A’pieu Madecassoside Cica Cream Review

This is a full product review of the A’pieu Madecassoside Cream. This facial moisturiser is a watery gel which is jam-packed full of healing and hydrating ingredients. But is it worth the hype? I’ve used one full tube of this cream and I’m ready to review it for you. I’ll be letting you know about the ingredients, the claims, who it’s good for, and fundamentally, if it works!

So, keep reading if you’d like to know if it’s worth splashing the cash on!

What are the claims?

This cream claims to:
-Keep skin hydrated and balanced
-Soothe inflamed and reddened skin
-Absorb quickly

So it sounds like this cream is going to be great for those with compromised skin barriers. By this, I mean people who have very dry or dehydrated skin, or maybe have some skin damage due to skin conditions, sun damage, or going too hard with the strong skincare ingredients (I’ve definitely been there before). This cream should help to soothe and settle irritated, flaky and itchy skin.

But do the ingredients reflect these claims?

Let’s break down the ingredients. The main skin soothing ingredients in this cream are centella asiatica (leaf water and extract), madecassoside, glycerin and urea. Let’s get into these now.

Centella asiatica is an asian herb which helps to soothe compromised skin. It can help revitalise the skin’s protective barrier which definitely contributes to the cream’s claims. I can see how this ingredient would help to soothe inflamed and reddened skin. This cream contains 2 forms of centella asiatica, and 40% of the cream is made up of the leaf water, so there is plenty of the ingredient to have a good effect.

Madecassoside is an active ingredient which has a soothing, anti-redness effect. It is actually a molecule found in centella asiatica, which can help to make the skin feel smoother and reduce itchiness. This is a great skincare ingredient to look out for, especially if you have dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin.

Glycerin is an extremely common skincare ingredient- for a reason! It attracts water to the skin, which helps to plump up and rehydrate the skin. This definitely backs up the cream’s claim of being hydrating!

Urea is often used in skincare products, particularly in those for eczema and psoriasis, as it helps to treat extremely dry and rough skin. It is a humectant, like glycerin, in the way that it attracts water to the skin. Urea helps with dry and itchy skin, so this is a further skincare ingredient for healing dry skin!

As you can see, this cream is jam-packed full of healing, soothing ingredients- but did I notice a difference?

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Texture of the cream

Does it work?

I used the A’pieu Madecassoside Cream when I was going through a period of very dry skin, which was triggered by over-using an air-heater. Because air heaters can make the air very dry, my skin wasn’t getting enough moisture and it became dry and dehydrated.

I slathered this cream on in the day during this time, and used it until the tube ran out in order to be able to review it properly. While my skin was very dry and dehydrated, it felt soft and soothing on my skin. Although it is a cream, it has a watery, gel like texture (due to the 40% centella asiatica leaf water) which is quite pleasant. But watch out when squeezing the tube; my mirror took a couple of hits as it’s runnier than expected!

When I used it during this period of dry skin, my skin absorbed it all and I felt like I needed a second layer of cream. After a couple more days I noticed that my skin’s condition wasn’t improving (despite no longer using the heater), so I had to slather on some CeraVe Moisturising Cream (the one in the tub), which contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. This one always repairs my skin barrier and leaves me balanced in one or two days.

This A’pieu cream was soothing, and it definitely didn’t irritate my already compromised skin, but it didn’t exactly heal the problem. My skin’s scaliness, itchiness and dryness cleared up after about a week, which I think was due to the CeraVe, but I do think this helped in bringing hydration into my skin. This is of course just my experience based on my skin, and I can’t deny that this product isn’t stuffed full of healing and soothing ingredients.

I continued to use this cream for a further month and a half (until the tube finished). When I was using it on healthy, balanced skin (when the dryness had cleared up), I noticed that my skin didn’t absorb all the cream like before. In fact, it left my combination skin feeling quite moisturised (and a bit shiny).  This isn’t something that bothers me in particular, as I prefer my skin to be dewy rather than matte. But, I don’t think the cream’s claim of ‘absorbing quickly’ is true at all.

I don’t think this is a cream for those with oily skin!

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Final thoughts

Overall, I think the A’pieu Madecassoside Cream is a nice, soothing cream. If you’re looking for a day cream which is gentle without being too heavy and oily, this is a good one for you! I definitely recommend this cream for those who have compromised skin barriers or who need a good boost of hydration from their day-time moisturiser. This cream will leave you balanced, but it can have a bit of a shiny finish to it, so avoid it if you like to feel matte.

Although this is a nice cream, it’s not revolutionary in my opinion. It didn’t fix my dry skin problems; I need more from a ‘skin improvement’ cream, and I think those with eczema and psoriasis will too. I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase right now, but I could see myself using it as my day cream in the future as it’s gentle and inoffensive and I like how moisturised my skin feels when using this. It doesn’t do amazing things for my skin, but sometimes you just need a soothing, gentle cream.

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Bye for now,

Jazmin

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Are sheet masks worth it? (+ Alternatives to sheet masking)

Sheet masks are super popular right now. Although they make a fun part of a pampering routine, are sheet masks actually necessary for healthy skin? Absolutely not! Worse; they’re unsustainable and harmful to the environment. To find out why I no longer use sheet masks, and to learn some eco-friendly alternatives to sheet masks, keep on reading!

First of all, what are sheet masks?

Sheet masks are thin cotton or synthetic based sheets that are soaked with essence and placed on the face for 15 to 20 minutes. The essence left on the skin once the time is up is not rinsed off. Instead, it should be patted into the skin to help it be absorbed. The sheet mask is then discarded.

In Korean skincare routines, sheet masks are used daily, while some might enjoy using them once or twice a week. These masks provide the skin with a boost of hydration and can give the skin a plump, glowy look.

Are sheet masks bad?

I don’t use sheet masks anymore, but is this because they’re bad? NO! Sheet masks do give you a nice bouncy look to your skin, and give you hydration. They’re certainly not bad for your skin. But when it comes to being bad for the environment… well, sheet masks aren’t the best. Using that amount of single-use plastic packaging daily or even weekly really adds up quickly. It’s a waste that I don’t think is necessary as:

You can get the same effects of sheet masks from hydrating toners, serums or essences applied directly to the skin as part of your skincare routine (more on this later)!

