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6 Things That Happen When You Stop Using Nail Polish

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I gave up biting my nails 3 years ago after seeing my 4-year-old son chewing away at his own digits. How could I encourage him to break his bad habit if I didn’t do the same? But with biting behind me, I became obsessed with polishing my nails to candy-colored perfection. It seemed like a good tradeoff until my youngest son snapped me back to reality: “Ewww, what’s that smell?” he declared, pointing his nose at the polish I was holding. I froze mid-swipe.

That smell was a chemical cocktail of endocrine disruptors and possible carcinogens I wanted nowhere near my kids, let alone my own lungs. After years of slapping on coat after coat of vibrant varnishes, it was time to give my nails a break. Along the way, I discovered a couple of other benefits to letting my nails go naked.

Your Nails Will Get Stronger
Without the glossy distraction, at first it felt like there was a giant spotlight on my finger flaws. My unflattering nail ridges, uneven half-moons, craggy cuticles, and brutally brittle, weak nails glared back at me. But it turns out it wasn’t my naked nails that were to blame for the blemishes; it was all that polish remover. Nails are made of layers of keratin, similar to hair, and although fingernails don’t actually need to breathe, the strong solvents in polish remover dry out the nail and surrounding cuticle, says Dana Stern, a dermatologist and nail specialist in New York City. “With frequent exposure, the nail can become more prone to peeling, splitting, and general surface irregularities.” Gel polishes may be even worse. A study out of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine used ultrasounds to demonstrate that gel manicures cause nail thinning.

Nails Lose That Yellowish Undertone
Another thing I noticed when I ditched the polish was how yellow my nails looked. According to Stern, continuous polishing can be to blame for this unsightly shade of yellow. Fortunately, just like cutting back on coffee and red wine makes your pearly whites whiter, a varnish vacation lets nails get back to their natural healthy hue. After only 1 week, mine lost that jaundiced look.

Those Rough White Patches Disappear
When you keep polish on for a long time, the keratin granulation can cause white patches and surface irregularities to appear on the nail, notes Stern. Basically, too much polish and remover strips the superficial layers of the nail, leaving a roughed-up mess. Keeping nails free and clear gives those chalky blotches a chance to fade or grow out.

You Lower Your Chemical Load
There’s a reason mommies-to-be skip manicures. A lot of nail polishes are a chemical cocktail of ingredients tied to miscarriages, birth defects, cancer, and lung diseases, and it’s not just the toxic trio of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate that’s to blame. A joint study by Duke University and the Environmental Working Group found that another common polish chemical, triphenyl phosphate (a hormone disruptor linked to early-onset puberty and obesity), can actually be absorbed by the body.

You Get a More Accurate Window into Your Health
Did you know that nails are like a window into your health? Changes in your nails—think discoloration, thickening, or changes in nail shape—can signal rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, liver problems, heart disease, and even vitamin deficiencies. Polish-free nails give you and your doctor a clearer window into your health.

Naked Nails Can Still Stand Out + Be Stylish

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After a week of being annoyed by my exposed, naked nails, I discovered something that changed everything: a buffer. Rubbing back and forth with the four-sided tool (start with the rough side and work your way down) gives nails a high-gloss finish as shiny as any clear polish. Top nails with cuticle oil or a dab of coconut oil and—presto!—natural beauty at its best.

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Your Easy Black Friday Hair Tutorial Is Here

Happy week, gang! The holiday season is finally upon us, which means it’s time to eat lots of yummy things, drink lots of yummy things, and, of course, shop a little (did we mention our Black Friday sale is happening NOW?). For those of you waking up at the crack of dawn this Black Friday, we’ve got a no-fuss hairdo to help get you get out the door fast and still greet the crowds feeling glam. Now that’s a hairstyle we can get behind.

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Step One: Dry Shampoo

Wake up second-day strands with a couple spritzes of your favorite dry shampoo. Apply it at the roots, around your crown, and behind your ears, but avoid spraying any on your ends.

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Step Two: Curl

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3 Ideas For Festive Holiday Makeup

I love everything about the holidays: exchanging gifts, spending time with loved ones, and most of all, wearing dressier makeup. Whether you’re heading to an office get-together or a black-tie ball, here are 3 holiday makeup tips for flattering and easy ways to shine this season. You can tweak each of these looks to suit your style (subtle or bold) and the soiree. Plus, see quick, easy ideas for day-to-night makeup updates for the holiday party season.

