How to Heal Damaged Nails

After wearing nail polish a lot, my nails started to crack and peel at the ends. They chipped and tore all the time! If you’re having the same issues with your nails, here are a few of my cure-alls:

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1. Stop wearing nail polish! This is the most important tip I could give! I did an experiment with Styrofoam and nail polish. I put a drop of polish on the foam and it burned an inch through. Different colors had different effects, and the darker the color the more it burned through. Give your nails a break for at least 5 – 8 weeks.

2. Use lotion on your hands daily, once in the morning and once at night. Rub it into your cuticles and nail beds, and use more than you think it sufficient.

3. Use cuticle oil on the nail itself instead of just the cuticle.

4. Stop messing with your nails! Don’t bite them, shape them with a file, or use those fake nail things. Refrain from pushing back your cuticles and filing your nails, as this weakens them.

5. Cut them shorter. If you trim your nails short then they have less of a chance of breaking off or splitting.

6. Eat healthily. Eat fruit, veggies, and protein every day as you should and drink plenty of water.

7. Use this nail cream if all else fails.

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Hope these tips help you restore your nails!

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Homemade Temporary Hair Dye!

Get ready for the warmer months ahead and show a little color to brighten things up!
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If you have blond or light brown hair, this works best. If your hair is darker, then you may want to bleach it out a little first. DON’T bleach your hair without professional instructions or a kit!! This works best with small sections of hair.
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Temporary Hair Dye
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You’ll need:
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1 plastic bowl
1 plastic spoon
An assortment of food coloring
1/4 cup water
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In the plastic bowl, mix the vinegar, water, and 10 drops of any color you want. Dip a small section of your hair into the bowl of dye. Soak for 1 – 2 minutes. Dry just a little with a paper towel. Pull back the rest of your hair and secure away from the dyed part. Blow dry the dyed section on medium/cool setting on a blow dryer. Enjoy your fab new look! To remove, wash hair. If the dye doesn’t come out one time, try again. If the dye is still in, click here for a solution. Here are some color mixes for you to try out:

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1 part red + 1/2 part yellow = red orange

2 parts yellow + 1 part red = yellow orange

2 parts blue + 1 part red = blue purple

2 parts red + 1 part blue = red purple

2 parts blue + 1 part yellow = blue green

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BOO! Hahaha…:P

Enjoy! Have a great day.

Jewelry: Vintage, New, and Foreign

I decided to put off the tutorial (which, by the way, will be a lace hair bow tutorial) and show you a sampling of my jewelry. I rarely, almost never by jewelry from a department store like Claire’s unless it’s on sale. The rest of the jewelry I have is from relatives, vintage stores (did I mention I love vintage and thrift stores?), or something I’ve made with my mom.

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Sitting here, I just found one of my very favorite pieces: a silver cat bracelet with tiny, green, glass beads from my mom. I have so many favorites, because I only buy things that I really want. Which of the above is your favorite? 🙂

Lip Gloss Recipe

Hello everyone! I am excited for spring, and judging from the snow we’ve gotten these past months and days, I think the summer will be a wet one. To ring in the fairer months, I formulated a recipe for lip gloss. You can make it with vanilla, mint, strawberry, chocolate, lemon, or any other flavor you want.

Lip Gloss

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You’ll need:

Cosmetic grade almond or coconut oil

Petrolatum jelly (if you can find a safer ingredient that has qualities similar to petrolatum jelly, then use it instead.)

Gentle essential oil OR flavor – strawberry, vanilla, mint, etc.

Small tin with lid

Cosmetic grade mica powder or very fine sparkly powder

Small bowl for mixing

Rubber spatula

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In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of petrolatum jelly with 5 drops of almond or coconut oil until completely smooth. Stir in 1 drop of a gentle essential oil or 1 – 2 drops of flavor. Add a TINY pinch of sparkly powder or mica powder (a little goes a long way!) or a full pinch for some stunning shine. Use a spatula to scoop the mixture into a small tin. Use whenever for glossy lips!

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Today, I finished my math textbook and yesterday I completed my vocabulary workbook. Yay!