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Quick Tips To Make Your Gel Polish Last Longer

gel nail polishGel nails are beautiful and long lasting-only if you maintain them properly. If you have never tried them, you definitely should. Technically, they are artificial since several coats of polish are applied to seal the nails. This layers cover the nails, but your natural nails all the same grow. I think I prefer gel nails to acrylics. However, I know there are people who wouldn’t agree with the whole idea of gel nails, which is okay. If you love them, here are some quick tips to make your gel manicure last longer that have worked for me and still continue to.Read on…

Cut your nails

Taking care of your nails will be easier if you apply your gel with shorter nails. This provides them with enough room to grow below the gel coating and the chances of breakage are minimal.

Clean and moisturize those Nails

When you have a gel manicure, your nails need to be kept clean and moisturized. You don’t want dirt, debris or grit to get trapped beneath because this is not only unsightly, but unhealthy as well. Moisturizing will keep your nail beds and cuticles in perfect condition so your natural nails will not be damaged even when you remove your gel. Still, you can remove your gel nails at home, I do that.

Avoid the temptation to peel it off

At times, no matter how well we take care of our nails, chips do happen. However, when they begin, do not peel off your nails! Clearly, peeling is not the ideal way to maintain your manicure, but this isn’t the reason you will want to keep off this habit. If you start peeling off the layers of gel, you can harm your natural nail. Rather, remove the manicure the right way.

Add a top coat

 

This is one thing you can always do at home. Some people will do it every two days, while others do it once or twice in a week. This depends on what you like, the time you have and what you do. If you are often working with your hands, like typing, you will want to add a top coat often. When you lock your nails with a top coat, you will be able to drastically reduce the risk of chips and cracks.

Get your gel filled regularly

It’s important to get your nails filled when you begin noticing growth. Gel nails that are filled properly will last you longer. You will not have to remove and replace the polish regularly which can be quite expensive.

Go for lighter shades

Light polish doesn’t show cracks, chips or any imperfection easily. This means that if anything goes wrong, it won’t be easy to notice within a glance.

I love gel nails and I get them frequently, because I am a nail junkie and I love changing them often. And when I have them, I’ll go up to three weeks without any peeling which is a wonderful thing.

Foods That Are Great For Your Skin

Diet plays a major role in how the body functions. Therefore, it’s important to eat the right foods in the right amounts so that you get clear and youthful skin. Your skin is a direct reflection of the type of food you eat every day. Thus, it’s really important to be aware of the foods that have anti-ageing benefits to your skin to enjoy a healthy looking glow.

Here is are great foods that are known for their anti-ageing skin advantages!

Pomegranates

pomegranates

Every nutritionist will recommend eating a portion of pomegranate seeds each week for youthful skin. Pomegranates are packed with vitamin C, which functions as a great protector from the harmful UV rays.

The polyphenol compound called ellagic acid which is in pomegranates counters radical damages. Additionally, a great nutrient known as punicalagin aids in improving the capacity of the body to store collagen. Collagen plays a major role in ensuring you enjoy smooth and firm skin.

 

Water

Well, water isn’t exactly food. But consuming enough water each day is vital. You know you should take at least 8 glasses of water each day, but do you even get to half that? Water will help in keeping your skin properly hydrated, thus prevent it from getting dry and you will need this if you don’t want to develop nasty crow’s feet. If you hate the taste of water, you could try adding some cucumber to your water or even lemon.

Tofu

If you want a firm looking skin texture, tofu will help you achieve that and much more. The most important ingredient is isoflavones, which helps in preserving collagen. Collagen is responsible for firming your skin. Isoflavones will also protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, thus reducing wrinkle formation. Furthermore, tofu is extremely delicious!

Tomatoes

In a research carried out recently, researchers realized that people who had a high concentration of lycopene had smooth skins. Lycopene is highly found in tomatoes. Furthermore, lycopene prevents the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Tomatoes are known to prevent some cancer forms. To keep your skin looking youthful, include tomatoes in your daily food intake.

Blueberries

blueberries

When it comes to providing antioxidants, nothing beats blueberries. These delicious fruits provide the skin with total protection from skin damaging free radicals that result due to excessive exposure to the sun, stress and environmental factors.

To prevent your skin from cell structured damage, consume half a cup of blueberries each day. By eating this berries, you will have protected your skin from wrinkles, fine lines and sagginess.

Avocados

If you want to keep your skin looking young, try eating avocado regularly. Avocados contain lots of great fats and are high in glutathione. Most dermatologists say that glutathione is great for flushing harmful toxins from the body. Detoxing the body helps in curing acne and firming the skin. So next time you have a sandwich, don’t forget to add avocado.

Oily Fish

Love animal protein? Don’t allow anyone to prevent you from eating smoked salmon since it does magic to your skin. The fish contains oil that stops inflammation.

