Beauty treatments in Kamppi, Helsinki

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In collaboration with Anu Ruotsalainen

When it comes to taking care of my looks, I don’t do everything by myself. It’s good to let (other) professionals to take care of some things. There are a few other people, that I trust with my hair or with different beauty treatments.

My cosmetologist is Anu Ruotsalainen in Kamppi, Helsinki. She works in Hiushuone Neo, where she has her own beauty room. I’ve been using her services for a long time – and I actually have also worked with her before in a salon. While we were working together I quickly learned, that she was very professional and her customers always left happy – and asked to see her again the next time. She also taught me a lot about different treatments and techniques.

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Anu offers various different beauty treatments: lash extensions, manicures, pedicures, sugaring & waxing and facials. So far there are only two facials on the menu, but actually there are many variations. Facials are always tailored to suit every client’s needs. I have tried DMK:s enzyme facials, and they are super effective – the kind, which results you instantly feel and see in your skin after the treatment.

Yumi lash lift is great for people, who don’t want lash extensions. There are different kinds of manicures and pedicures – and sugaring and waxing for the whole body. You can see the list of treatments and prices here.

What I usually book is sugaring for brazilian and armpits. Anu uses soft warm sugar and the right technique, so it doesn’t hurt. I have wrote about sugaring before here.

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About a week ago, I also took volume lash extensions after a very long break. The style we went for was a ‘Kardashian’ style, where there are longer and shorter lashes mixed together. These were my first lashes in ages, so I wanted them to be very natural. I absolutely love these – they cheer me up and make getting ready a lot quicker. We are living the darkest time of the year, so now if never is the time to pamper yourself a bit. Needless to say there are all these parties to attend to, so it’s nice to have my lashes party-ready, haha.

We wanted to come up with some nice discount code for you guys too:

Gel manicure & sugaring appointments -15% for new customers with the code ‘CHARLOTTA’. Valid until the end of this year, 31.12.17.

Facebook: Tmi Kosmetologi Anu
Instagram: @kosmetologianu
Booking: 045 6162998
Online booking: www.neohiushuone.fi 

What do you think on my new lashes? Do you use any beauty services? 

How to do a manicure like a pro

how to do a manicure like a pro at home

how to do a manicure like a pro at home

after manicure

A manicure was one of the hardest things to learn at beauty school.

I’m not kidding.

It wasn’t so much about it being actually that hard to learn – it was more like a mental battle. It was hard to internalize that a manicure is really just that simple and easy. Like – can we actually charge that? (Okay, now that I really think of it – it could be the that a manicure just felt so easy after all the other harder things we learned and studied. Still, it’s pretty simple.)

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Before & after a manicure.

So, I thought I would show you how to give yourself a manicure like a pro. At home!

  1. Wash your hands and use a disinfectant. Just to start things off fresh and clean.
  2. Remove the old nail polish, if there is any.how to do a manicure
  3. Give your nails and hands a bath. You can use any cup you have at home, but you can also buy a manicure cup from amazon (they’re pretty cheap). Make a warm bath for your nails. I usually use a moisturizing shower gel, foam or a shower oil. Bathe for about 5-10 minutes. This helps to soften your cuticles and nails and it also feels nice and relaxing.
  4. Push your cuticles using a wooden orange stick or something similar to that. Be gentle – this shouldn’t hurt. You don’t necessarily have to cut your cuticles – only if they’re really grown out or sticking out.manicure at home
  5. Shape your nails the way you want using a nail file. I strongly recommend getting a glass file, just ’cause it’s more gentle to your nails. With a glass file you can file back and forth without breaking the layers on your nails.
  6. Clean your nails with a nail polish remover. This is to remove any dirt and oils from the surface so that the nail polish lasts longer.
  7. Next it’s time for some nail polish. I recommend doing it in three phases: a base coat, two layers of color polish and a top coat. Let the polish dry in between layers. A base coat is super important, ’cause it protects your nails. There are different types of base coats – hardening, ridge-filling, moisturizing etc. Pick a base coat suitable for your needs. You can also use a 2-in-1 clear polish that can be used as a top coat as well. There are different types of top coats as well: quick drying or hardening.how to manicure
  8. Add a hand cream to your hands and cuticles. A cuticle treatment is recommended too, I like using just coconut oil. Your nail polish should be dry before adding the oil. If you’re worried about messing the nail polish, let it dry before adding a hand cream. And that’s it. A good old manicure. The order of these steps may vary but this is the very basic routine.


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+ Add two extra steps for A SPA MANICURE

If you want to do a spa manicure, add the extra steps of exfoliating your hands and doing a mask. Exfoliate your hands during the bath. A body exfoliator is fine. Exfoliating is recommended also, if you have dry skin. Apply a hand mask after you’ve filed your nails. If you don’t have a hand mask a moisturizing body mask is suitable too or just a thick layer of hand cream. Wrap your hands in plastic and towel and enjoy the peace for ten minutes (you kinda have to, ’cause you have your hands tied.)

Here are the products, that I used and some product recommendations.

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easy manicure at home

essence studio nails professional cuticle pusher | essence studio nails rosewood sticks |  MOSSA Oil-infused nourishing body lotion | Professional Nail Spa Bowl Manicure(amazon*)

sally hansen moisture rehab

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Sally Hansen miracle GEL 911 Aqua Chakra* | Sally Hansen miracle GEL Top Coat* | Sally Hansen moisture REHAB Strengthener*

I love Sally Hansen nail products. These miracle gel polishes have great pigment, nice texture and they last long on the nail. Full review here. I can also recommend that moisturizing treatment that is suited for the nails and cuticles. I treat my nails with this whenever I’m not wearing any nail polish and I sometimes use it for my cuticles during the day.

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MAVALA MAVA-STRONG base coat* | MAVALA GEL FINISH TOP COAT* | essie all in one base coat + top coat + strengthener (amazon*)

I also love Mavala products. We actually used them at school too. They have great quality products and I love especially their small sizes, because they don’t dry out and I get to use all the product. Essie is another great brand and this all-in-one clear polish is great.

When was the last time you treated yourself to a manicure? 

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