Monday, July 20, 2020

Best Nail File, How to File Nails and Best Nail Shapes

You may be struggling taking care of your nails at home right now while some salons are still closed due to COVID-19. 

Our nails need to be cared for with cutting and filing. Our cuticles need grooming and moisturizing. It can be overwhelming. 

Let's focus on filing because how you file your nails can help them be stronger or it can actually make them weaker.

Filing your natural nails the right way can help them be stronger. I'm talking about how you actually use the nail file and also the shape you file your nails into. The shape of your nails matters. Certain nail shapes are stronger than others. Filing them the wrong way will increase the chance for nail breakage, peeling and layering. 
nail file

The first thing you need to do is start with the right kind of nail file. You can use an old fashioned cardboard emery board but there are better, more comfortable nail file options you can use to file your nails.

Use the Best Nail File for Natural Nails

The nail files I like best for filing natural nails in the salon are cushion files. They are about 1/8" thick and they have a cushiony layer between their gritty sides. 

They feel more comfortable than the old fashioned emery board and they are less likely to give you that nails-on-a-chalkboard sensation.

They are disposable or some brands make disinfectable, reusable versions. Cushion files come in a variety of textures or grits.

Nail File Grit Numbers

Nail files, as well as sand paper, have grit numbers. The higher the grit number, the finer the abrasive surface is. A 240 grit file is smoother than a 180 grit file. 

Extra coarse files, 60-80 grit, are used to file acrylic nails. The extra coarse grit file will tear and fray natural nails.

Coarse grit files, 90, 100, and 150 grit, are used to file acrylic and other fake nails. The coarse grit file will tear and fray natural nails.

Medium grit files, 180, 220, and 240 grit, can be used for fake nails and most natural nails.

Fine grit files, 320 and 400 grit, can be used for all nails, especially fragile nails.

Extra fine files, 400, 600, and 900 grit, are used for smoothing the surface of all nails.

Cushion nail files can have 2 different grits on one file each side such as a 100/180 file. One side is 100 grit and the other side is 180 grit.  The are lots of common combinations of grits so there are tons of options. Here are a few combos:


The file I like best for shaping natural nails is a 180 grit cushion file.

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Crystal Nail Files 
Crystal, aka glass, nail files work well too, plus they are pretty! 

I sometimes use these with clients but am more likely to use them at home. Glass files are breakable. Store them in the protective case they came in. There are a number of advantages to using a glass nail file.

Their fine grit surface is gentle on the nails and helps prevent peeling nails. 

Another advantage with a glass file is that they last a long time. One file can last a year or more.

They clean easily with soap and water plus can cleaned with disinfectant.
Apply only light pressure while filing since the crystal surface doesn't have any give.

crystal file

Metal Nail Files
Avoid those rough ridgy metal nail files. They cause the nails to fray and peel. 

The metal nail files that have a fine grit resembling the grit on a cushion nail file, are okay to use while applying light pressure only. The thin metal files do flex but they are not a gentle as a cushion file.

Metal files can last for years plus are easy to clean and sanitize. 

There is a brand called Diamancel that I have used. These metal files have a nice smooth grit and will flex.
diamancel metal nail file
These file aren't made with diamonds but the brand claims to have a long lasting diamond like abrasive grit. 

find them especially good for filing toe nails.

How to use your Nail file

Now that you know which nail file to use, you need to know the right way to use it. 

The way you actually file your nails can weaken nails causing side splits, fraying and peeling by separating the layers of nail. 

Use long, one direction strokes with the file to shape your nails, like playing the violin as they say. File from the side towards the middle of the nail in a fluid motion.

Avoid a sawing back and forth motion which will fray up the nails and create stressful movement of the nails. The back and forth moving of the nail can cause stress cracks on the sides of the nails leading to nasty breaks.
broken nail

The Best Nail Shape

Now that you know what file to use and how to use it, you need to know what shape to file your nails into!

Avoid filing the sides of the nail to keep the nail as strong as possible. Let the sides be straight just filing the tip of the nail to create a shape.

