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Holiday Series: Red and Gold French Tip Nails

This nail design is for someone who doesn’t have the time to do designs on their nails and for someone who wants a classic look.

The French tip goes with any occasion and outfit.

You just need to change the colors to match the season.

I chose a Red French Tip with a little Gold Glitter.

Here’s what you need:

-         Base Coat
-         Red Nail Polish
-        Gold Glitter Polish
-         Top Coat

Step One:

Apply a base coat to help protect the nails. Apply Red Nail Polish to the tips of the nails.

Step Two:

Using a toothpick or nail striper, apply a line where the red nail polish starts.

Step Three:

Apply a fast drying top coat and you’re done!

I thought it looked pretty and elegant!

If you would like to recreate this design, please use #BU10nails and follow me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter.


How to add Texture to you Hair - Video Tutorial

Adding texture to your hairstyle will give your hair bounce and dimension — texture makes your hair look more lived-in and effortless.

This brings structure and movement to your everyday hairstyle and its ideal for those who want to add life back into their hair without doing a huge change.

There are several products you can use to add texture to your hair.

Texture or Sea Salt Spray
You can either spray this onto wet or dry hair. A little spray goes a long way so use sparingly.

These little powders really pack a punch! Apply to the scalp and also to the mid to the ends of the hair and scrunch.

What you’re looking for is a non-greasy matte finish. The smallest amount goes a long way so start small and add later.

In this Video Tutorial I use Dry Shampoo because it is a product I always have on hand.

Dry shampoo is the easiest way to add texture and dimension to your hair. My favorite trick is to spray various sections, let the spray sit for about 10 seconds and then massage into the hair and scalp.

This can add volume and help curls or waves to stay separate and not morph into one big section.
This way I can get a textured look without it looking too perfect.

Dry Shampoo is such a versatile product!

You are able to achieve any looks you want without weighing down your hair and it works for any hair type.

It's also great for beach waves, second day hair, ponytails, updos and braiding -- basically any time you need a little rough volume.

I hope these tips are helpful and please let me know your tips for adding texture to your hair!


Striped Manicure

This striped mani is great if you are new to using a nail striper or even just playing with lines using a toothpick.

Lines can be pretty difficult if you don't have a steady hand. That's where tools come in handy. 

It ends up looking great and no one would know it was a few easy steps.  

I used Purple, White and Silver colors but you can use your favorite colors.

It would be great with red, green and white for a Christmas theme or Pinks and Reds for a Valentine’s theme – basically for any occasion!

Here is what you need:

- Apply your Base Coat. Apply your Base Color (I used Purple), let dry completely.

- Start by applying a line down the center of the nail, then a line to the left side of the nail and then one more line on the right.

- You can leave the nail like that or add more lines in between the ones you just did using a different color.

- Apply your Top Coat. This will protect and seal your beautiful nails. 


Holiday Series: Falling Snow Nails

The temperature has definitely turned more winter like in the last week or so with a wind-chill going to -30C in Edmonton, AB.

It was actually nice and warm until now, I think we even had a +19C day in November. Hopefully this cold snap doesn’t last…

I have been staying inside and watching the snow fall from the windows. The best thing about the winter season is watching the big snowflakes falling to the ground. It's so beautiful!

The next best thing is having that pretty design on your nails.

Here are some Falling Snow Nails to keep you busy during the cold days – well it only takes a few minutes…

It is a super simple design and the only tool you need is a toothpick.

I used Red Nail Polish to go with the holiday season but you can use a nice Blue nail polish as well.

Here is what you need:

- Dotting tool or toothpick

Step 1:

Apply a base coat to protect the nails. Apply the Red nail polish or your base color. Let dry.

Step 2:

Apply the White nail polish to the tips of the nails, apply different levels to represent snowbanks.

Step 3:

Using a toothpick or a dotting tool dipped in a white polish, make random dots on the nail - Small and medium sized dots.

Step 4:

Apply a top coat to give your manicure a glossy shine.

If you would like to recreate this design, please use #BU10Nails 


VIICode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Review

I’ve noticed a lot of puffiness around my under eye area, which is why I was very excited when VII Beauty LLC contacted me and asked me to review their O2M Oxygen Eye Mask.

I have never used an eye mask before and was excited to try it.

The eye mask is meant to eliminate fine lines, dryness, dark circles, puffy eyes, and bags under your eyes.

It is an 8-hour treatment - meant to be worn overnight.

They can be used by women of all ages.

Each box of the O2M Oxygen Eye Mask comes with 6 individual packets, each with two gel pads.

They contain organic plant oxygen extracts and have a gel-like texture. 

You can use these eye masks 2-3 times a week.

At first it was uncomfortable wearing the eye masks but I got used to it quickly (kind of like when you first put on false lashes) and the mask gave me no discomfort what so ever.
They have a relaxing cooling sensation.

To apply each pad under my eye, I would gently press each pad so that the gel would stick to to my skin. I was a little afraid to wear these pads when trying to sleep, but they stayed on throughout the night.

I saw results after the first time I wore them; the puffiness under my eyes was less noticeable and my skin felt very soft and hydrated.

Two days later, I decided rather than sleep with the mask on, I put them on after work and went around the apartment doing dishes, tidying up etc. I found wearing the eye mask was soothing and relaxing!

When it comes to wrinkles (smile lines) I want to be realistic in my expectations, I did notice the wrinkles I had were less noticeable but not completely gone.

My only complaint is the pads seemed a little big, a slightly smaller version would be perfect and the inner corner of the pads along my nose would come away from the skin and I was always re-sticking it.

My overall thought on the eye masks is that they are great, the cooling sensation is relaxing.

For more information on the VII Beauty LLC, please visit their website here!

The O2M Oxygen Eye Mask can be purchased through Amazon 

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