I’m procrastinating by writing this post really I should be writing an essay for the 17th however here I am being a very bad student. You wouldn’t guess this is my very last year of education would you *cries*. However whilst I was taking a much needed break from writing essays I painted my nails while catching up on my billion programmes. I decided to experiment with a green nail polish and I loved it so much I had to blog about it.
FACT: I have never worn green polish. Okay that’s a semi fact, I have tried it on but I have always hated it that I remove it within seconds of application. It’s just such a hard colour to make work, slightly witch like don’t you think. No scratch that, extremely witch like. Green talons are just a resounding no in my book, that is until now.
Even whilst in the bottle Orly Coachella Dweller was attractive to me, it’s quite a unique colour – a milky green green (not to be confused with mint blue toned green). Not something you come across often or see much of at all. Think about it, you get pastel blues, yellows, pinks but greens? That is rare, and I can understand why because it is so easy to get wrong. Some of you may know my favourite nail colour to wear is that mint green, think Essie Mint Candy Apple, Nails Inc Haymarket, and this seemed like a much more apple take on that shade. I had to experiment. Once on the nails, it’s true to colour and hands up I admit I even sniffed at my talons thinking they may possibly have that apple scent to them. I think it’s because the polish reminded me so much of the pastel green gel pens we had in school that were scented apple flavour. I’m tempted to go searching for those pens, I wonder if they still make them?
It definitely takes three full coats to go opaque and I know what your thinking, that is so annoying! And yes, in an ideal world one coat should make all polishes fully opaque and drying time should range between three to five seconds maximum! I would love that too but if I do have to build up coats I want the consistency of the polishes to be like this one. As you paint one hand, starting from the thumb to your baby finger, by the time you paint the little finger the thumb is ready for another coat. I don’t mean it’s fully dry but it is more than dry enough to paint another coat on without it becoming gloopy and horrible looking. And the same goes for for the third and final coat which works out perfect for me as there is none of that waiting around for one coat to dry before painting on another. I finish the application with a slick of my beloved Seche Vite top coat and we are ready to roll.
I took these pictures FIVE days after painting my nails and so far so good. To be fair in general I find that Orly polishes last chip free for quite a while and of course what top coat you use also helps. Oh and that little dash of pink is also an Orly polish I used to add more oomph to my nails. It’s La Vida Loca but more on that later.
That is it for my green talon posts, I’m loving the polish and can see myself returning to it quite a lot this summer. I’ve had a few questions on the colour already actually which is impressive and I guess it’s just because its such an unusual colour so it grabs attention. The mention of Coachella is a big giveaway as you what collection this belongs to, it’s festival inspired and belongs to Orly’s Hope & Freedom fest collection. You can pick up here for £10.25 with a free Top2Bottom polish or you any Orly stockists. Sometimes you can shop around online and grab some great Orly bargains so if you can get it, do! It’s such a great colour and I’ definitely recommend it.
Hi lovelies, happy Tuesday (was meant to be Monday!) Funny how there is 5 whole days between Monday to Friday and only 2 tiny days between Friday to Monday right? Hardly sounds fair at all! Today I thought I’d share with you my current nail polish obsession, and a manicure look that I’ve just discovered. It really puts me in the mood for our non existent Spring season!
I’m not sure if you know by now, but my favourite nail colour to wear is a pastel mint. It’s the colour that makes me happy and I have a feature wall in my bedroom in a pastel mint simply because I loved the look of the colour on my nails. So when this little beauty from Nails Inc landed in my life I did a little mental dance and put it amongst my ever growing pastel mint nail polish collection. (Note to self: make post on that collection!)
Now in that pastel mint collection we have quite a range of polishes, from OPI, Essie to Avon and Bourjois Paris. Some of them are a lighter mint, others a tad bit darker and probably some pretty much the same. However I am not just saying this, this is the best quality one from the bunch hands down. I introduce you to Nails Inc Haymarket, the most opaque, perfect consistency pastel polish I have ever tried. I’d double underline that ‘best’ if I could.
As you can see from the pictures, I created a gradient/ombre effect on my nails and left my ring finger fully coated in Haymarket. This was a late night spur of the moment nail polish application and I was so impressed with the results of just one coat of polish, I didn’t even bother applying another coat. I’ve been wearing this manicure out for a few days and I’ve gotten lots of compliments on it, and it didn’t chip! I took the pictures about three days into the manicure, it was much more glossy and shiny straight after the application and the next day.
