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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, 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?








Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Six beauty trends to ditch in 2016

January 20, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

So it's already January 20th and this is my first post in 2016.  My year started with a lot of internet connection problems, but hopefully that issue is resolved (fingers crossed).  

So let's get started!  From mid-length haircuts to no-light gel nail polishes (which I ❤), 2015 brought us a lot of beauty trends, but there are a few trends that I think should be left behind.  Check out the six beauty trends to ditch in 2016: 
  1. Instagram eyebrows - The Instagram brow or the faded eyebrow, is very popular among MUAs because it photographs well, but in person, it is very odd-looking.
  2. Heavy contour: Contouring has been around for years but it reached new heights in 2015 with techniques like clown contouring.  
  3. Waist trainers: While many believe that wearing a waist trainer will help them get an hour glass shape, the results are only temporary and can cause some health problems. 
  4. Overdrawn lips: Thanks to Kylie Jenner, the obsession with lips got a little out of control in 2015. 
  5. Crazy nail art and nail shapes:  Whether nude or coloured, claw-shaped nails need to go away.  In 2016, file your nails into a squoval for a more natural look.
  6. Insanely long extensions: This year it's all about texture and short, chic cuts.  Everyone is going short, so now's the time to take the plunge, just go for it.
These are six beauty trends I really don't like!  I prefer the natural look, at least for everyday; natural make-up, nails, hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, etc.  If you are a fan of any of the trends I mentions, I'm not judging!  Fashion and make-up should be means of self-expression, so DO YOU, always! 

What is your least favourite trend?  Is there a beauty trend you just can't stand?  





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.

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

Sunday, March 18, 2012

DIY: Pedicure

March 18, 2012 5 Comments

It's almost Spring aka sandal season!  It’s time to show our toes to the world.  Here are some tips for a perfect pedicure.

Step 1:
Remove old nail polish with an acetone-free nail polish remover.

Step 2:
Add Epson salt and your favourite scented oil to warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes.  This step does more than clean your feet, it also softens dead skin cells in preparation for exfoliation.  


Step 3:
Dry your feet with a clean towel.  Exfoliate with a scrub.  Check out this post if you want to make your own sugar facial/body scrub.  Massage each foot for a minute or two with a quarter-size blob of scrub.  Start at your heel and work your way out to your toes, ankles, and calves using circular motions.  If you have dry skin, you can also use a wet pumice stone on your feet.  Rinse your feet with warm water.

Step 4:
Using a toenail clipper, trim your nails straight across, then smooth the edges with a nail file.  Make sure not to go too short though.

Step 5:
Massage feet and legs with a rich moisturising cream.  Massage your feet to boosting circulation and reduce swelling.

Step 6:
Apply a cuticle remover at the base of each nail.  Wait one minute for the remover to soften the cuticle.  Use an orange stick to push the cuticle.

Step 7:
Swipe your nails with nail polish remover to get rid of any cream residue left over from your foot massage.  Next, apply a clear base coat.  Then, apply two thin coats of polish and finish with a top coat.

Tips:

When soaking your feet, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water.  Tea tree oil helps fight athlete’s foot and reduce itchiness.

Are you ready for Spring/Summer '12?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Photo from here.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

So many nail shaping options!

February 23, 2012 3 Comments

Hello everyone!  Did you know that there are quite a few ways in which you can shape your nails? 

Choosing a nail shape:

When deciding on the shape you want your nails you should consider as few things: the shape of your hands, the length of your fingers, shape of your cuticle area, your hobbies and your work.  Here are some examples of different nail shapes.


Straight sided with a slightly oval tip 
For this shape allow the sides to grow straight and slightly round the tip.

 

Oval-shaped

The oval nail shape is an attractive and conservative shape for women's hands.  Oval-shaped nails make your nail beds appear longer; this makes them an ideal shape for short nails.

Square oval-shaped
Similar to the oval-shaped, but followed by squaring off the tip.

Almond-shaped
This is considered the classic nail shape.  This style is very feminine and makes the fingers appear thinner.

Rounded-shaped
These are nails that are perfectly rounded towards the top.  They are perfect for those who use their hands a lot, have weak nails or just want to keep the nails short.  Round nails are the most common shape for men as well.

Square-shaped
Square-shaped nails are completely straight across with no rounding at the edges.  They are perfect for medium and long nails.  

Squarely rounded /Squoval –shaped

The squoval nail shape is not quite oval, not quite square.  Shape your nails in the form of a square, and only curve the corners to give it a rounded look.  This is also very flattering on long nails.

Stiletto-shaped
These are nails that are shaped pointed at the top.  The pointed nail shape looks good on thin hands with narrow nail beds.  However, nails shaped in this way are definitely not practical for day-to-day activities.  If you want this look I suggest you get nail extensions.

Tips:
Stay away from metal nail files; use a soft, straight file instead.  Do not file from side to side.  Make sure to file from corner to centre in one direction.

Remember, your nails are the most beautiful part of your hands and you can style them any way you like.  
So, tell me which shape do you prefer?  My favourite is the squoval!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here