Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

Tom Bachik has helped stars like Victoria Beckham, Gwen Stefani, and Beyoncé get gorgeous manicures on and off camera. As Chanel’s top nail expert, he shares his tips on why darker nail polishes peel faster, how to make nail polish last longer on your nails, and why he recommends using an acetone nail polish remover instead. Watch our video for five nail care secrets to know from Chanel’s exclusive manicurist.

3 Pimple Spot Treatments

No one likes getting pimples – especially the ones that seem to sprout up overnight and last for months. Luckily, there are tons of treatments that help put a stop to them without emptying your wallet. That’s why we chose these three miracle-workers that break pimples down within 24 hours to give you flawless skin once again. And the best part is, you can get each one of them at your local drugstore.

Maintain Those Sexy Curls Well

Whether curls are small, long or medium, they are sexy. However, long curly hair needs to be taken care of. Only then it will look incredible.
When it is wet, comb from the bottom. Be gentle so that your hair does not break. If you want to put it back into its right place, then use your fingers to comb through once it is dry.
You need to use a deep conditioning treatment very frequently in order to keep the moisture intact because curly hair can be very dry.
A lot of hair styles can be tried with long curly hair. Putting it up but letting tendrils loose would look amazing. Also, you can leave it loose altogether. You could also try a French braid or just anything that you like. You should always let your curls be the way they are and style them as such. Don’t try going against the curls.
Long curly hair gets easily damaged and this is why utmost care is required. You need to trim it from time to time and condition it regularly. Be gentle with your hair when you comb it.
Let it dry for about half an hour before you style it. Use styling products that are made especially for curly hair.

Steps to Flawless Beauty

There are quite a lot of people who are unhappy with how they look. But everyone adopts some way or the other to look better. Nah, you don’t need to go under the knife to get flawless beauty. Here are step by step instructions to give you a flawless and appealing plus, long lasting glowing skin.

First and foremost, cleanse. Use a good and gentle cleanser. Place a little of the cleanser on a cotton ball and apply gently. Lukewarm water is the best. Avoid hot water because it can harm your skin.

Next, tone your skin. You’ll find a number of toners in the market. Choose the right one for your skin type. Those with oily skin may choose toners that have hazel.

Third step is to exfoliate. This is necessary to remove all the dead cells that can cause your skin to crack. Harsh exfoliators are a big no. Use gentle ones and never over-exfoliate. It can damage your healthy cells too.

Steaming every week is a good idea. Boil a pot of water containing a handful of chamomile. After it boils, let it brew and cool. Make sure you don’t touch any blemishes after you are done.

Revitalizing is also important. A mud mask on the T-zone will help you a lot. The T-zone includes your forehead, your nose, your chin and your cheek centers. Whilst the mask dries, place cotton balls soaked in rose water on your eyes. Before trying a new type of face mask, don’t forget a patch test.

Moisturize your skin regularly. It will lead to healthy and young skin. Daily moisturizers also protect from harmful UV rays. Use moisturizers day and night. In the day, use at least SPF 15. In the night, you can use anti aging and anti wrinkle creams.

 

Fashion Disasters that get onto the Nerves

Fashion is inevitable today. But it seems so that fashion blunders are even more so. There are things, absolute blunders that can irritate a woman beyond any limit. Here are a few sins that can rile up any woman.

  • Different sizes of clothes in different shops.
  • Unwashed, greasy hair.
  • Chipped nail paint.
  • G-strings on display.
  • Clumped mascara – a serious sin.
  • Exposed hair roots that need touch ups immediately.
  • Muffin tops.
  • Foundation tidemarks.
  • Women wearing Ugg boots and dragging their feet.
  • Women wearing tee shirts that bulge at the buttons.

Yes there are a few fashion rules that need to be broken. But beware not to turn yourself into a complete fashion disaster. Keep it fashionable, keep it within limits I say! Don’t go wild unless you know for sure that you can carry it out with ease, élan and oh, perfection.

 

Nude – The New Neutral? But “Nude” for whom?

Donna Karan
2011, Donna Karan

Many a fashion and style editor are stumbling all over themselves about the new “nude” trend on the runways but is “nude” really the adjective we’d like to use here? It bring up the question of “Nude” for whom? I have even seen a champagne colors dress worn by Michelle Obama touted as “nude” but isn’t that a bit… off? It was certainly not the color of the First Lady’s skin, so should we really be calling it “nude”?

