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Why I Love LCN Nails

Why I Love LCN Nails

LCN Nails in Rose Quartz A lot of my clients ask me why I choose the products that I do. Especially the nail and facial clients. So let me start by borrowing a few words from the LCN nails page. They have a wonderful write up about why we should choose LCN: It’s a healthy choice: “Reduced risk of forming allergies with LCN light curing products. Clients often develop an allergy to the Monomers, Primers and Acids after many years of use. LCN light curing products do not use Acetone, solvents or Acids. LCN does not test products on animals in any way and conforms to EC Cosmetic Regulation No 1223/2009 which prohibits the testing of cosmetic products on animals in Germany and the European Union.” These truly are superior light curing products: “Continued research and development and product improvements ensure the highest level of bio-compatibility and lowest heat build-up during the curing process. LCN light curing products are highly durable, flexible to mimic the properties of the natural nail, they do not yellow under UV and sunlight.” I can really give you the finish that you need for your nails: ” LCN light curing products allow you to offer services according to your preferences, and customized to the specific needs of your clients. Clients with dry, brittle, weak, damaged nails and those with healthy normal nails all have different requirements for the types of products most suited to them. The LCN light curing product range allows you to create results that are tailored to your clients’ needs and achieve optimal results.” They do provide a number of other...

The Great Nail Competition

Skull and Crossbone Nail done with black chrome powder and white stamp, adorned with faux ruby eyes for that wicked, beyond the grave glare. Let’s start at the beginning shall we? When I started doing nails, it was the year 2008 and I was a young thing making my mark in an upmarket beauty salon in Bryanston. I had never considered studying the art of artificial nails as at the time, my number one passion was skin care. It became apparent that the business could benefit from more of their staff offering to do these treatment and the idea grew on me gradually until one day I approached my boss and requested the time off to do these studies. I completed my course and as with any new skill, it took a while to master. Each product had a specific texture and viscosity and needed to be handled with a different pressure and with a different brush. In those days, nail art was not commonly requested and so I didn’t develop my skills in that arena just yet. It wasn’t until a number of years later, when I had begun my own business and was admiring the nails of one of my waxing clients that I realized there may be a decent market in this for me. She told me casually over a hollywood wax that she drives all the way into the south of Johannesburg to get her nails done because no-one offers art in our area. I decided at that moment that I was going to learn how to do this. As some of you already know,...
Best to Start in Winter

Best to Start in Winter

Winter is at it’s peak…Almost When asked if I prefer winter or summer, I choose winter! I just love it! All the boots, coats, scarves, winter pajamas and dressing gowns, fluffy blankets, evenings spent by the fire. Winter also allows for endless snuggling without overheating, pastas, soups, hot chocolates. What’s not to love right? There are a few things to consider doing in winter that are also better than summer. For instance, if you’ve fallen into the habit of shaving and you can’t seem to change over to waxing because of the unsightly regrowth, winter is the time for this. Your hair cycle takes a few months to adjust to waxing so winter is a great time to start since you can hide the evidence under your fabulous fashion. It’s also a great time to sort out facial pigmentation. With very few people hanging out in the sun, there’s little risk of adding to solar pigmentation. I use RegimA power peels for this treatment as I’ve found it to be an extremely effective solution. The home care is affordable and I can customize your packages to suit your individual needs. Winter is also terrible for dehydration and this treatment has so many benefits that you’ll be sorted on that issue as well. I do very few pedicure treatments in the winter because quite obviously, most ladies little piggies are hiding inside a few layers of socks and warm boots. I still enjoy a good soak in the foot spa, a heel scrub, massage and a paraffin treatment to keep the feet in tip top shape. This helps to rid...

Sleep Later With my Winter Plan

Am I the only one waking up later and later as the winter approaches? Staying in bed and forming a good trust relationship with our duvets is very important. Looking our best is also important. What’s a girl to do? I’m sure you’ve heard some of this advice before, but some of it is just pure genius in my unbiased opinion. Always check the weather forecast and plan your outfits the night before. That’ll save you at least thirty minutes of changing outfits and complaining that you have no clothes. Pack a healthy lunch and snack for work so you don’t land up giving in to the chips calling your name from the vending machine. Remember that summer bodies are made in winter. Wash and blow dry your hair at night. Depending on your style, sleeping on a satin pillow case will minimize bumps and frizz so you’ll have less work to do in the morning. With RegimA’s simple skin routine, five minutes at the basin will have your skin looking radiant every day.  While I’m on the topic, don’t forget to come through and have your skin reassessed as the season’s change. A small adjustment in your routine can make all the difference between dry flaky skin and hydrated luminous skin. We’ve got your wardrobe, hair, skin and food requirements sorted, all that’s left is the makeup. I’m in the process of trying out my winter makeup plan and I’m loving it! The process is simple, wake up with your makeup on! We offer permanent makeup from eyebrows to eyeliner and even lips. Once you have your lines...
So… What do you do for a living?

So… What do you do for a living?

This is one of those questions that I either love or hate while out in a group. That all depends on who’s asking the question. If I’m out with a bunch of ladies and there’s a few new faces, it can be a really fun conversation starter. I always start with, “I have my own beauty salon.” This normally flows effortlessly into nails, makeup, skin care and all kinds of helpful tips and tricks that I enjoy giving out so much that I never consider it work to do over a cocktail or two. If we’re already on the second cocktail then the conversation moves swiftly only what waxing most ladies do and if certain practices regarding bodily hair are “normal”. There’s much giggling and wrinkling of noses while this conversation takes place, but I’m glad it does because there are so many misconceptions about what’s normal that I’m happy to dispel these. I’ll have to do a new blog entry about these misconceptions or we’ll be here all day. If, however, I’m out with a mixed group and a man asked me this question, the conversation has a variety of directions it can take. Sometimes, to my delight, the man becomes genuinely interested and asks me questions on how he can improve his own personal grooming. Or, adorably, he could pull his significant other into the question and we could all talk about how she can unwind and relax more. Sometimes though, the man goes straight to the, “Do you wax a lot of pu**y?” question. I die a little inside before politely diverting the conversation elsewhere. What...