Nail Varnish Collection

Hey guys! For a really long time now, I’ve enjoyed painting my nails. Whether I’m doing an intricate nail art design, or just an all over colour, I think that doing your nails can be incredibly theraputic and really change up your look and mood.

So naturally, through my love of doing my nails, I’ve acquired quite the nail varnish collection. I am quite happy with the size of it, and I’ve definitely found my favourites through growing my collection.

This post is quite picture-heavy, so I didn’t want to do an in-depth review of every single shade, so instead I’ve just listed the brands and shades, and I’ll do in-depth reviews of any particular brands that you guys would like to read, just let me know in the comments which ones you’d like me to review.

So here we go! IMG_2458Rimmel London: Oragina, White Hot Love, Black Cherries, Lose Your Lingerie

Lose Your Lingerie, Hot & Spicy, Ring A Ring O’ Roses, Urban Purple, Sunshine

IMG_2460Miss Sporty: Check Matte

New Look: Coral, Multi Coloured

Matalan: Deep Pink

George: Sherbert Fizz, Pink Glitz

Chanel: Camélia

Lancôme: 342B

Essence: NudeIMG_2464Rio Professional Nail Art KitIMG_2469Revlon: 802, 07, 33, 06

Collection: Big Hair, Siren

Chit Chat: Glitter CollectionIMG_2474Matalan: Blue Steel, Twilight, Golden Sun

Collection: Starlight

Rimmel London: Shirley Temple

Collection: French Manicure Pink

No7: Shimmer Nude

NYC: Park AveIMG_2475Claires: Galactic, Metallic Purple

Collection: Stardust

Rimmel London: Gold Save The Queen

2 True: 09

Primark: Blue

Makeup Revolution Pastels Kit IMG_2479Barry M: Vanilla, Watermelon, Plum, Grey, Ballerina

Essie: Virgin Snow, Shall We Chalet, Haute TubIMG_2482Collection: White Out, Lilac Daze, Red, Rose Chic, Dusty RoseIMG_2485W7: 24, 38, 28

I also have my Kelly Brook Collection, and nail care items that I haven’t included, but if you’d like to check them out, you can HERE and HERE.

Thank you so much for checking out my nail varnish collection, let me know which shades are your favourites!

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Ultimate Guide To Nail Care

Since I found a love for nail art, I also discovered how important it is to have a proper nail care routine, because with applying varnishes to your nails on a regular basis, it can make them weaker and prone to breaking, if you’re not giving them the proper care that they need.

A huge part of doing your nails is obviously removing the varnishes once they begin to chip, or just when you want to change the colour. This is where a lot of the damage can occur to your nails, because nail varnish removers contain alcohol, and this strips your nail of its natural oils, and therefore leaves your nails dry, brittle and highly prone to breaking.

So after a few years of trial and error, I’ve finally found a perfect formula for keeping your nails strong and healthy, even if you regularly paint them.Healthy Nails 2Cuticle Oil | Over time, I’ve learned of the importance of replacing any oils lost both on and near your nails through repeatedly subjecting them to varnishes and nail varnish remover. If you go to a nail salon, you’ll notice that after you’ve had your nails reshaped, and the polish removed, you have something called a cuticle oil painted across your unpainted nails, and massaged into your cuticles, and base of your nail. This step is essential for keeping your nails hydrated as they grow out, and it also helps keep your cuticles healthy and moisturised.

Nail Primer | This next step is another essential if you like your nail varnish to last. By using a proper nail primer, it can extend the length of your varnish by roughly a week! Most people like to use a base coat, which is helpful for keeping colours put, but they add a shine to your nails, which can mean that after a couple of days, the varnish can begin to peel away, as the combination of a base and top coat acts as a double-sided layer that essentially ‘traps’ the varnish, and results in it peeling away from your nail. The difference with a nail primer is that it goes on like a regular base coat, but it then dries matte, meaning that whatever colour you apply on top of it is absorbed by this layer, and it’s held by the nail, instead of being suspended on top of it.

2 in 1 Varnish | If you can’t find a nail primer, and you find that your base or top coat isn’t enough to keep your nail varnish put, it might simply be that they aren’t compatible. Instead I would also recommend using a 2 in 1 varnish because it works as both a base coat and a top coat, so it keeps your varnish from budging.

Nail Hardener | If you find that even with all of these recommendations, your nails are still quite prone to breaking, it could be down to your diet, so while trying to pinpoint how to improve your nails, a quick fix is to use a trustworthy nail strengthener, and paint that onto your nails before and after applying a colour.


Those are my top products for improving the condition and longevity after painting your nails. I hope you guys enjoyed it, and it’ll help you out!

Do you find painting your nails to be more of a chore, or a relaxing treat?

Barry M Nail Varnishes

I’ve loved doing my nails for years now, whether I’m doing some kind of nail art, or just painting them, there’s definitely something therapeutic about doing your nails. Obviously over the years I’ve found brands that work and last, and brands that I might not enjoy so much.

Since I first used a Barry M nail varnish, I was really impressed with them. So today I’m just going to quickly run you guys through the reasons why I love this brand!

