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Friday, January 28, 2022

Different types of nail files

January 28, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


As we all know, a nail file is a tool used to gently grind down and shape the edges of nails. Nail files may be emery boards, ceramic, glass, crystal, plain metal files or metal files coated with corundum. The surface of a nail file is referred to as its grit. The smaller the grit number is, the coarser a nail file is and vice versa. I’ve put together a list of nail file types available to help you select the best nail file for your nails.


getting a manicure


Emery board

Emery boards are the most accessible nail files. Their biggest downfall is that they cannot be cleaned as their base is cardboard. Emery boards are available with different grit sizes. The coarser side is used to file down the nails, whereas the finer side is used to shape them.


Double-sided nail file

These nail files have two grits, a lower and a higher grit. A double-sided emery board with a 180/240 grit, is strong enough to remove length but will not damage your nails. Anything less than 180 grit could damage your nails. 


Ceramic /Glass / Crystal nail file

A ceramic/glass/crystal nail file is the ideal file to use to smooth down your nails. These files can be cleaned, making them the most hygienic. Note that a lower grit nail file is still necessary to file down nails.


Metal nail file

The metal nail file comes in most manicure sets and is easily available. However, it is not ideal for natural nails. The low grit can be damaging, as it can weaken and cause splintering. It can be used on acrylic nails, though.


Buffing block

A buffing block usually has four different grits ranging from low grit to file nails and an extremely high grit to polish your nails. Buffer blocks are very versatile because they can smooth out ridges, make your nails look shiny and even polish them.



Remember never to file your nails back and forth as it will weaken the nails. 



Monday, October 04, 2021

Eleven (11) tips to stop your nail polish from chipping

October 04, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


We've all had it happen: after perfecting our manicure, we look down and realize our nail polish has chipped. It's frustrating and annoying to see all that hard work go to waste.


While many of us may blame nail polish formulas, the problem could actually be the application technique. With these simple tricks, you can extend the life of your manicure and prevent chips.


woman painting her nails red

  1. Always wipe each nail with remover before applying polish. Then wash your hands with soap and water to get rid of any remaining oil.
  2. Do not file your nails in different directions. If you're treating your nail file like a saw, you're making your nails more prone to peeling and breakage. 
  3. Buff your nails. This will remove any residue and get rid of ridges.
  4. Apply a base coat. Polish will adhere best to nails prepped with a base coat. Not only does a basecoat protect your nails from stains, but it also fills ridges and strengthens nails.
  5. Do not shake the bottle. Simply roll your nail polish bottle between the palms of your hands. If you shake the bottle, you’re more likely to get air bubbles on application.
  6. Apply your nail polish in thin layers. Thinner coats have a lower risk of smudging than thick coats. If the first layer is streaky, do not worry, this can be covered up with your second layer.
  7. Seal the tip of your nail.  Once you’ve painted your nailbed, drag some polish horizontally across the top edge of your nail. This will seal the polish, making it less likely to chip.
  8. Ensure that you let each layer dry before you apply the next. If you're not waiting at least a couple of minutes before applying another coat, you're not giving the solvents in the polish enough time to evaporate.
  9. Apply a topcoat. Topcoats extend the life of your manicure. Brush the topcoat on and around the edges of nails as well.
  10. Allow proper drying time. After about 45 minutes of drying time, submerge your nails in cold water, then apply lotion. This allows for a slippery surface until nails are completely dry.
  11. Keep a topcoat handy. Reapplying a topcoat every two to three days will help your manicure last longer.

I hope you find these tips helpful!



Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Six (6) reasons to keep your nails short

September 08, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


Long nails are perceived by many as being classy and stylish.  However, long nails may not be worth the looks.

Below are six (6) reasons to opt for short nails instead of long ones.


