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Give yourself a manicure in a few easy steps
  • Remove all traces of old nailpolish
  • Soak hands for a few minutes to soften cuticles
  • Using a cuticle stick, gently push back cuticles. Some people will skip this part, due to small chance for infection
  • Exfoliate hands with a salt scrub or other exfoliant
  • Apply hand cream or olive oil to hands, paying particular attention to cuticles
  • File nails in a round, oval, or squared shape. File in one direction only.
  • Use a 3-way nail buffer to buff nails to a shine. Dust off nails. If you wear your nails natural, you can end at this step.
  • Apply a clear base coat
  • Apply polish to nails. Use a small amount, cover each nail in three strokes, one on the right, one on the middle, and one on the left. Let dry and apply second coat.
  • Apply top coat for shine and to protect color. Let nails dry for thirty minutes.

Homemade Beauty Products

Beauty without all the chemicals. It's all much cheaper, too!!!
Body powder
Take 2 parts cornstarch and 1 part arrowroot powder, if available. If you don't have arrowroot, substitute cornstarch. Add essential oils of your choosing to get desired strength. I really enjoy patchouli and lavender. If you are making baby powder, go sparingly with the oils (I would recommend a little tea tree for it's antibacterial and antifungal properties). Good for dusting under breasts and in the folds of skin as well.
Body scrub
Take 9 parts course-ground cornmeal and 1 part sea salt (skip salt if you have open wounds). Add ground herbs, if desired. Mix with a little essential oil and enough olive or soy oil to make thick paste. Spread on body to lightly exfoliate. Rinse and moisturize, if needed.
Bath salts
Take sea salts or epsom salts. Add ground herbs, if you have any and essential oils until desired strength is reached. Add a handful to a hot bath. Add menthol crystals or mint oils if you have a cold.