• Nail Colour Alert!

    November 24, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · nails · PinkCrust · products · We Recommend |

    Essie’s ‘Sew psyched’ has only been in our salon a week, yet it’s proven to be a popular choice with the ladies. (more…)

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    Couture For Us!

    November 20, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · fashion · PinkCrust · products · trends |

    One of our PinkCrust girlie’s recently returned from a trip to New York with some amazing gifts for us all,  These were purchased at beauty haven SEPHORA! (no beautician would be worth her title if she didn’t visit this place on a trip to the US).

    Although none of us have never really been fans of the hoodie+matching bottoms trend, Juicy couture has blossomed its brand and were inclined to agree on its ‘whimsical, feminine charm’- speaking solely on the beauty products here. The packaging of juicy couture perfumes and creams suits us to a tee! and the smells are surprisingly divine! have a look…

    Our “Hands down” Favorite is this Limited edition Couture Couture Solid Perfume Ring, If you a fan of sandalwood and Vanilla then beg someone who really loves you to get on a plane, fly to the US, pick this up at Sephora and get back just in time for xmas!

    If not then the following perfumes are all available at the PERFUME SHOP. despite SOME of us loving SOME of the scent’s we can only guesstimate that this would also be the same result on a wider scale….in this case we can only suggest you consider these perfumes on your list when searching for the perfect smell!

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    It Was FUN!

    November 17, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · Events · make up · News · PinkCrust · special nights |

    It was great to see our regular and some new customers attend our ‘Make up tips night’. there was food, drink and loads of make up advice.

    Customers were especially pleased to receive their goodie bags, which included two gorgeous colours from REVLON-’all fired up’, a classic and iconic red and ‘plum seduction’, a vibrant shade of purple (which a couple of us are wearing right now!!)BTW we also couldn’t help but love this shot of Jessica Biel wearing ‘all fired up’ in this REVLON campaign (shot but Mario Testino may we add)

    …We Digress. Judging by the smile of these two glowing and flawless customers (mother and daughter, anyone guess that?!), we’d confidently say…”it was a great night”

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    Gels! Not Acrylic Gels!

    November 11, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · nails · PinkCrust · products |

    Many customers have come into the salon asking for Gel nail infill, only to discover what is actually on their nails are Acrylics.

    so…why is that and whats what? OK….

    Acrylic- always in powder form, mixed with liquid monomer to form a gel, applied to nails, left to dry..

    acrylic Gel -powder form mixed with liquid to form gel, applied to nails, cured under UV light…

    Gels -painted on in gel form, cured under light!

    So what’s the difference we here you ask… If it has acrylic in the title the it’s acrylics! All acrylic result in damaged natural nails! we’ll say no more on that.

    As for Gels nails,  they DO NOT damage the natural nails, although they are slightly less hard-wearing in comparison to gel nails. Gel nails are quick to apply, they come in a variety of colours, can be refiled and used over tips also. The appearance is also thinner and very ‘natural’ looking. With gel, your nails are protected from breakage. It’s no wonder Gel nails are fast becoming the obvious nail extention choice. We highly recommend Gel nails as when they come off it’s actually possible to not have to cut of all your natural nails and start again!! and yes they are available in pink and white.

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    She Said It…

    November 8, 2010 | Posted By: | fashion · Fun Stuff · PinkCrust |

    “A woman has the age she deserves.”

    Coco Channel



    Chanel-spring 2011 collection

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    More (FRIENDLY) PC Advice…

    November 8, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · Fun Stuff · make up · PinkCrust · products |

    This time it’s eyelash extensions. we’ve been seeing a lot of “abuse of use” when it comes to achieving the ‘fluttery eye’ look!

    For everyday wear, Eyelash extensions should be an enhancement to your existing lashes, which in turn highlight yours eyes. However all of us girlies at Pinkcrust, on and off beauty duty, have seen walking examples of….well….um…. something similar to this…….

    seriously…we’re being literal here!



    All we have to say on the matter is, if you looking for gorgeous eyes come in store, you’ll end up with something more like this….

    Left eye:without extensions  Right eye: with semi permanent flared lashes



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    The whole point in MATTE nail polish and…it’s here to stay

    November 4, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · nails · PinkCrust · products |

    For those of you complaining about the matt  nail polishes looking like wall paint and “not very shiny”(yesss…i know, it’s commonly said!) we’d like to point out a few things. It boils down to the matte polish being a “look” and therefore a preference. shiny nails represent high maintenance and polished(no pun intended) whereas matte represents understated chic, not try hard yet not neglecting and also moving with the ever-changing fashion industry.The ‘dustier’ looking the polish the more striking the effect. In regards to it not lasting very long, we can only say that’s a technical issue, polish without topcoat will never last very long. However it’s soooo quick drying that applying it every other day shouldnt be time-consuming.(at least for a dedicated fashionista)

    Here at Pinkcrust we commonly sport the matte, anything that gives us a different and interesting look is very refreshing AND if its good enough for a flashy car…..

