Posts Tagged ‘nails’

THE NEW FACE TECHNOLOGY

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Because makeup looks much better on a smooth and clear surface, I spend a lot of time researching anything and everything that I can get my hands on in the world of skincare. And I mean everything! After trying it all, the biggest advances I’ve found so far are these. Why? Because how many times have you had an amazing facial and wished you could do the same at home? When you do something weekly instead of monthly in the case of microdermabrasion, or nightly instead of monthly in the case of blue or red LED light therapy, the results are exponentially bigger! Not to mention the money you save. Let’s walk through each one:

AT-HOME MICRODERMABRASION

  • This handheld device ($138, used on Rachel above) is my favorite because it comes with four interchangeable diamond tips (delicate, standard, firm and bold) that really tackle fine lines and wrinkles and exfoliate off dead skin cells. I’ve also heard good things about this one ($199) but haven’t personally tried it.
  • To use it, gently pull the skin so it’s taut then trace the device over it in lines and patterns illustrated in the booklet.
  • I use mine once a week and can really see the cell turnover and feel the baby soft skin.
  • I notice my serums and creams absorb better when the skin has been exfoliated.
  • If you aren’t ready to invest in the real thing yet, try this at-home system ($15.99) that really helps boost circulation while it exfoliates.
  • If you aren’t feeling handhelds and want a really powerful microscrub that won’t damage your skin, this one ($$) and this one ($) are my favorites.

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ANTI-ACNE LED LIGHTS

  • Since LED lights have been used on skin (blue lights for anti-acne and red lights for anti-aging) for over a decade now, there have been enough studies done that show they really do work. Earlier this year I created tutorials on blue-light handhelds and red-light handhelds, and now I’m excited to share my latest discovery, LED masks! So you don’t have to hold something up to your skin. I’ve had both kind of facials, one where the facialist placed a red light mask over my face and left the room for 20 minutes and another where she traced a red light handheld all over my skin for twenty minutes. Both times I left with amazing results!
  • I used this anti-acne light therapy mask ($29.99) on Rachel above because it’s affordable (comes with a 30-use cartridge) and I love there’s a slit for your eyes to stay open and stay connected on your phone the whole time! If acne isn’t an issue for you but you want to fight fine lines and wrinkles, try the anti-aging light therapy mask ($29.99). This one doesn’t have the eye slit so that you can use that time to disconnect from the world instead.
  • Either with a handheld LED device or a mask, trace it over skin or wear it until they automatically shut off.
  • I’ve used my anti-acne mask nightly for 30 days to give it a fair chance and my skin started clearing up after 3 days! I feel like it really calmed everything down so much. Now I wear it every other night or so but it’s up to you!
  • Before you ask about the lips sticker above, I put it there (it came with lots of fun stickers to decorate it with) but you don’t have to!

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BEAUTY POWDER

  • Remember our series with Dr. Jessica Wu about how much what we eat affects our skin, hair and nails? It’s half of the battle! But unfortunately I have the taste buds of a six year old (don’t ask!) and don’t like a lot of vegetables and can always taste them when I try to disguise them in juices! So beauty powders are a must for me and have come a long way.
  • This iconic one ($$$) shown above is my personal favorite because it has peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid and lipids in it that are proven to make hair shinier, nails stronger and skin more hydrated. I noticed a difference in my skin in three weeks when people started complimenting me how glowy it was. This is a more budget-friendly option ($) but I can’t vouch for the results (let me know if you try it and see a difference).
  • I mix the powder with 4-8 ounces of Whole 5 Puree anti-oxidant juice but you can use whichever is your favorite.
  • I drink a glass daily and actually look forward to it!

NAILED IT: SPRING MANI

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

If there are two things we love around here it’s bright colors and a partially bare mani. Negative space manicures like this one are so fun and give you a chance to play around with multiple colors instead of committing to just one. For this particular pairing, we used the two shades of bougainvillea we usually see. One is an orange-y hot pink and the other one is more of a purple/pink/fuchsia situation. For the hot pink shade we chose DOUBLE BREASTED JACKET and for the more purple shade we worked with BETWEEN THE SHEETS.

Some other favorite options for the perfect pink are…

And for a more purple/fuchsia color, try the one listed above or one of these…

Here’s how it was done…

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  1. Grab a roll of WASHI TAPE and cut small strips to go across your nails horizontally.
  2. Make sure you really press them down well so polish doesn’t seep underneath them, messing up your line.
  3. Use your first color (we went with hot pink near the tips and purple at the base) and paint the portion closest to the tip of the nail.
  4. Next use your purple to paint the section closest to your cuticle. We only used one coat of each color and it seemed to be enough but you may need two. NOTE: work quickly as you don’t want the polish to harden to the tape and make it hard to pull up.
  5. Use tweezers to gently pull back the strips of washi tape.
  6. Add a good CLEAR TOP COAT. <—–  THIS ONE IS MY CURRENT FAVE.

