Next time you’re getting a manicure, skip the soak! Seems like a silly move because this part softens your cuticles, but when soaking in warm water, your nails expand. After being painted they gradually shrink back down to size and your manicure is more likely to chip! If you simply can’t go without the soaking step, opt for cold water instead!
If you love nail art you have to master this simple and uber cute one! Step 1 – paint nails white. Step 2 – paint black triangular border. If you don’t have a steady hand, you can apply tiny triangles of painter’s tape on each nail. Step 3 – Add two black dots as buttons in the small point of the triangle. If you don’t have a dotting tool, use our at home dotting tool tutorial to create one. Step 4 – draw a small bow in the large end of the triangle. The best way to do this is with a dotting tool. Draw an x and then fill it in.
That’s right! I want you to literally feed your nails the nutrients they need to grow faster and stronger. The only thing worse than un-manicured hands are unattractive un-manicured hands! My mom always told me not to judge people by their nail beds, but I just can’t help it!
Follow these steps to keep your fingernails at their full potential:
1. What you eat: eating healthy foods that are rich in protein do good for more than just your body. They help your hair and nails grow stronger and prevent breakage. Try to add foods into your diet including avocados, salmon, and nuts.
2. Pamper them: it may make you feel like a diva, but you deserve it! Use gloves when washing dishes and cleaning up around the house. Cleaning supplies and dish soap break down your nails and make them weaker and prone to breaking. When you type away on any of the many keyboards you use, press with the pads of your fingers instead of the top of your nails. These tips will make your manicures last longer too!
3. Trim often: Some of us have trouble growing our nails so we let them grow in however they please and refuse to trim them. Those uneven edges end up snagging more often and you end up with broken nails that are shorter than they would have been if you just filed them down!
4. Moisturize: it is important to apply oils to your cuticles and nails. If you let them dry out, you’re even more prone to breakage. If you don’t have professional cuticle oil, you can always use some good old EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).
5. Apply a nail hardener: seems like a no brainer, but this clear, simple step is often skipped when manicuring. Lots of nail hardeners double as base or top coats, it is just a matter of preference, and guess what?! They actually work!
If you’re envious of the gorgeous beach waves that walk the red carpet, join the club! Almost all beachy wave hair tutorials tell you do use a sea-salt spray. Here is our favorite recipe for one that is super simple and gives you a Hollywood look! You will need: a clean spray bottle, 1 cup of water, 1 tsp of sea salt, 1 tsp of hair gel (you can steal your boyfriend’s for extra hold), and 4 drops of essential oil. The last ingredient is optional, but will add scent to your mixture.
Mix the above ingredients in your spray bottle and spritz onto damp hair. Scrunch up each piece you spray. Pair this look with a nice Sunless Tanner and you’ll look like you spent the day on the beach!
As if suffering from acne isn’t hard enough, we also run the risk of developing acne scars. These three simple techniques can help to prevent and reduce the appearance of those dreadful resulting imperfections.
1. Exfoliate. I probably sound like a broken record, but exfoliating is an extremely important, and often skipped step in skin care. Exfoliating removes dead skin and dirt that cleansers often miss. Skipping this step leads to more constant breakouts and ultimately, a higher risk for scars. I personally recommend a Clarisonic. If your scars are painful, you may want to stick to a sensitive brush head.
2. Facials. The only way to benefit from facials is to get the regularly! After an intense week of workouts, treat yourself to a facial instead of rewarding yourself with dinner at a nice restaurant. You’ll be giving yourself positive for your hard work instead of reverting yourself back to where you started. If you don’t want to splurge at the spa, you can use an at home spa kit to achieve the same result. Facialists do have access to more tools, but there is a lot that we can achieve in the comfort of our own home. Or, you can switch off between at home facials, and spa facials to save your wallet.
3. Masks. Skin masks can help to heal acne scars. Look for a mask rich in Kojic acid. This ingredient helps to even the skin color and treat hyperpigmentation.
I’m obviously obsessed with beauty products and I’m not ashamed to say it – but I am also a fitness buff and fully understand and recognize the power of the natural ingredients we all have access to. So many of the delicious & nutritious things we include in our diet can also be used to make us more beautiful too! Here are a few of my favorite hair masks using all natural ingredients you can get at any grocery store!
1. Banana & Avocado: YES we are obsessed with avocados! Mash a ripe avocado and ripe banana and mix well. Apply an even layer to clean, dry hair and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and condition as usual. Your locks will be moist & shiny when you’re done! Plus, this mixture smells delicious!
2. Honey & Olive Oil: Sounds like the beginning of a salad dressing recipe – but this combo does wonders for your tresses! Combine equal parts of the two and apply from roots to tips. Secure hair in a shower cap and let it sit for 45 minutes. Shampoo lightly and condition normally afterwards. Your hair will be silky & shiny when you’re done!
3. Thyme Treatment: If you suffer from dandruff, try this – boil 8 sprigs of fresh thyme in 2 cups of water. Once rapidly boiling remove from heat and let cool. Strain and massage the leaves into your scalp. Rinse and repeat with leftover mixture in a couple days. This is a natural way to fight flakes!
If keeping up with the Summer Beauty Trends has been breaking the bank, save on highlighting your hair this month by using the age old lemon juice technique! This may not give you the most predictable, and professional look, but if you have wavy or curly hair it can provide gorgeous and natural looking streaks! Here’s what you do:
- Squeeze a few lemons into a bowl, strain seeds out. The amount of lemons to use depends on the length and amount of hair you want to highlight.
- Pour lemon juice into a clean spray bottle.
- Section out the pieces you want to highlight and start spritzing!
- Once you have the desired amount of juice on your hair, step outside and soak up some UV rays for 30 minutes.
Caution: be extremely careful not to get any citrus on your hands or face. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying juice or you run the risk of getting phytophotodermatitis! And we can’t leave out the part where we remind you to apply sunscreen too!
After 30 minutes, head back inside and wash your hair normally. Be sure to use a deep conditioner to add the moisture back in that the sun and lemon juice has stripped. Enjoy your new look!
The secret to getting rid of unwanted pimples has been sitting in your medicine cabinet for years and you didn’t even know it! Next time you wake up to a little red friend, follow these steps for your homemade acne spot treatment.
- Drop an Aspirin tablet in a small dish with water.
- When the tablet dissolves completely spread a thin layer of the white paste onto the problem area and let it dry.
- Once the paste is dry, rinse off and pat face dry with a clean towel.
Your unwanted blemish is now drastically reduced in redness and inflammation.
Now leave it alone!
P.S. Always remember to wash your hands before touching your face to avoid transferring bacteria.
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Want a narrower, more defined nose? Forget surgery and learn how to master the art of contouring!
- Using a small angled brush apply the contouring color starting from the beginning of the brow. Drag it downward to the side of the nose and all the way to the tip.
- Blend with a fluffy brush until there are no harsh edges.
- Apply the highlighting color down the bridge of your nose to make it really pop and blend out.