Archive for the ‘Hands and Nails’ Category

Are you treating your neck and hands the same as your face?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Your neck and hands should be treated the same way as your face!From glycolic acid peels to exfoliators and lightening products, you may have everything situated when it comes to skincare treatments for your face. But are you giving your hands and neck the same attention? If not, you could find yourself sporting a radiant visage yet a drastically older-looking neck and pair of hands.

Just like with your face, you need to take care of these areas with a similar beauty regimen. On a daily basis, be sure to cleanse your neck and hands and apply moisturizer. You can use your regular facial moisturizers on your neck, but for hands, try a product like Essential Multi-Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion from Exuviance.

You should also be regularly applying sunscreen to each area, exfoliating them every couple of days and even applying the same retinol serums that you use for your face. Something like G.M. COLLIN – Phytowhite Cream can help prevent age spots from developing, especially on the backs of your hands.

When it comes down to it, your neck and hands can reveal signs of age, making you look older than you really are. Treating them the same as your face can ensure that they’re not betraying you.

How to look the part for an important interview

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

With these tips, you should have no problem scoring that job!If you have experience, knowledge and a great work ethic, you shouldn’t have much to worry about when it comes to nailing an interview, but how can you seal the deal? While your qualifications are important, first impressions are also up there on a hiring manager’s checklist. The state of your clothes, hygiene, hair and makeup can make or break your chances of landing the job, so preparation is crucial. Here’s how to primp yourself for an interview and hopefully snag that position!

What you wear to an interview largely depends on the type of industry you’re hoping to enter. Some companies require super-formalwear, while others have a casual vibe and still more offer plenty of fashion creativity to its employees. If you visited the business before your interview, you probably saw what everyone was wearing, so try to copy their style. When in doubt, overdressing never hurts – it shows that you’re professional no matter what.

Make sure your clothes are clean and unwrinkled first and foremost. They should also fit properly – anything too baggy or too tight will look sloppy. Opt for a tailored pantsuit or a skirt and blouse, choosing colors and shapes that flatter your complexion and speak volumes about your personality. Keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum to avoid seeming too flashy.

The style you choose to rock for your interview can be whatever you think looks best on you, whether it’s a chignon, ponytail, blowout or a pixie cut. The most important thing is that the style looks polished, which means that there shouldn’t be any flyaways. You can tame those frizzies with a product like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur (Anti-frizz).

Most likely, you’ll be shaking the interviewer’s hand at some point, so he or she will get a good glimpse of the state of your nails. If you’re not one for nail polish, at least make sure that your tips are filed into a neat shape and that they’re as clean as possible. It might also be a good idea to use a hand cream like AHAVA – Leave-on Deadsea Mud Dermud Intensive Hand Cream so your hands are soft to the touch.

If you’re a gal who loves a good manicure, keep your polish choices simple. While bright colors and cool designs are trendy, they’re usually not appropriate for a job interview, especially for a position in a serious industry. Stick to nudes or pastel pinks from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers, which will flatter and elongate your fingers.

Even if you just discovered the perfect smoky eye palette or a bright new shade of lipstick, it’s best to keep your makeup understated for an interview. You want to complement your features, not overwhelm them. To ensure that you start off with a good base, get a good night’s sleep before the big day, which can minimize dark circles and puffiness under your eyes, as well as redness or dull skin.

Begin your makeup application with a great primer like Too Faced – Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer For Sensitive Skin, which will even out your complexion and make your look last throughout the day. Then apply a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly.

Contour your cheekbones with a rosy blush and a natural-looking bronzer without shimmer, like Too Faced – Peach Leopard Brightening & Perfecting Bronzer. A dab of highlighter on your cheekbones will give you a healthy glow.

Use a black or brown eyeliner pencil to define the shape of your eyes and darken your lash lines, then follow up with a neutral eyeshadow combination – brown is a safe bet. Use a medium shade across your entire lid, a dark shade in the crease and along your lash lines and a light shade on your brow bones. Add a coat of a brown or black mascara like Jane Iredale – PureLash Lengthening Mascara.

Finish with a coat of a neutral pink lip gloss or lipstick, and you’re ready to rock that interview!

Brittle nails? Here’s your fix

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

You don't have to fret about dry, brittle nails anymore!For many women, dry, brittle nails are a huge problem. It might seem like there's nothing you can do to grow healthy, long nails, but that's actually not true. With the right care and attention, your nails can be smooth and gorgeous.

For starters, use a treatment like Talika – Nail Regenerator Serum. It will nourish and rehydrate your nails while softening your cuticles and helping them to grow. Just use the product daily for about a month, then apply twice a week for best results. The pen ensures easy application – even when you're out and about!

