Monday, January 16, 2012

Guest Post: Manicure Offers a Quick Pick Me Up

Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body’s internal organs. Sadly, being diagnosed with this cancer does not always lead to the most positive prognosis. Because of this, patients with this cancer can sometimes feel depressed and experience a dip in their self-esteem. During this time, it’s important to pay attention to beauty rituals that make us feel better about ourselves. A manicure is an ideal way to give yourself a pick me up. Looking your best can help you feel strong and confident while being pampered and relaxed.

Manicures can be quick and swift or last for a long, relaxing amount of time. It all depends on the mood you are in. Plus, you can use ingredients and materials you already have on hand or make a trip to a local beauty shop to pick up some special items for your manicure. Better yet, take yourself to a local salon for a professional manicure. Particularly if you’re feeling well, getting out of the house for a few hours can greatly improve your outlook. Many salons offer manicures at reasonable prices and you’ll get a stunning nail care treatment out of the outing.

Choose a nail polish color that will cheer you every time you look at it. This can mean a punchy, coral color, a vibrant red or purple, or a sweet pink shade. Choose whatever you’re most drawn to. Try not to focus too much on trends or what the magazines are promoting. The important thing is that the color makes you smile. If you’re visiting a salon, purchase a bottle of the lacquer so you can do touch ups at home. Or, if you’re working on the manicure from home, mix and match shades to come up with a custom color that is completely unique.

For an at home manicure, make sure to go through all the steps, just like a salon would. Rub cream into your palms and fingers, brush on some cuticle cream to soften the skin there, and file back your nails into a nice shape. Paint a coat of clear polish onto each nail, then two coats of the color of your choice. Finish it off with a topcoat of clear polish again. Make sure to let the nails dry fully so as to prevent smudges.

If you’re not feeling your best, get a friend’s help. A trusted pal or loved one can do the manicure steps for you so you can still be proud of your nails. These small things are important, particularly when we’re not feeling at our top. By getting a friend’s help you get the boost of this grooming ritual without having to tire yourself out. Plus, you'll spend quality-bonding time with your loved ones.

By: Jackie Clark

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hey Everyone!!

Hello! Sorry to get your hopes up, I'm not back for good. Actually, this is just a quick post that will be followed by a guest post tomorrow. I just wanted to preface tomorrow's post by saying a few things. I was recently contacted about letting an employee from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance do guest post on my blog about feeling beautiful while having cancer. Although I know this is not a topic that I normally post about or what my blog is all about but personally having a mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer I know firsthand how important it is to feel beautiful while going through something so devastating. 

I would really appreciate it if everyone would take a few minutes out of your day tomorrow to read something that touches so close to my heart and I'm sure many of yours because we all know cancer affects so many of us. Please don't be afraid to comment, leave stories about your lives and give Jackie the kudos she deserves =)

Thanks everyone!!

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