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Pain in the…hands

 

Hello my lovelies, I just wanted to preface this post by saying I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING WHATSOEVER. I am just writing to explain my own experiences and hopefully share some useful tips, helpful hints and point you in the direction of some reliable websites.

So, what I wanted to talk about today is an occurrence that regularly happens to me when coiling my fingers for any length of time around a pot of polish: my joints get stuck! The solution is an awkward stretching of my fingers (accompanied by aches and clicks galore).

Unfortunately I have arthritis (see NHS website for more info: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/arthritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx ) It first began with a dull ache at the base of my thumb joint in my late teens. It used to happen mainly during cold, damp periods of weather and was easily cured by wrapping up warm or taking time out to warm my hands under the hot water tap. Sadly time has taken it’s toll (ahem, I’m only in my 20’s) and it’s a downward slope from here. There is no cure but it is a condition that can be managed.

Essie Mint holding bottle

However, arthritis and my favourite hobby of nail art do not make good bedfellows. I find holding my hand still in one position makes my hands become painful. So the technique I was taught at college of holding the polish in the palm of one hand is definitely out of the window these days – a table can hold the bottle just as well (if a little further away for re-dipping).

One piece of kit (yes, I do keep them close to my nail supplies) I’d also recommend is a pair of fingerless gloves. You can remove, buff, file, repaint – all whilst keeping your hands warm! The only real downside is hand cream application (but as covered in my last post, I rarely use it as part of my manicure routine anyway!) I also try not to apply hand cream if my hands are already cold. I’ll wait and warm them first as otherwise the aches once again begin to creep in.

I also avoid immersing my fingers into cold liquids – by that I mean the polish remover that comes with sponge in the bottle that you dip your fingers into. Firstly, I’m not convinced it’s good for your skin to come into contact with chemicals unnecessarily (I know, I know, as a polish-addict I’m one to talk) so if you can get away with a neater removal technique that’s more contained then go for it. Secondly, I cannot prove it scientifically but my fingers definitely feel more crampy after using this type of remover.

hand massage

A few of my older clients have also been afflicted with arthritis and they would often pay a higher price for the luxury manicure purely for the hand and arm massage. By warming and gently manipulating the muscles and joints it can create a release of tension and has an overall soothing effect. You can get creams that warm as you massage, which might also be beneficial, but always talk this through with your client first to see if this suit their needs.

It can be unnerving for those manicurists who haven’t seen severely arthritic hands before – all knotted joints, lumps, bumps and fingers that appear misshapen – but if you take your time and give the hands your full attention, it can be a really rewarding experience for clients.

arthritis

Finally, and probably most importantly, movement is the answer (to many a question in life I’m sure: health & fitness, job progression, happiness, but especially…) when it comes to arthritis. I often automatically find myself performing little hand exercises to combat stiffness but I have since found this website listing a few different styles of techniques which you can combine to reduce arthritic symptoms: http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/arthritis-hand-exercises

As I said earlier, I am in no way an expert and I would highly recommend anyone with concerns to go see their GP for specific advice. However, I do hope some people might find this post helpful. It is something I personally struggle with so if anyone else has tips they’ve found helpful I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Are you also an arthritis sufferer? Do you have nail clients with arthritis?

 

Are Derma V10 hand-creams any good? (mind your own beeswax)

Hello lovelies, I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. Mine has been very productive and exciting (unfortunately that’s all I can say at the moment but promise to reveal all soon). I just wanted to do a quick post today to review some of the beauty goodies I received on my trip to FabbLiverpool last weekend.

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Derma V10 is the brand I am reviewing for you today. Two of the nail-related products I picked up from them are Q10 Innovations Hand & Nail Creams; one Moisturising and one Anti-Ageing.

 

It’s not a brand I’d heard of previously but after a little investigation it seems they have many high-street stockists including Superdrug, Tesco and even B&M. The main thing that surprised me about these creams were their price point – just 99p!

Not only is their handcream 99p but ALL of the Derma range is the same price. Their aim is:developing affordable, quality alternatives to overpriced big brands.

Check out stockists here: http://www.healthpointltd.co.uk/where-to-buy.php

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So this week I’ve been applying both hand creams to my hands twice a day (one to the left hand, one to the right hand). I know some people apply creams more often but I rarely use hand cream (I know, my bad) and aren’t prone to dry skin, so twice a day was plenty for me. It’s also worth mentioning that my allergies mean I do sometimes have quite sensitive skin. I regularly find myself asking ‘where did that rash come from?’. However I managed to use both creams all week with no concerns whatsoever.

Anti-Ageing

The viscosity of this one was thicker than the moisture cream. Neither were strongly scented but this was definitely less medicinal smelling.

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This anti-ageing cream contains beeswax (known to lock in moisture, nurture cells and protect skin from damage) and Vitamin E (an anti-oxidant). It had a silky feel and absorbed well into the skin within a few minutes.

My skin felt noticeably improved; smoother and more moisturised. I have yet to see an improvement but perhaps this would happen after longer, regular use.

 

Moisturising

The moisurising cream was definitely a little ‘wetter’ than the other cream; it still held well but took longer to absorb and felt slightly greasier. I probably wouldn’t recommend this unless you are prone to dryer hands – to be fair to Derma V10 the tube does say ‘Helps relieve dry chapped skin’ so perhaps this just wasn’t for me.

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Again it definitely works as advertised, by adding and locking in moisture. Another useful point is the lack of any perfume scent makes it ideal for either men or women to use (watch out ladies, your man may steal this one on you).

There was a more noticeable feel and look to the skin on this one – a little more shine, a little less laclustre.

