Sunday, April 10, 2011

Guys Perspective: All things nails!

So what do I, as a guy, think about women's nails?  Honestly?  I don't.  Not usually anyway.  On a list of the things a guy first notices about a girl when he sees her, nails don't even make the top 10.  Even busted, nasty cuticles and chipped paint is not a deal breaker if the girl is pretty.  But that said, nails are part of the package.  Along with accessories, jewelry, eye shadow, and everything else girls labor about, nails are a small part of what completes the whole look that guys ultimately find attractive.

When I think about it, what nail color says to me most is "attitude." Bright red nails on a girl imparts a feeling of sexiness and maturity.  Pink or a translucent color seems to belong on a shy, innocent, or introverted girl (sexy in a different kind of way).  Black or eggplant can go with your goth outfit, but if you aren't dressed in goth, it still lends a certain extroverted attitude to your  look.  Any of the other rainbow colors like green or blue or lavender just means to me that you're playing around having fun with colors; They aren't really meant to be an everyday color but a cure for nail boredom.  Then again, I'm a guy and this is just what I'm assuming.

On top of that color, a fun pattern is always interesting.  Sometimes Peaches will come home with a stenciled pattern or something glittery on one of her nails.  I think that's cool and I love a girl who is artsy and willing to switch things up.

But what about nail length?  I personally like short nails without any fake tips on them.  They're great for back scratches!  Man o man, when they've freshly-cut, they have just the right amount of "bite" to put you in back-scratch heaven.  But I also like the look of short nails.  Not short as in "I bite my nails" short.  But short as in a millimeter or two of white at the end.  I never understood the appeal of nails longer than that--all the fake press-ons and such.  They seem to scream "I don't want to do dishes or any type of work with my hands"
and "I spend lots of time pampering my nails just so my girlfriends can see how well I can maintain these useless fake nails."  Long nails honestly have no appeal to me.

If fingernails aren't quite my thing per se, a girl having them done up in some sort of way can hardly ever be a negative.  They're a fun thing for a girl to do, and one of the only ways to go crazy without breaking your workplace dress code.  Plus, any sort of personal grooming that a girl does is attractive.  But my favorite?  Just a nice, plain, clean, unpainted or clear-coated nail.  So honest, so pretty.  I also like the kind of girl who likes to experiment with all the colors and fun patterns.  But as a default, you can't go wrong with plain.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Urban Decay Primer Potion Review

Are you familiar with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (UDPP)? I'm totally in love with it! 

Before I discovered UDPP I would have major eyeshadow creasing. I'd spend all this time making sure my eyeshadow was perfectly blended and in only a few hours it would be creased and icky. Then UDPP came into my life! Now my eyeshadow will last all day with zero creasing. There have even been a few nights where I have fallen asleep with my makeup on (GASP! I KNOW!) and it would still be absolutely perfect in the morning. 

UDPP is truly a miracle worker. All you have to do is apply a little to your eyelids prior to makeup and wahhlahhh! The perfect foundation for your fabulous eye shadow!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Guys Perspective!!

Hey readers!!

I am super excited to introduce to you a new feature of Beauty By Peaches! Its called "Guy's Perspective." Sometimes you really want to know what a guy thinks about all this work we put in to being "beautiful." Whether its our nails or hair, sometimes you just want to know if they even notice. My boyfriend has graciously agreed to guest post, every once in awhile, about all things beauty. YAYYY!!

So help us out... what topics would you like to hear a "Guy's Perspective"?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Glittery Accent Nail

I love love love to paint my nails with one glittery accent nail. I usually paint my nails a dark charcoal gray with a silver glitter accent nail. This time around I changed it up with a beautiful bright blue and a pink/purple glittery accent nail.

For the blue color I used two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue It. For the glitter accent nail I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Rockstar Pink. Rockstar Pink is a really pretty pink/purple/blue/red/silver glittery nail polish. It's an extremely versatile glitter color that can match just about any other color you'd paint your nails. While I haven't tried it yet, I bet it'd look great over black nail polish as well. I was super excited when I found both of these colors at my local Walmart for only $2!

To achieve the look above, I used Nail Tek  foundation II for a base coat followed by two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue It on every nail and two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Rockstar Pink on only the ring finger of both hands. I then used Orly Won't Chip as a top coat. Muy bonita!!

What color do you like to paint your nails??

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

My favorite cuticle creme - Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme Review

Ladies, take a look at your hands. Take a really close look at your cuticles specifically. Have the winters left them dried, cracked and just plain ugly?

Blech, I hateee nasty cuticles. I hate the feel of them, the look, and most of all, I hate when I get hangnails that get caught and rip off. Then you have nasty cracked cuticles with small sores that for some reason, hurt really bad!

I've recently started using  Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. My cuticles are so soft and moisturized. Plus, the cuticle creme smells fantastic! I really love anything that smells lemon-y and fresh. 

So what are the benefits of cuticle creme? One of the reasons you have cuticles is to protect the new nail cells from bacteria and fungus. When your cuticles get dry and icky, you're leaving them open to bacteria. Moisturized cuticles will prevent the nail from becoming infected. I've also heard that it will help your nails grow! I recently took off my artificial nails (gross I know!) so my nails are breaking and splitting every chance they get. Hopefully, Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme will help my nails to grow long and strong :)

Do you use cuticle creme? If so, what's your favorite brand?

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Hey guys! I'm Peaches. It's just a nickname my boyfriend gave me one day shortly after we met and it just kind of stuck!

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