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Beauty: How To Care For Your Nails And Get Them Looking Their Best

2 May

Nail Tips and Care Questions

How do I avoid getting polish on my cuticles?

Instead of painting right from the cuticle, place the brush on the nail bed about 1/8″ away from the cuticle and push backwards toward it, stopping just before the skin.

That’s too much work…how do remove polish from my cuticles?

Plan ahead. Paint your nails about an hour before bedtime, leaving the messy polish on. When taking a shower the next morning, the polish will soften and peel off. Any stubborn polish still left on the skin can easily be removed by rubbing it with a soft towel. Polish not dry yet? In a rush? Use a cotton swab and nail polish remover to do a quick removal.

How do I keep my polish from peeling near the skin?

Lightly buff the top of your nail near your cuticle with a fine-grained file. This will take away the top oily enamel and allow better adhesion.

My polish doesn’t peel near the skin, it peels at the tips, what am I doing wrong?

It’s usually one of these two things…

•You’ve used two or more coats of ridge-filler and followed with a couple coats of polish. To avoid peeling, stick to only one coat of ridge-filler, and wait until it’s completely dry to apply the regular polish.

•You’ve painted a couple thick coats instead of a few thin ones. Always use thin coats, it gives better coverage, dries faster and lasts longer.

I can’t apply thin coats, my nail polish is just thick to begin with. What should I do?

If you really want your nail polish to keep well in the bottle, keep it in the refrigerator, this will extend its shelf-life.

I keep getting those darn bubbles!

Two things can cut down significantly on bubbles:

ROLL the bottle between your palms, instead of shaking it. Shaking just whips bubbles into the polish. Also, use only thin coats.

Why does my polish keep cracking?

Try applying a thin clear coat of polish every other night to avoid this.

My nails keep splitting in layers at the top, will eating gelatin and drinking milk help strengthen them?

No and no. These are just myths. Your fingernails are made of keratin, the same protein as hair. Have you ever seen conditioner brag that it has calcium in it? Probably not. What WILL help strengthen your nails is to avoid filing them as much as possible, and when you have to, file in one direction only. You know what happens if you keep bending a wire back and forth? The same thing happens to nails, just on a different level. Other tips… use gloves when washing dishes and doing other household chores. Keep exposure to harsh chemicals at a minimum, especially bleach.

People say that you need different moisturizers for your nails than for your hands…why?

Well, back to the protein thing again. Would you use hand cream on your hair? Unlikely. The fact is that your fingernails absorb water 100 times faster than your skin does…and they lose the moisture just as fast as they absorb it. So considering how much hand cream you need in the wintertime, think how thirsty your nails are, and recognize that they need just as must tenderness (if not more) than your hands do.

I work with food, so my hands are constantly in water. What can I do to keep my manicure nice?

I only see two choices really.

•Keep nails well-trimmed, and don’t wear polish to work (not even clear, it’ll just crack and peel).

•Get thee to a nail salon! In my opinion, acrylic is to fingernails what Godiva is to chocolate. Only nail enhancements will stand up to the beating your hands will take.

Why won’t nails grow?

Unless you have some type of medical condition that prevents it, your nails are growing. On average, your nails grow about 1/8 of an inch per month. The reason why most people’s nails don’t seem to grow is because they break before they see results. Many people bite their nails, rip them off, others tend to shed or peel. They best way to see results is to start a healthy nail program with your nail technician.

Will artificial nails keep my nails from growing crooked?

If your nails have always grown a certain way, they will continue to grow that way until you die or something changes your nail matrix (the “brain” of the nail). Nail enhancements can only “cover” your natural nail appearance, not change it.

What can you do about ridges in nails?

Actually, nothing. If you’ve always had them, you always will. If you never had them before and just started to notice them, one reason could be stress or simply the fact that you’re getting older. As we get older the nails on our hands & toes become ridged. In order to get a

smooth polish application just GENTLY buff the nail surface with a white block buffer, remove the dust, apply a ridgefiller base coat, two coats of polish, and finally a topcoat.

How can I help my dry skin and cuticles?

Moisturize, Rehydrate, Oil, Lotion… any chance you get! Keep a good quality hand cream with you always. Whenever you wash your hands, apply it. Also, use a good quality cuticle oil and gently rub into your cuticles twice a day. For really chapped hands & feet I recommend a nice dip in paraffin wax.

Should cuticles and calluses be cut?

NO!! Never cut your cuticles or cut your calluses. These are your bodies armor. The cuticle protects the nails from infection, and the calluses give you shock absorbers . When you cut them, they will

grow back thicker and harder, and possibly create an infection. The best way to care for your cuticles is to apply a good quality cuticle oil and gently push them back with a orangewood stick. You may carefully trim any hangnails or for best results, schedule a manicure with your nail technician.

