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Best Professional Gel Nail Kits You Should Try Out

Gel manicure is increasingly growing as the favorites for women. Some women prefer to do their manicures themselves because they don’t have the time to visit a salon, but the right colors to use together are a worrying factor. Nail care product manufacturers have then made improvements to their packages to relieve their customers of the stress. That is why they started producing professional starter kits with all the necessary products needed to do the gel manicure.

Best Professional Gel Nail Kits

The starter kits do include top coats, base coats, UV or LED lights, and so on. Some of the best gel polish kits that you can go for are listed below:

Pro 45 Starter Kit

Pro 45 Starter Kit

The Pro 45 Starter Kit is a popular kit from Red Carpet Manicure. The kit looks professional, and it is also easy and fast to apply. It also has detailed instructions on how to use the gel for manicure and make it look professional. It lasts as long as two weeks before chipping off. (more…)

Ways Make Sure That the Piercing Experience Is Less Painful and Safe

If you love fashion jewelry and want to be updated with the trends happening all around ourselves, then you may already know about the piercings people are getting all over their body. Although the tradition of piercing is there in many countries from a pre-historic period, it’s taking a new turn in this modern era.

The starting of this piercing culture started to mark certain things for a different group of people; it even has benefits when done in the right places. We have specific acupuncture points in our body, stimulated by piercing to give different effects.

Now that we already know about the good outcomes and history of piercing, let’s talk about how to keep the experience safe and a little bit easier to bear.

Ways Make Sure That The Piercing Experience Is Less Painful And Safe If you love fashion jewelry and want to be updated with the trends happening all around ourselves, then you may already know about the piercings people are getting all over their body. Although the tradition of piercing is there in many countries from a pre-historic period, it's taking a new turn in this modern era. The starting of this piercing culture started to mark certain things for a different group of people; it even has benefits when done in the right places. We have specific acupuncture points in our body, stimulated by piercing to give different effects. Now that we already know about the good outcomes and history of piercing, let's talk about how to keep the experience safe and a little bit easier to bear. Safety First If the piercing goes wrong, then it can have an adverse consequence on your skin, especially if it's your tongue. Mouthwash for tongue piercing should be used. Don't worry! I am not trying to scare you off; I am just trying to make you alert to keep the safety standards before dreaming about wearing a piece of jewelry at your desired spot. Hygiene Wherever you are going, you need to make sure that the place is safe. How hygienic they are is the first thing you should consider when choosing a place to get a tattoo. They should use new gloves for every client; the needles should be adequately sterilized before every use. You need to check that you are using new needles for every customer or not and if the needles are kept in a sterilized place to keep the safety measures. You should also keep yourself clean before going for a session, keep yourself from touching the area after piercing, and even before the piercing; the area should be adequately sterilized as well. How To Keep The Experience Less Painful I know it can be hard to think about the pain, but it's just a one-time thing. Think about the jewelry you can show off and how it can make you look amazing. Some people might be brave enough not to think about the pain that much, but some of us may not go for it just for the sake of pain. Sudden Breathing Techniques Can Help To distract your mind, you can use some meditation or breathing techniques that may help you to cope up with the pain. You can ask someone who has gone through this already, or you can search or the internet, or you can even ask your piercer. A piercer has experienced various types of clients over the year, so asking them might be a wise choice. Distract Yourself We all know how our doctors used to distract us from the pain of getting an injection in our childhood, right? The fact is, it used to work for us for a certain age. You can just form a distraction technique that may work for you the best. Painkiller Before the session, you can just have a painkiller to ease your pain. But you should ask your piercer before taking any kind of medicine like this for safety. I am sure they will be able to help you and guide you properly. Numbing Cream Numbing for piercings may seem like an easy solution, but in reality, it might not be as useful as it looks like. A cream like this works only on the surface level, and it might irritate the skin as well. Conclusion If you want to have a piercing, just go for it. But before it keeping all the safety standards in your mind is necessary.

Safety First

If the piercing goes wrong, then it can have an adverse consequence on your skin, especially if it’s your tongue. Mouthwash for tongue piercing should be used. Don’t worry! I am not trying to scare you off; I am just trying to make you alert to keep the safety standards before dreaming about wearing a piece of jewelry at your desired spot.

Hygiene

Wherever you are going, you need to make sure that the place is safe. How hygienic they are is the first thing you should consider when choosing a place to get a tattoo.

They should use new gloves for every client; the needles should be adequately sterilized before every use. You need to check that you are using new needles for every customer or not and if the needles are kept in a sterilized place to keep the safety measures.

