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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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                                                                                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                                                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                                                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                                                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                                                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                                                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                                                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                                                  • (1) Research
                                                                                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                                                  • (3) Creating the outline
                                                                                  • (4) Drafting the content
                                                                                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                                                  • (6) Revision
                                                                                  • (7) etc.

                                                                                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                                                  2. Change Your Environment

                                                                                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                                                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                                                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                                                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                                                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                                                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                                                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                                                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                                                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                                                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                                                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                                                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                                                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                                                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                                                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                                                  6. Get a Buddy

                                                                                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                                                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                                                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                                                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                                                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                                                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                                                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                                                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                                                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                                                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                                                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                                                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                                                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                                                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                                                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                                                  Reality check:

                                                                                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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