Five tricks to make your mani/pedi last longer

With spring finally here, we’re ready to break out our fresh manicures and pedicures, but is there anything more frustrating than investing an afternoon at the salon only to chip your nails the very next day?

We asked the experts, Julie and Karen from Toast & Co, how to keep your fingers and toes looking glamorous for as long as possible. Read on for their expert tips.

1. Look to your diet. Making sure you’re eating a balanced diet, and also checking the side effects of any medication you may be on, is key to understanding your nail health. “Splitting nails and dry and flaky cuticles can’t be fixed by even the best manicure,” said Karen. Eating plenty of lean protein is important for strong, healthy nails, as well as drinking plenty of water.

2. Always apply a topcoat. “To extend the life of a manicure, I advise applying a coat of high-gloss topcoat over your existing nail polish three days after getting a manicure,” says Karen.

3. Protect your hands post-manicure. Use gloves while gardening and doing the dishes to help protect your polish from chipping and lifting.

 

4. Apply cuticle oil every night. This also helps keep your cuticles from drying out. “Applying cuticle oil prevents hangnails and dry cuticles, which can cause polish to peel and chip,” says Julie.

5. Keep your toes under wraps and moisturise daily: “Wearing flip-flops regularly contributes to dry and dirty feet, which can ruin a pedi within a week,” says Karen. She says the secret to achieving a long-lasting pedicure, and silky smooth feet, is to apply moisturiser daily. Apply a rich moisturiser after a shower to provide instant hydration and protection. Better yet, apply moisturiser to feet and then pop on socks to enhance absorption. 

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Forever Summer: Nail Trends for Summer 2018/2019

Summer is upon us! It’s time to break out your sandals, and those freshly manicured and pedicured digits, and embrace some some fun and fresh summer trends and shades.

OPI summer 2018/2019

The nail gurus over at Toast & Co gave us the low-down on what to expect for summer manicures and pedicures. Read on for our favourite nail trends for summer 2018/2019. 

  1. Short nails.

Short but groomed nails are all the range for summer, pairing perfectly with a solid swipe of opaque, lustrous nail polish.

Short nails summer 2018 trend

2. Classic red nails.

Red is a timeless color that will always have its place on and off the runways. It’s sexy, elegant, and high-energy, so it’s no surprise that red nail polish is one of the spring/summer 2018’s nail polish trends.

3. Nude nails. 

You cannot go wrong with a pale pink, beige, or light taupe. These are timeless and natural hues, and we’re happy to see that nude nails are members of the summer 2018/2019 hot list.

4. Denim blues.

Match your mani to your summer cut-offs with muted blues that look perfectly worn-in.

5. Bright matte nail polish

A fun way to play with really bright, neon nail polish shades is to change up their finish. While we’re used to glossy brights, 2018 summer sees electrifying mattes.

6. Opaque shimmer nails

Add some shimmer without overwhelming the senses. Quick and easy, yet glamorous, nails. Yes please!

7. Nude and black

Nude (or white) and black is a nail combination that is becoming as ubiquitous as the French manicure. As part of spring/summer 2018 nail art trends, it’s all about nude/white nails with thin black lines for accent.

8. Colourful stripes

Although the runways saw a lot of black stripes, colourful stripes and French manicures in bright hues are having their moment in the sun this summer. 

colourful stripes nail polish 2018

9. Neon nails

Expect punchy neon nails everywhere throughout the summer. 

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Team Dr Joseph week at Toast & Co.

From 2 – 9 May toast & co is teaming up with Team Dr Joseph Skincare to offer the perfect Autumn treat.  Book a Team Dr Joseph Intense Purifying Face Treatment (R700) and receive a complimentary full size Daily Cellular Protection hand cream (valued at R260), plus a R100 voucher to use on your next Team Dr Joseph facial at toast & co.


The Intense Purifying Face Treatment is a 50 minute facial, which offers an in-depth cleansing specific to your skin type, based on the Team Dr Joseph method. You skin is left bright, soft and radiant, while you are left feeling clear and energetic.
The facial begins with warm herbal compresses and gentle massage stimulating the lymphatic system. The skin is then gently peeled, followed by cleansing with cupping glasses and deep cleansing, a tonifying facial pack, a peel-off mask and finally the application of daily skincare specific to your skin.
Read more about Team Dr Joseph facials and high-tech natural products over here, or call toast & co to book your Intense Purifying Face Treatment.


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OPI Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants

Anyone else obsessed with nail polish names? Some are hilarious, some are witty and smart, and all makes us wish we had the naming job!
In honour of jobs we don’t have, we decided that a series of collages inspired by some of the best names was in order.  Here’s number one in the series. Doesn’t OPI’s Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants just capture all the best things about summer and long holidays?
OPI and the best manis and pedis in the business are available at Toast & Co in Joburg.


