Peggy Sage Nail Polish

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I got these Peggy Sage nail polishes from my You Beauty Discovery box. I hadn’t tried anything from Peggy Sage before, so I was interested to try them. The colours are No. 751 Nude Poudré from the Nude Collection and No. 756 Sunny Sweetie from the Summer Collection.

Nude Poudré is a gorgeous colour. It makes my nails look really long, even though they are quite short and broken at the moment. It works like white in that respect, but its more like a champagne colour, or cream with a hint of cappuccino. It isn’t streaky or hard to build up like a lot of pale nude colours. It is now a firm favourite for work.

Sunny Sweetie is another beautiful colour. It’s a lovely coraly pink, which looks really Summery and is really flattering on your nails. Again, the quality of the polish is really good.

All in all I was so pleased with these polishes, and it’s an example of how beauty boxes can introduce you to some really amazing products you’ve never heard of.

Essie Cute as a Button and Play Date

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These are the first Essie polishes I have bought. I always thought they were a bit expensive for nail polish, even though I adore the amazing bright colours in the range.

I finally took the plunge and went for these stunning polishes:

Cute as a Button is an adorable, vibrant coral colour. It’s absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer and it’s really versatile.

Play Date is a deep lilac. I don’t think you can go far wrong with lilac, it looks great on everyone.

I’m so impressed with the quality of these polishes. They are super easy to apply as they have nice, wide, flexible brushes. The polishes are fast drying and really pigmented. Just two coats will give you a deep, even colour. I’ve also found the polishes to be quite long lasting. They don’t seem to chip very easily, which is a miracle for me.

Essie has the most amazing range of bright colourcoloured polishes, so I will definitely be looking at getting more now!

July 2014 Favourites

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I’m a little bit late on favourites this month, so apologies for that, and without further ado, here’s what I have been loving through this lovely warm July we’ve had in England!

Midi rings – I know I’m really late to the party with this one, but I spotted these adorable little midi rings in Dorothy Perkins the other day and I decided to take the plunge. I’m not sure why, but I think they are a super cute edition to a Summer outfit and I love how delicate and feminine they look.

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Gold – I didn’t think anything could drag me away from my beloved L’Oreal True Match blush in True Rose, but I’ve been reaching for this more and more recently. I intend to write a full post on it shortly. It adds a beautiful shimmer to your cheek bones, and it has a little pop of rosy colour which gives a beautiful healthy glow to the cheeks. I find it works perfectly well by itself and I don’t need to use blusher with it.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream – Since the weather has been warmer, I’ve been using this lots instead of foundation. It gives a really light, healthy, natural look.

Mac All Fired Up lipstick – I’ve pretty much fallen in love with this lipstick. It is one of the best quality lipsticks I’ve ever had; I can eat and drink and still barely need to reapply. It doesn’t smudge or bleed, even though it’s a dark, vibrant colour. It doesn’t need a lipliner and is super easy to apply so its perfect for Summer wear.

Essie Cute as a Button nail polish – I bought my first Essie polishes the other day and I’ve been really enjoying them. Cute as a Button (adorable name) is my favourite so far. It’s the perfect Summer coral colour. It’s really good quality and long lasting.

Top 5 Summer Nail Colours

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You’ve seen my top 5 Spring nail colours, so now it’s time to discuss my top 5 Summer nail colours. They are the top 5 polishes I have here with me at the moment; I probably have a lot more in my collection at home.

Collection Hot Looks No. 28 Hip Hop – Can you get any more Summer than this incredibly bright, bold, fun orange colour? A couple of coats gives a really nice effect and it’s pretty long lasting too.

L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Polish in No. 602 Perle de Jade – I completely adore this polish which is why it’s pretty much the only nail polish I have written a full blog post on. Perle de Jade is such a gorgeous colour that looks great on everyone.

Mavala No. 55 Dakar – You can’t beat a bit of pink in the Summertime. I would prefer to show you a gorgeous hot pink like Seventeen Supreme Shine in Poncho Pink, but unfortunately I don’t have any with me. This pink colour from Mavala is still pretty though because it has such a nice shimmer in it, and it looks lovely on toes especially.

Mavala No. 115 Sand Rose – This is my absolute favourite nail polish at the moment. It’s a pearlescent, shimmery pastel coral colour, if that makes sense, and it just looks amazing. It would look especially fabulous if you have tanned skin. Mavala polishes are exceptionally good quality too. I love them!

Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours Nail Polish in Popcorn – Before you run away screaming, I think yellow nails are easier to wear than most people think. This warm sunshine yellow is especially versatile, more so than a lemony yellow.

 

Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover

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I bought the Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover when I was staying in a hotel in London. I wanted something cheap, transportable and not messy. It is basically a big sponge full of nail polish remover inside a plastic tub. You stick your finger inside the sponge (sounds weird no matter how I try and say it) and twist the pot around a few times. When you take your finger out the polish is all removed.

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 Note me modelling the kind of chipped polish you’d remove with this!

 I was very sceptical about this and really didn’t see how it could work because it often takes me a good deal of scrubbing with a cotton pad and nail polish remover to remove polish when I have several coats on. I was absolutely amazed by how quick and easy and most importantly effective this was. It literally only took three of four turns of the polish to take it all completely off and when removing red polish there was no residual staining. I will be using this every time I travel.  I would definitely be very tempted to use it on a more regular basis than that, but I don’t know how long it will last it if I use it all the time. If you’ve used this or something similar let me know.

L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Polish in No. 602 Perle de Jade

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I don’t normally do posts on individual nail polishes, but I am making an exception for the L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Polish in No. 602 Perle de Jade because I really love it!

I bought this while staying in a hotel in London. My polish got all chipped and horrible so I popped to Boots to get nail polish remover. While I was there, I had a look at the normal make-up stands and I saw this polish. I was so in love with the colour that I bought it and tried it the same day; it’s a gorgeous pastel green colour, which reminds me a bit of Mint Candy Apple by Essie. I think this is just the perfect colour for Spring and Summer.

I had never tried a L’Oréal nail polish before, so I wasn’t sure to expect. The brush is nice and wide which helps with ease of application. Apparently the brush is one of the selling points of the polish, because it’s specifically designed to apply the colour easily and evenly. The polish itself isn’t particularly opaque on the first coat, but one or two more coats gives a gorgeous, flawless finish. The polish lasted really well; I didn’t see any chips for a good few days. Apparently this is because the polish has a built in top coat.

I know that the polish is very small, but I kind of like that, because it makes storage easier and you can travel with it. I know it might make some people think they haven’t got value for money, but I think the quality of the polish itself ensures that.

I think I will definitely be trying more L’Oréal polishes now. Any colour recommendations?

 

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle

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I have tried three or four different Sally Hansen nail treatments over the last few years. I get through a lot of it because I am very bad at taking good care of my nails. My last bottle went thick and gloopy so I found myself in the nail aisle of Boots.

I never know how to decide which one to buy. They all sound different but the same as well, if that makes sense. I picked this one partly because it promised length and partly because it had a pretty gold bottle!

The Nailgrowth Miracle is for soft, thin, bitten or damaged nails. You apply a coat to thin dry nails every other day. You can also use it as a base coat under coloured polish. It dries super quickly, which is great.

You should see an improvement in the strength and hardness of your nails. The polish also promises up to 30% longer nails in 5 days.

I’m not sure that I saw that length in 5 days, but after a week there was a definitive improvement. After 2 weeks my nails are much longer and I am having to file them down. They also feel a little stronger, although still weak around the edges. They are prone to snapping and I suspect only magic would cure that.