The Perfect 10 DIY Manicure

Nail Haven's Perfect 10 DIY Manicure Course is here!

This is for all you nail enthusiasts on how to take gd care of your nails and looking great with them! In this Course/Tutorial, you will be taken on a journey where you find actual steps of a classic manicure, the Nail Haven way... And I would like to emphasize that below images are taken and editted by me.. So do give the credits if you are using them~ Thanks alot!!~

Now enjoy and have fun with your nails!!

The Perfect 10 DIY Manicure

You can get the bowl from Ikea, it's a normal colored bowl, as long as it is cute and big enough for you to soak your nails, get one! If you are looking at a more affordable DIY manicure, get your cuticle remover, cuticle oil, hand lotion, base coat/top coat from Beauty Credit or The Face Shop, they are good enough! You can substitute Santizing soak balls with an anti-bacterial hand soap, and you can buy a cuticle pusher from any major beauty stores. A classic manicure usually consists of a few more items, but above will be just as essential, as long as you do it the Nail Haven way.. :)

Step 1: File your nails

Step 2: Buff your nails

Step 3: Apply Cuticle Remover

Step 4: Soak your nails for 3 to 5 mins

Step 5: Push your cuticles back

* Optional: Trim your cuticles

Step 6: Give yourself a hand massage

Step 7: Remove oil and dirt

Step 8: Apply Base Coat

Step 9: Apply 2 layers of Nail Color

Step 10: Apply Top Coat

* Optional: Roll Cotton on orange stick to remove polish stains

Step 11: Apply Cuticle Oil after polish has dried


Hope you have enjoyed above manicure course and you are now having pretty nails already! :D

Fresh October!

Valid from 1 Oct 08 to 31 Oct 08.. :)

Brownie the Advisor

Hello everyone! It has been such a while since we last wrote something to recommend to everyone.. And as we were doing nailies for all my dear peeps and folks, we come to realise that it is high time we start a section on giving advices and recommendations for nails, hands & feet~!

We were like going thru my mind, on the common questions people ask us about their chipping & brittle nails, cracked and dry feet, fungus-infected toe-nails, and many more...! And we were glad tat our little brain is good enuf to answer most of their queries and doubts... And so, we decided to call ourselves, though still a lil humble on our attitude towards this whole thingy, "Brownie the Advisor". haha!

Oops, and so we will try our best to post interesting topics about caring for our nails, how to repair some feet problems at home, and even.... the more fun things like how to do a manicure/pedicure and some simple nail art for all you nail enthusiasts out there, just like me!

So, here is the TOP frequently asked question:

Nail Lovelies: I have very thin nails, look! What can I do to stop the chipping?
Thin nails are often caused by a few factors, it could be due to poor diet, over-exposure to chemicals like detergents, frequent usage of acetone-based polish remover or even prolonged contact with water! We know it is weird to say water is the worst enemy of nails... but it is true cos it actually dehydrates the nails, thus there is little moisture in the nail plate to increase flexibility and strength~ Now, here are some solutions you can choose from to help stop thin nails, but it will take a small duration to see effect (prolly 1 to 2 weeks):

1) Have a more protein-rich diet & take foods rich in sulphur as well. (Fish, cucumber, grapes, garlic, asparagus, onions...)
2) Massage a moisturising hand lotion every night, more on your nails and cuticles..
3) Apply cuticle balm on cuticle and nails everyday, becos it helps stimulates growth of healthy nails which are moisturised and strong from the nail base (the part near the cuticle where your nails grow) - Get 1 from The Face Shop...
4) Use acetone-free polish remover! But, try not to use polish remover more than once a week, as it is quite dehydrating also.. Get Orly Polish Remover (Non-Acetone) from Sasa...
5) Have a nail file in your bag. In fact if you have thin nails, you should keep them short.
6) Avoid buffing your nails. Nails are made up of layers, and if they are already very thin, you should not buff them. We know some of us like to buff our nails to a high shine, but it actually removes layers of our nails.. :x If you go for a manicure, remember to ask the manicurist not to buff your nail plates, cos most of the nail salons will just buff them regardless of whether your nails are thick or thin...
7) The last resort: Wear a nutrient base coat & a top coat everyday, this way it covers your nail and protect it from the above causes mentioned... :p

The most important thing ultimately, is to keep your nails moisturised. Becos the vitamins from rich hand lotions and cuticle oil/balm will penetrate into your nail plates and help keep them hydrated and healthy. Do it religiously everyday, you should be able to see some results in 1 to 2 weeks.. :)

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