DANGERS OF THE SUN

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 It’s once again a rainy weekend. You’re sitting at home and struggling to find an activity that you can do indoors. And then, all of a sudden, the sun starts to shine – the clouds went away to give you the evening you were so hoping for. You put on the summer dress that was lying in the closet for a long time and, without further due, go out to enjoy the sun. What can possibly go wrong?

Most of us tend to think about sunscreen only when it comes to vacation or tanning on a beach, when, in fact, we should be using it every single day ( yes, even when there’s no sun). It’s widely known that overexposure to the UV rays can lead to skin cancer, but not many consider this danger to be real. Moreover, many scientists suggest that excessive sunlight is damaging for acne prone skin as well. Let’s first dig deeper into the UV rays and what they do.

There’re two types of the radioactive UV rays – UVA and UVB. The former are your tan-producing rays, that penetrate the skin deeply and influence pigmentation. These are the rays you should fear, as, even a short exposure, can already lead to the first signs of the premature photoaging. The UVA rays damage the dermis, which causes collagen and elastin to shrink and form wrinkles on the surface of the skin.

The UVB rays do not have such a dramatic effect on the aging process, as they generally reach only the upper levels of the skin. These rays are the ones to blame for sunburns.

After all, yes, sunlight helps us produce the happy hormone” serotonin and is vital in the vitamin D formation.  But it is important to remember that without an adequate protection you also get yourself exposed to the risks of skin cancer, photoaging and dry skin.

Using sunscreen as a part of your daily routine could help prevent the negative effects while still allowing for that vitamin and hormone production to happen. It can also happen that after a long sunny vacation, your tanned face feels dry and out of shape. Just one facial can suffice to reinforce the blood circulation and enrich the skin with vitamins. Be it our famous “Fingertip Facelift” from Eleftheria or “Therma Vital Mineral” facial from Andrei, we guarantee that you will shine from inside out after it.

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WHICH YOGA TYPE IS BEST FOR ME?

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Chakra, Ayurveda, Nidra, Vinyasa, Tridosha – unless you studied Sanskrit, you probably have no idea how to get your head around so many types of yoga.

If you don’t have time to try all of these yoga types for your own, read this article and discover which one will cater to your personal needs.

VINYASA

Vinyasa Yoga, also referred to as “flow yoga”, is one of the most common practices in the world. Some translate Vinyasa as “to place in a special way”, meaning that it requires conscious movements from each and every part of our bodies.

The Flow Yoga is all about calm and balanced movement. Together with your breath you flow from one posture into another, constantly changing and yet remaining still.

No Vinyasa practice is ever the same. This yoga type is so intuitive and different for each individual that you can even start doing it on your own after a while.

It is best suited for those working office jobs or with the low-activity lifestyles. Vinyasa Yoga brings you back to movement while stretching all the limbs and bones of the body.

CHAKRA

In ancient Sanskrit Chakra means a spinning wheel. According to the yogic belief there are 7 of these wheels surrounding our physical body. They are responsible for the flow of life and energy through us.

Every Chakra is of special significance and regulates the way we experience reality through the different emotions, aspirations or fears.

Therefore, if even one of the spinning wheels becomes blocked, the whole mechanism gets impaired. This can lead to anxiety, lethargy, digestive or other health issues. 

The focus of Chakra yoga is to locate the impaired or even blocked chakras and help you feel like yourself again. This is usually achieved by a combination of asanas, physical movements and meditation.

NIDRA

This practice is best suited for treating anxiety, insomnia and burnout symptoms, as it can be compared to a full 3hour sleep!

In Yoga Nidra you don’t need to freeze in uncomfortable poses for minutes, stretch, use muscle strenghth or do any kind of physical activity. You will start and finish the class lying on your mat.

The main goal of this session is to get you into a deep state of conscious sleep. Unlike meditation, where you normally observe your thoughts come and go, the yoga nidra sleep is the state of conscious dreaming while remaining awake.

Yoga nidra works with autonomic nervous system, which regulates the unconscious processes in our body, like heartbeat or breathing.

A recent study found that while both yoga nidra and meditation had the benefits of reducing stress, yoga nidra was more efficient in reducing anxiety.

AYURVEDA & TRIDOSHA

Practiced all over the world for more than 5000 years Ayurveda is one of the fundamental elements of the ancient Indian teachings. It literally translates as the science of life and well-being.

Ayurveda is based on the principle of three doshas – three pollutants in the human body. Each of these pollutants regulates our skin type, digestion patterns and many other aspects of who you are.

This practice recognizes that every individual has her/his own prevalent Dosha. The Ayurveda and Tridosha practitioners usually access the needs of their clients to develop a unique exercise routine.

This practice is somewhat similar to the flow yoga, with its continuous movements and breathing exercises, but is at the same time more personalized and directed at treating your own disbalances.

As you might have already noticed, yoga is not about getting your body into the perfect shape. Yoga is the science of mental and physical balance, of feeling who you are and what your body needs.

A personal class at your home is the perfect opportunity to dig in deeper into your feelings and discover the hidden imbalances within yourself.

LEARN BODY LOVE FROM CALLISTHENICS

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Callisthenics may sound like a fancy and complicated word but in reality, most of us are already doing it as a part of our workout routines. In short, callisthenics is a workout type oriented at working with your own bodyweight.

The name has Greek origins, where “Kàlos” means beauty and “Sthénos” means strength. Many callisthenics lovers suggest that this sport is the pure art of movement or the most natural exercise.

Callisthenics incorporates the elements of gymnastics but is mainly performed outdoors. It focuses on what your body can do rather than how it looks and the result – fit shape, defined muscles and a couple of gymnastic exercises you would never think you can do on top of that.  

If you ever found yourself saying “I would never be able to perform a handstand”, callisthenics might prove you wrong. This exercise routine is mainly based on helping you achieve your wildest fantasies about what your body can do.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

Let’s take a handstand as an example. This exercise engages arms, shoulders, the core and glutes aka. the most wanted muscle groups!

