How-to: 100s and 1000s nails

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Here at BH HQ, we’re always on the lookout for anything new and exciting, which is why we were so keen to try this eye-catching CAVIAR Manicure from Ciaté. Cue squeals of sheer delight. Besides being beyond awesome to look at, this 100s and 1000s nail look is totally easy to achieve, too! We’ve even put a picture how-to together to show you just how it’s done. To discover how it's done, simply hover your mouse over the pink stars...

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  1. Step 1:

    Apply two coats of the Ciaté Paint Pot Colour to your bare, dry nail. Note: you should complete all of these steps on one nail at a time.

  2. Step 2:

    Before the Paint Pot Colour is dry, hold your nail over a bowl, and lightly pour the CAVIAR pearls over your entire nail, ensuring all of the nail is covered with the pearls.

  3. Step 3:

    Use a finger on your other hand to lightly press down the CAVIAR pearls into place, ensuring they won’t fall off. Also make sure pearls at the edge of your nail are secured.

  4. Step 4:

    Allow your nails to dry for a few minuted before using your hands and enjoy your totally scrumptious new manicure!

The best part of this manicure? The Ciaté Caviar Manicure kit comes complete with a mini funnel, so you can just pour the beads that missed your nails back into the bottle! No wastage!

Please note, the Ciaté Caviar Manicure kit is available exclusively at Sephora and online at the official Ciaté website. Sadly, Sephora don’t deliver to Australia yet - but Ciaté does! 

EXTRA EXTRA! Ciaté is now available at Kit Cosmetics! Click here to purchase...

Do it yourself!

If you’d like to do this look yourself, we suggest hitting your local Spotlight store and buying up on ultra-fine beads that you can use to create this look for yourself! Just pour your beads on top of any colour nail varnish to create your own effect!

Do you love this nail look? What is your best idea for a crazy nail how-to?


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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I just don't like this kind of look at all. Can't think of anything more crazy either, except perhaps if the 100s and 1000s were real.

Posted on: October 20, 2012 (Oct 20, 2012 6:03am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Definitely a party mani, this is fun, cute and colourful. Not something I would wear, but I love all these new nail finishes that are coming out now, and these bottles even look gorgeous :-)

Posted on: October 20, 2012 (Oct 20, 2012 7:11am)

Don't let your period stop you from...

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Having your period isn’t fun (I know, shocking revelation, right?). Personally, I don’t remember the last time having my period made me feel like frolicking on a beach or star-jumping in a white bikini. Usually, when I have my period, all I want to do is curl up into a ball on the couch and eat my bodyweight in Tim Tams. Sounds alarmingly familiar, doesn’t it?

But instead of feeling sorry for ourselves and putting our lives on hold for five-to-seven days, it’s time we each took a good, hard look in the mirror and said “no period, you will no longer keep me from living my life.” (Feel free to repeat if you need extra encouragement.)

So from now on, here are some things that we’re NOT going to let our periods keep us from doing:

Feeling comfortable
Did you know, according to a national survey conducted by STAYFREE®, that more than half of Australian women often feel constricted by the things they wear on a daily basis? Throw a pad in the mix and we bet that statistic jumps up a few notches. Well, guess what? You no longer have to suffer in pads that feel like nappies, because STAYFREE® Ultra Thins now feature PerfectFit™ technology, meaning that not only are the pads super thin, but they move as you move, so you won’t even know that you’re wearing one!

Playing sport
If you’ve ever sat out a game or ditched a gym session because you thought that your period would affect your performance, you’re wrong. In fact, Olympic bronze medal-winning waterpolo player, Holly Lincoln-Smith, revealed to us that she often thought her period affected her game, but it was all just a superstition. “I’ve played some of the best water polo tournaments I’ve ever played while having my period,” she says. “Really, it doesn’t affect my performance at all…Periods are more a psychological hurdle than a physical one when it comes to exercise.”
And if it’s cramps that are stopping you from getting active, Holly recommends eating well (think: lots of fruit, vegetables, protein, and grains) and drinking lots of water to help prevent the pain.

Dressing up and looking good
‘That time of the month’ is usually when you turn to sloppy track pants, hoodies, and pyjamas for comfort. And while we get that having your period makes you feel about as sexy as tree, sometimes putting on your favourite dress, curling your hair, and heading out of your house will get you out of that rut and help you to feel human again. So go on, ditch the date with your daggy trackies, TV, and Tim Tams and head out with your girlfriends instead – it’s guaranteed to make you feel better!

