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Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Nails & Nail Art | 2 comments

Nailed London – Gel Wear Nail Polishes

Nailed London – Gel Wear Nail Polishes

These are the lovely new Gel Wear polishes* from Nailed London, a new brand launched in September 2015 by Made In Chelsea’s fashion blogger Rosie Fortescue. OK so I have to admit I’m not really down with ‘MIC’ so when I first heard about these polishes I thought they might be a bit of a gimmick, but as soon as I received them I could see that they’re great quality and hopefully the brand is here to stay. There are 28 different shades to choose from, and 4 glitter top coats plus the Base Coat and clear Glossy Top Coat that give these colours their gel finish. The three shades that I’ve been using are: Stormy Violets – a shimmery metallic dusky blue shade that looks great dressed down with jeans Chica Bonita – a snow white that looks chic on its own, plus it provides the perfect matt background to bright nail art Citron-Ella – a zesty primrose yellow that will be perfect for Spring I’ve been wearing...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Christmas treats from Roger & Gallet

Christmas treats from Roger & Gallet

Well, it’s December so we’re officially allowed to think about Christmas! And when we think about Christmas we have to talk about one of the brands that does gifts so well – Roger & Gallet. I’ve reviewed several of their products in the past, in particular their fragrances and hand creams, and they all make perfect gifts as their packaging is so beautiful. Today I’m reviewing two items from the Bois d’Orange fragrance collection: Bois d’Orange Eau Fraiche Parfumee* – I’d expected this Fragrant Water to smell really fruity and orangey but it doesn’t. The scent is supposed to encompass the leaves, flowers and wood of the orange tree as well as the fruit, so it’s more woody and musky than just an orange fragrance. I think it smells quite classic and traditional. The scent is quite light as this is a fragrant water rather than a perfume, and it’s unisex so suitable for both men and women. The smooth glass bottle with its yellow and gold label doesn’t...

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 0 comments

DIY Hello Kitty nail art

DIY Hello Kitty nail art

My nails are feeling really long and strong at the moment so I fancied doing something a bit different with them. I recently purchased some sheets of nail art stickers from eBay and thought I’d have a go with them, they’re a bit childish but I love Hello Kitty and thought they were really cute! The stickers feature Hello Kitty herself, plus little rabbits, handbags and shoes – very girly! First I painted my nails with two coats of Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream Nail Paint, this is a basic baby pink nail polish and it’s one of my favourites. Once the nail polish was dry I carefully peeled the Hello Kitty stickers off the clear backing sheet using tweezers and placed them onto the nails, before gently pressing down to ensure they were stuck. It’s definitely worth making sure the nail polish is completely dry before you attach the stickers, otherwise it’s really easy to smudge the nails. Once the stickers were attached I finished off with one...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 3 comments

White & Glitter Nails

White & Glitter Nails

I purchased Barry M’s Matt White Nail Paint ages ago but thought it looked a bit stark worn on its own (it looks a little bit like you’ve painted your nails in Tipp-Ex if you don’t do it really neatly!). So I decided to pair it up with a glitter polish to create a vivid sparkly effect. I decided to use Diamond Arcade from Nails Inc, one of the most vibrant and sparkly glitter polishes that I’ve tried. Nails Inc called it a ‘Nail Jewellery Top Coat’ and when the light catches the glitter particles it really can look like you’re wearing jewellery on your nails! First I painted 2 coats of the Barry M Matt White Nail Paint over my nails and left to dry. It very opaque and works really well as a base colour – it would also work well as part of a French manicure or to create white accents in a nail art design. Then I painted a coat of the Nails Inc Diamond Arcade...

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Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 4 comments

Rimmel London – 60 Seconds Nail Polish Lucky Lilac

Rimmel London – 60 Seconds Nail Polish Lucky Lilac

Lucky Lilac (670) is part of Rimmel’s 60 Seconds fast-drying nail polish collection, it’s a bright pinky-fuchsia shade that’s perfect for Summer. It looks quite glossy when it’s first dried but after a day or two it starts to look a bit duller, although you could add a coat or two of clear top coat for a glossy finish. I really like this bright shade, although I do think purple nails could be considered a bit old-fashioned these days now there are so many other unusual colours available. The nail polish brush is nice and wide, a bit like you get with an Essie polish, so you can quickly apply the colour to each nail with only 2 or 3 strokes. It lives up to its 60 Seconds name too and dries fairly quickly, I applied two coats of Lucky Lilac just before I got in the car and after driving for about five minutes it had completely dried. The colour is quite opaque, 2 coats is adequate to completely cover each nail,...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 2 comments

Crabtree & Evelyn – Nail Lacquer in Wisteria

Crabtree & Evelyn – Nail Lacquer in Wisteria

OK, so did anyone know that Crabtree & Evelyn did nail polish? No, me neither until I attended their Garden Celebration Blogger Event in York a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to receive this Nail Lacquer in Wisteria in my goody bag that evening so I wanted to share it with my readers. Crabtree & Evelyn offer 21 different shades of Nail Lacquer (all formulated without camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde or toluene), plus a wide range of handcare products. Wisteria is a two-tone shade that looks dark blue in some lights and purple in others and it has a subtle silver shimmer to it. It dries with a bit of a dull finish and maybe looks a little old fashioned when compared to today’s current trend for glossy gel finishes, but you could add a couple of coats of clear polish over the top if you want more of a glossy shine. The brush is quite long and thin so you have to apply the polish...

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 2 comments

Nailbox – the new nail polish subscription box

Nailbox – the new nail polish subscription box

The beauty world has been full of new beauty boxes for the past couple of years, some are really popular and some sink without a trace after a few months. It’s becoming quite a saturated market, but in April the first nail polish subscription beauty box, Nailbox, launched in the UK with fantastic results. I think a subscription box based around one particular aspect of beauty is a great idea, the majority of other beauty boxes contain a selection of skincare and make-up and it’s really nice to see something a bit different launching. I was lucky enough to be sent May’s Nailbox* to review. The products arrive in a rather ordinary brown corrugated cardboard box with the Nailbox logo on the side. It doesn’t look as glamorous as some of the other beauty boxes that are around (many have individually styled boxes, padded with tissue paper and ribbons) but actually as the contents are all that really matter I don’t think this is a problem. By saving money on...

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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 3 comments

Barry M – Strawberry Ice Cream Nail Paint

Barry M – Strawberry Ice Cream Nail Paint

I think this Barry M Nail Paint in Strawberry Ice Cream has just become one of my favourites! It’s such a pretty pink, perfect for Spring. The nail paint applies fairly thinly – in the image above I have applied two coats, and I think I might try adding a third to give a stronger colour – but on the plus side each thin coat dries really quickly. It is also quite glossy and doesn’t really need a top coat, although you could apply one if you wanted extra shine. It removes really easily from the nails too, just a couple of quick swipes with a cotton wool pad soaked in nail polish remover and it’s gone! Strawberry Ice Cream is a really pretty sugary pink colour, it’s so pretty and girly. It’s been around for ages, I think it’s one of Barry M’s original nail paint colours, but I’ve only just discovered it! I love the range of colours available from Barry M, there’s a shade of Nail Paint for every occasion, and...

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