We Put Essie’s New Gel Couture Nail Polish Line to the Test!

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Raise your hand if you’re like me and spend way too much money on mani-pedis every other week! I was sick of spending so much time and money on getting my nails done just to have them start chipping off two days later, so I decided Essie’s new Gel Couture polish might be worth a shot! I have to admit that before I even bought the new line of polish I had pretty much already come to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to work and I would be back at the nail salon in three days. Thinking back on every other drugstore nail polish I’ve ever purchased that claimed to last more than 14 days, I couldn’t actually think of one that lasted a full day, never mind two whole weeks!

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5 Simple Ways to Break Your Nail-Biting Habit

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(Image Credit: Freddie Peña)

Although it is the most common nervous habit, nail biting is actually a bigger problem than it seems at first glance. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also pose several health risks due to damage to teeth and nail beds. Continue reading

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How to get a perfect at-home manicure!

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(Image Credit: Valua Vitaly)

Everyone enjoys getting pampered here and there, and who doesn’t want nice looking nails? Manicures are a great way to relax and clean up your not-so-neat looking hands, but they can also be expensive. If you don’t feel like handing over that hard-earned 20 for someone to put polish on your nails, follow these steps to get that salon finish at home. Continue reading

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Five ways to salvage a smudged mani!

Neon Nails (Image Credit: Katya Zoom)

Neon Nails (Image Credit: Katya Zoom)

We’ve all had this moment: You just got your nails done and then suddenly that perfect glossy finish gets smudged. Ahhh! How? When you get your nails done the topcoat may appear and even feel dry, but the coats of polish underneath are not dry. Cue the dreaded smudge. So what do you do? Taking off all that pretty polish is simply out of the question. Lucky for you, here are five no-fail ways to salvage a smudged manicure…

  1. There’s the obvious tried-and-true way. Try taking a dab of nail polish remover and lightly smoothing it over the smudged nail. This will even out the surface of the smudge. Then, paint one coat of polish over the nail, and let it set. Finish with a clear topcoat, and your smudged nail will be good as new! The only downsides to this method are that you need to have the same polish color in your repertoire at home and allow for drying time.
  1. Put that nail file to work. If your smudge is towards the tip of your nail or the polish starts to chip and crack a few days after your manicure—file those nails down. By simply using a nail file to neatly buff away cracks and smudges, the rest of your nail will be left untouched, and your nails will look neat and clean after a good filing.
  1. Just lick it. What? Weird, I know. I haven’t tried it myself, but according to Women’s Health if you give your smudged nail a little lick and use your finger to smooth the smudged area it will do the trick. Don’t knock it before your try it! A little spit may be your easiest mani fix.
  1. Prone to smudges? Try glitter polish. Next time you’re picking out the color for your manicure, top it off with a glittery, shimmery topcoat. Brands like Essie, Sally Hansen and O.P.I. (try Liquid Sand!) have many color and texture options to choose from. It will be much harder to see smudges and marks with a textured topcoat on your nails. And bonus: these types of topcoats tend to last longer, so your mani won’t chip or appear smudged.
  1. Repair the smudge with a special polish. Spend a little money on a bottle of Nutra Nail Instant Smudge Repair. Simply brush a coat of this clear smudge-correcting polish over your nail and voila! Your nail will look much better than before. You can find Nutra Nail at most drugstores like Walgreens or buy a bottle on Amazon. Having a smudge-saving polish like this in your bathroom cabinet is guaranteed to come in handy.

With these five tips and tricks you are now prepared to salvage any smudges or cracks that come between your nails and that perfect nail polish shine. To better prevent after-mani smudges, try running your nails under icy cold water to make sure the polish underneath that quick-dry topcoat has set. Say hello to a beautiful and shiny smudge-free mani!

 


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Quirky Item of the Week: Sephora Crystal Nail Files

Sephora Crystal Nail File (Image Credit: Sephora)

Sephora Crystal Nail File (Image Credit: Sephora)

In keeping with my New Years Resolution to be a more conscious consumer, I’ve been using this crystal nail file from Sephora. Not only is it washable, but also, it doesn’t wear down after one use like most disposable files, which are wasteful and ultimately wind up in a landfill somewhere. This handy dandy crystal nail file is durable enough to last you years. Not only that, but it’s adorable, and comes with a matching case that you can easily pop into your purse, should you need to do any emergency filing throughout the day. Continue reading

Hot Nail Trends for Summer!

