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The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!

       
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!
Seeing another piece of your nail chip off or watching your polish wipe away after just a little while is disappointing. While proper nail care has always been a priority for you to some extent, you just haven’t put the necessary time and effort into it. You can still get strong and healthy nails by changing some of your habits.

Don’t Pick at Your Nails

If you want your nails to grow strong and healthy, you can’t constantly be picking at them. When a tiny hangnail is there, get rid of it properly, but do not continue to pull your nails apart. In the same vein, do not chew on your nails. This habit is a bad one that you should get rid of right away. People who want their nails to grow and thrive cannot do things that intentionally weaken them and stunt their possibilities of glamour.

Use Top Products

Imagine that you constantly used the worst shampoo on the market to wash your hair. You’d probably be left with some pretty greasy strands. The same holds true for nail polish and products. While you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have beautiful nails, you should look into quality products such as KUR and Deborah Lippmann brands. If you feel that your nails are revitalized after a trip to the salon, take a look at the products the professionals are using.

Avoid Harsh Elements

Not only do you want to purchase the best products for your nails, but you also want to avoid certain factors that could cause your nails to break and splinter. For example, acetone-based polish removers are known to weaken your nails. Also, you should be aware of what cleaning products you are using because they could cause harm to your nails. Consider wearing plastic gloves when you’re doing your work around the house.

Talk to Your Doctor

While this step might seem extreme to you, it can actually be a very important one. Sometimes, when your nails just don’t seem right, it can be indicative of a more serious health issue. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out if anything is wrong, and then, you can work to treat the underlying cause.

Nails can get out of shape for a variety of reasons, but these tips will help to put you back on track.

How to Get Louboutin Nails!

       
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

How to Get Louboutin Nails!Everyone knows the shoes made famous by designer Christian Louboutin. A woman can view the unique red soles from a mile away. Now, it is possible to create the same signature look on the fingernails. Nothing will appear more elegant or upscale than a Louboutin manicure. The only supplies necessary are red nail polish, black nail polish, quality top coat, and nail pen to clean away mistakes. A helpful tip to remember when giving a home manicure is to start at the pinky nails and proceed to the thumbs. This will prevent unnecessary smudges.

Go Red

The first step of any manicure is wiping the nails with a polish remover. This will remove residue from lotions or soap. After the nails are properly cleaned, the underside of the nails can be painted a red color. It is wise to paint two thin coats on each finger. If nails are not long enough, it is possible to use clear press-on nails and paint the bottoms before application. When finished, it is important to wipe the skin around the nails to retain a clean appearance.

Go Black

After the red polish dries, it is time to paint the front of the nails black. Two coats should be enough to obtain a rich and deep color. To get the red to be as visible as possible, it may be wise to apply a white base coat before brushing on the black. If a woman feels that the black is too daring, it is possible to substitute a nude beige nail color in place of the harsh black tone. After all, Louboutin also offers trendy nude pumps as well.

Complete the Look

To give the official “patent” look to the nails, the manicure should be finished with a glossy top coat. This will lock in the color, prevent chipping, and add shine. It is advised to avoid heat for at least 12 hours following a manicure. Although nail polish may be dry to the touch, it takes hours to fully cure.

Women are always searching for unique ways to decorate nails. The Louboutin manicure is one of the most unique and stylish ways to accomplish a sophisticated look. The best part is that it can be easily completed at home.

5 New Lust Worthy Beauty Products to Try

       
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

5 New Lust Worthy Beauty Products to Try
Spring is in the air, and along with warm weather and flowers in bloom, it also means new collections and makeup from top beauty labels. This year in particular has already seen an impressive new selection of products with an emphasis on bright; bright eyes, bright nails and even bright skin. Here are some of the most sought after products right now:

Deborah Lippmann Spring Reveries Nail Lacquer Collection

The formula used by in Deborah Lippmann nail polishes is known for being chip resistant and providing a durable manicure, so they are well worth the price of admission. The Spring Reveries collection is made up of muted pastels, providing a bright and fresh pop of color. There are a total of five new shades:

theBalm – Cindy-Lou Manizer Bronzing Luminizer

The latest in the Manizer line, which also includes Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer, this product promises to brighten your skin and give you a sun kissed glow. The rose gold shade is so versatile it works with practically every complexion and can even be used as an eye shadow. Thanks to being incredibly finely milled, it makes skin appear luminous without being shiny or glittery.