What causes finger nail damage?

The nail can be damaged by nail-biting, scratching the nail folds, bad manicuring , or trauma such as slamming a finger in a car door. Damaged nails may appear ridged or cracked and broken. If they do not appear “normal” after about one year, then most likely the nail matrix has been damaged and the nail will never be normal again.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a hereditary disorder which most commonly affects the skin on the elbows, knees, face, and even the scalp with a rash like appearance. In the finger nails, psoriasis may appear as pits in the nail plate, or as the nail plate separating from the nail bed (onycholysis). Other symptoms include the nail loosing its normal luster, appearing discolored, or grossly thickening.

What is Paronychia?

Paronychia is an inflammation of the nail folds commonly caused by constant exposure to moisture. Exposure to bacteria or fungus can often cause a secondary infection accompanied by painful swelling of the nail fold. If the infection goes untreated for an extended period of time, the nail plate can become deformed. Paronychia can be treated by draining the infected nail fold, taking oral antibiotics, or using a topical antifungal or antiseptic lotion. If you have paronychia it’s best to avoid prolonged exposure to water (eg. washing dishes), or try wearing gloves.

What do Nails reveal about your health?

Take a look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy-looking? Or do you see ridges, or areas of unusual color or shape? The condition of your nails may offer clues to your general health. Illness

can cause changes in your nails that your doctor can use to develop a diagnose.

Here are a few nail disorders that may be linked with illnesses:

Beau’s lines — Indentations that run across your nail. This can appear when growth at the matrix (nail root) is disturbed by severe illness such as a heart attack, measles, or pneumonia.

Clubbing — Your fingertips widen and become round while the nails curve around your fingertips. Caused by enlargement in connective tissue as compensation for a chronic lack of oxygen. Lung disease is present in 80 percent of people who have clubbed fingers.

Half-and-Half (Lindsay’s nails) Look for an arc of brownish discoloration. May appear in a small percentage of people who have a kidney disorder.

Onycholysis (ON-i-ko-LY-sis) — The nail separates from the nail bed. Most of the time, this problem is associated with physical injury (trauma), psoriasis, drug reactions, fungal disease or contact dermatitis from using nail hardeners. Sometimes onycholysis can be related related to an over- or under-active thyroid gland, iron deficiency, or syphilis.

Spoon nails — Soft nails that look scooped out. Depression is usually large enough to hold a drop of liquid. This condition often indicates iron deficiency.

Terry’s nails — The nail looks opaque and white, but the nail tip has a dark pink to brown band. This can be a symptom of cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, adult-onset diabetes, cancer, or aging.

*Remember that the nail conditions described above are in no way deffinitive proof of a bigger health problem. Please consult with a medical professional for a realiable diagnosis.


Singer And Song Writer: Leona Lewis Share’s Break Up Feelings On Third Album

1 May

Leona Lewis is going all out for ­revenge by making her third album a venomous ode to ex-boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa.

I’m told the 2006 X Factor winner has been venting her anger over their split last August in some strong lyrics.

My source says: “Leona was with Lou for over ten years and things ended very badly.

“But what you live through makes you stronger, and Leona’s throwing all her emotion into the music she’s working on. She means business. This album needs to be daring and innovative.”

The star – who became an overnight household name after the release of her debut album Spirit – has co-penned a track called Trouble with ­songwriter Emeli Sande, and it seems all too ­evident that the song is about moving on from Lou.

The lyrics say: “You drink more than you used to, fell in love how could you?

“Trust your heart like only fools do, hold on let it bleed.

“You smoked 10 now it’s 20, bet you wish you’d never met me.

“To stick around you must be crazy, hold on let it bleed.

“I told you never to get used to me, I stay awake while you fall asleep.

“I’m a whole lot of trouble, we’re in a whole lot of trouble.

“You shout louder than you used to, and you hold on tighter in the ­bedroom.”

Music manager Lou has strong of words of his own. He tweeted last week: “Tired of being walked over… Same s**t has been going on now for over seven months. Silence is no longer golden.”

Ooooh, cryptic! But let’s face it, anger equals ­success in the charts nowadays. Most recently, Adele’s ­album – which was written after she was ditched by her boyfriend ­– has been a huge hit around the globe, reaching sales of two million in the UK alone.

It’s clear Leona’s latest album will be very different. As well as a collaboration with Ibiza dance king David Guetta and ­Beyonce’s former maestro Rico Love, she’s been working on a track called Mountains with former Blazin’ Squad members Flava (James Murray) and Mus (Mustafa Omer). How funny is that?

One person taking no chances on making the album a runaway success is label boss Simon Cowell. He’s already planning to give Miss Lewis a huge push, booking her to perform on the US version of X Factor ahead of Christmas.


Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure In A Bottle

16 Jan

Sally Hansen All-in-One Polish

THE CLAIM Think of it as five products—a keratin-and-amino-acid growth treatment (which fortifies and protects nails), a filling base coat, a strengthener, color and a quick-dry top coat—in one bottle.

Plus, it has an extra-wide brush for full coverage with one sweep.

THE EXPERT SAYS “Home manicures typically don’t last as long as professional ones because you rush through the coats and don’t let them dry completely,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Jin Soon Choi. “This eliminates that problem. I’ve even started using it at my spa.”

OUR VERDICT Our nails looked perfectly groomed in a flash. After four days of constant tapping on our keyboard (and occasional dish washing), the color was still glossy and chip-free.


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, $8

Sally Hansen Website



Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer In Shocking

26 Dec

The Nail Lacquer- Intense Nail Lacquer

Newest color in Shocking

Intense Nail Lacquer boasts a palette of seventeen sophisticated shades, adding intensity to the hands. The formulation combines the fullest and richest coverage with an imaginative palette of irresistible colours, from nude to provocative shades.

Slick, easy application and patent shine that glides effortlessly. The palette focuses on high pearl and colour intensity offering long-lasting, beaming colour.

Pat McGrath: “The resurgence of more intense nail colours provides the opportunity for experimentation. My favorite is to create a French manicure using two intense shades. You could try painting the nails with ‘Dahlia’ then using ‘Gold’ or ‘Stromboli’ just at the tips.”

Price Point: $20

Summary: Don’t get us wrong, we love trendy shades as much as the next girl. But when summer comes around, there’s something undeniably sexy about a classic fuchsia pedicure. This fresh hue, out this May and now part of the permanent collection, is rich, ultra-shiny and surprisingly chip-resistant—even after many a flip flop day.

Take A Sneak Peak At Chanel Make Up Line Spring 2011

15 Nov

Here is the preview of their Chanel Spring 2011 makeup collection. These were the products used for their Spring/Summer 2011  Ready-To-Wear Collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Chanel is a name with resonance in the beauty and cosmetics industry as well as fashion, and this is underlined with every single makeup collection revealed by Chanel.

The beauty of the iridescent reflections of the pearls has been transposed into the new Chanel spring 2011 makeup collection and this has made us fall in love with each and every item of the collection.

I am so excited and a huge fan of such a classic brand as Chanel. I am a lover of the Chanel Make Up Line and fashion industry. I totally cannot wait for the Spring 2011 line to become available to the world!

Chanel makeup has many beautiful color’s as well sophisticated packaging that Chanel brand is known for.

You do pay more. However, you do get what you pay for. Chanel brand’s are so worth it if you love quality and the classic craftsmanship they but forth into there products.

Chanel by far is just so nice on the skin. The color’s are so magnificent. Check out Chanel color’s and products at their online store, or stop into your nearest Chanel store or mall department store’s.

Some of the products used:

  • An emerald tinged onyx black shade from the Regard Pearl eyeshadow quad
  • Le Crayon Kohl eyliner in black
  • Poudre Lumiere Perlee (a finishing powder with a touch of shimmer)
  • Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Boy (a rosy pink)
  • Hair part line is made with L’Ecriture de Chanel (liquid pen liner)
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiegle
  • Le Crayon Sourcils (new product)
  • On toes, Le Vernis polish in Pearl Drop

“Karl Lagerfeld showed me a sketch he had drawn of a girl with smoky eyes, so it was clear that we would put the focus on the eyes for this show. The inspiration for the color came from the black-white-green French garden that was recreated in the Grand Palais, from the glow that we can find in black, grey and white pearls, and the enamel that Karl integrated into the costume jewelry. I created deep, dark smoky eyes on a luminous fresh face with tinted, dewy lips. Nails were graphic and strong, and a thin black line was drawn in the hair.” – Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup



Peter Philips: Global Creative Director/Chanel Makeup

Reverse Manicure Trend: How To Achieve The Look

10 Nov

First choose the color’s of your liking!

If you want this manicure, it’s really easy –

First do your nails with the khaki or taupe color (which you can mix yourself by following these instructions) and then go in gently with the top coat, which is actually a deep purple and not a black.

The manicure won’t work if you use a dark color with sparkles, so be sure to get something very plain and opaque.

I attached a video so that you can create your own reverse manicure with the color’s that you choose.

Remember have fun. Dare to be different and stand out from the crowd. With this look you definitely will make a statement!

What Is The Secret Behind Victoria Secret

20 Oct

Through out the years many have been curious about what is the secret behind Victoria Secret.

Men fantasized that maybe it’s because the hot lingerie is hiding something secretive that they would love to expose.

