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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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        www.thecraftedsparrow.com

        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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                                  www.babble.com

                                  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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                                                                      www.happy-mothering.com

                                                                      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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                                                                                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                                  3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                                  4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                                  8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                                  10. Find some competition.

                                                                                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                                  11. Go exercise.

                                                                                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                                  12. Take a good break.

                                                                                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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