Sheet masks aren’t bad for the skin, but there are some important things to note:

1Masks should always be followed up by moisturiser. Many people aren’t aware of this, and don’t use moisturiser after masking. In the long run, this might dry their skin out more than if they didn’t use sheet masks at all!

This is because sheet masks hydrate, but they don’t moisturise. Hydration and moisturisation are different. Hydration means re-establishing your skin’s water content, whereas moisturisation refers to boosting your skin’s oils. Using a moisturiser is key after using sheet masks to stop all the hydration offered by the mask from just evaporating away! But because sheet masks contain so much essence (more than can be absorbed by the skin), most people will not feel the need to use a moisturiser after masking, which can dry out the skin!

2- Some sheet masks use some vary basic hydrating ingredients that do not justify their price. The main hydrating ingredients in sheet masks are usually water, followed by glycerin. Cheaper sheet masks pack their essence full of sunflower oil; although this is not bad for the skin, it’s not what we expect when buying an expensive sheet mask. Also, sunflower oil is a moisturiser, not a hydrator (as it’s an oil), so it could actually block the hydration of some of the hydrating ingredients actually in your mask!

At this point, it might sound like I hate sheet masks, but I really don’t!

I love how pampering and indulgent it can feel to put on a sheet mask and read a book or watch some TV for 15-20 minutes. And if your skin is very dehydrated or dry, you might really enjoy the occasional sheet mask.

I just don’t think sheet masks are worth the amount of waste they produce! If your skin is really dry or dehydrated, buying a product that has multiple uses in it (like a serum or cream) produces way less waste than these single-use sheets. And for those of us who use skincare every day, sheet masking is just a redundant step!

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So why have I stopped using sheet masks?

I just don’t feel like sheet masks are anything special, and they’re quite wasteful. Sheet masks are individually wrapped in plastic, and the masks themselves can be made of synthetic materials which aren’t biodegradable nor recyclable (the kind of waste that just goes to landfill). If sheet masks were the only way to give my skin the hydration it needs, this would not bother me as much as I could justify them as necessary waste. But because I can get the same boost of hydration from more eco-friendly options (see below!), why would I produce so much waste up to 7 days a week?!

As I’ve been trying to make my skincare routine more eco-friendly, sheet masks are an element of skincare that I’m happy to say bye-bye to.

What can I use instead of sheet masks?

If you’re interested in getting a boost of hydration but you don’t want to dish out on sheet masks, I would recommend hydrating toners, serums or essences. Look out for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, as these both attract water from the air and draw it into your kin. I would also recommend snail mucin (yes, snail slime!), propolis and rose water as hydrating ingredients. As with sheet masks, you should use a moisturising cream or oil at the end of your routine to lock in all the hydrating ingredients and keep your skin plump and hydrated.

I prefer to get my hydration in in the form of serums, as they often provide the most concentrated boost of the ingredient you’re looking to use. Toners and essences are mostly water-based, whereas serums are more viscous and contain more of the ingredient you’re using.

A hydrating toner that I would recommend is Fresh’s Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner. For hydrating serums, look out for The Ordinary’s Marine Hyaluronics Serum or Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, or CeraVe’s Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum. If you want to get your hydration from essence, check out Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence for an affordable essence, or COSRX’s Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. A high end (but great) essence is SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence.

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These are the reasons why I no longer use sheet masks, but if you still enjoy using them, that’s great! Skincare is different for everyone, and we all have different skin needs and goals, so if something works for you, don’t stop using it! I just find that I can get enough hydration from other skincare products, and so for me, they’re not worth all the waste.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and that you’ll enjoy the skincare ingredients I recommended!

If you’ve found this blog post useful, please consider checking out some of my other posts. You might enjoy one of latest posts which is a review of an extremely affordable skincare line! Thanks for reading!

Bye for now,

Jazmin

5 Easy Ways to be More Eco-Friendly in Self-Isolation

Self-isolation is making it really difficult for us to be eco-friendly. Being at home all the time means we use a lot of electricity and we produce a lot more waste than usual. This might be really discouraging, but there are quite a few ways that we can be more eco-friendly while in self-isolation!

Keep reading to find out 5 easy ways to be sustainable at home!

1- Shop locally

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably started online shopping way more than usual. That’s to be expected when we can’t go out and see the world!

When I say ‘shop locally’, I definitely don’t mean go out the house and go to local shops; that might be too risky right now! What I mean is, when shopping online, try to order from local or national businesses. This is because when you order from local retailers, your packages do not have to travel as far. Less travel means less carbon emissions being released. This makes your online shopping much more eco-friendly!

Also, by doing it this way, you avoid supporting huge online retailers like Amazon which are known for countless actions that damage the environment.

Plus, shopping from retailers close to you means you’re funding your local economy, so it’s a win-win!

2- Grow your own herbs, fruits and veggies

I’m sure we’ve all experienced a few food shortage scares during this Coronavirus Pandemic! One way to be more sustainable is to grow your own herbs, fruits and vegetables at home.

From the supermarket, you can buy ready-grown herbs. When you bring these home, separate the individual plants that make up 1 pot, and plant with half regular soil and half compost. This way, they’ll last for months or even years with yearly repotting.

Mint and thyme are two herbs that are easy to grow at home. If you don’t have the garden space, you can transplant the supermarket herbs into your own pots by separating the bundle of plants and keeping them in a sunny place. You can also grow them from seeds!

You can easily grow your own berries at home! Raspberries and blackberries grow in bushes, so you can have your own home-grown berries quite quickly. Strawberries grow on the ground, and they’re very easy to grow and don’t require much space.

If you have some space in the garden where you could plant some vegetables, you could plant carrots, spinach, potatoes, radishes and garlic quite easily. Potatoes are a great place to start as they’re very hardy. This summer I grew my own tomatoes, potatoes, basil and thyme and they all worked out really well! I’ve now moved house so I’m starting from scratch. This time I’m trying to grow a chili pepper plant, salad leaves and basil indoors.

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My Basil and Thyme Plants from this Summer!

Growing your own produce is not only extremely fun, but it’s a great way to reduce your plastic waste and be more eco-friendly. In growing your own food, you save on the emissions produced when transporting food, and you cut down on non-recyclable plastic packaging.

3- Opt for glass, cardboard and tin

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the plastic straw ban currently in place in many areas of the world. Single-use plastics are quite wasteful as they take a lot of energy to be produced and they are rarely recycled by councils (even when they’re technically recyclable!).

