Useful Tips for Applying OPI Gel Polish

There are guidelines and procedures to follow either by a nail care technician/oneself before you start to apply the OPI’s gel paint colors on your nail. Opi nail lacquers include blacks, rose gold, purples, blues, pinks, green, orange, and brown.

Application Tips to follow:

A manicurist must access customer nails to know if the nail is eligible to absorb the gel paint.

Shake the gel polish color vigorously for a minute to know that the gel polish is original.

A smooth slim coat must be used to prep the nails and cover the free nail edges but don’t touch the cuticle sides.

Keep under the multi Curing LED light for thirty seconds. (more…)

Each Day Can Be Valentines with These Amazing Nail Designs

Love hearts but don’t want to appear too mushy? Well, you no longer have to wait for Valentine’s Day to rock on those cute sugary heart shapes on your nails because you don’t need special occasions to show the world that you are in love.

Nail Designs

Try these creative nail arts and show the world how happily in love you are, not just with one person but with life in general.

1. Purple Ombre Valentine’s Design

When we think of Valentine’s Day, we shouldn’t just stereotype it with red hearts and flowers. Aside from it being too mainstream it’s a bit too tacky and at times looks childish. You don’t want to shock your date on your first night so instead of going for a nail bed filled with hearts, you may start with this purple ombre design. This nail design will not only look sophisticated in every sense of the word but it will give your date the impression that you might be the one for him.


Protect Your Property During Fire Season

It seems like the world is on fire this summer. Even if you don’t live in a zone with wildfires, you may be affected by the smoke from miles away. So how can you protect your property from damage?

Fire Season

We have two suggestions to help you keep your home and land safe from wildfires. The first is a step that your community may have already requested that you complete. It’s clearing weeds and brush away from your home and outbuildings.

If you haven’t already, grab one of the best weed eaters and take a whack at the overgrowth. The County of San Diego calls this creating “defensible space.” They recommend a 100-foot radius of clear land between buildings and vegetation. (more…)

What are the types of lighting appropriate for ball pythons?


Ball pythons may look intimidating at first, but they actually are one of the docile creatures that have lured many. They don’t grow long like other breeds of python. Though there are reports of pythons growing about 6 feet, the average python will grow to only up to 5 ft at most. They don’t need much and are quite easy to maintain, but they do have some specific requirements to live healthy and happy.

You will be interested to note that this snake has been morphed to create even more impressive cross-breeds like the Albino Ball Python, the Snow Ball Python, Albino Piebald Two Percent White Ball Python, Leopard Ivory Ball, PythonParadox Leopard Ivory Male Ball Python, and many others.

Enclosures and Heating For Ball Pythons

The most basic of all their needs is a best Ball Python enclosure and the lighting. The enclosure like an aquarium will be their new habitat where they can be kept, spend most of their lives, and be protected. As they are ectothermic, they need a supplemental source of heat to regulate their body heat. They cannot warm themselves from within. That is the reason why you would see them basking in the sun or staying on top of warm surfaces in their original habitat. They need heat and light to properly digest their food, manufacture their own vitamin D, to synthesize the food so they get all the nutrients that they need, including calcium, which is essential in preventing reptile conditions such as metabolic bone disease.

Issues surrounding the use of lights for snakes have been the topic of debate on the recent years. To provide you with a better understanding of how these lighting setups work and allow you to create a better habitat for your pet reptile, we have come up with this guide. Hopefully, you will find this helpful and you’ll get to use some of the tips provided below.

UVB Lights For Ball Pythons

UVB lighting is generally unnecessary for snakes. There are some exceptions though as indicated in this study published in the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research and carried out by FRANCES M. BAINES, M.A., VetMB, MRCVS. Some are noted to be partial sun baskers like the boa constrictor. Most that are normally kept as pets like the ball python, Burmese pythons, corn snakes will survive with no UVB lighting in their enclosures.

UVB lighting may increase the reptile’s activity and/or coloration. However, ball pythons and most other pet snakes will just be as perfectly healthy as others even without the help of UVB lighting. If you do decide to offer UVB lighting, however, just make sure that the bulb is about 10-12 inches away from your snake. You also need to replace it every six months, even though it may seem that the bulb appears to be working. Note that the UVB is an invisible spectrum of light. It will expire even before the visible spectrum runs out. That being said, the bulbs don’t usually last longer than six months. You will have to refer to the packaging to determine if the manufacturer has indicated that further testing has proved otherwise. (more…)

How to use SNS nails?


