26 November 2015

November 2015 Nail Box UK

Hi guys

I recently received my November 2015 Nail Box UK and with it being advertised as a Christmas theme I was really excited.

The polishes in the box were True Brit London Park Lane, OPI Happy Anniversary! and Rimmel London Double Decker Red.

The polishes are typically festive but anyone other than a complete nail newby will have at least one "Santa" red nail polish in their collection. The green polish is pretty but not very unique and the silver polish is extremely sheer. The photo shows 2 coats of each on clear swatch sticks.  

The box also included a set of Elegant Touch clear nails and a 180 grit Orly nail file. I am personally not a fan of false nails and the nail file seems as though it would be much harsher than my favourite Leighton Denny crystal file.

Finally the box contained a candy cane which was a nice treat. 

I was underwhelmed by this box but I'm not ready to cancel my subscription just yet because I get so excited when my box is due to arrive.

Does anyone else share my views on this box?

Until next time, Lou :)

6 November 2015

Essie Blossom Dandy and Nails Inc Montpellier Square

Hi guys

For this diagonal tape mani first I applied 2 coats of Essie Blossom Dandy. The first coat didn't go on well at all. The brush picked up polish as I was painting so it was very streaky. Luckily the second coat went on smoothly and levelled the polish out. I applied tape to the bottom half of my nails before applying Nails Inc Montpellier Square which was opaque in one coat. I topped the entire mani with Sally Hansen Insta-dri top coat. The base coat I used was Rimmel Nail Nurse Nail Rescue.

Lou x

27 October 2015

Storing nail polish swatch sticks

Hi guys

I've recently swatched all of my nail polishes onto swatch sticks. 

I then had to find a way to store them! I don't have a spare drawer in my helmer to store them and there are too many to put in jars so what was I going to do? I was beginning to think I'd wasted my time until I remembered a scarf/tie hanger that I'd ordered from eBay that wasn't being used. There were as many hangers as I had rings holding my swatch sticks as if it was meant to be!  

They are currently hanging in my wardrobe upstairs which isn't ideal as my polishes are downstairs. 

Can anyone suggest another way to store over 500 swatch sticks nearer to my polishes? 

Lou x


26 October 2015

Nail Box UK October 2015 box

Hi guys, long time no see!

This month I subscribed to Nail Box UK and I've got to say I'm very impressed. The box arrived 2 days after being shipped and was full of nail goodies, including 3 polishes: Nails Inc Kensington High Street gel effect polish which is a deep red cream, Essie Lux Effect polish in Summit of Style which is a gold glitter top coat and Rimmel Caramel Cupcake which is a nude cream with a shimmer. Also in the box was a bottle of Nicole by OPI drying drops which claims to make polish dry completely within 5 minutes. Last but not least was a pair of professional nail scissors by Elegant Touch.

As Nails Inc is my favourite brand I have quite a few of their polishes. I was happy to get one in this box and even happier that it was one I don't already have in my collection.

Both of the cream polishes applied in two easy coats and the glitter polish built up well. I used the drying drops although I also applied Nails Inc Kensington Caviar top coat to cover the texture of the glitter.

I checked the value of the items of this box and was surprised to find that it was worth nearly £50. Not bad for something that only cost £15!

Here is a picture of the mani I created with the polishes from this box using two coats of each of the cream polishes and two coats of the glitter polish on the tips with base and top coat. Please leave links to yours in the comments.

Hopefully it won't be too long before my next post.

Take care, Lou x