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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. 



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?








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! 



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Your new beauty routine

December 31, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone and Happy New Year's Eve!

Each new year brings a new set of resolutions.  But whether or not you stick to them is up to you!  Fortunately, for beauty-related aspirations - help is on its way. 

Creating a perfect beauty routine is not easy.   Your 90 Day Beauty Calendar details some things you can incorporate into your lifestyle; from daily, weekly, fortnightly, to monthly practices.  If you think your current beauty regimen needs some alteration for the new year, this guide by Holland& Barrett will certainly help.



Do you need to update your beauty routine for 2016?  


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY: Strengthening nail soak

December 17, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share with you an all-natural DIY nail soak for strong, healthy fingernails.  This is perfect for those of you who want to grow long fingernails.  All you need are two simple ingredients!  Here's the recipe... 


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon plain gelatin
Method:
  • Boil the water.
  • Put the gelatin in a glass and pour the boiling water over it.
  • Mix thoroughly until well combined.
How to use:
  • Let the mixture cool until warm.
  • Soak your nail for about 5 minutes.
  • Take fingers out and massage the mixture on your nails and cuticles.
  • Rinse well.
  • Use several times a week and you should see results in just 2 weeks!
Tips:

Pour any unused mixture into a resealable container and keep refrigerated.  Of course, gelatin will firm up quickly in the fridge.  Next time you want to pamper your nails, just scoop out the desired amount and warm it in a microwave for a few seconds.  It will melt quickly and be ready to use!

Gelatin is an easy and convenient way to build strong, beautiful nails!

I hope you found this helpful.  If you use this DIY share your results in the comment section below.  Oh, and if you know of a vegan substitute that will work for this DIY, please let me know.







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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bo-Po Nail Polish review + giveaway

June 22, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I don’t know about you but I never understood why a lot of parents paint their kids' nails, on regular basis.  Most nail polishes contain a cocktail of harmful chemicals and require more chemicals to be removed.
I had the opportunity to try out Bo-Po (Brush on - Peel off); child-safe nail polishes and I couldn't wait to talk to you about them!




What makes Bo-Po nail polish so unique?


Bo-Po nail polish does not contain or require the use of any harmful chemicals for application or removal.  Bo-Po proprietary ‘peeling technology’ allows the colour to simply peel away from the nail.  

Bo-Po is a unique, non toxic, child safe formula that dries in seconds.  It comes in 10 vibrant colours to collect.  Kids can brush on their own nail polish then peel it off.  The new Bo-Po nail polishes are also great for the little ones to use without supervision because Bo-Po bottles are spill proof Any excess polish on skin, clothing or other hard surfaces can be easily peeled off or removed with soap and water

For more information, check out the frequently asked questionshere


Note: Bo-Po tints are semi-transparent. Create cool effects over Bo-Po solid coloured nail polish or use tints right on natural nails!


Kid safe ingredients:

Water, Methyl Methacrylate, Acetoacetate, Polyacrylic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Vanilla. 

May contain dyesTitanium Dioxide, D&C Yellow no.10 AL LAKE, D&C No.7 CA RED LAKE (Light), Ultramarine Blue, D&C Red No.6 BA LAKE, Iron Oxide Red, D&C Red No.36. 

Pros:
  • Child safe ingredients
  • Smells great
  • Vibrant colours
  • Quick drying time (under 1 minute)
  • Peels off instantly
  • No nail polish remover required
Cons:
  • None! :)
If you have any little ones in your family who love nail polish, Bo-Po is the perfect product for them.  Bo-Po is non-toxic and safe for ages 3+.  This nail polish is targeted for little girls but big girl like it too! :)  If you live in North America you can enter this giveaway for a chance to win this duo pack!


All you have to do is; leave a comment below, then click HERE to validate your entry and find more ways to enter!

Open to US and Canada residents only.  Confirmed winner will be contacted by email.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to the winner of this giveaway.  Cosette's Beauty Pantry is not responsible for product shipment/delivery.  

Good luck!

Oh, and check out this cute commercial:


Bo-Po Nail Polish can be purchased from the following US retailers:

Amazon 
Nordstrom
Burlington Coat Factory

Bed Bath & Beyond
Learning Express Toys Store  
Bealls Florida Department Stores
The Johnson Smith Company

Find Bo-Po online:


Website 
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest


I absolutely love this product!  What do you think?  Leave a comment to enter the giveaway.  And click here for more chances to win!






I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.