During this period of self-isolation, many of us are doing are food shopping online. Through online grocery shopping, we can make quite a few eco-friendly choices!

To cut down on plastic waste and be more sustainable, opt for glass, cardboard and tin in place of plastic packaging. For example, instead of buying pasta sauce in plastic pockets, you could buy the sauce that comes in glass jars! Glass, tin and cardboard are all easily recycled, and they are actively being recycled by our councils (unlike most of our plastic). That’s why I look out for these materials, including when shopping for beauty products. For some great eco-friendly beauty recommendations, check out my previous blog post.

4- Recycle

Recycling is an easy way to make big differences to the planet! As we’re all eating at home all-day every day, we’re probably producing more waste at home. Is anyone else eating double the normal amount right now?

Because of this, it’s more important than ever to correctly recycle to ensure that our rubbish isn’t going to landfill, where it will be buried or burnt. Both these options are polluting to the planet. The first just hides the rubbish and pollutes our planet, and the second releases harmful gasses into the environment. These gasses are damaging to the ozone layer, contributing to global warming. That’s why recycling is such a great way to be more eco-friendly!

5- Watch your electricity and water use

I don’t know about you, but since being at home I’ve definitely been using more electricity. This is quite hard to avoid seeing as I’m at home all day. A really important way to be more eco-friendly when in self-isolation is to watch the amount of electricity you use. Try to switch off lights when you leave the room, and open the curtains during the day, using natural light instead of turning on the lights.

Another way to reduce the amount of energy you consume is to wash your clothes less. We’re not going out anyway, so our clothes don’t have to be in tip-top shape! Who cares if you wore that t-shirt 3 days in a row? And when you wash your clothes, why not dry them outside instead of using the dryer? We have the time to hang them up and wait for them to dry now!

Why not try an Earth hour every day or a couple of times a week? During an Earth hour, you don’t use any electricity in the house (except for the essentials such as the fridge or freezer of course!). You could read, play a game with other people in your household, or simply have a nap!

We are all having to wash our hands many times a day to keep safe from the Coronavirus. It’s so important that we wash our hands well, but we can turn off the taps when soaping our hands to save 20-30 seconds’ worth of water each time.

And lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself! All we can do is make small changes to try and protect the planet, but these are unprecedented times. It’s only normal that most of our efforts are focused on keeping safe and healthy right now. I hope that this post does bring up some helpful ways to be more eco-friendly during this period of self-isolation.

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Bye,

Jazmin

Cantu ‘Natural Hair’ Products Review

In this post I’ll be highlighting the haircare brand Cantu, and reviewing 7 of their most popular products from their ‘Natural Hair’ range. Before I get started, I want to mention that this is NOT a sponsored post; I’m just a big fan!

If you haven’t heard of Cantu before, they’re an American haircare brand designed for people with wavy and curly hair. Their products are really great for people with afro-Caribbean hair. I have recently discovered though that this is NOT a black-owned brand.

Their products are quite unique in that they are sulphate free and highly moisturising at an affordable price point. Cantu’s products are easily recognisable by their bright orange packaging and delicious coconutty scent. They have so many different products beyond your typical shampoo and conditioner, such as deep moisturising masques and split-end treatments.

What makes Cantu so good for afro hair?

If you’ve got wavy or curly hair, you’ll enjoy this brand. But I think those with afro-Caribbean hair (like me) will LOVE this brand. This is because afro-textured hair tends to be dry and sometimes brittle. If you have afro hair, you’ll know that our hair doesn’t get greasy; instead, we need ALL the moisture we can get! The fact that afro hair is quite dry and brittle is one of the main causes of frizzy, unmanageable curls.

When afro hair is moisturised and healthy, it is better able to form curls or ringlets, making the curls more defined and reducing frizz!

Because Cantu’s products are not only highly moisturising, they are sulphate free, I have seen such a difference in my hair in the year and a half that I’ve been using their line. My typically dry, frizzy, brittle hair is so much curlier and healthier. My curls are springier than ever and I’ve also noticed a reduction in dandruff. As I have a dry scalp (no doubt as I have afro-Caribbean hair), Cantu’s products keep my scalp more balanced because they’re moisturising and sulphate-free.

So, what are sulphates and why might they be bad for afro hair?

I’ve mentioned sulphates quite a few times in this post already, and you might be wondering what they are and why they matter. Sulphates are the ingredients in haircare and skincare products that are responsible for foaming. Hand soaps and foaming facial cleansers typically have a very high concentration of sulphates because they cleanse our skin by producing lots of foam. Foam captures the oils, bacteria and other particulates and lifts them off the skin, allowing them to be rinsed away when you rinse the soap off your skin.

Although this is great (and very important) for hand soap, it’s not so great for our hair. Shampoos often contain large amounts of sulphates, as they foam intensely when you’re washing your hair. This is what makes some hair products so drying- as sulphates are so good at cleansing, they remove all your natural oils and can leave your hair stripped and dry. The thing is, our hair doesn’t need such intense washing! That’s why sulphate-free hair products are so great for people with dry, frizzy hair. They are far less harsh and drying.

In short, sulphates are great for soaps but not so great for our hair. But if you’ve got an oily scalp, sulphates might not be an issue for you!

Why do I love Cantu?

A short summary of the above: I love this line as they’re affordable, they smell great, and they keep my hair looking bouncy and healthy like no others. My hair has gotten so much stronger since I started using these products and I can’t imagine not using some of these treatments now!

Cantu Natural Hair Products

Here are the products that I have tried so far:

1) Cleansing Cream Shampoo
2) Hydrating Cream Conditioner
3) Shea Butter/Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream
4) Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream
5) Deep Treatment Masque
6) Comeback Curl Next Day Curl Revitalizer
7) Split End Mender Strengthening Mist

I’ll now review each of these products!

1) Cleansing Cream Shampoo

I love this shampoo. It doesn’t foam as much as other shampoos but it foams just enough to leave your hair feeling clean. And it doesn’t strip your hair and leave it all dry! This is because it is a sulphate-free shampoo. It smells great and it’s really affordable.

I have now switched to a Lush plastic-free shampoo bar to be a bit more eco-friendly, but I much prefer using Cantu’s Cream Shampoo!

2) Hydrating Cream Conditioner

The Hydrating Cream conditioner goes so well with the shampoo. It’s super hydrating and gives my hair deep moisturisation. It provides plenty of slip which allows me to brush my hair easily in the shower. This is my all-time favourite conditioner.

