Rita Ora for Rimmel Nail Polish in Lose Your Lingerie

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There’s not much I can say about this polish. It’s a white toned baby pink polish, I think is a good shade if you want a pink but not a sickly, girly pink because it’s got  strong white base. Like Pillow Talk, there is a shimmer in the bottle but it doesn’t translate on the nails. Unlike the other two I have, I found this a little thick and gloopy but I just took care to make sure I painted two really thin layers.

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Rita Ora For Rimmel Nail Polishes

Rita Ora for Rimmel with title

A few weeks ago the collaboration between Rita Ora and Rimmel went on sale and I immediately went to my local to find the three polishes I had my eye on. There are about twelve polishes in the collection but there was only three I really wanted. Pillow Talk is a beautiful baby blue shade which is perfect for spring. Lose Your Lingerie is a gorgeous baby pink with a lovely shimmer running through it. Breakfast in Bed a lovely green toned mint shade. The polishes are part of the 60 Seconds range, I think they are pretty fast drying, I haven’t timed it but they do dry really quick and the brush is a wide brush like the Salon Pro range.

Over the next few days I’m going to post the pictures of the polishes on my nails because I’ve worn them all know. The polishes are currently on offer for £2 on ASOS, the normal price is £3.69 and they’re one 3 for 2 in Boots.

The Nail Clinic #1

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I’m obsessed with all things nail related. I’ve always loved nail polish but I’m also really interested in keeping my nails and cuticles healthy and strong. I’ve tried countless nail products so I’m always keen to give suggestions on products so yesterday I asked twitter if anyone had any questions or wanted any product recommendations for a post. Here are the questions and some product recommendations. FYI – these are all products I’ve used and I thought were good but everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you.

@emsypickle  and @life_looks wanted some advice on how to strengthen nails and prevent flaking.

My absolute favourite product for strengthening nails in OPI Nail Envy Original. I know its really expensive but I started using this a few years ago when my nails were really weak and breaking a lot. After I started using, I noticed results after about three weeks, my nails were stronger and they never broke or peeled and I felt they grew faster. I also think using a nail oil helps because it’s hydrating the cuticle and helping the nail while it grows.  My favourite nail oil is OPI Avoplex which is also really expensive but a bottle lasts for ages, I’ve had mine for about a year and there is still lots left.

http://www.boots.com/en/O-P-I-Original-Nail-Envy_12618/

http://www.boots.com/en/OPI-Nail-Treatments-Avoplex-Nail-and-Cuticle-Replenishing-Oil_1037978/?CAWELAID=427061258&cm_mmc=pla-_-google-_-PLAs-_-PLAs+-+All+Products&kw=%7Bkeyword%7D&cagpspn=pla

@mypaleskinblog and @louiseisloving wanted something to prevent nail polish from chipping.

I have a few tips for preventing nail polish chipping. Firstly, before you paint your nails, wipe the nail with nail polish remover (acetone-free but not containing conditioning properties or oils) even if you’re not wearing anything because it will remove any dirt and oil from the nail plate. Secondly, the best type of base coat is one which dries matte because nail polish grips better to a matte surface than  a shiny one. My favourites are Orly Bonder which is a rubberised base coat which adheres the polish to the nail. I use this almost every time I paint my nails and I can get about five days without a single chip. Another good base coat is the CND Stickey Base Coat which also dries matte. Also when you are painting you nails, paint each layer very thinly because thick layers of polish are more likely to chip off.

http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/creative-nail-design-stickey-base-coat.html

http://www.lookfantastic.com/orly-bonder-basecoat-18ml/10551524.html?utm_source=googleprod&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=gp_nailcare&affil=thggpsad&switchcurrency=GBP&gclid=CM63uOnQ_bwCFaQfwwodtGUArw

@delight00 wanted some tips on how to treat dry cuticles.

Cuticles seem to be a  real issue for a lot people, @beautycrowd noticed a lot of people wanted information on looking after cuticles and which oils to use. Most people want nice, moisturised, tidy cuticles and its really easy to achieve. I don’t have good cuticles naturally, I really have to look after them so I have lots of advice and recommendations on this topic. The best way to look after cuticles is using an oil day and night or as many times a day as you can. My favourite cuticles oils are OPI Avolplex and CND Solar Oil. Both intensely moisturise the cuticle and prevent hangnails and help the nail grow stronger and quicker.  If oils aren’t for you or you find them too messy, I recommend the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This is a little tin of products which can easily be applied on the go and it isn’t sticky or tacky. Also using a hand cream really helps the cuticles. Each time you apply hand cream, massage the cream into the cuticle. If dry cuticles are a real problems and nothing seems to be helping, I resort to massaging a little bit of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream into my cuticles before bed.

http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/creative-nail-design-solaroil-cuticle-oil.html

http://www.boots.com/en/Burts-Bees-Lemon-Cuticle-Cream-15g_52134/

@deborahhzeberaa was looking for some recommendations for brittle nails.

