Sunday, 25 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
I’m pretty certain that a lot of you will be tempted and guilty of pulling or biting off your fake stick on nails (and even UV Gel or Acrylic Extensions!). Please If you pull off the fake nail, this can be very damaging to your own natural nails and leave them brittle, soft and in poor condition. A lot of people seem to think Gel damage your nails but it is in fact when you pull off the nails which causes the damage. Following the good aftercare advise that you can find here (LINK) on my blog also prevents damage to your natural nails. I would always recommend you get your nails removed professionally or for a much cheaper option is to learn how to remove them safely at home as removal at salons can be very costly. There several different options to remove false nails. I shall show you how to do two different ways which are quick, simple and cheap to do at home! At a salon they would normally remove the nails and then give a quick manicure or tidy up and apply some nail strengthen – I have already posted a blog also show you how to do a quick 10 minute manicure.
Method: Step One: Get all your tools ready and soak cotton wool pieces in acetone - you may you the soaking bowl to help with this if you wish.
Step Two: (Optional) If you have sensitive skin, as the acetone is abrasive and extremely strong chemical you can apply a layer of Vaseline around you fingers and around the nail cuticle to protect your skin.
Step Three: Wrap the soaked cotton wool pieces around your nails covering them completley. Then wrap a piece of tin foil around the cotton wool to secure.
Step Four: Leave on for 15-20 minutes. You are able to have a cuppa whilst your waiting!
Step Six: If you find some of the nails haven’t lifted you can wrap the soaked cotton wool around the nail again and leave for a further 5-10 minutes and repeat step five.
Step Seven: Once the fake nails have been removed, buff your natural nails with the 3 way buffer until smooth and shiny.
Step Eight: Apply cuticle oil to replace the lost moisture and apply a coat of nail strengthener….continue with a mini manicure if needed.
Monday, 19 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
What do you think?
I'm writing you this letter to tell you that I'm leaving you forever. I've been a good man to you for 7 years & I have nothing to show for it.These last 2 weeks have been hell.Your boss called to tell me that you quit your job today & that was the last straw. Last week, you came home & didn't even notice I had a new haircut, had cooked your favorite meal & even wore a brand new pair of silk boxers. You ate in 2 minutes, & went straight to sleep after watching all of your soaps. You don't tell me you love me anymore; you don't want sex or anything that connects us as husband & wife. Either you're cheating on me or you don't love me anymore; whatever the case, I'm gone.
P.S. don't try to find me. Your SISTER & I are moving away to West Virginia together!
Have a great life!
Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter.It's true you & I have been married for 7 years, although a good man is a far cry from what you've been. I watch my soaps so much because they drown out your constant whining & griping Too bad that doesn't work. I DID notice when you got a hair cut last week, but the 1st thing that came to mind was 'You look just like a girl!' Since my mother raised me not to say anything if you can't say something nice, I didn't comment. And when you cooked my favorite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY SISTER, because I stopped eating pork 7 years ago. About those new silk boxers: I turned away from you because the $49.99 price tag was still on them, & I prayed it was a coincidence that my sister had just borrowed $50 from me that morning.
After all of this, I still loved you & felt we could work it out. So when I hit the lotto for 10 million dollars, I quit my job & bought us 2 tickets to Jamaica But when I got home you were gone.. Everything happens for a reason, I guess.I hope you have the fulfilling life you always wanted.
My lawyer said that the letter you wrote ensures you won't get a dime from me.
So take care.
Rich As Hell & Free!P.S.
I don't know if I ever told you this, but my sister Carla was born Carl.
I hope that's not a problem.
Friday, 9 October 2009
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- To create the perfect pout, line and fill the lips with a liner first to define them. This will also help the gloss stay on for longer.
- Applying a primer underneath your moisturiser is great for people who find that their make-up tends to wear off during the day. The primer will absorb any excess oils, even out skin tone and help foundation blend into the skin.
- If you have tired eyes, curl the lashes and apply a layer of defining mascara. This will really open up the eyes and make you look more awake.
For more info about BodyForm products go to, http://www.bodyform.co.uk/ You can also submit your own tips for your chance to win a day’s make-up course at The Jemma Kidd Make Up school for you and a friend, plus a make-up hamper for you to take home (note that the competition starts from the 12th October 2009).
Hope this is useful for all you ladies :)
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
There is several different types of clay bases you can buy and i sometimes add a little essential oil to mine like lavender as the mask on its own is very basic. I like to use Moroccan red clay to make my masks as it has excellent astringent properties, making it perfect for clearing spots, as well as it's ability to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, draw out toxins and improve blood circulation - just makes you look more perky.
