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!
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. OPIshipped 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!
Visit OPI to shop for more products and keep stunning nails during the pandemic!
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:
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!
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.
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!
2 different nail polish colors, and clear topcoat
Any sponge (you just need a bit, cut off a section from a larger sponge)
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:
All hair types:
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.
Dry Hair Mask:
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?
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.
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.
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
File down the powder with a buffer block. At least to the point, where the nail polish has been removed.
Soak the nails in a bowl of acetone for 15-20 minutes or place acetone in a cotton ball and wrap with foil.
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
File the nail until the top layer of the polish is partially removed.
Soak the nails in a bowl of acetone for 10-15 minutes. The remaining polish will start to peel up.
Use a metal nail stick to scrap the remaining pieces of polish. If the polish will not bulge, use a file on the nails.
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!
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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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!
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.
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.