Callisthenics teaches you to use your body as an integrated unit, instead of just viewing it as groups of isolated muscles. Being able to balance the weight from hands to legs requires not only strength, but also coordination and balance.

A study looked at the benefits of callisthenics on male participants over an 8 week period. The posture, strength and body composition accessed and measured through the before/after comparison of the participants’ abilities. In the end, the men demonstrated a significant body weight loss and posture improvement. They were also better at doing push-ups and pull-ups which indicated the increase in general body strengths.

MENTAL BENEFITS

Many people judge the success of their workout routine by their appearance, but as we already mentioned, callisthenics is not about that. Instead of having to look at your abs after every workout, you test your abilities with each exercise. For example, can you make the push-up better today compared to how you performed yesterday.

This kind of tracking can bring lots of fulfillment and motivation to work harder. And as soon as you master that handstand for the first time, you will get that enormous feeling of joy and would not want to stop for a second.

To sum up, callisthenics is a captivating art of working with your own body, feeling it and taking care of it. This workout teaches you patience, resilience and love for who you are.

With Dan you get a 50% discount on your first callisthenics session! Try it out, and you will not want to stop.

CUPPING IS ALWAYS IN FASHION

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Cupping is a massage technique that has been used by numerous celebrities over the years. How do we know? The marks.

The trend first started about a decade ago, when athletes at the Olympics and TV-stars started showing up in the public with colorful circles on their backs. Among the cupping therapy lovers are Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and many others.

So what is it about cupping that makes us put up with this colourful after effect. Cupping is an ancient massage therapy first used by the people of China and Egypt. Some suggest that it was used to suck out the venom of poisonous snakes, but it soon became clear that there are way more benefits behind it.

A traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner Ada Ooi in her interview to Vogue states that cupping “… brings in oxygen and nutrients, guides immune cells into the area to loosen tension, and enhances qi [life force] flow in order to aid recovery and healing”

This incredible therapy does not only bring so much good into the body, it also helps flush out toxins. Yes, our body does have its own mechanisms to eliminate the build up of waste. However, modern lifestyle makes it too much for our natural systems. That’s where cupping comes into action. According to Ooi, “It creates broken blood vessels just beneath the skin, breaking up adhesions that are blocking the flow of qi and nutrients to different parts of the body”.

So why has cupping become more popular than a regular deep tissue massage? Some suggest that it’s because of the immediate effects not just on the body but also on your psyche. The unblocked blood vessels and improved oxygen and nutrient flow works well to ensure your whole body feels well.

Glow Concierge has a few cupping gurus of its own. Eleftheria and Alexandra have many years experience in massage therapy and, on top of that, a calming, friendly personality.

Trying this incredible massage technique out has now become even easier. Open glowconcierge.ch in your browser, choose from Cupping or Facial Cupping from Eleftheria and wait for your provider to knock on your door.

WHY LOVE YOGA

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Most of us are well-informed about the benefits of yoga. We associate this activity with healthy lifestyle, flexibility and mental well-being. But sometimes it seems so hard to force ourselves to do it. If you are one of those people who think “Yoga is not for me”, here are some good news! YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE.

Let’s first reexamine some of the benefits in comparison to other physical exercises.

There’s a tremendous amount of research confirming that certain yoga types can improve health through down-regulation of hypothalamic– pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). These two systems are the main responders to stress in our bodies. Therefore, the more often there’s a need for them to work, the more disbalanced your body’s response to triggers gets. This dysfunction then leads to obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, depression, substance abuse, and cardiovascular disease.

Yoga has immediate effects on stress hormones and increase of natural killer cells. Studies even suggest that it reverses the impact of stress on the immune system. Moreover, you can actually feel the change, as yoga has also been shown to decrease anxiety and increase feelings of emotional, social and spiritual well-being.

Many studies have compared the effects of yoga and other physical activities such as fitness, stretching, walking, running or dancing. And, while the results on blood sugar reduction were similarly positive, yoga has been shown to have much greater benefits on the psyche.

In most of these comparisons yoga has been shown to be as effective as or superior to exercise on nearly every outcome measured.

The research conducted on women in labor or experiencing menopause confirmed the ease of the symptoms as well. While the pregnant women practicing yoga experienced an increase in maternal comfort and shortened labor time, the occurrence of hot flashes for menopausal participants reduced significantly.

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT YOGA

Time Consuming

A lot of people who have never practiced yoga believe that it is really hard to choose a studio, yoga type, instructor or the time to start. However, they forget that the main focus of any yoga type is to bring balance to one’s life. It doesn’t matter if you start with Asana Yoga or Ayurveda, your instructor is going to focus on your specific needs.

Thus, all you need to do is click on “Book an Appointment” at glowconcierge.ch and your instructor will come straight to your door and care for a smooth start in your yoga journey.

Women’s thing

Surveys show that men can feel uncomfortable in yoga classes, either because they are surrounded by women or because they do not feel comfortable doing some exercises. Other than that, it is a common belief that if an exercise does not include weight lifting or enormous calorie burn, it is not worth doing.

But as we have mentioned earlier, yoga has many benefits on your general well-being. A skinny, exhausted figure is not a guarantee that you won’t get burned out the next day.

The bottom line is that everybody, men or women, want to stay healthy and yoga is an easy solution for that.

Doesn’t burn enough calories

Maybe yoga will not burn as many calories as an hour of running on a treadmill. But it has been shown that people who practice yoga tend to make healthier nutrition choices. Combine this fact with the lowered stress and blood sugar levels, and here you’ve got all the calories you would have burned doing something else.

Yoga is boring

This one is a classical fear of people willing to start yoga. They view it as standing in one position for 10 minutes without anything to do. However, yoga offers a huge variety of exercises oriented at different muscle groups at once. After all, in 3000 years of existence of yoga there must have been developed some exciting exercises.

