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How To: Give Yourself a Manicure

Top 10 Ways to Grow Longer, Stronger NailsNo time or money to head to the nail salon for a measly manicure? Don’t fret – Sassy Dove has you covered. I rarely make it out to the nail salon, and when I do, I’m always frustrated by how long they take and how rarely it’s done exactly the way I’d like. Save yourself the time, money and trouble and give yourself a perfect manicure to go with your DIYed supersoft feet by following my step-by-step guide to gorgeous nails at home below:

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My 2014 New Year’s Beauty Resolutions

Beauty ResolutionsI’ve been thinking about my New Year’s resolutions for awhile. After all, I can’t just make decisions for the whole year in one day! While there are plenty of non-superficial goals I have for this year, I thought the beauty related ones would interest you all more. ┬áHere’s what I want out of my looks this year:

1. Take better care of my teeth. White teeth are the key to a healthy beautiful look, and mine aren’t quite in the ivory family yet. I’m using Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips for some painless whitening, flossing morning and night, and brushing with GoSMILE Lemonade Whitening Protection Toothpaste ($16 at Amazon).

2. Stop buying clearance makeup. Don’t worry, I’ll keep getting great deals and testing things out for you guys – but 75% off of the drugstore price isn’t a good sign and hasn’t proven effective for me. Continue reading “My 2014 New Year’s Beauty Resolutions” »

Top 10 Ways To Grow Longer, Stronger Nails

Top 10 Ways to Grow Longer, Stronger NailsThe trend right now leans toward short, polished and slightly rounded nails – a great, low-maintenance windfall for ladies with healthy nails whose only concern is which polish color is the next big thing. But if your nails are constantly breaking or your fingers look a little pudgy when your nails are too short, it’s more likely you turn to French solar tips or acrylics for pretty nail days.

Give the fake nails up, ladies! They’re expensive and out of fashion. Instead, grow your nails longer and stronger with these tips:

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The Ultimate Guide to Vitamins For Hair, Nails And Skin

In all the chaos one day can bring, it’s hard to remember to stick to daily routines – like taking your vitamins. But vitamins can make a huge difference not only in general health, but in the strength of your hair, nails and skin too. Which ones should you take, and why?

Biotin

You’ve probably heard that biotin (otherwise known as Vitamin H, or B complex vitamins) can do wondrous things like increase hair and nail growth rates and improve their strength. Board-certified dermatologists told HuffPo that B complex vitamins are important in metabolism, helping your body to process energy and transporting carbon dioxide from your cells, and that they can improve the keratin infrastructure (and we’ve all heard how important keratin is in hair and nails).

Biotin deficiency is common in pregnant women, which is one of the reasons prenatal vitamins are packed with B vitamins and are often touted for use in beautifying hair, skin and nails. Side effects of biotin deficiency include brittle nails and hair loss, which could explain why ingesting the supplement could result in the opposite effect. However, be warned that the increase in hair growth from taking biotin is only about 6% over the course of several months, and that overdosing could be related to high blood sugar levels and lower vitamin C and B6 levels. Everything in moderation, beauties!

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