The bottles themselves are actually a really good size. I know you don’t usually see this type of thing mentioned at all when it comes to reviewing nail varnishes, but we’ve all had nail varnishes that we absolutely love, but they might only have 2 or 3 entire applications in them. I’ve also found that these bottles last really well, meaning that the product doesn’t dry up after a month or two.IMG_2112The product is also really well pigmented, which means that one coat is deep enough to wear alone, making the product last even longer than most varnishes.

Once your nails are painted, this does dry relatively quickly, but not super fast, as the very outer edges and the centre can still be tacky until roughly ten minutes after application, so you’ve either got to be very careful and patient for 10 minutes, or run your nails under a cold running tap for 2 minutes, before you can do anything else.

These varnishes are also surprisingly longwearing, even when compared to other brands that can boast ‘up to 10 days wear’. I’ve found that when 2 coats are evenly applied, these nails varnishes can last for just over a week.


That’s all for my quick run through of some of the reasons I really like Barry M Nail Varnishes, have you guys tried these before? Let me know in the comments what your favourite shade is!

BLOGMAS Day 24 // Lady Writes Secret Santa

Hey guys! As we’re nearing the end of blogmas, I thought I would share with you all my experience with a bloggers secret santa!

So this year the lovely Lady Writes hosted a secret santa, and I couldn’t wait to get involved! Not only did I get paired up with a brand new blogger to discover and learn all about, but it meant that I would get an adorable little package from another blogger too!

So here’s what I got from my blogger secret santa! IMG_0425This card is just too adorable. I love that it’s fun and playful, and not your average Christmas card, so we’re already scoring the highest points, Santa.IMG_0419The gifts themselves are all so incredibly thoughtful and exactly what I love! Naturally, the selection of face masks immediately made me the living embodiment of the heart-eyes emoji. I’m a real sucker for face masks, and I recommend them to everyone, so having some more to add to my collection is amazing.IMG_0421Next there’s a real wink towards my love for doing my nails/nail art. Santa really got it right here too, the Maybelline Colour Show duo is actually something I’ve never seen before, but I am obsessed with them. And the Nail Design DIY Stamp Kit is so unique, I can’t wait to play around with it and put some new designs together.IMG_0422I cannot tell you guys how long I’ve wanted a slim perfume that fits perfectly into any bag, be it a backpack or a clutch, and not take up a ridiculous amount of room. This Pure Blush perfume is what I’ve been looking for, but could never find it for myself, again Santa, you’re amazing. Plus it smells so pretty and lightly floral, it’s a definite favourite scent of mine.IMG_0423And finally, something I never would’ve picked up for myself, but I actually love it quite a bit. This St Tropez body lotion is tinted, but washes out, so if you’re going on a night out, but don’t have time/don’t want to commit to a spray tan or a sun bed, this is perfect for you! It gives you an all over glow and is actually really moisturising! I can’t believe how much I’ve grown to enjoy it!

I was so excited to get involved with this secret santa, and the whole experience really was so exciting and fun, I can’t wait for next year to participate in even more!


That’s it for what I got from my Lady Writes Secret Santa, you can check out her blog HERE, I’d like to quickly thank her again for hosting something so fun and exciting, and I’ll see you guys tomorrow for the last day of Blogmas!

BLOGMAS Day 20 // Christmas Nail Art

I’ve loved nail art for years now, so naturally whenever an occasion comes around, I like to have multiple options for what I can do with my nails. So today I’m showing you guys 4 of my top picks for nail art during the festive/party season!

IMG_0285I think this design is geared towards someone who wants to dress up their nails, but doesn’t want to go overboard with an intricate or cutesy design. This look is definitely more toned down and sophisticated.

All you have to do to achieve this design is paint your nails with a base coat, then apply whatever colour you’d like, wait for that to dry, then apply a top coat, and once that’s dry as well, using a glittery nail polish, just apply one single sweep in each direction on the tips of your nails.

IMG_0296This design might be my favourite Christmas one of all time! I love the a classic cherry-red at this time of year, and with the Maybelline Colour Show ‘Let It Snow’ set, you can add a sprinkling of snow over the top! Obviously you can switch up the base coat to your favourite colour, or whatever matches your outfit/accessories, but I love this classic look.

All you need to achieve this design is the Maybelline Colour Show set. Simply paint your nails with the base coat, wait for it to dry completely, then add the top coat, and you’re done!

IMG_0303A Christmas classic for me. Every year I like to break out the candy-cane nails at some point, so here they are! I love this design because it’s so cute and kitschy, looks amazing and impressive, but takes no time at all!

To achieve this look, you need a quick-drying white colour, I used the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine polish, wait for it to completely dry, then with a red/pink nail art pen/fine brush, sweep across your nails in straight lines to achieve the look of a candy-cane. Try to alternate between thicker and thinner lines too.IMG_0304.jpg

And finally, if you want to express your love for the holidays, but you aren’t overly confident when it comes to painting your nails/doing nail art in general, then at this time of year there are always glue on nails that you can try out! This design is really cute, and takes about 5 seconds to glue a nail on.

