Favorite Products of the Month!

Seche Ultra-V

UV Gel Top Coat

Korean Candy

MAC Sheen Supreme















Take Care of Your Feet and Toes – What to Look for at a Nail Salon!

10% of all skin condition problems are fingernail & toenail related!

Don’t neglect your feet or hands!

§ Make sure that your shoes are dry inside. A moist and dark environment can lead to many foot related conditions. Avoid using powders on your feet that contain starch it can encourage fungus growth.
§ Be careful if you are diabetic, have circulation problems, et cetera.
§ Go to nail salons that dispose of non-reusable items. Metal implements should be opened from a sterilized bag if it isn’t ask for one opened in front of you.
§ Look for a dry heat or autoclave sterilizer. If they only use an UV sterilizer it isn’t enough to properly sterilize metal implements.
§ High level hospital grade disinfectant spray that can kill Tuberculosis should be used on all hard surfaces or non porous surfaces. No regular over the counter cleaners!!!
§ The foot tubs, chairs, work stations, bowls, et cetera should be cleaned after every client with the high grade disinfectant.
§ Ideally look for a nail salon that has disposable foot tub liners.
§ Your cuticles should not be cut! This can lead to infection!!!
§ After metal instruments are used they should be placed into a jar of disinfectant.
Look out for double dipping with a wooden stick or hand on your skin and putting back into a jar.
I like to go to a new nail place right before closing time so I can see how they clean.
Dry heat & autoclave sterilizer

Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Care – a Review!

For Patients developed by Podiatrists:

According to the website the nail polishes and remover are for:

  • Patients with yellow, discolored nails
  • Diabetic patients
  • Patients with dry, brittle nails
  • Men and women undergoing chemotherapy
  • Pregnant women looking to avoid harsh chemicals
  • Children who wish to limit exposure to formaldehyde
  • Patients with strong healthy nails who want to keep them that way
  • help repair and prevent brittle nails
Formulated to:
  • hydrate nail cuticles
  • help repair and prevent brittle nails
  • allows the nails to breath
Is the first and only nail Polish to receive the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval –  The APMA Seal of Acceptance/Approval Program recognizes products which have been found beneficial to foot health and of significant value when used in consistently applied program of daily foot care and regular professional treatment.
I like the fact that the products have 30 different shades of nail color along with nail care products such as base coat, top coat, cuticle care and a nail hydration. Each product is infused with a special blend of ingredients selected by Dr. Cirlincione and Dr. Spielfogel. The polishes contain: wheat protein, tea tree oil (anti-fungal) , garlic bulb extract (anti-fungal) and lavender. Dr.’s Remedy products do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor or pthalates or DBP.

$17.00 each
My Favorite Colors:

Cozy Cafe

Mellow Mauve

Nuture Nude


Purity Pink

Defense Deep Red

Revive Ruby Red

Youthful Yellow

Noble Navy

Subtle Sunshine



It doesn’t last as long as polishes that do contain the Big 3, but that is pretty consistent for this type of polish.  Easy to remove and apply and has an average dry time of 15 minutes.


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.

Changes to your Hair and Nails when Aging!

Your hair and nails function to protect your body. They also keep the temperature of your body steady. Another important function of the hair and nails is to help you (sense) feel things.

As you age, your hair and nails begin to change.

Hair Changes and Their Effects

Hair color change. This is one of the clearest signs of aging. Hair color is due to a pigment calledmelanin, which is produced by hair follicles. These are structures in the skin that make and grow hair. With aging, the follicle makes less melanin. Graying often begins in the 30s.

Scalp hair often starts graying usually at the temples and extends to the top of the scalp. Hair color becomes lighter, eventually turning white.

Body and facial hair also turn gray, but usually later than scalp hair. Hair in the armpit, chest, and pubic area may gray less or not at all.

Graying is determined by your genes. Gray hair tends to occur earlier in Caucasians and later in Asians. Nutritional supplements, vitamins, and other products will not stop or decrease the rate of graying.

Hair thickness change. Hair is made of many protein strands. A single hair has a normal life between 2 and 6 years. That hair then falls out and is replaced with a new hair. How much hair you have on your body and head is also determined by your genes.

With aging nearly everyone has some hair loss with aging. The rate of hair growth also slows.

Hair strands become smaller and have less pigment. So the thick, coarse hair of a young adult eventually becomes thin, fine, light-colored hair. Many hair follicles stop producing new hairs.