Using SNS nails is good because it is easier and better for the nails when it comes to giving the nails a better look and shape. It is considered to be safe because the nails are not damaged or harmed and contain no harmful effects as well. They are also considered better in terms of easier application because it may not need to have any sort of curing needs and dry off quickly. SNS nails are signature nail system creations that give a nail like a layer on the natural nails to give a newer shape and adding color to it.


To use SNS nails it is better to ask a beautician to apply the sns nail coat and dipping after professionally preparing the nails. In that case, you may need to undergo your nails through different processes that will help in creating better manicured and stronger nails over time. When the time comes that the nails needed to be redone, you may experience a bit looser layer on the nails that need to be removed and a newer layer or coat has to be applied after complete cleaning and removing the SNS nails.

Using SNS nails require few simple steps that anyone can follow up but it needs lots of attention to details so that you can get better results.

Step by step process for using SNS nails

For applying SNS nails the followings steps have to be followed:

At first, you need to be sure that your nails are free from debris and all the inconsistencies that may be left over the nail surface from the previous nail coat. (more…)

How to Treat Psoriasis and Dry Scalp with Shampoo

You might be able to resist scratching your dry scalp, but hiding the flakes is another matter. Using conditioner helps, just as topical creams and other treatments do. But many people don’t realize how much impact shampoo has.

The way you wash your hair can diminish the negative effects of dry scalp. While some chronic skin conditions don’t have a cure, using a best psoriasis shampoo can reduce itchiness. In fact, many of the best shampoos for dry scalp fight dandruff and associated conditions.

Dry Scalp

In case you’re not familiar with psoriasis, it’s pretty common. It’s where skin cells produce and age too fast. They create irritated patches anywhere on the body, even above the hairline. Worse, scratching those patches can spread them to new areas. (more…)

Why You Need a Robot Vacuum to Clean Your Tile Floor?

Let’s be honest. It’s a pain to sweep and mop your tile every day. You know it needs it, but you just don’t have the time. That’s why you purchased the pattern that you did. It hides the dirt, the crumbs, and the pet hair. But you don’t have to live like this any longer. There is an inexpensive solution just waiting for you to discover it.

Robot Vacuum

Remember those times you wish you could hire a cleaning service? Now you can. Robot vacuums have decreased in price to the point where they are affordable for the average family. In fact, it costs less than a dollar a day over the course of less than a year to buy one. And you’d pay at least a dollar for someone to clean your floor, wouldn’t you?

Since you can schedule it to run whenever you like, a robotic vacuum will save you time and effort. You can run errands while it’s hard at work. Plus, some robot vacuums are capable of wet-mopping, not just sweeping. Just imagine how nice it will be to have a spotless floor. (more…)

The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America

The Good BlackLarry Mungin spent his life preparing to succeed in the white world. He looked away from racial inequality and hostility, believing he’d make it if he worked hard and played by the rules. He rose from a Queens housing project to Harvard Law School, and went on to practice law at major corporate firms. But just at the point when he thought he’d make it, when he should have been considered for partnership, he sued his employer for racial discrimination. The firm claimed it went out of its way to help Larry because of his race, while Larry thought he’d been treated unfairly. Was Larry a victim of racial discrimination, or just another victim of the typical dog-eat-dog corporate law culture? A thought-provoking courtroom drama with the fast pace of a commercial novel, The Good Black asks readers to rethink their ideas about race and is a fascinating look at the inner workings of the legal profession.


“Barrett … skillfully and dispassionately tells Mungin’s story in The Good Black, with chapters alternating among present, recent past, and distant past.” —The New York Times Book Review, Richard D. Kahlenberg

“A remarkably clear portrait of the vagaries of litigation… [in which Barrett] renders technical legal issues thoroughly accessible to a lay audience, but also offers insights that lawyers will find instructive… Part case comment, part biography, The Good Black is also part snapshot of race relations at the end of the twentieth century. It pictures a reality that is simultaneously encouraging and disappointing.” —Harvard Magazine