Nail shapes that are not filed on the sides include square, square with rounded corners and squoval. 

Squoval, a combo of square and oval, and square with rounded corners are the strongest shapes. 

Nails that are filed in a squarish shape with rounded corners break less because the sides of the nails are not filed and there are no sharp corners to catch and break off as in a square shape.

Here are my nails files in the squoval shape. 
pink squoval nails
There are many other nail shapes to choose from both classic and avant garde. The more the side of the nails are filed into to create the shape, the weaker the nail will be.

The classic oval or round shape are not a bad choices for a strong nail shape since the sides of the nail are minimally filed. An almond shape starts to get into the sides too much.

The trendy and avante garde shapes such as stiletto, square stiletto, lipstick, pointed, cutout, edge, ballerina/coffin, and trapeze shapes are shapes that are more prone to breakage.

The Lipstick Nail Shape

That's a lot of info, so in a nutshell:

The best nail file grit for natural nails is a 180 grit cushion nail file or a glass/crystal nail file.

File your nails in a long fluid one way direction.

The best nail shape for the strongest nails is a squoal or a square with rounded corners.

I hope this post helps you take the best care of your nails.

Stay Healthy and Beautiful!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Summer Nail Polish Colors 2020: Zoya Splash Collection, Swatches on my Toes, Shoe Pics & Color Descriptions

Zoya harbor topped with Zoya eclipse sexy feet
I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Zoya Splash Collection Nail Polish Colors! They looked so beautiful online, so colorful and happy and who doesn't need a pick-me-up right now? 

I recently received my anticipated Zoya box at my front door and opened it immediately!!!

Zoya did not disappoint me one bit!
zoya splash collection summer 2020
These summer nail polish colors are spectacular!!! I always want my toes looking fabulous in the summer in all my fun and sexy shoes. The Splash Collection is full of amazing toe polish colors. I'm having trouble picking a favorite!!!

I have added some Amazon shoe links to this post for cute and sexy shoes that show off pretty polished toes because you can never have too many shoes!

There are twelve nail polish colors in the Splash Collection, 7 are creams, 4 have gold shimmer and there is 1 holographic. I can't wait to show you how gorgeous they look on my feet! I'm putting together a little video too. I'll post a link here when it's ready to view.

I did my photo session using a Neewer ring light, that I just purchased from Amazon, and also outside so you can really see how the colors look. I'm really happy with the bright clear light the ring light puts out. It helps the colors photograph very true to color. I totally recommend it for photography and makeup application, too!
Neewer Ring light
Here we go!!!

Beautiful Nail Polish Colors for Summer:

The Zoya Splash Collection, Summer 2020

Zoya Eclipse

Zoya Eclipse

Eclipse is a sheer silver holographic with rainbow glitter the lights up in the sun! You can wear it alone for a shimmering wash of silver or put it on top of another color. I will show you how it looks over the cream colors in the collection.

Here is a closeup so you can see the sparkles. 

zoya eclipse closeup
Here it is on my toes with all it's beautiful silveryness!
zoya eclipse on toes
And here's how it looks on my feet outside in the sun with my silver thong sandals.
zoya eclipse

Zoya Jodi

zoya Jodi
Jodi is a light bright opaque pale pink. It's cool and creamy. I think it would look absolutely striking on tan and deep skin tones! This is one of those colors that requires a bit of patience when applying. Built up thin coats work better than thick coats.

Here it is on my toes.

zoya jodi
Here is how Jodi looks outside on my feet with my black patent peep-toe heels!
Zoya Jodi Black Patent Peep-toe sandals
Zoya Jodi topped with Zoya Eclipse
Zoya Jodi topped with Zoya Eclipse

Zoya Emma

Zoya Emma
Emma is a bright soft melony color. It's a warm creamy coral with a bit of pink in it. Very beachy!

