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.

 

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!

Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival

It’s the time of year that the glamorous Cheltenham racecourse turns into a fashion show. From the 13th March to the 17th March you will be experiencing some spectacular horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival. Many race goers will be dressing up in their most glamorous outfits however there will be one day that people will be dressing in their finest clothes and that’s for the extravagant ladies day. The 15th March is when the fabulous event was held so lets take a look at some of the outfits that were displayed at the racecourse.

 

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This group of ladies most definitely got the memo for big hats, high heels and bright colours, now this is what the ladies day festivals are all about. Some ladies like to go plain and some like the finer things in life, with the small details in the dress you will stand out from the crowd and surly draw the eyes of the many race goers.

 

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These ladies have gone for the simple yet beautifully plain looking dresses. With the bold solid colours you are able to match any accessory with them. They are demonstrating this wonderfully with the heels, hats and jewellery. These ladies have a smart mind wearing thin jackets to keep the chilled air off them in spring time, even in the height of summer it’s always a good idea to take a thin jacket with you incase the typical British weather takes a turn for the worse.

 

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This group of ladies are flaunting their outfits while showing that you can look good in whatever you wear and all it takes is a little bit of confidence. With the sun shining the rainbow of dresses marks the start of all the summer racing events while setting the bar high. The different array of outfits from skin tight to loose and flowing, everyone has one thing in common, their love of good fashion and horse racing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog and ladies, so get your finest outfits out from the back of the wardrobe and attend Royal Ascot, Goodwood Festival and as well as many other racing events to put in your diaries!

Range Rover Velar launch evening 

Lets go back to a very special event that happened on Wednesday 1st March where the new Range Rover Velar was unveiled at the London Design Museum. This incredible event welcomed many celebrities such as Damian Lewis, Zara Tindall, Jimmy Carr and many more.

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Zara Tindall is used to being in the paparazzi’s eye as the Queen’s granddaughter, as we well know, the royals love to dress to impress to these events! Here is the beautiful Zara wearing an all black outfit and doesn’t she look amazing. The silk top adds a bit of shine to the outfit, allowing her skin to glow in the perfect lighting. Those luscious closed-toe pointed heals with a thick band gives the perfect amount of height and glamour. From the feather sleeves to the pointed shoes, she really can work the all black look.

 

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This English actor Damian Lewis appeared in many shows such as Homeland, Wolf Hall, Billions and here he is now hosting the release of the new Range Rover Velar. Mr Lewis is going for the smart casual look with the skinny fit jeans, blazer and scarf. This look is quite a popular outfit amongst the male gender as it is an easy look to achieve without looking too over dressed for an occasion. Very safe choice Mr Lewis!

 

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Here are the hilarious comedians that are Rob Brydon and Jimmy Carr. Rob has gone for the very smart two piece blue suit with a red tie. You can’t go wrong with this neat impressive look.

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While the wonderful Jimmy Carr has gone for a dark three piece suit with a light grey blazer. His shirt and tie are loosely done showing that he has a more relaxed approach to wearing a suit. Mr Carr usually goes for a neat look like in his show 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown where he wears a plush 2 or 3 piece suit. This is Mr Carr’s dress down event.

I hope this blog has helped prepare many of you for these incredible events. Happy blogging!

Inside the Oscars 2017

 

The Oscars are the most iconic film award ceremony held in Hollywood so all the celebrities from the film industry are looking stand out at this prestigious event.

 

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Here is the beautiful Emma Stone in a custom made Givenchy dress. This incredible dress allows Emma to show off her figure while showing the right amount of skin. The golden glow off the dress is in the height of fashion at the minute and is the perfect outfit for accepting those golden awards.

 

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Check out those ruffles and velvet bow tie on the very dreamy Ryan Gosling. Ryan appears to be going suave for the oscars this year as the phenomenal La La Land takes home 6 awards. With an outfit like this, it was almost as if he knew that La La Land was going to be receiving many awards!

 

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Halle Berry’s beautiful dress caught the eyes of many viewers on the 26th February. The champagne frills at the bottom of the dress gives an amazing effect of confetti with a beautiful train at the back. The black wrap at the top of the dress breaks up the solid champagne colour and gives a bit of body to the dress. The sparkles on the dress really are the right theme for this glamorous event.

 

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Emma Roberts wore a beautiful two tone frilled dress. The black and the cream are a great match but the definitive line between the two sections it up nicely. The layers at the bottom of the dress makes it flow and gives ultimate body. The upper section of the dress allows y0u to show off the amount of cleavage that you possess, it also allows you to have the amount of cleavage that you desire.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my insight of outfits at the Oscars 20717.

Who wore what at the Grammy’s 2017

The award season is here so now is the time to glam up your wardrobe for any red carpet events you may be attending. At the Grammy’s being an eye catcher at this incredible music award ceremony is one of the most important things for any celeb. If this doesn’t give you a sense of status then I don’t know what will. Here’s an insight at what some celebrities wore at the Grammy’s 2017.

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Beyoncé attended the event in a luxurious red sequins dress but did she rock it with the baby bump? The bump just made her look more fabulous than she already is and drew lots of attention walking down the red carpet. As you know, us girls love showing a bit of boob when wearing a dress but whay maybe too much boob for one person might not be enough for another.

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Celine Dion wore a magnificent green glitter dress with a side cut showing a bit of leg. If you’ve got great legs like Celine Dion then you need to get them out every now and then so why not choose the Grammy’s to get them out. Lets draw some attention to the giant green bow on the front of her dress, this not only gives a bit of class to the dress but it also appears to be holding everything together.

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Jennifer Lopez rocked a very classy yet very daring pink dress. With the frills around the neck that can only be described as looking rather uncomfortable, it gives a great effect and draws your eyes to the facial region. The tight ripples around the waist showing off J.Lo’s natural curves makes her legs look even more amazing than they already are.

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Lady Gaga is most known for her rather unusual outfits but the Grammy’s 2017 brings her style to a whole new level. With all the black leather and platform shoe’s she really brings the punk rocker chick look back into fashion. The amount of boob and bum on show will surely grab all the male attention making her one of the most eye-catching people at this years Grammy’s.

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I believe that Cee Lo Green has taken Lady Gaga’s title of most unusual outfit at this years Grammy’s with basing his outfit on a character that he is creating. The characters outfit almost looks like your typical Buddha statue. He even pulled off acting as the character on the red carpet.

 

 

 

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!