Favourite spring polishes

Spring nail polish favourites 2014

From L – R

NAILS INC ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS | This is a beautiful minty blue colour with a cream finish and was from their 2013 spring collection

OPI YOU CALLIN ME A LYRE? | This is a beautiful pale pink colour with a semi sheer finish. This was from OPI’s New York City Ballet collection. This gives the nails a beautiful healthy and natural look

NAILS INC NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL | This is a true bright yellow colour with an opaque finish. I am not sure which collection this was from

NAILS INC HOLLAND PARK GARDENS | This is a beautiful pale green with a cream finish. This was from their garden party collection and is simply beautiful

OPI KISS ME I’M BRAZILIAN | This is a new favourite for me which is a hot pink with a slightly nude undertone which makes it much more wearable than  neon. This is from OPI’s latest Brazil collection

ESSIE FIND ME AN OASIS | This is a beautiful pale blue with a  semi sheer finish, however you can make it opaque in 3 coats. This is from Essie’s Resort Fling collection which is spot on trend

NAILS INC MAYFAIR LANE GEL EFFECT | This is a pale pink in a gel effect finish. This is a beautiful all year round colour with a fantastic high-gloss finish

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Nails Inc Floral Effect

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Nails Inc recently launched their Floral effect polish for spring. This is a clear based glitter polish with large flower pieces in it. This colour is called Chelsea Embankment Gardens and has pale pink and white glitter particles with pink, yellow and blue flowers.

This was difficult to apply as the brush doesn’t always pick up a flower but the effect is lovely for spring and really brightens up a manicure.

I would definitely recommend picking one of their floral effect polishes up as I have not seen any other polish like it on the market! Good job Nails Inc!!

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NOTD Nails Inc Park West and Highbury

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I paired Park West and Highbury by Nails Inc which were from my latest purchase from Nails Inc

I could not take a photo that did this manicure justice

Highbury is a beautiful glitter top coat made up of white, gold and pale pink glitters

It gives a beautiful feminine edge to the manicure without being too over the top glittery

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Nails Inc bargain

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Last week Nails Inc had an offer that was too good to resist: 8 polishes for £20. There were three different collections. There was the collection that I purchase which was the more pastel/neutral option, there was a brights collection and there was an in-between collection with bright pastels. All three collections were beautiful but I chose this collection as it was the only collection where I didn’t own most of the colours.

From L-R (top row): St Catherine’s Dock, Park West, Highbury, Little George Street

From L-R (bottom row): Chelsea Green, Fitzroy Road, Holland Park Gardens, Holland Park Avenue

*The only colours I already own in the set are Holland Park Gardens and Holland Park Avenue, however the set was still a steal for the 6 polishes for £20 as this works out at just over £3 per polish. That’s even cheaper than drugstore polishes!!!

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St Catherine’s Dock is a cream nude pink with a lilac undertone. It appears much paler in real life than in the picture

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Park West is a pale off white colour with a hint of grey

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Highbury is a glitter top coat consisting of white bar and circle glitters, pale pink hexagonal glitters and gold multi-shape glitters

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Little George Street is a powder blue cream polish. It is appearing much darker in the photo than in real life

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Chelsea Green is a silver base with black and silver small glitter particles

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Fitzroy Road is a nude brown-toned peach cream polish. It has a slight dusky pink undertone

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Holland Park Gardens is a very pale olive green cream polish. I already own this polish and I have to say that it is one of my all time favourite nail polishes across all brands

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Holland Park Avenue is a rich warm brown cream polish

Some of the colours in the collection are available on nailsinc.com but I am unsure as to whether some were limited edition colours or are to be released soon

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NOTD: Barry M Lychee

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This is from the ‘Gelly’ range from Barry M.

I only own a couple of colours from Barry M because I have never been particularly impressed by the brand in the past. However, I keep noticing people’s nails and they are wearing these gelly polishes from Barry M, so when they were on 2 for £6 in tesco I thought that I would give them a go.

I picked up this nude colour called Lychee and a powder blue called Huckleburry.

I applied my usual base and top coat and two coats Lychee and I have to say that I was very disappointed. The application seemed uneven, and I’m not exactly a novice with nail polish. Once the polish had dried I had bubble in it, which I do not get with better quality brands.

The colour is lovely, however the finish is very disappointing!

*A quick note on the price –> although these normally retail at £3.99 which is at the lower end of the nail polish market, I find this to be a complete waste of money as I will not be wearing this polish again, so I would much rather pay £11 for a polish that I can use many times with a flawless finish!

Heart Nail Art

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I did this manicure for valentines day but it is cute enough to wear any day!

The colours I used are:

– Nails Inc Totes Pink (limited edition in Instyle magazine)(Pale pink)

– Nails Inc Leonard Street (Hot Pink neon)

– OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (White with blue/grey undertone)

– Barry M Pink-Silver Glitter

I applied 2 coats of the pale pink on all fingers except for my ring fingers, on which I applied the Barry M glitter (I had to do 4 coats for full coverage)

I then used a small dotting tool with the neon pink to draw small hearts at the edge of the nail. I draw 3 dots in a triangle and then join them up

For the heart on the ring finger I used a heart punch and sticky tape strips. I punched a heart in the sticky tape strip and applied this to the nail once the glitter polish was completely dry. I painted over the tape with the white polish and let it go tacky before removing the tape

I finished the manicure off with a coat of Kensington Caviar Top Coat by Nails Inc. I always use a top coat but it is especially important when doing nail art as not only does it prevent chipping but it makes the finish look much smoother and professional

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February Nails Inc Haul

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I have been waiting for months for the arrival of the nails inc gel effect top and base coats. I read about them in a blog in 2012 and have been desperate to try them ever since. They finally arrived on the nailsinc website so I didn’t wait a second before ordering them and luckily I was not disappointed.

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The top and base coats are £12 each, however I have noticed that QVC has a set including both of them as well as three mini polishes for around £19. The top coat dries just as quickly as the Kensington Caviar top coat (which has been my ‘go-to’ since I discovered it over a year ago) and is just as shiny. The main difference is that the new gel effect top coat smooths the nail which gives the ‘gel effect’ look! Definately my new go-to top coat.

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The next product I ordered was the Bling it on Leather and Skulls set.

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This set is £19 and, although it has been on sale since december, I have only recently been able to get it from NailsInc as it has been constantly sold out. The kit contains the black leather polish, 4 diamante skulls, nail glue and an orange stick.

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I watched the YouTube tutorial from NailsInc which shows you how to use the kit. The polish alone looks amazing. I already had the red leather effect so was already addicted to leather polish and the black wasn’t a disappointment. The only problem that I had with this kit was deciding which finger to put the skulls on as they look fantastic on every finger. I settled for my thumbs as I thought that they would get in the way less. I have seen many reviews arguing that the skulls are not practical, however I disagree. I have had them on for 3 days now, they are still firmly in place and have not prevented me from doing any usual day-to-day things. This is a fantastic kit and great value for money.

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The best thing about ordering from NailsInc directly is that if you spend over £25 you get a free gift. On most other websites to qualify for a free gift you have to spend considerably more. The free gift that I received was three mini polishes in: Colville Mews, Landsdowne Crescent and Richmond Terrace.

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Another haul from NailsInc that did not disappoint.

Keep up the good work NailsInc.