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A manicure that lasted longer than my last relationship (14 days!)

16 Feb

It won’t let you down. Break its promise  or fade after the delight of your initial introduction. With Shellac nail colour, it keeps its promise, ensuring your manicure lasts for 14 days.

In a time of recession, many women are going the DIY route with their nails. Who wants to spend €30 or more on a manicure that chips after two days?  Or have you ever gotten a manicure and then reached for your keys and ruined it?  This is why I’m completely smitten with Shellac, the manicure that requires no drying time and lasts two weeks with no issues whatsoever, but can only be done in a salon as it requires a special UV lamp for drying.

Shellac is fret-free and convenient.  Shellac paints on just like a regular polish using specially formulated base coat, two layers of color, and top coat. After each coat of polish is applied, you put your hand under the timed lamp while the other hand is being painted. As soon as the manicurist is done with your nails, you can dig into your purse for your keys without any concern of smudging or chipping. They are 100 percent dry in the same time it takes for a normal manicure.

I tried scratching at my nails, and even rubbing them along a brick wall–the polish stays put with a gorgeous, shiny finish. Expect your nails to look exactly like this for two weeks. Mine endured sinks full of dishes, harsh cleaning chemicals, and many hours of typing for 16 whole days.

Removing the polish is equally innovative. Try as you might, normal nail polish remover will not do the trick. This stuff is strong. You must return to the salon, and after 10 minutes under CND’s remover wraps your lacquer will literally glide off. These fun little stickers keep acetone concentrated over the nail, so chemicals won’t bother your skin. There is no rubbing and no sticky polish with cotton sticking to it, plus your hands are free to read a magazine while you wait. Your manicure will come off immediately after 10 minutes.

Click HERE for a list of Irish salons.

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One-hundred years old and looking good!

20 Nov

Elizabeth Arden is 100 years old and to celebrate the skin care giant have launched a limited edition Eight Hour Cream in a vintage-meets-5th-Avenue pots, which I think you’ll agree will make the perfect stocking filler this Christmas.

This little pot of cream can be used for everything from chapped lips, dry cuticles, unruly eyebrows, cracked feet, glossy eyelids (i.e mix with dark eye shadow to achieve a sexy smoky eye effect) and is great to keep your skin hydrated on long flights.

Beauty Boffin’s Bargain Find: Nail Inc. pedicure set reduced from €75 to €31

17 Sep

Sole Patrol, the ultimate treat for beautiful feet.

This fun and fabulous collection includes everything a customer could need for a luxurious at home pedicure.

Full size Mexican lime heel balm – in gorgeous brand new packaging

Mini Eaton exfoliator – gives you super smooth feet in an instant

Harley street ridge filling base coat – perfect for toes

Draycott place bright orange red nail polish

Chelsea park gardens neon coral nail polish – limited edition

The vale pure plum nail polish – limited edition

Toe separators

REDUCED FROM:

€75.80 €31.75

Are we ready for navy varnish on short nails? See some of the best options.

7 Sep

Navy varnish on short nails (to offset the bold colour) is a major autumn 2010 trend.

Here are some of the best navys available.

Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer in Deep Blue


OPI’s Russian Navy

And Chanel Blue Satain.

Navy isn’t going to suit everyone, so maybe try aqua, which is a perfect if you’re just not ready to let go of the Summer or are heading abroad lounging pool side then try:

Nars shimmery Blue Lagoon.

Zoya’s Robyn, a little lighter than Nars, probably more turquoise.

Sephora’s 56 Electric Blue is the cheapest of the bunch and stays true to its name ‘electric’.

For intense saturation try O.P.I.’s No Room for the Blues.

Coral – the perfect nail colour for your tanned tootsies.

27 Aug

Coral is a toe-nail colour which seems to look glorious and expensive on every skin colour, but finding one with a high gloss and longevity is not always as easy as it seems. After testing over twenty brands we’re bringing you the top three

Essie Coral Reef

A creamy coral with red undertones. Excellent longevity and dries quickly with high gloss though you’ll need a few coats to make it look as luxurious as the others.

Under €12

Lippmann Daytripper: I wasn’t familiar with this brand but have since learned Deborah Lippman is manicurist to the stars and created this line to meet her clients’ demands.

A bright coral with excellent coverage after two light coats. This product also contains a build-in nail strengtheners and dries extremely quickly.

Under €20

WINNER: Revlon Coral

The brush applicator smoothed on the varnish with ease and the texture and coverage meant one coat was enough.  It is thick enough not to run and was, perhaps the easier to apply, it was also the cheapest, at under €10, but nothing and I mean nothing (even after a steam and sauna) caused this varnish to peel or chip.

Trendy Treats – we love Bobby Pins Cosmetic bags and accessories

21 Aug

Adore this funky illustrated cosmetic bag by Bobby pin. It also has waterfproof pink lining, great for spillages and wiping clean.

Compact mirror with ‘I’m georgous, dang it’  slogan because sometimes we all need to be reminded, this is perfect gift for your VBP.

Manicure set with hear shaped mirror, tweezers, curtical tool, nail clippers, nail scissors and metal file. 

Available from  http://www.treats4chicks.co.uk/thriftmakeup.htm

Price  – each under €12

Like it, love it, loathe it.

5 Aug

LOVE IT

Jasmine scented love bomb.

Sex in the Shower Emotibomb encourages people to share a shower to conserve water. As the warm water touches its surface, wafts of sensual scents entwine themselves around you.

(Available from LUSH – Dublin, Cork)

www.lush.com

LIKE IT

GOSH Pressed Powder in Amazing Sun

Delivers nothing more than a sun-kiss with pink undertones, perfect for Irish skin.

Available from http://www.surperdrug.com

LOATHE IT

It’s such a treat to get a manicure and yes, we all want a high gloss finish and we want it to last but I loathe when the top coat is applied so thick that it’s impossible for it to dry.  ‘Like ever’.   Keep the top coat light and go for a second coat if you must, but don’t plaster it on, please.