Feathered Manicure!

  • 1. Begin with two coats of the enclosed Paint Pot and allow 5 minutes to dry.
  • 2. Next, paint a generous layer of Speed Coat Pro and whilst wet gently lay a feather onto the nail.
  • 3. Gently press the feather flat to the nail, leaving an area between the cuticle and the feather to let the base shade peep through.
  • 4. Once dry, gently cut away excess feather with Ciaté mini nail scissors (being careful not to cut the skin) leaving a slight feather overhang to the free edge of the nail.
  • 5. Seal in the feather with the last layer of Speed Coat Pro, following the grain of the feather by painting from tip to cuticle – coating both nail and feather.
  • 6. Once the Speed Coat Pro is completely dry, file away the excess feather using the block file vertically against the free edges for a smooth finish. Behold beautiful nails!

Get the Feathered Manicure Kit here.

Chalk Board Manicure!

Begin with two coats of the matte black Ciaté® Chalkboard Paint Pot onto clean dry nails.
Get your chalk pens ready by shaking and gently pressing the nib to a hard surface which will release the liquid chalk.
Once your nails are completely dry, select a chalk pen and gently press onto the nail to create your design.
Get ready to play! Sketch, doodle and squiggle to your heart’s content.
Made a mistake? Simply wipe down the nail with water and start again within 30 seconds.
Once you’ve created a masterpiece, allow to dry and seal in your chalk design with a topcoat of the enclosed Ciaté Mattnificent.

Get chalk board paint here.

Tricks to Make Your Polish Last!

how to make a manicure last

Chipped polish, dry cuticles and cracked, peeling nails–many issues that shorten the life of our manicures. If you find yourself touching up your polish every couple of days, follow these tips, courtesy of WebMD, and your manicure should start lasting you 7 to 10 days.

How to make your mani last longer:

1. Go Shorter.
Talons not only look dated — they’re more likely to split, break, and may even become detached from the nail bed. “The longer the nail is, the more it acts like a lever,” says dermatology professor C. Ralph Daniel III, MD, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Any kind of force can lift the nail plate upward and away from its bed.” A chic and modern length is a nail that extends ever so slightly beyond the tip of your finger.

2. Shape Them Up.
Slightly oval or rounded nails with the corners left square is the easiest shape to maintain, says Wendy Lewis, a beauty consultant and author of Beauty Secrets: The Complete Lowdown on Skin, Hair and Body Treatments. Sculpt your nails with a fine-grade emery board. Look for one in your drugstore or beauty supply shop that has the grit marked (the higher the number, the finer the grit), and choose a grit of 280/320. Or try a four-sided buffer, which has surfaces of varying grittiness for shaping, smoothing, buffing, and shining. File gently in one direction. If you saw back and forth, you’ll weaken the tips of your nails, and that can lead to shredding or peeling.

3. Prep Before Polish.
If you have vertical ridges on your nails, create a smooth surface by applying a ridge-filling strengthener. Or, buff away the ridges with the fine side of a four-sided buffer. Use restraint. If you buff too aggressively, you’ll make the problem worse by thinning out the nail plate. “A good rule of thumb is if you feel heat or friction, back off,” says Julie Serquinia, owner of The Paint Shop Beverly Hills nail salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Before you apply polish, swab nails with alcohol to remove any oily residue from creams or lotions. Any trace of oil will cause the polish to lift and peel, says Nancy Reagan, owner of Bella Reina Spa in Delray Beach, Fla.

4. Skip the Soak.
Dunking your fingertips into a little bowl of liquid is a standard step in most salon manicures. But it’s actually a bad idea. Your nail beds expand when you submerge them in water, and then shrink back when they dry, causing the new coat of polish to loosen. The purpose of the water soak is to assist in softening the cuticle, but a better idea is to use a cuticle softener, Reagan says. “These do a superb job of softening the cuticle so you don’t need water,” she says.

5. Moisturize Your Nails Nightly.
Dehydrated nails are more likely to break and split, while moisture-starved cuticles can become ragged, leading to those unsightly pieces of dead skin called hangnails. The most efficient way to nourish parched nail beds and cuticles is with nightly use of a cuticle oil, says Jill Weinstein, MD, an instructor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Keep a tube on your bedside table, suggests Weinstein, and apply a couple of drops around each nail, massaging into the cuticle. This simple step will help your manicure last longer, since brittle nails chip more easily.

6. Use a Base Coat.
Applying a base coat will help nail polish stick and wear longer. When you move on to lacquer, keep your brush strokes to a minimum and your coats to two. The fewer strokes you use to cover your nail, the less chance of streaks, Lewis says. You’ll also avoid creating the air pockets and bubbles that can be caused by thick layers of polish, Reagan says.

7. Add a Topcoat.
Defend against chips by applying polish and topcoat across the top edge of your nails. This is called a “seal.” Maintain the manicure by putting a new topcoat on the entire nail every other day.
Still, even with the best defense, chips happen. Fix chips by soaking a cotton swab in nail-polish remover and dabbing it on and around the scratch or nick to even out the surface, Serquinia says. Apply a thin coat of nail polish and follow with a topcoat.

