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Funky French Manicure Ideas

November 11th, 2013 - By Rich
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These funky French Manicure ideas run the gamut from inverse French manis, to sequined dipped tips to leopard prints. Get ready to nail it!

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The New Mani Mania: Are You Down For Denim Nails?

April 25th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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We’re finding one more way to rock classic denim: on our nails! That’s right, denim manicures are now a thing, and we are totally on board.

So how exactly does it work? No need to worry, your old jeans can remain in tact (so step away from the scissors). Nails Inc. London has just debuted a polish that boasts that unique indigo color that dries matte, giving your nails a denim finish.



15 Double Duty Beauty Products

April 15th, 2013 - By Rich
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Get more out of your makeup bag with these multitasking beauty products that save you both time and money. Hit the flip for Mommynoire’s picks.

7 Simple Steps to Make Your Manicure Last

April 15th, 2013 - By Rich
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Smudges, cracks, chips…. No thank you! Whether you’re heading to the salon or doing your nails yourself, follow these easy tips to make your manicure look better and last longer.

Nail It: 15 Pastel Shades for Spring

April 12th, 2013 - By Rich
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Say goodbye to snowy, cloudy days with nail color in a pretty pastel. See what haute hues are springing up this season after the jump.

Nail It: 16 Chic Shades for Spring 2013

March 20th, 2013 - By Rich
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Spring has definitely sprung with sassy new nail hues. Check out Mommynoire’s favorite shades for 2013 after the jump.

DIY Manicure in 5 Easy Steps! Ready, Set, Go!

December 8th, 2012 - By Rich
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In this day and age you can do just about any and everything yourself. Doing It Yourself has become a respectable practice when it comes to nails, toes, home repairs, and more. If you’re willing to invest in some basic tools and follow simple instructions and rules, you can be a self sufficient modern day woman who can save a few pennies in the process. Master these simple home manicure tricks!

Nailing it: 5 Fab Fall Shades to Love

September 2nd, 2012 - By Kim Jackson
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You’ve had tons of fun keeping your fingers fabulously tinted with summer’s neon and pastel nail colors. However, it’s time to start thinking about your new signature hue. Major for fall are shades of gold, orange and wine (or Chianti), as well as seasonal neutrals. There’s even a bit of sparkle to be had. Choose any of these 5 summer-to-fall shades and you’ll transition your tips with ease.

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Beauty On A Budget: 8 Delicious Drugstore Products You Can’t Live Without

August 19th, 2012 - By Kim Jackson
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While pricier personal care products tend to work almost like magic, blowing your entire paycheck on items you can’t really afford isn’t the only way you can tap into quality skin, hair and nail care. There are tons of brands carried in drugstores that retail at reasonable price points and will work well as supplements to your splurge-worthy items. Here are some of the best beauty products currently lining drugstore shelves.

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The Cost Of Looking Cute: Is Gel Polish Healthy For Your Nails?

July 31st, 2012 - By Jouelzy
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The first time I got a manicure, somewhere back in high school; every girl was getting acrylic tips. Then we moved on to gel tips and most recently gel polish. Now since I have naturally strong and long nails I never really indulged in the nail tips…but this gel polish trend, yes ma’am. As someone who does their hair often and uses their hands a lot, no matter the brand of nail polish (I’m an OPI girl, btw) my nail polish always chipped off within 3 days. And I absolutely abhor sitting still for longer than 5 minutes and then not being able to use my hands for an hour. The promises of gel polish lasting for upwards of 2+ weeks and drying in 5 minutes seemed like the ultimate answer to my need for having polished nails and working with my hands. So I jumped on the gel polish train.

The first time I got gel polish, I realized that the process is a lot like the gel tip process and I had always stayed away from that because tips weigh down and weaken your nail bed. For gel polish, they add a coat of shellac, which is baked under a UV light, and then the paint, which is again backed under the UV light. 2-3 weeks later you’re back at the nail salon to remove the gel polish and possibly reapply. In order to remove gel polish you have to soak your nails in acetone for 10+ minutes and then you’re back at it all over again. It’s a relatively simple and quick process. But that simple and quick process can do some damage to the nails.

Baking under UV lights is like exposing yourself to direct sunlight, which causes skin cancer. According to Dr. Susan Taylor at HuffPo: “If you are exposed to ultraviolet light for four to eight minutes every two weeks when you have a gel manicure, that can add up to significant exposure.” You can counter that by adding sunscreen after the nail salon has you wash your hands. If you’re brazen and super health focused, you can also wear gloves with the fingertips cut off. Alternatively, LED light is much safer option for any of the gel processes.

Now the acetone soak to remove the gel polish was the most harrowing for me. Acetone dries out your hands and can cause your nails to peel. I like my real nails and would like to keep it that way. Making your nails brittle by soaking them in acetone can make them more susceptible to breaking. To offset this, take Vitamin E and moisturize your hands regularly.

Do you have to stay away from gel polish if you want healthy nails? Not entirely, but don’t be so eager to get them done on the regular. Your nails need time to breath, so try to extend the time period between gel polish application. Applying light colors will also help extend the length of wear. Just remember that every trend isn’t best for you. Do your research and weigh how much the health risks mean to you.

Jouelzy offers tutorials on all aspects of Black hair care via her YouTube channel, focusing on women with tight budgets. You can also find her daily hair tips and inspirations on Facebook.

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