Showing posts with label manicure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label manicure. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Manicure of the Week!

Hey everyone!

Since I'm someone who changes my nails on a fairly regular basis, I figured once a week I could share with you what my manicure of the week is! Of course, if you follow me on Instagram (which you should! I post very frequently on there!), you've already seen this weeks manicure!
The shades I used are UV Gel polishes from Vishine in the shades 1593 and 228 (for the accent nail). I'm not normally one to go for bubblegum pink type shades but I'm loving these! 
 What's on your nails right now?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Manicure Monday: CND Shellac 'Hotski to Tchotchke'

Can we talk about this colour? I feel like a mermaid.
So for my last shellac manicure of the summer (back to school in 2 weeks, aaahhh), I decided to go for this gorgeous metallic turquoise (it has more green undertones than you can see in the picture). It's called 'Hotski to Tchotchke' and yes, I had to Google it to find out how to spell it.

I'm so obsessed with it, I honestly cannot stop staring at my nails. I'm gonna miss having colourful nails for 15 weeks but I thought a bright blue like this was the best way to end it.

What colour are your nails right now?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My New Years Manicure!

I just got my nails done for the New Year and I'm completely in love. It's a shellac manicure in the colour "Glacial Mist" which is the most stunning, sparkly ice blue. I'm obsessed. It's part of the CND Shellac Aurora collection (I previously got Nordic Lights, a sparkly purple, which was also so so incredible) and I have nothing but amazing things to say.

What do you think? How are you doing your nails for the New Year? xo

Friday, September 11, 2015

Is a Shellac Manicure worth it?

Before going on vacation this summer I decided that instead of painting my nails at home, I'd treat myself to a Shellac manicure at a salon. I've never had a Shellac manicure done before, so I guess you could say that I'm behind in the times, but I finally got around to it and I honestly fell in love.

So is it worth it? If you ask me, I'd say yes. It's not without downsides, but I think that the pro's grossly outweigh the con's. My nails tend to break very easily, even when I coat them with hardener, so I usually keep them somewhat short. With the shellac, my nails were so strong, and as promised, 2 weeks later and not a single chip or scratch in the polish. My nails grew out beautifully and I was so so sad to have to remove it. I would have definitely gotten more reapplied, however I can't have anything on my nails during the semester (the joys of clinicals!)

Basically, it makes your nails stonger, grow out nicer, the colour looks stunning (and the colour selection was incredible. I think I had to choose between 95 different colours, or something crazy like that!!), and though it might seem a touch pricy, the above things make it so worth it. Of course, it isn't all positive. The main drawback with Shellac manicures is the removal process. Your nails will basically be wrapped in cotton soaked in pure acetone and then wrapped in aluminum foil for about 15 minutes. Sounds like no big deal, but this really does dry the hell out of your nails and they really do feel quite damaged afterwards. However this is so easy to remedy, it hardly seemed too bad to me. If you're having that issue, here are a few tips that can help restore your nails shine and hydration.

1) The first thing I did was apply a good, thick moisturizer to my hands but focusing mostly on my cuticles and nails
2) For further moisture, I used Burt's Bee's lemon butter cuticle creme all over my cuticles and nails, twice a day.
3) If you're feeling like you REALLY need extra moisture and nothing is working, warm up (very slightly, we're talking lukewarm, not deep frying temperatures) a small bowl of oil (I highly recommend coconut oil, however I've heard just plain vegetable oil can also work. Soak your nails in the bowl for 10-15 minutes and your nails will be good as new!

Helpful tip: Before you get your Shellac manicure done, check if the salon you're going to has a removal fee. I've seen it go from anywhere from $5-$20. There are salons that will remove the Shellac for free, so I suggest you look around at different options before getting them done!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Favourites

Another month has ended, and with it brings tons of more amazing products that I've loved all month long! Here's what I loved the most:

Too Faced Born This Way foundation
I'll probably write a full, in-depth review of this product but OMG. This foundation has taken the #1 spot in my list of favourite foundations. Its honestly so incredible and I've been using it every day. I'd recommend it to anyone. I can't get enough of it. It looks so natural, feels so lightweight and nice on the skin, yet offers great coverage.

Lush R&B Hair moisturizer
It's been super hot and humid in August where I live, and that usually causes my hair to be out of control and frizzy but this product has honestly saved me. Besides the fact that it smells soooo nice, it makes my hair manageable and soft. I usually put it in my hair when its still wet, but you can also put it in while your hair is dry to tame frizz and flyaways. It's a must have product if you ever have issues with frizziness!

Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer
I cannot say enough good things about this moisturizer. I've had some extremely dry skin lately (because of the sun) and this moisturizer has worked miracles. It smells super lovely and sweet, and it makes my skin incredibly soft without the gross, greasy feeling. It's also amazing to put on freshly shaved legs to make them extra smooth!!

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in "San Paulo"
All around amazing product. Tastes nice, creamy formula that dries into the loveliest satin finish and the colour lasts ages. I've been wearing it every day for the past 2 weeks and I just cant get enough of it. The shade I have is in a lovely natural looking pink which is perfect for every day use to add that little something extra to your lips.

Victoria Secret Strappy Back Leopard Lace Push-up Bra
Aaaaahhhhhh probably my favourite purchase of the month. This bra is SO pretty its not even funny. It looks so incredible with the open-backed shirts that Pink sells and its also incredibly comfortable (bonusss!). I'm so glad I bought this, I honestly just can't get over how cute it is!

Shellac Manicure
So as you may have seen in my previous post, I recently went on vacation. Before leaving I decided to give shellac manicures a shot, since its something I've never tried before and I wanted to spring for a longer lasting manicure since I would be at the beach and knew my nail polish would be chipping like crazy. I know its nothing new, but to anyone who hasn't had a shellac manicure before, I very strongly suggest you try it out. I cannot praise it enough. 2 weeks of incredibly, shiny colour without a single chip. My nails were stronger than ever and did not break at all (and my nails usually break like nobody's business). It is so incredibly worth it and since I've now had it removed, I can tell you that my nails are still in great condition (it caused them no damage whatsoever besides a little dryness). It was definitely worth the money and I will be doing it again as soon as the semester is over! (Damn no nail polish during clinicals rule)

What did you love this month? Let me know! Hope you all had a lovely August and have an even lovelier September!