“A fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of race and character in a court discrimination case… This is no typical racial discrimination suit in which the employer is caught conspiring against black employees, leading to a court award of millions. Rather, its a study in the moral ambiguities of race in America… Barrett, a Wall Street Journal legal affairs writer who coincidentally was Mungins friend at Harvard Law School, manages to keep a discreet distance from his subject while also enjoying access to him and other parties of the court case. Suspenseful, highly entertaining courtroom drama.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In a crackling courtroom drama that illustrates just how ambiguous issues of race can be, Wall Street Journal deputy legal editor Barrett examines the case of Larry Mungin, his roommate at Harvard Law School…While Barrett admits “there wasn’t any direct evidence” that Mungin was treated differently because of his race, he nevertheless believes that race probably was an important factor in the firm’s “callous” marginalization of Mungin. Therefore, concludes Barrett, the appeals court should have let the jury’s verdict stand. Readers’ opinions will be sharply divided. Because the case involved not egregious racist acts but rather more subtle forms of alleged discrimination, law firms (and many other employers) will want to scrutinize Barrett’s painstaking analysis.” —Publishers Weekly

American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion

American IslamThere are as many as six million Muslims living in the United States, and in American Islam, Paul M. Barrett takes us into their homes, mosques, and private gatherings, from West Virginia to Los Angeles, depicting a population of striking variety. In vivid, subtle, artful prose, Barrett tells seven stories of American Muslims in all their stereotype-defying complexity. Theirs is a dramatic new chapter in the American story, and American Islam is an intimate and vibrant group portrait of American Muslims today.


“Timely and engaging.” —The New York Times

“Paul M. Barrett has written a rich book full of insights into a religion many Americans don’t know enough about.” —Chicago Tribune

“A thoughtful exploration that is both comforting and alarming . . . American Islam reveals the variety of Muslim experience in the U.S., as well as profound aspects of Islam that are underappreciated in this country.” —The Wall Street Journal

“These seven lives, and all the others they represent, heighten my sense that we should be practicing a more complicated patriotism, one with a pluralistic gaze.” —Los Angeles Times

“Well wrought and engaging . . . A welcome antidote to the wide spread Islamophobia that has infected so many Americans over the last five years . . . The book makes a compelling argument that the greatest tool in America’s arsenal in the ‘war on terror’ may be its own thriving and thoroughly assimilated Muslim community.” —The Washington Post Book World

“This is a smart, careful look at America in the post-9/11 world. It is definitely worth the time of anyone wondering where the country is going.” –Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

“[American Islam] fills a real need and does so remarkably well. . . . It delivers a set of powerful insights about Muslim life in the United States and the tensions that are shaping the community . . . Barrett’s carefully crafted approach is a smart one.” —

“Fascinating and carefully researched portrait of Islam in contemporary America… particularly how so many individuals struggle to be faithful Muslims and patriotic citizens during troubled times. Barrett is an engaging writer who puts a human face on all of these issues… Balanced and insightful, this grassroots journalistic account mines the complexity and depth of American Islam.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred review

Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun

GlockThe Glock pistol is America’s Gun. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, the pistol arrived in America at a fortuitous time. Law enforcement agencies had concluded that their agents and officers, armed with standard six-round revolvers, were getting “outgunned” by drug dealers with semi-automatic pistols; they needed a new gun. With its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, the Glock was the gun of the future. You could drop it underwater, toss it from a helicopter, or leave it out in the snow, and it would still fire. It was reliable, accurate, lightweight, and cheaper to produce than Smith and Wesson’s revolver.

Filled with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering, Hollywood glitz, bloody shoot-outs—and an attempt on Gaston Glock’s life by a former lieutenant—Glock is not only the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, but also a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America.


“This book—from a top-notch reporter—will enlighten you about both gun culture and business culture. It’s fascinating, even-handed, and packs considerable punch!”
—Bill McKibben, bestselling author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and The Age of Missing Information

“Glock is a riveting tale with masterful pacing and meticulous research. Paul Barrett knows his subject intimately, and it shows. . . . It’s a must-read for anyone with an interest in handguns or the firearm industry or even American pop culture.”
—Cameron Hopkins, editor in chief, Combat Tactics magazine; American Rifleman’s Industry Insider blog

“With his customary insight and crystal-clear style, Paul Barrett has told the story of how a simple toolmaker from Austria came to be the dominant force in the manufacture and sale of pistols in the United States. . . . Glock is not at all just for the gun enthusiast. This book is for anyone concerned about the level of gun violence in America, and that should be all of us.”
—Richard Aborn, president, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City; former president, Handgun Control, Inc.

“Glock is a great read. Very informative from both a technical and historical standpoint—warts and all.”
—Frank A. DiNuzzo, chief firearms instructor, New York State Police (ret.); chief instructor, Glock, Inc. (ret.)

