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You might have noticed that it has been a while since I posted on the blog.  I was working on another project but when that ended I realised that running 4 separate blogs was just not working.  Not only could I not put in the time needed, throughout my years of blogging I have realised that sometimes you just can’t easily separate out the different beauty products.  For example, if I receive a beauty box or event goodie bag, I’d have to do up to 4 separate posts on the same thing. That’s a lot when I could be producing 4 pieces of different content. I hope you are not disappointed.

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Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07 - not my nude by gorgeous all the same.

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07 – not my nude but gorgeous all the same.

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up is a brand aimed at darker skinned women. I was sent a sample of this Black|Up nail lacquer in NVAO07 or just 07 and I have chosen to share my thoughts with you. It’s always been difficult to find nudes suitable for brown skin; I do love the pinky-nude colour but it is not my nude.

Black|Up have a selection of 10 shades of nail lacquer – three colours which flatter brown skin and seven nudes so I’m sure there will be a nude for everyone. As you can see, 07 is definitely not my nude but it will be for someone! What I was hoping was that although it is not my nude, it would still come up as a flattering shade against my skin. In general, I can wear nearly all shades of nail polish but when it comes to brown, sometimes they just don’t look that good on me. They might make my skin look sickly or I sometimes just look silly. So, as this is aimed at brown skin, I had high hopes.

Well, I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was very impressed! I love the square shape of the lid and the bottle and the brush is a good thickness to enable you to do the three-stroke painting method. That’s the proper way to paint nails, when I can be bothered! The consistency of the nail lacquer is just right – not too thick and not too thin. I found that two coats was plenty to get even coverage.

As for the shade itself, it is very flattering on me. It’s a gorgeous red-toned brown which looked surprisingly good on my very, very short nails. It reminds me of the outer shell of Galaxy Minstrels – yum! I actually started to grow my nails just so I could do this shade justice!

I am hooked. I don’t usually like to pay more than £10 for my nail polishes (these are £12.50) but I do like this formula, and I love that there is a shade out there tailored just for me. A trip to my local Black|Up counter to get my actual nude is definitely due. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy wearing this gorgeous chocolatey brown – how could I not?

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07 - I love the box!

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07 – I love the box!

I was sent a sample of this product and I have chosen to share my honest opinion of it with you.

Stylist Live 2015: Little Ondine

Little Ondine at Stylist Live

Little Ondine at Stylist Live

You know I already spent my beauty budget at Olympia Beauty so unfortunately I couldn’t buy (yet more) nail polish at Stylist Live. I already have 12 new shades to get through, plus the many others in my collection that I haven’t used yet.

Little Ondine make nail polishes which are odourless, quick drying and peel off. I was intrigued by the claims. I didn’t believe they could be all three but I was proved wrong with a live demonstration. Colour was applied in front of me and a couple minutes later peeled it off! Also, as promised, the nail colour really has no scent. At all. It was bizarre!

I didn’t get to try it myself but it looked really good. Here’s my shopping list:

Little Ondine at Stylist Live

Little Ondine at Stylist Live

Little Ondine at Stylist Live

Little Ondine at Stylist Live

Yes, it’s nearly all of them!

Olympia Beauty 2015: Soigne Botanique

The Soigne bottle

The Soigne bottle

Just when I thought I had enough nail polish to last me through autumn and winter, I stumbled across Soigne. It caught my eye because the stand was so pretty. It had a wall of white roses, a bit like the one Kanye West gave Kim Kardashian West. It also said it was “botanical”. I was intrigued.

All of the nail polishes come in beautifully elegant bottles and each bottle comes in a box. If you caught my Periscope broadcast you would have seen that the Soigne nail colour bottles really do travel in style!

The build-your-own collection gift box from Soigne

The build-your-own collection gift box from Soigne

Soigne wrapping

Soigne wrapping

Close-up of the label

Close-up of the label

Set of three

Set of three

The internal layer of pakaging

The internal layer of packaging

The name Soigne rang a bell but I hadn’t personally seen the products before. Soigne means “to take care of” and my nails really need some care right now.

As you can see, I had no choice but to try the products, there were more pros than cons!

I was tempted by the gift boxes which contain five shades exclusive to the box but I tried to be good and picked one colour, Bleuet. I then decided that to get the full benefit I needed the corresponding Oxygen Base and Gel Effect Top and to confirm my decision, there was an offer if you get three products. Even better, the three came in a nice little gift box- I gifted my custom collection to myself.

