The thirtieth week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
THIS WEEK’S THEME IS…
This week’s #365BeautyTips features fellow Eastern Cape Blogger, Luchae from My Spreadsheet Brain. After meeting Lu at the #ECMeetup, I was so blown away by the firecracker soul that she has, that I have been eating up every one of her blog posts since.
Follow, Stalk and Like Luchae on her social media accounts, and do check out her blog for more mani tips. PLUS for Women’s Month (August), she will be hosting a mani-giveaway. Every Monday she is sharing a Mani Monday and readers are able to enter to win their own Essence hamper.
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When it comes to making sure your nails always look great, getting the right nail file should be right up there on your to-do list. One would think that a nail file is a nail file is a nail file, right? Wrong. Generally, files with a much higher “grit” surface do a better (quicker) job at getting those pointies perfectly shaped. The lower the grit number, the harsher the file will be and the more damage it may cause to your nail. With that said, you don’t want a grit that is too harsh. An 180/240 grit is the best type of file for your nails. Try to avoid metallic nail files – they are extremely harsh on the natural nail. My favorite nail file at the moment is the Endurance 150 from Nail Systems International. I’ve had this baby for a while now and it has still maintained its abrasiveness and is not that harsh on my nail. Totally legit.
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If you’re a sucker for pretty polishes but not so much for the work that goes into keeping your nails healthy, like I am, then coconut oil is about to become your best friend. Cuticle health is imperative since the cuticle helps to stimulate nail growth and also seals off the opening between your nail and the finger. Proper cuticle care will lead to healthy, strong nails! I try to maintain my cuticle health my applying copious amounts of coconut oil to moisturize the area. I also use a soft tipped cuticle pusher to gently push the cuticle back, for shape. You could do the same with a wooden “orange stick”. NEVER cut your cuticle. It has a purpose on your finger and removing them could attract bacteria and harmful germs.
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I never, ever apply nail polish without getting a solid layer of base coat down first. A good base coat not only protects your nail from the (somewhat harmful) nail polish chemicals, but it also ensures that the polish stays on for longer and in some cases, it can really make the color pop even more! Ever remove your nail polish to find ghastly yellow stains on your nails? A good base coat will help to alleviate the staining and, with all the clever product on the shelves now, you could probably find one that would double as a problem solver too (nail hardener for brittle nails etc.) Don’t forget to prime your nails by using a cotton swab soaked in nail polish remover, to remove all the excess oil build up from your nail bed, before applying your base coat.
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A good top coat is as important as choosing the proper polish, in my opinion. A top coat over your polish will not only act as a protective barrier, safeguarding your mani against chips, but it will also help to make your nail polish last longer (minimal fading!) I love that top coats give your mani that glossy finish that you may not get from polish alone. If you like to shake things up a bit there are also fabulous matte and pearl top coats.
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Nail art goodies
Ever stare at beautiful nail art-bedecked pointies and wonder “how on earth did she do that?!” Well, look no further. You can DIY your own nail art in the comfort of your home with nothing more than a few basic nail art tools and your polishes of choice. I love that our favorite cosmetics houses are now catering to the average Jane’s creative flare by producing fabulous nail art stickers and brushes. From blending to drawing to making dots, there is a gadget for just about every nail art design! Youtube is filled with great DIY vids that show you how to use these tools to create mani’s that make the crowd go Oooooh!
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Nail art tools: The home edition
As I’ve explained in my previous post, there are amazing nail art tools available which you can use to turn your digits into works of art. But, truth be told, some of my favorite nail art tools were found in my bathroom! A bobby pin makes for an excellent dotting tool. I love using a toothpick to create swirls and other intricate details. You could even try sponges or net (I usually cut up a net loofah for mine) to play around with texture and design. If your freehand is not so free at all (pun intended) try painting a thick layer of clear polish onto a plastic bag, and once dry, using a permanent marker to draw your image of choice. When this has set, you simply peel the “sticker” from the bag and apply to your nail. Oh, and earbuds are a must for clean up!
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Nail art stamping
I’ve fallen in love with nail art stamping and contrary to popular belief it’s not that difficult to do! You would need a couple of stamping plates, a stamper (the gummier the head, the better) and a scraper. I got mine online for probably less than R100 and you could pick some up at the Essence stand for the same price. How it works: On your stamping plate, find the image you want to stamp. Add polish to the image, scrape off the excess and then roll your stamper over the image. You would then transfer that image onto your nail, by rolling it in the same direction on the nail. Easy peasy! Opaque nail polishes work best and you can do as many images as you like! Don’t forget to seal your design with a great top coat.
And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?