“Paul Barrett’s Glock is a fascinating and bizarre tale of an entrepreneur, a weapon, and a nation’s love affair with guns.”
—Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer, The New Yorker; author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

“Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, Remington: These were the American firearms industry’s major players for 150 years. In the 1980s they were joined by a foreign upstart, Glock, which soon overtook them all. Paul M. Barrett ably investigates Glock’s seemingly inexorable rise to power, profit, and predominance in this riveting story of how a plastic Austrian pistol…transformed into America’s chosen gun.”
—Alexander Rose, author of American Rifle: A Biography

“It’s a story that pulls back the curtain on a secretive company that was apparently willing to do whatever it took to be successful. And it’s a heckuva good read.”
—Jim Shepherd, The Outdoor Wire

“Barrett is right on target, delivering a well-oiled, fact-packed, and fast-paced history of the Glock.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Offering huge discounts and shrewdly marketing to police from its facility in Smyrna, Ga., [Glock] employed Gold Club strippers and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to attract crowds, entertain clients and lend the pistol a sexy cachet that grew exponentially when it popped up all over TV and movies as the gun of choice for cops and killers alike. . . A colorful case study of the manufacturer who beat long-entrenched, legendary brands at their own game.”

“An informative, frequently surprising account of the evolution of America’s gun culture and the gun that helped define it.”

“How a pistol developed by an unknown engineer with little firearms experience became the dominant, if not iconic, law enforcement handgun in the United States.” —The Washington Post

“Gun enthusiasts and gun detractors will almost surely read the saga of Glock, told expertly by journalist Paul M. Barrett, with divergent views…His authoritative voice permeates the nonfiction narrative. His own views about Glock and other weapons merchants are not easy to decipher, which is perhaps one of his book’s many strengths.”
—Dallas Morning News

“An engaging history of the most famous handgun in contemporary America. Barrett..[has] impressive knowledge of criminal and weapons history in the United States, as well as of Glock’s business practices.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“It’s rare for a nonfiction book to read like a thriller, but that’s what happens with “Glock.” The book covers an intriguing and important topic, and it does so with panache and accuracy. Anyone interested in guns or gun control should read it.”
—The Washington Times

“With an almost breezy, extremely readable style journalist Paul Barrett has written the definitive biography of a gun that has become the standard for American firearms.”
—Florida Times Union

“Smart and engrossing.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A compelling tale…a fascinating look at one man’s extraordinary success.”
Wall Street Journal

“The sometimes shocking details about Glock…moves the reader from one anecdote to the next. . . . certain to fascinate audiences regardless of their thoughts on the Second Amendment.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Chapter 1

Shootout in Miami

It was nine forty-­five a.m. on April 11, 1986, when Special Agents Benjamin Grogan and Gerald Dove spotted the two suspects driving a stolen black Chevrolet Monte Carlo on South Dixie Highway. The pair had been robbing banks and armored trucks in southern Dade County over the past four months. To catch them, Gordon McNeill, a supervisory special agent with the Miami field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had set up a rolling stakeout. “They had killed two people; another woman was missing,” McNeill said. “They had shot another guy four times. In my twenty-­one years with the agency, I never felt more sure that when we found these guys, they would go down hard.”

Moments later, other FBI units converged; soon, three unmarked sedans trailed the bank robbers. McNeill, closing from the opposite direction, spotted the black Monte Carlo at the head of the strange convoy. In the passenger seat, one suspect shoved a twenty-­round magazine into a Ruger Mini-­14 semiautomatic rifle. “Felony car stop!” McNeill shouted into his radio to the other units. “Let’s do it!”

FBI vehicles corralled the Monte Carlo, ramming the fugitive automobile and forcing it into a large driveway. The three remaining government sedans skidded into surrounding positions. Two more FBI cars arrived across the street. In all, eight agents faced the two suspects.

Suddenly, one of the fugitives started shooting. FBI men scrambled for cover and returned fire. The occupants of the Monte Carlo seemed to be hit in the fusillade, but the government rounds weren’t stopping them.

In the chaos, the federal agents struggled to reload their revolvers, jamming cartridges one after another into five-­ and six-­shot Smith & Wessons. Three of the FBI agents were members of a special-­tactics squad and carried fifteen-­round S&W pistols. But none of the handgun fire seemed to slow the criminals. The gunman with the Ruger Mini-­14 merely had to snap a new magazine into his rifle to have another twenty rounds instantly. One of his mags had forty rounds. His partner had a twelve-­gauge shotgun with extended eight-­round capacity. The bank robbers were armed for a small war.

