Miracle Manicure

Parisian and NYC ladies are renowned for their groomed finish, this is a look I crave but don’t have the time, or the commitment to emulate. Well coiffed hair and perfectly manicured nails are a must for these women, but how can we get this on a tighter budget and time-frame?

Whenever I have a manicure, I have generally smudged my beautiful polished talons before I get home or I’ve chipped them in the next day or so, so I only tend to bother for a special event.

However, many different nail brands have come up with a hybrid between normal polish and gel nails. These promise to last between 2 and 3 weeks without chipping and are easy to remove.

I’ve gone for CND’s Shellac manicure at my local beautitians. There is a range of 24 shades to choose from, including my fav ‘Tropix’ a lovely coral, perfect for summer.

Shellac shades

The appointment lasted an hour, including shaping my nails and cuticle treatment, but I left with completely dry nails. They do feel a bit ‘thicker’ than a normal polish, but don’t look like fake nails at all.

Removal of the polish can either be done at a salon, or you can buy acetone nail varnish remover from any chemist and soak them off in a few minutes.

If you are going for a manicure, I would definitely recommend Shellac over conventional polishes and it is perfect for holidays, weddings or other special occasions.

CND’s Shellac manicure www.cnd.com cost me £27 from my local salon (House of Beauty Cambridge www.cambridgebeauty.co.uk)

Nails inc’s 3 week manicure costs from £55 www.nailsinc.com

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June 17, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Beauty, bride, CND, manicure, nail varnish, nails, Nails inc, Shellac, wedding. 4 comments.

Make-up stay put!

Having coffee with a beautiful-bride-to-be and the conversation took a turn to beauty tips for the big day. Weddings are a long day and it’s not only the blushing brides that want to stay picture-perfect from ‘I do’ until carriges are called.

Luckily one of my favourite brands, bareminerals, have come to the rescue with the perfect product. Mineral Veil is a translusent powder that you buff ontop of your finished makeup. It absorbs oil that your skin produces during the day which causes your makeup to move.

In addition to this it is also meant to minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores, although I can’t really see the difference in my skin!

Although is it quite pricey, £20 for 9g, it lasts ages, I’ve had mine six months and it looks as full as when I first bought it.

http://www.bareescentuals.co.uk/id/

June 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . bare minerals, Beauty, bride, mineral veil, wedding. Leave a comment.