Beauty treatments in Kamppi, Helsinki

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In collaboration with Viivin kauneushuone

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 SKY-cosmetologist Viivi 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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Viivi 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. Viivi 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.

 

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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

manicure at home step by step

after manicure
Manicure with clear nail polish.

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

It wasn’t so much about it being actually that hard to learn, it was just hard to fathom that a manicure is really that simple and easy. Like – can we actually charge for that?

Okay, now that I really think of it -it just felt so easy after all the other harder things we learned and studied. Still, it’s pretty simple, so I’m going to teach you to do it yourself!

 

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Before & after a manicure.

How to do a professional manicure at home – Step by step

how to do a manicure

  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.

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  1. Give your nails and hands a warm bath. I usually use a moisturizing shower gel, foam or a shower oil for the bath. Bathe for about 5-10 minutes. This helps to soften your cuticles and nails and it also feels nice and relaxing.
    + If you’re feeling extra, you can also exfoliate your hands. A body exfoliator will work just fine. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and makes your cream absorb better.
  2. Push your cuticles using a cuticle pusher tool. Be gentle – this shouldn’t hurt. (If you absolutely need to, here is where you would cut your cuticles. But do it only if they’re really grown out or sticking out.)
  3. Shape your nails with a nail file. I strongly recommend getting a glass file, because it’s more gentle to your nails. With a glass file you can file back and forth without breaking the layers on your nails.

how to manicure

  1. 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.
  2. Apply your nail polish. I recommend doing it in three phases: a base coat, two layers of color polish and a top coat. Let the nail polish dry in-between layers. A base coat is super important, because 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.
  3. 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 up 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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What you need for a home manicure:

*Professional Nail Spa Bowl Manicure
*Cuticle pusher & cutter, metallic
Base coat, color nail polish & top coat (Check out some brand recommendations from below)
Hand or body lotion

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My favorite nail polishes for a home manicure

I like Essie’s nail polishes. I especially like their *all in one base coat + top coat + strengthener.

For color polish, I like Isadora and *Mavala. We actually used Mavala at school too. I love their small sizes, because they don’t dry out and I get to use all the product. Isadora’s nail polishes I’ve used for several years and sometimes I even skip top coat with them, because they dry so quickly and have a good shine.

My absolute favorite top coat is *Seche Vite Fast Dry  Top Coat. That has actually changed the whole game for me. Check out my full review and demo on it here.

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

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