November 17, 2016

Treasured Habits to Better Nails

Treasured Habits to Better Nails


Our nails may not be the most prominent feature of our body, but they sure are an extension of ourselves. How you treat, manage, and present your nails will say a lot about you. And will speak volumes on how you value your own body and even yourself as a whole.


You might say, “Well, they’re just nails”. But you’ll actually be surprised to know that nails say a lot about your health and overall wellbeing. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dematology, how our nails look like could mirror our health condition.  


So with no pressure intended, y might want to take notes, as here we have our 5 most treasured habits to better and healthier nails.

1. Cuticle Care

We tend to love the look of longer nails especially when we get to have a manicure. But the problem is, women often cut or nip their cuticles to get this desired effect. Unfortunately, messing with those cuticles cause real nail problems.

Cuticles act as your nails' defense against bacteria. It's basically your nails' protective system. So when you trim your cuticles here and there and in every chance you get, you are exposing your nails to infection.

Acute Paronychia is one of the infections you can get from excessive trimming of your cuticles. This is caused by a bacteria that enters your skin where cuticle injuries are found.

So consider pushing back your cuticles with a wooden pusher instead of cutting them. And when you've scheduled a nail appointment for the day, dab some oil on your cuticles. Oil can help protect your cuticles from harsh chemicals that are often used in manicures. You can use almond, coconut, or olive oil as options.

2. Moisturize

Dehydrated nails can cause the most damage to your nails. Your nails can become weaker and more brittle. Which literally means your nails can easily break.

How do nails become dehydrated? When you wash your hands or when you use hand sanitizers, your skin and nails then dry up. And with regular handwashing, your skin and nail bed are subject to dry off repeatedly.

So to avoid this, make sure you make an effort to moisturize after every wash. (If you possibly can, do so!) Rub your lotion or oil on your nails thoroughly, and pay special attention to your cuticles. Moisturizing can seem to be a daunting (/) additional task, but the moisture your nails get to have goes a long way.

3.   Use Nail Hardeners

Our nails need reinforcement too! They’re not a hundred percent self-sustaining. So you should take measures to keep them strong and durable and able to withstand any nail damages that could occur in your lifetime.

You see, our nails are prone to breakages. As good and as pretty as your manicure is and as many hours you spend on that nail art, a weak nail foundation will pretty much ruin those for you.

So do consider nail hardeners. They are your best bet to prevent your nails from becoming weaker. Nail hardeners act as an agent to strengthen our nails with the use of key ingredients such as calcium and nail conditioners.

4. Keep a Healthy Diet

What we eat affects our body—our whole body—and yes, you’re right, even our nails. Nails are made up of different minerals, calcium and keratin included. So replenishing these minerals is an essential way of keeping our nails healthy.

Here are some great food tips from Reader’s Digest for better nails:

  • If you struggle with dull nails, eat foods that are rich in Vitamin B, such as: beans, spinach, and any dark leafy vegetable.
  • If your nails are brittle or flaky, consider flaxseed oil in your diet or add flaxseed to your meals. Add in some iron-rich and Vitamin-C foods too such as eggs and fruits.
  • For nails that are too soft, you need a dose of keratin in your diet. Keratin is a tough protein found in our hair and nails, which make them strong and durable. For a keratin-rich diet, eat proteins such as turkey and salmon.

We hope you learned a lot from this collection of our treasured nail care habits. Your nails do deserve your TLC! Do check out our Polish to Gel entry for more tips on how to keep your nails at their best.

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August 02, 2016

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July 12, 2016

‘Super Acne’? Doctors Warn Of Antibiotic Resistant Acne

Whether you’re in your 30s or a teenager, you’re not immune to the troubles of acne. It’s a skin condition that has plagued millions of people since the dawn of time. Acne may be a normal part of life but severe cases have caused people their self-esteem. What’s scarier is that doctors have discovered a super-strain dubbed as “super acne.”

Doctors are warning the public that this acne is fast becoming resistant to antibiotic medication, urging them to prescribe long-term solutions rather than short-term ones. This, according to experts, means that acne would soon become untreatable.

This was revealed through a study released at the British Association of Dermatologist’s Annual Conference.  