These nails were from Primark, and were only £1!


That’s it for my Christmas themed nail art choices for this year, let me know which design is your favourite!

BLOGMAS Day 16 // Christmas Themed Nail Polishes

WELCOME TO BLOGMAS DAY 16! Today I thought I’d take you guys through my favourite nail varnish shades for this time of year/the festive season in general. So here are my top picks for nails at Christmas time!BLOGMAS Christmas Nail Polishes (1)BLOGMAS Christmas Nail Polishes (2)Maybelline Colour Show | Let It Snow | This little duo kit is so perfect for this time of year, because you get a gorgeously festive red, and what may be one of the greatest inventions in the realm of nail varnishes: a snowy top coat. Of course you can switch up the base coat to whatever shade you like, but this top coat is amazing, turning your nails into a gorgeous snow flurry.BLOGMAS Christmas Nail Polishes (3)Barry M | Gelly Nail Paint | I love these two shades in particular when it comes to this time of year, ‘Plum’ & ‘Watermelon’ because the dark green reminds me of Christmas trees, and the purple is so deep and gorgeous that I simply can’t resist it, do I need more of a reason to love it?! I find that this time of year is absolutely perfect for incorporating darker tones on your nails, which is a lot coming from me, because as I’ve mentioned before, I love light colours on my nails all year around.BLOGMAS Christmas Nail Polishes (4)Rimmel | 60 Seconds Super Shine | I also love these three colours at this time of year, (well technically I adore ‘White Hot Love’ and ‘Lose Your Lingerie’ all year around) but I’ve recently discovered ‘Black Cherries’, and I’m so glad I decided to give it a go. It’s the deepest cherry red colour you can imagine, dries insanely quickly, while still remaining as pigmented as it appears in the bottle.BLOGMAS Christmas Nail Polishes (5)Maybelline | Colour Show | I’ve mentioned this nail varnish in my previous favourites,as it’s perfect for this time of year, with it’s beautiful rose-gold tones and glitter! Just like the Rimmel 60 seconds varnish, this one dries quite quickly, and gives you a colour just like it’s presented in the bottle, none of that weaker toned rubbish that some glittery varnishes can give you.BLOGMAS Christmas Nail Polishes (6)New Look | Pure Colour | Finally, I also really like this varnish for this time of year, because it’s a slightly different take on your average Christmas-themed nails. I usually like to go for a silver, but this varnish is a glistening black and gold combo, which I think is perfect for a slightly more sophisticated Christmas nail look, if you don’t want to go for anything overly festive and outrageous.


That’s it for my Christmas themed nail polishes, let me know if you’ve tried any of these out before, or if you’ve got a go-to Christmas nail polish that you’re currently wearing!

 

Kelly Brook Nail Varnishes

We all know Kelly Brook as being a very beautiful, style icon, and now she has her own range of nail varnishes! Today I’m focussing on her range, and some of the different colours and styles available.

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Light pink | This colour is my absolute favourite. As we all know I prefer lighter shades on my nails, and this one is perfect for when I’m bored of white nails. It’s really cute and girly, and not a harsh pink, as some pink shades can be.

Orange | My favourite colour altogether. This colour is perfect for when you have a tan, or if you’d like to look a little bit more tan that you are. The orange just reminds me of summer, and I think it would be the perfect signature for a holiday tan.1

Light blue | This is a slightly different colour to that which I would usually go for, so I thought it would be interesting to give something different a go. It’s a lovely bold colour to compliment other bold colours that you’re wearing.

Matte dark blue | This one is amazing. I’ve never had a matte varnish before, so already I knew it would be new and exciting, and it really delivered. It makes your nails instantly look like they were done by a professional.

Altogether, this brand is also nicely pigmented, so you don’t need to apply 4 of 5 coats in order to get a nice solid colour, and it dries relatively quickly, so you’re not put out of time waiting for your nails to dry.


I really like these nail varnishes, and I think this is a brand I will definitely return to. Let me know what your favourite nail varnish brands are in the comments below!

Ombre Nail Art Tutorial

Here’s a quick bit of nail art I thought I’d share with you guys! It’s really quick and easy, especially if you’re just starting out with nail art.addtext_com_MTEwNjMwODk5NjQ


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Just start off painting your nails whatever base colour you’d like. (I’ve chosen Rimmel London’s #262 “Ring a Ring o’ Roses”)


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Then, apply your secondary colour, (I’ve gone for Colour Collection’s #22 “Lilac Daze”) to the corner of a sponge, be sure to be light and apply it thinly, otherwise the ombre effect won’t work.

All that’s left now is to lightly press the sponge onto the tips of your nails, once you’ve got a nice faded effect, you can go back and dab more onto the very tips to darken them.


Then take your nail polish remover and apply it to your cotton pad, and neaten up any smudged edges you have from the sponge outside of your nails. And that’s it! Very quick, but very cute nails!


Let me know in the comments below if you’d like a tutorial on any other type of nail art you’ve seen!