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Nails Inc at House of Fraser

Nail polish is addictive isn’t it? I’ve never really been that in to painting my nails, primarily because I am lazy and can’t be bothered to keep taking it off and reapplying. But since painting my nails for a night out and loving how they looked, I have been keeping them polished ever since!

Of course this new habit has led to something else for me to spend my money on, and spend it I certainly have! There are so many beautiful colours of nail varnish available and whilst I am normally a red or pink girl I have been trying to go outside of my comfort zone.

I have always been a lover of Nails Inc products and so went directly to them to select some new polishes to add to my collection. They have a great range of new products and it was hard to narrow my choice down to just three.

But in the end I did and yesterday these beauties arrived on my door: Spitalfields Fishnet Magnetic polish, Westbourne Park Hologram polish and Kensington Passage Gel effect polish.

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I was first really excited to try out the magnetic nail polish, as who wouldn’t want to play with something that little bit different! It was simple enough to use, simply apply a coat and wait for it to dry, then apply a slightly thicker coat and whilst it is still wet hold the magnet over the top for around a minute. I was left with a lovely pattern which looked really cute.

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Next I wanted to try out thee gel polish. I have recently been trying one from another brand and have not been impressed with it at all, it chips several hours after application and doesn’t look all that glossy. This one however is flawless and after one coat my nails have a lovely colour and shine. Although it looks incredibly bright in the bottle the colour does tone down a little when on the nails.

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Then of course I was left with the hologram polish, which I thought would be great for an accent nail! The colour is amazing and in the light it sparkles all different sorts of colours. The coverage is great too, here I have coated one thin layer over the previous pink gel polish and you can barely see it! This nail varnish is quite glitter heavy and so isn’t ideal for adding a touch of glitter to your previously polished nails, but it will certainly be perfect for a full manicure or accent nail.

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Nails Inc have once again impressed me with their range and I will definitely be stocking up on some more of their gel polishes from House of Fraser when I get the chance.

Barry M Nail Art

Barry M Gelly Nails & Nail Art Pen

I am appalling at painting my nails. I can just about do my toes ok but when it comes to my fingernails they look much better bare. I inevitably end up with the polish all around my nail bed and, when trying to get the excess off, end up rubbing any of the polish that did make my nail off!

However, I had heard a lot of good things about the new Barry M Gelly Nail Paint and thought I would give it a go. It retails at £3.99 but Superdrug currently (16/08/2013) has it on offer at 2 for £6, so I picked up a pink shade also.

Whilst browsing I also noticed the new nail art pens, a new launch I believe. I had been thinking about investing in one of these as if there is any way I am going to be able to do nail art – it is with one of these. The Barry M Nail Art Pen in White retails at £4.99 and they also have 3 other colours in the rage: black, pink and silver.

Barry M Nail Art

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My Top Beauty Tips

Shaving – Run out of shaving cream or just don’t want the added expense? Conditioner is the perfect alternative; it softens the hair on your legs and leaves your skin feeling silky. This tip is especially great when you are staying at a hotel, have no shaving cream but an abundance of complimentary conditioners in the bathroom!

Removing Nail Varnish – We have all been there. One or two chipped nails and no nail varnish remover in sight. There is an answer though! Simply apply a clear top coat to all nails and quickly remove with a cotton pad or ball whilst still wet/tacky.

Lips – I always keep on top of exfoliating my lips! There is nothing worse than dry, chapped lips – especially as a base for applying lipstick. To give a good canvas: apply lip balm, then using an old toothbrush scrub your lips lightly, finish by using a tissue to wipe away excess balm and any dry skin. Repeat every few days or as necessary!

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photo by: lenchensmama.
Ultimate Beauty Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil

Viridian Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil

The constant movement between the boiling hot outdoors and air-con cool indoors isn’t doing wonders for my skin, and I have especially noticed that my cuticles seem to be suffering!

I will admit to never really giving my nails too much attention. Short of visiting the spa/a salon for a manicure I usually leave them bare, obviously I trim and file them when necessary.

I was concerned about my cuticles and the skin around my nails though as it was becoming dry and slightly sore in places. I stumbled across the Ultimate Beauty Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil from Viridian which seemed like just the ticket!

Ultimate Beauty Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil

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Glamour LIB Box Review

I’m not a huge fan of beauty boxes, despite having signed up to Glossy Box and the like previously I have always felt disappointed at the products included. I always feel that I would rather have taken the £10/£12 to Boots instead and bought something specific.

But Latest in Beauty are different, you can see exactly what is inside the box before you purchase and therefore there are no disappointments!

The latest box in their array is The Glamour Beauty Edit, including products chosen by Glamour Magazine’s Beauty Director.

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