Gel nails, French 

Hey everyone. 

Sorry about the massive gap since my last post. Last year was a crazy year for me. But after a long pause, I’m back. 

I’ve recently started doing gel nails. Mainly, I do them myself, on myself. 

The ones I have right now however, we’re made by a friend. Since I’m currently having some shoulder troubles and can’t manage to do them myself. 

It’s a simple French manicure. 

As you might know from earlier, this is my preferred style om nails. And I’m really happy with these. 

I’ll show you the materials and colors I have in a post this coming week. 

Until then. 

Ciao 

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Nails!

Oh, look. I’m back.

I’m on vacation from work now, so I finally have some time over for posting. Thought I’d begin with s nail post.
This is the first time I’ve used nailpolish since September due to my work.

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I went with a French manicure, it’s my go to design and what I feel most comfortable in.
This pink hue is darker than I usually use, but I like it.

I’ll try uploading some more post during my vacation.

Ciao

New purchases

Today these things entered my home.

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A depend gel polish kit.
This contains a LED-lamp, before/after cleaning solution, base coat and top coat. And of course instructions. You need to buy remover and colours separately, so…
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I got french white and french pink pearl as colours and also remover oil.

The results from this is supposed to last for 2-3 weeks, which is why I went with colours to make a french manicure since that always works.

There was 2 different removers, one where you wrap each nail in foil after applying the remover and this oil remover. I felt like the remover oil might be better for the nails and skin.

I’ll try this kit right away. I will take pictures, but I might wait with posting more about this kit until I’ve gotten the hang of it and know how long it’ll hold.

Ciao

Acrylic and Nail foil.

Yesterday I ordered a few Nail products. I felt I could spare the money since this have been a pretty good month and since I’m almost Done with the class/course I’m taking I felt I deserved it. (More about the course tomorrow, together with a pedicure post)

The things I ordered are some Nail things, I’m in a lazy make-up period so I’m focusing a lot on ny nails now.

I ordered:
A test kit for making acrylic nails containing 5grams och white, Pink and clear powder and 10 ml acrylic liquid.
5 reusable Nail forms
An acrylic brush
Nail foil adhesive
Green Nail foil
A test kit of 5 different Nail foils

The test kit for acrylics isn’t that much, but it’s enough to try and see if I like it. If I do I’ll buy more. I hope it’ll at least be enough for 1 set of fingernails and 1 set of toenails. Anyone have any ideal of how much it might be?

The nail foils I’ve wanted to try for long, you put the adhesive on the nail and then kind if rub the foil onto the nail so it’ll stick.

The site I ordered from is closed the rest if this week, so hopefully this will all ship on monday and I’ll get it sometime next week. I’ll try the foil the day I get it and the acrylics someday in the weekend when I have time to spare.
Now I’m going to bed since I’m getting up in about 6 hours, tomorrow I’ll explain more about what I’m doing now, show off my latest manicure and write a pedicure post.

Ciao

Window Number 22 – 2012

In the 22:nd window I got

Lucka 22 Stängd

Almond Hand and Nail Butter – 100 ml

Lucka 22 Öppen

Also a product that I already own, and probably my most frequently used hand cream.
I love it. Its smooth on the skin and smells faint and not overpowering. It lingers a while on the skin so it shouldn’t be used if you’re in a hurry.
This is always a part of my manicure routine, both on the nails and the hands.

Ciao

Cupcake Nails

I were taking care of my nails today and were thinking about making them red. But my friend Miranda wanted me to do cupcake nails. So here they are. This is before i removed excess polish from my fingers.

   

I decided to show both mmy left and right hand. Usually I fail on my right hand, but I’m pretty hapy with these.
The purple polishes, the bue and the bright pink one are Depend Polishes and the white and light pink  ar from E.L.F
The basecoat is from O.P.I and then I used first O.P.I Top coat  then Seche Vite Fast drying Top Coat.

I usually don’t do nail art on myself. So we’ll see how long this gets to stay on.

Ciao

Winter is Coming – Hand Guide


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I’m continuing my Winter is coming Series with a hand guide.
So here are a few tips on how to take best care of your hands and nails, aswell as some product tips.
Just like the lip post I’ll start with care and then products. But I’ll put them in the same post this time.

Your hands are really exposed to weather, and with smartphones the gloves you use during cold months are taken of all to often because of the touchscreens. So it’s important to take care of your hands. It’s important to take care of the entire body, but hey, this is a hand post.

Care

1. Moisturize
The biggest problem during winter is that your hands get dry. some people get so dry that they even get cracked skin and skin that flakes off.
So it’s important to keep your hands moisturized.
I usually have two moisturizers, one thicker that I use in the evening and one “normal” if I need more during the days.
But don’t overdo it. Don’t moisturize after every wash. Moisturize when you feel that it’s needed. If you over moisturize the skin on yor hands gets used to it and might get even drier.

2. Soap Free Cleanser
Soap is drying for your hand, so invest in a hand wash thats soap free and caring/moisturizing.

3. Dont Forget The Nails
Your nails also need moisture, a good citicle oil or cream can take care of that.

4. Cover
When your outside. Make sure to wear gloves to protect from the cold and the wind.

5.  Nighttime
The nighhours are perfect for extra moisturizing. Get a thicker moisturizer, coat your hands with it and put on a pair of thin cotton gloves to lock the moisturizer onto your hands instead of it going all over your sheets. if you want you can also use plastic gloves or bags.

