Category: Beauty

Shaping Your Nails

If you’ve ever gotten a manicure, you may have been asked if you prefer square or round nails. You can shape your nails to be very square, like a horizontal line above your fingertips. You can also make them quite rounded, like a perfect arch. Nail shape is a matter of personal preference, but there are some things to know before you shape your nails. You might find that meeting in the middle (a little square, a little round) is the best way to shape your nails.

Square Nails

Fingernails often tend to grow a bit rounded, but you can create a square shape as well. Square nails tend to be stronger since the side of the nails and the tip is even.

 Rounded Nails

Some people prefer having fingernails with a more rounded shape. However, making the nails into a perfect arch can weaken them.
Most experts recommend that you allow nails to be rounded at the tip, but square at the sides. The sides of your nail provide the strength for the tip of the fingernail. Therefore, if you file your nails to too much of a point, the nails may split at the sides. Also, nails that are too pointy or rounded tend to break more easily.

 Creating a Nail Shape

A manicurist can help you create the nail shape you like. Or, you can create the nail shape yourself. Use a nail file rather than clippers or scissors to shape your nails. If you need to cut the nail, use clippers rather than scissors.

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In order to obtain square nails, you need to let them grow out a little before shaping them so that they can be even. To obtain rounded nails, let them grow out at least an eighth of an inch beyond your fingertip before shaping.

What Nail Shape Says About Your Health

Sometimes, the shape of your nails may make a statement about your health. If the shape of your fingernails is abnormal, consult your doctor. Whatever nail shape you choose, regularly groom your nails to keep them strong and healthy. Avoid biting your nails, since nail biting can damage your nail beds, cause infections, and prevent your nails from holding their shape. Remember, nails, like hair, grow back! You can have fun with your nail shape, and try different shapes that work for you.

 Tips to Make your Manicure Last

Well groomed nails exude confidence and care from the person sporting them. This is why many women spend the time and money to have their nails done regularly. There are few things more frustrating in life than watching a fresh manicure chip and peel under the wear and tear of daily life.

Shopping On A Budget

We all want nice things and there’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself once in a while with a couple of nice items. However, if the money is tight, shopping for your favorite products can add to the problem. But there is a way to have the best of both worlds. It may require some discipline and changes but it isn’t impossible.

Avoid splurging all at once. It’s easy to get carried away and buy a heap of items at one time but the total amount is going to hit you where it hurts and you will feel the effects. No matter what you are buying, keep it small. Buying two to three things at a time is much easier to deal with financially than going out and buying an entire wardrobe or skin care line of products. If you buy a little each payday, you won’t feel the sting in your wallet the way you would if you spent a large amount of money all at once.

When you’re on a budget, the last thing you need is debt. Do not use credit cards to make your purchases when shopping for personal items. The key to smart shopping is to only spend what you know you have. Piling purchase on top of purchase on your credit cards is tempting but it won’t help your budget in the long run when you receive your statement in the mail. Instead, stick to cash, as this will keep you from spending more than you have. Debit cards are also ideal when it comes to shopping smart since this draws money directly from your checking account so you’ll be comfortable knowing there’s money in the bank at the time of purchase that you won’t have to pay back at a later date.

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Sales can be both a good and bad thing if you’re on a budget. In-store sales tend to be easier to tackle without going overboard. If you’re on an online shopper, you may be in trouble. If shopping online, steer clear of small sales offering “15-20% off” or “free with purchase.” As nice as it may be to get a free product, or free shipping and handling, you have to take into account that you are, in many cases, paying full-price for the items needed in order to get special offers and deals online. Wait for sales that advertise within the “40-50% off” range if possible – this also applies to in-store sales.

Because skin care and makeup items can be pricey depending on where you buy them, turn to do-it-yourself alternatives to save money when you aren’t able to afford your regular products. Instead of spending money on toner, use witch hazel, which is cheap and a common household item. Skip on fancy makeup remover and use baby shampoo. It may not seem like it, but regular baby shampoo works wonders as a makeup remover that is gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money on skin care products for your face if you don’t have to. Depending on your skin type, even the most basic cleanser and moisturizer can get the job done in place of the more expensive products. Olive oil and other essential oils mixed together or added to your favorite lotion can serve as the perfect homemade moisturizer.