Essie Retro Revival Collection

I’ve used and loved Essie nail polishes for years now, with Mint Candy Apple remaining one of firm favourites till today. When I heard that Essie were celebrating their 35th anniversary I was so intrigued to find out if they were doing anything to mark the special occasion, and of course they were. They have launched an Essie Retro Revival collection, a collection of some of their first shades that were inspired by the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, where the brand was born. There were two shades from this collection that really caught my eye, Sequin Sash and Birthday Suit and I really wanted to share them with you today before the limited edition collection sells out (I hear they’re flying off the shelf pretty fast!)

Essie Retro Revival Collection

Essie Retro Revival Collection

Essie Sequin Sash

Essie Sequin Sash

Essie Sequin Sash

Essie Sequin Sash

Although I love glitter polishes, they are a bit of a hassle and also a little too much for daily wear, I was able to pull full on glitter daily when I was a little younger. However when I saw Sequin Sash I knew I found the hybrid polish I’ve been looking for. Sequin Sash is described as a ‘sheer glittery bronze shade with silvery flecks,’ and I would say that is quite an accurate description. But I think the bronze shade is more of a tint than a colour but it is so flattering on the nails. This nail colour somehow manages to make glitter very elegant and I’ve really fallen in love with this shade so much. It’s sheer, I needed to use about 3 layers for the above picture, but it dries quickly and lasts over a week so I don’t mind doing that. I can’t explain just how elegant it looks on the nails. I have a very special event coming up soon in my personal life (that’s as much as I can give away right now!) and I have already decided this is the colour I will have on my nails. It is just beautiful and I think it will work really well as a topcoat for lots of different colours as well. This is currently available at Boots and Superdrug for £7.99.

Essie Birthday Suit

Essie Birthday Suit

Essie Birthday Suit

Essie Birthday Suit

The second shade that really caught my attention was Birthday Suit, which is described as ‘delicate nude’, which is a shade I really craved for my nail polish collection, a semi opaque shade that wasn’t overly noticeable but gave you that ‘finished’ look. I personally like the visible nail line look, some don’t, but I do especially with the more nude toned shades so for me this shade is perfect. I applied three coats on my nails, you could use more to build up opacity but if you really wanted opaque nude nails then I would just use an opaque shade instead of this one. This looks so pretty under Sequin Sash, a perfect base shade for any topcoat. This too retails at Boots and Superdrug for £7.99.

 There are 6 shades in total in the Essie Retro Revival collection, I personally think I chose the best of the bunch, although Starry Starry Night (the glitter blue shade) looks more and more tempting each time I look at it.

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This collection is available until mid April, so if any of the shades have caught your attention I would say to snap them up quickly. I think Sequin Sash is the winner for me from the Essie Retro Revival collection, there is something really unique about that shade and pictures do not do it justice. Let me know what shade you would pick up. Tanzina x

NOTD: Elizabeth Arden Teal Blossom Nail Lacquer

I haven’t done nail posts in ages and recently I’ve just gotten back into painting my nails often again. You know what that means right, more Nail of the Day posts coming up. What I have for you today is another treasure from the Elizabeth Arden ‘New York in Bloom’ Colour collection. You can read more about the collection in a previous post here.

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The shade I have painted my claws with is called ‘Teal Blossom’, a gorgeous teal colour which comes in a duo. On one side you have the nail colour and on the other you have the top coat, a feature I absolutely love as it is perfect for travelling with – I’ve whipped it out on the train journey home numerous times!

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teal blossom elizabeth arden

teal blossom elizabeth arden

The consistency of the nail lacquer is really creamy and two coats is more than enough to create an opaque finish. The top coat provides a glossy finish and really more than anything it is the perfect duo to throw into your handbag and travel with. The colour is perfect for the transition between summer and autumn. I added a little accent nail but adding a little bit of silver glitter to the tip. I find the lasting power is pretty good too, it doesn’t start chipping until the fifth day or so which is quite impressive and it lasts even longer with my much loved Seche Vite top coat on top.

The duo retails for £14.00 and can be picked up from any Elizbeth Arden stockists. You can also pick it up online here.

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QVC Beauty Awards 2013: Best Nail Care Product

Hi lovelies! Today I have a really exciting post for you, I was given the chance to test and trial the top nail care products over at QVC to determine which product is a winner for me. I was extremely excited to have a chance to judge, mainly because I am always the judged and never the judgee (a word I just invented) and also because the products in the category would be what I would call the best of the best. I have tried them all in the past at some point and wanted to put them against each other and see what product comes up on top. Great selection QVC!

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In the category we have four products, the Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat, OPI Nail Envy Duo with the Original and Matte formula, Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit and finally last but not least Leighton Denny Crystal File Duo. All these products I had tried and tested before, some I needed to reuse and let it refresh my memory and others I was already using in my nail routine. I’m going to quickly brief you in with the products and share my thoughts on them before I reveal which stood out the most to me.

best nail care product 2013

best nail care product 2013

best nail care product 2013

The Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat (you can find it here), one of my holy grail items. No manicure is fully complete without this for me, it gives me the desired glossy finish and most importantly it really cuts down drying time for me. When I make minor bumps and nicks when applying polish, this smooths it out and really helps make it look more flawless. I’ve used it for so long, and as you can see I already have a back up at home while my current one is in use. One thing that really gets on my nerves though is that after a few weeks the formula isn’t as runny as it used to be, after using I’d say about 1/3 of the bottle. However the thicker consistency still works, that is until you hit the last 1/4 of the bottle. It becomes really gloopy and almost impossible to work with and I do have to give up and throw it away. However because the first 3/4 of the bottle worked wonders for me I keep repurchasing. There is apparently a thinner by Seche Vite that makes the last quarter usable but I’ve never tried it. Maybe I need to invest in it now! Also, another complaint I get from other Seche Vite  users is that this topcoat shrinks the polish underneath it so you get  some sort of shriveled polish underneath. I’ve heard that from many people and it may be down to luck and formula  but that has never happened to me. Touch wood! Regardless of its fault it is definitely a [ I cannot live without this ] kind of product for me. This trio retail for £18.75

best nail care product 2013

best nail care product 2013

The much raved about OPI Nail Envy Duo (currently out of stock), again a product I used before. Now I am blessed with rather strong nails that do grow pretty quick (double touch wood) but I have given this product a whirl previously. This works like a treatment for your nails, to help generate growth and make your nails less like to break. You use it by itself, or even under polish or over as a top coat. Now from my experience, yes it did make my nails feel slightly stronger, but not dramatically. It may be due to the fact that my nails were not that bad to start off with and thus the product couldn’t work to its full potential. Again I’ve asked and looked at other peoples experience with this product and I’ve heard quite a few glowing reviews. Many people who suffer from regular nail breakage and slow growth find that this works wonders, I wish I could’ve said the same. I would definitely recommend looking through QVC reviews on the OPI Nail Envy products to see if this might be suited to you. I’ve actually never used the Matte version before, and I have to say on short term benefits I am really impressed. I love the matte finish it gives to my nails, and as a treatment it would work really well as no one would be able to tell you have anything one. I kind of detest clear polish over bare nails so this is a great alternative. It works well as a base coat too!

best nail care product 2013

best nail care product 2013

best nail care product 2013

The Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Kit (you can find it here). Briefly, this is an at home gel nail polish systme that gives you salon results at home. Again another product I’ve tried and loved previously. I had my nails done by this same system early this year at the QVC Beauty Bash and was really impressed with the finish and lasting power of the manicure. The brand have many colours of gel polishes and essentially if you are a fan of gel/shellac nails you will actually save yourself a fortune by owning one of this babies. This currently costs £82.50, and considering a gel/shellac manicure cost £25 a pop at the least, 4 manicures would buy you this kit which you can get hundreds of uses out of. I don’t want to waffle on too much about this kit as I have written a more in depth review on it here.

