Beauty, Nails

The Best Nail Treatments for Post-Gel Removal

As much as we adore our bi-weekly gel manis, they aren’t the best for our nails. (A moment of silence, please.) As heart-breaking as this is, we don’t need to fully give up our favorite indulgence. A little treatment between polishes can strengthen and nourish our tips so they’re back in fighting form. We’re sharing some of the best nail treatments out there to give you the claws you crave.

OPI Nail Treatments Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener ($14.99)

OPI nail treatments nail envy natural nail strengthener

Reviewed as the #1 nail treatment on Influenster, OPI’s Nail Strengthener boasts fortified, healthier nails in just two coats, followed by a one-coat application every other day. See what Influensters are saying:

Formula X The Prescription CLIX! Treatment Nail Polish Set Strengthening ($19.50)

formula x the prescription clix treatment strengthening

This four-step kit includes a base coat, a sheer pink nail polish, a top coat, and a cuticle serum to help boost gel-damaged tips.

Perfect Formula Nail Essentials Duo ($20)

Perfect Formula Nail Essentials Duo

An Influenster editor top pick for saving wrecked nails, the Perfect Formula duo includes nourishing and fast-acting sheer pink and clear keratin protein gel treatments for nails.

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment ($18)

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment

This treatment from Julep gives you a touch of tint while working hard to revitalize nails. It’s infused with Hexanal technology to strengthen and condition nails, as well as a plant stem cell complex to provide anti-aging effects.

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Festivals, Nails

DIY This Festival-Ready Mani In Only 4 Steps

The easiest way to get into the festival mood (no festival actually needed!) is to update your mani! Need proof? Check out this no-fuss mani using Sinful Colors Professional nail polish in Super Cooper, a cooler-than-cool shade of green.

To make this mani a truly festival-worthy look, we added tribal accents using a metallic silver and finished it off with a a few layered Flash Tattoos.

SinfulColors, Super Cooper ($2)

SinfulColors, Diamond In the Raw ($2)

STEP 1. Apply Super Cooper onto nails evenly.

STEP 2. Use a toothpick or any other precision nail tool to draw nail accents using Diamond In the Raw nail polish.

STEP 3. Seal the look with your favorite topcoat—give SinfulColors SinfulShine® with Gel Tech™ Top Coat a try!

STEP 4. Finish your festival mani by layering as many Flash Tattoos as you see fit!

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Nails, Product Reviews

Urban Decay Naked Nail Polishes Are Back!

The cult-classic Urban Decay Naked Palette has a new, re-launched partner in crime in town, and it’s coming back stronger than ever! The Urban Decay Naked Nail Polishes are officially a thing again. The line includes eight shades ranging from Magnet (a deep charcoal) to Extra Bitter (deep brown), inspired by fan-favorite shades from all of the Naked palette collections. Here’s your first look at the born-again collection.

urban decay nail polish

A little background: About five years ago, there was a limited-edition Naked Nail Color set with six mini nail polishes based on the most coveted shades from the original Naked Palette. So, of course, Urban Decay fans went into a frenzy and it sold out quickly. This time, the brand came up with eight glossy neutrals, plus a champagne shimmer to layer over the nude polishes.

Urban Decay nail polish

And we can’t get over the packaging. Each bottle from the Naked Nail Color features a custom-designed cap topped with a 3D skull with roses as eyes!

You can shop the polishes now for $10 exclusively at urbandecay.com–but get them quick! Once these limited-edition polishes are gone, they’re gone for good!

Will you be trying? Tell us in the comments below!

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Beauty Hacks, Nails, Product Reviews, Tips & Tricks

The Best Nail Treatments for Post-Gel Removal

As much as we adore our bi-weekly gel manis, they aren’t the best for our nails. (A moment of silence, please.) As heart-breaking as this is, we don’t need to fully give up our favorite indulgence. A little treatment between polishes can strengthen and nourish our tips so they’re back in fighting form. We’re sharing some of the best nail treatments out there to give you the claws you crave.

OPI Nail Treatments Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener ($14.99)

OPI nail treatments nail envy natural nail strengthener

Reviewed as the #1 nail treatment on Influenster, OPI’s Nail Strengthener boasts fortified, healthier nails in just two coats, followed by a one-coat application every other day. See what Influensters are saying:

Formula X The Prescription CLIX! Treatment Nail Polish Set Strengthening ($19.50)

formula x the prescription clix treatment strengthening

This four-step kit includes a base coat, a sheer pink nail polish, a top coat, and a cuticle serum to help boost gel-damaged tips.

