Everything you need to know about gel nail services
Apr30

Everything you need to know about gel nail services

Gel nails are fantastic in so many ways. The gloss they offer is unmatched. They last longer than you need them. They don’t chip every time you even snap your fingers. They are strong. But… While you would be tempted to go for gel nails all the time, given that they are almost too good to be true, you should keep in mind some negatives, and work around them consciously. These are the things to know, consider and watch out for the next time you want that fantastic stuff called gel manicures on your hands. Don’t make gel manicures a habit By all means, go for them, but not all the time. This is because gel manicures have a tendency of thinning out and drying your natural nails. Too much of this good thing, and you will end up with discoloured brittle nails sitting on very painful nail beds. Even infections cannot be ruled out. So every time you go for a gel manicure make sure once you remove it you go polish free for a few weeks. Remove the gel nails as soon as they start colour fades With normal nail polishes one is often tempted to pick at it once it starts chipping without waiting for a nail polish remover. The same if done on gel nails is very bad for the nails. Gel manicures tend to thin your nails. The gel polish also tends to strongly adhere to your nails. So trying to peel them off will result in thin layers of your nail getting removed with the polish. Repairing this kind of nail damage can take over half a year. Also, water seeping in between the peeled polish and your nail can cause fungal infections. To protect yourself from all this, remove gel nails the way they are supposed to be removed as soon as they start falling apart. Select the gel polishes carefully Some gel polishes contain formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate. These are carcinogens. They, if overused, might cause disturbances in proper liver and thyroid functions. Fortunately, most gel polishes do not contain these ingredients any more. But always do an ingredients-check before going for the gel manicure. Do not expose your nails to the UV and LED lamp more than necessary While the amount of exposure you get to UV rays when curing your gel nails under the UV lamp might be small. But it is intense. Too much of it might lead to skin damage and more. LED lamps, which emit UVA rays, are no less harmful under concentrated exposure conditions. But given that this is the only way to cure...

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Your essential guide to cartridge wax
Apr22

Your essential guide to cartridge wax

The traditional hot pot waxing system is passé. And the cartridge wax is in. For those of you who have still not made the change in what is an essential routine for most, there are many compelling reasons why you should. For those who are new to the concept, let us first explain what cartridge waxing is all about. What is cartridge waxing? Cartridge waxing is the process of using one-time-use wax that comes in mostly disposable cartridges that are electrically warmed to the desired temperature. The wax is then applied like a roll on onto the area that needs waxing, following which the unwanted hair is pulled off with a disposable waxing strip. There are many benefits this way of waxing has over the traditional hot pot waxing. How to do cartridge waxing? The wax cartridge is first set to a predesignated temperature and the power is switched on. Once it heats up, a bit is rolled on to your skin to see which temperature you are comfortable with. The temperature mark is reset to this temperature. Once ready to use, the cartridge is taken out from the charger and rolled on to the area that needs to be waxed. No spatula is needed for application as the cartridge itself is the applicator. Then disposable waxing strips are used to remove the unwanted hair. The cartridge cannot be reused if it is a disposable one. It has to be thrown away. Refillable cartridges are available too, which need to be refilled only after complete cleaning and disinfecting. Why is cartridge waxing better than the hot pot? No fear of cross contamination or infection In the traditional waxing process, the same hot pot is used on a person after person by heating and reheating the same wax. The same spatula is used to layer on the wax. This leads to cross-contamination of not only hair but also bacteria which breed prolifically in the hot damp environment and take rides on the spatula from one person to another. Cartridge waxing, on the other hand, allows the use of only one set of cartridges for one person. So there is no fear of contamination. As for the spatula, it is simply not needed. Takes less time and is cheaper Given the long-winded process of heating the hot pot, testing it at each stage for overheating, laying on the wax correctly on the skin using an unwieldy spatula, the cartridge wax is a much better option to go for. The light indicator tells you when the temperature has reached your designated mark. Applying it is a simple process of rolling it on...

