When it comes to determining the latest 'it' trends, we often turn to celebrities. From hairstyles to makeup to clothes, they make for very reliable (though at times, questionable) sources of inspiration. But apart from the basics, they're also a great source of ideas when it comes to dressing up our nails. Some of the recent 'tips that caught our attention — and envy — are Dua Lipa's bedazzled nails during the Met Gala, Marc Jacobs' Peanuts-inspired manis, and of course, Bella Hadid making 'cool' Frenchies a hit once again. But it looks like Bella's sister and fellow model-slash-influencer Gigi Hadid is the one truly winning the top 'tips arena with some fun fruity nail art.
People were quick to praise the adorable mani on Kawajiri's Instagram, some even tagging other celebrities and influencers like Kim and Kourtney Kardashian to get on with the trend. Many also commented on how much they want to try out the look but found it intimidating considering that the teeny tiny fruits were intricately drawn on by Kawajiri herself.
But fret not! If you're in with the crowd who wants to sport this fruity nail art à la Gigi Hadid, here are some other ways to score this mani sorted based on the difficulty level.
Easy: nail wraps
We recently dished how easy nail wraps can be if you're in for a quick mani and it's no different for this trend. Just lookout for a fruity nail art design that you want, stick it on and file the excess, swipe on some base coat and you're good to go!
Medium: Gel nails + fruit stick-ons
If you're looking for something a bit more long-lasting, up the ante by trying on gel-polished nails decorated with fruit stick-ons. Whether you want to use gels that need lamps or not, this proves to be another viable option to get some cute fruity nails without exerting too much effort. The gel also serves as a great adhesive for the stick-ons, giving off a nice layered look to your final result. The only thing you'll really have to invest in is time as gels take a bit more time to dry than regular polish.
Hard: Drawn-on with regular polish
If you want to channel your inner Mei Kawajiri but feel like tiny fruits are still not up your alley, these bigger fruit designs are the thing for you. The designs are a bit easier to play around with as they allow more space to move around in, but it can still be quite tricky as it requires a lot of drawing skills to get it right. If you feel like you're up to the challenge, embrace the artist in you and give this a whirl.
Expert: Acrylic + fruit stick-ons
Have a couple of bills to spare or are truly into the craft of nail art? Then venturing into acrylics will be no biggie for you. A more tedious process than just regular or gel polishes, acrylics take a lot of shaping, buffing, and tweaking to get right. But once you get past the initial stage of building your foundation, adding the colours and the fruity stick-ons will come as a breeze.
You can also play around with a lot of illusions with acrylics, such as incorporating the stick-ons into glossy, glass-like bases or elegant matte finishes. The only kicker with this one is the time and effort that comes with decorating each nail, but the result will be no doubt fun!
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Have you ever wondered how your fave Korean celebrities got their silky hair? Just look at Park Shin Hye in Memories of Alhambra — don’t her soft curls shine beautifully under the light? Even with minimal styling, their looks remain sophisticated as their locks fall with such vitality. You see, aside from their 10-step skincare routines that bring out their porcelain glass skin, Koreans also have a rigorous hair care routine. Similar to their skincare practices, the philosophy of the Korean hair care lies with taking extra measures to nourish and prevent damage. Want to get luxuriant and healthy locks? Read on to find out how you can with Ryo Hair Loss Care range.
Nourish and prevent
Having a healthy scalp is the key to having vibrant and silky hair. Compared to other parts of your body, the scalp has more sebaceous and sweat glands as well as larger pores, which makes cleansing and nourishing it necessary for the overall vitality of your hair. If the scalp isn’t well taken care of, it can impede hair growth, resulting in thin and dull hair.
Armed with 46 years of research, Ryo’s hair products are designed to improve your scalp’s health. Bring your crown’s glory to where it once was with their herbal formulas that are all packed with revitalising power of Korean Ginseng. Now with two new additions to the Hair Loss Care range, you can battle damage and thinning caused by frequent styling and heat by treating your scalp.
Ryo Hair Loss Care Range
Last 2 August, Ryo introduced two new additions to their best-selling Hair Loss range that includes a shampoo and conditioner — Ryo Hair Loss Care Scalp Deep Cleansing Scaler EX and Ryo Hair Loss Care Essence — in Singapore. The products provide you an intensive four-step Korean hair care experience that will indulge your locks and give it the pampering it needs. Start off your routine with the Scalp Deep Cleansing Scaler EX that deeply clears your scalp’s pores from oil and dirt with its gentle formula. Continue cleansing and strengthen your strands with the Hair Loss Shampoo, which comes in different variants that are perfectly suited to any type of scalp. Next, moisturise and cool your scalp with the Hair Loss Treatment, packed with ginseng and other extracts that nourish the hair. Once dry, give your scalp extra powerful vitality with the Hair Loss Care Essence as a final step. This complete four-step routine will give your locks that elegant silky shine in no time.
Ryo pop-up event in partnership with Guardian held at ION Orchard last 2 August.
The number one herbal hair care brand in South Korea has been available in selected Guardian stores since March. Having 35,000 bottles sold to date, Ryo kick-started a Korean hair care trend in the Lion City and has become Guardian’s sixth top performing brand. Thankfully, since they formed an exclusive partnership with Guardian, you can finally find the full range of Ryo hair care products at all Guardian Singapore stores and the Guardian online store. Experience the luxuriating effects of Korean hair care at home.
Clozette Ambassador Hannahchia and Clozetter Xinlinnn spotted at the event.
There’s no other part in our body that we can claim to be both gentle yet also powerful as our hands. In so many ways they are our most neglected body parts. We use them daily for important activities like typing, texting or cooking, as well as hugging and holding the hands of the ones we love. Which is why it makes a lot of sense that we show our hands some tender, loving care once in a while. But how do we do it? Ahead, our tips on how to keep the most hardworking part of our body always looking beautiful.
This is probably the most basic protection you can give your hands. Dish soaps are known to dry out the skin and perfumes in detergents have been known to worsen skin problems like eczema. Wearing gloves when using these products could offer some much-needed protection.
Dead skin cells are often the reason hands look dull and rough. So make sure to exfoliate the hands at least once a week. A gentle exfoliator would be the most ideal since the skin on the hands are usually quite sensitive. Try the L’Occitane One-Minute Hand Scrub, which has shea, sweet almond, grapeseed oils and gentle beads to give your hands some nice scrubbing. You can also make your own using sugar and a skin-friendly oil like virgin coconut oil.
Just like the skin on our face, the skin on our hands need moisturisers to keep their elasticity. Skincare experts recommend hand creams that contain hand-friendly ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E and macadamia nut oil. And the best time to apply is when your skin is damp — think right after a bath or when you’ve just washed your hands. Keep on re-applying when necessary — your hands will thank you for it!
Check out Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream or the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (Fragrance-Free), which is an affordable option to keep hands looking gorgeous.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
Always remember that it's not just your face that needs protection from the sun. Our hands also need sunblock to keep them looking young and to prevent sunspots that make them look blotchy. So make sure you slather on your favourite sunscreen for the body on your precious hands. Or better yet, opt for a moisturiser with SPF like the Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream with SPF15. It also helps correct dark spots through its blend of vitamin C, salicylic acid, and yeast.
Treat yourself to a hand spa
Go ahead and give your hands a treat. Head to your favourite nail spa and avail of their professional service. Not only can you ask someone to give your hands the loving it needs but you can also get a nice manicure to keep them pretty.
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