Thursday, September 27, 2012

Q&A: French Manicure with a Broken Nail

french manicure
Q. I want to have a French manicure done but I broke a nail. I don't want a nail tip put on. Can I still have it done?

A. It will look fine as long as the nail lengths are not too extreme. My remedy is to trim the longer nails a bit then, create an illusion with the white tips to make the nails look more even in length. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Arsenic in your Rice!

bowl of rice
Have you heard, there is arsenic in your rice! 
Arsenic is naturally occurring in soil. Years of using fertilizers and pesticides has added to the arsenic level in the soil. Rice plants grow in water allowing the plants to absorb the arsenic from the soil. That is how our rice gets arsenic in it. 

Today there are more and more rice products in our grocery stores due to many people going gluten free. There is rice in cereal, granola bars, snacks, gluten free flours, gluten free pasta and more.  Don't panic. You don't have to stop eating it. But, there are a few things you can do to eat rice more safely.

Here are a few ways to reduce the amount of arsenic you ingest.

1. Eat white rice
I know, it's not what we usually hear nutritionally. We have been told to eat brown rice. White rice has a lower level of arsenic than brown rice due to the fact that it is processed and the outer layer of rice is stripped off. 

2. Eat rice less often

Don't eat rice or rice products every day. The less you eat, the less arsenic you consume.

3. Rinse your rice  

The way you prepare rice can reduce the arsenic level. Rinse your rice well under running water before cooking it. This will reduce the arsenic level in the rice.

4. Cook it like pasta

Cook your rice the way you cook pasta by adding extra water and draining it after it is cooked. Some of the arsenic goes out with the water.

It's just a little more work in the kitchen. Better safe than sorry, though.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

How to Fix Smudged Polish

I just hate when a I get a smudge in my fresh polish! 
smudged nail polish
The last thing I want to do is take it off and start over. There is a little trick you can try before you resort to taking it off and starting over. This trick works great if the smudge is not too bad.

Use a little acetone polish remover to fix it. 

Dip the index finger of the opposite hand of the smudged nail in acetone so the fingerprint of your finger is wet with the remover. Lightly touch the smudged nail. The acetone will dissolve the polish just a bit smoothing the smudge. The acetone evaporates quickly. Sometimes that's all it needs. Otherwise, apply another thin coat of the color or add a coat of clear.

That should make it look as good as new without the hassle of redoing the smudged nail. 

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