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Every Girl Needs These 30 Nail Hacks For The Perfect Manicure

Every Girl Needs These 30 Nail Hacks For The Perfect Manicure

Going to the salon every other week gets expensive, but there are useful, free, and creative ways to get the perfect manicure without making that bank account-draining bi-weekly appointment. Check out these hacks for a great manicure.

Nail Care Hacks

1. Prevent Split Nails by Wearing Gloves in Water

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    If you’ve ever had the displeasure of a split fingernail, you understand why it’s important to protect your hands. Wear rubber or latex gloves while washing dishes or hand washing clothes to keep your manicure in tip top shape and prevent cracked nails.

    2. Restore Cuticles Overnight

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      Instead of using chemicals on your cuticles, try this overnight remedy for unruly cuticles. As you sleep, your cuticles will become soft and moisturized.

      3. Remove Nail Polish Stains with Tooth Whitener

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        After taking off red nail polish, have you noticed a pink or orange tinge to your nails? There’s an easy way to get rid of it: tooth whitener.

        4. Go Natural with Hand Lotion

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          Not all hand lotions are created equal, so when you want a hand lotion you can trust to contain natural ingredients, you may need to make it yourself. One recipe incorporates aloe vera, essential oils, beeswax, and Vitamin E oil for a naturally moisturizing hand lotion.

          5. Create Your Own Hand Scrub

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            If your hands have a lot of dead skin, lotion alone won’t be able to soothe it. Consider creating hand scrub at home that has the same beneficial effects as the expensive stuff sold in stores. The Beauty Department’s blend of lemon, sugar, coconut oil, and Argan oil is instantly enriching while exfoliating skin.

            6. Correct Nail Polish Mistakes Quickly

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              Having globs of nail polish on the sides of each finger isn’t an attractive look, and announces to the world, “I DIY-ed my mani.” Instead, use a brush and some nail polish remover to create a clean line around the nail and successfully trick your friends into thinking a professional did your nails.

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              7. Mend a Broken Nail without Pain

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                Have you ever had a broken nail that threatened to break down to the quick? If you have, you understand how painful that can be. Instead of biting or ripping off a piece of broken nail, use a piece of a tea bag and some nail glue to make a quick (and painless) repair.

                8. Prevent Over-Polishing with Vaseline

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                  Protect the skin around your nails, whether working on your toes or fingernails, by applying petroleum jelly to the edges. Once you’re finished polishing, there will be no extra swipes of nail polish to clean up.

                  9. Use a Glass Nail File for the Best Manicure

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                    Part of the reason nails peel in layers at the tip is the way in which they are filed. Using a glass nail file prevents keratin separation at the nail bed, resulting in a long-lasting, healthy manicure and reduced risk of breakage.

                    10. Whiten Yellow Nails Naturally

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                      Consistently polishing your nails can result in gradual staining and a yellowish appearance. Easily remove staining by mixing 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 2 ½ tablespoons of baking soda.

                      11. Clever Nail Polish Storage

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                        Use shoe boxes or old picture boxes to sort and organize your nail polish bottles. Add a drop of color to a sticker and place it on the top of the bottle to easily identify the color you want.

                        12. Remove Nail Oil with Vinegar

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                          Nail polish stays on longer when applied to a clean, dry nail. Unfortunately, invisible oils can sabotage your new manicure. Before applying nail polish, swipe each fingernail with white vinegar to cut through any oils on the nail.

                          13. Help Your Nail Polish Dry Fast

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                            Want your nail polish to dry quickly (and avoid unsightly accidents)? Dip your manicured nails into a bowl of ice water for approximately 3 seconds to expedite the drying process.

                            14. Create Matte Nail Polish at Home

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                              Can’t part with your favorite shade, but wish it was less shiny? Add a matte top coat to any nail polish by mixing clear polish and corn starch.

                              15. Use Cooking or Hair Spray to Dry Nails

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                                A fast, cheap way to dry your nail polish is to apply cooking spray or hair spray over the top coat. While this won’t prevent major damage from occurring, it strengthens the top layer and is more resistant to smudges.

                                16. Quickly Repair Chipped Nail Polish

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                                  Quickly cover up chips in nail polish with a coat of glitter. Choose a uniform pattern or apply glitter polish in varying strengths to achieve a faded effect.

                                  17. Fix a Nail Polish Blunder

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                                    Were you going for a top coat but missed the mark? Instead of starting fresh, improvise by lightly rubbing nail polish remover on the smudge. Then, simply add the original color over it and you’re finished!