These foods are highly beneficial to your skin and will help you have a youthful radiant skin. A smooth and firm skin texture can be achieved at any age as long as you eat the right foods.

Make Your Nails Grow Longer With This Tips

On average, our nails grow 1/10th millimeter every day. Such a growth rate is really slow. But did you know there are proven ways you can increase the growth speed of your nails? Well, I have used some of these tips am going to share with you and they have actually worked!
Check them out…tested and true ways of growing longer nails.

filing nails properly

Tip No 1: Increase Blood Flow To Your Fingers

Increase the flow of blood to your fingers. Do this each day so that blood gets into the fingers. Activities such as filing, typing and playing the piano will help you achieve this. While doing your household chores, ensure you put on some good quality gloves. This helps in protecting your fingers from any harsh chemicals or any other forms of damage. Excess moisture also damages the nails. If you are nervous, refrain from biting your nails.

Tip No 2: Condition Your Nails With Hand Cream

Apply some hand cream to your nails as well. When your nails are polished, they are protected from splitting, tearing or cracking. Each time you go for a manicure, ensure you choose a wide square nail shape. This has minimal chances of breaking when compared to the oval shape. Always apply a layer of nutrient filled nail polish weekly. For a quick growth on your nails, apply the layer each night. Oily nail polish is always great as it helps in taking care of nails and thus they grow much faster.

Tip No 3: Make sure you take the necessary amount of calories every day.

If your body is not getting the necessary calories, the normal growth of your nails and hair can be slowed down. To make your nails grow quickly, avoid crash diets.

Tip No 4: Increase Zinc and Biotin In Diet

Take at least 2.5 milligrams of biotin every day as this help in strengthening your nails. Consume food that is rich in zinc such as milk and eggs. This helps to prevent nail discoloration.

hand and nail cream

Tip No 5: Shape Your Nails from the Outside towards The Middle

When shaping your nails, ensure your doing it from the outer edge going to the middle. The emery board should move towards one direction rather than the back and forth movement people often use. If you want to push back the cuticles, soak them first in warm soapy water as this makes it gentle on the nail bed.

Tip No 6: Increase Protein Intake In Your Diet

Increase the amount of proteins you take in your diet. Drink lots of protein shakes, lean meat and milk. A properly balanced diet is highly recommended to prevent vitamin deficiencies that cause unhealthy nails such as peeling, splitting and brittle nails. Also include lots of fruits and vegetables. Do not be obsessed with nails all the time as too much filling will weaken the nails and cause other nail problems.

These tips will help you grow your nails faster, stronger and longer. Keep your nails off your mouth, saliva does more harm to them.

My Wedding Skin Routine

Apart from the so many other products that I’m currently using in my routine, I can confidently say these tips have made my skin turnaround into what it is. My skin is not perfect as I would like to (with all the stress from work), but its way better than it was several months back.

Here is what my beauty routine is like in preparation for my wedding day. I’m sure it’s going to make a difference. Actually, it has already started showing some changes.

Eat More Watermelon

Watermelon
It does not matter the kind of skin type you have, all skin types need water. Drinking water goes along way, but eating some watermelon works too even with added benefits. Other great foods for your face are; grapefruit, lettuce and broccoli.

Control oil with blotting sheets

If you are always on the go, blotting papers assist in keeping your face free of shine. A better solution is to streamline your routine. Use a gentle face wash, don’t use the toner and then put on some lightweight oil free moisturizer. Washing your face too much will increase oil production.

Soften Elbows with salt scrubs

This is one of the things most brides seem to forget. Your weekly routine should have a bath with some sodium bicarbonate bath salts thrown in. Sodium bicarbonate helps in breaking down dry patches and makes your skin a sponge for moisture. For tougher patches, request your aesthetician to apply some glycolic peel on your elbows next time you go for a facial.

Deep cleanse with a mask

A mask is not supposed to take the place of your daily face washing routine; rather it’s meant to enhance it. If you have an oily skin, put on a mask each day. If your skin is dry, once or twice a month should be fine.

Use your concealer the correct way

The last layer of your foundation is meant to be well blended, but it’s the opposite for concealer. Blot it where you want it to be with a pointed brush. With your fingers, pat the perimeter until it’s all smooth.

Use your fingers to blend foundation

Whether you apply your foundation with a sponge, brush or stick, always blend it in with your fingers. Put a pea sized bit of moisturizer on your fingers, rub them together and then start blending. The added moisture will prevent your skin from drying out and will make you have a softer and dewy complexion.

Take care of your lips with SPF 30

It’s easier to protect your lips from getting chapped than it is to deal with them if they are already dry and cracked. If you often spend most of your time outdoors more so in sunny, windy or cold weather, I would recommend using a thick lip balm with SPF 30 that will keep your lips well hydrated.

