Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nail growth using acrygel

So I go through cycles where I decide I want nice manicured hands, then quickly give up after my thin peeling nails begin breaking! I have tried every nail treatment I read about and while they work in the short term I never get far... Especially when life gets in the way and I cannot commit time every third day to redo my manicure. I say every third day because no matter what I use that's how long I get before I start seeing peeling and chipping with my products. Now I am not going to mention names because the products may work amazingly well for some of you... Just not for me :(

Recently I read about acrygel on Pinterest. This is where you layer soakable gel with acrylic powder to give strength yet a natural look. This product soaks off instead of being filed and will last 1-2 weeks before needing attention. After much research I went to Sally's and bought what I needed.

Pictured above is a LED Gelish lamp, fine file, acrylic powder, cuticle pusher, nail brush, Gelish ph bond and Gelish foundation. 

I will walk you through the steps and then link you to the best video I have seen on how to do this process.

1) prep nails by pushing back cuticles, shaping nails and gently roughing up the nails surface just to remove shine the use ph bond on the nail bed.
2) apply a thin layer of Gelish foundation to the nail. Wiggle the brush on the nail need for better adhesion.
3) scoop acrylic powder over the nail covering the nail bed and shake off access. Then cure for required time. This will change depending on your lamp. Then brush away excess powder.
4) repeat steps 2 and 3
5) apply a thicker layer of foundation and cap each nail (run brush along free edge) . Turn finger upside down so that gel can shape itself. This really saves on filing! Then again cure your gel.
6) finally use alcohol to remove gel residue (sticky layer) using a knot free cotton pad.

Voila strong nails that look amazing, polished or left as is!

Please watch the video below to see the process step by step. It is the best one I have found.

Monday, November 23, 2015

ApHogee two-step protein treatment... Does it work???

I am asked a lot about the different treatments I use on my hair. A few times a week I use my coconut oil treatment. The next big one is the ApHogee Two-step protein treatment every 6 weeks! 

I colour treat my hair as well as heat style which is not great for my coarse dry hair. Is treatment puts protein back into my hair filling the pores and giving more strength. Protein is a tricky thing, a little is great and too much can be very drying. This is why this treatmnet happens every 6 weeks along with usual colour treatment. 

The directions on the packaging are pretty good but I will explain exactly how I do it.

1) Wash your hair using a clarifying shampoo to remove also residue and buildup.
2) Next towel dry as much as you can.
3) Wearing gloves (because it can sting on cuts) apply generous amounts of the protein treatment to the hair. Assuring it is completely saturated. The product is thin so I suggest putting some into your hands and adding to hair.
4) Next using a blow dryer gently dry hair completely without agitating. You hair will become extremely hard and this is what you want. Do not comb etc so you do not cause damage.
5) Once completely dry wash out product completely and add you fave hair mask.
6) Rinse and style as usual.

This product really does improve texture and strength in the hair! It undoes some of the torture we put our hair through and is a great item if you are trying to grow out your hair. I am so glad I started using it and my hair is happy too!

I have a lash addiction!!!

Hi, my name is Nancy and I have a lash addiction. 

I remember when the thought of false lashes stressed me out! Even as a makeup artist I could use false lashes on others but felt daunted at applying them to myself.... Then things changed!

About 2 years ago I had lash extensions. We can talk about them at another time if you want to hear about it... Safe to say there weren't for me!! However I became addiction to long lashes and felt naked without them. That's when I started wearing false lashes almost daily! At this point adding false lashes is quicker for me then trying to mess with mascara!

I love how in a rush lashes can make you appear polished with little effort. I also love the added drama it creates in intense eye looks. Options are endless and styles come in the hundreds!

Lashes above are Ardell Demi wispies stacked with Ardell wispies, Ardell individual lashes and Ardell Demi wispies alone.

Please me me know some of your fave lashes in the comments below! Also let me know if you would like a step by step on how I apply my lashes!

So it's been a hot minute!!!

you may have noticed I have been absent... For like 3 years!! I have had a lot happen in my life which I won't bore you with but in short life got busy and beauty and social media had to take a back burner for a bit. Over the last year or so I took to Instagram sharing products and looks etc and found the fun in beauty again. Lately I have felt that while simply sharing pics are great I miss the platform to explain looks and other things in detail. So here we are... Me writing my first post in way too long. 

I have decided this blog will be a place for me to just share and expand on things I share on other social media. I will aim to post often but my life is still pretty crazy at times! I am hoping you will enjoy checking in with me again. Sharing tips and tricks I have learned and as always sharing products I can't be without. 

Please say hi so we can reconnect and I will see you again again very soon!!!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Benefit's Sun Beam

If you have always loved Benefit's High Beam then there is something new you are going to want to see!

Benefit's Sun Beam is a golden bronze highlighter. Like a warm ray of light, giving you a natural, sunkissed radiance. Dot & blend over makeup on to cheek & brow bones for a bronzed glow that
complements all skintones. You can also mix it with your foundation for an all over glowing look!

I love the versatility of liquid products such as this!! You can use them in so many ways that it is like having multiple products in one little bottle!

If you are a Benefit junkie like me keep out eye's peeled for this products release this month!