To sum up, yoga does not only improve physical and  psychological conditions, but is also a great relaxation technique. It engages many muscle groups while keeping your mind at peace at all times. If you are suffering from lower back pain, cardiovascular disease or experiencing stress, yoga is exactly what you need.

We always test the providers before they start to work with us. So you can be 100% sure that the person who comes to your home has the friendliest personality and is well qualified. If you still haven’t fallen in love with yoga, let them help you make the first step.

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THE PLANK TO EASE LOWER BACK PAIN

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Everyone knows the plank, not many people love the plank! It strengthens the core muscles involved in ‘anti extension’ which is basically any movement that resists extending the lower back. This exercise uses all of your abdominals, as well as glutes, legs, arms, and shoulders, doesn’t it just sound magical?

In 2018 a study was conducted, where 30 people of both genders who had lower back pain (for more than two weeks) were asked to do 5 plank exercises every day for three weeks. The results have shown that a plank not only strengthens various muscle groups, but also reduces back pain and improves the quality of life.

The key to the perfect plank is keeping your hips in line with the rest of your body, don’t stick your bum in the air and equally don’t let it fall towards the floor making an arch in your back…easier said than done! It is crucial to focus on doing the plank correctly, otherwise you might hurt some muscles, or even worse – suffer for no result!

The best way to start is from kneeling, come onto your forearms with your palms flat on the floor, next you need to activate your thigh muscles to straighten your legs. If you really push your elbows into the floor, then your shoulder blades will open up. Next tuck your tailbone, squeeze your glues and draw your stomach in, try pulling your feet towards your elbows and vice versa. Now for the hard part…hold it!

If you’re not used to it, then try holding for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times. As you get used to holding the plank position, try and extend how long you’re holding it for. See if you can work up to 2.5 minutes and again, repeat 3 times.

As plank activates all your muscled it might be a good idea to do it in the very beginning of your workout as a mini warm up (it does not substitute a proper warm up). Next time you roll your yoga mat out to exercise start with a series of planks switching from the regular elbow plank to the side ones.

If you stick to the instructions and do it often enough, there’s a chance you will love this exercise at some point. Good luck! You can do it!

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NUTRITION HACKS FOR BETTER PERIODS

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“That time of the month” doesn’t need to mean bloating, mood swings or painful cramps. Avoid period fatigue with these nutrition tweaks and you could be on your way to downgrading or eliminating symptoms all together!

UP THOSE OMEGA 3’s
Good fats, like Omega 3’s, are a dream at helping your body reduce inflammation which is key in reducing cramping. High-quality fats are exactly what your body needs to balance hormones and they even help clear skin. Look to add avocados, olive oil and grass-fed butter to your diet. They are great to sneak into your smoothies and salads – you’ll barely notice.

SAY BYE BYE TO PROCESSED FOOD
Eating whole foods is brilliant for your body and its functions. Your body is intelligent, when you put an apple into it or lean chicken, it knows what to do with it.
Go and check your pantry now, pick up a food that has a label on it. Read the list of the ingredients – if there are ingredients you can’t pronounce, then it stands to reason that your body won’t know how to digest them either!

EAT THE RAINBOW
Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. When you get playful and try and eat every color of the rainbow you soon find you have added additional fiber, vitamins and minerals without even trying. With a special shout out to phytonutrients which only exist in plant based food. They talk directly to our cells, helping increase immunity and decrease inflammation.

GET PICKY WITH YOUR PROTEINS.
It’s very simple when you think about it. Our bodies produce our own hormones and then balance them in line with our cycle. If we start to add new hormones – from factory farmed meat – we give our body new work to do and evolution hasn’t yet taught us how to do this and maintain a pain free period.
Buying organic grass fed meat (and where possible keep it local) takes this stress off of our bodies so it can focus on what it does best. Many people have noted that reduced meat consumption provides a more comfortable flow.

Daisy Quin – Yoga Instructor and Nutritionist in LA

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BENEFITS OF HAVING A WORK-OUT BUDDY

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In general, we all know that working out is great. Great for our health, mood, eating patterns and overall well-being. Still, for many it is not enough to commit to exercising for a long time. But would having another person doing it with you change something?

Studies show that having an exercise buddy can have positive effects on the life attitude, relationship building and class attendance. But let’s take it one by one.

  1. Improved attendance

When you are on your own, it is quite easy to decide against a workout. But what if there is a coach and a close friend waiting for you just outside your house. You will not only stop creating excuses, but go out there looking forward to spending some time with them.

2.Workouts can get more productive

Generally if we see another individual doing what we are supposed to, it gives us motivation and makes the task seem more achievable. It is also be quite fun to discuss this tough workout with your friend afterwards.

3.Find a fit friend

A 2016 study has shown that people gravitate towards the exercise behaviors of those around them. So, overweight people tend to lose more weight if they spend time with their fit friends — the more time they spend together, the more weight they lose.

And these are just some of the benefits. The main advantage of sharing your workouts with a friend with Glow Concierge is that you get a personal coach for half the price!

Here’s some math, so you get our point:

  1. Workouts with Christina

For 2 – 60CHF per person (10xPackage – 50CHF)

For 3 –40CHF per person (10xPackage – 33CHF)

2.Tridosha Yoga with Melanie (also available online)

For 2 – 75CHF per person (10xPackage – 62 CHF)

For 3 –  50CHF per person (10xPackage – 41CHF)

For 4 –  37CHF per person (10xPackage – 31CHF)

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FACE LIFTING – BETTER THAN ANY CREAM

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Why do we believe expensive creams can help our face look younger, and yet exercise to do the same thing for our body? There are 43 muscles in the face, but we only use 30 percent of them. Can it be beneficial to work with them as well?

A throughout massage of the face and daily exercises can lift and smoothen your face better than any cream or serum. We are not telling you to throw away all the beauty products you own. But the next time you stand in front of the mirror, consider massaging your face for a couple of minutes, and you’ll see the results as soon as you do it!

Why exercise?

Let’s take the “abs” for example. In our everyday life there are not so many occasions when these muscles are really working. And yet every single person is willing to die in the gym for a six-pack.