Exercise

Lady-Exercising
Different types of cardio workouts are a must for my wedding day preparation. Exercise tends to tighten skin thus creating muscle tone and improves our mood which makes us feel good. And we all know when you feel good, you look good.
A good way of easily losing body fat and increasing muscle mass is through swimming (salt water pools), biking, boxing, running and skipping.

To establish whether you are in a fat burning zone, you can do the “talk test.” Since you need to be breathing heavily, talking should be difficult. Try to do 45-60 minutes of strength and cardio training 5-6 days in a week. You will see the results on your wedding day.
This tips actually worked for me so well I couldn’t believe it was actually me when I looked at my mirror.

Easy At Home Workout Tips For You To Stay Fit

mom working-out-at-homeDo you feel there is never time for you to exercise? After getting married, in came a new baby and honestly, I keep wondering what the hell I used to do with all the time I had back then without a baby. Now I never seem to have any time left in my life! And so since I have to account for every minute I have now, I came up with several exercise routines that I can do at the comfort of my home even with my little one!

Review ~ QV Skin Lotion (Repair)

QV Skin Lotion (Repair)

lotion

This brand is one of Australian equivalent to Cetaphil.
What sets it apart from the rest…
• pH balanced
• low-irritant formulation, free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol
• Light formulation, yet very hydrating

Suitable for everyone, but particularly for..
• Dry, scaly skin, winter itch, ichthyosis, xerosis, and dermatitis.
• Relief of symptoms of atopic eczema and psoriasis.
• Infants and the elderly.
• For normal / slightly sensitive skin, this is better used in winter as it’s surprisingly rich for such a light formulation.
Do I reaaaalllly need this?
• If you have any skin conditions & want a reliable moisturiser that repairs and soothes skin.
• Try the smallest size & go from there~ Comes in 3 sizes (250ml bottle
, 500ml pump pack, 
1L pump pack).

Wedding No. 1: The Dress, The Bling & A Little Drama

Hi everyone!!

Sorry it’s taken me so long to report back about my wedding! Since I’ve been taking you along in my wedding makeup journey, I thought it would only be right to share a glimpse of how it all turned out~

Wedding dress

Thank goodness I was able to hang the dress on the plane. Thanks for everyone’s words of encouragement during my nerve-wrecking moments.

Wedding ring

wedding ring
Because I wanted my ring from Melbourne, we waited until after we got back to place the order. *Drum roll* here it is!! Please don’t take this as bragging… This pic is to compensate for the lack of wedding photos (for privacy.. and also my Melbourne friends haven’t seen me in my dress yet!!!)

I can’t stop staring at it.. (which is kinda dangerous while driving, haha)

Wedding hair drama..

Wedding prep is not without it’s drama, and I had a little of it in China. To sum it up, the wedding hair studio apparently doesn’t wash hair (ridiculous) so my sis-in-law and I went to a nearby love hotel, negotiated to pay for 30 minutes (instead of the hourly rate), and the hotel boss lent me her Pantene shampoo/conditioner out of pity, Hahaha.

Being half-korean generated a bit of hype in the studio, and people were photographing my hair (and bare face) with their phone cameras..
The groom and IThe Groom & I at the hotel lobby (taking a break from welcoming guests, haha)
Forgive me for the erratic posts for now…
As it’s my first 30 days of married life! I’ve been out & about & on the go, totally reliant on my iPhone to read posts (which makes it hard to comment) and squeezing in entries during free moments like today.

I’m still here & still reading your posts~ (most likely while waiting or a quick alt-tab screen switch at work) and slowly getting through my backlog of beautyswatch housekeeping.

Have a great week~

Help! I need to tone up

I’m in denial… the first of my weddings is only 7 months away and I’m still dreaming about ways to tone up without executing any of those ideas..

One would have thought I’d turn into bride-zilla and start getting obsessed about my weight, but I’m not. I’m actually more obsessed about getting the right shades of makeup since I’m a control freak & having one of my weddings overseas makes me nervous and want to have a set of products on hand if I need to fix any mishaps.

My dilemma (ie. excuses)
– I can’t stand the gym. I’d rather spend the monthly membership on clothes/cosmetics haha.
– I can’t commit to a class time. I get distracted by outings & my hobbies..
– Jogging is OK but I stop too easily..
– A community pool is right opposite my place but I don’t like swimming on my own.
– I’ve tried exercise videos at home which have been most successful so far.

Since “at home” exercise seems to work for me I want to step up beyond DVDs and maybe get one of these for a more intensive cardio workout:


Or… an Elliptical Trainer.. also from oo.com.au
I need some advice!

Which one of the exercise machines do you think would be most efficient for a workout?
I’m really undecided between the two.

Stepper: I like that it’s more compact, fits easily in my apartment. It focuses on your lower body. This is AUD $10 cheaper than the Elliptical Trainer.
Elliptical Trainer: Has adjustable resistance, supposed to work your legs, hips, buttoms, arms & shoulders. I guess that’s if I use the right resistance & not just have a “free ride”, haha.