What shape are you?

Going to your average nail bar you don’t really get a choice in nail shapes, usually you go to a nail salon and just get asked what shape do you want round or square? And maybe they talk to you or maybe they don’t!

Sometimes these shapes don’t suit your nails or hands and your never really that happy with what you’re getting done but sometimes it’s just convenient.

Here are some shapes you may or may not have tried.









A few months ago I went into a nail bar on my day off, ( I use to get my acrylic’s done every 2 weeks) and I asked the lady who was doing my nails can she do a particular shape and she huffed about it cos it takes longer to do. LOL!
While I was getting my nails done she was really rough and I felt so uncomfortable. I’ve been working in the hair industry for nearly 10 years now and that’s just unheard of treating a client like that… I guess you get what you pay for!
Heres a hilarious video check it out!

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Some common shaped nails are

Square rounded nails (scround)










Oval nails










Mountain peak nails (claws!)







Rounded nails








Almond nails










Square nails











Kim xx


Nasty Polish


Are you aware of the potential dangers of your pretty named nail polish ?
With cute names like bubble bath or Strawberry shortcake,  are you blinded from the potential dangers of these polishes?  With some scary ingredients that are known cancer causing chemicals and those toxic to the nervous system.


The top three worst chemicals of concern are toluene, dibutyl phalate (dbp) and formaldehyde – the TOXIC TRIO.


DBP is now banned from cosmetics in the EU, but the other two are still allowed.
It is a commonly used to make plastic.  It is also used as an additive to adhesives or printing inks.  It is a suspected endocrine disruptor.  Meaning its bad for your hormones! 

Toluene, a solvent and pain thinner, is a potent neurotoxicant ( toxic to the nervous system) that acts as an irritant, impairs breathing and causes nausea, according to EWG. It’s especially hazardous if your pregnant, as breathing in toluene vapours can harm your unborn baby.

Formaldehyde, on the other hand, is commonly found in nail-hardening formulas and is a known allergen classified as “carcinogenic to humans”.  We’ve all heard of formaldehyde.
I’ve had a few clients that have said their nail has fallen off using nail hardeners.  It is the main ingredient in hardeners. Formaldehyde is highly toxic to all animals, regardless of method of intake. Ingestion of 30 mL (1 oz.) of a solution containing 37% formaldehyde has been reported to cause death in an adult human.[28] Water solution of formaldehyde is very corrosive and its ingestion can cause severe injury to the upper gastrointestinal tract.  There is so many wrong things with Formaldehyde.


Fortunately, a number of beauty brands, including some mainstream ones, are now phasing out these chemicals, and are proudly 3 free already. A few have gone 4 and 5 by also excluding Formaldehyde resins from their formulas and / or camphor, a strong smelling plasticizer that can be an irritant in large amount.


Our favorite polish that we use at Esstudio is Hello Darling which is 5 Free! (meaning absolutely NO toulene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, DBP or camphor) and are animal testing & cruelty free. They didn’t stop there – it is also  free of parabens, phthalates, SLS and SLES, and source low-toxicity & biodegradable ingredients to make it as safe as possible to humans, with minimal impact on the environment and other living beings.




This nail art is really easy to achieve as long as you have some tape (even a Post-It will do) and some spare time to kill. Start with your typical base coat and two coats of colour – in this case white. Then wait 30 minutes or so for the white to dry before applying your tape in a triangle pattern – or if you’re super organised you can pant the white the night before. Apply one coat of light blue polish (Chanel’s Coco Blue) and after 10 seconds remove the tape. Wait another 10 minutes for the polish to dry before applying two new pieces of tape about 1mm further towards the free edge of the nail. Apply one coat of a darker blue polish (Chanel’s Blue Rebel). Once again, wait 10 seconds before peeling away the tape. Wait 15 minutes before applying tape another 1mm closer and then apply the metallic blue polish (Chanel’s Azure). Wait – you guessed it – another 10 seconds before removing the tape and then finish with a top coat!