So to wrap it all up, I actually got this from QVC however I can’t seem to find the polish on their site. You can pick it up from any Nails Inc stockist or directly from their website here. The nail polish retails for £11. I have a feeling this duck egg colour is going to be very popular again this year, it seems to be appearing a lot in fashion forecasts for the summer. For those of you who love good deals like me I have great news. QVC have some amazing sets available with great savings like a mini 6 piece nail polish collection for under £15! I’ve had my eye on the Nails Inc Britannia Collection (below) since last summer and I think after I’ve uploaded this post it may accidentally find its way into my basket. You can view the huge range of Nails Inc products at QVC here and the great thing about QVC is that you can read all the reviews there too from customers, I spy a lot of 5 star reviews!
That is it for today’s post, it’s super quick but I have a feeling this nail polish will be reappearing in a post real soon. This is only my first time playing around with the polish and I know I’ll keep returning to it. I may do a (neater) ombre look tutorial for you all so let me know if you would like to see that. So far, this is my favourite nail find of 2013! Hope the rest of your week goes as fast as the weekend did! Tanzina x
Hi beautiful! I recently attended the QVC 2013 beauty bash and although I was too much in a rush to take pictures to share with you all, I did discover a new fascination/obsession/lust/can’t-live’without product that I am in absolute love with. I’ve never had my nails done at a salon, I’ve had it done at events but the world of acrylic/gel nails was on I hadn’t tapped in to and to be honest I was rather afraid to venture in to. I just thought they would be harmful to my strong healthy nails and I was more than competent enough to paint my own nails perfectly fine. Well today’s product completely solves that problem for me and let’s me discover gorgeous long lasting shiny nails from home.
I introduce you to my gorgeous red nails and the Red Carpet Manicure brand. Red Carpet Manicure, it is basically a at home gel manicure set and makes the process of getting gel nails of extremely good quality really easy.
The Red Carpet Manicure works really simply, literally 2 base coats, colour and top coat and after letting the UV light cure after each coat in 45 seconds you are left with dry, shiny nails that don’t chip and last for weeks. I promise you it really does last as I myself was rather sceptical especially being a newcomer. I had these red nails done on the 23rd of January. I have took these pictures late evening on the 6th of February they were looking pretty impressive. I can’t wait to paint my toes with this gel system, I hate repainting them after they chip and this looks like it will solve my problems for a long while.
I was lucky enough to have my nails painted by the beautiful Katy Rose, however I was able to paint my thumbnail myself just to get an idea how easy it is to apply. And I can report back and let you all know it is super super easy, just the same as painting normal nails. Really makes the idea of spending £30+ on getting it done in salons rather ridiculous. The nails last for absolute ages, the glossiness and shine last forever and as long as you let the UV cure the polish properly it remains chip free!
(You can see I didn’t let my little pinkie finger cure properly under the light – my fault!)
Now where can you get hold of this kit and polishes I hear you ask. Well, a really easy place actually that has lots of reviews on it so you can see what other people are saying about the brand and their thoughts on the home system. QVC! I love QVC as you guys are probably realising especially because I can read lots of reviews, and of course return if I don’t like what I receive Red Carpet Manicure have some amazing 5 star reviews on QVC already and currently they have this amazing set (amazing value) for sale :
This kit is retailing for £90.75 HERE and contains all this:
1 x professional LED lamp – features timer function, cool light technology, long-lasting bulbs and an AC power cord adapter
2 x Purify Pre and Post Application Cleanser (59ml)
1 x Prep Max Adhesion (9ml)
1 x Structure Base Coat Gel (9ml)
1 x Brilliance Seal and Shine Top Coat Gel (9ml)
1 x Revitalise Nourishing Cuticle Oil (9ml)
2 x Erase Gel Nail Polish Remover (59ml)
2 x removal kits – contains 20 foil sheets and foam removal pads
3 x Red Carpet LED Gel Nail Polish (9ml)
1 x accessories kit – cuticle and buffing stick, three strips of adhesive buffing tabs (30 intotal), emery board and 10 orangewood sticks
1 x instructional DVD
1 x instructions leaflet
You also receive a choice of 3 polishes, a French manicure set or a pretty purple pink set, I personally would go for the French manicure set because I hate how quickly I manage to ruin French manicures especially as they take much more effort than painting normal nails. The price also is so appealing because if you paid that much at a salon you’ll probably only get gel nails applied 3 times whereas here you can get it applied over and over and over again. You get the idea.
I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s quite nice how the blogging world has helped me discover new brands and I hope I’m helping you to as well. I definitely will be purchasing this little kit because I love all things pampering and I think this will be amazing for when girls come over to my house, we can have a little salon up and running from my bedroom! I’ve got every thing else covered, just needed nails and I’ve got that option too now. I will definitely be doing a post on Seche Vite for you too, I’ve had a few requests on that already from you all and I’ll try find more information on that. Until next time, take care and if you want to see more of Red Carpet Manicure, take a look here