Getting intimate
Like we said, you're probably not feeling very sexy during your period, but that doesn't mean you have to rule out 'sexy time' altogether. Dr. Nikki Goldstein, Sexologist and Relationship Expert, shares how you can still be intimate with your partner:
"You can still be intimate when you have your period, but that does not mean necessarily having sex. When we kiss and touch someone, we can release the same sex hormones, oxyotcin, that are released when we have sex. This helps us to bond and stay in love with someone. Physical intimacy is important in a relationship, and we can still achieve this when we have our period. A kiss and a hug might help to take the cramps away too."

 

Do you let you period stop you from doing anything? How do you get through the tough days of your period?
Crazy things your body does…
Tips to get you through your period…

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Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Generally the first day of my period is the worst day, cramps and bloating, headaches sometimes.
Panadol for the days I do not feel well. Sometimes I have found getting outside and breathing a bit of fresh air helps, mind you does not work all the time.
A good home cooked meal with lots of veges is always comforting for when I have the period blues.
SandraXxX

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 5:40pm)

Posted by: Naleri (Australia)

I think women naturally want to cocoon themselves away for a reason. The body is cleansing itself when you get your period and I think it's more important to listen to your body and nourish yourself when you feel the need (yes, even with tim tams and pj days!). That way when your period is over you feel refreshed, re energised and ready to get on with life. I'm not saying to do nothing at all when you have your period, just to go with what you feel your body and your soul needs.

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 6:00pm)

Halloween nail art: black with neon tips

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Want to give yourself a Halloween party manicure with a difference? This Halloween nail art look takes the blackest of black gothic nails and mixes them with this season’s bang on-trend neon brights. Think of it as the French manicure’s sinister sister. To try this tutorial yourself, simply hover your mouse over the stars and follow each step.

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  1. Step 1

    Paint your nails with two coats of a neon base colour or base colours. Pick as many shades as you like. I painted four fingers in yellow and one in orange. Leave to dry for five minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Pick a really black, shiny colour and very carefully paint over your nail, leaving the neon tips still exposed.

  3. Step 3

    To ensure an even tip, paint the uppermost black section horizontally across your nail (left to right, instead of cuticle to tip).

  4. Step 4

    Add a second coat of black to ensure even coverage. Leave to dry for five minutes, then follow with a topcoat. Your Halloween-inspired nails are now complete!

Recommended for this look: Models Prefer Nail Enamel in little black dress, and Orly Nail Laquer in Glowstick (details from www.orlybeauty.com.au).

Are you going to a Halloween party this year? Will you be dressing up your nails for the occasion?

More nail art tutorials on bh:

- How-to: neutral nails with a twist

- How-to: ultra-violet nail art

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Posted by: starsr (Australia)

That's an interesting way to do tips! And they're so neat. I wonder if I could manage it.

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 12:22pm)

Posted by: iluvfacialz (Member since 2007, Australia)

Looks really good. I was also wondering how you managed to get the tips so neat?

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 12:27pm)

Firmer skin for a fraction of the cost

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You know how, way back when, in that time when you were younger things like sagging skin, loss of firmness and non-existent elasticity NEVER even crossed your mind? Well, that’s because your youthful body was full of high-energy cells that worked hard to produce all of the components you needed to help your skin stay firm, taut and supple. Thinks like collagen, elastin and co-enzyme Q10. Yes, your body produced all of those – and quite well, too, which is why your skin would have looked so awesome, way back then.

Unfortunately though, as we get older the cells in our body stop functioning as effectively. They get tired, run-down and lack the type of energy needed to keep producing the same skin-repairing and complexion-renewing components. And that’s right about when we start noticing a lack of firmness, some signs of sagging, a few fine lines and wrinkles…it’s a grand old time when that happens, isn’t it?

Luckily for us though, we live in an age where scientific research and developments have enabled us (and by ‘us’ I clearly mean scientists!) to harness the power of these components, and pop them into the cosmetics that we know and love. Take the NIVEA Body Q10 Plus range – which comprises a Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion and Q10 Plus Contouring Cream – for example. It utilises co-enzyme Q10 combined with active iso-proteins to help supply energy to cells, boosting the skin’s collagen, as well as it’s natural repair process, which in turn helps to leave skin noticeable tighter and smoother. And because your body is already familiar with the co-enzyme Q10 found in NIVEA Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion and Q10 Plus Contouring Cream (given that your body naturally produces it itself) it automatically knows what to do with it – which means tighter, more supple skin for you in a shorter period of time (two weeks in fact!)

