Hey Lovelies!

This is just a post about what I use to keep my nails strong. Since my first Manicure Monday post I have received a few questions asking what I do to maintain them.
So I’m really sorry to say this and I know I’m going to sound like one of those annoying people that go “I really don’t do much to my nails, they just grow like that’… BUT I realllllly don’t do ANYTHING special to my nails to make them grow this way. My Mum’s got the most exquisite nails I have ever seen, manicurists LOVE her! So I guess I got her good nails 🙂
BUT! I did find something that helps strengthen the nails…
I have damaged my nail-bed twice in the past couple of years (I know I must’ve damaged them a million times before then, but never as bad as these situations). The first was from wrapping them and the second was from Shellac. Now the Shellac was somewhat my fault, I was getting them far too often and then most times I would just peel them off, rather than go in to the salon to get the polish dissolved.
This is why I always advice taking like a 2-3week break between each Shellac manicure, just to give your nails some time to ‘breathe’. You can get a regular change of polish manicure in between your Shellac breaks. 
The first damage from wrapping, I didn’t do anything at all to heal it, I just stopped wrapping them. But this time around with the Shellac I went out and got myself something to use. 
Orly ‘Calcium Shield’ – Nail Builder with Calcium

This is what I got. I wanted something that I could use and STILL rock some color on my nails. So I went in to the store looking for something that had calcium in it to heal my brittle nails and at the same time work as a Basecoat for my polish

I apply one coat when  I use it as a Basecoat and 2 coats when I don’t plan on wearing any nail polish over it.

I gotta say I did expect instant results, but that didn’t happen. I started to notice a difference like 4-5weeks in, but from 7-8weeks my nails were back to normal. Bear in mind I change my nail polish like twice a week, so I had a fresh coat of the Calcium Sheild each time.

Even now that my nails are back to normal, I still use this as a base coat just to keep my nails in tiptop shape. Prevention is better than cure… I can tell you that much!
Hope this answers your questions ladies. There are numerous other brands that offer nail strengthening products, but as you know I will only recommend what has worked for me. If you have some other products/tips that’s worked for you please share in the comments section 🙂
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Price: N2,000
Store: Prince Ebeano Supermarket
           Plot 1B, Block A9, Obafemi Anibaba Street, Off Admiralty Way
           (the right turn after you go past Tantalizers on Admiralty Way)
           Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
What Nail-Strenghtening products do you use?
Laters,
Ez xxX

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DETAILS
Manicure: Wow! Nails concession at L’Espace in VI
Price of Manicure: N1,500
(ps: I typically get my Nail-Art on just my ring fingers, but if you get the art on all 10 finger-nails, the price is still N1,500)
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Ez

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Hi Lovelies!

Hope you are all managing to get over the dreaded ‘Monday Blues’, well I hope my latest addition to the blog would help you get over it some.

So, I’ve always wanted to get some sort of series going on my blog and the other day it came to me! Most times (read as: “When I remember”), I share my latest manicure on my instagram page (Username: BeautyInLagos) which I tag #NOTD = Nail Of The Day. So I thought why not also post it on the blog too, but add a couple more pictures and details. So I present to you: MANICURE MONDAYS (MMs for short). On Mondays expect to see my latest manicure on the blog.

So to kick off the series, here’s a compilation of some #NOTD’s I’ve uploaded to my instagram page. Enjoy! (Oh, and my nails are natural, I haven’t got on extensions or acrylic in any of these pictures)

Manicure: Nail Studio, Victoria Island
Polish: OPI ‘Tickle My France-y’ 
Info: Polish N3000. Sold at Nail Studio
Manicure: Done Myself
Polish: Barry M ‘Foil Effect Silver’ 
Info: Polish N1600 BarryM Store in Victoria Island

Manicure: Nail Studio, Victoria Island
Polish: Essie ‘One of A Kind’
Info: Sold at Nail Studio

Manicure: Wow! Nails at The Palms Mall, Oniru/L’Espace, VI/ Hair Whisperer, Lekki Phase 1
Price of Manicure: N1500 (Nail tidy, polish and nail art)
Polish: Barry M ‘Cobalt Blue’ 
Info: Polish N1200 BarryM Store in Victoria Island. 

Manicure: Nail Studio in Victoria Island
Polish: French Manicure using Shellac/Gel.