                                    18. Eliminate Nail Polish Bubbles

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                                      Avoid having bubbles surface atop your perfectly painted nails by first rolling the bottle in between your hands as opposed to shaking it. Normally, it’s shaking up the contents of the bottle that results in air bubbles.

                                      19. Restore Old Nail Polish

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                                        Do you have old bottles of nail polish that look as though they’re destined for the garbage bin? Before tossing them, apply nail lacquer thinner to the bottle to restore the polish’s viscosity to normal.

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                                        20. New Uses for Watery Polish

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                                          On the other hand, some nail polishes are designed to be thin. Instead of finding a new favorite brand, use thin nail polish for designs or watercolor effects.

                                          Nail Art Hacks

                                          21. Spotted Eggshell Effect with Plastic Bag

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                                            Achieve a designer look with this spotted eggshell hack. Crumple up a plastic bag and dip in nail polish before using it to create a sponge paint effect on your nails. For best results, use a color that contrasts with the base coat.

                                            22. Nail Tape for Perfectly Straight Lines

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                                              Nail tape is a great tool to keep around, whether you want to apply it directly to your nails or use it as a stencil for designs. To achieve perfectly straight lines, add it to your nail tips before applying the tip color.

                                              23. Painted Nails in the Sky

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                                                Mimic peaceful, fluffy clouds colorfully using this nail art technique. By layering contrasting colors over one another strategically, you can accomplish this dreamy look.

                                                24. Nails D’Amour

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                                                  With Valentine’s Day approaching, you may want to celebrate in style with a heart-themed manicure. Create hearts easily and symmetrically using a toothpick.

                                                  25. Create Gradients of Color

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                                                    An interesting optical illusion is using gradients of color on your nails. Also called Ombre nails, this design is achieved by slightly blending two polish colors side by side, then using a sponge to apply the color to the nail.

                                                    26. Easy Cutout Nails

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                                                      Achieve a futuristic look with these easy cutout nails. Apply stripes of nail tape to the nail before polishing, then use varying colors on each triangle before peeling tape off. You’re left with a modern manicure everyone will be asking about.

                                                      27. Flaming Hot Nail Art

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                                                        Do you want your nails to reflect your personality? This fire-inspired nail design takes a little time, but is absolutely worth it. Try using different colors as a base coat for varying effects.

                                                        28. Easy Flower Design

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                                                          Get in the mood for springtime with these easy floral nails. Simply make dots using a bobby pin or toothpick, then layer colors over the dots to create depth and the appearance of a flower. Add green accents to mimic leaves.

                                                          29. Simple French Tips

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                                                            Get beautiful, classic french tips the easy way. Ditch the templates, stickers, and decorative tools and replace them with either a rubber band or nail tape to ensure a clean line.

                                                            30. Marble Nails

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                                                              To create easy marble nails without spending hours on details, use a nail polish template to create the marbled effect, then peel off each template and place on your nails. Trim the edges and add a top coat, and you’re finished!

                                                              What are your nail care hacks? Share them with us!

                                                              Featured photo credit: Empty Space Orchestra via emptyspaceorchestra.com

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                                                              Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                                                              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                                              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                                              Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                                                              If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                                                              1. Create a Daily Plan

                                                              Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                                                              2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                                                              Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                                                              3. Use a Calendar

                                                              Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                                                              I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                                                              Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                                                              4. Use an Organizer

                                                              An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                                                              These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                                                              5. Know Your Deadlines

                                                              When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                                                              But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                                                              6. Learn to Say “No”

                                                              Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                                                              Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                                              7. Target to Be Early

                                                              When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                                                              For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                                                              Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                                                              8. Time Box Your Activities

                                                              This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                                                              You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                                                              9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                                                              Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                                                              10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                                                              Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                                                              You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                                                              11. Focus

                                                              Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                                                              Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                                                              Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                                                              12. Block out Distractions

                                                              What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                                                              I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                                                              When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                                                              Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                                                              13. Track Your Time Spent

                                                              When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                                                              You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                                                              14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                                                              You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                                                              Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                                                              15. Prioritize

                                                              Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                                                              Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                                              16. Delegate

                                                              If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                                                              When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                                                              17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                                                              For related work, batch them together.

                                                              For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                                                              1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                                                              2. coaching
                                                              3. workshop development
                                                              4. business development
                                                              5. administrative

                                                              I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                                                              18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                                                              What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                                                              One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                                                              While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                                                              19. Cut off When You Need To

                                                              The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                                                              Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                                                              20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                                                              Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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