3) Shea Butter/Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream

I have tried the Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream in both the Shea Butter and Argan Oil and I LOVE them both! This is my holy-grail haircare product. I truly can’t go without this now.

This is a thick cream that comes in a huge tub. The value on this product is amazing as I pay £4.99 for a tub and it lasts me months and months.

After washing my hair, I squeeze out the excess water, then apply a 50p coin sized amount of this cream. I brush it through and let my hair air-dry, allowing this cream to hold my curls and deeply moisturise my hair.

This cream reduces my frizz and holds my curls for 3 days. I notice such a huge difference in my hair texture when I don’t use this cream (it’s frizzier and my curls are less defined).

This one is great for those with afro hair but might not be suitable for those with loose curls because it is quite thick, heavy and moisturising.

4) Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream

This lightweight cream is fantastic at defining curls and reducing frizz. This one is more suited to people with wavy hair and loose curls because of the fact that it is not as thick and moisturising as the leave-in conditioning repair cream. I highly recommend anyone who has wavy or curly hair (especially if it’s frizzy) to take a 50p coin sized amount of this cream and scrunch it through their hair to see how defined and sleek the hair can look!

5) Deep Treatment Masque

The Deep Treatment Masque has the thickest texture out of all of these products, and the tub is slightly smaller than the Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream. But this doesn’t mean it’s not great value! This is a hair life-saver.

I’ve just come back from Korea where I only had 1 afro hair product, and my hair was feeling so dry and lifeless. I bought this cream online and even after one application my hair was so much more alive, springy and moisturised.

This is not a product to be used every day; it’s more of a deep treatment. I use this once a week, by smoothing it onto my hair a couple of hours before washing it. This is great for those who have very dry hair or have heat or chemical damage.

The one thing about this cream is that it doesn’t have great slip, so do not buy this if you want to use it as a de-tangling cream.

6) Comeback Curl Next Day Curl Revitalizer

The Curl Revitalizer is one of their latest products that I’ve tried. It is a watery product that comes in a spray bottle. This spray must be shaken before use as the cream and water separates when it’s been sitting still for a while. This is no bother at all, and when mixed it becomes milky.

This spray is super, super lightweight, and for those who want to re-define their waves or curls but don’t want to add any weight to their hair; this is for you!

I have found that this one is a bit sticky though, but I don’t really mind this on my hair. It does re-activate my curls but I don’t think I’ll use this one much because to really form nice neat curls I need to brush my hair. This product does not provide enough creaminess, slip, or hydration to do that. Because of this, it just re-activates my curls that sit on the outside of my hair. This shouldn’t be an issue for people with looser curls though, as your hair generally has less volume so the product can access all your curls better.

7) Split End Mender Strengthening Mist

Last but not least, this Split End Mender is quite an interesting product. It is a clear runny liquid that also comes in a spray bottle. I haven’t found that this one is sticky, but I also can’t tell if it’s doing anything either.

The name of this product is a bit misleading; you can’t mend split ends; you can only prevent them! I’ll have to test this one for a bit longer to see if it does strengthen and prevent split ends.

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Overall, I’m such a fan of Cantu’s products (as you can probably tell!). I love that their products are extremely moisturising while not breaking the bank. I also love how their shampoo is sulphate-free; I really notice the difference in my hair when using sulphate-free products. I would recommend giving this one a go to see if you notice a difference too!

I will continue using their Hydrating Cream Conditioner, their Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream and their Deep Treatment Masque for a long, long time. But I will update you all if I find products that work better than these!

Please comment below if you’ve tried any of these products, or any Cantu products!

Stay safe,

Jazmin

Kiko Milano Makeup Review!

Hi there! If you’re interested in high quality, affordable makeup you need to check out this post. Here is a Kiko Milano haul and review!

I originally wrote this post last black Friday but never got around to posting! Sorry folks. On black Friday I managed to resist all sales but one… but in my defence all (or almost all) of the products are fantastic, so I do think it was money well spent. Plus, my girlfriend and I did the shop together!

We bought:
– Lip tint
– Liquid lipstick
– Eyeshadow
– Highlighter
– Lipstick
– Nail polish

If you would like to find out my opinions about these products and discover a product that you have to AVOID, please keep reading!

If you’re not familiar with who Kiko are, they’re an Italian beauty brand who mainly focus on makeup and nail products. They’re extremely popular in Europe right now, and after having tried several of their products I understand why.

When you walk into a Kiko it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many products squashed into the (usually tiny) shops. This is especially the case with their lip products. They have so many different types that it’s hard to know which way to go, but if you have a keen interest and a bit of time on your hands, you’re almost guaranteed to find some gems.

I first discovered Kiko as a teenager as I was heavily into nail art. Kiko do £2.50 nail polishes that are of FANTASTIC quality (that were £2 up until recently). I’ve tried many different brands out there, and in my opinion, these are just as good as OPI, and a fraction of the price. Looking at my nail polishes the other day I did notice that now you get 7mls, whereas their older bottles contain 11mls of product. I did wonder how they had managed to keep the price so low all this time.

Nail polish

So, as always, I was drawn to the nail polish section of the shop. I bought a beautiful pastel pink, with fantastic pigmentation. This is typical of Kiko polishes, and they’re long wearing too! which is quite light but becomes opaque after two coats. This is normal, and there are very few nail polishes that only require one coat. I think this shade is so sweet and subtle. I love it!

Kiko always have so many sparkly highlighters and eyeshadows on display, and I fell hook, line and sinker. I am always drawn to shimmery and sparkly things, and always leave Kiko full of glitter.

Highlighter

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A kind of grabby lady sequestered me and insisted she needed to show me their liquid highlighter. Placing some moisturiser on my hand, along with a drop of this highlighter, she gave my girlfriend and I the most subtle, gorgeous, glowy hand. We were sold.

This highlighter is super fine and not at all chunky. It’s really quite subtle, and can be worn all over the face for a glow-from-within kind of look when diluted with a moisturiser. It can also be concentrated and used on the high points of the face if you prefer. It’s really quite good and there are tonnes of product in there.

Eyeshadow

kiko milano eyeshadow review

I spotted this one from across the room as it sparkled at me. It’s just the most stunning thing. It’s almost the complete opposite of the highlighter. The shimmer particles are not that small, and there’s nothing subtle about this eyeshadow.