Many acne sufferers are being prescribed antibiotics for 6 months, which is two times the recommended limit, according to Huffington Post. Meanwhile, Mirror reports that the longest prescription anyone has ever been on was seven years.

“Antibiotics remain an important part of acne management but given concerns about antibiotic resistance we should be using antibiotics judiciously as part of a treatment regime - limited to the shortest possible time period," said lead researcher Dr. Heather Whitehouse. “Oral antibiotics are frequently being prescribed on their own for patients with acne.”

"As the NHS and advisory bodies get increasingly serious about the responsible use of antibiotics –“ said Matthew Gass of the British Association of Dermatologists, “ -- it's important for doctors to reflect on how they prescribe for such a common condition which relies so heavily on antibiotic usage.”

He added: "This study provides an important warning and will hopefully help healthcare professionals and patients alike."

Meanwhile, Dr. Jasmine Chan, dermatologist and Hydracol USA’s consultant said that it’s important to have a daily skin regiment to prevent acne.

“Always cleanse your skin before going to bed,” Dr. Chan said. “Avoid sleeping in your make-up and choose a toner, cleanser and moisturizer that’s compatible with your skin type. As a precaution, use Vitamin C serum to help your skin produce its much-needed collagen for regeneration.”

July 05, 2016

These ‘Game of Thrones’ Nail Art Will Make You Say ‘Valar Morghulis’

“Game of Thrones,” one of the most watched shows in the world, had just concluded its 6th season. And while fans have to wait a year before the 7th season, there are many ways to satisfy their cravings for dragons, direwolves and White Walkers. Among them is to get a “Game of Thrones” inspired nail art! Here are a few gorgeous designs “GoT” fans should try.

  1. Dragon Egg Nails

During the first season, Daenerys Stormborn a.k.a. Khaleesi (the Dothraki tribe’s version of a Queen), received three dragon eggs as a wedding gift. They have since hatched and burned people and places into ashes. In this video, fans may have their very own dragon eggs right at their fingertips.

The inspiration:

How to do it:


2. House Sigil & Motto Nail Art

“Game of Thrones” is set in the fictional country, Westeros, where live the noble Houses of Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, Baratheon, Tyrell, Martell and others. These houses are central to the story line and each carry house sigils (lion for Lannister, wolf for Stark, dragon for Targaryen, Stag for Baratheon, etc.) and have their own house motto: “Hear me roar”, “Winter is coming”, “Fire and blood”, “Ours is the fury,” etc.


The following nail art tutorial will show you how to wear these Westerosi house symbols and words on your nails:

Other House Sigil Nailspiration:


3. Other "GoT" inspired nail art designs

June 29, 2016

Innocent Foods That Cause Acne-Prone And Oily Skin



Not everyone is gifted with smooth, supple and bright skin. Some of us have to work extra hard to keep skin clear from acne, blackheads, whiteheads and other skin imperfections. For a lot of people, excessive oils are a main skin problem and for good reason! Because oily skin are usually prone to break-outs. Most of the time, however, out lifestyle (including the food we eat) are the main culprits to oily and pimple-zone skin. Here we list down some foods to avoid if you have oily and acne-prone skin.


  1. Sugar-packed foods

Sure, that immaculate cupcake or a bite of that Belgian chocolate sounds so good after dinner or a stressful day at work but it may encourage more break-outs. Sugars have the power to trigger hormones and cause blood sugar levels to go awry. As a result, your skin produces way too much oil, resulting to acne. Watch out for foods with a high glycemic index and remember to limit your late-night cake party to once every week (possibly).


  1. Pasta And Breads

This doesn’t mean you have to turn down your mom’s spaghetti though. You just need to practice moderation. Pasta, breads and baked foods that use enriched flour could lead to excessive production of the sebum (the oil that our skin produces). Instead of white bread and pasta, go for oats, brown rice and wheat bread instead.


  1. Dairy Products

This is probably one of the most difficult foods to give up but in the long run, limiting dairy consumption reduces acne and may result to clearer and brighter skin. Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, etc.) causes an insulin spike in our system, which results to an over-production of the IGF-1 hormone, resulting to more acne. It can also lead to clogged pores and since dairy also causes excessive sebum production, your skin could become the breeding ground for various bacteria.


