WAH nails review….

I have said this so many times on this blog, so sorry to my regular readers because here comes another…..I have no patience with nail varnish. Occasionally when I have a spare hour I will sit down and give them a paint, full of promise and positivity which quickly disappears when i realise my nails are still tacky and I want to make a cup of tea and play on my phone. SO, it may come as a surprise to some that i have been following WAH nails since its conception.
“In 2008, founder Sharmadean Reid had an inkling that the nail art she and her friends had been sporting for years was about to hit the mainstream (and having working as a trend consultant since graduating from Central St Martins, she should know!) After another bad experience at a local nail salon (they refused to do the Dior double french) she decided she was going to open her own salon where you could have “Whatever you wanted on your fingertips” and of course, it would be called WAH Nails.”  (http://www.wah-nails.com/about)
I like their whole ethos. WAH started not just a nail bar but a lifestyle enhancement. And of-course, I always admire business women who aren’t afraid of coming out with something new, which is exactly what Sharmadean Reid did. Oh and I hate french manicures…
Not being one to splurge on beauty treatments (i’m usually a D.I.Y kinda gal) I never booked myself in…until Saturday. That’s right, i finally splurged, and I’m so glad I did, I’m in love! Here is what my nails looked like:
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 The lovely WAH girl Cherry did my nails in a surprisingly short amount of time. Considering my nails are quite short for the designs I wanted, I thought she did an amazing job. I was very familiar with WAH’s classic mix and match and knew that is what I wanted. I think next time I will get something more unified for a change. I paid £37.50 for this, a little pricey but I could no way do this art myself so I was happy to pay it. I would’t recommend the studs unless the nails are for a special occasion the same day as they have already fallen off, which i knew they would once the nail varnish got too hard.
All in all I really enjoyed my experience and am already planning my next trip. Follow @wahnails on Instagram for amazing nail inspiration and to book an appointment at the Oxford street salon call: +44 (0)20 7927 7844
You can also get WAH nails latest book full of tutorials and more at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Nails-Book-Downtown-Girls/dp/174270591X/ref=pd_sim_b_1
More mix and match ideas!

More mix and match ideas!

 

The WAH Nails Book of Downtown Girls

The WAH Nails Book of Downtown Girls

Double liquid liner

Winter is fast approaching…booo, but take solace in the knowledge that with new seasons come new make-up trends. One of them being the double flick liquid liner. Think a modern-day Cleopatra. Winter allows you to be a bit bolder with your make-up, so think like an Egyptian and double up!

Once you have mastered your liquid liner on your top lashes, you CAN do the same on your bottom lashes, so be brave and give it a go. Once you have done your top lash line, start half way along your lower lash line, stay as close as you can to the lashes and follow the natural eye line. Make the bottom line slightly longer than the top to elongate the eye. If you are feeling extra adventurous, why not draw the line slightly away from the lash line. This will not only make your eyes look bigger, but showcase a retro 60’s look.

PS. I prefer liquid liners with a hard nib, because they give you more control than the teeny tiny brushes. My fav is Barry M Liquid Liner in black. £4.79.

 

 

Why have one flick?

When you can have two?

 

Kim k loves a double flick!!

on the catwalk…..

 

HD Brows

Ladies (and Gentlemen), skinny eyebrows are a definite no no. Brows are back in fashion and back with vengeance because when it comes to the eyebrow, bolder is most definitely better. Would the likes of Beyonce or Kim Kardashian be seen with sketched on brows? No, because like the rest of the fashion world, they are embracing strong eyebrows.

Skinny, faint eyebrows don’t suit anyone. Fact. Strong, confident brows are the way forward, but this statement look needs a helping hand…enter HD brows. Re-shaping your brows can be a daunting process, but trust me, after visiting a HD brow stylist; you will never go back to tweezing again.

My brows have been through it all, over plucking, excessive waxing, pencilling in, trimming, you name it, I have done it to my brows! I heard about HD brows through word of mouth, and after looking at way too many pictures of myself with dodgy brows, I thought to myself, “what have I got to lose”.

HD brows is not only a treatment, it’s a personalised service that caters to your individual brow needs. Perhaps what makes HD brows different (and better) is that the perfect shape is established before a single hair is plucked or threaded. The technician sketched the brow shape she thought would suit my face shape, once I was satisfied the next step was the HD tint.  I have never had an eyebrow tint that lasted so long. My HD brow tint lasted at least 2 weeks longer than other tints I have had in other salons, so well worth the money!

Next was threading. I have had my eyebrows threaded before and have always been abit wary because they looked VERY thin after…not a good look. But because the shape was already established, the results were perfect. My eyebrows were also trimmed for a streamline effect and any strays were also plucked out.

Unlike other brow treatments, my HD technician advised about after care and how to fill in my brows. She used the HD brow pallet fill in any gaps and create a more striking look. This also helps between treatments as it keeps the shape defined, meaning if you do get a few stray hairs,  you don’t make the mistake of plucking into the shape.

HD brow treatments do vary. Although mine were threaded, depending on individual needs wax is also used. My eyebrows had some shape to them already so it wasn’t necessary to use both!

I was more than happy with the results. People underestimate the benefits of a good brow shape. It can make your face look slimmer, define your features and give you a completely new look. The results were long lasting as well. I didn’t have to go back to the salon for 7 weeks and even when I did, they were in much better condition than what they would have been without my HD brow treatment.

For your nearest HD salon go to: http://www.hd-brows.co.uk/salon-finder

Before: Blink and you'll miss them!!!

After: POW

After: Boom!