Favourite spring polishes

Spring nail polish favourites 2014

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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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A very naughty haul!

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I went a bit shopping mad this past week and ended up with this little lot!

First of all the scarf…….. I love the contrast of the grey and bright pink…….. absolutely perfect for spring! I picked this up in Primark for £4!

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Next up is this beautiful nude lipstick. I have been looking for the perfect nude lip but all the ones I have tried haven’t hit the mark, whereas this colour is perfect. This is from L’Oreal Paris’ Color Riche Collection Privee in the colour Doutzen’s Nude. It is the perfect nude that is not too brown but not too pink!

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Boots had 3 for 2 so I also picked up this Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme Mascara! I accidentally picked up the waterproof version and I am so disappointed with this mascara. After I had applied two coats my lashes barely looked different to having no mascara on. Maybe the non-waterproof one would be better!

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The last item I picked up from Boots 3 for 2 offer was this L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique concealer in Light. I didn’t think that this concealer had very good coverage but I like it for applying over another concealer to highlight the under-eye.

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I have always wanted to try Physicians Formula but it is not normally available in the UK. However, I discovered this in TKMaxx. It was the only product they had by this brand but I am so glad that I found it. The bronzer is lovely and surprisingly it isn’t too orange for my pale skin and the blusher is a lovely coral colour. This product also has the added benefit of having a mirror and small brush underneath. I am definitely looking forward to trying more products from this brand!

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I picked up some more Invisibobble hair bands. I have these in the yellow and they are amazing. They do not dent your hair and they prevent getting tight hairs when your hair is up! If you wear your hair up often then definitely check these out!

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Beautybay had an extra 10% off over easter weekend so I picked up these two summer colours. The pink is from the Brazil Collection and is ‘Kiss Me I’m Brazilian’. The purple is ‘You’re such a Budapest’ from the Euro Centrale collection! These are both must have colours for spring/summer and have a fantastic formula!

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Last but definitely not least, Nails Inc had an 8 piece special collection for only £20……. I couldn’t resist!

From L – R (Top) : Hay Hill, Weighhouse Street, Providence Court, Adam’s Row

From L – R (Bottom) : Palace Gate, Beaufort Street, Kensington Square, St Catherine’s Dock

There is not one colour in this collection that I am not in love with! They are all beautiful colours with fantastic formulas so keep your eyes peeled for some NOTD’s using these beauties!

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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: Essie Find me an oasis

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This beautiful colour is Essie’s ‘find me an oasis’ from their resort fling 2014 collection

This is a pale blue and has a slight sheer finish so I applied 3 coats for full opacity

I think that this is my favourite nail polish colour EVER!!!

This colour would suit any skin tone and would really pop on a darker skin

If you want the perfect pastel then this is the colour to go for!

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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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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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True Liquid Gold!!!

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As is pretty obvious from the title, this post is about the cult product that is Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold!

I had been wanting to try this product for a long time, but the claims made seemed too good to be true!

This product claims to restore a golden glow to the skin, as well as helping with hyper-pigmentation, acne, fine lines and large pores!

I have been using the product for a couple of weeks now and can say that I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. I apply it every other night after cleansing. When I apply it I do not feel any tingling, but when I wake up in the morning my skin simply looks healthier. It is difficult to pin-point exactly what it has done to my skin, but there is a noticeable difference. My skin appears smoother, blemishes are reduced and my skin simply glows.

This is a good nights sleep in a bottle!

I am completely hooked on this product!

I will 100% be repurchasing this item in the larger size!

If you want a good skin day in a bottle then this is the product for you!

It costs £31.50 for 100ml

Nails Inc Garden Party Collection

This has to be the most perfect collection of colours I have ever purchased. If i could make my own nail polish then they would look like these.

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This collection was £22.75 from QVC.

Here is the link: http://www.qvcuk.com/Nails-Inc-4-Piece-Garden-Party-Collection.product.203395.html?sc=203395-DRIL&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-57-_-203395

GOOD NEWS nails inc are now on QVC in the US, so they may have very similar collections.

These colours will be available individually on Nailsinc.com from may, so if you dont want the whole collection then you will be able to get your hands on the colours.

The set contains three cream shades and one glitter.

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Bloomsbury Way

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Grosvenor Gardens

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Holland Park Gardens

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Pembridge Crescen

The best thing about this set is that all of the colours compliment each other, so I used the glitter on accent nails.

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The glitter is made up of tiny green and gold glitter, and chunkier pink and lilac glitters.

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 This is a sage green with a nude base. Perfect for spring/summer.

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The brighter pink is Campden Hill Road from another set, but the pale pink is from this set.

This whole set is perfect for spring/summer 2013 but are also colours that will not go out of fashion anytime soon.

This is the perfect set for people new to nails inc as you can mix and match the colours without worrying that they wont compliment each other.

Brilliant value! Brilliant quality! Brilliant colours!