Press-On Nails launched, and we haven’t looked back since. Let’s face it: these were a game-changer. We no longer had to sit in salons, waiting for someone to slap layers of chemicals and product onto the ends of our fingers to achieve that hella stylized look. Did the introduction of Lee Press-On Nails stop us from continuing to go to salons? Uh, no. But, at least they’re definitely a cheaper, and quicker, alternative.

3. 1990s – Moon manicure

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1992 saw the rise of the moon manicure nail – a throwback to the 1930s nail fashion of the same name. The traditional version of this style is basically a reverse French manicure: the white tip is instead painted over the cuticle, and the color is painted towards the tip of the nail. These days we see some pretty awesome iterations of this style, with tiny detail etched into the half-moon of polish that covers the cuticle.

4. 1990s – Bold Nail Art

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Remember the days when Missy Elliott graced our ears with regular hits on the radio? Does anyone even remember listening to the radio? Well, Missy Elliott wasn’t just a pioneer in the rap scene, she also inspired the bold nail art trend, back in the ‘90s. Her contemporary, Lil’ Kim, also boosted the trend by wearing dollar bills encased in acrylic. Yeah, imagine being that loaded that you can just shred your money and wear it on your nails

5. 1990s – Dark nail polish on short nails

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Uma Thurman’s nails caused quite a stir as one of the stars in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, starting the craze for Chanel nail polish in Vamp. Do we still dig Uma Thurman’s kinda gothic, look? Yes. The answer is definitely yes. Especially when it comes to Halloween; it’s one of the easiest costumes to pull off when you’re stuck for ideas. Just remember to do your nails!

6. 1990s – Delicate, rounded squares

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Considered demure and feminine, these were made popular by Princess Diana. Is it possible that Princess Diana influenced the shape of our nails for weddings these days? Highly likely. But, it’s less likely that she’s influenced the color. After all, how often do we see a bride with a raucous red on her nails? 

7. 1990s – Crackle Lacquers

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CoverGirl was the first to launch a line of nail polishes that created a broken-glass effect on nails, way back in 1999. The idea was that it allowed us nail fashion freaks to let our flag fly and rock a few shades at once. Although, if you’re not careful, you may end up with a look that screams “scratched at her nail polish and wrecked it”. If you’re game, chances are you can still grab yourself a bottle of crackle lacquer these days – from Astra.

8. 2000s – Crisp right-angled nails

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Early 2000s Britney knew where nail fashion was at! She was showing off her crisp right-angled nails in her music videos way back when, and of course, we couldn’t get enough of it. If you want to channel your inner Britney Spears, consider not only delving into the crisp right-angles but also using a shade of real icy white with glitter.

9. 2000s – Mood Nail Polish

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Otherwise known as PMS nail polish, mood nail polish was designed to change color based on your mood. We all know the real secret behind it – that the nail polish changes color based on your body temperature – but it’s still cool to think that you’ve basically got a mood detector on the ends of your fingers. It makes it that much more satisfying when you want to flip the bird at someone.

10. 2000s – Embellished nails

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Beyonce’s gold Minx nail foils started this nail trend in the late-2000s. Ornamented nails became a  really good way for people to express themselves, and it even became a huge trend for fashion runways, as well! Are we surprised that Beyonce the trend-setter responsible for this shift on the nail fashion landscape? Nope.

11.  2010s – Minimalist designs on natural-shaped nails

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After embracing some pretty wild looks for so long, it makes sense that we were going to go back to having some more minimalist nail designs. The natural-shaped nail complemented this change, and it meant that everyone could breathe a sigh of relief and not have to put in too much effort. Although, you still have to put in a little effort. Kinda like natural makeup: you have to put on at least three layers before you can make yourself look like you didn’t put on any makeup at all!

12. 2010s – Stiletto nails

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We all know that stiletto heels are a sharp look. But, you know what’s even sharper? Stiletto nails. Although, you could reallynail that sharp look by pairing stiletto heels with stiletto nails. Anyway, the best part about having nails extra as the stiletto shape is that you have the perfect excuse to make the design as extra as possible, too!

