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Tips for Great Looking Nails

Everyone wants great looking nails. The key to this is taking care of your hands and nails so they are healthy and gorgeous. This is really very easy to accomplish without spending a lot of time and money. Here are a few simple things you can do at home to have a great nail care routine.

Keep Hands and Nails Clean

This may sound really simple, but it is also very important. Make sure your nails and the skin around them are free of all dirt. You can use a soft toothbrush and apply salt to the bristles. Then, scrub gently around the nails. This will help to remove all the dirt and debris from around the nail bed. Be sure to remove all traces of any left over nail color with a non-acetone remover. All other types of polish remover will dry out your nails. Resist the urge to soak your nails in water. Soaking them for extended periods of time may lead to increased splitting of your nails. Clean your nails on a regular basis and make sure to dry them thoroughly.

Be Gentle to Your Nails

Our nails are actually pretty delicate. Anything you do with your nails should be done gently. Make sure that you don’t scrub your nails too harshly. While scrubbing does help to get them clean, doing so too harshly can irritate them and lead to possible infections. Don’t use metal tools to scrape under the nail. Too much digging under the nail plate will cause the nail to separate from the skin.

Trim Your Nails Regularly

This is a very important part of maintaining nail health. Nails that are too long or too short can create the opportunity for nail breakage and serious damage. Use a nail cutter to cut your nails neatly. First, trim them in a straight line and then square or round them off at the tips. For regular maintenance, you should trim them about once every two to three weeks depending on how fast your nails grow.

Don’t Cut Your Cuticles

Our cuticles have a very important purpose – to seal the area at the base of the nail. Our cuticles are very delicate and can rupture easily. When you cut or remove them, it breaks the seal of protection that nature provided for your nails. This leaves your nails vulnerable to bacteria and possible infection. If you must mess with them at all, gently push them back once a week with a wooden orange stick after getting out of the bath or shower.

If you have hanging skin around the nail, follow this procedure to help keep the cuticle area healthy. Always handle them carefully. Trim the hanging skin gently, so it doesn’t stick out , pull or cause more pain. Never pick at them. This just leads to tearing and more irritation for the cuticle area. One way to help eliminate this issue is to moisturize your cuticle area. Use a cuticle cream, coconut oil or almond oil on the area and massage it into the cuticles gently.

Value the Health of Your Nails Over the Length

Long nails are beautiful, but are definitely harder to maintain than shorter nails. If you are someone who struggles with snags or breakage, it is probably better to try and keep your nails shorter. The best shape for a shorter nail is a rounded edge. Not only is this easier to manage, but also looks neater as well. Focus on building strength in your nails and then decide if you want a longer length.

Use the Right Tools

It is very important that you use the right tools to file your nails. The best tool for this is a glass nail file. They are healthier for your nails because they seal the nail as you file which keeps unwanted dirt and bacteria from entering your nail. It is a good idea to always have one on hand. That way, if you encounter a lot of wear and tear to your nail, you can smooth away the edges immediately instead of risking further damage. It is also important to take proper care of those tools. Disinfect all your nail tools between each use. Wash any metal tools with soap and water then wipe them with alcohol. This procedure also applies to glass nail files. Keeping your tools handy and clean will go a long way to improving the health of your nails.

Always Read Labels

The ingredients in your nail products can make a huge difference in the overall health of your nails. Make sure you are using high quality products. They may cost you a bit more up front, but healthy nails are worth it. Stay away from polishes and products containing toxic chemicals. Look for products that are free from formaldehyde, toulene, and dibutyl phthalate. These are also known as 3 FREE products. Products that contain these three toxins will cause brittleness, splitting and cracking to your nails.

Moisturize Your Hands and Nails

This is a very important part of keeping your nails healthy and looking awesome. You wouldn’t even think of not moisturizing your face, so why do you neglect your nails? Any nutrient rich oil or moisturizer will do wonders. It is also a good idea to keep a travel size hand cream in your purse and also by your kitchen sink, so you are always able to moisturize your skin. Moisturizing your hands and nails makes your nails less rigid and less likely to break. It also makes them stronger.

Avoid Damage Behaviors

There are three common behaviors that are really damaging to your nails. The first of these is using your nails as tools. It is never a good idea to use your nails as a prying tool. This weakens the nails greatly. This can lead to bad breaks in the nail which are both painful and can lead to serious issues for your nail bed. It also chips and damages your polish which leads to wasted time because you now have to redo your manicure.

