Nail-tips

6 Easy Tips For Stronger Nails

Taking care of your nails is easier than it sounds, especially if you love nothing more than a manicure/pedicure every few weeks. Regularly exfoliate, moisturise, and file your nails to create a flawless base for nail varnish.

Not only will it last longer, but you won’t suffer from stained nails and irritating breakage. Here are a few of our basic tips on how to care for your nails at home.

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Cuticle cream

The secret to flawless nail polish is to keep the nail bed clean and tidy. Regularly use a cuticle cream to moisturise the area around dry nails, and avoid any dry patches which can be caused by the weather, salt water, and even fake tan. Apply a tiny amount of cuticle cream on the nail bed, and massage gently until the skin soaks it up.

Oils

Body oils are a great way to indulge and give your nails a little extra TLC. Just before going to bed, apply a moisturise-rich oil onto the hands, feet, and heels to soothe dry patches. Even though these products might take a little longer to soak into the skin, they are essential in keeping your nails looking their best.

Biotin

To avoid breakage, there are a number of supplements which encourage healthy hair and nail growth. Biotin is found naturally in eggs, but can be taken in the form of a multi-vitamin to treat brittle fingernails over an extended period of time.

Exfoliating

Take a small nail brush and regularly exfoliate your nail beds. It doesn’t have to be too harsh; simply use circular motions to remove any dead skin or bacteria away from the surface of the nail. Rinse hands with lukewarm water, then apply a hand cream before going to bed.

Soak

Treat your nails to a weekly soak which helps to balance out natural oils released from the skin. Use a combination of rose water, chamomile, and green tea to soak your nails for about 5-10 minutes. Moisturise afterwards to avoid over-drying, and create silky smooth hands and feet!

Nail polish

Always use a base and top coat if you want a subtle shine without the colour. Many nail polishes make quick-drying formulas which are perfect if you’re constantly on-the-go, or don’t have time to treat your nails. Always use a base coat to avoid discolouration on the nail bed (often an orange tinge), but if this does occur, use lemon juice to reverse the damage.

What are some of your tips for healthy looking nails?

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January 27, 2015

How To Nail The Latest And Greatest NYC Trends

The NYC nail trends forecast for 2015 is hot, hot, hot! In the lead-up to New York Fashion Week 2015, from February 12-19, celebrity nail artists have been hard at work backstage fine-tuning their handiwork on the plethora of new nail trends for 2015.

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Here, Nicole Lee, co-founder of NYC-based cosmetic brand LAQA & Co. Cosmetics gives SHESAID readers the low-down on what varnishes we need to buy now to stay on-trend.

“This year we’ll be seeing sweet pastels, metallic hues, clean whites and the new favourite, negative space: graphic polish designs that show a little bit of naked nail,” Nicole says. “We’ve also seen huge requests for subtle spring sparkles, a classic white with a touch of gold.”

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Top 3 hot US nail brands you need now:

  1. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Created with the editorial manicurist in mind, the NYC brand’s Nail Lacquer range is densely pigmented, quick-drying and super long-lasting. The result is lots of colour using very little product, for nails that are camera-ready just moments after application. Best of all, the OCC range is 100 per cent vegan and cruelty free.
    Top picks include Pool Boy, $24, an opaque turquoise, which is akin to a summer holiday in a bottle. Cheaper than a plane ticket, spoil yourself with this adventurous blue!nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishNext up, Black Metal Dahlia, $24, is perfect for a powerful handshake. This red demands attention and is pretty, deep and long-lasting.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
  2. Lime Crime: Founded by make-up renegades from Los Angeles, Lime Crime is committed to producing the most kick-arse, true-to-colour, cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics possible.
    Top picks include Milky Ways, $15, a glam, creamy, vanilla splash of white. This is effortless chic for off-duty glam.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
    Next up, Parfait Day, $15, is a delicious candy-sweet pink akin to a strawberry milkshake. This baby is perfect with the “bambi eyes” trend and a nude lip.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
  3. LAQA & Co.: This NYC-based cosmetic brand aims to deliver convenient products with an effortless, professional result. Packaged in unique artwork by young, emerging artists, these babies are precious, little pieces of art with a percentage of every product purchased contributed towards the artists themselves to further their potential.Top picks include the Gold Fleck + Pink Manicure Duo, $22, a double-ended polish pen with random-cut gold fleck. Simply brush over touch-dry nails for the latest nail trend. Love!nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishNext up, check out pretty melon shade Tweedledee Nail Polish, $18, an awesome shade perfect for pool parties, cocktail hour and the list goes on.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishFinally, the fabulously named, Ankle Biter Nail Polish, $18, (pictured) is worthy of attention for its divine, rose-gold hue.

