June 08, 2017 - 11:51 BST hellomagazine.com You can’t beat a gel manicure for a long-lasting finish, but getting the polish off is seriously tricky. We run down your removal options... Gel nail polish is, we can all agree, one of the great wonders of the beauty world. A manicure that remains chip-free for at least five times longer than regular old polish – what’s not to love? Well, there is one downside. When you do want to remove the UV-cured colour, you can’t just swipe a remover-soaked cotton bud over your fingertips and watch it disappear in a flash. So, if you’re anything like us, you end up picking the polish off bit by bit (to be fair, it is SO satisfying), and leaving your nails in a ragged, flaky mess. A perfect gel manicure (Thinkstock/PA) But there is a better way. In fact, several ways. From the lazy (but pricey) salon option to DIY home techniques and ready-made kits, we assess the best way to remove gel nail polish. 1. The soaking method Whichever method you use, the most important thing you need to know when taking off gel nail polish is that the remover has to contain acetone, at least 98%, so that it’s strong enough to dissolve the polymers in the polish. Fill a small glass bowl (large enough to fit your fingertips in) with acetone and place that bowl into a larger bowl filled with hot (but not boiling) water. While the acetone is warming up, use a nail file to buff the top layer of polish off and file the top of the nail to break the ‘seal’ of polish on the edge. Soak your nails, one hand at a time, in the acetone, for about 15 minutes, during which time you should see the polish start to lift. Use a cuticle stick to gently scrape the polish off, soaking for longer if you need to. Finish by rinsing your hands in water and applying cuticle oil (your skin will probably be wrinkly and dry from the acetone). Does it work? Yes, but it takes a lot of scraping and soaking, and the acetone feels … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to remove gel nail polish?
Amber Tamblyn. Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Vulture Festiva Earlier this week, actor and conservative white-noise machine James Woods took to Twitter to cast aspersions on the new movie Call Me by Your Name . He had a particular bone to pick with the movie’s central romance being between a 24-year-old and a 17-year-old, an age difference that is technically illegal. “As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency. #NAMBLA ,” Woods wrote in a retweet of criticism of the gay relationship. To which the movie’s star, Armie Hammer, responded, “Didn’t you date a 19 year old when you were 60 …….?” With Woods’s sketchy dating history entering the exchange, actress Amber Tamblyn entered the thread with an anecdote of her own, tweeting, “James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. ‘I’m 16’ I said. ‘Even better’ he said.” Woods of course called Tamblyn a liar, and at first she defended herself with a receipt from the friend who was with her at the time, and now she’s gone all the way to Teen Vogue with an open letter asking the actor to do some soul-searching. Tamblyn starts her letter by asking Woods to see this as a teachable moment, before describing the night he invited her, a teenager, to take a trip to Las Vegas with him. She was getting burgers after a concert with a friend and then, “Upon leaving the restaurant we were stopped by you and your friend, who both seemed very nice,” Tamblyn wrote. “You tried to make it sound innocent. This is something predatory men like to do, I’ve noticed. Make it sound innocent. Just a dollop of insinuation. Just a hair of persuasion. Just a pinch of suggestion. ‘It will be so much fun, I promise you. Nothing has to happen, we will just have a good time together.’” Considering Woods dismissed Tamblyn as a liar and lumped her in with the “troll” sector , she makes it clear that she “won’t hold [her] breath” while she waits for the actor to examine … [Read more...] about Amber Tamblyn Calls James Woods Part of the Problem in New Open Letter About Misogyny
February 10, 2021 - 22:37 GMT Eve Crosbie Fans of the FOX show are all saying that the celebrity behind the Tulip mask is The Dance Moms star - are you convinced? The Masked Dancer semi-final airs on Wednesday and promises another brilliantly entertaining show. But with only two weeks of the show left, many fans are convinced they've already worked out who Tulip is... MORE: Who has been revealed on The Masked Dancer so far? Taking to social media, plenty of viewers have been expressing their certainty that the celebrity behind the mask is Mackenzie Ziegler. Breaking down some of the clues, one person tweeted: " She is a tapper, her style in dance was acro, she's on TikTok, the plane ticket in the clue package said AL-DC aka Abby Lee Dance Company. It's Mackenzie ". Could the Dance Moms star be Tulip? We'll have to wait and see! After Tulip was shown ripping into a bag of potato chips in last week's episode, a second person added: " Tulip is definitely Mackenzie Ziegler. The chips solidified it. The potato chips are from her dance on Dance Moms and her iconic meme." MORE: The Masked Dancer's Paula Abdul: her career journey, relationships and family revealed MORE: Rita Ora 'to be replaced' on The Masked Dancer UK MORE: Sarah Michelle Gellar reaches out to Buffy co-star with sweet birthday message – and fans are loving it! Another clue showed Tulip clicking a pair of red shoes together three times which viewers were quick to note also pointed to the mystery dancer being Mackenzie since she starred as Dorothy in a Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz. Mackenzie is a dancer and singer who first shot to fame after appearing on the reality dance series Dance Moms along with her older sister, Maddie Ziegler . The 16-year-old now boasts an incredible 20million followers on TikTok and has appeared in the teen drama Total Eclipse - both of which have been … [Read more...] about The Masked Dancer: fans convinced Tulip is Mackenzie Ziegler