I propose we shift our adjective a bit to something more description and none offensive to the majority of the population of the world. I personally prefer to think of this creamy color as “champagne” or “ecru” if only because they are fabulous words to say our loud and thinking about champagne always puts me in a smashing mood.

So, while you read stories about “nude” being the “new neutral,” take a minute to really think about that adjective and if it is really the best choice. I challenge you to respond to these fashion editors and writers about their use of the word as well.

After all, if we don’t speak up and use our voices, they may never realize how offensive the word can be to others.

Crochet and Macrame for Summer 2011

As you have likely already noticed, crochet and macrame are hot hot hot this summer. From swimsuits and accessories to full length dresses, these stringy pieces have graced many a runway this year. From flesh tones and tans to black and contrasting, crochet and macrame leave little the imagination.

Crochet isn’t just for afghans and winter hates anymore. Loose crochet in delicate patterns make up light, breezy pieces for this summer. From handbags to bikini tops, crocheted pieces can add a great deal of texture to any summer outfit.

When it comes to macrame, you may think of plant hangers and scary macramed owls but macrame has come a long way, darling. Macrame, a not so distant cousin of crochet, involves knotting with needles or hooks to create hanging wall art, plant holders, and now – some of the hottest fashions for this summer!

While crochet is generally done with yarn, a variety of different materials can be used for macrame. Obviously yarn works as well but so do strips of fabric and even leather. With this summer’s biker trend, dare we dream of macramed leather boots and boustiere?

Perhaps these are two trends which shouldn’t be combined?

For added fun with style in summer 2011, why not learn to macrame some clothing and accessories of your own?

Ease the Curly Hair Trouble

Curly hair is more difficult to manage than straight hair. It is more fragile in comparison and is also drier. With your increasing age, your curls will get more fragile. This is actually because people with curly hair tend to use more hair products in order to maintain them well. Excessive use of hair products can even lead to damage of the hair and thus one needs to be careful. Taking advice from an expert is one very good option.

Find yourself a good hair specialist and build a long term, healthy relationship with them because trust me; you will always need an expert if you have curly hair. You can also take the expert’s advice about sporting different hair styles. He’ll know better.

 

  • Keep in mind that curly hair needs a lot of attention and care. Good hair cut is also very important.
  • Always use a gentle shampoo and a conditioner.
  • Always comb your curly hair. Avoid brushing through.
  • Leave in conditioners are the best option for curls.
  • Try going for a hair cut that allows natural drying of your hair.
Soap Myths

For many, soaps are the best. Many people think that nothing can moisturize like soap does. However, they are wrong. Soaps are in fact extremely dry. They can damage your skin. Hence you should check the list of ingredients of a soap bar before buying it. Make sure it doesn’t have lye.

Another myth about soaps and skin products is that lather is good. If a soap bar does not produce enough lather, many think it doesn’t work well. The fact is that lather should be avoided. This is especially for those who have dry skin.

Here are a few tips for all skin types –

  • Always choose mild cleansers.
  • Don’t ever take bath with hot water. Warm or cool water are ideal.
  • Over cleansing will lead to dry skin. Avoid it.
  • As soon as your pat dry after bathing, apply the moisturizer.

 

Acne Mechanica

What is acne mechanica really? You may have heard the term before but shrugged it off thinking it is just another name for acne, yeah? Well the answer is a yes and a no. Acne mechanica is acne caused in places of the body that undergoes constant rubbing and heat. For example, a helmet with a chin strap can lead to rashes on your chin. These rashes are in fact acne. Wearing a hat that fits tightly for prolonged periods of time, shoulder pads, tight headbands, tight clothes and bras, etc can all cause acne mechanica.

Acna mechanica is more common in teenagers and young adults, people suffering from sandpaper acne, soldiers, etc.

The condition can be taken care of by ointments containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. You can use gels, lotions, creams, etc.

However, prevention is always better than cure. Just some basic precautions can keep acne mechanica at bay.

  • Shower immediately after an exercising session or whenever you are sweating.
  • Don’t wear hats, helmets, etc for long.
  • Don’t wear clothes that are very tight.
  • Use cleansers that have salicylic acid as an ingredient.

Be careful not to avoid wearing helmets altogether just because they may cause acne. That’d be sheer stupidity. Just be careful and safe.

Now you know what causes pimples and acne on your body. You can be more careful from now onwards and avoid them altogether.