Tag Archives: Nails

NOTD: OPI Over the Taupe

9 Nov


I recently added this lacquer to my collection and I love it, such a warm, autumn shade! It is a creamy, mushroom shade, goes opaque with two coats and since I applied it on Monday (on my acrylics) it hasn’t chipped and still remains glossy even though I didn’t apply a base or top coat.

I got this for £3.99 at Fragrance Direct, there’s lots of shades to choose from and you can get yours here


Autumn nails

1 Nov

Autumn has well and truly arrived. Brown leaves are scattering the pavement, there’s a chill in the air and I’m digging my jumpers out of my wardrobe.

It’s also time to say goodbye to my bright summer nails and embrace the autumn colours. I’ve selected a few of my favourites that I’ll be wearing for the next few weeks.

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Pay day treat

25 Oct

I was extremely happy when I checked my bank balance this morning and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one – payday has arrived!

I always like to treat myself as soon as I get paid, while my balance still looks healthy and before the harsh realisation that I have bills to pay kicks in.

I’ve been lusting after discounted products on www.fragrancedirect.co.uk for a few weeks now so this lunchtime, I placed my order and I thought I’d share with you what treats I’ve got coming my way.

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It’s got to be perfect

26 Jan

Last week during a lunch time trip to Boots I noticed that there was a No7 offer – buy two make up products and get a gift box full of goodies for free.
Unfortunately I can never resist offers like this. Not only does it give you the chance to try out products you wouldn’t necessarily have bought before but you can’t beat the satisfaction of getting something for nothing can you?!



After what seems like hours of deliberation I settled for a nail varnish and blusher.

The nail varnish I chose was a pinky-red shimmery shade called Salsa from the Stay Perfect range.



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A Minnie manicure

20 Jan

I have had my eye on OPI’s Vintage Minnie Minis set for months now. The girly pink and red lacquers, combined with my love for all things Disney meant that this collection was right up my street. Fortunately, my wonderful friend Steph surprised me with the set for Christmas and to say I loved it would be an understatement – I haven’t used another polish since.

The set features the RapiDry Top Coat and three shades; the deep red The Colour of Minnie, the gorgeous pale pink If You Moust You Moust and the red/dark pink glittery I’m All Ears. 

The Vintage Minnie Minis set

The Vintage Minnie Minis set

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Strong nails nailed

22 Sep

As I’ve revealed before, my nails are never bare. Whether they are painted with one of my many polishes, livened up with press ons or lengthened with extensions one thing they never are is au natural.
As a result, my nails are quite weak and bendy.
They also tend to break once they pass a certain length but that was a price I paid, until now.

I have misplaced my Rimmel top coat and instead of bothering to look for it or replacing it, I’ve been borrowing one from my friend at work.
The product in question is Sally Hansen nailgrowth miracle

I’ve been using this for the past two weeks and on Friday I made a passive comment that my nails have grown quite long and strong recently.
I didn’t put two and two together but my colleague said it was probably due to all of her top coat I’d been using.
A lightbulb instantly went on in my highlighted blonde head, of course that was why!
I’ve made a mental note to purchase it on payday because the results have been amazing.
So farewell weak nails, hello super strong ones!

Play Day MAC nail lacquer

5 Jun

Last week I went to designer shopping outlet Cheshire Oaks. But as my trip was just before pay day I had to be on my best behaviour. That meant staying far away from the temptation of Fiorelli and All Saints!
I did allow myself one treat however and that was MAC’s Play Day nail lacquer.
This creamy coral shade forms part of MAC’s Vera spring collection.
The colour is simply stunning and I was drawn to it immediately.
However when it came to applying the polish I was less impressed.
It took four coats to become totally opaque and even then it was quite streaky.
I must admit for the price (a discounted £8) I was shocked at the quality. The budget brands out there are of a much higher quality.
I did expect the lacquer to redeem itself and remain chip resistant for a while.
Sadly it didn’t and within two days (an even with a top coat) it had started to chip.
Overall I love the colour and the simple but classy packaging but that’s where my admiration for this product ends.
I will be on the lookout for the same shade with a more trusted, cheaper brand!

Have you had a better experience with MAC nail lacquers?