Last modified on Dec 21, 2020 23:16 GMT Arianna Chatzidakis Want to be the best friend you can to someone who’s going through a hard time? From M&S to Notonthehighstreet.com, shop the best thinking of you gifts to show you care. Do you remember how you felt when you last received an unexpected bunch of flowers , or a little ‘thinking of you’ card? It’s no secret that a little gift can go a long way when you’re having a hard time. If you know someone who needs a little pick-me-up, why not give them something that will put a smile on their face? From uplifting wall art to thoughtful jewellery , see which are the besst thinking of you gifts to send, below. Best thinking of you gifts: The HELLO! edit Kit Heath x HELLO! Kindness necklace, £99.99, Kit Heath SHOP NOW For a truly thoughtful gift that will cheer your friend up, opt for HELLO! ’s exclusive Kindness Necklace . Together with the award-winning British jewellery brand Kit Heath we’ve created a beautifully elegant sterling-silver necklace with an oval charm of two interconnected elements to represent protection and support. The necklace, which has been spotted on the likes of Lorraine Kelly , Saira Khan , and Andrea McLean , can be worn showing the smooth outer layer or reversed to reveal the core that is cradled inside and bears a tag branded with our special message of kindness. Plus, £5 from every purchase goes to charity, so your friend can pay forward your kind act. OFFER: The next 200 people to purchase a HELLO! Kindness Necklace will get a FREE 6-month digital subscription to HELLO! Magazine worth £42.50! Thinking of You Bouquet, Shortbread & Scented Candle Gift, £40, M&S SHOP NOW This lovely gift from M&S features some mood-boosting flowers, biscuits and a candle - lush! Tranquility Candle, £32, M&S SHOP NOW Bring some tranquility into your loved one's … [Read more...] about Best thinking of you gifts: What to give a friend who is having a hard time – From M&S to Notonthehighstreet.com
February 09, 2021 - 16:06 GMT Aisha Nozari Jennifer Lopez was sporting a totally different haircut on her latest magazine cover Jennifer Lopez is Allure' s 30th anniversary cover star, and the Hustlers star looked sensational sporting a choppy pixie cut in the glamourous shoot. MORE: Victoria Beckham is growing her hair long, and it looks fabulous Sharing a photo of her cover on Instagram, the famous mum's long, brunette locks were nowhere to be seen, and in their place was a blonde-tinted, wet-look short hairstyle that sent fans wild. Loading the player... WATCH: Jennifer Lopez shows off radiant skin ahead of criticisms she's used Botox "Oh god," wrote one beneath JLo's post. "Queen," added another, with a third writing: "Damn." RELATED: Jennifer Lopez is completely unrecognizable in disguise during trip out View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) The star looked incredible RELATED: Jennifer Lopez's sister looks identical to famous singer in rare photo In the interview, the singer covered a range of topics, even touching on the unrealistic beauty standards expected of women when she joined the industry. "When I came on the scene, it was kind of the time of the waif and everybody had to be stick thin," the 51-year-old explained. As for her lockdown antics, the Made in Manhattan star admitted: "I do sit on the couch and eat potato chips! The thing is not to get too used to it, because it’s so easy and so fun." JLo and A-Rod Jennifer even made a rare comment on the fact that she was not nominated for an Oscar following her outstanding performance in Husterrs. "[My partner] Elaine [Goldsmith-Thomas] made a post where she listed all the things I had been nominated for and won that season and when it came to the Oscars, it was so obviously absent. It was a … [Read more...] about Jennifer Lopez looks unrecognisable with pixie cut – fans go wild
August 09, 2019 - 11:13 BST Sharnaz Shahid Stacey Solomon has heaped praise on working mums as she returned to work with her baby son Rex. See what the Loose Women panellist had to say here... Stacey Solomon has heaped praise on all working mothers, having returned to work during her maternity leave. Taking to her Instagram page on Thursday, the Loose Women panellist enjoyed her first "full day" back in the office in what appeared to be a photoshoot - but she wasn't alone as she brought two-month-old Rex along with her. Alongside a picture of her breastfeeding her little boy, Stacey wrote: "Did my first full day back at work today, so this is an appreciation post for all of those mothers who have to leave their babies and go back to work." Stacey Solomon took baby Rex with her to work "I felt really emotional today but the reality for me was that I was able to bring Rex with me, to a job that I absolutely love, doing something I really enjoy," she added. "I sat for a long time today just thinking about how lucky I am. And I couldn’t help but spend a lot of time thinking about women with really tough jobs, ones they may not even like doing." It's coming up to three months since Stacey welcomed her third son, and her first child with boyfriend Joe Swash . READ: Stacey Solomon reveals she's not ready to leave the house without baby Rex "Jobs that aren't understanding," she continued. "The jobs that don't allow you the chance to continue to work and also allow you to include your child in some way. Those people who don’t have understanding, compassionate colleagues and bosses. Those that are doing all they can to survive and don’t have a choice as to whether they "want" to go back to work or not." Opening up about having her eldest son Zachary at the age of 17, Stacey recalled: "I remember having Zachary and going back to college when he was this age, then I'd be straight to the … [Read more...] about Loose Women’s Stacey Solomon brings baby Rex to first day back at work – see photos