Sunday, 31 July 2011

Swarovski/Diamonte Crystal Toes Pedicure

I first saw these pedicures advertised last year when they were launched in the industry.  Basically, individual crystals are applied one at a time to the toe nails to give the ultimate "toe nail bling".     Lovers of this treatment include Holly Willoughby and was featured on the "This Morning Show"

Beautiful as they looked I decided at the time not to advertise this pedicure at Beauty by Theresa due to the fact that many clients would not be willing to pay for the cost of this treatment.  You imagine how long it takes to apply these one at a time, plus the cost of the actual crystals themselves.

So, a few weeks ago I had a call from a lovely client (who I havent seen before) asking if I did these pedicures.  After a little discussion over the time and cost involved I agreed to carry out the treatment on a test basis.

Well - here is the result: 

What do you think?

The thing is the photo doesnt do it justice and doesnt show how beautiful and "blingy" these stones really are!  

I use between 250 and 300 individual stones and it took over 2 and half hours to do!  Overall I am really pleased with how it went - for my first treatment of this type.  There are things I have learned from it and things I may do a little different next time but I will now be adding this to my treatment menu.   These weren't actual Swarovski stones but in my opinion worked really, really well!

It can be done  on all 10 toes (as featured here) or can be featured on the big toes only with either silver minx or sparkly glitter on the remaining toes.

The cost will vary depending on the treatment done but you can be expected to pay from £40 for a featured crystal toe and from £60 for a full set.

So tell me - is this something you would have done and would be willing to pay for?  Have you ever had it done?  What did you think? 

x x x

Friday, 29 July 2011

Weekly Nail Blog Round-Up

I know its been a while but now I have caught up with myself coming backwards here is this weeks Nail Blog Round up.   x x x

Grace designed some yummy candy striped nails
Sharon is having a giveaway to celebrate her blog birthday
Nicky tested out OPI it’s my year for their new collection
Ladyluck is also celebrating her blog birthday with a giveaway!
Sarah created a movie buff manicure and demonstrated some SdP plates
Theresa showed us the amazing new Gelish Aurora collection
Stacie played with some holographic paint flakes from ebay

Gelish Aurora Efx - Update

As promised, I said I would update you all when the Gelish Aurora Efx range arrived here at Beauty by Theresa - and guess what?????    They are here!!!!! :)

Had a busy, busy client day yesterday so havent had much chance to play yet but got up eager this morning to start playing:

There are 6 in the collection and I have done all 6 on the colour wheel on the left without any layering done - so in their true colours.  Some of them work really well like that and I think some will work better layered over other colours from the Gelish range.   

What I can tell you is that photos dont give a true reflection of the 3d colour in this range.  So - you need to see them in flesh so to speak to appreciate the different effect these really give!

I am going to have a play with some layering of colours shortly so you can see how the colours change - so yet again - watch this space!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

New Gelish Aurora Efx - a Third Nail Dimension?

Well a few weeks ago I got wind of the new collection that Harmony are adding to the Gelish Semi Permanent Gel Polish called Aurora Efx - the following picture gives you an idea of what they will be like:

Well guess what?   It is now in the UK and I "should" be getting my little hands on all of them by the end of this week!!!!!!!!!!    Can you tell I am very excited!!!!!!  :)

They are designed to be warn as a colour all by them selves or you can layer them on top of another existing gelish colour to get a further fabulous 3d effect colour.    They are all based on magical and mystical themes with names such as : " Izzy Wizzy, Lets Get Busy, The Great Googly Moogly, Ali Babas Sim Sala Bim, Oocha Coocha Bing Bang Bam Alakazy Alakazam, Wiggle Fingers Wiggle Thumbs That's the Way Magic Comes".   Cant you just "feel that magic!"

This picture shows you how the layering efx works:  All the efx colours were layered over the black gelish:

These examples were done by the fab Nail Harmony Master Educator - Bev Rose - owner of Nails at Home in Lincolnshire!   See her fab work here:  Nails at Home in Lincolnshire

Thanks Bev x x x

As soon as I get them I will post you an update - so - watch this space!!!!!!!