I can’t imagine there are many people who haven’t yet heard of magnetic polish but for the benefit of those who haven’t, magnetic polish looks and applies just like a normal nail varnish, the difference being you can add a pattern to your nail using a magnet built into the lid.
Nails Inc. released a couple of colours not so long ago, a silver and a purple, and the two newest additions are Whitehall, a teal, and Kensington Palace, a raspberry and I was sent Whitehall, the teal to try out.
I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t sure I was going to like the finish as I think on some of the blog posts I’ve seen it look a bit like the nails were deformed…but like crackle polishes beforehand, I think this is one those products you have to try out yourself.
Clearly I do not have the knack with these, instead of lovely waves I have blobs where it’s darker! I need to practice more as having seen these on other blogs I know the fault lies with me.
There are two things I especially wanted to mention, the first thing is that the wear on this polish was excellent, lasting me over 4 days, I removed on day 5 with a little tip wear. The other thing is that theres a lovely iridescence in the polish that really isn’t evident in the pictures. It adds a depth that is really pretty.
The Nails Inc. Magnetic Polishes are £13 each and £1 of from the sale of each polish is donated to the youth charity The Princes Trust. The Princes Trust gives practical and financial support to 13-30 year olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law and helps them develop key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation with great success.
Available from http://www.nailsinc.com/
I watched Gossip Girl twice. Hated it, never watched it again. As such I couldn’t tell you who the flip Serena is nor can I get excited about the Gossip Girl involvement in this polish collection..what I can get excited about is FLAKIES. My very first flaky polish. Sure I could have bought that Gosh one but I didn’t like it because I don’t like how most flakies are orange and green (which incidentally is what the Lily Collection from this Gossip Girl collaboration looks like for those who are struggling to get hold of Gosh Rainbow). This is a flaky polish and black creme polish for layering and the flaky polish is BLUE! yay!
Ok so the first thing I want to mention is that “swatch” on the packaging which I personally don’t think does the duo any favours, it looks almost like a crackle polish, not the wonderful flaky effect it actually is.
Let’s have a little look at the bottles.
Seriously, how gorgeous! I’ve been waiting for this. The black cream polish is called Serena and the “overglaze top coat” is called It Girl. And here’s how they look together.
Pretty no? I found the black a little patchy on one finger, but with a bit of care you could fix that and the top coat is gorgeous, subtle but striking at the same time if that makes sense. To be honest though, as great as the combination is I can’t wait to try It Girl over some other colours… green perhaps? Blues? The possibilities are endless and gorgeous.
So that’s the Serena Collection, I’ve also mentioned the Lily Collection which is a Gosh Rainbow type colour “overglaze” over a black with plum overtone base, the final one has to be my absolute favourite, not that I’ve seen it in the flesh, but go and have a look at the beautiful Blair at Pandora’s Nails. WANT!
These Gossip Girl sets are £20 and out now!
I’m a shocking nail artist. I can’t do it. I really just can’t! I thought Orly’s Instant Artist might be just what I was after. Alas I’m still quite shockingly bad at nail art but these have helped make me a bit better. The following pictures were taken a few weeks ago now when I first got these and I must say I’ve improved a fair bit.
Firstly the brush. Long slender and perfect for doing zebra or tiger stripes.
They are water based so you can easily remove mistakes which is great. I also find that if you have gel manicures or Shellac for example, these are perfect, they just wipe off until sealed with top coat.
Here are a couple of shoddy attempts!
I used the Black Striper and the dotter tool for Chloe’s little lady birds 🙂
The dotter tool is FAB. I did this with my Artistic Colour Gloss a couple of weeks ago and I loved it!
The Instant Artist Colours are a not too Shabby £5.80 and the Dotter Duo Tool is approximately £7.
Available from www.lookfantastic.com
Love love love my dotty nails!
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
It’s fair to say that many of us bloggers are over the whole concept of crackles. I’m not overly concerned about seeing another creme crackle but I must say I was quite excited to be able to try out the newest version from China Glaze, Crackle Metals. Sufficiently different enough for me to want to give them a go and pique my interest.