Overall – skincare is very subjective but I think if your looking for a big moisture hit you could do a lot worse that Q10 Moisturising Hand Cream, particularly for just 99p (I know, I keep saying that)

My personal preference is the Q10 Anti-ageing Hand cream. I much prefer to apply and go – don’t have time to wave my hands around waiting for them to dry. The fresh, clean smell also makes it an easy-wear for me – I don’t want my skincare fighting for dominance over my perfume.

I’d love to hear if anyone else has tried these handcreams? Or anything else from Derma V10? How much do you spend on hand cream? More than 99p? Are you also a bit lax on your hand cream application? Or do you apply more than twice daily? I’ve discovered the bus journey to and from work is a great time for me to apply, and build it naturally into my routine

 

Anna x

 

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FABB Liverpool Event

So last Saturday was a first for me – I went to my very first bloggers event. Fabb Liverpool was advertised as an event run for bloggers, by bloggers. To be honest I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew there would be bloggers to chat to, exhibitors displaying their fashion and beauty products and a goody bag (…there was, and it did not disappoint!)

Fabb Cakes

However, I was also a little (a lot) nervous that there would be a lot of young bloggers clamouring for attention, stalls with pushy sales people, and going alone was worried that I’d be feeling a bit left out. In order to combat the nerves of going to the event alone I checked out Twitter to see who else was going and managed to tag along with three other bloggers.

Fabb layout

The choice of venue, Pan America Bar in Albert Dock, was a great location. Close to the city centre but formal enough that you felt as though you were attending a real exciting event. The upstairs bar was out of the way of drinkers and diners; we were given wristbands to get into the event proper.

Fabb wristband

Stallholders were friendly and helpful; they took the time to explain and demonstrate products and clearly knew their stuff.

Fabb Lush

LUSH – A brand that needs no introduction. Purveyors of handmade, animal friendly, and strongly scented bath and beauty products. A lovely activity they had at the Lush stall was the Emotional Brilliance colour wheel. The idea is you close your eyes, spin the wheel, then choose 3 colours by instinct on opening them. The order you choose the colours in represents your greatest strength, your subconscious feelings and your aspiration. I’m not sure how accurate the reading were (admittedly I am a total cynic) but it was definitely a fun activity that got us all involved and talking. The main question I wanted the answer to though – one I have thought many times before – when are they finally going to produce a range of nail polish? Soon I hope!

Fabb Derma freebies

Derma V10 – affordable skin and beauty products have landed! This was one generous brand; allowing each attendee to take away six products to try. Amongst which I chose two hand creams that I intend to review fully in a future post.

ESPA – I have been lucky enough to try this brand before in my favourite spa. On walking in and smelling the ESPA products I was transported back to days at the spa and instantly relaxed – reason enough for me to use this brand as the aromas were emotive in the loveliest way.

ARK – A clothing brand many will already know. They brought along some lovely, eclectic and original garments; definately blogger-style fashion.

Tropic – A beauty brand that I had not tried before. They not only produce 100% plant derived skincare but had the most beautiful make-up brushes. I was also tempted to try out their brow kits (like many a Liverpool girl I do like a defined brow)

Crystal Clear – I’d heard of this skincare specialist treatment before but seeing the live demonstrations just proved to me how well this brand really works. Some of their products are a little pricey but I’ve no doubt that those with specific skin problems could find the solution here – I’m lucky enough to have pretty good skin at the moment but would definitely look into them again in the future (when my wrinkles become a little more noticeable perhaps!)

Fabb bloggers

I just want to say a big thank you to the event organisers Tor and Ray who did a wonderful job. I would have liked to chat to them more (and other bloggers too) but was happy to have met the people I did: three of the loveliest bloggers I’ve met Laura (of elledeesbeauty.com), Leanne (of little-babble.com) and Sophie (of What-Sophie-Says.blogspot.co.uk)

I look forward to future Fabb events. I can see this just getting bigger and better.

Fabb Espa

What I loved: a lovely laid back atmosphere, good mix of products (some I’d heard of, others were up and coming brands), a jam-packed goodie-bag, a well organised event overall, meeting fellow bloggers for the first time

Would I change anything? The layout could have been better, once you got into a corner it was difficult to navigate back out – maybe spread stalls into the whole upstairs area. Wait to give goodie bags on the way out – they were a little heavy and more than one person’s handles bust! The giveaways were done at the very end of the event – this meant a lot of people had already left the venue (so their entries were invalid) – doing them midway through, with a fully captivated audience would have created more of a buzz. Most importantly, can we have more nail-related products next time please?

After the event: I now have many products to try out an review (watch this space) and have made connections with some lovely people who I hope to meet up with again

Fabb drink

Overall, I’d highly recommend other bloggers attend a FABB event. Check out the Facebook page to see if there’s one near you: https://www.facebook.com/fabbevents/info

Have you been to a Fabb event? Or any other bloggers’ event? Which is your favourite? Do you think there should be more events planned? Have you ever tried to organise your own bloggers event or meet-up? I’d love to know!

Anna x

 

 

Hello and welcome

So I finally decided to bite the bullet and start posting here on WordPress after visiting a Bloggers event yesterday and realising my FB page isn’t really helping me reach my full blogging potential. Here you’ll see me taking my first steps (and big ones for me) to becoming a better blogger (I hope!)

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I will still be posting on Facebook for a while here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/LUSH-Nails/116925538390364 

However, if you could follow me here too that would be great as I’m hoping to merge the two and just post here solely in future. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who is following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so far – it’s lovely to think someone is reading and liking what I do. And an even bigger thank you to those I follow (give me a wave if I’m not yet following you) – you’re the most creative, artistic and hard-working people and continue to inspire me daily and make me want to be better.

Please bare with me whilst I’m getting up and running (I’m sure there will be a few mistakes/learning curves along the way) and thanks again for visiting xxx 

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