If you get a manicure in a salon, take steps to avoid getting an infection. Bring your own instruments or choose a salon that uses a device called an autoclave to sanitize instruments between clients. The autoclave does a better job of killing infectious germs than the green-blue disinfectant that you see in jars on your manicurist’s station, says dermatologist Jeanie Leddon, MD, PhD, of Lafayette, Colo.

Also, don’t trim your cuticles. Cuticles seal the gap between the nail and skin. Remove or damage this protective seal and germs can infiltrate, potentially casing infections. Instead, keep cuticles tidy by using a cuticle oil and gently pushing them back with a cotton swab.

China Glaze Tranzitions – Change the Look of the Polish With a Top Coat!

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China Glaze Winter 2012 Tranzitions Collection China Glaze Tranzitions Collection for Winter 2012   Info & Photos

Before Top Coat

  • Split Perso-nail-ity – dusty pink
  • Duplicityy – soft sea foam green
  • Modify Me – periwinkle
  • Altered Reality – turquoise
  • Metallic Metamorphosis – gray metallic
  • Shape Shifter – violet gun metal

After Top Coat

  • Split Perso-nail-ity – deep dusty pink
  • Duplicityy – deep mint green
  • Modify Me – indigo
  • Altered Reality – chrome turquoise water
  • Metallic Metamorphosis – blue gray
  • Shape Shifter – deep blue purple

How it works:

Step 1: Apply a base coat

Step 2: Apply 2 coats of China Glaze Tranzitions shade of choice and allow to completely dry

Step 3: Lastly, apply one coat of clear top coat and watch the color change right before your eyes

There’s nail art and then there’s China Glaze nail couture. Reverse French manicure, half moon, ombre, basket weave, dots or racing stripes: nail designs are intricate and multi-colored. China Glaze introduces a new way to get multi-color, unique nail art with fewer bottles of polish with the new color-changing Tranzitions collection!

China Glaze Tranzitions’ revolutionary new nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied, changing the color from one shade to another for a stunning effect. Wear any of the six beautiful, color-shifting shades alone, or allow your creativity to run wild and create intricate nail designs by applying a top coat all over or strategically. Try different looks using nail art brushes, free-hand designs or nail guides. Because each shade changes color, you get 2 lacquers in one, creating an entirely new look with just one swipe.

Verdict:   You can barely see a difference with Altered Reality, The other colors seem to work

It is easy enough that the average person can use.  On the whole I would say this is an inventive product that is worth trying!

Ciate Foil Manicure

Ciate Foil Manicure

Coming Soon at Sephora – Ciate Very Colourfoil Manicure™ – A manicure kit for creating a raw foil finish with a mirror-like shine that goes beyond a regular metallic polish for an edgy runway look. allows you to layer creamy nail color with metallic sheen and try out different techniques such as color blocking and color clashing.

OPI to Release Oz: The Great and Powerful Nail Polish

OPI - Oz the Great and PowerfulCourtesy Photo (4); Time Inc. Digital Photo Studio

Via InStyle

OPI is bringing magic to your fingertips! The nail brand is set to launch a seven-piece range inspired by Disney’s upcoming film Oz: The Great and Powerful. “This collection captures the whimsy seen in the film, from glittery shades packed with white, gold, and iridescent confetti, to soft neutrals,” said OPI’s executive VP and artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “The rich taupe hue (left) was designed for James Franco’s character, the great Wizard of Oz, and is sure to make a bold statement this spring.” And the antique metallic shade has a dose of sorcery built in—the lacquer features OPI’s new Liquid Sand effect, which creates a matte pebbled texture using small glitter particles. Click through the gallery to preview the entire collection, and shop the shades in stores starting in March for $9 each.

Marianne Mychaskiw

2012 A Look Back Beauty Trends – Part 2!

2012 Beauty Trends:

Cleanses, Flavored Water, Green Drinks, Teas  and Smoothies

Via My Journal of Health – Tumblr Have a glass of water in the morning after waking up. Why? Drinking water will help us keep hydrated. After sleeping for several hours, your body hasn’t received any intake of water. Water is essential for good health and drinking water first thing in the morning will help jump start your day.

Breaking Dawn Make Up Tutorial

MAC Grey Friday Lipstick

Cobalt and Ox Blood Nail Polish


Greige Nail Polish

Michele Obama’s Gray Lilac Nail Polish

Ombre Hair Color

Gel Manicures

New Years Resolutions – Good Habits for 2013!


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The Coming New Year is a great time to put new good habits into practice!

  • Drink more water
  • Wear sunblock
  • Wear a hat
  • Exfoliate once to twice a week
  • Exercise, take a walk
  • Mediate
  • Yoga – get limber
  • Treat yourself to a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure (look good feel good!)
  • Start packing your own lunch
  • Sleep more, get better quality sleep
  • Drink less Alcohol!
  • Get more sleep
  • Quit Smoking!
  • Eat more fruits, veggies, and fiber
  • Try going organic

Have fun with it make a list of good habits you would like to start to do and make it happen!

