OPI Nail Polish: Stay Tough As Nails

Let’s be clear, I love OPI Nail Polish. Not for the purposes of this blog post but my admiration goes back to being a teenager.  I was eager to get professional manicures because my mom would get her nails filled-in.  To me, this signified being the ultimate adult; going to the nail salon.  As a grown woman, I still have that same level of excitement when entering the salon.  All of those nail colors are fascinating but I can only pick one!

OPI shipped me a box of the latest shades for the season and I couldn’t wait to share them.  Remember, we are a few months away from the new year; continue to stay tough as nails!

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OPI’s Nail Lacquer We Seafood and Eat It #ManicureMonday

The pandemic has definitely taken a toll on my manicure schedule.  I am squeezing in salon visits. Yikes!

One easy beauty technique is to keep nail lacquer at-home.  You never know when you need a change or quick touch-up.  OPI shipped a collection of colors that would make anyone want to polish their nails!

After reading a few online articles, I learned the importance of bringing your own supplies to the salon.  This helps with the health and hygiene of preventing the spread of germs.  Then, why not bring nail polish, right?

On this particular day, I stopped by the salon and grabbed a manicure.  I brought the color We Seafood and Eat It

The shade is considered to be reddish-orange and accents my tiny hand.  In-between zoom meetings, I still like to look my best!

OPI: We Seafood and Eat It

Visit OPI to shop for more products and keep stunning nails during the pandemic!

DIY Beauty Projects from Los Angeles-based TV personality, Budget Travel and Lifestyle Expert: Lindsay Myers

Who doesn’t love getting pampered? But with this lockdown, we have had to figure it out ourselves! It’s always a great feeling to know that you can do it all if you have to! Here are some of Lindsay’s favorite DIY beauty projects:

Featured Photo from Domino Sugar

Natural Lip Scrub– I sometimes grab a pack of sugar and quickly exfoliate if I am in a time crunch. and need to apply some lipstick. But this is my new favorite natural way to get my lips super smooth!

Supplies:

1 TSP of Brown Sugar
1 TSP of White Sugar
1 TSP of Honey
1/2 TSP of Olive Oil

Directions: Just mix all the above in a small container. You can store and keep this for a while, but trust me after about 20 seconds your lips will feel amazing.

 

Bath Salts- I love a good bath, who doesn’t! This is really easy to make and a great way to unwind and get some self-care.

Supplies:

Coarse Salt

Epsom Salt

Baking Soda

Essential oil

Directions: Just take 6 part coarse sea salt and 3 part Epsom salt,1 part baking soda, and just a few drops of essential oil of your choice. That is it! This combo helps soothe the muscles, helps with skin irritation, and softens the skin.

 

Ombre Nail Manicure-I never go really big or bold with my manicure. But I have the time to figure out how to do it myself, why not!

Supplies:

2 different nail polish colors, and clear topcoat

Any sponge (you just need a bit, cut off a section from a larger sponge)

Plastic wrap

toothpick

Directions: Paint your nails with the lightest color. Let it dry. On the plastic pour our a little of each color right beside each other so they touch. Take the toothpick and swirl/blend just in the area where the two colors meet. Next, take your sponge and dab it directly over this mixture and then dab the sponge directly on your nail. Keep going on all the nails. If you want to go back over the nails to make the color stronger just make sure the first coat is dry first. Finish with a clear topcoat.

 

Hair Mask– It is SO easy to make a simple hair mask with everyday things in our kitchen. Why don’t we do it more? Maybe now we will!

2 hair mask options:

  1. All hair types:

Supplies:

Avocado

Honey

Directions: Simply scoop out half an avocado and mix it with a tbsp honey and apply it to hair. Leave this on for 20 mins. Rinse in the shower.

  1. Dry Hair Mask:

Supplies:

Eggs

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions: Mix 2 eggs with 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and apply to hair. Leave this on for 20 mins. Rinse in shower.

 

Facial: I have grown to love my facials, but they are expensive and now we just can’t get them. Why not learn how to do it yourself?

Supplies:

Chamomile Tea

Honey

Nutritional Yeast

Directions: Brew one cup of the tea with 2 tea bags. Let cool. Stir together 1 tbsp of honey and 1 tsp of nutritional yeast. Add just enough of the tea to the bowl to make a paste. You want to be able to spread it on your face, but not be watery. Let sit for 20 mins. This is calm and restores your skin.

 

 

Quarantined Beauty Routine: How To Remove Dipping Powder or Gel Polish

At some point, we will leave our homes.  Why not enter the world with glowing skin and healthy nails?  During this time, it’s easy to become lazy.  The phrase that comes to mind, nobody will see me right?

Although that may be true, the effects of neglecting yourself can have an impact.  One simple self-care tip is to do a manicure at home.

Featured Photo from Good Housekeeping.com

Many people are puzzled about removing their previous nail applications.  Before being quarantined, everyone retreated to their favorite salon for either dipping powder or gel polish.  Now there’s a question, “How do I remove this?”