best nail care product 2013

best nail care product 2013

best nail care product 2013

 

Finally we have the much coveted Leighton Denny Crystal File Duo (you can find it here), another holy grail item for me. Can you comprehend how hard it is going to be for me to find a winner?! This is my nail file of choice, as you can see from the images above, I already have a mini one in my nail stash and it really is the only file I use to file my nails. It is often described as the Rolls Royce of Nail Files and I really cannot disagree. It is the best nail file I’ve ever used, you are supposedly allowed to file back and forth with this without ruining your nails and has some great raving reviews on the QVC site. I couldn’t recommend this enough. It comes with a lifetime performance guarantee, I’ve used mine for over a year now and it works exactly like it did the first day I got it. I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy files again! This retails for £25.02 and worth every pretty penny.

AND THE WINNER IS…

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The Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Kit! Honestly this was a tough one, it was between Red Carpet Manicure, Seche Vite and Leighton Denny as I love each and every product and couldn’t be without them. Then it was Red Carpet Manicure and Seche Vite, then Red Carpet and Leigton Denny and then eventually I found the winner. The nail kit is absolutely amazing, I’ve currently got gel nails on and they are so smooth and glossy and chip resistant and I’ve gotten into a terrible habit of making people stroke my nails and copping a feel of them! I love how easy the kit is to use and also just how affordable salon quality nails are to get at home. My friends are very impressed with my nails and I’ve already offered some to come over and get their nails done too! (Yasmin, I know you are reading this!)

I’m intrigued to see who wins today over at QVC, for me it was a really close one between the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish kit and Leighton Denny Crystal File Duo, but the kit just pips the files to the post. I’m also rooting for my current favourite moisturiser, the Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream, to win best moisturiser and my favourite cleanser, Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, to win best newcomer. Fingers crossed! I hope you enjoyed today’s post, it is quite a lengthy one and I do like to waffle on. It is now 4.13 AM and I am heading to bed! Speak to you soon beautiful x

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Green Nails? Orly Coachella Dweller

I’m procrastinating by writing this post really I should be writing an essay for the 17th however here I am being a very bad student. You wouldn’t guess this is my very last year of education would you *cries*. However whilst I was taking a much needed break from writing essays I painted my nails while catching up on my billion programmes. I decided to experiment with a green nail polish and I loved it so much I had to blog about it.

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FACT: I have never worn green polish. Okay that’s a semi fact, I have tried it on but I have always hated it that I remove it within seconds of application. It’s just such a hard colour to make work, slightly witch like don’t you think. No scratch that, extremely witch like. Green talons are just a resounding no in my book, that is until now.

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 Even whilst in the bottle Orly Coachella Dweller was attractive to me, it’s quite a unique colour – a milky green green (not to be confused with mint blue toned green). Not something you come across often or see much of at all. Think about it, you get pastel blues, yellows, pinks but greens? That is rare, and I can understand why because it is so easy to get wrong. Some of you may know my favourite nail colour to wear is that mint green, think Essie Mint Candy Apple, Nails Inc Haymarket, and this seemed like a much more apple take on that shade. I had to experiment. Once on the nails, it’s true to colour and hands up I admit I even sniffed at my talons thinking they may possibly have that apple scent to them. I think it’s because the polish reminded me so much of the pastel green gel pens we had in school that were scented apple flavour. I’m tempted to go searching for those pens, I wonder if they still make them?

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It definitely takes three full coats to go opaque and I know what your thinking, that is so annoying! And yes, in an ideal world one coat should make all polishes fully opaque and drying time should range between three to five seconds maximum! I would love that too but if I do have to build up coats I want the consistency of the polishes to be like this one. As you paint one hand, starting from the thumb to your baby finger, by the time you paint the little finger the thumb is ready for another coat. I don’t mean it’s fully dry but it is more than dry enough to paint another coat on without it becoming gloopy and horrible looking. And the same goes for for the third and final coat which works out perfect for me as there is none of that waiting around for one coat to dry before painting on another. I finish the application with a slick of my beloved Seche Vite top coat and we are ready to roll.

