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May. 12.

Manicure Monday: Acrylic Stars

thHappy new week everyone! I hope the weather isn’t getting everyone down and that it picks up soon. Go away rain, it’s meant to be summer time now! Unfortunately I don’t have a new mani for you today. Last week while shaving I managed to jump the razor onto one of my nails and take a chunk out of it. OUCH! It’s healing well though, and I’ll be good to go for next week. Fortunately though I do still have something to show you! These acrylic overlays with stars.

I got these done at the end of September last year, as a departure from my usual DIY polish, or 2 week mani, which I tend to prefer. I had seen though, a manicurist whose work I had admired for a while was looking for people to practice on, and volunteered.

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We had discussed what we would do with my nails, and as she was super impressed with the length of my own nails, we didn’t bother with extensions on my fingers, just overlaying the natural nail with acrylic. We did do short extensions on the thumbs though, just to even out the length. Then came the thoughts of  what to do with them. Feeling slightly adventurous I said to have fun with them, but nothing too crazy. I then sat back and let her get to work.

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And these were the results. I love the way how the mix of white, black, positive and negative stars work together without needing to be a riot of colour. The glitter layer underneath adds a hint of sparkle, and the crystals add a nice accent on the ring finger (though they did eventually start disappearing)

They were also extremely hard wearing. Having been done on the 26th of September, they were still going strong at the start of November, even if they were showing signs of wear and were growing out.

Would I have something like that again? Yes. Is it something I would go for often? No. I think something like this should be an every so often treat, and I would appreciate it more by not having it done all the time. Besides, as a polish magpie, I have so many polishes to play with too!

These were done by Annya Slufirski of Annya Studio in Tallaght. See more of her work on her Facebook page.

Robyn

What do you think? Would you go for nails like this, or are they a bit too out there for you?

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Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!
Apr. 10.

Tested Thursday: Eyebrow Threading at Shavata Brow Studio, Dundrum

tt-shavatathI’ve been neglecting my brows.  I know, I’m awful and will hand back my beauty blogger card for such a heinous crime in a moment. They haven’t been touched since October. I’ve had other things to be dealing with though, and my eyebrows dropped on the list of priorities. My hair is still on the to-do list, but that’s another story. I did, however, rectify the brow problem today at the Shavata Brow Studio in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.

For those of you not in the know, eyebrow threading, or any kid of threading, involves removing the hair follicle using a fine cotton thread. Like tweezing it pulls out the hair  from the follicle, so none is left behind. Unlike tweezing, it removes short lines of hairs at once, so it is quicker, and professionals can be very accurate with it, allowing them to shape your brows with the thread. It is not pain free, there is some level of discomfort involved, but it is short lived and in no way unbearable.

Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!

Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!

I was fortunate that even though I was a walk up client someone was immediately available, and after a brief discussion on how I wanted it to look, I took off my glasses, sat back and let her get on with it.

A little while later, we were done with the thread, and after tweezing away a couple of stray hairs, and applying a little soothing gel I was pronounced good to go.

After, with nicely structured, healthy looking brows

After, with nicely structured, healthy looking brows

What do you think? I believe it has made a real improvement. It hasn’t really thinned out the brows, they still look nice and full, but they look so much more structured, like I actually care about them. They no longer look like one hairy caterpillar sittinng on top of my eyes, so I think that’s a win.

Eyebrow threading at Shavata costs €20, and with their loyalty card, after every 5, you get your 6th free.

What’s your preferred method of eyebrow shaping? Are you a DIY kind of girl? Where do you go to get yours done, and how often? Let me know in the comments.

Robyn

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