Tag Archives: Nail

Shine Bright Like A Diamond!

 

ASU Nail and Beauty Supplies

I was recently asked if I would like to attend a training course for ‘Swarovski  Bling toes’ down in Dublin at a nail and beauty training academy called ‘ASU’. I jumped at the chance!

The training academy was fantastic.  They run courses like clockwork every single month for dozens of different treatments. You don’t actually have to have any previous beauty training behind you to attend any of these courses which is great for beginners and enthusiasts.

The staff were amazingly friendly and extremely professional – these girls really know what they are talking about!  The downstairs of the academy consists entirely of an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ showroom where you can purchase all of the fantastic products and accessories they have to offer. I could have spent an absolute fortune!

For more information about the professional products which they sell, and to see a list of training courses that are on offer, have a look at their website www.asunailandbeauty.ie.

Once we’d been shown around we made our way upstairs to the classroom, took a seat and had a read through the Bling Toes Manual and other paperwork that had been given to us whilst we tentatively waited for the training to begin.

Workshop materials at ASU Beauty Training Academy

Our educator on the day was a lovely girl called Laura who couldn’t have been more helpful or knowledgeable about the course.  The class began with a bit of information on the treatment itself, the products involved and the importance of client consultation prior to completing the treatment on any customer.  Once Laura was happy we were all up to speed with the necessary info she got straight into a demonstration of the treatment which we all eagerly watched, taking in all of her advice and helpful tips along the way.

Workshop in action at ASU Beauty Training Academy

Finally it was the moment we had all been waiting for… it was now our turn to have a go on each other’s tootsies, so we paired up and got busy!  My partner went first while I kicked back and watched her showcasing her newly learnt skills.  Having the treatment applied is a really relaxing experience…  I could barely keep my eyes open.  This procedure is all about pampering and really is the ultimate treat for your feet!

Swarovski  Bling toes workshop at ASU

This lavish pedicure is created by the individual placement of genuine Swarovski crystals being set into a clear gel overlay on to every single one of your toenails.

We used the smallest crystals to give the maximum sparkle. The nails last up to 6 weeks so would be ideal for any brides wanting a bit of extra bling on their wedding day, lasting right through to their honeymoon or even just for those of you who are like me and enjoy a bit of everyday sparkle in their life!

Swarovski Bling Toes Workshop

I was disappointed when my treatment was finished but was keen to give the technique a go for myself!

6xI was impressed with the quality of the gel that we were provided with in our kits as it was very easy to work with.  Once the crystals were applied to the gel and cured under the UV lamp they were stuck there for the long run!

This brings me to the little tool I was most excited about… the wax pencil AKA The Amazing Picker Upper’!  I have spent years using bits of blue tack, dampened cocktail sticks and various other makeshift tools to lift and apply crystals to nails.  This pencil actually revolutionised my work… I’m not exaggerating!!  It is literally just a pencil with white wax down the centre instead of lead.  All you need to do is touch the top of the crystal and it sticks to the end of the sharpened wax ready to be applied to the nail.  You can purchase these from ASU for ONLY €1.50! This pencil made the whole process of applying the bling toes much easier and allowed you to get into a soothing rhythm.

Swarovski Bling Toes WorkshopOnce everyone had completed at least two big toes Laura began talking us through the in’s and outs of after care for your Bling Toes and demonstrated how we should safely remove the crystals from your clients nails.

The final part of our training, which I thought was very helpful, covered how we should price the treatment in our salons and even how we should go about marketing the treatment.

Sometimes beauty training courses can be very daunting but I can honestly say I didn’t feel one bit uncomfortable or nervous at ASU.  The staff couldn’t have made us all feel any more welcomed or valued.  The training course itself was superb, covering every possible aspect of the treatment and I loved every minute of it.  I will definitely be back down to do a few more courses in the ASU academy and I couldn’t recommend it enough to any of you who are considering signing up to a training course, whether it be just as a new hobby or even as a new career.

Article by Louise Henry

Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert.  She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75. 

Any questions, email louise@thebeautycloud.co.uk or find her on Facebook

Making that Manicure last… The Perfect Polish Preparation

Before I begin reviewing any new products or showing you any step by step nail art tutorials, I should really let you all in on the secret to making any of your manicures last that little bit longer!  We all know how hard it is to keep your polish from chipping for more than 48hours and that’s if you are lucky!

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips,

We have all been that girl (or guy, we don’t mind here) who has spent over an hour gingerly painting our nails in the hottest new colour, being careful to keep it inside the lines.  We then go through that frustrating ritual of sitting still for the next hour, not touching anything, being careful not to smudge your pretty new polish job.  You think the coast is clear… you make yourself a cup of tea or in my case pour yourself a glass of Prosecco and before you know it you have smudged or chipped a nail. Sometimes if you’re lucky you get a whole 24 hours out of your manicure but those chips, smudges & cracks are never too far away.  Well fear not my fellow nail addicts; allow me to fill you in on how you can keep you nails looking beautiful for that bit longer…

 

1. Before you do anything lay out all the necessary tools & polishes you are going to need.  This prevents any mid-mani rummaging about & smudging.  Then I always begin with clean paws.  Remove any old polish & thoroughly wash your hands so you have a totally blank canvas to work on.

 Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish

2. Start the process by filing your nails into the desired shape, using long even strokes moving from the outside edge towards the centre of the free edge of the nail.  DO NOT SCRUB the nail file on your nails, this will cause damage. 

