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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! 



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?

Related posts:

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

Related posts:


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