Six weeks of festive nails

essie nail polishes suit & tied, ring in the bling, new year, new hue, be cherry!, on your mistletoes and social-lights

suit & tied, ring in the bling, new year, new hue, be cherry!, on your mistletoes and social-lights (L-R)

With everything so festive around us, nails have to follow suit. And of course, essie has the perfect collection to make sure your talons are ready to join the party.

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For the first week of December, start light: suit & tied is a warm sand beige, almost toasted, that is neutral but at the same time interesting enough to keep my unusual nail polish taste satisfied. Great for those who like nudes, but with a little difference.

The second week welcomes be cherry!, a bright crimson red with a hint of pink to brighten up the darkest of days. It is a versatile and fun red, slightly different from the ones I usually go for and yes, it is rather cheerful.

essie nail polishesAs Christmas approaches, and the parties are in full swing, why not go for on your mistletoes, a dense oxford blue with a hint of green – looking like a dark, funky teal to the untrained eye.

I’m a fan of all shades of blue on my nails and this blue-green is super festive and a little bit edgy.

essie nail polishesSo it’s Christmas! Yay! For the oh-so-festive fourth week, ring in the bling: a gorgeous metallic ruby red, tinged with a little bit of cobalt making it magically hot, cold and pearly.

It is red, it shines and will look amazing under the tree.

essie nail polishesMy favourite will have to see the new year in. The fifth week begs for social-lights, a fabulous pearl slate grey with a subtle, glistening amber warmth.

I adore a colour shifting nail polish and this is the deal. It looks strong on the bottle but a bit more subdued on the nails. And apart from the warm hints, it also produces some great blue-ish sheen on movement. Great colour depth for new year’s eve!

essie nail polishes in be cherry!, ring in the bling, on your mistletoes and social-lights

essie be cherry!, ring in the bling, on your mistletoes and social-lights

And to kick off January, the sixth week begs for a very wintery, and appropriately named new year, new hue. Write those resolutions with this luscious magenta purple on your fierce claws.

essie nail polishes in new year, new hue and suit & tied

essie new year, new hue and suit & tied

So, what’s your favourite? How would you spread the shades over the six weeks?

You can buy the essie nail polishes from major retailers nationwide, including Superdrug and Boots, for £7.99 each. Remember, it is limited edition, so hurry up! written by Dani

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Leathery nails

There was a time in my life I was all about the nail art. Not elaborate drawings, but details and ombrés were my favourites.

Fast forward and I am now all about the plain colours and when they come with a differential, I’m all for it.

Meet the essie leathers collection, created by their colour designer Rebecca Minkoff, and inspired by her best selling leather handbag colours.

There are six amazing shades and they come in two sets of minis: one with very autumnal, deep colours and one with winter bright pastels, all reworked.

The finish is not glossy, but not totally matte, with a discreet metallic sheen. Some shades even have a slight texture that can barely be seen.

My favourite has to be the super pale grey lilac Push The Envelope. It’s super versatile, so close to white with a silver glimmer but not harsh. And easy to apply. Love.

The greens are divine – be it minty turquoise Bucket List or viridian Back in the Saddle.

Then there is the lavender shining mauve Cross-Body Heat, blood red Tote-ally In Love and indigo blue In Hot Purse-uit.

I used them without a topcoat (not to spoil the finish) and durability was way better than I expected – a week, no chips.

You will all know how much I love essie nail polishes: the formula, the fabulous brush, the great colours, limited edition collections and even the quirky names, so no surprise I have used each polish for a whole week!

They are available only until the 24th October at Boots for £12.99 a set (3x5ml), so hurry if you fancy a bit of leathery love on your talons!

written by Dani

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains some PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Get your nails Dressed to the Nineties

There no secret I am a 90s person (late 90s, I’m not that old). I’m secretly unashamed of the terrible fashion sense and even worse – makeup habits I had at the time.

Also no secret I love nail polish, especially when they come from essie.

So obviously I am head over chunky heels with the essie Dressed to the Nineties Limited Edition Fall 2017 collection, hitting the shelves at the end of August 2017.

The six gorgeous shades fleet between pinks and purples with the right amount of shimmer and shifting.