Too Faced – A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette

After their success with the Cholate Bar Palette, Too Faced continues the theme with the A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette, featuring warm-toned shadows with a shimmer finish. This eye shadow palette comes with a selection of nine complementary shades that enable you do either create a neutral day or eye-catching night look. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, blend well and are crease resistant, even without primer.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigments Palette

If you are interested in a day-glow look, the newest offering from Urban Decay should be at the top of your most wanted list. Urban Decay is known for their buttery soft and incredibly pigmented colors, and this palette is no exception. Colors are true to pan, and they wear well, refusing to fade or crease even after hours of wear. The 10 pigment collection features a mix of matte, satin and shimmer finishes.

Philosophy – Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Your face is your canvas for makeup, so you want the most clear and perfect skin possible. Whether you are noticing signs of aging or want to delay their onset, Philosophy’s latest moisturizer is a must for your beauty regimen. It is designed for all skin types, and it is able to gently but effectively soften skin while protecting skin and repairing damage.

Spring Manicure Trends

       
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Spring Manicure TrendsSpring is the traditional time for rebirth and renewal, which makes spring the perfect season for trying out new styles. Along with donning shorter skirts and outfits in brighter hues, trendsetters may want to experiment with unique colors and nail art techniques this spring. The word for Spring 2014 nails is “subtlety,” so step outside the box and elicit compliments wherever you go with the following understated spring manicure styles that are easy to do at home.

Tortoiseshell

The ombré nail trend is still going strong, but the coming of spring gives you the opportunity to play with it a little and make it your own. Try the tortoiseshell, or ecaille, technique as an alternative. Recently demonstrated as a hair technique by celebrity fashionistas including Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, tortoiseshell fading also looks great on your nails. With this technique, two nail colors, usually complementary, fade into each other much more subtly than with traditional two-tone ombré contrasting.

Pearled

Who knew that the timeless elegance of pearls could come to life on your nails? For a simple touch of luxury that works perfectly with your favorite little black dress, coat your nails with two layers of a sweet-colored polish, like bubblegum pink or sky blue. Using tweezers, carefully add pearl rhinestones at the base of each nail, covering about one-third of the surface.

Textured

Textured nails were on display at New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2014 runways, and adding a bit of texture is a great way to have fun with your nails without being too gaudy or over-the-top. Start with a light pastel or Earth-toned polish. On a paper plate, mix the polish with a few teaspoons of coffee grounds or coarsely-ground sugar, then apply. Make your three-dimensional nails shine by finishing with a topcoat.

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid, 2014’s color of the year is bold and striking, and it’s perfect for those who like to stand out. On your nails, use the tortoiseshell technique with Radiant Orchid and a lighter violet or lavender hue, or accent a neutral-toned outfit with Radiant Orchid polish and lipstick. Because nothing about Radiant Orchid is subtle, a small touch is all it takes to turn heads.

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

       
Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

As the year draws to a close and 2014 rapidly approaches, we’re all looking forward to new makeup and hair looks to try out. However, there are some trends that simply aren’t worth embracing – or have had their time in the spotlight and no longer look as eye-catching. Just because something becomes a fad for a brief period doesn’t mean you should stick with it. In fact, some of the most popular crazes in the beauty realm aren’t universally flattering.

Aiming to update your appearance for the new year? Here’s a guide to which tired trends you should avoid, and which new looks you should adopt:

Hair
One thing’s for sure – you saw a lot of ombre in 2013, from hair to manicures and even on lips. While there’s definitely a convenience factor when it comes to this trend as it allows you to grow out those highlights without worrying about your roots, there’s a slightly different twist that’s emerging for 2014. Glamour magazine called this new technique “Ecaille,” or “Tortoiseshell coloring.” The method was developed by the London-based colorist Jo Hansford, and has been seen on both Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a slightly softer look than the high contrast two-tone ombre. The finished effect is multi-tonal, meaning darker shades fade more naturally into lighter hues on the ends.