With a few simple steps, you can remove your dipping powder/gel polish and have a manicured hand from the comfort of your home.

Dipping Powder Removal
  1. File down the powder with a buffer block.  At least to the point, where the nail polish has been removed.
  2. Soak the nails in a bowl of acetone for 15-20 minutes or place acetone in a cotton ball and wrap with foil.
  3. Wipe away the solution as it soaks off.

Please note, the solution can be messy as it’s removed.  Be sure to place a towel underneath the nails!

Bonus Tip: The last step, soak your nails in warm oil to restore the health of the nails.

Gel Polish Removal
  1.  File the nail until the top layer of the polish is partially removed.
  2.  Soak the nails in a bowl of acetone for 10-15 minutes.  The remaining polish will start to peel up.
  3. Use a metal nail stick to scrap the remaining pieces of polish.  If the polish will not bulge, use a file on the nails.
  4. Soak your nails in cuticle oil for 5 minutes to restore the health of the nails.

 

At-Home Gel Manicure Removal Video 

 

If you want to take at-home manicure to the next level, invest in a professional manicure/pedicure kit from Amazon.

This small machine ranges in price starting at $25.00 and up.  The longterm investment is that you can have a ready-made manicure any time!

Another trendy option, in the meantime, is to try Press-On Nails.

Beyonce’ Honors Kobe and Gianna Bryant: Bold Purple Nails #NailsonFleek

The tragedy that occurred between Kobe and Gianna Bryant was earth-shattering to the entire world.

Celebrities and fans both searched for an opportunity to show their respect to the legend and his daughter.  Some wore Kobe’s basketball jersey while others created a poster, highlighting his name.

During the memorial, Beyoncé was seen dressed in purple and gold.  She even took it one step further by coordinating her manicure with her outfit.

This was a creative tribute to one of the greatest athletes of our time!  What are your thoughts about Beyoncé’s bold purple nails?

Photo Credit: @bey_world_ on Instagram

 

10 Bold Nail Trends in 2020: Inspiration Before Your Next Manicure #NailsonFleek

Let’s talk about nail trends.  From acrylics, dipping powder, or gel polish, manicured hands are making a big statement!

A few years ago, nude tones were a big trend but women are stepping outside of their comfort zone.  Leopard print, neon lacquer, glitter highlights, and ombre designs are seen in the office or school pick-up line.

Take a look and find nail inspiration before your next manicure.  Tell me in the comments box, do you prefer dipping powder or gel polish?

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Cruelty Free, Chip Resistant Nail Polish by Nanacoco – No Harmful Chemicals

True to the brand, Nanacoco polish delivers intense, fade-proof pigmentation that will last up to 14 days. Guaranteed to level up your color range, the collection offers 23 stunning shades to choose from at just $4.99 a piece!

Most importantly, the innovative “10-free formula” which excludes 10 harmful chemicals that are found in other nail lacquers, like formaldehyde and paraben, while maintaining ultra-fast drying and long-wear capabilities, plus – they’re all cruelty-free and made in the USA!

#ManicureMonday Upgrade: Cow Nails Animal Print Hottest Nail Trend

Apparently, there’s a new nail trend on the horizon.  It’s call cow nails and the hottest new print on Instagram better known as #ManicureMonday.

Salons are taking this animal print and adding their own twist to the look.  Some are going full-blown with the cow effect while others are incorporating solid colors to the mix.

Cow nails are a fun look that can upgrade your same ole’ boring manicure.  Let me know here (Style + Life + Fashion) if you try the new manicure trend.

I will share photos on our Facebook wall and Instagram Stories account!

 

 

Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors

Polish slip-ups can happen but not with the Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors. They’re the newest innovation in at-home manicures. Just wrap your cuticles, paint on color and then peel away any mishaps. This means each hand (yes, both) will get the same, flawless results. It’s really that simple. Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors give you the freedom to paint your nails at home, mess-free.
Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors slip on so you can paint your nails then peel away any mistakes. Find the super-flex guard that fits your nails to create a barrier and ensure a flawless polish line, every time.
Formula & Benefits: Provides a perfect manicure for both hands, Salon precision at home, Super-flex guards that fit all nail shapes, No mess, no fuss, no polish clean up.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Shade Plum Euphoria

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Shade Plum Euphoria: How To Create This Nail Look

The Pantone Color of the year for 2018 has been announced and the stunning shade of ultra violet is sure to be a stunner in all areas of beauty! Please see below for the nail look created by Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole. She has utilized the new Sally Hansen Color Therapy Shade Plum Euphoria which is launching in January 2018.

This beautiful and unique design boasts the beautiful violet shade that will be turning heads next year! Please see below for a step by step on how to create this nail look.

Step 1: Start by painting the area surrounding the moon with a striping brush dipped in Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Plum Euphoria (launching in January 2018)

Step 2: Then draw a line horizontally across the middle of the nail

Step 3: Paint the tips of the nail with a curved line

Step 4: Apply one coat of the Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat

 

Step 5: Final

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color ($8.99)
The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear.