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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. 



Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Canine beauty routine | DIY tips for grooming your dog at home

November 17, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


All dog guardians know that our pups need a beauty routine too. Dogs are more than just man’s best friend; these furry companions are members of our family. And what proud pet guardian wouldn’t want their family to look their best?  Grooming consists of several tasks. Rascal (my Maltipoo) needs regular grooming! I brush his coat daily, and at least two or three times a week, I need to clean his teeth and remove tear stains. He hates having his face touched, so this is a nightmare every time! Then, once a month, I bathe him, trim his nails, clean his ears and give him a haircut! Keep reading to see Rascal's before and after pictures...


Here are ten (10) tips to help with at-home grooming:


dog resting its head on a pillow

  1. Stay calm and give treats. Start with short sessions and reward your pet with praise or high-value treats. 
  2. Brush your pet regularly. Just a few minutes of brushing helps remove dirt, excess hair, tangles and mats while distributing oils that help keep the skin and coat healthy. Use a dog hair detangler, if needed.
  3. Bathe regularly. You should bathe your dog about once a month unless it seems smelly or dirty.
  4. Do not skip the conditioner. If your dog has long hair, then a dog conditioner is a must. Long coats can quickly become tangled and prone to matting, so conditioning will make brushing easier.
  5. Remove tear stains. White dogs are more likely to have visible tear staining on their faces because the pigments in their tears can easily dye light-coloured fur. Also, dogs with long hair on their faces may be more prone to excessive tearing. I use a cotton disc to wipe Rascal's tear stains with Optrex Eye Wash. I tried tear stain remover wipes and pads but found that Optex is just as effective and less expensive. And it's perfectly safe to use on your dog.
  6. Trim nails regularly. Regular walks on cement roads and sidewalks can help wear down your dog’s nails. However, when you can hear your dog’s nail clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim. Start by handling each paw and rewarding your pet with treats or praise when they remain calm. Then begin to touch the paw with the nail trimmer and follow with a reward. Work your way up to trimming a single nail. Then gradually trim more nails as your pet allows. 
  7. Use a scratch board. A scratch board is like a giant nail file for your dog! It's a flat board with sandpaper glued to it. Most dogs are comfortable dragging their nails across 30-40 grit sandpaper, which files down nails fast. This can be an alternative for dogs who are afraid of nail clippers!
  8. Avoid the quick. You’ll want to avoid cutting the quick, it includes a blood vessel and nerve and is easier to see on light dog nails. If your pet has dark nails, trim the very tip of each nail and continue making small cuts until you see a black dot in the centre of the nail. If your dog is using a scratch board, keep the sessions short to keep the dog from accidentally quicking his nails.
  9. Use ear hair powder. Shih Tzus, Poodles, Maltipoos and Bichon Frises are just some of the breeds that grow thicker hair inside their ears. Unfortunately, hair growing inside the ear can impede the flow of air that is needed to keep the ear passages dry. It can also trap excess ear wax, dirt, and debris. All of these can increase your dog’s risk of infection. Dog ear powder is used to make the removal of excess hair easier, by making the hair inside a dog's ear easier to grip. It can also help control ear odour and keep ears dry, helping to prevent infection.
  10. Do not neglect oral hygiene.  Not all dogs will accept a toothbrush in their mouth. Rascal hates his dog toothbrush and toothpaste, he runs away as soon as he sees them. As an alternative to brushing, rubbing coconut oil on your dog’s teeth and gums can assist with reducing plaque-causing bacteria. I use a finger toothbrush for dogs to massage the coconut oil on Rascal's teeth. Do not use human toothpaste!

This is a photo of Rascal before grooming!


And this is a photo of Rascal after grooming! He looks like a different dog!





Do you have a furry companion as well? Leave a comment with your pets' names below!

Talk to you soon!
 



Friday, October 22, 2021

Nails Of The Day (NOTD) + Daily affirmation

October 22, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

In this post, I will show you one of my favourite nail polishes for this season. If you want to know more about this season's nail colour trends, read this: Autumn (Fall) 2021 nail colour trends + NOTD: Green with envy.


I will also share my positive daily affirmation with you; in hopes that it will inspire and uplift you too! Keep reading!

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (45) play it again

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (45) play it again

Essence "shine last & go!" nail polish (45) play it again

First I applied a base coat, then I applied two coats of (45) play it again Lastly, I finished with a top coat to protect, seal, and provide long-lasting shine. 

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (45) play it again

If you want your manicure to last longer, you should read this: Eleven (11) tips to stop your nail polish from chipping.

Essence The Gel Nail Polish (45) play it again

Affirmation - Every challenge I face is an opportunity to grow.

Affirmation - Every challenge I face is an opportunity to grow

Thanks for reading this post and talk to you soon!


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!



Friday, September 10, 2021

Autumn (Fall) 2021 nail colour trends + NOTD: Green with envy

September 10, 2021 1 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Autumn/Fall is only a few days away and, with the new season come new nail polish colour trends.   In today's post, I will share my favourite colours for the coming season!



Let me start with one of my favourite nail colour trends;


  • Green

Green nail polishes are becoming very popular in every shade you can think of - from olive and sage to hunter green and jade.

Since this is the nail colour I am wearing right now, I'm adding a "nails of the day" (NOTD) post in this article.  Back when I started this blog, I used to publish these types of posts quite regularly.  

green nail polish manicure

green nail polish manicure

green nail polish manicure

green nail polish manicure

green nail polish manicure

green nail polish manicure

  • Deep nude

Nude colours have an elegant and clean look.  Selecting a slightly deeper tone is a great way to update your look for the new season.


  • Deep red

Reds and burgundies are traditional autumn and winter colours but hugely popular this year, nonetheless. 


  • Brown

From chocolate brown, tan, or taupe, there are various shades of brown you can choose from. 


  • Mix and match

When you cannot decide which autumn nail polish shade you want, you can always wear a different colour on each nail. 



What is your favourite nail polish colour?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Have a great weekend!









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?