Thursday, July 26, 2012

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.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

How To Remove Gel Polish From Acrylic Nails

neutral lines and stripes nail art

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 the smooth surface of the acrylic nail with divots. Try a 100 grit coarse nail file.

Then Use a Finer Grit File
Switch to a finer grit nail file after you have filed most of the color off. The finer grit file will remove the remnants of color and the gel base coat with less damage to the acrylic nails. Try a 240 medium grit nail file.

Remove the Dust
Use a non acetone polish remover to clean off the dust.

Now you are ready to repolish your nails with a regular nail polish.

It's a good idea to have your nail tech apply regular nail polish when you have your nails done if your are planning to change your color. That way you will be able to change the polish easily yourself without having the mess of filing to remove the gel polish from your acrylic nails. No need to worry about chipping. As I mentioned, regular nail polish wears really well on acrylics.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

OPI and Animal Testing

OPI is tested on animals
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 December 2010 states, "OPI will continue to operate as a division of Coty, nothing changes as to management, quality, pricing or integrity." 

Coty and OPI products are sold in China which requires cosmetic products to be tested on animals. Therefore, OPI is tested on animal. It is not cruelty free.

It's a shame. I always loved the creative collections of colors. I won't use it anymore.

Does this mean you have to ditch all of your OPI polish? 

Well, the old polish made when OPI was an independent company was not tested on animals. Keep them and don't buy any more. 

There are plenty of cruelty free brands with gorgeous colors.

My favorite brand is Zoya. It wears well on natural nails and the colors are spectacular!

More Companies that Test on Animals

Essie is owned by L'Oreal, an animal testing company as well as The Body Shop. This was devastating to me. Both were brands I used and loved.

The Body Shop was adamantly against animal testing. 

St. Ives is now own by Unilever, an animal testing company. 

All of my old favorites including Aveno and  Neutrogena are now owned by companies that test on animals. The large companies may say that the acquired company will run as they always have, but I question that. Over time changes are made.

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I support companies that do not test on animals. 


Because I believe no animal should suffer and die because I want to look better. 

Furthermore, if a cosmetic ingredient needs to be tested for safety, how natural and safe is it to begin with and do I actually want to put that product on my skin? 

There is a database of cosmetic ingredients that cosmetic manufacturers can use. 

Does anyone out there feel like I do? Does anyone else even care? 

They may seem radical, but I trust PETA to give it to me straight. Go to Beauty without Bunnies to see if your cosmetic products are tested on animals. Be sure to scroll down to the PETA Frequently Asked Questions and read them.
I also trust Cruelty Free Kitty. She has a comprehensive list that I refer to often.

Send an email to the company if your products are tested on animals. 

If they are not listed on the test or do not test list, send them an email and ask. The company will answer you and you can express your concern.

Animal testing has always been a concern of mine and it will continue to be. If you don't know about it, look in to it. Cosmetics are here to make us look more beautiful. Animals should not be tortured and die for our vanity!

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