Saturday, June 27, 2015

Give Your Nails A Break From Gel Manicures!

Gel manicures...they look so good but they come at a cost to your natural nails. If you’re a devoted gel-manicure enthusiast, there’s probably very little we can say to dissuade you from your bi-monthly appointments. But have you ever wondered why even a single treatment can leave your tips feeling scraggly and paper-thin?

Well, scientists aren’t exactly sure why gel manis wreck nails more than regular polishes do. Here’s what they do know: With the help of UV light, gel lacquers adhere to the nail beds stronger than traditional versions. This likely isn’t a problem in and of itself. But a gel mani requires a 10-minute — no more, no less — acetone soak to loosen that bond. “Acetone desiccates nails, leaving them brittle and prone to peeling,” says Chris Adigun, MD, a dermatologist and nail specialist in North Carolina. (A 2012 study used ultrasound to conclude that gel manicures did, in fact, cause thinning. It just didn’t figure out exactly why.)

What’s more is that sometimes, nail technicians — or, um, customers who idly peel off their polish — don’t give the acetone a full 10 minutes, and use gritty files or sanders to scrape off the product. “These methods cause tremendous, and sometimes irreversible, damage to the nail bed and cuticle matrix,” says Dana Stern, MD, a dermatologist and nail specialist in New York City. And if your nails are thin to begin with, they’re that much more vulnerable. Gel polish should come off easily after soaking — at most, your manicurist should use the gentle prodding of an orange-wood stick. 

Both doctors recommend taking weeklong breaks from gel-manicures, at least once every eight weeks. This serves two purposes: “First, you can make sure there are no signs of infection, onycholysis (separation of the nail from the nail bed), or brown or red bands, which are precursors to tumors,” says Dr. Adigun. Secondly, you get a chance to rehydrate and repair nails, says Dr. Stern. Smooth on a creamy moisturizer loaded with hydrators like Diva's Secret Nail Cream, and drench cuticles with quenching oils, like ReNew Nail Therapy Oil. A nutrient-rich basecoat, like Tuff-Tips Nail Strengthener, can also help rebuild any of the compromised structure of your nail bed. 

Bottom line: Gel manicures are convenient, long-lasting, and chic. But they can also dry and damage the hell out of your nails. And because pretty nails are also healthy nails, taking a break once in a while is definitely worth considering. If nothing else will convince you, consider this: No-polish nails happen to be very on-trend right now. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to get that healthy sun kissed glow!

All You Ever Need To Know About Applying Bronzer!

Woman Applying BronzerThe goal is to look bronzed, not muddy. In theory, bronzers are a great invention. They’re perfect if you’re looking to add some color to your pale complexion, but don’t want to try fake tan and end up looking like an orange Oompa Loompa. Plus, if you make a mistake, you can just wash bronzer off. Unfortunately, bronzing mishaps can be a common occurrence. Too much product, or a dab in the wrong spot, and you can wind up looking like you rolled around in the dirt–which is no better than being stained pumpkin orange from self tan. Luckily, with a few easy tips, you’ll be able to master bronzer and fake a sun-kissed glow all year long.
Tap off that bronzing brush, and take a look at these hacks on how to apply bronzer correctly:
Model on blue background.Before you can go all fancy with contouring, start simple, and just focus on your cheeks.
Where To Apply BronzerThis is a great infographic for where to apply bronzer to your entire face–and neck. Who else has completely forgotten their neck? Oops.
Pick The Right BrushSelecting the right makeup brush, is crucial for a flawless application. Hint: The one the bronzer came with is NOT the right one.
How To Apply BronzerThis is how you sweep on your bronzing powder using your correct brush.
Bronzer For Different Face ShapesHave you ever considered your face shape when applying bronzer? Apparently you should. Unless you have an oval face, in which case I guess you don’t need bronzer at all.
Blush vs. BronzerA rookie mistake is thinking you apply bronzer to the same spots you would wear your blush. Don’t fall for it.
Mixing Bronzer FinishesChoosing the right texture is as important as choosing the right shade. Then you have to make sure you apply it in the right spot. Don’t forget about your collarbones too.
Bronzer ContouringHere’s contouring 101. Start off with mastering one feature and remember to blend, blend, blend.
Blush, Bronzer And HighlightYou know that blush and bronzer don’t go in the same spots, so here’s how to wear them together–with highlighter.
Use It As An EyeshadowWho doesn’t love a money-saving idea? Plus, a bronzer might be the best brown eyeshadow for the no makeup look.
11. Easy Glow
Easy GlowIf you’re terrified of self tanners for your face, this is a commitment-free option. And if it looks terrible, you can just wash it off.
How To Fix A Broken BronzerYou’ll never have to throw out that bronzer you smashed on the floor again. Here’s how to repair it.
ContourYou’ve mastered the basics, now it’s time to use liquid bronzer and highlighter to contour. Start chiselling those cheekbones.
Kim Kardashian ContourIf there’s one thing I want of Kim Kardashian’ss, other than her billions, it’s how to get her contoured complexion. Now I know the secret, to her perfect complexion at least.

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