My all time favourite Nail Polish

Yes I own literally hundreds of polishes but this is just so beautiful that it hands down beats everything I own.

Tonic Polish – ‘Dragon Tears’

Made with a scattered holographic multitone pigment, the colour shifts through green, blue, purple, red & peach and even looks copper at some angles and also has a spattering of tiny silver holo micro glitter to finish off the look – not too many, just the perfect amount as to not dull the colour shift. The consistency is pretty thin so it flows on nicely and three coats result in a smooth, brushstroke free finish. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m pretty sure that it would look equally stunning over black or a dark colour to create a different look.

If you haven’t come across ‘Tonic’ before I highly recommend that you check them out they have such unusual shades you will fall in love. They haven’t been around all that long – I believe that they started trading last year but it is my belief that they are definitely ones to watch!

8 Quick tips for Flawless Nails

Now most of my followers are nail people but I just wanted to put something out there for those non nail people struggling to achieve a great looking mani. So here we go:

1 – Always follow hand washing and using hand sanitisers with an application of lotion. See my recommendation here for a cheap but effective lotion.

2 – Try to apply cuticle oil at least twice a day. For an idea of which oils do which job, have a read of one of my previous posts here.

3 – Cleanse the nail plate before applying base coat to remove any grease that could make application uneven.

4 – Invest in a good basecoat to prevent discolouration of your nails and fill any ridges you may have. A lot of basecoats now have the added benefit of additional nutrients to help nail growth.

5 – Apply polish in thin layers and allow a bit of time to partially dry between layers.

6 – Use a brush and nail polish remover to clean up any spills and smudges on your cuticles. Something like this would be ideal.

7 – Use a fast dry top coat to avoid smudging. I love ‘Seche Vite’.

8 – Go to bed before a special occasion with your hands slathered in intensive moisturiser wrapped in cotton gloves.

Masura Mint Breeze review

Today I have on Masura ‘Mint Breeze‘ from The Golden Collection.  This Russian polish is a truly magical scattered holographic jelly in a stunning mint green shade. I saw another blogger describe this as having the appearance of powdered precious stones and I couldn’t agree more. It covers in three layers and jelly nature allows the sparkles to shine through each layer, creating maximum ‘in your face’ sparkle!

My Regular Nail Oil Regime

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As I’ve said before, I am always being asked how I keep my cuticles looking nice and my nails long and so I thought I would go into exactly what oils I use regularly and their benefits.

The main two are Jojoba and Argan Oil. They sit next to me on my desk and on the arm of the sofa at home for me to use as and when I get chance or think about it. I tend to apply these at least twice a day as long as I am not away (then my regime usually goes out of the window!). Here is a list of what I use and why they are of benefit:

Jojoba is unlike the majority of other vegetable oils in that it closely resembles sebum, the natural substance produced by our skin glands, therefore it is great for soothing and moisturising. It is also rich in Iodine so is great for fighting infections and fungi. It is also known to reduce wrinkles and signs of aging, which at nearly 46 I definitely need especially on my hands. One of  the main reasons I use this so regularly is that it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge.

Argan Oil is high in vitamin E which gives the skin and nails a natural boost. It is known for it’s wound healing due to it being rich in linoleic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E plus moisturising benefits to help prevent hangnails. This is also stable without keeping it cool so you can keep it to hand to use whenever it pops into your head to treat your nails.

Safflower Oil softens up dry areas and prevents moisture from leaving the skin, which in turn promotes elasticity and improves the texture of the skin. With these and also natural anti-inflammatory benefits it’s a go to for me.

Cherry Kernel rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, antioxidants, proteins and minerals plus Oleic acid which promote improvements to dry skin and nails and hydrates dry cuticles.

Hazelnut oils fine texture makes it easily absorbable and therefore it can penetrate deep into the skin. It offers antioxidant protection and it hydrates leaving skin soft and plump stimulating regeneration of skin cells.

Raspberry, high in essential fatty acids, vitamin A and a high content of vitamin E. It is anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant and has hydrating benefits.

Red Raspberry Seed oil is loaded with vitamin E & vitamin A – both potent antioxidants, plus Ellagic acid which has been shown to reduce the destruction of collagen and Phytosterols which encourage healthy skin growth and hydrates areas that need a moisture boost

Avocado oil contains vitamins C, E, K, PP & B and chlorophyll which smooths the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. It provides considerable moisturising properties and serves as an anti-irritation product on broken skin. It helps also increases collagen production to keep it looking supple and youthful.

Using oil can show dramatic changes over time and although you don’t need to use all of the above (because most of them have similar properties), I do so just to change it up every so often. I buy mine from Eco-cosmetics4u but you can find them in most health food shops and many places online.

3D Candy Striped Christmas Nails

With the festivities getting ever nearer I thought I’d do my first Christmas nails. I decided to use gel polish with a peel off base coat underneath for easy removal. I have seen a lot of 3D gel polish manicures lately so decided to give it a go. I’m not sure if I like it or not because it’s so chunky, but hey ho… The products I used are Gelish ‘Hot Rod Red’ & ‘Arctic Freeze’ with an ultra fine generic transparent crystal glitter. I applied the stripes over the cured red with a fine brush, sprinkled the glitter on and cured then added more ‘Arctic Freeze’ on top of those stripes and added more glitter and then cured. I finished off with a thin gloss top coat. I hope you like them. Feel free to post links to your Christmas nails below – I’d love to see them.

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Enchanted Collection from Zoya

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Zoya have a new collection coming out soon – The Enchanted Collection. It is made up of four glittering Pixie Dust Mattes and two velvety colour flip metallics. Here are a few swatches of the colours available:

ELPHIE

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Green pixie: A bewitching emerald green with a sugary green sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

OLIVERA

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Green flip: A spellbinding color-flip metallic with an indigo base and a green and purple shift.

LORNA

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Plum pixie: A luscious berry with a sugary sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

WAVERLY

Sapphire pixie: A brilliantly deep sapphire blue with blue sparkles in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

I don’t currently have a swatch of this colour, but if one comes available from Zoya, I shall edit this post. You can see it in the group bottle shots above & below.

ALICE

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Periwinkle pixie: A captivating periwinkle with magenta and blue sparkles in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

SAINT

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Periwinkle flip: A whimsical color-flip metallic with a periwinkle base and magenta shift.

Which of these do you think you will be adding to your collection? I’ve particularly got my eye on ‘Lorna’.

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