Orange Nails (Image Credit: Iryna Yeroshko)

Orange Nails (Image Credit: Iryna Yeroshko)

Believe it or not, this summer orange is the new pink! From pale orange sherbet to bright tangerine, there is a perfect shade of orange out there for everyone this summer. Even if you aren’t typically a fan of the color, be bold and give it a try. It may surprise you! Orange often looks great with summer bronzed skin and is a fun way to add some flash to your look, but if you just can’t bring yourself to give it a shot or you’re not sure it will work out in the work place, coral is a perfect middleman. Continue reading

Beauty Review: Barry M Textured Nail Polish

Barry M Textured Nail Varnish (Image Credit: Abigail Brown)

Barry M Textured Nail Varnish (Image Credit: Abigail Brown)

Barry M is one of the most innovative nail varnish brands around at the moment. They are constantly coming up with new and interesting nail varnishes that are like nothing else on the market. Their various styles are what make the brand so popular and the variety of colours/types cater to just about everyone’s tastes. They have Magnetic nail varnish, Gelly Nail paint, foil nail effects, nail art pens in a variety of colours (pink, white, black, silver), instant nail effects, crackle and Chameleon nail paint. Continue reading

Fairy Lights Nail Manicure Tutorial by Small Good Things

Fairy Lights Nail Manicure Tutorial by Small Good Things

My artistic talents are limited, but I seem to have a flair for fancy manicures. I’m always on the look out for fun new designs and this one by Small Good Things caught my eye right away. The alternating nail color is completely on trend, but what I really liked about it was the adorable “fairy lights” design. The draped dots are reminiscent of the kind of decorative lights one would find lighting up the night in a whimsical garden and I absolutely love that sweet touch. The dripping paint look of the darker color is also a fun look and when you put all three design aspects together you get a delightful and fun manicure.
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Simple Triangles Nail Tutorial by The Dainty Squid

I am not the best at giving myself manicures. My hands tend to shake at the worst possible times and sometimes it seems I get more polish on my fingers than nails. Lucky for me (and all of the other nail polish challenged out there) awesome sites like The Dainty Squid keep coming up with simple ways to give yourself impressive manicures with easy fool proof methods.  Continue reading

Candy Corn Manicure Tutorial by Julie Ann Art

I wish Halloween was a month long occasion filled with multiple costumes and bath tubs full of candy corn. Since that probably will not be happening any time soon, I like to find ways to celebrate my Halloween spirit and my love of candy corn in a more socially appropriate way all month long. This adorable Candy Corn Manicure by Julie Ann Art is the perfect solution!

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Beauty: Nail It!

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Not sure if you have noticed by now or not, but nail polish is evolving. I love manicures because they are a fun and easy way to add a little something extra to your look, whether you pamper yourself and get them done or save some money and do it yourself. Color is a great way to express yourself and pretty much anything goes when it comes to your nails. It is a safe place to experiment because it is not permanent. Even if you stick to the “old school” nail polish, you have so many colors to choose from including glitter, sparkles, and sprinkles in the bottle. Continue reading

Cupcake Manicure Tutorial by Syl and Sam

Syl and Sam is a super cool blog, featuring  fashion and style, run by Canadian sisters Sylvia and Sam. Their deliciously wonderful Cupcake Nails Tutorial left us drooling and we’re super thrilled they agreed to let us share it with you!

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DIY Easy French Manicure via Studs and Pearls

I don’t know about you, but I have an incredibly difficult time painting nice, neat, and equally sized lines when I try to do at home french manicures. Usually I get so frustrated about half way through that I whip out the remover and forget the whole thing. When I saw this post from Kirsten at Studs and Pearls, I was thrilled to see this simple and excellent solution to getting the perfect french manicure! Kirsten was kind enough to let us share her DIY here with you!

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