The same happens with our facial muscles. Daily we are using just a little portion of them while chewing, smiling, talking etc. But if we were to spend at least 15 minutes a day on facial exercises, there would be no more complaints of saggy necks, jowls or puffy eyes.

Manual lifting

Manual lifting is another technique to make your face look younger and skin smoother. Done on your own or with the help of a professional, this massage prevents aging, aids lymphatic system and drains excess water from the face.

After just a couple of minutes of rubbing and stroking, you can already feel your face become slimmer and cheekbones more visible. Isn’t it a dream come true?!

Don’t make it worse

Both these procedures, however, need to be done with caution. It is very important not to do any harm or make it look even worse. We recommend consulting with a professional before starting these exercises or massages on your own.

Our providers are always there to help. For example, try out the facial toning with Nadia ONLINE. In just 30 minutes she’ll teach you all the basics of facial exercises which you can easily perform on your own, or even at the elevator, in the car or walking down the street.

(Nadia is also teaching yoga in Zug. To access her online yoga and facial toning lessons, dial 6300 Postcode on our website)

When it comes to manual lifting, both Caterina and Eleftheria are offering 1 hour long facial massages in Zurich Lake and Zug regions. These qualified masters will follow all the essential lines on the face and reactivate the muscles so that the skin becomes smoother and gains elasticity.

Caring for your health&beauty since 2018

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HAIR TRENDS FOR SUMMER 2021

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The biggest trends for summer are from the 70s, think Farrah Fawcett, shaggy layers, sunshine blonde and dare we say it… The Mullet! Celebs love it, Instagram loves it, is it really time to try it out for yourself?! If a full on Miley Cyrus mullet scares you then try a slightly longer, shaggier version first. Cut to the collarbone with plenty of short layers to give you the maximum amount of attitude, best worn dishevelled…nothing could be easier for summer!

Golden, sunshine blondes are huge this summer, throw away your purple shampoo and embrace Golden and Honey blonde tones. Think Margot Robbie and Gigi Hadid. The darker undertones require fewer touch up appointments making this much easier to maintain than the ashy, platinum blonde trends of 2020.

When you think 70s hair, the first person that comes to mind is Farrah Fawcett, dig out those old rollers from the back of the bathroom cupboard and give it a go. This style begs for roller skating on a sunny day by the lake.

Another trend that’s been around for a while now and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon is strawberry blonde hair. No other hair colour quite says I’m ready for summer like dreamy, soft pink hair!

Be free and be bold this summer! And we will do our best to help you with that. Discuss any crazy hair idea with our providers and get a personalized quote via a Face Time call.

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INCREDIBLE NAIL ART TRENDS 2021

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Whether you see it on someone else or wear it, nail art is always something exciting. It can be extremely minimalistic, with just a heart or a couple of lines on a single finger, or incredibly bold with various elements all over your nails.

For this season’s summary, we’ve reviewed some of the most influential nail artists around the world to find the best ideas for you to try.

  1. Straight lines, curvy lines, use lines! The most common feature in the works we’ve reviewed are lines of various types, shapes and colors. The main seems to be – the more abstract the better.
  2. Reverse French. This trend is probably the easiest of all and yet still very charming. Next time you do your regular French manicure just change the colors and voila – you’ve got yourself some fashionable nails!
  3. Cuticle area decoration. All these years we’ve spent so much time trying to hide the cuticle and move attention to the tips of the nails while all we had to do was put some crystals there! A bold green line or some shining Swarovski crystals can really change the way your nails look, and again, super easy to make!
  4. The more color – the better! If you’ve already had a chance to look at summer collections of some popular brands you’ve probably noticed that this season the focus is on bright eye-catching details. Adding toxic nails to a total black or total white look would take your style to another level.

Do you still think nail art is not for you? It doesn’t always have to be bold, but you have to admit, there is something incredibly interesting about just a little detail on one of the nails. Like this cute and modest nail art by Megumi. Give it a shot and maybe you’ll fall in love with this type of manicure.

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WEDDING BEAUTY TRENDS 2021

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Whether you are having a wedding this year or attending one it is always interesting to know what the ones around you are going to be wearing. Almost every bride and groom wish to make their special day unique and stylish. It is no exception when we are talking about hair and make-up.

The past year has split the brides into two distinct categories: the ones who’ve accepted and got to love their natural looks and the ones craving a BIG party. Therefore, we’ve split our beauty trends into two main categories.

Team Natural

  1. The foundation of any natural look is glowing healthy skin. The last year has made many put their thicker foundations to the side and embrace their skin. And, let’s face it, as a bride you wouldn’t want your ten layers of concealer to stay on your man’s shirt! That’s why many brides and GROOMS as well try to make something extra for their skin before their special day. Good skin-care products will help keep skin hydrated, while a good peeling would be a must before the wedding day to smoothen the skin and make it even shinier.
  2. Match the outfits. With smaller wedding rocking the scene this year, knowing where to stop in the beauty area is crucial. For a small wedding somewhere in a garden a bold red lipstick and perfectly coiffed hair could be overkill.
  3. As much as we miss our lipsticks, the recommendation for a small-wedding natural look would be to stick to the basics.
  4. The more seamless – the better. For many this year has been the time to return their natural hair and get it back in shape. We got to love the at-home buns and unpolished hair looks. So why change it? Wedding beauty specialists say that this year most brides will be going for lived-in, textured hairstyles . Soft, natural curves or relaxed updos are a perfect match for the little wedding.

Team Bold

  1. Every bride strives to achieve the WOW effect once she enters the room. And while some are satisfied with the natural looks, others prefer to exaggerate. For this, make-up is crucial.  But hold the eyeliner! The trend for stylish front-cover looks this year are crystals. On the dress? No, on the eyes. According to our top fashion sources, this season will be all about eyes. Glitter, crystals and colorful eyeshadows are rocking the scene.
  2. For most of us, masks mean no lipstick, and this has been the case for a long time… Thus, for many, the reunion with an old friend might seem like the most desired option and most surprising indeed. The bold lip is definitely not something you would expect to see on a bride and that’s what makes it so exciting!

