Winter is coming

Yes, it’s upon us here in the north. Right now it’s 11 degrees but feels like 2. It’s the “feels like” that messes with you.
I thought today I’d post a few swatches and also break a few of the myths I hear almost on a daily basis.

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Great color for this time of year, this is Dark lava from CND Vinylux polish. I added glitter to accent the color & to give some flash.

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Also a favorite of mine, Shellac in Midnight Swim and Black Pool added to the free edge as a broken line to blend. Do this when layer is still wet, before curing. Then colors will blend nicely together.

Ok, on to a few popular myths and some truths.
1. Nails do not breathe. They are made of about 100 layers of dead Keratin cells. Nail thickness is determined by the length of the matrix. The matrix is right below the bottom of the nail. Damage the matrix, you’ll have a damaged nail for life.
2. The white spots are not anything you be worried about. It’s called Leukonychia, it’s a kind of a nail bruise. Injure the matrix a little and you’ll have a white spot. The cells aren’t able to flatten out and become translucent. These spots will grow out.
3. What grows faster and when? Nails will grow 20% faster in the summer. Your middle finger grows the fastest, your big toe grows the slowest. Yes, when your pregnant your nails grow faster, especially the last couple months they’ll have a 20% jump in growth. Chalk that up to good nutrition and lots more blood flow.
4. We don’t cut what you may think is your cuticle. That is living skin around your nail with a weird long name. The cuticle is actually dead tissue that’s shed from the underside of the Eponychium (that’s the weird word for skin). Since it’s dead, we can use a cuticle remover that breaks it down off your nails and remover with a pusher or clipper.
So theres a few that we here at least on a weekly basis.
Well, I’ll write some more reviews tomorrow and step by steps as well.
Thanks! Heather

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