The second damaging behavior is nail biting. This is an awful behavior. It causes lots of damage to your nails and causes your nails to look ragged and bad. It also puts your damaged nail in contact with saliva which causes your nails to become brittle and weak. The third damaging behavior is scraping your nail polish off your nails. This is probably the worst thing you could do to your nails. It makes the surface of your nails rough and patchy. It also strips away the top layer of your nail which leaves your nails open to further damage.

Always Use a Base Coat

A lot of people think that a base coat is just an extra step to a manicure, but it is a lot more important than that. This step protects the nails form being stained by the polish. It also help your nail polish color look more saturated. Applying a thicker layer of base coat or even an extra coat will enhance the overall color of your polish.

Don’t Forget the Top Coat!!

This step is just as important as the base coat to your manicure. It seals the polish’s color and keeps it from fading. It can also add gloss to the finish of your manicure. There are different types of finish for top coats and each gives your nails a different look. These can range from gloss to glitter to matte finishes. The top coat also help your polish color to last longer. A tip to get the most out of your polish color is to add a new layer of top coat every 3 days. Doing this will help to decrease the chipping of your polish that tends to occur as your manicure gets older.

Protect Your Hands

When you need to do household chores, it is important to protect your hands and your nails. Wear gloves when cleaning, gardening or anything that requires you to soak your hands. This will help your hands to not get dried out and will keep your manicure beautiful and undamaged. Make sure that you wash the gloves thoroughly after each use. Hang them in sunlight if possible to help sanitize them. It is also important to wear mittens or gloves in the winter, so the cold air won’t leave you with dry, flaky, scaly skin. Always follow a use of gloves with a moisturizing hand cream to restore the balance for you skin and nails.

Just by following these few tips, you will be able to create a routine that will give you beautiful hands and nails. When it comes to your manicure, Color Street Nail Strips can save you time. They contain base coat, polish and top coat all in ONE strip. The strips are 100% nail polish and made in the USA. They are also 3 Free. They come in a wide variety of beautiful designs and colors. Check them out at my webstore link!!

Color Street Looks That You Can Totally Rock for Valentines 2019!

Valentine’s Day is such a sweet, romantic holiday, but it can be a whole lot of fun as well. Color Street just released the 2019 Valentine Limited Edition Sets and they are AWESOME! Let’s take a few minutes to check out these beautiful designs so you can pick out a great style to totally rock your Valentine manicures.

Belize Bellini

It doesn’t get any more romantic than dazzling pink glitter. Belize Bellini is a gorgeous glitter that can easily be worn as an accent nail, in combination with another Color Street shade or by itself. I love how the nail sparkles in the sunlight, too. Talk about an attention grabber! This shade would be a great choice for a special night on the town with that someone special. If you are looking to add some real sparkle to your life, Belize Bellini may just be the ticket.


This beautiful shade is actually very versatile. It is a mix of red, purple and gold glitter. The glitter is a chunkier style and only on the tips of the strip. It is otherwise transparent. This makes Cannes-fetti a great choice for those that want a minimal look with just a touch of glitz. It also makes a great accent overlay for other shades. What a great way to dress up a solid color! This is such a fun strip. I really think you should give this one try.

Florence Fizz

Florence Fizz is a great blend of bright, vibrant pink and cool silver glitter. This color is both playful and fun, yet can be very elegant and classy. It is a bit bold in a block style for the colors. If you are someone that likes a color block type of look, then this nail strip was meant for you.


Are you looking for a classic, elegant red for this Valentine’s Day? If you are, then Lust-Embourg is the color for you. This deep red gives you both a little extra glamour with a small dose of shimmer. I love this shade of red. It is truly a stunning red and looks awesome worn by itself or with other designs.

Rose and Prose

If you love romantic phrases and roses, this nail design will appeal to you. Rose and Prose has a neutral base and it topped with roses and romantic sayings. This is a truly unique Valentines set created with the romantic in mind. These would look great paired with a red accent nail or two as you go out on the town.

Sweet Talker

Are you a fan of those little candy conversation hearts? Then, this adorable nail design is definitely your style. This cute design is sure to be a conversation starter when people see the pastel heart designs. It does have a shimmery finish which gives it an extra festive feel. These are great for kids, but also for the young at heart. Sweet Talker is just so cure that it is almost irresistible.

Whole Latte Love

Whole Latte Love is a shimmering, sugar-spun delight for your nails. It has a pretty copper base that has little heart accents and dark brown strips that resemble chocolate drizzles across your favorite coffee beverage. When you are looking for something a little different to help your nails celebrate the sweetness of Valentines, this delightful design will be precisely what you are looking for.