You should also keep yourself clean before going for a session, keep yourself from touching the area after piercing, and even before the piercing; the area should be adequately sterilized as well. (more…)

How to use DND gel nail polish

DND gel polish glitter is one of the best nail polish for your nail care, this ail product of different varnish glitters and nail polish colors. Regular polish won’t last as long as a gel, even if you use a gel topcoat.

Items needed for DND glitter polish

Here is the list of things needed for the proper application of DND gel polishes glitter. Before you can decide to opt for any individual manicure, you must get all necessary items ready. However, you can get the whole pack of DND nail gel polish or probably buy all the items separately.

Items needed are:

  • Buff tray.
  •  DND gel polish kits.
  • An Ultraviolet lamp.
  •  base/ topcoat.
  • Cuticle oil.

What differentiate DND gel polish supply from other gel polishes are:

DND gel glitter polish lasts longer on nails than other polishes.It dries up quickly when applied to nails.

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Dip Powder Starter Kit – Get Ready to do Your Nail Manicure

Talk of nail polish and the images of beautiful women displaying their incredible nail manicures come to mind. Do women need nail polish to look beautiful? The answer is a big NO because women are already beautiful. A perfect nail manicure can only enhance the inherent beauty of the magnificent creation called ‘Woman’.

Applying nail polish is not a new phenomenon today. It has been in practice in one way or the other for thousands of years. There have been improvements in the techniques/methods and the materials used by women to beautify their nails. Using dip powder is one such technique.

Advantages of dip powder nail manicure

Though many women swear by gel polish, dip powder has gained in popularity in recent times.

  • Contrary to what many people feel, you can do a dip powder job at home. Our dip powder starter kit can help you get the perfect manicure.
  • Dip powders are available in a fantastic array of colors.
  • You can end up with an exciting matte finish using dip powder.
  • Dip powder does not take much time to dry.
  • There is no need to expose your nails to UV rays in a dip powder manicure job.
  • Dip powder removal is a straightforward procedure.
  • LDS dip nails look great on every woman as they last for three to four weeks, much longer than gel nails.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe from Rashes and Eczema

It’s no fun for you or your little one when they are itchy and miserable.

Unfortunately, kids are rash magnets.

And eczema is more common now than when we were children (1).

But your child isn’t doomed. There are simple ways to avoid eczema and rashes.

Let’s look at five things you can do to keep your kids safe.

Step one: check the label for irritants

Before you apply anything to your child’s skin, check the label.

Do you see ingredients like “parfum” or “fragrance?”

Scented products are often the culprit.

Artificial fragrances are one of the most common skin irritants.

This applies to detergent and softener for washing clothing, too.

Avoid the problem by using fragrance-free products. Don’t even settle for “unscented.”

Buy body wash for kids that doesn’t have perfumes. You don’t need this ingredient to get them clean.

Step two: apply moisturizer

Hydrated skin is resistant to irritation.

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10 Best Standout Nail Design Using OPI Products

Nail art has been around since time immemorial and it is fashion that will never go away. More and more ideas as coming in every now and then. The products to make manicure and pedicure more beautiful keeps springing from every corner and if you frequent social media, you’ll know what we are talking about. With famous and talented individuals flooding our newsfeed with their latest ideas, it’s hard not to be tempted not to try it.

No matter where you look, there’s just so many choices around. Each looking more stunning than the previous one. If you are still undecided what style to try this weekend, take a peek at our list of standout nail art that you can DIY using OPI dip colors.

1. Classic Brown

Sometimes nail art doesn’t have to be too elaborate to standout. Simple colors can be stunning too without trying too hard. Coconuts over OPI is nothing but stunning in every sense. The earthy touch looks good on every skin tone and will go with any outfit. It’s like wearing nude shoes that goes well from office to a dinner at a fancy restaurant.

2. Magenta Ombre

The clever polish names of OPI (Let Me Bayou a Drink, Taupe-less beach, Icelanded a bottle to name a few) is just one of the plenty reasons to love this brand. The formulation of the polish itself is more than enough reason. For one, it is formaldehyde-free that is safe for your nails. The impressive wide range of shades that they offer is also irresistible. Their Classic Nail Lacquer Collection has plenty of colors to make you go crazy like the rich shade of berries in three diluted shades of OPI’s Gel Color Collection: Another Ramen-tic, Arigato From Tokyo, and All Your Dreams.