Although many eyeshadows can be used as highlighter, I wouldn’t recommend doing that with this one as it is chunky. It might be suited for a glitter highlight for a festival for example! Although it is so stunning, I kind of don’t want to use it as the packaging and pattern of the shadow is so beautiful in and of itself.

Lip products

Creamy Lipstick

kiko milano lipstick review

This is another stand-out product. I bought the shade Gossamer Edition and it’s a beautiful plummy nude. The price is so, so right with this one. I paid 6 euros for this lipstick and I think that is a fantastic price for the quality of the product and the packaging. It comes in a really cool metal casing, which can only be opened by pressing a button on the top that releases the lipstick from its shell. I know it sounds dramatic, but it really is dramatic.

The lipstick itself is super creamy and blends into my lips like a dream. I love the tone of the colour, and the smell is fantastic. It almost smells of cocoa. I’m not sure what the scent it but I really want to eat it. Like, a lot.

Liquid lipstick: Metallic Paint

Now here is where I get really passionate. I have been looking for the perfect red for quite a while now. I think it is because of my undertones, or maybe my lip colour, but so many reds pull pink or berry on me. I was looking for that true Marilyn Monroe blue red. And this it! It’s a metallic, which will absolutely work for the holiday season. It’s so smooth and easy to apply. The metallic aspect is so subtle and it doesn’t stand out on the lips. The lips just look alive and more dimensional.

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The applicator makes for a relatively easy application, and the colour payoff is one stroke magic. It is SO opaque. It’s really amazing. But the most surprising element for me is how long wearing this lip is. It lasts all day, all throughout meals and drinks, and it doesn’t smudge nor crease, nor crack. It just stays flexible and beautiful. At one point I tested putting lip balm on top and it worked fine.

It stays so well that I actually had some trouble removing it at night! I recommend using a cleansing balm or oil or micellar water, followed up by literally soaping your lips. Kind of like double cleansing your face!

I couldn’t recommend this one more.

Lip stain: Long Lasting Colour Lip Marker

Aaaaand this is the product that didn’t work out for me. Hey, only 1 dud out of 6 is pretty good going! I was drawn to these lip stains as I am a huge fan of long-wearing lip products (as I am low maintenance, AKA lazy). I chose the burgundy brown shade as it is the most unlike anything else I own. I’ve tried it twice now, the first time full of excitement and the second time hoping for a different result, and it’s just…not good.

Firstly, the colour payoff is weak, so it doesn’t really stand out on the lips.

Secondly, it applies really unevenly. It’s super patchy and it’s hard to get every area of the lip the same colour.

Thirdly, it grabs to any dry skin or textured lip areas. The first time I tried it, I did have some dryness in my lips, so the second time I tried the tint I made sure my lips were super soft. However, it still grabbed to the middle part of my lips, making it look like I had something stuck on them. Kind of as if I had drunk a hot chocolate in a very messy manner.

This one was an absolute no no for me, and it wasn’t cheap either!

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All in all, I’m really happy with the products we bought. I highly recommend all of them (except for the dreaded lip tint).

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, or if you’ve ever been to a Kiko store. Oh and please let me know if you got on with that lip tint!

Thanks for reading,

Jazmin xx

How to Make Dalgona Coffee from Brewed Coffee (Vegan Friendly!)

Dalgona coffee is the trendiest thing to come out of this period of social distancing (aside from baking your own bread and the TikTok challenges of course) and I am INTO IT. To find out how to make this trendy coffee from brewed coffee, keep reading!

So what on earth is Dalgona Coffee?

Dalgona coffee is coffee (of course) that is whipped up so it is foamy and creamy. It has a super unique texture, and makes for such a fun drink. It’s pretty quick and easy to make and of course, looks great on Instagram LOL.

This type of coffee first came about in Korea during this period of self-isolation, but I’ve heard that people have been making whipped coffee in India for ages!

The whipped coffee foam usually is placed on top of milk or creamer of your choice, and it can be drunk hot or cold! This also means that it’s super easy to make it vegan; all you have to do is swap out cow’s milk for a vegan milk. But for an extra creamy vegan coffee there is a special trick…

My personal favourite vegan milk is Oatly (the barista version). It’s so thick and creamy, and has a very neutral flavour. I recommend this milk to any transitioning vegan or people who don’t like plant-based milks that have a strong flavour. The trick to making your vegan coffees super delicious is to add a dash of plant-based cream to your milk. This makes the milk a million times thicker and creamier!

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What is Dalgona Coffee made of?

Dalgona coffee is made up of equal parts of water, sugar and of course, coffee. To get the most creaminess, it is recommended to make it with instant coffee, but I want to tell you all that you don’t need instant coffee to make it!

If you use brewed coffee, it won’t get as thick and creamy, but it’ll still get insanely foamy and thick! I enjoy making it with freshly brewed coffee as I find it tastes best. And for me, coffee is about the taste!

If you make it with freshly brewed coffee, the key is to brew a very strong coffee (espresso-strength). So if you don’t have instant coffee at home, you can still make this coffee!

Sugar is a crucial ingredient in Dalgona coffee, as it keeps the foam thick and stiff for much much longer than if you go without it. If you don’t like using sugar, you can skip it, BUT I recommend using it as it helps the foam hold its shape! Plus, Dalgona coffee is very bitter so I highly recommend using it!

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

You will need:

Serves 2

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An electric whisk
With an electric whisk, you can whip up the coffee in about 5 minutes. You can use a hand whisk, but it’ll take a lot longer (around 10-15 minutes!).

-½ cup very strong brewed black coffee
You will need very strong coffee to be able to reach the creamy, foamy texture you’re looking for. Ideally, the coffee should have the strength of an espresso.

Alternatively, 2 tbsps of instant coffee + tbsps of hot water
To get a thicker, creamier texture, you can use instant coffee and water instead of brewed black coffee.

-1 tbsp of sugar
This might seem like a lot of sugar but this is what keeps the foam stable. You can skip it, but you might not get the texture you’re looking for!

– Around 2 cups of the milk of your choice (optional)
You technically don’t need to have Dalgona coffee with milk but it’ll be 1000x better if you do. You can use more or less milk depending on how strong you like your coffee.

You can use cow’s milk, but if you want to make it vegan, use plant-based milk instead. You can also use a bit of vegan cream (like mentioned above) to add a bit more creaminess to the milk.

