Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Series: Vixen Nails

This is my last Halloween Series Nail Pictorial <sigh>.

I really enjoyed trying ( and failing) new nail designs.
Some turned out even better than expected, some were complete fails.

It was nice looking through Pinterest and finding new designs to try.

I hope you enjoyed this series because I really enjoyed doing them :)

The last nail design is kind of a vixen nail.
I love how it looks like flames on the nail.

This would be great for vampire, witch, black cat costumes.

You certainly can switch the colors, I used a black base color and red lines.

You can switch it to red base color and black lines.

This will also look great with light colors - not just for Halloween.

Here is what you need:

- Base Coat
- Black Polish
- Red Polish
- Glitter polish (optional)
- toothpick
- Top Coat

Step 1:
To protect the nail from staining, apply a base coat. Then apply the black nail polish. Let  dry.

Step 2:
Using a toothpick, dip into red nail polish and apply lines from the cuticle down. The lines can be all different, apply until you get the look you like.

Step 3:
This step is optional. Dip the toothpick into glitter polish and go over the lines with some glitter.

Step 4:
Apply a top coat to give the nails a great shine.

I hope you enjoyed the Halloween Series nail designs, I enjoyed making the blog posts.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

How to have healthy long eyelashes

Makeup Monday 

A pair of thick, long eyelashes beautifully makes your eyes pop, and when you have them, you can get away with wearing only minimal makeup. Here  are some of the most effective ways to lengthen and thicken your lashes—keeping the lashes healthy at the same time.

Be Gentle
Mascara removal can wreak havoc on your lashes. Be sure to use products that aren’t waterproof. Waterproof mascaras have a tendency to dry out lashes and make removal a struggle. Also, try giving your lashes a break from products and just let them breathe every once in awhile.
Petroleum (or Non-Petroleum) Jelly
Vaseline has long been a mainstay of home remedies to increase eyelash length. Just apply the petroleum jelly before you go to bed with a clean mascara wand. Wash off the jelly in the morning and repeat three times a week.
If you aren’t a fan of the original petroleum based jelly (ie. Vaseline), you could try a non-petroleum jelly. 

Green Tea 
Take advantage of the beneficial properties of green tea, such as flavonoids. Dip a cotton ball in green tea and smear it over the eyelashes. The tea will stimulate growth and help clean the follicles, allowing growth to occur.
Stimulate growth and promote healthy lashes by brushing lashes twice a day, to distribute natural oils along the length of your lashes.
Lemon Olive Oil
Olive oil protects, conditions and lengthens eyelashes. You can also enhance the already healthy properties of olive oil by adding lemon essential oil or soaking lemon peels in olive oil for a couple of days. Lemon is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial agent. Apply mixture to your lashes at bedtime and remove in the morning.
Proper Diet
Eating a healthy diet rich in protein and vitamins helps eyelash hair grow. Good foods to help your eyelashes grow include fish, eggs, beans and yogurt. Soy protein is also beneficial for simulating eyelash growth.

Eye Massage 
Massaging your eyelids gently can increase blood flow and may stimulate growth of lashes. After washing your hands well, use the pads of your fingers to massage along your lids and lash line.

Eyelash Serum
I haven’t personally tried this YET…but many websites and blogs SWEARS by it. Make your own Eyelash Thickening Serum with Coconut Oil.  It requires only 2 ingredients! Fractionated Coconut Oil and Lemon and Lavender essential oils. The fractionated coconut oil has a natural pulling action that draws out impurities and enters the eyelash follicles to stimulate regrowth. Adding 1 drop of Lemonenhances the oil’s cleansing and stimulating properties. Adding 1 drop of Lavender will nourish your lashes and follicles.

If you’re in pursuit of healthy lashes like me, give some of these a try along with me and let me know what you think of them!