Oxygen Base, Bleuet, Gel Effect Top

Oxygen Base, Bleuet, Gel Effect Top

I then gave into temptation and bought the Liqueur de Chocolat gift box. I just couldn’t resist the lure of the deep green Absinthe shade. I was unsure about the Whisky shade but I’ll find a way to make it work. Also in the box are Champage which looks like liquid gold, Parfait D’Amour a pretty purple and Vin Rouge, a deep red.

Liqueur de Chocolat gift box

Liqueur de Chocolat gift box

Wrapping inside the Liqueur de Chocolate gift box

Wrapping inside the Liqueur de Chocolate gift box

Liqueur de Chocolat: Champagne, Whisky, Parfait D'Amour, Absinthe and Vin Rouge

Liqueur de Chocolat: Champagne, Whisky, Parfait D’Amour, Absinthe and Vin Rouge

I went home with the plan of putting the other gift boxes on my wish list but when I looked on the website, Choux a la Crème had sold out.   The shades in the five gift boxes are exclusive to those boxes so I’ve completely missed out! The two other collections available are more suited to spring so I didn’t go for them.

Soigne limited edition gift sets Macaron Collection and Fruit Marbles Collection

Soigne limited edition gift sets Macaron Collection and Fruit Marbles Collection

I’m hoping that as the nail lacquers are 85% botanical, they will be good for my poor, beaten nails. I need my products to multitask – nail health and good colour are the order of the day. If I don’t get around to wearing them I hope to stick the colours on a nail wheel to show you.

Have you tried Soigne? What did you think?

Olympia Beauty 2015: OPI Starlight Collection and OPI Venice Collection

Olympia Beauty 2015: OPI Starlight Collection and OPI Venice Collection

Olympia Beauty 2015: OPI Starlight Collection and OPI Venice Collection

I went to the Olympia Beauty show last weekend. It is a trade show for beauty professionals. I went because I wanted to attend a talk or two by beauty experts and see if I could spot anything new to share with you. I actually ended up doing some shopping! I forgot my camera so most of my pictures were taken on my beloved Nokia 1020.

As you know I am a fan of OPI so luckily for me (but unluckily for my bank balance) there was a huge OPI stand. I went there with good intentions- I was just going to pick up a bottle of Nail Envy and a bottle of RapiDry and be on my way. Ha!

My nails are in a very sorry state indeed so to me, Nail Envy is an essential, It took me ages to pick one because they now come in a range of natural/nude/muted shades. I gave up and picked the original with a mini nail file.

OPI essentials - Nail Envy Original and Rapidy

OPI essentials – Nail Envy Original and Rapidy

The Starlight Collection

OPI Starlight Collection

OPI Starlight Collection

I made the mistake of asking what the new collection was and I was pointed in the direction of the Starlight collection. Oh my, it’s so beautiful! I love sparkle, and that’s my go-to look for the whole of December, not just Christmas. As the collection was so new, there was not a huge amount of stock so by the time I got to OPI at around midday on the first day of the show, many of the shades I wanted had already sold out!

When shopping for OPI, I try to go for shades I haven’t seen other brands do. I picked up Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Meteorite and Super Star Status. I would also have bought Ce-less-tial is More and Press * for Silver if they were there. I might even get No More Mr Night Sky and Centre of the YouNiverse. I bought Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Meteorite because I love the juxtaposition of the pretty pink glitter against the chunky gunmetal grey glitter. Pretty with an edge. I also went for Super Star Status because instead of just mixing gold and silver glitter, the larger gold bits stand out against the fine silver bits making it extra pretty.

The OPI Starlight Collection shades

The OPI Starlight Collection shades

The OPI Starlight Collection shades continued

The OPI Starlight Collection shades continued

Although I think Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Meteorite can be worn on its own, I wanted a nice solid background for it. As Press * for Silver was sold out, I thought I’d want to wear it over white nails but I already have a good white shade. I was helpfully advised to try a shade from the Venice collection.

OPI Starlight Collection: Super Star Status and Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite

OPI Starlight Collection: Super Star Status and Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Meteorite

The Venice Collection

I actually got completely distracted from finding the perfect base for xxx because the whole of the Venice collection is just so beautiful. It’s not new, but my epic spending ban just ended on the 30th of September so I couldn’t buy any nail polish before then. I ended up picking Gimme a Lido Kiss (red), Venice the Party? (blue) , O Suzi Mio (Purple) with Be There in a Prosecco as the base for Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Meteorite.

OPI Venice Collection: Gimme a Lido Kiss (red), Venice the Party? (blue) , O Suzi Mio (Purple) and Be There in a Prosecco (off white)

OPI Venice Collection: Gimme a Lido Kiss (red), Venice the Party? (blue) , O Suzi Mio (Purple) and Be There in a Prosecco (off white)

As my nails are merely stumps at this stage, I’ll do another post or two to show you the shades in their full glory, perhaps on nail wheels.

