Wednesday, 29 July 2015

WHAT'S INSIDE MY NAIL BAG



OPI PROFESSIONAL NAIL FILE EDGE 240 GRIT

 Having a good nail file is a necessity for me and this one from OPI is my go to. Its 240 grit makes it gentle enough to use on the natural nail, whilst still being able to shape the nail and remove any length if needed. Using anything coarser than 240 on the natural nail could cause damage to the nail plate and nail. I picked this file up from Amazon for around £5. 

SALLY HANSEN NAIL MOISTURISING POLISH REMOVER

I constantly run the risk of drying out my nails as I am always removing my nail polish in order to re apply. This moisturising polish remover by Sally Hansen has been a recent favourite of mine and I try to pick it up when its on offer in Superdrug or Boots. It contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera which prevents the cuticle and nail drying out and is great at removing my polish effortlessly without the need for scrubbing.  

SALLY HANSEN INSTANT CUTICLE REMOVER

This cuticle remover seems to have lasted for ages. I apply a small blob of this to each nail to help take care of my cuticles, although I only use this every couple of weeks as it can dry out the nail. After applying I find it dissolves any dry skin around the nail and makes the skin soft in order to push back my cuticles. 

NAIL CLIPPERS AND METAL CUTICLE PUSHER

I always have nail clippers on standby for when the toes need a cutting, but will rarely use these to cut my fingernails and instead use a nail file. When it comes to pushing back my cuticles more often than not I will use a orange wood stick wrapped in cotton wool. However, I find a metal cuticle pusher gives that extra help to push back those stubborn cuticles. 

NAILS INC SUPERFOOD BASE COAT

This a new discovery for me this year and has been a great alternative to using my OPI Nail Envy as a base coat. This acts both as a base coat and a nail treatment as it contains Kale extracts which helps to strengthen the nail and encourage growth. I find this creates a nice even base and dries quickly enough so I can apply my polish. 

NAILS INC VITAMIN E CUTICLE OIL PEN

Just like hand cream I try and apply cuticle oil a few times a day. I discovered this after getting back into using Nails Inc nail polishes and not only does this help stop the cuticles drying out I also find it helps speed up the drying time of my polish. Unlike some cuticle oils that can take forever to sink in I find this dries within a couple of minutes and does not leave you with greasy hands.  

SALLY HANSEN HEALTHY CUTICLES NOW!

Along with cuticle oil this is another step I use to help keep my cuticles moisturised. I apply a blob of this to each nail after pushing back my cuticles and leave it to sink in for a couple of minutes, using it like a mask .

SECHE VITE DRY FAST TOP COAT

I have probably mentioned this about 1000 times on here, but for me it really is one of the best top coats. Once I have painted my nails I apply a coat of this and within around 5 minutes my nails feel dry, like properly dry. This gives a lovely glossy finish and helps to extend the wear of my polish. 

ORANGE WOOD STICKS

I would be lost if I didn't have supply of these. I usually order a pack of 100 for £1 from Amazon or Ebay to keep me stocked up. These Orange wood sticks have so many uses when it comes to nails that they are a definite necessity. I use them for cuticle work, nail art and even tidying up around my nails with nail polish remover. 

What's inside your nail bag ?

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

MAVALA GARDEN PARTY COLLECTION 2015



(Left to right) Iris, Amaryllis, Magnolia, Petunia, Begonia, Azalea 

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous set of nail polishes by Mavala from their 2015 'Garden Party' collection. I won via Pinterest, after following a company called Ellison's.  Excited for my nail mail to be delivered the polishes arrived within a few days of winning and came beautifully packaged in a black Velcro sealed box, perfect for storing them away in. I had never tried anything by Mavala before so as a newbie to their polishes I was excited to try them out. 

The Garden Party collection consists of six nail polishes (Iris,Amaryllis,Magnolia,Petunia,Begonia,Azalea) all based around flowers and was released for this years Spring/Summer. I wore Amaryllis which is the coral shade for a recent weekend away and managed 4 days before any chipping appeared. The bottles are quite small (5ml) but are the perfect size for throwing in your bag when travelling. You could easily get away with one coat of this polish as it is quite thick in consistency, although I always apply two for extra staying power. I know I will be getting lots of use out of these polishes during the following months. These colours are perfect for everyday wear. 

What are your favourite Spring/Summer nail polishes?

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

LOTTIE LONDON NAIL POLISH - BLOGGER BABE




In March this year a new brand called 'Lottie London' was launched into Superdrug stores and I have since been on a mission to try after seeing that part of the line included a nail polish range. I am always excited when anything new is launched into drugstores, especially when it comes to nails. Walking up the aisles becomes a little more interesting when you have something new to go in and find. Unfortunately though, I have been unable to find 'Lottie London' in my local Superdrug *cries*, so I had to order offline in a desperate bid to finally try these polishes out. 

There are 60 polishes all together in the Lottie Lacquer range, this includes matt's, shimmers and glitter top coats. As you can imagine I was stuck for choice when deciding which one to pick, however it was the name of this polish 'Blogger Babe' that won me over, how could I not have this in my collection? The colour is a mushroom like dark nude, although not a typical Summer shade I know it will be perfect come Autumn/Winter time. Along with the polishes having super fun names I love the packaging of the bottle also, its quirky bottle top stands out on my nail rack. 

The polish itself was quite sheer when applying so I used around 3 coats to get the coverage you see in the photo. With the polish quite thin it meant that drying time between each coat was quick so it didn't take long at all to paint my nails *fist pumps*. I am only on day two of wearing this polish and its lasting well, no chips in sight. So far I am impressed and have hopes of adding more of these polishes to my collection. If you are not so nail crazy as I am then there is also a line of make up brushes and accessories you can swoon over. 

What are your favourite products from 'Lottie London'?

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