-Ice (optional)
For those making iced coffees!

Recipe:

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1) In a large mixing bowl, add the brewed black coffee and sugar. If you’re using instant coffee, add the water, too.

instant coffee whipped cream2) Using an electric whisk, whip up the ingredients until the coffee foam is thick and creamy.

3) And that’s it! Now pour your milk and top it off with your Dalgona coffee.

If you want to be extra dramatic, why not top it with some crumbled biscuits or cocoa powder?

That’s all it takes to make this really fun (and tasty!) coffee! To drink it, I mix the foam into the milk with a spoon. If you enjoyed this recipe, you might enjoy my pumpkin spice late recipe!

If you make this coffee, please leave me a comment below letting me know what you think!

Thanks for reading,

Jazmin

6 Beauty Salon Treatments To Do At Home During Self-isolation

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Hey there!

We’re all in self-isolation, and some of us have been staying inside for quite a while now! Our nails are growing out, our skin is dry as ever and our lashes are just looking… sad. Well, why not bring the beauty salon inside? There are so many cool beauty treatments and beauty DIYs that you can do at home!

During these uncertain times, taking time to look after yourself is more important than ever. I have been regularly doing gel nails on myself, and making sure I am still getting dressed, doing my makeup, and making myself feel nice. This really helps my mood, and I’m sure it will help you too.

Keep reading to discover 6 at-home beauty treatments that are perfect for self-isolation!

1) At home laser hair removal

Did you know it’s possible to do laser hair removal at home? At-home laser hair removal units use IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which work by blasting the hair follicle with a pulse of bright light. This makes the hair go into its resting phase, so it’ll fall out. Gradually, your body will grow less hair in that area, until its completely gone. Amazing, right? I’m currently using the Philip’s Lumea that I got for Christmas and I’m loving the results so far.

I’ll be posting a full review of this one on my blog really soon!

2) Give yourself a facial massage

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Help yourself unwind with a soothing facial massage. Facial rollers or Gua Shas are fantastic for this, as the cool crystals feel fantastic on your face- especially if you have inflamed or irritated skin! A facial massage can help to de-puff your face, reduce redness and help relax tense muscles.

To use facial massage tools, start by applying a facial oil or moisturiser. This will ensure that the tool glides over your face, rather than tugging at your skin. If you’re using a facial roller, roll the tool over your face, focusing on the areas you feel tension, such as the temples or the jaw. You can also roll them over inflamed areas of the skin to help soothe them. With a Gua Sha, do the same, ensuring you use the stone to hug your facial contours, and use less pressure if your skin starts to turn red.

For an extra cooling, soothing feeling, place your facial massage tools in the fridge for 15 minutes before use!

3) Home-made body scrub

If your skin is looking rough, why not make your own coffee scrub? These scrubs are super easy to do and they’re great for the planet as they use recycled ingredients.

All you need to make these, are 2 simple ingredients that you probably already have at home: coffee grounds and an oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Check out my previous blog post to find out how to make these at home!

If you don’t have any coffee at home, you can use sugar instead!

4) Do your own gel manicure

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Many people aren’t aware of this, but gel nails are actually super easy to do at home! In fact, I truly think they’re easier than normal nail polish as the polish doesn’t set until you put it under the light, meaning you have more time to adjust the polish to your liking before it dries!

I have written up a complete step-by-step guide on how to do gel nails at home which you can find here. Once you start doing your own gel nails at home, you’ll never want to get them done again! At-home gel nails are cheaper and faster, as you don’t have to travel to get them done. As you can re-use the tools multiple times, they’re more eco-friendly than getting them done. But the best benefit: Doing them at home is BETTER for your nails! Many nail shops aren’t careful with your nails as they have to rush to fit in all their clients. You’ll see that your nails are far less damaged if you do them yourself!

Plus, it’s so nice to pamper yourself, and we all need to look after ourselves right now during these crazy times!

5) DIY lash extensions

I recently found out about this at-home lash extension kit and I knew I had to include it here. Lashify is a DIY lash extension kit which takes around 20 minutes to apply and lasts for 10 days. The lash application can be as natural or as glam as you’d like, but unlike false lashes, you don’t have to remove them at night.

I thought this looks really cool, and it’s definitely something fun to play around with while we’re stuck indoors!

6) Chemical peels

If you’re someone that gets regular chemical peels done, don’t worry! You can do chemical exfoliating peels at home! Exfoliating peels use Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which are acids that gently slough off your dead skin cells. This makes your skin softer, more glowy, and allows any other skincare products that you use on your face to work better!

The most common exfoliating acids are glycolic acid, malic acid and lactic acid. A really great exfoliating serum is The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, which you place on your skin for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. When you wash it off, your skin will be immediately softer. Say hello to your new glowing skin!

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I hope that you try out these at-home beauty treatments, because right now we deserve to be pampered and to feel good! I know that taking time to care for myself is really helping me stay positive, and I hope it helps you too.

Comment below if you try any of these ideas, and consider following me on Instagram for more self-care ideas and beauty tips!

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Beat the Boredom of Self-isolation

Hey! Are you bored at home? Well, I’ve got some great ideas to entertain you while you’re stuck in self-isolation.

Until the Coronavirus passes, we are being asked to stay home to slow the spread of the virus. This means many of us are stuck inside, but there are only so many Netflix series we can binge-watch before we’re bored out of our minds! It’s important to stay busy and productive during this period, so here are some great ideas to make staying in as fun as going out!

1) Clear out your wardrobe & Marie Kondo your life

Now that we’re home in self-isolation, it’s a great time to overhaul your clothing situation. The Marie Kondo method of organisation calls for you to get everything out of your drawers, wardrobes and cupboards (from the area you want to work on), so you can evaluate what you really want to keep. You should go through each item, one by one, hold it, and determine if it sparks joy. This means despite feeling that you ‘need’ it, does it really make you happy? Watch her show on Netflix to find out more!

It’s a really effective way to get rid of clothes you don’t wear much (or at all), and you’ll feel better for having had a good clear out. Plus, it’s really entertaining and satisfying to do!

And it isn’t limited to clothing, you can Marie Kondo your whole life!