Half a glass of water(Photo credit: Jeff Youngstrom)


How to Fix Your Gel Manicure: Follow This Advice!

Reblogged from InStyle
Courtesy Photo

Gel polish may last longer than regular formulas, but—oops!— sometimes even the strongest manicure can chip.

IF YOU DID IT YOURSELF: First smooth the chipped area by gently buffing the nail’s surface. According to manicurist Jin Soon Choi, if you used an at-home kit spot apply two coats of color on top of the chip, curing each one as directed. Apply topcoat and cure it again for a quick remedy!

IF YOU WENT TO A SALON: If you got your mani done in a salon, find a close shade in a regular polish, touch up the area, and then apply a high gloss topcoat. “CND and OPI have regular and gel polish with the same names, so it’s easy to match those up,” says manicurist Julie Kandalec.


Diamonds, Pearls, Gold, Silver and Caviar — Oh My! Luxurious Beauty Products Are They Really Worth It?

Azature Black Diamond Nail Polish

The black diamond king, Azature launches this Black Diamond polish that contains one real black diamond and is packaged in a Talk about “dripping in diamonds,” a limited edition nail polish by celebrity and royalty jewelry designer AZATURE is being touted as the most expensive nail polish in the world. The price tag? $250,000. And with good reason—each bottle contains 267 carats worth of black diamonds (a specialty of the jeweler). Of course, not too many are willing to spend that amount of money on nail polish (diamond lovers or not), which is why the brand has also created a “lower-end” version of the nail polish for the price of $25. The color is the brand’s signature black and offers a glittery sheen that resembles the sparkle of diamonds, but contains only one real black diamond per bottle.

Exciting New Dimension in Nail Polish!

Ciaté is introducing the Caviar Manicure a 3D Nail Polish Kit that is available at Sephora:  http://www.sephora.com/.

Dotted style: The caviar manicure by Ciate — created by sticking tiny beads to polish — is the latest extreme nails trend taking ladies by storm.

My Beauty Diary - Pearl Powder Mask (10 Sheets)

My Beauty Diary Pearl Powder Mask

Whitens nourishes and revitalizes skin. It is ideal for all skin types, especially dull and damaged skin.  Creates translucent and whitened skin: Super fine pearl powder contains various amino acid and microelements which permeate into skin, performing watery and white skin. Mulberry peel essence hydrates skin.  Revitalizes and nourishes skin: Vitamin B and seaweed complex revitalize and nourish skin while licorice and citrus ingredients condition and nourish skin.   Amazing Nanospheres Technology: Structured with plenty of tiny holes, it enhances absorption of nourishment, leaving skin moisturized.

*Would not recommend for anyone with a seaweed/seafood/shellfish allergy.

Pevonia Botanica Timeless Myoxy Caviar Repair Cream

Pevonia Botanica

Timeless Myoxy Caviar Repair Cream

An opulent tri-phase homogenised cream, Time Repair is enriched with Caviar, Pearl and Escutox, which are all abundant in potent actives. Its silky texture is easily absorbed, leaving skin with a healthy, youthful glow. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Caviar Extract tightens, firms, and lifts. Pearl Powder adds a luminous, healthy glow. Vitamin A smooths dry skin, improves elasticity, and thickens the epidermis. Excellent for mature or dry skin.

*I would not recommend using Caviar or Pearl products if you have a seafood/shellfish allergy.

LaRocca Skincare Daily Hydrating Moisturizer with SPF 15

Restore your skins suppleness with this delightfully lightweight moisturizer from LaRocca. 24K colloidal gold* and other firming ingredients work to boost cell turnover for a younger-looking complexion. Jojoba seed oil, squalane and apricot kernel oil deliver luscious hydration, moisture and healing action.

*I have tried this product.  It didn’t seem to do anything special for my skin. My worry is that it may cause inflammatory reactions like contact dermatitis.

Here is an article from The New York Times on Gold in Skin Care

Silver Powder

Mario Badescu Silver Powder

For excessive, stubborn blackheads, this oil absorbent powder will help to unclog congested pores. Prevents blackheads and promotes a healthier complexion.   Silver and most silver compounds have an oligodynamic effect and are toxic for bacteria, algae, and fungi. The oligodynamic effect is typical for heavy metals, but, among the elements that have this effect, silver is the least toxic for humans. The antibacterial action of silver is dependent on the silver ion the ability of the biologically active silver ion (Ag+) to irreversibly damage key enzyme systems in the cell membranes of pathogens.

*Colloidal silver preparations (CSP) are antibacterial and can help acne, but there are better acne solutions out there.  Retinol, Benzoyl Peroxide, or Salicylic acid for example.  CSP should not be taken orally, silver can accumulate in the body!




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