Sure, I’d love to have a professional mani/pedi weekly and let’s go ahead and add on a couple blowouts and a massage (or two). But that just isn’t possible for us regular folks. So, I will continue to pursue the perfect at-home blow out and beg for a back rub when I can. But I have had enough practice to pretty much master an at-home manicure which makes me feel pampered and will give my nails a professional, clean look. And I am excited to share those tips on Great Day Green Country this AM – we changed things up this week and will be doing my usual Friday segment on Thursday
Quick side note on my polishing skills: I have lots of trouble getting polish to remain chip-free for more than two days. I know even the illustrious Eva Chen admits to repolishes every couple of days. So I’ll settle for working my way through my endless nail polish collection with a switch up more often. I’ve had gels for a couple months. With my returned natural nails, changing up shades right now is kind of refreshing. With that said… here is my routine:
- Start with clean, dry nails. Remove older polish with a nourishing remover. Make sure to double check sides of nails for any rogue polish. Splurge on specialty nail cottons because they are particularly absorbent and abraded.
- Shape nails with a glass file. A glass file is gentle on delicate nails and avoids tugging or breakage. Squoval is the universally-flattering and classic shape but we have been seeing editorial-shaped nails like pointed on runways for a couple seasons so go for any look you desire!
- Soak nails in a bowl of warm soapy nails to soften skin. Sometimes, I jump in the shower at this point to kill two birds with one stone.
- Apply a cuticle remover to remove dead tissue from the cuticle area. Use a wooden nail tool to push back cuticles. Resist using those dreaded nail clippers. Cutting skin can breed bacteria. And that skin also serves a purpose protecting the delicate cuticle area and can prevent redness. Cut any hangnails if you must.
- Thoroughly rinse cuticle remover ensuring it doesn’t stay on skin too long. Nourish dry hands with a rich hand cream like Nuance Salma Hayek Super Brightening Hand Cream (which is cruelty-free and can help with the appearance of age spots) or Library of Flowers Coco Butter Handcreme.
- Wipe nail beds only with alcohol or a nail primer like Deborah Lippmann 2 Second Nail Primer to ensure oils from the nail bed are completely clean. Use specialty cotton to avoid any residual threads that could ruin polish application. Or try Q-Tip Precision Tips Cotton Swabs if your nail beds are on the small side.
- Apply a strengthening base coat like Essie Grow Stronger and allow to completely dry. If you have trouble keeping polish on, try Orly Bonder. Then use two coats of colored polish, starting with a swipe down the middle of the nail followed by one on each side. Finish with a quick dry, no chip top coat. Right now, I am loving Debroah Lippmann Hard Rock.
- Maintain your manicure by applying a new top coat every other day. In the evenings, keep cuticles looking healthy with hand cream or specialty designed cuticle and nail balm.
As a longtime Nuance fan, I cannot believe I missed out on this Summer 2012 launch. I wish Nuance Salma Hayek Exfoliating Body Cleansing Scrub had been in my shower as soon as it hit shelves! What I first thought was a scrub, this body wash is luscious, creamy and has the perfect winter vanilla scent.
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I was already hooked on the Nuance Salma Hayek Oxygen Activated Foaming Face Wash reviewed here. But a new batch of products, including the Anti-Aging Tinted Eye Brightener, was recently added to the lineup. Add this to my list of drugstore superstars.
This is a pen with a brush at one end. You twist the bottom as the product enters up from the center of the brush. At first, the pigment looks peachy orange, but it goes on perfectly. It promises to be universal and I think it would work on any skin tone. And not because it is sheer, because the darkness under my eyes is evened. It adds a bit of yellow to my reddish skin making it smooth.
Lemon extract & vitamin C help nourish the skin and provide antioxidant protection. Blue Agave’s age-defying properties help soothe, hydrate and firm the skin both instantly and continuously. Caffeine invigorates the skin to help reduce the appearance of puffiness. Haloxyl (Haloxyl is a trademark of Sederma, Inc.), an advanced peptide complex, helps to minimize the appearance of dark circles and sculpt the eye area for fresher, vibrant, more youthful-looking eyes.
A little more about Nuance: Salma Hayek wasn’t just a celebrity name to slap on a product line. Her grandmother, a cosmetologist who developed home remedies, inspired throughout the development of the line. Salma was active in the creation of products and you can really see her Mexican heritage in the ingredient list (blue agave & lemon). She covered the bases: Ophthalmologist tested. Dermatologist tested. Hypoallergenic. Noncomedogenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free. Not tested on animals.
I am loving Salma Hayek’s Nuance line available at CVS, especially the Oxygen Activated Foaming Face Wash. And now is your chance to win a basket (worth $100) of my favorites!
First, I love this line because of Salma’s genuine and active involvement in development of Nuance. Salma Hayek was heavily influenced by her grandmother who was a trained cosmetologist in Mexico. I admire a celebrity who choses an active role in development of their brands.
Secondly, I am just a little obsessed with the CVS Beauty Club. They give you a 10% off beauty pass when you enroll. Every time you spend $50 on beauty products (quite often for me!) you receive $5 in ExtraBucks. AND you get $3 in ExtraBucks on your birthday. CVS Beauty Club is social media savvy with special offers and content on Facebook and Twitter.
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There is something so fulfilling about a good, foaming face wash. It is so gratifying to work up that lather. But with drier, winter skin, some formulas can leave a our skin tight and strip us of our much needed hydration. And Cetaphil, while really wonderful for the skin, sometimes leaves behind the daily grime and makeup. So, I am thrilled to recommend a drugstore cleanser that is foamy fun AND won’t parch your skin: Nuance Salma Hayek Oxygen Activated Foaming Face Wash exclusively at CVS.
Salma Hayek wasn’t just a celebrity name to slap on a product line. Her grandmother, a cosmetologist who developed home remedies, inspired throughout the development of the line. Salma was active in the creation of products and you can really see her Mexican heritage in the ingredient list (mimosa, blue agave, camapu & prickly pear extracts – these help soothe and hydrate skin). Mushroom & beet extracts help maintain skin’s natural protective barrier. And O2 complex invigorates skin for a healthy-looking glow. Even with my current dry, sensitive situation, I wasn’t irritated in the least. She covered the basis – this cleanser is : Paraben free, Dermatologist tested, Not tested on animals and Gluten free.
In fact, there is so much I love about this line, I am hosting a giveaway. And its a BIG ONE. Stayed tuned for updates.