The best I did for my nails was put my trust in 99 Nails. Six months ago, I went to Courtney with short and weak nails and under the impression that gels manicure were the reason why my nails were breaking so often. But after about two sessions with 99 Nails I could see my nails were strengthening and gel manicure actually provided a protective layer over the nails, helping them to grow.
In order to help your nails grow, after care is required. Your nail technician should run through this with when you get your nails done. Courtney at 99 Nails is very onto it and even gives out After Care cards with all the information on after care. I was a nightmare with peeling the gel polish off myself, this removes the top layer of your nail as well which in turn makes them thinner and weaker. Gel polish needs to be removed properly by a nail technician. Once I took this on board it took about three sets of manicures to get my nails to grow longer and stronger.
You will find professional service at 99 Nails where Courtney understands about how to look after your nails, the dos and the don’t and is truely passionate about nails. This shows on her nails and how she provides her services. The minute you walk in, both Courtney and you will wash your hands and they will be sanitised. When this happens, you understand how important hygiene is for 99 Nails. Each process is done carefully and particularly to perfection.
99 Nails can come up with amazing nail art and designs for you or can be inspired by any picture that you take in. Over the course of six months I’ve had some really amazing designs, both of which either Courtney came up with or helped me to create with what I wanted in mind. Courtney is absolutely patient, I’ve even asked her to remove a whole set of nails after they were done and she re-did them because my satisfaction meant that much to her.
I feel like I am constantly in a battle with my skin. Acne has definitely been something that I have been struggling with since I have been really young.
So for years now I have been using all different types of skin care to try and help my skin. A while back I wrote a blog post on a the VLCC skin care brand ( click here for the blog post). It was definitely the best thing that I was using at that point in time. It had everything; sunscreen + herbal ingredients that were great for my sensitive skin.
But for a few years I have been hearing about “Bee Venom” and how good it is for your skin. It eliminates signs of ageing and reduces the appearance of scars. Bee venom does this by “tricking” your body into thinking that it has been stung by a bee therefore your body increases bloody flow to your skin in order to “repair” it. This helps your skin to get plumped up again and wrinkles and scars reducing in appearance. It is definitely something that I was very keen to start trying in my early 20’s as this was my time to start thinking of preventions for an ageing skin. (Yes ladies, if we wanna look like we are 20 when we are in our 50’s; we had got to start our “anti-ageing” skin care when we are 20).
I came across BeeBio when I was going through duty free to Melbourne. I looked at this mask for a good thirty minutes and weighed up if it was good enough for my skin or not. This particular product from BeeBio is called “Active 16+ Manuka Honey & Bee Venom Venomous Masque” and is actually a face mask that I use as a moisturiser. Out of all their products, this had the most natural and beneficial ingredients for healing skin.
The percentage of bee venom in this mask is a lot lower a product that is primarily bee venom. The important ingredient in this is the 16+ Manuka Honey, which is another great healing agent for acne and skin ageing. There are also a lot of antioxidants in this mask that help with the whole process. When I was going to Melbourne, my skin was inflamed with acne, within five days of using this, the redness reduced and the “bumpiness” of my acne reduced. Its been about two months now since I have been using the mask and my skin is SUPER smooth and absolutely no redness.
How to apply:
- Apply your daily face sunscreen ( next blog on this soon)
- Take a small amount of the BeeBio Face Masque and apply a thin layer all over your face.
- Try and focus on the areas of concern and massage it in properly around there.
This can also be used as an actual mask (as suggested by the name). So apply a thicker layer on and leave it on for 20-30 minutes and rinse off.
Hope this post was as helpful.
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Moving to New Zealand as a child has had me see the struggles of my parents to provide for our family. This is where I started to see the importance of having something concrete behind us in order to enjoy the simple things in life. Health insurance is something that is overlooked when families move to another country; it is often seen as an extra cost. My family saw otherwise, and that is how I have always learned to think ahead. This is a special blog post to me, as I will be talking about how nib Insurance has helped me to secure my family’s health for many years to come.
Many people in New Zealand do not have health insurance, and most of these people would be immigrants. Making the big move to another country and settling in takes a lot of time and energy, and in the process, we disregard the little things that go a long way. Health insurance is often seen an extra cost that is added to the financial struggles of families, whilst they are trying to build their lives in a foreign country. Being an immigrant myself, I have seen my parents working out what would benefit our family financially while building a life as I grew up. One thing that my parents always thought was important, was insurance, that too, health insurance.
Having health insurance gives us a big sense of financial comfort. The likelihood of someone getting into an accident or something terrible happening is not very high, but there is always a chance of these things happening. Moreover, we do not have to think too far ahead in terms of what we can provide a contingency plan for, even some general day-to-day health activities need to be covered for.
Nib Health Insurance offers insurance packages for private hospitals, travel, and even everyday health. nib covers things such as visits to GPs, getting new glasses and visits to chiropractor or physio. These are general health activities that do turn out to be quite heavy on the pocket should they occur suddenly. I used to work at an Optometrist as a student and eye care such as glasses, contacts and eye exams could add up to be quite hefty, but our clients who had health insurance could walk out without feeling as if a big hole was made in their bank account.
My family and their health is very important and nib Insurance has given a way to take away the worry away from me. The health packages offered have not been hefty on our pockets, as it has merely cost us a couple of cups of coffee per week, yet the benefits have outweighed the costs. Knowing that my family’s health is under the care of the right people, allows me to spend more time doing what I love most, with a peace of mind.
Thank you to nib for partnering with me and letting me tell my story! Visit www.nib.co.nz for more information.