2) Become a plant parent

During this time bulk buying and self-isolation, why not try growing your own fruits and vegetables at home? Veggies that are easy to grow at home are potatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, radishes, garlic and onion. Fruits that you can easily grow at home (without needing to wait for a tree to grow!) are berries, such as raspberries and blackberries which grow in bushes, and strawberries which grow on the ground.

It’s so rewarding to grow your own food, and super fun to prepare the ground, sow the seeds, and tend to the plants.

If you don’t have a garden, there are still things you can grow inside! Spring onion can grow in a glass; cut the bulbs off some spring onions, and place them in a glass of water. Replace the water every few days, and you’ll see that within 5 days or so, the spring onions will have completely grown back! When you want to use some spring onion, just cut off the bulb like before and it will grow back again! I love doing this at home as it saves me from having to buy new spring onions. Plus, it feels great to know that I’m eating veggies grown in my own house.

Herbs are also super easy to grow inside. All you need to do is get some seeds, plant them in a small pot (or a large glass or mug) and place them by the window or wherever they’ll get some sunlight, and watch them grow!

3) Stay creative

I know you have those knitting needles somewhere at home, so dig them out, get some wool and knit a masterpiece! Or, if knitting isn’t for you, let your creative juices flow with some painting or drawing. You could also give writing a go if that’s something you’ve always wanted to try.

Being creative is a great way to pass the time, because you not only keep busy, but you get a new skill out of it too!

4) Be head chef

I personally am using all this time to experiment in the kitchen, and trying to eat well in order to protect myself as much as possible from the Coronavirus. Trying out new recipes is a really good way to keep being creative, which will in turn keep you feeling positive. And it’s delicious too!

Cooking is a way that brings people together, so a nice idea could be to call a family member and ask for guidance on how to cook a dish they make really well. I’m sure all our grandparents that are self-isolating alone would really enjoy it, too.

5) Stay active

It can be difficult to stay active while staying inside, so picking up a new exercise or scheduling an hour of exercise a day is a great way to keep busy and is also great for your health. Staying active is key building up your immune system, so now is the perfect time to get moving. If you don’t have a lot of space at home, you can try yoga or Pilates, or weight lifting. There are lots of good workout tutorials on YouTube and on Instagram, so there’s something for everyone!

And a good Just Dance session definitely counts as exercise!

6) Learn something new

With the large number of tutorials and courses online, why not learn something new? Skillshare and YouTube are my favourite places to go to learn how to do something, or pick up a new skill.

You could learn to play an instrument online, learn how to do macramé, brush up on your photography skills, learn to do gel nails at home or even learn a language. I’m currently learning Korean and I’m using Talk to Me in Korean Books, as well as YouTube videos and Duolingo to revise the most basic grammar. You could even enrol into the open university and take university courses online.

It’s a lot of fun, and it’s really rewarding to see your progress when learning something new!

7) Reading

Make the most of all this free-time and read that book that’s been on your read list for the past 5 years! You know the one…

If you struggle to read books, why not try listening to an audio book? Or you can listen to the audio book while reading it to help you along!

If books aren’t your speed, you could flick through some magazines, or support bloggers by reading some blog posts (we really appreciate the support!). If you’re enjoying this post, you may enjoy one of my previous on how to spend your birthday in self isolation!

8) Keep in touch

Calling loved ones is a great way to kill the time- and it’s good for you! Us humans are social creatures, so we really benefit from contact with other people. Because of the Coronavirus, we now have to stick to online interactions, but it’s still possible to have good social contact via the internet. Opt for video calling, rather than voice calling and try group calling with your friends or family on Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom.

I hope that with these ideas, you’ll be able to beat the boredom during this period of self-isolation. Feel free to leave a comment below with something that has helped you during these times of staying inside.

Bye for now,

Jazmin

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How to Stay Happy and Healthy During Self-isolation

Hey there!

I would like to briefly introduce myself before you get into my tips on how to look after your mental health during self-isolation. I’m Jazmin, and I’m a recent Psychology graduate! In light of the Coronavirus crisis, I would like to use my knowledge of Psychology and mental health (through academic education as well as my own personal experience) to share some key information on how to stay healthy and balanced during these difficult times.

Many of us are in self-isolation now to try and slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Staying inside for long periods of time is not good for our mental health, and it doesn’t matter if you’re extroverted or introverted; we’re all affected by self-isolation. Boredom, loss of a routine, lack of purpose, and a lack of socialisation can lead to us feeling low or even depressed.

Aside from self-isolation, the uncertainness of these times and the increasingly negative news can lead to stress and anxiety. It’s important that we all look after our mental health during this period of self-isolation, and it’s more necessary than ever to do things that bring calm, balance and just make you feel good!

It is for this reason that I have compiled this list of tips on how to look after your mental and physical health, in order to stay happy and healthy when self-isolating!

1) Open your windows

As we are having to stay inside all the time, we need to make sure we’re still getting plenty of fresh air, especially if you don’t have a garden! This is something that we often overlook, but opening your windows regularly improves indoor air quality- and your mind needs fresh air to be able to work properly!

2) Set up a routine

Setting a daily routine can make self-isolation a lot easier and will have a positive impact on your mental health. Making sure you go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time will help your mood (just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you don’t deserve your 8 hours of sleep!), and the structure of a daily routine allows you to be feel more in control of your day.

This Coronavirus situation is making us all feel out of control, and this is associated with negative feelings and depression, so a daily schedule will help keep you balanced. It doesn’t need to be strict, but waking up at the same time every day and allocating time to different activities will help you stay productive and happy.

3) Get out

Sunlight is an incredible thing for combatting the blues, as is being able to appreciate nature. Because we have to self-isolate and stay home now it is easy to feel caged in, so getting out at least once a day is very helpful for staying balanced and healthy. Even just stepping out to the garden for a while is good!

With all the free time we have on our hands, now is a great time to sit outside, reading a book for example! If the government has placed restrictions on outings where you live, stick to these rules- but take all the opportunities you are given to get out, appreciate nature and feel the sun on your skin!

4) Keep in touch

Self-isolation is the literal opposite of what our incredibly social minds crave. Staying inside, especially if you’re self-isolating alone, can really take a toll on your mental health. To combat this, use all the technology at your disposal to stay in touch with your friends and family. You could video call your friends and family, or create a group chat to make it easy for you and your friends and family to check up on each other (and send toilet paper shortages memes). And why not send flowers to a loved one that you miss?