L-R: Haute Metal, Latticed Lilac, Oxidised Aqua, Platinum Pieces and Tarnished Gold.
Haute Metal with no top Coat.
Oxidised Aqua, Platinum Pieces, Tarnished Gold and Crackle Medallion.
I just wanted to do a little post this evening to pat myself on the back!
As you all know I’m in the process of starting up my mobile nails business and my worst fear came true when I had a client book for a french manicure. Now I can’t do french manicures, or rather, I can do them on myself and I’m happy with them, but they are by no means perfect and there’s no way I could charge for them. I’ve literally spent hours and hours practising and I do mean hours, about six hours over the weekend and numerous odd hours here and there… with no consistent results. One would come out perfect, the next three would be wobbly and I’d make a mess tidying them up, then the next one would be great, the next awful and so on… so imagine my horror when I get a booking (only my second!) for a Gelez French Manicure.
Gelez is a soak off Gel polish that lasts up to two weeks with no chipping. It’s ultra glossy and protects your natural nails beautifully.
So I had a rare day today without the kids so I got all my kit out and sat here for a good couple of hours working on my own nails and I think I finally did a good enough job to charge for. I’m so pleased with myself! It’s not perfect by any means but it is without question the best I’ve ever done. I was so pleased I even got a bit carried away and threw on a few Swarovski crystals for good measure!
EDIT – I forgot to say, this would cost you £50 in Harrods!
I was recently sent two packets of Nail Rock Nail Wraps to try out and I have to admit I was pretty excited as I’ve been meaning to try these out for ages but never quite gotten round to it!
For the uninitiated, nail wraps are essentially stickers for your nails. They come in a wide variety of gorgeous designs. Are designed to last your a couple of days maximum and come of easily.
The first of the two sets I decided to try were Gold Lace on White.
What you get is a sheet of stickers, enough for four and a half hands in a vaiety of sizes and these looked very pretty and glamorous.
OPI Nail Apps. I saw these over at http://www.lenawhite.co.uk/ a week or two ago and I must say the certainly piqued my interest. Nail Apps apparently make nail art easy and come in 12 designs. You choose the sizes closest to your nail sizes, trim the width if necessary, rub to warm the stickers and then smooth onto clean dry nails, filing off the excess. Sounds simple!
I’m loving the look of Skulls, Tigress, Steps, Magic Garden, Jump and Crazy Daisy. They look gorgeous and they are available now (http://www.lenawhite.co.uk/). My only reservation is that they are £13.80 per pack and claim to last 1-2 days when applied properly which seems very expensive for something so temporary. I think curiosity will get the better of me though and if I do cave in and get some I’ll report back on what they are like, but at that price they’d better be amazing!
I saw the Andrea Fulerton Nail Tattoos first over at http://www.londonbeautyreview.com/2010/10/review-andrea-fulerton-nail-tattoos.html ages ago! I made a mental note to get them. It’s taken months but I now have two of the three designs.
It was really the skull and crossbones I wanted, I grabbed the key and padlocks thinking they’d be good for a valentines manicure.
It’s been a while! I dragged out the old Konad kit the other day to have a play, had one failure but I really liked this one. I chose the fishnet design from the Konad M57 plate. I didn’t want it to be obvious though so I chose two similar colours, China Glaze Naughty & Nice and the Red Special Polish. I love the effect!
And under a flash?
I love this, I’m going to work on more Konad designs that are subtle like this. It probably means I need more Special Polish colours…oops!
I just had to show you this because… well because it just looks so awesome! Two thin coats of the beautiful Orly Lunar Eclipse with a coat of OPI Black Shatter top coat (out in Jan), and a quick slick of Seche Vite to finish. Stunning!
So, I never got hold of the Barry M crackle top coat, for those of you who did, how does this compare do you think? Is it worth the extra money?
I’m wondering what combo to do with it next! I love it much more than I thought I would.