5 Simple Ways to Break Your Nail-Biting Habit

(Image Credit: Freddie Peña)

(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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Quirky Item of the Week: Del Sol Color Changing Nail Polish

(Image Credit: Del Sol)

(Image Credit: Del Sol)

I wouldn’t consider myself a girly-girl. I don’t know how to style my hair, I very rarely wear make-up and my inner fashionista is probably a 12-year-old boy. But regardless of my sometimes questionable outfits, there is one girly-girl perk I can’t get enough of, and that’s nail polish. Continue reading

Tips to Achieve Stronger, Longer Nails

(Image Credit: Holly Williams)

(Image Credit: Holly Williams)

Strong, long, beautiful nails are on many of our wish lists. They make simple tasks, like opening a package, easier, are more fun to paint and make us feel glamorous. If you’re one of the less fortunate when it comes to nail length and strength, fear not! We have tips and tricks to help you get those long, lovely nails about which you’ve been dreaming. Continue reading

(Image Credit: Freddie Peña)

5 Simple Ways to Break Your Nail-Biting Habit

(Image Credit: Freddie Peña)

(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!

(Image Credit: Valua Vitaly)

(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

Revlon Parfumerie Collection (Image Credit: Revlon)

Would You…Try Scented Nail Polish?

Revlon Parfumerie Collection (Image Credit: Revlon)

Revlon Parfumerie Collection (Image Credit: Revlon)

The past couple of years have brought us hot nail art trends ranging from something as simple as a glittery accent nail to more complex patterns of geometric shapes and symbols. 2014, however, has so far been all about something a little bit different as cosmetic brands big and small have started experimenting in the world of scented nail polish. Continue reading

Clear Nail Polish (Image Credit: Danielle Scott)

5 Curious Uses for Clear Nail Polish

Clear Nail Polish (Image Credit: Danielle Scott)

Clear Nail Polish (Image Credit: Danielle Scott)

I’m a funky nail polish kind of girl. I’ll wear just about any color under the sun, as long as I can’t see my natural nails through the paint (oh, the horror). Nope – unless it’s serving as a topcoat for a midnight blue or a sea foam green, clear nail polish does not touch my fingertips, thus taking forever to use up a bottle.   So, for all those who have had the same bottle of clear polish sitting idle on a shelf for years, here are five clever uses for clear nail polish. Continue reading

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Summertime Purse Essentials: What you should be carrying!

Purse (Image Credit: Robert Bejil)

Purse (Image Credit: Robert Bejil)

With summertime headed our way it’s time to reevaluate the “essentials” we carry in our purse. Plus, who doesn’t want an excuse to start looking for some new lip balm, moisturizer, and maybe even a bold nail polish? As we head into the next warm season, I’ve got a list of summertime purse essentials to keep you calm, cool, and…glamorous. 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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Sephora Crystal Nail File (Image Credit: Sephora)

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

Cosmetic Brands that Give Back

Cosmetic Brands that Give Back

Cosmetics can be a fun outlet of expression, a way to unwind and a part of your daily routine. But what if, with a stroke of a mascara brush or the indulgence of your brand new lipstick, you could make a difference? The following are cosmetic brands that do just that! The brands below are dedicated to making an impact on the world through donations and partnerships with different charitable organizations. Read on to find out more about cosmetic brands that give back. Continue reading

Crayola Mini Nail Polish Set (Image Credit: Fred Flare)

Quirky Item of the Week: Crayola Mini Nail Polish Set

Crayola Mini Nail Polish Set (Image Credit: Fred Flare)

Crayola Mini Nail Polish Set (Image Credit: Fred Flare)

I was one of those kids who had to have the biggest box of Crayola Crayons possible. It didn’t matter to eight-year-old me how impractical it was to lug around the shoddy cardboard box with the flip cover that never stayed shut or how many crayon scraps the sharpener on the back spewed into my desk and book bag. The more colors the better- to hell with the consequences. That being said, It should be no surprise I practically jumped up and down with childish glee when I first saw this  Crayola Mini Nail Polish Set available on Fred Flare. Continue reading

5 (Budget Friendly) Summer Beauty Essentials

Budget Summer Beauty

Summer is my favourite season of the year and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way! This year in England we’ve been having more of a “real” summer so far and as the shorts and dresses have come out, so have lots of summery cosmetics. Here are the five essential summer beauty products that you should add to you must haves list this season.

With the heat wave weather, it’s key to have a nice, refreshing fragrance. Body Shop’s Body Mists are really good. They are “gentle and refreshing” and come in “fruity, zesty, floral and even nutty fragrances.” There is a variety of choice to choose from. The fragrances are coconut, strawberry, vanilla, satsuma, mango, pink grapefruit, shea, brazil and moringa. Give them a try and you will smell fantastic all day!

BB creams seem to be very popular at the moment with most brands having one. I decided to try Maybelline since I think it’s a really wonderful brand and their foundations are amazing. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream, which is for oily skin, is very good find. It is an 8-in-1 BB Cream that helps conceal redness, contains SPF 15, is oil free, hydrates, mattifies, targets blackheads, smoothes and evens skin tone.

Even if you enjoy the sun it may not be your friend. If you don’t tan easily like me, a good solution to look more colourful is to use Rimmel London Natural Bronzer. The natural bronzer adds a nice shine and the velvet soft texture adds a natural bronzed look. It gives a natural warm sun-kissed glow and lasts a long time.

Another great summery beauty product is lip gloss!  Model Co Lip Glosses are amazing, but also practical. Each lip gloss has a mirror on it so that you don’t need to go to bathroom to re-apply. The lip gloss smells amazing and nearly edible.

To finish of off my essential summer beauty products list, I have to mention Accessorize’s pale nail varnish. Pale nail varnish colours are very stylish at the moment and go with most outfits. Accessorize has various shades of pale varnish pale blue, pink, yellow, orange and purple, and they’re all reasonable priced!

So those are my five essential summer beauty products, what are yours?

 


Shopping Links

Shiny lip gloss
beautybar.com

Maybelline makeup
$20 – nelly.com

Rimmel
$8.68 – asos.com

The body shop
thebodyshop-usa.com

Nail polish
$4.58 – superdrug.com

Add a dash of olive oil to your beauty routine!

Olive Oil (Image Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Olive Oil (Image Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Olive oil is a centuries old staple in the kitchen- but should it become a staple in your beauty routine? The same oil you use to stir-fry can actually help you look more beautiful. Olive oil can do wonders for your skin, hair and nails. According to The Olive Oil Source, olive oil is full of antioxidants that help repair skin damage and combat free radicals. It might seem a bit weird at first to add olive oil into your realm of beauty products, but once you do you will wonder why you never tried it in the first place! Continue reading