Deciding on your next coat of polish almost always goes beyond the color — you also need to think about texture, shine and finish.
Recent years have seen a massive rise in nail polish styles. Whether you consider yourself a beauty maven or you are simply curious about what’s available for your next trip to the salon, learn more about each of the major types of nail polishing methods.
You can paint your nails yourself or hit up your favorite manicure spot for a more professional application. Regular manicure lasts about five days or so.
A combination of a liquid and powder that creates a hard protective layer over your natural nail and false tips. Acrylic nails are attached to the natural nails, or nails can be made from an acrylic mixture. There is a wide variety of nail arts and designs for this particular manicure. They usually last up to three weeks before you need infills.
Dip powder can be applied quickly and instead of lacquer, the color comes from a pigmented powder. You simply dip your nails into a little jar of your chosen color. The powder will only stick to the sealant, so it leaves less room for messy cuticles but you can use a brush when it’s dry to remove excess powders. This manicure will usually last up to three to four weeks.
If you have short or brittle nails, the answer to your prayers is gel manicure. Gel makes your nails look sleek and stylish. This can be applied over natural or fake nails. They usually last up to two to three weeks.
Did you know that you can use your old nail polishes to create your great gel polish at home?
Yes! You read it right, at your own home ;) Hydracol's Polish to Gel can literally turn ANY Regular Polish into a Gel Polish. This means you are able to make any color you want a gel. You no longer need to travel every few weeks to the salon and spend lots of money to get the nail on fleek, you can simply just do-it-yourself at home.
Nothing makes you feel more fab than a fabulous mani and pedi. The outfit can be great, the hair can be perfect but it is your nails that make you feel fabulous.
Going to the salon every other week can get very expensive and take u too much of your precious time.
Did you know that there are useful, free, and creative ways to get the perfect manicure at home and without breaking the bank?
Here are some of our great nail polish hacks ;-)
Dried out polish?
Did you know that you can use nail polish remover or Acetone to refresh your old nail polish?
Simply add a small amount and shake it up. Your nail polish should go on smoothly for a few more uses.
Are you a messy painter?
Hydracol offers Hydra Peel, this is a liquid latex barrier that helps you eliminate the mess.
Hydra peel is a simple solution to painting messy nails. You even receive a FREE nail file and orange stick in every box.
Make your own polish colors?
Do you have old eyeshadows? Recycle old eyeshadows by crushing them into loose powders and mixing them with a clear polish to create a unique nail color.
Remove yellow nails stains?
Mix a little baking soda with water and soak your hands for 10 minutes and watch nail polish stains fade away before your eyes.
You can also use a tooth whitener to help get rid of those stubborn nail stains.
Love bright neon colors?
Did you know if you want a more vibrant color you can use a white base coat! This really helps the colors pop out.
Want your nails to dry quickly?
Dip your manicured nails into a bowl of ice water for approximately 3 seconds to expedite the drying process.
Do you have old nail polish at home?
Do you have old bottles of nail polish that look as though they’re destined for the garbage bin? Before throwing them try Polish to Gel by Hydracol. Polish to gel can literally turn ANY Regular Polish into a Gel Polish. This means you are able to make any color you want a gel. This formula has not only been designed to hydrate and condition your nails but it has also been designed so any color you choose can be a gel color.
So there you have it. ;)
Are you a self-proclaimed makeup lover?
Do you find it hard to apply?
There’s no shame in that. We’ve all gone through not knowing what brush to use, where to apply eyeshadow, let alone how to blend properly. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back!
This blog will help any beginner learn how to apply eye makeup correctly, no more slogging away for an hour in front of the mirror every morning.
When doing your eye make-up, always start with an eye primer. Eye primer helps create a smooth surface for the eye makeup. Once the primer has dried, you can apply an eyeshadow base that helps the make the eyeshadow application much smoother. If you don’t have an eyeshadow base, a concealer or lighter foundation will do.
