DIY Manicure

It feels very therapeutic to take timeout to do your nails. However, it might as well be quite stressful if you mess it up seconds after doing them. The key is probably finding the right products to address whatever is causing you to stray away from doing your nails to turn this ritual into a positive, relaxing experience

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Here is how I have been doing my nails recently, I know it’s not perfect and I never remove the cuticles and try to keep the shape more or less even, but don’t really obsess over it, it’s just too much hassle, but I always make sure to apply base coat and a top coat and if one nail breaks, then I have to file all of them to the more or less even length.

STEP 1

I start removing whatever left over nail polish I might have on and filing the nails to achieve a uniform shape. Even if I don’t have nail polish I make sure to go over the nails with a cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover, to get rid of any oils, residue, etc that can hinder the longevity of the nail colour. I find that his step preps the nail and somewhat helps to go that extra day chip free. My nail polish removed of choice is any acetone free and Cutex is the one I go for, because it does the job without drying the nails too much.

STEP 2

The base coat. It is very important to not only help the colour stick better, it protects the nails from going yellow (from wearing too much dark polish), conditions, strengthens and prolongs the colour. The one I am currently using is this Nails Inc primer/ridge filler which also doubles up as a natural nail polish if you apply 2 coats which is a good option when you want to skip steps 3 and 4.

STEP 3

Nail colour – any really, I have no preference over any brand, some brushes are a bit ore convenient than others but essentially they all do the job, so I just pick the colour I like and I never apply more or less than 2 coats. This Revlon colour is supposed to be scented but I honestly couldn’t care less if it is, I would never smell my nails and the only thing I was drawn to was the colour and this cute bottle.

STEP 4 

Top coat – this step is the most important. Gone are the days where you have to sit for 30 minutes after painting. I really liked the Sally Hansen Insta Dry and repurchased it multiple times, but now I am using the Seche Vite Dry  and it is equally good if not better. The top coat was such a game changer for me. It actually encourages me to do my nails, especially when you are good to go almost immediately after applying that top coat.

STEP 5

Cuticle oil and hand cream is very important. Especially if you have dry skin and we all tend to have dry hands in winter especially.

What are your tips for best DIY manicure?

Lots of Love!

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Current Skincare Wishlist

I love skincare and I blame the wonderful Caroline Hirons and Anna for that. It gets so bad sometimes that I need to order the packages to work and then secretly place the product on a bathroom shelf so the fiancé does not have to witness another package and can save his eye rolls for another occasion..

However, as I am trying to make sure I buy wisely and do loads of research beforehand that gives a bit more reassurance (who wants to spend £100 on a serum and have a reaction to it). I think I do know my skin by now and can tell what products would potentially work.

So, skincare is something I am always lusting after and here are a few of the current items (I know some of them are extortion but one can dream!)

CLEANSERS

I have been wanting to try those for quite sometime now and I think Ceramic Slip might be the next one I am going to try leaving May Lindstrom and Tata Harper for the future. Is it weird that they are all made my women? (Sunday May and Tata!)

SPRAYS/TONERS

Sprays and hydrating sprays are such a treat but sometimes (or even vey often) can be on a pricey side..  The Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist is so tempting and I have heard many people rave about it and the name though.. The Jasmine Garden, I can imagine the smell and jasmine is one of my favourite smells on earths.. Tata’s Hydrating Floral Essence, that would be like a dream, I can already imagine it, but the price though..

SERUMS/TREATMENTS

Treatment/Serum is the step that will help/prevent any issues and I love vitamin C, this Zelens one does seem to be great quality. Vintner’s Daughter – is such a pricey and praised item, apparently it’s like an editing app filter for your face! who does not want some of that?! Luna – is definitely making it’s way on my bathroom’s shelf, I have been looking to start using a gentle retinol and this one sounds right up my street.

EYE CREAM

Eye cream is very important to me. The way my faces creases when I smile is going to leave  expression lines around my eyes and I will try to prevent it as long as I can. Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream seems to be the one most likely to be purchased first. I love the sound and the combination of the ingredients. Tata’s one is great and Caroline Hirons is apparently using this one in her treatments. Zelens’ again seems to be potent agains wrinkles and that’s something I look for in an eye cream.

MOISTURISER

Moisturisers – I am not really fussed about as long as they do not contain shea butter high up on the ingredient list and do not clash with my foundation in a sense that one is silicone based and another one is water based and they start pilling..worst thing ever!