Manicure: Blush Beauty in Victoria Island
Price of Manicure: N1000 (Change of Polish)

Manicure: Wow! Nails at The Palms Mall, Oniru/ L’Espace, VI/Hair Whisperer, Lekki Phase 1
Price of Manicure: N1500 (Nail tidy, polish and nail art)
Random Picture, wanted to share this amaze iPhone case I got from talented Nigerian Artist StudioOfMode
Buy Here: N7,500 . #BuyNigerian People!
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I’ll provide more details during the actual giveaway! So January31st! See ya!!

Laters,
Ez xxX

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I was so excited when I was told that the Wow! Nails concession at L’Espace were going to offer the ‘Caviar’ manicure as one of their services. I had been intrigued by this manicure for quite a while, so could not wait to try it out!

I have provided a little step-by-step guide on how it all went down. Enjoy!

My nails were buffed and tidied first. My natural nails were used for this, no extensions or acrylics here. Although I think you can have this manicure on both natural and artificial nails.

Picked out my manicure. The caviar manicure options are the two at the bottom-left of the picture. The other options are similar but instead of microbeads, these are crystal-like flakes. They look more like massive ‘Glitter’ scales. Another interesting manicure to check out.

Picked out a base color for my nails. PINK, of course 🙂

Such a gorgeous pink. At this point I honestly thought, just ditch the caviar and rock my nails like this. But that thought faded real quick. Was too excited to get going with the beads.

I love these multicolored microbeads. Something very ‘tutti-frutti’ about them

How do they beads stay on? It’s all down to good ol’ nail adhesive. You know the sort they use for stick-on nail extensions, yup.

So the nail adhesive is applied all over the nail and then the microbeads are spread evenly over it. Once a bead hits the nail it sticks. Obviously there will be some fall out, but with my hand held over the case, they just fall back into it. Now I got this done to all my nails, yup all TEN of them. But they did not photograph as pretty as I wanted.

I would advice getting this done as a ‘feature nail’. Basically what this means is while the rest of your nails are all a similar color, there’s one that will be different. It could be a different nail color on this one nail, or some nail-art, or in this case a caviar nail. Usually the ‘feature nail’ of choice is the ring finger, but you can get it done on any nail. You can even have two feature nails. So yeah, I’d definitely advice getting this on just the one.

Just an extra Instagram shot I posted of my nails last week! This manicure lasted about a week.

Price:

Caviar Manicure: N2500

So, what do you think? Will you be getting a ‘Caviar’ manicure soon?

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Ez xxX

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Hi Everyone!! So I’m back and as promised got a new post for you! Enjoy 🙂

I did go through a phase where I loved nail art. I got all sorts of designs done, it was ridiculous. But since I joined the corporate world, I’ve toned it down a lot. Turning up to work with big yellow smiley-faces all over your nails can make a mundane day at your desk much better, but just doesn’t look right. So I stick to plain ol’ nail-polish, but I still rock my BRIGHT colours.


WOW! Nails offer nail-art manicure services (and other manicure options) over at their concession stand at the L’Espace store in Lagos. I went over to the launch in June (yes, I know it is August, but I have to try out these places before I can recommend it to you ladies), and I was really impressed with the design choices they had on display. Their nail polish selection is quite a mish mash of very familiar products: Topshop, Barry M, Chanel, Essie, etc. I think in order for you guys to enjoy this post it needs to be a little picture heavy. So I’ll make like a magazine and keep my rambling to a minimum on this one. Have a look at the pictures.

The pictures below are my own nails showing off the little nail stick-ons I got.

I was rocking a Gel manicure that day so couldn’t get any nail-art done, opted for two little ‘bow’ stick-ons on my ring fingers.

I thought they were cute :). And they lasted a week, which is REALLY good for stick-ons.

You’d be pleased to know that WOW! nails also offer Shellac/Gel manicures for N1700. As far as I know, they are currently the cheapest in Lagos.

You can also watch a selection of dvds on their mini dvd players, while you get your manicure done.

WOW! Nails only offer manicure services and it’s not a full manicure just a little nail-tidy – neaten cuticles, shape, buff that sort of thing. Definitely no pedicures. So their services are perfect for when you need a change of polish between your routine mani/pedi appointments.

PRICES
Here are a few services (along with prices) offered at WOW! Nails:

  • Basic Manicure (shape, buff, polish & cuticle oil) – N1500
  • Acrylic Nails – Full Set N3000, Acrylic Removal N500, Add on Art N700
  • Gel Polish – N1700 
  • Leopard Print Manicure – N2500
  • Crackle Polish Manicure – N2500
  • Half Moon Manicure – N2500
  • Rainbow Tips Manicure – N2500

These are not all the services they offer, just pop in to find out more. Walk-ins are very welcome and appointments can also be made in advance.

