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Fake Nails or Real Nails? Natural vs Acrylic

Do you want to try wearing artificial nails but couldn’t decide whether they would look good on you or not? Or perhaps you know that they would look gorgeous but you’re scared that they would damage your nails. Well, let us share with you the pros and cons of fake vs. natural nails so you can decide whether you’ll become a fake nail aficionado or a natural nail devotee.   Natural Nails No matter what the fashion trend is, the natural nail has always been and will always be a popular choice. We’ve heard it over and over…natural is beautiful. We agree that simplicity has a certain appeal, but it wouldn’t hurt if you enhance them by giving them a dab of color with some pretty nail polish. Natural nails are easy to maintain. Even when you leave them bare, just trim them, file them, and keep them uniform and …

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10 Things To Know and Do Before Getting a Gel Manicure

There’s something about having fresh Manicure that makes ladies feel more pretty. It’s a great pick-me-up when you know your nails are clean and beautiful — kind of makes you feel like everything in the world is going your way. If you want that feeling to last and keep your Manicure to stay chip free as long as possible, you should consider gel nails! Now, before you head to the Nail Salon, read these tips so you know what to expect when you get a gel mani. GEL MANICURES AND ACRYLIC ONES ARE NOT THE SAME. A nail tech makes acrylic nails by dipping powder in solvent. They’re basically used to lengthen the nail or provide a stronger top layer over the natural nail. So stop imagining the Kardashians actually growing their nails an inch long. Sometimes acrylic nails are colored, but most of the time they’re natural-toned or clear. …

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Spring Themed Nail Designs That You Will Adore

Spring is in the air! And with the arrival of cozy spring sunshine comes the demand for a change of outfit, hence the appearance of spring fashion and spring beauty trends. Alas! No outfit is complete without beautiful nails to go with it, so here are some fresh spring-themed manicures that you can ask for the next time you visit The Elysian Heights Boutique. 1. Pressed Flower Manicure After enduring a grim winter, spring rewards our eyes and souls with amazingly dazzling flowers! Just the thought of those beautiful flowers in blossom popping up everywhere is enough to give you that light and cheerful feeling. If you can’t get enough of spring blooms, this pressed flower Manicure is something that you should try. Check out this spring-themed Manicure that we did for one of our clients. Each flower was hand placed on acrylic nails and blended with CND Shellac in …

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Dip vs. Gel vs. Acrylic

A few years ago, getting a Manicure was as simple as that—getting a Manicure. The only decision ladies had to make was how long they wanted their nails to be and what color they wanted. With the advancement of science came different formulas for better and healthier options. Ladies have so much more to consider now. Natural or fake nails? Dip, gel, or acrylic? Not to mention all the brands that claim to have the best products. We don’t want these options to take the joy out of your Manicure experience so here are some basic differences between the three so you know what to ask for during your next Nail Salon appointment.   Gel Manicure There are two types of gel nails—soft gel and hard gel. Soft gel have jelly like consistency and because it’s too soft to be used as nail extensions, they are applied just like regular …

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The Real Difference – Gel vs. Shellac

We’ve all had a point where we were new to the nail game and wondered what the difference between Gel and Shellac is and which is the better choice for you. If you are still wondering which is right for you, hopefully this guide will help you out! Gel vs. Shellac Nails A Shellac Manicure and a gel Manicure are basically the same. Both give a long lasting finish and both have to be cured under a UV lamp to dry. The difference between the two is that Shellac is a gel nail brand by Creative Nail Design (CND), while “gel nails” or “gel Manicure” are the terms used generically for nails done under a UV lamp   Gel Nails Gel nails are pre-mixed monomers that polymerize when cured. Because they are in their monomer state when uncured, they look and apply like a gel but when cured under a …

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What Kind of Nails are Considered “Work Appropriate?”

