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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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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Look like a pro with Pro Salon Equipment

April 01, 2014 9 Comments


Everyone wants their salon to maintain a professional look at all times.  Though beauty and pampering can be thought of as relaxed fields, where women get their hair done and share the latest gossip, having professional equipment in your salon can go a long way toward dispelling that myth.
There is a wide range of beauty salon equipment available out there, online, in local retailers and through mail-order catalogs.  One of the many websites that offers professional equipment for beauty salons is http://thesalonoutlet.com. There you’ll find equipment you can use for make-up, hair care and nail care.  You’ll find everything from portable shampoo bowls to ultrasonic cleaning machines to towel warmers.   



When a customer walks into a salon, knowing that you have the most professional equipment available will make them feel at ease in your hands and will help them trust you to work on their hair, nails and make-up.  When you walk into a salon, there are lots of items you see that you may take for granted or not put much thought into but that are standard items that indicate you’re in a salon.  If these items were missing, you would wonder why.  In hair salons you look for shampoo bowls, for stylist’s chairs that raise up and down with a foot pedal, for big mirrors and for rolling carts that contain a wide variety of hair equipment.  In a nail salon, you expect to see UV sterilizers, towel warmers, large chairs with bowls for soaking your feet, and a long list of smaller equipment on each manicurist’s station.  If you’re going to get your make-up done, you expect to see train cases and rolling stations full of a variety of make-up, not to mention rolling carts full of products.

Fulfilling the expectations of the customer by having professional equipment in your salon will take your business to a whole new level!


This post is brought to you by TheSalonOutlet.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Nail bed rehab!

September 18, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Do you have short nail beds or long nail beds?  What’s the difference anyway?  


The size and shape of the nail should be in proportion to the size and shape of the nail bed.  When your nails are within proportion, they are at their strongest and most attractive.

I recently noticed that my nail beds are a lot shorter than they used to be.  How did this happen?



thought about it and I realised that I am constantly scooping under my nails every time I wash my hands (and that's like a gazillion times a day!).  Now that I am aware of this “bad habit” I am trying my best to stop doing it.  I hope that if I stop “scooping”, my nail beds can grow back to the length they used to be.  

I read somewhere that once you damage your nail bed it cannot grow back.  On the other hand, my mum used to bite her nails and she used to have short nail beds.  Now four years after she stopped biting her nails, her nail beds are much, much longer. 

Here is what I’m doing at the moment:
  • Not “scooping” under my nails when washing my hands.
  • Using a nail brush to clean under my nails.
  • I push back my cuticles and moisture my hands and nail (at least once a day).
  • Keeping nails at a shorter length to prevent breakage.
  • Not clipping my nails all the way down.
  • Using only a gentle nail file to shape my nails.
  • Keeping nails painted so that I am less likely to see anything under the nails and try to clean it out.


I really hope this works.  If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Picture from here.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Water drops

July 22, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!  I have another NOTD post for you.  

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



I applied two coats of Matte Blue nail polish and then one coat of matte top coat.  I finished it with some clear polish dots that look like water dropsJ




I really like the end result.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tips for strong and healthy nails

April 21, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Check out this list of things you can do to maintain strong and healthy fingernails. 
P.S. - If you want more detailed information, check out the related posts linked at the end of this post! 
  • Stop biting and picking your nails.
  • When filing, always file in a single direction.  Never saw back and forth!
  • Make sure you’re using the right file; you don't want to use a grit that's too high for your nails.
  • Use an acetone free nail polish remover, acetone will dry out your nails.
  • Give your cuticles a much needed massage.  Use cuticle oil or olive oil to massage your cuticles and nails after you have removed polish.
  • Let your nails breath!  Try to give your nails a break from nail polish, at least for 24hrs once a week.  This will also help keep that dreaded yellow stain at bay. 
  • Buff once every couple of weeks.


  • If your nails are extra brittle and prone to breakage keep them short and use a nail strengthener consistently! 
  • Wear rubber gloves when using household cleaners to provide a barrier of protection against harmful chemicals.
  • Apply sunscreen before going under a UV light.  You can never be too safe!
  • Smooth away dryness with a moisturising hand cream.
  • Always keep a nail file handy for emergencies.
  • Never use your nails as a tool to peel or scratch anything off.
  • And last but not least, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet will also result in stronger nails.