Many women thought that the person behind this great empire had to be a great woman, but the truth behind Victoria Secret is that was created by a man.

The founder of Victoria Secret was  a man named Roy Raymond in 1977 in San Francisco, California.

Roy Raymond’s amazing idea came forth as he sat uncomfortably in a lingerie store while waiting for his wife. His idea was to formulate a place where men can shop without feeling uncomfortable.

Victoria Secret was designed in an environment of trying to make men feel comfortable while shopping for their ladies.

The design of the stores came with features such as wood-paneled walls and Victorian details.

The creator Roy Raymond felt this would give men an opportunity to feel comfortable while shopping for seductive lingerie for their girlfriends or wives.

You would not find racks or shelves of Victoria Secret lingerie, but more of a simple yet unique form of putting bras and panties on display.

The lingerie was placed together in single styles and mounted on the wall in frames.

The first store was opened in Stanford Shopping Center and followed with 3 other stores and a mail order catalog.

Just after 5 years Roy Raymond sold Victoria Secret to the Limited in 1982.

Victoria Secret`s is known for their elegant yet beautiful Angels.

Victoria Secret Angels bring sexy and confidence down the runway. Fashion shows are always enticing where you get to see all of your favorite Angels.

Being one of the top sales person’s for the Seattle store that I worked at my experience working for the retailer was pretty amazing.

I understand what the brand is about and can appreciate the products that  we come to love as some of our must haves over the years.

I learned and understand the technology that goes into every bra and panty that is part of the brand.

The various sensuous fabrics. Amazing details that go into every bra and panty. You can’t help but love the  beautiful designs that are put into ever part of the line. You admire the perfect balance of colors.

It also provides the perfect balance of styles, shape and lift sizes to every body type.

The invisible technology that allows every woman to look more flattering in their clothing.  Besides who loves those nasty panty lines and bra lines that shows up through the clothing we wear.

The invisible technology gives the everyday woman a more desired look. Which then leave’s her feeling good, looking good and walking away feeling sexier then ever.

That was my experience working in the Northwest Seattle store in Kirkland Washington.

The make up line and hair line are quite incredible and we can not forget the fragrance line as well that the store provides for their lingerie line that they provide to each and every client.

I actually always called my store and every Victoria Secret Store out there and we cannot forget the online store. “The one stop shop!” It provides everything under one roof! Making your shopping experience a more pleasurable one.

Lastly, most women who buy the brand don’t realize that if you have a problem with any bra strap or unraveling the company is really good about giving you new straps or even replacing it if not out of a certain time period of course.

So the next time you are in your nearest Victoria Secret store or online you will understand the brand and come to appreciate it.

The secret is…. It was owned and started by a man!  Although he sold it. We have to always remember how it got started being that history is history for a reason.

My staple product’s from the store is the push up bra’s and the invisible lace panties. I love the way they feel on my skin. I love the amazing fabric they use to give a sexy yet feminine look to my lingerie.

I respect the technology that goes into every bra never leaving me looking bad under my clothes.

Lastly, I love the comfortable panties that were created with invisible line technology that was created for a no show look.

For those that don’t realize that the body sprays were created for layering. So your fragrance last throughout  the whole day. Without having to constantly spray spray spray.

Leaving you empty before you get started. So the body lotion and body spray go hand in hand for a reason.

Now for those that never shopped online or had a clue they had a website now you do!

The many reason’s why I call it the “One Stop Shop!” They provide and amazing collection of clothing from casual all the way to business, and for those who need something fancy for a nice time out.

You cannot forget their amazing bathing suit line that has become very popular in recent years.

How about their coats and shoes. I mean they sometimes are to die for! I do anything to get those kind of shoes! They came together with many other popular brands and designers. To show case their personal designs as well.

I hope you enjoyed my outlook with a little bit of history and job experience down to personally loving the brand as my favorite store of all time! I no longer work for the brand and I haven’t for a couple of years now.

I hope my post has allowed you to understand and appreciate the brand a little bit easier. For those that don’t have time to shop. Why not visit your online store instead.

Now with help understanding the brand a little bit better it should allow for a more pleasurable shopping experience.

What are some of the things you love and can’t live without?

We all have at least one thing that we love from this brand! So no excuse that you can’t fit the clothing sizes. Which was many of the excuse’s I got while working for Victoria Secret for some it may hold true but there is always something for you regardless.

That’s where the beauty side of the store come’s into play. The fragrance, hair care line, right down to the beautiful make up designed by the Victoria Secret Model’s personally. The glamour you want right down to the shades you need!

This brand makes great stocking stuffer’s as well as great gift’s for many to enjoy!

However, the fragrance part of the store is for everyone no matter what walk of life you come from. You cannot put a size on fragrance.

Everyone loves to smell nice at least I hope!

Victoria Secret

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