Those with wavy or curly hair will rejoice in the fact that it’s time to put down the straightening iron – the pin-straight look is getting a rest this year. 2014 will be all about volume as opposed to flat ‘dos, which can tend to look a bit boring. Embrace your naturally tousled texture with the right hair products and you’ll look effortlessly beautiful.

As far as hair colors go, you can say goodbye to rainbow hues. Kyle White, the lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon, told StyleList that he is seeing fewer clients ask for pinks, blues and other bright hair colors – which is probably a good thing as these pigments tend to fade after just a few washes and look less than stunning. Instead, he noted that more women will be opting for platinum hair. As Miley Cyrus, Elle Fanning and even the traditionally brunette Kim Kardashian are going for a cooler blonde, White expects more women to try this trend.

Makeup
Not all pink lipsticks are created equal. While bubblegum may have had a major moment in 2013, a new shade will be taking its place this year: fuchsia. As The Huffington Post pointed out, bubblegum is not flattering on many skin tones, but fuchsia can complement any complexion.

While dark lips were everywhere this year, Glamour noted that in 2014, more women will be reaching for rich berry shades in a sheer tinted formula. The advantage of these products is that they provide slightly less pigment so the final look isn’t quite as intense. Still, you can layer them if you want more drama. This is a subtler approach to the trend that is far more wearable than the grungy effect we saw in 2013.

Also, 2014 will be the year to lay off the bronzer a bit. This doesn’t mean you’ll be ditching your glow, it’s just that everyone is stepping away from the overly tanned look. For a natural radiance, try a light-reflecting tinted moisturizer and only use a bronzer that’s one to two shades deeper than your skin tone.

Although nail art isn’t completely out this year, it will be going through a major transformation. Instead of over-the-top graphics, try out some simpler designs like stripes, color blocking and a half-moon take on the French manicure in neutral lacquer hues.

The year in beauty – lessons we learned in 2013

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The year in beauty - lessons we learned in 2013

Every year, new trends are ushered in as others fade away, and 2013 was packed will all kinds of unexpected beauty revelations. The best part about these makeup crazes is that they give us a chance to attempt a new look that we wouldn't normally be brave enough to try. This year, the beauty fads were as bold as ever, allowing us to explore our edgier side while still maintaining a polished appearance. As we look back on 2013, there are a few lessons we learned from the trends that trickled down.

Here are the major looks that we mastered:

Smoky eye doesn't have to be black
For years, women have been going for a smoky eye when they want to appear sultry or alluring. It's an evening-ready look that never seems to go out of style. Yet this year, it became clear that the smoky eye looks just as stunning in other hues as it does in stark black. For example, some people went for a turquoise version, while others used violet. The brown smoky eye offers a somewhat subtler, earthy look that was striking for fall and can even work during the daytime. Ultimately, the possibilities are endless – black is certainly not the only option.

Anyone can rock dark lips
Not everyone has been brazen enough to use a dark lipstick in the past, but in 2013, this look went from punk rock to mainstream. Between the runways and the red carpets, stylish women sported a deeper lip color this year, no matter their skin tone. From crimson red to rich berry and plum, there are countless shades to choose from. One thing's for sure, though: Matte is a must if you want high intensity. 

Over-plucking is out
It may come as a relief that you can put down the tweezers and give your plucking a rest. Bold brows are in, meaning that it's more important to keep your eyebrows trim and tidy than super slender. Hollywood has been leading this trend, rocking thicker shapes that balance the features and frame the face much better than pencil-thin brows can.

Nude is the new pink
Nude makeup was everywhere in 2013 – even eyeliner. The whole philosophy became "less is more," meaning the goal was to look as natural as possible. So while typically the go-to shade for lipstick and manicures may have been pale pink, nude stole the spotlight.

Makeup colors for the colder months

       
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Makeup colors for the colder months

With winter fast approaching, it's already begun to look much drearier outside. That's why now is the perfect time to add a little color into your makeup routine. While you won't likely be reaching for sunny shades when it comes to your makeup this season, there's no reason to forfeit color altogether. While you're transitioning the hues in your wardrobe, do the same with your cosmetics to give your face a whole new look.