Richly Bejeweled

Jewel tones and festive holiday makeup

Deep jewel tones such as sapphire, magenta, and emerald make eyes pop. Balance this look with a soft mouth.

Subtle style
Sweep a light shadow like champagne or bone over eyelids. Trace the upper lash line with a jewel-toned gel or liquid eyeliner. Try Almay Intense i-Color in Purple Amethyst or Bobbi Brown Shimmer Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Denim. Flick on one coat of black mascara. Keep the rest of your face neutral with a flesh-toned lip gloss and pinky brown blush.

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3 Makeup Tricks To Make You Look Less Tired

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Some nights you just can’t get any. Sleep, that is. Insomnia, jet lag, late nights out, and staying up with a sick child are just a few snooze-time thieves. Inevitably you wake up the next morning looking just as blah as you feel. The telltale signs stare back at you in the mirror: lackluster skin, dark circles, and droopy eyes. Since hiding under the covers usually isn’t an option, follow these surefire makeup tips to look awake and to perk up your looks when you’re pooped.

For Lackluster Skin

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The best way to wake up skin is to hydrate, both inside and out. Start your day with a big glass of water; then focus on your skin care routine.

When you’re tired, a loss of lipids can allow water to evaporate from your skin, leaving it feeling dry and tight and looking dull. The solution: Lube up with a richer, denser face moisturizer than you normally use (“petrolatum” on the ingredient list is a good sign), or just switch from lotion to cream. Wait a few minutes to let the moisturizer sink in, and reapply if your skin still feels dry.

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3 Signs You’re Stuck In A Beauty Rut

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Recently I unearthed old video footage dating back to the ’80s and was amazed at how many looks I went through, from vampy lipstick and a perm to supertan skin and surfer-girl blonde highlights. Change has always been easy for me, but I know that’s not the case for many women. So here is advice for the three most common beauty ruts I see. If you’ve found yourself longing for a new look, read on for instant makeup tips.

1. You look like you’re in a time warp

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Symptom: Your beauty routine is the same as it was in high school—and it’s been 20 years since you graduated. Not only are you bored with your looks, but you’re also feeling a little out of step with the times.

Solution: Recognize that your looks have changed and your makeup should complement, not fight, your age. If you’ve been wearing pinkish foundation thinking that it gives you a youthful glow, it’s time to switch to one of the newer foundations with more natural-looking yellow undertones.

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How To Spray Your Hair Easily by Yourself

Due to the sheer volume of various hairspray products promising to keep your hair looking healthy and in style, it’s hard deciding on which product to use. This just one challenge involved. Do you know the proper way of using hairspray in order to get the maximum effect that each of them claim to deliver? Here are 8 tips that will help you spray your hair with ease, and pull off the look you desire.

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The secret hair damage you could be doing in winter

This is what the season does to your hair.

Adjusting skin care routines for the period of the year that is dry, cold and characterized by

unpredictable weather is standard practice for many, but maybe not so much for hair. With a little bit

of special attention and a few logical changes, we can save ourselves from unnecessary hair issues.

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How to keep your skin perfect

1. Wear a big pair of sunglasses 

You look fabulous and your eyes are splendid. We do not want you to hide your beauty. We simply want you to stay youthful and attractive for many years to come. Protect the tender skin around your eyes. Plus, apply an eye cream or gel in the mornings and evenings.

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5PCS Pro Beauty Flawless Water Droplets Sponge Makeup Foundation Puff

 

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Can you guess how old this woman is?

“I’m not against anybody having botox… that’s their choice, just like it’s my choice not to.”

One sassy grandmother turned vlogger is dishing out some Southern belle style beauty advice on her Youtube account and people are listening because she doesn’t look anything near her supposed age.

According to her profile ‘Melissa55’ informs her more than 10,000 strong Youtube fans she is a 60 -year-old wife and mother living in a small town in Tennessee. And while her family is everything to her – she enjoys fixing a big dinner for her kin each Sunday – Melissa knows a thing or two about looking fine.

Melissa’s amateur videos are garnering thousands of views thanks to her folksy beauty advice, delivered with some adorable southern charm.

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