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And then next we obviously need to discuss big ass braids…

MANI MUST-HAVES FOR 2015

post/graphics: Kristin Ess

post/graphics: Kristin Ess

We’re headed into Spring and although we certainly get our nails done in the fall, our digits seem to get a lot more play in spring and summer. We thought it would be fun to create a must-have list that includes our favorite things (both new and classic) for mani lovers everywhere!

  1. CRYSTAL NAIL FILE: I am head over heels in love with the crystal nail files. I had never used one until last year and it changed everything for me. Emery boards are not on option anymore. Although it appears smooth it files my  nails just as well as any other file and the texture of this file creates a smoother edge, creating less cracks, chips and breaks. How did I not know about this sooner!?
  2. GENTLE NAIL FILE: This will be ideal for anyone with fragile nails because you want to preserve the strength of the nail and not rough it up too much. It’s smooth as well and a tiny bit less expensive. (But if you can spend a few more dollars go with number 1!)
  3. CUTICLE NIPPER + PUSHER: I have tried so many nippers and I find that many of them fail when it comes to making a clean cut. I love this one because it does just that which leaves me with zero hang nails.
  4. NON-ACETONE POLISH REMOVER WIPES: How amazing and wierd are these?! I was so skeptical the first time I used them. They’re for removing regular polish. They’re non-acetone and leave your nails/cuticles feeling super soft and nourished… somehow.
  5. NO-SPILL ACETONE DISPENSER: Sometimes I like my real acetone. I know it’s bad and try not to use it much, but when I do I HAVE to have one of these dispensers. You push the top down using a pad or papertowel and avoid the dreaded acetone spill.
  6. CUTICLE CREAM: Keep those cuticles moisturized! I tried this recently and I love it. It’s not oily so I can put it on before I leave home without worrying about getting oil everywhere. Lots of vitamins in this little guy.
  7. ANTI-FUNGAL CUTICLE OIL: Some people get fungus in the cuticle area of their nails or underneath. That causes breakage and brittleness. Avoid that by adding some drops of this as instructed.
  8. CUTICLE OIL PEN TO-GO! I have this in my purse always. (Okay, and one in my car)
  9. NAIL (AND HAIR) SUPPLEMENT These are some of my favorite hair pills, and they promote nail growth as well. So this is really a two-for-one sitch. Most hair pills promote nail growth because the same vitamins tend to boost both.
  10. NAIL KALE! This polish has VITAMINS in it!!! What else can I say. And they have some great nude shades for which are great for the upcoming months.
  11. NO-LIGHT GEL POLISH If you follow me on instagram you know I love this stuff. I have used it for months now and it really helps my nails grow because it’s harder than regular polish but you don’t need the UV light, which I find irritates my fingers. The topcoat is the key! Also, look at that gorgeous shade of marsala– Pantone’s color of the year, duh!
  12. POLISH WALL ORGANIZER: Get it together! Feature your faves and look like you’ve really got your ish together while you do!
  13. NAIL ART ROLL UP: I’ve laid off the nail art, personally, but I have some friends that are die hards. This is one of my favorite kits for nail art.
  14. NAIL POLISH TRAVEL CARRIER: If you’re a manicurist or you know one, this is a great gift for traveling with tons of polish.

Got any mani must-haves? Tell us!!!

NAILED IT!

photos/post kristin ess

We can finally feel the seasons changing (well a tiny bit here in Los Angeles), and have fallen in love with foliage! Whether you’re into warmer or cooler tones, it’s not hard to spice up your color palette for fall. Obvi, a few of the classics made it in the round up, but there is always room for a few new shades! Think about using deep and rusty colors, still varying with darks and lights, and don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle or play with metallics. After you’re done reading this, put down your cell phones, look up, walk outside and get inspired!

PHOTOS/POST KRISTIN ESS

  1. RED DIAMOND over SKIRTING THE ISSUE– A gem of a color combo! This red is dark enough for you vixens that want a little moodiness in your manicure but the red diamond sparkling top coat adds a super feminine flair.
  2. BIG APPLE RED – The fall, winter, spring, summer, classic. It doesn’t matter what day of the year it is, Big Apple Red is always in style, always work appropriate, always date appropriate, basically always always always appropriate, in case we haven’t made that clear yet.
  3. SHIFTING POWER – Nothing says happy fall then a metallic golden mani. Perfect for Thanksgiving and ready to roll right into December we recommend choosing golden hues when you’re getting gels since they match multiple outfits.

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4. GREENS – Winter greens are obviously a major thing. So get your evergreen on and let your friends pine over your polish.
5. COCOA CABANA – Who doesn’t love chocolate, the end. 
6. JAZZ – I know you thought we we’re going with all that jazz, but this color is serious, and we need to discuss. Look at all the editorials, magazines, tv shows, girls at the grocery store, so many are rocking the heavy hue darker nude. It’s chic, professional, sassy, and compliments so many skin tones it’s insane.

Now we won’t go all E! News and ask for a mani cam – but if you wanted to insta your polish and tag us at @thebeautydept, we’d be thrilled.