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HISTORY OF NAIL TECHNOLOGY

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The art of nail care, finds its roots thousands of years ago. For more than 5000 years, both men and women have managed to have well-kept nails, with the assistance of nail technicians.

In 3000 BC, the nail polish a person selected in China, actually reflected their social status, for an example, Royalty wore red and black to indicate their power, and authority. In Acient Egypt, from 5000 to 3000 BC, women would dye their nails with henna to indicate their social status and seductiveness. Women of the lower class wore pastel and neutral shades, while the upper classes wore deep, bright shades.

In Babylonia 3200 BC, men, not women, painted their nails with black and green kohl, an ancient cosmetic. To prepare for war, warriors of Babylon spent hours having their nails prepared, hair curled, and other similar beauty treatments.

The mid-1800s saw the opening of the first salons with nail technicians. With the ‘Sitts Method’ gaining popularity, women of all income levels began to take care of their nails and cuticles. Dr. Sitts, was a European podiatrist who adapted a dental tool for manicure purposes. Previous to this invention, people used acid, a metal rod, and scissors to shape and trim the nails.

During the 1920s, the art of nail care began to broaden in America and Europe, at around the same time the Simplex Manicuring Kit came into existence, with the kit consisting of nail polish, cuticle remover, nail whitener, an orange stick and an emery board. This kit provided an opportunity to aspiring women who longed to become nail technicians as, it offered them the opportunity to practice their skills at home.

The nail-care industry has been growing like never before ever since the invention of modern nail polish. In 2012, the United States witnessed a surging popularity of nail art, in the same year, a short nail-art documentary was released: “NAILgasm”. The film explored the growing trend of nail art, from women across the world to high-fashion runways.

What would the next innovation in nail care be? Leave your guess in the comments under this post, we would love to hear it!

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MANICURE. KEEPING IT CHIC & CASUAL

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Nail art is controversial. Some can wear 3 cm extensions with flowers and crystals and some don’t even paint their nails and prefer natural. But is there a middle ground? Can you combine two or more colors and still look casual?

We’ve researched the feeds of the most influential nail artists all over the world to find calm, casual, every-day and yet chic and interesting nails.

5 COLOR COMBO. THE TRENDIEST OF ALL.

You’re probably thinking “what does the first photo have to do with casual?!” and you’re right. This artist used very bright colors to keep up with the summer trends. But we can always pick up this trend and give it an autumn look. Use darker shades of brown, orange, red or gray, and you’ve got yourself a perfect color-only nail art that ANY artist can do!

UNUSUAL SHAPES

Again, colors are completely up to you. Put some tape before applying the nail polish to make the lines perfectly straight and experiment. This easy and creative solution will definitely get some surprised gazes from your colleagues.

STRAIGHT LINES

Vertical, horizontal or curved – lines are always fun. Let your nail master use his/her imagination and just draw a couple across your finished manicure. It won’t take more than ten minutes, but will make your manicure look authentic and fun.

NOT YOUR REGULAR FRENCH

Artists have been playing with colors in French manicure this whole summer. From natural and white it suddenly went to black, red, rainbow – basically all the colors you could possibly imagine. Going into autumn you could take a basic white, black or nude as a base and add some red to it for an impactful look.

As you might have noticed, all the ideas in this post are very beginner-friendly. So if you’re doing your manicure at home or are not sure whether your nail artist can do some crazy art, we hope you can use any of them!

Our top nail masters Aleksandra and Laura are always open to your new ideas. Bring some designs with you, and they won’t stop until your nails look fabulous.

HAVING A FALLING OUT WITH YOR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE SKINCARE? HERE’S WHY!

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Nowadays the supermarket shelves are busting with any number of colourful tubes and bottles of creams, serums, masks, tonics and everything else that is supposed to make our skin look better. Scrolling through the web or walking through the city, we see skincare brands promote their products as the ultimate problem solvers.

But do all of these products have the potential to make our skin shiny and young forever? Or is changing a necessity? And if yes, how often do we need to make that tough decision between this cream with a pretty label and that one that the friend recommended.

IT STOPPED WORKING!

Homo Sapiens have been learning to adapt to the environment for a long time now. This is how we survive and this is how our skin deals with the outside world too. So after all it should come as no surprise that it learns to adapt to your new cream too.

As soon as you put a new product on the surface of your skin, it experiences a shock. It reacts immediately and you can see some results shortly. But with time the “surprise” feelings fade, the skin learns to deal with the intruders and eventually comes to expect the new guests.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CHANGE

A skin cycle is a process during which a cell is born, matures slowly and then dies out. Its average duration is six weeks, so anything before that means that the cells haven’t had the chance to experience the whole range of effects from the skincare product.

If you just started using a product we suggest waiting for a full cycle to see the result before switching. It can also prove helpful to lead a journal. Writing down any changes in your skincare or nutrition or even moods can definitely prove helpful in identifying your personal skin reaction patterns.

PRODUCTS DO NOT ALWAYS MATCH

It can often be the case that your favourite cream is just not that into the new cleansing foam. Many products are aimed at changing the pH levels of the skin. That’s where the directions “for oily” or “for dry” skin are based on.

The pH of ‘normal’ skin is close to 5.5, while dry skin is more acid (pH < 5.5), and oily skin more alkaline (pH > 5.5).

Pay attention to the labels and pH levels of the product before choosing.

YOUR SKIN IS TOO THICK

Our body creates a natural protective layer of dead skin cells that shield us off the pollutants as well as the good creams we are trying to apply on it. Exfoliation is the key when it comes to skincare. A mechanical or chemical peeling once a month can assure all your expensive products get exactly where they are supposed to get.

PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS

Choosing truly YOUR skincare can be a headache, especially for dry or acne-prone skin. It is important to keep in mind that certain products can be too harsh and require you to take a break from them, while others might only start working after a couple of months of usage.

Consulting a cosmetologist or a beautician is always helpful in determining the right path for your skincare solutions. Even one session with a professional can redefine how you see your skincare routine.  

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.

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.

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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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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.

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