My favourite, surprisingly, is silvery metallic with a light purple shine Girlie Grunge; just gorgeous and rather neutral for its shade. As they say, come as you are. Oh, and shine.

As I am a sucker for colour shifting, I could not stop myself loving Dressed to the Nineties, a very dark purple with a subtle green-blue shimmer. Gorgeous.

At the moment, I have the mega pretty As If. This powdery periwinkle is warmed up with a hint of red, and it’s the most gorgeous thing.

On my toes for weeks now is the “staple with a difference” Knee Highlife, a deep wine red with some purple undertones.

For the more discreet out there, Saved by the Belle is a lovely baby pink, creamy and a slight blue undertone and Mixtaupe is a fabulous warm ivory with a tiny dash of pink.

As you can see, pinks, reds and purples tie up the collection together, warming or cooling the tones for those exclusive shades full of cool, relaxed vibes, fit for office and party.

Of course, I cannot rave enough about the essie brush, which delivers a perfect at home mani so effortlessly. Lately, that is all you see on my nails.

Also worth remembering that the colours are curated by essie’s Global Colour Designer Rebecca Minkoff, so you know you’re gonna be up-to-date.

The collection has barely launched but being the lucky bitch I am, I was one of the first to get my talons all over it and I’ve already wore four of the six shades to near exhaustion. Nah, not really, I can’t get enough.

The too cool for school Fall 2017 collection is available from the 23rd August to the 17th October in Superdrug and 30th August to the 26 September in Boots. After that, it’s hasta la vista, baby, to all of these fabulous shades. As if! you gonna let this lot go 😀

written by Dani

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Are your nails in need of some TLC?

Nails nail nails. I went from a through and through red nail polish gal who could never picture a nude on her nails to a lover of all colours, shades, finishes and art.

Thrilled is not enough to describe me when I opened the box with these gorgeous essie TLC nail polishes.

Treat, Love and Color is a lovely range that requires nothing but itself for a great natural manicure. Its advanced formula with collagen and camellia helps cares for the nail, brightening and working on strength, brittleness and dryness in the long term.

And you apply directly on to the nail, no need for base coat. I tried three beautiful sheer pearlised shades: tonal taupe, is a gorgeous taupe with gold shimmer; see the light, is a classic pearlised light beige and good as nude, is a pretty warm toasted beige with gold shimmer.

The formula is great, which is expected we from essie, and application easy because of their fab brush. For sheer shades, I noticed a good colour and pigmentation pay off with 2-3 coats.

I didn’t miss a base coat but I always think a topcoat is a good idea and even though I didn’t use one to try this, I probably will normally. I’m sits well on the bare nail and mine were rather happy with the product!

Durability with no base coat is decent; a few days of mani totally in place then it stares to nick in places.

You can get the essie TLC range at Boots and Superdrug and they cost £8.99 each.

written by Dani

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Nails returning to retro

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-1First of all, I feel I have to explain the month long absence: I have moved houses. Bought a flat and been like a maniac between closing the deal, moving and furnishing and now I’m starting to settle. Although I have no wifi yet, tethering to my mobile has been useful. And the means to this post!

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-2Second, I cannot see a better way of going to back to blogging than essie‘s retro revival 2nd edition limited collection nail polishes. The six shades embody the flawless chic vibe from the beginning of the brand in 1981 Las Vegas – in fact the caps have the original Stardust Casino gold star sign.

It is mainly nudes, pinks and reds, making it extremely feminine, perfect to let out all side of my personality – from naughty to nice!

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-3My favourite has to be the stunning sweet tart (oh how appropriate!) a pearlescent nude with mauve undertones. Just gorgeous.

My surprise shade was prima bella – a shimmery bubblegum pink. It looks great on.

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-4That doesn’t mean I am not in love with the other shades: pure chiffon is the perfect warm beige which will suit most skin tones; flawless is a delicate pink that feels quite neutral; chastity is a lively cherry blossom pink and bold beauty is a fabulous and seductive mid-century deep red. All sorts of love for this collection.

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-6Apart from the neutrals and a killer red, that never goes out of fashion, pinks were all over the catwalk for the new season.

