Zoya Nail Polishes, Big 5 Free Formula.

I was so excited to try this, probably the thing I was most excited to try in my eco friendly march trials, but I am not sure I am a convert just yet unfortunately.
I had heard about Zoya nail products before, but I didn’t actually realise it was one of the non toxic brands, so when seeing it in whole foods, I just had to try it out for this month. The whole foods I was in didn’t have a great colour selection, so I went home and found some more colours online. 
I had purchased the base coat, a half size nail polish in the colour Neely and the nail polish remover from the brand. I was going to buy the top coat as well, but I just felt like I would end up using to much money on a brand I didn’t know that well. 

I had to try this three times before it worked somewhat.
First time using it, I applied one coat of base coat and two layers of polish and found it quite difficult to apply. It was quite late in the evening when I applied it and had gone to bed a few hours later, just to wake up the next morning with marks in all my nails from the duvet cover and examining them closely there was a few tiny chips as well.
Next day I took it off in the morning and applied the base coat and polish like the day before, but on one hand I applied a layer of my normal top coat. I was working on the computer all morning, so this time it got 4 hours of drying time, but I still felt it was a bit tacky and ended up working like a princess to not ruin my nails (but who has time for that right?!). Next morning it was the same, my nails was filled with marks on both hands and again some tiny chips.
So I tried again, this time with no base coat and no top coat, just two thin layers of the polish and it worked a lot better and was a lot easier to apply. It was dry about 30 minutes after applying, though still a tiny bit tacky for about an hour.
I have had it on now for 5 days and no chipping, but I has gotten quite a few marks in the nails (as you can see in top picture) and on two fingers some of the polish has melted a bit when the touching the side of a hot kettle.
Plus because my nails are quite ridged I found that when just using the polish on its own, the ridges stood out more.
Now I don’t know if it had been better if I had gotten the top coat, if maybe you need to use the series together?
I love the colour though, like a dusty mint colour and the fact that it doesn’t have a horrible smell, not even the nail polish remover.
Now the nail polish remover is just amazing, I don’t think I have ever used a more efficient nail polish remover, removing polish in one swipe and the packaging is just genius. Did find it a little bit drying on the nails though, but nothing major.

After trying it out and not being super happy with the result, I went online and read a few reviews and it seems like most people love it, so I don’t know if it is just my polish there is something wrong with or the formula just doesn’t work for me. Have you ever tried Zoya polishes?


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.



Effect top coat from Formula X for Sephora

I did a review on the Formula X for Sephora back in December, click Here to read, but I had sort of forgot about the impulse buy, the Effects top coat in Chaotic that I had also bought from the line, so thought I would do a quick review on it now.
I don’t normally go for effect top coats, actually you will rarely see me with anything other than a plain colour on my nails. I don’t really know why, because I like effect nails or nail art on others, but when it comes to my nails I am just very plain an boring I suppose. So why I picked up this effect top coat from Formula X, I don’t really know, I must have been sucked in by the whole loveliness off it all I suppose. But I clearly didn’t think rationally when picking this up, because in my head I thought it might give a cool effect on the black colour I picked up from the line as well…….I know, clearly a malfunction in my makeup brain, as obviously when their is both black and white dots in it and actually mainly black ones, it won’t really show up on top of black base. It still gives an effect, but just wasn’t what I had in my head.
After having tried it out on black polish, I just sort of put it in with my other nail polishes and forgot about it. But then seeing a picture of a chunky gold glitter top coat on a nude nail polish, it gave me an idea and as you can see from the picture this is the result.

Despite not being a big nail effects person I kind of like this nail effect, it sort of reminds me of sixties art for some reason.
I am not sure I like the little straight confetti that are in there, I sort of wish it was just different sized dots, but never the less I still like it. 
I layered it with the starter system also from Formula X and on top of BarryM Gelly Hi Shine in Lychee.
The staying power is just as good as the black polish I bought from the range, actually a bit better, in that if you get a chip, you can’t really see it in the camouflage of the dots.


Romantic pampering for one

So today is Valentines day and I am going to be sitting alone tonight as my husband is working. Now we don’t really celebrate Valentines day in a big way anyway, but for some reason it sort of feels wrong not to celebrate it a little bit despite being alone. Kind of like when I was on the couch alone being sick this new year, it just didn’t feel right to waist a perfectly good celebration.
So I have come up with a plan for tonight to have an evening of pampering, so if you are alone this evening or having a girls night, this might be for you. But don’t let this be just a pampering night on valentines day, make sure you always make some quality time for your self, because if you are not nice to your self, then why should other people be.

Now I am still trying to be more healthy, so I have found a few snacks that are still a treat, as no good pampering night is any good without treats, but these are just a bit more on the healthier side. I will be having Booja Booja ice-“cream” that is a good alternative to dairy ice-cream, that is organic, soy and gluten free, made without refined sugar and taste incredibly yummy. There might also be a few of BeyondDark chocolate buttons involved in tonights pampering…….or not might, there will be! (read more about them by clicking Here).

That is the treats sorted out, now on to the pampering part of the evening. 
I have planned:
A relaxing bath with The Eco Bath London, Muscle and joint pain Epsom salt bath soak, this stuff is so good and really relaxes all my muscles and my back, making me very relaxed.
Apivita, express beauty with pink clay mask, with is a gentle cleansing mask. 
A few candles and dimmed light is a must to get really relaxed 
And to keep hydrated and taking care of beauty from the inside, a green lemonade, click Here for recipe.

Time for  pyjamas 
Followed by Origins Drink Up Intensive mask, for ultimate hydration 
Then a little pampering manicure with my No.7 polishes in the colour Beanie. This is actually one of my favourite high street nail polish brands, as the base coat and top coat make the manicure last a long time, the brushes are rounded making them easy to apply, and the Beanie colour is the most used colour during winter, as it just seems to go with everything.  
My current favourite hand cream from Raunsborg.

For tonights entertainment, I have picked out 3 of my favourite romantic movies to choose from, Amélie, Chocolat and Roman Holiday. They are all perfect if you are having Valentines alone, because it all involves women who are independent, but who finds love, might be in different ways, but love non the less.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentines day.

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. 

Formula X for Sephora

On our resent trip to the states, I did a bit of shopping in Sephora, click HERE to see haul post.

One of the things I was really excited about was the Formula X for Sephora nail polishes, as had never heard about them before, turned out they where a completely new thing, just arrived in stores while we where there.

I got the set just before flying back to the UK, so didn’t have time to try it out before leaving, which i am so sad about now, as I wish so badly I had gotten a lot more colours.

This is quite possibly the most amazing nail polish system I have ever tried, it is so incredibly easy to apply, dries almost instantly, stays super shiny and last so long on the nails, that you almost think you are wearing gel nails.

The pictures above was taken on the day on applying and 7 days after, and as you can see there is only a little bit of chipping on the pinkie and a bit of wear at the end of the nails. But what is even more amazing, is that I had been doing renovation work on the house in that time…..can you even believe it.

The starter system consist of 4 bottles, a nail cleanser, that pretty much just dissolves any grease there might be left on the nail and that might make the polish chip of easier. I was a bit worried that this might be very drying for the nails, but I didn’t feel that in any way after having removed the polish a week later.

A base coat that is not only suppose to protect the nails and have nutrients for the nails, but also works as a strong adhesive to make the nail polish stick to the nail better.
A nail polish colour of your choice. 
And a super glossy top coat, that gives your nails that almost gel shine and helps the nails dry a lot faster.

I am only so unbelievably gutted that I didn’t get more colours, as this truly is such an amazing nail polish system.

for more information visit www.sephora.com/formula-x-for-sephora

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.