So head on over to L’Espace by LPM and get some funky nail art done! Don’t forget to come back and let me know how the experience went.

Address
L’Espace
19A Olosa Street, Off Karimu Kotun Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos.

Do you love a bit of nail-art? Or are you just a regular polish kind of girl?

Laters,
Ez xxX

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Can I just say that I am SO impressed this is available in Lagos. This is the best thing that has happened to my ‘nail-polishing’ experience!

In my quest for lasting nail-polish I initially went down the ‘wrapping’ route. I used to get my nails wrapped, which is a process similar to the acrylic process, minus the extensions. My experience with that was HORRIBLE. My nail-bed was terribly weakened and my nails were left in horrific conditions. Goes without saying, I’ll never try that again, EVER!. When my friend told me about the Shellac Manicure she got I was a little apprehensive, because she said she placed her hands under some ‘light’. I thought they would have to file my nail-bed and make it coarse before they applied anything, that is the WORST thing anyone could willingly allow happen to their nails. All you ladies who love acrylic nails, I canNOT understand how you allow this. Anyways…..

In order to write-up this post, I had to do some minor research online, nothing tedious just a little ‘google-action’, just so I could get the right terms to use.

I’ll describe a Shellac Manicure as awesomeness. If you are like me and your nails are pretty decent and you do not need any enhancements (eg.acrylic/gel nails), you would love this too! Shellac is a hybrid manicure, meaning it is  half nail-polish, half gel. The product is thin and strong enough to be applied just like a regular nail polish, but is cured using a UV lamp which makes it last for up to 14days. And it leaves a nice shiny, glossy finish!

A week ago I went in to Blush to meet up with my girls and as I was waiting around I thought I’d get a Shellac Manicure, since I wasn’t doing anything. And I have got NO REGRETS. Here’s a step by step guide on how it went down. The entire process took about 30mins.

First off I picked out a colour… No surprises it was PINK! 🙂

My nail polish was taken off and nails filed and buffed and then this was applied. It is the Shellac Base Coat.

After it was applied my nails were popped under the UV lamp, one hand after the other.

The first coat of the Shellac Colour was applied and it was back under the UV lamp for 2mins.

The 2nd coat aaaaaaand, repeat as before.

Then the top coat was applied. And then the final 2mins of UV and I was done.

This was the interesting part. The 99% isopropyl alcohol was used to wipe down each nail. When the technician was about to do this I was scared. I thought the colour would rub off. You know how it is, we all do the ‘witch-hands’ to avoid getting smudged polish after a manicure, then someone brings a WET cotton-wool in the direction of said manicure…. lol! But it was fine, this was the final necessary process.

Here’s the finished product! I love it… I know, very bright! It’s not this neon in real life, but it is a bold colour. It’s taken me a little while to do this post, because I wanted to show you guys my nails 10days on…

Literally just took this now! Look at that…. Not a chip in sight and not much difference, except you can see my nails are growing and it’s creating a gap at the top.

For me a Shellac Manicure is perfect, because my nails are long enough and I don’t need extensions. During my research on Shellac I found these interesting facts I thought I’d share:

  • Those looking to lengthen their nails, you cannot use Shellac to create a longer nail
  • Shellac isn’t for clients with extremely damaged nail beds, split or peeling nails
  • It is best to get on a corrective program with your manicurist before thinking about Shellac
  • If your nail is peeling off, it will take Shellac with it.



PRICE
You can get this amazing manicure at Blush Salon for N2000.

My only gripe is they haven’t got a huge range of colours, but the lovely owner tweeted me that she’s got new colours in soon. The technician who worked on my nails also confirmed this. So you know I’ll be sure to tweet you guys when they’re in. This isn’t to say they haven’t got any colours at all. Pop in and have a look, I’m pretty sure something would catch your eye!

I heard the Shellac Manicure is also offered at Nail Place in Victoria Island. Might give them a try since I’m due for a change this weekend. And also to bring you guys a review!

Anyone know anywhere else that offers Shellac Manicure in Lagos?

PS: Thanks Mo’ for taking these pictures! Grumpy photographer lol..xxx


Laters,
Ez xxX

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Remember I said I’ll post a NOTD using one of my Essie Nailpolishes…..

This is the colour in the spotlight today.

I can only describe it as Grey with brown Undertones

Here it is on. Shot it in the sunlight so you would see the actual colour payoff.

And there’s my first NOTD post! Short and sweet.

What Colour are you rocking currently on your nails?

Laters,
Ez xxX

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