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Win! Tickets To The Baby & Toddler Show

While I was pregnant Carl and I had great plans for my maternity leave. He’s self-employed so has almost complete freedom when it comes to taking holidays so we were going to make the most of my new found freedom and take impromptu trips away, should it take our fancy. Well I can report that eight months in, all we’ve managed was a pre-arranged trip to Norfolk with my family.

So when an invite to the Baby & Toddler Show landed in my inbox, I thought I’d throw caution to the wind and include an overnight stay. The northern show just happens to be in Manchester, which holds a special place in our hearts as it’s where we spent our first non-wedding-night night as a married couple before jetting off on our honeymoon – sorry if I made your brain hurt with that mouthful – so I’m very excited to return to our second favourite city as a family.

The show runs 7-9th October and has a pretty impressive line up of brands, including Bugaboo, Cybex, Joolz, Mamas & Papas, Silver Cross & Maxi Cosi to name but a few – we’re in the market for a new car seat so the timing is perfect.  There are expert speakers, products to test, a midwife drop in and, if that hasn’t sold it to you – a goody bag for all new mums and mums-to-be.

If you’d like to win tickets to the show, I have two to giveaway, valid for any date you chose. All you need to do is hit the Rafflecopter link below, and leave a comment telling me what your all time favourite baby / toddler products is!

If you don’t win tickets you can purchase with 1/3 off with the code BTN31.

If you’ll be at the Baby and Toddler Show let me know, it would be great to meet so fellow mamas!

I wish you the best of luck, but never fear, as if you don’t win you can book adult tickets for 1/3 off with the code BTN31

Happy Birthday To Henry. Happy Birthed-Day To Me

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As you’ll know if you read my last post,  this week we celebrated our little Hen’s first birthday, and I couldn’t resist a glass of prosecco to celebrate that Carl and I had successfully parented for a whole year. And I figured that this time last year, a prosecco might have taken the edge off a very long labour. So I owed it to my birthing self of a year prior to toast not only Henry’s birthday, but my birth-ed day. Justification right there, should ever I need it.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve learnt after 365 days of playing the mum game:

  1. Age old advice, but EVERYTHING IS A PHASE. I know it doesn’t help when you’ve not hoovered for a month and the blinds are sporting an inch thick layer of dust (who am I kidding, I’ve never cleaned blinds in my life) because your child has lost the ability to nap, but it’s true. Unfortunately good phases are still also phases. Four month sleep trickster, I’m looking at you.
  2. Do what works at the time, regardless of what anyone else says.  We’re currently co-sleeping (following Lullaby Trust guidelines). I’m aware that at some point it will become an issue, but at the moment we’re all getting more sleep, which means we’re all happier. You may be told you’re ‘making a rod for your own back’, but motherhood is blooming hard work and sometimes I need that rod to lean on.Trust your instincts, have confidence in your decision and move on.
  3. A new dawn is a new day. Yesterday might have been a washout. You’ve been sicked on, snotted on, pooed on and achieved nothing more than wiping off said excrement with a baby wipe, but tomorrow could be incredible. (Parenting) Life is a Rollercoaster -ahh wise words Ronan.
  4. Cutting little nails, cleaning first teeth and navigating a busy supermarket with a baby who’s on the wrong side of peckish all make you feel like you could play The Cube and win. Take your victories, however small.
  5. Hormones have ALOT to answer for.  Y’all know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that make you wail to your husband that you miss him WHILE HE’S SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO YOU.
  6. Words spoken in the depths of sleep deprivation should be taken with a pinch of salt. Daddy: she doesn’t really think life is easier when you’re at work. Mummy: he doesn’t really wish he’d stayed at work. Hopefully not anyway.
  7. Accept that you will never wee alone, enjoy a hot beverage, sleep more than four to six consecutive hours, use an escalator, or any of these things my lovely friend Becky has listed in this hilarious post anytime in the near future. Then, if you do ever manage any you’ll have a whole new appreciation for them. Using an escalator is like Disney Land to me now….
  8. Despite any challenges our offspring might throw our way, the joy they bring you is immeasurable and there is no problem in the world feels like it can’t be appeased by seeing your baby smile.

So I’m sure I’ve missed a few parenting words of wisdom, as a year does not an expert make. Do you have any to share?

Lets Play ‘Guess The Toy’

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I generally think I’ve got a pretty good level of tolerance for musical baby paraphenalia. But oh-my-days don’t those things have some catchy songs that’ll stick in your head far into the night, long after they’ve been put away (or discarded in a corner of the room) for the day.