What about the grooms?

Many wedding planners suggest that the focus is shifting to the grooms. After all, not only women want to look good on wedding pictures.

Some facials and peelings could not only make the groom (and his friends) look more polished but also make the job of the photographer much easier.

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Write us to info@glowconcierge.ch to get personalized wedding advice and a quote. Our specialists can come to any location around Switzerland and make your wedding morning seamless and fun ♡

PREPARING YOUR SKIN FOR WAXING

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It is the end of April and the weather is finally letting us wear shorts and skirts, t-shirts and crop tops… And while many would put on these summer outfits on right from their closet and walk to the beach, for some, their hairy body parts might seem to be an issue.

Waxing is quite a popular method of hair removal. It leaves the desired areas hairless and smooth for as long as 4 weeks, does not require significant sacrifices and, after all, is quite easy to get used to. Yet many are still scared of this procedure: either because it seems too painful to even try or because it leaves them with ingrown hairs and irritation (which can happen).

Whether you are a newbie when it comes to waxing or you’ve been removing your hair this way for years, there are certain procedures to be kept in place before and after the treatment. With these rituals, you will decrease the chances of getting ingrown hairs or irritation to a minimum.

  1. Scrub scrub scrub. Scrubbing removes the dead skin layers around the hairs. This makes them stand out more and results in wax getting them more easily (reducing your suffering).
  2. Moisturize. In general, soft well-cared-for skin reacts to any kind of treatment better. It is also quite important to renew the natural protective layer after you’ve scrubbed it off after a shower. It is also crucial to calm down the skin after the treatment.
  3. Have a long hot shower before the treatment. A bath or a long shower would make your hair more susceptible to its removal. You’ll also feel more relaxed emotionally which reduces the level of perceived pain.
  4. Don’t wax irritated skin. This is a very important step to follow. Irritation is practically any state of the skin other than normal. It means that if you are sunburnt, have any cuts or damages you should tell your beautician. The protective layer covering the damaged skin has an important role in the healing process and any kind of intervention, especially ripping it off, would result in longer healing or even scarring.
  5. Clean your skin properly.  If you want to fasten the process, you should make sure that nothing is obstructing the wax from sticking to your hair. As our bodies naturally produce protective oil and sweat, waxing on an uncleaned surface would not only become a longer process but also expose you to external bacteria and infections.

After the waxing:

  1. No tight jeans! After the treatment, your skin would need some time to rest. Wear breathable clothes and let it do so.  
  2. Don’t irritate the skin even further. Sunbathing and scrubbing would be very unpleasant for your fragile skin in the 24 hours after waxing. It is best you withstand showing off your soft shining legs for at least a couple of hours after the treatment and let your skin calm down in the shadow.
  3. Moisturize. Again… Always a good idea!
  4. Scrubbing before as well as days after the treatment could prevent you from getting ingrown hairs and help maintain the results longer. Make sure your skin is fully rested before starting though.

With Glow Concierge at your disposal waxing could become much easier. As everything is taking place at your home you could take your time in the shower first and really make that skin baby-soft. Don’t scrub or put any oils or creams on before waxing. Enjoy the bath, get relaxed and do not overthink it. The right mood and comfortable atmosphere combined with the professionalism of our providers would create the most painless waxing experience you’ve ever had.

THE HEALING POWER OF A MASSAGE

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We’re often told that a massage is beneficial for the whole body. But what exactly does “the whole body” mean? Is it just the body or can this treatment benefit the soul or even bring some psychological changes?

Massage is perhaps the oldest healing technique known to us. Its origins cannot be traced back as practically every culture had used some kind of massage. In this article, we’re going to be concentrating on the positive effects of it on all the major systems of our body.

Nervous System Benefits

The very first thing one experiences at a massage table are its relaxing powers. The sudden feeling of complete calmness and letting go occurs as soon as the person even thinks of having a massage. As it is not only the calming music and the scents of oils that calm us down, but also the opportunity to “meditate” so to say, to shut the mind off from the rest of the world.

A short outline of the main effects on the nervous system:

  • Decrease of heart rate and nerve firing
  • Helps reduction of pain
  • Possible remedy against insomnia
  • The reduction of fascial and muscular tension
  • Reduction of joint stiffness
  • Release impingement of peripheral nerves.
  • Helps reduce musculoskeletal signs and symptoms of various disease states
  • Prevention of burnout

Circular System Benefits

The physical rubbing and stroking that the masseuse is subjecting you to have the most significant effects on the circular system. You can feel it as soon as you lift your body off from the table. We all know that feeling in the beginning: the mind trying to understand what has changed, why it takes so much less effort to move the body parts, where are the previous restrictions gone.

A short outline of the main effects on the circular system:

  • release of muscle tension
  • increases venous and lymphatic flow
  • helps clear metabolic wastes and by-products from tissue damage and inflammation
  • indirectly assists arterial flow for efficient oxygen and nutrient delivery to the body’s tissue cells
  • helps release fascial tension, muscle spasms, and restrictive scarring.
  • May help prevent or slow the development of varicosities.
  • Reduces edema, bruising.
  • Massage helps in stretching and realignment of scar tissue.

Effects on your appearance

We often treat massage as a wellness treatment – meaning it is not supposed to have any significant visual effects. But little do we know that massage can actually enhance metabolism. This happens due to the increased blood circulation and clearing of the waste and toxins that accumulate in the body. Moreover, the mobilization of joints and decreasing muscle tension from a massage helps facilitate nerve feed to the various digestive organs.

Among other benefits of a massage is promoting a better posture, improved breathing and relaxed diaphragm tensions. As we now are not able to travel much a relaing Thai massage or an old Japanese technique might be the experience your body and soul desire most.

