Silk Wrap Nails

Hey everyone! Following on from my earlier blog about the differences between acrylic nails and silk wrap nails, I finally got a full set of silk wraps done. It’s safe to say that I am loving these nails and would 100% recommend them to the budding nail extension wearers.

They look completely natural where I had the tips shortened and it’s as if I have only got gel polish on my natural nails. I decided to go for the short nail look as this will make it a bit easier doing day-to-day tasks and help make them appear a bit more natural. Also having the length shorter will improve the strength of the nails as silk is a lot more fragile than acrylic so you have to be extremely careful with them. Don’t use your nails as tools!

Here’s a picture of my fabulous nails that I treated myself to!

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I hope everyone that tries Silk nails loves the end result as much as I have.

 

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Acrylics Vs. Silk Wraps

There has been a new break through in the world of nail technology. Although the method of silk nails was brought to the UK in the 1980’s, they have only recently took off with more and more beauticians training in the method. For many years the silk method was shadowed by the old fashioned acrylics.
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In the world of nails it has recently been found out how bad acrylics nails really are. With the many nail shapes and lengths that you can have done, after a few days they will start to grow out and look very noticeably out of shape. Not only can it work out to cost a lot of money with returning every two weeks to get them infilled or a new set put on, it can also be very time consuming. No one fully knows the underlying damages that acrylics cause to your nails especially when they have been used for a long period of time. When using an electric file it is critical that you down file too far down into the nail plate as this can be very painful for the client and can leave your client with split nails, once having the acrylics applied it can be very hard to spot infections which will cause them to get worse over time. Many high street salons still use a product called Methyl Methacrylate which has been banned due to the toxicity levels. Methyl Methacrylate is mainly used in dentistry as a hardening agent, due to the strength many beautician’s thought that this would make the acrylics stay on for longer. The more dangerous side of using this product is when catching your nails on something could result in pulling the nail plate away from the nail bed, in the long run this could potentially cause the nail plate to be unable to grow back. If acrylics are fitted and removed properly using the correct products there is usually not that much damage, other than having really long nails.

 

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The method of silk nails are much better as they don’t damage your nails half as much as acrylics do. Although silk wraps cost between £5 to £10 more than acrylics it is definitely worth paying the extra bit than have to worry about the damage you will be left with. They take about 30 minutes longer as it is a more complicated and time consuming process, cutting the silk wrap the the correct size is the time consuming part as it is a thin fabric and one cut can make you have to start again as opposed to acrylics where you are filing the tips. Many people think silk wraps look a lot nicer than acrylics as it is a more natural look and they are not obvious, they also help your nails grow,

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If you are experiencing some bad acrylic damage here are some ways to help solve your problems: Trim your nails down and push your cuticles back as this will stimulate nail growth, it is important to keep your nails clean to prevent infection, moisturise your hands and nails, if your nails are not too sore then try to file all the rough edges out and buff the nail plate as the oil in your nail will serve as a protective layer. Lastly apply a light oil, such as solar oil, to your nails daily and do not paint them with polish for a while as your nails need to breathe.

Next week I will be trying silk wraps out, I hope my blog has helped all you acrylics wearers out there like myself!

Thinking about a career as a Beautician?

There are many sectors within the health and beauty Industry so you may want to think carefully about which section you want to go into. You could become a make up artist or you could study media makeup and become a makeup artists for theatres and film companies, you could even become a holistic therapist for a top spa  and hotel such as Champneys.

The best option if you’re a school leaver to become a beautician  is to study a diploma at college, all vocational colleges will offer levels 1, 2 & 3 in beauty therapy. Many colleges will also offer apprenticeships in all of the levels if full-time at college doesn’t appeal to you. It is completely up to you about what level you wish to study up to but the majority of spas and salons will require a level 3 in beauty therapy. After completing your level 3 you could do many things such as going straight into the industry or you could go on to further education and reach levels as high as cosmetic surgery at University. However you don’t just have to be a school leaver to be able to study beauty at college, all vocational colleges offer a part-time evening course for people who have children and can’t attend a 4 day week course or for those of you that already have a day job and fancy a career change.

The level 1 qualification contains most of what you would do on the level 2 course but at a much easier stage. You can either start out at level 1 or 2 but that all depends on your GCSE results.

In the level 2 qualification you cover topics such as waxing, spray tanning, eye treatments, make up, facials, nail technology, nail art and manicure and pedicure. Now it’s not all practical like it seems, you have an equal amount of theory that goes along with it. This contains lots of human anatomy and biology along with a series of theory and practical exams that you have to complete through the year.

Now, level 3 is where it starts to get tough but it is by far the most rewarding qualification of them all. This is where you will go more into the holistic side of beauty and do treatments such as full body massage, hot stone massage and microdermabrasion. The theory work load is increased as you will go more in-depth with the human anatomy and the exams as they start to prepare you for the life of working within the industry.

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For those of you that don’t want to work in a salon or spa and fancy going for the theatre and film work then you can study the same levels but in media make up. In this course you will learn how to produce many different hair, make up and body painting looks. This will give you all the skills you need for getting a job after you have qualified.

If college isn’t for you then there are many places that you can study online or travel to places such as London where you can complete these qualifications usually within a few days. Now some of these courses can cost a lot of money so you might want to think about what courses are 100% beneficial to you if you are considering this route.