For more details check out the related posts below!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Thursday, January 03, 2013

New Year's beauty resolutions

January 03, 2013 0 Comments

Happy 2013 everyone!

Usually I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions but this year I decided to make a list of my “beauty resolutions”...  

My 2013 beauty resolutions:
  • Exfoliate face and body once a week.  
  • Wear SPF 15 or higher year-round, even during the winter months.
  • Stop squinting!!  It can deepen fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead.  Never leave the house without dark sunglasses. 
  • Make nail polish last longer and avoid staining nails with dark colours by applying a base coat.
  • Work out at least three times a week.  This will stimulate blood flow and circulation, resulting in healthier skin and body.
  • Get the most out of a hair treatment by squeezing excess water from the hair before applying.  This allows it to effectively penetrate the hair shaft.
  • Don’t pull back hair too tightly.  Tight hair styles can cause breakage. 
  • Try out new DIY beauty recipes.

What are your beauty resolutions for 2013?  Share them in the comments below! J

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Half moon manicure

November 09, 2012 1 Comments

Hello everyone!  I have another NOTD post for you.  

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


Here is how you can recreate this look/Tutorial:

You will need:

  • 2 nail polishes
  • reinforcement rings
  • top coat

Step 1:
Apply 1 or 2 coats of the bottom colour (pink). 


Step 2:
Once your nails are completely dry, place half a reinforcement ring on each nail. 

Make sure that your nails are completely dry before placing the reinforcement rings on them or else the stickers will peel off the polish.



Step 3:
Paint the top half of your nail with 1 or 2 coats of the top colour (black). Let this coat dry for at least 10 minutes.



Step 4:
Carefully pull the stickers off.



Step 5:
Finish with a clear topcoat.



I really like the end result.  What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, November 05, 2012

Three methods to whiten yellow nails

November 05, 2012 1 Comments

Nail polish can leave yellow stains on your nails (and so can nicotine) that can make your hands look very unattractive.  If you have yellow nails, you can use one of these quick, easy and cheap methods to whiten them.


Method 1:
Dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet in a bowl of water and soak your nails for 10 minutes.


Method 2:
Brush your nails with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda.  


Method 3:
Make a paste of three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide.  Apply the paste to each nail.  Leave on for 5 minutes.

Tips:
  • Always wash and moisturise your hands and nails after applying any of these treatments.
  • Before applying nail polish, always apply a  base coat to prevent staining. 

Hope you find this helpful! J
XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY: Natural nail strengthener

September 10, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

For some it can be difficult to grow long, beautiful nails.  In order for nails to grow healthily, it is important to prevent them from becoming weak and dry.  Ironically, some commercial nail strengtheners contain harsh chemicals that can harm your nails.  Creating your own natural nail strengthener could be the answer to beautiful natural nails.


Ingredients:

  • 3 tsp castor oil 
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp wheat germ oil


Method:

  • Pour all ingredients into a sealable bottle. 
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Rub a small amount of the mixture on each nail. 
  • Leave on for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Wipe off with a cotton pad.


It is safe to use this DIY beauty product every day until you are satisfied with the strength of your nails.

Do you find it difficult to grow long, natural nails?  Will you try this DIY?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Make your nail polish last longer

August 05, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
For most of us, well-groomed nails are essential.  A common concern is how to make nail polish last longer and delay chippingI’ve learnt a few tricks over the years and I would like to share them with you…
Photos from previous NOTD posts

  • Before starting to apply nail polish, even if you don’t have any nail polish on, rub some nail polish remover on your nails to remove any traces of oil.  I recommend washing your hand afterwards because nail polish removers can dry and weaken your natural nails.
  • Apply a base coat before applying nail polish.  This will not only make your nail polish last longer but will also prevent staining.
  • Always apply a double coat of nail polish.  Apply the second coat only after the first is completely dry.
  • Apply your nail polish in thin layers.  Thick layers tend to peel off.
  • Apply nail polish to the tips of your nails.  Chipping usually begins on the tips of your nails.
  • Apply a clear top coat to seal your polish.
  • Allow your nails to dry one hour before handling anything.
  • You may also dip your nails in ice water (once your nails are dry).  The cold solidifies the nail polish.
  • Apply olive oil to each nail and wipe off the excess.  This helps hydrate the polish so that it won't chip, and olive oil is good for your cuticles.
  • Use top coat several times a week to discourage chipping.
  • Keep your hands always moisturised.  Apply a hand cream every night before you go to sleep.