Agent McNeill took a round in his right hand, shattering bone. Shredded flesh jammed the cylinder of his revolver, making it impossible to reload. He rose from a crouch to reach for a shotgun on the backseat of an FBI vehicle. As he did, a .223 rifle round pierced his neck. He fell, paralyzed. A fellow agent was severely wounded when he paused to reload his Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special. “Everybody went down fighting,” McNeill said. “We just ran into two kamikazes.”

As law enforcement officials would later discover, the bank robbers, Michael Platt and William Matix, were no ordinary thugs. They had met in the 1970s at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Matix served as a military policeman with the 101st Airborne. Platt received Special Forces training. Both were practiced marksmen. They operated a landscaping business and according to neighbors seemed like hardworking individuals. Neither one had a criminal record. But something had turned them into psychopaths.

Platt, demonstrating his deadly close-­combat skills, worked the shoulder-­fired Mini-­14 with precision. Based on the M14 military rifle, the Mini-­14 was popular with small-­game hunters, target shooters, and, ironically, the police. Platt took full advantage of the semiautomatic weapon’s large magazine and penetrating ammunition. Bobbing and weaving, he sneaked up on Grogan and Dove, the agents who had originally spotted the black Monte Carlo. “He’s coming behind you!” another agent screamed. But the warning came too late. Platt fatally shot Grogan in the torso and Dove in the head.

The firefight had been going on for four minutes when Agent Edmundo Mireles, badly wounded, staggered toward Platt and Matix, who had piled into a bullet-­ridden FBI Buick. A civilian witness described Mireles’s stiff-­legged gait as “stone walking.” Holding a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum at arm’s length, he fired repeatedly at the two gunmen at point-­blank range, killing them both. It was the bloodiest day in FBI history.

All told, the combatants fired 140 rounds. In addition to the deaths of Platt and Matix, two FBI agents were killed, three were permanently crippled, and two others were injured. gun battle “looked like ok corral,” the Palm Beach Post declared the next morning, quoting a shaken witness. But the legendary gunfight in 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, had lasted only thirty seconds and involved just thirty shots, leaving three dead—­one fewer than the modern-­day battle in Miami.


Lieutenant John H. Rutherford, the firing-­range director with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, heard about the shootout later that day. “The bad guys,” he recalled, “were starting to carry high-­capacity weapons, unlike what they had carried in the past. . . . That was a scary, terrible thing to hear about,” he said. “If the FBI is outgunned, something is wrong.”

Scholars of law enforcement and small arms pored over the forensic records of the Miami Shootout, generating thousands of pages of reports. Police departments across the country held seminars on the gun battle. Gun magazines published dramatic reconstructions. NBC broadcast a made-­for-­TV movie called In the Line of Fire: The FBI Murders.

Later examination would reveal that, for all their bravery, the FBI agents prepared poorly for the violent encounter. At the time, though, and ever since, one idea about the significance of Miami eclipsed all others. The lawmen had been, in Lieutenant Rutherford’s word, “outgunned.” It was a perception widely shared by cops, politicians, and law-­abiding firearm owners: The criminals were better armed than the forces of order. Nationwide, crime rates were rising. Drug gangs ruled inner-­city neighborhoods. Guns had replaced knives in the hands of violent teenagers. The police, the FBI, and all who protected the peace were increasingly seen as being at a lethal disadvantage. The FBI helped shape this perception by emphasizing the seven revolvers its agents had used, deflecting attention from the three fifteen-­round pistols and two twelve-­gauge shotguns they also brought to the fight.

“Although the revolver served the FBI well for several decades, it became quite evident that major changes were critical to the well-­being of our agents and American citizens,” FBI Director William Sessions said in an agency bulletin after Miami. Revolvers held too little ammunition, and they were too difficult to reload in the heat of a gunfight. There were questions about their “stopping power”: In Miami, the FBI fired some seventy rounds, and Platt and Matix received a total of eighteen bullet wounds. Yet the killers stayed alive long enough to inflict a terrible toll.

In 1987, Jacksonville’s Lieutenant Rutherford received the formal assignment to recommend a new handgun to replace the Smith & Wesson revolvers that his department issued. His counterparts in hundreds of local, state, and federal police agencies were given similar missions. “My job,” Rutherford told me, “was to find a better gun.”