The shades in this collection are so grown up and sophisticated that it totally removes pink out of the girly bedroom!essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-5

If you want to get your claws on them, be quick: they are available until 7th March at Superdrug and 14th March at Boots and the RRP is £7.99 per bottle. Hurry!

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains a mix of products I have bought myself and PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

 

Nails dipped in gold

nails-in-paint-can-good-as-gold-review - 6Golden nails. I’ve always had a penchant for them. Finding the right shade is a bit tricky, as I don’t like it glittery, but the new Nails Inc Paint Can in Good as Gold comes as close to golden perfection as possible.

Perfect for a quick fix, the spray on nail polish from Nails Inc was a pioneer and I was dead excited when I tried the also precious silver Shoreditch Lane when it launched with only two colours and amongst a media frenzy.

nails-in-paint-can-good-as-gold-review - 4Feelings towards the product remain the same as when I did my original review: love the novelty, the colour is great, pigmentation on the gold seem a bit more scatty then the silver (I went over twice) and the durability is good.

This time, I used the Nails Inc 2-in-1 base and top coat, which makes a very decent job of both, a rarity for 2-in-1 product. Golden thumbs up!

nails-in-paint-can-good-as-gold-review - 7*Maybe* I over sprayed onto my fingers on purpose. There’s no denying I wish I could se the pre-tidying up version and sport fingers dipped in gold, but that wouldn’t go well in the office, I am sure. But, oh, it’s so tempting!

In terms of time saving, I don’t think it is actually much less than normal painting, as I fell tidying up is always needed.

nails-in-paint-can-good-as-gold-review - 2Advantages include the fun (seriously!), the act you can quickly apply on top of any nail polish you’re wearing for a quick change, and of course, I made a meal out of it, but you can be much more targeted with the application to make clean up easier.

nails-in-paint-can-good-as-gold-review - 5Nails Inc Paint Can now comes in eight shades with Good as Gold by Lottie Tomlinson being the newest. Each can costs £10 and the recommended 2-in-1 base and top coat costs £8.

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Get into the Rio vibe!

essie-rio-collection-review - 1After the Olympics opening ceremony last night, the essie Rio Collection makes even more sense: and explosion of colour and shine to get you well into the mood of the wonderful city.

The collection is fun, with bold but wearable shades.

essie-rio-collection-review - 3Not only that: apart from essie’s six boldest shades, the collection counts with essie’s 1000th VIP shade: a Brazilian charged bright metallic yellow called aim to misbehave. Quite a scandalous colour, it looks so hot on the nail.

essie-rio-collection-review - 4The vibrant tangerine coral, sunday funday also has a lovely shimmer; aruba blue is a frosty metallic sapphire; bahama mama a deep, creamy and warm plum; naughty nautical a gorgeous shimmery blue-green, pure pearlfection, a delicate topcoat the create instant iridescence and jazzy jubilant, another topcoat with hexagonal blue and pink glitter in various sizes, that looks like carnival confetti!

essie-rio-collection-review - 5And because it has green, yellow, blue and white, it matches the country’s flag! Being Brazilian myself, I approve!

essie-rio-collection-review - 2You can get essie nail polish from major retailers nationwide.

Each bottle costs £7.99 and it goes without saying the all have the superior essie quality: easy to apply (the brush is lush!), fabulous finish, quick drying, great pigmentation and durability!

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A lifetime opportunity: essie Colour Portrait Studio with Rankin

essie-ss16-review - 1I am a huge fan of colour and my nails are usually the place this love manifest itself fully.

When it comes to nail colours, there are no limits.

Essie, a nail polish brand I’ve known and loved for a while, is saying goodbye to grey – and so am I by picking their gorgeous new Spring 2016 bright coral Sunshine State of Mind nail polish to adorn my nails. essie-ss16-review - 3

This summer, essie has partnered up with photographer Rankin to celebrate one of my favourite things: beautifully painted nails.

The “Colour Portrait Studio”, which will open for on day only on the 17th May at a secret London location, will bring colours to life.

