13 Dec 2014

Nails Inc Wigmore Street

Nails Inc Wigmore Street

This beautiful Nails Inc Polish came free with the December issue of Glamour. For a bargain price of £2 you get a great magazine (I love to read Glamour) and a Nails Inc Polish which has an RRP of £11. There were four polishes to pick from & truth be told I wanted them all but I have far too many polishes as it is, so I decided on this deep purple called Wigmore Street.

Wigmore Street is a true deep true purple shade. It is opaque in 2 coats, I found it easy to apply but It did take a while to dry in between coats. The brush was quite thin but it applied the polish nicely.  As with all Nails Inc polishes this is great quality and had good staying power, I took it off my nails after 4 days and there were no signs of chipping. I think I could have got a week of wear from this polish.

Nails Inc Wigmore RoadNails Inc Polish for Glamour Magazine

Let me know if you picked up this copy of glamour & what polish you picked.

6 Dec 2014

Only Fingers & Toes

OF&T Polish

Last week I had a beautiful manicure at the newly refurbished Only Fingers And Toes Nail Beautique in Harvey Nichols Manchester. Only Fingers & Toes are a luxe premium nail brand that pride themselves on delivering quality and being 5 free. Which means their polishes don’t contain any Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP and Camphor, and also Phthalic Acid.

O.F.A.T are exclusive to Harvey Nichols and you can find their range both in store and online, they also have a Nail Boutique in the Manchester Store, which offers a wide range of Manicure and Pedicure Treatments to fit everyones budget. The Beautique is located in the Beauty Hall and is sat amongst some iconic beauty counters . Its quite the pamper destination as you have the Umberto Giannini Hair Salon, Elemis Spa Pod and Shavata Brow Studio too.

Colour Selection

I had the Classic Therapy Manicure, where you’re treated to a Keratin hand treatment, cuticle care, stress melting hand massage, shape and buff and perfecting polish. My nails were in need of some serious TLC & after they were shaped my hands were given some serious pampering and placed into gloves containing a warm Keratin hand treatment which was so good. It left my hands unbelievably nourished and soft. This is a treatment I would highly recommend.

Sapphire Nail PolishSapphire Nail Polish

It took me quite a while to pick my nail polish colour as they have a ‘library’ of more than 65 polishes and the collection comprises four ‘volumes’: Vivid, Molten, Illumine and Lustre, with new seasonal fashion colours released each season. So they are always adding new polishes to the library and extending their range. I eventually picked Sapphire* which is from the ‘Molten Collection’ its a deep purple with a slight metallic finish.

O.F.A.T The Molten Collection Polishes

The O.F.A.T polishes have ergonomically designed handles for maximum comfort, usability and to ensure the best possible experience. Brushes have been designed to give perfect 3-stroke, long lasting, lustrous coverage.

O.F.A.T Sapphire Polish

My nails look Christmas Party ready & my hands are the softest they have ever felt. Its almost a week since my manicure and my nails are still looking beautiful with no chipping. At £16 a bottle these polishes are what I would consider a luxury but if you’re budget fits or you are a nail polish addict who likes good quality polishes then you will love this brand.

O.F.A.T are the ultimate nail polish gift to give or to receive, they are available in four gift presentations,

The Classic (a single, gift boxed polish) £16
The Trilogy (3 polishes in your choice of shades) £42
The Edit (6 polishes in your choice of shades) £75
The Connoisseurs Collection (24 polishes in a double‐layer chocolate box style set) £275

You can chose from over 60 polishes and they offer something for everyone, from beautiful nudes to more vibrant colours & a beautiful selection of finishes too. You can take a look at the range & gift options here.

O.F.A.T are available to buy at Harvey Nicohls both in store and online with professional treatments available at Harvey Nichols Manchester, Grace in Belgravia, The Private Clinic in Cheapside & their flagship salon in South Croydon.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

24 Nov 2014

The Dream Box 2 #bbbdreambox2

The Dream Box 2

I was lucky enough to snap up one of the highly sort after Latest in Beauty  The contents are worth over #£120 & it retailed at only £21 so thats quite incredible. Its jam packed full to the brim of beauty products handpicked by the lovely Jane from British Beauty Blogger. This is the second collaboration between Jane and beauty box experts Latest in Beauty, like the previous box its packed full. Its quite remarkable just how many products they have managed to include. I’m very excited to try everything and I have only tried a couple of things from this box which makes it even more exciting.

This is what’s included in the #bbbdreambox2

Contents of The Dream Box

Latest in Beauty The Dream Box 2

I really wanted to get my hands on this box because the only product I’ve tried is the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. All the other products are new to me & I’m excited to try them all. It’s such good value for money. A few products I am particularly looking forward to using are,

Bourjois Bronzing Duo

Bourjois Bronzing Duo – I haven’t tried that many products from Bourjois, but I do love their blushers and foundations. I am so pleased to see this full size cheek product in the box & I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this. I like the look of the packaging but for me cardboard packaging never lasts very well so we will see how it fairs in my makeup bag.

The Body Shop Beautifying Oil

The Body Shop Satsuma Beautifying Oil – This was a lucky dip as to what scent you received. The Body Shop have 9 Beautifying Oils & I’m very pleased with Satsuma. It smells sweet & a little festive. Citrus scents are among some of my favourite I’m a big fan of using body oils & this Body Shop offering is a mutli use dry oil so I can be used on hair, body and face. So this will be keeping my skin hydrated, looking bright & radiant this winter. This is also a full size product.