Consider these seasonal makeup colors and you're sure to beat the winter blues:

Burgundy
​By now you probably now that wine-colored lips are all the rage. If you're on the timid side, start with a semi-sheer lipstick in a rich berry hue. A matte formula packs the most punch, though, so when you want a dramatic look for nighttime, reach for a more intense tone. Start by lining your pout with a lip pencil in the same shade to ensure the pigment doesn't bleed. If you just can't find the perfect hue, keep in mind that you can always blend a red lip color with a plum one and customize the color to complement your complexion.

Purple
Want to jazz things up for your evening look? Purple eyeshadow, as brazen as it sounds, might become your go-to look for all those holiday parties. A dusty grayish lavender offers a softer effect for those with fair skin, while medium to dark skin types can go all out with a more vivid violet. Remember that a little goes a long way with an attention-grabbing color like purple. So if you're not ready to cover your lids in this hue, try a liquid plum eyeliner or metallic violet mascara for just a hint of intrigue. Keep your lips neutral so that your eyes stay in the spotlight.

Navy
Of course black will never go out of style, but sometimes you're aiming to add an element of surprise to your look. That's when you should reach for navy blue makeup, which are just one step away from black but give you a subtle pop of color. Try using navy liner to create a cateye, or even layering on lengthening mascara in this hue to draw attention to your peepers. Nothing is sultrier than a navy smoky eye in the evening.

Emerald
Pantone declared emerald the color of the year, and it's definitely a winter-ready makeup shade. Try a cream eyeshadow in this dazzling color, or line both your upper and lower lashlines with an emerald green pencil. Vibrant metallic green is also the perfect nail​ polish hue for a festive manicure during the holidays.

When is it time to replace your makeup?

       
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

When is it time to replace your makeup?

A lot of things in life have an expiration date – not just food and medicine. In fact, your beauty products have a lifespan, too. Knowing when to toss out your makeup and replace it is important for many reasons. Not only does the texture of makeup begin to suffer as it ages, but old makeup can acquire a buildup of bacteria, which can compromise a flawless complexion by causing a breakout.

Not sure when it's time to throw your makeup away? Here are some tips to help you figure it out:

Face
Good news about your powders and concealers – they last a lot longer than you'd think. Dr. Peter Pugliese, M.D., a skin physiologist in Reading, Pa., explained to Fitness magazine that as these products are typically anhydrous, meaning they don't contain water, they can be used for up to two years. Liquid and cream foundation, on the other hand, will last for a maximum of one year. Dr. Pugliese explained that it's crucial to avoid touching the bottle with your fingers to prevent bacteria from spreading and thus extend the life of the product. As for your makeup sponges, remember to wash them after every use, and then toss them after one month.

What about your blush and bronzer? According to PopSugar, you can keep sweeping these pigments onto your face for 18 months. However, a cream blush should be thrown out after a year.

Eyes
You definitely want to be careful with how long you use your eye makeup to avoid an infection. In terms of eyeshadow and eyeliner, PopSugar advised replacing them after approximately 18 months. Liquid eyeliner, on the other hand, only lasts about six months. 

Of course, your mascara tends to dry out and get clumpy over time, meaning you want to swap it out for a new product within three months. Optometrist Dr. Jennifer Giermek of New York City's Naked Eye Optical told Fitness magazine that reusing the brush can exacerbate any infections, so try to use a new wand as frequently as possible.

Lips
You can keep most of your lip balms for up to two years, as many are also anhydrous. As far as matte lipsticks and lip pencils go, one year is a good time frame to keep using them. According to PopSugar, those lip glosses should be disposed of within 18 months.

Nails
You should be able to keep using your favorite nail lacquers for about a year. Cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson explained to Fitness magazine that it's best to keep an eye on the pigment – when you see signs of color separation or fading you know it's time to toss them.

Deborah Lippmann New Jewel Heist Collection & more

       
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Deborah Lippmann New Jewel Heist Collection & more

Nothing compares to the glamour of being dripping with jewels right down to your fingertips.