 
Images via Leta Sobierajski, Pretty Stuff, Pinterest, Cult Of Tomorrow, Etsy, Tango & Foxtrot, Muzze, Playbuzz, Style Takes Heart, Pinterest, Institute Mag, PlayBuzz.

All natural Team Dr Joseph facial

If using natural skincare products is a concern for you, it can be hard to find the balance between all-natural ingredients and proven scientific impact.  If I’m buying skincare products, I want to know that I’m not putting anything toxic on my skin, but I also want to be certain that the serum or cream I’m using delivers the goods when it comes to hydration, managing pimples, or minimising pigmentation and the signs of ageing.
Team Dr Joseph is relatively new to SA, and is a skincare brand dedicated to marrying “the ancient wisdom of folk medicine and the latest scientific findings, the purest materials and the finest technology, the genius of nature and sophisticated know-how.” In short, TDJ offers high-tech natural cosmetics that take their inspiration from plants, with emphasis on ingredients with the highest purity, quality and sustainable biological cultivation.
I had a Team Dr Joseph Advanced Bio Lifting Face Treatment at Toast & Co, and was treated to two hours of facial massage, warm herbal compresses, peeling, deep cleansing with cupping (first time I’ve ever had cupping on my face), serums and masking.  The scent of the products is herby and aromatic, while the two hours is spent mostly in silence (and near sleep!).
My skin was left feeling deeply hydrated and glowing, and I was left feeling deeply relaxed. Possibly the perfect Saturday afternoon treat!




Images via Team Dr Joseph Instagram.

Makeup free

makeup free
I’ve been thinking a lot about identity and attachment lately.  These were concepts I first heard about when I started practising yoga a few years ago, and I’ve thrown words like ‘non-attachment’ around plenty of times, without actually really delving much deeper.
But life, and things like illness, injury and ageing, all offer the perfect vehicle for an experimentation with identity.  What happens when we are used to our bodies responding in a particular way to exercise, and then we become injured?  What happens when we receive a certain amount of pride and affirmation from the work we do, and then we’re retrenched?  What happens when we’ve always identified with being ‘attractive’, and then we begin to age?
I’ve always loved make-up, and over the years when my skin was problematic and red and angry, make-up was an essential barrier to the world and a weapon to conceal imperfection.  Luckily these days make-up is more of a nice addition, rather than a perceived necessity, although realistically I prefer myself when I’m made up.  I feel prettier,  I feel more self-confident, and I feel like I’ve got my shit together.  And although these aren’t necessarily bad outcomes from applying a little mascara, what’s wrong with bare skin?
So lately I’ve been experimenting with going make-up free.  It’s certainly a work in progress (I haven’t yet rocked a work meeting without mascara, and a night out bare-faced, feels, well, too bare), but I’m interested in investigating how much of my identity resides in how I look, and how attached I am to looking a certain way.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts!  Do you feel comfortable wearing not a stitch of make-up to work, or are you never bare-faced except when sleeping?
 
 
 

Skoon

As I’ve discussed in many posts over the years, my skin has not always been the easiest.  Hormones and sensitive skin have led to many years of breakouts and discomfort, ranging from small bumps to full blown adult acne.
Happily my skin has been pretty clear for about the last year, and I think monthly peels at Laserderm, and perhaps a simmering down of my hormones, have a lot to do with it.  I’m still super wary of using new products, but also want to use products that are ‘high-tech’ in terms of handling the onset of wrinkles and ageing, that are full of natural ingredients, and aren’t tested on animals.
Although I would like to buy local, I have been using Paula’s Choice for the last six months, and I love the liquid exfoliant.  I also use Lulu & Marula’s purifying treatment oil, which smells glorious and really seems to calm down breakouts.
I’ve also recently come across Skoon, a South African bespoke, natural skincare range (with a beautiful website and lovely, minimalist packaging).  I’m thinking White Cloud Manuka and the Purifying Clay Cleanser to start. Their Instagram account is pretty glorious too.

Grey hair don't care

I’ve long had grey hair.  And by long I mean prematurely – literally since I was teenager!  It started as a shock of white on my front hairline, and I’ve coloured my hair ever since (every shade imaginable).
At the beginning of last year I decided I wanted to experiment a little and see how much grey hair I actually had (long before this article on grey hair becoming the hallmark of cool … ha!). The answer is I have a lot of it!  Luckily for me it’s silver, not yellow, but it still takes some getting used to!
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, I’d suggest keeping the ends dark (if you’re brunette).  I think it gives the look a more deliberate feel (as opposed to ‘she rather let herself go, didn’t she?’).  A great, edgy cut is also essential, as is hair in peak condition (I use vegan friendly Kevin Murphy).  Polished personal grooming is a good idea (a work in progress for me), but most important I think is an eccentric personal style.  (You’ll probably also have to have a pretty thick skin … it’s amazing how many people have strong opinions on ageing and letting your grey hair out, feminists included!). IMG_6694
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