Category Archives: Nails

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review


Well I think I’ve said this before but one of my great missions in life is to find a gel like polish that lasts more than a day on me. I love my Shellac but can’t put up with the damage it does to my nails and the total pain in the behind that it is to remove. So far I have tried a few polishes with the gel colour and daylight curing top coat. I’ve had mixed results with the CND and Barry M versions. I wasn’t going to try the Sally Hansen version as I had heard very mixed reviews but one of the girls in work let me borrow hers to try it out before I made the investment.

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Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint

Barry M Daylight Curing Nail Paint

Barry M Daylight Curing Nail Paint

Well I have a few beauty missions in my life and one of them is to find a non-uv gel nail polish that lasts more than two days on my nails. I really admire people who can get 4/5 days out of nail polish, I’m lucky if I can escape the day without a chip. I have tried long wearing gel polishes from the likes of CND Vinylux but didn’t get incredibly long wearing results. I had wanted to try the Sally Hansen one but heard mixed reports so I decided not to face disappointment again.

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Christmas Nails!

It’s been ages since I’ve written a nail post! I have my work Christmas Party this week so I like to do a bit of festive nail art. I used lots of tape and glitter polishes from The New Black and OPI to get the look below. I also used star nail charms that I got in Penneys. Loving the Penneys nail range at the moment. This took me about an hour to do so it does take a bit of patience! What do you think? Do you have the patience for nail art?
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NOTW: Models Own Polish for Tans – Shades!

I know it’s September but I am not quite letting go of the summer feeling yet. I had been lusting after the Models Own Polish for Tans collection all summer but couldn’t seem to find them anywhere! I was over in England and I spied one left on a stand and it was the Shades shade.This is a gorgeous pink toned neon. It goes on totally opaque in two coats, I know this will be fab on toes as well but that may have to wait until next summer. I really want to pick up the Beach Bag shade in this range as well. The polishes cost €7.65 but are really worth it if you want a final hit of summer!

Models Own Polish for Tans Shades

Models Own Polish for Tans Shades

Models Own Polish for Tans Shades

Models Own Polish for Tans Shades

 

NOTW: Sleek Loves Gel Nails – Revolver

Well you might have noticed that I recently got a bit carried away in Superdrug and bought one product too many. I don’t regret buying this one though! Sleek have a new range of gel effect polishes and they are very pretty. As we’re heading into Autumn I bought this neutral taupey grey shade called Revolver. The colour goes on totally opaque in two coats. It’s not as shiny as other gel polishes I’ve tried but it does have a lovely finish and it lasts really well. I’ve had it on three days with no sign of wear yet. This polish cost me £4.99 (€6.30) but I think it is good value for the quality of the polish.

Sleek Loves Gel Nails Revolver

Sleek Loves Gel Nails Revolver

Sleek Loves Gel Nails Revolver close up

Sleek Loves Gel Nails Revolver POlish

NOTW: Pink and Brocade!

Well In case you haven’t heard me blabbing on this week I am on two weeks holidays from work! I’ve of course had to do some holiday nails. I decided I’d use the Essence Gel nails at home kit because it’d last me a bit longer and I can just peel it off. I use any polish with this system just fine, it doesn’t have to be an Essence polish. For the look below I used the pretty Essie Romper Room polish with the Maybelline Brocades polish in knitted gold as an accent nail. I really like this look, what do you think?

NOTW Brocade

CND Vinylux Review

CND Vinylux Polish Tropix bottles

I have wanted to try this product for ages and ages! I finally got my act together and picked up a bottle of this at the nail bar in the Jervis Centre. Vinylux is a new long lasting polish system from the creators of Shellac CND. I’m a fan of Shellac but don’t like the effect it has on my nails so Vinylux sounds like the perfect solution for me. It promises to last 7 days without a chip but it’s not a traditional gel polish so you don’t need to use a UV lamp with this.

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NOTW: No7 Gel-Look Shine Polish Fuschia

There has been a plethora (big word for a Friday) of gel type nail polishes launched over the last year or so. I picked up one of the No7 ones recently with one of my many many Boots vouchers. This shade is called Fuchsia, it photographs more red for some reason but it’s pinker than the photos show.  I really love the colour of this but I’m not convinced of the gel look of it. If anything I found the polish to go a little dull after a day or so. It goes on really easy in one coat and is a pretty colour but if you’re looking for thick looking gel shine, there are polishes that do this better, like the most brilliant gel topcoat in the world that I spoke about on Monday here. Also at €9.99 they are not the cheapest but if you have a money off voucher they’re definitely worth it.

No7 gel look shine polish bottle

No7 gel look shine polish

Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer, Seche Vite Dupe?

Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Coat

Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Coat

I was recently reminded of the brilliance of this when one of my favourite bloggers Vicki from Lets Talk Beauty was singing its praises. Essence have only recently launched in the UK so the ladies over there are only getting to appreciate the budget amazingness that is Essence. One of my favourite products from Essence and one of my favourite nail products overall is their Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer.

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NOTW: Models Own Southern Lights

This has nothing to do with the nail polish but I am obsessed with seeing the Northern Lights, it’s been on my bucket list for years! So because of my obsession I really wanted the Models Own Northern Lights nail polish but unfortunately it was out of stock when I was placing a 50% off order online. So I opted for the next best thing… Southern Lights! This is a fine holographic glitter polish in a sheer grey toned base. It looks very sheer on its own so I think it really comes to life when used over a base colour. I used a baby blue polish underneath this and I think it really makes the glitter pop. I used two coats of glitter for this look. I wouldn’t normally wear glitters in the summer but I think this is very pretty when it catches the sunlight. What do you think? You can pick up Models Own polishes in bigger Boots stores for €6.

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