The winged eyeliner is one of the trickiest techniques to master. This is because eye shapes are extremely different, and what works for someone with may not work for others, especially those with hooded eyelids. When applying eyeshadow, use a lighter shade with the eyeshadow brush and lightly apply over your eyelid, just make sure not to go above your crease. To contour your eyes, use the sponge applicator and apply a darker shade to contour your upper lash line in the shape of a half-moon. Start with the inside corner of your eye, and fade out the eyeshadow color as you move to the outer corner of your eye.
Now, it’s time to have your wings fleek! Boy, we do have a wing eyeliner hack for you!
Hydracol’s amazing stamp eyeliner called Zoosh Winged Eyeliner is really helpful for beginners. A double-ended eyeliner that comes with a cat flick allowing you to easily get perfect wings in seconds.’This eyeliner stamp that is foolproof and even for the beginner, each pen has with individual stamps for both the left & right eyes and will literally take minutes. As a beginner, that's basically all that you need to know to do your eye make-up.
Don't forget that practice makes perfect.
Facial skin problems are extremely common in our daily lives. Even if it is painless, they can be really stressful and really can affect our confidence.
2 of the most common problems we see today is Acne and Rosacea.
While acne is a common skin problem among teenagers, it can also affect adults well into their 30s and beyond. Depending on the severity of the condition, acne can be irritating and persistent and can leave visible scars.
If your face looks like you're blushing and you get bumps that look like acne, you might have a skin condition called Rosacea. The main thing you'll notice is redness and sensitivity around your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Rosacea symptoms can come and go, they may flare up for a few weeks, fade, and then come back.
There are things that you can do naturally to help reduce both Acne and Rosacea.
Giving your skin a deep cleanse once or twice a week is really important no matter what your skin type. Wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells and extra oil from your skin’s surface.
Our Hydra C Serum would be really helpful after cleansing and exfoliating. All ingredients are pure and organic.
All skin requires hydration, especially for acne prone skin. Use a moisturizer that has soothing agents that will also help reduce inflammation.
Also remember that if you wear make-up, make sure that you cleansed them at the end of the day. Use micellar water, it has the ability to act as both a makeup remover and a facial cleanser. And yes, we know that some of us use other people's makeup brushes, please let us avoid cross-contamination. Simple yet very important is to avoid touching your face if possible when you know it’s dirty. Eat nutritious fruits, more water and get enough sleep to avoid the side effects of bad rest. Relax! Like what we have said, stress can make you break out.
These are only examples of things that can happen to your facial skin and there are many, many other things that can come up. The best thing, if you notice anything that concerns you on your face, is to arrange an appointment with your Dermatologist or Skin specialist to diagnose the condition and initiate treatment.
Going green whether it is in your diet or in skincare is not always easy. With so many different choices, labels and terminology, it’s often hard to understand and to know which is the best to buy. So let’s understand what Organic beauty actually is and why it is almost always more expensive to buy.
Here are some reasons that will help you understand why that pure, natural and chemical free organic skin care is best.
We are trained to understand that anything labeled organic is supposed to be better for us. Marketing has always shown anything that costs more should be more superior, more effective and of course better for us. But the question stands, are certified organic skincare products really better for our skin?
Based on our research, organic products generally have a shorter shelf life because of the pure ingredients used versus the chemicals used in drugstore brands—that is 12-20 months as opposed to three-plus years.
Typical over the counter brands are usually filled with emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrance, texture/feel improving chemicals—leaving a very small margin for the actual natural oils which are supposed to be the main source of nutrition for the skin, this is also why they have a longer shelf life. On the other hand, with organic natural products, you’ll use less of a more potent product since they have higher concentrations of good-for-your-skin ingredients.
Yes, you can buy non-organic products with botanical ingredients, but you will still get filler non-effective ingredients that you don’t need on your skin.
At Hydracol we invest in your skin health as well as the health of our planet.
The most important and natural thing you can do is to laugh a lot, always wear a smile and have fun! It’s for free! That is what life is all about, and what makes you look the most beautiful.
