• 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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    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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    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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    Just Some PC advice…

    November 1, 2010 | Posted By: | beauty · make up · products |

    A good make up base is…..??? To us girlies at PinkCrust the answer to this is really obvious, but not always to others.

    It’s Good skin!  Skin is what your make up sits on so it’s therefore very important for your base to be smooth in order to achieve a smooth look after make up is applied. exfoliation three times a week, cleansing, toning & moisturising for the long-term is of course a must to KEEP skin up to par. Yet many of our customers are admitting to NOT moisturising everyday BUT still wearing make up everyday!!! (confusion, shock, horror…no…seriously) As a result of this knowledge we’d like to say

    “Skipping the cleansing and moisturising, is just not cool”

    In any case we’ve got three fab primers, that really make a difference to how long your make up last and aid in smooth application, enhanced glow and finer pores.                    Bobbi brown vitamin enriched face base, doubles up as a moisturiser, even worn without make up keeps the face matt and smooth looking as well as smelling gorgeous. Very good for daily use. This primer is by far our favorite and regularly used for our bridal make up too.                          YSL top secrets flash radiance. The pearly reflective pigments work very well to add a little highlighting. This product’s very mattifying, perfect for evening looks we think. Laura Mercier foundation primer, is lightweight and absorbs very quickly, it definitely keeps make up on all day and gives a very smooth finish to your make up.  BTW….We’re loving Ms Campbell’s flawless and radiant skin in the latest edition of Russian GQ, who is looking magnificent at 40 (we’re sure she doesn’t skip on her moisturising, toning and exfoliating!!!)

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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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