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#BeautyCrush: October GlamBox Review

Another month, another box of beauty treats!! And the October GlamBox didn’t disappoint with it’s Nail Care edition!

I never used to be a massive mani-pedi fan but since really getting into it (this kind of happened when I moved here and was suddenly able to actually afford a monthly mani-pedi!) I now have about 2 shoe boxes FULL of nail polishes, tools etc… One brand I’ve been eying up is KoKo Nails though and what a great surprise it was to find not one but two of their polishes in my GlamBox!!

I was also very impressed with the full size, Salon Nail Dryer Spray! Great value!

Here is what I thought of all the different products in last month’s GlamBox

Onyx Professional – Salon Nail Dryer Spray – What an amazing product this is! I hate it when I’ve just spend half an hour applying my nail polish then I have to wait for another 10 mins until it dries and that’s when the phone rings or you grab the remote control and then bam! Your polish smudges!! Well, NO MORE I say! All you’ve gotta do now is use the spray on each of your nail after you’ve applied your polish and voila!! I usually repeat the process just to be sure but it really works!!

B Pedi Peel – I had heard of this foot peel and remember thinking I should try it out as my feet get very dry from all the soccer playing so again, excellent surprise to find it in the box. I haven’t used it yet because it does warn you that your feet will be peeling for about 2 weeks after you’ve used the peeler socks. I therefore thought it was best to wait until the Winter when I am less likely to be wearing sandals and flip flops. Another one I will report back on soon….

KoKo Nail Polishes – I LOVE THESE!! I received 2 different pastel shades: a baby blue one and a baby pink one. Tried both and was quite impressed at how long it lasted! This could also be thank to using it in combination with the dryer spray but I got about a week’s wear out of it and with no chipping!

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KoKo Nail Soak Off Gel Polish – This is one I have not used yet just because you’ve gotta take it to your local salon and it requires the UV Light to dry. Next time I do go for a gel manicure I will be sure to bring it along!

Nail File – Also in the box and to complete the perfect manicure set, was a nail file with different surfaces for filing, polishing & smoothing which I’ve used a couple of times and was fairly happy with!

Writing this review I realised I didn’t get the little KoKo Nail Quick Soak Off pot which features in the image so can’t quite give you any feedback on this one also I have a feeling it goes along with the Gel Polish and can only be used by a professional nail therapist….

Another lovely GlamBox I would say! I can’t wait now to receive my November one and will be sure to share my feedback with you all very soon!

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#NailCrush: Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with The Nail Spa ‘Pink TLC Package’

This package has been created exclusively to recognise and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the UAE, 25% of each package will be donated to Breast Cancer Arabia

 There has never been a better month to look pretty in pink than October and this year, The Nail Spa is helping you to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness month in style, with the help of their Pink TLC Package.

Combining beautiful pink ombre manicures with a limited edition pink shower cap and topped off with a refreshing pink Grapefruit, Fennel and Apple juice from Essentially, this package will leave you feeling great inside and out.

Not only will this pampering package leave you feeling fab but it is also a great way to treat your friends and family and pass on the Breast Cancer Awareness message to your nearest and dearest, safe in the knowledge that 25% of the total cost of each package will be donated to Breast Cancer Arabia.

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The Nail Spa Pink TLC Package includes:

  • The Pretty in Pink Manicure (60mins): Choose from a classic pink manicure or go for something more daring with a range of pink ombre shades
  • The TLC Shower Cap: A limited edition TLC (Touch, Look, Check) shower cap with a helpful guide to shower time self- checking
  • Essentially Pink Juice: 250ml freshly made juice, brought to The Nail Spa especially for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This 100% organic juice has been cold-pressed using grapefruit, fennel and apple. Fennel is the key ingredient as it has been proved to have strong anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect juice to compliment the Pink TLC Package

The Pink TLC Package is available for Dhs 170 for an ombre manicure and Dhs 150 for classic pink manicure, available from 1st October – 31st October 2013. Prior booking is essential.




