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How To Nail (pun intended) a French Manicure
May 26, 2016
A professional manicure is one of those luxuries—necessities(?) that we love to indulge in. But when time and money doesn’t allow for a visit to the salon, you can make your own nails look picture perfect with a French manicure.
This clean, classic look is perfect for day or night and any season. It even looks great on toes. To do a true French Manicure, two colors are used, a translucent base color, usually pink or peach and a solid, opaque white or off-white. First, the translucent base is applied to the nails, then the white is applied, but only to the tips.
OPI currently inspired by sights and sounds New Orleans with some great colors that can add some Creole flavor to your typical French manicure. You can check out the whole collection here, but we recommend Let Me Bayou a Drink, Humidi-Tea, or Crawfishin’ for a Compliment for more vibrant look. Generally you want to choose a shade close to your skin tone, either cool or warm for the most natural looking manicure. A very popular color combination is Ballet Slippers & Blanc by Essie.
If you want to try something a little different. Feel free to substitute two different, more contrasting colors (for example, red for the base and gold for the tips). Or stick to the classic colors, we recommend Zoya Naturel Nail Polish Collection with a variety of neutral shades. Or go crazy with an opal or glitter top coat for a new twist. The possibilities are endless.
The French Manicure works best for nails between 1/4 to 3/4 inches long. When deciding on a nail shape, it's always best to go with one which will enhance the shape of your fingers. For example, you can make the fingers of petite hands look longer and more graceful by having almond shaped nails.
A French Manicure can be performed in one of two ways - either freehand or by using a stencil as a guide. If you are using a stencil, the hardest part is lining up the nail guides evenly and then making sure they stay on straight while you're painting the tips white.
If you are doing things freehand, make sure you have a sure, steady eye when painting the tips of your nails. Otherwise, your tips will be of varying sizes when they are done, and your nails won't look so very très chic at all! Remember practice makes perfect! Don't get frustrated if it isn't perfect. No one will scrutinize your nails. A polish corrector pen, makes clean up a lot easier!
The Perfect Pedicure with Qtica Smart Spa Products
April 24, 2014
Relax and treat yourself to a pedicure this Spring. Let Qtica's Spa services provide you with that feeling of relaxation and pampering. The Qtica Smart Spa system features smart products, uses smart ingredients, and allows salons and spa experience to come right to your house! This system is like no other, with interchangeable products that can be used for manicures, pedicures and body treatments. If you haven't tried Qtica Smart Spa yet, now is the perfect time!
Here are some of our favorites!
Qtica Smart Spa Lemongrass Ginger Sugar Scrub is one of Qtica's best selling products. Surely the best exfoliating product on the market, this non-drying and non-irritating formula is easy on delicate skin while being one of the most effective scrubs we've ever seen.
Only $68 for 44 oz or 7 oz for $14!
Qtica Anti-Bacterial Triple Action Fresh Soak is a three in one, all-purpose soak that gives you the perfect hand or foot bath to prepare for manicures or pedicures.
Only $36 for 35 oz!
Qtica Luxury Lotion is a unique balance of vitamins, nutrients and essential oils creates the perfect therapy lotion that helps repair dry, damaged skin.
Only $36 for 35 oz or $14 for 8.5 oz!
To finish your Pedicure use Zoya Nail Polish. Zoya has the hottest shades for all seasons. Zoya Nail Polishes are also the longest wearing lacquer formulation in the world today. You will be impressed by the durability and have piece of mind knowing that you are making a healthy choice by using Zoya's toluene and formaldehyde free formula. Zoya Individual Polish $9 and Zoya Collections $48