Perfect Formula Nail Essentials Duo ($20)

Perfect Formula Nail Essentials Duo

An Influenster editor top pick for saving wrecked nails, the Perfect Formula duo includes nourishing and fast-acting sheer pink and clear keratin protein gel treatments for nails.

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment ($18)

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment

This treatment from Julep gives you a touch of tint while working hard to revitalize nails. It’s infused with Hexanal technology to strengthen and condition nails, as well as a plant stem cell complex to provide anti-aging effects.

What products do you swear by for saving damaged nails? Share with us your top nail treatment picks!

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Beauty Hacks, Nails, Uncategorized

Pink Gellac Review

Pink Gellac is the brand that brought me into doing my nails, they are the most popular brand in Europe when it comes to gelpolish. Go look at their website to see for yourself. They offer starterpacks for those who just started doing their nails. They always have fun promotions, like recently you got a primer for free when ordering something! Also, the fourth colour in your cart is always free. (If you order for Belgium of the Nederlands, I believe it is the third one that is free).

You can order anything you need to do your nails online and it will be shipped that very day if you order before 11:30pm. Here in Belgium it always arrives the very next day, which I love! I’m not very patient when it comes to waiting for my packages to arrive.

I have been using their products for over a year now and I am still loving it! They frequently release new colours to their collection and they even redesigned their bottles.

They added a colour dot on the top, I think this looks super cute and it also helps a lot when you look for a specific colour in your collection.

As I mentioned before, I recieved a primer with my last order and believe me when I say this, I like it a lot! It takes seconds to dry and really helps. The gelpolish stays on longer and doesn’t chip. If you want to use this, only put it on the top of your nail, maybe around the edges if you think it easily comes off in those areas.

On their site, there are a lot of tutorials and you can find 4 online courses, but I believe you need to order something before you get acces to these courses. At least that’s the way it was when I placed my first order.

One of my favourite products is the Pink Base Plus,  you can enjoy beautiful polished nails for up to 4 weeks when using it. Besides guaranteeing the best possible and durable adhesion, it makes your nails stronger and keep them long. Pink Base Plus Set, the 4 week solution for nail problems!

Have any of you ever used the products from Pink Gellac, if so, how did you like them? Tell me in the comments below!

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Makeup, Nails, Product Reviews, skin

Beauty Products Inspired By Your Next Vacation

You don’t have to be a jetsetter this summer to channel your vacation vibes. Whether you’re headed to an exotic locale or choosing to stay a bit closer to home this vacation season, you can fake an escape with a little help from the right beauty products. We rounded up five beauty products inspired by your favorite vacation spots, so you can indulge your wanderlust anytime, anywhere!

St Barth Blue Lagoon Shower Gel

Price: $55 at beautyhabit.com

The ultimate beach getaway is only a shower away with this luxe shower gel from St. Barth’s new Sea Breeze collection. This creamy lathering gel mimics the turquoise tropical waters of a dreamy beach lagoon! Use on the face and body for a complete all-over experience.

essie nail color in Berried Treasure

Price: $8.50 at Amazon

Adventurers and beauty lovers will love the vibrancy of essie’s Viva Antigua collection, which brings the colors of Guatemala to life! We’re coveting this rich berry hue, aptly named Berried Treasure. We think this color will pair perfectly with any seaside cocktail!

Hampton Sun Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray 

Price: $32 at Sephora

You don’t have to be lounging in the Hamptons every weekend to fake that bronzed glow. This shimmering spray is enriched with aloe vera, chamomile, and vitamins A through E for hydration and contains just a touch of shimmer and bronzer to leave you with a kiss of color!

Captain Blankenship Anchor Balm 

Price: $20 at Sephora

Island hoppers can set sail with this do-it-all balm from Captain Blankenship. Formulated with organic plant oils and beeswax, this nourishing balm is perfect for the chapped lips, dry skin, and cracked hands you might get from a seaside excursion.

CLEAN Reserve Terra Woods Eau de Parfum

Price: $90 at Sephora

You don’t have to be a beach bum to have a great holiday. If a woodsy escape is more your style, embrace your inner lumberjack with a scent that pays tribute to the delicious and earthy fragrances of the forest. With crisp and zeisty notes, this is a bold and unique scent for sure!

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It’s a Match! Products That Work Better Together

Like Snapchat and selfies, green eggs and ham, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend–some things just go together naturally. We know there are beauty products out there that, when used together, result in a powerful duo. Without further ado, we’re here to lay out all the beauty products that are matches made in heaven.