To avoid or counter oily and acne-prone skin, here are some foods you need to eat:


  1. Fruit (especially those with high water content) – It helps flush out toxins from the body.
  2. Water – Hydration is key to avoid excessive oil production.
  3. High-fiber foods – Again, fiber flushes out harmful toxins, leaving skin looking healthy.
June 15, 2016

3 Secrets Women With Flawless Skin Won’t Tell You

We, mere mortals, will always find something to complain about regarding our skin. It may be the fact that you have oily skin, perhaps you’re prone to acne or else, suffer from flaky and dry skin. Whatever the problem is, there’s always a solution readily available and women with glowing, flawless skin have mastered the art of quick fixing their skin’s little quirks. Here are some secrets that women with flawless skin probably won’t tell you:

1. Skin Exfoliants Are Their Best Friend

Women who are well-versed with different types of skin care know that exfoliating applies to all – whether you have dry skin, oily skin or a combination of both. Sloughing off dead skin cells, excess oils and dirt is important because it keeps acne from developing. It’s also your go-to method if you want to brighten your skin in an instant. Exfoliants made from natural ingredients are the best option. Note, however, that exfoliation should only be done every few days or so because it might irritate skin.

2. They Clean Their Phones Everyday

I know, what’s a phone got to do with skincare, right? Not many people are aware that your phone is often an overlooked breeding ground for dirt and germs that cause acne and other skin problems. We place our phones everywhere – on bathroom sinks, restaurant tables, bar counters, etc. By simply touching an unclean phone, you increase the risk of transferring the break out perpetrators to your face.

3. Keep A Go-To Acne Treatment Close By

In cases of emergency, it’s always handy to have a drying sulfur solution or benzoyl peroxide nearby. This is something women with great skin have in their purse or bathroom cabinet. The secret is to apply the product on the problem area before it could get worse.

Master these secrets and you’d have flawless skin in no time!

June 09, 2016

5 Tips To Make Your Manicure Last Longer


We don’t know why but getting a manicure somewhat gives us a feeling of satisfaction, especially if you’re sporting whatever nail art design is considered “trendy” as of the moment. But of course, manicures aren’t permanent but as much as possible, women want to stretch out the time it takes before those nail colors to chip and break away. Here are some techniques you can apply to make your mani-pedi last longer.

  1. Wipe down nails using white vinegar

Before even applying a base coat for your nails, wipe it down using a cotton ball or Q-tip dipped in white vinegar. White vinegar washes away any natural dirt, oil and even chemicals that might prevent nail polish from truly clinging on to your cuticles. White vinegar is much gentler compared to a nail polish remover or other cuticle cleansers.

  1. Use cuticle oil instead of soaking your nails

Soaking your nails in water softens cuticles but it could also shrink your nail polish once the water has dried up. This would make your nail polish look inaccurate and poorly done. Instead of soaking your nails into water, use cuticle oil to soften it instead.

  1. The stickier the basecoat, the better


A stickier basecoat is better than smoother ones. Basically, as sticky basecoat allows nail polish to... well, stick better. When applying basecoat, make sure you’re covering the corners as well, since these are the spots that are harder to reach by a brush.

       4. Apply top coat every 3 days

Nail polish is better protected and preserved if you “touch-up” every now and then. Apply a top coat, especially if you feel like you’ve done so much work that involves rubbing against your nails. Plus, applying top coat every 3 days or so keeps the color popping.

       5. Don’t blow on your nails to dry nail polish


It’s an age-old no-no – drying your nail polish by blowing air on it. The warm air from your mouth does the complete opposite – it keeps nail polish from completely drying. Instead, use a blow dryer on its coolest setting or use the airconditioner in your room.

Follow these easy tips and you’ll always have pretty nails that you deserve!


May 31, 2016

Black Celebs Who Bleached Their Skin + Skin Bleaching Banned In Ghana

In a country where colorism or privilege of those with whiter skin over those with darker skin is dominant, the demand for whitening products is hardly surprising. Ghana is no exception to this obsolete standard of beauty. Many women in the West African country still resort to (often times) extreme measures to achieve lighter skin.