    In any case the pinkcrust girlie’s and customers  alike have long been dedicated wearers of  O.P.I ‘Lincoln park after dark’  and now there’s a matt version!!!! hmm…in the words of Racheal Zoe “I DIE”

    Now for some words of advice for the pro matte camp (if you haven’t yet gathered, that’s us included) O.P.I’s range of matte’s are brilliant, Orly also do a range of matte polish But whilst the dark colours are excellent, the lighter shades do not quite manage to be 100% matte, they appear “suede-ish”, the resulting effect just seems more like matte smeared with grease(which, btw, has a totally different connotation!!!)

    alternatively, the ‘Essie’ mattifying top coat Matte About You is very economical, just apply this over old favourites or even colours you just regret buying(they take on a whole new life form when they’re matt)

    And at last base coat is still necessary!

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    On the RARE occassions when we have little to do…..

    November 3, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · nails · PinkCrust |

    Tools used;

    • steady hand(yep, all done by hand!)
    • creative flair
    • a little polish

    Which one do you like????

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    Tried, Tested & Regularly Used

    October 31, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · PinkCrust · products |

    We’ve been fully booked and totally run off our feet from opening to closing this Halloween weekend. So it’s been eat work and sleep for us all and It’s times like these when it’s most difficult to stick to a beauty routine-which you must do!!! Here are some products that have kept us “looking the part”(all products mentioned are based on the results of OUR regular use)

    Shu Uemura cleansing oil-Do not be fooled by the oily consistency, it really does clean all traces of make up, however heavy. This cleansing oil certainly does not dry or clog skin , it is not harsh yet destroys spots and even helps to regulate skin to a perfect balance, it’s totally perfect for the coming winter.The eesult of using this product is clear and hydrated looking skin.

    Verdict-A necessity for all!

    Guerlain’s Issima Midnight Secret- Yep, this works. Not cheap but it does what it says on the bottle. Not getting enough sleep is always obvious on the skin, with this stuff it wont be. Even after one use, Pores look smaller and skin looks revived.

    verdict -A Very handy product after a late night or to use as a skin ‘pick me up’

    Dr Sebagh Azlaeic acid- Another ‘gooden’. This product acts like a mini at home peel. Just apply and leave it for five minutes, it exfoliates, tightens, brightens and eventually fades blemishes. It’s a ‘pricey’ mask BUT you can throw away a lot of other useless products on your dressing table for this one because it does so much! moisturiser even goes on better after use too.

    Verdict-We even use it in the salon…


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    Matt v Gloss! We’ll Do Both!!

    October 30, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · make up · nails · PinkCrust |

    We thought we’d join in the Halloween fun too, and to match our costumes… it’s ‘Orly’ matt black nails (black for obvious reasons) and clear gloss strips (strips,because…well…they’re having yet another fashion moment)

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    Minx….the good and not so great points! AND a good alternative!

    October 25, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · make up · nails · PinkCrust |

    Minx nails, are available in loads of absolutely fab and crazy designs, that cannot be produced by human hands(well…not as precisely at least). They are quick to apply, meaning no drying time and they do not chip. The drawback comes with the longevity of minx.                                            On the hands they stay in place for approximately 3 days, thereafter they begin to ‘peel back’. To combat this we advise using a top coat daily(sounds like a lot but one coat takes minutes to dry and can be done just before you go to bed or first thing). Also, A UV top coat used straight after application is effective in maintaining minx.

    However…… If you’re looking for standout nails, we’ve discovered ‘chrome nails’, which last approximately two weeks, they take less than 30 minutes to apply and look fantastic!!! There’s even more scoop for variation as patterns can be applied on  top also. Again there is no drying time and chipping is minimal if maintained with a normal lacquer top coat every few days. WE LOVE IT!

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    Bikini, Brazillian & Hollywood

    October 25, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · PinkCrust · waxing |

    It appears not many of our first time ‘waxers’ are aware of  the differences! or at least are not entirely sure of the variations, let us explain…..

    Bikini everything outside of the Standard knicker line and a touch in inside of the knicker line.

    Brazilian-Typically Hairs removed from front and back removed, with a thin strip of hair remaining at the top front.

    Hollywood-All off!

    However, the above options are not suited to everyone’s preference, so many salons offer a high bikini(as we do at PC), which hovers between a bikini and brazilian. The result is a thick strip 3/4 down from the top, with all back removed

    so there you have it…the bikini wax guide!!!!

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    Our Edible Louboutins

    October 23, 2010 | Posted By: | Christmas · fashion · Fun Stuff · PinkCrust |

    Nope, these are not real, but they’re not fakes either, the PinkCrust girlies could scarcely believe that this was a cake! a delicious one too!!

    This cake was ordered from and in a node to our much loved louboutins we continued the day in O.P.I ‘keys to Karma’ red. If you wondering about the extreme shine and metalic effect, these nails were painted on top of chrome silver nails (for that you’ll need to pop in to the salon x)

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    Hey all, hey world, hey beauty lovers!

    October 23, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · make up · PinkCrust |

    For our first ever post, it’s gonna have to be a quick intro; we’re a beauty salon based in Hackney. we definetly keep ourselves posted on whats new and hot in the beauty industry and were fashion lovers too! if were not performing treatments on our clients then we’re doing the above. Since we’re so keen to try everthing out, you may want to check in with us often, we’ll let you know if its good, bad or plain useless. So…we’ll keep you posted xoxo

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