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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Nail Wraps – Have Amazing Minx Nails!

Minx nails are simply heat-activated stickers for your nails that are available in hundreds of beautiful, creative designs. Many celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce and Kim Cattrall (Samantha in Sex and the City) have already succumbed to the Minx craze. Lady Gaga recently showed off her minx nails in her music video Poker Face and Eve was photographed featuring Minx nails with Obama on her left thumb. The cool new look is only beginning to catch on in Ireland. Designs can include anything from flashy chrome and metallic patterns to detailed leopard print, and because it’s a sticker it never smudges.

It is applied by heating the sticker using a hand-held dryer. When it becomes pliable it can be smoothed onto the nail with light pressure, and as it cools any excess can be filed off. It sets instantly so there is no need for additional drying time. When set, the application is already shiny with no need for a top coat - no mess, no fuss!
Minx was the first brand to reveal the nail wrap. Other brands have now emerged like trendy wraps, blixz and winx who offer almost identical products differing only in their ranges of design patterns.

The application should last up to 2 weeks on nails and can be removed by heating under the hot air function on your hairdryer and peeling off. There is no need for damaging nail polish remover or acetones!

To view availability in the best salons providing nail wraps, click here

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Bikini Waxing - Welcome to Hollywood!

Why bother shaving when waxing lasts longer, feels smoother, and gives you less ingrown hairs!? There’s no excuse not to brave the Brazilian!

Brazilian waxing and Hollywood waxing have been extortionately over priced in the past, so at we have found the best value salons for the procedures most women see as a necessity!! The staff in our hand-picked salons are professionally trained to cater to the comfort of the client. So give it a go!

Some salons will request you leave your underwear on during the treatment, doing each side separately, so make sure you don’t wear your finest flimsys! Most salons will still ask you to bare all but there’s no need to be embarrassed, as they are not looking at anything other than the hair. As a former beauty therapist I know this!

Another thing to pay attention to is the terminology, as this can vary slightly from salon to salon so:

Brazilian Waxing: Everything removed except a small rectangle or triangle on top. Also known as a landing strip.

Californian Waxing: Will remove just the right amount that lets you wear a thong.

Los Vegas Waxing: Glitz and glamour including hair dying, crystal gluing etc... (very popular around Valentine’s Day for crystal love hearts)

Hollywood Waxing: Lock stock and barrel, see ya!

There are 2 types of wax which can be used:

1.  Warm/honey/strip wax: This has a runny consistency and is removed with a strip.

2.  Hot wax: This is a pliable wax that’s left to set for a couple of minutes and pulled off without the use of strips. It’s a stronger wax and should be used during Hollywoods and Brazilians to avoid hair snapping and to keep ingrown hairs at bay.

To limit pain during waxing treatments we recommend Lycon waxing, which won’t hurt as much as other waxes. The therapist applies a special pre-wax oil to stop the wax from sticking to the skin. There are also numbing creams available, such as no scream cream. Like Lycon Waxing, these only prevent that initial sting. Unfortunately, they all still hurt a little! All waxing treatments should have the same outcome - a hair free area. So our advice is, if the salon near you doesn’t do Lycon waxing, just go for the normal waxing – you’ll survive!

Remember, bikini waxing is definitely not a D.I.Y job, more of a “don’t try this at home kids!” If you book a beauty salon with us you’ll be pleased with the results, which can last 3-6 weeks but always remember, between visits you must exfoliate! exfoliate! exfoliate!

Once you go to Brazil you won’t want to come back!

All Salons providing bikini waxing treatments.

Our best online prices for bikini waxing are currently in Face Forward in Rathfarnham, who offer Californian Waxing for €14.32 and Brazilian or Hollywood Waxing for €19.10 if you book on
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Some of our salons offering Bikini Waxing at great internet prices:
Beauty Laine
Pure Beauty Clontarf
Pure Beaty Kilbarrack
Angelic Features
Face Forward
Blitz It Beauty
Sandrelle Beauty

Friday, 15 April 2011

3 Week Polish - Shellac, Gelish, Geleration - Perfectly Polished Pointers!

On days when you haven’t a spare second to apply even a screed of make-up and your hair is a mess, at least you’ll have perfectly polished pointers. Thanks to the new innovation in gel-based soak-off polishes such as Shellac, Gelish, Geleration and Gelac to name a few, painful filing, splitting and breakages are a thing of the past.

Shellac - CND was the first brand name to emerge with a gel soak-off product range, which became an instant hit. The shellac name has since become synonymous with the gel-based soak-off phenomenon. However other brands have followed with similar high-quality products varying in their selection of colours and estimated curing times.

The product looks like a polish and is applied like a polish but lasts as long as a gel without the trauma of filing or grating the nail away during the removal process. Drying time is dramatically reduced, as fingers and toes are cured under an ultra violet light sometimes taking as little as 10 seconds. The quick setting formula means you can get up and go almost immediately with beautiful unsmudged nails. It also means you can put on your shoes straight after the application with no more need to walk out of the salon in flip flops. The application will stay on for 2-3 weeks, strengthening your nails and allowing them to grow freely with no splitting or breakages.

The gel-based soak-off polishes have attracted the attention of some of the highest profile celebs, with Katie Perry and Victoria Beckham among the more notable fans of the treatment. Of course it’s not limited to A-list celebs, and many of Dublin’s best salons are now providing the service at very reasonable prices with highly trained staff.

Book the best salons at special online prices by searching  Nails - 3 Week Polish on or view availability below:

All Salons providing gel-based soak-off polishes

Pure Beauty, Clontarf from €19.10  View Availability

Pure Beauty, Kilbarrack from €19.10  View Availability

Elaine’s Beauty Care, Mount Merrion from €28.65  View Availability
Face Forward, Rathfarnham from €28.65  View Availability

All About Hair & Beauty, South Circular Road from €28.65  View Availability

Beaumont Beauty Clinic, Whitehall from €28.65  View Availability

The Powder Puff, Sutton from €28.65  View Availability

Beauty Laine, Santry from €28.65  View Availability