However, come August, the government of Ghana is set to ban all products that contain the bleaching ingredient, hydroquinone. According to reports, the country’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), will implement the ban on hydroquinone due to its link to cancer.

“Concerning skin lightening products, we are saying that from August 2016, all products containing hydroquinone will not be allowed into the country,” says FDA spokesperson, James Lartey. “From 2016, the acceptance for skin lightening products is going to be zero.”

Lartey added that using skin lightening products is a public health issue that must be addressed seriously.

Even in Hollywood today, colorism still seems to exist and dark-skinned artists seem to undergo some forms of treatment to achieve lighter skin. The following are some photos of black celebrities and how they looked after allegedly undergoing skin bleaching procedures:


1. Rihanna (Singer)

Rihanna before and after bleaching

2. Beyonce (Singer)

3. Nicki Minaj (Rapper)

4. Keri Hilson (Singer)

5. Sammy Sosa (Athlete)

May 27, 2016

5 Fruitful Nail Art Designs For Summer

Summer is coming and with it comes change! A change of wardrobe, change of sceneries and for nail art addicts – a change of nail art designs to complement the season. Whether or not you’re aiming for a two-week stay at a tropical island or simply planning a lemonade party with your best friends in the backyard, these fruit-inspired nail designs will definitely help you get into the summer spirit.


1. Fruit salad

Tropical fruits mixed together is basically heaven! It’s a perfect choice for a cocktail or punch and even better when you eat them. Now, paint those fruits on your nails and you’ll be begging for another glass of four seasons ar a fruit salad in no time!

2. Kiwi is love <3

Now, let’s bring the focus solely on individual fruits – starting with Kiwi. Kiwi is a powerful anti-oxidant and can be a great weight-loss fruit. Plus, it’s bright green color makes a rather attractive and cheerful nail art design.

3. Watermelon = Hydration

Watermelon is sweet and watery (thus, it’s name). It’s a staple summer fruit due to its refreshing effect. Watermelon shake? Watermelon Juice? Frozen watermelon? These are a great way to cool down after a whole day of hanging out in the beach AND it looks so cute on your nails.


4. Going Bananas

Bananas are great mood-boosters and in the heat of the sun, we could all use a little fruit to keep us happy. For people who work out, bananas are recommended for speedier muscle recovery. With its bright yellow color, painting it on your nails and taking one look at it would instantly improve your mood, too!


5. Cocktail Party, Anyone?

But if you don’t have any of these tropical fruits at hand, you can always go for flavored cocktail drinks to brighten up summer! Nothing like a great drink to end one steamy, summer day, right?


May 13, 2016

Exfoliating Is Out, Shaving Your Skin Is In?

Any skincare buff knows that one of the most effective ways to get rid of dead skin cells and oils and dirt is to exfoliate.

We spend money on products that help us with the said process – facial wash with microbeads? Apricot scrubs? Microdermadrasion? These are all familiar skincare methods.

However, there is a brand new exfoliation technique that's gaining a lot of attention today -- shaving. Shaving, the way men shave their beards!

It basically sloughs away dirts, oils and other skin impurities, the way exfoliation does, only it is more efficient, some experts claim.

The process basically involves a scalpel to delicately shave or scrape the topmost layer of the face. The shaving of the skin is formally known as “Dermaplaning.”

According to Jasmine Chan, a Sydney-based dermatologist and beauty consultant for skincare company, Hydracol USA, Dermaplaning is a sharper way to get rid of dead skin cells without harmful effects.

Dermaplaning is basically a step further into the whole skin exfoliation business,” Dr. Chan said. “It’s definitely a great way to improve skin quality.”

However, Dr. Chan reminds everyone that the new skin trend doesn’t necessarily assure fantastic results in an instant or at all.

“It all comes down to your skin type. Dermaplaning may or may not work for you,” Chan said. “The safest way is to consult a doctor first before trying it. You don’t want to spend $100 and find that dermaplaning actually irritates your skin rather than improving it."

Today, dermaplaning is only available in high-end skin centers and clinics.