My tolerance hit it’s peak the other night when I’d sneaked off upstairs for five minutes of bathtime peace. No sooner had I dipped my toe into the inviting, steaming hot, bubbled water did Carl, Henry and the feral pug make their way into the bathroom bringing with them the mother of all irritating toys – the V-Tech First Steps Walker. Carl then put on BBC news which was showing Donald Trump making a speech. Now let me tell you, you’ve not experienced annoyance until you’ve heard Donald Trump talking and various songs from the walker playlist AT THE SAME TIME.

So, I thought I’d list some of the frustratingly cheery ditties and phrases from various baby toys for you to guess what they’re from. A fun little way to see how much your brain is taken up by storing this nonsense….

Kicking things off with an easy one…

  1. ‘Welcome to ourr learninggg farmm, weee’ve got lotttsss to showww youuu’ – V-Tech First Steps Walker. I could’ve filled the whole list with this bloody thing.
  2. ‘Turn the pagess to exxplore!!’ – V-Tech Musical Rhymes book
  3. ‘Put a bawll in the monkeyss hat!’ – Bright Starts Having a Ball Hide and Spin Monkey
  4. ‘It’s a great day to visit the BEACH! Full steam ahead!’ – V-Tech Push and Ride Train
  5. ‘I have two feet; one purple, one blue. I have two feet! JUST LIKE YOU!’ – Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Puppy
  6. CHUG, CHUG, CHUGGING RAIN OR SHINE! I hope you enjoy your riddddeee’ –– V-Tech Push and Ride Train
  7. ‘The cat in the square, is speaking out of there! Meow! Meow!’- V-Tech Turn and Learn Cube
  8. ‘Hop on board the animal train, come onnn EVERYONE! Learning about animals is really LOTS OF FUN!’ -Fisher Price Amazing Animals Train

I’ve put the answers in white, so if you highlight the whole page you can see how many you got right. Clever eh? If you’re on a phone you may have to copy and paste into notes to see the answers. Sorry about that. Extra points if you know another song from the same toy.

Despite their annoying sounds I actually quite like all of these toys, Henry dances to the music they make which is just the CUTEST thing.

6 Unexpected Things That Will Never Be The Same Again

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If I had a pound for everyone who gifted me with this nugget of  ‘advice’ when I was pregnant, I probably would’ve had change left over even after we cleaned out the Nursery Department in John Lewis. However, sleep isn’t the only thing children change, here are a few more things that will never be the same again:

  1. Social occasions. No longer are social occasions a time to indulge in food, mindless chatter and one too many glasses of prosecco. They’re now spent grabbing mouthfuls of food in between chasing around a toddler who just wants to leg it over to the old ladies at the next table because he’s clearly spent too much time in M&S cafe and knows that they’ll shower him with attention (you know, because he gets none of that from me. None at all. Pfftttt.) And all I can manage is a sip of prosecco because we’ve developed a co-sleeping habit and I’m terrified that if I drink too much I’ll fall into a deep sleep and not wake up if he rolls out of bed, falls on the floor, gets up and walks out of the room and tumbles down the stairs. Which leads me to….
  2. When we talk about sleep, it’s not just a reduction in hours. I don’t think I ever fall into a blissfully deep sleep anymore, I just lay with my eyes closed, like a TV on standby ready to jump back into action. Well, roll and stumble back into action with my eyes half closed until I’ve woken myself up with a coffee.
  3. That Friday feeling. Everyday is a workday. Or everyday is a weekend. However you want to look at it. But losing the Friday feeling also means losing the Sunday night feeling and I don’t miss that one little bit.
  4. How much milk we get through. There’s three of us and we get through about 15 pints a week. Craziness.
  5. Shopping. It’s hard to reach to the back of the rail for your size while simultaneously trying to keep your child from teetering off the edge of meltdown mountain, keeping one hand on the pushchair so they’re not abducted while your back is turned and apologising to the poor woman you’ve unintentionally trapped in the corner with your pushchair. However, as much as I used to love clothes shopping, there’s now a million other things I’d rather do that Henry loves too that will make for much better memories.
  6. The use of both arms. There is very little I can’t do with one hand. Make coffee, hoover, hang the washing out… I’ve even made a one-handed spaghetti bolognese and it wasn’t half bad.

So ‘things that will never be the same again’ might be a little bit dramatic for a title. Before long I know that Henry will be independent and I’ll regain the time to shop, use both hands and eat a meal at my own pace. I’ll pine for our first few years together, filled with milestones, playdates, lazy mornings, and long walks. Things are different, but different in the best way.