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Filing your nails regularly will keep them smooth and shaped. It’s the first step in a good manicure.
Nearly everyone thinks that they know how to file their nails, but there is only one right way.

The wrong ways can damage your nails and make them weaker. Here’s how to do it properly.

Things You’ll Need:
-Moisturizer
-Emery board
-Nail buffer 
-Nail clippers or nail scissors
-Soap
-Towel

1-Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
2- Lay a towel on the table to collect any nail dust or clippings. 
3- Clip your nails if you intend to take off a lot of length. Clip straight across the tip of the nail, leaving a square edge. Be sure to leave enough length for shaping with an emery board. 
4- Hold the emery board at a slight angle at one corner of your nail. Lightly stroke it from the corner to the center of your nail. Repeat several times, keeping the pressure light. 
5- Hold the emery board at a slight angle at the opposite corner and repeat, stroking from the corner toward the center of your nail. 
6-Repeat with each nail. 
7- Buff your nails if desired with a nail buffer to make them shine. 
8-Gather up the towel and shake out the nail dust and nail clippings into the trash. 
9- Wash and moisturize your hands.

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Who needs lacquer?
Neaten nails with juicy “finger food” instead.


What You Need :

5 grapes (red ones are packed with more antioxidants than green)
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Slice grapes in half widthwise.
2. Dip the fleshy side into the sugar and use it to massage the skin around each nail (one halved grape per finger) for about 30 seconds each.
3. Brush away excess sugar with a soft towel and rub a dot of grapeseed oil or hand cream onto hands and cuticles.

Beauty Benefit
“The sugar crystals remove dead skin and hangnails, and the gentle fruit acids help exfoliate remaining raggedness,” says Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at New York City’s Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, where signature manicures begin with this treatment. In addition, the oil and cream offer the instant shine of a top coat.

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Our feet deserve a good treat after a long and tiring day, especially walking around in high heels chasing some good bargains in the stores. Nothing seems more soothing than soaking our feet and let them relax.

If you are interested in making your own bath salts, check out this recipe and prepare some for your next grand feet treat:

“1. Place coarse sea salt (8 oz. makes enough for four foot soaks) in a large bowl. Sprinkle with essential oil (see “Essential Oil”, below for suggested scents and measurements). Add 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil.

2. Stir to mix, then store in an airtight container. To use, put a small handful in a basin, add hot water, and let salts dissolve.

Optional: To add color to your soak, blend in bath pigments or cosmetic-grade dye (often used in soapmaking; do not use food coloring – it could stain your basin) from a craft store. Or stir in a small amount of rose petals or dried lavender buds.

Essential Oil. For 8 ounces of bath salts, add one of the following types or blends of essential oil (available at natural body product shops and health stores): Eucalyptus (revitalizing), 4-6 drops; Jasmine and rose (relaxing), 3-5 each; Lavender (relaxing), 6-10 drops; Rose and lavender (relaxing) 3-5 drops each.”

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Foot odor?

Foot odor is embarrassing, but there are ways to treat smelly feet. Feet generally become odorous when feet sweat and bacteria builds up. Feet are usually trapped inside the shoe, which when the temperature is high in the confines of the show, it causes the foot to sweat. This causes bacteria to build up, which leads to having feet smell. While the buildup of bacteria does not just cause the feet to smell, but can also lead to feet ailments such as athlete’s foot. 

You can prevent feet from smelling by doing some simple things that will make your feet smell less and more comfortable as well. 

·    Maintaining good foot hygiene by washing your feet regularly making sure that you especially clean your feet well between the toes where bacteria builds up the most in the feet.

·    Change your socks daily as smelly feet always result in smelly socks. Clean dry socks will allow for the foot to breath more and will also be more comfortable as well.

·    You can apply foot powder, baking soda, or baby powder to your feet to prevent odor. The powders will soak up the moisture, which causes bacteria. There are also foot ointments that can help as well.

·    Check your feet regularly for infections of fungus especially between your toes and on the bottoms of your foot. You can treat these types of bacteria infections with various powers and ointments.

·    Good socks that are thick and soft can help with getting the moisture away from the foot and transferring them to the sock. The best socks are made from materials that absorb moisture such as cotton.

·    Wearing shoes that breath will allow for moisture to not build up. Leather and canvas shoes are good materials for allowing the foot to breath while plastic shoes do not.

Keep reading at: http://www.carefair.com/Body/Foot_Odor_1662.html

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Here are step-by-step instructions for a wonderful service you can do anytime, in the privacy of your own home.

Step 1: To begin your at home manicure, start applying an exfoliating scrub to your hands and wrists. Rub it all around thoroughly, paying special attention to the cuticle area, then rinse.  Pat hands dry.

Step 2: File nails into desired shape.

Step 3: Place your fingertips in a bowl of warm water.  Set a timer for five minutes.  This will soften your cuticles. Please do not skip this step.  It is so important that cuticles are pliable so that you can push them back and remove any loose skin or skin stuck to the nail plate.

Step 4: Pat hands dry and apply cuticle remover.  Using a cuticle pusher gently push back cuticles. Using a clean cuticle nipper, nip any loose skin that you can’t get off with the cuticle pusher.  Only nip skin that is hanging, do not, I repeat, do not, cut all your cuticles off with the nipper. Your cuticles protect your nail bed from bacteria and other germs.  You need your cuticles!  Nightly use of hand lotion or cuticle cream will keep your cuticles in check and you will never have to cut them. Use a washcloth to wipe cuticle cream off.

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Feel the need for some pampering? Great! There’s nothing better to lift your spirits than having a manicure or a pedicure. Not only will you feel refreshed, but your hands and feet will look wonderful. If you don’t already have a regular manicurist, here are some pointers for choosing one: 
 

·    Choose a salon that has a state license and a state inspection certificate. Look for a salon that is clean. If it doesn’t look clean, then leave immediately.

·    Meet the manicurist. Ask some questions about her techniques for manicures or pedicures. Look to see if she is licensed. A nail care technician should have a state license and it should be posted. This is also your opportunity to discuss any problems you might have with your nails.

·    Ask about their techniques for sterilizing the implements. All manicure scissors, metal nail files, etc. must be sterilized to prevent the spread of bacteria which can cause funguses. It is best to have the tools heated for sterilization rather than soaked in an antibacterial solution.

·    Look at the manicurist station. Is the table clean and orderly? Is there a supply of fresh towels? Does she use a fresh bowl of soapy water for each customer? Does she use a new file for each customer?

 

Keep reading! Go to: http://www.carefair.com/Beauty/Nails/Pamper_Yourself_205.html

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