Brittle nails are a nightmare but there some tips and tricks to get your nails back to health again. Firstly, there are some things you should avoid e.g. buffing nails with a buffer, using any form of nail enhancements like gels or acrylics. Using a hand cream and nail oil regularly will really help, again I recommend OPI Avoplex and for hand cream, I really like the Defence Cream for Hands and Nails. One of my favourite treatments for brittle nails is the Mavala Nailactan which is used just at night. I think this works best being applied to bare nails. Secondly, a good nail strengthener like OPI Nail Envy or more specifically the formula for dry and brittle nails.

http://www.mavala.co.uk/nails/nail-products/nailactan

@auroradustblog asked for some recommendations how on to make to nails stopping splitting and just grow.

I know I must sound like a broken record but OPI Nail Envy and OPI Avoplex Oil with a hand cream.

@Dannielle_js wanted some tips on nail polish staining despite using a basecoat.

Some people’s nails are more prone to staining than others but there are some things you can do to help. Mavala do a few products for staining and yellowing. The Double Base is formulated to prevent the polish touching the nail and therefore stop staining. I use this when I paint my toenails. Mavala also make a Lightening Mask with a nail brush which is designed to get of the dead cells on the nails and the cuticles, you apply the cream and leave for a few seconds before buffing it off with the nail brush provided. I used this a while ago when I used a really dark polish and it left nails in a but of a mess.

http://www.mavala.co.uk/nails/nail-products/nailactan

http://www.mavala.co.uk/nails/nail-products/mavala-002-double-base

What do you think of this type of post? Is it something you want to see again? Do have any questions I can include in another post?

Scallop Heart Nail Art

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As we’re getting closer to February 14th, I thought I would post another Valentine inspired nail design. It’s quite easy to achieve, you’ll need a red nail polish and a nail art pen or a striping tool. I used two coats of Nails Inc. St James for the red base. Once the red polish was completely dry, I drew the heart and the scallop trim with the Barry M White Nail Art Pen, I think this is the easiest way to draw precise shapes. I really recommend the Barry M pens, the tip is a perfect shape and size and they don’t dry out instantly.

What do you think?

Models Own Hypergel in Lilac Sheen

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I’ve been a fan of Models Own nail polishes for a long time and recently they launched a range of gel polishes and I’m always looking for super glossy nail polish. To celebrate the launch, there was 50% off everything on the website so I obviously had to buy a few things (really I mean lots and lots of nail polishes). I love lilac nail polish, I have more lilac polishes than I would care to admit but it’s a shade I love and I wear regularly. This is a lovely lilac shade with a white base so it’s almost lavender. The formula is fantastic, the finish is super shiny (the picture is without a topcoat) and I wore this for five days without any chipping. It paints really nicely, it’s not thick and gloopy like some gel polishes, it has the same consistency as a normal polish. I’m really hoping they’ll add more colours to the range because I can see myself buying more!

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MO Lilac Sheen with title

Did you take advantage of the Models Own Sale? What did you pick up?

http://www.modelsownit.com/products/new/lilac-sheen-hypergel.html

Monochrome with Lilac Nails

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Over the past couple of days I’ve rediscovered my nail dotting tools. If you want to get into nail art, I can’t recommend dotting tools enough, they make it super easy to get a pretty pattern on your nails and I love how dots look on the nails. I don’t think much needs to be said about this design. I used Rimmel’s black nail polish, Model’s Own white polish and Barry M’s Berry Ice Cream for the lilac dots.

What do you think? Do you look dotty nail art?

 

Valentine’s Day Nail Art

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If you feel like dawning some nail art for Valentine’s Day, here is a quick and relatively easy design. I used Barry M Gelly polish in Dragon Fruit, it’s a lovely bright, baby pink shade. I drew the love hearts on the nail using the Barry M Nail Art pen in white.

What do you think? Will you be wearing Valentine inspired nail art on February 14th?

Clinique Nail Polish in Concrete Jungle

Clinique Concrete Jungle nail polish beige nude nails senstive skin

I’ve officially banished my autumnal shades in favour of more nude shades. Recently, I’ve became obsessed with beige and grey polishes, I don’t know why but I’m loving these polishes right. Concrete Jungle is a grey/beige polish with a white base I think looks really chic and understated. A little note about Clinique polishes, I struggled to find reviews about the quality about the polishes so I thought I would mention it. Theses polishes do not chip, I’ve wore this shade for five days without a chip, I think that’s pretty incredible. The finish is glossy and they paint really easily without any streaking and the formula isn’t gloopy. Perhaps the best thing about Clinique polishes is the range is designed for people who are allergic to the normal polishes so now everyone can enjoy nail polish. Even if you’re not allergic to regular polish, I really recommend trying these polishes, the quality is amazing and the shade range is great.

http://www.boots.com/en/Clinique-A-Different-Nail-Enamel-for-sensitive-skins_1324926/