Products

Moisturizer

The Body ShopWild Rose Hand Cream
The Body Shop –  Almond Hand & Nail Cream
The Body Shop  –Hemp Hand Protector

All Of Them
They all come in aluminium tubes that are easy to carry with you and easy to use. All of them sinks into the skin fast and they are really moisturizing

Pros
Easily absorbed
Nice Packaging
Moisturizes well
Feels really nice on the skin.
A little goes a really long way.

Cons
The first time you open the tube the pressure can push out more product than needed.
The tube can get soggy if you’re not careful.

The Body ShopWild Rose Hand Cream
This one is for Mature skin and can helpagainst color-changes in the skin. It smells like roses but the scent is pretty strong. I dont mind but it’s worth mentioning.

Pros
Smells good.

Cons
Can smell a bit to strong.

The Body Shop –  Almond Hand and Nail Cream
This one is for all skin types. It has a nice scent that’s pretty discreet. I’d recomend this one if you need one for a workplace or such. This one also cares for your nails so you
can massage this on your cuticles to.

Pros
Cares for both Nails and Hands
Smells less than the rose one but still nice

Cons
I don’t know if this is just me, but I feel this one is oilier than the rest so it feels wetter on the hands.

The Body Shop  –Hemp Hand Protector
This one is for dry skin and it’s more moisturizing that the other two. The scent however is not nice, I can’t really eplain it, I just don’t like it. Because of that I rarely use this one.

Pros
Extra moisturizing

Cons
The scent.

DependHandcream Day
Depend – Handcream Night

These are cheaper than The Body Shop Creams but works really good to. The scent is easiest described as handcream and is pretty discreet. I don’t usually like depends products, but I got a sample of the daycream and found it nice, so when I could buy the daycream and get the nightcream for free, I did.

Pros
Moisturizing
Smells discreet but still nice
Feels nice
Quickly absorbed (daycream)

Cons
The Packaging. These kind of tubes are nice but these get really suggy with product.

The Body ShopWild Rose Nourishing Hand Butter
The Body Shop –  Almond Hand & Nail Butter
The Body Shop  –Hemp Intenseive Hand Butter

All Of Them
They all come in tubs. I think the packaging is nice and they are easy to handle. These are more moisturizing than the Hand Creams so I usually use these when I’m in need of more moisture, and i use one of these at night. Wich one depends on what I feel like and how my hands feel. The Almond one is always a part of my manicure routine though. These linger on the skin for a while so they are not suitable if your in a hurry.

Pros
Nice Packaging
Moisturizes well
Feels really nice on the skin. (even more than the creams
A little goes a really long way.
Easy tubs to open/close.

Cons
As always with tubs, they can get disgusting since dust, hair and other things can stick to the creams when the lid is off

The Body ShopWild Rose Nourishing Hand Butter
This one as well as the cream is for Mature skin and can help against color-changes in the skin. It smells like the hand cream, maybe slightly stronger.

Pros
Smells good.

Cons
Can smell a bit to strong.

The Body Shop –  Almond Hand and Nail Butter
This one is for all skin types. It smells like the Cream and also treats the citicles and nails as well as the hands.

Pros
Cares for both Nails and Hands
Smells less than the rose one but still nice

Cons
I think this ine can feel to runny somtimes, depending on the temperature in the room

The Body Shop  –Hemp Intensive Hand Butter
As well as the cream it’s for dry skin and is more moisturizing than the others. But it still has that same smell. I usually use this one as a night treatment once a week.

Pros
Extra moisturizing

Cons
The scent.

Cleanser

The Body Shop Wild Rose Caring Hand Wash
The Body Shop  Almond Conditioning Hand Wash

Not much to say about these individually, They smell like the other products from the same range, slightly weaker rose scent.
These work really good, they lather nicely and feel caring. I love the twist packaging though, you don’t have to pump out products to close the pumps, you just twist.

Pros
Soap Free
Cleans well
Feels Caring
Smells good.

Cons
Don’t have any

Nails

Rosebud Perfume Co – Rosebud Salve
Depend Avocado Cuticle Oil

And Lastly products for the nails.

Rosebud Perfume Co – Rosebud Salve
I normally use this as a lip balm, but I tried it on my cuticles and its nice. i only use ut as a touch up if I’m in a hurry though.

Pros
Smells nice, like Roses
If massaged in it’s not to greasy.
An okay moisturizer
The packaging looks nice

Cons
The tub can be pretty hard to open, espescially with cold hands, and it can get really disgusting.

Depend Avocado Nail Oil
Again a Depend product I like. But I’m still looking for other Cuticle Oils. This comes in a small glas bottle with a dropper in it for easy application. I try using this daily, but normally I only use it one to three times a week. I don’t take the time to massage this in every day since I prefer to massage for a minute on each finger and then massage a cream for a minute on each finger so the products sinks in well.. Sure it’s a total of around 25 minutes each day. But I have a hard time taking the time for it.
But massaging a nail oil on is a great way to care for your nail since it also makes the growing nail stronger. It takes a little while to absorb, but if you massage every finger with the oil and then a cream for a minute each you can just wipe the residue off.

Pros
Easy to apply
A faint neutral scent

Cons
Can rub of on everything if you do something while your nails are greasy.

Well that concludes the Hand Post

Here are the earlier posts in my winter is coming Series
Winter is Coming – Lip guide Part 1, Care
Winter is Coming Lip Guide, Part 2, Products