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Archive for April, 2011

Spring Has Sprung! My Top Four Colors For Spring 2011

These are my top four colors for spring this year. A few of these you might have seen on different websites or magazines that have ‘the definitive” list of what the hot nail colors are this spring. This year, I took a few of those suggestions and a few of my own. I do wear more colors than the four below, but they are the ones that are in the heaviest rotation, and the ones that I feel really say spring.

From L-R: Sinful Colors "Boom Boom", Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Mint Sorbet", Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Lacey Lilac" and Essie "Coat Azure"

What are your fave colors for spring this year?

Look of the Day: My First “Real” Nail Art Attempt

I’m so excited! I finally completed a nail art look that isn’t half bad, if I do say so myself. I admit, I’ve gone to the “dark side” and have totally embraced nail art. It’s fun to do, and it’s fun to wear. So, less talk, more share:

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Trying New Spring Color: Sally Hansens Xtreme Wear in “Mint Sorbet”

I don’t follow trends for the most part cause I’m lazy, but I decided to try out what is apparently a hot subtle nail color for spring 2011. Pale, milky pastel colors are in and since I have grown to adore the understated look so much, I decided to try a version of the light, creamy green color that is touted as the new neutral hue for spring. I linked an article frpm  hellobeautiful a few weeks ago that had a gave some examples, and I used that as my guide. I decided on a shade from Sally Hansens Xtreme Wear Collection called “Mint Sorbet”.

At first glance, I was like um, no. Definitely not for me. Too pale. Too bland. Too much like dipping my  nails into a bottle of Mylanta. I skeptically painted one nail, and was not feeling it. I pressed on though, and applied the polish to all of my nails.

Dare I say I like it? Cause I do. I really do. What do yall think? Is it a color that you would rock, or not?

Fab Deal: Walgreens Wet n Wild and Sinful Colors

Sinful nail polish is 99 cents at Walgreens this week. Also, Wet n Wild Wild Shine nail polish is only 69 cents! I just bought 6 nail polishes there for $4.81, tax included.

Why Won’t Hangnails Let Me Be Great?!

How dreadful...

They’re ugly, they’re nasty, and they’re foul. I’ve got a hangnail on my thumb, and it’s not pretty. It’s sore and annoying, and I want it to magically disappear just as magically as it appeared. This unsightly looking piece of dried skin jutting from my thumbnail is just horrific.  It’s not like this is the first hangnail that I’ve had, it’s just the first one that I’ve had in a long time. It’s ruining my nail look! Why is it here?! Why won’t it go away?! Why won’t it let me be great?!

I need answers.

Out of frustration and  agony, I started searching online to learn more about this cumbersome thing. You gotta learn to crawl before you learn to walk, and I had to figure out exactly why they show up before I could get to the point of figuring out how to get rid of such things in a timely manner. Timely manner meaning right now.

According to mothernature.com:

“Those annoying little triangular splits of skinaround the fingernails are nothing more than dead skin. The skin in that area, which does not contain a good supply of oil to begin with, simply dries out.”

I wasn’t aware of that, but that certainly explains a lot. The article on mothernature.com continues:

Who gets them? They’re particularly common among women who have their hands in water a lot or who bite their nails. But, says Rodney Basler, M.D., an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, anyone involved in an occupation that dries out the hands is at risk. “The worst cases of hangnails [as well as chapped hands and hand eczema] occur in letter sorters. People who work with paper all the time get terribly dry hands because the paper actually absorbs oil from their hands. Often they think they’re allergic to ink on the paper, but it’s just the physical effect of oil being removed from their skin.”

I do wash dishes by hand at least three times a day, and I do wash my hands a lot.  Over the past week I have constantly used nail polish remover at least 50 times practicing over and over again water marbling, so I believe that may have contributed to my problem.

So what can I do now that I have the hangnails? Two recommended tips seemed appropriate for me:

Get a clip job. “If you get a hangnail, clip it short and clip it early,” advises Joseph Bark, M.D., a Lexington, Kentucky, dermatologist. “That’ll keep it from getting worse. Don’t do major surgery on yourself; just clip off the little tags of skin with small, sharp, sterilized scissors.”

Go soak. “Soaking in an oil-and-water solution, as you would when getting a manicure, is very helpful,” advises Dr. Basler. “I tell my patients to mix 4 capfuls of bath oil such as Alpha-Keri with 1 pint of warm water and to soak their fingertips in it for maybe 10 to 15 minutes.”

It seems that the likely conclusion to preventing hangnails in the first place is to keep the area around the fingernails moisturized. The article confirms that:

Make moisturizing a habit. To prevent hangnails in the first place, “moisturize your cuticles every day. Make it a habit, not something you do just when you get a manicure,” says Dr. Bihova. “Rub hand lotion into the flesh surrounding your nails to keep the area soft. For a more soothing feeling, warm the moisturizer over a pan of warm water, using a double boiler. Every time you apply moisturizer to your hands, take extra time to rub some into the cuticles.”

I’ve learned my lesson and I will make a habit of keeping the area around my nails moisturized throughout the day. I’m gonna be oiling and lotioning my hands up like crazy, cause hangnails are not the business. How do you deal with your hangnails?

Source:

http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/47/70.cfm

Product Review: Nicole by O.P.I. Justin Bieber Collection in Omb!

The nail polish was in the container when I opened it…..I swear.

I love ripe, sweet, juicy strawberries. They taste so good whether I’m eating them by hand, or slicing them up in a fruit salad, and especially after dipping them in melted chocolate. Mmmm, strawberries!

After I admired the finished look on my nails after applying “Omb!”, a brilliant red nail color from the Justin Bieber “One Less Lonely Girl” Collection from Nicole by O.P.I., I couldn’t help but think of the delicious red fruit. (more…)

Tip of the Week: Storing Polish in the Fridge.

There is an article on Yahoo that they linked from Cosmopolitan magazine with tips for making beauty items last longer. One tip they shared was storing your nail polish in the refrigerator, stating that it could “extend the lifespan to two years”. Not sure for if I would try it, but whatever works for you.

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