Posts Tagged ‘Polish’

How Do Nail Effects By Sally Hansen Work?

February 5th, 2012

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The Beauty Brains are linking and hopefully you’re loving it! All our questions this month come from other beauty bloggers, like Jenn of Literature Couture. Check out her creative character makeup tutorials!

Jenn asks…I’m loving the new Sally Hansen Nail Effects, but I’m have two questions about them. One, how exactly does the company manage to use real nail polish that isn’t dried and crumbly by the time I open the package? Two, is there a way for me to make my own strips to avoid the hassle of manicuring my non-dominant hand?

The Right Brain responds:

Regular nail polishes are a mix of film forming agents, adhesive polymers, and colorants all dissolved in a solvent cocktail (usually ethyl and butyl acetate with a dash of isopropyl alcohol.) To “stripify” the polish, Sally Hansen’s Nail Effects use a formula that’s a little more plastic-y than a regular nail polish. It looks like they’ve applied the polish to flexible substrate (polyethylene terephthalate) and dried off all the solvent. The result is a strip of nail polish that remains flexible but still sticky enough to adhere to your nail.

Can you DIY nail effects?

Sure, it’s actually quite simple. First, get an advanced degree in organic chemistry. Then, gain access to a mixture of over 2 dozen flammable chemicals and the associated equipment you’ll need to mix them properly, then…ok, I guess it isn’t quite so easy. This chemistry is quite complex and even the most accomplished DIY formulator would have problems doing this at home. Looks like you’re stuck with Sally’s strips for now.

Sally Hansen Nail Effects Ingredients

NITROCELLULOSE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, BIS(GLYCIDOXYPHENYL)PROPANE/BISAMINOMETHYLNORBORNANE COPOLYMER, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, BUTYL ACETATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, POLYVINYL BUTYRAL, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, SHELLAC CERA/SHELLAC WAX/CIRA DE LAQUE, DIHYDROXYETHYL COCAMINE OXIDE, BENZOPHENONE-3, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C RED NO. 6 BARIUM LAKE (CI 15850), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), D&C YELLOW NO. 10 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 47005), D&C ORANGE NO. 5 (CI 45370), D&C YELLOW NO. 11 (CI 47000), D&C RED NO. 22 (CI 45380), D&C RED NO. 28 (CI 45410), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), ALUMINUM POWDER (CI 77000)].

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If you’d like to try being a “stripper” you can buy Nail Effects with the Amazon link below. Your purchase will help support the Beauty Brains and for that we thank you kindly.

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Changing My High School (Beauty) Life for the Better

January 16th, 2012

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By Makeup Morsels, Teen Contributor

Makeup Morsels is a pseudonym, and if that seems a little bulky, just call her MM! She resides in California and on her last year of high school. She has black hair, brown eyes, and pale skin (think NC15), and often has people tell her she looks like a corpse! She’s guilty of having a slight obsession for both sunscreen and lipstick (both of which she says she needs to stop hoarding). You’ll typically find her stalking drugstore aisles for bargains or lurking around high-end makeup counters to window shop. MM also enjoys cooking (and eating), food photography, reading, and exploring the world of makeup. Check out her blog, Makeup Morsels!


Changing My High School (Beauty) Life for the Better

Over the past few years, I’ve tried a lot of different things with my makeup and beauty routine. From maximizing my limited morning time to making up the game of “pet the brush because I don’t have a dog” (only kidding!), I’ve come across several tips and tricks that I still use today. I spent a lot of high school figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t, so today I bring you three tidbits of wisdom that changed my high school beauty life.

Nail polish. By the time junior year of high school rolled around, manicures were my go-to activity in times of stress. Neatly painting polish required that I hold the brush still. Holding the brush still required that I take a deep breath, calm down, and remind myself that the world was not going to end if I couldn’t figure out a Calculus problem. In fact, after a quick 10 minute polish session, I would return to my homework and sometimes experience a moment of epiphany. A useful tip: quick drying top coats such as Out The Door ( 4.99) speed up the process tremendously.  Just to clarify, I’m not implying that painting your nails is going to deliver epiphanies or get you straight As (that would be nice, wouldn’t it?)!  What it will do is give you a breather before you go back to tackling those math problems and hopefully cheer you up.