13. 2010s – Gel manicures

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Gel manicures are definitely in vogue these days. They’re the kind of manicure that lasts much longer than the acrylic style. Which, if you can save time and money, as well as having hot AF nails for longer, that can only be a good thing, right? Plus, you can still design whatever styles you’d like with gel nails – it doesn’t matter that they’re not acrylic. Mucho bueno, right?

Which nail style is your favorite? Did you rock any of these looks yourself, back in the day? Or, are you wearing one of these styles already? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

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We Found The Looks Rocked By Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, And Doja Cat In The Sexy ’34+35′ Remix Video

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We Found The Looks Rocked By Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, And Doja Cat In The Sexy ’34+35′ Remix Video

In a gift to lovers, Ariana Grande dropped her “34+35” remix music video last Friday. The trending video featured Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion and some slamming tunes, extraordinarily glam sleepover gear. To booth, the video already racked up 21 million views, served up, alongside some slamming tunes, extraordinarily glam sleepover gear.

From ultra sexy to supersensuous, Ari, Meg, and Doja wore beautiful and luxurious lingerie ensembles. Fortunately, they’re here for you to rock yourself!

We looked around for the ensembles online and found them! Check out the looks below!

Ari’s Charlotte High Waist Bottoms and bodysuit.

Fleur de Mal / Charlotte High Waist Bottom– $45

Victoria’s Secret/ Lace Plunge Teddy- $79.50

Meg’s pink lace bra worn with mini shorts and a matching robe.

Milena Plunge Underwired Bra– $145

Milena Full Brief– $70

Doja’s peach-colored lace corset, with suspender bottoms.

Doja also wore outfits from Agent Provocateur.

Essie/ Waspie– $195

Essie/ Bodysuit– $465

Check out the video remix below!

So there they are, the extremely sultry and iconic lingerie looks to recreate the 34+35 remix music video on your own time!

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If You Had A Friend Speak To You The Way You Speak To Yourself

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If You Had A Friend Speak To You The Way You Speak To Yourself

It’s a hard reality to face: the fact that we often treat our friends and spouses better than we do ourselves. After all, this might be because it’s a little bit easier. When we see our friends, we don’t necessarily always see the flaws. In fact, it’s easier to see how beautiful their flaws are and we shower them with compliments and praise about their appearances.

But what if our friends spoke to us the way we speak to ourselves.

See someone of the sweet replies to the question, below.

“Not long at all. In fact, I routinely remind myself to talk to myself like I would to a friend. We are our own worst critics.” –Irritabl

“That bit of advice really changed how I talk to myself when I’m alone. Like, if my best friend were telling me “well you probably aren’t good enough anyway. You should put more effort in to being prettier/being funnier/acting like [insert other person]” I’d be so, so hurt.

That kind of talk is nasty and not constructive! So don’t put up with it from anyone—including yourself. It’s hard to be happy when someone is constantly tearing you down, right?

And yes, it’s easier said than done. But the tricks that helped me curb the negative self-talk are:

  1. Recognize when it’s happening. Learn the difference between self-criticism and self-hatred. There’s a difference between saying “Ugh, I really should have done better on that work assignment. Those careless mistakes add up.” and “Everyone thinks you’re stupid now, why didn’t you do a better job on something so simple?”
  2. Get to the bottom of those thoughts by asking questions. I still fall victim to the “people think you’re…” thoughts, and every single time I have to ask myself “Who actually said that? Do you know that for sure? What’s making you feel defeated/nervous/inferior without any evidence? And even if someone DID say it—do you care what they think?!”

Those answers usually help me reframe whatever I’m feeling. Bc 9 times out of 10 it boils down to me fearing the worst and creating a situation where my insecurity gets the best of me.

Sorry for the Ted Talk, just feel rly passionately about this.” –NOTORIOUS_BLT

“Exactly. I always try to put myself in “best friend shoes” when I catch myself criticizing inwards.” –bradynelise

“I would be like ‘damn sister you do NOT shut up and you contradict yourself a LOT.’” – throwra_sillyinquiry

“Love this! Me too, but a few years ago, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. I have been changing the way I speak to myself and I feel so much better… and now I am so glad I stuck with it/me!” –formidableegg

“They would be out the door, kinda sucks being a self aware mentally ill person cause you know it’s not true yet convincing yourself otherwise feels impossible.” – annonforareasonduh

“Haha, this is exactly what I do with my kids. If they say something mean about themselves, I say, ‘I’m sorry, NOBODY is allowed to talk to ____ like that!’ If they say, ‘But I’m saying it to MYSELF,’ I say, ‘I would never let anyone say something like that to you. Why should I let YOU say it to you?’

