Monday, June 4, 2012

Polish Week: Nail Polish Terminology

Hey there!

Ever talk to a nail polish nerd and hear all these crazy terms like NOTD, franken and/or swatch?
Um, yeah. That's how we polish fanatics talk...or write or blog about our love for lacquer.
To help you understand the jargon, here are some terms that you may come across when talking to one of us:

-NOTD: Nails of the Day.

-Mani: Short for manicure.

-Funky French: A non-traditional French manicure that uses any color other than white on the tips of the nails.

-Swatch: Sampling a nail polish color on your nail.

-Franken: A homemade nail polish creation.

-HTF: Short for hard-to-find, a polish that will cause you to burn gas driving all over town to find.

-Dupe: A copycat polish. These are usually found in drugstores, who replicate the formulas of higher-end polishes and sell them for much cheaper.

-3-free: Nail polish formulas free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP, ingredients commonly used in polish formulas in the past.

-VNL: Short for visible nail line, which is usually seen when applying sheer or jelly polishes.

-Untrieds: Bottles of nail polish waiting to be swatched or better yet, worn.

So, now you know how to talk to me or another polish lover.

O, and, what's on your tips and toes these days?

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