  • Mercato (04 349 7766)
  • IBN Battuta Mall (04 368 5070)
  • Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (The Aviation Club) (04 282 1617)
  • Dubai Mall (04 339 9078)
  • Meadows Town Centre (04 447 0744)
  • Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 452 2262)


  • Al Wahda Mall (02 642 3444)

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Sally Hansen Manicure Kit

#beautytipscrush: Salon-perfect manicure… at home, by Sally Hansen

Exclusively for y’all Glam Crushers, I share Sally Hansen‘s best tips,  to achieve a perfect at-home salon manicure, following these three steps:

  1. Shape your nails neatly with our fine-grade beauty tools.
  2. Treat your nails to an expert solution from Sally Hansen.
  3. Choose from an extensive range of trend-setting shades to make your color statement


Nails should be shaped once a week to support healthy and nice-looking nail growth. Sally Hansen offers the finest in beauty tools to help you achieve salon-quality results safely.

  • Trim nails:
  1. Soak fingertips in warm water to soften nails before trimming. This will achieve the exact nail shape you are looking for.
  2. For thin or weak nails, use the nail scissors with a curve that follows the natural nail contour.
  3. For thick or strong nails, prefer the nail clip catcher with one-cut technology.
  •  Groom Cuticles:

Grooming cuticles neatly makes manicure look more perfect!

My golden rule for healthy cuticles: only remove what is torn, cracked and loose. Never groom what is attached and intact.

  • Smooth Nails:
  1. Buffing nails before applying polish helps provide a smoother nail finish and helps resist chipping!
  2. Use your buffer from the cuticle to the free edge, which is the direction of nail growth. This way, you respect the nature of the nail.
  • Seven Steps Buffer:
  1. Shaping mails prevents them from peeling and gives them a well-finished look!
  2. Sawing back and forth with a rough file can fray nails, making them more prone to shredding. Instead, file in one direction with a gentle, side-to-corner sweeping motion.


Nourishing Cuticle Treatments:

Obtaining healthy, non-overgrown cuticles is all about nutrition! Moisturizing your cuticles daily will soften dry skin around the nail plate and increase nail flexibility. In addition, pampering and massaging softly will help improve circulation and stimulate healthy new nail growth.

  •  For Healthy Cuticles

Pamper them with a variety of care choices

  • For Dry & Rough Cuticles

Nourish them with a rich emollient massage oil

  • For Overgrown Cuticles

Gently remove them with a cuticle remover

Strengthening & Growth Treatments:

The nail plate actually contains up to 25% water! Since it is a very porous surface, water passes through it easier than through skin.  Using a strengthening & growth treatment is the best way to properly moisturize your nails and keep them from becoming dry, weak or short.

  • For Soft, Weak Nails that Chip and Bend easily

Strengthen them with a nail-hardening protective coat.

  • For Short Nails that just won’t grow

Condition them with a nutritional coat to promote healthy nail growth.

  • For Peeling, Dry, Brittle Nails that split and break easily

Moisturize and strengthen them with a sealing coat to instantly stop peeling and fill in cracks. (Will send you relevant products details shortly)

Beautifying base & top coats:

Base & top coats are nail colors best friend! Use a base coat as an anchor to fasten nail color and extend wear. Use a top coat as a shield and protector of nail color. Apply every three days to reinforce the seal. That’s THE secret for a long-lasting manicure!


How to color nails like a professional manicurist? First, wipe any excess polish from the brush onto the inner rim of the bottle. Then hold the brush midcap, not at the top: you’ll have more control. Now paint a stripe down the center of your nail, followed by one on either side. Finish with a thin strip across the very tip.

  • Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear for healthy nails with an exclusive Micro-Shine complex for a nail-hardening manicure.

Sally Hansen XTreme Wear Nail Enamels

Xtreme shine & wear will last you up to 7 days! Here is to a salon worthy manicure :)

Don’t forget to check out Sally Hansen Facebook page here.

Oh and here are a few SH products I, myself picked up from Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates! Love the pastel & bold Summer shades!! 

Sally Hansen Manicure Kit

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