Cutex and Sinful

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads | SinfulColors Kylie Jenner Denim & Bling Collection

These new Cutex pads are officially the most efficient way to take off nail polish. If you’re in that awkward chipped post-manicure stage, just one of these wipes will remove polish from all ten fingers and toes. And, because we’re in love with the new SinfulColors Kylie Jenner Denim & Bling Collection, we think you should reapply a coat of this iridescent blue shade.

Urban Decay primer and eyeshadow

Urban Decay Primer Potion | Urban Decay Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

The Urban Decay primer pairs perfectly with the Revealed Smokey Palette. Because of its creamy beige texture, the Urban Decay primer meshes well with the pale nude base of the Coastal Scents Palette. It makes for a perfect canvas for a creating a smokey eye. Plus, you won’t notice any creasing hours later.

SK-II FACIAL TREATMENT AND SISLEY PARIS

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask | Sisley Paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil-Colorless

This duo is for those in need of a major hydrating pick-me-up. Combined, these products diminish the appearance of fine lines and leave the skin looking refreshed and dewy.

L'Oreal

L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Primer | L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Together, these products give major long-lasting volume. Thanks to the primer and mascara pair, you won’t notice any fallout or flaking.

Becca shimmering palette and stila foundation

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed | Stila Liquid Illuminating Foundation

Sometimes foundation can read too flat, while shimmer can be too sparkly. But, when blended together, both of these products work together to create a soft, illuminated glow.

What products do you combine together? Have you used any of the products above? Tell us in the comments below. Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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Get the look, InstaTrend, Nails, Tips & Tricks

Insta Trend: Snow Globe Nails

Nail art is a great way to hone in on your arts-and-crafts skills. We’ve already seen ombre and negative space take off, and now it looks like 3D art is the next trend to gain momentum. The wild bubble nail trend completely took off a few years back, but now it’s coming back hotter than ever—but with a twist, of course! Allow us to introduce you to the latest installment of the bubble nail: snow globe nails.

The scoop: Bubble nails are little plastic balls that sit on top of the nail. You can fill them out with pretty much anything. From glitter to charms, the possibilities are endless!

Why we love it: It might not be the most conventional form of nail art, but who needs convention, anyway? It would be quite the conversation starter at your next get-together.

 

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How to do it:

Products you’ll need:

Aquarium Nail Tips

Aquarium Nail Tips Snowglobe Nail Tips

IBD Clear Gel Builder

IBD Clear Gel Builder

Safety 1st Medicine Dropper

Safety 1st Medicine Dropper

Urban Decay Heavy Loose Metal

Urban Decay Heavy Loose Metal

So, what do you think of this nail trend? Is this something you’d be daring enough to try? Tell us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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Sparkly Alternatives to the French Manicure

If you’re so over cliché white-tipped French manis and nude polish colors then we have just the solution – forgo the conventional pastel polishes and add a little glitter to those fingers. Whether it’s your big day, or an ordinary Monday, your nails deserve a little sparkle this summer.

 

1. SPARKLED FRENCH MANICURE

Glitter French Manicure

image via oneillgirls.com

Bored of your French manicure? Swap the white tips with some glitter. You’ll need clear nail polish and the glitter polish of your choice. First, apply the clear base coat to all your nails. After it’s dried, apply the glitter to just the tips of your nails. Lucky for you, glitter nail polish won’t show an imperfect manicure. If you’re feeling like a perfectionist, apply clear tape over your nail but leave the tips exposed so you can have a straight line. Last, apply the top coat of your choice. I would recommend my personal favorite, Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Glitter Polish / Clear Coat / Top Coat

 

 

2. 18K NAILS

Glitter Layered Manicure

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Remember the 2014 crackle top coat trend? Here’s the summer update look. Since crackle top-coat seems a bit gaudy for wedding season, we used Zoya’s 18K top coat to bring some additional sparkle to your fingers. Paint your nails any pastel color (we like Essie’s Fiji), and simply use the 18K as top coat. Voila!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

A pastel polish / Zoya Gilty Real 18k Gold Top Coat-Limited Edition

 

 

3. OMBRE SPARKLED TIPS

Ombre Glitter manicure

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Although it doesn’t look it, this is one of the easier bridal-ready manicures. Pick your polish (we like Butter London’s Fiver for summertime) and sprinkle glitter or excess eye shadow on the tips of your nails on the semi-wet polish. Fix up the excess glitter with a Q-tip and then apply the top coat!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Base Polish / Glitter Eye Shadow

 

 

 

So there you have it! Next time when you’re reaching for your go-to shade at the salon, try to think of these unconventional styles and tricks. Ever tried a stand out manicure? Leave us a comment with your favorite style and polish! Head to the Influenster website for more!