If you don’t have this much time, but you have a steady hand and a striping brush handy then you can work from the inside out rather than the outside in. Start with your base coat and then two coats of white polish. Then paint the metallic blue triangle. After that you will need your striping brush to paint the two borders – first the darker blue and then the light blue. Finish with a top coat and Voila! Picture perfect nails!

If you don’t have the patience or just don’t trust yourself, pop by Esstudio Galleria and take advantage of our extensive range of Chanel polishes while we paint your nails to perfection!

“A woman is helpless till her nail polish dries” – A Guide to 21st Century Manicures

You know the story – I’m sure that it’s all too familiar: You’re in desperate need of some pampering. What’s better than a manicure? So off to the salon you go, excited and ready to treat your neglected claws to some lovin’. You walk through the doors, inhale the promising scent of acetone and make your way to the reception desk.

And at this point you just want to curl up into a little ball and cry. They all do the same thing, right? Wrong.

It can be pretty overwhelming when you are confronted with so many options at once, and that can make it difficult to choose the right polish for you. So we have constructed a little guide to help you through the decision-making process.

Acrylic nails have been around for ages – they can be used to simply cover you natural nail, or extend your nail with tips. It is applied as a mixture of powder and liquid which then sets after a couple of minutes. Acrylic nails will dramatically strengthen your nails – they are damn near invincible. But if something does happen and one cracks or falls off they are very simple (cough cough cheap) to repair or replace. You will notice that your polish lasts a lot longer when applied over the top of an acrylic nail – very rarely will it chip in between appointments. Acrylic nails are pretty easy to remove if you decide that they are not for you – just soak your hails in a bowl of PURE acetone and they will come right off after several minutes. Just be aware that acrylics can damage your natural nail which might leave them a little weak until they grow out again.

Gel nails are the new kids on the block when it comes to lengthening and strengthening your natural nail. It is much smoother and glossier than an acrylic manicure and looks a lot more natural. They are painted on like a polish, with a free form guide stuck beneath the free edge of the nail so that the nail can be extended past the natural nail. Gels are flexible solutions that will enhance the natural nail and provide added strength and firmness. Gel manicures are ‘cured’ under a UV light that allows the gel to set almost instantly. Gel manicures generally last 2 weeks before they will start to chip or break. Like acrylics, they must be soaked off using a PURE acetone solution. Whatever you do don’t pick at your gel manicure if it starts to chip! I know that it’s tempting and a lot of fun, but its really removing layers of your natural nail plate with it. So not worth it!

This one’s pretty great. CND’s VINYLUX is a brand spanking new polish system that lasts a week…without a base coat! This is achieved through its Pro-Light technology which provides an enduring, long lasting polish through exposure to natural light!  Where regular polishes will chip and deteriorate over the course of a few days, VINYLUX dries naturally (no UV lamp!) with a flawless finish. The Pro-Light technology also means that it gets stronger ad stronger every minute – even days after you have left the salon! The VINYLUX polish doesn’t have to be soaked off with acetone – any regular polish remover will do. This  means that in the long term your nails won’t become dried out or brittle from over exposure to acetone. Please and thank you!

3-FREE & 5-FREE:
Did you know that there are a lot of nail polishes out there which are made with the same ingredients as car pain? Scary, but true. Fortunately, toxin-free polishes are the next big thing in the beauty industry. These polishes will generally advertise themselves as ‘3-free’, meaning that they are free of the three main nasties: Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate and Toluene. Finding polishes that are 3-free is becoming easier every day – but its still best that you know your brands. Acquarella, Honeybee Gardens and Butter all are great options.
If you want to take it one step further, ‘5-free’ polishes are available also. They are free of Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate and Toluene – plus Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor, too. ‘5-free’ polishes are produced by Hello Darling, Priti and Vapour Organic Beauty just to name a few.

Head to www.esstudio.com.au to check out the different manicure and pedicure opportunities that we have on offer!