The spa-like atmosphere can be created at the comfort of your home. You don’t need to dress up and look for a parking spot for half an hour. We come to you!

Our top massages:

In Zurich Lake Region, Aargau, Zug

Jet Lag Treatment from Caterina. Full body signature massage, including stretching. A special mix of essential aromatic oils with a relaxing and invigorating effect. Lifts the mood and stimulates the mind.

Thai Reflexology from Eleftheria. Thai reflexology is a complete holistic treatment for body, mind and spirit. By using a Thai wooden stick (specially made to perform the technique) the therapist treats the reflex points on the feet and massages the energy lines on the legs to balance and stimulate the movement of energy throughout the body.   

The Glow Concierge Signature Fusion Massage from Andrei. Our signature massage is a combination of multiple massage techniques, such as Thai Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue and Asian Style Reflexology. For an exceptional massage experience.

In Lucerne, Zug

Lomi Lomi Massage from Barbara. Lomi Lomi is a Hawaiian massage technique using the palms, knuckles, elbows, forearms and sometimes even stones.

Reiki Massage from Barbara. Reiki is a Japanese form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

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BABY SOFT FEET IN 1 MINUTE

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OUR FEET ARE OFTEN NEGLECTED

While it’s common to take good care of our face and hair, our feet are often neglected. 
Many people care minimally for their feet or skip foot care all together because the products on the market are usually very time-consuming and tedious… So yes, we leave our feet to get dry, hard and cracked.⠀
Lovisa Walker, founder of new Swiss skincare brand LOVASKIN, says that when the feet are not cared for, people tend to feel uncomfortable being barefoot in yoga class or at the beach, it leads to their feet being hidden away in socks and shoes.
it seems indeed to be a common problem – according to a study by Kelton Research for the American Podiatric Medical Association, more than 50% of women say their feet embarrass them “always, frequently or sometimes”.⠀
What about you, have you ever chosen a different pair of shoes because your heels were dry and possibly had cracks? Or dreaded going to the pool because you were embarrassed by your feet? Or focused more on hiding your feet than on the actual pilates or martial art practice…?
Perhaps it sounds dramatic, but the fact is that our freedom is limited and our confidence takes a toll when we feel that our feet are unsightly. 

LENGTHY PROTOCOLS 
Lovisa says she felt the same about her feet. As many women, working and being a mother of two small children, she lacked time for self care. And her poor feet came last on her priority list. 
Pedicures at salons usually have lengthy protocols, including long foot soaks sometimes with products added to the water to soften the hard foot skin, then the feet are covered with patches with aggressive softeners and finally wrapped up in plastic film and you are left to wait… After this extensive preparation, it’s time for gommage and filing and then, at last, the toe nails get their attention.
The result of a professional pedicure is usually fabulous and the nail polish done on the toes last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. The only problem is that the foot soles need care more often than that.
Having tried exfoliating socks, which took weeks to show results, and a myriad of other brands and products which promise the earth, but fail to deliver, Lovisa felt increasingly disappointed and decided to create her own foot treatment. 


A NEW CONCEPT –  THE INSTANT FOOT PEELING
In 2019, her small family owned company LOVASKIN launched its first product, the Instant Foot Peeling.
This new concept foot treatment works extremely fast and provides immediate incredible results! It is effective beyond belief and makes the feet smooth and healthy looking already after the very first treatment – ideal for both professional pedicures and foot treatments and as a home treatment in between appointments at the beauty salon.
It couldn’t be easier to use: just spray onto dry feet, wait 60 seconds for the potent active ingredients to work, and then remove the dry, hard, dead foot skin and reveal the soft, new healthy feet underneath. 
At the end of its first year, the revolutionary Instant Foot Peeling was awarded the prestigious Cosmoprof Award “Best New Product” in the category feet, hands and nails.

PROFESSIONALS LOVE IT TOO
Beauticians, nail technicians, spas and even podiatrist worldwide have started using the LOVASKIN Instant Foot Peeling for pedicures and foot care because it is so quick and practical. They save precious time as no preparation is needed. This way they can do more treatments per day.
They reverse the usual pedicure protocol and begin with the callus removal because this new peeling works best on dry feet. They spray a bit extra on the cuticles to make them easy to push back and cut, and if they still want to include a foot bath, they do it after all the dead, dry foot skin and calluses have been removed, and the feet can really benefit from salts and oils and their well-being properties. 
They also like that it is environmental friendly and requires no single use items – not even plastic gloves as the peeling is gentle, yet extremely powerful.

A BALANCED FORMULA – SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE
LOVASKIN Instant Foot Peeling is formulated and manufactured in Switzerland. It is the perfect balance of fruit acids that gently, but effectively exfoliate dead skin, with plant extracts known for their moisturising properties, such as aloe vera, prickly pear and Swiss glacier water. 
Thanks to its unique formulation, the feet feel soft and look amazing after just one simple treatment.
With its light fresh scent, the product is 100% unisex, because “beyond aesthetics, having healthy feet is important for the general well-being”, explains Lovisa. It is a product that everyone can use, women and men, young and old… ⠀
Moreover, it is vegan and free of parabens, phthalates, sulphates, dyes and petrolatum. It is cruelty free (not tested on animals). 

OUR FEET NEED REGULAR CARE 
When it comes to our overall health, our feet are probably the most underrated part of the body. They carry us through life and are exposed to considerable stress every day. They really deserve tender loving care. 
We need to start considering foot care as important as taking care of other parts of our body. And foot care is not a one-off treatment and then you’re done – feet require regular care in order to maintain the beauty and good health and prevent the appearance of hard and dry skin.
With LOVASKIN’s new treatment, foot care is no longer a “chore” and being almost effortless, everyone should add it to the regular skincare routine. Your feet will thank you.

