Top 5 Autumn/Winter Nails

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I absolutely love Autumn, its my favourite season! Not only can you start wearing warm coats and accessorize with scarves and wooly hats, you can put the pastel nail colours to bed and bust out the dark, wintery shades. Here is my 5x favourite nails polish for this wintery season –

OPI in Lincoln Park After Dark – I’ve had this bottle for years but it’s still going strong. It’s a gorgeous deep purple shade which almost looks black from a distance. I love this colour, especially for evening looks.

Barry M Matte in Crush – I love a red in any season, but once the weather gets colder I like to opt for a deeper red shade. I also love a matte effect and this shade looks lovely and autumnal.

Rimmel in Give It Some Welly – This is the newest shade in my collection and since picking it up in Boots, I’ve not worn anything else lately. I love how grey nails look nice, clean and chic. Plus I still really love the 60 second Rimmel formulation, and at only £2.99, you can’t go wrong!

Essie in Chinchilly – Every season needs a nude shade, and this is my favourite during the Autumn/Winter months. Although this isn’t a true nude, it’s more of a “greige” (grey and beige) with a slight purple undertone. It just makes for a perfect neutral colour throughout the season.

Topshop in Lucas – This polish has made a few appearance on stephisays. Topshop released a denim polish range a couple of months ago and I ended up picking up Lucas and Leigh, Leigh was the lighter of the two so perfect the summer season but now that it’s turned a bit colder, I’m loving the darker shade – Lucas.

What’s your favourite Autumn/Wintery nail polish?

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A Superdrug Haul

When it reaches payday, one of the first shops I always go into is Superdrug to top up on my toiletries and beauty essentials. It’s the type of shop you go into for one item and always come out with a basket full – new products you want to test, items that are better than half price or something you’ve been meaning to pick up for ages.

Nailcare was my first port of call when recently going into Superdrug. I really wanted to pick up a bottle of the Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nail polish after borrowing some of mum’s a couple of weeks ago. My nails have been recently so weak due to a lot of gel manicures, and maybe not necessarily removing them correctly and whilst staying with my mum, to protect my nails I applied one layer on the Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails. I then noticed after one week that my nails were starting the grow and snagging much less. I was sold, and instantly wanting to get a bottle for myself. Whilst also in the nail aisle, I also picked up a few nails essentials to keep in my desk at work just in case of any nail emergencies –  Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads, nail clippers for any snagged nails and emery boards to keep a couple at work and one in my handbag.

I then visited the skincare aisle – one of my favourite aisles! I needed to pick up some more Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads (which I’ve previously raved about!) and these were ‘better than half price’ at £6.45 (usually around £14 per tub). It was a shame there was only one tub left on the shelf otherwise I would’ve stocked up on couple! I then picked up my all time beauty essential – Blistex Relief Cream for lips. I’m never without a tube of this stuff in my makeup bag because it’s the only thing that will heal my chapped lips. Whilst walking down the aisle I also noticed the Garnier Moisture range. I’ve already picked up the night cream previously (more on this on a future post) but I hadn’t been able to lay my hands down on the tissue mask so grab one of these as well!

The last items in my basket was a tube of toothpaste and hair ties. The Oral B 3D White Luxe Glamourous Shine toothpaste is my favourite toothpaste at the moment and this was also on ‘better than half price’ so I picked up a spare for my bathroom cabinet. I also picked up a mountain a hair ties – 70 hair bands to precise! Anyone else’s hair ties seems to go missing all the time? Hopefully these will keep my going for a while haha! I also picked up some spiral hair bands which claim to not damage or tangle your hair. I’ve seen a lot of these types of hair ties before, so wanted to try them out for myself out.

Do you love a trip to Superdrug? What usually on your basket?

Top 5 Summer Nail Polishes 

  
Now the sun is finally out, I thought I’d share my top 5 summer nail polishes –

Topshop’s Leigh – the newest polish to this round up, and you might recognise it from a recent Topshop haul I posted a couple of weeks ago (link). This is part of Topshop’s new denim colour polish range which match the same colours of each of their famous jeans styles. Since I brought this, I’ve not worn anything else! It’s a gorgeous light blue which still is nice and suttle for everyday – I love it! 

Nails’s Inc in Porchester Square – a bit of a cheat pick as this is one of my all time favourite nail polishes regardless of what season it is. Not a lot to say on this one, other than – It’s the perfect nude! 

Rimmel’s Oragina – I have to admit, Rimmel is one of my favourite brands for nail polish. The formula is always easy to work with and 9 times out of 10 you only need one coat. I find they last well on my nails too, and for the price (usually ranging from £3 to £5) you really can’t go wrong! This was a shade which launch last year as part of the Rita Ora range and looks amazing as soon as you start getting your summer tan.

Essie in Ballet Slippers – my nails go through phrase of being nice and long to stubby and short, and when they’re short I like to opt for a light neutral colour to make my nails look clean and fresh. Ballet Slippers is a very very pale pink it’s nearly white, but I love the fact it has a hint of pink rather than looking like tipex nails (we all did it at school!). You need a couple coats of this for a nice clean finish, but it’s worth the effort!

Rimmel’s Wild-er-ness – I absolutely love a pastel purple as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer. I have lots of polishes all in a similar shade because it’s one of my favourite colours, but I really love the formula on the Rimmel polishes.

What’s your favourite summer nail polish?