With Deborah Lippmann’s new Jewel Heist Collection, though, no bling is required. Because if there’s one thing Lippmann knows, it’s sparkle. This series of ultra-radiant nail polishes are so striking on their own, you can skip the diamonds and let your digits do the talking. From understated shimmer to chunky holographic glitter, there’s a shade for every style and occasion. When you’re going for subtlety, try painting an accent nail – or build some layers for higher impact.

Nailing it
Go for the gold with “Fake It Til You Make It,” a lacquer that’s chock full of fine gilded glimmer. It also has a subtle sprinkling of red and green, making it a perfect transitional polish for all your holiday parties.

Dying for more drama? “Laughin’ To The Bank,” a metallic, mega-holographic emerald, will have everyone green with envy. “Shake Your Money Maker” is a showier green option, with hexagonal flecks of bright teal, gold, green and blue that looks different from every angle.

If you’re feeling blue, paint on “Rolling In The Deep,” a mysterious midnight with a faint silver sparkle not unlike a starry sky. Blurple is a major trend this season, so feel free to take things up a notch with “Va Va Voom,” a scintillating sapphire that gleams purple, blue and silver all at the same time.

Since no one understands glitz like a rock star, Lippmann collaborated with Kelly Clarkson on “Stronger,” an ultraviolet with oversized multicolored flecks that capture and reflect light in an unusual way, whether you’re on stage or strutting down the sidewalk.

When you’re still lusting after more luster, you can’t beat “Glitter And Be Gay,” a canary yellow jelly base with flecks in every color from silver and rose gold to ultraviolet.

Lip service
With such flashy fingernails, you can’t forget about your lips. Lippmann’s new moisturizing lipstick shades are sure to make your pout stand out, and in a variety of long-lasting, buildable hues, can take you from day to night. “I’m Every Woman,” a sheer dusty mauve, is perfectly in line with the new nude lip trend and pairs well with a smoldering smoky eye. For a demure daytime look, try “Call Me Maybe,” a coy coral that gives your pucker just a pop of color. “Let’s Do It” is your go-to power red for the season, and is flattering on any skin tone. Nothing is more stunning that a metallic mouth, so try “Drops of Brandy” for a bold bronze effect.

How to create the perfect plaid mani

       
Thursday, October 31st, 2013

How to create the perfect plaid mani

Come fall, plaid is everywhere you look – from miniskirts to blazers and parka linings. Now, the print is making its way to your nails, thanks to designers like Prabal Gurung and style icons like Diane Keaton. The best part? This pattern is both trendy and timeless.

If you’re looking for some runway-inspired nail art that perfectly pairs with your favorite outfits this season, or you just happen to have a penchant for plaid, here’s how to create the look yourself:

  1.  First thing’s first: Apply your base coat. The Lippmann Collection’s Fast Girls Quick-Dry Base Coat helps to nourish and strengthen your nails for a smoother surface. This ensures that each layer of polish and every line adheres more evenly, making for a cleaner design.
  2. Next, choose your background color. Any light shade of nail lacquer will work, such as ivory or powder pink. The more important thing is that the hue is pale enough so that your plaid design stands out. For the most striking look, stick with a clear base.
  3. Now it’s time to begin your print. Choose a vibrant color, like red or green, and paint a single vertical line off-center on your nail. It’s crucial with this technique to allow each line to dry before applying another. Otherwise, the lines will end up smearing and the pattern won’t be recognizable.
  4. Dip a thinner nail art brush into the same color lacquer and paint a horizontal line that runs across your first one to create a cross section.
  5. For your second polish, it’s best to choose a hue that contrasts the other lines. So if you chose red for your initial lines, opt for navy, or if you originally went for green, try dark purple. Using your nail art brush, paint two slender vertical lines along the sides of your first stroke.
  6. Finally, apply two horizontal lines in this color: One at the bottom of your nail bed near the cuticle and one toward the tip.
  7. While you may be anxious to show off your new mani, be patient and wait for all the lines to dry completely so as not to smudge them. Then apply a glossy top coat to lock in the design. The Umbrella Waterproof Top Coat by the Lippmann Collection provides a water- and chip-proof finish so the look lasts a whole lot longer.