Getting ready for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about looking great for your Valentine. It’s should also about have fun doing all the little getting-ready rituals that make you feel beautiful and confident.
The good news is, when you’re relaxed and happy it shows on the outside, your skin glows, your smile shines and your energy radiates.
Here are a few feel-good beauty tips you can add to your ritual this February 14th.
Solo evening at home?
A night out with friends?
Hydracol has got you covered!
As you probably know, a canvas of fresh, healthy skin is the best way to achieve the makeup look of your dreams. Right now, we’re absolutely obsessing over the healing powers of Hydra C Serum, which is a life saver for hydration, reducing wrinkles and brightening.
There’s a smarter way to wear perfume. Instead of simply spritzing it over your wrists, apply your fragrance in three places: behind your earlobes, at the base of your throat and on the backs of your knees. Focusing on these pulse points allows the notes to react with your body heat, so that irresistible fragrance will linger on your skin all day. For extra intensity, apply a matching fragranced body lotion. It’s a fact that perfume lasts much longer on skin that is well hydrated.
Nothing makes you feel more polished than a perfect manicure, so paint your nails the night before Valentine’s Day in a glossy shade that goes with everything. Use Hydracol’s amazing Polish to Gel that will give tough a long-lasting finish.
Stun your date with a classic makeup look. Neutral eyes will leave plenty of room to play with red lipstick without clashing. Brighten the eyes by highlighting the inner corner with a light, shimmery eyeshadow. Apply a pair of full and flirty false lashes so that when you bat your eyes, all attention is sure to be on you. Complete the look by applying your perfect shade of red lipstick and creating a rose-like ombré by blending a black lip liner at the corners of your lips.
You don’t need a Valentine to have a great Valentine’s Day. Love who you are and embrace your uniqueness. Show off your style and have fun!
We feel beautiful, confident and happy when we know our skin is healthy. As we age our skin changes in so many different ways, one of these big changes is skin dryness. So what do we do when our skin is showing signs of dryness?
The dreaded ageing process is something we don’t look forward to with each year. As our skin ages, we release less oil onto the skin which in turn can make us feel dry and dehydrated.
What causes dry skin and what can we do about it?
Our skin is the largest organ of our body so it deserves the best loving care we can give it. Your skin protects your body from pollution around you. It shields you from the elements, helps control body temperature and is responsible for your sense of touch.
When your skin is dry, these cells lose moisture and shape, so their ability to protect underlying skin is compromised, with water escaping through the surface. The result? Visibly dry, scaly or flaking skin that feels rough to the touch. On the face, this is most common along its periphery, like your cheeks, jawline and chin.
Consider adapting your daily “cleanse, tone, moisturize” skin care routine to include a few dry skin additions that will give your skin the added moisture it needs.
No longer as intimidating as they once were, serums have now become the weapon of choice of skin care junkies everywhere. But how do you choose the best serum? Our Hydra C Serum that is made with natural ingredient is formulated to address for every skin concern and are particularly known for its ability to deliver intense hydration.
It may seem too common, but drinking water throughout the day naturally keeps your body— and by extension— your skin cells, hydrated.
While it may not immediately come to mind, dry skin can sometimes be a sign of a larger skin issue. It is also important that monitoring your skin frequently and contacting a dermatologist or doctor when you notice anything suspicious is essential for maintaining skin health.
Maintaining happy, healthy skin is definitely a long term process. Nothing will give you immediate results. But if you take the time to develop a skincare routine you will see the improvements.
“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” -Buddha
It’s not just “what” but we must also consider “how” you think!
Can you really change your life in just thinking of positive thoughts?
The positive things in life don’t have to be massive things like buying an extravagant fancy new car or making that dream career change. They can be a little day to day discoveries and activities. By thinking positive, you just can't help but be optimistic, even when everyone around you is miserable. As a result, you are happier, less depressed, and more satisfied with your life. The benefits of positive thinking so healthy
When you think of positive thoughts, you don’t allow your mind to entertain any negative thoughts or doubts. Once you become a positive thinker, you will see and feel amazing things that surround you, which, in turn, will make you feel lighter and happier. You will have a boost of confidence and you’ll be able to accept challenges that might have previously been outside your comfort zone.
