Clear Coat For Your Nails And Your Mascara?

Clear coat is a must-have when you’re doing your nails. We use the same concept for hair color and once you’ve tried it, you’ll never have a color without it again. But, does it do the same thing for your lashes? Some companies say it does and their satisfied customers agree that the newest addition the cosmetics family, mascara sealer or topcoat, is the greatest thing going on the market today.

Mascara sealer came about as an alternative to waterproof mascara. The theory is that you can continue to use your favorite brand that produces the kind of results you love even when you’re swimming or about to have a good cry-fest because the top coat mascara acts as a sealant (much like waterproof mascara does) that holds streaks, smudges and smears at bay. These sealers also are touted for their ability to add shine, length and volume by pumping up the shaft of your lashes – now who doesn’t want that!

Women who love this new product say that it delivers on every count. One shopper said that her mascara always ended up smeared right under her brow bone because she doesn’t have deep set eyes. Once she started applying a mascara top coat she no longer had the problem. For those with wimpy lashes, the added texturizing that sealers can give is an added benefit to the strength and smudge-free wear. And almost everyone agrees that these top coats make your mascara waterproof even to the point of not being able to remove it.

As with any product, especially a new one, there will be those who love it and those who hate it. Those who are not so pleased with this new addition to the mascara family (and even some who love it despite its flaws) all agree that these clear coats are hard to remove, even with the eye makeup remove included in some kits. One consumer said that even after using a great eye makeup remover, she still had to wait two days for the sealer to wear off. She said she loves it so much that she just knows she’ll be using it every other day while she waits for the remover to do its job. Other complaints are that it made lashes clumpy and that it never really dried so lashes were tacky and stuck to mostly each other but often to the skin around their eyes.

Because it is made out of polymers there is some debate about possible health risks to your eyes should the product get inside. Many unhappy consumers also reported that because the product is so difficult to remove, they actually lost lashes trying to get back to clean lashes.
The bottom line is that you’ll have to try it to really know if it’s right for you. Mascara sealer could be just the right thing for you. However, if you already have a waterproof mascara that you’re satisfied with, you might want to consider yourself lucky and stick with what you know and like and can get off your lashes.

Rules For Magnificent Nails

Many of you can do your own nails in any shade from violet to French to jet black, and it looks like you paid good money for the manicure. Many of you can not. If you are on of the “can nots,” help is on the way. While there is no cure for a shaky left hand (or right) but practice, there are a few tips that can improve your quest for a successful at-home manicure that will let you leave the house in even the most “Hello!” shade of polish.

1. Short is in. The days of glamour-length nails are over. If you’re stuck on nails longer than a few centimeters, clip those talons and don’t look back. Trendy nail color is vibrant and bright, and dark color doesn’t look great on long nails. Be sure your nails are evenly filed – yes, you must file them. Whether you prefer rounded or blunt edges, make them symmetrical. If one breaks, cut the others to the same length or as close to it as you can get. Waiting for one to grow back so they’re all the same length again is not so chic.

2. Buff your nails. Invest in a top quality nail buffer that has a side for smoothing out any ridges or peels, a side for buffing and a side for polishing. Your nails should be smooth and have a shine to them when you’re done. Avoid any buffers that cause the pink of your nail to turn white. The goal is to buff out the ridges, not scratch them. A smooth nail is the sign of a good manicure. Your color will go on 10 times smoother and will stay inside the lines of your cuticles better when your nail surface is smooth.

3. Take care of your cuticles. Bright colors are like a spotlight on scraggly cuticles. The answer to dry, peeling skin around the nails is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Use a cuticle oil in the morning and at night. If your hands are especially dry, rub it in like a lotion and let it seep into the skin. The oil also works well on the nail itself.

4. Stain, stain, go away! There are few things worse than nails that are stained with the last color they wore. If you already have stains, soak your nails in a solution of water and denture cleaner. It’s safe and it really works. Once your nails are clean, always apply a base coat before any color. Be sure to allow your nail time to dry before applying the base coat, and allow the base coat to dry before applying any color.

5. Polish in layers and allow each layer to dry completely before applying the next. If you use a quick-dry top coat to help, be sure to wipe it off between coats. It is an oil based polish that can cause polish-ruining smudges.

6. To make you bright colors really pop, apply a thin first coat of white. Don’t go all the way to the edges of yor nail so the color won’t peek through along the sides.