Men may start showing signs of baldness by the time they are 30 years old. Many men are nearly bald by age 60. A type of baldness related to the male hormone testosterone is called male-pattern baldness. Hair may be lost at the temples or at the top of the head.

Women can develop a similar type of baldness as they age. This is called female-pattern baldness. Hair becomes less dense and the scalp may become visible.

As you age, your body and facial hair are also lost. But hairs that remain may become coarser. Women may lose body hair. Facial hair may get coarser, especially on the chin and around the lips. Men may grow longer and coarser eyebrow, ear, and nose hair.

Contact your health care provider if you have sudden loss of hair. This can be a symptom of a health problem.

Nail Changes and Their Effects

Your nails also change with aging. They grow more slowly and may become dull and brittle. They may become yellowed and opaque.

Nails, especially toenails, may become hard and thick. Ingrown toenails may be more common. The tips of the fingernails may fragment.

Lengthwise ridges may develop in the fingernails and toenails.

Check with your health care provider if your nails develop pits, ridges, lines, changed shape, or other changes. These can be related to iron deficiency, kidney disease, and nutritional deficiencies.



Habif TP, ed. Hair diseasesClinical Dermatology. 5th ed.St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 24.

Habif TP, ed. Nail diseases. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed.St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 25.

Minaker KL. Common clinical sequelae of aging. In: Goldman L,Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 24.

Tosti A. Diseases of hair and nails. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed.Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 450.

Via Medline Plus

While I’ve attempted to use 

credible sources for information, 

this is not intended to be a 

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment. 

If there is a disparity between 

the information presented 

within this blog and the advice 

given by your medical professional, 

please follow the medical professional’s 

advice as he/she will know you 

and your medical circumstances.

My Beauty Must Haves for March!

Bobbi Brown Lip Stick in Orange

– the description at Bobbi Brown is a pumpkin orange, but I find this to be more of a orange-fuschia or fruit punch color.  Great for a bold pop of color or a lip stain!

Donell Telomera Cream

– great anti-aging moisturizer!

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo

Pureology Hydrate Light Conditioner

– great for dry or color treated hair!

Essie Nail Polish in Yogaga

– a peachy sandy beige with a touch of grey!

MAC Cosmetics Glamour Daze Kohl Eye Pencil in Orpheus

– is a dirty gray-brown with antique gold shimmer!

Confetti Nails! A Great New Years Eve Look!

Via The Beauty Department

The Perfect Nail Look for New Years Eve!


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess post sponsored by Beauty.com

There are so many reasons to celebrate — your birthday, friends’ birthdays, holidays and every day in between.  My favorite part about this manicure is that you’re just punching out tissue paper circles and applying them to the nail. No major skills required, unlike most nail art! Here we go:

  1. Punch out tissue paper circles. Put about 5-7 pieces on top of each other to get a good solid punch.
  2. Paint the base of the nails with any color you want. We used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Cruising because clearly metallic gold says party.
  3. Use a pen to pick up the pieces of confetti and lay them down on the wet nail polish. Make a couple pieces overlap and/or cut some of the pieces down so you can lay them against the cuticle as seen in the final photo.
  4. Let some of the confetti pieces hang over the edge and trim them down when you’re done laying them all down.
  5. Once all of the pieces are where you want them, go over the whole nail with a good top coat!

Holiday Nail Ideas!


Fair Isle Snowflake Tutorial


Click here for a video how-to!

POLISH USED: konad sp “green” konad sp “red” guppy “#27 white” sally hansen manicure pen small silver beeds dotting tool


Maryam Maquillage © 2012. http://www.maryammaquillage.com Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in Easy Going (Base Color) Sinful Colors Nail Art in Lagoon–comes with a fine brush (tip & stars) Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Techno (glitter polish used over tip) Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Silver (stars & dots) Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black (stars & dots) L’Oréal nail art dotting tool Duri Rejuvacote Nail Growth System Base/Top Coat





Perfect New Color for Fall – Greige!

Grey+Beige or Greige

Essie Miss Fancy Pants

Butter in All Hail The Queen

Scotch Naturals in Hot Toddy

Chanel in Particuliere #505

Great Stubborn Nail Polish Removing Trick!

Via K-Popped

Tips on removing polish:


1) You’ll need small pieces of cut-up cotton, plastic gloves and of course nail polish remover

2) Soak cotton pieces in nail polish remover

3) Cover nails with cotton, soaked in remover, put on plastic gloves and wait for 10 minutes (I have also sen this done with plastic wrap or foil wrapped around the cotton and finger tip as well)

4) Your stubborn nail polish will remove easily

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