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Recipe: Tomato Watermelon Salad

Watermelon is an amazing beauty food and watermelon salad is a different and refreshing way to eat it. Tomato Watermelon Salad It sounds odd adding salt, pepper, vinegar and oil to watermelon, but it is quite tasty !     Watermelon is full of the anti-oxidant Lycopene to help protect our skin from the UV sun rays and fight damaging free radicals. Watermelon is 92% water to replenish the fluids our skin needs. It also provides Vitamins C, A and B6 as well as potassium and magnesium.     6 cups mixed greens     5 cups seeded watermelon, cubed     1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved     1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced     3 teaspoons sugar     1/2 teaspoon salt     1/2 cup red wine vinegar     1/4 cup olive oil     pepper to taste Combine watermelon and tomatoes in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and salt. Toss to coat and let stand for 15 minutes. Stir in onions, oil and vinegar. Chill for 2 hours. Pour mixture over mixed greens. Season with pepper

How To Remove Gel Polish From Acrylic Nails

Light cured gel polish was developed to use on natural nails for long, no chip wear. The removal of gel polish requires soaking it off with acetone and scraping the remnants away.  Gel polish can be applied to acrylic nails, not to extend the wear of the polish, but to create various effects and designs. Regular nail polish holds on great on acrylic nails so gel polish is just overkill on acrylics unless you are looking for a specific gel effect that can't be achieved with regular polish. An issue occurs if you want to change your polish yourself at home in between your nail appointments. Soaking your nails in acetone to remove the gel polish will damage and remove your acrylic nails. So how do you get it off? How to Remove Gel Polish from Acrylic Nails Gel polish needs to be filed off of acrylic nails. Start with a Coarse File Use a coarse grit file to sand through the top coat and the colored layers of the gel polish. You  need to be careful not to file into the acrylic and ruin

OPI and Animal Testing

Q. Is OPI polish tested on animals? I thought it wasn't but now I'm not sure. A. Here is the story.   When OPI was an independent company, it was not tested on animals.  OPI was acquired by Coty in 2010. Coty seems to be a wishy washy company when you try to get an answer on the animal testing issue.  A letter I received from them in April 2010 stated that "Coty Inc. does not conduct animal testing. However, there may be rare occurrences when a government or regulatory agency may indicate to the Cosmetics Industry that an animal study is necessary....In such cases, the need for testing is carefully examined by our Industry and if the test must be performed, it is strictly controlled."  Coty was not on the PETA list of companies that do not test on animals nor is it on the animal testing list which means they have not signed PETA's statement of assurance nor have they provided a statement verifying their animal testing policy.  A letter I received from OPI in D