Next, be sure to carry a lotion around with you. COOLA – Hand Lotion Bar – Cucumber Melon can be stashed in your purse, and only requires a bit of rubbing to melt the bar into a lotion that will keep your hands and cuticles hydrated.

Finally, keep an emery board on hand at all times, just in case you need to fix any jagged edges. While your nails are healing, it's best to keep them at a shorter length, so use the board to keep them shaped.

Tips for keeping your hands moisturized this winter

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Keep your hands soft this winter!Winter weather takes a toll on a lot of things, including your hands. The harsh temperatures can cause your digits to become dry, chapped and red, which isn't exactly ideal. Here are a few tips suggested by Allure magazine to help your hands stay hydrated and soft this season.

1. Apply lotion after every hand washing. Washing your hands with soap and water can often strip your skin of moisture, so it's important to slather on a lotion afterward. Keep something like Caswell-Massey – Dr. Hunter Rosewater & Glycerine Hand Creme near the sink.

2. Use cuticle cream to prevent brittle nails. The cold weather can wreak havoc on your nails and cuticles, so it's important to use a product like June Jacobs – Cellular Intensive Cuticle Recovery Cream on a daily basis.

3. Protect your hands from the elements by wearing gloves. This means pulling on the mittens when you're outside and investing in a pair of rubber gloves to don while you're cleaning around the house. Chemicals in cleaning products are just as bad as the winter weather, if not worse.

Promoting your nail health (and leaving them be)

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Promoting your nail health (and leaving them be)If you’re like a lot of us, the day-to-day stresses of everyday life may inspire all kinds of unruly nail-biting habits and cuticle abuse. And, on top of everything else, we’re just starting to see the light at the end of the long winter tunnel, a season which isn’t particularly known for being friendly to our hands.

Perhaps it’s time to make a resolution, don’t you think? With a few simple steps and expert tips, we can all start treating our manos a bit better. After all, who doesn’t want to be able to show off gorgeous, manicured hands on a regular basis?

1. Every good manicure starts with a soothing soak – attending to your skin is an important first step to getting those hands into shape.

While every inch of your skin generally requires extra TLC in the winter, nothing gets a harder beating than your hands. If you’ve been suffering from dry, cracked knuckles, it’s crucial that you begin applying lotion to them at least once a day. Carrying ultra-rich hand creams in your purse is also a good idea if you find yourself needing access to the stuff at all hours of the day.

Look for lotions that are specially designed to treat the sensitive skin on your hands. L’Occitane Mini Honey and Lemon Hand Cream will make taking care of yourself all the more intoxicating with its fresh, delicious scent and ultra-effective shea butter.

Cuticles also need special attention in the winter, and tending to them well can help prevent the temptation to chew them up.

“I’ve had a number of nail gurus tell me that oil is better than lotion,” Genevieve Monsma, beauty director of MORE magazine, told CNN.

Monsma recommends applying nail oil to the cuticles before bed or before putting on your gloves in the morning in order to give enough time for the product to sink in (olive oil works just as well, too).

2. For those with some rugged-looking cuticles, keeping your nail beds in shape can make the difference between promoting your bad habit and having flawless, healthy nails.

Toronto nail salon owner Leeanne Colley told The Globe and Mail that avoiding “wet” and “soak” manicures may be a better solution for the cuticle-afflicted. Colley recommends applying a gel cuticle remover on dry nails and letting it sit for about 30 seconds or so. Then, gently push back the skin with an orange stick wrapped in cotton.

For healing purposes, a bit of special cuticle salve may help you with any existing damage on your hands. Colley recommends looking for products that contain grapeseed or almond oil.

3. If you’ve been tearing up your cuticles, chances are you never let your nails get too long either. Some people like having short, manageable fingertips, but if you’re longing for a little extra length, there are ways you can promote your nail growth.

A high-protein diet can be an unexpected route toward faster growth, according to OneIndia Living. Fish and lean meats can provide the most noticeable results, and vegetarians can benefit from some Vitamin D supplements or protein-rich legumes.

The news source also recommends massaging nails with olive, coconut or sesame oil. This is especially good therapy for anyone that does a lot of dish-washing throughout the day.

If you haven’t been wearing gloves this winter, you should probably get on that right away. Nails can crack without the proper circulation and warmth, which doesn’t do much for your manicure. One way to help prevent this is by wearing some thin polish at all times, according to the news source.

Of course, a little outside help never hurt anyone. Use a special nail treatment such as Talika Nail Regenerator Serum for extra nourishment and healing power.

The key to youthful looking hands

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The key to youthful looking handsWhile many women spend time and money on age-defying products for their faces, it's important to take care of your hands. But how should you go about making your hands appear more youthful?

According to Deborah Sarnoff, a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University, it's not that difficult, as long as you use the right products, O magazine reports.