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Beauty Hacks, Fashion, Hair, Makeup, Nails, Product Reviews, skin, Tips & Tricks

Solutions To Your Most Dire Beauty Dilemmas

There are a lot of sayings out there that hint at the idea that getting your way may not always be in the cards. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too! Beauty is pain! The grass is always greener on the other side! Well, we disagree. In fact, we’ve taken some of the most common beauty dilemmas and flipped them. Who says you have to sacrifice for a good solution?

1. Sacrifice: Volume for softness

The Solution: Big hair, certainly do care. This can be a tricky one, but new products are hitting shelves every day and combining volumizing power with softening elements. One product flipping haircare on its head is TRESemmé Beauty-FULL Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner & Shampoo, an innovative new collection that directs you to condition before you shampoo. The formula creates volume so you can rock big hair without skipping conditioner or subjecting your strands to products that make it feel crunchy and stiff.

2. Sacrifice: Natural makeup to cover redness

The Solution: If you think layering on heavy foundation is the best way to reduce redness, get ready for a revolution. With a slew of color correcting products hitting shelves, you can keep your face looking natural and stop redness in its tracks. Try a primer with a green tint. Green is the best color for neutralizing redness. Influensters love ULTA’s Color Correcting Foundation & Primer Stick.

3. Sacrifice: Long-lasting fragrance for making your bottle of perfume last

The Solution: So, you treated yourself to a full bottle of your signature scent but every time you spritz you’re left scentless only a few short hours later. What’s a girl to do? Over spraying can mean buying a new bottle before your next paycheck. Instead, build a fragrance foundation. Use a lotion and/or body wash that has the same scent as your perfume then spray away after you shower. Creating layers of fragrance means a longer-lasting scent. We love the perfume and lotion combinationLa Vie est Belle from Lancome. Get more tips on making your fragrance last here.

4. Sacrifice: Lip color for moisture

The Solution: If your lips are chronically chapped, lipstick is a tough sell. No one wants to layer color over a cracked pout. Luckily, lipstick creators have caught on to this dilemma and have dreamed up moisturizing formulas that pack a softening punch. Try Tom Ford’s luxe line of lip colors. For a more wallet-friendly option, we love Burt’s Bees’ tinted balms.

5. Sacrifice: Comfort for killer shoes

The Solution: So you’re running out the door and your shoes are already rubbing and giving you blisters. If you can’t make it to a store, grab a maxi pad (like these from Carefree). Yes, it sounds bizarre, but pads can help relieve the pain and soak up sweat whether you’re dancing the night away in heels or pounding the pavement in a great pair of boots. Just be sure that if you decided to kick your heels off and dance – do it somewhere where a trash can is accessible. If you’re not comfortable with the maxi pad, Foot Petals are a great option to make heels and boots a bit more comfortable. Or, try one of our favorite quick problem solvers—the Bandaid Friction Block Stick—it really works.

6. Sacrifice: At-home manis for perfect nails

The Solution: Don’t let a little mess stop you from doing your nails at home! You can clean up your nails like a pro with our manicure secret weapons—Q-tips® Precision Tips™ and Cutex Nail Polish Remover No Spill Pump.

7. Sacrifice: Smooth skin for a quick morning routine

The Solution: Hate shaving but love the feeling of smooth skin? Try a hair inhibiting lotion such as Completely Bare’s Growth Inhibitor which can slow hair growth and extend the time between shaves. Some in-salon options include waxing or laser hair removal.

8. Sacrifice: Highlights for long-lasting color

The Solution: Ever get your hair colored only to spot roots what feels like mere weeks later? Been there! Extend the time between dye jobs with smart, root covering products. Influensters are loving L’Oreal Root Cover Up which makes disguising roots a breeze.

9. Sacrifice: Dewy skin for a clear skin

The Solution: Every beauty lover knows that the key to glowing skin is moisture. But, layering on thick moisturizers can cause breakouts or oiliness. As an alternative, treat parched skin to a dose of moisture with a sleep mask. Influensters love LANEIGE’s Water Sleeping Mask which delivers intense hydration while you sleep meaning you can get up, rinse, and go!

10. Sacrifice: Anti-aging for a quick daily routine

The Solution: We all want the time-stopping benefits that come with multiple products and heaping doses of active ingredients, but, spending twenty minutes layering on products can be a lot to ask on nights when we can barely keep our eyes open. For a quick fix, try boosting serums. These products are pumped up with luxe ingredients and be mixed with your moisturizer to cut down on your skincare steps. Try Fresh’s Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster.

Will you be using any of these tips or have you tried one of the products? Let us know in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more!
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