Challenges are a part of our lives, it gives us purpose. Believing that you’ll overcome a challenge and interacting with issues in a peaceful way is a sign of a positive response. Being positive also has a flow-on effect, you will attract other positive thinkers and start to achieve great things in life. We all know negative reactions are very draining of our energy, they impact our health and wellbeing, who likes hanging out with those negative people? I know I don’t!
Not only people respond to your positivity energy, but life itself responds to your positive energy. The more positive you are, the more positive things you manifest and attract.
You will effectively release your brakes and experience growth like you never imagined by reducing your self-limiting beliefs. Essentially, you can change your entire life simply by harnessing the power of positive thinking.
You don’t have to spend hours in front of a mirror to get your makeup picture perfect.
Get ready to hack your beauty routine?
Hack#1 Use a serum to hydrate your skin, this allows a much smoother and quicker foundation application. Try our Hydra C Serum to get brighter, softer and more radiant looking skin.
Hack #2 Apply your favourite foundation. Make sure you got your perfect shade by doing the three swipe test. The quickest way is to start from the centre of your face and work outward.
Hack #3 Always set your foundation to last all day. Run a makeup brush over a translucent powder, or, lightly mist your face with a setting spray.
Now let's talk about the lipstick hacks every woman must know.
Hack #1 Exfoliate your lips. No matter what colour or finish of lipstick you are using, having smooth, hydrated lips is vital. Try our Organic Lip Scrub to slough off any dead skin, leaving your lips smooth, supple, and ready for colour.
Hack #2 Use concealer, it makes your lip line more defined.
Hack #3 From glossy to matte lipstick. Simply pat your blush onto your lips to create a beautiful matte finish.
Here’s a popular question. How do you achieve perfectly cat eyes?
Regardless of your makeup skills, applying eyeliner is one of the hardest parts in any makeup routine.
The secret formula for achieving perfectly lined eyes? It takes equal parts of hand-eye coordination, precision, technique… and a bit of luck on your side.
Try Zoosh Winged Eyeliner Stamp. Our very own Zoosh Winged Eyeliner can perfectly help you to get that cat winged you’ve wanted in just a matter of seconds. Yes, you read it right! A matter of seconds, no more than 5 seconds indeed Get that perfect winged eyeliner like a pro!
Hack your beauty routine and get the most out of your makeup with Hydracol's helpful tips.
Daily cleansing isn't only for those who sweat, wear daily makeup or has oily skin. It should be a ritual for everyone to do every morning and evening.
Cleansing your face is incredibly important, it will help prevent ageing, hydrates stimulates, cleans and will also nourish your skin and your overall skin health.
So what does Hydracol recommend?
Those with dry skin will be better off using a cream-based cleanser that will hydrate, nourish and soften your skin. Those with normal skin or oily based skin may prefer a gel-based cleanser that can easily be used in the shower. If you are using the correct skin care brand they will have a few cleansers that you will be able to choose which is best for you.
It is important to remember if you are oily or have a breakout it doesn't mean you should miss the important step of cleansing. It is actually even more important as you need to remove excess oils as well as make sure the skin has no active bacteria.
If you are a soap lover make sure you are using a soap that only had goodness and natural ingredient. Generally, soaps are alkaline and will strip the skin of its protective barrier, so it is important to use a soap designed for the face that does not strip the skin.
Double cleansing every morning and night is wonderful not everyone has the luxury of time so we suggest to cleanse once thoroughly morning and also in the evening.
If you are someone who uses a long-lasting makeup with a sunscreen make sure you give your skin an extra cleanse in the evening.
The importance of cleansing the skin will also allow you to prep for your daily makeup or nightly skin care regimen.
Happy cleaning 😉