Category: Beauty

Skip The Polish

Skip The Polish

When it comes to manicures, some women love them while others don’t think twice. However, if you want your fingernails to look amazing, you don’t actually need the bells and whistles that professional manicures offer. Sometimes it’s as simple as keeping them natural with a good buffing. That’s where the buff manicure comes in. If you’re looking for something different to try on your nails, you’ll want to follow along and learn how to do a buff manicure at home.

All you’ll need to do your home buff manicure is a four-sided buffer (make sure the sides are clearly labeled so you use the right side at the right time), liquid cuticle remover, orange stick (or cuticle pusher), cotton balls, cuticle cutter (if you’ve got stubborn cuticles), cuticle oil, and cuticle cream or hand lotion.

Once you’ve got your materials gathered together, the first step is to buff your nails. Four-sided buffers are ideal for this type of manicure because it offers all the buffing options in one tool. Be sure to start with the first side, typically labeled #1, which is used for shaping the tips of your fingernails. Following the numerical order, buffer side #2 and #3 are used to smooth away ridges and uneven surfaces by lightly “dusting” the nail surface.

Be sure to focus on each fingernail individually by moving the buffer back and forth across your nail vigorously for about 10-15 seconds per nail. If the surface of your nail is particularly tough, you may have to spend a bit more time on it. Now finish off the buffing with side #4. This part of the buffer provides a high gloss shine for your nails. The great thing about side #4 is that you can achieve shiny fingernails without the aid of polish.

After your nails are properly and thoroughly buffed, you’ll want to tackle your cuticles. Take your liquid cuticle remover and apply it to your cuticle. Follow up with an orange stick (or cuticle pusher) in order to push down your cuticles. Having overgrown cuticles not only looks unattractive but can also split, creating a hangnail. As small as this issue may appear to be, maintaining healthy cuticles is essential for overall positive nail growth.

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After you’ve pushed your cuticles back gently, wipe any excess liquid off using a cotton ball. This is the time to also check if you have any hangnails that need clipping. This is where using a cuticle clipper comes in handy. Avoid biting off your hangnail, since this can cause further damage. Invest in a cuticle clipper, which can be found at any store or beauty supply. Only remove the actual hangnail and avoid damaging the rest of the cuticle.

When you’ve gotten your cuticles in tip-top shape, add cuticle oil to lightly massage the cuticle. This helps them stay properly moisturized since cuticles can also fall prey to becoming dry and cracked. Afterward, apply a generous amount of cuticle cream or regular hand cream to moisturize your fingernails and your hands.

The best hand creams are those that contain SPF in order to protect the skin of your hands from ultraviolet damage, which can lead to roughly textured skin, age spots (sun spots), and thinning of the skin. To finish off your buff manicure, go back to your four-sided buffer and go back over your fingernails again, but this time only uses side #4. Buff each fingernail until it has its own soft glow.

Summer Pretty Feet

Summer Pretty Feet

Are you ready for summer? Going to wear sandals or go barefoot? If so, don’t forget about your feet. Your feet work hard all day long and deserve some pampering. Check out our 10-step guide to get your feet pretty for summer.

Step 1:

Remove polish from toes using a non-acetone remover. Avoid acetone removers since they can dry out the nails and cuticles.

Step 2:

Using a pumice stone or foot file, slough off any rough spots or calluses you may have. Never cut at calluses or other troublesome foot problems such as bunions or corns. If these are a problem, make an appointment with a podiatrist (foot doctor). He or she can help you decide the best way to remove them. For really rough feet try an exfoliating foot scrub to soften them. If you prefer, you can make a mixture of olive oil and raw sugar, and apply to feet.

Step 3:

Soak feet for at least 10 minutes in a tub filled with warm soapy water or your favorite bath salts. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as tea tree to the water for an added treat. Tea tree oil is also excellent for itchy dry feet.

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Step 4:

Clean under nails using the pointed end of the orange stick. While you’re at it, gently push back each cuticle using the slanted end of the orange stick. Never cut cuticles since it can lead to a serious infection.

Step 5:

Thoroughly rinse feet and pat dry with a soft towel.

Step 6:

Apply a moisturizing cream or foot lotion and massage into feet starting at the bottom and working your way to the top of the foot. Don’t forget in between your toes and your ankles.

Step 7:

Using nail clippers, trim toenails straight across and then gently file the edges into a square shape with an emery board. A square shape will help avoid ingrown nail problems. Be sure to file in one direction only to avoid weakening the nails.

Step 8:

Apply a coat of clear base-coat polish and allow to dry. A base coat will prevent dark colors such as red, from yellowing nails.

Step 9:

Next, apply a coat or two of your favorite shade of polish.  Allow to Dry.

Step 10:

Finally, apply a clear top-coat polish to help seal the color and give it extra shine. For added wear, extend the top-coat over and under the tip of the nail.

To keep feet pretty throughout the summer, pay a little extra attention to feet at least once a week while in the shower or bath using the steps above. After the shower or before bedtime, apply a thin layer of Vaseline to feet and slip into a pair of socks for extra softness.

If your feet are going to be exposed to the sun this summer, be sure to apply a sun block of at least a 15 to your feet. Happy Pampering!