I took these pictures FIVE days after painting my nails and so far so good. To be fair in general I find that Orly polishes last chip free for quite a while and of course what top coat you use also helps. Oh and that little dash of pink is also an Orly polish I used to add more oomph to my nails. It’s La Vida Loca but more on that later.

That is it for my green talon posts, I’m loving the polish and can see myself returning to it quite a lot this summer. I’ve had a few questions on the colour already actually which is impressive and I guess it’s just because its such an unusual colour so it grabs attention. The mention of Coachella is a big giveaway as you what collection this belongs to, it’s festival inspired and belongs to Orly’s Hope & Freedom fest collection. You can pick up here for £10.25 with a free Top2Bottom polish or you any Orly stockists. Sometimes you can shop around online and grab some great Orly bargains so if you can get it, do! It’s such a great colour and I’ definitely recommend it. 

Current Nail Obsession: Nails inc Haymarket

Hi lovelies, happy Tuesday (was meant to be Monday!) Funny how there is 5 whole days between Monday to Friday and only 2 tiny days between Friday to Monday right? Hardly sounds fair at all! Today I thought I’d share with you my current nail polish obsession, and a manicure look that I’ve just discovered. It really puts me in the mood for our non existent Spring season!

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I have recently come back from a beauty treatment day at Beauty Booker. I had my hair done and a facial!! However, it definitely made me realise it’s about time I get a bit of colour on my nails so I’ve come home and got my nail kit out. I’m not sure if you know by now, but my favourite nail colour to wear is a pastel mint. It’s the colour that makes me happy and I have a feature wall in my bedroom in a pastel mint simply because I loved the look of the colour on my nails. So when this little beauty from Nails Inc landed in my life I did a little mental dance and put it amongst my ever growing pastel mint nail polish collection. (Note to self: make post on that collection!)

Now in that pastel mint collection we have quite a range of polishes, from OPI, Essie to Avon and Bourjois Paris. Some of them are a lighter mint, others a tad bit darker and probably some pretty much the same. However I am not just saying this, this is the best quality one from the bunch hands down. I introduce you to Nails Inc Haymarket, the most opaque, perfect consistency pastel polish I have ever tried. I’d double underline that ‘best’ if I could.

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As you can see from the pictures, I created a gradient/ombre effect on my nails and left my ring finger fully coated in Haymarket. This was a late night spur of the moment nail polish application and I was so impressed with the results of just one coat of polish, I didn’t even bother applying another coat. I’ve been wearing this manicure out for a few days and I’ve gotten lots of compliments on it, and it didn’t chip! I took the pictures about three days into the manicure, it was much more glossy and shiny straight after the application and the next day.

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So to wrap it all up, I actually got this from QVC however I can’t seem to find the polish on their site. You can pick it up from any Nails Inc stockist or directly from their website here. The nail polish retails for £11. I have a feeling this duck egg colour is going to be very popular again this year, it seems to be appearing a lot in fashion forecasts for the summer. For those of you who love good deals like me I have great news. QVC have some amazing sets available with great savings like a mini 6 piece nail polish collection for under £15! I’ve had my eye on the Nails Inc Britannia Collection (below) since last summer and I think after I’ve uploaded this post it may accidentally find its way into my basket. You can view the huge range of Nails Inc products at QVC here and the great thing about QVC is that you can read all the reviews there too from customers, I spy a lot of 5 star reviews!

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That is it for today’s post, it’s super quick but I have a feeling this nail polish will be reappearing in a post real soon. This is only my first time playing around with the polish and I know I’ll keep returning to it. I may do a (neater) ombre look tutorial for you all so let me know if you would like to see that. So far, this is my favourite nail find of 2013! Hope the rest of your week goes as fast as the weekend did! Tanzina x