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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Miss A’s Fave: Nailtiques

Acrylic nails like hair extensions and so many other beauty innovations were once just for the wealthy, models or celebrities. When I say very wealthy, I think we all know I mean the Nouveau Riche. There is no way Old Money is running around with fake nails and a weave. Anyhow, I digress. Acrylic nails became accessible in the early 1990’s. I was so excited when I got my first set back in the day. Since Junior High, I had always been envious of the long nails other girls managed to grow naturally. For those who have never worn them, acrylics are great in that nail polish stays on forever, there is no chipping or peeling, and you don’t have to worry about breaking a nail. Before my artificial nails, I would have to put nail strengthener on every night just to maintain my short nails.

Whether it’s a “Return to Tiffany & Co.” bracelet, Burberry plaid, or fake nails, when it’s worn by everyone you see, you know the trend has passed. By 2006, artificial nails were clearly way out of style, but I still sported them. Hey, we all make mistakes. I can’t tell you how many of my girlfriends were telling me on a regular basis to get rid of them. But to me, they were low maintenance in that I wouldn’t have to fool with them except once every two weeks which saved me the nightly filing and polishing.

Then it happened. I was at work at a lobbying firm when I was overcome by tremendous pain in one of my fingers. I asked my boss if I could step out at lunch to take care of my nail emergency. He was cool with it. I went to the nail salon and they removed my acrylic nails. This is a long process of soaking the nails in acetone, and slowly filing all the acrylic off. The nails are uber thin and pathetic looking afterward. I then went to the dermatologist and discovered I had an infection. The doctor had to drill a hole through what was left of my real nail to let out some disgusting pus. He removed part of my nail, and sent me on my way with medicine to fight the infection. When I arrived back at the office, my boss was like, “Where have you been?” He had no idea that when I said nail emergency it was truly a medical emergency and not just a broken nail.

Since this episode in early 2006, I am all about natural nail. One product that helped my nails recover from years of artificial nails is Nailtiques. I love their products. They have three different formulas. Formula 1 is for maintenance of healthy, flexible nails. Formula 2 is for soft, peeling, bitten, weak or thin nails. Formula 3 is for hard nails. If you are recovering from acrylic nails, or just need your own nails to improve, I highly recommend Nailtiques. I put a coat of it on daily to protect my nails.

– Miss A


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