Here is Emma on my toes.
zoya emma
Here she is outside on my feet in my gold high heel sandals. One of my sweet visitors photo bombed!😸
Zoya Emma topped with Zoya Eclipse
zoya emma topped with zoya eclipse

Zoya Leilani

Zoya Leilani
Leilani is a cool medium shade of pink with a gold micro shimmer. She goes on smooth and easy. This glistening color will look beautiful on both warm and cool skin tones.
zoya leilani
Here she is on my feet outside with my sexy strappy black heels!
zoya leilani and strappy high heels

Zoya Celi

zoya celi
Zoya Celi is a warm cherry red with a gold shimmer. She looks bright and fiery in the sunshine. I can picture this color looking stunning on the beach glowing in the sun!

Here she is on my toes.
zoya celi on toes

Here is Celi on my feet outside in my boho rhinestone thong sandals

zoya celi and boho rhinestone thong sandals

Zoya Greta

zoya greta

Greta is a bright creamy red. She is a warm tone and has an air of sophistication about her.

Here is Greta on my toes.

zoya greta on toes

Here she is on my feet outside in my nude heels.

 Zoya Greta topped with Zoya Eclipse

 Zoya Greta topped with Zoya Eclipse

Zoya Kristie

zoya kristie

Kristie is a lovely creamy magenta. It's the kind of pink that is perfect for toes with it's rich color!

Here she is on my toes.
zoya kristie on toes
Here is Kristie on my feet outside in my fabulous strappy multi color (including animal print!!!) Guess heels. They have to be my favorite fun shoes!
zoya kristie with strappy Guess high heel sandals
 Zoya Kristie topped with Zoya Eclipse

zoya kristie topped with zoya eclipse

Zoya Jessica

zoya jessica
 Zoya Jessica is a rich violet cream. Perfect for all the purple lovers out there!

Here she is on my toes.
Zoya Jessica  zoya splash collection summer 2020

Here is Jessica on my feet outside in my ruffled T-strap peep-toe heels.

Zoya Jessica in ruffled T-strap peep-toe heels

Zoya Jessica topped with Zoya Eclipse
Zoya Jessica topped with Zoya Eclipse

Zoya Maren

zoya maren
Zoya Maren is a creamy nautical blue. It has depth, vibrance and a mirror like finish. I love my blues and this one is cool and gorgeous!
zoya maren on toes
Here she is on my feet outside in my boho strappy thong sandals.
zoya maren in boho strappy thong sandals
 Zoya Maren and Zoya Eclipse
zoya maren topped with zoyz eclipse

Zoya Harbor

zoya harbor zoya spalsh collection summer 2020
Zoya Harbor is a gorgeous creamy teal, turquoise sea green. I was most excited to try this color. I love it's bright, bold color. It looks completely awesome on my toes!!! 
zoya harbor on toes
Here she is on my feet outside in my favorite silver sequin gray peep-toe pumps!
Zoya maren in silver sequin gray peep-toe pumps
Zoya Maren topped with Zoya Eclipse
Zoya Maren topped with Zoya Eclipse

Zoya Fisher

zoya fisher zoya splash collection summer 2020
Fisher is a super beachy light seafoam blue with a spectacular gold shimmer. It lights up in the sun! She is a little sheer. Add three to four coats to get the most impact from this gorgeous color!

Here she is on my toes.
zoya fisher zoya splash collection summer 2020
Here is Fisher outside against the beautiful blue sky on my barefeet.
zoya fisher on barefeet

Zoya Corinna

zoya corrina
Corinna is a soft blushy pink with a gold shimmer. It's the perfect warm neutral nude pink for summer!

Here she is on my toes.
zoya corinna on toes
Here she is on my feet outside in my sexy rhinestone heels!
zoya corinna in rhinestone heels
I hope you love this collection as much as I do. It is available on Last year's Zoya collection was full of beautiful summer nail polish colors, too. Click here to see the Zoya Barefoot Collection Summer 2019.

Zoya is our favorite nail polish brand at the salon for its beautiful colors, its durability and the fact that it has non toxic ingredients.

Zoya professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails and is free of the harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. 

You can find Zoya products at salons, spas, and on Amazon

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       Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day!
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