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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gelish Review

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I've been looking for something to be able to wear on my nails to make me look good without having to keep retouching by the end of the day. Because thanks to my job and just daily housewife duties, my nail polish always manages to chip no matter how great of a brand it is. I've done acrylics before and still somehow I just can't get them to look how I want them to. I've heard a lot of people who have used Gelish and swear by it. Honestly it's such an expensive product which is why I had been hesitating. But since I had a return to make, I chose to just exchange it and pay the difference. It is by far the smartest to get the kit! Buying each separate will have you spend way over the kit value. It comes with everything pictured above. I did my nails about a week ago and my nails look like I just did them. Still shiny, no chips, no cracks, nothing. Looks perfect! I'm so shocked and surprised. I was expecting at least a chipped nail. It's said to last about 2 weeks, so I'm keeping track. Although I wouldn't be surprised if they do last.

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Freshly done.
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1 week later.
The color I bought to try is 'Bella's Vampire'. Each color is sold separately, the only downer. But I would like to try with a regular polish after my 2 weeks test is done with this color. If it works with any other polish, it would save me a lot of money!
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Here is how to get perfect gel nails at home!

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1. You will need to lightly buff your nails to make them a little more even and reducing the ridges.
2. Next you will need to remove all the dirt and oil with the Nail Surface Cleanse.
3. Apply the pH Bond on natural nail.
4. You will begin the process by adding the first top coat, the Foundation.
5. Apply it under the UV light for about 30 seconds. (do not remove the sticky stuff on the nail after its done curing.)
6. Apply the Gelish color of your choice.
7. Follow up again by another 30 seconds under the UV light. (Repeat if 2nd coat needed.)
8. Finally add the last coat, the Top Coat.
9. Once again cure under the UV light for another 30 seconds.
10.Make sure you use the Nail Surface Cleaner on a lint free wipe!
11. Remove the sticky residue from the nails.
12. Last step is to add the Nourish cuticle treatment, it will be much needed and it helps a lot.

And that's all! Very easy, takes a little time but its better than waiting for the nail polish to dry. Specially at night, waking up with bed sheet indents on the nails . Who doesn't hate that right?

XO.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Growing It Out!


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I've been doing my research [ever since I chopped my hair off] on how I could make my hair grow. And make it grow fast! Here are a few things I've come up with to help speed up the process of growing your hair out!

1. Brushing. Finding the right brush! Last thing you want is to pull your hair put, causing breakage and even more damage. You need to be able to stimulate your scalp. Give back your natural oils, it will naturally nourish itself. You wanna focus on the scalp mainly. Like I said before the last thing you wanna do is cause more breakage to your hair.

2. Vitamins. A friend of mine when she was pregnant told me about pre-natal vitamins, I didn't know that even though I wasn't trying to have any kids that I could still take them. I'm now obsessed with them. Along with other vitamins, biotin included in those. Whichever vitamin you chose, make sure to drink plenty of water for them to dissolve well, and digest well. Try to keep them at near sight every morning to make sure you take them daily.

3. Exercise. When one works out, we sweat. Our blood is pumping and it's heating up. I realized that when I worked out the most and went for long runs in the summer, my hair grew out so much. It must be all the blood rush. If you can add some cardio daily, you can allow your hair to grow along with shedding a few pounds. Eating healthy is another way. You want to make sure you are eating enough fats, carbs and protein. Hair is largely composed of keratin, a protein made up of amino acids. To grow new hair, your body must produce more amino acids. Which comes from the protein we intake. Healthy protein foods include lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and soy products. Barely eating or not eating at all can cause hair loss. Why not growing your hair out and losing weight all at the same time? It's all really a win-win situation.

4. Head Massager. Along with brushing your hair, it allows you to stimulate the scalp. Natural oils and a rush of blood helps with hair growth. Have you ever just shaved, walked out into the cold and felt your hair stand up? Somehow already feeling prickly as if you hadn't just shaved? Irritating right? If only hair on our head grew that quick! Well the way the goosebumps you get on your legs or arms work, its the same with the head. Plus it feels really good and it completely relaxes you.

5. Treatments. Whether you are using diy home hair treatments or splurging in expensive products, its important to know what your hair needs. does it need protein? or does it need moisture? I recommend going to a hairstylist for them to get a feel on what your hair needs. If your hair has been over-processed (like mine was) or chemically processed, you need protein to add the strength back into your hair. If its dry and/or dull it needs moisture to bring it back to life. So you need to know whether you need one or the other. It's important to know what you're aiming to cure.

Well here you go, a few tricks here and there to help you grow your hair out. Hope it helped! I'll be keeping track of my hair growth as well! Good luck!


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Sunday, January 20, 2013

What Vitamins Promote Hair & Nail Growth?

B Vitamins
They are vital in maintaining healthy hair and nails and can be taken in supplement form or by eating beans, eggs or berries.

Biotin
It can help promote hair and nail growth and can be found in oats, brown rice and sunflower seeds.

Vitamin A
It helps the immune system function properly, resulting in healthier nails and hair. Vitamin A can be found in carrots and kale.

Vitamin C
It encourages blood circulation to the scalp and follicles, which can speed hair growth. Vitamin C can be found in fruits, such as oranges and berries, or taken in supplement form.

Vitamin E
It helps increase the uptake of oxygen into the cells of the body--thereby increasing the circulation to the scalp. Vitamin E can be found in nuts or in supplement form.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

NutriBullet

As you know by now, one of my favorite smoothies to make whenever I get into my diet craze days is Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie. I recently purchased the NutriBullet because of my love for smoothies and because well my blender just doesn't do it for me. I gotta say, it's pretty great! It really does pulverize every piece of fruit and veggies. I even added flax seeds and it destroyed the tiny seeds. It's pretty powerful! I can't recommend it enough. This is my new daily regiment:


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