Thank you for reading, let me know your thoughts.

Lots of love!

 

Winter Skincare Routine

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Although winters in London are generally mild, the heating and the change of humid/dry air does take its toll on the skin. I tend to layer my skincare a bit more in winter than I do in summer to make sure it’s hydrated but at the same time I still address it’s concerns – which is hormonal breakouts on my chin and clogged pores as well as some hyper-pigmentation and sensitivity.

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Haircare Problems

The subject of hair care is so old.. But I feel there is still so much to learn about it, at least for me. Having quite fine, pin straight hair volume is what I would aim for. But although adding volume is quite high on that hair priority list, I find that the top spot is taken by an ongoing quest to find the right shampoo.

There is so much choice, so many opinions and so many price points… Surely, having years of hair washing experience and an abundance of products on offer, I could have found at least a few good shampoos..

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But that’s not the case! Desperation levels rise up with every new bottle purchased. The main issues are:

Organic ones – they are supposed to be good for you, but why do they leave an unmanageable mess on my head, give me all sorts of scalp issues and either leave hair looking dry and damaged or oily and even finer! Doesn’t matter which end of organic shampoo I tried – from Avalon Organics to Josh Rosebrook (with John Masters Organics and Leonor Greyl in between) the results are just not great…

Non organic – ingredients issue, I know that they are not good for me: silicones, parabens, sulfates, etc.. And they do not make my hair look that great either. But then – is it better to walk around trying to resist the need to desperately scratch your head (sexy right!?) and making sure not to wear black cause all this flakiness is the opposite of what I want to tell with my outfit..

So the struggle is real and although I am keeping positive, trying to concentrate on drugstore options for the time being so I don’t have multiple bottles of £££ shampoos collecting dust on the bathroom shelf.

Better save for that designer bag that’s on my wishlist🙌 Nice bag is a good distraction from not so nice hair, right?

Favourite Sheet Masks

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Who does not love a great sheet mask? It’s easy – no need to mix anything up and make sure you get the consistency right; clean – no fingers for application and no fancy brushes needed then it get’t all over. It’s just the matter of taking it out, popping it on and the you have an excuse not to move from the sofa for the next 30-45 mins. No matter what the instructions say, I always leave the mask on for longer (as long as it’s not exfoliating or contains some other active ingredients that come with caution signs) and make sure I massage the leftover liquid in the sachet into my skin after removing the mask.

Here are my favourite masks at the moment:

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Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Sheet Mask – comes in a pack of 4. Simple, easy, moisturising mask. Key ingredient, as you could probably guess from the name, is hyaluronic acid and I definitely feel that my skin is feeling more hydrated after using it. I  try to apply it once a week.

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Missha Real Solutions Tencel Sheet Mask (Trylagen) – this one was a recent TK Maxx find and cheap as chips, I paid like £1.99 for 1. Having heard of this Korean brand form some skincare gurus of the internet, I knew it should not disappoint. It is essentially a hydrating, wrinkle diminishing mask which I really enjoyed using. Not too sure about the wrinkle diminishing, but hope it helps prevent them! I feel it did a little bit more than just hydrate – skin feels radiant(ish) and it’s something you can’t really go wrong for under £2!

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Skin Laundry Skin Radiance Facial Treatment Mask  – I got this one after my Skin Laundry treatment (I went to the one in Liberty in London) as recommended by the beauty therapist and priced at £8 per unit mask is actually great! Maybe it’s the combination of their facial, but I have used the mask like a month after the facial as well and it still did the job. It’a great pick me up – makes the pores appear smaller, overall skin look brighter and juicy.

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask  – now, these masks are such a splurge purchase but it’s totally worth it. If you have tried their Advanced Night Repair and you are a fan, you will love this and eve if you are not a fan, this still might be worth checking out. It’s this 2 part (you know the one for the top part of your face and one for the bottom part) foil mask which looks absolutely crazy on but feels just divine – it has this warming feeling (obviously the foil is keeping the heat in) and you can feel it working.. There is so much liquid left over in the sachet that I use it as serum for a few days after (just keeping the sachet sealed). After using it, the skin feels like it just had the facial. It’s definitely the most expensive out of the bunch but it has the most visible and the longest lasting results.

Thank you for reading!

What is your favourite mask out there?

Lots of love!