Nail It! Mannequin Nails for Spring.

Nail It!

Spring brings a new clean fresh look and the newest trend is called Mannequin Nails. Basically they are a clean nude flesh like look. Sometimes it can be a pastel that is close to your own skin undertone (olive would go for greens and fair would use a light blush color).At home Manis can be easy, just soak hands in a gentle cleanser (Baby Shampoo works for this), dry hands with a soft cloth, file in one direction with a fine grade sanding board. From here you may want to add some sort of cuticle oil if none is available good old Olive Oil from the kitchen is wonderful for hydration. Massage and let it sink into your skin, rinse and blot your digits. If you are going to go for wearing polish like the new Mannequin look use polish remover on the nail bed then follow with a base clear coat. Then apply color in 1-2 coats as needed and follow with a top coat. I always like to look for a Top Coat with UV protection if I can it helps keep the manicure looking fresher longer.

“REAL STEEL DEEL”-  Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple ($3.50 in stores), looks great on most skin tones and has a subtle pop of color, worth a try!


Pucker Up or NOT?

It’s often advised to drink dark liquids through a straw so that you can keep your pearly bright smile. The catch with this is when you pucker up with a straw you tend to over use the muscles around the mouth.  This adds to fine lines forming around your mouth it is due to the breakdown of the elastic or known as elastin bands in the skin (think of an old rubber band that is stretched out) add years of unprotected sun exposure to the mix (think cracked old rubber band). We see this, a lot in smokers because of the over use of the facial muscle and the fact that the skin suffers from marked dehydration. Unlike  the muscles in the body the facial muscles cannot be built up with repetitious  exercises it is the opposite. So, skip the straws and also, skip chewing gum for many of the same reasons. Drinking in a wide glass and popping a Tic-Tac is over all a better option. We don’t tend to think about these things day to day until one day.

Happy 100th Oreo! A little indulgance yum!

Happy 100th Birthday to Oreo Cookies! I think a little, in moderation can keep you on track. It seems when we try to deprive too much it can become harder to stay as dedicated to our healthy dietary goals. Most people find that a little reward or “Cheat” can help keep them centered and “Real” about choices. At only 70 Calories a cookie it’s an OK indulgence but remember, for 3 it’s 210 and it’s hard to stop at just one! It’s lifestyle and being “The Best” You can be, but have fun too!

Winterize the Blahs! Moisturize what?

Winterize, Moisturize the Blah ! Hydrate Vs.  Protect

It’s the time of the season we need it but we hear buzz words about hydrating and protecting and products that promise both.

First, Hydrating is different than protecting although they can work together. Hydrate means you bring moisture to your skin (not by clogging pores) using ingredients that draw and attract water. Think , Hyaluronic  Acid or Glycerin. These are potions that attract water from the air, trust me young skin looks hydrated and these can help. Plus, young skin has a benefit because healthy hydrated skin keeps the  pests away that causes acne etc.

Protecting is a big factor because no matter where you live you are in the elements when the wind  blows and your nose runs guess what happens to your skin? In the office all day or outside we feel it!

A simple swipe of Vaseline might be all you need and the funny thing is that it is the base of many cosmetics. It can protect but not hydrate. Always use an SPF during the day under makeup or if you are a guy use it as part of your daily routine.

Protecting has to be a part of life but we don’t want to sluge our skin so much that it can’t breath then this stuff doesn’t work. Do mild exfoliation prior to  that then use a product with heavier emollients  (mineral oils are fine if pure) I honestly think if you can do a treatment at night of Olive, or Almond oils they work well on most skin (If you aren’t allergic).

I tried Johnsons “baby creamy oil” it has coco and shea butter. .Gotta say for the cheap price I really like it and it doesn’t have a lot of residue, that’s  Kattails UP!! (we like)

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