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! Rimmel London: Oragina, White Hot Love, Black Cherries, Lose Your Lingerie
Lose Your Lingerie, Hot & Spicy, Ring A Ring O’ Roses, Urban Purple, Sunshine
Miss Sporty: Check Matte
New Look: Coral, Multi Coloured
Matalan: Deep Pink
George: Sherbert Fizz, Pink Glitz
Essence: NudeRio Professional Nail Art KitRevlon: 802, 07, 33, 06
Collection: Big Hair, Siren
Chit Chat: Glitter CollectionMatalan: Blue Steel, Twilight, Golden Sun
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.Cuticle 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?
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.The 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!
After finishing my beauty advent calendars, I realised that I now have a hearty collection of all things Makeup Revolution, so today I’m talking you guys through a selection of their products, with reviews of everything, now there is a lot, so let’s get through this!
Primer | This primer is perfect for either all-over-face makeup, or just as an eyeshadow primer. It’s incredibly light and soft, and not sticky at all. I was impressed with this primer, as it made my makeup last a few hours longer than usual in the day. The only downside to it being as light as it is, is that you tend to use a little bit more than you would with other primers because you aren’t aware of it being on your face.
Highlight | These highlighters are insane. They are beautiful, and one of my favourite drugstore highlighters. My favourite is the ‘Pink Lights’ as I find that it suits my skintone the best. All you need is a very light dusting across your cheeks and you’re set for the whole day (or night!) They are nicely pigmented, so you don’t need to go overboard when applying.
Blush | I think the blushes are a bit of a miss, but this might just be because they aren’t well suited for my skintone. As you can see in my swatches, ‘Treat’ is much too similar to my skintone to be a blush, ‘Wow’ is a bit too barbie-pink for it to be wearable daily for me. The best blush for me would be ‘Now’, but I find it too orange-based for a blush, I’d be much more confident wearing this as an eyeshadow.
Palettes | If I was forced to pick only one product from Makeup Revolution, it’d definitely be a palette. The palettes combine a huge amount of perfectly blendable creamy shades. I was surprised at the amount of shades in the palettes, as they are so affordable! My favourite palette of them all is the ‘Beyond Flawless’ as it has everything you need to create basic eye looks, more complicated looks, rose gold inspired looks and a dark smoky eye. So many of the shades in this palette remind me of those in the Naked 3, and it’s only £8! I also really like that Makeup Revolution have more unusual palettes, as a lot of palettes available nowadays are quite basic nudes.
Mono Eyeshadows | I have never known such creamy and well pigmented mono eyeshadows. My favourite shade is ‘Mountains of Gold’, because it’s a beautiful gold colour, but with a shimmer that I’ve never seen before. (It also really reminds me of my favourite shade from Urban Decay’s Naked 3, ‘Trick’!)
Lip Lacquer | I picked up this lip lacquer just before Halloween last year, and my only wish is that I could wear it more often! As it says, it goes on as a liquid, and dries matte. The Salvation Lip Lacquers are really gorgeous colours, but they are usually not ones that you can wear daily. I also found that you need to reapply quite frequently as they do break up after roughly an hour.
Intense Lipgloss | Now as you can see, I could only swatch the red lipgloss, and that’s because the doe foot applicator for the pink shade is stuck at the bottom of the lipgloss. I was really disappointed as this shade looks like a lipgloss that I’d actually enjoy wearing! The lipglosses themselves aren’t particularly sticky, but as you can also see, the really deep red actually comes out as more of a pink, so they aren’t as pigmented as they appear in the packaging.
Sheer Lipgloss | The sheer lipglosses are a lot stickier than the Intense Lipglosses, but they are available in really gorgeous colours. The first one is a very subdued gloss, adding just a touch of shimmer to your lips, and the second one is a very wearable medium-nude pink
The Viper | This is one of the only things that has disappointed me. The wand is shaped just like the head of a cobra, which I understand is inkeeping with the name of the mascara, but it makes it quite difficult to apply, and once you have applied it, is doesn’t really do much to elongate, curl or volumise lashes. This mascara is one of the only things I wouldn’t repurchase.
Lipsticks | Another one of my favourite things from Makeup Revolution! These lipsticks are creamy, well pigmented, and highly wearable! When I saw some of these colours I was quite intimidated by them, but I’ve found myself even wearing the orange shade! They are reasonably long lasting, but I would recommend reapplying roughly halfway through the day. I can’t believe how much I really like these lipsticks, again, considering how affordable they are.
Nail Polishes | I like there is a wider variety of polishes, and they’re not exclusively bright or pastels. They dry quite quickly, usually in just over a minute. For the colour to be true to that of the bottle, you do have to apply a a couple of coats, and they last around 5-6 days.
That’s it for today, do you have any favourite products from Makeup Revolution, or have you never tried any of their stuff?
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!
I 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.
This 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!
A 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.
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!
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!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.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.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.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.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!
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.
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.
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!
I’ve always been a massive fan of nail art, and painting my nails is more relaxing to me than it is a chore, so naturally I have to make sure I’m using the right things for my nails, and treating them right, in order to keep them strong.
Painting your nails regularly is bad for them. So I’m going to share some of the tricks I like to use in order to ensure my nails aren’t being weakened and damaged, so you can rock your natural nails and not have to buy into fakes ones or acrylics.
One of the most important things is moisture. Just as you moisturise your face to keep it smooth and youthful, you’ve got to do the same for your nails (and hands!) Using a moisturiser specifically aimed at hands and nails is best because it has the exact ingredients that your nails need. (You wouldn’t use a foot cream for your face, would you?!)
You also want to keep your nails fresh and strong, you can achieve this by regularly using a nail buffer. A nail buffer shines and strengthens the surface of your nails, meaning they don’t become brittle and break easily. I would recommend buffing your nails after removing your nail varnish and pushing your cuticles back and before repainting or applying a base coat. (Also of the utmost importance: push back, never cut your cuticles!)
As I mentioned before, pushing your cuticles back before painting your nails makes them easier to paint, and improves the look of your hands and nails. Cutting them often results in them growing back thicker and discoloured, so I would avoid that at all costs, it’s quicker and easier to push them back using an orange stick or any other manicure tool.
The next important thing for growing stronger nails is to keep them at a length that suits you and keep them like that. Growing them without trimming or filing them risks them from getting weaker at the tips. Another tip is to always file before you take off your varnish, your nails are at their weakest after coming into contact with nail varnish remover, so filing them then is very risky.
Then you come onto how you’re treating your nails before applying nail varnish. If you’re not applying anything at all, you can leave your nails discoloured once you take the varnish off; this is because nail varnish remover opens the pores of your nails, meaning they absorb whatever you put on them after. So if you go straight onto applying a fresh coat of polish, when it comes to taking it off, your nails will be yellow. Whereas buffing first reseals the pores, assisting any base that you then put on, be it a nail strengthener, base coat or cuticle oil.
A further important thing to remember when wanting to grow stronger nails is in fact, be weary of nail strengtheners. If you’re not buying a manicure nail care set, the odds are the product you’re buying will actually make them weaker, in order to get you to buy more because you think you need it.
Finally, after buffing, treating your nails and applying your chosen coat of nail varnish, it comes to drying. I was given this adorable little monkey who dries them for me, but once your nails are dry, applying a top coat can work wonders. It prevents chipping and ensures your varnish will last longer than usual. It also makes your nails look at lot shinier and healthy. (Obviously I wouldn’t recommend using a top coat when wearing a matte varnish because it’d ruin the whole effect.)
That’s it for my tips and tricks, I hope this helped you out if you’re trying to grow stronger nails! Do you have any nail saviour tricks that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!