Kikos ready-to-go art nail patches


I really like these ready-to-go art coats for when you are in a hurry, as you can literally have cool looking nails in 10 minutes before you have to be out the door for an event. 
I Picked up a pack in the Kiko store after having looked at them online. I thought I had picked up the 03 Taupe lace, but actually I had picked up 302 Lace Cover by mistake. So when applying them, I realised they were transparent. Downside of this is that you have to use it with a nail polish as a background (tried it without, doesn’t look great), but upside is that you can choose any background for the lace affect, making it match to any outfit. I paired it with the Kiko polish in 303 Beige Chrome, which makes it a perfect parring with a simple black dress I think.


They are super easy to apply, they do take a bit longer than 10 minutes when you have to apply a base colour however, but the instant dry effect is still a life saver when having to apply just before leaving for an event. You can watch Kikos own video on how to apply them by clicking Here.

A few tips I have picked up during the years with these nail patch arts are:

  • Make sure to have completely clean nails before applying 
  • Flatten down the middle of the nail, then down the sides, helps prevent creasing.
  • Use a glass nail file to remove the excess, as it will make a smoother edge.
  • Use  top coat to cap the end of the nail, if your natural nail is prone to chipping.
  • And don’t forget to save the leftover nail patches, as they can always be cut to size and used as an accent nail effect.

Having worn them for a week, even though they didn’t really worked with all my outfits during the week, but I truly believe in testing a product out properly before reviewing. I have to say they still look amazing with no chips only a microscopical wear at the tips of the nails, so will say that these nail patch arts have truly lived up to what they claim to do, I am truly impressed.


Mia
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Dusty rose nail effect.


Not really into heart nail art for valentines day? then this might be for you. It is easy, quick and just that little bit different.
The effect and colour, reminds me of a dusty antique rose colour, perfect for a different kind of romantic look. I used two Kiko products, so this is also quite an affordable nail effect.
I have already written a post about the Kiko nail polishes, which you can click Here to read, on why they are one of my favourite nail polishes in my collection.
To achieve this effect I used Kiko nail lacquer in 372 Nude (becomes more of a rose colour than a nude when the Mat top coat is applied) and 3 in 1 Mat as a base and top coat.
You do need to pay a bit more attention while doing these nail though, as when you have applied the mat top coat, mistakes seem to be more visible. Also if you have very ridge nails, you might want to use a ridge filler base coat.
I just did one layer of base coat, two layers of 372 Nude and one layer of top coat, making sure I covered all of the nail lacquer, so you get an evenly mat nail effect.
I have worn this for a week now and like all of my past experiences with Kiko polishes, they are still chip free. The mat effect has been buffed off a bit at the end of the nail though, making that area a bit more shiny, that is all.


The nail lacquer is prised at £3.90 and the 3 in 1 Mat at £4.90.
For more information visit www.kikocosmetics.co.uk 

The perfect red nail colour.

This is quite possibly the perfect shade of red of any nail polish I have ever tried.
I have been having some difficulty in finding the right kind of red nail polish, as reds with a blue undertone suites my skin tone best, and it seems the trent at the moment, is more of an orangey-red. 
I find that most red nail polishes that have a blue undertone, is either to pink or to wine coloured. 
I did find a vibrant red in Kiko cosmetic though, nr.240, that is a very vibrant red with a slightly more blue undertone than yellow, and a close second to this one.
But the Marc Jacobs colour in Jezebel just ticks all the boxes of a perfect red for me, especially for autumn-winter. it is just the the perfect grade of vibrant, perfect shade with a slightly more blue undertone and has the texture that makes your nails feel very luxurious.


It is a very different sort of consistency than other nail polishes I have ever tried and it gives an almost sheer texture on the nails, and I did find it a bit difficult to apply. So do think this nail polish will require a bit of practise to perfect, to not make a mess or have streaks.


For lasting power I did find it on the low end of the scale, when applying it the first time without a top coat, it only lasted a few days, but I did manage to go 5 days before first chip with a top coat second time around. I do feel like this is the case with some high end nail polishes though. I can never wear a Chanel polish for more than a few days for example. But at the same time you just get a different dimension in those polishes, so I will say that for the effect and the colour, I don’t mind having to paint my nails a bit more often, as this truly is beautiful on the nails.


On a little side note, I did experience something quite funny while wearing this nail polish on a cold day out in London, it seems that the cold air or with the combination of warm gloves, I am not quite sure. The colour changed into a deep wine colour, but as soon as I had been home for a couple of hours it turned back into the original colour.


For more information on the nail polish visit http://marcjacobsbeauty.com/category/nail/enamored 


And to find out what is your perfect red, click HERE to read my post on finding the right colours for you. 

Current favorite high street nail polish


It was by chance I discovered KIKO Cosmetics, that is an Italian brand newly introduced to England.


I wanted to venture into wearing more colour on my nails, as I use to be quite boring in that area, and are still not completely comfortable with bright colours just yet. But it feels like such a shame to spend money on a nail polish if I actually didn’t like having more colourful nails. So when I walked by the KIKO store in Westfield last summer, and saw a big sign in the window saying nail polish £1.50, and behind that being able to see a wall of colours in store, I was drawn in. My initial thought was that I could try wearing colours I normally wouldn’t wear, and if I liked it I could buy the colour in a “better” brand. But little did I know that this little bottle would actually end up being one of my preferred brands.
I went home and painted my nails that same day, as you do when you get something new and exciting, and found them very easy to apply and that they gave a great 2 coat cover. I was even more impressed when the polish hadn’t chipped after a five days, so went straight back to stock up on some more colour before the offer ran out (though the offer ended up lasting all summer).



This summer the nail polishes are on offer again, this time for £2.50 (normal price £3.90), but still a really good offer in my book, as it is still the brand I reach for when I need a lasting colour. 

Check out www.kikocosmetics.co.uk for more information.

I will certainly be trying out more products from this brand, so watch this space for more reviews.