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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. 



Sunday, June 26, 2016

DIY: Peppermint foot scrub

June 26, 2016 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common foot problem, particularly during the warmer months when people like to wear sandals and flip flops.  Some of the causes of cracked heels are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, prolonged standing on hard floors and wearing the wrong types of shoes.

There are several ways to heal cracked heels at home (read this); using a good foot scrub is one of them.  So today I want to share a simple, 3-ingredient recipe for an all-natural foot scrub.  Check it out!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12-15 drops peppermint essential oil

Method:
  1. Place the coconut oil in a medium sized bowl.  Coconut oil melts at about 24 °C (76 °F) - To melt the oil, simply immerse the bottom of the bowl in hot water for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add in the sugar and essential oil and stir until evenly combined.
  3. Store into an air-tight jar.

Use two to three times every week, in the shower or after soaking your feet in a basin of warm water for 10 minutes. 

Other scrubs you might be interested in checking out:

What's your favourite DIY scrub?

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! 



Friday, May 23, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Pink & silver mani-pedi

May 23, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I have another NOTD post for you.  This time it's a mani-pedi nails of the day.  I hope you like it! 

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


I applied two coats of pink nail polish and then one coat of the silver crackle polish on top.  I applied the silver polish only on my middle and ring fingernails.


Oh, and I'm also wearing the same colours on my toenails!

Do you wear matching polish on your fingernails and toenails?  If not,  what are your favourite mani-pedi colour pairings?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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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Monday, July 30, 2012

Healing cracked heels at home

July 30, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!  This past week I was on vacation and didn't have time to blog but now I’m back with more home remedies.
Most of us love wearing sandals, but we cringe at the idea of exposing dry heels.  Read on to learn a few simple home remedies to cure dry and cracked heels…

  • Before going to bed rub olive oil or sesame oil into your dry, cracked heels.  After applying the oil wear a pair of socks.  Leave the socks on overnight, as it helps the heels absorb all the moisture.  This is one of the best remedy for cracked heels.
  • Massage your feet with coconut oil every night.  Rinse off in the morning.
  • Make a mixture of lemon juice and papaya; apply it on the cracked heels.  Wash off after 20 minutes.
  • Do not throw away the ripe banana!  Simply mash one ripe banana and apply it thoroughly on the dry and cracked heels.  Leave the mash on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off.  
  • Daily cleansing and moisturising is essential, for dry heels.  At the end of the day soak your feet in lukewarm water (mix in some sodium bicarbonate or salt).  Wash off with a pumice stone.
  • After drying your feet, apply your favourite foot cream to moisturise.  Wear a pair of socks immediately and keep the socks on overnight.
  • Remember, the sugar scrub?  This is the sweetest remedy for cracked heels. J
  • Drink a lot of water to keep your skin and body hydrated.

Tips for preventing dry and cracked heels:
  1. Buy the right size of footwear as ill fitting shoes cause damage to the feet.
  2. Avoid walking barefoot even when you are at home.
  3. Moisturise your feet daily to keep them soft and supple.
  4. Clean your heels by rubbing them with pumice stone to get rid of the dead dull skin on regular basis or use a scrub.

These are just a few home remedies.  Do you know of any other home remedy for dry, cracked heels?  Leave a comment!
XOXO
Euphrasie85


Related posts:
DIY: Pedicure
DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask 


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's day at-home spa experience!

May 12, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Tomorrow is mother’s day.  You can go the predictable way and give your mom a gift certificate to a spa, or you can take a unique approach and give her a spa experience in her own home.  Pampering your mom for mother's day is a fabulous and thoughtful gift she'll surely appreciate.  

At-home spa ideas:
  • facial
  • relaxing warm bath
  • manicure and/or pedicure (Click here for DIY pedicure tips.)

Make sure you set the perfect mood for your mom's at-home spa experience!  You can make it visual with candles, use sound by playing soft music, use scented candles or  aromatherapy oils, and activate taste with relaxing herbal teas.

What are the benefits of creating an at-home spa?
An at-home spa experience allows you to relax at any time and is very inexpensive.  And sometimes people relax more at home.  

You can take the at- home spa experience all the way by making your own beauty treatments.
These are some of my favourite recipes:
…For more DIY beauty click here and here

You can also make this mother’s day a mother-daughter spa day!  What are your plans for mother’s day? 


Have an awesome weekend!
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.