What Kind of Nails are Considered “Work Appropriate?” Having beautifully colored nails help give women the kind of confidence that is needed to survive in a competitive work environment. But no, we don’t recommend tiger stripes Nail Art just so you can show your workmates how fierce you are. There are office-appropriate nails and I’m afraid any animal print design won’t fit the bill. Now, unless your office has sent out a memo regarding how you should keep your nails, it is up to you to define what “work-appropriate” nails mean. Determining whether to use light or dark nail polish, or whether to keep them straight or round is very much a “know your office” thing.   For the Conservative Work Place: Some conservative work places might not even allow nail polish but if they do, it is advisable to stick with soft or light colors. Neutral ones would work …

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Nail Care & Diabetes – Everything You Need to Know

After a long and tiring week, isn’t there a better way de-stress than putting your feet up and getting pampered with a relaxing mani-pedi spa treatment? If you have diabetes and you want to give yourself a treat but scared of getting an infection, you’ll have better peace of mind if you go to a reputable spa or Nail Salon. You’ll have less worry of getting cuts or nicks on your skin that could lead to bigger problems later on. Be cautious about where you go and how your Manicure or Pedicure is done. To help ease your mind, here are some helpful tips so you can enjoy a mani-pedi experience even with diabetes. Know Where to Go As a diabetic, the first precaution you should take is to find a trustworthy Nail Salon and spa. Before you schedule an appointment, it’s better if you can inspect their establishment so …

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Pedicures: Everything You Need to Know

For a lot of people, the feet are the most used and abused part of the body. We subject it to torture when we wear uber high heels for the sake of fashion. More so for those who run, jump, and live an active lifestyle, imagine how much weight and force their feet have to endure every day. This is why getting a Pedicure could feel like such a luxury. You’re giving your feet their well-deserved break. There are various types of pedicures that both men and women can enjoy. Learn how different one is from the other so you know what to ask for the next time you book an appointment. Just keep in mind that each spa and salon may have their own name for different types of pedicures so give them the details of the procedure you want and prepare yourself for some feet pampering.   The …

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Why You Should Trust A Professional With Your Nails

Why You Should Trust A Professional With Your Nails The hashtag #nailstagram has been used in over 11 million posts in Instagram which indicates how much women take pride in achieving that perfectly-polished-nails look. For some ladies, the goal is Manicure perfection but for others, it isn’t just the look that gives them motivation to keep coming back to their favorite Nail Salon and spa. They go because getting nails done in a professional Nail Salon is an ideal way to de-stress and relax. A Nail Salon appointment could be a real treat but while pretty nails and hand massages sure sound appealing, like any other guilty pleasure, there are pros and cons in getting a salon mani/pedi. Learn the differences, weigh the pros vs. cons, and decide which way works best for you.   Cost Initially, it might be costly to do your nails at home since you have …

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The Trick to Younger Looking Hands

The Trick to Younger Looking Hands Age starts to reflect earlier on our hands than on other part of our body, but don’t fret because there is one key to younger looking hands; your nails. Caring for your hands starts with your nails, and there are many ways to keep hands looking young and supple, one of those is adding regular manicures to your grooming regimen. Getting regular manicures have great benefits. You’ll get beautiful hang-free nails plus clean and well-moisturized hands. It helps you stay away from dry skin and softens the rough edges of your fingers. This lessens the risk of getting ingrown fingernails which would not only hurt but would definitely make your hands look old. Women who want to take care of their nails have two choices—either to go to a reputable Nail Salon or depend on amateur treatment. The Benefits of Going to Nail Salons …

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Top 6 Nail Care Tips

Some people can boast about naturally having hand-model-worthy nails but us mere mortals may have to take an extra step or two to make sure that our nails look healthy, shiny, and imperfection free Who wants soft nails that break easily? We don’t think anyone does. So, if you want yours to stay strong and beautiful, take note of the following nail care tips: Keep your hands clean Aside from regular hand washing, it’s also important that your nails and the skin around them are thoroughly dirt-free. You can gently scrub them with soap using a toothbrush to exfoliate dead skin. No need for expensive scrubs and harsh, drying chemicals.   Be gentle and trim regularly Nails are delicate. When you scrub them too roughly you can expose yourself to infection. If you don’t want irregular white arching, you shouldn’t use metal nail tools under your nails because too much …