Be There in a Prosecco with Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite.

Be There in a Prosecco with Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Meteorite.

Gifts

There were some lovely gift sets to choose from, all in the Starlight packaging. Some of the products are from the Starlight collection but others are collections of bestsellers. Some even come with jewellery. I would be pleased if any of them popped up under my Christmas tree!

Do you have any of the shades I picked? Comment below with your link so I can take a nosy peek!

BeautyCon London: The Nail Story

My handpainted nails using Wah London, Elegant Touch and Kiss

My handpainted nails using Wah London, Elegant Touch and Kiss

Lately I haven’t been looking after my nails but there was no way I was going to BeautyCon London without a good set of nails. As my nails are really short, I needed to wear some stick on nails so I decided to paint my own.  Well, I had no choice as I’m not allowed to buy nails as part of my epic beauty spending ban!

I used Kiss nails and Elegant Touch Adhesive tabs.  After selecting the correct nail sizes, I blu-tacked them to a piece of paper so I could paint them.  I took the opportunity to use my Wah Nails Ultimate Nail Art Kit.  I used: Ni

  • Nail polish in An Even Bigger Splash (turquoise)
  • White nail art pen (the brush)
  • Yellow nail art pen (the brush)
  • Classy Glassy Glossy Topcoat.

I attempted to do my own version of the Big Leopard look but I ended up with impressionist flowers, or fried eggs, instead!  Despite that, I felt quite proud of my nail art. They were unique – I could guarantee that no-one else had my nails.  Even better, I received a compliment on my nails which made my day!

After all the late night painting and Periscoping, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try some new Elegant Touch nails so I peeled off my beloved nails and had some House of Holland nails applied.  I eventually decided on Next Level Nude although I should have been more adventurous and gone for Flower Power. What do you think?

The finished nails that I began the day wearing

The finished nails that I began the day wearing

The nails I ended the day wearing

The nails I ended the day wearing

Elegant Touch Nails in Polished Slate Grey 327

Elegant Touch Nails in Polished Slate Grey 327

Elegant Touch Nails in Polished Slate Grey 327

I love grey nails so I bought these Elegant Touch Nails in Polished Slate Grey 327. I was so happy to find grey nails I forgot to check the length – they’re medium and I usually wear short because my nail bed is really short. Medium comes up quite long on me but it was ok because I usually wear stick-on nails for short periods of time anyway.

Despite the nails being quite long on me, I found the length and shape to be quite flattering on my hands. I enjoyed looking at my nails a little too much!

Elegant Touch Nails require a two-step application- first apply the correct sized adhesive tab (22 are included) then apply the nail. I say this as the Elegant Touch Express nails are peel and stick – literally. Alternatively, these nails can be glued to the nail if you purchase separate nail glue.

The UV protection is supposed to stop chips and fading although I noticed on one of the nails, there was the slightest chip. It was difficult to see so I wore it anyway and besides, I was only wearing the nails for one day. The nails are easy to take off, just peel from the cuticle end of the nail.

I found that this shade of medium grey worked very well with my skin. I know that Elegant Touch do a range of grey nails so I think I will stock up once my epic spending ban has ended!

Elegant Touch Nails in Polished Red 318

Elegant Touch Nails in Polished Red 318

Elegant Touch Nails in Polished Red 318

 

I bought these Elegant Touch nails in Polished Red 318 in a “create your own” Latest in Beauty beauty box. I usually use Elegant Touch Express nails but decided I would give another type a go.

The Elegant Touch nails can be stuck on using the 22 individually sized included adhesive tabs which is my preference, or you can purchase glue separately for a longer wear time. It is a two-step application so they are not as quick to apply as the Elegant Touch Express Nails. You have to apply the sticky tab first then apply the nail as the tabs and nails are separate. To aid positioning, each nails has a snap-off tag at the tip of it. I think this is more helpful when gluing the nails on. You can file down the small edge that is left after snapping off the tag using the included file although I always forget this step!

The red colour itself is quite bright and very glossy and the nails are a wearable length. The little length guide says “short” which is long enough for me. The nails say they have UV technology so that the nails don’t chip or scratch but I haven’t experienced that when wearing falsies. I actually only wore these for one night as I wasn’t going to change a nappy whilst wearing them! I

The nails were easy to remove, I just peeled them off gently from the cuticle end of the nail.

Although I prefer the speed of the Elegant Touch Express nails, I would buy the Elegant Touch nails again. It’s still so much quicker than waiting for my nails to dry – they’re a great quick manicure for a night out.