Work of Fine Heart

This gorgeous nail design shouts “Happy Valentine’s Day” to everyone who sees it. It has cure little heart cutouts on each nail with a glittery pink and purple gradient of color. These are so pretty that you could wear them as a complete set, or you can always add a pink or purple accent to add a touch more glamour.

No matter what your style or preference, Color Street has a design for you to rock this Valentine’s Day. These eight incredible designs were released on January 8, 2019 and sell for between $12-$13 each. They are well worth a look and will last on your nails for up to 14 days, so you will get lots of Valentine’s love out of these sets.

Can’t wait to get your hands on these AWESOME Valentine sets? Check them out here!!

What’s the Best Nail File for Your Nails?

The most basic tool for caring for your nails is the nail file. It is used by most all of us on a daily basis to keep our nails neat and under control. There are three basic filing tools available for you to use — the emery board/buffer block, metal nail file and glass nail files. But which one is the best for your nails? Let’s examine each one to learn which one is the best for your overall nail health.

Emery Boards and Buffer Blocks

Emery Boards and Blocks

This is the most common type of filing tool sold and used today. It is easy to find, easy to use and generally pretty cheap to purchase. This makes it seen that the emery board is a great option, but let’s look at what an emery board actually does to your nails as you use it.

  • Emery boards are usually made of sand glued to a sheet which is then glued to a cardboard file or foam core block. This is basically just sandpaper for your nails. There are different grades of emery boards that go from grinding the nail to buffing it to a smooth surface, just like you would smooth out wood.
  • The surface of an emery board will flake away and the board will bend and break. There is also no way to clean or sanitize an emery board. This means you must replace them often.
  • When it comes to using them on your nails, they tear the end of the nail and leave a rough edge. The tip of the nail is left “open”. Think about how the pores of your skin are opened and then closed during a facial. It is the same concept with your nails except that using an emery board never completes the closing part of the process. This leaves your nail edge open which is a very dangerous thing for the health of you nails.
  • “Open” nail edges mean that dirt and water can get inside the nail. This causes chipping, cracking, peeling and weakness of the nails. The use of emery boards leads to weaker nails.
  • Because the nail is left open, fungus and bacteria can grow rampantly which can lead to infection and serious nail damage.
  • You can only file in one direction with an emery board to minimize damage to the nail and have less to smooth out later.

While the emery board may cost less, they are not really the best option for the health of your nails. Unfortunately, they cause more harm than good to your nails.

Metal Nail Files

Metal Nail Files

The second most common filing tool is the metal nail file. These are made of metal and much stronger than the emery board file. They do tend to cost more but will last longer because of the materials they are made of. Let’s take a look at how the metal nail file treats your nails.

  • The metal nail file can take off a lot of length from your nail quicker than the emery board if you’re looking to shorten your nails.
  • They are still very harsh on your nails. They will cause your nails to flake when you use them.
  • Metal files also leave the nail edge open because it grinds the nail as it files them.
  • They are a non-porous tool which does make it possible to clean and sanitize. This does allow you to use the tool for a longer period of time before replacing it.
  • Just like the emery board, you can only file in one direction.

While the metal file is a sturdier product and capable of being cleaned and sanitized, it still damages the nail because of the rigidity of the tool.

Glass Nail Files

Glass Nail Files

The most recent tool to join the nail care family is the glass nail file. This is a solid piece of glass with no abrasive surface added or glued onto it. There are two types of glass files. The first one has tiny glass filings that are adhered to the surface of the file. The second type is cut from a pre-treated sheet of thicker glass. This last type is the higher quality of the two with the nail files from the the Czech Republic leading the pack. They have all the finest qualities and benefits of glass nail files. Glass nail files are the most expensive of all the nail file types. Let’s explore a little about the glass nail file.

  • Glass files glide over the nail tip and don’t tear the nail. They also allow you to file the nail in both directions instead of just one like the emery board and metal files.
  • It leaves no jagged edges to be smoothed out later.
  • Glass files close the nail tip and actually seal it which prevents water and debris from getting into the nail.
  • Users of glass files have reported a noticeable difference in their nail health. The nails don’t chip, crack or peel as much as other types of nail files.
  • Glass files are non-porous and very hygienic. They meet all sanitation requirements from the FDA. They can be cleaned with soap and water then sanitized with rubbing alcohol or under UV light.
  • They last for years and if taken care of properly, could last a lifetime.

So, which nail file is the best for your overall nail health? I truly feel that the glass nail file is the best choice for healthy nails. The reasons why are simple. It prevents splits and breakage of the nail. The file itself doesn’t dull over time and it is easier to keep clean. It also can last a lifetime if properly cared for and efficiently glides over the nail tip without causing damage.