1.  Practical


Short nails give you the freedom to do all the things that you love without restrictions - you can easily do your chores, pull your zipper, buckle shoes, play with your pet or young children and wear contact lenses.  People with long nails know the pain of trying to do the simplest, everyday tasks.  Typing on a keyboard, opening containers, and even fiddling with buttons can prove to be difficult with long fingernails in the way. 


colourful manicure


2.  Fuss-free


The last thing you need on your worry list is the possibility of breaking a nail.  Keeping long nails also pose a health hazard to you and the people around you.  Constantly poking yourself in the eye - not fun!


3.  Hygienic


Health and hygiene go hand in hand.  Fingernails can harbour dirt and germs, leading to the spread of infections.  Longs nails are also a breeding ground for bacterial and fungal infections.  Ideally, you should trim your nails often and keep them short during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Considering that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes, keeping our hands, and by extension our nails, clean is vital.  Regardless of COVID-19, studies have shown that nail extensions and artificial nails harbour more bacteria than natural nails.


4.  Stronger


As we all know, shorter hair that undergoes regular trims tends to be stronger (and healthier) than long hair, and the same can be said for fingernails.  


woman getting her short nails done



5.  Saves time and money


Just imagine all the money you can save on manicures and nail polish if you keep your nails short.  Plus, short nails are easier to maintain and save you a lot of time. 


6.  Versatile


You can never go wrong with short nails no matter the occasion be it, a party, work or anything in between.



I've been keeping my fingernails short for a while now; I find them more practical this way.  Do you prefer long or short fingernails?








Saturday, April 09, 2016

Six nail care do's and don'ts

April 09, 2016 12 Comments
Hello everyone!

Healthy nails are essential for any fabulous manicure and pedicure.  However, many women, and men, don’t have the beautiful, healthy nails they could have, simply because they’re making one or more common nail care mistake.  Keep reading to find out what you should and shouldn't do to have beautiful, healthy nails.


These are the six most common nail care mistakes; I also added links to previous related articles: 

  1. Don’t use a back-and-forth motion when filing your nails. - Read this: Tips for strong and healthy nails
  2. Don’t over-buff your nails. - Read this: Make them shine...with a nail buffer!
  3. Don’t trim your cuticles. - Read this: Tips for healthy cuticles
  4. Don’t forget to moisturise your cuticles. 
  5. Don’t skip the base coat. - Read this: Three methods to whiten yellow nails
  6. Don’t leave nail polish on for too long.

Check out the infographic below:


Do you make any of the above mentioned nail care mistakes?  I have to admit that I used to trim my cuticles regularly but now I only push them back. 

Love your nails and enjoy your mani-pedis! 



Friday, May 23, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Pink & silver mani-pedi

May 23, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I have another NOTD post for you.  This time it's a mani-pedi nails of the day.  I hope you like it! 

This is what I'm wearing on my nails today...


I applied two coats of pink nail polish and then one coat of the silver crackle polish on top.  I applied the silver polish only on my middle and ring fingernails.


Oh, and I'm also wearing the same colours on my toenails!

Do you wear matching polish on your fingernails and toenails?  If not,  what are your favourite mani-pedi colour pairings?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, May 12, 2014

DIY: Removing a gel manicure (2 methods)

May 12, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
In today's post I will tell you everything you need to know about removing a gel manicure at home!
One downside to gel manicures is the removal.  You can’t just use a regular nail polish remover.  It’s also very tempting to pick and peel off the polish once the nail starts to grow out or the gel begins to lift.  DON'T DO IT!  This will essentially damage and weaken your natural nails.  Salons do offer to remove the polish for you but, this would cost you time and money.
Fortunately you can remove the gel at home yourself, the same way your nail technician would!  