Skincare. These days, my makeup of choice is often no makeup at all (give or take a couple of exceptions, see below for more details). The reason I feel comfortable walking out the door with nothing but sunscreen and moisturizer on is that I simply don’t need foundation. While I’m no skincare guru and can’t give you the magical recipe for good skin, what I do suggest is that you think about your specific skin type (is it oily, dry, sensitive, combination?) and read up on skincare bloggers with similar skin issues. Removing your makeup every night is always a good bet, as is wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep (I’m still working on that last one).

Under Eye Concealer. Quite honestly, I don’t think I could have gotten through the past three-and-a-half years without this stuff. On days when I’ve accumulated enough sleep debt to look like a panda that’s been walloped in the eyes, a dab of concealer does wonders. I instantly look 10 times more well-rested (when in fact, I am about to fall out of my chair), and friends no longer ask me if I’m okay because I look”disheveled and kind of like a corpse.”  Because my dark circles tend to have a purplish cast, I like to use salmon-toned concealers to neutralize the shadows, concentrating the product on the inner corners of my under eyes. My holy grail dark circle concealer is from Skin Food ($12.99), which does the trick without appearing overly orange on my pale skin.

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Sunday Link Love, Volume #070

October 9th, 2011

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Lauren creates a look with $14 worth of makeup!

Happy Sunday!

I hope it’s warmer by you than it is by me! It’s a rather chilly day–more winter than fall–over here in California. The sun is just barely peeking through the clouds. I’m one of those people who much prefers sun over clouds, because cloudy, grays feel so gloomy and make me feel less productive!

  • Safe nail polish for your little ones [Lipglossiping]
  • Halloween nail polish shade or campy horror flick? [BellaSugar]
  • Refresh your hair for fall with these celeb stylist tips [Refinery29]
  • Are three masks better than one? [Stylelist]
  • Revlon Age Defying looks so bizarre [Beaut.ie]
  • How does Burberry Body measure up? [theNotice]
  • How do you mix skincare from across brands [FutureDerm]


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Beauty Quick Fixes

September 22nd, 2011

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Need a quick fix to a beauty problem?   Here are a few quick fixes to get you through the day

  1. Use triangle sponges for removing makeup mistakes not just for applying foundation.  If you have a mascara smudge or too much blush or eye shadow powder has specks on your cheek?  Take one of these sponges and rub it out – it’ll be gone in a flash.
  2. Are your lashes so long they make marks on your eyelid?   Right after applying mascara, turn your blow dryer on cool and low speed and aim at your lashes.  It will help the mascara to dry quickly and prevent smears.
  3. Have unruly fly-aways?  Use a clear mascara to tame fly-aways.  You always wanted to know what to use clear mascara was for!
  4. Have your cheeks lost their lustre?  Press moisturizer into cheeks to re-bloom your blush
  5. Out of nail polish remover and you smudged your polish?  Top your nail with clear coat and rub to smooth out.
  6. Polish your nails and don’t have time for them to dry?   Run your nails under cold water for a quick dry fix.
  7. Has your hair gone flat and you need a lift?  Hot Tools makes Velcro rollers that are metal lined that offer a quick fix.  Roll in your hair, give the rollers a shot of warm air with your blow dryer and in 2 minutes you have full, voluminous hair.

Do you have a favorite quick fix you’d like to share?

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Beauty Quick Fixes

September 14th, 2011

Celebrity Makeup News and Blogs:

 

Need a quick fix to a beauty problem?   Here are a few quick fixes to get you through the day

  1. Use triangle sponges for removing makeup mistakes not just for applying foundation.  If you have a mascara smudge or too much blush or eye shadow powder has specks on your cheek?  Take one of these sponges and rub it out – it’ll be gone in a flash.
  2. Are your lashes so long they make marks on your eyelid?   Right after applying mascara, turn your blow dryer on cool and low speed and aim at your lashes.  It will help the mascara to dry quickly and prevent smears.
  3. Have unruly fly-aways?  Use a clear mascara to tame fly-aways.  You always wanted to know what to use clear mascara was for!
  4. Have your cheeks lost their lustre?  Press moisturizer into cheeks to re-bloom your blush
  5. Out of nail polish remover and you smudged your polish?  Top your nail with clear coat and rub to smooth out.
  6. Polish your nails and don’t have time for them to dry?   Run your nails under cold water for a quick dry fix.
  7. Has your hair gone flat and you need a lift?  Hot Tools makes Velcro rollers that are metal lined that offer a quick fix.  Roll in your hair, give the rollers a shot of warm air with your blow dryer and in 2 minutes you have full, voluminous hair.

Do you have a favorite quick fix you’d like to share?

Share


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