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All nail brands are available for sale at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

 

January 15, 2015

Your Best DIY Manicure and Pedicure

With summer almost here, it’s time to pay attention to one of the most important parts of our body that often gets forgotten about – our feet. Zoe Vokis, Australia’s most sought-after nail technician and manicurist to the stars, dishes the dirt exclusively for Scholl on her tips and tricks to ensuring your tootsies will be thong-ready this season.

If you had one tip for feet and toenails, what would it be?
Keep toenails short and neat and always make sure they are trimmed on an angle to avoid ingrown toenails.

What are the secrets to stars like Miranda Kerr’s feet – does she have any special treatments, or use particular products?
Every time I have come across Miranda Kerr whether it is backstage for a show or for the cover of a glossy magazine, she has proven to be a true super model. She takes pride in having regular manicure and pedicure appointments to keep everything absolutely perfect at all times – it’s as simple as that!

What is the best trick you’ve ever seen?
Once upon a time I was shown how to repair a crack in a natural nail by simply using 1 ply of tissue and nail glue, followed by a light buff! Voila! It’s magic and actually works.

How long can you leave your nail polish on for? From time to time, we are all guilty of ‘topping up’ with another layer for a quick fix. But is this harmful?
No rule with this one but it does depend on the polish used. If you are using a reputable brand such as “Colour Club” you will find that the polish should last 7 days with no fuss.  Also check that there is no Formaldehyde in the ingredients and if not then it is totally fine to paint another layer for a quick fix.

If you don’t have time to run to the spa, how can you quickly treat a chipped nail?
I always keep a natural nail file handy so you can do a quick shape down, which looks much better than a chipped nail.

What’s the best advice you give someone who bites their nails?
You are better off biting your toenails as your fingernails harbour more bacteria! This usually stops every nail biter in their tracks!

What is the wackiest nail art you’ve ever seen?
3D “stiletto” themed nail art is always wacky! A lot of celebrities like to have custom “nail wraps” made just for them, for example Katy Perry has been spotted wearing “Willy Wonka” custom MinxNails.

What is your advice for those who run – should you cut your toenails straight or keep them round?
Always ensure they are as short as possible and that the edges of toenails are curved not square. If not you may cause “Onycholysis”, which is where the nail plate separates from the nail bed and it can cause the nail to completely come off! Not pretty!

What products can you use from your cupboard if you don’t have Scholl products on hand?
My favourite is a daily dose of DADI oil around the cuticles. This can also double up on the dry areas of feet without leaving an oily feel.

Zoe’s top 5 DIY tips for at-home pedicures:

1. Always push back cuticles and buff ridges out of toenails

2. Cut/trim toenails on an angle to avoid “ingrown” toe nails

3. Remove callouses from the balls and heels of your feet using the Scholl’s Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File

4. For incredibly soft feet and smooth edges, be sure to apply Scholl’s Instant Recovery Cream, which deeply penetrates and hydrates the skin

5. For a professional salon finish, apply a base coat followed by 2 colour coats and always finish with top coat for longer lasting wear and shine

Do you prefer at-home mani/pedis or do you go to the salon for your nail fix?

November 19, 2013