PRACTICAL “ESSENTIAL KIT”
The Instant Foot Peeling is available in different size bottles for beauty and health professionals, who can add it to all their pedicures and foot treatments, but it is also available as a home-treatment. 
LOVASKIN has put together an “Essential Kit” with everything needed for successful foot care at the comfort of your home. Because even if we have professionals pedicure and feet treatments done, we still need to care for our feet in-between treatments with our beautician or podiatrist. 
It is also perfect for your partner, for a friend and for elderly parents who perhaps never go for foot care. With this practical kit you can give your feet a quick and incredibly effective treatment anytime, anywhere.

ALL IN THE NAME
It is not a coincidence that Lovisa chose to call her skincare brand LOVASKIN – “lova” means to promise is Swedish, her mother tongue.
It is her philosophy and has been the vision from the start, to formulate easy to use, fast acting and effective products. Products which keep their promises! 
The Instant Foot Peeling makes it possible again, after only one 2-minutes treatment, to chose the open shoes or sandals that best fit the outfit and to stand confident in mat class and focus solely on the postures. 
Make the promise to yourself to take good care of your feet – all year round. 

Lovisa Walker
Founder LOVASKIN

GLOW CONCIERGE NOTE

Does it sound too good to be true? Try it out with Laura! Our masters are more than happy to share their tips and tricks with you, so that you can take the best care of your skin between the treatments. Book a pedicure with Laura to get to know more about this magical peeling product.

Thank you for reading our blog. Every week we search for the most useful and up-to-date advice. As a gift for getting so far and an encouragement to try out this product we would like to give you a promocode for your next pedicure with Laura. Type in blogpost at the checkout and get a 5% discount on any pedicure with Laura.

10 BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT ARE SO GREAT THEY’RE ALMOST MAGICAL

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  1. Lash Serum – this one from De Moi is my favourite. If you use it every day for a few weeks you’ll see a big difference after a month. My lashes are not only longer but thicker too. You can also use it on your brows.
  2. Eyebrow Soap – I haven’t tried other brands but this one from Revolution is amazing, less than CHF10 and it really changes how your brows look. It sets the brow hairs in place with it’s natural beeswax formula to create that fluffy look you see all over Instagram.
  3. Dyson Air Wrap – while it is very expensive at almost CHF600, it is indeed magical! I have long hair almost to my waist and it takes me 20 minutes to do my hair with the AirWrap vs. easily an hour to blow dry and style
  4. Silicone Face Mask Brushes – the application is so much smoother and you don’t waste any of the mask sticking to the brush hairs.
  5. Terry Foundation Brush – this is a game changer, no brush marks, smoother application, flawless finish! At Almost CHF60, it’s not cheap but you’ll see where that money went the first time you use it.
  6. Manifix Nail Wraps – a long lasting alternative to Gellack. So easy to apply and so many colour options. My favourite is this one. If you generally prefer a Gel/Gellack manicure like I do then this one is a great option as add on. You can just add it on top in minutes. If you want to give this a try you can book Laura in the Zurich Region, Zug and Aargau.
  7. Dry Shampoo – an old favourite. Can’t beat it when you’re feeling a bit lazy, it’s also brilliant to use before styling your hair, it gives your hair volume and keeps it in place longer. You can get it in darker colours nowadays so you don’t have to worry about a slightly grey parting!
  8. Purple Shampoo – my favourite is L’Oreal Colorvista which really makes your hair beautiful and silvery after only one wash. If I haven’t used it for a while then I leave it in for a couple of minutes to give it a little boost.
  9. Lash Lift Kit – while this products works wonders, I have to say I found it tricky to do it myself and decided to get a professional with fantastic results. Aleksandra did my lashes for me.
  10. Sante Soft Peeling – this literally resurfaces my face…but softly. It’s amazing. I’ve only found it in these small sachets which is a bit annoying but it’s an incredible product.

Rosamund Tagel, Founder of Glow Concierge

RESHAPING THE CONTOUR OF THE FACE

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Naturally, as the years go by, the soft and bony tissue of the low
part of the face atrophies, the chin retracts inwards, the cheeks lose
volume and have a drooping appearance. Like the skin, it loses its
elasticity and firm appearance. On the other hand, a defined chin is a
sign of vitality, of youth, and a surplus of fat does not help to
shape the ideal image.

So what does a perfect face contour look like?

While we men want a chiselled look, women want a delicate but
firm-looking chin. In the vision of aesthetic doctors, what their
patients want is to recreate the triangle of perfection: volume in the
upper part of the face and the V shape towards the chin. It is about
the equation of perfection, only that it must be adapted to the
particularities of the face.


How to shrink, reshape and raise the chin and jaw line?

Facial massage
You can try it out with me or do it by yourself at home. It is a wonderful way to relax and have some time with yourself. Well-being, release of endorphins and accelerated blood circulation are among the strengths of this remodelling technique.

With two fingers
Maybe you’ve heard some tips on how to remove makeup or apply face
cream: no chaotic or downward movements, only up and out
and do not rub. All these wrong movements affect the skin more than you
think – if you want a clearer image, take a piece of napkin and make
some fine, then sudden movements on it. However, you do not need to go
to a specialist to enjoy the right face massage. It only takes 10 minutes
a day to reach a desired result. With your index and middle fingers, so that they catch the contour of the chin and pinch lightly, from close to close along the entire length of the mandible, stroke your face from the centre to the ears. Repeat 10 times. These movements will activate blood circulation and tone the muscles of the face contour.

The holistic approach

Remodelling and beautification solutions also come from the holistic
sphere. You need a lot of patience, perseverance and a little courage
to venture on a long-term journey.

Your SPA Specialist,
Andrei Sirbu

You can book a facial with Andrei at home, we highly recommend all of his facials which are suitable for both men and women.

2021 – THE YEAR OF LITTLE BIG WEDDINGS

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With a large numbers of couples postponing their weddings last year, this wedding season is expected to be the biggest we’ve even seen. Even though the COVID-19 regulations are still quite strict, there are some celebrations waiting to be held since last year and we cannot wait any longer. So what is 2021 going to bring us? Fully booked outdoor locations? Guests not coming because of the restrictions? New delays and expectations?