I hope my advise is helpful to all you budding beauticians!

Festival fashion styles

The festival season is fast approaching and through all the partying, you want an outfit that will keep you cool and fashionable. Shorts are a great way to keep yourself cool but when the traditional British summer arrives and the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worst, you’ll have to throw on those wellies and then that look isn’t so fashionable anymore! However in some cases this look is allowed and seeing as this is the typical festival look, it is a great idea in this scenario. Festivals are known for being bright and colourful so dig out your brightest tops and go bright or go home! Bright bodypaint is another festival essential that is not to be missed so go crazy and splash that glitter paint.img_7111

Now do we have any girls with long hair? Then you may want to think of pinning it up, as you will get very hot and you will want to stay as cool as possible, plus no girl wants their hair to get all sweaty.

Here are a few ideas for some easy hair ups:

This style is a simple plait, you can do this to pretty much all types of hair and you don’t need much time or too many hair products. Overall this is great for festivals as it is an easy messy look.

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You may also want to try a nice and simple bun, this allows you to get all your hair up and off of your skin so you can start dancing to that funky house number with your pals! Different styles of buns will take different amounts of time and may need different hair products, this means that you will either have to put it up into a messy bun or take the time and create a neat bun.beautiful-1846171_1920

Hopefully I have given you some handy fashion tips so you can dance that summer festival away!

Finding the right nail colour for you

Choosing the right nail colour is a tricky business because you want to compliment your skin tone and style. Fairer skin tones look better with dark colours and darker skin tones look better with lighter colours. Now if you’re lucky enough to have an olive skin tone, you can get away with just about any colour of polish.

Some people may match their make up to their nail colour. You could match both your eye shadow or lipstick with a similar shade to your nail polish but it is important not to look too tacky with the exact same shade. Personally I wouldn’t match my make up to my nails but each individual knows what looks good on them.

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Many stylists say that your nail colour should never match your outfit, while many other stylists say that your nails should match your outfit. When I go somewhere important I always make sure that my nails match my outfit. You can match them to a shade similar to a specific item that you’re wearing like your shoes or purse, I personally match my nails to my dresses that I wear. Trust your instincts when choosing your outfit and nail colour. Be considerate about the occasion that you’re attending. If you’re going to an important business meeting you don’t want to be having bright nails, I don’t think your colleague’s will appreciate your nails as much as you do. However if you’re going for a night out be daring and paint the town red.

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Seasons play a big part when choosing the colour of your nails as don’t want your nails too bright or too bland for the season. During the summer months the weather is a lot hotter, the days are longer and the festival season is in full swing so always choose a bright colour to match. When Autumn approaches you want to start dulling down your nails and go for some oranges and browns to go with the colour of the leaves that as falling off the trees. During the harsh Winter months where the days are darker, you want to go for some dark and dull colours like dark reds and neutral colours. During the festive season your could also do Christmas themed nails. On the run up to Summer through Spring you want to start brightening back up your nails but not too bright as you always build up to the main event which so happens to be Summer.

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I hope this advice helps for many of you and I look forward to seeing some peoples matching trends.

Lashes to ashes

As you all may know eyelashes are one of the most important things to a lady when it comes to finishing off your make up. In todays society nobody wants clumpy eyelashes which can be caused by many different mascaras when it comes to wanting the natural look.

You can go for many different options like eyelash extensions or strip lashes, eyelash extensions may seem easy by visiting a salon to get them applied and returning every 2 weeks to get them filled in but that is not the case. Although the eyelash extensions do look nice; after a few nights with them on they will start to clump up and twist round and in the mornings you will have to brush them apart, however this takes a lot less time than applying mascara and allowing you for a few extra minutes in bed.

Going to get your eyelashes filled in every 2 weeks is not only time consuming and can cost money over time, but can cause damage to your eyelashes as the process involves bonding  the individual artificial lashes to your natural lashes.

If the artificial lashes are not removed properly then they will pull out your natural eyelashes and no lady particularly wants this to happen whereas strip lashes are a lot cheaper and can be reused for a few days, they also do no damage to your natural lashes. Applying strip lashes does however require a lot of patience as they may not always go right first time.

It can be difficult applying artificial lashes as you need to bond the lashes on as close as you can to your natural lash line in order for them to look natural. There is also the worry of the glue coming off during the day where people will be able to see that your lashes are not in fact natural.

Strip lashes are very good for if you don’t normally wear that much make up and you are going out and want your eyes to draw some attention, personally I’d use strip lashes as it is a lot cheaper over time and it was hard to fit in going to the salon to get strip lashes with the hours that I was working. Unfortunately you will never get the same look with strip lashes that you get with eyelash extensions but it looks a lot nicer than clumpy mascara eyelashes.

My top 3 strip lash recommendations:

1.Eylure in 101 

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This can be bought from most high street stores from £5 

 

2.House of lashes temptress_with_box

These can be bough from online at www.houseoflashes.com

3. Ardell Professional

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These can be bought online at www.ardelllashes.com

Thank you for reading my blog, if you enjoyed reading there will be more fashion and beauty blogs coming in the near future.  Continue reading “Lashes to ashes”