3. Once your nails are perfectly shaped, use a polishing block or buffer (you can buy these from most chemists or Sally’s for only 49p) lightly buff off any dead cells from the nail’s surface – your nails should no longer be shiny & but now look matte, don’t panic this is what you want!

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish4. Cleanse the nail’s surface with your nail polish remover and a piece of cotton wool or a lint free wipe & you are now ready to begin!

5. The most important part of a manicure is the base coat – this creates the foundation for the polish to be applied to.  I normally use Bio Sculpture ‘Executive Base’ as it is also a great strengthener for weak and brittle nails.  However Rimmel, Nails Inc. & Maval also sell great base coats.

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish, executive base, base coat

6. Allow the base coat to dry & apply 2 layers of your favourite polish – I chose Bio Sculpture #166 Blazing Lacquer.  (I feel like I am cheating on my massive collection of OPI polishes!!)  Leave 5-10mins between each layer & be careful not to get any on your cuticle area or surrounding skin – this will prevent the polish from chipping!

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish, executive base, base coat, 166 blazing

 

7. After you have finished your 2nd layer of polish seal it up with a layer of top coat – make sure to seal the very tip of your nail as well as the top surface. This protects the polish below & keeps your mani shiny for longer!  Most major brands sell top coats, I like ‘Beauty Secrets’ top coat available from Sally’s for only £3.60 or Bio Sculpture’s top coat which is available from most salons that stock the Bio Sculpture brand.

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish, executive base, base coat, top coat, beauty secrets, sally's salon services8. Your hands get a lot of abuse during everyday life, drying them out & preventing them from looking their best.  This is why I always finish any of my manicures with a generous slathering of cuticle oil  & hand cream.  Being careful that I have given the polish enough time to dry before massaging it all in.

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish, executive base, base coat, top coat, beauty secrets, sally's salon services, cuticle oil, hand cream

Expert tip

Apply a drop of cuticle oil to each of your nails 10mins after applying your final top coat or put your fingers into a basin of icy cold water – both these methods help your polish dry in a flash!

So there you have it, the easy method to a perfect home manicure… what are you waiting for?  Find a polish that tickles your fancy and spend a little well deserved time pampering yourself.

 I’d love to hear any feedback you may have on prolonging your manicures or if any of you might have some secret, nifty tips that I haven’t heard of before!

Article by Louise Henry

Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert.  She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75. 

Any questions, email louise@thebeautycloud.co.uk or find her on Facebook

Product Review: Girls With Attitude – Cheetah Style Nail Wraps

I was recently given these nail wraps as a birthday present. I have always loved doing my nails, but it gets pretty annoying when I spend forever doing my nails and then the nail varnish is off an hour later. I have been told that I have excess oils in my nails, which can force the varnish off the nail.

Girls With Attitude - Cheetah Style Nail Wraps

Girls With Attitude – Cheetah Style Nail Wraps

I’m not sure why I haven’t tried nail wraps before, I guess I expected them to be quite difficult to apply. How wrong was I !! They were so quick and easy to apply and look fantastic. These nail wraps are pre-glued and are designed not to chip! Practically everything I look for in a nail product. Quick, Stylish and Easy to Apply! Perfect!

These particular nail wraps are by Girls with Attitude and are a Cheetah Style.

Cheetah Style Nail Wraps by www.girlswithattitude.co.uk

Cheetah Style Nail Wraps by http://www.girlswithattitude.co.uk

A pack of nail wraps contain a total of 12 wraps which come in 6 different sized to help you find a size to suit each nail. Because this is pretty much a one-fits-all scenario, I did notice that I am left with some small gaps at the sides of my nails, but I don’t mind as I don’t think anyone would even notice because the wraps themselves are so eye-catching.

A pack of 12 Cheetah Style Wraps is priced at £3.50 on www.girlswithattitude.co.uk . The wraps are single use so £3.50 may seem a little pricey if you compare it to a nail varnish which you get multiple use out of. However, these are made ready-to-wear. I have had them on for 3 days now and there is no sign of them chipping or peeling yet. So for that reason alone, I love them!Girls With Attitude Logo www.girlswithattitude.co.uk

Girls with Attitude have some other great and stylish designs in their nail wrap’s. Make sure to pop over to their website and have a look, i’m sure you will find some to suit your style.

So I think it is safe to say, I am definitely converted to Nail Wraps!

 

Product Review: Nails Inc St James Polish

This is my first time trying out Nails Inc Polish and I am really impressed!

20130405-134349.jpg
There is no official colour name written on this bottle, however from browsing the Nails Inc website, I believe it may be called St James.

20130405-134450.jpg
The consistency, pigment quantity and colour density of the Nail Polish is perfect, even with one coat.

20130405-135105.jpg

This is a mini bottle which costs £5 from the Nails Inc website. The full size version costs £11.

For more visit http://www.nailsinc.com

Daily Little Loves ~ 11th March ’13

Love these Bikini bottoms, the are very eyecatching for sure!

I hope you enjoy my Daily Little Loves for today xo

20130311-184340.jpg

Daily Little Loves ~ 10th March ’13

20130310-211211.jpg

Daily Little Love’s ~ 4th March 2013

Here are my Daily Little Love’s for today. I think these are my cutest little love’s yet!

Enjoy!
Xo

20130304-210527.jpg