Recommendation: My personal favorite are the glass nail files from Bona Fide Beauty. They are handmade of Czech “Bohemian” glass and of a very high quality.

Discover Color Street

We all love it when our nails are beautifully polished and manicured to perfection. I know it makes me feel put together and elegant, but I hate the time is takes to either schedule an appointment around my schedule or getting everything laid out to spend an hour doing it myself. It just isn’t always practical to work that into my already busy schedule. Sound familiar? What if I told you there is a way to have incredible manicures in a variety of colors and designs without all the time — and you can do it all at home in under 30 minutes? Interested? Then , let me introduce you to Color Street Nail Strips.


Color Street is a fairly new company. It started in the USA in 2017 and has been growing rapidly ever since. It is a direct sales company that offers a wide variety of styles, designs and colors to suit any personality and style. The company focuses on helping individuals achieve a perfect manicure at home with zero liquids, heat, or any extra equipment. They are easy to apply and a manicure can be accomplished in under 30 minutes.


  • They are 100% nail polish.
  • They contain a base coat, nail color and top coat – all in one strip!
  • They dry almost instantly so no more waiting around forever for your nails to dry.
  • They last up to 14 days with no chipping or cracking.
  • They require NO heat or special tools to apply.
  • They remove easily with regular nail polish remover.
  • They look great on any type of nail – short, long, natural or acrylic.
  • They are available in solid colors, glitters, nail art designs, and french manicures. They also have seasonal and holiday designs.
  • They are made in the USA.

As you can see, Color Street Nail Strips are a great new way to get that stylish manicure that looks amazing and is easy to apply and maintain. I encourage you to take the “Color Street Challenge”. Get a sample of Color Street Nail Strips; try them out and see for yourself how easy it is to look like you spent a lot on your nails when you actually did them at home!!


Ready to take the Color Street Challenge? Click here to claim your FREE SAMPLE!

What is a Color Street Nail Bar?

If you have ever wanted to Host a Color Street party or sign up for a Color Street Nail Bar Event, you can easily host your Color Street party ONLINE! There is no cleaning your house, making food for guests or even getting out of your sweats or putting on your bra! And the whole event is only about 45 minutes!! You can then earn all sorts of free and discounted products and the Color Street Stylist puts everything together for you!

How does a Color Street Online Party work?

First, we decide on a time frame for your party. We will usually have an open catalog party for a couple of weeks to give you the most time possible to have your friends and family place orders.

Once all the details are decided, I will mail you out sample packs to give to your online and offline Color Street party guests. This will give them a chance to try before they buy. I will create a special event for your Color Street online nail bar event. You will be able to share this link with your guests and invite people through the event. That way, you can invite your friends and family that live far away to be a part of your party. You can invite as many or as few people as you like. You can also show the catalogs to anyone that doesn’t attend the online party. They can go to the Color Street Party link and place their order!

One of the benefits to the way we run our Nail Bars is that when a guest places their order, it is processed immediately and the nail strips they ordered are sent out even if the party is still open! This is different than a lot of online parties that make you wait until the party closes to process the order. This also allows us to keep the party open for a longer period, so the host can earn the maximum rewards possible.

Host Benefits

Speaking of Host rewards, we value our Hosts and show it with our rewarding Host Program! Qualifying hosts are eligible for FREE and half-price products, free shipping and other special offers. Take a closer look at the chart below to see what you can earn!

Hosts will receive an additional half-price price item for each $200 sales over $1,000, up to a maximum of 15 half-price items per Host. Half-price items must be individual items only, not discounted packages. The entire reward order ships for free as long as the Nail Bar is over $300

Our Booking Program is a component of the Host Program

What this mean is when you have a new Nail Bar booked from your Nail Bar, you qualify for product credits to use at the new booking. The booking must qualify with a minimum of $300 in retail sales and 3+ orders. The credit needs to be redeemed within 60 days from the original Nail Bar.

1st booking when held – $25 Product Credit
2nd booking when held – $25 Product Credit
3rd booking when held – $25 Product Credit

As you can see, hosting a Color Street Nail Bar is simple. Not only do you get to see all the new nail strips, but you get to hang out online with your friends. It is fast-paced, fun and a great way to spend an evening! Plus, you can earn great FREE products. All this fun and you don’t have to clean your house!!

If you want to host your own Color Street Nail Bar, I would love to create just for you!! Follow the link below and we’ll start looking at the perfect date for you!!