Learn how to give yourself a professional and relaxing manicure in the comfort of your own home.
Going out to get a manicure can be both fun and relaxing. It is a chance to let all your worries slip away, to be pampered and come out looking beautiful. However, going out to get a manicure can also be a hassle. It gets expensive to do it frequently. In some places, it can be hard to find a reputable nail salon that does not book up months ahead of time. The traffic, the waiting and the inconvenience can all make frequent manicures seem less appealing. However, with a few simple tips, you can re-create the luxurious feel of a manicure out in the comfortable space of your own home.
1. To make sure that everything goes smoothly, make sure to get everything you will need together before beginning. You will not want to have to dig through a cabinet later with wet polish on each of your fingernails! Beginners should limit themselves to color (polish) only manicures - don't worry though - there will be plenty of hand pampering without putting on your own artificial nails. Prior to beginning, you will need a good brand of base and top coat and the colored nail polish of your choice. Nail polish remover, Q-tips or cotton balls, a small dishtowel, an emery board, cuticle sticks, nail scissors, and lotion (with an optional dish of warm water to heat it in) are all also needed. 2. Though not essential, consider making your manicure a spa-like event by paying attention to detail. Put some light and relaxing music on. Light a few candles for their scent and ambience (though you will still need the light on to be able to see your work). Warm up the hand lotion before using it to moisturize your skin. Take a minute to pamper yourself; you are worth it. 3. To begin your actual manicure, first use the Q-tips or cotton balls to remove all traces of nail polish from your nails. Wash your hands afterward, using warm water and a mild soap. Fold the dishtowel into quarters and use it to rest your wrists while you work on your fingernails. While your hands are still slightly damp from the water, use the cuticle stick to gently push back your cuticles. Although many people advocate cutting your cuticles, it is extremely easy to cut too far into the skin and leave yourself vulnerable to infection; for all but the hardest and thickest cuticles, pushing with a stick will work as well or better than scissors. Trim your nails using the nail clipper; aim for a slightly oval shape on each nail. File the nails using the emery board to even out the shape and smooth its edges.
4. Before applying nail polish, make sure that you are satisfied with the shape and length of your fingernails. Begin by applying the base coat for the nail in smooth lines from the base of the nail outward. Some have suggested that laying a horizontal band of polish along the tip of the nail and then applying the polish from the base outward can help prolong chip-free wear. The technique is slightly more difficult to perfect, but may be worth attempting if your nail polish chips frequently. Apply the base coat on all nails (it is usually easiest to start by applying polish to the dominant hand using the non-dominant hand and then switching); let the base dry. Apply two coats of the chosen color on each nail, letting the coats dry fully. Apply the top coat last and let the nails dry again. 5. After making sure that your nail polish is perfectly dry, give yourself a mini-hand massage using the warmed lotion. Even if you forgo the optional heating of the lotion, it is important to moisturize your skin after a manicure. Some salons will massage the lotion in prior to painting your nails, but it can be easier to do it afterward to prevent the oils from getting on to the fingernails and preventing the polish from setting.
Beauty and fragrances: buying a good cheap or discount cologne
Discover what pertinent information that would be help you in your decsion, before you buy either, good, cheap, or discounted cologne.
Since beauty plays such an important role in our society today, and the sale of everything from makeup, to expensive creams, is on the increase, the perfume industry has profited as well, with a booming multi-million dollar market.
With a multitude of fragrances available to the consumer, finding good cologne or one that is cheap or discounted can be somewhat of a challenge.
We first need to distinguish the differences between the perfumes and fragrances available on today's market.
The fragrances available are labeled as such: perfumes, colognes, and Eau de toilettes of a perfume or cologne. The difference is in the ratio between the amounts of perfume oils or scents they contain, compared to the amount of alcohol.
Let's take a look further, at the differences below.
When a fragrance is strictly in a perfume form, the concentration of that oil and scent is at a higher caliber, and in the purest form, which means there is a greater amount of a perfume base than alcohol.
Next, the Eau de parfum, has a lesser degree of the perfume concentrate, but still provides a satisfying scent, at a more affordable price than the perfume.
Last, are the Eau de toilette and Eau de cologne which are similar in concentration and scent. Since the perfume base is at the lowest ratio in concentration, the two take on a lighter scent in fragrance.
Finally, if we take a look at the difference in price between the three, there can be a considerable difference. You can expect to pay a much higher price for the perfume quality of a fragrance, yet it may well be worth the extra money you spend.
How is this possible? Since the concentration of a perfume oil or scent is higher in a perfume, you can use the product sparingly to obtain a good fragrance, compared to a cheaper Eau de toilette of the same perfume or cologne.
Remember also, with the use of cheaper cologne you may need to continually add the product to your skin or clothes, just to maintain the fragrance level you desire. This would eventually result in the use of more of the product, with the end result leaving you purchasing more of the cologne.
To be able to have a good cologne or perfume, but at a discounted price, would be the best of both scenarios. This can be achieved by following the steps below.
Make a list of department or retail stores that you generally shop in for your favorite beauty products and fragrances. Then one by one, contact the perfume department in that store, and ask if they are featuring any, in store sales, on the fragrance or cologne of your choice. Then, compare the prices and figure out which one fits your needs, both by preference and price.
You can always do research in other areas, as well, for the best possible price on the perfume or cologne of your choice. For example, if you have a computer and internet access, you may be able to find several web sites offering discounted prices of designer fragrances online, then find which web site best suits your needs.
To buy the cheapest, is not necessarily the best, when it comes to perfumes and colognes. To be able to find the best quality cologne or perfume and at a discounted price, would be even better!
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