Beauty Tip #: 953 – Revive your manicure

Slick a shiny, clear top coat over whatever polish you have on your nails. It’ll give them a glossy, high shine finish and will also prevent nicks so your mani will look freshly done.

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Life after Acrylic Nails

I recently had acrylic nails for a wedding I was in. I opted for the french tip and loved them. This was until they started growing out. Once they start growing out you need to get refills or remove them. Shabby nails are a beauty no-no and must be attended to regularly.

I decided to remove them. My main reasoning for this was that I couldn’t really afford to keep up with it. I would also prefer to spend my hard-earned cash on nail polish instead. As you are all aware by now, my new love at the moment is OPI nail polish.

If you decide to remove your acrylic nails like I did, it is best to have this done at the salon where you got them. Removing acrylic nails the wrong way can damage your natural nails. Nail salons have the skill and patience to remove them properly.

If you are going to try to remove your acrylic nails at home DON’T rip them off. You can end up hurting yourself and damaging your natural nails if you’re not careful.

The easiest way to remove acrylic nails at home is to soak them in acetone. Most nail polish removers contain acetone. Acetone can irritate the skin so a lot of brands are acetone-free, so check your bottle and make sure it contains acetone or it won’t work.

Find a comfortable work space and cover with a towel. Acetone can damage furniture – believe me! Next, pour the acetone nail polish remover into a glass bowl. Pour enough so that it will cover your fingertips. Cover your cuticles and the tips of your fingers in Vaseline or petroleum jelly to protect your skin and leave your nails bare. Soak your fingertips in the acetone for about 20 minutes. After this the acrylic gel should soften and start to dissolve away. Use a cuticle stick to gently scrape away the acrylic. It can get sticky and it can also take a few times of soaking and scraping to remove the glue and acrylic. Avoid scraping the surface of your natural nail as this will damage it. You can also wipe the acrylic nail with a rag or towel soaked in acetone. When the acrylic is nearly gone, wash and dry your hands. Use a nail buffer to take away any remaining bits of acrylic. This is so that you avoid damaging your natural nail. Lastly, apply moisturizer or a hand and nail cream and then some nail repair or hardener.

Another way to remove your acrylic nails is to soak cotton balls in acetone, place them over your nails and then wrap your fingertips up individually with aluminium foil. This will dissolve the acrylic without having to soak your fingertips in acetone. Leave the cotton balls for at least 20 minutes and remove them the same way as before.

If your at home experience is too painful or you find your skin is sensitive from the acetone, then stop. Wash your hands with some gentle soap and go to a salon. It isn’t too expensive and they are professionals who know what they are doing.

Try not to do what I did. I got fed up with trying the above. I’m very impatient and couldn’t wait to paint my fingernails with my brand new OPI nail polish – Mod about you. So I carefully cut them back after soaking them and I bit them off instead. I know, very naughty – but I was really careful and they really aren’t too damaged. They are paper thin now so I put on some nail repair polish and they are gradually getting better. My nail polish looks pretty though!

Love Kirst xx

I heart… OPI

I have been converted and am now an OPI nail polish lover. I didn’t realise how good it was until I used it for the first time the other day. I was out shopping at DJ’s and walked past the OPI section and thought it’s about time I found out what all the fuss was about.

I instantly fell in love with all the fantastic names of all the colours. Each bottle was A$19.95 and I was pleasantly surprised by their large size. I came across a set of 4 OPI Spring Cuties miniature nail polish sets and thought that this would be great for me to try out and see if I liked them – I did!
The set was A$24.95 and included:
OPI Mod About You
OPI Don’t Know…Beets Me!
OPI Plugged in Plum
RapiDry Top Coat

When I got home I put on Don’t know… Beets Me! on my toes, and Mod about You on my fingers. I am hooked! They glide on super smoothly and don’t bleed in between your nails and skin. I didn’t even need to use a cotton bud to touch up the skin around my nails – and I am no expert at applying nail polish! I hardly used any so they will last me for ages and they literally dried in less than a minute.

I love the idea of the mini sets. Most of my friends probably wouldn’t buy nail polish for themselves  so the make really great presents. Who doesn’t like nail polish? They are also really cute and are great for colours you don’t wear all the time.

Love Kirst xx

L’Oréal Paris Melbourne Fashion Week…. BORING!

 
One thing I am surprisingly not looking forward to this year is L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Week. 

A friend and I attended our first fashion show a few years ago and were not impressed at all. We decided to go check it out only a few weeks before, so our tickets were booked quite late. We weren’t surprised to find our seats were in the back stalls hidden behind the glamazons and wannabe fashionistas where we could hardly see the runway. We had taken half a day off work and travelled an hour and a half to get there in time to see a less than exciting show that lasted no more than 20 minutes with clothes we had already seen in store and online. We paid $45 for a ticket plus parking and tolls. I could have bought a new lipstick with this which I think would have been much more worthwhile.

We had to walk a small marathon from our parking spot in very high and uncomfortable heels (though absolutely gorgeous and totally worth it – they were the highlight of the night!) to get to the venue.

After the show you could visit the L’Oréal Paris Powder Room where you could have your nails polished and your lips done, and on departure receive a free gift. The line was gigantic and my poor little feet could not take it any longer so we returned back to the car.

I was so disappointed I decided to compose an email to L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Week. I have never complained before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought the least they could do would be to post me the ‘free gift’. Their response was unfortunately not what I was hoping for. They advised they were sorry I was disappointed and would take my email into consideration. The L’Oréal Paris Powder Room is a free consultation with one of L’Oreal’s team and as this is a free service it is very popular so they recommended that I pop in during one of the fashion shows as there are usually no lines then.So basically, bad luck – come back later. I was unhappy with this response so I decided to email Cosmopolitan who sponsored the event. I am still waiting to hear back from them and have not purchased another copy of Cosmopolitan since.

So really, the only thing that I got from that night was a plastic fan, a back issue of Cosmo I already had and blisters from my shoes.

It is unfortunate as this was my first and will probably be the last fashion show I attend.

Love Kirst xx