You will need:

For the soak-off method -
  • nail file/emery board
  • nail buffer
  • pure acetone
  • 10 cotton balls
  • 10 small pieces of foil
  • an orange stick

For the file-off method -
  • 2 nail file/emery board (a course one and a finer one)
  • nail buffer


The soak-off method:
NOTE: Choose a well lit and ventilated area!  
  1. Soak 5 cotton balls in acetone and lay them on your nails.  Wrap your foil squares around each finger and let it sit for at least 10-15 minutes.  Acetone is a chemical that reacts with the gel nail to loosen its adhesive and free it from your natural nail.
  2. When you pull the foil off, don’t unwrap it, just pull it straight off the tip of your finger.  That way it stays the same shape in case you need to slide your finger back in it for a few more minutes.
  3. Start scraping the gel nail off with your orange stick.  It should fall right off.  If there’s some that seems hard to remove, put it back in to soak a little longer.
  4. Once you remove all the colour, shape your nail with an emery board and use a 4-way buffer to buff and polish.
  5. Repeat the same procedure on your other hand.

If you cringe at the idea of soaking your fingers in acetone, there is an alternative.  If you do not want to use any chemicals to remove your gel manicure, you should try the file-off method.

The file-off method:
  1. File down the surface of the nails - Use a coarse nail file/emery board.  File gently and in crosshatches to keep the work evenYou don't want to keep filing once you get down to the natural nail, since you could damage it.
  2. File the remaining gel with a finer-grit emery board.  Work slowly and gently to make sure you don't file the surface of your natural nail. Though damage is hard to avoid when using this method, working gently will minimize it. Continue until the gels have been completely filed away.
  3. Use a buffer to smooth the surfaces of your nails, which may have become scratched from the filing process.

I used the file-off method to remove my gel manicure.  I have to admit that I did scratch my natural nails.  They do look a little crazy without nail polish, but I did not damage my nail bed.  By the time I finished my regular manicure (shaping, buffing, base coat, polish, top coat), the scratches were hardly noticeable!
So which method is the best?  It depends on you and which one is more convenient for you.  If your skin reacts to acetone, it is advisable that you go for the file-off method to avoid any irritation.  However if you don't like filing your nails then you should go for the soak-off method.  The file-off method is more time consuming.
I hope this helps some of you the next time you’ll need to remove a gel manicure.  How do you remove your gel manicures?

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Revamped gel manicure

May 07, 2014 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

Remember the glitter gel manicure I showed you in my previous NOTD post?  Well it's been two weeks and as you can see in the photos below, now it doesn't look as good!


I don't want to remove it yet (I'm worried the process will damage my nails), so I decided to revamp it!

On my glitter nails, I used a Shimmery Burgundy nail polish to paint a v-shape over the gap between my cuticles and the gel.  I also applied two coats of  the same polish over the teal colour.  I sealed this manicure with one coat of top coat, as usual.


I really like the shimmery burgundy and gold colour combination!

With this revamped mani I hope I can put off removing the gel for at least a week, allowing my nail to grow a little longer.

Do you like my revamped gel mani?  Tell me in the comments below!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Glitter gel manicure

April 23, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

My brother is getting married next Friday so I decided to get a manicure that compliments my dress.  I was worried my nails would break or chip at the last minute so I opted for a gel manicure.  

Gel manicure is a process that gives you an instant dry manicure that supposedly lasts for 14 chip-proof days.  It is applied in layers and each layer is sealed under a U.V. lamp.  

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Although I am happy with my nails now, I’m a bit worried about eventually removing the gel.  It’s going to be a lot tougher to remove than a regular nail polish. 

To remove the gel you either need to soak your nails in pure acetone, which is VERY drying or FILE IT OFF!

I'll keep you posted!  In the meantime I would like to hear from you.  Who had gel nails before?  Would you consider getting them?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Silver crackle

October 22, 2013 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today's post is a double NOTD post!  My mum and I are both wearing  Silver Crackle nail polish.  Check out both looks below and vote for who wore it better! ;) 

This is what I am wearing on my nails today...  





I applied one coat of Sparkling Black nail polish and one coat of Silver Crackle on my thumb and ring finger nails.

My mum is wearing Silver Crackle on top of a Shimmery Burgundy polish...




Tips:

The thinner you apply the crackle polish, the smaller the cracks with look.
Never try to apply two coats of crackle nail polish.


Do you like the end results?  Who wore it better me or my mum? ;)  Let me know in the comment section below.


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