If you have more tips, leave a comment and let me know!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Baking soda beauty tips!

July 20, 2012 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today’s post is about my favourite multi-purpose product: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)! 


Here are some of my favourite baking soda beauty tips

Skin care tips:
  • In the palm of your hand, mix some baking soda with your facial cleanser to make a gentle exfoliant (and make-up remover).  Read this post for more information: Scrub you face with sodium bicarbonate!
  • This can also be used for rough skin on elbows and feet.  Make a thick paste with baking soda and water (about 3:1) and scrub away.
  • Baking soda in a warm bath not only softens the skin, it may also help with body acne and eczema.

Hair tips:
  • Mix some baking soda to your shampoo to remove product buildup.
  • Remove product and oil buildup by soaking your combs and brushes in a bowl of warm water with about 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
Nail care:
  • Scrubbing your nails with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda will soften cuticles.
Oral hygiene:
  • Brush your teeth with a past of baking soda and water.  This will clean and polish/whiten your teeth!
  • Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, and use it to gargle.  Baking soda neutralises the odors in your mouth (bad breath).  Benefits of this mouthwash:
·       inexpensive
·       no harsh chemicals
·       no strong taste
·       alcohol-free


Do you have any other beauty tips that include baking soda?  I’d love to know!
XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Photo from here.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Make them shine...with a nail buffer!

May 08, 2012 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

Nail polish is not the only way to get your nails to look smooth and shiny.  Nail buffers are also used to smooth and polish the nail.

Most buffers have three sides and the three together create that salon finish in only a few minutes.  If you want to give yourself a manicure or a pedicure, a three-way buffer is essential.  Using a nail buffer is also great for men who don’t want to wear nail polish!

before and after buffing!

Here are some tips…

Step 1:
Remove your nail polish.  Use an acetone-free nail polish remover on a clean cotton ball.  Wash your hands thoroughly to remove any traces of polish remover.

Step 2:
Trim your nails with nail scissors/clippers/file.  Do not use the buffer to sand away large amounts of length.

Step 3:
Use the roughest side of your buffer on the top surface of your nail.  Only buff until you've removed surface ridges.  Avoid overusing the gritty side of the buffer because it can weaken and thin the nail.

3-way buffer

Step 4:
Use the second roughest side of the nail buffer to smooth out the nail surface.  Buffing can stimulate blood flow to the nail which encourages nail growth.  

4-way buffer

Step 5:
Use the smoothest side to buff your nails smooth.  Use a vigorous back and forth motion across the width of the nail to create a glossy look.


Repeat the buffing treatment whenever you start to lose your shine or notice more ridges.

NOTE: The emery board nail file should not be used to buff the surface of the nails.

Do you use nail buffers?  Leave a comment!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, April 16, 2012

STOP nail biting!

April 16, 2012 5 Comments

One of the most common and irritating stress relieving habits is definitely biting nails.  Biting nails can lead to broken skin on the cuticle which can lead to infection.  When biting your nails you are also transferring bacteria and germs from your fingernails to your mouth!  Nail biting is a bad habit that is not easy to quit.

WOW! These are my brother's NOTD ;)

Here are some tips that can help...

Identify triggers
It could be boredom, or stress or a particular time of day.

Love your nails
Get a manicure and paint the nails to make them look at their best.  

Artificial nails
These will protect your natural nails for some time until they grow out.

Make them taste bad
Apply a clear, bitter-tasting nail polish to the nails.  This is one of the most popular methods used to try to break the habit.

Keep you hands occupied
In case the problem is stress or boredom related try another activity that uses the hands.

Increase calcium and magnesium intake
Calcium and magnesium strengthen the nails.

Chew gum
Chew gum to keep your mouth busy.

Clipper and file
Carry a nail clipper and a nail file with you all the time. 

Healthy fingernails will boost your confidence!  However, to kick this habit, one requires patience.  KEEP TRYING! 

XOXO
Euphrasie85