Hope this was useful for you - please leave a comment below and follow me!
Sunday, 4 October 2009
I have been getting alot of requests on how to create UV Gel and Acrylic Nail extensions at home, so i thought i would do a series of blogs and step by step guides with photographs to help you create your own Nail extensions. UV Gel Nails can cost anything from £25-60 in salons so im going to show you how to do them much cheaper at home! I’m going to show you how to create your own UV Gel nails at home. I thought we would start with the easiest U.V Gel Nails to start with and these are U.V Gel Overlays on top of your natural nails which are like having permanent nail varnish applied to your nails that wont chip! I have created a French Manicure look here, but you can also use coloured gel (which i shall do another blog post about), nail art or simply clear over the top of your natural nails. You can of course use acrylic but Gel looks the best as creates a smoother, thinner and shiny end result. I shall be uploading a blog on how to remove your UV Gel without damaging your natural nails.
A small Towel to protect your table
A sheet of Couch Roll or you can use kitchen paper
A UV Gel Lamp (I use a 36W with 180 sec timer) to cure your nails
Non-Acetone Nail Varnish Remover
Cuticle Remover (I use a creamy one)
2 Orange Sticks
Lint free Paper wipes
Gel Wipe Off Solution
4 Way Nail Buffer
Nail Dehydration (PH balanced)
Cotton Wool Pads
Lay out your towel, with couch roll over the top and get all your products and tools set out ready. I like to place a place mat underneath the Gel Lamp just to protect my table.
Take a cotton bud and apply a small amount of cuticle remover and wipe with a rolling action around the cuticle area of each nail. Then take an orange stick and gently push back the cuticle. If necessary you can cut away the excess cuticle you have pushed back with either cuticle nippers or a cuticle knife.
Once the cuticles have been pushed back you can then buff the nail using the nail buffer to remove moisture in the nail and prepare it for the Gel to adhere to. After buffing you can then rough grit around the cuticle area using the nail file.
Brush on some PH balanced nail dehydration solution onto each nail. Your nails are now prepared for applying UV Gel onto them. You should wipe your Gel Brush using the Gel Wipe solution and a lint free wipe to remove any dust and to clean your brush. I wrap my brush in tin foil when not in use – as it is important to store your UV Gel and brushes in a cool dark place and not to let your brushes or gel get in contact with direct sunlight or your Gel Lamp. It is important to look after them well as they can be expensive to buy and any contact with sunlight can cause your brushes and gel to become solid and damaged.
Start with the Clear gel, and apply a small amount onto the Gel Brush, wiping off the excess. Carefully apply the Gel to the nail starting at the cuticle, you want to get as close as possible to the cuticle but leave a tiny gap in-between the cuticle and where you’re applying the gel. If you flood the cuticle area, this will just create a lift once the nail has cured. At this stage if you have dropped some gel onto your skin or made a mistake you can wipe off with the gel wipe and start again. Practise makes perfect with this –you are aiming to get no air bubbles when you have cured the nails and wanting to create a smooth even finish. The trickiest part is around the cuticle area.
Once you have perfected the nail with the clear gel be careful not to smudge and place hands underneath the Gel Lamp and cure for 180 seconds. (Curing Times vary to which brand of lamp you use and also which gel you use so you should always go with what the manufacturer recommends – or a bit of trial and error – you can over cure and under cure nails) It is best to buy a lamp with a timer so you don’t over cure the nail and end up with lumps or air bubbles.
Once the clear base coat is cured, apply the second coat of gel using the white gel. Carefully paint on the white gel only on the smile line like you are doing the white part on a French manicure. You can correct mistakes using the end of an orange stick to make the line really smooth and perfectly formed. Once your happy with your smile line, cure under the gel lamp for 180 seconds. If your brush gets a bit sticky or too clogged up you can clean it by using the gel wipe on a lint paper - make sure you dont use acetone to clean as you shall ruin your brushes!
After you have cured the white smile line, next take the pink gel and apply over the whole nail but leaving a small gap around the cuticle area. Cure under the gel lamp for 180 seconds.
Once you have cured the pink gel, take a small amount of gel wipe solution on a lint-free wipe and wipe over the nail to remove the sticky layer of gel. File the nail to the shape you wish and buff to smooth down the nail. Be careful not to file too much as the gel will weaken and break off.
One you have filed and buffed the nail apply the top clear coat of gel and cure for 180 seconds. Once cured take a small amount of gel wipe solution on a lint-free wipe and wipe over the nail to remove the sticky layer of gel. This whole 10 set process should take between 45 minutes to an hour to create a full set of UV Gel French Manicure Overlays.