As you know I’ve been really in to nude nails lately (although the occasional warm weather has had me pulling out my favourite brights this week) and this colour is one of my favourite finds for my skin tone maybe ever. I picked it up on a whim with my weekly shop at Asda and I absolutely love it but unfortunately it’s possibly the worst nail polish in the world for chipping. It chipped before I could even get into some decent light to photograph it for you. Can you see the corner of my nail I’m trying (and failing) to hide in the picture? It’s supposed to be a 3 in 1 polish with basecoat and topcoat built in, because I was so in to the colour I applied it a few times within a week with identical results whether it was used alone, with base a separate base coat or with my trusty Seche Vite top coat. I just can’t get it to stay on my nails, such a shame as otherwise I would be raving to anyone who would listen. I would be interested to hear from any of you that have tried any of the Naked Nails range, however and If you have a magic trick to keep it chip free I’m all ears!!
Spring has apparently Sprung but it’s still pretty freaking cold here in the UK so the new season beauty launches are all that I have to hold on to for now. Striking just the right balance between pastels and brights Essie’s Spring 2016 collection is the perfect nail polish wardrobe to see you through the next few months. It’s no secret I’m already big fan of the brand’s formula and huge, one-stroke-and-you’re-done brushes so that needs no mention but the colour selection is bold for the season. I never thought I’d see a deep green and think palem trees rather than Christmas but they just might have converted me.
To celebrate the vast array of colour that Essie has to offer they have joined forces with iconic photographer, Rankin to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity. On 17th May he will be setting up shop at Essie’s Colour Portrait Studio to shoot nail selfies with randomly selected winners at a top secret London location. Winners will be treated to a VIP service from manicures to hair and makeup before stepping in front of the camera for their colour portrait. To enter you just need to upload your nail selfie using the hashtag #essiexrankin
I spoke about the new Nails Inc Powered By Collagen range a couple of weeks ago and promised to follow up on the brights that I didn’t cover at the time.. so here we are. Would you believe this is just one coat? I’m not convinced the collagen aspect has any positive effect here but the formula is excellent and the colour (Hampstead Grove) is lovely. Without my trusty Seche Vite top coat it will chip after a day or 2 (even with the famed Kensington Top Coat) but so will 90% of nail colours so that’s no biggie. If you’re looking for a real difference in the condition of your nails however the Overnight Deox Repair Mask is for you!
I’ve found creams and oils that work well for my cuticles in the past but I’ve never found anything I felt really improved the condition of my nails themselves until this. It’s a light gel-like texture with a doe foot applicator that is designed to be worn as an overnight treatment. If you have flaky/dehydrated nails you will love it. It sets pretty quickly so unlike oils etc there’s a chance of it actually staying put while you snooze and I can always feel a little residue in the morning which instills hope that it’s managed to do that. It’s definitely changed my nails for the better and if you wear polish constantly like me I’d highly recommend taking one night off a week to treat your nails to this!