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Summer skincare essentials for healthy and beautiful skin
Apr12

Summer skincare essentials for healthy and beautiful skin

Summer is upon us and the first thing we notice after the heat is the way this season ravages our skin. We have to look after it with added effort in order for us to have healthy beautiful complexions like always. Let us see what happens to our skin, and what summer skincare essential routines consist of. What exactly happens to our skin in Summer Our skin becomes dry and irritated This is because while the outside is hot and humid, the insides are air conditioned and crisp. Also we jump from showers to the heat to swimming pools and back out again. This leads to dryness and irritable skin even though you might be sweating buckets. We are prone to acne breakouts This is because the sweat mixes with your natural oils and bacteria, and this mixture clogs your pores all the time. This invariably leads to unseemly breakouts and folliculitis. Our feet and hands are prone to infections The damp sweat-filled environment that our body is shrouded under in the summers leads to warm humid spots between our fingers and toes. These breed infection causing bacteria. We are prone to prickly heat Heat rash is caused by blocked sweat glands, which are plentiful given the summer conditions. The prickly sensation is caused by the sweat-filled bumps burst. We are prone to hives Also known as sun allergy, you can get the hives from being exposed to the summer sun. How do salon treatments help keep summer damage at bay? There are certain beauty treatments that go beyond just being a beauty treatment in the summer months. For example the facial, the manicure or the pedicure. Apart from making you look good, they stop skin damage from the harsh summer environment. What matters is what kind of facials or cures you go for. For example, in summer you would want to go for facials that work on repair and protection instead of glow and softness. Choose a facial that protects against sunburn. Choose one that is antiseptic in nature. Go for one that infuses your skin with antioxidants. While choosing manicures and pedicures avoid the ones that moisturise. Choose ones which are antiseptic and light. Go for those that exfoliate away old skin with environmental dust. The options are there. Choose them right. As is evident from above, there are a whole range of facials, manicures and pedicures to choose from to tackle summer-damaged skin. And others to prevent further sun damage. It is about understanding what each does, and mixing and matching them according to your own skin type. Armed with the advice of a good beautician,...

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Expert tips for Party Makeup
Apr09

Expert tips for Party Makeup

Every day make up is very different from party makeup. Because the need for the day (or the night) is different. While one needs to take into account the brightness of the sun, the other needs to cater to low lights. While one needs to take into account normal wear and tear of the day, the other needs to cater to the more active onslaught of the good time. Both need to be sophisticated, but in one there is more scope to add glamour than the other. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind when putting on your party makeup. Party makeup for your skin Primer tips Your makeup is about to take a beating directly proportional to the amount you have fun partying. It will have to stand up to things like dancing all night, staying up till dawn, having fun without thinking about your makeup being in place. Choosing and using the right primer is the trick to achieve that. Choose a lightweight (so you can layer the makeup on more) waterproof (so you can sweat it out on the dance floor) mattifying (so the shine you add to your makeup comes from only the glitter) primer. Set the canvas for the night by laying the base to your makeup. Foundation and concealer tips To make your makeup go that extra mile for you, make sure not to skip this routine. With the blemishes and skin imperfections taken care of, making your party makeup look flawless will be that much easier. So don’t be in a rush to get to the lipstick. Prepare your face first. Use it wisely, including areas of your neckline that will be exposed and blend them into your hairline. So you can carry off not just your face but that lovely plunging top off with elan. Bronzer, blusher and highlighter tips The artificial lighting in a typical party environment may make your foundation and concealer work look too flat and artificial. So give your complexion the relief it needs with the judicious use of the bronzer, the blusher and the highlighter. Use more than you would during the day time because you need that much of extra drama in your party look. Compact powder tips Nowhere is the compact powder needed more than on makeup you applied for a night party. You don’t want your makeup caking up and letting go, just when you have decided to let go and have pure fun. Choose a sebum-absorbing compact to keep the shine away and the makeup falling apart. Party makeup for your eyes Brow tips While we think about only...

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