Planning any kind of event now is a real headache! But look at the bright side, now you have a legit excuse to not invite some people you would have “had to”. This year is the perfect opportunity for a small but elegant wedding. Our motto for 2021 is “Less is More“!

Because some couples have been planning to throw a big party for more than a year it might be hard to find a venue for your little celebration, but there are always alternatives. Especially so if you are only allowed to invite up to 15 people.

Our recipe for the perfect wedding is renting a small house somewhere next to a lake and enjoying this moment with your closest friends.

Here’s a list of things you should be looking for to throw the perfect party:

  1. Search for the place with a big enough garden
  2. Make sure the neighbors in that location know what you are planning and will not call the police (this can really happen in Switzerland!)
  3. Do not forget the makeup and hair! Even if it is a small celebration you would still want to look flawless in your wedding pictures.
  4. Order some flowers to decorate as well as your bouquet
  5. Stock up on Champagne and delicious food

We hope this list inspires you to not delay your special day any longer and get down to planning. If you need any help with the third step Glow Concierge is always there to help! For weddings and special occasions our providers can often drive beyond their regions of availability that you can see on the website. So if you are not sure what you need or how to plan it, write us an email and we will organise everything for you! You can also schedule a trial appointment to see which sort of style you want without stressing about it on your big day.

P.S. There’s more about weddings and our services coming on our social media. Subscribe to our Instagram or Facebook channels not to miss it.

POST WINTER SKIN

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We’re all tired of winter and our skin even more so! All combined, the dry cold air, continuous handwashing and sanitizing are just a recipe for disaster.

If being responsible and sanitizing hands in every supermarket has shown on your hands here are some tips that’ll help revive the skin:

1.Scrubbing first. Take off that dry layer of dead skin cells and let the new ones shine. Moisturizing does not often give the effect you’re expecting it to because a big part of what you’re trying to hydrate are dead skin cells.

Buying a body scrub or having a professional scrub your hands and body can help the skin prepare for the creams and lotions you’re about to give it. Full Body Sea Salt Peeling from Caterina is the perfect treatment to shed off your winter skin and massage a complex of refreshing and moisturizing ingredients in.

2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize… Putting a hand lotion at your sink or using some body milk after the shower can really change the way your skin feels. But sometimes we might want something extra, be it a professional hand massage after a manicure or a full body treatment.

Raindrops Massage with 7 Essential Oils from Alexandra is designed to enrich your body with vitamins and relax your soul. It is bringing the body into structural and electrical alignment and makes you feel recharged and ready for summer.

3. Have you forgotten something? When we are wearing closed shoes and socks all the time it is easy to forget about the skin on your feet.

Save yourself the struggle, book the classical pedicure, and we’ll make your feet sexy again.

4. By looking at your face it is easy to estimate the health of your body. And when if not under direct spring sunlight will the bags under your eyes be more visible.

Having a basic facial or a microneedling treatment once a month is the perfect way to maintain your skin bright and shiny.

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CHANGES TO YOUR MANICURE ROUTINE OVER THIS PAST YEAR

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Two years ago this article would probably discuss the new patterns and nail polishes that are getting the attention of the public. But in the world we are living right now “manicure” has gained a completely different meaning.

During the last year we all have changed something in our beauty routine. Following the salon closures and home-office system many of us faced the challenge of learning how to do some things at home.

Here are some issues you might have encountered doing your nails at home:

  1. Nail Health

It’s easy not to notice your natural nails under a three-layer gel coat. You cover them over and over again until one day after a gorgeous natural nail post you saw somewhere on Instagram you decide to change the style for a while. And this becomes a real revelation.

You remove your gel polish and discover that

a) It’s not that easy after all!

b) Your nails have become weak and brittle.

If you have been taking care of your nails on your own or just thinking of starting there are a couple of tips at the end of this article.

2. Skin Struggles

A Manicure is not just about the nails. Cuticle and hangnails often require professional care. And we all know that the most enjoyable manicure is always concluded with a hand massage, which you can’t do to yourself ☹

3. Nail Art and Polish choice

Are you sticking to one color manicure? Tired of putting this beige coat every week or two and see it chip off your nails. Tried to draw a flower and erased it thousand times? There are other alternatives!

Our Solutions

Manifix is a swiss brand that offers an easy solution to homemade manicure and pedicure. You don’t need any special skills or thousands of different colours of nail polish that you’ll use one time before they get thick, sticky and you throw them away. Manifix is:

  1. Easy to apply. Buy affordable nail foils of your preferred color at manifix.ch stick them to your nails, shape and apply a top coat – done! Or use their gel strips (require a UV lamp) and wear your manicure even longer.
  2. Durable. You can wear the foil for minimum 10 days and the gel strips for up to 4 weeks!
  3. Healthy & Vegan. All manifix nail products are completely vegan. They are much easier to apply and take off than the normal nail polish and, therefore, do not harm your nails. Due to the fact that the nail foil and strips are lighter than a two-layer nail polish, your nails do not experience that much pressure and stay stronger.
  4. Color variety. Bright Yellow or Pink Marble, Black or Nude. Choose your color and wear it for as long as you want. No commitment!

Manifix is a great solution for easy and fast “nails only” manicure. It is like a makeup that you put over your tired eyes to look fresh and stylish. But what about those tired eyes?

Doing your own manicure is cheap and fast but you often forget some vital parts of the procedure. Taking care of the cuticles, cutting the hangnails or softening the skin with a cream are all part of a classic manicure done by a professional. This is why it can be important to supplement your manifix nail polish with a once-a-month visit to a manicurist.

At Glow Concierge you can order the professional manicure to your home! Moreover, our treatments can be combined together so that in the end you get this incredible spa day feeling. Enjoy a relaxing shoulder massage while your nails are getting dry or combine it with a facial. WE COME TO YOU

If you still have doubts about doing your own manicure our provider Laura works with manifix products as well. You can book her classical manicure in a combination with Manifix nail foil/UV strips application and see how it works for you.