Monday, February 20, 2012

Nail Art Lifts Spirits When We're Low

Today, I have a guest post for you from Jackie, who got in touch with me about wanting to spread the word about Mesothelioma cancer here. She has a few tips on how to improve one's self esteem even when our lives are at low points. Enjoy!


Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer, with a prognosis that can sometimes be grim. If a victim has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, either from asbestos exposure or some other cause, one could potentially be facing a long road of recovery with a plethora of doctors and various treatment options. In between all the stress, one may begin to lose a sense of self-esteem, which can cause spirits to plummet. As a solution, consider treating yourself to a relaxing manicure featuring vibrant and colorful nail art. These small beauty steps may seem minor; however, by pampering ourselves in even a little way, our overall mood can improve considerably.

When painting your own nails, make sure to start with filed, well-buffed cuticles. Add a thin coat of clear polish so your color coat has something to adhere to. Paint a few layers of a lively color over the top coat then finish it off with another layer of clear polish on top. Placing the clear nail polish as a
finish leaves a good foundation for your nail art or whatever designs you may be creating. Make sure to let each coat of paint dry before moving on to the next, to prevent smudging.

For creating patterns on the nails, try everything from the simple to the complex. Stripes across the nail are easy enough with a bottle of a contrasting color nail polish or try a fun and flirty polka dot pattern. For more intricate art, like flowers, stars or hearts, use a thin specialty brush from a beauty supply shop to paint on the designs.

If you’re not confident you can paint the design you want, use specialty nail stencils from a beauty shop. These stencils are placed over the nail then filled in with polish to achieve the desired art. Or for those with less experience in nail art, use stick on patterns that are placed on the nail and stay on like tape. These designs, which come in flowers and geometric designs, can then be peeled off when you’re tired of them.

If you discover you’re not up to doing your own nails, visit a nail salon to have a professional treatment or even as a family member or friend to try some nail art on you. Whatever you decide to create for your special manicure, remember to do what makes you feel best. This beauty treatment is meant to take your mind off your worries, even if for just a little while. By incorporating nail art into your daily routine, you get a sense of both feeling and looking beautiful right from your own fingertips.


Thanks again to Jackie for guest posting and everyone have a great day! =)