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31 days to a prettier 2017 : change it up!

It’s Friday night and the weekend is here  …

Day 27 : January 27

Celebrate the weekend ahead with a quick polish change!

It’s easy to let your manicure sit and wear itself away until the first chip … but half the fun about nails and polish is that you can change it up in a quick minute and customize it to your mood. If you’ve been wearing an office appropriate shade all week long, strip it off and swipe on a new “weekend wow” colour.

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The great thing about today’s task is that you can do it yourself! You just need your remover and polish, and about 20 minutes. if you’re super handy with at-home manicures, then take some extra time to tend to any ragged cuticles and rough nails.

Paint away and enjoy your day!

TIP : Don’t forget your base coat and top coat! And speaking of topcoat, get to your Friday Night festivities faster with a quick-dry topcoat!

HOMEWORK : None – it’s FRIDAY!!!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : give yourself a manicure …

The prettiest girl is the girl who’s smiling. And you can’t smile if you’re feeling over worked, overwhelmed, and stressed out. As we are closing in on the end of week two of our beauty guide, it’s another day to pamper yourself and zone out.

Day 12 : January 13

Give yourself a manicure.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it should make you feel like you’re taking a time out for you. Take some time to trim and file your nails, soak and push back your cuticles, and give them a buff ‘n’ shine. You can leave it at this and finish with a nice dose of hand cream to soften and smooth the hands as a whole.

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If you have a bit more time to indulge, go ahead and paint them. It could be a couple of coats of clear nail polish or a deep and dark vampy colour that’s almost as black as your heart. If your handy with your hands and have the tools, you can even try a new nail art trend like chrome or glitter powder accent nails.

Whatever floats your boat. Have fun tonight!

TIP : Have fun.

HOMEWORK : Have more fun.

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countdown to christmas : nails nails and nails …

Even if a lady doesn’t get her nails and cuticles tended to on the weekly (or monthly), a fresh manicure and coat of nail polish always manages to make her smile. Whether she loves bright pops of colour, a palette of neutrals, or is always up-to-date on the latest negative space nail art, there is a nail polish out there for her.

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Nail polish makes for a great stocking stuffer for several reasons : bottles can be inexpensive, they come in every colour under the moon ALL-YEAR-ROUND, and they are the perfect stocking stuffer size.

If you happen to know someone who leans towards bright pops of colour from neon oranges and pinks to deep jewelled blues and purples, then pick up a couple of bottles of China Glaze. With so may bright colours to choose from, plus some fun glittery formulations, you won’t run out of options from this brand. I find two coats does a nail good and a properly done application can last a few days before a touch-up is needed.  May I suggest that you grab Mix and Mingle and Coal Hands, Warm Heart from the holiday collection and present them as a set – the manicure that would result would be epic for the new year!

If your bestie, girlfriend, our favourite niece favour a more neutral and nude palette, how about seeking something classic from the Essie line. Essie has one of the best pinks : Mademoiselle ; but I favour Ballet Slippers just a hint more. I also enjoy Merino Cool, Master Plan, and Chinchilla. This is definitely the brand I go to when I was a polished manicure with a sophisticated look. Even the sheerest of colours go on without a streaky appearance.

Know for a fact that the person you’re trying to gift probably won’t have time to paint their nails, but would love a manicure for a day or two?  Then there is an option for you : Kiss Nails! “Press-on” nails are BACK and with a vengeance … and with a much better style selection. Kiss Nails come in a variety of styles to choose from : from the classic french manicure to pro nail art designs to even holiday themed ones. A box or two inside a stocking will definitely garner some holiday cheer!

Happy Shopping!

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countdown to christmas : the body shop gift sets … for men!

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You know who the hardest person to shop for is … men. Actually, perhaps not the men in your life like your dad, your husband, your brother … but men who are teachers. Specifically men who are teachers who also happen to be your child’s teacher and you need to purchase a gift for them … stat! Other men, who may fall in this category may include : their (as in your children) bus driver, their martial arts teacher, their basketball coach. No kids but still have men in your life? Well, what about your condo concierge whom always ensures your multiple online shopping packages are accepted and kept safe until you pick them up?  Your “Uncle Bob” – dad’s bestie from way back who is always shows up on the holidays? Or what about that guy that you picked out for Secret Santa at the office? These are all examples of men in your life that deserve to be gifted during the holiday season, yet you might not know their favourite colour or their proper shirt size. Womp Womp.

So – men – officially as hard to shop for as women … until The Body Shop, that is.  Plenty of their gift sets for their rich lotions and creams are just as suitable for men, if not tailor-made for them.  I find there are several options in their hand creams that have pleasant, masculine-friendly scents, and also, masculine-friendly packaging (because sometimes – that does matter!)

This season, my picks would definitely be The Hemp Moisture High Gift Set (shown above). It’s inexpensive at just $15 plus HST, but is luxe in feel and appearance. It would be my choice for a Secret Santa gift or a teacher’s gift.

The Almond Hand and Nail Expert Gift (shown above) is my second choice, and I would gift this more to the male friend who appreciates a neat and well groomed appearance, a great-smelling lotion, and tidy nails. A male co-worker even, perhaps? Just $35 plus HST.

My bonus choice, hands down, is The Modern Man’s Grooming Kit which is just $15 plus HST, but filled with all the grooming tools a man would want, need and use … but never admit to loving (because you know men!). Large Metal Clippers, a nail grooming tool, nail scissors and a comb. All the things a gentleman should own to look proper and neat daily. This gift would not only be great for teachers – but I would also pick it up as a stocking stuffer for my dad and brothers – now doubt about it!

As you most likely know, The Body Shop is a Canadian staple and can be found at most major Malls across the country!

We’ve got 8 days left folks – how is the shopping going?

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recos from regina : sally hansen miracle gel nail polish

Sally Hansen came out with a line of nail polishes called Miracle Gel. This line consists of a 2 step system of a Gel Polish and Top Coat with no UV/LED light needed.


Step 1 consists of over 47 different Gel colours and Step 2 consists of the Top Coat.

I had the chance to try out Pink Tank and what I found great about Step 1 is that I only needed one coat of polish to get a full-coverage effect when I would normally need two or three coats. This is due to the width of the brush (that I really like) that helps to coat the entire nail.


What I liked about the Step 2 Top Coat is that it gave my nails the effect of a Gel manicure without the use of a UV/LED Light and it dried my nails quickly.

The removal of this gel polish is very easy – all that is needed to remove is nail polish remover. Bonus!

Step 1 and Step 2 of Sally Hansen Miracle #OMGel Polish can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart for $9.99 each.

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**Disclosure: This product was sent to BlushPretty as a press sample for editorial consideration.**

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