Hoping to raise my kids to be a little nicer to themselves than I am to myself.” –JoNightshade

“Well… not very long. For the most part I’m pretty nice to myself but on hard days I often think things like “you’re not good enough. You’re such a failure.” And if someone said that to me even once I’d cut them off. I try to be nice to me though.” –owthrayaway3

“Ideally? Not long at all. In reality? Probably a very long time – years, or maybe even decades. Part of struggling with crippling depression is letting people treat you really horribly.” –clekas

“Yeah, me too tbh Or well, I’d end up not talking to them Because I’d isolate myself in my room for a couple of months and even they’d grow tired of me, but ya know I’ve had some really shitty friends in my short, short life and honestly seek out ppl who will criticise me more than they compliment me bc it makes me less uncomfortable.” –HelloThisIsFrode

“I agree with this. I just realised this and lament to myself that I wasted 20 years on such a ‘friend’. The pandemic isolation helped in bringing these thoughts to clarity and limited my availability. Thankfully I have a friend who’s really supportive and understanding so I’ve been redirecting my energy towards her.” –CheesecakeGobbler

“Along with the depression, throw in being raised by a parent with narcissistic personality disorder and you’ve got me too. I’d love so say I would kick my toxic ass to the curb, but I know I’d just take the abuse. I’ve got a recording of my mother’s greatest hits playing all the time in my head.” –LesNessmanNightcap

“Yeah, I was going to say “where do you think that voice in my head came from?” I’m no longer the person who would stay friends with someone who was mean to me, but it took awhile to get to that place. But I am still my mother’s daughter and I learned negative self-talk at her knee, listening to her guilt trip and shame herself. I think I’m much better, but I do wonder what my son will hear that I don’t even realize I’m doing.” –ElizaDooo

“The way I used to self-talk? Not for a second. It was pointed out to me by a therapist in one session–she told me one time to stop it. I stopped. I didn’t realize how much I was driving myself insane. I have an inner monologue that drones on anyway, but add in insults and barbs and it was quite brutal.

I’m glad I kicked that negativity out. Now, to address the earworms….make it stop.” –Roscoe_cracks_corn

“Not long at all. Now realizing this doesn’t magically make all my self-hate go away or build a desire to treat myself better.” –Neravariine

“I have such a friend. Over a decade so far, hopefully forever. I love her to the moon and back. She knows me truly, I can rely on her, I can trust in her honesty, I don’t have to filter sugarcoating to get down to her true opinion. She’s like a mirror, showing me all my flaws but also all my best sides. She made me a better person without ever trying to change me. She taught me better awareness towards myself, my actions and surrounding, and with this also better self-reflection and self-love. She kept me down on earth but also pulled me out of the darkest places. Everyone should have a friend like this.” –Fitzgeraldine

“Great timing for this question! I’ve been working on self compassion and trying to soften my inner critic. One thing that often I’ve been trying to remind myself is to treat me the way I treat my friends – so after a few months working on this with total awareness, I can proudly say I would be a longtime friend of mine.” –Lila007

“I kept her around for almost 2 years before I realise the way she talks to others is actually how she sees herself, which is saying a lot more than she would admit. Since she’s too stubborn to get therapy but very willing to act as a therapist (she sucks, all she ever did was doling out “tough love” cuz thats how she wants herself to be but she failed, so she expects everyone else to be tough), I cut ties w her. For good. Went to therapy myself to rid of internalized hatred I developed from being around her. She reached out once, I wasnt very keen to reconnect especially now she’s even worse after joining a church and trying to get every part of it into her life. 2 years of my life wasted on someone like that. Dont repeat my mistake.” –

micumpleanoseshoy

“I am and always will be my own biggest hype person. If I can’t believe in myself, how can anyone? How can I achieve my goals? Internal me is also very dubious of the intentions of others. Which preserves myself, even if it does keep me distanced from others until I can truly trust them. My parents were shit. I was, by far, the most resilient of my siblings and maybe my self hype is the reason why.” –cuddlymammoth

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