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35 Clever Nail Hacks You Should Be Using

35 Clever Nail Hacks You Should Be Using

Although it may sound a little silly, there few things more annoying than painting your nails, only to then have it smudge or crack. Well no more! Here are 35 nail hacks you should be using to keep your nails strong, healthy and beautiful.

1. Apply thin layers of polish

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    Applying thick layers means that only the top later will dry, leaving the rest of your nail polish prone to smudging. By applying a few thin coats, you ensure your hard work will stay put longer.

    2. Make your own nail art dotting tool

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      thebeautydepartment.com

      If you like to get a little creative with your nails then this tool from The Beauty Department is a necessity! Simply get a pin and eraser and get creative.

      3. DIY Glitter Nail Polish

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        Becca of The Crafted Sparrow shows easy way to DIY your own glittery nail polish. This is fantastic if you want a little some control over just how glittery your nail polish is.

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            4. Remove stubborn glitter polish using tin foil

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              For this method to work, you must first place your cotton pad or ball in nail polish remover and let it soak in. Then place the saturated cotton on your nail and wrap your finger in tin foil, making sure it’s tight. After 10 minutes that glitter polish should come straight off.

              5. Acetone + Glycerine = Best nail polish remover ever

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                This mix is a wonderful replacement for damaging 100% acetone removers.

                6. Use an elastic band or band aids to get the perfect french tip

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                      7. Or purchase this nifty nail tool

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                        www.frenchtipdip.com

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                          Get it here!

                          8. Get the perfect manicure using this chart

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                            9. Create your own nail polish remover jar

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                              10. Whiten your nails using toothpaste

                              11. Remove mistakes without ruining the nail polish

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                                Dip a thin makeup brush or paint brush into your polish remover and clean up those messy bits!

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                                12. Use cold water to dry nails faster

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                                  After two minutes of waiting for your nails to dry in the air, submerge them in ice cold water for a further three minutes (take breaks if you need to).

                                  13. Add corn starch to clear nail polish to create a matte look

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                                    Use this mixture as a top coat and you’ll have instant matte nails.

                                    14. Get a glittery, manicured look, using a sponge

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                                      15. Create a leopard print using pencil erasers

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                                        16. Use a white base coat to make your nails neon

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                                          17. The easiest nail art tool of all – a Sharpie

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                                            18. Apply a thick layer of hand cream before removing nail polish

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                                              Dark polish can stain your skin, especially if you’re pale. By applying a layer of hand cream you make it almost impossible for the polish to stain.

                                              19. Apply Vaseline around your nail to stop any messy mistakes sticking

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                                                20. Shellac hack

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                                                    Finally! Click here to get the full tutorial.

                                                    21. Here’s how to fix a broken nail

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                                                      22. Super fancy feather nails

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                                                        23. Create an easy ombre on your nails

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                                                          24. Avoid bubbles by rolling your nail polish, not shaking it

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                                                            25. Not all nail shapes are created equal

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                                                              26. Make your own cuticle cure at home

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                                                                27. Take care of your cuticles

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                                                                  Healthy cuticles equal healthy nails. Never cut your cuticles, but instead gently push them back and keep them moisturized.

                                                                  28. Keep your nail kit to yourself

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                                                                    That is, unless you like sharing germs and risking infection.

                                                                    29. Use a glass file rather than a plastic one

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                                                                      Glass files are significantly more hygienic and are less damaging to your nails than their metal counterparts.

                                                                      30. Find the best shade of red to suit your skin tone

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                                                                        31. Get the best nude too

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                                                                          32. Use vinegar to make your polish stay on even longer

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                                                                            33. Pair the best colors in your mani pedi

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                                                                              34. Master the perfect DIY manicure

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                                                                                35. Make the perfect nail polish storage box

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                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Girl Nail Art Design via picjumbo.com

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                                                                                  50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                                                  50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                                                  If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                                                                  That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                                                                  Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                                                                  1. Believe It to See It

                                                                                  Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                                                                  2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                                                                  While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                                                                  3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                                                                  Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                                                                  4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                                                                  Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                                                                  5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                                                                  There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                                                                  6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                                                                  It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                                                                  7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                                                                  Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                                                                  8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                                                                  Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                                                                  9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                                                                  Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                                                                  10. Be in It to Win It

                                                                                  Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                                                                  11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                                                                  People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                                                                  12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                                                                  Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                                                                  13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                                                                  You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                                                                  14. Be a One-Off Original

                                                                                  Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                                                                  15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                                                                  Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                                                                  16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                                                                  Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                                                                  17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                                                                  Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                                                                  18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                                                                  We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                                                                  19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                                                                  Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                                                                  20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                                                                  Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                                                                  21. Make Your Own Luck

                                                                                  In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                                                                  22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                                                                  While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                                                                  23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                                                                  Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                                                                  24. Champion in Communication

                                                                                  Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                                                                  25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                                                                  Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                                                                  26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                                                                  To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                                                                  27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                                                                  While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                                                                  28. Live by Core Values

                                                                                  Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                                                                  29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                                                                  Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                                                                  30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                                                                  Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                                                                  31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                                                                  Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                                                                  32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                                                                  Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                                                                  33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                                                                  Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                                                                  34. Change Opens New Doors

                                                                                  People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                                                                  35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                                                                  It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                                                                  36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                                                                  Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                                                                  37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                                                                  When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                                                                  38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                                                                  How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                                                                  39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                                                                  If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                                                                  40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                                                                  Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                                                                  41. Swim Against the Tide

                                                                                  Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                                                                  42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                                                                  More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                                                                  43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                                                                  Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                                                                  44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                                                                  While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                                                                  45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                                                                  Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                                                                  46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                                                                  Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                                                                  47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                                                                  While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                                                                  48. Follow Through

                                                                                  Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                                                                  49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                                                                  We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                                                                  50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                                                                  To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                                                                  So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                                                                  Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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