Plus, given the products come from NIVEA, a brand known for their ultra-nourishing formulas, you can guarantee that while all this firming and tightening is going on, your skin is receiving a huge hit of hydration, too. All this, straight from the cosmetics aisle in your local supermarket – now that’s what you call affordable beauty!

Do you feel like you want to tighten and tone your skin? What body concerns have you started to notice as you've gotten older?

 

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Posted by: southcoastclare (Australia)

Even though I exercise five times a week, since having children, my stomach has never been the same - I don't think there is a cream that will fix that though.

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 8:28am)

Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

I would love to tighten my skin. I'm noticing sagging pretty much everywhere! And I love nivea!

Posted on: October 19, 2012 (Oct 19, 2012 8:34am)

Cosmetics with a conscience

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If you think beauty companies only care about the latest lip colour trends and fancy hair styling techniques, you’re about to be proved wrong. Very wrong! Because the truth is this: many of your favourite brands are greener than green itself. Don’t believe me? Check out the beauty industry heavyweights doing more than their fair share for the environment through sustainable farming and fair trade…

DKNY
DKNY began its partnership with CARE’s Access Africa Program in 2010 with the launch of DKNY pureDKNY, which featured ethically-sourced vanilla from local Ugandan farmers. Now, the recently-released PureDKNY A Drop of Verbena was created with equally as much goodwill. Verbena, the key ingredient, is purchased from farmers in Togo, which helps to support local communities and CARE’s work within the region. Better still, the juice’s bottle is made from 100 per cent recyclable glass, and is topped with a 100 per cent recyclable high-quality aluminium cap. 

AVEDA
In 1989, AVEDA was the first-privately held company to sign the CERES Principles (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies), and is the first beauty company to use 100 per cent post consumer-recycled PET for its skin care and hairstyling packaging. AVEDA also uses 100 per cent certified wind power to manufacture its products.

BURT’S BEES
Burt’s Bees claims its earth-friendly practices are written in its DNA – and we tend to agree. Since its birth in 1989, Burt’s Bees has stood by the ideal that in order to take from nature, the company must protect it for the future. By 2020, Burt’s Bees aims to be carbon-free and operating on 100 per cent renewable energy, and have 100 per cent natural product formulas. It also aims to have 100% biodegradable packaging by this time, too. Love it. 

LUSH
With the motto “saving the planet one shampoo bar at a time”, LUSH is committed to taking care of the environment by driving positive change within the beauty industry, reducing its impact on the earth, and sourcing ethical ingredients. A massive 89 per cent of all LUSH packaging is recycled, all the company’s products are biodegradable (except for the odd glittery or shiny product), and it always chooses natural ingredients over those that are synthetic.

THE BODY SHOP
Launching Community Fair Trade in 1987, The Body Shop has created a number of direct trading relationships with marginalised communities around the world. It is committed to maintaining these relationships, and gives communities more than just a fair price for their produce. This initiative benefits more than 300,000 farmers and producers around the globe, and 80 per cent of all The Body Shop products contain at least one Community Fair Trade ingredient. The company has also signed on to the Ethical Trading Initiative, which ensures all suppliers uphold human rights laws when it comes to labour and supply. Smart move.

BONUS! BONUS! BONUS!
If you’re keen to try DKNY PureDKNY A Drop Of Verbena, MYER and David Jones are currently offering a ripper of a Gift With Purchase. Buy any 50mL or 100mL pureDKNY fragrance and snag a pureDKNY reversible tote for free. Hurry, though – there’s only a limited amount up for grabs!

Do you realise these brands we’re so green? Do you attempt to use products from brands that are conscious of the environment and human practices?

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Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I didn't realise DKNY was green, that's good to know :) I want to buy a perfume from them.

Posted on: October 18, 2012 (Oct 18, 2012 1:33pm)

Posted by: diabla (Australia)

i only knew aveda and burt's bees were green out of these brands

Posted on: October 18, 2012 (Oct 18, 2012 1:41pm)