Kerastase Shampoo & Conditioner

Kerastase Shampoo & Conditioner – This is a brand I have never tried & I always hear such positive reviews of their products. I have recently had my hair cut quite short and have promised to take better care of it so these will help a lot & I plan on taking them with me when I go to Scotland for a week over Christmas. These are luxury sample sizes and I will get quite a few washes out of them

LOLA Lipstick

LOLA Lipstick Intense in Strawberry Fields – I was introduced to this brand by Jane as it was included in the previous Dream Box. I recieved the Kabuki Brush & have used it almost daily since. Its great quality and perfect for applying powder or cheek products. So I am happy to receive another product from this brand and very pleased with the colour of the lipstick. Its a beautiful and extremely wearable pink. Its going straight in to my handbag & I will use it as my daily lip colour this Winter.

Essie Toggle To The Top

Essie Toggle To The Top – What a festive nail polish, its red sparkly and very beautiful. This is from Essie’s 2013 Winter Collection but its still relevant & it will most definitely be my Christmas Party Nail Polish of choice.

Im excited about the whole box, but but they’re just a few products that stand out for me. Keep an eye out for reviews of everything in the box as I get chance to use them.

Let me know if you managed to get your hands on this box & what you’re most looking forward to trying.

What a great deal. If you missed out on this box, the best way to hear when, where & how future boxes will be released is by following @BritBeautyBlog on Twitter (if you’re not already).

27 Oct 2014

Autumn / Winter Nail Polish

Nail Polish Storage Autumn / WInter Nail Polish

I bought two of these Kilner style jars from Clas Ohlson in Manchester for £3.99 they both have a pink screw lid & thought one would make the perfect storage for my current most worn nail polishes. I have my lip balms in the other, but thats for another post. So these are the nail polishes I will be wearing during A/W, I’m loving the transition into darker shades & I picked my favourite 8 polishes from my collection to put in this cute jar which now sits on my dresser. I love it.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Mustard – This is part of Barry M’s A/W14 range *& I just love this colour (thanks to HayleyFromHome). Its is opaque in two coats & is the most perfect Autumnal shade. It is a pretty creamy Mustard shade & reminds me of Autumnal leaves. I have been wearing this a lot & I know I will continue to. I really like the formula of the Barry M Gellly Hi Shine polishes & have collected quite a few. They last a good amount of time on me – up to 5 days. I do like to wear a top coat with all my polishes, these included, as I find it prolongs my manicure & it makes these look even more glossy.

e.l.f – This polish was from a trio I bought a while back. It has no shade name but its the most beautiful rose gold shade & its pretty for everyday. Its a little more festive but it I have been known to wear this colour all year round. Its just a small bottle & is handy for travelling. It applies nicely and although it doesn’t last too long on my nails its such a pretty colour.

Essence in Circus Confetti – I love this glitter top coat. I bought it in Amsterdam a couple of years ago & before Essence released in the UK. Its so cool that we can now get our hands on this brand more easily now as they have a HUGE selection of polishes. This Circus Confetti is the perfect dupe for OPI Rainbow Connection. Its has so many different sizes & colours of glitter, I think it has every colour of the rainbow in there. I like to wear it over Models Own Balearic Blue or a Black polish, either way the glitter really stands out & makes your nails look super sparkly. You will need a top coast to stop the glitter feeling rough to the touch & I’d say two coats of this gives you a nice even spread of glitter. This is for sure a great Party Season Polish!

Leighton Denny in Vamp* – This is one of those dark polishes that I love. It looks good on toes too. Its a beautiful deep burgundy red that as the name suggests looks so vampy. Its warm and gothic looking, It makes the perfect A/W polish. This is a lovely polish to apply, no streaking whats so ever & it dries very quickly too. Its a well loved polish in my collection.

Current Nail Polish Picks Favourite Winter Polishes

Models Own Hed Kandi in Balearic Cool – This isn’t the easiest polish to apply & you will need to be patient in between coats as it takes a couple of minutes to dry. Even though its a bit of a pain I just love the snowy winter grey colour. It looks really pretty on the nails maybe a little stark but I like that. As I said it also makes a great base for glitter top coats & in particular Essence in Circus Confetti. I have to say that my Balearic Cool looks like a totally different colour to everyone else’s. Weird?!

Maybelline Forever Strong in Dark Denim – This is a dark midnight blue & it lasts so long on my nails. I do have to wear a base coat as it stains my nails, but using a base cost is an easy fix. This has a really nice brush & even though its so dark I’m able to apply it relatively neatly. I love this dark blue & it works so well for the colder, darker months.

Mavala in Pink Gold* – This is a pretty festive gold shade with a hint of a pink sheen running through. Its so festive & gorgeous as a Christmas Party colour.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Lipstick – Well A/W wouldn’t be the same without a bright red & this American Apparel offering is a bold ruby red. It is eye catching on the nails & looks like candy cane red. One coat is all you need and it dries quickly. Wear a base coat otherwise you will have red nails for weeks!

Let me know what your top A/W nail polish picks are & if you like any of the ones I have mentioned.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

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