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Trend Alert: Cuticle Tattoos

I caught Good Morning America the other day and to my surprise it’s just as the beauty segment is beginning! Lucky me right? I was happy to find a new nail trend: cuticle tattoos. The finger/hand tattoo trend has been around for some time, having several celebrities like Beyonce  and Rihanna  with tattoo rings and letters on their forefingers. But as a tattoo-less, single lady, I kind of felt left out! These cuticle tattoos are just what Dr. Ink ordered. To apply, cut out the desired shape, stick it to the skin and hold a damp cotton ball to the back for 15-30 seconds until it slides off and Voila! Ultra chic, bold, and they have just the right amount of temporary appeal to let me go BOW! outside of the boardroom.

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Try Ciate’s Cuticle Tattoos for $12.00 and get 5 designs including bows and diamond shapes at Sephora. 

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Try Rad Nails’ BEYOND Nail tattoos, pick up some accessories (my fave is the Give Her a Hand Pin) and get Free Shipping when you spend $20.00 USD.

 

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Moody in May

LeChat Mood Gel Color

LeChat Perfect Match Mood Gel Color

2014 has been a a great one yal! I’ve been working and sweatin’ – dancing and cookin’ all in a happy mood. But I’ll be honest, ever so often, I get a little low. I usually turn to devotionals, inspirational social media posts and exercise, but lately, I’ve learned to celebrate my mood with nothing better than mood gel nail polish! Beauty makes me happy so what better way than to celebrate with a color-changing fave.

So far, my faves are the brands LeChat Perfect Match and Gel II Reaction. Using my home UV light, I’m able to give myself a complete gel manicure which lasts perfectly, without cracking 7-9 days. Usually, each bottle has a 2-color transformative base for example, Gel II’s color R125 “Hawaiian Hurricane” changes from light to dark blue. I’m wearing this now! Visit @boldbrightbeauty1 on Instagram to see the true color and transformative video!

I was first introduced to the mood-changing gel manicure at a posh little salon in DC. I was completely infatuated with the idea of a polish that actually changed with my mood however, when the nail technician wiped the slate clean with a cool alcohol doused cotton ball, mid mood nostalgia, I realized; temperature was the true culprit.

The method to the mood factor is temperature. Our natural body temperature is 98.6 degrees, with slightly cooler fingertips. An elevation or decrease in body temperature will alter the nail polish color; lightening or darkening depending on the brand.

Granted, the science of mood-changing polish is a lot less romantic as I thought, but hey, guys don’t know that! The next time you’re mad at you’re hunny, run your gel manicure under a cool bath and blame him for the change! LOL

 

 

 

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The 5 Things You Need To Know About Gel Manicure Safety

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Everybody loves gel nails. What’s not to like? The color lasts two to three weeks without chipping, the polish retains shine, and it protects nail beds from everyday wear and tear. But what effect does it have on our skin?

Going to the nail salon every two weeks, or 26 times annually, exposes our skin to about 13 hours of direct UV light rays each year. Assuming a woman gets her nails done at least once per month every year for 20 years of her life (based off of a poll I conducted with 10 of my best girl friends) is the damage we cause to our hands really worth it? And, even if done less frequently, should we be still be worried?

In order to help ease your mind I’ve put together the top five things you should know about gel manicure safety. These are tricks of the trade I’ve learned from cosmetology school and personal experience. Check out the full story on Styleblazer.com here.

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Glitter Nails Tutorial: Step 1

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Start With Clean, Freshly Manicured Nails

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