5) Self-care

As obvious as it may sound, self-care makes you feel good! With all the stress and anxiety that you probably feel because of the Coronavirus, it’s important to check in with yourself and have a good look at whether you are doing things that make you feel happy and healthy. It’s easy to spend your self-isolation period binge watching Friends on the sofa, and if that makes you happy, that’s great! However, it is easy to end up distracting yourself and to not care for yourself, which can lead to you feeling miserable very quickly.

Please make sure that you’re eating well! And yes, I know potatoes are technically vegetables but fries for every meal does not constitute eating well 😉 Try to eat 2-3 meals a day with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water!

But self-care doesn’t just mean being healthy. Self-care can be spending time doing your favourite hobbies or activities, or just getting dressed every-day, as if you were still going out. For me personally, I enjoy putting on some makeup every few days, as it just makes me feel nice! No-one is seeing me, but that isn’t the point; how it makes me feel is! For others, taking a relaxing bubble bath, or pampering themselves can be the self-care they enjoy. I have a previous blog post on how to create a homemade body scrub which you might be interested in.

Just make sure you’re looking after yourself!

6) Stay creative

Being creative or picking up a new activity you’d like to learn can help to keep you feeling positive. It gives you purpose and seeing your growth or what you’ve created is extremely rewarding! During these times, I have been devoting a lot of time to my blog, as this is a creative outlet for me. In fact, you might be interested in my last blog post, which is How to have the best birthday when you’re self-isolating’ and is also focused on bringing some joy to our self-isolation lives. Right now, I’m interested in writing in the hopes that I can help make other people’s self-isolation just a little bit better.

Some other creative outlets could be baking (now’s the perfect time to try that dessert you’ve always wanted to bake), painting, or even dancing. Coming out of self-isolation being able to play an instrument would be pretty cool!

7) Mindfulness

Based on Buddhist beliefs, mindfulness is the practice of intentional, focused attention and accepting uncomfortable feelings as a normal part of life. Taking some time out of your day to do some mindfulness will help with focus and anxiety, and it is a great way to cope with negative feelings and low mood, and has been proven to help with depression. A good free App on the Android Play Store is Smiling Mind.

8) Don’t fixate

Staying up to date with the news can help you feel more connected with the world and avoid feeling out of the loop, and being aware of the latest medical advice is important. You should definitely keep up to date with the government’s statements and regulations, as well as Coronavirus updates, but it is important to not fixate on this news. The news is extremely dark and scary right now, and following every new case of the Coronavirus is only going to cause you stress and anxiety. You could try reading the news once a day or every other day, or listen to a news summary as you lie in bed in the morning.

It’s ok to take a break from the news!

9) Exercise

I know, I know… but exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy and feeling good! Exercising is crucial right now because we are all going through a long period of inactivity, and exercising releases endorphins which are associated with a positive mood. Although the gyms are mostly closed now, there are still plenty of exercises you can do!

For example, you could do some yoga or pilates at home, or some weightlifting to work on your muscles which are probably not being used as much as normal. There are so many full body or focused workouts (for in the house) on YouTube and Instagram that you could follow, and depending on where you are, you still may be allowed to go out for exercise. In the UK, you are now allowed to go out once a day for a walk or a jog, and you should make the most of this opportunity!

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Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post! I think mental health is so important, and right now with the Coronavirus crisis it can be difficult to stay happy and healthy. I really hope this article was of some use to you.

I will continue posting about mental health, self-care and beauty related to Coronavirus, so please stay tuned for that.

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Bye,

Jazmin

How to Easily Remove Gel Nails at Home (Without Damaging Your Nails!)

We’re all having to stay inside now, but what does this mean for your grown-out gel manicure?! If you want to find out how to easily remove your gel nails at home check out this post. It only takes 30 minutes or less!

First of all, if your nails are peeling, fight the temptation to peel or pick at your polish. Gel polish adheres extremely well to the nail, so if you are peeling it off, you are actually peeling off several layers of your nail.

You will need:

– Nail file
– Nail buffer or fine grain nail file (optional)
– Tin foil or soak-off clips (I bought these)
– Acetone
– Cotton wool
– Cuticle pusher or Orangewood stick (optional)
– Nail oil (optional)

How to remove the polish:

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1) Firstly, file your nails until the shine is removed. This allows the acetone to penetrate the polish better, making it easier for it to be removed.

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2) Heavily soak some cotton wool (either a cotton pad or cotton wool) with the acetone, then place it on your nails. It is important that you use acetone, but if you don’t have any, look for a nail polish remover with acetone. Normal nail polish remover will not remove gel polish.

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3) Wrap your nails in tin foil or use a soak-off clip on top of the cotton wool to make it stay in contact with the nail. This allows the acetone to work better! I recommend doing your thumbs separately (after you’re done with your other fingers), as it’s easier to work on your nails when they’re free. Plus, I use my thumb nails for the next step:

4) Once your nails have been soaking for 15 minutes, remove the foil and cotton wool, and scrape the dissolved gel residue off your nail. You can either use an Orangewood stick or cuticle pusher, or you can simply use your thumb nails to push the polish off your nails. I prefer using my thumb nails as I find they are less abrasive to my nail beds than a cuticle pusher, and I can manage pressure better to make sure I’m not scraping too hard.

5) If some of the nails still have gel residue, you can soak for a further 15 minutes, and then repeat the scraping. You might need to re-soak the cotton wool here.

6) If there is some stubborn residue left behind at the end, buff your nails lightly with your nail buffer.

7) Apply your favourite nail oil and massage into your nails and cuticles to pamper yourself.

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All done! As you can see, my nails look healthy and nourished after removal. If you remove your gels properly, your nails shouldn’t be damaged!

You can now repaint your nails with gel polish or regular polish if you wish. Check out my guide which walks you through painting your nails with gel polish.

What to do if you don’t have any of the necessary tools:


It isn’t easy to remove gel polish without acetone, but if you’re desperate to remove your gel manicure, here’s what you can do.

Using a highly abrasive nail file, buff the polish until it wears down. When there is only a thin layer left, use a lightly abrasive nail file to gently buff the remainder of the polish off.

Your nails could be damaged if you’re not careful here, so make sure you go slowly and follow up with some hand cream or nail & cuticle oil!

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I hope you found this blog post useful! If you have any questions about painting your nails with gel or removing gel nail polish, please leave me a comment below!

Bye for now,

Jazmin

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