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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 Sep 19, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

W7 – Budget Lip Products

W7 – Budget Lip Products

A couple of weeks ago I received a fab selection of make-up from budget beauty brand W7, so I decided to split them up into three separate reviews – lip products, face products and eye products. Today I’m going to be taking you through the four lip products that I received… The first two are Lip Paints*, available in five colours my shades are called Queen Of Hearts (pink shade, lying down) and Naughty (red shade, standing up). They’re both really opaque and pigmented, definitely more like a thick coloured paint than a gloss although they are very glossy too. Queen Of Hearts is a bright mid-pink shade and Naughty is a bright crimson red. Both have a pleasant tingly minty taste but you just need to be careful you don’t get them on your teeth as they can stain – not a good look! I have to say that they do require very careful application as they’re so bright any mistakes or wonky lip lines will show up...

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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 Jul 24, 2015 in Makeup | 4 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY Forencos – Lips In Love

KOREAN BEAUTY Forencos – Lips In Love

I am currently taking part in an initiative working with BNT News International, a global beauty/fashion/lifestyle and entertainment source based in Seoul, South Korea. I am helping BNT to promote a selection of new and exciting Korean beauty products to a UK audience, these are products that you probably won’t have seen before and some of them are really different and unique. My first Korean beauty post went live yesterday when I reviewed Hot Girl Lash coloured mascara from Too Cool For School. The product that I am reviewing today is Lips In Love lip paint from Forencos. It comes in several bright colours and I have been testing out the bright crimson red shade (04) called Lol Lol Lol. I thought it was going to be like a lip gloss when I first tried it, but it’s not, it’s more like a liquid paint consistency that you apply with the soft applicator which is really tickly! The paint feels a bit tingly at first but dries on the lips...

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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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Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 7 comments

Barry M – Glitter Nail Paint in Masquerade

Barry M – Glitter Nail Paint in Masquerade

This glittery beauty is Glitter Nail Paint in Masquerade from Barry M, and it was my nail paint of choice for New Years Eve. Now I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Barry M Nail Paints, they’re so affordable and there are so many colour choices available – not to mention the array of different textures and special effects to choose from. Masquerade is a clear nail polish containing silver, purple and dark blue round glitter flecks, it’s a dark, moody glitter polish that’s perfect for Winter and parties. The glitter is really dense in this polish making it a perfect choice to wear on its own, however I chose to wear it over 2 coats of purple Zoya Odette nail polish to make the colour look more vibrant and to ensure that there weren’t any blank areas of nail showing through. (If you’re interested to read more about Zoya Nail Polishes, you might want to read my post about nail polish trend predictions for Spring Summer...

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