To treat hyperpigmentation (also known as brown spots or age spots), use a bleaching cream to fade the discolored areas. At night, apply a hand cream that contains retinol, such as Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment.

Sarnoff reminds women that SPF is not just for your face – or the summer time. She recommends using an SPF 30 sunscreen on your hands year-round to keep new age spots from appearing.

Finally, don't underestimate the best hand protection of all – gloves and lotion.

"Wear cotton-lined or rubber gloves when you're working around the house and leather gloves when you're outside," the publication reports. "And moisturize like crazy."

The perfect winter pedicure

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The perfect winter pedicureWhile many women only indulge in pedicures during sandal season, treating your feet in the cold months too can be a great pick-me-up. However, a winter pedicure requires a little more TLC than a summertime one.

According to, begin by exfoliating your feet in the shower with a pumice stone, but wait until the end of your shower so that your feet have had ample time to soak (at least five to 10 minutes). Dry off and use a lotion with vitamin E, such as June Jacobs Green Tea and Cucumber Hand and Foot Treatment.

"[Vitamin E is] an antioxidant, so it protects skin from various sources of pollution, UV rays, stress damage, drugs and toxins, all of which can trigger cell-damaging free radicals," nail technician Mara Taskin told the news source. "Plus it just helps keep skin and nails healthy and supple."

You should also look for a treatment that contains glycolic acid, like Exuviance Heel Repair, to remove calluses. Massage cuticle oil into your nail beds and use a cotton-covered orange stick to push back cuticles.

Finally, apply a base coat, two coats of nail polish and a top coat. Taskin recommends using a light-colored lacquer – dark polish is trickier to apply as the slightest mistakes are more noticeable.

Treat yourself to an at-home spa day

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Treat yourself to an at-home spa dayMany people who go home for the holidays spend the week after Christmas taking a break from work and relaxing with family. And now that the stress of the holiday season is behind you, why not treat yourself to some at-home beauty treatments? It's a great way to look and feel your best before New Year's Day.

According to Allure magazine, you can easily recreate a spa-quality pedicure in your own abode, as long as you have the right products. L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Fizzy Bath Pebbles will make any foot soak more enjoyable, and a rich moisturizer like Get Fresh Rescue Me Intensive Foot Repair Creme will keep your skin conditioned during the dry winter weather.

You'll also need the appropriate tools, and Tweezerman Pedicure Solution Kit provides you with everything you need, from a pumice stone to cuticle clippers. Finally, don't forget to apply a great nail polish to make your feet look extra pretty.

"If the cold weather has left your skin looking drab, an at-home moisturizing treatment can be just the trick to restore brightness," the news source suggests. Products like Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque or Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque, will condition skin and make your complexion glow.

A winter beauty kit makes a great gift for her

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A winter beauty kit makes a great gift for herFinding the perfect present for a loved one can sometimes leave you scratching your head until the very last minute. If you still need a gift for your mom, sister or best friend, why not put together a winter beauty survival kit?

Assembling this set is relatively easy, as long as you know which products are necessary. Cold, harsh winds can wreak havoc on skin, so pick up uber-hydrating lotions, such as L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream and L'Occitane 24 Hours Ultra Rich Face Cream. Don't forget the lips either. Jane Iredale Lip Drink SPF15 will condition lips and protect against sun damage.

Because skin tends to be paler in the wintertime, select a few cosmetics to add color to your complexion. A sheer bronzer will infuse your face with warmth and will appear natural-looking whether you're in front of the fire place or outside walking in a winter wonderland.

Red lipstick is a quick and easy way to brighten your face, but make sure to choose a creamy, moisturizing formula, such as Jane Iredale PureMoist LipColour SPF 18.

Package these items in a makeup bag, and you've just created the perfect holiday gift!

Three beauty products to keep at the office

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Three beauty products to keep at the officeWhile some women keep a few go-to beauty products in their car and others carry a small cosmetic case in their purse, ladies who spend the majority of their time at the office may want to stash a few necessities in their desks.

Though there are a seemingly limitless amount of products on the market, not all are necessary to keep in your workspace. But a few items – dry shampoo, lip balm and black eyeliner – may be worth storing.

"My fine hair tends to go limp after a few hours, and [dry shampoo] give my roots a shot of volume," Allure editorial assistant Sophia Panych told the publication. "And on days when I skip shampooing, it's necessary that I have one of these to soak up oil and keep my hair looking refreshed."

Lip balm is another key item, as we have yet to find a lip color that looks good on cracked, flaking lips. A multi-tasking lip balm, such as L'Occitane Pure Shea Butter Apricot Flower, will moisturize your pout and can also hydrate peeling cuticles and dry hands and feet.

Finally, analysts at Allure recommend keeping a black eyeliner pencil nearby, as lining your lower waterline is a quick way to brighten tired eyes.