What’s more, 10 lucky women will have their picture taken by superstar Rankin himself, making it a lifetime experience.

essie-ss16-review - 2To be in with a chance, just enter the competition by the 28 April – it’s easy:

  • Follow essie on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram
  • Upload your best nail selfie using the hashtag #essiexrankin and tag @essieuk.
  • Cross those beautifully manicured finger extra hard to be picked!

My entry is there already 🙂

Needless to say, I love essie polishes; they apply extremely well, the brush is a dream with its rounded end, it has an excellent colour pay off and its durability is off the charts.

Everything you need for gorgeous nails!

The Spring 2016 collection has six new shades inspired by chic Palm Springs resorts. I have Sunshine State Of Mind, the brightest of corals, Poolside Service, a gorgeous cerulean blue and High Class Affair, a pretty blush nude.

There is also Lounge Lover, a pink peach, Off Tropic, which is grove green and Shades on, a deep violet. The RRP is £7.99 and you can get it online, at Superdrug and Boots.

Spring nails: sorted!

For full competition terms and conditions, visit essie.co.uk.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

 

Power claws with Elegant Touch Hall of Mirrors

Confession: as a natural long nail wearer, I always looked a bit down on falsies.

Then came Elegant Touch to blow me away with their amazing Hall of Mirrors set.
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Image taken by Derek Bremner at The Apartment, with Comb

Application was a breeze. It took me a while to get used to them, but very soon they felt like my own at that length.

They feel very secure and comfortable, I can do everything – wash hair, type… I do not feel they are glued on.
elegant-touch-hall-of-mirrors-review - 1Now, let’s take a minute to admire the beauty of this colour: a holographic white technicolor dreams are made of.
I am totally, madly, deeply in love.
I had it on for a whole week, no hiccups. Only thing is that you notice the growth of your natural nails and it starts looking less neat, but only noticeable on very close inspection.
img_8571Now I just want to wear them all the time. There are so many amazing designs and finishes, from your super classic mani to the out there fab fashion designs (House of Holland, I’m looking at you).
Taking them off really requires some patience. Dripping nail polish remover, poking them out… the excess glue is a pain.
As I my natural nails are destroyed from carrying boxes moving houses, I am cool with that. Otherwise, I would be quite upset.
Next time, strong base coat. If you never tried, do it now. There will be no regrets!
This fabulous shade will be in the shops very soon. Elegant Touch nails come in a variety of colours and shapes and are super practical.
The sets of 24 nails cost between £6.95 and £12.50
They were applied by the lovely Jessica at the more-than-fabulous The Apartment at LFW. Thank you so much for having me.
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The end of nail-painting as we know it?

nailsinc_paintcanCould a spray change it all?

Nails Inc is stunning us all and bringing out a spray nail polish, the Nails Inc Paint Can. And it’s understandably causing a stir.

Will it soon be time to retire our nail polish brushes? Is this the future of manicures? Bear with me, I don’t have the answer quite yet…

Spray on nails will be quick, but uncontrolled. How hard it actually is to remove the excesses, how much mess it makes in the surroundings and the finish are the key to the success of this polish.

nailsinc_spraycanApplication is simple: spray and done. Obviously there will be some mess, but according to the instructions, after applying a base coat to the nails (a must), you just spray it on and wait until it is all dry and to remove the excesses you just wash your hands with soapy water or use wet wipes. Eh?

The nail polish sticks to the base coat, or old nail polish you have on, for a quick refresh. If that really happens seamlessly, this will be amazing.

Other questions I have would be around uniformity of coat, pigmentation, need for multiple coats and durability – although they do recommend also using a topcoat.

Really, it is not often that something this revolutionary hits the nail market and I am dead excited. Plus, it would be an amazing helping hand to all of the time-strapped ladies beautifying on the go.

On top of that, it could make a great quick drying base for nail art.

Being a Nails Inc product, you can pretty much guarantee great quality.

There are two pretty colours, a silver shade called Shoreditch Lane and a metallic pink hue, Hoxton Market, both brand new.

I cannot wait to get my claws on it. It’s available from November 12th, but you can pre-order it now from the Nails Inc site. It costs a reasonable £10.

While I don’t get my mittens on it, you can see all my Nails Inc posts on the blog.

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