Removing Gel Nails at Home

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Ever had a gel manicure and it begins chipping and you want to remove, but don’t have time / can’t be bothered to get them professional removed back at the salon? Well I’ve been there many times and end up peeling the gel polish off my nails (yes I know, it’s so bad for your nails!) but I decided to give an at-home remedy a go. Here is a step-by-step guide on how I removed my gel polish –

Here is what you’re going to need –

  • Acetone – you can get this from pharmacy, generally over the counter
  • Cotton wool or pads
  • Nail file (emery board)
  • Foil cut into squares

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Step 1 – take a nail file and rub over the polish

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Step 2 – soak a cotton wool or pad in acetone and place directly over the polish. I soak the section of the pad which came in contact with nail and wrapped the dry sides of the pad around my finger.

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Step 3– Use foil to wrap around finger to hold the cotton pad in place over the nail, and leave for 15 to 20 mins

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I used normal tin foil from the kitchen, but you can buy proper nail foils from amazon or ebay which I might look to invest in. Although the normal foil did do the job, it didn’t hold in place very well so I had to keep super still. And yes my fingers look crazy…ha!

Step 4 – remove foil and cotton after soaking nails and you’re left with the polish lifting from your nails. From here I simply push the polish away and with any stubborn bits I filed away with a nail file.

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Step 5 – I then finished by clean my nails with some nail polish remover and washing your hands to get of any left over acetone.

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Yes I’ll agreed with you, it is a lot of faff when you could just soak your nails into a bowl of acetone for 20mins but the acetone direct on my skin for a long period of time really irritates my skin. This also beats trekking back to salon and paying for them to remove gels for you.

Have you tried this method before? Would you give it a go?

Topshop Makeup Haul

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When Topshop first released their makeup range back in 2010, I was really impressed with the quality and the range and 6 years later Topshop are still brining their makeup game! Last weekend whilst shopping in Brighton, and I couldn’t resist picking up some new bits to try from their range. Here is what is picked up –

Nail Polish in Lucas and Leigh – This was the main reason I wanted to check out Topshop’s makeup stand as I knew they had just launch their new denim nail polish range. With six new polishes in the range, these all match Topshop’s famous denim jeans – Hayden, Lucas, Joni, Leigh, Mom and Jamie. I picked up Lucas and Leigh, and they look great – perfect for Spring!

Everything Stick in Philanderer – I’ve used Tophop ‘crayon-type’ products before like their lip bullets and I thought they were great, so when I saw the Everything Stick – a product you can use for your eyes, checks and lips, I wanted to get it a go! I’m not sure how much I will use this colour on my lips but it’s a really pretty colour for the cheeks and lips. It super creamy and pigmented, and blends in really nicely for a blush. They have some really pretty colours in this range (six in the range) so might have to pick up a few more of these.

Waterproof Eyeliner Ebony – I’ve heard a lot of good things about Topshop’s eyeliner, so wanted to try this out for myself. When I first swatched this on my arm, it’s really pigmented and creamy and when I went to wipe it away it was really stubborn. With this staying power for just a swatch, I can’t wait to try this eyeliner properly.

What are you favourites from the Topshop makeup range? Have you tried any of these products before?

Mani at Barber & Parlour

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As I have mentioned before, since working in London I sometimes to get the chance to get my nails done and recently we went to Barber & Parlour in Shoreditch. It was such a cool salon that I wanted to let you guys know about it.

It’s an awesome venue and much more than just a Salon. It features – Cheeky Hair by Josh Wood, Cheeky Parlour, Barber & Parlour Kitchen, Neville Barber and downstairs in the basement is the Electric Cinema Shoreditch. I only managed to get a few photos but I encourage you to take a look at their website for a better feel of exactly what they have to offer –  www.barberandparlour.com

Me and a couple of my colleagues each got a Shellac Mani, and the service was great. We all got to sit together and have a proper catch up rather being scattered around a Salon without being able to talk to each other unless we want to shout across the room. The girls doing our nails were also very friendly and professional, and did a great job with our manicures. I opted for a very ‘spring-like’ pastel purple (it’s Easter this weekend after all!) and I’m super please with my nails.

We unfortunately only had an hour spare for during work to go to Barber & Parlour, but I am desperate to go back and explore the whole place a little more, maybe get my hair done and grab some lunch there too! I’ll report more once I get a chance to go back, but if you’re in the area I would definitely recommend checking them out.

Have you been to Barber & Parlour before?

My Best Friend – Seche Vite

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The one product I cannot live without is – Seche Vite!

It’s a popular product among the beauty blogging-sphere and it’s totally worth the hype! So much so that I have since brought 5x bottles as gifts for my family and friends because I told them they need to try it, and they are since converted too. Seche Vite is marketed to be a fast-drying top coat, drying your newly painted nails in a matter of seconds – and that it does!

The time I usually remember to paint my nails is just before I go to bed. This would typically leave me painting my nails late at night, flapping them around in the air for half an hour, to then go to bed thinking they were dry and wake up the following morning to find great big dents in across the polish -FAIL!

And then I used Seche Vite and my life was changed (you know what say, little things…and all that). I can paint my nails half an hour before going to bed and one coat of Seche Vite over the top of my new freshly painted nails  and my nailed are touch dry within a minute or two! It leaves a gorgeous shiny look to my nails and I also find it does make my polish last that little bit longer.

One thing to bear in mind is to make sure when painting your nails before the top coat is to paint to the very edges on your nails/end of your nails. It seems the formula of Seche Vite does shrike your polish a little when drying quickly which could leave you with top of polish falling slightly lower on the nails than you excepted.

All and all though it’s something I don’t think I can live without now in my nail routine.

Have you tried Seche Vite? What is your favourite top coat?