DIY gel nailpolish: SensatioNail

February 27, 2014 | 6 comments so far - join the discussion!

I’ve blogged about how much I love gel polish before – to which alot of us in Aust refer to as “Shellac”. The term “Shellac” is sort of like GHD, there are so many other brands out there with a similar product, but we still say “I GHD’ed my hair today”.

 

Well, I’ve never used a “Shellac” kit before to DIY my gel polish, but I have seen lots of different products on the market. Finally, I’m able to try it out myself!!

 

Introducing..

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I got this Starter kit. Basically, it includes a Gel primer/top coat, Gel Cleanser, Gel polish and a UV lamp to set the polish. This is the result of the polish I used – a Champagne Ice/Pink colour.

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As I already had gel polish on, I had to remove my polish first! I usually get all this done at a salon so I already know how they do it. This time, when I had to do it myself, it was just really easy cause SensatioNail has everything ready for you.

I used the Gel Polish Removal Kit (on the left) to remove my existing polish. It contains a bottle of Acetone, neatly cut pieces of foil with a cotton piece glued to it. The kit also includes a filer/buffer and a wooden stick to help you push the gel polish off. Instructions are carefully written on the back of the box to ensure you do it properly too. Don’t ruin your real nails! That’s how I grew mine to be so long!

 

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The removal process is really easy. Basically you soak the cotton piece attached to the foil with acetone, then you wrap your nail with the piece of foil and soak for 10-15mins. After you remove the piece of foil, your gel polish should be soft enough for you to push it off with the wooden stick.

Buff your nails until they look smooth and you’re ready for your new set of gel polish!

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My polish of choice is THIS ONE because I had to go to a work event this week and wanted to have clean and polished nails. Gel polishes typically last for up to 2 weeks, but I think I’ve worn mine for up to 3 weeks!! So it really depends on how you wear them!

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My SensatioNail UV Lamp is awesome because it has a button on the top which is auto-timed at 1 minute – making it much easier for me to set my gel polish properly without having to use a timer. It also makes a little squeaky noise at 30secs – which allows you to set the Gel primer/top coats which only require 30 secs setting time.

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This is the final result but my first time gel-polishing my own nails!!!

 

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I’m proud of myself! And it only really took about 15-20mins all up!!!

I would actually highly recommend the SensatioNail starter kit and I think I’m going to continue purchasing their products when I’ve finished with this set!

 

SensatioNail will be available in Australia in February 2014. Keep a look out. xx

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Career talk

February 21, 2014 | 2 comments so far - join the discussion!

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Why do I say that? Read on.

Most of us aren’t actually in the place of our lives where we ultimately want to be. Right? Well, I for one know I am not yet.

According to 2,000 Australians (research conducted by Open Universities Australia), 58.1% of Aussies are considering another job!

Whether it’s bad pay, long hours, a bad team/employer, sometimes, all we want is a change.

For me? I don’t want a career change. I just want three careers. Greedy, aren’t I?

I’ve never mentioned it, but IRL, I actually do Financial Planning. I hear a loud ‘WOAH’ behind your screen. Haha. I get it all the time! How different from beauty blogging is that?

I mean, I love Financial Planning. It helps me as a ‘growing adult’ to manage my finances and it really helps me guide family and friends too. For me, it’s always been a self-satisfactory career. I love learning about how each strategy can benefit me and my clients, as well as my friends and family. Win win.

But outside of Financial Planning, I’ve always been interested in videography/video-editing. How I wish I was able to create amazing visual content for YouTube, or create a wedding video as beautiful as the ones I’ve seen. My imagination runs wild when I think about what I could POSSIBLY do if I knew how to do it. I love visual art.

So whether you want to make a complete change or  you don’t want to give up your current career but want to learn about something you’re passionate about, then take a look at Open Universities Australia! Basically, Open Universities Australia gives you the flexibility to fit online study into your busy life – no matter what course you want to study and how old you are!

I found this unit called Digital Video Projects 201 which I want to study! You can study all the units ONLINE and the duration depends on the unit itself!

Digital Video Projects 201 is only 13 weeks and the only assessments are ASSIGNMENTS! This means, after the 13 weeks of online studying, I can become a movie-editing expert!

So if you like, you can study individual subjects/units just to learn more about a topic, but if you want an Undergrad or Postgrad, you will need to study sufficient units to complete your degree.

Similar to most colleges/universities, Open Universities Australia gives you the option to access HECS and FEE-HELP so even if you can’t afford to pay for your course today, you can pay it back later. It also offers student counselling, 24/7 tutorial support and access to a student success hub to help you reach your goals.

Read more about Open Universities Australia and know that your best days are still ahead of you!

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the other kinda basics

January 29, 2014 | 2 comments so far - join the discussion!

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Photograph by Adam Addario

Top by Cotton On, Shorts by SES, Necklace by Lovisa, Sandals by VentiAnni (Hong Kong), Clutch by Tobi, Rings by Najo Jewellery and Kamali Moon


 

I’m venturing out into fashion blogging now so hopefully I will have more blog posts!! Support my photographer, Adam Addario – he’s doing a great job putting up with my camera shy poses!! And please support by hyping up my photo on Lookbook.nu!!

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Shellac pearly pink

January 28, 2014 | No comments yet - you should start the discussion!

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Manicures are so important in looking polished.

I choose Shellac because it’s the most efficient way of keeping your nails looking great for weeks without spending an excessive amount $ or high maintenance. Out of all the times I’ve had Shellac done, I think my favourite is this pearly pink.

 

 

  City Nails & Beauty
1f/5 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9235 1587 

 

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