Rubber Base

We get asked all of the time what is the difference between Rubber Base and normal gel polish?

We’ll the answer is that rubber base is a stronger base that adds strength to your own nail. It is applied thinly under your gel polish or nail extension and prolongs the gel polish wear to usually 3 weeks, chip free polish.

It can be used to seal a break and add strength on your own nails, or we can even extend your natural nail tip with it too, whilst keeping it as thin. It’s fantastic to help your own nails grow up , if you tend to be a nail biter or just have weak nails.

The treatment takes about 30 minutes with a mini manicure or gel polish manicure and can be soaked off or buffed off. Nails are exactly the same underneath.

Costs €2 extra, but well worth it.

How to apply self tan at home

The Question so many people ask me , how do I get that perfect salon tan from my home care one? We’ll here are my tips:

1/ Exfoliate and shave or wax at least a day or 2 before tanning. If you leave it until the day, you have a higher chance of reacting to the tan.

2/ Before applying the tan, apply a moisturiser on your feet, hands, knees, elbows and any area that has creases on you body and face, or that has drier skin.

3/ Start by applying your tan onto the mitt and I always start with my lower legs, otherwise if you have a bigger tummy, it will get tan all over it when you are bending down to do them. So lower legs first. Front and back in circular motions, now when you can clearly see the tan is nearly gone and is mostly on your legs, sweep the remaining residue on the mitt over your feet! Paying attention to the sides of the feet the toes and the heals . It is so important that it is only the residue you use here, and the cream on your toes and heals underneath will stop it clumping there. Take a fresh bit of tan to your mitt and on up to the thigh, do both front and back in circular motions and when the residue is left , sweep this around your knees and join together. Then I do my belly with some more tan and sweep up in circles over your boobs and onto your neck. Personally, I always have my moisturiser on underneath to stop the tan becoming too dark, but also to stop it blocking my pores. Then it’s down to the arms. Again in circles lower arm and upper and sweeping the residue only over my elbows and wrists down onto hands, obviously not the palms, but make sure that the residue is only use here and sweep along the side of your hands. You cant do your back properly on your own, so ask a friend to apply it in circles across your back and backside.

4/Most tans now are made that you can get straight into your PJ’s or tracksuit, and this is the case with the Bellamianta tan that we sell. Then leave it for at least 4 hours for a light tan, more sunkissed, but this is lighter, so comes off faster. But I love this on Irish skin, because we are fairer, in Winter especially. So this looks amazing , whilst being quite naturel. Leave on for 6 to 8 hours for that deeper summer tan. Wash over with a quick light shower after the required time and apply moisturiser generously every day to keep the tan at its best. Top up your tan again by repeating this process after a few days.


Removal of Gel Polish/ Shellac or Acrylic and Gel Nails at home

With all of us stuck at home at the moment due to the covid pandemic, some of you are having to remove your own gel polish or gel/ acrylic nails. So I’ve put a list of the procedure here below, for those brave enough to give it a go. You can get the kit that you need here on our website. For Gel and Acrylic it will be a bit of a longer process, but gel polish should take 15 to 20 minutes.

1/ Using the stronger side of the file, rub across the gel polish, acrylic or Gel surface gently. Remove the shiny layer gently.

2/ Put Acetone onto cotton pad inside the foil wrap. Soak it well.

3/ Wrap the foil around the nail tightly and soak the nails for 15 mins for gel polish, 30 mins for acrylic and gel nails.

4/ After the required time peel of the foil and discard into bin.

5/ Use orange wood stick to scrape of any remaining product.

6/ Buff the nails very gently with the white buffer black until the surface is clear of gel polish.

7/ File nails into shape, put solar cuticle oil on cuticles and gently push back cuticles and after apply a generous amount of Ultra Caring Hand Cream.  Gel or Acrylic might require another soaking and repeat. Now you are ready for top coat if required. But it is a good time to let nails breathe now in between applications, whilst no one is meeting up.